Tu San Agricultural and Tourism Service Cooperative, the exclusive tourist boat service provider on the Nho Que River in Meo Vac District, announces the expiration of its passenger transportation contract with Nho Que 1 Hydropower JSC on September 15. Despite efforts from both parties and the People’s Committee of Meo Vac District, no suitable resolution has been reached to extend the contract. As a result, the cooperative has made the decision to temporarily suspend the operation of tourist boats on the Nho Que River.

The Nho Que River offers a 30-minute boat ride with tickets costing VND100,000 (US$4.12) per person. This scenic ride takes tourists to Tu San Canyon, passing through the Nho Que 1 Hydropower Plant, and returns to the boat dock. Tu San Canyon is renowned as Southeast Asia’s deepest canyon, featuring breathtaking cliffs reaching up to 800 meters, a length of 1.7 kilometers, and an impressive depth of nearly one kilometer.

This extraordinary canyon formed millions of years ago when the area was underwater. Over time, geological shifts and erosion shaped the remarkable and enduring marvel it is today. Alongside the Nho Que River and Ma Pi Leng Mountain Pass, Tu San Canyon contributes to the stunning natural landscapes of Meo Vac District, Ha Giang, making it a must-visit destination for tourists exploring the northern mountainous province.

During this temporary suspension of tourist boat services on the Nho Que River, visitors to Ha Giang will unfortunately miss the opportunity to experience this renowned canyon. However, there are alternative experiences recommended by Giap Van Hai, a knowledgeable tour designer and guide in Ha Giang. Hai suggests embarking on a trek along the White Cliffs trail, offering a stunning panoramic view of the Nho Que River and Tu San Canyon. This trek covers a five-kilometer distance and typically takes between 2.5 and 3.5 hours, depending on the visitors’ physical condition and preferences.

Additionally, travelers can explore the “mini Tu San” section of the Nho Que River, known as Khau Vai Canyon. Here, they can enjoy stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, or traditional boating. Located in the northern part of Meo Vac District, along the border between Ha Giang and Cao Bang Provinces, Khau Vai Canyon features impressive cliffs and a picturesque turquoise river, similar to the famous Tu San Canyon.

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