Mind-blowing scenery of Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark

Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark was official 77th member of the Global Geopark Network on 3/10/2010 which is the first global Geopark in Viet Nam, the second in Southeast Asia.

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Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark is the main thing to do in Ha Giang. Recognized as a member of UNESCO Geopark Network, Dong Van features a vast area of limestone which covers most of the four districts of Ha Giang Province including Meo Vac, Yen Ninh, Dong Van and Quan Ba. Located on the height of 1400 – 1600 meters above sea level, the geographical characteristics of Dong Van Plateau are just as dramatic as it can get with sheer mountain cliffs running to the horizon.

mind blowing scenery of dong van karst plateau geopark
Fairy tale scenery in spring time. Photo: Ha Loc

There are many huge mountains here, the highest one is Mount Mieu Vac (1971 m), meanwhile, there are also many deep canyons, the deepest one is Tu San (about 800 m).

mind blowing scenery of dong van karst plateau geopark
Tu San Canyon. Photo: internet

Major Geosites of the Geopark are Ma Pi Leng Pass and Tu San Canyon (Meo Vac district), the deepest canyon in Vietnam. It has a depth of about 800 m, a length of 1.7 km, and cliffs that slope 70° to 90°, Lung Cu Peak (Dong Van district), Fairy bosom peaks (Quan ba district)

mind blowing scenery of dong van karst plateau geopark
Photo: Quang Le

The 2,356sqkm of Dong Van Karst Plateau is one of Vietnam’s special limestone features besides other excellent examples such as Halong Bay or Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, housing prominent imprints that depict the development of the earth’s crust and natural phenomenon.