Day route: Dong Van – Sung La – H’Mong Lord’s palace – Thon Tha – Bungalow in Thon Tha
Drive through Phố Cáo and Sung La. We will stop by these villages to visit H’mong families and interact with the locals. It’s once again a very enjoyable ride today and you will see amazing mountain view of the Rock Plateau. Sung La, which is on the road leading to the northernmost point at the border of Vietnam and China, is located down a valley, on the national road 4C connecting two of the most famous tourist spots of the province: Dong Van town and the house of Vuong Chinh Duc, the deceased Lord of H’Mong people in Ha Giang.
Like other villages of minority people, villagers plant corn and other staples. But what is different here is that there are rose fields that cover almost all of the nearby area. These flowers are harvested to be sold to big city dwellers. Another interesting view is when the stone houses in the village is covered by white fog in the morning and in the late afternoon.
The next stop is a visit to the palace of the H’mong Lord, which was a royal family of high rank during French colonial rule – this palace attracts keen interest from architecturally minded visitors due to its mixed style of European and Chinese architecture. Legend has it that the Lord who built the palace first consulted a Chinese feng shui master to decide on a location for the structure. The site in the Sa Phin Valley was supposedly chosen as the terrain resembled a turtle shell, the turtle representing a long life and wealth in local lore.
Overnight in the homestay you reached the first day in Ha Giang, just 5km from the capital city of this province.