Adventure and Serenity: Things to Do in Meo Vac

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Last Update 17 Apr 2024

Meo Vac in Ha Giang is a thrilling destination for adventure seekers and motorbike enthusiasts. Despite its small and rural setting, it’s a hot spot for those who crave adrenaline and natural beauty. Eager to know what this exciting town has in store? Let’s explore the thrilling highlights of things to do in Meo Vac, presented by Indochina Motorcycle Tours!

Introduction to Meo Vac

When you think of Ha Giang, you think of places like Dong Van Karst Plateau Global Geopark, Quan Ba Twin Mountains, Quan Ba Heaven Gate, Lung Cu Flagpole, Quyet Tien Ha Market, and Milestone Km 0 Ha Giang. But there’s another spot that captures the hearts of many adventurous motorbikers: Meo Vac.

Before diving into the travel experience of Meo Vac – Ha Giang, let’s get familiar with where it is. Meo Vac is a town in the north of Ha Giang province. It’s a small place, covering about 584.73 square kilometers, with around 82,000 people. It’s about 30 kilometers away from Dong Van town and takes roughly 5 hours to reach by car from Ha Giang City.

Meo Vac attracts many domestic and foreign motorbike enthusiasts

Meo Vac attracts many domestic and foreign motorbike enthusiasts

Although it’s small, Meo Vac is filled with natural beauty. It sits beside the peaceful Nho Que river, near the Ma Pi Leng pass, surrounded by lush green terraced fields. Every year, lots of travelers come here to explore. If you’re planning your next adventure, discover things to do in Meo Vac – Ha Giang, especially with Ha Giang motorbike tours in the next section with Indochina Motorcycle Tours!

Natural Wonders of Ha Giang, Viet Nam

Explore the mesmerizing natural landscapes and discover the enticing things to do in Meo Vac.

Nho Que River

In Meo Vac district, the Nho Que River stands out as a symbol. It peacefully flows at the base of the rugged cat-ear mountains of the Ha Giang rocky plateau. It creates a serene boundary between the cliffs, forming a blue line between Ma Pi Leng Pass and Sam Pun Road. While visiting Meo Vac, taking in the beauty of the Nho Que River is a must-do activity.

Nho Que River is honored as one of Vietnam’s unique Tectonic Valleys

Nho Que River is honored as one of Vietnam’s unique Tectonic Valleys

If you love nature and adventure, you’ll want to explore this stunning river in the Ha Giang rocky plateau at least once. From my travels to Meo Vac – Ha Giang, I’ve found that the best time to visit is in early November. That’s when the water turns crystal clear, resembling a Tuyet Tinh Coc of the North. When you’re in Meo Vac, don’t miss the chance to experience the beauty of this river.

Ma Pi Leng Pass

Besides the famous Nho Que River, Ma Pi Leng Pass is also one of the top four most beautiful passes in the North. This rugged, risky road sits at 1200 meters above sea level and spans about 20 kilometers. It took six years to build (from 1959 to 1965) with the help of tens of thousands of young volunteers from 16 ethnic groups in 8 northern provinces of Vietnam, totaling over 2 million working days. When you visit Ma Pi Leng Pass, you’ll get the chance to conquer its nine bends hugging towering cliffs or marvel at its majestic and captivating natural mountain scenery. While you’re in Meo Vac, exploring the Ma Pi Leng Pass Motorbike Tour is definitely worth it.

A rest stop on the Ma Pi Leng Pass road

A rest stop on the Ma Pi Leng Pass road

At the pass’s peak, there’s a spot where you can soak in the scenery – a panoramic view of the Dong Van stone plateau or the Nho Que River. From my travels to Meo Vac – Ha Giang, I’ve found that the cliff nestled amid the pass is a popular spot for young adventurers to capture memories!

Tu San Canyon

Tu San Alley sits at the base of Ma Pi Leng, right by the Nho Que river. The close proximity of the two ravines, coupled with the river’s green hue, creates a majestic and poetic scene. To get to Tu San Canyon, visitors need to hop on a boat or canoe for about 20 minutes from the upstream wharf of Nho Que.

Tu San Canyon forms a majestic and poetic scene with its two ravines and the river’s green hue

Tu San Canyon forms a majestic and poetic scene with its two ravines and the river’s green hue

Years ago, before the hydroelectric dam was built on the Nho Que River, very few people could get close to the foot of the steep canyon. They could only admire this grand sight from the Ma Pi Leng road bends. But after the hydroelectric power dam was constructed, the Nho Que River calmed down, allowing boats to take tourists right to the foot of the cliff. 

Cultural Experiences

Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural scene and uncover the diverse things to do in Meo Vac.

Khau Vai Love Market

The Khau Vai love market, also known simply as the “love market,” takes place every year on March 27 of the lunar calendar. It has been around for over a century and is located in Khau Vai village, Khau Vai commune, about 180 kilometers from Ha Giang city. This market serves as a gathering spot for people who have been separated for one or more years.

What makes this tradition unique is that many couples attend the market together. They don’t feel jealous or frustrated when their partners interact with others; instead, they respect each other’s connections.

Adventurous motorbikers cannot miss this unique love market

Adventurous motorbikers cannot miss this unique love market

However, the Khau Vai love market is becoming more commercialized over time, losing some of its original charm and meaning. Nowadays, various goods are sold at the market, similar to other markets in the area. While in Meo Vac, you might want to explore this unique cultural event despite its evolving nature.

Local Markets and Handicrafts

The markets in Meo Vac are renowned for selling local and handmade goods, making them some of the best in the area, especially in the district. Throughout the week, there are various markets open, ensuring that from Monday to Sunday, at least one place selling local goods is available. Some of the most popular markets held in Meo Vac include Central, Pa Vay Su, Xin Man, Then Phang, Nan Xin, and Coc Pai Market. While you’re in Meo Vac, exploring these vibrant markets should definitely be on your list of things to do!

Local markets have some one-of-a-kind handicrafts that make you stunned

Local markets have some one-of-a-kind handicrafts that make you stunned

Chung Pua Village

Chung Pua Village was constructed by the Hmong people 300 years ago. Over the centuries, locals have inhabited the village, which is now welcoming to visitors. It’s akin to an open-air museum, drawing tourists to admire its ancient Vietnamese architecture, including traditional yin-yang tiled roofs and sturdy pinewood pillars. Exploring Chung Pua Village should definitely be on your list of things to do in Meo Vac!

 A small ethnic village named Chung Pua

A small ethnic village named Chung Pua

Culinary Delights

Indulge in the flavorful local cuisine and experience the flavorful things to do in Meo Vac.

Local Cuisine

If you love Vietnam Food, Meo Vac is the place to be. This city hosts several food festivals all year round, giving you the chance to taste some of the best local dishes.

One must-visit festival is the Dong Van Market. Here, you can sample dishes like rice noodles with beef broth and herbs. You shouldn’t miss trying grilled meats, fried dumplings, and sticky rice cakes too.

Famous Au Tau Porridge is only has in Ha Giang

Famous Au Tau Porridge is only has in Ha Giang

Overall, Meo Vac offers a unique food experience that will leave you wanting more. So, plan a Ha Giang motorcycle tour and treat yourself to its delicious local flavors on your next vacation. And, of course, don’t forget to check out the things to do in Meo Vac for more adventures.

Dining and Restaurants

In Meo Vac, international food options are limited, but that’s part of what makes the local cuisine so appealing – ingredients are sourced locally, ensuring freshness. Sticky rice, served in five different colors, is a favorite among locals, along with specialties like grilled moss and handmade noodles. 

  • Thanh Phuong Restaurant offers a diverse menu, including vegetarian and vegan options, and its friendly staff makes it a hit among travelers. 
  • For a change of pace, Mr. Hung Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar serves up pasta and pizza at affordable prices, with vegetarian options available. 
  • May Co Restaurant offers a unique “pick and choose” experience. Patrons can select their ingredients and watch as they’re cooked.

>>> For more detail, let’s read: Best Restaurants In Ha Giang 2024

Located centrally, it’s a convenient spot for travelers looking for a quick meal before exploring more of Meo Vac. These dining options are just a taste of the things to do in Meo Vac to immerse yourself in the local cuisine.

There are some excellent Meo Vac restaurants that will leave a strong impression 

There are some excellent Meo Vac restaurants that will leave a strong impression

Street Food and Market Snacks

Exploring street food and market snacks is a delightful experience in Meo Vac. Wander through bustling markets and vibrant streets to sample a variety of local treats. From savory snacks like grilled meats and fried dumplings to sweet delights such as sticky rice cakes and fresh fruit, there’s something to satisfy every craving. Don’t miss the chance to try unique delicacies like rice noodles with beef broth and herbs, or grilled moss for an authentic taste of the region. Street food and market snacks are an essential part of the culinary adventure in Meo Vac, offering a flavorful glimpse into local life.

Visitors can get a lot of delicious snacks in the markets

Visitors can get a lot of delicious snacks in the markets

Transportation and Travel Advice

In this part, motorbike lovers can gain valuable insights for seamless travel and uncover convenient ways to explore the “many things to do in Meo Vac”.

Journeying to Meo Vac

Before heading to the fantastic things to do in Meo Vac, you’ll first need to head to Ha Giang to reach Meo Vac. The best way to get there is by motorbike.

Step 1: If you’re going from Hanoi on your own motorbike, you have two route options:

  • Start from Hanoi – Take Highway 32 to Son Tay – Cross Trung Ha bridge – Pass Co Tiet – Cross Phong Chau bridge (then take a left) – Follow Thao River to Phu Tho town – Pass Doan Hung and enter Tuyen Quang – Continue on Highway 2 to Ha Giang.
  • Start from Hanoi. Go through Vinh Phuc—Viet Tri—Phu Tho—Tuyen Quang—Ha Giang (or take National Highway 2C and National Highway 2, which is about 280 kilometers long).

Step 2: Once you’re in Ha Giang city center, head towards Meo Vac. Follow the route Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Dong Van – Meo Vac via Highway 4C. However, keep in mind that the terrain in the rocky plateau can be tough to navigate, with dangerous mountain passes challenging backpackers. So, be sure to drive carefully, stay focused, and handle any situations calmly! And don’t forget to explore the things to do in Meo Vac while you’re there, especially with Ha Giang motorbike tours.

Be alert to drive carefully on the Ma Pi Leng Pass route

Be alert to drive carefully on the Ma Pi Leng Pass route

Maneuvering Around Meo Vac

After a cozy stay at one of Meo Vac’s accommodations, it’s time to explore. Renting a bicycle is a great way to roam the stunning landscapes, with rental shops aplenty. For those preferring public transport, motorbike taxis (xe ôm) and regular buses are convenient options for getting around. Remember to pack suitable clothing for varying temperatures and to respect local customs, bring your camera to capture the breathtaking scenery. 

Explore the town on a motorbike

Explore the town on a motorbike

Conclusion

From motorbike travel experiences in Meo Vac – Ha Giang, it’s clear that this place is a favorite among travelers, thanks to its numerous attractions and tranquil village scenery. Don’t miss out on contacting Indochina Motorcycle Tours for a Ha Giang motorbike tour to experience all these wonderful things! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to explore things to do in Meo Vac for even more adventures!

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