Winter 17/18 from Bảo Lạc to Đồng Văn

After Mitsos had breakfast we left Bảo Lạc on the QL 34 and drove further North into the mountains. It was another one of those gray Vietnames days before summer.

A new dam from the QL 4B
A new dam from the QL 4B
A dam under construction
Another dam
And another dam
And another dam
Another one of those cloudy days
Another one of those cloudy days
A village from the QL 4B
A village from the QL 4B
Not sure where the forest workers work?
Not sure where the forest workers work?

The Đồng Văn Karst Plateau Geopark

Located over 1,000 meters above sea level the Đồng Văn Karst Plateau with narrow valleys and high rocky mountain ranges up to 2000 meters above sea level. Over 80 percent of the surface in the area is covered with limestone.
Fossils found here date back from 400 to 600 million years ago. Archeologist excavations found many stone tools from the Son Vi Civilization, dating back 10,000 to 30,000 years.
Makes you wonder why the prehistoric men setteled here otu of all places.
17 ethnic minority groups live within the geopark, such as the Hmong, Dao, Lô Lô, Tày, and Nùng

Stone fields outside of Mèo Vạc
Stone fields outside of Mèo Vạc
Limestone fields of the Karst Plateau
Limestone fields of the Karst Plateau
Two more curves to Mèo Vạc
Two more curves to Mèo Vạc
Monument juts outside of Mèo Vạc
Monument juts outside of Mèo Vạc
Agriculture and mountains
Agriculture and mountains
Fields in Vietnam
Imagine this a few years ago – this view makes for a grim future
Limestone mountains with a bit of green left
Limestone mountains with a bit of green left
Cow working in the field
Steep fields – hard working cows
Little houses dotting the mountains
Little houses dotting the mountains
Deep down a river - you guessed it - with a dam
Deep down a river – you guessed it – with a dam
The dam
The dam
Motorbike and Bird Cage
The farmers brought the bird to the field. This way the bird is not alone at home and will see something new.

Small village at the slope
Small village at the slope – makes one wonder if they are not afraid of a mudslide
Road and Mountains in Vietnam
The landscape is still nice – if you overlook the bits and pieces
White cliffs at the Đồng Văn Karst Plateau
White cliffs at the Đồng Văn Karst Plateau
Mountain road in Vietnam
The trees on the mountain look like a heard of – horses or something…
Extreme farming
Extreme farming
Karst Landscape
One day I have to go there with blue sky
View along the river
Farming all the way to the water line
The winding road in Vietnam
The upper road in the middle is the one I took the pictures before this one
Code of conduct for tourists in Vietnam
If only the Vietnamese would read this as well
More stones and fields and houses
More stones and fields and houses
And another war monument
And another monument
War monument
If you look here you see how much forest there was before
Monument
Not sure what they build – a road? But there is one soldier looking for the enemy.
Detail of Monument
The first truck arrives and all the Hill Tribes are happy!
The guy that holds the light
The guy that holds the light
Farm House
I like his stone wall

Nha Nghi Ngan Ha in Phố Cổ Street

Hotel room in Đồng Văn
Our room
The rest of the room
The rest of the room
Shower
Shower and toilet
Dinner in Đồng Văn
A happy Greek is waiting for more food to come

Today’s drive:
We drove 99 kilometers in 4 hours, 9 minutes with gas and food stops.

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Winter 17/18 from Ba Bể to Bảo Lạc

After a few days at the lake, it was time to ride further North. Mitsos had not a lot of time so we continued our loop of North Vietnam

View from the DT 2578
Very nice view over the valley this morning
View from the DT 2578
View from the DT 2578
Village in the valley
Village in the valley
Rice fields on one sideof the mountain
Rice fields on one side – more farming on the other
Traffic on the DT 212
Traffic on the DT 212
Looking over the mountains on the QL 34
Looking over the mountains on the QL 34
Same picture - zoomed out
Same picture – zoomed out

The Ho Chi Minh Monument

Another big monument
Another big monument. Ho Chi Minh in Cao Bang
Mitsos so happy
Mitsos so happy
Farmer dry product
At last that space is good for something
Ho Chi Minh
Everywhere you want to take a picture they put some power lines
Monument
It is a bit confusing! You have a soldier with the communist flag on top. A colonialist on the lower left. Townsfolk that is discussing and I guess Uncle Ho preparing for takeover.
Next part of the monument
Now we have construction machines and a factory where he workers are happy with a machine. No need for horses anymore!
Next part of the monument
Now Uncle Ho comes into town and waves
Last part of the monument
More construction with old machines. And in the end of the monument the future arrives. Computer!
End of monument
This makes everybody happy. Everything is full of buildings. Only a few trees left but lots of smoke in the air. Now a worker waves his hand in the air.
A mine behind the monument
A mine behind the monument in the valley. Might be that the whole monument is for the mine in the back
A new dam
A new dam from the QL 4B
Lots of rice farming
Lots of rice farming
Forrest Protection
Forest Protection? What forest??
No forest left
No forest left
Farmland
Farmland
More farming
More farming
They still built in the traditional style
They still built in the traditional style
Water wheels in Bao Lac
Water wheels in Bao Lac
At the bike shop
Went because the rack was loose again. Got a new chain and sprockets as well
The Bike Shop
The nice thing in Vietnam is that you will be served immediately
Old Style Pepsi
Old Style Pepsi – would not drink it but like the design
RedBull & Rad Bhin
RedBull & Rad Bhin

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We drove 99 kilometers in 4 hours, 9 minutes with gas and food stops.

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Winter 17/18 A few Days at Ba Bể Lake

Well deserved break from the road. A few lazy days at Ba Bể Lake. A bit of walking. Meeting new people and a boat trip on the lake.

Coffee at my balcony at Ba Be Lake
Coffee at my balcony at Ba Be Lake
Ba Be Lake
The road to the houses on the West of the lake
At Ba Be Lake
The water level is quite low
Trash, chickens and boats
Trash, chickens and boats
Chicken at house
They had a dog as well but the chicken watches over the house
Coffee and Beer - the perfect combination
Coffee and Beer – the perfect combination
A new friend :-)
A new friend 🙂
A happy Mitsos! Bread, tomatoes and olive oil!
A happy Mitsos! Bread, tomatoes and olive oil!
Friendly locals give is free drinks
Friendly locals give is free drinks
A picture with the French girls
A picture with the French girls

A few Days at Ba Bể Lake

We ahd to navigate to the lake
We ahd to navigate to the lake
A Duck
Hello Mr. Duck
Another one of those gray days
Another one of those gray days
Victorine
Victorine
Cool shades
Cool shades
Annelaure - very happy
Annelaure – very happy
Easy job
Easy job
Our rabbit - he is Greek
Our rabbit – he is Greek
Nice landscape
Nice landscape
Taking a picture from somebody that takes a picture
Taking a picture from somebody that takes a picture
The girls had even an action cam
The girls had even an action cam

Dau Dang Waterfalls

1st stop - Dau Dang waterfalls
1st stop – Dau Dang waterfalls
Victorine exploring
Victorine exploring
A fisherman
A fisherman
Why go exploring when you are in facebook most of the time?
Why go exploring when you are in facebook most of the time?

Fairy Lake or Ao Tiên

The famous Fairy Lake or Ao Tiên
The famous Fairy Lake or Ao Tiên
So happy at the Ferry Pond
So happy at the Ferry Pond

Mud Ferry Pond if you ask me – but who knows?

Đền An Mạ Temple

The Đền An Mạ Temple
The Đền An Mạ Temple
Offerings
Offerings
And I never knew about Vesak Day!
And I never knew about Vesak Day!
View from the temple
View from the temple
Butterfly meeting
Butterfly meeting

Here is the map from the boat trip:

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