Winter 17/18 from Bảo Lạc to Đồng Văn

Limestone road at Đồng Văn Karst Plateau

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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