Ha Giang travel is certainly familiar to many people, there are many attractions in there but Ma Pi Leng may be the most experience because it is the best motorcycle rides in the north of Vietnam, will bring to you a wonderful trip to see the fantastic mountain along on your way. It is going to be the first choice for tourists who travel to Ha Giang, and also for those love riding to range road surrounding to the mountain.

1. Where is Ma Pi Leng Pass

The Ma Pi Leng Pass is a mountain pass in the north of Vietnam, is approximately 20 kilometres long and located in Dong Van Plateau is 1200 m high above sea level, on the road named “Happy Street” which connects the towns of Dong Van and Meo Vac towns. Ma Pi Leng is the name of the rugged pass of Ha Giang. Ma Pi Leng in Mandarin is "horse’s nose", that means the horse that goes through the pass will also stop breathing, or the top of the mountain stands as the nose’s horse which you can imagine the dangers of the way you will go.

2. History of Ma Pi Leng Pass

On the other hand, as far as I know, that in order to complete this road, there are thousands of workers from all over the Northern provinces working hard day by day, and it had done in 11 months. Originally, the Ma Li Leng pass is just wide enough for pedestrians and cart, later, it is expanded more than for automobiles, but still very dangerous because the two cars are very hard to avoid each other in the opposite direction. 

Once completed, Ma Pi Leng pass was seen as the "Great Wall" of Vietnam. However, if you are brave enough and want to ride on the challenging road, you should be there, get to the top of the pass to see the stunning view of the villages around the mountain, the roofs' house will appear behind the thick fogy, and along river as the border gate between Xin Cai village to Fill Bong China, everything will make a unique picture, you will be unforgettable forever in your life. There also has a stone tablet recording the pass mark on road construction, which is also to memory and remember those who have sacrificed, contributing their life to make the Happiness road.

3. The beautiful sides of Ma Pi Leng Pass

Ma Pi Leng pass with one side is the deep chasms, another side is the erect cliff, which has been a big challenge to those who preferred adventure. After crossing the slopes, visitors set foot on the top of Ma Pi Leng, will suddenly surprise the majestic mountains appear in the sky. ​ 

Nothing can portray the layer upon layer, mile upon mile of the mountain, the magic of the cloud, the depths of the abyss, and the green Nho Que river at the foothills. With the majestic scenery, the visitors will think that they are almost halfway up the sky. ​ 

With rugged terrain and spectacular unspoiled scenery, Ma Pi Leng Pass deserves as one of the "big four Pass" of the northwest region of Vietnam (alongside Pha Din Pass, O Quy Ho pass and Khau Pha Pass). Standing on top of Ma Pi Leng, watching the majestic landscape, this is the most experience that can not be said. Just that, the name of Ma Pi Leng make those who passion in travelling will desire to arrive, and certainly, they will return many times more.

4. Awards and designations  ​

On November 16th 2009, the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism Vietnam decided Ma Pi Leng area as a national scenic relic as the special heritage area of geology and landscape; one of the most beautiful panoramic views in Vietnam, moreover, the alley of Nho Que river is one of the most unique creation valleys in Vietnam ​ 

There have been many writers and poets visiting this majestic pass such as Xuan Dieu, Nguyen Ngoc etc., and unforgettable impressions have created inspiration in their works. 

The most notable composition is the work Mo Lung Cu Tot Bac written by writer Nguyen Tuan. In this work, about the process of opening Ma Pi Leng Pass, Nguyen Tuan wrote: “the whole road from Dong Van to Meo Vac about 24km length with rocky mountain would take one year and a half. But on Ma Pi Leng slope, it takes 11 months to hang on the cliff to punch and detach stone carving stone to attach road’s face to the cliff”. ​ 

Travelling in Ha Giang will not be complete if you don’t stand to Ma Pi Leng pass, so make sure that you visit there before leaving.   

By Custom Vietnam Travel

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