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Tua Chua Karst Plateau

Tua Chua Karst Plateau in Tua Chua District of northwestern Dien Bien Province is located at a height of 1,500m above sea level. There are various rugged rocky plates placed on one another and shaped into citadels and mounts with different names such as To Cu Nhe, Chung Khoa, Chung Si Seng, Vang Long, and others. Such a natural magnificent landscape has attracted many visitors, both domestic and foreign, to the northwestern region of Vietnam.


Tua Chua Karst Plateau, located about 130km from downtown Dien Bien in the northwestern region of Vietnam, has three-fourths of its area rugged rocky land. It is rated as the country’s second “Dong Van Karst Plateau” (which was recognised by UNESCO as a Global Geo-park in 2010).

Tua Chua Karst Plateau
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Follow the provincial road 129, after driving about 30km of curves, over the high mountains and deep pass, the reward you receive after the difficult trip is the beautiful natural scenery of the northwestern forests and the limestone mountains on the plateau of Tua Chua.

Tua Chua Karst Plateau belongs to the two communes of Sin Chai and Ta Phin. The rugged karst rocks here are not as high as those in Dong Van Karst Plateau in Ha Giang Province, but they are formed into hills, running up and down, and are scattered along  provincial Road 129. The local weather is not harsh and it favours local people in a developing economy. They can grow corn, rice and fruit trees such as plum and peach.

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Hamlets of the ethnic Mong Si, or Red Mong, people are located here and there on the Tua Chua Plateau. Their houses are built with a unique architecture that attracted the  attention of visitors. For example, the house of a local, Thao A Mang, has a stone roof. He said that he had to travel up to the Da River region to find suitable stones, and then transported them by horse down the mountain, and finally by bus to his hamlet. The roof cost him about 90 million dong, equivalent to the value of three buffaloes.

To visit the local relic of Vang Long Citadel. According to historical records, the citadel was built more than two centuries ago and has been rated as an architectural work of art, with cultural and historical value. The citadel was built in a closed circle by hand and with stones without any cement. The stone plates are arranged in a scientific way, with the large ones sitting on the base and the smaller ones on top. The work is three meters high and its surface is more than one meter wide, which provides enough space for both men and horses to walk on.

The one-day trip to Tua Chua Karst Plateau is truly too short for visitors to totally enjoy its magnificent beauty, which looks like a water color painting. The beauty of this natural masterpiece is sure to leave your deepest impression in your mind.
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