Vietnam: Day 6 – Day 9 – Ha Giang Loop

Hà Giang is a province in northern Vietnam, bordering China. It's known for its forested limestone and granite mountains. The laid-back provincial capital, also called Hà Giang, sits on the Lô river. North of the capital, the Quản Bạ Valley has green hills and caves, and is the location of the Quản Bạ pass, also known as Heaven's Gate for its panoramic views over terraced rice fields below. This route route is a loop popular with motor cyclists and follows the QL4C northeast from Hà Giang to Bảo Lâm, and the QL34 southwest from Bảo Lâm. The landscape is spectacular with Nguom Ngao caves, Ban Gioc waterfalls and incredible passes and traditional villages. Until recently, it has been cut off from visitors by the Vietnamese government, and has therefore escaped the relentless march of civilisation ...Note that you do require a permit when heading north of Ha Giang or Meo Vac which was easily organised by our helpful Vietnamese contact. AMAZING.

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USA: Zion & Bryce Canyons 1995

Bryce Canyon National Park, a sprawling reserve in southern Utah, is known for crimson-colored hoodoos, which are spire-shaped rock formations. The park’s main road leads past the expansive Bryce Amphitheater, a hoodoo-filled depression lying below the Rim Trail hiking path. It has overlooks at Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point. Prime viewing times are around sunup and sundown. - SPECTACULAR! Zion Canyon, is 15 miles (24 km) long and up to 2,640 ft (800 m) deep. The canyon walls are reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone eroded by the North Fork of the Virgin River.

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USA: Arizona, Grand Canyon 1995

The Grand Canyon in Arizona is a natural formation distinguished by layered bands of red rock, revealing millions of years of geological history in cross-section. Vast in scale, the canyon averages 10 miles across and a mile deep along its 277-mile / 445 Km length. Much of the area is a national park, with Colorado River white-water rapids and sweeping vistas.

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