Meo Vac

Meo Vac, Vietnam
On the road to Meo Vac
Meo Vac, Vietnam
Canyon on the Nho Que River
Meo Vac, Vietnam
Ma Pi Leng Pass
Meo Vac, Vietnam
Canyon on the Nho Que River

The road from Dong Van to Meo Vac has to be one of the most stunning rides of any tour through northwest Vietnam.  After leaving Dong Van the road begins to go into the jagged limestone mountains and over Ma Pi Leng Pass where the road weaves through karst pinnacles and small farm plots where the land is tillable.  Though Meo Vac is not very far from Dong Van it is a good idea to just take the road slow and enjoy the scenery.  There are many places to pull off the road and take pictures with one of the best offering views of a canyon along the Nho Que River The road then descends into Meo Vac where there are several hotel and restaurant options.

Meo Vac, Vietnam
The man walks the cow… for now
Meo Vac, Vietnam
Tobacco smoking out a bamboo bong
Meo Vac, Vietnam
Food stalls at the market
Meo Vac, Vietnam
Selling rice wine

It is possible to time a trip through this region to see the hill tribe markets in both Meo Vac and Dong Van on Sunday.  The market in Meo Vac has more of a party feel to it with hill tribe people drinking rice wine, smoking tobacco out of bamboo bongs, and eating at small food stalls.  Tables are set up around the markets for people to just hangout and socialize.  In fact that seems to be what most people do on market day.  By Sunday afternoon the hill tribe people are making their way into the hills and the population of the town suddenly becomes a fraction of what it was in the morning.  There is also a scenic overlook just southeast of town with a little gazebo on top which is a nice place to watch the hill tribe people head back home after the market.  It is also a popular spot for young Meo Vac couples to hang out.  Around the the market square there are several places to get a bite to eat even on days the market isn’t going on.  There is also a small park to the south of the market square with memorial statues of Vietnamese fighters during the American War.

Meo Vac, Vietnam
Sunday market in Meo Vac
Meo Vac, Vietnam
Sunday market in Meo Vac
Meo Vac, Vietnam
Food cart in Meo Vac
Meo Vac, Vietnam
Chickens for sale