Quan Ba

Quan Ba, Vietnam
Fairy Boobs

Located just over Tam Son Pass the sleepy village of Quan Ba is surrounded by rice paddies on one side and mountains on the other.  It is also located by one of the most picturesque overlooks in the region.  It is home to the famous “Fairy Boobs”, two hills outside of town that, well, resemble fairy boobs.  There are few accommodations in town and they will all require the “Travel Permit” for travelers on motorbike.  After descending Tam Son Pass, the main drag cuts right through the middle of town.  On the right are a couple hotels with Anh Hoat Guest House being a good option, and on both sides of the street are pho stands with one of the busiest being across the street from Anh Hoat.  The brightest and newest building in town is the new cellphone store, Viettel

Quan Ba, Vietnam
Quan Ba Market
Quan Ba, Vietnam
Anh Hoat Guest House, Quan Ba

A couple of blocks down the side street from the Viettel is where the local market is located.  Most mornings it’s a pretty busy place but in the afternoon most shops will be closed with people taking a midday nap.  At the far end of town there is a petrol station hidden behind one of the “fairy boobs”.  Anyone traveling by motorbike might consider fueling at standard petrol stations since the petrol sold out of the drums in more rural areas can be cut with kerosene or other additives that might cause a motorbike to run rough.

Quan Ba, Vietnam
Quan Ba Market
Quan Ba, Vietnam
Quan Ba Petrol Station

Continuing past the petrol station the road descends further into a river valley lined with rice paddies and small rural communities.  The road then ascends again winding through steep hills with terrace farms and hill tribe people often walking from the fields back home.  The next village with accommodations would be Yen Minh.

Quan Ba, Vietnam
Crossroads with people selling produce
Quan Ba, Vietnam
Taking a break along the river
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Entering the frontier area