4 interesting N-E-W-S extreme points that are welcoming you in Vietnam
So whenever thinking of a travel to Vietnam, the Northernmost-Easternmost-Westernmost-Southernmost points would be fantastic options for you to consider.
(N) Lung Cu Flagpole - the Northernmost point (Ha Giang Province)
Vietnam national flag is fluttering on top of the Northernmost point of Vietnam mainland (Dong Van District, Ha Giang Province) - Photo: Internet
The Northernmost point of Vietnam mainland is marked with Lung Cu Flagpole (or Long Cu Flagpole) on Mount Dragon, the mountainous area of Lung Cu, Dong Van District, Ha Giang Province.
Since a long time ago, this flagpole has been symbolized as the Northernmost point of Vietnam mainland. In fact, the real borderline between Vietnam and People's Republic of China (PRC) is several kilometers away.
Coming to Lung Cu, travelers would be able to contemplate the beauty of the Northeast region of Vietnam from the height of 1,800 meters above the sea surface.
Not only recognized as the Northernmost point of Vietnam, Lung Cu is also the land of many beautiful flowers, such as cherry blossoms, pear blossoms, etc.
And do not forget to join in the market events of ethnic groups of people in this region.
(E) Mui Doi Cliff - the Easternmost point (Khanh Hoa Province, the South Central Coast of Vietnam)
The Easternmost point of Vietnam mainland is Mui Doi Cliff (Khanh Hoa Province). This is the place of Vietnam mainland to get the first sunlight of a new day - Photo: Internet
Mui Doi Cliff (Mũi Đôi in Vietnamese) is on Hon Gom Peninsula, Van Phong Bay, Van Thanh Commune, Van Ninh District, Khanh Hoa Province - the South Central Coast of Vietnam.
This Easternmost point is marked with an inox pyramid-shaped piece put on top of a stone on Mui Doi Cliff.
Mui Doi is the first place on Vietnam mainland to get the first sunlight of the day (as well as the whole Indochina and the mainland of Southeast Asia).
This cliff was recognized as national heritage by the Minitry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2005.
Visiting Mui Doi Cliff, travelers would have your chance to not only conquer the Easternmost point of Vietnam, but also contemplate fantastic beautiful views here.
(W) A Pa Chai - the Westernmost point (Dien Bien Province)
The milestone with its three sides craved with the name of three nations - Vietnam, Laos, PRC - is the Westernmost point of Vietnam mainland - Photo: Internet
Among 4 national geographic points of Vietnam mainland, the Westernmost point - A Pa Chai bordergate (A Pa Chải) is the most difficult to conquer.
A Pa Chai bordergate is in Muong Nhe District, Dien Bien Province, and marks the national border between Vietnam and two countries Laos and PRC.
In the area of this Westernmost point, there is a three-sided milestone, on each side is the names of three nations Vietnam - Laos - PRC written in each one’s national language Vietnamese, Lao and Mandarin Chinese.
The journey to A Pa Chai is very craggy and arduous, for this reason success in conquering this Westernmost point makes such pride of any conquerers.
Once arriving in A Pa Chai, you would feel cool and fresh winds, also witness people’s lives in this rural area with your own eyes.
(S) Ca Mau Cape - the Southernmost point (Ca Mau Province)
The Southernmost point of Vietnam mainland is in the area of Ca Mau Province. Its mark is a contruction portaying a ship heading towards the sea - Photo: Internet
Ca Mau Cape is part of Ca Mau Peninsula, also the Southernmost point of Vietnam mainland. It’s in Ngoc Hien District, Ca Mau Province. The region on the leftside of Ca Mau Cape is Thailand Gulf, while on the rightside is the Southern part of Southeast Asia Sea.
This cape is marked with a contrustion portraying a ship on its way out to the sea. Ca Mau Cape is considered the Southernmost point of Vietnam mainland for a very very long time.
A trip to Ca Mau Cape would bring you much closer to the lives of people in the Southern part of Mekong Delta, and for sure you would have a chance to savor the natural greenish views of plants and fields, and immense views of the sea.
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