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Visit Lung Cu Flag Tower in the North of Vietnam

Visit Lung Cu Flag Tower in the North of Vietnam
Lung Cu Flag Tower is the last vestige of Vietnam. It is a mighty structure that stands high above the rugged hills of Vietnam's northern border.

HOW TO GET TO LUNG CU FLAG TOWER

You can travel to Lung Cu's iconic flag pole from Dong Van, a city about 90 minutes south by motorbike. The ride itself may only be 30 kilometres or so, but it is a winding road, full of blind corners and the occasional shuttle bus. As is standard in Vietnam, the shuttle buses drive like maniacs. Taking a slow pace is recommended.
 
You could probably book your own shuttle bus up to Lung Cu, or I'm sure you could book a taxi if you are willing to pay a bit more. But I would recommend taking motorbikes on your ride to the flag tower. Like most of the Ha Giang province, the road to the Lung Cu flag tower is breathtaking.
Full of switch back turns and clear views of both the valley below and the mountain peaks - the only hard part is keeping your eyes on the road! Drive carefully, and use the motorbike to pull over and take pictures at your convenience.
 
Even if you aren't very experienced with motorbikes, see if you can find someone to teach you before your trip. I strongly believe that this is the best way to experience Northern Vietnam.
If you don't have your own motorbike, rentals are easy to find in Ha Giang City or Hanoi. Stay at a hostel, or step into one and ask the staff, and you shouldn't have any trouble.
 
The route to Lung Cu flag tower is mostly smooth. There was one notable exception though when we did the ride (in July of 2016), and that was about 10 minutes out of Dong Van when the road turned into a construction site. In classic Vietnamese style, the construction workers paid us no mind, and continued to block our route as they worked. Eventually though they paused long enough that we could inch our way down the rocky road, praying that neither of our rentals caught a flat tire.
 

AFTER ARRIVING AT LUNG CU FLAG TOWER

When you arrive at the Lung Cu Flag Tower you will need to purchase an entry ticket that costs 20,000 Vietnamese Dong (or about 90 cents American). You will also see a gift shop that can serve you cold drinks, and a small local restaurant.
 
When you're ready to ascend the flag tower, you'll hope you brought decent footware and perhaps a bottle of water. The staircase to be climbed to get to the base of the tower is well over a hundred steps. On a hot and humid day, it may feel more like a thousand.
 
Don't give up now though - you've made it this far, and the best is still to come. The view from Lung Cu's flag pole is outstanding. From the base of the tower you can already appreciate your surroundings, and get a nice view of the flag above.
 
Once you have caught your breath though, enter the centre of the flag tower and climb one final staircase to get to the top. There are tiny windows in the tower that offer neat perspectives, teasing you with glimpses of the view that awaits at the top.
 
The best views of come from the top of the Lung Cu Flag Tower, and the payoff is well worth your climb. There you will have an unparalleled view of the hills of the Northern Ha Giang province. If you look to the north, you can see all the way into China.
 
This beautiful destination will the best experience when discover Ha Giang !!

 

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