The Ma Pi Leng Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.500m (4,921ft) above the sea level, situated between Dong Van and Meo Vac, two towns in the far North of Vietnam, close to the border with China. It’s said to be the most astonishing mountain road in all of Vietnam.
The incomparable pass belongs to Ha Giang province. It’s located along the asphalted but bumpy National Road No. 4C, nicknamed as Hanh Phuc (The Happiness Road). The climb is very challenging and dangerous. It’s the most difficult pass to build but also the most fascinating and beautiful pass to enjoy in Vietnam. The road was built in the 60s of the 20th century by a lot of workers who worked very hard for 11 years to build this road.
It is known as the King of the Vietnamese mountain passes.There are sheer drops virtually along the entire route and enough hairpins to make a whirling dervish dizzy. The road along the mountainside has romantic, stunning scenery that is ideal destination for riding motorbike. A quick glance at the map at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype.The 20km long climb inspired many people to travel to witness its breathtaking beauty.
The road to the summit, regarded as “Vietnam's Great Wall”, feels like a scene from a fairytale. This is an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains. At the top of the pass there’s a stone stele recording the marks in the construction process.
Road suggested by: Zac Peterson
Pic: Nguyễn Tấn Tài