Vietnam showed off the most stunning images of the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geo-Park in the northernmost province of Ha Giang at a recently concluded geofest in Langakawi archipelago, Malaysia’s Kedah state.

The Vietnamese delegation, led by Vice Chairman of the Ha Giang People’s Committee Tran Duc Quy, also displayed some local special products.

Joining Vietnam at the event were other countries home to geo-parks in Asia-Pacific such as Indonesia , Thailand, and the Republic of Korea, which shared their information and expertise in the field with an aim to increase public and tourist awareness of the importance of nature conservation with the consideration of biodiversity and geo-diversity.

Chief Executive Officer of the Langkawi Development Authority Khalid Ramli said maintaining a network of cooperation among countries with existing geo-parks or which are developing them is important to improving the various aspects of geo-park development.

Vice Chairman Quy told Vietnam News Agency correspondents in Malaysia that Vietnam ’s engagement in this event was to promote tourism and learn from other countries’ tourism development experience.

Dong Van plateau was recognised as a member of the Global Network of National Geoparks in 2010, becoming Vietnam’s first geological park and the second in Southeast Asia.

Covering a total area of 2,356 km2, it is 80 percent limestone and contains the fossils of thousands of species of prehistoric creatures from 400-600 million years ago.

It is also home to over 250,000 people from 17 different ethnic groups, who boast unique cultures that have been fostered over the centuries.

Recently, 14 archaeological sites were excavated in the plateau, which covers Dong Van, Meo Vac, and Yen Minh districts, revealing hundreds of relics believed to appear in the prehistoric and protohistoric times.

In September 2014, the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geo-Park was re-recognised as a member of the Global Network of National Geo-parks for the 2015-2018 period.-VNA