Palace of the Lost Kingdom

Traveling through the splendid mountains and tranquil villages of Dong Van, you will see a solemn, ornate structure emerging out of the Sa Phin valley. Here lies the palace of the Vuongs, Kings of the lost Hmong Kingdom.

The story of the palace

An orphan who led the Hmongs and withstood the French army, Vuong Chinh Duc set out to build a palace worthy of his power.


The palace features elegant teak furniture, luxurious goat milk bath tubs, and pillars chiseled into the shape of poppy buds – a reminder of how he financed his empire. It also doubles as a fortress, with its own armory and guard tower.

Things to do

Guided tour with a descendent of the King’s

Among the tour guides of the palace is Vuong Chi Cho, a fourth-generation descendant of the last King.

Go to the Sa Phin market with the Hmongs

The Vuongs’ Kingdom did not stand the test of time, but its people still maintain their way of life. Stop by the Sa Phin market near the palace and have yourself a buckwheat cake after a long drive!

Visit the King’s Courtyard