Ha Giang travel guide (Last updated on January 1, 2020)
Located about 300km northwest of Ha Noi, Ha Giang is not only beautiful because of its majestic scenery, winding roads but also beautiful because of the cultural identity of the peoples here. Ha Giang is a province located in the Northeast of Vietnam, about 320 km from Hanoi, adjacent to Lao Cao province where the famous tourist destination in Vietnam is Sapa, Cao Bang province where Ban Gioc waterfall is located.
It is also one of the most beautiful and majestic waterfalls in Vietnam. This place is famous for the wild beauty of majestic mountains, the most rugged mountain passes in Vietnam. For those who love to travel and experience, this will be a place not to be missed when traveling in Vietnam.
Best time to travel to Ha Giang
You can travel to this province at any time of the year, for easy, Go Explore Vietnam team will combine the appropriate seasonal time for you to follow:
January – April: This is the time when there are so many traditional festivals that attract so many tourists to explore. Not only that when you come here at this point you will be able to see the garden peach blossom everywhere, so beautiful and romantic.
May: is the time when people prepare for a new crop. This time will be very suitable for visitors who like to take pictures and explore nature.
August – September: terraced rice fields with the typical yellow color of rice.
October to November: is the season of flowering “tam giac mach”.
December: brilliant yellow flowers season
How to get to Ha Giang
Come to Ha Giang
If you are a fan of adventure, you can choose motorcycles. Time to travel from Hanoi to here will take about 8 – 10 hours.
- You should be prepared for the right path.
- Bring a travel map or phone with an internet connection to use Google Maps.
- Absolutely comply with road traffic law.
Rent a motorbike
For those who choose to travel from Hanoi and want to explore tourist destinations around here by motorbike, we will suggest some motorbike rental shops when you come here.
- Giang Son
Address: Km 3 Cầu Mè
Phone: 0988 470 863 – 094 171 99 55
- Hang Thuong
Address: 15B Pham Hong Thai, Group 17, Ward Minh Khai
Phone: 083 6399 888 – 0942 50 8448 (Mr. Thuong)
- Ha Giang 1 hostel and motorbike rental
Address: 54A Tran Phu
Phone: 036 6166 968 – 0986 846 110 (Mr Tac)
Motorbike rental ranges from 150,000 VND to 200,000 VND/day depending on the model. And at these motorbike rental shops are available helmets, travel maps, raincoats, protective clothing … ready to serve when guests need it.
- You should copy your passport to deposit for motorbike rental shops or you can deposit with money.
- Before renting a motorbike, you should clearly negotiate the price and time for renting a motorbike.
- Always carry your passport when traveling on the road, especially in border areas.
- Check carefully the condition of the moto, if it is not safe, ask to change another motorbike.
Local open bus
You can also go by open bus from My Dinh bus station to HaGiang city. The bed price is about 200,000 VND / person and travel time is about 4 – 5 hours.
Book tour with some travel agencies
You also can book a tour package or part of service via a local travel agent, they can help arrange the transfer, tour guide, accommodation and everything you need.
You can rent a motorbike for about 150,000 VND / car to explore the tourist attractions here. If you can not ride a moto by yourself, there’s also service of moto-taxi, we call “xe -om” in Vietnamese, who can take you for a ride to where you want.
Where to stay? Nice and good Homestay & Hotels in Ha Giang
In Ha Giang from the homestay to the high-end hotel, there are many options for you. If you go on holiday, you are recommended to book accommodation 2-3 weeks before to avoid room unavailability or high prices. Right in the center of the city, there are many homestay and hotels with very reasonable prices and you can book directly or through the travel company so you get better prices a lot more than you book directly with that hotel. This is an experience when traveling to Ha Giang you should pay attention.
The homestay is a form of community tourism, for visitors who want to explore, experience and learn about the customs and traditions of the local people. Here you can eat, stay, participate in activities with indigenous families to better understand the daily life and cultural characteristics of each indigenous people.
In addition, Booking.com is a very reasonable choice we would like to advise you with information and photos, very detailed service, as well as reviews of the people who have booked here.
Places to visit in Ha Giang
Hoang Su Phi District
Hoang Su Phi is about 50km from the city. This is a highland border district that attracts adventurous travelers by adventurous road trips. At the time of May or September (rice harvest season) is a beautiful time to travel to Hoang Su Phi to see the terraced fields stretch.
Going through forests, terraced fields and hamlets of the Tay, Mong and Dao people, tourists arrive in Noong Lake that runs around the foot of Noong Mountain. This natural lake has a total area of water surface of over 20ha in the dry season and 80ha in the rainy season. It is surrounded by mountains and primitive forests of over 700ha.
Under the sun or on moonlit nights, the lake’s water surface is twinkling and seems to be silver-inlaid. Therefore, the locals called it the forest’s “eye”.
Yen Minh Pine Forest
Yen Minh pine forest is about 100km northeast of the city, as Dalat in the Northeast. When you come here you will admire the large pine orchards lying between the mountains.
Sung La Valley
Sung La is known as one of HaGiang’s famous tourist spots with blooming flower gardens. Sung La is attracting tourist by the rustic beauty, the tranquility of the small houses, the green cornfields, lying alternately with the flower garden
After the success on screen, “House of Pao” became the destination not to be missed on the exploration of Dong Van stone plateau.
The Mansion of Vuong Family
The Meo King’s residence, also known as the King’s Palace, is located in a valley in Xa Phin commune, Dong Van district. The architecture is unique, influenced by three architectures: China, Mong people, and France. This residence was recognized by the State as National Monument in 1993. Admission to the Palace Vuong: 20,000 VND.
Lung Cu Flag Tower
Lung Cu flagpole is a national flagpole located at Lung Cu peak, also known as Long mountain peak, about 1,470 meters above sea level in Lung Cu commune, Dong Van district. From the parking lot midway up the mountain, visitors conquered 286 stone steps to the height of 1700m and set foot on the peak Lung Cu.
Dong Van Old Quarter
Dong Van ancient town is located in Dong Van town. Dong Van market built in stone in the 1920s almost intact till today. A destination not to be missed when traveling to this city because of the cultural identity of ethnic groups brought here as the bustling weekend market bold cultural identity highland. Lantern hanging in the street on the middle of the month lunar calendar.
Ma Pi Leng Pass – Nho Que River
Ma Pi Leng is known as the most beautiful street in the rocky plateau. The pass winding through the cliffs, passing peak Ma Pi Leng at 2000 meters, at the foot of the Nho Que River four-season-coloured-green-jade.
Ha Giang Fair
This is a crowded market, which attracts many different commodities of mountainous ethnic groups. To understand the cultural identity, the lifestyle of the charismatic, you visit a market to feel complete.
Quan Ba Twin Mountains
Quan Ba Twin Mountains is located next to 4C Highway, 40 km far from HaGiang town.
Tham Ma slope
This is the first pass that you need to pass to go to Dong Van district.
Dong Van Plateau
Dong Van rock plateau is located in four districts of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van and Meo Vac of Ha Giang province, Vietnam. In 2010, Dong Van rock plateau was recognized as a Global Geopark.
This landmark is located about 500m from Nho Que river in the way of the bird and is a landmark dividing the border between Vietnam and China.
Dong Van Market
As an old market located in the complex of Dong Van Old Quarter, this is considered to be the biggest center of trading, exchanging goods and culture in this Dong Van rocky plateau. This market is only open every Sunday, on this day, people of the Dao, Mong, Tay … living around this area will gather here to buy and sell goods. When you come here, you will get along and explore the identity of the local ethnic groups, see colorful costumes, and even buy clean foods such as vegetables, pigs, dogs, chickens, etc.
Khau Vai love market
Khau Vai Love Market is a famous market for this land because there are no trade-in goods here. This market is only held once a year on the 27th of the lunar calendar.
Khau Vai Love Market has a profound cultural beauty that contains human values – It is not only a place to find the girls and boys who love but cannot get married, but have become a rendezvous of love. , of those who are seeking their own happiness.
Some other travel experiences should be noted
- If you choose to travel by motorbike to explore this area, make sure you are fit, as well as familiar with driving through the mountainous terrain. Because most of the roads leading to tourist attractions in HaGiang are difficult roads.
- You need to calculate the route properly and avoid moving in the period from 5 pm onwards. Because at that time, fog, drizzle often appeared and moving in such weather conditions would be extremely dangerous.