Ha Giang Travel Guide From A To Z

Ha Giang is not only famous for its majestic mountains and winding slopes, It is also well-known the terraced fields and the valleys of beautiful flowers. Let’s explore the beautiful land with Ha Giang Travel Guide From A to Z in order that you could prepare better before starting your trip!

 

Ha Giang Travel Overview

Ha Giang province is located in the most northern part of Vietnam, about 400 km from Hanoi to the northwest. This remote province is a showcase of unbelievable mountain landscapes, limestone walls, poetic rivers and breathtaking terraced fields. Apart from its stunning scenery, Ha Giang is a home to many different ethnic tribes like H’mongs. That is why Ha Giang is a great opportunity to peek into the rural way of living. It’s all very laid-back and serene, just how the Vietnam experience should be.

 

The breathtaking view of terraces fields in Ha Giang. Photo: Anh Nguyen
The breathtaking view of terraces fields in Ha Giang. Photo: Anh Nguyen

 

When is the best time to visit to Ha Giang?

Ha Giang is beautiful all year round, however, in each season, Ha Giang has a particular beauty.

 

+ From January to February: When the spring comes, everywhere from Quan Ba (Quảng Bạ), Yen Minh (Yên Minh), Dong Van ( Đồng Văn) to Meo Vac ( Mèo Vạc), the peach blossom, plum blossom and yellow rape flowers bloom with dark rocky plateau in Ha Giang.

 

Peach blossom is in bloom in villages in Ha Giang. Photo: @hoangnhiemphoto
Peach blossom is in bloom in villages in Ha Giang. Photo: @hoangnhiemphoto

 

+ March:This is the most beautiful time to admire he peach blossom, plum blossom and join in the festival of Ha Giang’s minority groups.

 

+ July: In 27th, March (in the lunar calendar), from all roads on the mountain slope, people in their ethnic costumes make boisterous brouhaha of laughter and go to the market to participate in Khau Vai ( Khâu Vailove market, which happens only one time each year.

 

+ From May to June : In pouring water season, the majority of Ha Giang’s fields are irrigated in about May to June, at few places in July, a few plots can conserve the water from April; but the best time for irrigating is the rice growing in progress, in about May to June.

 

Hoang Su Phi's terraced fields in pouring water season. Photo: @thangsoi
Hoang Su Phi’s terraced fields in pouring water season. Photo: @thangsoi

 

+From September to October: The ripen rice season usually begins in late September and early October. When the terraced fields turn into the bright yellow of ripen rice, it is time that the spectacular scenery of the forests renews again.

 

+ November:  Buckwheat flower is the characteristic flower of Ha Giang rocky plateau. This is a type of flower with slightly pink and violet tiny flowers bewitching flower lovers and visitors. Coming to Ha Giang in October, you will experience the magic of the dreamy pink buckwheat fields stretching across the hills.

 

With time, buckwheat flower will change color from white to purple pink, and finally dark red. Photo: Trần Bảo Hòa
With time, buckwheat flower will change color from white to purple pink, and finally dark red. Photo: Trần Bảo Hòa

 

+December: In Meo Vac district of Dong Van rocky plateau, many places have snow at the end of December, curious tourists from many places are lucky to enjoy the unique scenery of the year.

 

How to get to Giang?

 

In Ho Chi Minh ( Hồ Chí Minh) city and Central: Visitors can take plane to Hanoi, then from Hanoi moving to Ha Giang by coach or motorbike. Ha Giang is about 300 km from Hanoi. It take about five to six hour to Ha Giang.

 

+ Coach: There are many coach brands preserving the route from My Dinh ( Mỹ Đình) bus station to Ha Giang: Bang Phan (Bằng Phấn), Hung Thanh (Hưng Thành), Hai Van (Hải Vân), etc. The price from VND 260,000 – VND 300,000.

The coaches have fully-reclining berths which make it easy to sleep. That way visitors can start exploring Ha Giang well-rested and make the most of your first day there.

 

+ Motorcycle: If you like adventuring, head to Ha Giang on your own motorbike. The 300-kilometer ride will take you the better part of a day, especially if you want to make a few stops along the way.

 

Some routes you can move by motorcycle:

  • Hanoi (Hà Nội) – Ha Giang (Hà Giang) – Quan Ba (Quản Bạ) – Yen Minh (Yên Minh) – Dong Van (Đồng Văn) – Ma Pi Leng (Mã Pí Lèng) – Meo Vac (Mèo Vạc) – Bac Me (Bắc Mê) – Ha Giang city – Hanoi (Hà Nội).
  • Meo Vac (Mèo Vạc) – Lung Phin (Lũng Pìn) – Mau Due (Mậu Duệ) – Du Gia (Du Già) – Ha Giang (Hà Giang) – Hanoi (Hà Nội).
  • Niem Son (Niêm Sơn)– Ha Giang (Hà Giang) – Cao Bang (Cao Bằng) – Bac Kan (Bắc Kạn) – Hanoi (Hà Nội).
  • Hanoi (Hà Nội) – Ha Giang (Hà Giang) – Bac Quang (Bắc Quang) – Tan Quang (Tân Quang) – Hoang Su Phi (Hoàng Su Phì)– Xin Man (Xín Mần) – Coc Pai (Cốc Pài) – Lao Cai (Lào Cai) – Hanoi (Hà Nội).

 

Moving/ Vehicle in Ha Giang

Following to Ha Giang travel guide, visitors can rent motorcycle at hotels with price about 120,000/ day.

Some address for renting motorcycle:

  •  Address: 33b, Quang Trung ward. Tel: +84 912606025. ( Mr. Vinh)
  • Tel: +84 986030405 / +84 915273882. (Mr. Bay)
  • Tel: +84 917.797.269. ( Mr. Nam)

 

Exploring Ha Giang by motorbike is an interesting experience. Photo: Hoàng Linh Hà
Exploring Ha Giang by motorbike is an interesting experience. Photo: Hoàng Linh Hà

 

Top best places in Ha Giang you should not miss

 

Hoang Su Phi (Hoàng Su Phì) village

Like Mu Cang Chai (Yen Bai), Hoang Su Phi attracts visitors by the beauty of terraced fields. Hoang Su Phi is a district in the western of Ha Giang Province, at the foot of imposing Tay Con Linh Mountain. With its terraced fields, Hoang Su Phi displays its charming beauty as a paradise dimly looms in the clouds.

 

From September to October, the rice is changing to golden color .: Phạm Hoàng Cương‎

 

Bac Sum (Bắc Sum) Slope

Located in the foot of the Fairy Twin Mountain, Bac Sum slope looks like  a snake bending itself at majestic mountain. Bac Sum slope is the most steep and winding slope of Ha Giang. If visitors have ever crossed the Bac Sum. Let’s stay at the top of the slope and look back on the road you’ve crossed.

 

The beautiful sight at Bac Sum slope. Photo @jonas.hi95
The beautiful sight at Bac Sum slope. Photo @jonas.hi95

 

Quan Ba Twin Mountain ( Fairy twin mountain)

Co Tien (Fairy) twin mountain is a famous landmark in Quan Ba, which is located on the road to Dong Van, about 40 km from Ha Giang town. Coming here, visitors have the opportunity to admire the art of the nature give to this land. Between the mountain and rice terraced fields, there are many mountains with strange shape that make visitors surprise by the spectacular beauty of the nature. Especially, Two mountains associated with the legend “Co Tien Mountain” very interesting.

 

 From a distance, Quan Ba Twin Mountain looks like two cherries as an art of nature. Photo: @Fxhfh Eyrndj
From a distance, Quan Ba Twin Mountain looks like two cherries as an art of nature. Photo: @Fxhfh Eyrndj

 

 Yen Minh (Yên Minh) Pine Forest

Yen Minh pine forest is about 20 km from Quan Ba town. This is a beautiful pine path and it was said that Yen Minh pine forest is “Dalat version 2″ in the Northeast Homeland. The feeling was wandering among vast pine forests, inhaling the aroma galaxy sometimes in the cold wind and fog young turpentine night, listening to the rustle of the forest home happy pine branch is a wonderful experiences of any visitor come this place.

 

Yen Minh pine forest is “Dalat version 2″ in the Northeast Homeland. Photo: @maivantrang
Yen Minh pine forest is “Dalat version 2″ in the Northeast Homeland. Photo: @maivantrang

 

Sung La (Sủng Là) Valley

Sung La valley is located in highway 4C, about 20km from Dong Van district. This place is the central part of Ha Giang highland, so anyone who come to Ha Giang will go through it. Sung La valley lies between the rugged mountains, dark color. Villagers plant corn and other staples in Sung La valley. But what is different here is that there are rose fields that cover almost all of the nearby area. It sounds great as flower paradise!

 

 From the road perched halfway up the sky look down, visitors will see Sung La as a colorful natural picture. Photo: Hòa Huy Ngô
From the road perched halfway up the sky look down, visitors will see Sung La as a colorful natural picture. Photo: Hòa Huy Ngô

 

Pho Bang (Phó Bảng) Town

Pho Bang which was called ” forgotten ancient town” is hidden between the centuries-old limestone mountains. It is hard to imagine that this tiny town was once the capital of the entire region. Here, there are only two main streets and dozens of clay houses with tiled roofs and walls and doors decorated with ancient parallel sentences in Chinese.

 

Pho Bang is hidden between the centuries-old limestone mountains, and is remote from the road. Photo: @Hoàng Linh Hà
Pho Bang is hidden between the centuries-old limestone mountains, and is remote from the road. Photo: @Hoàng Linh Hà

 

Tham Ma (Thẩm Mã) Slope

Ha Giang is famous for the rugged passes, slopes. Tham Ma is a slope with many echoing the bends and curves connecting Yen Minh and Pho Cao Town . This is also the gate that takes visitors to the Dong Van Plateau. Even though they challenge the riders, but in return, they’ll be rewarded with the stunning perspectives when viewing those passes.

 

One of the most unique sights in the East – Northwest, this slope is quite dangerous but so breathtaking view. Photo: @ali_olfat
One of the most unique sights in the East – Northwest, this slope is quite dangerous but so breathtaking view. Photo: @ali_olfat

 

Lung Cu (Lũng Cú) Flag Pole

Lung Cu flagpole, marking the country’s extreme north, is a popular tourist destination that inspires a deep sense of pride in Vietnamese. From a distance, Lung Cu is a spectacular sight with the view dominated by giant boulders and the national flag flying above Dragon Mountain.

 

From its top, visitors can see the whole of beautiful and spectacular landscape. Photo: Nguyễn Minh Hoàng
From its top, visitors can see the whole of beautiful and spectacular landscape. Photo: Nguyễn Minh Hoàng

 

Dong Van ( Đồng Văn) Ancient Town

As one of Ha Giang’s major tourist attractions, Dong Van is located in Dong Van town, Dong Van district, Ha Giang province. Dong Van town lies in the middle of the valley with four rocky mountains. The old town has 40 rooftops nestled under rocky mountains. The houses in Dong Van ancient town were built quite strange from wood, earth and stone with unique architecture.

 

The old town has 40 rooftops nestled under rocky mountains. Photo: @Lê Giang
The old town has 40 rooftops nestled under rocky mountains. Photo: @Lê Giang

 

The Palace of Vuong family ( H’mong King Palace)

The H’mong King’s Palace is considered a gem of the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang, and is a popular tourist destination besides the Dong Van Stone Plateau. Lying some 130 kilometres of Ha Giang Town to the north, the century-old palace is still the largest construction in the area and boasts special architecture style.

 

The palace that is built from stone, fir wood and terracotta tiling in a combined Chinese, French and H’mong traditional architectural style. Photo: @vincent.vu
The palace that is built from stone, fir wood and terracotta tiling in a combined Chinese, French and H’mong traditional architectural style. Photo: @vincent.vu

 

Ma Pi Leng (Mã Pí Lèng) pass

The beautiful sights in Ha Giang which many visitors love to mention is Ma Pi Leng pass. Ma Pi Leng pass is the most beautiful and famous road in the rock plateau. It is also one of the four high mountain passes of Vietnam attracting visitors by the rugged and rare beauty. From the top of Ma Pi Leng Pass, visitors can admire the Nho Que river winding down. Boat trip on Nho Que river is a great ideal to view the view from bottom to top. Especially with the bends of the sleeves is a risky experience that many people love.

 

Ma Pi Leng pass is considered as one of the most perilous, yet stunning, passes from the mountainous North. Photo: @Fxhfh Eyrndj
Ma Pi Leng pass is considered as one of the most perilous, yet stunning, passes from the mountainous North. Photo: @Fxhfh Eyrndj

 

Ha Giang Markets

Ha Giang markets is not only a place to exchange goods but also a place where visitors can experience the unique cultures of many ethnic groups in Ha Giang. This beautiful place is famous for markets such as: Khau Vai ( Khâu Vai) Love Market , Du Gia (Du Già) Market, Central Market of Meo Vac District, Pho Cao ( Phố Cáo) Market, Lung Phin ( Lũng Phìn) Market, Dong Van ( Đồng Văn) Market, etc.

 

The markets in Ha Giang is a places which converges many unique cultures of minority groups in highland. Photo: coppersea
The markets in Ha Giang is the places which converge many unique cultures of minority groups in highland. Photo: coppersea

 

See more at : Discovering the most beautiful sights in Ha Giang

What to eat in Ha Giang? Famous specialties in Ha Giang.

Buckwheat cake: Buckwheat cake is made from the seeds of Buckwheat tree. The cake is soft and has pungent flavor of the tree. Enjoying a buckwheat cake in the winter is so attractive.

 

Buckwheat cake is grilled to enjoy. Photo: Collection.
Buckwheat cake is grilled to enjoy. Photo: Collection.

 

Thang Co (Thắng Cố) : Thang co is sold in many food vendors in the Dong Van market at a cheap price. The aroma of cardamom seeds and lemongrass, mingled with the flavor of grilled pork will make any tourist fall in love with this dish.

 

Đến vùng Tây Bắc nhất định phải thử món đặc sản thắng cố. Ảnh: Sưu tầm

 

Au Tau ( Ấu Tẩu) rice gruel : Au Tau is the combination of the delicate sticky rice, buttery taste of caltrops stewed with broth and fragrance of fennel with a hint of port based broth. In a winter night, a bowl of Au Tau rice gruel is an amazing treat for all people.

 

Au Tau rice gruel will irrefutably change your normal standard of rice gruel. Photo: Collection
Au Tau rice gruel will irrefutably change your normal standard of rice gruel. Photo: Collection

 

Steamed egg rolls pancake in Dong Van:  As its name refers, this dish is made from egg which is well steamed and rolled up. Steamed egg roll is also eaten with the pork bone based sauce which surprisingly enhances the flavor of the dish.

 

Thang Den (Thắng Dền): Thang Den looks like the dish of floating cake in Hanoi. It is made of sticky rice flour with the filling peas. Flour will be kneaded into sphere shapes and boiled in a hot pot of water. The dish is coated with a sprinkling of sugar with an extra sweet kick of coconut milk.

 

It is a great experience to enjoy a bowl of Thang Den in Ha Giang. Photo: Collection
It is a great experience to enjoy a bowl of Thang Den in Ha Giang. Photo: Collection

 

Bac Me (Bắc Mê) bamboo sticky rice: Bac Me is another kind of sticky rice in Ha Giang. Bamboo sticky rice has a simple recipe with the ingredients of well soaked sticky rice, ground water, bamboo sections and banana leaves. They mix sticky rice with salt then put this mixture into bamboo section together with water. They cover the mouth of bamboo by dried banana leaves then grill these bamboo packs directly on charcoal for one hour.

 

Five-color sticky rice: Five-color sticky rice which converges not only the traditional values but also the beautiful meaning of human livelihood. This dish is made from rice that has 5 different colors; red, yellow, green,purple and white.

 

It's an absolutely perfect architectural masterpiece of sticky rice that you can hardly see in other lands. Photo: Collection
It’s an absolutely perfect architectural masterpiece of sticky rice that you can hardly see in other lands. Photo: Collection

 

Bac Quang (Bắc Quang) Orange: For years, thick-skined orange has become a most famous specialty of Bac Quang. Thanks to the fertile land and climatic conditions that nowhere else has, orange here has a typical and sweet flavor that is a symbol of southern mountainous area of Ha Giang.

 

Bac Quang orange is a symbol of southern mountainous area of Ha Giang. Photo: Collection
Bac Quang orange is a symbol of southern mountainous area of Ha Giang. Photo: Collection

 

Chinese sausage: Lean and fat pork are main ingredients of chinese sausage. These ingredients are cooked with pepper, honey, sugar and white wine to create a memorable flavor for every foodies from the first taste.

 

Some restaurants in Ha Giang:

Bong Lai (Bồng Lai) Restaurant

++ Address: Group 1, Nguyen Trai ward, Hà Giang town.

Minh Hieu (Minh Hiếu) Restaurant

++ Address:  Nguyen Trai ward, Hà Giang town.

Hoang Anh (Hoàng Anh) Restaurant

++ Address: Nguyen Trai ward, Hà Giang town.

Phuong Dong (Phương Đông) Restaurant

++ Address: Group 19, Nguyen Trai ward, Hà Giang town.

Yen Bien (Yên Biên) Restaurant

++ Address:  Nguyen Trai ward, Hà Giang town.

 

Where to stay in Ha Giang? Hotel and Homestay in Ha Giang.

 

Bụi Homestay

++ Address: Dong Van (Đồng Văn) town, the fork of Lung Cu (Lũng Cú), Ha Giang.

 

Bui Homestay- Lang Tay Homestay- Dao Lodge Homestay-Ha Giang travel guide. Photo: Collection
Bui Homestay- Lang Tay Homestay- Dao Lodge Homestay-Ha Giang travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Lang Tay (Làng Tày) Homestay

++ Address: Group 2, Tien Thang (Tiến Thắng), Phuong Thien (Phương Thiện) commune, Ha Giang (Hà Giang).

 

Lang Tay Homestay- Dao Lodge Homestay-Ha Giang travel guide. Photo: Collection
Lang Tay Homestay- Dao Lodge Homestay-Ha Giang travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Dao Lodge

++ Address: Nam Dan (Nặm Đăn) commune , Quan Ba (Quản Bạ) district,  Ha Giang.

 

Dao Lodge Homestay-Ha Giang travel guide. Photo: Collection
Dao Lodge Homestay-Ha Giang travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Auberge de MeoVac.

++ Address: Meo Vac town, Ha Giang.

 

Auberge de MeoVac Homestay-Ha Giang travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Thon Tha Tay Stilt House

++ Address: Tha village, Phuong Do (Phương Độ), Ha Giang town.

 

Thon Tha Tay Stilt House- Ha Giang travel guide. Photo: Collection
Thon Tha Tay Stilt House- Ha Giang travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Some beautiful homestay in Ha Giang:

 Ha Thanh (Hạ Thành) Homestay

++ Address: Ha Thanh (Hạ Thành) village, Phuong Do (Phương Do) commune, Ha Giang.

Ban Tha (Bản Tha) Homestay 

++ Address: Tha village, Lung Cu (Lũng Cú), Ha Giang.

Ban Tuy (Bản Tùy) Homestay

++ Address: Tuy ( Tùy) village, Ngoc Duong (Ngọc Đường) district, Ha Giang.

Kiki’s House

++ Address: 134B Ly Tu Trong (Lý Tự Trọng) street, Ha Giang city.

 Du Gia (Du Già) Homestay

++ Address: 195B Coc Pang (Cốc Pảng) village, Du Gia (Du Già) commune,  Yen Minh (Yên Minh) district, Ha Giang.

Ha Giang Creekside House

++ Address: 50 Hai Ba Trung (Hai Bà Trưng), Nguyen Trai (Nguyễn Trãi) ward, Ha Giang.

Dong Van Family Homestay 

++ Address: Dong Van (Đồng Văn) town – Dong Van (Đồng Văn) – Ha Giang.

Tho (Thổ) Homestay

++ Address: Na Rang (Nà Ràng) village, Khuon Lung (Khuôn Lùng), Xin Man (Xín Mần), Ha Giang.

10Am’s House Homestay

++ Address: 85 Minh Khai street, Ha Giang (Hà Giang) town.

Lo Lo (Lô Lô) Homestay 

++ Address: Sang Pa A (Sảng Pả A) village, Meo Vac (Mèo Vạc) town, Meo Vac (Mèo Vạc) district, Ha Giang.

 

Some notes when traveling to Ha Giang

– A three-day trip is not enough to truly feel the essence of Ha Giang. Four or more days is the best.

– Make sure that you bring enough cash.

– Don’t forget to bring these things such as raincoat, extra socks, sturdy footwear/riding boots, mosquito repellent, etc.