Located in the far North-east of Vietnam, Ha Giang is not only famous for containing Vietnam’s northernmost point but also its beautiful nature and culture.

320 km far away from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, Ha Giang with its provincial capital Ha Giang is one of the poorest provinces of Vietnam because of the mountainous topography leading to the least potential for agriculture development.  Despite the terrain, the government focus on developing the tourism sector and take the topography factor as their strength.

Ha Giang, Vietnam 2018 - The Essential Travel Guide In Ha GiangSource: north-vietnam.com

Country Vietnam
Region Northeast
Capital Ha Giang
Total area 3,067.9 sq ml
Total population 705,100 people
Ethnicities Vietnamese, Tay, Dao, H’mong, San Diu, Lo Lo
Time zone UTC+7
Website www.hagiang.gov.vn

I. WEATHER & BEST TIME TO VISIT HA GIANG

In Ha Giang, you can choose the time to travel depending on not only its weather but also when the festivals happen.

1. Weather in Ha Giang

WEATHER & BEST TIME TO VISIT HA GIANGSource: danatravel.vn

The time tourists usually choose to travel is in September, October, and November. Being a mountainous province, the climate is monsoon-tropical, markedly cooler than the lowland and mid-land areas. On temperature, the hottest month (June and July).

Here there is drizzling rain, fog, and hoarfrost. The highlight of Ha Giang climate is maintaining warmth in high years, heavy rain and prolonged, cooler and cooler temperatures, warmer than the northeast but colder than the northwest.

2. Best time to visit Ha Giang 

a. September – The yellow color everywhere in Hoang Su Phi

WEATHER & BEST TIME TO VISIT HA GIANGSource: youtube.com

Traveling to Ha Giang at the end of September, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery of picturesque and extremely beautiful terraced fields in Hoang Su Phi. With the moderate sloping terrain, mainly large and consistent mountainous with the diligence and skill of the farmers here, Hoang Su Phi has been turned into place having the most beautiful terraced fields in Vietnam.

Therefore, this is always a desirable destination in Ha Giang tour of the photographer preferring natural beauty, pristine of the Northwest.

b. October and November – Falling in love with buckwheat flowers

WEATHER & BEST TIME TO VISIT HA GIANGSource: phuongnamtravel.com.vn

Referring to Ha Giang, we certainly can not ignore watching buckwheat flowers’ beauty which attracts thousands of tourists each year coming. The pink color of the flowers begins to bloom on the flanks of the field, hills all over the mountains in the forest on those days of October, displaying a fanciful beauty that is so hard to describe.

The main flower season is on November; but, a lot of people have also dragged up here to take pictures, visiting as early as October. Ha Giang in each season has a particular color, a private beauty. In the last months of the year, people travel to Ha Giang to enjoy flowers and enjoy the cold air is always the best thing ever. You can see buckwheat flowers in the Siwang Valley, Quan Ba District, and Ma Pi Leng Pass.

II. HOW TO GET TO HA GIANG

1. Getting to Ha Giang by car

The fastest and the best way to travel to Ha Giang by car is moving from Hanoi to Ha Giang.

Time schedule

Brands of passenger cars Time and where to start Time and where to come Kinds of cars Fee Rate
Luxury Van 6:45
16 Hang Chinh street       
12:45
Ha Giang city
Limousine Vip 9 seats VND 350,000 4 stars
Hung Thanh 8:30
My Dinh bus station
15:30
Ha Giang bus station
Having 40 beds and WC VND 200,000  4 stars
14:00
My Dinh bus station
21:00
Ha Giang bus station
Having 40 beds and WC VND 200,000 
20:45
My Dinh bus station
03:45
Ha Giang bus station
Having 40 beds and WC VND 200,000 
Quang Nghi  19:30
Old quarter streets
03:00
Ha Giang bus station
Having 44 beds VND 200,000 3.5 stars
08:00
My Dinh bus station
14:30
Ha Giang bus station
Having 44 beds VND 200,000
Ngoc Cuong 13:00
My Dinh bus station
19:00
Ha Giang bus station
Having 44 beds VND 200,000 3 stars

2. Getting to Ha Giang by motorbike

a. About the road to Ha Giang

WEATHER & BEST TIME TO VISIT HA GIANGSource: belytravel.com

Motorbikes are the most suitable vehicle for Ha Giang, but there are many corners folding, high slope makes it difficult for those who have not experienced. The majestic pass, one side of the abyss, one side of the cliff are the “specialty” of the rocky plateau. That is the challenge, the fear of many of you are not used to motorcycle road pass.

The road to Ha Giang has two sections: from Hanoi to Ha Giang and from Ha Giang to Quan Ba – Dong Van – Meo Vac.

Ha Noi – Ha Giang: This paragraph is a normal road with nothing dangerous. The advice is that this segment of the road is not special, if you are just ordinary tourists want to save time, take a bed and sleep a nap to save energy to Ha Giang early. In the center of Ha Giang, rent a motorcycle and then explore the road to both tired and safe.

Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Dong Van – Meo Vac – Ha Giang: This is the most beautiful way in Ha Giang, where there are steep slopes to please any traveler who first arrived. This section has many difficult sections such as Bac Sum slope, Slope Gate Quan Ba, Slope from Quan Ba to Can Bien, Slope from Quan Ba to Yen Minh, Tham Ma slope,…

b. What to prepare

For a good trip, you need to prepare yourself for the full:
 

  • Vehicle inspection: It is best to refurbish and maintain your motorbike before you plan to go. Remember to bring a simple car kit to prevent the car from damaging the road.   –
  • Map of Ha Giang: On the schedule of phasing Ha Giang by motorcycle can not lack map. Having maps helps you navigate your way more easily, saving you time.   
  • Costumes: When traveling long distances, you need to wear a jacket, trousers and sports shoes should be easy to travel.   
  • Some other items: masks, sunscreen, sunglasses, helmets for the trip to be safe.

III. HOW TO GET AROUND HA GIANG

1. Renting motorbike in Ha Giang

Kind of motorbike Advantages Fee
Wave S ( semi-automatic)
  • Strong engine
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to unlock
VND 150,000/day
Exciter ( motorbike with clutch)
  • Save petrol
  • Run fast
  • Easy to use
VND 300,000/day
Motorsport
  • Conquer all terrain
  • High-speed
VND 400,000/day

How to contact

Address: Group 1, Cau Mien Commune, Phuong Thien Commune, Ha Giang City (50 m far from Ha Giang-Ha Noi left)
Phone: (+84) 986 03 04 05
Website: hagiangmotorbike.com

2. Getting around Ha Giang by taxi

  • Son Dan taxi: (+84) 129 386 1861
  • Truong Xuan taxi: (+84) 219 386 0860
  • Cong Hoang taxi: (+84) 219 350 8508

IV. HA GIANG HOTELS & HOMESTAYS

1. Ha Giang Hotels

a. Ong Vang Ha Giang Hotel – Unique design

HA GIANG HOTELS & HOMESTAYSSource: booking.com

Ong Vang Ha Giang Hotel is a pet-friendly hotel located in Ha Giang City, with a children’s playground, sun terrace, restaurant and free private parking on site.  Some rooms offer mountain/river views. All rooms come with a private bathroom with bath or shower, slippers, and free toiletries. This hotel offers free Wi-Fi in all areas.

This place is also considered to be the most valuable in Ha Giang! Guests will save more than staying at other lodges in this city.

Price: VND 227,472/night/room/2 adults

Source Booking.com Agoda.com Tripadvisor.com
Rate 8.0/10 7.0/10 3.5/5

Address: Nguyen Trai Road, Ha Giang City

Phone: (+84) 166 660 6688

b. Ha Giang 1 Hostel – Simple & friendly

HA GIANG HOTELS & HOMESTAYSSource: booking.com

Set in Ha Giang, Ha Giang 1 Hostel features a tennis court, terrace, and bar. Featuring free shuttle service, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Guests can enjoy mountain views. At the inn, rooms have a wardrobe. With a private bathroom, certain rooms at Ha Giang 1 Hostel also offer a terrace.

A continental breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. The area is popular for cycling, and bike hire is available at Ha Giang 1 Hostel. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can provide information on what to do in the area.

Price: VND 79,710/night/room/2 adults

Source Booking.com Agoda.com Tripadvisor.com
Rate 9.7/10 10/10 5/5

Address: 54A Tran Phu Street, Ha Giang City

c. Thuy Dung Hotel – Clean & nice services

HA GIANG HOTELS & HOMESTAYSSource: booking.com

Thuy Dung Hotel is located in Ha Giang City and has a terrace and mountain views. Free private parking is available on site.

Rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms have a seating area for guests’ convenience. Rooms come with a private bathroom with a bathtub and a bidet. Slippers, free toiletries, and hairdryers are also provided for guests’ comfort. Thuy Dung Hotel offers free Wi-Fi.

There is also a 24-hour reception, a public lounge, a hairdresser and a gift shop. The hotel provides car rental.

Price: VND 250,516/night/room/2 adults

Source Booking.com Agoda.com Tripadvisor.com
Rate 9.7/10 10/10 5/5

Address: 213 Tran Phu street, Minh Khai Ward, Ha Giang city

Phone: (+84) 219 3887 259

d. Huy Hoan Hotel – The best hotel in Ha Giang

HA GIANG HOTELS & HOMESTAYSSource: booking.com

Huy Hoan Hotel offers accommodation in Ha Giang province and free Wi-Fi as well as a restaurant. Guests can dine at the hotel’s restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.

Each room at this hotel is air-conditioned and has a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Some rooms have seating areas for guests to relax in, while some have a terrace or balcony. Rooms also come with a private bathroom with slippers, free toiletries, and a hairdryer, giving you comfort.

The hotel has a 24-hour front desk. The hotel offers motorbike rental and hiking services that are popular in the area. The hotel also provides car rental services.

Price: VND 409,935/night/room/2 adults

Source Booking.com Agoda.com Tripadvisor.com
Rate 7.9/10 7.9/10 3.5/5

Address: 359 Nguyen Trai Street, Ha Giang City

Phone: (+84) 219 3861 288

e. Golden Stone Hotel – Nice hotel 

HA GIANG HOTELS & HOMESTAYSSource: booking.com

Golden Stone Hotel offers friendly accommodation for pets with free Wifi. Rooms are fitted with a TV. Some rooms have seating areas for guests to relax after a busy day. Kettles are available in each room. Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom with a shower, slippers and free toiletries, providing guests with comfort.

The hotel’s reception is open 24 hours a day. Guests can rent motorbikes and cars at the hotel.

Price: VND 182,193/night/room/2 adults

Source Booking.com Agoda.com Tripadvisor.com
Rate 7.4/10 7.4/10 3.5/5

Address: 65 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ha Giang City

2. Ha Giang Homestay

a. Jungleman Homestay – Blending in nature

HA GIANG HOTELS & HOMESTAYSSource: booking.com

Jungleman Homestay offers pet-friendly accommodation in Ha Giang City and free Wi-Fi in all areas. Free private parking is available on site. Each guest room has cable TV and a private bathroom with bathtub, bidet, slippers, and hairdryer.

This motel for motorbike rentals as well as cars and bicycles is a popular activity in this area. Guests can take part in many activities such as fishing and hiking. 

This place is also considered to be the most valuable in Ha Giang! You will save more than you would like to stay at other accommodation in this city.

Price: VND 113,871/night/room/2 adults

Source Booking.com Agoda.com Tripadvisor.com
Rate 8.1/10 8.2/10 5/5

Address: K8 Street, Chang Village, Phuong Thien Commune, Ha Giang City

Phone: (+84) 167 679 6999

b. Ban Tuy Homestay – Staying close to tourists

HA GIANG HOTELS & HOMESTAYSSource: booking.com

Ban Tuy Homestay offers friendly pet-friendly accommodation in Ha Giang City and offers free Wi-Fi in all areas. There is also a restaurant and free private parking on site. Some rooms have seating areas for guests’ convenience or mountain/lake views. The reception is open 24 hours a day. Guests can take part in many activities such as fishing, biking, and hiking. This place is considered to be the most valuable in Ha Giang! Guests will save more than staying at other lodges in this city.

Price: VND 227,742/night/room/2 adults

Source Booking.com Agoda.com Tripadvisor.com
Rate 9.0/10 9.0/10 4.5/5

Address: Ban Tuy Village, Ha Giang City

c. Nam Tran Homestay – Living as local people

HA GIANG HOTELS & HOMESTAYSSource: booking.com

Homestay Nam Tran offers friendly pet-friendly accommodation in Ha Giang City and free Wifi in some rooms. All rooms are air-cooled and have mosquito nets as well as electric blankets. Towels and bed linen are provided.

Price: VND 455,483/night/room/2 adults

Rate: no rate

Address: Thon Tha Village, Phuong Do Ward, Ha Giang, Hà Giang, Việt Nam

d. Kiki’s House – Beautiful & fresh design

HA GIANG HOTELS & HOMESTAYSSource: booking.com

Kiki’s House is a family-run guest house in Ha Giang City. It features a restaurant, free Wifi and free private parking on site. All rooms are equipped with a fan. Slippers and hairdryers are also available for guests’ comfort. The hostel provides 24-hour reception and a terrace where guests can sit and sip drinks. Motorbike rentals are available upon request. The restaurant serves home-style meals for lunch and dinner. This place is also considered to be the most valuable in Ha Giang! You will save more than you would like to stay at other accommodation in this city.

Price: VND 318,838/night/room/2 adults

Source Booking.com Agoda.com Tripadvisor.com
Rate 8.7/10 8.7/10 4.5/5

Address: 134B Ly Tu Trong Street, Ha Giang

Phone: (+84) 988 903 990

e. Quyets Jungle House – Finding the peace in mind

HA GIANG HOTELS & HOMESTAYSSource: booking.com

Quyets Jungle House offers accommodation in Ha Giang City and free on-site private parking. Some rooms have a seating area for guests to relax or a patio/terrace. Quyets Jungle House offers free WiFi.

Price: VND 341,613/night/room/2 adults

Source Booking.com Agoda.com Tripadvisor.com
Rate N/A 8.5/10 N/A

Address: Group 3, Xuan Thuy Street, Ha Giang City

Phone: (+84) 98 597 93 49

V. WHERE TO GO IN HA GIANG

1. Dong Van Plateau

Dong Van plateau is a beauty of the mountain that has touched the hearts of visitors here. Since April 2010, the profile of the Dong Van Plateau has been submitted to UNESCO as a global geological park. This is also the first global geological park of Vietnam. Dong Van stone plateau is one of the special limestone karst areas, containing typical markers of the history of the earth’s crust development, natural phenomena, unique landscape of aesthetics and biodiversity, high and traditional culture of the community of indigenous people.

The Dong Van plateau has enough convergence factors to become a global geological park: geological and mineral resources, rich natural resources; Cultural identity is also very unique and impressive as the culture of the Mong, Lo Lo, Pu Pu, Dao. The plateau is also home to many of the nation’s most recognized monuments such as the Vuong’s architectural monument and Lung Cu flag post. Dong Van stone plateau, Ha Giang province is a rocky mountain area of over 1,000 meters including four districts of Dong Van, Meo Vac, Yen Minh and Quan Ba with an area of over 2,300 km2.

It currently has more than 250,000 people living with 17 ethnic minorities, accounting for 90% of the population in the region, of which the Mong population accounts for 70% of the population, up to 230,000 people. This is the largest concentration of Mong people in the country. Hopefully, in the near future, the Dong Van Plateau will become one of the favorite destinations for domestic and international tourists when arriving in Ha Giang, the land of the Fatherland.

Cao Van stone is the pride of the tourism industry, also attracted many international visitors here. With the advantages of hilly terrain, the longer the loop will attract more visitors to this place.

To book tickets for Dong Van plateau tour: click here

Price: VND 2,340,000 – 4,350,000/person

2. Sung La Valley

Sung La valley is located on the highway 4C, connecting the towns in the land of Ha Giang, more than 20km away from Dong Van district. Anyone who comes to this land will also go through it.

Sung La is known as one of Ha Giang’s famous tourist spots with blooming flower gardens. The valley is known as the flower in the middle of the plateau,  attracting tourists by the rustic beauty, the quiet of the small log home, the green corn fields, the triangular flowers tenderness. The scenery of the grace is the beauty of the region of Charcoal. 

People often say that the Sung La Valley is like a beautiful natural painting mixed with many colors, showing that in each season, there are tree species representing the season. These are unique, different colors, but all the trees are beautiful and very beautiful. Spring can be considered as the most beautiful season of the Sung La Valley.

Along with the shady fields, the whole natural setting of the normal rocky plateau landscape becomes brilliantly colorful: from the golden hues of the sun, the lush blue of the corn , rice, purple heart of the famous triangle flower of Ha Giang or dark green from the forest in the middle of the highland in the North West.

In addition to the beautiful landscape, this place is known for the image of human beings, simple, sincere and especially hospitality. Many tourists love to travel Ha Giang, they love to visit the Sieve Valley to capture the beautiful natural scenery. Some people stop to ask for water here or participate in the fair and free time watching the natural scenery here.

3. Lung Cu Flagpole

Lung Cu flag tower is one of the national flag poles located on Lung Cu mountain, also known as Long Rong mountain, is located at 23 ° 21’49 “North latitude, 105 ° 18’58” east, in the northernmost point of Vietnam .

From the parking lot midway up the mountain, visitors conquer 286 stone steps to the height of 1.700m, standing under the red flag yellow stars area 54m2 (statue of 54 ethnic brothers) proud.

“Lung” in the Hmong is corn. Lung Cu is a corn valley, so it was named simply because there are large fields planted with corn and today they also plant lots of buckwheat flowers.  The flower season has become the festival of Ha Giang.

4. Ma Pi Leng Pass

Ma Pi Leng Pass (or Ma Phi Leng Pass) connects Dong Van and Meo Vac, with 9 slopes of 20 km in length, winding on the mountain, scenic majestic nature. This pass is a passage on the famous “Happiness” route.

On September 10, 1959, the road named “Happiness” was started, connecting Ha Giang town with 4 districts in the highlands. On September 9, 1963, the road reached Dong Van Town, which was completed in the thousands of thousands of young volunteers and the contribution of thousands of people in the uplands. In order to execute this pass, hundreds of young volunteers have been sent alive before changing each other on the cliff to chisel rocks, mines, extending the road for each short paragraph. Therefore, the pass Ma Leng with 20 km in length is considered the work “Great Wall of Vietnam”.

Later, with the modern machinery, the route has been expanded many times, and  Ma Pi Leng Pass has become a unique heritage of geological and landscape. Since 2009, Ma Phi Leng area has been recognized as a national-level scenic place. With tourists, Ma Phi Leng Pass has become an indispensable destination in the touristic Dong Van plateau, with the feeling of adventure and scenery on the pass that will fascinate anyone who has the opportunity to discover.

VI. WHAT TO EAT IN HA GIANG

1. Thang Den – Sweet and sticky

WHAT TO EAT IN HA GIANGSource: youtube.com

Thang Den is a snack of the Ha Giang people in general and is considered food for friends to gather in the cold winter days in Dong Van town. Truly it is a specialty of Ha Giang province. Thang Den is made from glutinous rice flour, depending on the general taste as well as the taste of each person that the baker will add the bread or bean paste to the vegetarian. The shape of them is just a little bit bigger than their thumbs, were dropped in a bowl of sweet sugar mixed with coconut milk and ginger. They create a sweet, fat and spicy mixture. 

2. Thang Co – The special food in Ha Giang

WHAT TO EAT IN HA GIANGSource: foody.vn

Thang Co in Ha Giang is a characteristic of the mountain region because there are many tourists from anywhere to enjoy them. It is such a fascinating wildlife food to taste. It also means bone soup that is in success with the essential bone and the horse meat. Folly retriever, it used to be the history of 300 Years. In the war, soldiers had no pot, so they use horse skin to make large pans and use the combination to make food. Until now, the cuisine has tried to become a characteristic dish of high mountains. Whenever there is a festival, the organization is usually a fixed organization in this place to serve the festival as well as customers from everywhere.

3. Smoked buffalo meat – Rustic and tasty

Source: chinhgoc.vn

Ha Giang is a mountainous province in the north with many ethnic groups living together, so it is customary to put meat on the kitchen in the family. Ever since buffalo meat has become an indispensable dish and Ha Giang specialty that visitors cannot ignore when coming here. Buffalo meat, stewed barns are usually longitudinal cuts, pieces of buffalo meat – a pig is sliced into large sticks and hung up to the kitchen. Before carrying out the stove, people have spiced the meat into the meat as marinated with other spices such as chili, ginger, especially the cup.

After a while, the pieces of meat will dry but still retain spices on it and have a very sweet and aromatic flavor. Many people come here do not forget to buy a little as a gift to everyone. It is the visitors to this place who has passed and brought buffalo meat, pig stables to many people know

4. Five – color sticky rice – Playing with rice

WHAT TO EAT IN HA GIANGSource: tamsucongai.net

There are five distinct colors: white, yellow, purple, red, green and harmonious to create good food that catches the eye. This sticky rice is made from a kind of glutinous and sticky rice cooked by the ethnic people themselves, each fragrant white rice is selected and they have a specific characteristic in the colors of sticky rice. Smooth and colorful plastic fragrant, it will be hard to eat if it stays for a long time. It is rolled by the ethnic people to eat when going to work in the field because the distance from home to work is quite far away so they brought food at that time without having to go back. 

Every food you can find in the Dong Van market, which is in the Dong Van plateau.

VII. TIPS TO KNOW WHEN VISITING HA GIANG

Ha Giang is a region with different characteristics compared to other regions, especially in the highlands. When coming to Ha Giang, you should remember these things:

  • Bring warm clothes when going to high ground because of sudden changes and cold weather at night.
  • Prepare a small amount of medicine to treat the symptoms of the symptoms to be harmful to the patient because the sufferer may not tolerate high levels of normal and cold climates.
  • If you come to Ha Giang in the months of July and August, you should follow the raincoat or even though, because it is the rainy season, guests may experience continuous drowsiness.
  • If you participate in sports tourism in Ha Giang, you should prepare digital and use pesticides, medicines to prevent anything and should join people. This is a new type of tourism in Ha Giang so the rescue work is very difficult and lacking.

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