Ha Giang province is one of the most adventurous destinations in the country. Filled with beautiful karst mountains, steep mountain passes, winding roads and foggy villages. The province is home to a wide variety of local ethnic minorities who still preserve their traditional culture and lifestyle. The remote areas of Ha Giang offer an experience like no other, the cultural diversity and unique, beautiful landscapes remain pure and authentic.

5 reasons to visit Ha Giang

  1. Explore the Dong Van Geopark with Vietnam’s most beautiful mountain passes.
  2. Travel through the most authentic ethnic minority villages.
  3. Enjoy the view of Lung Cu flag tower, the northernmost point of Ha Giang.
  4. Visit local markets.
  5. Behold the rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi.

Practical information

In short

Region

North Vietnam, Ha Giang province

Number of residents

891.077

Recommended travel days

2 days

Vietnamese name

Hà Giang

Best travel time

  • Ha Giang is good to visit almost any time of the year. The warm and rainy season runs from April to October. The cold and dry season starts in November and ends in March.

Money

ATM machines are available in the city of Ha Giang and Dong Van. Take enough cash with you when you enter remote villages.

Ha Giang permit

Obtaining a permit for Ha Giang is very easy. When you arrive in Ha Giang city, you go to the immigration office, you give your passport, pay 210,000 VND and within a few minutes you have your permit. If you are traveling on a motorcycle, you must also provide your registration number.

Most hotels and guest houses in Ha Giang will help to get a permit, but they will charge a commission for this.

What to see and do in Ha Giang

Best things to do

Where tourism has almost prevailed everywhere in Vietnam, Hà Giang is still unknown, raw and genuine. More than 90% of the inhabitants of Hà Giang are ethnic minorities, who still live according to their own culture, norms and values. Time seems to have stood still here. The region is mainly known for the Hà Giang motorbike loop, one of the most beautiful trails in the world.

1. Ha Giang Loop
A lot of places of interest during this loop. The most impressive are the Ma Pi Leng Pass, Quan Ba ​​Pass and Dong Van Geopark. You can do this loop yourself by renting a motorbike in Ha Giang city or you can go on the back of an easy rider.

2. Hoang Su Phi
The region with the most beautiful rice terraces of Vietnam. It is also the least visited region in Ha Giang, in particular because it is difficult to reach.

3. Khau Vai Love Market
The love market, is one of the most unique markets in Vietnam that is held only once a year around April. It is a dating site for ex-lovers who fell in love but could not have a marriage.

4. Local markets
One of the best places to learn about local cultures of ethnic minorities is when visiting a market. The Meo Vac Sunday market is the largest market in the region, but other recommended markets are Dong Van market and Sa Phin market.

5. Chieu Lau Thi Mountain
The third highest mountains in Vietnam and the second highest mountain in Ha Giang. The climb is tough and tiring, but you will be rewarded with a beautiful view.

6. Lung Cu
The Lan Cu flagpole stands on Dragon Mountain (Long Son), in the northernmost tip of Vietnam, a few kilometers from the border with China.

7. Hmong Kings ’Palace
In 1902, with the agreement of the French colonial rulers, Chinese traders built a wooden palace. Two Hmong kings ruled from here.

8. Noong lake
When visiting the lake you can not only enjoy the wild nature, but you can also learn more about the customs, culture and daily life of the ethnic groups of the Tay, Mong and Dao.

9. Nho Que river
There are epic views from the Ma Pi Leng pass over the Nho Que river. At a couple of places you can also drive down the zigzag roads to the bank of the river. Here you can take a boat trip or even kayak.

10. Trekking through villages
With these local villages, forests and mountains with great views, Ha Giang is a very nice place for a trek with few or no other tourists.

Most popular activities in Ha Giang

Favorited experiences, day trips and tours in Ha Giang booked by fellow travellers.

Accommodation in Ha Giang

Where to stay

Although Ha Giang is slowly becoming more developed, the available accommodation is generally fairly simple. Larger cities such as Dong Van and Ha Giang do have hotels, but guesthouses and homestays are more common. They may offer fewer basic services, but they give you the opportunity to communicate with your local hosts and give them a glimpse into their daily lives.

Best hotels & hostels in Ha Giang

Hotels in Ha Giang CIty

  • QT Guest House
  • Mama’s homestay
  • Kiki’s house
  • Ha Giang Amazing hostel

Hotels in Dong Van

  • Green Karst Hostel & Bar
  • Binh Minh Hostel
  • Lam Tung Hotel

Hotels in Meo Vac

  • Ong Vang Meo Vac Hotel
  • Little Yen’s Homestay
  • Lam Tung Hotel

Hotels in Yen Minh

  • Homestay bongbang

Food & drinking

Restaurants

The far north of Vietnam is a surprisingly tasty place to find good Vietnamese food. The restaurant scene consists of small “quan” restaurants where you have to sit on a small stool while the food is being cooked before your eyes. The locals will probably beg you to taste some rice wine, something you should be careful with.

Transportation

How to get there?

Bus

In Hanoi you can take a sleeper bus to Ha Giang from the Mỹ Đình bus station. Buses leave almost every hour from 4.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. The night buses depart between 6 pm and 9.30 pm. The ticket costs around 200,000 dong. The bus takes approximately 7 to 8 hours.

For those with a stricter schedule for private or small groups you can arrange the best private transportation or go with a tour from Hanoi.

How to get around?

Motorbike – Going from one city to another in Ha Giang is easy and most fun by motorbike. Roads are winding and steep, but generally well-paved, so you can drive comfortably. If you are an inexperienced driver, do not underestimate these roads. You may want to consider taking a driver for safety. Being on the back of an easyrider is a great way to discover Ha Giang.

Car – Another good way to travel around Ha Giang is by car with driver. Book in advance to make sure that someone is waiting for you when you arrive in Ha Giang.

With an organized tour – To prevent you missing something in Ha Giang, you can opt for an organized tour. If your alarm bells go off and you refuse this idea because you don’t want to be driven around with a bus full of tourists, don’t worry. There are many companies that offer routes that are precisely tailored to your idea of ​​the perfect trip.

Itinerary 3 days Ha Giang

Day 1

  • Ha Giang
  • Quan Ba Pass
  • Fairy moutain
  • Tam son
  • Yen Minh

Day 2

  • Yen Minh
  • Lung Cu Flag tower
  • Hmongs King Palace
  • Ma Pi Leng pass
  • Meo Vac

Day 3

  • Meo Van
  • Du Gia
  • Ha Giang