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Ha Giang

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Home to Vietnam's most final frontier in northern Vietnam, Ha Giang, on the border with China, is an amazing landscape of limestone pinnacles and granite outcrops, from lush green rice terraces, to rocky mountains with limestone springs. The eight hours from Hanoi are undoubtedly worth it for travelers in search of something spectacular and out of the ordinary. Most notable is Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, an area of vast geological heritage including ancient fossils and evidence of millennia of activity within the earth's crust. Also, the trip between Yen Minh and Dong Van, and then across the Mai Pi Leng Pass to Meo Vac is quite mind-blowing.

Ha Giang province is currently home to more than twenty ethnic groups, co-existing and creating a colorful palette of language and tradition, including the White Hmong and the Lo Lo, the latter having only a few thousand members. Much of the region is too mountainous to sustain farming and as such the region is largely untouched by heavy development or tourism, allowing it to retain its historic qualities and authenticity with quaint villages dotting the hillsides and rich cultures thriving within.
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This is one of Vietnam’s poorest places, and it shows – not because it is decrepit or run-down, but just the opposite – not being reliant on a strong economy has kept the area pristine and preserved, virtually untouched by the harmful effects of mass tourism and big industries.
Dzung Nguyen
Vietnam Travel Specialist

Things to See and Do in Ha Giang

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Visit the Vuong Family Mansion

Combining a number of building styles from northern areas including Yunnan in China, the grandiose two-storey mansion of the Vuong Family is a beautiful example of the unique architecture of Vietnam’s upland regions. The building comprising six lengthwise and four sideways buildings, two levels, and 64 rooms and 1,120 metres of land space is located on a mountain with a tortoise’s back shape, and was expected to bring wealth and prosperity to the owner because the turtle is one of the four sacred animals in the traditional Vietnamese legend (the four being the Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix).
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Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark

Dong Van Karst Plateau UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the northeastern province of Ha Giang, a mountainous province located in the far north of Viet Nam. Most of its surface is limestone (about 60%). Its landscape is spectacular and unique having high mountains and deep canyons. The geopark is home to a vast range of flora and fauna including endangered mysterious Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys, conifers, Asian black bear, southern serow (a solitary mountain goat) and many species of bird. Meanwhile, trekking tours through the stunning landscape of Meo Vac reveal tiny and charming mountain villages.
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Join local Sunday ethnic markets

A great way to experience local life in Hà Giang Province is to join the Sunday markets to see the hustle and bustle of the various ethnic groups coming together to trade their goods, clothed in their traditional dress. Once a week, local villagers from the surrounding hills, including The Nung, the White Hmong, the Po Y, the Dao, the Hoa and the Tay flood regularly to Quyet Tien Market while at Meo Vac, tribes from more than 15 miles around bring their pigs and cows to sell. It's an entirely local affair full of noise, colour, and the hustle and bustle of commerce.
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Quan Ba Heaven Gate & Twin Mountains

Quan Ba Heaven Gate at the height of 1,500 metters above the sea level is located 46 km far from Ha Giang city following the National Road 4C. This point is also the starting point of "legendary Road of Happiness" built in the 1960s. Another highlight of the scenery is Quan Ba Twin Mountains. Between mountains & rice terraces are two twin mountain forms likening as two breasts of a fairy.
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Hoang A Tuong Palace

Hoang A Tuong Palace was built in 1914 and completed in 1921, the owner is hereditary chief Hoang Yen Chao ethnic Tay, father of Hoang A Tuong. The architecture of the palace has the combination of Asian and European styles, the highlight of which is French architectural feature such as laurel motif patterns covered on doors, vaulted doors, curved staircases, tiled corridors with rail, etc...

Through nearly 100 years of existence at the same time, the old palace covered with ancient moss still stands imposingly and outstandingly amid the centre of Bac Ha township. The Palace has been preserved and embellished so that visitors can learn about Bac Ha’s history in the past.
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Hoang Su Phi Rice Terraces

Located near from the Chinese border, Hoang Su Phi district is hilly and mountainous area with little tourism, fascinating nature, rice terraces and minorities. While Dong Van Karst Geopark attracts visitors from far and wide by the grey limestone mountains, Hoang Su Phi offers visitors a different taste with stunning rice terraces.

The best time for a visit to Hoang Su Phi is from September to October, when the rice is changing to golden color and in October there is a harvest. You can combine a Hoang Su Phi trip with several activities including trekking and photography highlighted with a homestay experience at local houses of the hill tribes.
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Ma Pi Leng Pass

The roads that weave paths among this region serve up the ultimate in motorcycle adventure. The drive down into the town of Dong Van is impossibly beautiful, and the town holds a small but captivating old quarter with ancient buildings and a market that is a riot of colour every Sunday. The Ma Pi Leng Pass is the jewel in the crown of Ha Giang’s many stupefyingly stunning stretches of road. The highlight is a lookout point where the road snakes past a deep gorge carved by the Nho Que River at around 1,500m.

Best Time to Visit Ha Giang

The best time to travel to Ha Giang (or the north-east) is during the dry season, from October to April, although December and January can get very cold. We recommend avoiding travelling in Ha Giang during the rainy season (May to September).
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
14
Feb
16
Mar
20
Apr
24
May
26
Jun
27
Jul
28
Aug
27
Sep
26
Oct
23
Nov
19
Dec
16
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
13
Feb
23
Mar
30
Apr
74
May
166
Jun
236
Jul
290
Aug
292
Sep
158
Oct
82
Nov
45
Dec
18
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
14ºC
13mm

FEB
16ºC
23mm

MAR
20ºC
30mm

APR
24ºC
74mm

MAY
26ºC
166mm

JUN
27ºC
236mm

JUL
28ºC
290mm

AUG
27ºC
292mm

SEP
26ºC
158mm

OCT
23ºC
82mm

NOV
19ºC
45mm

DEC
16ºC
18mm

Festivals, Events and Seasonal Reasons to Visit

  • 01

    Spring Festival (February): On Lunar New Year’s Day, The Dzao ethnic people in Ha Giang province gather to pray for good weather and a bumper crop. On the festival tray is boiled chicken, square cake, honey rice cake… The sorcerer read heaven prayers for good weather, good harvest and pray for prosperous life.
  • 02

    Ha Giang Fire Dancing Festival (mid November or December): This festival is considered as the new rice festival of the Pa Then. Fire dance fest starts in mid-October lunar calendar and lasts through New Year. The rite includes incense, a chicken, 10 cups of wine, paper money. A big fire was burned and the sorcerer begins the rite.

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Ha Giang, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Ha Giang on a bespoke touring itinerary to Vietnam, do not hesitate to contact us.