Ha Giang in Vietnam is a remote mountainous destination in the North of Vietnam. Anybody who wants to run away the bustling city vibe should always retreat and refresh right in Ha Giang.
Ha Giang is the final frontier of Vietnam, around 320km to the north of Hanoi. It has a total area of 7.946km2. The surrounding of Ha Giang Province includes Cao Bang Province in the east; Yen Bai and Lao Cai Provinces in the west; Tuyen Quang Province in the south; and China in the north. Located in the northernmost area of Vietnam, this destination has numerous mountains, flowery waterfalls, and poetic lakes, which are all primeval and beautiful. There are two main rivers there: Lo River and Mien River. Also, the province owns the primitive forest with lots of precious woods and drug trees. The system of flora and fauna here is rich and pristine. What’s more, notice that the majority of the inhabitants are ethnic Vietnamese while the rest include Hmong, Nung, Tho, Tay, Dao, and Lo Lo.
Ha Giang Tourist Attractions and Activities
Dong Van Rocky Plateau
Dong Van Rocky Plateau spreads over 4 districts including Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Meo Vac, and Dong Ban. In October 3rd, 2010, Global Geopark Network (GGN) of UNESCO officially granted the title of “a Global Geopark” to Dong Van Rocky Plateau. That is the unique title in Vietnam and the second one in the Southeast Asia. Being a member of UNESCO-supported GNN, Dong Van Geopark wins the tourists’ interest in the geological history, the picturesque landscape, biological values, and long-lasting ethnic culture. The rocky plateau is also the place with many recognized national heritages such as Vuong Family Mansion, Lung Cu Flagpole, Dong Van Old Town, Ma Pi Leng, and Quan Ba Twin Mountain.
Dong Van Market
This is the town market of Tay and Hmong ethnic people, where gains fame for the colorful pictures of the market stalls set up by many ethnic men and women. The temperature here can be as low as 00C in the winter and 240C in the summer. The highland area also attracts the visitors with the regional fruits such as Hau plums, persimmons with no seed, and peaches. Besides, the market has medicinal plants like ginseng, anise, and cinnamon for you if needed.
Meo Vac Town
The town is nestled on a pass at the elevation of 1,500m. The town itself is interesting for sightseeing and photographing. And especially, about 20km from Meo Vac, it’s stimulated to visit Khau Vai Love Market. The love market is taken place once a year on the 27th day of the 3rd lunar month. At the scheduled time, the young villagers dressing colorful costumes of White Hmong, Tay, and Lo Lo gather at the market to find their partners or exchange the loved ones.
Hoang Su Phi Terraced Rice Field
This is the most stunning terraced rice field in Ha Giang. During the harvest season, the field is colored by the yellow tone, mesmerizing nature lovers, and photographers. The beauty of the yellow crops, fresh air, and idyllic landscape makes people find it hard to leave. The enchanting Hoang Su Phi terraced rice field is recognized as the National Relic that appreciates human creativity and hard work. The best time to see Hoang Su Phi is September – October when the site becomes festive and most beautiful with the yellow carpets.
Ma Pi Leng Pass
The Pass is the favorite stopover for the tourists to rest in harmony with nature. The scenery of Ma Pi Leng Pass is spectacular and thrilling. The construction of the road on the Pass honors the historical volunteer youth. Though this is the most difficult pass to build, the scenery and value are worth the effort. In Hmong language, Ma Pi Leng means “Horse Nose Bridge.” The name reflects the dangerous and breathtaking feeling of the travelers when they pass this super geo-site. Standing on the summit of the Pass, you’ll be mesmerized by the grandiose high mountains, the deep canyon of the colorful Nho Que River, the sleep cliffs, the bare rock deserts, and the Hmong villages from afar.
Mansion of H’mong King Vuong Chinh Duc
The mansion used to be famous as a fortress built on the hill, in the shape of the carapace. It is the architectural heritage landmark in Dong Van District. It looks majestic and antique with lots of anecdotes. Historically, home of the H’mong King was constructed in 1914 by the most skilled craftsmen H’mong at the time. In 1993, the mansion was listed by the Government. Today, it becomes the magnificent attraction of Ha Giang thanks to the impressive architecture and interesting anecdotes.
Noong Lake is situated on Tay Con Linh Mountain Range, around 15km from Ha Giang City. To reach Noong Lake, the tourists have to go through forests, terraced rice fields, and hamlets of the Hmong, Tay, and Dao ethnic people. Once standing at the foot of Noong Mountain, you see the Noong Lake running beautifully. The water of the lake changes due to the season. And, it’s encompassed by the grandiose mountains as well as pristine forests. People here live a simple life; they might catch fish in the lake and create echoed laughter.
The Tay’s Ethnic Village
The Tay is the second largest ethnic minority in Ha Giang, and they predominantly live on farming in the rice fields near the river, farming slope, and mountain foot. If you want to see the Tay villages and their stilted, thatch-roofed houses, come to the mountain foot! The villages usually include 15 to 20 houses. Inside each house, the Tay families mostly do handicrafts such as creating wooden furniture, knitting, and pottery. Their culture and folklore are great to explore. Ever listened to Tay’s folkloric song? Enjoy it there.
How to Get to Ha Giang
The infrastructure of Ha Giang is on the way of improvement. Hence, people can arrive at this destination by road. You drive a car or motorbike along the Highway No.2 toward the North of Hanoi, through 3 provinces including Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho, and Tuyen Quang. If you have a private car, it’s best! Otherwise, come to the coach station in Hanoi (such as Gia Lam, My Dinh, or Ha Dong) to get a coach to get there. The other great option is to connect the Tour to Ha Giang with the exploration of Sapa and Cao Bang destinations.
The Best Time to See Ha Giang in Vietnam
Believably, the best time for a Ha Giang Tour is from February to May – it’s around and after Tet holiday. It is when the weather is very comfortable with little rainfall and cool breeze. So, you don’t need to bring raincoat or umbrella. Besides, lots of colorful festivals are held up. So, February – May is the perfect period for you all to enjoy the best nature of Ha Giang as well as learning the local culture and ethnic festivals. Do not hesitate to contact Indochina Charm Travel at firstname.lastname@example.org to get efficient tips from local travel specialist !
February – May is the dry season in the mountainous region. The landscape is spectacular and serene enough to relax your mind while the roads to the sides of the mountains are safer than any other time. When seeing the grandiose mountains hidden by the clouds and noticing the fragrance of the yellow rice or the wild peach flowers, your senses are soothed.