People compared Ha Giang to a young girl, each season is beautiful in a very different way. Indeed, any visitor who has the opportunity to take part in a Ha Giang itinerary is hard to hold back the feeling of the majesty mixed picturesque that this Northwest land brings to.
Many people wonder what is in Ha Giang that everyone tries to come here once in their life!? Some come because they love the purple color of the buckwheat flowers. Some want to try the feeling of adventure when conquering the winding pass roads between the mountains and forests. Anyway, as one of the rare places that tourists evaluate “every season is beautiful”, Ha Giang possesses an irresistible attraction. Perhaps, that is also what prompted many travelers to pick up their backpacks and visit the country’s northernmost territory. They do not hesitate to conquer a long distance from everywhere to admire the majestic natural beauty of this land.
From my experience when I did travel from North to Middle Vietnam in 14 days, here in this post is my suggestion for your Ha Giang tour in 3 days.
To Prepare – Transportation and Accommodation
You can fly to Hanoi, then move to Ha Giang by bus for VND 300,000 on average. The bus departs at 9 pm and arrives in Ha Giang about 7 hours later.
Here, you can contact motorbike rental for about VND 150,000 a day for the semi-geared motorbike, alongside raincoats, luggage ribbons, and rain boots, which is very necessary particularly in the rainy season.
During the Ha Giang tour, you’re going to have the opportunity to sleep at two accommodation establishments with completely different styles. In the first night, you can book the homestay LoLo Ancient House – a place with a very enthusiastic and friendly host, to experience the life of the Lo Lo ethnic people. On the second night, Hoang Ngoc Hotel in Dong Van is possibly an acceptable choice. This hotel is also quite big, clean, and fully equipped.
Here’s The Trip’s Schedule
Day 1: Ha Giang City – Bac Sum Slope – Twin Mountain – Quan Ba - H’mong Village – Tham Ma Slope – Pao’s House – Lung Cu
After breakfast at Ha Giang city, you can head to Bac Sum Slope to take pictures and passed Twin Mountain for a quick rest.
Next, you may want to stop by H’mong Village to take check-in photos at the famous infinity pool here. The admission fee is 50,000 VND and the entrance fee to the swimming pool is 100,000 VND/person. If you choose to travel 22km, you will encounter the tall “Lonely Tree”, the popular check-in address of young people. Actually, the way there is not too difficult.
After leaving the 22km road, your next spot should be Tham Ma Slope. There are many adorable and friendly ethnic kids here, so you can take pictures freely and give them candy. After that, you can also stop by the house selected as the setting for the movie “Story of Pao” – the work that won four Golden Kite Prizes in 2006. By the way, the award is like the Oscars of Vietnam.
On the way back to Lung Cu, there are many beautiful scenes, suitable for young people who love to take check-in photos to share on social media. If you go on the right day and are fortunate enough, you probably can participate in the Lo Lo festival which took place right at the homestay. It’s extremely crowded and bustling. After that, you may want to end the day of traveling around with a dinner of chicken hotpot that costs about VND 150,000 per person.
Day 2: Lung Cu Flagpole – Nho Que River – Ma Pi Leng – Dong Van
Conveniently, the way to Lung Cu flagpole is right at the homestay. You can ride a motorbike directly to the ticketing point for 10,000 VND/ person. Actually, the price decreases due to the coronavirus in Vietnam, you may find it higher after that. Then, you just need to walk up the stairs a little to arrive at the peak as well as the Northernmost point. The feeling is very cool and the panoramic view will make you overwhelmed. It would be your biggest regret when taking a Ha Giang itinerary without this spot.
Certainly, sailing on Nho Que River is also an experience that everyone should try. However, visitors need to be cautious when going down to the pier. It’s significantly dangerous when getting down because one side is the mountain, the other side is a cliff, and it usually has a landslide. This distance is just about 7-8 km long but taking about 30-45 minutes. Therefore, you should ride slowly to ensure safety.
On the other hand, there is also a 2km-long way for people to do trekking. Nevertheless, this road is quite steep, draining travelers a lot of time and strength. Therefore, only those who are really healthy try it. Just a quick thought, but I believe this trek would make your Ha Giang itinerary more experienced and adventurous. Of course, it’s dangerous, so be careful!
At the pier, you could book a boat at a fairly cheap price – VND 70,000 for a person. The boat is very big, with enough room to pose for pictures. Evenly, you can ask the boat driver to stop wherever you like. On average, a boat tour takes about 1-2 hours.
On the way back from Ma Pi Leng pass, you will have the opportunity to visit “the cliff of death”, where you can zoom out to see Nho Que River. I would say that the river is similar to a big gem with its natural turquoise color. Yes, watching down from Ma Pi Leng, the river appears loving and romantic. Anyways, starting from this point, the way back is much easier.
After returning to Dong Van district to rest, you can take time to discover the old town in the evening. There are many vendors with grilled foods, Thắng Dền (a specialty cake in Ha Giang), ethnic rice, and chicken hot pot.
Day 3: Dong Van – Meo Vac – Ha Giang City
If coming on Sunday, you may have the opportunity to experience the ethnic minority’s fair. The fair is very large, selling all kinds of different fruits. Here, you can buy a few souvenirs, as well as taste the stuffed pancake in the local style with the price at VND 40,000 VND a dish.
After that, you will return to Ha Giang city by Meo Vac’s direction. Yet, the way is very ugly and small, so you need to pay close attention. The average travel time is about 6-7 hours riding.
Warning When Going to Ha Giang
- The pass road is very steep and “zic-zac”, unlike the pass in Dalat or Sapa. Hence, it’s always better to choose a geared or semi-geared motorbike and go at the gear 2 to avoid slipping.
- The weather in Ha Giang is constantly sunny and rainy. Thus, you need to prepare sunscreen and always have extra raincoats to cover luggage.
- You will meet the obedient and pitiful ethnic children in while in Ha Giang itinerary, so don’t forget to prepare candies and some snacks for them.
- There is always a nice view on the way traveling Ha Giang. Therefore, you should limit visiting too many places to avoid wasting time traveling. Especially on the way from Dong Van or Lung Cu, the darker, the more dangerous at those places. I started at 8:00 but reach Lung Cu at 19:00.
- To go the right way on Ha Giang, you should ask people whenever you see a strange road or suspect that you have gone astray or too far. There are very few gas stations on the road, so you should refill your tank before setting off.
- In addition, you should also prepare some bread or fruit for snacks, with lots of water.
This is a very worthwhile trip where the locals are really cute and friendly. If you are young and still strong, you should try going to take a Ha Giang itinerary once in your life to feel the immensity of heaven and earth and the beauty of Vietnamese nature.
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