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Ha Giang travel guide: Experience, Itinerary and prices

Ha Giang is in the east borders Cao Bang province, the West borders Yen Bai and Lao Cai provinces, the South borders Tuyen Quang province, and the North borders China. The twisting, rocky roads of Ha Giang are intrinsically difficult for drivers. However, as you move your gaze about the plateau, the tension fades and you are left with a sense of serenity as you marvel at its beauty.

The most suitable to be in Ha Giang

Meo Vac Ha Giang
Meo Vac Ha Giang – Source: Internet

As a mountainous province, the climate in Ha Giang is noticeably cold compared to the lowland and adjacent midlands. The average yearly temperature is from 21 to 23 degrees Celsius. The climate highlights are high humidity throughout the year and abundant and prolonged rain.

You may visit Ha Giang at any time of the year. People frequently visit Ha Giang in the autumn when the rice is ripe. The best months to visit are October, November, and December, when the buckwheat blossoms and cabbage fields are in full bloom. In spring, apricot flowers and plum blossoms bloom in the forest, making you feel like you’re floating in the clouds.

The meadows glisten in the torrential rain season in May. Many people miss Ha Giang in June and July because of the sudden summer rains. But also thanks to this humidity, the mountains here put on a green color that captivates people.

Transportation

Numerous direct bus companies run from the northern regions to Ha Giang. Travelers from the South or Central area, on the other hand, should begin their journey in Hanoi. From Hanoi, almost every hour, buses are departing from My Dinh, Luong Yen, Yen Nghia and Gia Lam bus stations.

Depending on their budget, guests can select between a sleeping bus and a high-quality limousine. On the other hand, traveling by night bus will save you time and energy for the long trip of discovery. The price of a bus ticket from Hanoi to Ha Giang and vice versa range from 200,000 to 300,000 VND one way.

When you come to Ha Giang city, you can rent a motorbike by yourself for a tour at the price of 150,000 – 300,000 VND per car per day. If you don’t have enough time or health, or if the group includes old people and children, you should rent a car with 7 – 16 seats.

Hotels, homestays

H'Mong Village
H’Mong Village – Source: Internet

Families and couples who want to stay at a separate, high-class resort can come to P’apiu in Yen Dinh commune, Bac Me district. Visitors are engulfed in the colors of the highlands as they travel along Vietnam’s longest brocade road, staying in villas and villas with H’Mong house designs. A night’s stay costs around 10,000,000 VND.

H’Mong Village with a rocking-shaped design is recommended for travelers who enjoy novelty. The resort is situated on the slopes of Trang Kim, Quan Ba, with views of the Mi River and the gorgeous mountains in the distance. Guests can choose to stay in the community room, priced at 400,000 VND per night or in the bungalow partying at 2,400,000 VND per night.

With the option close to the community, at a lower cost, guests can stay at homestays, which Hoang Su Phi has Hoang Su Phi Lodge and Kinh Homestay, next to the terraced fields in Nam Hong village; Ho Thau Eco Village Ho Thau commune with a cottage with thatched-roof walls.

In addition, you can stay at Cho Pua – Auberge de MeoVac (Meo Vac) with a local land house or Dust homestay is a house on stilts in Dong Van. There is also a historic house called Hoang Than in Dong Van that only 100,000 VND per person; Meo Vac Golden Bee costs only 230,000 VND per night. Lo Lo Chai village, near the Lung Cu flagpole, has a homestay Lo Lo Ancient House.

Itinerary

Ha Giang
Ha Giang – Source: Internet

Because the tourist attractions in Ha Giang are far from each other, you should choose a journey of at least 3 days and 2 nights to have enough time to “ride a horse to see the flowers”. An itinerary of 3 days and 4 nights is recommended by many tourists or more than 5 days.

The itinerary of 3 day 2 nights trip to Ha Giang

You can choose to be in Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Ninh on the first day. On the second day, you can visit Yen Minh, Dong Van, Mapileng Pass and on the last day of your trip, you can be at Mau Due, Yen Minh then back to Ha Giang.

The itinerary of 4 day 3 nights trip to Ha Giang

With the long trip, you can have more time to explore more places in Ha Giang. On the first day of your trip, you can visit Quan Ba, Yen Minh after arriving in Ha Giang. On the second day, you can travel from Yen Minh to Dong Van and try to trek Mapileng Pass. On the third day, after taking a rest at Mapileng Pass, you can try the Boat tour and visit Du Gia. On the last day of your trip, you should spend more time at Du Gia and come by Quan Ba before back to Ha Giang.

With each trip, you can contact Lily’s Travel Agency to get more information about prices, homestays/hotels and itinerary

Ha Giang specialties

Ha Giang Travel Guide
Ha Giang Travel Guide – Source: Internet

Coming to Ha Giang, don’t miss the egg rolls with a thin layer of wet dough, inside is the peach yolk color of eggs, a specialty of the top land of the country.

Another dish to try is au tau porridge cooked with glutinous rice with yellow flowers mixed with plain rice, zucchini is carefully simmered with greasy pork leg broth and herbs. Au Tau porridge is a tonic for colds as well as a simple dish.

Chung Gu cake ( is a specialty of Ha Giang, wrapped by hand, the crust is blue or black depending on the type of rice. If the cake is green, the rice is mixed in, and if the cake is black, the rice is mixed in. The stuffing contains both lean and fatty meat. Cakes are packed daily by some families in Ha Giang city but must be pre-ordered because quantities are limited. Each cake costs from 17,000 VND.

Thang Dien in Dong Van looks like drift cake in Hanoi, made from glutinous rice flour, and can be made vegetarian or wrapped with bean paste. Thang Co is not for everyone, but it is a Northwest specialty with the perfume of cardamom, cumin seeds, and lemongrass and the fatty taste of beef.

Upland sticky rice, pig’s feet, and tubers are used to make Au Tau porridge. The tubers are brought home, washed, and immersed in rice-washing water for one night before being boiled for around 4 hours to soften and loosen. The meat is then mixed with rice and cooked in broth from pork feet. The tubers are very poisonous, so they must be carefully processed, eaten, and have anti-arthritic pain.

Triangular cake (Tam giac mach cake) is typical of the Mong people in the rocky highlands. The process of making cakes has many stages, the harvested buckwheat seeds are dried and then ground until smooth, then mixed with water and then molded into flat round cakes, put into molds and then steamed. When eating, bake or fry. The cake has a fragrant, slightly sweet, slightly gritty taste.

Lam Bac Com Me is gradually becoming a Tay ethnic group specialty. When enjoying, Lam rice has a complex aroma mixed with banana leaves and grilled pipes, eating it with sesame salt or eating it with grilled stream fish will be interesting.

What to buy as gifts in Ha Giang?

Ha Giang’s delicious oranges are famous for their ripe and sweet berries, which is a gift that any tourist wants to bring back to relatives and friends.

The kitchen sausage is made from half-lean half-fat meat marinated with salt, sugar, monosodium glutamate, white wine, ginger juice and a few chopped dried macadamias marinated with the smell of kitchen smoke with a characteristic aroma that makes you eat. once and remember forever.

Mint honey is harvested on the rocky plateau from September to December of the lunar calendar. Along National Highway 4C to Quan Ba, Dong Van and Meo Vac districts, visitors can easily meet beekeeping shacks and honey mining on the spot. Honey has a lemon yellow tint, a strong scent, and is sweet and cold like mint.

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