Ha Giang Travel Guide - Things you have to know
By Custom Vietnam Travel | Updated 1/5/2019
Ha Giang which is an absolutely spectacular, rugged and remote place. It has a reputation for its wonderful mountainous scenery, especially in the harvest season and rice planting season when you can have the most breathtaking view over the mountain and see the local people working on their farms. The people are really friendly and travelers can easily catch a picture of the children riding buffaloes or swimming in the small rivers that belong to the village, see the real life of ethnic minority groups in northern Vietnam. This article “Ha Giang Travel Guide” provides all of things travellers should know before traveling in Ha Giang, which were written by our local travel experts.
Breathtaking view of Hoang Su Phi in harvesting season
Ha Giang is beautiful all year round, you can travel to Ha Giang at any time of the year. However, to fully explore the beauty of this rocky plateau, you should come to Ha Giang at the following times below.
January: Flower season
Spring comes, everywhere from Quan Ba (Quyet Tien, Minh Tan), Yen Minh (Lao Va Chai, Na Khe, Bach Dich), Dong Van (Pho Bang, Pho Cao, Sung La, Sa Phin, and Phin Tung) , Meo Vac (Sung Tra, Sung Trai, Lung Phin), where peach trees, plum trees, and rapeseeds are blooming, along with the black slate of the rocky plateau. It will create a beautiful picture of Ha Giang as a lovely village
Lovely picture of Ha Giang in flower season
April, May: The growing season
In Vietnam, we call the wet season is the time of falling water when we start a new crop – so it is also called the growing season. Between April and May – the time of early summer rains, the locals make use of rainwater flowing down from Hoang Lien mountains to flow into their new crop – the water is pouring down from the streams on mountains to top layers, then down to lower layer – this scene is like sparkling mirrors reflecting the blue sky white clouds local farming work creating vivid pictures for photo lovers.
Coming to Ha Giang, visitors absolutely will see the picturesque rice fields in the growing season: Hoang Su Phi, Quan Ba twin mountains, or small fields dotted on the happy road Pi Pi Leng ...
The fantastic beauty of rice terraces surrounding mountains in Hoang Su Phi
September, October: Golden rice season
Ha Giang is a worldwide reputation for the Hoang Su Phi terraced rice fields, which were recognized as National Heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2012. During the collecting season, those terraces in Hoang Su Phi seem like the golden stairs case to heaven with the sunray shine from the blue sky.
Notably, at the end of September and early October, terraced fields in Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang always make the Northern mountainous area warm and productive by the golden of the ripe rice. Visitors immensely enjoy the majestic nature view, the riped rice fields with the terraced fields and the peaceful atmosphere here.
Wonderful picture of Quan Ba twins mountain in Ha Giang in golden season
October to December: The Triangle Flower Season, the most beautiful season in Ha Giang
At the end of October, until December, lots of travellers visit to Ha Giang to see triangular flowers. Violet heart-shaped flowers spread across the hillsides.
Beautiful picture of the triangle flower season in Ha Giang
2. How to get there
There are two ways to get to Ha Giang by bus or motorbike. Travel distance from Hanoi to Ha Giang is approximately 300 km by land. If you want to visit Ha Giang by bus, there are various bus companies from Hanoi to Ha Giang, for example Ha Giang limousine bus, express Ha Giang, Hung Thanh, Truly Ha Giang, … the price of the one-way bus ticket to Ha Giang around $9-22/ per passenger. Travelling by bus takes about 6-7 hours from Ha Noi to Ha Giang
On the other hand, travelling by motorbike might take a little bit longer about 8 hours but you will have opportunity to see the beautiful mountain scenery along your way.
The fantastic way to Ha Giang
3. What to see and visit in Ha Giang province?
There have many high rocky mountains, limestone formations and springs, tourists absolutely will be impressed by the spectacular scenery of nature and also friendly local people here who always are willing to welcome the visitors in Ha Giang. Our travel experts will illustrate you guys the best attractions in Ha Giang which travellers shouldn’t miss on the Ha Giang Trips.
Hoang Su Phi is an upland district of Ha Giang Province, Vietnam and also is one of Ha Giang’s attractions. The North is contiguous with China, the West is contiguous with Xin Man district, the East is contiguous with Vi Xuyen district, the South East and the South is contiguous with Bac Quang and Quang Binh districts in the same province.
Hoang Su Phi terraces in early harvesting season
Lung Cu village is very peaceful with smoke from roofs and children drive the herd of buffalo to the houses. The cold weather covers on children faces and their hair. The smoke spreads out and makes a corner of the dusk warmer. The road to Lung Cu flagpole has been rebuilt with a stair structure helping travelling easier. The higher, the perfect Lung Cu scenery is. See towards 4 sides, Lung Cu village is quiet in the light yellow sunset. Seeing more, you will be more charmed.
The picture of Lung Cu Flagpole
Dong Van Town is located in the middle of the valley with the roky surrounding. There have only 40 roofs lined up together under a rocky mountain. If you can wake up early and get there, you will have an opportunity to see the unique picture of old quarter which is blended two colours: the bright yellow of the sunshine and grey of ancient houses.
The quarter is formed from the early 20th century, only has a few families of the H’mong, Tay and Chinese, gradually, more and more other local residents find it. Overall, the old quarter has Chinese’s architecture with two-story houses of yin and yang roofs, red lanterns…
Dong Van Old Quarter - A historical Town
The Ma Pi Leng Pass is a mountain pass in the north of Vietnam, is approximately 20 kilometres long and located in Dong Van Plateau is 1200 m high above sea level, on the road named “Happy Street” which connects the towns of Dong Van and Meo Vac towns. Ma Pi Leng is the name of the rugged pass of Ha Giang. Ma Pi Leng in Mandarin is "horse’s nose", that means the horse that goes through the pass will also stop breathing, or the top of the mountain stands as the nose’s horse which you can imagine the dangers of the way you will go.
The most challenging way on Ma Pi Leng Pass
Standing on the peak of Yen Minh-Tam Son road, visitors can see the beautiful poetic town of Tam Son, mixed with terraced fields and mountains. And right here, the Twin Mountains appears with charming beauty like twenty – year - old female’s breasts. The natural picture of Quan Ba Twin Mountain is changed according to the season. The green of terraced rice fields, the splendid yellow of the ripe rice crop, the brown of the plowing season has created interesting colours for the landscape here.
Living in Tam Son, Quan Ba is mainly H'mong, Dao and Tay people... Natural beauty along with typical cultural characteristics of Ha Giang rock plateau always attracts tourists when they want to discover Ha Giang’s attraction.
Break-taking view of Quan Ba Mountain in harvesting season
4. The best Ha Giang cuisines visitors should eat before leaving
Rice noodle roll in Dong Van Old Quarter
Rice noodle roll is a unique dish, different from other specialties in Ha Giang. This is a dish that tourists often choose for their breakfast when visiting to Ha Giang. The rice noodle roll are enjoyed when they have still been hot, it might eat with a soft-boiled egg. It is absolutely wonderful dish, you must try when visiting Ha Giang
Shan snow tea is grown in all districts of Ha Giang, many places have old trees with the height of 300 - 1000m. Anyone who has ever enjoyed Shan snow Ha Giang tea is surely hard to forget their delicious taste. This tea is clean because people use natural remedies so there are no toxic chemicals. Shan snow Tea is harvested 4 times a year so come to Ha Giang, Visitors to Ha Giang at any time can enjoy the delicious taste of Shan snow tea.
Local people are picking Shan Snow tea leaves
Smoked buffalo or pork meat are usually made from longitudinal slices of meat, each piece of buffalo meat, pork meat is skewered into big sticks and hung on the kitchen counter. Before taking it to the kitchen, meat is seasoned with chili, ginger, especially Zanthoxylum rhetsa. This dish is really delicious and especially without preservatives, is a favorite dish of travelers every time to Ha Giang.
For years, thick-skined orange has become a most famous specialty of Bac Quang and the second famous specialty is tea. Thanks to the fertile land and climatic conditions that nowhere else has, orange here has a typical and sweet flavor that is a symbol of southern mountainous area of Ha Giang.
Local people are picking Bac Quang orange
Thanh Van corn wine
Thanh Van corn wine is made from corn of highland, using traditional methods. The flavor is typical delicious, non – toxic compared with other local wine. Thanh Van corn wine cooperative has invested the technology system of formaldehyde filtering so that the quantity of wine product has been gradually become a favorite one of people when visiting Ha Giang.
A local woman is making corn wine in Ha Giang
I hope you’ve found the article “Ha Giang Travel Guide” useful and it helps you to have a great trip to Ha Giang.
Enjoy yourself and ‘hen gap lai!!!’ (see you later!!!)