Small but mighty: 10 fun things to do in Ha Giang

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Ha Giang is a small province in the north of Vietnam and also is the last frontier in northern Vietnam. It is a attraction for visitor with majestic scenery. Is home to a wide variety of local ethnic minorities who still preserve their traditional culture and lifestyle. The remote areas of Ha Giang offer an experience like no other, the cultural diversity and unique, beautiful landscapes remain pure and authentic. 

Here are 10 things to do in Ha Giang might convince you to squeeze the Vietnam into next trip. Come on, it can fit - it’s only tiny.

Small but mighty: 10 fun things to do in Ha Giang
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What is the best time to visit Ha Giang?

The best time to visit Ha Giang province in Vietnam is in the dry season, in the months from October to April. But you should also know, the winter months (December, January, February) may be very cold. It is not good to go to this mountainous area during the rainy monsoon season (May to September, landslides on the roads are possible).

The average temperature is approximately the same as in Hanoi. But in the mountain areas of Ha Giang the weather can change very fast. However, the amount of precipitation in the rainy season is higher than in Hanoi. It is recommended to pack your warm clothes.

How many days I should spend in Ha Giang Vietnam?

In my opinion, 3 days 4 nights is the most reasonable time that people often take when travelling to Ha Giang Vietnam. If you don't have much time, the 3 nights 2 days is a ok but a little rush. If you a truly nature lover and want to enjoy the peaceful atmostphere here, then 5 or 4 days should be considered.

How to get to Ha Giang from Hanoi?

The distance from Hanoi to Ha Giang is about 300km. If you are interested in conquering Ha Giang completely by motorbike, you can ride a motorbike from Hanoi, and the journey takes approximately 8 to 10 hours depending on the speed.

However, it can be really exhausting because you will need to drive more when you get to Ha Giang.

Therefore, I recommend taking a bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang to have an enjoyable trip.

After getting to Ha Giang from Hanoi, you can continue taking buses to highland districts of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van, and Meo Vac.

Alternatively, you can rent a motorbike and explore Ha Giang on your own. If you travel alone or in a group of 2, you should take a guided tour or have a local show you around for your safety.

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10 fun things to do in Ha Giang

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1. Explore the Dong Van Geopark with Vietnam’s most beautiful mountain passes.

Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark you can see a lot of interesting and fascinating places. It will be mainly fantastic natural and mountain sceneries, passes, valleys, viewpoints, ethnic villages, ethnic markets (especially on Sunday).

2. Trekking through the most authentic ethnic minority villages.

With these local villages, forests and mountains with great views, Ha Giang is a very nice place for a trek with few or no other tourists.

Not just Ha Giang, the characteristics of the northern region of Vietnam are spectacular hills, majestic terraced fields, ethnic minority groups, which are extremely ideal conditions for hiking trips to explore. You can check out best trekking routes in Northern at:

3. Enjoy the view of Lung Cu flag tower, the northernmost point of Ha Giang.

Lung Cu flagpole is located on a mountain peak about 1700m above sea level. If you want to visit this place, you need to go through more than 500 stone steps. This is a great check-in place of the adventurers.

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4. Visit local markets.

One of the best places to learn about local cultures of ethnic minorities is when visiting a market. The Meo Vac Sunday market is the largest market in the region, but other recommended markets are Dong Van market and Sa Phin market.

5. Behold the rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi.

The region with the most beautiful rice terraces of Vietnam. It is also the least visited region in Ha Giang, in particular because it is difficult to reach.

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6. Ma Pi Leng pass

Ma Pi Leng pass is 20km long with a height of 1200m above the sea level. It's said to be the most astonishing mountain road and the king of all mountain pass in all of Vietnam. It's the most difficult pass to build but also the most fascinating and beautiful pass to enjoy in Vietnam.

7. Nho Que river

There are epic views from the Ma Pi Leng pass over the Nho Que river. At a couple of places you can also drive down the zigzag roads to the bank of the river. Here you can take a boat trip or even kayak.

8. Chieu Lau Thi Mountain

The third highest mountains in Vietnam and the second highest mountain in Ha Giang. The climb is tough and tiring, but you will be rewarded with a beautiful view.

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9. Ha Giang Loop

A lot of places of interest during this loop. The most impressive are the Ma Pi Leng Pass, Quan Ba ​​Pass and Dong Van Geopark. You can do this loop yourself by renting a motorbike in Ha Giang city or you can go on the back of an easy rider.

10. Khau Vai Love Market

The love market, is one of the most unique markets in Vietnam that is held only once a year around April. It is a dating site for ex-lovers who fell in love but could not have a marriage.

What to bring to Ha Giang Vietnam? 

Ha Giang is a climatic region with more differences than other regions, especially in the highlands. When visitors come to Ha Giang, you should pay attention to some of  the following Ha Giang travel guide: 

- Should bring warm clother when going up to the highland area because the climate changes suddenly and the weather is getting colder at night. 

- Prepare some medicines to treat common diseases like flu, headche because visitors can get it when thay do not adapt to high temperature and cold climate.

- If visitors come to Ha Giang Vietnam between July and August, it is recommended to bring rain gear or umbrellas. It's the time of the rainy season, visitors may encounter continuous rainy days or rain showers suddenly. 

- If tourists participate in the type of sports tourism in Ha Giang, it's recommended to carefully prepare the protective equipment and medicines, first aid precautions.

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