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If you need a tourguide for you trip so you can contact Vision Travel at https://visiontravelagent.com. They’re the best travel agency in Ha Giang.See less
Best time to do Ha Giang loop
I heard that from May to Oct is the best time to visit this area.
I heard that from May to Oct is the best time to visit this area.See less
Where should to book a tour to Ha Giang?
It is a popular place for tours in northern Vietnam, you can book a tour online trekking or motorbike tours from 3-6 days or about 20 days in northern Vietnam (loops) Book your Ha Giang Loop car tour, trekking or motorbike tour in Ha Giang online on Vision Travel
It is a popular place for tours in northern Vietnam, you can book a tour online
trekking or motorbike tours from 3-6 days or about 20 days in northern Vietnam (loops)
Book your Ha Giang Loop car tour, trekking or motorbike tour in Ha Giang online on Vision TravelSee less
Where can i rent a motorbike in Ha Giang?
Lots of travelers rent a motorbike in Ha Giang city and then go to the far north (Dong Van, Meo Vac, Lung Cu, Ma Pi Leng Pass …). To rent a motorbike for 1 day costs about $7-15. You can try for example Car & Motorbike rental in Ha Giang. Another option is to ask at your hotel/hostel. There areRead more
Lots of travelers rent a motorbike in Ha Giang city and then go to the far north (Dong Van, Meo Vac, Lung Cu, Ma Pi Leng Pass …). To rent a motorbike for 1 day costs about $7-15. You can try for example Car & Motorbike rental in Ha Giang. Another option is to ask at your hotel/hostel. There are contacts on their websites where you can find their companies. I recommend choosing a bit more of a powerful bike, not a scooter, for this mountainous area. A good choice is a semi-automatic bike. Before you set off, check and try your motorbike, check the tyres…See less
How is Ha Giang Loop road conditions?
Here’s my personal perspective of levels of difficulties of the roads in Ha Giang Loop. Ha Giang – Quan Ba (QL4C) Easy – Probably the best and easiest of all. Quan Ba – Yen Minh (QL4C) Medium – Lots of steep up and down the hills. Medium to hard – On the shorter route to Yen Minh Shorter route to YeRead more
Here’s my personal perspective of levels of difficulties of the roads in Ha Giang Loop.
Ha Giang – Quan Ba (QL4C)
Easy – Probably the best and easiest of all.
Quan Ba – Yen Minh (QL4C)
Medium – Lots of steep up and down the hills.
Medium to hard – On the shorter route to Yen Minh
Shorter route to Yen Minh – Beware of construction
Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Meo Vac (QL4C)
Medium to hard – Partly bumpy roads
Meo Vac – Yen Minh (DT182 & DT176)
Medium to hard – Partly bumpy roads
Meo Vac – Du Gia (DT182 & DT176)
Medium to hard – Partly bumpy roads
Du Gia – Quan Ba (DT176 & DT181)
Hard – Steep and the most bumpy roads
Typical road between Du Gia and Lung Tam
Driving in the loop can be a challenge for many of us and especially for those who are not or less experienced with driving. Once you’re in the loop, most of the roads are narrow for two cars to pass at the same time and sides of the roads are mostly broken, making it even more difficult when a big truck or a car is passing by (and they drive fast!).
It is always the best to be extra cautious and drive at a speed you can control. The views are stunning and you’ll be tempted to steal a glance while you’re driving. But always put the priority on concentrating on driving and take as many breaks as you’d like to take pictures and enjoy the breathtaking views of Ha Giang.See less
How hard is riding the Ha Giang loop?
If you’ve heard amazing things about Ha Giang and are interested in doing the Ha Giang loop, then the first thing that might have come to your mind is How hard is riding the Ha Giang Loop. Of course, the answer depends on your riding skills. So first, the easy one: if you’re an experienced and confiRead more
If you’ve heard amazing things about Ha Giang and are interested in doing the Ha Giang loop, then the first thing that might have come to your mind is How hard is riding the Ha Giang Loop.
Of course, the answer depends on your riding skills. So first, the easy one: if you’re an experienced and confident rider, you’ll be more than fine. But if you’re not, I’d recommend you to reflect thoroughly whether to ride or not along the Ha Giang Loop.
To help you make up your mind about riding the loop or sitting pillion (behind someone), I’ll try to be as precise as possible describing the difficulties of the route in this post:
If you ask anyone who’s done it how hard is riding the Ha Giang loop, “sharp corners” will surely be the first warning. Not only is this the main difficulty you’ll find along the way, but we could simply describe the whole loop with these words. If the first sharp, uphill corner you meet freaks you out, then turn back, because it’s not going to get any better. But go through it safely, then celebrate, even if it wasn’t easy because it is going to get better! You’ll overcome these corners more easily time after time, and will feel a specialist after a couple of hours.
A nice view of some of the sharpest corners along the Ha Giang loop
A tip for your first ones: do them as slowly as you need and honk to warn vehicles coming from the opposite direction. And of course, always keep as close to the right that you can.
If you plan your route correctly, most of the roads will be in very good condition. However, between Du Gia and Ha Giang, you have two main possible routes, and none of them is ideal. In any case, you’ll go through very bumpy roads in a few sections. But they’re short, so the pain won’t last that long. Put first gear, ride as slowly and steadily as you can and throw a few curses if you need to… I promise it’ll be over soon.
Bear in mind roads are being permanently fixed and improved in Ha Giang. So maybe you’re lucky! In any case, make sure you check on the road situation with local guides or fellow riders before hitting the road.
After 15 minutes in any place in Vietnam, you’ll understand why this is a challenge itself. You have to be extra careful, as drivers might not be as attentive as you might expect, to say the least. In these particular routes, be especially aware of locals short-cutting in corners. Remember to honk for them to know you’re coming! What is more, you’ll meet some kids riding motorbikes, and they’ll probably lack full control of the vehicle. But I also have some good news: the traffic will be light all along.
Depending on the route you choose, the so-called Northern Ha Giang Loop is between 290 and 380 kilometers long. So riding it is more than overcoming a two-hour crazy route. Make sure you feel confident enough along the first ten or twenty kilometers, as there are a lot more to come. And you don’t want to ride 380 kilometers with fear.
Vietnam is green for a reason; it can rain on any day of the year. You are now to do an adventure in a mountainous area, where the weather is quite unpredictable too. And it can change a lot and quickly throughout the day. So even if you come in “dry” season and you wait for the forecast to promise sunny days for the following whole week to hit the road, you might get some rain. So be prepared to tackle those curves on wet asphalt… and occasional mud.See less
Where is the most amazing place in Northern Vietnam?
Here are the 10 Most Amazing Destinations you can visit in Northern Vietnam: Ha Long Bay One of the best-known destinations in the entire country is Halong Bay. Its reputation is well deserved because it is truly beautiful. Halong means descending dragons, which is indicative of the silhouette of thRead more
Here are the 10 Most Amazing Destinations you can visit in Northern Vietnam:
Ha Long Bay
One of the best-known destinations in the entire country is Halong Bay. Its reputation is well deserved because it is truly beautiful. Halong means descending dragons, which is indicative of the silhouette of the limestone outcrops that poke out from the water. Day cruises or overnight boat trips are a spectacular way to experience the beauty of Halong Bay and to see as many of the islands as possible. In addition to Cat Ba, Quan Lan is a popular stop that is beginning to develop some tourism infrastructure to accommodate a longer stay. You can go swimming, look for caves to explore or find some of the more remote, uninhabited islands while cruising through Halong Bay.
If you only visit one place in Northern Vietnam, it will likely be Hanoi. As the nation’s capital, Hanoi is an exhilarating blend of eastern and western cultures. French colonialism is visible through cuisine as well as architecture, particularly in the French Quarter in the Hoàn Kiếm District. Hanoi is packed with incredible temples, and a visit to the 11th century Temple of Literature is a must-do activity. The side-by-side Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum are also major attractions in Hanoi, and both are striking buildings from the exterior.
The mountainous town of Sapa is known for its culturally diverse population as well as its proximity to incredible scenery. Sapa itself is home to the members of many hill tribes, including the Hmong, the Dao, the Muong and the Tay. The town also overlooks the magnificent Muong Hoa Valley and its terraced rice fields, which are staggering to behold. If you want to get an inside look at the local residents and their cultures, then head to Sapa for an overnight trek or a homestay. You can hike out to the more remote villages and then spend the night, dining, and learning from the hill tribe residents.
Ha Giang Province (Ha Giang Loop)
One of the most remote provinces in the country is Ha Giang. Close to the border with China, Ha Giang Province is known for its green forests and granite mountains. It is an incredible destination to explore ethnic diversity and to participate in outdoor activities like camping or hiking. As such a scenic province, Ha Giang to home to hundreds of spectacular vantage points. However, few can compare to Ma Pi Leng Pass. Outdoor markets are a regular occurrence in Ha Giang, with residents traveling to attend these weekly or monthly events. One of the most thrilling is the Dong Van Market, which is held on Sundays.
Tam Coc (Ninh Binh)
On paper, Tam Coc can be described as rice paddies surrounded by limestone cliffs and rock formations. In reality, Tam Coc is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful destinations in the entire region. The best way to explore is by boat, and you can set off on a rowboat that takes you up alongside the lush green paddies and between striking limestone cliffs. You’ll even float through three tunnels that run through the mountains, which were carved over time by the river itself. From your boat, vendors may tempt (or deter) you with local souvenirs and handicrafts.
Just a few miles from the Chinese border is the town of Bac Ha. Bac Ha is very small, and during the week the best way to explore is to check out the town square. There are a handful of local eateries serving delicious, inexpensive cuisine, and there are several vendors selling handmade crafts. What truly makes Bac Ha worth a visit, however, is the Sunday Market. Every Sunday morning, residents from throughout the region gather in Bac Ha, and it becomes a cacophony of color, sound, and vibrancy. The members of the surrounding hill tribes come to the shop and sell, making it a fantastic opportunity to see a range of ethnicities in a single, scenic setting.
Ban Gioc WaterFall
Right on the border between Vietnam and China is the breathtaking Ban Gioc Waterfall (also known as Detian). The whole area is known as the Detian Scenic Zone, although the waterfalls are certainly the main attraction. Ban Gioc Waterfall is made up of three stages, which makes the scene more dramatic as well as interesting, with small pools and minor cascades along the way. One of the more unique ways to see the Ban Gioc Waterfall is to hire a raft and a guide and get close to the river itself. At the 53rd merestone, it is possible to legally cross between China and Vietnam freely, so you might want to hop across the border just to see the falls from a new perspective.
Bai Tu Long Bay
Halong Bay is, without question, one of the most popular destinations in Northern Vietnam. However, it is not the only beautiful bay worth exploring in the region. Bai Tu Long Bay is adjacent to Halong, and it also boasts a sinking limestone plateau, gorgeous blue waters, and an abundance of small islands. In fact, many people prefer Bai Tu Long Bay because it is far less crowded than its more popular neighbor to the south. The best way to tour Bai Tu Long Bay is by boat, and there is any number of cruises that can take you to the highlights throughout the bay.
Cat Ba Island
In Vietnam’s Halong Bay is the Cat Ba Archipelago. While the archipelago boasts more than 360 islands, the largest is titled Cat Ba. Although there are many beautiful places to explore on the island, Cat Ba town is not among these, with its low-rise concrete hotels along a once-lovely bay. Fortunately, more than 50 percent of the island is a national park, which was created to protect the rare Cat Ba Langur, an adorable but difficult-to-spot primate. If you’re not able to spot any langurs, take a ferry over to Monkey Island. There, macaques are in abundance. Cat Ba Island is also home to the incredible Cannon Fort, which was constructed in 1942. You can tour the fort and take advantage of the elevation to snap some amazing pictures of the views below.
In the heart of the Hòa Bình Province is Mai Chau, a district with lush greenery, beautiful mountains, and vibrant culture. Mai Chau is a wonderful place to explore if you’re looking to get an authentic view of the many cultures that have found a home in Northern Vietnam. Mai Chau is a sort of melting pot, serving as the home to seven distinct ethnic groups: Hmong, Zao, Muong, Hoa, Viet, White Thai, and Tay. In addition to the verdant valleys, Mai Chau is noteworthy for its stilt houses. These houses are constructed 3 meters (10 feet) off the ground, and they often provide shelter to animals escaping inclement weather.