Ha Giang Loop Tour
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Traveling with a group with a local guide
3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS
4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS
Easy - Rider Tour
Traveling with a group with a driver
3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS
4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS
Private tour - Self-riding
Traveling with private group with a local guide
3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS
4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS
7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS
HA GIANG LOOP - BAN GIOC WATERFALL - BA BE LAKE
Total distance: 900-1000km
The road linking the three mountain provinces of Ha Giang, Cao Bang and Bac Can, you will travel through some of the most spectacular and remote regions of Viet Nam: Dong Van Karst Plateau (Ha Giang loop); Ban Gioc waterfall (one of four largest cross-border waterfall in the world across both Vietnam and China); Ba Be lake is the largest natural lake in Vietnam. The landscape around here is extraordinary, many travellers consider this their favorite place in Southest Asia.
Make your most memorable experiences in Viet Nam
Group Tour-Local guide
We organize group tours with a local guides, you will be assisted by experienced guides who are professional motorbike drivers on the mountain roads.
The guide will accompany you throughout the journey. He will take you sightseeing and help you with any motorbike problems. We will organize your accommodation and your meals.
If you don't know how to drive a motorbike or prefer to enjoy the tour relaxed from the back seat, we offer you a perfect alternative to explore Ha Giang: professional motorbike drivers.
Become a co-pilot and concentrate fully on the stunning scenery while our experienced local driver guides you through narrow mountain streets and beautiful towns.
The northernmost of Viet Nam
If you love adventure, come to Ha Giang! You will have a great experience in Vietnam!
Home to 22 minorities-each with their own language, clothing and traditions.
There is the Dong Van Karst plateau geo park. It is part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network and Asia Pacific Geoparks Network since October 2020. The area of the geopark spans over 2357 km2. The average elevation within the geopark is 1400 to 1600 meters above sea level.
Ha Giang Loop Map
DAY 3: Meo Vac - Ha Giang (145km)
The route is the most chosen by many backpackers when driving from Meo Vac to Ha Giang: Meo Vac - Mau Due - Lung Ho - Duong Thuong, continuing the journey to explore the rocky plateau before the end of the loop.
4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS LOOP
DAY 1: Ha Giang - Yen Minh (95km)
From Ha Giang city you will head north on the QL4C while the landscapes quickly transform into the limestone mountains. The hightlight if this section : Heaven's gate, Lung Khuy cave, Twin mountain
DAY 2: Yen Minh - Lung Cu - Dong Van (100km)
The route continues, leading you through scenic roads - Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark. You'll drive through the Tham Ma pass, visit H'mong king palace (built in the beginning of the 20th century). Reach to Lung Cu Flag Tower - the Northernmost point close to the Chinese border.
DAY 3: Dong Van - Meo Vac - Du Gia (100km)
Throughout the 100 km you will have some amazing views on the surrounding landscapes and will see the M pass contour run up the mountainside. Stop at Du Gia village and swim in a nature waterfall in fresh water or even jump off from the top. Right now the road from Meo Vac to Mau Due is under construction for about 15-20km. It's open for traffic but the condition of the road is not good and may take some time due to construction work. You should be careful when you drive here.
DAY 4: Du Gia - Ha Giang (100km)
Enjoy the last day of your journey to discover the Ha Giang rocky plateau. The terraced fields, the villages, the stilt houses of the Dao and the Hmong, the steep corn fields stretching to the horizon.
Highlights of the Ha Giang Loop
3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS LOOP
DAY 1: Ha Giang -Yen Minh (95km)
You'll take the 4C highway to get to Yen Minh where you will stay for your first night. Your first challenge on the way is the Bac Sun pass, the steepest and most winding slope of Ha Giang loop. After that you will head to Heaven's gate offering a famous view point that overlooks Tam Son town and the Twin Mountain.
DAY 2: Yen Minh - Lung Cu - Dong Van - Meo Vac (120km)
On the second day you visit the Lung Cu flag tower (the northernmost point of Vietnam) and finally Vietnam's border area shared with its neighbor China. From Dong Van to Meo Vac it's only 20km but takes most of your time to visit Ma Pi Leng pass (Sky Path - Sky Walk - the king of Vietnam's passes)
Sky pass - Ma Pi Leng
is the highest point of the legendary Happiness road, one of the "Four great peaks of mountain passes" in the northern mountains of Vietnam. Conquering this pass you will understand how hard it was for local ethnic workers and volunteers to build this part of the Happiness road without modern equipment, but by simple working tools of hammers, hoes and shovels. Drive down the mountain slopes and be rewarded with the most breathtaking landscapes of magnificent mountains and one of the deepest canyon in Southeast Asia Tu San canyon and Nho Que river running between the cliffs.
Nho Que river - Boat tour
is one of the most popular things to do in the Ha Giang province. The 192 km river comes from China, passes the border at Lung Cu, goes through the Dong Van and the famously dangerous Tu San Gorge, then goes along Ma Pi Leng Pass to Meo Vac to finally turn southeasterly into Cao Bang territory.
Tu San canyon
located on Nho Que river is one of the deepest canyons in Southeast Asia, stretching along 1,7 kilometers with cliffs as high as 700 - 800 meters. The scenery of the dangerous alley blends in the soft and gentle features of the river, making it a unique attraction in the rocky plateau.
Lung Cu flag tower
a big tower on top of the Dragon Mountain in the northernmost tip of Vietnam. The border area of the nation - Vietnam’s Final Frontier. This is a meaningful place - marking Vietnam's northernmost territorial sovereignty. The location is about 24km from the center of Dong Van district. From its top, you have a great view on the beautiful and spectacular landscape.
H’mong King’s Palace (The Vuong house)
Vuong Chinh Duc - the king of the H'mong in Ha Giang is the first person to lay the foundation for ruling ethnic minorities here at the start of the 20th century. Vuong Chinh Duc played an important role in the anti-French campaign, protecting the northern border area of Vietnam. Vuong's castle was built inspired by the architecture of the Chinese kings. The entire large villa is surrounded by a one meter thick stone wall, 2.5 - 3 meters high.
Ha Giang minority ethnics
More and more tourists are coming to Ha Giang to discover the minority ethnics, their life and see local markets in the mountains. Ha Giang has 22 distinct ethnic groups in the province, with H'mong being the largest as they make up 32% of the total population. The Tay comes to second with 25% and the Kinh ( Vietnamese), Nung, Dao all hovering around 10%.
Like the Hmong ethnic group, the Lo Lo can be further subdivided into several subgroups, all identified by style of their traditional clothing with name like: Black Lo Lo, Green Lo Lo, Flower Lo Lo. The Lo Lo ethnic group reside in the district of Dong Van and Meo Vac are Flower Lolo. They are a subgroup of Yi people who reside primarily in China. The name Lo Lo comes from their worship of the tiger, with Lo meaning " tiger". In terms of art, the Lo Lo is know far and wide for their use of the copper drum, their traditional instrument, during the wedding and funerals, which is then subsequently buried in a safe location until its next use to prevent degradation.
The Hmong is the largest ethnic group in Ha Giang and the seventh largest in Viet Nam. The Hmong can be further subdivided into several subgroups, all identified by style of their traditional clothing with name like: Black Hmong, Green Hmong, Flower Hmong. Hmong marriage can be arranged but it is not common. Courting is initiated by the boy, who must present his chosen partner with a gift. If this gift is accepted, the boy will attempt to kidnap the girl in the following days, taking her away from three days while informing her family what is going on. While this may seem strange, this kidnapping is an entirely symbolic ritual, after three days the couple will return to the girl's family home and live there until the wedding is held.
Ethnic markets - a cultural beauty of Ha Giang
For many years, the market has become an indispensable cultural activity in the lives of people in mountainous areas in Ha Giang. Market, or fair is not only a place to trade or exchange goods but also a cultural exchange for locals, representing the diverse and profound culture. From the early morning, the Mong, Dao, Giay and Nung gather to the market. Woman in colorful traditional dresses carry heavy baskets on their back. Local men bring chickens, pigs, horses and even cows to the market. Although, they have to walk a long way, their faces still show their joy and eagerness.
The goods in the market are quite various but mainly are homemade, home grow by the people here such as honey, mushroom, rice, corn and vegetables. They exchange what is necessary for their daily life.
The markets around the district center usually take place every Sunday morning: Dong Van local market and Meo Vac market. Other markets like Sa Phin market, Pho Cao market, Pho Bang market and Du Gia market are not held on a specific day of the week, the gathering day will change every week depending on the lunar calendar.