Ha Giang Loop Vietnam [NEW 2020]: The Definitive Guide A – Z

by Giang A Sinh
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“Is the road to Ha Giang Loop Vietnam dangerous?”. This is one of the many questions HmongTrip’s Blog often receives from friends who have never been to Ha Giang.

It is easy for you to understand because Ha Giang tourism is famous for its unique passes, bends, sleeves, omega, etc.

The first thing that HmongTrip wants you to know: the majestic passes, winding, on one side of the abyss, on the other, the cliff, is the specialty of the rocky plateau. Also a challenge, the fear of many of you are not used to riding a mountain road motorbike.

Besides answering the question, we will share with you which roads are difficult to travel, things to keep in mind when traveling to Ha Giang by self-sufficient motorbike!

Being the top land of the country along with Dong Van rock plateau and Hoang Su Phi terraced landscapes.

Ha Giang has long been a trendy area in your community.

In recent years, due to the development of transport infrastructure as well as services and facilities invested, Ha Giang tourism has been increasingly popularized.

Ha Giang tours are continuously opened, homestay services in Ha Giang are in full bloom.

Ha Giang is more crowded, often congested on the peak occasions, many new tourist sites have been built to serve tourists.

To have a happy and safe trip to Ha Giang, do not miss the detailed instructions below with HmongTrip’s Blog.

If you're interested in a particular topic, feel free to jump ahead:

General introduction about Hà Giang

Ha Giang is a province in the Northeast region of Vietnam.

The East borders Cao Bang province; the West borders Yen Bai and Lao Cai provinces, the South borders Tuyen Quang province to the North, China borders.

Ha Giang Loop Vietnam
Ha Giang Loop, Vietnam – Source: vietnam.travel

Ha Giang has a natural area of ​​7,884.37 km2, of which the most general area from west to East is 115 km long, and from north to south is 137 km long.

The northernmost of Ha Giang is also the northernmost point of the country, about 3 km to the East of Lung Cu, with a latitude of 23 ° 13’00 ”

In the reign of Hung Vuong, Ha Giang was one of the 15 ministries of the Lac Viet nation.

During the reign of An Duong Vuong, Au Lac and Ha Giang were established in the Tay Vu tribe.

During the reign of the Northern feudalism that lasted for a thousand years, the Ha Giang area was still in Tay Vu district, Giao Chi district.

From 1075 (under the Ly dynasty), Ha Giang then belonged to the continent of Binh Nguyen. At the beginning of the Tran dynasty, the area of ​​Ha Giang and Tuyen Quang at that time was called Tuyen Quang in the Quoc Oai Highway. 1397 changed to Tuyen Quang town.

In 1858, after conquering most of the provinces of Cochinchine and Tonkin, in 1887, the French colonialists occupied Ha Giang and changed the rule by establishing army officers.

On March 23, 1959, President Ho Chi Minh signed a decree to disband the Lao-Ha-Yen area, merging Ha Giang province into the North Vietnamese Autonomous Region.

In early April 1976, Ha Tuyen province was established based on merging the two areas of Ha Giang and Tuyen Quang.

On August 12, 1991, the National Assembly decided to divide Ha Tuyen province into Ha Giang and Tuyen Quang provinces.

Ha Giang province was re-established as a capital city located in Ha Giang town (now Ha Giang city).

Located in the mountainous area north of Vietnam, Ha Giang is a majestic mountain complex, rugged terrain, with an average altitude of 800 m to 1,200 m above sea level.

This is a region with many high mountains. According to recent statistics, on the Ha Giang strip of land less than 8,000 km2, there are 49 high mountains from 500 m – 2,500 m (10 tops of 500 – 1,000 m high, 24 tops of 1,000 – 1500 m high, ten tops of 1,500 upper – 2,000 m and 5 heads from 2,000 – 2,500 m).

Hoang Su Phi Rice fields
Hoang Su Phi in Ha Giang – Source: flickr

Ha Giang has many untapped ancient forests, a new ecological environment, and many attractive hidden potentials.

Duplicate and undulating rocky forests hid in silver clouds, many peaks over 2,000 m high, such as Pu Ta Kha, Tay Con Linh.

Many mysterious caves like Tung Ba, Lung Ma, (Vi Xuyen), Tung Vai (Quan Ba), Hang May, and Sang Tung (Dong Van).

Ha Giang is blessed with a long-standing culture dating to the Dong Son Bronze Age, with prehistoric relics in Bac Me and Meo Vac.

This is also a province with many ethnic minorities living in the Northeast, with 22 ethnic groups with many customs, traditions, and lively festivals that make Ha Giang an attractive place for tourists. Come to visit.

Besides, Ha Giang has a unique environment landscape of a mountainous province with high cat ear mountains in the north and immense forests in the south.

In 2010, Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark (Geopark) was recognized by UNESCO as a member of the global Geopark network.

In September 2012, Hoang Su Phi terraced fields were recognized as the national monuments of Hoang Su Phi terraced fields.

Ok, so Is the road to Ha Giang Loop dangerous?

If you book with an agency company, and you sit on the back of the bike with the driver – This is a safe trip.

If you ride a motorbike on your own -> it depends on your level of driving motorbike – If you are a good motorbike driver, this good – you can ride yourself. If you are not sure, I recommend you book with an agency: sit on the back of the bike with the driver for sure.

How long does it take to do the Ha Giang loop?

The total distance of the main loop is 350km.

You can complete the ride in about 3 -4 days, but the outstanding scenery is such that I recommend 4-5 days.

Motorbikes, you can be rented in Ha Giang, but by far, the best place is QT Motorbikes, which can also offer excellent route advice.

Things to keep in mind when traveling to Ha Giang (Keys to conquer Ha Giang Loop)

  • 4 stops you should fill up the fuel tank: I’ve been to Ha Giang many times, and here are 4 points you need to fill up the fuel tank: Ha Giang city – Yen Minh – Dong Van – Mau Due. Just fill up in 4 places you can run without buying gasoline reserves.
  • When renting a motorbike, you will get a list of repair shops along the way; you can call them whenever you have a problem.
  • You should avoid going in the evening because of the dangerous mountain pass.
  • Should check the brakes (depth, sensitivity) before going, if the brakes are not right, you can ask the car owner to check and fix before you leave.
  • Should borrow according to the patch bring a backup
  • Wear a helmet when riding a motorbike
  • If you have protective armor, you should wear it.
  • Go slowly if the steering is weak

What should I bring to Ha Giang loop?

  • If you ride a motorbike, remember to bring the full: identification (driving license and papers). Remember to ask for a list of car repair shops along the way in case something goes wrong.
  • Clothes: wear warm clothes in winter, gloves, gloves, because winter in Ha Giang is freezing. You can buy thermal jackets — the Northface, Jack Wolfkin, to wear in the cold winter. And in the summer, you should bring a thin coat, a highland climate often at night.
  • Shoes: Preferably mountaineering or hiking shoes.
  • Bring medicine along with stomachache, headache, allergy, anti-mosquito cream to prevent eating inappropriate food, or insect bites.

What is the best time to do Ha Giang Loop?

If you have never been to Ha Giang, you can arrange a trip to Ha Giang according to your free time because Ha Giang is a destination that,, according to tourists, “every season is beautiful.”

October – November is the season of Triangle Flower, you go around the 3rd week of October until about early November is beautiful.

From about December to the Lunar New Year, there will be scattered canola flowers in some places such as Quyet Tien, Pho Cao, Sung La.

Before and after the Lunar New Year, respectively, is the time of plum blossom and peach blossom.

Ha Giang Loop- Ma Phi Lenh
Ha Giang view in Ma Pi Leng Pass – Source: Lonely Planet

Around June to August is the summer, Ha Giang it’s always sunny, which is the right time to take beautiful photos of the rocky plateau, but going in the summer often can see rain.

September is the ripe rice season of the uplands. This time, it is excellent to visit Hoang Su Phi.

What is the Ha Giang Loop?

  • The Ha Giang Loop is – you guessed it – a motorbike loop around Ha Giang, Vietnam’s northernmost province bordering China.
  • It starts about 5 hours North of Hanoi and is east of Sapa.
  • Here you’ll find some of the most stunning stretches of road in Vietnam, Southeast Asia…and the world.
  • Feel free to disagree in the comments and tell me of a place more stunning, because I’d love to visit!

How do you get to Ha Giang Vietnam?

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Bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang – Source: bcfamilytour

Private vehicles

From Hanoi to Ha Giang, about 300km, if you like to be autonomous in your travel or change the way back by a different route, you can ultimately drive your motorbike or personal car from Hanoi.

How long does it take to get from Hanoi to Ha Giang?

Time to Hanoi – Ha Giang will be about 8-10 hours depending on speed, plus rest time.

If you want to bring a motorbike but do not want to run from Hanoi, you can send a bike with a bus to Ha Giang.

The downside of this option is that you need to book early with the garage because each bed car can only carry 2-3 motorbikes.

Going to Ha Giang by public transport

Bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang

The bus routes from Hanoi to Ha Giang usually depart from My Dinh bus station, around 7-10 pm every night, and there is also a garage that runs during the day but not many.

Vehicles from the center of Hanoi will follow the direction of Thang Long Bridge, passing Phuc Yen – Noi Bai intersection, friends from the South flying out with light luggage can take a taxi to this junction or a certain point in Thi Phuc Yen commune (easy to locate your car) then catch the car to Ha Giang.

The distance from Hanoi to Ha Giang is about 300km.

If you are interested in conquering Ha Giang ultimately by motorbike, you can take the car from Hanoi, the time to go about 8-10 hours depending on the speed as well as the number of members of your delegation.

And if you are not very excited about running from Hanoi to Ha Giang, you can completely ride a bed to Ha Giang.

The best place to rent a motorbike in Ha Giang

Conquering and exploring Ha Giang is nothing better than going by motorbike. 

Ha Giang motorbike for rental
Ha Giang Motorbike for rent – source: qtmotorbikesandtours

If you want to bring your motorbike to use, you can attach it by car, but if you want a simple, light-weight trip, you can choose the option to get there and rent a motorbike for examination Ha Giang lagoon.


Services: Helmets – Travel map – Raincoats available – Supply of lanyards – Armor for limbs – Drinking water + Medical masks

Address: Km 3 Cầu Mè, Hà Giang City, Hà Giang (Right next to Hà Giang bus station)

Phone: 0988 470 863 – 094 171 99 55

The shop is very reputable with the people because of the quality of the new motorbike, the owner is very mindful, so the car is new but very well maintained, so the renters here are incredibly comfortable when driving uphill or down the mountain pass.

The service is enthusiastic, thoughtful; the young owner is a native who is also passionate about moving, so always happy if you have not envisioned the route will be supported advice.

Besides, the store supports guests such as lodging when guests get up at 2-3 am, personal restrooms when to bathe, wait for the car again, all FREE, so customers rent a car here save quite a bit. 

The store is also near the gas station, open 24/24 so it is very convenient for you to go early.

If you want to see the quality of the car and the customer feedback, you can find him on Facebook by the name: Giang Ta (Giang Son cho thue  Ha Giang)


Services: On-site vehicle delivery – Travel map – Lending car repairs – Free 2 bottles of water per vehicle – Helmets 1/2 and 3/4

Address: 15B Pham Hong Thai, Group 17, Minh Khai Ward, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang

Phone: 083 6399 888 – 0942 50 8448 (Mr Thuong)

The store has many types of vehicles: Wave, Win, scooter, big displacement vehicles, etc. All are very new, healthy, and regularly maintained to be suitable for downhill, mountain climbing when traveling to Ha Giang.

The owner of the car rental facility is young, so he is very enthusiastic. You need support for Ha Giang travel schedule, assistance with booking a bus, booking rooms in Dong Van or Chieu Lau Thi rattan hunt in Hoang Su Phi, Xin Man. You who rent a car here are delighted with the service and reception of this owner.

There are coaches pick up and drop off at home. The facility is open for guests 24 hours a day so that guests will be provided with free hot and cold water for sleeping and bathing.

The daily car rental fee is 150k / car/day. The preferential price of 130k / 1 day for those who rent a car from 3 days or more.

Ha Giang Loop, Vietnam-min
Ha Giang Loop, Vietnam – Source: vietnam.travel


Services: Helmets – Travel map – Car repairing loan – Raincoat available – Lanyard supply – Armored protection

Address: 54A Tran Phu, Ha Giang City (Next to Minh Khai Bank ATM)

Phone: 036 6166 968 – 0986 846 110 (Mr Tac)

The hostel has a lot of newly invested motorbikes (Wave 110, Win, automatic vehicles …).

They support guests with free overnight accommodation if guests come to Ha Giang in the near morning, have a toilet Personalization, hot and cold shower, ticket assistance for guests from Ha Giang to Hanoi, and the provinces.

The garage will pick up guests right at the hotel lobby (not taking a taxi to the bus stop).

When you get to Ha Giang City bus station, please tell the driver to take you directly to Hagiang1hostel do not get off at the bus station to avoid having to take a taxi from the bus station to Hagiang1hostel (Night buses from Hanoi to Ha Giang are regular drop off on arrival in City Center).

Rent a car 130,000 VND / 1 day, if long-term rental rates can be reduced further.

You can see the reviews and comments of customers who rent a motorbike at our facility by typing the facility name (Hagiang1hostel and Motorbike Rental) on Tripadvisor Or Google Map.


Services: They will bring motorbike directly to your location – With helmets – Travel map – Lending car repair – Raincoat available

Address: Your accommodation address

You want to display information in the preferred position and always fixed to increase access to customers.


Services: With helmet – Travel map – Lining reflective vest, arm, and leg armor, helmet ½ or ¾ – Offering two bottles of water – Offering two gauze mask – Lanyard

Address: 10 Phạm Hồng Thái, Hà Giang City, Hà Giang

Phone: 0915 842019 – 035 3982928

HONG HAO motorbike rental is the address with many years of motorbike rental experience in Ha Giang (since 2012). The house has RSX, wave alpha, blade, Sirius, Win new models, every year the car is replaced, a car with a shelf, ligaments, accommodation, bathing, etc.

Car rental ranges from 150k to 200k / day depending on the model.

Primarily, from 2018, all car rental customers are supported with FREE BREAKFAST.

The best Vehicles to those Ha Giang districts:

Previously, traveling in Ha Giang did not have many options.

Most people usually follow the delegation from Hanoi by motorbike or car, go straight to Ha Giang to their favorite places.

However, since a few years ago, Ha Giang has become one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the North, so Ha Giang tourism services have appeared.

You can rent a 7-seat car with driver in Ha Giang to take in about two days at a price of 3-4000k, you can also rent a motorbike in Ha Giang and explore this land according to your schedule. Yourself.

If you can’t ride a motorbike and can’t afford to rent a car, choose to explore Ha Giang entirely by bus.

From Hanoi, after going by the bed, up to Ha Giang, you continue using the routes to the highland districts of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van, and Meo Vac.

Go to the center of the district, and you can continue to rent a motorbike taxi to go to the sights.

This method may only be suitable for those who travel about 1-2 people (especially girls) and can not ride motorcycles in the mountains.


Bus from Ha Giang to Quan Ba:


Schedule: Ha Giang – Quan Ba

Departure time: Ha Giang 5:00-6:00, Quan Ba 12:00-16:00

Phone: 0915 407522



Schedule: Ha Giang – Quan Ba

Departure time: Ha Giang 11:30, Quan Ba 6:00

Phone: 0915 185434



Schedule: Ha Giang – Quan Ba

Departure time: Ha Giang 12:00, Quan Ba 6:30

Phone: 0912 369134

Bus from Ha Giang to Yen Minh:


Schedule: Ha Giang – Yen Minh

Departure time: Ha Giang 12:00-13:00, Yen Minh 6:30-7:00

Phone: 0904 256279


Schedule: Ha Giang – Yen Minh

Departure time: Ha Giang 15:30, Yen Minh 5:30

Phone: 0912 120566

Bus from Ha Giang to Dong Van


Schedule: Ha Giang – Dong Van

Departure time: Hà Giang 5:00-12:00, Đồng Văn 5:00-12:00

Phone: 0915 448933


Schedule: Ha Giang – Dong Van

Departure time: Hà Giang 5:00-12h00, Đồng Văn 5:00-12:00

Phone: 0984 520371


Schedule: Ha Giang – Dong Van

Departure time: Ha Giang 12:30, Dong Van 5:00

Phone: 0979 682261

Bus from Ha Giang to Meo Vac


Schedule: Ha Giang – Meo Vac

Departure time: Ha Giang 5:00-11:30, Meo Vac 6:30-13:00

Phone: 0912394082


Schedule: Ha Giang – Meo Vac

Departure time: Hà Giang 5:00, Mạc Vac 5:00

Phone: 0167 2116226


Schedule: Ha Giang – Meo Vac

Departure time: Ha Giang 9:00, Meo Vac 12:00

Phone: 0987 382992


Schedule: Ha Giang – Meo Vac

Departure time: Ha Giang 10:30-12:30 Meo Vac 5:00-10:00

Phone: 0946744733


Where to stay in Ha Giang?

Although it is a popular destination for tourists on every holiday, the hotel and motel services in Ha Giang are not many and diverse; the shortage of rooms and the price increase on holidays is what. They have often encountered each other.

To avoid this, you should have a reservation plan for your group before going, refer to the list of motel hotels in Ha Giang.

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Best places to stay in Ha Giang – Golden Jungle House

Usually, 99% of the tourists who travel to Ha Giang sleep at least one night in Dong Van, because this is a land with many exciting places and activities and is the best place to rest after a day. Explore the rocky plateau, the North Pole, or the triangular fields.

However, in some cases (especially on peak occasions), the hotel room in Dong Van is no longer available, you can move to places nearby with Dong Van to sleep like Pho Bang or right on the commune Lung Owl.

A little further away, Meo Vac also has many motel and homestay hotels that can be used as accommodations for you.


The Best Hotels recommend in Ha Giang

Previously, Ha Giang City and the districts mostly had only small hotels (slightly better quality than guest houses). Still, with the expansion of Ha Giang tours, the service requirements of tourists are also higher, so many good quality hotels in Ha Giang have been newly built.

Although not comparable with big cities, these hotels are generally quite lovely, providing a full range of services for guests.



Address: 54A Trần Phú, Hà Giang City, Hà Giang

Phone: 0366 166 968

 Huong Thao Hotel

Address: No. 350 Ly Tu Trong Street, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang

Phone: 097 612 51 52

 Kiki’s House

Address: 134B Ly Tu Trong, Tran Phu, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang

Phone: 098 890 39 90

 Ha Giang Homestay

Address: Phương Độ, Hà Giang City, Hà Giang

Phone: 038 520 4030

 Bong Ha Giang Hostel

Address: 65 Minh Khai, Hà Giang City, Hà Giang

Phone: 091 307 54 89

 Hang Thuong Hostel

Address: 15B Phạm Hồng Thái, Hà Giang City, Hà Giang

Phone: 0836 399 888

 Highland Lodge

Address: 173 Ly Tu Trong, Minh Khai, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang

Phone: 096 321 60 91

 Truong Xuan Ecolodge

Address: 430 Nguyen Van Linh, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang

Phone: 0219 3811 102

 Royal Ha Giang Hotel

Address: Số 89-91 Lê Quý Đôn, Nguyễn Trãi, Hà Giang City, Hà Giang

Phone: 0219 3867 515

 Ban Tuy Homestay

Address: Ngọc Đường, Hà Giang City, Hà Giang

Phone: 091 284 99 15


The Best Guests house recommend in Ha Giang

The guesthouse is one of the most popular types of accommodation in Ha Giang.

Due to the low price and the large number, the hostel often attracts groups of young people to go on a backpacking trip in Ha Giang.

The motels are also full of what the hotel offers, but the quality will be a bit lower, which is a fundamental difference.

Besides, with motels you can quickly agree to stay in more people than usual (usually two people per room) with a reasonable additional charge, hotels will make this problem tighter.

The best homestay in Ha Giang

Staying in a homestay is a form of community tourism, for visitors who want to explore, experience, and learn about the customs and traditions of the local people.

Here you can eat, stay, participate in activities with your family to better feel about the daily life and cultural characteristics of each indigenous people.

Currently, most of the tourist districts of Ha Giang are developing homestay services; the most popular are homestay services in Dong Van, homestay in Quan Ba, homestay in Xin Man, homestay in Hoang Su Phi

Costs for conquering Ha Giang Loop

It cost about 2.000.000vnd (87US$) – 3.000.000vnd (130US$)/per person.

Of course,It depends on how many people you have; you will spend less or more. And it also depends if you are vegetarian or not. If you are vegetarian, the price will be a bit lower than usual, as well as the accommodation, vehicle you use, and your level of spending.

What are the best places to do Ha Giang Loop?

If you ask what the typical destinations of Ha Giang are, you will probably be able to answer immediately: Lung Cu flagpole, Quan Ba sky gate, or Dong Van rock plateau, etc.  

Ha Giang rocky
Ma Phi Leng Pass in Ha Giang – Source: miles-smilesaway

But in Ha Giang, there are many Beautiful destinations that undoubtedly many of you have never known.

Hmongtrip’s will show a few exciting places to suit your short trip if you have time to explore more articles Tourist destinations in Ha Giang.

Quyet Tien Market

On the first leg of the legendary road named The Road of Happiness, the North Sum slope is the slope marking the beginning of the journey through the Dong Van Stone Plateau Global Geological Park – Ha Giang.

At the top of that long, winding slope, Quan Ba ​​sky gate is a place famous for a long time due to its spectacular scenery and the legendary Mount Doi story.

However, there is a place located right at the foot of the sky gate, which is the rustic Quyet Tien commune, the simple sky gate surrounded by clouds all year round.

In such a peaceful place, once a week, there is a fair, a period in a short morning.

Quyet Tien Market is held every Saturday morning right next to 4C Highway, about ten kilometers from Quan Ba ​​sky gate.

Perhaps many of you will comment that the Ha Giang fair is the same everywhere, looks just like each other, still the colorful clothes, selling everyday items, usually only meeting in the morning.

If so, Quyet Tien can be considered the first highland market that you meet on the way to conquer Ha Giang.

Do not miss, after starting from Ha Giang City, only about 1 hour; you will come to Quyet Tien, send a car and make a round of the market, eat a package of five-colored sticky rice or any dish and then carry the camera around the market, 

You will find out the specific points of this fair.

Quan Ba heaven gate

Quan Ba sky gate – 1500m high above the sea, this is the first gateway to the Dong Van plateau

In 1939, a giant wooden door 150m thick gnashed at the sky gate. At one time, behind this wooden door was another “world” – also known as the “Autonomous Region of the Meo,” including the districts of Quan Ba, Meo Vac, Yen Minh, and Dong Van.

Double Mountain (Fairy Mountain) – Hà Giang – Việt Nam

Quan Doi Mountain is located next to the National Highway 4C, 40 km from Ha Giang city.

Between the rocky mountains and terraced fields, two strange shaped mountains emerge, making visitors surprised by the magnificent beauty of nature.

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Double Mountain (Fairy Mountain) Ha Hiang – Source: vietsoultours

These two mountains are associated with the legend of Co Tien Mountain.

Legend has it that once upon a time, in this land, there was a handsome Mongol man who was good at blowing lips.

The sound of his lips shrieked like the sound of a stream, chirping like the sound of a wild bird, sometimes profound, melancholy, and skin as the sound of the wind in the middle of the night kept flying away, flying away forever.

There was a fairy in the world named Hoa Dao, who was beautiful and beautiful, snow-white, lips like spring buds, and cheeks blushing like ripe peaches.

One day, he heard the sound of his lips following the wind and escaping to the earth to find the one who blew his lips and fell in love with him and hid in this land.

They should be married and have a wonderful baby boy. At this time, Ngoc Hoang discovered that she fled to earth to marry mortals who were extremely angry and sent someone to arrest her.

She wept and pleaded for her to stay to raise the children, but no one was pleased.

Loving her husband alone raising children hard, loving children lacking breast milk, she left her breasts under the breast-feeding world.

The breasts that were full of stretching to raise her baby grew, more prominent and later, they became two mountains shaped like a mother’s breast, round, unusually regular, which today is still called Double Mountain or Co Tien Mountain in Tam. Son, Quan Ba.

Legend has it that thanks to her milk line, this land has a frigid climate, fruits such as Peach, Plum, Le, Hong are strangely delicious, fruits and vegetables are always green, corn is still lush. Abundant land.

The daughter here is beautiful and famous, and her cheeks are always flushed, smooth as a peach.

And her tears have turned into a blue, dreamy, flowing Mien river, floating on the sea of ​​cat-eared rocks, hugging the land behind the legendary sky gate.

Yen Minh Pine Forest (Rừng Thông Yên Minh)

Yen Minh is about 100km northeast of Ha Giang city, along the 4C Highway running from Can Ty to the center of the district through three communes: Bach Dich, Na Khe, Lao Va Chai with a dreamlike road that makes you. It was like standing in the middle of a dreamy Dalat.

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Rừng Thông Yên Minh – Source: vntrip.vn

The beautiful road of Yen Minh pine forest starts from the section of Na Khe commune to Yen Minh Town, the part of 4C Highway with two sides of immense roads.

Bach Dich Market (Yên Minh)

Along the National Highway 4C from Ha Giang City, after about 70 km, to the territory of Na Khe commune and about 20 km from Yen Minh town, turn left (with signposts) about 20 kilometers to Bach Dich commune.

Bach Dich is a border commune with 6 villages bordering China; total border length is over 7 km.

The commune has a unique and unique feature; nowhere else is there to have three markets in a month, including Ban Muong market, Mold 358 market, and communal center market.

The markets are held in a session on the Body and Tiger day every month.

Referring to Landmark 358 market, also known as Landmark 9 market, this is both a fair and a border gate market, located right at the foot of the landmark, going a dozen steps to reach the Bach Dinh Barrier border gate.

Regular meetings by session, if not the right course, although the gate is still operating normally, the market is empty of buyers and sellers.

Moc Market 358 was established in 2007, and is a place to exchange, trade, and purchase goods between local people and people across the border.

The market opens from about 6 to 12-1 pm, the stalls are located along both sides of the border, about 10m from the edge.

Tham Ma Pass (Greetly steep code) in Ha Giang

Legend has it that in the past, people let the pack horses go from the bottom of the slope to climb, the horse that reached the peak is still strong, the people will keep raising the slope called Tham Ma.

This is the first pass that you need to conquer to reach Dong Van land

After crossing this slope, you will reach the land of Pho Cao.

Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark

Dong Van Rock Plateau (or Dong Van mountain plateau) is a rock plateau spread over four districts of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van and Meo Vac of Ha Giang Province, Vietnam.

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Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark – Source: trekkingtoursapa.com

On October 3, 2010, the record “Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark” was officially recognized by UNESCO’s Global Geopark Network (GGN) Advisory Council as Global Geopark.

This is currently the only title in Vietnam and the second in Southeast Asia.

Sung La

From Yen Minh to Dong Van town, to Pho Bang intersection, where the beautiful pass embraces a green valley is the highest point and the most attractive to admire the panorama of Sung La.

This place can be considered as the most beautiful highland commune in Dong Van rock plateau.

From the path stretched halfway down the sky looking down, you will see Sung La as a peaceful, beautiful picture of nature.

Sung La is located among the mountains of cat ears, undulating, dark one color, substantial houses with faded roofs from time to time.

Pho Ban

Pho Bang is located deep in the rocky valley, where the four sides are mountains.

The road swirled from mountain range to mountain range; the sun kept dancing in the middle of the sky and the valley without a shadow until suddenly Pho Bang appeared in a rose valley.

In the middle of the bare stone plateau, the roses radiate a sweet fragrance that will surprise you.

After a series of rose clouds, the petite Pho Bang lay close to the mountains of cat ears.

The whole town has only a few dozen roofs, scattered on the main road and a few small branches.

Along the main road, houses tinted with the colors of the time.

The people living here are mostly Hmong and Chinese.

The walls of the houses are over a hundred years old; the old wooden doors are lined with past Han Chinese sentences, the mossy brown walls, the yin-yang tile roof.

The simple life passes by day.

Vuong Family’s Residence (Dinh Vuong)

Before starting the construction, King Meo Vuong Chinh Duc went to China to find feng shui masters to go to Vietnam through the area of four districts under his control to choose the terrain.

Finally, Vuong Chinh Duc and his teacher decided to stop at Xa Phin hamlet, the terrain lying in the middle of Sa Phin valley.

In particular, here is a mass of land emerging like a turtle’s roof, symbolizing the golden god.

If the mansion is built here, Vuong Chinh Duc’s career will be later.

After the road lying on the towering row of sandalwood trees, the superficial stone gate of King Meo Vuong Chinh Duc’s mansion in Sa Phin (Dong Van – Ha Giang) appears on the hilltop.

Vuong Chinh Duc was the head of the Mong family in Ha Giang a century ago.

Vuong Family’s Residence
Vuong Family’s Residence – Source: hagiangloop.

Rich through cross-border opium planting, processing, and trading with China and Burma, he dominated the highlands and proclaimed himself king.

Behind the stone, the gate is the monumental edifice building of the mansion. Vuong’s edifice was built in 8 years, costing about 150,000 silver coins.

Most of the builders are Muslims from Yunnan and the best of the Mong people.

Lung Cu Flag Tower (Cột cờ Lũng Cú)

Lung Cu flagpole is located on the top of Lung Cu at an altitude of about 1,700m above sea level, belonging to Lung Cu commune, Dong Van district, Ha Giang province.

This is a small point on the Vietnam-China borderline.

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ha giang loop to Lung Cu – Source: saigontouristtour

Relatively simulating the shape of the Vietnam-China borderline into a conical cone, the two lowest points in latitude are A Pa Chai, Dien Bien and Sa Vi, Mong Cai, and Lung Cu is the tip of the ridge. This cone is also the highest point of the northernmost of Vietnam.

Lung Cu flagpole is not the North Pole of Vietnam; this real pole is located under the Nho Que River, where it takes all day long with the guidance of knowledgeable people to come.

Currently, about 3 km from Lung Cu flagpole, another iconic North Pole was built in Xeo Lung village.

The milestone 428

Although 428 is not yet the northernmost point, it is the farthest point to the north of the country; this is the most Vietnam-China border marker with the northernmost point.

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The milestone 428, Ha Giang Loop, Vietnam

The landmark is 500m away from the Nho Que river according to the flight path. 

Nho Que River is a joint river of Vietnam and China, so it is also the boundary of the two countries.

Mốc cực Bắc

At Xeo Lung village (about 3 km from Lung Cu flagpole), a northern pole is built symbolically.

Up to the present time, this is the closest point to the North Pole of the country.

Standing on the View Monument (simulating the One Pillar Pagoda) covers the frontier of the North Pole cone, where the Nho Que River begins to flow into Vietnam.

Dong Van Old Quarter – Vietnam

Dong Van Old Quarter is located in Dong Van and Ha Giang towns.

Dong Van town center area belongs to Dong Guan, Chau Nguyen Binh, Tuong Van district, Tuyen Quang province. It has a history of architecture and culture development for hundreds of years.

In the 1880s, when occupying this area, the French had plans and left important points of planning and architecture, especially the Dong Van (old) market, built of stone in the 1920s. Almost intact to this day.

Dong Van Market

Dong Van Market is an old market, located in the complex of Dong Van Old Town; this is the largest center of economic, goods and cultural exchange in the Dong Van rocky plateau.

Each week the market meets a single session on Sunday. On a fair day, the small, quiet old town becomes crowded and bustling like the festival with colorful colors of costumes of the Dao, Mong, Tay, Nung, Giay, Lo Lo … lots of people leaning the mountain down to the market.

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Dong Van Market – Source: english.vietnamnet

They carry baskets of vegetables, wood, hand pigs, dogs … Some people have to go from 3 am, cross the mountains to down to keep the fair.

The unique feature of Dong Van fair is the goods that people bring to the market, mainly agricultural products and products made in their area.

Different from the market below, people come to the market to buy and sell, and people come to Dong Van fair, besides buying and selling goods, the market is also a place for people to exchange and meet.

Ma Pi Leng Pass (Ha Giang)

Ma Pi Leng is the name in the Mandarin language that means “horse’s nose.”

But in a figurative sense, the name refers to the most dangerous of the peaks, where the mares climb to the top of the dead and die, where the slope is so steep that the horses pass they have to stop breathing, or the mountain peaks stand up like horse nose bridge.

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Ma Pi Leng Pass (Ha Giang Loop) – Source: 24.com

However, according to some indigenous Hmong people, the correct name of the pass is Mao Pi Leng, meaning “cat’s nose.”

Ma Pi Leng peak in the three communes of Pai Lung, Pa Vi and Xin Cai (Meo Vac, Ha Giang) 

The Dong Van rock plateau has an altitude of about 2000m above sea level, formed by a series of sediments including limestone, shale, silicon limestone containing fossils of about 426 million years ago, including many skidding and cracking caused by mountain creation activities.

The landscape of this area is jagged with rocks, in which the depth of Nho Que River is cut in half on one side, the peak of Ma Pi Leng and on the other is Sam Pun (Sam Pun), where there are border markers and a standard border gate from Xin Cai to Điền Bồng, China.

French scholars, from hundreds of years ago, called Ma Pi Leng peak in particular and Dong Van Plateau Global Geopark in general as a “Geological Monument.”

Walking on Ma Pi Leng pass overlooking the abyss, Nho Que river is just as small as a thread, and it takes more than a day to reach the surface of the river.

Khâu Vai Market, Mèo Vạc

The annual Khau Vai love fair takes place at Khau Vai Hamlet, Khau Vai Commune, Meo Vac District, Ha Giang Province (at the rock maze area – the stage of the lung) from the 25th to the 27th of the lunar calendar.

Khau Vai love market, also known as Phong Luu love market, is famous for the unique “unique” on the rocky plateau at the northernmost tip,

Kau Vay Market
Khau Vay Love Market – Source: demo07.vinaweb

This is a very romantic place for couples to love each other, but not to each other, and they come here to find the old figure that the heart once gave mercy to remember.

It is on the 3rd lunar month every year; they find together to share and share about many sadness in life with indescribable and choked emotions.

From the afternoon of March 26 of the lunar calendar, on winding roads, the flow of people began to bustle to the market, low steps, big steps through the rugged cat ears and rocky mountains, ethnic girls fluttering in.

Traditional costumes are brightly colored in the spring of our people; the boys in their faces are radiant bright by returning to the port of love.

At night, Khau Vai Love Market becomes poetic by the sounds of the buttocks calling the skinned mates of the boys waiting for you, the colorful girls with flower dresses, shyly shy.

Among the bustling people, the Love Market has many faces of rare older adults, still eager to go to the love market to meet the older adults, to share experiences and achievements in real labor. Export and to inquire only health.

The interesting thing about Love Market is that many couples come together to Love Market, to the place, the husband finds his husband’s friend, the wife finds his wife’s friend.

Mainly they are not jealous but respect each other, friends of each other. It was beautiful because they considered it to be a sharing to the spiritual life of their spouse.

But the moments outside her husband and wife are only available and allowed to take place on March 27.

After this day, the door must be closed, and everyone will return to their own homes.

There is a profound culture hidden behind the love market, which is the human value in the spiritual life of people in this land.

Khau Vai Love Market in Ha Giang is now not only a place to find boys and girls who love each other but can’t get married but has become a dating space of love, of souls seeking happiness, etc.

The three furthest villages in Meo Vac district

It includes Xin Cai, Thuong Phung, and Son Vi, of which the furthest is Son Vi with the distance to the center of Meo Vac near 50km.

In addition to the highest Pun Pun border gate in Vietnam in Xin Cai, these three communes also have a long-running and easy-to-discover system of Vietnam border borders.

From Meo Vac center, going to Ma Pi Leng Pass, at the foot of the pass, there will be a small road to Xin Cai, this is the way to these three communes.

The road is about 50km with many passes, steep curves, and the bends of sleeves to ensure you will feel overwhelmed and surprised by the wonders of nature here.

Ha Giang fair

For a long time, the fair has become an indispensable cultural activity in the life of highland people in Ha Giang.

In addition to the purpose of trading, exchanging goods, the fair is also a cultural exchange place for ethnic minorities here.

Who has once visited the fair in the districts of Meo Vac, Dong Van, Quan Ba, Hoang Su Phi, Xin Man of Ha Giang must not forget the distinctive features of the fairs here.

The Circuit Triangle Flower Festival In Ha Giang (Hà Giang, Vietnam)

Circuit triangle in Quan Ba

As the first stop on the journey to explore the rocky plateau, Quan Ba now has about 12 hectares of triangles planted in the areas of Thach Son Than (Quyet Tien commune), a stop on the Heaven Gate and along the highway. 4C to Dong Van.

Triangle circuit in Dong Van

As the center of the annual Triangle Triangle Festival, Dong Van is always the place to grow the most flowers with an area of up to several hundred hectares.

The triangles in Dong Van are grown in communes such as Pho Cao, Lung Tao, Ma Le, Lung Cu, Sung La, Sung Left, Pho Bang, and Dong Van towns.

Triangle circuit in Meo Vac

Meo Vac is one of the places with many beautiful triangle gardens in Ha Giang.

Currently, the whole district has about 8 hectares planted in places such as Ma Pi Leng pass, fields of Pa Vi commune, along the roads passing the communes of Ta Lung, Sung Tra, Sung Mang, Giang Chu Phin.

The delicious food and specialty Ha Giang

Ha Giang is not only known as a mountainous province with many majestic landscapes, customs, vibrant festivals, high rocky mountains, but here we also see it as a land with many of nature’s very fascinating products.

And one of the attractions that are the culinary culture is the food made from many sources available in nature, becoming a strange, exciting, and impressive food that is unique to only in Ha Giang highland.

What to eat when while doing Ha Giang Loop?

Egg rolls

In Ha Giang’s cold, rocky area, people have to eat something scorching and spicy to combat the gloomy atmosphere radiating from the mountain rocks.

But egg rolls, a specialty of this country’s first region, are “cold dishes,” served with a cup of hot, sweet bone broth.

Banh Cuon Trung Ha Giang
Egg Rolls in Ha Giang – Source: Cung Phuot

The delicious Ha Giang egg roll is due to a combination of just enough soft dough, fatty meat, especially a unique flavored sauce bowl.

This is a “just wait and eat” dish when a customer calls a new bread roll, cracked more eggs on the surface of the dough, and then wrapped in crust.

Eggs are not wholly cooked but ripe peaches, greasy, quickly dipping into the bowl of sauce dropped from bone, different from the usual fish sauce.

Diners can also choose to add a piece of white rolls. The egg roll is mainly sold in the morning in Ha Giang City, Dong Van Old Town, and some markets.

Buffalo’s skin sweet and sour grated salad (Nộm da trâu)

This is a rather strange dish, also a unique culinary feature of Ha Giang.

Before dying, the buffalo’s skin must be heated on the fire to remove thick, hard fur, and the black and hard outer surface will be removed, leaving only yellow skin inside.

After this stage, the skin is boiled in boiling water to remove all dirt, hair, and softness.

Buffalo's skin sweet and sour grated salad
Buffalo’s skin sweet and sour grated salad – Source: Cung Phuot

More importantly, the buffalo’s skin should be sliced ​​to the thinnest level, after which it will give the piece a crisp texture.

Finally, buffalo skin will be evenly poured in separate spices (indispensable to be choking) and herbs to create a delicious, greasy buffalo mannequin.

In Ha Giang, there is only one restaurant selling this dish; if you like, you can try and try it after finishing the journey to discover the rocky plateau.

Every day, the owner only makes 50 products, so if you go in large groups and have a lot of needs to remember to order in advance.

Five colored sticky rice

The community of ethnic minorities in the North possesses an extraordinarily diverse and unique culinary culture.

In particular, the five colors sticky rice converges the traditional values, meaning the concept of the universe, the philosophy of yin and yang, and the meaning of beautiful human life.

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Five colored sticky rice – Source: Baomoi

Called five-colored sticky rice because different from ordinary sticky rice, multicolored sticky rice is made up of five kinds of sticky rice with five different colors.

It is red, yellow, blue, purple and white. You can easily find multicolored sticky rice at markets in Ha Giang.

The way of processing sticky rice of five colors is the same.

However, depending on the conditions of each region, they can mix or use different colors in addition to the above primary colors to create five-color sticky rice.

Materials for making five-colored sticky rice include: Glutinous glutinous rice, seeds are not mixed, mixed with forest leaves to dye: red gac fruit, red rice leaves.

Green ginger leaves, green sticky rice leaves, or grapefruit peel, bamboo shoots bitter, burn ash soaked with water mixed with a little lime.

Yellow using old turmeric roots to get water. Purple uses black rice leaves or leaves after, etc.

Before staining the sticky rice, the sticky glutinous rice is washed and soaked in water for 6-8 hours so that the rice grain has a moderate bloom. Divide the rice into five parts, each corresponding to a color.

After dyeing, until the last stage is sticky rice. This step requires very skillful to get the sticky rice as you like.

The most easily pickled rice is added first, followed by the remaining colors, white on top.

Must map each color separately.

There are places to display flowers in 5 petals, one color per wing, others in the shape of a terraced field, each step has a color, some sites use a wooden mold to make a tower, with many floors.

Thắng Cố  Dong Van

The aroma of cardamom, nut, and lemongrass, mingled with the creamy taste of meat, warms the space between the cold weather.

Mong men who go to Dong Van market all hope to eat a bowl of victory, drink a few containers of wine with friends.

People think that who has many friends, he or she is offered a lot of wine. Those who are drunk when returning to the market are happy because they have many friends.

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Thang Co Dong Van – Source: Bao Ha Giang

Dong Van district market has now been moved to a more significant, solidified guest place, which looks like a market below, but houses and roofs cannot replace the umbrellas of ethnic people.

In the middle of the market, the winning stalls were placed behind the food stall. Pork, beef in the market were skewered with half of their heads dangling from large hooks.

The wine line is right next to the winning point.

Wine is stored in large plastic cans or crockery that horses have been zigging down the mountains early in the morning or from the night before.

A world of wine is rich, full of the flavor of passionate yeast.

Mong people often bring small enamel, come to the market to buy more bowls of wine, and try to invite friends to have fun together.

Winning trying to squat, put food on a long wooden board and eat with a wooden spoon (spoon).

Besides, there is always a bowl of salt and fresh chili. A hot ladle trying hot with a pinch of salt will be very rich.

Winning necessarily requires a friend to inquire about family, wishing each other health and laughing at the market.

Drinking alcohol to the point that ivory would sing and play the trumpet.

Boys and girls can get drunk at the goal.

Cháo ấu tẩu

In Ha Giang, there are many unique dishes that visitors have never been there to forget.

Bitter porridge or porridge is such a cuisine.

On A cold winter night, you are wandering in Ha Giang town, looking for a corner of the shop and ordering porridge soup porridge.

All kinds of flavors in a small bowl of porridge: the attractive aroma of glutinous rice with yellow flowers mixed with fragrant glutinous rice grown on the ground to cook, the fleshiness of the tubers is carefully simmered and the fat of the greasy pork leg stew. Aromatic leaves, spice leaves.

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Chao Au Tau – Source: Dantri

The bowl of porridge is beautiful because of the harmonious combination between rice, minced meat, bone broth, and herbs.

Cooking a bowl of real porridge is not easy.

The juveniles, after soaking in reliable rice water for one night, then bring the stew for 4 hours.

Glutinous rice is mixed with fragrant rice cooked in stewed leg bone broth and juvenile flour.

Add some lean minced meat, a little extra seasoning. Porridge, when eaten bitter taste, so many people called it painful.

Many people come to Ha Giang if they have enjoyed it once and will come to eat again.

Congee porridge is not only a simple dish but also a sympathetic tonic.

Bitter porridge in Ha Giang is always available, but only sold at night.

Cold winter in the mountainous region is sitting in the warm space of the restaurant with a pink kitchen and enjoying the porridge; bitter porridge Ha Giang is also a delight in the playstyle for those who love to discover new things.

Mèn mén Hà Giang

After the maize harvest, it is graded and dried; the whole husks are put up in the loft, lined up, for continuous use.

Maize was created, fan clean, and then drunk with a stone mortar. Grinding corn requires elaborate and time-consuming.

When grinding, there must be two people, one pulls the colon, and one stands to remove the seeds. Make sure the corn is smaller than the broken grains, even for secure storage.

Men Men Ha Giang
Men Men Ha Giang – Source: bazantravel

When the stuff for cornstarch, sprinkle a little water covered, put on a pan of water, and boil the aroma is radiant rice is cooked.

More carefully, people make clothes twice.

The first round is not ripe yet. Pour out the skillful, beat, wait to cool down, then sprinkle a little water, put in the second map.

The cornmeal rice is popularly known as thin noodles.

Bánh tam giác mạch

At the end of the triangular flower season, local people will harvest the seeds and sell them to cooperatives at a high price.

This helps people have more income. This seed is tiny, only half the black bean.

Because it is grown in the wild, the triangle here is not affected by toxic chemicals.

To make such a delicious cake, people have to go through many stages.

First, the triangular grain must be dried enough and brought to grind by hand.

The grinding process also requires the ability to make a beautiful batch of batter, and all avoid being piggy after processing.

People knead flour that has been mixed with water and then molded, then baked. The price of the product after being heated is VND 10,000-15,000 per cake.

Although not as high as many items elsewhere, the triangular pie is contributing significantly to the culinary, tourism, and economic development of the rocky plateau.

Thắng dền

Going to Dong Van, in the middle of the town, where the winter wind hun is sitting by the fire, eating the bowl of amaranth, there is nothing warm and exciting.

Thang Den looks like a floating rice cake in Hanoi, like a drain cake in Lang Son, made from glutinous rice flour, which can be vegetarian or coated with bean paste.

Thang Den Ha Giang
Thang Den Ha Giang – Source: Dai Doan Ket

Each piece of dough is squeezed a little bigger than the tip of a thumb, put in a pot of boiled water, until it emerges, the owner will take it out.

Whether the amaranth is delicious or not is in the bowl of broth, made by a sweet mixture of sugar, greasy coconut milk and spicy hot ginger.

Can sprinkle with sesame or peanuts for added dishes. 

Diners often put one or two winches in their mouths for a while, infused with the sweetness of the sugar water, the astringent taste of fresh ginger, and the uneasy taste of sesame.

Rêu nướng

For a long time, moss is only considered one type of aquatic life is not much effect. But for the Tay people in Xuan Giang commune, Quang Binh district, Ha Giang province, moss is considered a specialty in their cuisine.

Reu Nuong Ha Giang
Reu Nuong Ha Giang – Source: Vov2

The dish is made from rock moss, also known as a quarter.

This is a dish that is both delicious and nutritious and has a unique flavor.

According to local people, when looking for moss, they often choose vast moss beaches, because there are many mosses, both delicious.

Fresh moss is thoroughly crushed to clean alluvial oil, which can then be processed into many dishes.

Stream moss is abundant, but edible mosses are few.

Moreover, moss is also seasonal, so for people here, moss is also a valuable dish, etc.

Moss can be processed into many dishes such as moss, dried moss, but the unique recipe is mixed with spices and grilled.

The Tày people often have the saying: “The leeks pressure, the tàng tơ ho,” meaning that the grilled louse must be applied to the charcoal, its fresh and fragrant aroma has not been dropped before the grips are cooked, when roasted, do not have to rotate many times. 

And cook it on one side, then grill on the other.

When using two fingers to feel soft, the pen is ripe. 

Because moss is edible seasonally, in addition to processing fresh moss, people also dry the moss and store it in the kitchen to make a reserve food. 

Only guests can enjoy the dry moss on the kitchen counter.

Cơm lam Bắc Mê

Ha Giang is a fertile region with famous and delicious sticky rice, Bac Me lam rice is gradually becoming a typical specialty of the Tay ethnic people here.

Lam rice processing technique is simple.

Raw materials are glutinous rice soaked thoroughly, cooking water is usually the same underground water circuit for bamboo tubes and then covered with banana leaves.

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Com Lam Bac Me – Source: Nong Thon Viet

People use young trees, stems, bamboo families, each bamboo tube cut off one end of the tunnel, the other purpose acts as the bottom of the pot.

Glutinous rice is clean, sprinkled with a little salt, mixed well, put rice into bamboo tubes, the amount of water poured over the surface of the rice.

The mouth of the tube is corked with fresh dong leaves or dried banana leaves and baked on bamboo tubes of rice that are heated on a fire or a pile of embers, both hoisted and slowly turned to allow the heat to work evenly around the casing.

About an hour or so later (depending on the size of the rice tube or the baby), the smell of glutinous rice is aromatic, which is a sign of cooked rice.

Specialties Ha Giang bought as gifts

Ha Giang corn wine

In each market, besides the agricultural products for life, an indispensable “specialty” is often traded and used on the spot is corn wine.

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Ha Giang Corn Wine – Source: Zonitrip

The wine is made from the native maize of the Stone Plateau along with traditional leaven leaves, so when drinking, it has a sweet, fragrant taste of corn and does not cause fatigue headache.

Corn wine is present in all Ha Giang markets that you go through; this is also an indispensable drink to enjoy the victory.

Meo Vac mint honey

For a long time, peppermint honey products have been known to consumers with good quality, bees raised in the natural environment, the source of honey taken from wild peppermint flowers is only available on the Dong Van stone plateau.

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Ha Giang Mint honey – Source: Vietnamnet

The mint honey is produced traditionally, mainly from mint flowers and some flowers of wild herbs.

Peppermint honey is light green, mixed with a little yellow when enjoying it has its unique fragrance, refreshing sweetness, and consistency.

Morinda Officinalis of Quan Ba

The three jacks used to soak wine or make medicine are a type of vine belonging to the coffee family and have the scientific name of Morinda Officinalis stow.

The jackals grow wildly in secondary forests in the North Midlands and mountains, under the canopy of moist tropical broadleaf forests.

Locals with many of these plants in our country include Ha Giang, Lang Son, Phu Tho, Quang Ninh, and Hoa Binh, etc.

Persimmon Quản Bạ

Quan Ba ​​seedless persimmon has existed for a long time, and there are still persimmons over 300 years old in Nghia Thuan commune.

Natural elements make the great taste of this fruit of Quan Ba’s ​​geographical area.

Specifically, Quan Ba ​​has an average altitude of over 1,000 m above sea level, the terrain is quite flat, in some places the slope is less than 20 degrees, the thick soil layer is less eroded.

The climate here is cold all year round, so the seedless persimmons give good quality, high yield, and stability.

Unlike seedless persimmons in other localities, Quan Ba ​​seedless persimmons are indigenous, having been cultivated for a long time by ethnic minorities (Mong, Dao, Tay, Bo Y …). Be preserved and developed.

Quan Ba ​​seedless persimmon has some peculiar properties compared to similar products such as Crunchy, sweet, fragrant fruit with many fine powders; Large fruits, hard skin, firm flesh are easy to preserve and transport.

Trà shan tuyết Fìn Hò

Shan shan tea trees at Phin Ho live craggy thousands of meters high in the mountains of Min Ho with cold year-round climate.

Fin Ho tea is made from 1-leaf shrimp buds and two young leaves picked from the ancient Shan snow tea trees over 200 years old in the high mountains of Sin Ho village – Thong Nguyen commune, Hoang Su Phi.

The cultivation and processing process do not use chemicals.

The tea flavor here has a delicious, pure taste, specially blessed by nature, with the climate of soil at an altitude of over 1300m.

Some tips when doing to Ha Giang Loop

  • If traveling by motorbike from Hanoi, stop in Ha Giang City to ensure safety. When you reach Ha Giang City around 4-5 pm, if you move to Quan Ba, then it is likely that you will see foggy weather in the Quyet Tien section.
  • Only drive yourself in Ha Giang if you ride a motorcycle quite well, it is best to have experience riding a mountain bike because, in Ha Giang, there are many bends on the sleeves, very dangerous when downhill. You should refer to the article Experience riding on a motorbike, if you are going to ride for the first time, please refer to the article Traveling for the first time.
  • If renting a motorbike in Ha Giang, always remember to check your bike before you pick it up. The vehicle must have at least one left mirror (two mirrors are recommended for good rear view).
  • Please use a tight helmet at least 3/4 of the head to ensure safety, absolutely do not use cheap masks, low quality. Remember, your life is first.
  • If you come from Ha Giang City, fill up gasoline in Ha Giang, Yen Minh, Dong Van and add a little more at Quan Ba ​​on the day, you will not have too much gas when returning the car.
  • On days with lots of fog, drizzle, you do not go on the road too late (about 5-6 pm), it is best to try to reach the end of the journey when it is still bright. Ha Giang has several road sections where blindness is extremely limited and dangerous to travel.
  • During peak seasons, always book a hotel/motel/homestay as well as a sleeper bus ticket about 5-7 days before departure to ensure a reservation. Near the day to go, please call to confirm.

Ha Giang Loop backpacking schedule

Usually, for the first time you go to Ha Giang, it is advisable to arrange a time of about three days four nights, this time is considered sufficient for you to explore the exciting things in this land.

Along Phượt suggests for you some reference schedules when going to Ha Giang Loop so that you can easily visualize and schedule your own offline.

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Marathon in Ha Giang – Ha Giang Loop Marathon

Itinerary: Hanoi to  Ha Giang 2 days 3 nights

General information: This schedule is suitable for those who are limited in time, but following this schedule, the destinations in Ha Giang will not be very much.

– In the evening, taking a bed car to sleep in Ha Giang city, this 2-day-3-night schedule will cost cheaper to rent a motorbike in Ha Giang than bring your car.

– Morning of Day 1: Around 4-5 am, you were present in Ha Giang city, took a motorbike, had breakfast, poured gasoline, and started the journey.

– Ha Giang City – North Sum Slope – Quyet Tien Market – Quan Ba ​​SkyGate – Tam Son Town – Yen Minh Pine Forest – Yen Minh District (About 100km) – Sung La – King Cat Palace – Lung Cu Flagpole – Thi Dong Van town (90km). Evening, sleep in Dong Van, enjoy coffee in the old town

– Morning of Day 2: Get up early for breakfast, visit Dong Van market, hang out in Dong Van old town.

About 10 am leave Dong Van to Meo Vac to visit Ma Pi Leng Pass, the peak of the pass, honored by the backpacker as one of the “four great mountain peaks” of the North.

Lunch at Meo Vac, then go straight to Ha Giang city, evening in Ha Giang, take a rest and take a shower, then take the car to Hanoi.

– Morning of day 3: Present in Hanoi

Itinerary: Hanoi to Ha Giang 3 days 4 nights

General information: This is a simplified schedule for you first to explore Ha Giang, not too long, but it is enough for you to learn about the culture of the people in this country.

Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Giang

Take a bed on Thursday night to sleep in Ha Giang, rent a car in Ha Giang city or send motorbike from Hanoi if you cannot rent a car.

Day 2: Ha Giang – Quan Ba ​​- Yen Minh – Pho Bang – Sung La – Dong Van

– 7:00: Have breakfast + Refuel

– 7:30 – 9:30: Ha Giang – Quan Ba ​​(46km) – Visit the Heaven Gate and Quan Ba ​​Twin Mountain if your 2nd day coincides with the morning of the 7th, you will have the opportunity to visit Quyet Tien Market

– 11h00 – 12h00: Quan Ba ​​- Yen Minh (50km) on the way to Yen Minh, you will see Yen Minh pine forest right along the highway. Lunch break in Yen Minh

– 13h30 – 15h00: Yen Minh – Pho Bang (40km) starting from here, you will see the wonderful and extremely majestic beauty of Dong Van rock plateau. Visited the town’s Deputy Table overslept.

– 15h00 – 16h30: Leave Pho Bang and go back to the intersection to Dong Van, you will come to Sung La, the famous place for filming Pao’s story.

– 16h30 – 17h30: Sung La – Dong Van. Dinner at Dong Van and visit Old Quarter cafe

Day 3: Dong Van – Lung Cu – Dinh Vuong – Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng – Meo Vac

– 7:00 – 9:00 pm: Have breakfast. Walk to Dong Van market if on the right day of the meeting, visit Dong Van old town a neighborhood with hundreds of years old beauty

– 9h00 – 11h30: Dong Van – Lung Cu (26km) – Dinh Vuong (26km) – Dong Van (15km) up to the northernmost point of Vietnam, then leave Lung Cu to the King Meo Vuong Chi Sinh. Noon to rest and lunch at Dong Van

– 13h30 – 15h30: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng – Meo Vac – watching Nho Que river from the top of Ma Pi Leng Pass, one of the four great pass peaks of Northern people

– 15h30 – 17h00: Go to Meo Vac to visit some locations. Refer to the tourist destination in Meo Vac. Evening stay at Meo Vac

Day 4: Meo Vac – Mau Due – Du Gia (depending on the weather) – Yen Minh – Ha Giang

– 7:00: Having breakfast

– 7:30 – 12:30: Meo Vac – Yen Minh – Quan Ba. Walking around some tourist destinations in Quan Ba ​​and then returning to Quan Ba ​​for lunch

– 13h30 – 16h00: Quan Ba ​​- Ha Giang. Rest in Ha Giang city and wait for 8 am on the bus. Early on Thursday morning in Hanoi

Itinerary: Hanoi to Ha Giang and Ba Be

General information: This schedule you can go in a closed loop with going on two different roads

Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Giang

– On Thursday night, take a bed car to Ha Giang city, rent a car in Ha Giang city or send motorbike from Hanoi if you cannot rent a car.

Day 2: Ha Giang – Quan Ba ​​- Yen Minh – Pho Bang – Sung La – Dong Van

– 7:00: Have breakfast + Refuel

– 7:30 – 9:30: Ha Giang – Quan Ba ​​(46km) – Visit the Heaven Gate and Quan Ba ​​Twin Mountain if your 2nd day coincides with the morning of the 7th, you will have the opportunity to visit Quyet Tien Market

– 11h00 – 12h00: Quan Ba ​​- Yen Minh (50km) on the way to Yen Minh, you will see Yen Minh pine forest right along the highway. Lunch break in Yen Minh

– 13h30 – 15h00: Yen Minh – Pho Bang (40km) starting from here, you will see the wonderful and extremely majestic beauty of Dong Van rock plateau. Visited the town’s Deputy Table overslept.

– 15:00 – 16:30: Leave Pho Bang and go back to the intersection to Dong Van, you will come to Sung La, the famous place for filming Pao’s story.

– 16h30 – 17h30: Sung La – Dong Van. Dinner at Dong Van and visit Old Quarter cafe

Day 3: Dong Van – Lung Cu – Dinh Vuong – Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng – Meo Vac

– 7:00 – 9:00 pm: Have breakfast then alk to Dong Van market if on the right day of the meeting, visit Dong Van old town a neighborhood with hundreds of years old beauty

– 9:00 – 11:30: Dong Van – Lung Cu (26km) – Dinh Vuong (26km) – Dong Van (15km) up to the northernmost point of Vietnam, then leave Lung Cu to the King Meo Vuong Chi Sinh. Noon to rest and lunch at Dong Van

– 13h30 – 15h30: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng – Meo Vac – watching Nho Que river from the top of Ma Pi Leng Pass, one of the four magnificent pass peaks of Northern people

– 15:30 – 17:00: Go to Meo Vac to visit some locations. Refer to the tourist destination in Meo Vac. Evening stay at Meo Vac

Day 4: Meo Vac – Niem Son – Bao Lac – Pia Oac – Tinh Tuc – Ba Be (200km)

– 7:00: Have breakfast, refuel and pack

– 7h30 – 11h00: Starts from Meo Vac along Niem Son street to Bao Lac, go to Tinh Tuc, get to the T-junction about 5km away from Tinh Tuc and turn right to go to Phan Thanh and Ca Thanh communes of Nguyen Binh district (Cao Bang)) lunch break on the way. Along this path will pass the ghost mansion area (mansion built during the French period)

– 13:00 – 17:00: Go back to Ba Be for dinner, take a walk around the Ba Be National Park area

Day 5: Ba Be – Phu Thong – Bac Kan – Hanoi (220km)

– 7:00: Get up for breakfast and visit the three-national park area, rent a boat to see the three-lake lake (depending on the actual time)

– 11:00: Departure to Hanoi, evening in Hanoi

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