Hoang Su Phi is a highland located in the far north of Vietnam, Ha Giang district on the banks of Lô River. Located about 100 kilometers from the center of the city, Hoang Su Phi offers some appealing view of mountains, terrace land and local Vietnamese traditional culture and lifestyle. The convoluted roads, lofty hills and magnanimous heterogeneity add up to the beauty of the place. Read our Ha Giang Travel Guide.
How to reach Hoang Su Phi?
You can reach Hoang Su Phi by bus service that leaves from Hanoi and goes up to Ha Giang. From here it is a short drive to Hoang Su Phi where you will witness the landscape beauty along the journey relaxing all the way from its phenomenal weather and the sweet breeze. Another way is to combine with Bac Ha market tour in Lao Cai province.
Have a break at Thong Nguyen:
Thong Nguyen is a small village in Hoang Su Phi where you can rest and savor the sojourn with the local Dzao household. The picturesque beauty will be more appealing along the way Nam Khoa and upward. For trekkers, the 2 hours journey to Nam Hong village, resided by the minority Red Dao folks along the mountains of Man Ta Pan will be ethereal.
Trekking and mountaineering:
It is an ideal destination for discovery tours, trekking, mountaineering, and biking. The best time to visit this place is during May, when the rail water droplets on the green grass give it a translucent effect, thereby making the whole landscape a green beauty. Hoang Su Phi is also highly acclaimed for its market and conventional things sold by the minority group residing near Tay, Nung, Dao, and H’Mong. The market is open from morning to evening all Sundays.
Enthusiastic bikers and trekkers will surely love the journey for its biking excitement and mountaineering challenges. You can explore the way of life and nature of locals while goingthrough the rice plateaus of Nam Khoa village. Here it must be mentioned that weather plays an important factor during expeditions and trekking. So quest on the weather forecast before you plan your tour.
The Shan Tuyet tea is one of the oldest trees; almost 100 years old and stands out for its fame and recognition. From here you can visit Nam Ai to experience the rich culture and civilization of Long Tunics Dao folks. The Ban Phung village is the next destination inhabited by the H’mong group. By and large La Chi ethnic group domesticated the area, and they are very shy and follow their cultural practices in context to spirituality, belief, funerals, and prayer.
Chilling cold breeze:
The trekking will be at a height of almost 1200 meter from the sea level. The weather is nowhere near to Hanoi, and will be extremely cold with chilling breeze. Carry enough warm clothes in your tour. You can also enjoy the warmth near the heater and have a grand bonfire with your family and friends. The local delicacies include Au tau bulb, Thang Co, and Lap Suon sausages. Drinks include wine with corn, sugarcane juice, and heritage Shan tea. The market run by locals from Tay, Nung, Dao, and H’Mong sell traditional clothes, warm blankets, garments and other varieties.
Hoang Su Phi is a naturally blessed landscape in Vietnam, not explored much by tourists. Hence, you can enjoy the unadulterated beauty of Vietnam and engage with a variety of tour activities, like trekking, mountaineering, biking, etc. Many tour operators are offering tailor-made tour programs, escorted tours and even private tours to this charming rice terrace. The nature will be in its full potential during September and October. Therefore, when you are planning a Vietnam trip, make sure to include the classified National Heritage - Hoang Su Phi Rice Terraces and the hidden wonders of Hoang Su Phi.