Destinations: Hanoi – Ha Giang – Nam Dam - Lung Cu – Dong Van – Meo Vac – Ha Giang – Hanoi
Brief Hagiang Discovery tour:
Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Nam Dam village
Day 2: Nam Dam – Lung Cu – The North Pole – Dong Van
Day 3: Dong Van – Nho Que Boat Trip – Trekking - Dong Van
Day 4: Dong Van – Hanoi
This is the most beautiful tour to explore the best of Ha Giang. We will visit Quan Ba twin mountains, impressive Tham Ma slope, Pao's house, The Vuong palace, Lung Cu national flag tower, The north pole, Dong Van karst plateau geopark, Dong Van ancient town. Especially, the amazing boat trip on Nho Que river through Tu San abyss alley and great walk on top of famous Ma Phi Leng Pass. Tourists will also have chances to meet several ethnic groups, and learn about their unique culture, life, customs and habits.
This is the best Ha Giang tour, designed by Ha Giang specialist - Vivutravel.
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We leave Hanoi for Ha Giang in the early morning after your breakfast. It takes around 5 hours to get to Ha Giang city. Cofffee break and Lunch in a local restaurant on the way. S
From Ha Giang, we continue to Quan Ba heaven gate - a heaven of clouds and mountains, also a historical site in Vietnamese history and it is the start of the famous “Happiness road”. We stop here to take a short walk to enjoy great view of The “Fairy Blossom /Twin Mountains”.Time for photos and coffee, then short drive to Nam Dam village of the Dao minority where your homestay is. Free time to relax or take a walk around the village Overnight in Nam Dam
After breakfast we continue to drive on the most scenic road in Vietnam. The landscapes and sceneries of dong van karst plateau geopark are fantastic. Stop on the way to visit picturesque Pho Cao slope, Pao’s house in Lung Cam culture village of the Black H’Mong minority. After lunch, we visit The Vuong palace of the H’Mong King, a great place to learn about its history and the unique architecture.
After Lunch in a local restaurant, we drive to Lung Cu national flag tower, visit the north pole and a village of the Lo Lo minority
Drive to Dong Van, check in a hotel
Dinner and free time to enjoy coffee at Dong Van ancient street. Overnight in Dong Van
The highlight of Ha Giang tour is today.
From Dong Van, we drive 10 minutes to get Ta Lang village, stop there then take “xeom” to get the pier of Nho Que River (20 minutes).
Nestled between the mountain of northeast of Vietnam, Nho Que River winding like green thread shimmering north from heaven. The length of 192 km, the river engraved name on 46 km across the strip of land in Vietnam, and flows through the rocky sloping limestone mountain of the global geological park system Dong Van stone. The Nho Que river carries a beautiful turquoise blue color. That shines through the bright green patches of the forest almost all seasons of the year (except the rain season from Apr till Sep).
The best time to see the river is from October till March the next year, especially Feb and March when the Bombaxceiba flowers in full bloom.
After 1 hour boat trip along the river and visit Tu San alley, we will take “xeom” to get back the car.
Have lunch at local restaurant in Dong Van.
After lunch, we will drive to Ma Pi Leng for trekking in 1-2 hours. We will stop at Ma Pi Leng museum then start to trek through a small road. The trekking route is fabulous for anyone who loves nature and landscape photos. If your heart has no fear of height, climb up to the nicest view point to take beautiful photos of Nho Que river, mountains and clouds. You will have the opportunity to meet ethnic children playing along the way, the hardworking women growing maize in the fields or grazing buffaloes and goats. After more than 1 hour trekking, we get picked up back to your hotel in Dong Van.
Along journey back to Hanoi. It takes around 10 hours, but this great tour is worth doing. If you have more time, we will extend one more night in Ha Giang or combine this tour with Sapa in the northwest, or Ba Be lake and Ban Gioc waterfall in the northeast.Tour finished at your hotel in Hanoi. Vivutravel would like to thank you so much for your travelling with us. We wish to be with you again
* What about Cancellation policy?
In case of cancellation, we will not impose any charges if we are not being charged and possible to get refund from our suppliers but if our suppliers apply charges for cancellation, you will have to pay those charges that apply. Cancellation policies vary, depending upon the type of service, the time of year, and the reason for cancellation. We will pass on to you all details of any cancellation policy with our transparent reply upon demand.
General cancellation charges that applied by travel services in Vietnam and Indochina.
- Domestic flights: 25% of the fares
- 3 star hotels, no charge if you cancel 5 -7 days before your arrival. (FIT)
- 4 star hotels, no charge if you cancel 10 - 15 days before your arrival (FIT)
- 5 stars hotels, no charge if you cancel 15 - 20 days before your arrival (FIT)
However, in peak season, we may have to pay the hotels one month before your arrival to secure the booking, and in this case, the cancellation policy will be based on the hotels' cancellation plolicies.
* Can we get refund?
For the unused services, Vivutravel will refund you the money.
Question 1: Best time for Ha Giang Discovery Tour
Ha Giang is the northernmost province fulfilled with rolling high steep mountains and so the weather is cool/cold all year round. It will be severely cold from December to February with average temperature of 8 degree C and cool in the rest of year with average temperature of 25 degree C.
Be aware that it will be wet and foggy in cold season and you can't enjoy the spectacular and beautiful sceneries. However, there will be drizzly weather during cold season only, not typhoon. Furthermore, visiting local ethnic people during cold days will be different experiences as you can see and entirely understand their life of deprivation and misery.
Especially, it is said that Ha Giang is beautiful all year round and each season brings it different beauty. It is really true and means that you can visit Ha Giang at any time of year.
From May to September, it is really cool with average temperature of 25 degree C. Shower can come suddenly, however, stop suddenly during those months. Even it can rain sometimes, you can enjoy the spectacular landscapes in bright and sunny weather that you can hardly see in other months.
From October to December, Ha Giang is really famous for its beautiful scenery of Buckwheat Flower Season. The most beautiful areas to enjoy buckwheat flowers extend over Yen Minh, Quan Ba, Dong Van & Meo Vac as the rocky plateau is adorned with buckwheat forests.
From January to March, spring comes with beautiful blooming peach and plum flowers that you can see everywhere.
Question 2: Traveling to Ha Giang in cold season
Hotel with heat: It is better to stay at a hotel with heater (of course, air-conditioner with heat is not available in those areas) if you are planning to travel to the Northeast in cold season. Homestay is not a good idea during that period as you can’t sleep well for sure due to low temperature and privation of warming facilities.
Question 3: What should be prepared for a trip to Ha Giang
Clothes: Traveling in cool season, you should prepare summer clothes with some light jackets as it will be pretty cold in the early morning and evening. Whereas warm coats are highly recommended for traveling in cold season as it can be even dropped to 5 degrees under zero.
Rain gear: Weather in the Northeast is not stable that can be changed continuously. It can be rain in the early morning but sunny at noon and rain again in the late afternoon. Then rain gear should be well prepared.
Personal drugs: The far north is really lack of medical infrastructure as well as pharmacy. Then it is advised to bring your personal drugs as well as popular medicines like paracetamol, thermometer, anti-itching lotion, oral rehydration preparation and bandaids.
Mosquito and insect repellent: Those stuff are necessary as you may trek through the wet jungle or stay at local houses near the forest.
Question 4: Traveling to Ha Giang with kids
Traveling to Ha Giang with infants and small kids under 6 yrs old is not advised because of the simple life condition and poor infrastructure in those areas, but older kids and teenagers are really fine as they can bear a pretty hard trip and more important, a lot of life-time experiences are waiting for them.
Question 5: Is it safe for traveling to untouched areas
It is safe, for sure, while traveling to Ha Giang - the Nothernmost and border province as those areas are highly controlled and protected by local government. That’s why you have to apply for permission before visiting to the border regions and it will be arranged by your local travel agent. The local ethnic groups are also friendly and hospitality even they can’t speak both Vietnamese and English.
Question 6: Interact with local people
Local people are not familiar with tourists but you are surely warmly welcomed by them as Vietnamese in general and ethnic people in particular are very open and kind and so love to see you as well as to help you in case you need. Then, you should show your good attitudes all the time if you want to visit their houses as well as make a short chat with them. Remember to ask for acceptance when you wish to take their photos.
Question 7: Road condition
Roads in those mountainous areas are narrow, zigzag and rugged but keeping speed slowly by the driver will surely help you be comfortable and not too tired. However, you must be careful while standing on the road and taking pictures as the other drivers can’t see you due to zigzag roads.
Question 8: Donation
Donation is highly recommended and it can be money or not. Normally, you can bring along warm clothes for both adults and kids as it is cold there all year round. Quilted Blanket is another great idea. Or at least, you should prepare some small gifts for local kids like cakes, notebooks, pencils, etc.
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- Mosquito and insect repellent: Those stuff are necessary as you may trek through the wet jungle or stay at local houses near the forest.
Unlike other popular tourisit destinations in Vietnam, tourism in Ha Giang Province hasve't been developed and so luxury and modern hotels are not available there. The available accommodation in those areas are homestay, guest-house and mini-hotel with basic facilities. As below, we provide you with all necessary information of hotel accommodation in our Ha Giang discovery tour:
Guest-house & mini-hotel: They are quiet similar in architecture and facilities. All guest-houses & mini-hotels are small building less than 5 storeys with basic facilities of bed, mattress, pillow, mosquito-net, private bath room, hot shower, western toilet and air-conditioner mostly.
Homestay: As revealed through its name, Homestay means that you will stay at local houses with local ethnic minorities that are mostly stilt-houses. Private rooms are not available and you will have a small mattress with a pillow and a mosquito-net. The bathroom is sharing with hot shower and western toilet available.
And below is a list of accommodation's images in the Northeast areas:
Room at a mini-hotel
Room at a guest-house
Toilet at a mini-hotel/guest-house
Sleeping space at homestay
Toilet at homestay
Tour guide and driver are Vivutravel's representatives and your travel companions during your travel in Sapa & Northwest Loop Tour who take care of our travel services and make your holiday a memorable time. Understanding this, Vivutravel always selects the best tour guides and drivers for such amazing trips to the far North.
We do understand that a good tour guide will make your holiday a beautiful time and tour guides who work with us are well-paid, experienced with a university background, eager to exchange our culture, lifestyle, knowledge...with travelers, and have a great passion for their country and understand the personal touch.
Then we always use experienced tour guides who are expert in guiding trips to those Northeast areas and will show you the most beautiful view-points, introduce to you unique cultures and lifestyles of local ethnic people as well as guide you to amazing trekking routes.
Vivutravel guarantees to offer the best means of transport during your Sapa & Northwest Loop tour. The safety, comfort and security of our customers come first. Furthermore, as all tourist sites are mostly far from towns and city centers, vehicle must be the latest modern one or it will be very difficult to manage in case it is broken on the way. Furthermore, checking the vehicle carefully before the trip is a must-do procedure in order that it will work well and stays away from all rising troubles. Our drivers must be very experienced and careful too as it is not easy to go around those untouched areas. They are all full time workers, government licensed in the tourism industry with at least 5 years driving experience.
Luxury restaurants are not available in the far North of Vietnam. Standard restaurants can hardly find. Then our meals are mostly at basic local restaurants with simple dishes. It is not expensive for having lunch/dinner there and it costs around 5-7 usd per meal only. Breakfasts are mostly not included at hotel and you will have breakfasts outside with Vietnamese popular dishes like noodle soup, sticky rice, bread, etc.
NOTE: Acceptable restaurants are all located at towns which are sometimes far away from our visiting destinations. So lunch can be arranged quite late at around 1pm or 2pm.
Northern Vietnam with Vivutravel was amazing! 2 weeks before our arrival in Vietnam, My family and I knew that we wanted to visit Hagiang and Halong Bay but we only had 6 days in Vietnam. We chanced upon Vivutravel's youtube video on hagiang and immediately knew that they would be the right people to engage for our trip. Ms Trang, our travel consultant, was efficient and made the necessary arrangements within a week, taking every requests we had into consideration. Our trip with Vivu Travel was unforgettable. My family and I were captivated with the beauty that Northern Vietnam has to offer. Mr Quang was a fantastic guide and he made sure that we could see and do everything we wanted to within the short 6 days we had in Vietnam. He was genuine, funny and very interesting! so much knowledge to share w us! Our driver, Mr Son was very seasoned in driving in the mountainous areas and we felt that we were really in safe hands although the roads were winding and narrow. We arrived safely in Quan ba and our night at the homestay was just amazing. Mr Quang went out of his way to get us a cake up to the mountains to surprise my mom as it was her birthday! The host and Mr Quang really made us feel at home. Till today, we are still reminiscing abt the same night when we had lots of ' happy water' and delicious home cooked food prepared by the hosts at the homestay. The next day, we were caught by surprise when we were told we had to take the motor bike up to where lung cu tower was. The experience made the whole trip even more memorable! (One of the funniest moments was when one of us requested to take a picture in the corn field during our trip down from hagiang to Hanoi, Mr Quang made it happen! Another was when we requested to take a picture in the paddifield w a cow, and he made it possible as well!Haha!) Ha long bay was really breath taking! Never did we expect that we would have a private cruise waiting for us! the 6 of us spent half a day in Halong bay. Sea food of good! and it was our first time enjoying lunch on a cruise w such a marvellous sight. The Surprise cave was beautiful! and The climb up Ti top island was tiring but the view was definitely worth it. Mr Quang knew that we were exhausted on our way down and he went ahead of us to buy us each a coconut! We are very glad that we decided to make our trip with Vivutravel. It was indeed a once in a lifetime experience, to be able to visit Hagiang..to see the beauty of Vietnam and to have met Mr Quang, Mr Son and the hosts at the homestay! Thank you so much Vivutravel, for making the 6 days an unforgettable one!