Ha Giang is a province in northern Vietnam, bordering China, and about 320km (200 mi) from the capital Hanoi. The laid-back provincial capital, also called Ha Gang, sits on the Lo river which originates from China. The province of Ha Giang is famous for its forested limestone, granite mountains, and colorful ethnic groups. Our Ha Giang Mountain Adventure covers all of Ha Giang’s famous sites, including Quang Ba, Dong Van, and Meo Vac.
North of Ha Giang city, Quan Ba Valley is known for green hills, caves, and is the location of Quan Ba pass, which is also known as Heaven’s Gate for its panoramic views over the terraced rice fields below.
Dong Van town is one of the Ha Giang's most popular overnight stop. The main road through this town isn't particularly inspiring, but its old quarter is a clutch of traditional H’mong houses, which still clings on. If your visit is timing well, the chaotic Sunday market is great to see. The town is also a good base for day treks around nearby minority villages, and nearby sights such as Lung Cu.
Meo Vac town is hemmed in by mountains and, like many towns in the northwest, it is steadily being settled by Vietnamese from elsewhere. Our driving journey along the spectacular Ma Pi Leng Pass, which winds for 22km from Dong Van, is the main attraction. Meo Vac has a good Sunday market, which is proximity and timing with Dong Van's Sunday market.
HA GIANG MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE’S ITINERARY
Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Giang (320km)
After breakfast at your hotel in Hanoi, our guide and driver will pick you up and depart for our Ha Giang Mountain Adventure for the next 5 days. The journey to Ha Giang is truly a “off-the-beaten-path” mountain adventure, featuring the mountain beauty of northern Vietnam. Lunch at a local restaurant en route to Ha Giang. Upon arrival, take a walk around a Tay ethnic village, which is dotted with stilt houses and surrounded with terraced rice paddy fields. This gives you a good introduction to the authentic mountain daily life.
Arrive at the hotel in Ha Giang City, dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, L)
Lodging: Hotel in Ha Giang
Day 2: Ha Giang – Dong Van - Meo Vac (190km)
After breakfast at the hotel and the registration for the mandatory permit at the Immigration Office, we take the first spectacular road to Meo Vac. Our drive on the undulating terrain, between 700m and 1,300m in height, through extraordinary mountainous landscapes and mountain corn fields. You will stop at the Quyet Tien Market, where the ethnic minority groups of the Nung, the White Hmong, the Po Y, the Dao Lenten and the Tay gather to trade their produce.
Continue on to the Heaven’s Gate and the Fairy Mountain before visiting a White Hmong village, which specializes in flax weaving. Our lunch break is in the small mountain of Tam Son.
Drive up to the altitude of 1,432m to visit an ancient village of the White Hmong, you will then proceed to Sung La to discover a Lo Lo house and its people. The Lo Lo people is one of Vietnam's least-common ethnic minorities, but often seen within this region.
Afterwards, visit the impressive ancient Hmong King Palace before driving through Dong Van to reach Meo Vac. The Palace was built in 1919 by a local chief allied with the French against the Vietminh, also known as Vuong Palace. Arrive in the mountain lodge, Auberge Meo Vac, in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. (B, L, D)
Lodging: Auberge de Meo Vac
Day 3: Meo Vac Local Market & Mountain Trekking Discovery
This morning, you’ll drive back to Dong Van to visit the Sunday Dong Van minority market, one of the most beautiful minority markets in Vietnam. For the second time, we climb on the 15km stunning Ma Pi Leng Pass. The “Happiness Road” has been cut into the side of a cliff with a view of rippling hills tumbling down to the distant waters of the Nho Que River far below. Right at the top of the pass is a lookout point where you can stop to take in the scenery.
After lunch, we’ll meet a local H’mong guide, who will take on an off-the-beaten-path to deeply discovery the mountain life and crops of Meo Vac. The trekking route lead us to remote villages, corn fields, hemp terraces, and meeting different local ethnic groups. Head back to the lodge with lots of nice photos you took during the day. Dinner and overnight at the logde. (B, L, D)
Lodging: Auberge de Meo Vac
Day 4: Meo Vac - Ba Be National Park (240km)
After breakfast, we depart early for our drive to Ba Be National Park in Bac Kan province. Have a coffee break in Bao Lac town, and lunch break along the way. Arrive in Ba Be National Park in the late afternoon, where we will be welcomed by a Tay family. We have dinner and overnight at the homestay, right in the centre of the national park.
Often referred to as the Ba Be Lakes (meaning three lakes), Ba Be National Park’s scenery swoops from towering limestone mountains peaking at 1554m down into plunging valleys wrapped in dense evergreen forests, speckled with waterfalls and caves, with the lakes themselves dominating the very heart of the park. The area is home to 13 tribal villages, most belonging to the Tay minority plus smaller numbers of Dzao and Hmong.
Hunting is forbidden within the national park, but villagers living around the lakes are permitted to fish. One of the most popular specialty here is the fried stream-goby. (B, L, D)
Lodging: Tay People Homestay
Day 5: Ba Be National Park – Hanoi (240 km)
Take a walk in the morning around the village to observe the local lifestyle and immerse yourself in the tranquil park scenery. Take a short walk to the boat dock, our host will then cruise us through the entire length of the 3 connected lakes, and up the Nang River.
A short walk through the jungle takes you to the very scenic Thac Dau Dang Waterfalls, a series of spectacular cascades between sheer rock walls. Return by boat for our final lunch at the family before driving back to Hanoi. (B, L)
What Ha Giang Mountain Adventure is Like?
Ha Giang Mountain Adventure is rated level 3, and it's 5-days driving and trekking adventure. The trip requires lots of driving up and down hills, accommodation and food along the way is quite basic in compare to what we can get in Hanoi city.
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