Nestled up in the north by the Chinese border, the mountainous province of Ha Giang is home to some of Vietnam’s most mind-bending vistas. The region offers a mixture of iconic rice terraces and imposing limestone peaks, steep winding roads and colourful ethnic markets – and because of Ha Giang’s remote location, you’ll have all this raw beauty mostly to yourself.
There’s nothing quite like exploring Ha Giang on a motorbike, especially the blood-curdling but unmissable Ma Pi Leng Pass, so consider making a loop from the provincial capital through Dong Van and Meo Vac if you’re a confident rider. Hiking and camping opportunities are also abundant, a typical tour lasting up to four days and taking the awe-struck trekker along dizzying mountainside paths and on to ethnic minority villages.
With a range of diverse cultures and their eye-catching, multi-coloured clothing, the local communities add to the immense charm of the region. All in all, Ha Giang is an irresistible package for nature-lovers and thrill-seekers, an off-the-beaten-track gem.
Quan Ba Pass, also known as Heaven’s Gate, is a spectacular road close to Ha Giang, among which there are villages with ethnic groups showing their rich tradition.
Lung Cu is the northern most Vietnamese village, with an octagonal tower, a massive Vietnamese flag hung at its top, from which you can see beyond the Chinese border.
A 30-minute steep trek will take you up to Don Cao Fortress with ruins of a French fort and spectacular views of Dong Van and rice paddies.
With the rough terrain and the superb scenery, Ma Pi Leng Pass is the highlight of the Ha Giang motorbike loop.
Known as a “cultural tourist village”, Lung Cam is a romantic and picturesque place surrounded by mountains, cornfields and colorful gardens where you can observe authentic life of the local people.
This magnificent palace surrounded by Oleander flowers and huge old trees was built by the French in the 1920s in Chinese-Hmong style and symbolizes the past glory of H’mong people.
Dong Van Market takes places every Sunday morning when many ethnic groups dressed in colorful traditional clothes come to the old quarter of Dong Van to socialize and trade tribal goods.
Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark is a vast, breathtaking mountainous area, best explored on motorbike tours driving close to the edge of cliffs, through valleys, rivers, and ethnic villages.
Ha Giang Hotels
We've pre-picked the best hotels to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.