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It is nice to have an exciting journey to Vietnam with a lot of things to do in Ha Giang. Together with the nice climate, a wide range of landscapes will give you nice memories of the land. Read the article to have a detail list of Ha Giang things to do.
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I. Where is Ha Giang Vietnam ?II. Best time to visit Ha GiangIII. How to get to Ha Giang ?IV. What to do in Ha Giang ?1. Happiness Road - Ha Giang Loop leading you to the cloud paradise2. Quan Ba - Heaven Gate & Twin Mountains with peaceful atmosphere3. Yen Minh - Stop at the pine forest to get the best breezes4. Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark - Full-range landscapes welcome5. Meo Vac - The Pass and The Love Market in top things to do in Ha Giang list6. Hoang Su Phi - Immerse in the dew layers in early morning7. Dong Van Sunday Market - Turn into a charming girl in traditional costume8. Lung Cu Flagpole - Capture the landscape from the North pole of Vietnam9. Dong Van Old Quarter - The beauty of Vietnamese tradition hidden behind10. Mansion of Vuong Family - The home of the King of Meo ethnic minority11. Ma Pi Leng Pass - The winding pass challenge every moment 12. Tu San Canyon - The greatest canyon in Indochina with Assam macaque monkeys13. Lung Cam Village - The local songs teach you how to love 14. Khau Vai love market - The exciting festival among mountains and hills15. Thac Tien tourist area - Wind pass, the attractions keep thư wildness of nature16. Pho Bang ancient town - Roses cover the land with charm and tranquility17. Tham Ma Pass - The legendary loop fascinating thousands of tourists every year18. Noong Lake - Admire the old forest inside the lake19. Lung Khuy Cave - The most beautiful cave on the plateau20. Thien Phuong cave - The mystery makes it attractive21. Tay Con Linh mountain - Find the sun on the peak of the mountainV. What to eat in Ha Giang?

 

I. Where is Ha Giang Vietnam ?

Ha Giang Province, 300 km away from Hanoi, is located at the highest latitude in Vietnam. It shares a border with China in the north. There are many ethnic minorities, including the Dao, H’mong, Tay, and Nung living in the area.
With the prominence in the location, Ha Giang has a lot of tourism resources attracting thousands of travelers around the year. There are three separated areas with mountains and streams, slopes and valleys,... All make it a green paradise where tourists can see the huge landscapes of nature and get rid of the boredom in daily life. Moreover, the humid subtropical climate is suitable for traveling in any season. Therefore, with a time limitation, tourists should make a shortlist of top things to do in Ha Giang before the journey.

Ha Giang things to do attracts thousand tourists to visit each year
Ha Giang things to do attracts thousand tourists to visit each year

 

II. Best time to visit Ha Giang

The climate is divided into two distinct seasons, the rainy and dry ones, although it tends to vary depending on altitude. Ha Giang is the ideal location to organize activities such as hiking and camping. Famous sites including Quang Ngan Waterfall and Than Thuy-Thien Bao National Frontier Pass are recommended as must-visit spots of Ha Giang things to do.

Check in the highest peak of Ha Giang
Check in the highest peak of Ha Giang

III. How to get to Ha Giang ?

Tourists can have the choice of riding a motorbike by yourself or taking a coach car to reach the destination from Hanoi Capital City. It takes about eight to ten hours to ride a motorbike, but the scenery alongside the road is not too attractive. Moreover, Vietnamese transportation is quite complex and it may make you confused if it is the first time you travel in Vietnam. Therefore, you are recommended to choose the second one. It is time-saving and the price is quite cheap. Or you can have a local agency to help you arrange the movement.

Visiting flower valleys are must-have things to do in Ha Giang
Visiting flower valleys are must-have things to do in Ha Giang

IV. What to do in Ha Giang ?

1. Happiness Road - Ha Giang Loop leading you to the cloud paradise

Happiness Road connects Ha Giang city with four other districts in the province. It was built after the Vietnamese had finished the war of independence. More than 2000 thousands of young people from surrounding areas have contributed to this construction, although they were in poor condition at that time. The road gives you an exciting experience of traveling through high passes such as Bac Sum, Cong Troi, Can Ty, Mau Due, and a great challenge from Ma Pi Leng Pass. You will feel like taking part in an adventure game. However, you can admire all the valley below and even touch the blue sky above.

Passes along the loop are the best experience of top things to do in Ha Giang
Passes along the loop are the best experience of top things to do in Ha Giang

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2. Quan Ba - Heaven Gate & Twin Mountains with peaceful atmosphere

Quan Ba is 46 kilometers far from Ha Giang city to the North. From the heaven gate, you can see the overview of Tam Son town and the twin mountains called Co Tien, which means ''the fairies'' in Vietnamese. They are like a masterpiece among the peaceful scenery of rice fields and spotted houses. Therefore, it is always chosen as one of the best things to do in Ha Giang. Visit the village and you will discover how charming the locals are.

The twin mountains are outstanding among endless fields of rice
The twin mountains are outstanding among endless fields of rice

 

3. Yen Minh - Stop at the pine forest to get the best breezes

Yen Minh road is 100 kilometers far from Ha Giang City. It is 50 kilometers long winding in thin layers of dew. Alongside the road is pine forest green all around the year. It looks like a paradise on land thanks to the fresh atmosphere, giving tourists relaxing moments. Especially, the road will lead you to famous villages such as Lao and Chai to discover more about the land. It is regretful to neglect this spot among the best things to do in Ha Giang.

​  Have a break under the large shades pine forests  ​
Have a break under the large shades pine forests

 

4. Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark - Full-range landscapes welcome

Dong Van Highland is situated 1,025 m above sea level and is inhabited by the Tay and H’Mong ethnic groups. The temperature is approximately 1°C in winter and reaches 24°C on the hottest days. The plateau provides famous products such as Hau plums, peaches, and persimmons without seeds. Dong Van apples are as big as pears. In Dong Van, numerous valuable plants used for their medicinal value are found, including ginseng, anise, and cinnamon. Dong Van has a lot to offer: mountains, forests, hidden grottoes and caves, multicolored orchid forests, plum and peach trees, persimmon orchards, and more.

These lovely locals make it in list of things to do in Ha Giang Vietnam
These lovely locals make it in list of things to do in Ha Giang Vietnam

 

5. Meo Vac - The Pass and The Love Market in top things to do in Ha Giang list

Meo Vac is a mountainous town in Ha Giang. There are a lot of spots to visit in the area, among which markets are always unmissable things to do in Ha Giang. Do not forget to join the Love market called Khau Vai on a hill in Khau Vai Commune. It is only open on March 27th in the lunar calendar. Therefore, it is like a festival than a trading center. Besides, Tu San Canyon is the deepest one in Indochina. At the height of 1500 meters, you will see the mysterious but charming beauty of Nho Que River below. If you are looking for endless fields of buckwheat flowers, come to visit the land from October to December.

The peaceful atmosphere different from lively market days
The peaceful atmosphere different from lively market days

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6. Hoang Su Phi - Immerse in the dew layers in early morning

Hoang Su Phi Ha Giang is a border district located 50 kilometers far from Ha Giang City, one of the things to do in Ha Giang Vietnam. Every year, it attracts thousands of tourists who love the adventurous experience. Although the road is quite challenging, you will be refreshed by the peaceful scenery of rice terraces spreading to the skyline. It is much more impressive if you can come here when the rice has ripened or when water covers all the fields and refects sunlight from above.

Terraces of rice have a specific beauty under the morning sunlight
Terraces of rice have a specific beauty under the morning sunlight

 

7. Dong Van Sunday Market - Turn into a charming girl in traditional costume

Visiting Dong Van on Sundays, one can shop in a very original mountain market where all kinds of goods and multi-colored clothes can be purchased. The old quarter, therefore, becomes more exciting with people talking and laughing. The residents will bring their homemade items to purchase for daily demands. The market gradually comes into their minds as a cultural exchanging center more than the usual market. It is also the reason why Dong Van is considered as one of the best Ha Giang things to do.

Local girls and women in traditional costume
Local girls and women in traditional costume

8. Lung Cu Flagpole - Capture the landscape from the North pole of Vietnam

Some other nice things to do in Ha Giang Vietnam include trekking to Rong Mountain (Dragon Mountain) and Lung Cu Flagpole. The attraction is at the height of 1470 meters high above the water level, in Lung Cu Commune, Dong Van district. You will have to overcome 389 steps to reach the peak, from which you can capture all the views below. There are two large lakes outstanding among the green background of the valley called Mat Rong (the dragon eyes).

Check-in photos are certainly interesting things to do in Ha Giang Vietnam
Check-in photos are certainly interesting things to do in Ha Giang Vietnam

9. Dong Van Old Quarter - The beauty of Vietnamese tradition hidden behind

Dong Can Old Quarter is in Dong Van Town, Ha Giang Province. It is a must-have destination in your Ha Giang tour with ranges of ancient rooftops and full- color lanterns brightening at night. The weekend market typical for the lifestyle in mountainous areas. Come and enjoy the special flavor of corn wine. Especially, visiting Don Cao, where you can capture the image of all the town, are must-have things to do in Ha Giang Vietnam.

The town still keeps its traditional features in structure and lifestyle
The town still keeps its traditional features in structure and lifestyle

 

10. Mansion of Vuong Family - The home of the King of Meo ethnic minority

The Mansion of Vuong Family is located in a valley in Xa Phin Commune, Dong Van District, Ha Giang. The construction was built in the early 20th century in China style, bringing about a feeling of majesty and mystery. Every item was carefully collected and it took five years to finish the house. Tourists usually pay much attention to two stones in the house which was brightened by 900 silver coins, also equivalent to one billion in Vietnam. However, all can only be explained when you come and listen to the life of the King.

Visit the house and listen to the story behind
Visit the house and listen to the story behind

 

11. Ma Pi Leng Pass - The winding pass challenge every moment 

Ma Pi Leng Pass Vietnam is a challenging road on Happiness Road. It is 20 kilometers long and has the name meaning "a horse''s nose" in Vietnamese, showing how dangerous it is. Seen from the height of 2000 meters on the pass, Nho Que River below is as small as a needle but outstanding in blue color. Besides sightseeing, tourists can learn about the life of local residents, who are still in poor condition but friendly and warm-hearted. For the challenging experience, it is listed in top things to do in Ha Giang.

You may be the highest person in the land
You may be the highest person in the land

 

12. Tu San Canyon - The greatest canyon in Indochina with Assam macaque monkeys

Tu San Canyon is a magic creation of Mother Nature after millions of years hidden in the ocean and only appeared when the earth crust changed. From the end of Ma Pi Leng Pass, tourists will move to Trang Huong Bridge on Nho Que River and take a boat to reach this unique canyon. It takes about 20 minutes on the boat. It is amazing to see the canyon stands vertically. Moreover, there is a great monkey block living on craggy rocks.

How majestic the landscape seen from the peak
How majestic the landscape seen from the peak

 

13. Lung Cam Village - The local songs teach you how to love 

The village is famous for Pao's ancient house where four generations live together. Among the rocky plateau, it is like a mini picture showing the Mong ethnic minority's life with charming features. Moreover, there are 60 other households in the village. They keep their traditional culture in many local songs. Most of the houses were built 100 years ago and completely made manually, but they all stand still to challenge the time elapsion. It is the ancient features that make Lung Cam Village one of the best things to do in Ha Giang.

Pao''s house is typical for the area''s architecture
Pao's house is typical for the area's architecture

 

14. Khau Vai love market - The exciting festival among mountains and hills

Khau Vai Love Market is open only one time a year, on March 27th. It is not open for trading but indeed a culture exchanging center. Tourists joining the festival will immerse themselves in the exciting atmosphere on a huge landscape of mountains and forests. There must be a lot of couples in the area dating together since the event. Especially, it is also the time of flowers such as peach, plum, and pear blossoms, making the land more poetic and charming.

Don''t miss the attraction as the best things to do in Ha Giang 
Don't miss the attraction as the top things to do in Ha Giang 

 

15. Thac Tien tourist area - Wind pass, the attractions keep thư wildness of nature

Tien Waterfall is one of the most beautiful attractions in Xi Man district, Ha Giang. Tourists have to go through 17 kilometers from Coc Pai town to reach the destination. It is located along Wind Pass, in a primitive forest in Nam Dan Commune. Therefore, after a long journey on the road, you will have the time to enjoy the peaceful scenery of a hundred kinds of scarce plants. The water flows are fierce all around the year, and tourists can immerse themselves in the cool water of the stream below. If time allows, you can continue to visit blocks of ancient stones where ancient Vietnamese people lived for 2000 years.

The waterfall is full of water around the year
The waterfall is full of water around the year

 

16. Pho Bang ancient town - Roses cover the land with charm and tranquility

Visiting Dong Van, one can see Pho Bang, also called Pho Bang Street, which was built a long time ago and features multi-story houses made of clay bricks and tile roofs. It is located in rocky valleys and surrounded mostly by mountains. The town is famous for rose gardens, which are small but have a specific color. The land provides a large number of roses for the area every day. 

The town is peaceful in the foot of the mountain
The town is peaceful in the foot of the mountain

 

17. Tham Ma Pass - The legendary loop fascinating thousands of tourists every year

Although Tham Ma Loop is a challenging pass, it is always in the list of must-visit attractions in Ha Giang because of the impressive landscape seen from the location. It is said that couples will stay happy together if they have once go through this spot. After overcoming the loop to reach the peak, you can capture all the canyons in your eyes. It is much more charming at the time of dawn. Groups of children following their mothers to come back home with smiles on their faces.

The loop winding among the green landscape of green mountains and blue sky
The loop winding among the green landscape of green mountains and blue sky

 

18. Noong Lake - Admire the old forest inside the lake

Noong Lake is a beautiful fresh lake on Tay Con Linh Mountain, in Phu Linh Commune, Vi Xuyen District, which is 23 kilometers far from Ha Giang City. There is a forest rising from the water and it changes through seasons. Surrounding are mountains and original forests in 700 hectares. At the water-rising season, schools of fish from Lo River swim upstream to live in the lake. Moreover, tourists will have the chance to taste a lot of specialties in the surrounding villages.

The magical scenery of the lake deserve best things to do in Ha Giang
The magical scenery of the lake deserve best things to do in Ha Giang

 

19. Lung Khuy Cave - The most beautiful cave on the plateau

The cave has a similar name to the village located on the foot of the mountain. The attraction is deeply connected with the culture of the Mong ethnic minority. Therefore, it is always well protected by the locals. The cave is famous for a great system of stalactites which is still kept original regardless of the time elapsion. Unlike other ones, they gather densely together, in different shapes and make tourists amazed at every step. 

The cave attracts tourists with mysterious beauty
The cave attracts tourists with mysterious beauty

 

20. Thien Phuong cave - The mystery makes it attractive

Thien Phuong Cave is 7 kilometers far from Ha Giang town to the South, attracting thousands of tourists to visit thanks to the unique combination of the natural landscapes outside and the mystery hidden inside. Tourists will have the chance to enjoy the fresh atmosphere, admire the green color that is hard to see in noisy cities. From the attraction, you can continue to visit Vi Xuyen town, Nong Truong Vietnam town and even Ha Giang town nearby. 

Both inside and outside structures are worth admiring
Both inside and outside structures are worth admiring

 

21. Tay Con Linh mountain - Find the sun on the peak of the mountain

Tourists who love adventurous experiences will certainly love to challenge themselves this rooftop of North-east Vietnam. It is 2419 meters high above the water level. From this height, tourists will have a feeling of getting immersed in the cloud ocean where you can get rid of all the boredom in daily life. However, it is not easy to overcome the dense forests before reaching the peak. There are some areas where you may not see any trace of life. On the journey, one side is deep canyons and the other is rocky cliffs. All bring about a thrilling experience of Ha Giang things to do that you will not forget easily.

The steps lead you to the blue sky on the top
The steps lead you to the blue sky on the top

 

V. What to eat in Ha Giang?

  • Dong Van Steamed rolled rice pancake: It is a great idea to enjoy this specialty in the early morning when it is still a little cold. 
  • Buckwheat cake: Ha Giang is famous for large areas of buckwheat flowers. However, it is also known for the cake made of buckwheat seeds. It is soft and mushy, giving off an appetizing flavor typical for the flowers after putting on hot embers. 
Tasting local foods is always interesting things to do in Ha Giang
Tasting local foods is always interesting things to do in Ha Giang
  • Five-color sticky rice: The food is popular in mountainous areas in Northern Vietnam. The colors which make the rice more attractive are made from local natural leaves. Therefore, it is not only safe but also good for your health.
  • Thang Co: It is a special recipe with the horse meat and their organs. This food is nowhere else to be found, completely worth in the list of best things to do in Ha Giang.
The meat is dried naturally to keep its original flavor
The meat is dried naturally to keep its original flavor
  • Sour noodle soup: The sour noodle soup was originated from China. It is better to taste this flavor in summer, at any market in the area. 
  • Ha Giang stuffed sticky rice balls: It is not too different from ones in Hanoi. The sticky rice is combined with a mixture of sugar, coconut, and ginger. 
With these recommended things to do in Ha Giang, we do hope you will have nice memories during your tour in Ha Giang province. It is not only the natural scenery but also lovely people that make the land worth visiting once in a lifetime.
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