Ha Giang Adventure
Ha Giang is the final frontier in northern Vietnam. It is said to have the most spectacular scenery in all of Vietnam. A place of absolute relaxation where you can observe nature, limestone pinnacles and granite outcrops. Ha Giang is also a hidden part of the world where many ethnic groups such as H’Mong, Lolo still maintain their unique way of living which is a remarkable highlight to absorb and experience.
Ha Giang province goes as far as the northern most tip of the border, where Vietnam meets China. The adventure involves a lot of time on the road travelling from Hanoi through the Dong Van karst plateau. However considering the scenery, this is an amazing part of the journey.
To enrich the discovery, the adventure is developed with a deep local approach. Travellers will stay at selected local houses, have a home hosted meal and take off the beaten track trekking to get up close to the community.
Giving the overall experience and conditions, this program is recommendable for active and experienced travellers, who are willing to go out-of-the-ordinary to explore new authentic places and accept a basic standard of comfort. The destination is still pre-mature in terms of tourism development.
Ha Giang is located on Vietnam’s northern frontier, along the southern border of China’s Yunnan Province. It’s spectacular scenery lends itself to absolute relaxation where you can observe nature, limestone pinnacles and granite outcroppings. Untouched by the outside world until very recently, Ha Giang’s many ethnic groups such as H’Mong and Lolo have maintained their unique lifestyle and culture. In celebration of this remote area and to help you discover the local way of living, our itinerary has been developed with a deeply local approach. Travelers will stay at selected local houses, enjoy home-hosted meals and off-the-beaten-track treks to get up close to the local communities. The experience is recommended for active, seasoned travelers looking for an out-of-the-ordinary adventure to an authentic locale and can accept a basic, rustic level of comfort.
- Panoramic views unfold as scenic road meander through conical limestone peaks, deep gorges, terraced rice fields and the fabled Ma Pi Leng Pass, the highest mountain pass in the region
- Discover enchanting and colorful local ethnic markets, held according to the signs of the Asian zodiac
- Share in the culture and lifestyle of ethnic minority groups of northern Vietnam such as the Tay, H’Mong, and Dzao as you explore authentic villages and markets and stay in small, locally-owned inns and stilt-homes
- Learn the legend of the H’Mong King as you wander through his palace, built using the principals of Chinese fengshui blended with local, traditional methods
Hanoi / Ha Giang (B/L/D)
Set off this morning for Ha Giang, a rural mountain town with stops along the way to visit local communities and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.Take a short orientation tour of Ha Giang town along the Lo River before a continuing on to a beautiful Tay village where you are warmly welcomed as a guest in a local home.Stroll through the village to absorb the atmosphere and learn about their lifestyle. Dinner and overnight at a local stilt house (dormitory style), in the countryside of Ha Giang City.
Ha Giang / Quan Ba / Yen Minh / Meo Vac
After breakfast, continue on to Quan Ba.You may wish to explore the town before you begin your trek (easy, 3 hours) through terraced rive field to Lung Tam village meeting local Dzao people along the way. Enjoy lunch at a local home (as part of community-based, tourism-development project).Continue on to Meo Vac and take in the stunning mountain scenery and check into guest house Auberge de Meo Vac in the afternoon.Enjoy learning the history of this Yunnan-style home built in the early 1900s before visiting another local ethnic minority, the H’Mong. Dinner and overnight at the Auberge (dormitory style)
Met Vac / Dong Van / Xuan Giang (B/-/D)
Enjoy breakfast at the guest house before beginning your emerald journey on the “Happiness Road”. Photo ops abound as this 22 kilometer stretch of road zigzags to the Ma Pi Leng Pass where the stunning landscape unfolds before you. Continue on to Sa Phin and visit the H’Mong King Palace and then villages of local H’Mong and Lolo people. H’Mong homes are uniquely built with thick earthen walls to moderate seasonal temperatures. Heaven’s Gate is the final stop within the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark to hear the folklore of “Fairy Mounds” – a love story between a fairy and a young H’Mong boy. This evening you are greeted at the Xuan Giant village and community house for dinner and the night (dormitory style).
Xuan Giang / Depart (B)
Enjoy a walk through the village and its surrounding communities before continuing on to Hanoi or Lao Cai.
Land cost is per person, on a twin sharing basis. Please call us for a customized quote.
Travel Protection is strongly recommended. A quote for a comprehensive travel insurance policy will gladly be provided on request.
- Accommodation on sharing basis
- Meals as specified in the program (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
- Tours and transfers with English speaking guides
- Entrance fees for tours as mentioned in the itinerary
- Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
- Airfare to and within Vietnam and visa fees and airport taxes
- Any optional tours and meals not mentioned in the program
- Surcharge for Lunar New Year (TET) holiday
- Expenses of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, gratuities, etc.
- Personal travel insurance