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Ha Giang Travel Guide

Essential Tips for Travelling to Ha Giang: What You Need to Know

Ha Giang – The land of “Vietnam nation’s first sovereignty” from the Northern. It’s been famous for its many majestic natural landscapes, picturesque terraced fields, romantic Tam Giac Mach (Buckwheat) flower fields. Especially highland markets… If anyone is planning to visit this beautiful land once, don’t miss the following Ha Giang travel experiences from Origin Vietnam.

1. Where is Ha Giang?

Ha Giang is a mountainous province, located at the northern tip of Vietnam, about 300 km north of Hanoi capital. With geographical location:

  • The East borders Cao Bang province.
  • The West borders Lao Cai province.
  • The South borders Tuyen Quang province and Yen Bai province.
  • The North borders Yunnan province and Guangxi autonomous region of China.

2. How is Ha Giang unique?

Located in the high mountainous region of Northern Vietnam. Ha Giang is a majestic mountain complex with rugged terrain, with an average altitude of 800m to 1,200m above sea level. This is an area with many high mountains. According to statistics, on the Ha Giang strip of land less than 8,000 km2 wide. There are 49 mountains ranging from 500 m – 2,500 m high. However, Ha Giang’s terrain can basically be divided into the following 3 regions:

  • The northern highland is also known as Dong Van karst plateau. Including districts: Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van, Meo Vac, with 90% of the area being limestone mountains, typical of Karst terrain. This place has sharp rocky mountains, deep and narrow ravines, and many steep cliffs. On October 3, 2010, Dong Van Karst Plateau joined the global Geopark network with the name: Dong Van Karst Plateau Global Geopark.
  • The western highlands include Hoang Su Phi and Xin Man districts. It’s part of the Bac Ha plateau, often called the Chay River lift dome, with altitudes from 1,000m to over 2,000m. The terrain here is popular in the form of domes or half-domes, pears, and saddles, alternating with steep terrain, sometimes sharp or jagged, steep, strongly dissected, and many folds.
  • The low mountainous area includes the remaining districts and towns, extending from Bac Me, Ha Giang city, through Vi Xuyen to Bac Quang. This area has strips of old forests interspersed with relatively flat valleys located along rivers and streams.

Is worth a visiting Ha Giang?

With an area of nearly 8,000 km2, Ha Giang is blessed by nature with a complex of forests – mountains – rivers, and a rich and diverse ecosystem. This land always makes tourists from far away fascinated with majestic places. Such as Ma Pi Leng peak, Quan Ba twin mountains, Tu San canyon,… as well as many long-standing historical and cultural relics, such as the old town of Dong Van, ethnic villages with unique indigenous culture.

Not only is nature blessed with many world-recognized landscapes. Ha Giang is also home to long-standing historical relics as well as the unique cultural beauty of 22 ethnic groups in the northern highlands of Vietnam. Male. All have created an attractive attraction that makes tourists constantly seek Ha Giang travel experiences to fully conquer this beautiful mountainous region.

3. When is the best time to visit Ha Giang?

Each season, Ha Giang’s scenery has its own beauty, so you can travel to Ha Giang at any time of the year.

However, according to Ha Giang travel experience, the most ideal time to travel to Ha Giang is from September to around April of the following year. Because this is not only the season of ripe rice and blooming flowers, but also the time of spring festivals of mountain people. Take note of the times when Ha Giang is most brilliant so you don’t miss the opportunity to fully experience the beauty of this highland region.

Follow season as detailed

  • Spring from January to March is the season when Ha Giang is filled with the colors of all kinds of flowers such as yellow mustard flowers, white plum flowers, and pink peach flowers. This is also the occasion to gather many of the most unique festivals of the mountain town such as Gau Tao Festival of the H’Mong people, Long Tong Festival of the Tay people, Lap Tinh Festival of the Dao people,…
  • Traveling to Ha Giang in April: is the time for Ha Giang love market – One of the most attractive festivals in this land, in addition, you can still enjoy a bit of peach and plum blossoms.
  • From May to June: is a beautiful time for you to watch waterfalls pouring down terraced fields and see images of highlanders busy sowing trees.
  • August to October: This is the time when a series of terraced fields in Ha Giang are covered with the golden color of the ripe rice season, the most beautiful of which is the Hoang Su Phi area.
  • From October to November: If you are passionate about the beauty and buckwheat flower fields, what are you waiting for? If you haven’t planned to come to Ha Giang between October and November. Don’t forget to visit Lung Cu flagpole, Lung cultural village. Cam, Sung La valley, the foot of Ma Pi Leng pass, Thach Son Than – Quan Ba to see the best buckwheat flowers.

4. How to get to Ha Giang?

4.1 From Hanoi to Ha Giang city

For tourists from far away, when traveling to Ha Giang, you need to go to Hanoi first. Because, this is a traffic hub, a transit place to other places. Moreover, from here you can travel to Ha Giang by many different means.

Traveling by motorbike

The road from Hanoi to Ha Giang by motorbike takes about 6-7 hours and has 2 routes:

  • Route 1 via Vinh Phuc: From Hanoi, depart in the direction of Nhat Tan bridge, across Vo Chi Cong – Vinh Ngoc street. Drive 15km on Vo Nguyen Giap Street, then turn right onto National Highway 2A. Continue along the national highway to Vinh Yen city (Vinh Phuc province), turn left onto national highway 2C. From here, go towards Tuyen Quang city to reach Viet Quang town (Ha Giang province).
  • Route 2 via Phu Tho: This arc is about 7 km longer than the previous one but a little easier to go. From Hanoi, depart to Thang Long Avenue. After 27km, turn onto Highway 21. Continue going 20km and turn onto Highway 32. Go along the highway towards Trung Ha bridge, go through Phu Tho province to Highway 2C. From this section onwards, it is like route 1, heading towards Tuyen Quang city, passing Viet Quang town to reach Ha Giang.

No matter which direction you choose, in general the road to Ha Giang is quite winding and dangerous. So make sure you have a steady hand at the wheel and have experience driving on long roads or mountain roads to make your trip to Ha Giang safe.

Traveling by car

  • Traveling by coach: You can easily catch a bus at My Dinh bus station, there are many reputable bus companies with quite flexible departure times. To make the most of your time, you can choose a late bus to get some sleep before arriving at your destination.

Note: If you are from the South or Central region, you can book a pick-up service right at Noi Bai intersection (near Noi Bai airport) to save travel time.

  • Traveling by Limousine car: This is a high-quality passenger car, improved from a 16-seat car to a 9-seat car with luxurious interior. The advantage of this type of bus is that it picks up and drops off tourists at the right destination, although the ticket price is higher than a regular bus.

4.2 Means of transportation in Ha Giang

  • Traveling by taxi: Choosing to take a taxi helps groups of friends or family travelers have a more flexible and proactive experience in terms of time and location. In addition, you can also ask the taxi driver to help you point out interesting places and local delicacies that few tourists know.
  • Renting Motorcycles: Because Ha Giang has continuously steep terrain and many very narrow roads with sharp corners, motorbikes are the vehicle chosen by many tourists. Motorbike rental services in Ha Giang are very diverse, however to ensure safety when conquering this mountainous area, be careful to choose a new motorbike, registered for less than 2 years.

5. Sightseeings in Ha Giang

5.1 Milestone KM 0

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This is the first interesting check-in point on the journey to discover Ha Giang. Located in the city centre of Ha Giang, from Hanoi to go Ha Giang. Do not forget to visit and take some photos at this milestone.

5.2. Bac Sum Slope

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The next attractive tourist destination on the way to discover Ha Giang is Bac Sum Slope, this is the most dangerous place in Ha Giang connecting Minh Tan commune, Vi Xuyen district and Quyet Tien commune, Quan Ba district.

From a distance, the Bac Sum slope looks like a soft fabric across the top of the mountain. Amidst the rocky cat-eared mountains, the Bac Sum slope looms in the mist. Cross the Bac Sum slope at Ha giang loop tour to enjoy the whole scene as beautiful as a water-colour painting.

5.3. Twin Mountain Quan Ba

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The image of the beautiful green twin mountains at Ha Giang tourist attraction must be no stranger to tourists, located in the southwest of Dong Van Plateau Geopark. At the foot of the twin mountains are Quan Ba rice field, four colours of four seasons cannot be mixed. Not only that, covering the space here is the colour of illusion, legend.

5.4. Yen Minh Pine Forest

Leaving Quan Ba heaven gate, you move in the direction of Yen Minh town and pass through Yen Minh pine forest. Yen Minh road stretches about 50 km from Quan Ba, surrounded by immense pine forests, straight on both sides of the road.

5.5. Tham Ma Slope

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This is one of the most favourite check-in points in Ha Giang. Tham Ma slope is a slope with many bends in succession before connecting from Yen Minh town to Pho Cao. The slope is quite dangerous because the bends of the sleeves have a high degree of difficulty, once conquered, it is very beautiful and attractive to look down from the top of the slope.

5.6. Sung La Valley

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Sung La Valley in Dong Van town, on the National Highway 4C, known as a paradise of alpine flowers, it is called Sung La Valley as a place where rocks bloom, previously the valley was mainly planted with cherry blossoms. Sufficiency, now Sung La valley is famous for many beautiful flowers.

The fields and slopes of the hills here are full of flowers. Such as Buckwheat flower, Golden Mustard, Rose. But the most famous is the Buckwheat Flower. Come here you can see the beautiful buckwheat flower fields, vast, purple, covering an entire region.

In addition to Sung La, do not forget to visit “Pao’s house”, a very famous place chosen as the setting in Pao’s home movie. The house is very unique, featuring in the Dong Van houses, the house with stone walls, ancient architecture, around the house are lots of peach blossoms, buckwheat flower…

5.7. Vuong Family’s Mansion

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It is located in Xa Phin commune, Dong Van district, which is ranked as a national monument. The Vuong mansion not only hides historical stories but also a dense and attractive architectural layer.

Considered a green pearl in the heart of the plateau. It’s built in the shape of the letter Vuong, surrounded by ancient sa Moc trees along with a turtle-shell-shaped hillock standing majestically in the middle of the mountain and majestic forest.

5.8. Lung Cu Flagpole

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Lung Cu flagpole is known as the first place of the country, this is the most famous destination of Ha Giang. The flagpole is located on Lung Cu peak, 54m wide flag symbolizing 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam, standing at the foot of the flagpole and watching the flag is extremely proud for each person coming here.

5.9. Dong Van Old Street

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Located in the town of Dong Van, surrounded by mountains and forests, 40 ancient roofs interspersed with each other. Especially creating a wild picture that is hidden behind the dense fog of the mountains.

Established in the early 20th century. Dong Van ancient town was inhabited by Mong, Tay and Chinese families, after that, residents of other localities came to form a crowded population group.

This tourist spot is not only beautiful by the time. But also imbued with Chinese architecture, in the dreamy atmosphere of the Khen of the H’Mong man or the dance of a girl.

5.10. Ma Li Peng Pass – Nho Que River

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It is the name of the rugged pass road in Ha Giang, about 20 km long. Located on Hanh Phuc road connecting Ha Giang city, Dong Van district and Meo Vac town. Ma Pi Leng calls in the Mandarin language to mean “the nose of a horse” literally, broadly depicting the danger of a mountain peak, where the slope is so high that the horse passes through the breath, or the top of the mountain stands as live nose horse. The road passes through the cliffs, surpassing Ma Pi Leng peak at a height of 2000 meters, at the foot of the deep valley of Nho Que river like a thin four-season green jade thread.

5.11. Hoang Su Phi

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Hoang Su Phi is located about 50km from Ha Giang city. This is a highland border district that attracts many adventurous tourists because the road is quite dangerous. The terraced fields in Hoang Su Phi like pulling to the horizon, the season of ripe rice or the pouring water season all have its own beauty.

5.12. Dong Van Plateau

Is a rocky plateau area stretching across 4 districts of Ha Giang. This place has been recognized by UNESCO as a Global Geopark since 2010. Located at an altitude of 1000 – 1600m above sea level. Dong Van plateau has important significance in the development of the ancient Earth.

5.13. Lung Khuy Cave

Lung Khuy Cave is located halfway up the mountain in Lung Khuy village. It’s about 10 km from Quan Ba district center. It’s discovered in 2015 and quickly became a proud tourist destination in Ha Giang for the people here.

The cave area is about more than 1,000 meters long with many stone arches up to 200 meters high. Going deep inside, visitors will be able to admire the original limestone stalactites in diverse shapes. And sparkling next to each other. In addition, the cave also has an interesting forest of stone yucca trees. Especially stone walls that emit the sound of a guitar when tapped, providing an attractive experience for tourists.

5.14. Quan Ba heaven gate

Quan Ba Heaven Gate is located at an altitude of 1,500 meters above sea level. With a prime location between two mountain peaks and right next to the horizon, visitors can capture the beauty of heaven and earth blending right in their sight. This is also a beautiful cloud hunting spot with gentle mist surrounding the mountainside.

5.15. Pho Bang town

Pho Bang town is located in the west of Dong Van district. Different from bustling Dong Van or Meo Vac, Pho Bang is a small, peaceful town hidden in the mountains and forests of Ha Giang.

In Pho Bang town, there are only about 3,000 people, mainly H’Mong and Han Chinese people. The houses here are made of simple terracotta, have yin-yang tile roofs and old wooden doors. Walking through town, visitors can enjoy the simple living atmosphere of the people here.

Especially, if you visit Pho Bang on rainy days, you will still feel the sadness and tranquility that you cannot find anywhere else. Nearby, you can also see the rose valley and buckwheat flowers blooming along the roadside.

5.16. Thac Tien tourist area – Gio pass

Tien Waterfall – Gio Pass tourist area is the most famous Ha Giang tourist destination in Xin Man district, about 17 km from Coc Pai town. With beautiful wild natural landscapes, this tourist area promises to bring you an interesting experience.

Coming here, visitors will be overwhelmed by the double waterfall pouring down from a height of more than 70 meters, gently crossing the rugged Gio Pass cliffs. Because of the soft, gentle water like that girl’s hair, this place is also known as Tang Tinh waterfall (Wind waterfall).

5.17. Sung Khanh Pagoda

Sung Khanh Pagoda belongs to a village of the Nung people on the banks of Lo River, about 9 km southwest of Ha Giang city. The temple is where visitors can explore Buddhist culture and local beliefs.

Sung Khanh Pagoda was built during the Tran Dynasty in 1356 and has undergone many restorations until today. The temple has an area of only about 26 square meters and has a relatively simple architecture.

The pagoda also houses national treasures such as two stone steles engraved with intricate patterns, and a bronze bell nearly one meter high. If you visit Sung Khanh Pagoda at the beginning of the new year, you will also have the opportunity to participate in the Long Tong festival – a spring festival of the Tay people that takes place extremely bustling.

5.18. Cang Bac Me relic

The Cang Bac Me relic site is a certificate of the courage of our Vietnamese army and people in the resistance war against the French. With that great historical significance, this place is one of the attractive Ha Giang tourist destinations for tourists.

This was originally an enemy base built by the French in 1938, used as a place to station troops and detain political prisoners during the occupation of Ha Giang. Bac Me Cang has an area of about 2,500 square meters with three main areas: the central area, the master’s house area, and the salt warehouse area. Coming here, visitors can visit ancient walls and remnants of the prison system, guard tower, and information house of that time.

5.19. Ho Noong

Noong Lake is a natural freshwater lake located on the majestic Tay Con Linh mountain range, about 35 km from Ha Giang city center. This place is likened to the “fairyland” of the Northeast mountains with clear blue water and a thin mist gently covering it.

Noong Lake spreads across two villages Noong I and Noong II with an area of 20 hectares in the dry season and can be up to 80 hectares in the rainy season. A special feature is that the water here never dries up because it possesses underground water sources flowing from stone caves connected to the Lo River. Possessing the position of converging the quintessence of nature, the lake has many unique fish species such as: catfish, carp, channel catfish, catfish, bitter fish,…

Surrounded by green primeval forests and majestic rocky mountains, Noong Lake gives visitors an indescribable feeling of peace and quiet. This place is suitable for relaxing fishing activities or floating on a wooden raft to watch the shimmering sunset on the water.

5.20 Tu San canyon

Referred to as “the most majestic landscape”, Tu San Canyon is a unique tourist destination and not to be missed every time you come to Ha Giang. The canyon has majestic beauty with impressive high cliffs, below is the winding blue Nho Que river, worthy of being called a masterpiece of creation. Coming to this place, visitors will be immersed in the natural scenery of Ha Giang, try new experiences or take home amazing “virtual life” photos.

6. Experiences in Ha Giang’ uplanding unique markets

6.1 Market sessions in Meo Vac, Ha Giang

The market in Meo Vac Ha Giang is Ha Giang’s largest market. It attracts hundreds of visitors to visit because of the unique cultural features contained in each fair. There are famous markets in Meo Vac that are:

6.1.1 Khau Vai Market:

It is held in the morning on the 2nd, 7th, 12th, 17th, 22nd and 27th of the month (according to the lunar calendar). Especially the Khau Vai love market, the famous Ha Giang fair is held only once a year on the 27th of the third lunar month.

6.1.2.Sung Tra Market:

Meeting once on Saturday. And some other special markets such as Tat Ngan Market, Nam Ban Market, Xin Cai Market, Son Vi Market meet on Sunday morning every week, and Thuong Phung Market.

At Meo Vac Market, there are many specialties with rich flavors. Such as Thang Co; Men Men; corn cake; Au Tau Rice Soup, … So do not forget to enjoy these specialties to make the trip more complete.

6.1.3 Back Markets in Ha Giang:

Call “back market” to indicate that the next market will have a “back” meeting a day from the previous one.

It means that the schedule of “Ha Giang market back” is fixed every 6 days. But because there are 7 days a week, the next market will be one day back (according to the solar calendar). For example, this week the market will take place on Sunday. And the next week will take place on Saturday, and so on. As for the H’Mong, the Chinese, their calculation according to the 12 Chinese zodiacs, will meet on days when they consider conflict. Such as pairs of Rat – Horse, Tiger – Monkey, Snake- Pig, etc.

When traveling to Ha Giang, you can see many markets sessions, markets in many places and often meet permanently on Saturdays and Sundays, but there are only 8 back markets which are:

6.1.4 Pho Bang Market

  • Location: About 5 km from Sung La three-ways crossroad
  • Meeting schedule: On the 6th, 12th, 18th, 24th, 30th of every month (solar calendar) and Rat year, Horse day (according to the 12 animal calendar).

6.1.5 Cao Pho Market

  • Location: Located right on the asphalt road, at the transition between Yen Minh and Dong Van towns.
  • Meeting schedule: 4, 10, 16, 28 monthly and dragon, dog days.

6.1.6 Sa Phin Market

  • Location: The Gate of the Vuong family’s residence, Dong Van district.
  • Meeting schedule: Monthly 5, 11, 17, 23, 29 monthly and Snake, Pig day.

6.1.7 Lung Phin Market

  • Location: Dong Van district but you have to follow Yen Minh – Meo Vac street.
  • Meeting schedule: Day 2, 8, 14, 20, 26 monthly and Tiger day, Monkey day

Markets of Lung Cu, Sung Trai and Trang Kim (meeting on the Goat and Ox days) and Ma Le market (on the Rat and Horse days). These markets all meet in Dong Van district, while Trang Kim market meets in Quan Ba district.

6.2 Market in Dong Van, Ha Giang

Fair in Dong Van, Ha Giang is a beauty in the daily life of ethnic areas. Besides the majestic landscapes, going to the fair in Ha Giang is an experience that you should not miss. In Dong Van, there are many markets held during the week.

Central Market, also known as Dong Van Market:

It is held in the town center every Sunday morning of the week. Dong Van fair is located in Dong Van ancient town, this is the largest center of economic, goods and cultural exchange in Dong Van – Meo Vac Plateau. Located on a large area, overall U-shaped architecture, all made of stone materials. Also become a convergence of cultural identities of ethnic colors in this northern highland plateau. It is an indispensable destination for adventure tours in Vietnam.

6.3 Yen Minh Market

The market usually meets on Sunday mornings of the week. From the early morning, every bustling crowd of people on the roads flock to the town. Many people from remote and mountainous villages had to get up at midnight and go through steep passes to reach Yen Minh. The quiet space of this place suddenly comes to life on a fair day, with all colors of costumes. Brocade skirts of H’Mong people, the red scarf of Dao people, the blue skirt of Tay girls, Nung’s indigo outfit…

Main commodities are agricultural and forestry produce

6.3.1 Yen Minh Market

  • The market usually meets on Sunday mornings of the week. From the early morning, every bustling crowd of people on the roads flock to the town. Many people from remote and mountainous villages had to get up at midnight and go through steep passes to reach Yen Minh. The quiet space of this place suddenly comes to life on a fair day, with all colors of costumes. Brocade skirts of H’Mong people, the red scarf of Dao people, the blue skirt of Tay girls, Nung’s indigo outfit,…

Main commodities are agricultural and forestry products, native produce, agricultural tools, food and drinks, most of which are homegrown.

6.3.2 Bach Dich Market:

  • It has 3 markets in 1 month, namely Ban Muong Market, Moc 9 Market (also called Moc 358 Market) and communal center market. These markets are held in sessions that fall on the Monkey day and the Tiger day of the month.

6.3.3 Duong Thuong Market:

  • It is held every Friday morning of the week

6.3.4 Mau Due Market:

  • Mau Due Market meets once a week on Sunday mornings

6.3.5 Sung Trang Market:

  • Sung Trang Market is held on Sunday mornings. And some other markets such as Sung Chai Market, Lung Ho Market, Ngoc Long Market, Mau Long Market.

7. Specialties when traveling to Ha Giang

Not only does it possess majestic and lyrical scenery, Ha Giang is also famous as a land of rich cuisine. Being endowed with precious raw materials and fuels, Ha Giang cuisine has become its own characteristic.

Ha Giang specialties therefore always “captivate” tourists from near and far. Because of the rich and diverse local culinary culture.

7.1 Au Tau porridge

With a strange-sounding name that makes many people wonder, this porridge dish is made from Au Tau – a typical tuber in the Northeast mountains. Considered a Ha Giang specialty, processed and seasoned properly by the people, it acts as a cold medicine.

The dish has a bitter taste, but then a bit of sweetness will remain in the throat. People who are not used to it may find it quite difficult to eat. Due to being simmered well, the bowl of porridge has a viscosity, has the aroma of sticky rice, the sweetness comes from the pork leg meat, the greasy taste from eggs, in addition to the characteristic taste of Au Tau.

7.2 Thang Den

The cake is also made from glutinous rice flour, often filled with green beans, shaped into small balls. It’s a cake often eaten in the winter that will definitely bring a feeling of excitement and warmth to every tourist.

Whether the amaranth is delicious or not depends on the bowl of broth. This is a mixture of sweet taste from sugar, fatty and spicy from coconut milk and ginger, heated and then scooped into a bowl, sprinkled with a little more or less peanuts. Sesame is truly wonderful.

7.3 Thang Co

Traditionally, Thang Co is made from horse entrails. But to serve tourists and ensure a suitable taste for everyone. The restaurant owners here have used buffalo, beef, and pork as ingredients instead. Because the main ingredient is meat, Thang Co means meat soup.

The most quintessential thing in Thang Co dish is the broth – simmered from bones and internal organs. If you try this dish for the first time, it will be a bit difficult to eat because Thang Co has the strong smell of beef and pig internal organs. But the more you eat, the more you will become addicted.

To create delicious and nutritious Thang Co dishes, people here often use a combination of 12 typical mountainous spices: lemon leaves, star anise, cardamom,… With the sweet taste of meat, mild spiciness. of the stew and the unique scent of the blended flavors, have captivated many tourists from all over.

7.4 Smoked buffalo meat

Kitchen buffalo meat is the traditional dish that makes up the brand of Ha Giang specialties. Stove buffalo meat has a strong Thai culinary style.

This is not only a daily dish of people living in the northern highlands but also often appears in festivals or offerings and as gifts for distinguished guests.

As a province in the northern mountainous region, Ha Giang also has a tradition of making kitchen buffalo meat – a specialty in Ha Giang. Each piece of buffalo meat, after being fully marinated with spices, is skewered through a large stick and hung in the kitchen, leaving a unique, delicious flavor.

7.5 Smoked sausage

People here often make sausages and put them on the stove to preserve the meat longer. The main ingredient of smoked sausage is unwrapped pork shoulder. The sausage filling is made from minced tenderloin, lean shoulder or lean rump, marinated with spices – sauteed finely chopped onions and mac khen seeds.

Therefore, the meaty dish has the strong smell of kitchen smoke and the delicious aroma of kumquat. To produce the finished product, people have to smoke it continuously in the kitchen for 12 – 14 hours for the spices to penetrate the meat.

7.6 Grilled moss

Grilled moss is considered a specialty of the Tay people – an ethnic group with an extremely rich and diverse culinary culture. Because this is a special dish, preparing it deliciously also requires a certain knowledge and skill of local people.

As a nutritious dish with a very outstanding flavor, grilled moss is noticed by many tourists, or even “addicted” when coming to Ha Giang. In addition, grilled moss also has the ability to cure many diseases, help detoxify, cool down, circulate blood, increase resistance,…

7.8 Ha Giang Sour Pho

Sour pho – a unique dish in Ha Giang, often eaten with fried pork, sausage or roasted duck, eaten with papaya or cucumber and then sprinkled with broth. To increase the appeal, you should immediately order an extra bottle of corn wine, make a few cups of sweet corn wine and eat it with sour and sour pho in the morning, it’s perfect.

7.9 Bac Me Lam Rice (Bac Me bamboo tube rice)

Ha Giang is a land with many famous and delicious sticky rice varieties, contributing to affirming the place for Bac Me Lam Rice – a typical specialty of the Tay ethnic group here. It looks simple, just grilled rice or cooked with sesame salt or more luxuriously grilled chicken but it is enough to make many hearts lingerie.

When cooking bamboo tube rice in Bac Me, not only is it enough to have delicious sticky rice, but also bamboo tubes, bamboo tubes, and bamboo – are the ingredients that create the aroma, attractiveness, uniqueness, and sweet taste of the dish.

7.10 Dong Van rice rolls

Dong Van Banh Cuon is probably the top choice when talking about Ha Giang delicacies. The special feature of the dish is that the rolls are thinly coated, long and big, not eaten with fish sauce but eaten with rich bone broth, sprinkled with a few sprigs of coriander, which looks pleasing to the eye.

The cake usually has two types of fillings, one is minced meat with wood ear mushrooms, or the other is a rich, creamy egg filling, certainly enough to invite you to come and enjoy it again.

7.11 Corn wine

It can be said that corn wine is a drink close to many people in the rocky plateau. Everyone here has at least 3 – 5 liters of wine in their homes to treat guests. This drink is loved because Ha Giang’s weather is quite cool in the summer and snow falls in the winter, so people have the habit of drinking wine to keep their bodies warm. The taste of corn wine is also very easy to drink, sweet and easy to drink and has the typical aroma of corn.

8. Accommodation when traveling to Ha Giang

When traveling to Ha Giang, visitors do not have to worry about where to stay overnight. Because Ha Giang is a very famous destination in Vietnam, the accommodation facilities here are extremely rich, diverse and evenly distributed in different tourist destinations. You can refer to some accommodation facilities below.

8.1 Hotels:

  • Hoang Su Phi Lodge. Address: Nam Hong Village, Commune, Thong Nguyen, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang.
  • Van Duy Hotel. Address: Group 3, Tam Son Town, Quan Ba, Ha Giang.
  • Ong Vang Meo Vac Hotel. Address: Chung Pua Village, Meo Vac Town, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.
  • Ha Giang Historic House. Address: 209 Minh Khai, Minh Khai Ward, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang.
  • Hoang Ngoc Hotel. Address: Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.

8.2 Guesthouses:

  • Thong Nguyen Guesthouse. Address: Thong Nguyen, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang.
  • Green Hill Hostel. Address: No. 529A Nguyen Van Linh, Quang Trung Ward, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang.
  • Ancient Town Guesthouse. Address: No. 29 Group 3, Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Giac Xua Guesthouse. Address: House number 28, Group 1 Tran Phu Street, Meo Vac Town, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.
  • Double Mountain Guesthouse. Address: Group 1, Tam Son Town, Quan Ba, Ha Giang.

8.3 Homestays:

  • Ecolodge Panhou Village. Address: Thong Nguyen, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang.
  • Dao Lodge. Address: Nam Dam village, Quan Ba commune, Quan Ba, Ha Giang.
  • Ma Pi Leng homestay. Address: Ma Pi Leng Village, Pai Lung, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.
  • Homestay Anh Mua. Address: Sung La, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Tay Homestay. Address: Tien Thang Village, Phuong Thien, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang.

9. Some necessary notes when traveling to Ha Giang

To have a complete adventure trekking tour in Ha Giang. You need to be prepared in every aspect. Especially prepare the following necessary items:

  • Costumes: In addition to seasonal outfits. You should bring warm clothes, shoes, socks and gloves. Ha Giang’s weather at night will be low.
  • Shoes: Ha Giang’s roads are very difficult to travel. You should bring shoes suitable for mountain travel. You should prepare 1-2 pairs to use during the trip.
  • Cash: To be proactive in everything and in case of need. You should bring cash. About 50% of the cost of the trip. The rest you can put in your card and carry with you. When needed, you can withdraw at ATMs in cities and districts passing by.
  • Medicine: The climate up here is very harsh. Therefore, to protect your health, you should bring some preventive medicine such as flu medicine, stomach ache medicine, diarrhea medicine, etc.
  • Photography equipment: Ha Giang landscape is very beautiful. To save the most beautiful images here. You should prepare a camera, a selfie stick and a backup battery.
  • According to Ha Giang travel experience, if you choose a motorbike to travel. You should not choose a suitcase, you should choose a backpack for easy carrying.
  • In Ha Giang, there are many steep roads, so make sure your steering wheel is steady when traveling by motorbike.

Especially notes

  • When renting a motorbike in Ha Giang, remember to carefully check the motorbike. You should choose a new motorbike with a registration period of at least 2 years. Also choose a motorbike with 2 rear view mirrors for easy observation.
  • You should try to end the trip when it is still light. Because Ha Giang will have many dangerous roads and visibility may be limited when it gets dark.

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