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In recent years The Ha Giang Loop has become one of the most famous routes/attractions in Northern Vietnam, and perhaps in the country as a whole.
Mountain pass of Ma Pi Leng in Ha Giang Province
The loop is located in the province of Ha Giang, and travellers set out from Ha Giang Town, heading either north towards Quan Ba or east towards Bac Me. As you have to purchase a travel permit in Ha Giang Town, you are required to start from here, but once this is done you could take any route you fancy, though most travellers follow the route described in this article, which is the one most commonly known as “The Loop”. For your convenience we have prepared a map of the loop with the most impressive attractions along the way below:
Map of Ha Giang Province
Before we get to the route itself, it’s worth talking about precisely HOW to do the loop. Depending on how adventurous you are, there are a few options. The easiest and most comfortable will be to book a guided tour of the province (we suggest at least 3–5 days), which will allow you to not worry about any of the details and simply sit back and enjoy the amazing scenery.
The second option is to take a bus from Hanoi (leaving twice a day), and rent a motorcycle in Ha Giang Town on arrival. There are plenty of rental places in town, as this has become a common way to travel, and you should have no trouble finding a good place to rent one here.
Road to Dong Van Plateau
Travellers who feel brave enough to tackle Hanoi traffic or those who wish to go on a broader motorcycling trip through Vietnam should consider renting their motorcycle in Hanoi itself. This often leads to a lower price, as well as allowing you to take the motorcycle with you throughout Vietnam, perhaps even handing it back at a different location. For even more unrestricted freedom, you can purchase a motorcycle outright, either from a dealership or a fellow traveller.
In terms of timing and weather, the most pleasant conditions in Ha Giang can be experienced either in the spring months of March to May, when the rice fields are verdant green, or the autumn months of September to October, when the fields instead change to a deep golden hue.
Local market place In Ha Giang
Regardless of how you choose to do it, the general route will most likely be the same, and we suggest planning 5 days in the province, or at least 3 for those who are short on time. Setting out north from Ha Giang Town you will eventually reach Quang Ba Pass, known as “Heaven’s Gate” and acting as the gateway to Dong Van Plateau.
Women from the Lolo ethnic minority sitting in front of the Lung Cu Flag Tower, highest point in Northern Vietnam
Once on the plateau you will reach H’mong King’s Palace containing some fascinating history as well as an amazing nearby viewpoint. Next you can take an optional detour of the loop itself to visit Lung Cu Flag Tower, the country’s northernmost point.
After that you head south, stopping in Dong Van old quarter if you wish to see the oldest buildings in the province as well as a great local market, before reaching Ma Pi Leng Pass, considered by many to the most spectacular natural scenery of the country. Here the road is carved directly into the cliffside as you wind your way into Meo Vac valley, a charming and authentic district filled with local ethnic minorities.
A group of Hmong people on their way to the market
After enjoying Meo Vac, you will continue south and west through Yen Minh and Bac Me, eventually arriving back in Ha Giang Town after your 360km round trip. While this last section is skipped by many in favour of heading west from Meo Vac along DT182 until you reach QL4C again, at which point you’re just retracing your steps back to Ha Giang Town. This alternative route is the shortest option and might be worthwhile if you are short on time.
If you need a Ha Giang tour operator, you can contact two company as follows:
– Car & Motorbike rental in Ha Giang (https://thuexehagiang.com)
– Vision Travel (https://visiontravelagent.com)
There isn’t any direct bus from Ha Giang to Cao Bang, so you have to do as follows:
– Take the bus from Ha Giang to Bao Lac (Ngoc Cuong bus)
– Take the bus from Bao Lac to Cao Bang (Chinh Nghia bus)
They can’t speak English so if you want then you can book via some agency like https://thuexehagiang.com/en/. The bus will pick you up at your hotel.
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It’s depend on the kind of car would you like to rent and depend on the driver, who can speak English or not.
Normally if you want to hire a good car with driver, the price is $70 per day, it’s included everything for the car (driver, gasoline).
If you need more information then you can contact the best local company for rental in Ha Giang at https://thuexehagiang.com/en/
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Phuong Thien Cave is 7 km to the south of the township of Ha Giang. It is the location of many sights, especially natural caves and grottos of Doi, Lang Lo and Phuong Thien.
The surrounding area is also known for its plums, pears, oranges, apples and Tuyet Son tea above 900 metres (3,000 ft). Chui Cave lies 7 km to the south of Ha Giang. It is set about 100 metres (330 ft) into the face of the hill. Tiên Cave và Tiên Spring: The cave is 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from Ha Giang town. Động có Suối Tiên rất đẹp. According to folklore, heavenly female beings came there to bathe in the lunar new year, thus its name. The local population uses it as a water source and to pray for good luck in the new year.
If you want to do the Ha Giang 3 days loop includes the Ban Gioc Waterfalls then I can say that it’s possible but most of the time is in the car, you don’t have enough time for landscape. So i think that 4 days is better. If you want to hire a car with driver so you should think about Car & Motorbike rental in Ha Giang (https://thuexehagiang.com/en/), they provide good service and English speaking driver.