Ha Giang

Ha Giang is the final frontier in northern Vietnam, a lunar landscape of limestone pinnacle'-and granite outcrops. On a map: it juts up like a boil into southern China, or at least that is how.The Chinese seem to view it. The far north of the province has some of the most spectacular scenery in Vietnam and the trip between Dong Van and Meo Vac is a mind-blower for motorbikers, but. not much fun on buses, it should be one of the most popular destinations. in this region, but is one of those rare provinces that still requires a travel...

Ha Giang Travel Information

Ha Giang is somewhere to recharge the batteries on the long road north- The scenery is a good taste of things to come with limestone outcrops soaring skywards over the town of Ha Giang. I hose heading further north to explore the districts of Yen Minh, Dong Van, Meo Van and Bac Me need to arrange a permit (per person US$10) here Ha Giang.

Ha Giang

Ha Giang

Around Ha Giang
It’s all about the motorbike trip north to the districts of Dong Van and Meo Vac, nestled against the border with China. Leaving Ha Giang, the road climbs over the Quan Ba Pass (Heaven’s Gate). Poetic licence is a national pastime in Vietnam, but this time the romantics have it right. The road winds over a saddle and opens up on to a visit straight out of lost. Valley of the Dinosaurs. Like Halong Bay,it’s dizzying to think of the forces of nature that carved out these incredible limestone towers. Dropping into Yen Minh through pine forests, it is worth stopping for a drink before the final leg into the surreal scenery near China. Dong Van is just a small, dusty outpost, but don’t be disappointed as it is the gateway to the best road trip in Vietnam: the 22km that snakes its way along the mountainside to Meo Vac. The road has been cut into the side of a cliff face and far below are the distant waters of the Nho Que River and, towering above, the rock face of this mighty gorge, lake your time and soak it up. as this journey is one to savour. Meo Vac is a district capital hemmed in by mountains and, like many towns in the north west, it is steadily being settled by Vietnamese from elsewhere. There are several small lifeless guesthouses in town,charging 60,000d for a basic room with shared bathroom. Best is the Viet Hung Guesthouse (r 60,000d) with comfy beds and a TV, located on the road to Khau Vai district. You need to show your travel permit when checking in at any guesthouse. There are a couple of com pho places around town, plus the market has some food stalls Looking at a map it’s seems possible to continue from Meo Vac to Bao Lac in Cao Bang province. However. Ha Giang authorities are dead against this and will do their best to stop you. Approaching from Cao Bang Province. there is little they can do but force you to carry on to Ha Giang city. However, be prepared for a hefty fine and a lot of negotiation.

 

INFORMATION
Travel permits can be arranged through the provincial police, with offices on the right bank of the River Mien, or through your hotel or Ha Giang Tourist Company (tell:867 054; Pho Tran Hung Dao). !t is easier to avoid the stone-faced police. The tourist company can also provide guides, which arc officially required and cost US$15 per day plus board and lodging.

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Tourism in Ha Giang

Mountains in Ha Giang are quite high, in which the highest Tay Con Linh point with 2,419m in height. There are good woods, over 1000 kinds of valuable drug trees, animals (tigers, peacocks, phoenix, pangolin) in primitive forests.

Coming to Ha Giang, tourists are attracted by poetic Dong Van Highland, Love Market of Khau Vai. They can buy embroidery such as handkerchief, haversack, and dress with colorful, fine pattern. They also take part in enjoyable market-day of local ethnics. The people and natural scenes here are unlike anywhere in Vietnam.

Festivals

Khau Vai Love Market Festival

Time: 27th day of the third lunar month.

Location: Khau Vai Commune, Meo Vac District, Ha Giang Province.

Activities: This is the Location for couples in the region to make a date, and it is also the Location for former lovers to meet each other, and look for boy or girls friend.

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The Khau Vai Love Market festival

Transportation

Ha Giang Town is 320km from Hanoi. Ha Giang is on National Highway No.2, 34, 279 linking to Yen Bai, Cao Bang, Lao Cai provinces in turn.

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