Ha Giang (Meo Vac to Yen Minh)

From Cat Ba Island to Ha Giang by bus, situated north of Ha Giang, near the Chinese-Vietnamese border, this plateau is covered by karst mountains. Dong Van is an ideal place for trekking and mountain climbing, where grandiose mountains may challenge your spirit for real. In return, breathtaking landscapes, meetings with local ethnic minorities and learn from their life’s stories are nowhere can be found in the world.

BUS Cat Ba to Hanoi >>Ha Giang.

Cát Bà => Hanoi => Ha Giang
- 12:30 Cat Ba => Hanoi 4:30pm, free time to 6:45pm
- 7:00pm transfer to My Dinh.
- 8:30pm My Dinh => Ha Giang.
- 5:00am at Ha Giang.

BUS from Hanoi to Ha Giang  

– several direct buses run from Hanoi to Ha Giang and from Ha Giang to Hanoi
– comfortable and modern sleeper buses
– travel by bus takes about 8 hours from Hanoi to Ha Giang
– various companies – Hai Van (Hải Vân), Hung Thanh and other smaller companies
– schedule of Hai Van bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang > 20:30pm => 5:00am 
– schedule of Hai Van bus from Ha Giang to Hanoi > 20:30pm => 5:00am
– schedule of Hung Thanh bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang > 8:30am, 14:30pm, 21:00pm
– schedule of Hung Thanh bus from Ha Giang to Hanoi > 6:05am, 13:05pm, 19:30pm
– price of the one-way bus ticket is about 250 000 – 300 000 VND ($13-14)
– bus station in Hanoi – Mỹ Đình Bus Station (Mỹ Đình 2, Nam Từ Liêm)
– bus station in Ha Giang – Ha Giang Bus Station (Đường 19/5, Phường Nguyễn Trãi)
– this is a top bus travel route from Hanoi to Ha Giang – recommended – book your bus tickets online!
– you will receive your e-ticket by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present at the ticket.

TRAIN from Hanoi to Lao Cai + Bus to Ha Giang.

– next option is also to use a train from Hanoi to Lao Cai town (visitors heading to Sapa or Bac Ha)
– you have to take a local bus from Lao Cai to Ha Giang town (this route by bus takes about 6 hours)
– you can do a stopover in Bac Ha town and visit the Sunday ethnic market of the Flower Hmong.
– there is no train connection in Ha Giang province!
– this is a top travel route from Hanoi to Lao Cai – recommended – book your train tickets online!
– e-ticket by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present when boarding the train.
– for bookings with private railway companies Fanxipan Express, King Express, Orient Express, Sapaly Express, Livitrans Express and Chapa Express > you will receive a voucher by email to collect the physical ticket at the station before boarding the train.
 

Where to rent a motorbike in Ha Giang:

Lots of travelers rent a motorbike in Ha Giang town and then go to the far north (Dong Van, Meo Vac, Lung Cu, Ma Pi Leng Pass …). Renting a bike for 1 day costs around $7-15. You can try for example Rentabikevn (Hanoi, Ha Giang, Da Nang – good reference) or HaGiangMotorbike. There are contacts on their websites where you can find their premises. I recommend to choose a bit more of a powerful bike, not a scooter, for this mountainous area. A good choice is a semi-automatic bike. Before you set off, check and try your motorbike, check the tyres…
 
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Motorbike Hanoi to Ha Giang.

Motorbike to Ha Giang

Motorbike from Hanoi to Ha Giang.

Hanoi Old Quarter to Ha Giang Town = 300km, about 8 hour. 

Dong Van Karst Global Geopark is the home of 17 ethnic minority groups.
Ethnic minorities create a unique and rich cultural heritage of the area. Traditional practices and habits of these ethnic groups are very diverse and interesting, and they attract many travellers who have a chance to explore these unique aspects. The northern most place of Vietnam is the village Lung Cu which has the Vietnamese flag on Dragon mountain. Lung Cu is known for its many special foods and beverages. You can taste the alcohol made from honey and corn, or Thang Co soup, which is cooked from every part of the animal.

Take a motorbike and drive through the fantastic areas of Meo Vac.

You can go to Meo Vac town from Dong Van town, through the mountainous area at an altitude of 1,500 meters. This area is one of the most beautiful that you can see in the Ha Giang province. If you manage your time to visit this city on Sunday, you can go to the Sunday Market, which takes place outside the city. People from the surroundings come here to sell their things, animals or food.
 
There are plenty of ethnic markets in Ha Giang province, almost one in each town. One of the most interesting is Khau Vai “Love market“ 20 km from the city center, see the map. People from the ethnic minority Hmong, Tay and Lo Lo come here seeking a life partner or a change in partner! This market is held only once a year on the 27th day, third month of the lunar calendar. Watch the video from the „Love Market„.

Visit Meo Vac market with ethnic residents every Sunday morning.

Meo Vac town in the province of Ha Giang is an ideal place to visit the Sunday market, where ethnic residents sell mostly cattle but also dogs, goats and pigs. This market is not just for selling goods, but is also important for maintaining the social relations of the ethnic people. Ethnic residents (Mong, Tay) from distant areas around the town of MeoVac will meet there. Some people travel overnight on foot with cattle covering typically 20 km. The market starts every Sunday morning, its most busy from 7-10 am and you can taste local food and corn and rice alcohol.

ou have to buy a permit for the remote areas in Ha Giang province.

This permit costs $10 and can be obtained at the Immigration Office in Ha Giang town (see map) or at the police station in Meo Vac. Near the town of Ha Giang, 7 km to the south you can visit the Phuon Thien cave. It is a place of many monuments and many plum, pear, orange and apple trees grows here. If you go from Hanoi, the best way is to take the train to Lao Cai and then a bus from this city. The bus trip from Lao Cai to Ha Giang town may take up to 6 hours, so I would say the best wayfor sure is with a motorcycle.
The Hmong king’s palace (Vuong Chinh Sinh) in Sa Phin village.

On your way to the furthest north places in northern Vietnam – Dong Van and Meo Vac, visit the The Hmong king´s palace in Sa Phin. This unassuming palace is located along the road to Dong Van. However, it is very important for the local Hmong community. Residents of this area during the reign of Vương Chinh Đức together with Ho Chi Minh gained national freedom. The palace was used as a residence and fortress during Vuong Dynasty. You can also learn something about the history of Ha Giang province.

 



 

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