Discover Ha Giang’s Mysteries in the Comfort of a Private Car
About this experience
This thrilling Ha Giang private car tour takes you exploring the Ha Giang landscape and its people. You will see a lot of fantastic scenery across the entire area with hills, valleys and villages filled with various ethnic minorities (Hmong, Tay, Dao, Nung, Lo Lo, Giay, Pu Peo, etc.). The farthest and most beautiful place of Ha Giang province is Dong Van Karst Global Geopark, designated by UNESCO as one of 77 sites with the important geological and cultural heritage. This geopark is home to 17 ethnic minority groups, which create a unique and rich cultural heritage of the area.
You’ll cover a significant distance, taking in all the magical landscapes Ha Giang has to offer. In the last few years, road conditions in Ha Giang have improved, making this loop more accessible and safe for tourists. With mountain passes hanging onto cliff-faces high above roaring rivers, and back-roads threading through forests of limestone pinnacles, it’s ideal territory for a road trip.
- Visiting and interacting with the different people from different ethnic groups.
- A rich overview of the agricultural landscapes and hint of the history in the North of Vietnam .
- Interacting with local people to understand about their culture.
- Visiting a newly discovered cave.
Your positive contribution
Improvement of Local Livelihood
A significant amount 78% of what you pay goes back to the communities involved in providing tourism services like food and accommodation. Moreover, the community members who gets direct benefits from tourism commits 10% of what they earn to their own communities as contribution to the community fund.
Day 1: Hanoi – Thon Tha
You will be picked up at your hotel in Hanoi at 9 a.m. You will be enjoying the long yet beautiful ride through cities, mountains and valleys all the way to Ha Giang city and reach your peaceful petite homestay in Thon Tha village at around 4.30 p.m.
The rest of day is for you to regain your energy and get yourself ready for the exciting upcoming trip. Dinner with your host in Thon Tha village.
Day 2: Thon Tha – Quan Ba – Lung Tam – Nam Dam – 80km.
At 8:00AM after breakfast, start your real adventure to the land called “Heaven on Earth” by a private car. Drive through small villages and past vast agricultural landscapes and the sweeping mountains of the North.
Lunch in Quan Ba town after passing Heaven’s Gate and the Quan Ba’s Twin Mountain (Nui Doi). Then visit Lung Khuy Cave, one of the newest caves in Ha Giang discovered in 2015. In January 2016, they opened this cave for tourist visits where they can marvel in the amazing view of twinkling stalagmites and stalactites inside. A 2-km walk is required to get to the cave filled with amazing view of the surrounding.
Walk back to your car to go to Nam Dam village. Enjoy another short hike around Nam Dam, a Red Dao ethnic village. You will also visit Lung Tam, a Flower H’mong’s village, where you can learn how local villagers make brocade and make embroidery before checking-in at your homestay here.
Day 3: Nam Dam – Meo Vac – Ma Pi Leng – Dong Van – 150km.
Wake up in a small village surrounded by terraced rice paddies and take in the fresh air.
After having breakfast say goodbye to your homestay host. Then get on the car, drive to the peak of Ma Pi Leng pass which gives stunning views of the mountains and sweeping valleys. Ma Pi Leng Pass is not long but it is the most dangerous pass in the northern border mountain area. The pass peak area is considered as one of the most beautiful viewpoint to enjoy a panoramic view in Vietnam. Looking to the north and northeast, thousands of gray mountains fills the horizon.
Next to the road is a mountain drop where you will see below the Nho Que River with cool water.
Overnight at Hoa Cuong hotel in Dong Van.
Day 4: Dong Van – Sung La – H’Mong Lord’s palace – Thon Tha – 180km
Drive through Phố Cáo and Sung La. We will stop by these villages to visit H’mong families and interact with the locals. It’s once again a very enjoyable ride today and you will see amazing mountain view of the Rock Plateau. Sung La, which is on the road leading to the northernmost point at the border of Vietnam and China, is located down a valley, on the national road 4C connecting two of the most famous tourist spots of the province: Dong Van town and the house of Vuong Chinh Duc, the deceased Lord of H’Mong people in Ha Giang.
Like other villages of minority people, villagers plant corn and other staples. But what is different here is that there are rose fields that cover almost all of the nearby area. These flowers are harvested to be sold to big city dwellers. Another interesting view is when the stone houses in the village is covered by white fog in the morning and in the late afternoon.
Another stop is a visit to the palace of the H’mong Lord, which was a royal family of high rank during French colonial rule – this palace attracts keen interest from architecturally minded visitors due to its mixed style of European and Chinese architecture. Legend has it that the Lord who built the palace first consulted a Chinese feng shui master to decide on a location for the structure. The site in the Sa Phin Valley was supposedly chosen as the terrain resembled a turtle shell, the turtle representing a long life and wealth in local lore.
Day 5: Back to Hanoi
✓ Private car and driver
✓ English tour guide
✓ Meals indicated in the itinerary
✓ Visiting tickets
✘ Other activities not mentioned
- Starting time: 9.00 a.m from your hotel in Hanoi
- Meeting point: your hotel
- What to bring: Sun block, Camera, Insect Repellent, Original Passport, Thin jacket (preferably waterproof), Sunglasses, Warm clothes for winter, Hiking/trekking shoes
What's the weather like?
- Depending on the altitude, climate will change. The province is good to visit throughout the year. September to November and March to May are when the temperature is most pleasurable, in their mid 20’s.
- December and a bit into February the temperature falls, especially in the mountains so carry some good clothing.
- October and November is peak season for local Vietnamese tourists.
Where does the tour occur?