Ha Giang Extreme Motorbike Loop
About this experience
Ha Giang is one of the best places for trekkers and backpackers in Northern Vietnam because of its wilderness. 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.
In this tour, you will explore this mysterious part of Vietnam in a wild bike ride through all marvelous sceneries and ethnic villages nestled behind high mountain ranges. It will be an incredible experience you can’t forget!
- Visit all popular Ha Giang attractions such as Twin Mountain (Nui Doi) in Quan Ba, H’Mong King Palace, Dong Van Ancient Town, Dong Van Market & Ma Pi Leng Pass.
- Meet with local families from ethnic minority groups, namely White H’mong, Red Dzao, and Tay and learn about their cultural heritage.
- Short trekking to Lung Cu Flagpole and take in the view from high above to contemplate the country’s beauty.
Your positive contribution
This tour connects community-based tourism destinations into one program that partly contributes to improving the quality of life for local residences. The aim is to provide most authentic experiences possible for visitors while on the other hand, local people benefit from it. This is directly achieved through offering of homestay accommodations and other tourism-related services.
Night 1: Hanoi – Ha Giang City
8 p.m: Pick-up at your hotel (if bus transfer is booked) and drive to the bus station. Seats are arranged for you on a qualified sleeping bus. Overnight on sleeping bus.
* Transportation from Hanoi to Ha Giang and vice versa is not included but we can help you book the service. Bus fare is paid directly to the driver.
Day 1: Ha Giang – Tam Son (Quan Ba) – Yen Minh (L/D)
Have a local breakfast to prepare for an adventurous motorbike tour. From Ha Giang city, it’s only a few kilometres before the forested limestone mountains tower over you and if you’re lucky with the season, you will see also the irresistibly-blue rivers running alongside the road. After 30km of winding roads through beautiful valleys, a billboard announces your arrival to the Dong Van Karst Plateau geopark.
The road begins in a long, snaking ascent up Heaven’s Gate. After crossing a treeless plateau, the Heaven’s Gate Pass drops down into Quan Ba District and the town of Tam Son. here you will stop for a lunch before continuing on the road.
After lunch, continue on Road QL4C east down to the Mien River valley. At the end of a series of road switchbacks, the road then crosses the Mien River. Another long pass climbs up through a pretty, cultivated landscape close to the Chinese border, before cresting at a cool pine forest. Descending on to the other side towards Yen Minh District, you’ll see the limestone forests of the Dong Van Plateau in the distance.
Have dinner and overnight at homestay in Yen Minh.
Day 2: Yen Minh – Dong Van – Meo Vac (B/L/D)
Morning to Afternoon:
Have a light breakfast before packing to continue for a 70km drive from Yen Minh to Meo Vac, which is perhaps the most remarkable stretch of road in the country. From here, you will go clockwise on the loop, towards Dong Van.
A steep pass takes you immediately into the limestone karsts. Trees are noticeably absent from the rocky slopes. Instead, you’ll see acres of soybean plantations, punctuated occasionally by clumps of sweet corn and bamboos. After cutting along steep, treeless valleys, the road winds up to what has become known as the ‘Nine-Turn Pass‘. A helter-skelter stretch of tarmac, this pass is a favorite photo-opportunity for any road-tripper. From the top, you can see the road snaking down to a valley encased by limestone karsts.
After more glorious scenery, there’s another fork in the road at Sa Phin. Just after the fork, there’s a small settlement clustered around a large stone building. This is the palace of Vuong Chinh Sinh – former H’mong Lord in Ha Giang region. Well worth a visit, this attractive stone and timber structure was built by the colonial French to please the H’mong Lord.
The last 15km to Dong Van is an extraordinary ride through limestone pylons, each one casting a sinister shadow over the deep valley.
The final stretch from Dong Van to Meo Vac is a 22km ride along the Ma Pi Leng Pass, a staggering road clinging to the edge of a wall of limestone mountains, towering hundreds of feet above the craterous Nho Que River valley. If any mountain pass in Vietnam deserves the title ‘epic’ it’s this one.
Dinner and overnight in Meo Vac homestay.
Day 3: Meo Vac – Du Gia – Ha Giang (B/L)
After a breakfast, you will start the drive for your way to Ha Giang on Road DT182. This ‘lower road’ passes through a stark, rock-strewn limestone valley with some sections of mountain road, before looping back to Yen Minh. From Yen Minh simply retrace your outward route on Road QL4C back to Ha Giang.
Arriving in Ha Giang, take a short break and get in the sleeping bus back to Hanoi.
Note: The sleeping bus arrives in My Dinh Station at 4 a.m the following day. You’ll be dropped off at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. In case, you choose Cat Ba as your next destination we can arrange bus.
✓ Meals as indicated in the itinerary
✓ Motorbike in Ha Giang
✓ Dormitory accommodation in a Homestay
✓ Professional and enthusiastic guides
✓ Entrance fees
✓ Travel insurance
✓ 1 fresh bottle of drinking water per person per day
✓ Border fee for foreigners
✘ Personal expense
✘ Tips for the driver and the guide (suggested 2USD/day)
✘ Bus round way (from My Dinh Bus station to Ha Giang Bus Station)
✘ Picking up and drop-off service
- Starting time: pick up at 8pm in your hotel in Hanoi (Old Quarter)
- Meeting point: Your hotel
- What to bring: warm coat, umbrella/hat, raincoat, comfortable shoes personal hygiene kit, some essential medicine, passport.
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?