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The rain festival

Rain ceremony of Lo Lo minority people in Meo Vac, Ha Giang

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The rain festival of Lo Lo minority people in Meo Vac, Ha Giang

The rain festival is undisputably the most traditional festival among the Lo Lo people living in Meo Vac; Ha Giang. Once integrated in this uniquely cultural festival you will learn so much more than you ever imagined; taking with you a sense of humbling serenity like no other.

The rain festival

In the beginning stages of the ceremony the Lo Lo people gather in the middle of the village; inviting ceremonial people such as the village chief or senior citizens to help commend the practice. Everyone then proceeds to prepare the holy sacrifices for the gods.

Among these are animals; swords; wine; and four scented bamboo sticks intended to symbolism the four heavens. This is completed by lighting the incense and scattering dazzling gold paper and silver over the offerings in a final tribute before the ceremony

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In order for the rain ceremony to be successful, it is imperative that the procedure is commemorated using ancient prayers. Using a cup of water, incense and paprika the priest first burns the incense at the majestic alter of the ancestors, then places the cup of water down before continuing with prayer. Gold paper is then wrapped around the cup of water, and after it is poured out the rain ceremony can commence successfully. Only once the paper is burnt out is the ceremony complete.

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After the rain ceremony, all of the villagers gather for drinking and dancing around the table. At this time, the boys and girls of the Lo Lo ethnic group will perform ancient folk songs that sing of love and praise for the country, and celebrate the happiness of couples.

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Embedded in the Tay Con Linh mountain range in northeastern Vietnam is the astonishingly beautiful Noong lake; surrounded by primitive forest and rocky mountainous landscape. 

The area both in the lake and on land are enriched with many different plant and wildlife species; contributing endless life and diversity to the surrounding area.

Lake Noong’s water reserve travels  along the Lo river from a tiny creek in a cave positioned between two mountains sitting in the cliffs of the primeval forest. Another fascinating connection to the Lo river is three underground cave systems. Therefore, whenever water rises in the rainy season herds of catfish travel upstream  the river; in pursuit of the calm water of Lake Noong.


The fish living here grow and develop naturally; and species such as the bitter fish and catfish are enjoyed by many visitors who travel here; and are famous for their delicious taste. The fish can be caught and barbecued with grilled onion; fried; or cooked with sour soups and vegetables. That is speciality of the place.   

Due to the over flow from the rocky outcrops all year round the lake never runs dry. In the rainy season; tourists have the luxury of visiting this fairy tale lake by either raft or boat. In the dry season the lake is shallow enough to walk through; as you take photos of the surrounding beauty.  Locals call this lake “The eye of the mountain” as under the light of the moon or the sun the water gleams and twinkles dazzling shades of silver.

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At present forty households reside on the side of the lake; where people live and work in a fishing aquaculture. The people who live here enjoy a strong economic advantage and can make a very fulfilling and honest living.

Come to Noong lake and be immersed in the natural beauty; feeling it all around you as you hear the buffalo far away in the terraced hills that hug the mountain; see the Local folk’s houses woven like silk into the forest as if they had been there from beginning of time. Escape reality and enter an old realm of civilization dating back hundreds of years; hearing the temple bell ringing out from the Binh Lam Pagoda. Here the colours and sounds of the countryside blend together in perfect harmony; making heaven a place on earth.    

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Quyen tien market

Nestled in the foot of the mountain  in the stunning Ha Giang district beholds the charmingly quaint market of the Quyen tien community. Here the efforts of  the Hmong people’s  long working weeks are unveiled in a shower of colourful culture for just one Saturday morning. 

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Highland markets have long been a highly desirable destination of choice for tourists on discovery paths. They feel their soul awakening as the sunlight trickles up the mountain peak in the midst of morning; and see streams of the Hmong people with their radiant and rich tapestries of dress working from dawn until dusk.

This market in particular in the Ha Giang province is an event of extreme social and cultural importance. Throughout the maze of stalls historic profound beauty is painted and crystallized over the indigenous Mongolian dress and jewelry.

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The women here are spoiled for choice as they gaze upon magnificently crafted clothes; shoes and silver rings. The men congregate towards the tobacco pipes and buy ancient remedies and medicines for their families. When the hum of the market softens at the end of the day; the people settle down together in satisfaction and sheer happiness; enjoying many cups of wine; laughing as they tell each other stories and jokes about the day.

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For the indigenous people of the mountainside in Ha Giang this market is much more than just a means of shopping and selling It is a truly recreational time for meeting friends and having fun together. The market is essentially a living museum of timeless culture and ancient practice, that both mesmerizes and captivates all who come to experience it. 

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Na Luong cave, recently announced as a national heritage site is considered to be the most beautiful cave in all of Vietnam. The entrance towers 30 meters in height but is secretly shrouded by over grown forest and vines.

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People can admire the gleaming stalactites hanging right from the top of the cave entrance that stretch throughout the length and breadth of the cave. Along the bed of the cave it is known that rock formations stand out in the appearances of fish, wild boar and buffalo.

Na Luong cave is burrowed deep into mountain, with its water level thousands of meters in depth.  Adjacent to Na Luong Cave is another cave system, with 7 independent caves, all of which are close together creating a cave complex that visitors can explore.

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Being a cave deep in the mountains; the cave has long been inhabited by thousands of bats. Should the flocks be disturbed at any given moment they immediately take flight in synchrony;  blocking partial streams of lights from the cave and creating a very impressive image for its visitors.

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With its beautiful terrain; spacious and cool aired atmosphere; it has proceeded to become a great tourist attraction of Ha Giang. Finding Na Luong is about finding tranquility; discovering nature up close and personal; and making many of your own discoveries in the enchanting land of Ha Giang.

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Weekend Lung Cu market

Lung Phin market also known as Lung Cu market is located in Lung Phin town in Ha Giang province.

Lung Cu is more than just the average Vietnamese market; for it is a unique and special community of more than 16 ethnic groups living in the Ha Giang rocky plateau and this in particular is truly one of a kind for the north of Vietnam.

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The market comes to life in the early hours of the morning; when the sun has not even yet risen in the sky; As people from all villages in the Lung Phin district and neighboring area bring goods to sell throughout the day.

People travel to and from the market at the break of dawn with backpacks; tied to one another as they travel in unsion along the winding road to the market and some even travel by horseback; the horse pulling a cart up the meandering valley.

The items at this market include rice; fresh fruit; vegetables; meat; household items; clothing and fabrics that the ethnic people make all by themselves. Specialities include mint honey; Lung Phin tea; free range hill chicken and many other goods popular with tourists.

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Another reason this market is so beautifully unique is that it not only serves as a platform for selling goods and sustaining people’s livelihoods but also a social haven that brings people together and creates long lasting relationships- local people find their partners for life at this market; as both men and women chat drinking together having fun; browsing the beautifully coloured clothes and creating memories that last forever.

Visit Lung Cu market and see a timeless; captivating feature of Vietnam like no other. Have a drink with the locals and enjoy life in the present as it should be

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Fire dancing festival


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Fire dancing festival of pa then minority community in Ha Giang

This brilliantly vibrant yet ancient festival is still celebrated at large by the Pa Then ethnic group of  Tuyen Quang province. The inhabitants of this province are scattered far and wide in deeply remote areas but they all still unify as one culture in traditional costume; music and song for the God of fire on the 16th day of the first lunar month every year.

The ceremony, which is believed to bring good fortune and opulence; is practiced to fortify the alliance between man; nature and god. Before the ceremony takes place; the village Shaman prepares offerings as a ritual for the gods; asking divine permission to proceed with the fire dancing.

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The Pa Then people them must wait and abstain from jumping in the fire; until the gods have been worshipped and invited to join the ritual.  In the lead-up to this mesmerizing frenzy percussion instruments are played up until the Gods agree to let the people join the fire. This only happens once the coals are red and the blaze has weakened.

Once the boys and men of the pa then people join the fire it is like a hypnotic illusion- they skip and dance barefoot among the hot coals painlessly as if they feel no pain at all. Some even dig out the scorching coals with their bare hands and put them in their mouths. They do this in the hopes of driving out evil spirits or simply in prayer of supreme health and strength.

 After the fire has deceased and the charcoal has cooled the shaman makes one final summons for the spirits to be driven away and the people conclude with laughter and excitement; cherishing this unique and sacred ceremony.

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Until recently, Ha Giang was the secret gem of North Vietnam, and only visted by local tourists. Now word of its beauty is getting out and it is becoming more popular with independent foreign travelers who come to enjoy the untamed jungles and the majestic mountains that make this part of Vietnam unique.

Most visitors are drawn here for the the thrilling and unforgettable experience of riding a bike on the Ha Giang border loop which allows them to really get off the beaten track.

Here you can spend days exploring the roads that wind between the towering limestone karsts and learning about the ethnic minorities that have made this spectacular part of the world their home.

The best time to travel in Ha Giang

In general, Ha Giang is beautiful at any time of the year, and every season has something different to offer.

From sprawling fields of the vibrant buckwheat flowers, wild jungles boasting infinite shades of green, to the spectacular peach and plum blossoms, there is something to impress even the most seasoned traveler.

Read more: the best time to travel in Viet Nam 


October to November

It is during October to November that the fields come alive with the vibrant blooms of the buckwheat flowers. These flowers are a real spectacle and sprawling fields stretch as far as the eye can see. The third week of October until around early November is most beautiful time to enjoy these flowers in all their glory.

This species of flowers are unique to this area and are found only in the mountainous areas of north of Vietnam. Ha Giang offers the best views of these fields from the road and the fields become a sea of violet-purple.The flowers are also used by ethnic minorities in locally made cakes to enhance the taste and are the quintessential flavor of North Vietnamese desserts. 

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Before and after Lunar New Year ( from January to March )

From January to March the plum and peach blossoms are out in full bloom which adds a splash of color to the already stunning scenery.  These blooms frame the carpet of green that makes up the surrounding landscape and add a touch of calming pastel to the aesthetic that makes for stunning photographs and unforgettable memories.

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April : Visit Khau Vai Love Market on 23rd of April.

This market was once an eagerly anticipated event on many ethnic minorities social calendars. It provided a place for young single members of the community to meet, flirt and hopefully fall in love. Now times have changed and young people meet each other in other ways, however the Love Market remains and important part of the Northern Vietnamese culture. 

Once upon a time even married couples were allowed to visit this market. Here men and women were free to talk to members of the opposite sex without judgement or jealousy. A wife and husband considered this as a sacred duty and responsibility to practise their respect and loyalty to one another. 

The market is located in Khau Vai commune, Meo Vac district, Ha Giang province, Vietnam and meets once a year on March 27th lunar month.

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June – August  

June- August is Summer time in Vietnam. Luckily for travelers on a tight schedule, Ha Giang is usually sunny most of the year, but summer is a particularly good time to visit as you are almost guarunteed to have fine weather.  

If you reach a high point anywhere along the long winding road you will experience the most breathtaking views across the plateau and deep into the valleys of Ha Giang. Lush green forests smother the craggy mountains and a maze of narrow, dirt roads criss-cross the slopes 

This time is the perfect time of year to photograph these spectacular views, landscape and terraced agricultural fields, as the air is clear and you will be able to see for miles. However it is wise to check the weather forecast before heading out just incase.

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If you really want to dig beneath the surface of agricultural life in Vietnam and discover how people live off this land, Hoang Su Phi is the perfect location to do so. 

Here golden rice terraces jut into the hill sides and farmers in their straw hats lead buffalos on ropes along narrow trails. This is the real Vietnam, away from the the busy tourist traps in the city.  

These people are humble and hard-working. The pace of life slows right down to reflect the ebb and flow of natures rhythms.

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Must –see places in Ha Giang

 Ask anyone where you should visit in Ha Giang and they will surely tell you; Lung Cu flag tower, Quan Ba ​​sky gate or Dong Van Plateau. However there are many more equally stunning places to visit that are not so well known. 

Here is a list of the other ‘must-sees.’

Thanh Thuy border gate – the google map link 

Vietnam and China are connected through a pair of border gates Thanh Thuy and Thien Bao. This is also where the 261 (Vietnam-China border) and the road to Chau Van Son tourist site meet. 

The border gate is about 20km from Ha Giang City and is worth visiting even if you do not intend on crossing the border as this gate is situated between steep jungle-clad mountains and misty valleys. 

The air is pure here and you can observe how the landscape changes from farmland to unkempt forests. On the way to the gate, you will pass through vibrant paddy fields that frame the gently curving road and tiny villages where chickens, dogs, and children run free.

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Quyet Tien Commune – the google map location link 

On the first leg of the legendary road named ‘Happiness Road’, the ‘Bac Sum Slope’ marks the beginning of the journey through the Global Geological Park of the Dong Van Plateau – Ha Giang.  

This is a very peaceful, remote place often hidden amongst the valley mist. If you are lucky and wake up early enough you might even catch the local fair which takes place in the morning before the sun gets too hot. If you are looking for somewhere to wander through the stalls and observe how the locals go about their daily lives,  this is the place for you. If you travel here on a weekend, you will have a chance to attend in Quyet Tien Market. The market still keeps the traditional traits of local minority community.

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Skye Gate and Quan Ba Double Mountain

 At the top of ‘Bac Slum’  you will find Quan Ba Sky Gate. This gate is a historically famous place amongst Vietnamese because of the magnificent landscape and the local mountain legends.

Quan Ba Sky Gate is 1500m above sea level and is the first gateway to the Dong Van Plateau. In 1939, a wooden door was built 150cm thick, and called the Gate of Heaven. One time it was believed that this wooden door was the entrance to another ‘world’ – also known as ‘Autonomous Region of the Cats,’  and included Quan Ba, Meo Vac, Yen Minh and Dong Van districts.

Quan Ba ​​Double Mountain is next to Highway 4C, 40 km from Ha Giang town. Between rocky mountains and terraced fields, the two mountains emerge, leaving many visitors in awe of their natural beauty. These two mountains are associated with the legend of Mount Fairy.

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Dong Van Plateau – the google map link 

Dong Van Plateau (or Plain of Dong Van) is a rocky plateau spreading over four districts of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van and Meo Vac in Ha Giang Province, Vietnam. On October 3, 2010, the “Geological Park of the Dong Van Plateau” was officially recognized by the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network (GGN) Advisory Board as Global Geopark.This is the only place that holds such a title in Vietnam and the second in all of Southeast Asia. 

Here you will see countless fascinating limestone rock formations scattered amongst the terraced paddy fields. Again you will be amazed by how many shades of green you can see. From the deep green of the forest jungles to the fresh young rice plantations, it really is a feast for the eyes. 

In the middle of this valley is a small traditional Vietnamese Village. Colorful houses huddle together like match-box toys in the middle of this fertile, lush landscape. Life is simple here. Chickens, goats and children wander freely on the roads and men and women can be seen carrying heavy loads on their backs under clear the blue skies.

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Sủng Là

Head in the direction of Yen Minh to the town of Dong Van towards Pho Bang. You will cross through a beautiful pass which hugs the green valley. 

This is the highest point in the area and offers the most breath-taking panoramic views. It is considered the most beautiful highland commune of Dong Van stone plateau. 

Bright green fields slope gently towards sapphire colored Song Da River. On a still day the hills and ranges that surround this lake can be seen reflected in the glass-like surface of the river which only serves to double the beauty of this place. 

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Pho Bang town – the google map link  

The once bustling town of Dong Van (Ha Giang province) seems as though it has been sleeping for several decades. Those that are seeking to find themselves in the wilderness will not be disappointed here. Pho Bang town is an indispensable marker in the geography of the area and was once a hot, crowded township, a few decades ago.It also acted as the capital for drug traders when opium was one of the main sources of income for many people. Now, this sleepy village is best known for less controversial reasons; the beautiful roses that grow here.

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Lung Cu flag tower

The Lung Cu flag tower is located at the top of Lung Cu at about 1,700m above sea level in Lung Cu commune, Dong Van district, Ha Giang province. This is a small point on the Vietnam-China border. If you imagine the shape of the Vietnam-China border into a cone, the two lowest points in latitude are A Pa Chai, Dien Bien and Sa Vi, Mong Cai, and Lung Cu is the top of the cone. This is also the highest point of North Vietnam. 

This mighty structure ensures that everyone knows this is part of Vietnam with its large distinctive flag that can be seen for miles around. The view from the top looks over what is referred to as ‘corn valley’ because only maize is grown here. For locals this place is somewhere to go to feel a sense of national pride, whereas for visitors, it provides the perfect place to survey the beautiful mountains and valleys.

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Vuong Family’s Ancient House

The stone gate of King Chinh Duc’s palace in Sa Phin (Dong Van – Ha Giang) is perched on top of the hill. Vương Chính Đức was the head of the Hương family of the Mong people in Hà Giang a century ago. Rich due to the cultivation, processing and trading of opium across the border with China and Burma, he dominated the plateau. 

Behind the stone gate his magnificent mansion still stands tall. You can wander around the courtyards, admiring the intricate carvings and detail. The palace was built in eight years, costing about 150,000 white silver. Most of the builders are Yunnanese and the best Mongolian craftsmen.

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Dong Van ancient street

Located in Dong Van commune, Ha Giang, the central area of ​​Dong Van town is Dong Quan district, Central Highlands and Tuong Van district, Tuyen Quang province. This area has a rich history of beautiful architecture and ancient culture that has been around for hundreds of years.  In the 1880s, the French planned and built stunningly detailed architecture. These remain popular with tourists, especially the building that houses the Dong Van Market, which was built in the 1920s and is still intact to this day.

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Pass Ma Pi Leng 

Ma Li Leng is the Chinese name meaning literally ‘horse nose’. This refers to the top of the mountain where horses were often used to transport goods. Here the terrain was so steep and the path so narrow that it was said that horses passing one another must hold their breath or plunge down the vertical slopes. However, according to some indigenous Hmong people, the proper name of the pass is Mui Pia Leng, meaning ‘cat nose bridge’. 

The peak of Ma Pi Leng is in the three plains of Pa Lung, Pa Vi and Xin Cai (Meo Vac, Ha Giang) in the Dong Van Plateau, about 2,000 m above sea level.  

It was formed by a series of limestone deposits shale, silt containing fossils about 426 million years ago. The landscape of this area is jagged, with the Nho Que River cutting deeply into the land in Ma Pi Leng and Sam Pun, Xin Cai to Dien Bong, China.  

French scholars, hundreds of years ago, called the peak of Mt. Li Leng. Now the Global Geological Park of the Dong Van Plateau is widely known as a geological monument. Travelling on Ma Pi Leng Pass you will also overlook the spectacular royal blue Nho Que River.

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Sơn Vi, Xín Cái, Thượng Phùng

These are the three most remote border communes of Meo Vac district with the highest border crossing point in Vietnam. This area is suitable for those who like to explore and drink in the spectacular mountainous scenery.

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How to get Ha Giang  

The easiest way to get Ha Giang is from Ha Noi. For those, who are not in Ha Noi but still want to visit, the easiest way is to start from Ha Noi. The following will advise independent travellers about how to reach Ha Giang from Hanoi.

How to get Ha Giang by public buses

Ha Giang is 300 km away from Ha Noi. Normally, it would take you 8 – 10 hours to get there. 

In Ha Noi, go to My  Dinh bus station. Once at the bus station, you will easily find a bus to get Ha Giang. In my experience, you should choose a sleeper bus to ensure you will be comfortable during the 8 – 10 hours trip.  

If you have a bike and you don’t like the idea of cycling fo 300 km solidly, you can ask a bus company in the bus station to carry your bike with you. You will have to pay extra for your bike transportation.  

Or you can simply book a ticket from Ha Noi to Ha Giang here 

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How to get Ha Giang by motorbike

If you are a fan of riding, Ha Giang is the perfect choice for you. You will  be amazed by the stunning view on the way as well as enjoying the freedom of the ride.  

Starting from Ha Noi – Son Tay province ( you should go to street 21 in Co Nhue) – then go to Trung Ha bridge (go to intersection of Son Tay town then turn right) ~> Co Tiet ~> Phong Chau bridge. Go past the bridge then turn left, heading to Thao river located in Phu Tho. Once you reach the river go to  Doan Hung town and then go to Tuyen Quang province in Tuyen Quang. Do not go through the city but in the direction of Highway 2 which will take you straight to Ha Giang. 

Going to Ha Giang in this direction will be quieter and save about 30km

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Where to stay in Ha Giang

 Although there are a large number of tourists that travel this way there are not that many hotel and motel services in Ha Giang. Travelers may encounter problems finding cheap accomodation if they happen to be there during the peak holiday season. 

Before the trip, once you have figured out your route in Ha Giang, you should book your accomodation online. There area a lot of hostels and hotels which you can easily book on and other booking channels.  

If you are after a different kind of experience consider finding a homestay with a local family. This will surely be an experience you won’t forget. 

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Ride a bike in Ha Giang

When you arrive in Ha Giang, unless you have your own, the only way to explore is by renting a bike. In general, rental bikes in Ha Giang are reliable. Prices range from around 200.000 vnd – 250.000 vnd day and are negotiable. You can also usually rent a bike directly from your accommodation.   

Rent a bike in Ha Giang and riding experience?  

Make sure you bring sunglasses, water and sunscreen to ensure you get the most out of your experience and don’t miss a second of the spectacular scenery.

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Ha Giang local cuisine

Ha Giang is not only known for its awe-inspiring mountains, majestic scenery, ancient customs, colorful festivals, but its bountiful natural produce. Ha Giang has very fertile soil and as a result the cuisine has a unique style.  What to eat in Ha Giang

Some notes you might have to keep in mind 

Bring your water, sun-cream, towel. During the day temperatures can be around 20-25 in Autumn and 28-30 in Summer so staying hydrated is essential. The sun is also very fierce in Vietnam so make sure to regularly apply sunscreen.

Make sure that your bike has enough fuel and bring 2 -3 liters of extra fuel if it is possible as petrol stations are scarce.

Always remember to get the hotel number and address before you leave. Most will have a business card that you can pick up on your way out. It is even better if it is written in Vietnamese in case you need to show it to locals or a taxi driver.

If you travel to Ha Giang in winter make sure you have warm clothes as it can get very cold as a result of being far north. Bring pain killers, insect spray, other medicines, trainers, and waterproof shoes.

In case your bike breakdowns, don’t worry, you will find a mechanic shop on the way. However it pays to check your bike out before you leave and have a number of a mechanic with you in case the worst comes to the worst.

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Reference itineraries for those, who want to travel to Ha Giang by public bus.

In order to travel to Ha giang from Ha Noi, you should depart in the evening due to you will have time to sleep on a sleeper bus. You will have a whole day to explore HA Giang as you arrive Ha Giang early in the morning

3 day -2 night Ha Noi – Ha Giang

General information: This schedule is suitable for those who have limited time an want to see as much as they can in a short amount of time. However as it is a large area the sights listed are limited.


In the evening, catch a sleeper bus to get  Ha Giang. If you have your own bike, you can contact a bus driver to ask about carrying your bike on the bus with you. You will have to pay for your bike transport fee.

Around  4 -5pm next day, you will arrive Ha Giang city, rent a bike, have breakfast.

Then you should follow the route :

Ha Giang city – Bac Sum slope, Quyet Tien market – Quan Ba skygate, Tam Son town – Sung La –  Lung Cu flag tower – Dong Van town. Spend a night in the town, enjoy the famous street coffee.

The next day, wake up to have breakfast, sight-see Dong Van market, take a walk in Dong van ancient street. At 10am-ish, leave Dong Van to Meo Vac in order to see Ma Pi Leng pass. Have lunch in Meo Vac then get back straight away to Ha Giang city. You will arrive in the afternoon, take a rest then catch the night bus to Ha Noi. You will arrive Ha Noi next day morning

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4 day – 3 night Ha Noi – Ha Giang

Ngày 1 : Hà Nội – Hà Giang

In the evening, catch a sleeper bus to Ha Giang. You will have time to take a rest on a sleeper bus. When you arrive


Around 4am -5am next day, you will arrive Ha Giang city, rent a bike/ ride your bike, have breakfast.

Day 2 : Hà Giang – Quản Bạ – Yên Minh – Phó Bảng – Sủng Là – Đồng Văn

– 7h00am : have breakfast and fill up with petrol

-7h30am – 9h30am : Ha Giang – Quan Ba  ( 46km) visit the sky gate and Quan Ba double mountain. If your second falls on Saturday, you will have a chance to visit Quyet Tien market.

 -11h00am – 12h00pm : Quản Bạ – Yên Minh (50km) on the way to get Yen Minh, you will see Yen Minh pine tree forest on the side of the highway. Take a time to rest in Yen Minh

– 1:30pm – 3pm : Yên Minh – Phó Bảng (40km) Start from here, you will see the fantastic and majestic view of Dong Van plateau, visiting Pho Bang town.

– 3pm – 4:30pm : Leave Pho Bang, turn around go towards Dong Van intersection. That is the way to get to Sung La.

–4:30pm – 5:30pm : Sủng Là – Đồng Văn. Stay a night in Dong Van and try the famous street coffee.

Ngày 3 : Đồng Văn – Lũng Cú – Đồng Văn – Mã Pì Lèng – Mèo Vạc

– 7h00 – 9h00 : Have breakfast, take a walk in Dong Van market. You can visit Dong Van ancient house that is still as beautiful as it was 100 years ago. .
– 9h00 – 11h30 : Đồng Văn – Lũng Cú (26km) – Dinh Vương (26km) – Đồng Văn (15km) visiti the furthest point in the north of Viet Nam, then  head back to lên với điểm cực Bắc của Việt Nam, have lunch in Dong Van again.

13h30 – 15h30 : Đồng Văn – Mã Pì Lèng – Mèo Vạc – marvel at the Nho Que river from the peak of Ma Pi Leng pass.

– 15h30 – 17h00 : Back to Meo Vac to visit other places in Meo Vac. Stay a night in Meo Vac.

Ngày 4 : Mèo Vạc – Mậu Duệ – Du Già (depends on weather conditions ) – Yên Minh – Hà Giang

– 7h00 : Have breakfast.
– 7h30 – 12h30 : Mèo Vạc – Yên Minh – Quản Bạ. Visit other places in Quan Ba then back to Quan Ba to have lunch.

– 13h30 – 16h00 : Quản Bạ – Hà Giang : take a break in Ha Giang city to wait for the bus at 8pm. You will arrive Ha Noi early morning next day.


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Ha Giang is not only known for its mountainous, majestic scenery, ancient customs and traditional festivals, but as a place with bountiful produce as well. Many of the local dishes are made with ingredients sourced from farms and fields nearby. As a result the local cuisine is always fresh with flavor combinations only found in these highlands.
Here is a list of the best traditional dishes of Ha Giang. Let’s check it out

Banh cuon trung (rice flour rolled with egg)

Au tau porridge

Sour Pho

Bamboo sticky rice

Rainbow sticky rice


Street food in Ha Giang



Banh cuon trung (rice flour rolled with egg)

This dish is perfect if you travel in Ha Giang in the cold season. Banh cuon is served together with Vietnamese pork sausage and a special type of fish sauce. Tear off a small piece of Banh cuon – a rice flour steamed ball often mixed with vegetables and sometimes meat – dip it in the sauce and experience the unique flavor combinations of this traditional dish.

bánh cuộn trứng Hà Giang

Au tau porridge

Au Tau porridge is one of the most unusual, yet quintessentially Ha Giang, dishes you will find in this region.

You might be attracted to the street vendor by the mouthwatering aroma of sticky rice mixed with regular rice. (There are many different types of rice in Vietnam).

Au Tau porridge is the delightful combination of the Au Tau vegetable (a black, bitter tasting root vegetable sort of like a potato) slowly simmered with fatty pig legs and herbs. The porridge is mixed with some lean, chopped meat, sprinkled with a little more herbs and then served. As the Au Tau vegetable has a slightly bitter taste, the porridge is also known as ‘Bitter Porridge.’

Locals will often savour spoofuls of this dish on a cold winters evening sitting by the fire.

Au tau porridge

Sour Pho

Sour Pho (pronounced Fa) is a popular dish in Ha Giang in the summer months. You may have tried Pho before but this is Pho with a pleasant sour twist. Pho is a simple noodle soup made with special Pho noodles. The soup often includes roasted duck meat, sausage, peanut oil a combination of herbs and cassava. Bowls of steaming Sour Pho are available at the Ha Giang market and boast flavours that are impossible to find anywhere else in Vietnam.

phở chua Hà Giang

Bamboo sticky rice

Ha Giang is a fertile region and the delicious Bamboo sticky rice is a special dish from the “Tay” ethnic people who live here. 

The technique to make Bamboo Sticky Rice is simple. The rice is thoroughly soaked in water and then usually cooked underground wrapped in bamboo and banana leaves. 

Fresh rice is then added to the mixture along with a sprinkle of salt and mixed well. This is then added to a bamboo tube, and water is poured over the surface of rice. The mouth of the tube is covered with fresh leaves or dried banana leaves and placed in the flames or on a heap of charcoal, and rotated slowly so the heat works its way around the shell. After an hour or so (depending on the tube or rice), you will be able to smell the sweet aroma of freshly cooked sticky rice. 

Before serving, cut the green outer shell of the bamboo tube away. It will now be burnt black. The rice will stay in the shape of the tube and will be surrounded by the thin ivory colored silk rind of the bamboo tube. 

Bamboo sticky rice was eaten by pregnant and breastfeeding women as it is safer to eat rice cooked in bamboo than in copper or aluminum metal pots. 

The finished product is often enjoyed with a sprinkling of sesame salt or served along side baked fish.

cơm làm hà giang
đặc sản Hà Giang

Rainbow sticky rice

The ethnic groups who live in these northern mountains have an extremely diverse and unique culinary culture. This is best demonstrated by the Rainbow Sticky Rice. This rice represents the convergence of traditional values, including cosmic notions, philosophy of yin and yang and noble meaning. 

Rainbow Sticky Rice is made up of rice of five different colors; red, yellow, blue, violet and white. You can easily find the sticky rice at the market in Ha Giang. 

Most areas offer some variation of Rainbow Sticky Rice but, depending on the region, they can mix or use different colors to create a sticky rainbow. The ingredients include: sticky rice, fragrant rice, seeds, and leaves of trees to create the dye. These leaves can be either green leaves from ginger, green rice leaves, grapefruit peel, bitter bamboo shoots that have been burnt and soaked water with a little lime or yellow turmeric powder mixed with water.

Before dyeing the rice, the rice is cleaned and then soaked in water for 6 – 8 hours. Divide the rice into 5 different containers. One for each color. After dyeing, the last step is making the rice into a rainbow. This requires some skill and a lot of practise to get the perfect look.

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For a long time oranges have been one of the most popular products in Ha Giang after tea. This is because the warm climate and conditions in this area are ideal for creating very sweet, juicy fruit.

Street food in Ha Giang  

There are also a lot of interesting street-food in Ha Giang. You can find locations  here : This is helpful Vietnamese app to help you find your favourite food. It is in Vietnamese but you will easily find your way around it.

thịt chuột Hà Giang


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