The most remote region in northern Vietnam, Ha Giang promises an exciting hike over a few days mixing great nature and discovery. In this mountainous province shared by karst rocks and flowers, you walk the most winding paths, but also picturesque valleys, remote villages and colorful traditional markets. The first Vietnamese geological park recognized by Unesco, the karst plateau of Dong Van is itself worth a trek between breathtaking pass and mystical old quarter which does not end without meeting some of the Hmong groups, Giay , Lolo…
How can we appreciate this legendary land with its majestic nature and astonishing ethnic richness? First, draw our tips to better answer the question “How to get to Ha Giang from Hanoi?”
When to visit Ha Giang?
Punctuated by the seasons, the varied and breathtaking natural setting of Ha Giang invites nature lovers to come here all year round. Many people prefer to go around Tet, around the beginning of February. The blossoming of peach and mustard blossoms embellishes the spring festivities of nearly 17 ethnic tribes who inhabit the region. The opportunity to learn about ten flavors that characterize the biggest traditional festival in the ethnic mosaic of Ha Giang.
Do you want to be dazzled by the rice terraces classified as a national natural heritage? The most magnificent await you between August and September. Or, to be lost in the picturesque valleys painted with buckwheat flowers, come to Ha Giang in October and November.
Distance from Hanoi to Ha Giang
The city of Ha Giang is located 319 kilometers from Hanoi, it should be noted that it takes almost 160 kilometers to reach the famous Dong Van plateau where the flag tower of Lung Cu, where its northernmost point dominates.
How to get to Ha Giang from Hanoi?
There are two passable routes:
- Option 1 for cars and motorcycles: Hanoi – Vinh Yen – Viet Tri – Doan Hung – Phu Tho – Tuyen Quang – Ha Giang
- Option 2 for cars only: Take Noi Bai Lao Cai Expressway and then turn right from Tuyen Quang Town to Ha Giang.
Means of transport to get to Ha Giang from Hanoi
For the Hanoi – Ha Giang route, you have two possible means:
Hanoi to Ha Giang by bus
- Distance: 319 kilometers
- Number of trips: more than 20 buses / day
- Duration: 6 hours
- Departure from Hanoi: 6:30 AM to 9:30 PM
- Ticket price: between 200,000 and 350,000 VND
It’s indeed the most popular way to come to Ha Giang from Hanoi and other areas in the north. It takes around 6 hours by car to arrive in Ha Giang town. A bus with sleeper is preferable and otherwise easily accessible.
The town of Ha Giang marks the start of your adventure through the mountainous trails. Two conceivable circuits, either taking a Ha Giang – Dong Van bus or renting a motorbike on site.
Motorcycle rental price in Ha Giang: 200,000 VND / day
Bus Ha Giang – Dong Van
The mostly rocky Ha Giang – Dong Van Loop stretching for 170 kilometers is definitely a consideration for your entire adventure. It’s therefore about 5 hours driving. Three buses available which depart from 5:00 am from Ha Giang bus station to Dong Van district namely Trung Yen, A Sinh and Hung Hoa.
Hanoi to Ga Giang by motorbike
Riding a motorcycle for a trek in Ha Giang is certainly an exciting project which is more suitable for an experienced rider as well as a good preparation. The path linking Hanoi – Ha Giang – Dong Van involves nearly 480 kilometers to cover, of which the Ha Giang – Dong Van loop is the thorniest. Renting a two-wheeler from the city of Hanoi is very often chosen by adventurers.
Hanoi to Ha Giang bus schedule and tickets
There are around 20 bus companies in Hanoi that serve the circuit to Ha Giang. They offer buses with berths with the correct comfort leaving from:
- Hanoi bus stations including My Dinh station. Other stations are Gia Lam and Giap Bat,
- The city center in the old quarter of Hanoi
- Noi Bai airport
Well-known bus companies: Hung Thanh, Quang Nghi, Ngoc Cuong, Dang Quang, Cau Me, Viet Culture Tours, Ha Giang Express, Truly Ha Giang…
Example: Ngoc Cuong bus and Cau Me bus
Ngoc Cuong Bus
- Departure: 2 departures per day, at 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM
- Departure point in Hanoi: at 36 Nguyen Hoang Street, a few meters from My Dinh bus station, north of Hanoi. Arrive in Ha Giang at 00:30 PM
- Starting point in Ha Giang: Ha Giang Bus Station
- Reservation by telephone: 0904 366 279
- Website http://ngoccuong.com.vn/
Cau Me Bus
- Departure at 7.30am from My Dinh bus station, Hanoi
- Depart at 4.30pm from Ha Giang Bus Station
- Schedules updated on its website in Vietnamese: http://caume.com.vn/page/bang-gia
Bus to Ha Giang from Hanoi Old Quarter
- My Dinh bus station: 20 Pham Hung, My Dinh 2, Nam Tu Liem, Hanoi
- Giap Bat Bus Station: Km6 Giai Phong Street, Hoang Mai, Hanoi
- Bus station 132 Ngo Gia Kham, Ngoc Lam, Long Bien, Hanoi
- Ha Giang Bus Station: 19/5 Street, Nguyen Trai District, Ha Giang Town
Bus to Ha Giang from Noi Bai Airport
Buses from Noi Bai Airport to Ha Giang Bus Station: Dang Quang, Cuong Lan, Quang Tuyen, Quang Nghi, the ticket price varies between 230,000 and 340,000 VND / pax
From Ha Giang to Cao Bang
During your trip in Ha Giang, you can take advantage of to explore Cao Bang, another interesting place in Northeast Vietnam. There are 2 ways to reach Cao Bang city from Ha Giang:
- Ha Giang Town – Dong Van – Meo Vac; you return to Ha Giang to take the bus to Bao Lam and then catch another bus connecting Bao Lam to Cao Bang town.
- Ha Giang Town – Dong Van – Meo Vac, you then reach Bao Lac by motorbike taxi which costs 200,000 – 300,000 vnd for 80 km. From Bao Lac, there are several buses that leave for Cao Bang town.
How long does it take to visit Ha Giang?
This is one of the good questions that arise before leaving. How many days does it take not to miss the best things in Ha Giang. A day or a week? Walking the karst mountains, admiring the rice terraces, visiting ethnic markets, sleeping with locals … are some of the unmissable experiences for hiking in Ha Giang. Consider a 3 or 4 days trekking to make the most of it, depending on those in the know.
What to see in Ha Giang?
From the grandiose karstic plateau of Dong Van, the legendary pass of Ma Pi Leng, the picturesque Quan Ba Gate of Heaven or the mystical palace of King Hmong, Ha Giang is full of secrets to amaze you and bring in to exhaust your curiosity.
Have a nice trip!