Visitors to Vietnam’s most northerly province, Ha Giang, can enjoy some of the country’s most extraordinary scenery. Discover terraced rice paddies cascading down hillsides amongst lofty limestone mountains, drive along the hair-raising, windy roads and visit minority villages and vibrant weekend markets.
The region shares a border with China and is often overlooked in favour of the nearby Sapa region. However, unlike Sapa, which has seen an incredible amount of tourist development in recent years, Ha Giang provides a more authentic experience. The majority of the population are ethnic minorities, and it’s a great spot for the curious traveller wanting an off-the-beaten-track experience.
Ha Giang town is the capital, though the town of Dong Van is a great option to base yourself if you’re looking to do some trekking. We can recommend homestays or small guesthouses here that provide a simple and comfortable place to stay. Even smaller is the town of Meo Vac where you can simply watch local life go by around the town square. It’s best to visit these towns on a Sunday as they play host to colourful weekly markets with locals selling their goods.
The best way to soak in the magnificent scenery is on a three or four-day trek, stopping through minority villages, wandering along rocky mountainsides and through pristine farmland. It’s also home to a popular motorbike route - a great, adventurous way to see the area at your own pace. Either way, you’ll be accompanied by one of our experienced guides and we can arrange simple but clean and comfortable accommodation along the way. Speak to our Vietnam experts to discover the best way for you to discover the underrated beauty of this region on your tailor-made holiday.
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