Ha Giang Vietnam Road Trip Itinerary is another join-in tours are designed for travelers traveling with limited budget, and those who wish to discover the uniqueness of the famous Dong Van Geo Park, Ha Giang province, northern Vietnam. This 3 days Ha Giang Vietnam road trip itinerary departs every evening from Hanoi. If you look for off the beaten path places, short walks to visit hill-tribal villages, colorful markets, then the package is right for you.
Night 1: Hanoi – Ha Giang.
Local bus leaves Hanoi at 10.00 pm from Hanoi Old Quarter. Transfer 332 km to Ha Giang City with 2 breaks along the way.
Day 1: Ha Giang – Yen Minh – Sung La.
The bus arrives in Ha Giang at about 5.00 am, freshen up and have breakfast at our base. Leave Ha Giang at 7.30 am for a full day excursion to explore Dong Van Geo Park. The road trip along national road 4C uphill offers spectacular landscapes right from the first hour along the Mien River and uphill the Quan Ba Mountain Pass. Enjoy several photo stops before reaching to Quan Ba Heaven Gate (top of the pass) and downhill little bit to Co Tien Hill, walk up the steps to the top of the hill for great panorama of Quan Ba Valley famous with the “Twin Hills”. Continue the road trip downhill 21 km to Lung Tam Valley, home to the Hmong Ethnic. Visit a charming village of the Hmong highlighted with traditional textile workshop where all process of making clothes from hemp can be seen. Then move for nearly 2 hours, getting over Yen Minh Pass which offers beautiful scenery of high mountains and valleys. Lunch break in a local restaurant in Yen Minh town let.
After lunch, drive up and down hills the Pho Cao Pass along the bending tarmac for 19 km to Sung La Valley. Check in home-stay in Lung Cam Tren Village and spend about 2 hours in the afternoon walking to explore the stunning valley, pay visit to local homes of the Hmong and Lo Lo ethnic peoples, and enjoy traditional Khen Dance. Dinner served at home-stay with local dishes, O/N in clay-walled house of the Hmong.
Day 2: Sung La – Dong Van – Meo Vac.
The road winds its way among wall-up limestone mountains of the famous Dong Van Geo Park for half an hour to Xa Phin Valley, enjoy visiting the Vauban Style Palace which is known as the palace of the Vuong Family, once the King of the Hmong peoples in the region. Then drive uphill 14 km to Lung Tao Commune, pay visit to this large Hmong village before spending about 2 hours walking through the stunning valley to discover unique way of life in the northernmost land of Vietnam. Ends up the walk and arriving in Dong Van town let at noon, have lunch break in a local restaurant.
Afternoon excursion is highlighted with spectacular landscapes of Ma Pi Leng Pass, well-known as the most magnificent and beautiful mountain pass in Vietnam. Drive from Dong Van 11 km to the top of the pass with some photo stops. Pay visit to a small village of the Hmong which is set among immense rock formations where the best value of cultivating land and fresh water can be learnt evidently. Then moving slowly along the road 17 km downhill the pass, enjoy many stops for admiring landscapes before arriving to Meo Vac town let, check in hotel at about 4.00 pm for a short rest before enjoying leisure walk to explore this charming border town let. Dinner served at 7.30 pm in a local restaurant and O/N in Meo Vac.
Day 3: Meo Vac – Ha Giang.
Follow the narrow tarmac of the provincial road which sneaks amidst the walled-up mountains of Dong Van Geo Park for 17 km to Lung Phin Commune, pay visiting to some small hamlets of the Zao and Hmong. Continue the road trip 28km to Mau Due, spend an hour here walking to explore a beautiful valley with very impressive terraced fields. Picked up again at 11.30 am for a short drive to Yen Minh for lunch break.
Follow road 4C after lunch for 2 hours to get over Yen Minh Pass and onto Quan Ba again. Spend an hour walking to explore Nam Dam Village of the Red Zao near Quan Ba town let in mid afternoon. Leave Nam Dam for 1.5 hour road ride back to Ha Giang, arrive to our base in Ha Giang City at about 5.30pm. Take shower, have dinner and relax. Board the bus at 10.00 pm for overnight road transfer back to Hanoi.
Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!
Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
- Car transfers.
- Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
- Entrance fees.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Tour leader.
- Local porter(s).
- International travel insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.
Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.
Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.
As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).
In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.
We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.