Vietnam is a vast country offering so much to explore, but all the focus on big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on your Vietnam travel packages means some great travel gems have fallen through the cracks. You might not have heard of Ha Giang.
When you think about beautiful mountainous areas in Vietnam, I am sure that a few spots come to mind: Sapa in the northwest of Vietnam, the sleepy town of Mai Chau, Ba Be National Park, and Cao Bang. However, on the way to the far north of Vietnam, you will discover the equally magical Ha Giang.
If you have never been to Northernmost Vietnam and you must be curious about what it is like, here is a glimpse into the local way of life in Vietnam’s Northernmost Point!
Ha Giang – when to go?
Buckwheat flower season in Ha Giang
With each season exuding a particular beauty, Ha Giang is perfect to visit all year round. When to visit Ha Giang in term of weather and natural beauty? It depends on what you are looking for. Best time for a hiking tour? As long as you avoid the rainy season. The best time to trek is from late September or early October to late April or early May.
However, if you expect the fragrance of the wildflowers to soothe your senses and to contemplate a poetic beauty of Northernmost Vietnam, you should go there during its blooming flower seasons – tam giác mạch (buckwheat flower) season in October and November, kale flower season in November and December, and white cherry blossoms, yellow rape flowers, and plum flowers in January.
Top things to do in Ha Giang
Reach the northernmost point of Vietnam – Lung Cu flag tower
Lung Cu flag tower
It might seem trivial to visit Ha Giang for this reason, but there must be something really cool about standing at the most northerly point of Vietnam. The most northern tip of the headland is called Lung Cu flag tower and you will see the flag that flutters in the breeze. Expect incredibly scenic landscapes on both sides of the road, majestic mountains near and far, and picturesque rice terraces! Here, you can also visit the flagpole – an emblem of Vietnam’s territorial sovereignty and some villages of Hmong and Lo Lo ethnic groups.
Go hiking to admire the beauty of Ha Giang
Ha Giang has got a kind of romance to its landscape. You can turn a corner and it has got this variety to it every time, and the landscape changes across the province, with pine forests, quiet farming villages, majestic granite mountains, and heavenly views in every direction. Clearly, embarking on the most scenic motorbike rides in Ha Giang is not the only way to experience all the beauty our northernmost province has to offer. On your Vietnam tour packages in Ha Giang, do not miss a leisure stroll through the countryside and traditional hill tribal villages or a chance to have the magnificent mountain tóp hidden behinds the clouds all to yourself!
Trekking Ma Pi Leng Pass
Ma Pi Leng Pass
Just 12.4 miles in length, Ma Pi Leng holds the most exciting adventure on your Vietnam all-inclusive packages. Not long but the most dangerous pass in the Northern border mountain area – Ma Pi Leng is crowned as the king of Vietnam’s passes and the most spectacular road in Vietnam. Once you have finished exploring the trails that link Dong Van and Meo Vac districts, you will be rewarded with stunning views at the summit of Ma Pi Leng Pass, where you can see a stone stele recording the marks in the construction process.
Experience ethnic people’s life
Dong Van Market
Ha Giang is a hub of Vietnamese culture, bringing together many of its diverse aspects into one eventful place. Like much of mountainous areas in Northern Vietnam, one cannot help but admire the stately stilt houses, some situated at the heart of huge rice plantations. And then there is a Sunday session of Dong Van Market or Khau Vai Love Market – a great way to get connected and know more about the daily lives of Hmong, Tay, and Mong ethnic minorities in far north Vietnam.
Traveling fans will immediately associate Vietnam with Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City – the country’s most famous and popular tourist attractions. However, there is more to traveling to Vietnam than just these two big cities. Every locale in Vietnam can serve up a pleasant and one-of-a-kind experience. And Ha Giang – the northernmost point of Vietnam is not an exception.