Now is the time to ride the Ha Giang Extreme North Loop to contemplate the beauty of plum and peach in bloom after Lunar New Year. For a fun and safe motorbike trip to Ha Giang, do not ignore the following detailed instructions. It will help you have a detailed plan with full of unique experience and safety on all the roads.
Total Distance: 350km
Duration: 2-5 days
Route: Ha Noi-Ha Giang-Tam Son-Yen Minh-Dong Van-Meo Vac.
- 1st SECTION : Ha Noi – Ha Giang
- 2nd SECTION : Ha Giang-Quan Ba-Yen Minh: 100km
- 3rd SECTION : Yen Minh-Dong Van-Meo Vac (via Ma Pi Leng Pass): 70km
- 4th SECTION : Meo Vac-Ha Giang: 180km
Road Conditions: very mountainous paved roads, some rough sections, light traffic.
Scenery: limestone karsts, deep gorges, remote borderlands, minority villages
Motorbikes can be rented in Ha Giang, but by far the best place is QT Motorbikes, who can also offer excellent route advice.
Weather is best from March-May and September-October when conditions are warm and clear, colors are bright, and rainfall is light.
Accommodation: Towns are located about every 60kms, so after a few hours drive we aimed
Nestled on the heights of the mountain of the north of Vietnam, Ha Giang is the northern-most province with the mysterious landscapes near the Chinese border. Also, it is the homeland of the stone plateau and terraced fields. What is the most striking in this country is a mythical combination of limestone peaks and deep valleys. So, this place is an ideal territory for a motorbike trip and adventurous travelers. In recent years, due to the development of transport infrastructure as well as services and infrastructure, visitors numbers have increased dramatically. Besides, food, accommodation, and ATMs can now be found throughout the road of the region.
HA GIANG SCHEDULE BY MOTORCYCLE
Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Giang
Time to Hanoi – Ha Giang: about 8 – 10 hours depending on your speed
Departure time in Hanoi is around 11 noon. You can go sooner or later depending on your arrangements. However, you should go early because when you go to the steep slope, the fog is melting, so move more easily.
Around 15h-16h you will be in Tuyen Quang. Before proceeding to Ha Giang, you should rest because the distance from Tuyen Quang to Ha Giang is quite far, about 160km.
After about 3 hours of a motorbike, about 18h-19h you have come to Ha Giang city. You should stay here one night before traveling to other tourist destinations. The price of accommodation varies from VND 200,000 to VND 300,000.
Day 2: Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Dong Van
From Ha Giang city to Quan Ba is about 40km. Filling up the gas tank and buy a bottle of 1.5l to reserve. Following the 4C highway, you can go early to see the sunrise and go to more places. Then, visiting some places here such as Breast mountains, Heaven Gate.
From Quan Ba, go to Yen Minh (60km). Near to Yen Minh, there are many beautiful and poetic scenery especially the Yen Minh pine forest. You can stop camping and have a lunch here. To Yen Minh, there are two roads: Dong Van or Meo Vac. You must turn into Dong Van to see the first rocky mountains and pass to the bendy and beautiful mountain pass.
When passing through Yen Minh, time around 2-3 p.m, you will come to Sa Phin and visit Vuong King Palace. From Sa Phin, going to conquer Lung Cu flag pole (32km) which marks the northern farthermost point of Vietnam. If you have time, visit Lo Lo Chai – a village of Lo Lo people located about 20km away from Lung Cu. If you have more time, you can wander around Lo Lo village.
From Lung Cu, turn back to Dong Van town is only 17km away to rent rooms to take a rest and you should arrive before night falls. Along the road, you can enjoy the views of Dong Van karst plateau geopark which is the pride of Vietnam nature.
Notice at the Lung Cu: do not park your motorbike at the bottom of the mountain (the frontier station), you can go straight on the flagpole to buy the ticket to save time and strength.
Day 3: Dong Van – Ma Phi Leng – Meo Vac
After having a breakfast at Dong Van, you go to Ma Pi Leng Pass. Ma Pi Leng Pass is a staggering road with full of obstacles and difficult of access. Furthermore, it is towering hundreds of feet above the craterous Nho Que River valley. The ground seems to fall away, and you’re left gasping at the enormous chasm below. It’s a thrilling ride. From the pass, you will see the majestic natural scenery.
After enjoying the astonishing loops of Ma Phi Leng, going to Meo Vac. Meo Vac located in a sheltered basin, bathed in blue shadows cast by the ubiquitous. It quite small and manageable, but so bustling in the mornings. If you are going to stay here, it has a good accommodation, good local foods, and a new night market. When you come to Meo Vac, do not miss some famous tourist sites: Pa A ethnic minority village, Thuong Phung commune, Sam Phun border gate, etc. These places will help you discover the unique cultural life and traditions of the locals.
Day 4: Meo Vac-Ha Giang
From Meo Vac, there are several ways to complete the turn back to Ha Giang. With ever routes you choose, it’s another spectacular ride through karst scenery. There are 3 ways to turn back Ha Giang:
1. Meo Vac – Lung Phin – Yen Minh – Quan Bạ – Ha Giang (the previous road)
2. Meo Vac – Lung Phin – Mau Due – Lung Ho – Minh Ngoc – Ha Giang
3. Meo Vac – Bao Lam – Bao Lac – Bac Me – Ha Giang
Some notes when traveling Ha Giang
– If you are riding a motorbike from Hanoi, stop in Ha Giang city for safety. When going to Ha Giang City at about 4-5h, if you continue moving to Quan Ba, you can get trouble of encountering foggy weather at the Quyet Tien road.
– Just drive to Ha Giang if you are an experienced and good rider because there are many winding sections, very dangerous when downhill.
– If you rent a motorbike in Ha Giang, remember to check the vehicle before pick up. In addition, motorbike must have at least 1 mirror left (it is recommended to have 2 mirrors for good rear view).
– Use a safety helmet at least 3/4 to ensure safety.
– Filling up the fuel in Ha Giang, Yen Minh, Dong Van and add a little in Quan Ba.
– On foggy and drizzly days, you absolutely do not go on the road too late (about 5-6pm), try to finish the journey while it is still light. There are many road sections that extremely limited visibility, very dangerous when moving.
– In peak season, always book hotel/hostel/homestay before 5-7 days to ensure.
– Bring: identification (driver’s license and ID card), buy gasoline (1.5l) and borrow the repair kit (pump, tire, patch, adhesives …) from motorbike owners. Nowadays, patching services are available at almost every stretch of the road, but these are essential to have a safe motorcycle trip.
– Clothes: wearing warm clothes, towels, gloves when winter season. In the summer, a thin coat should be brought, it also can be quite cold at night.
– Carrying drug for a headache, allergies, anti-mosquito to avoid eating the wrong food, or insect bites.