Ha Giang

Ha Giang is a comprehensive travel guide about private car hire, car rental with driver, easy bus station pickup, transfers, transport from/to Ha Giang, Vietnam. Rent a car with driver and make the most of your trip to Ha Giang.

Ha Giang province is located in the far north of the country, and contains Vietnam’s northernmost point. It shares a 270 km long border with Yunnan province of southern China, and thus is known as Vietnam’s final frontier. The province covers an area of 7945.8 square kilometres and as of 2008 it had a population of 705,100 people.

The province is subdivided into 1 city and 10 districts including Ha Giang city, Bac Me, Bac Quang, Dong Van, Hoang Su Phi, Meo Vac, Quan Ba, Quang Binh, Vi Xuyen, Xin Man, Yen Minh.

Ha Giang map

Ha Giang what to see

Mountains in Ha Giang are quite high, in which the highest Tay Con Linh point with 2,419m in height. There are good woods, over 1000 kinds of valuable drug trees, animals (tigers, peacocks, phoenix, pangolin) in primitive forests.

Coming to Ha Giang, you will be attracted by poetic Dong Van Highland, Love Market of Khau Vai. They can buy embroidery such as handkerchief, haversack, and dress with colorful, fine pattern. They also take part in enjoyable market-day of local ethnics. The people and natural scenes here are unlike anywhere in Vietnam.

Quan Ba Valley

Quan Ba Valley, located 45 kilometres (28 mi) from Ha Giang city, at 1,945.8 metres (6,384 ft), is called the “Heaven’s Gate” and has a TV transmitter on a peak. Uniformly shaped hills of the valley are viewed from this summit. Quan Ba Pass provides views of Thach Nui Doi (literal meaning: double stalagmite, but also known as “Two Stone Breasts” in the valley below). The valley has forested hills and meadows, with temperatures ranging between 10 °C (50 °F) in winter and 24 °C (75 °F) in summer. It is known for its secret grottoes and caves, colourful orchids, plum and peach trees, persimmon orchards, medicinal plants and many more.

Phuong Thien Cave

Phuong Thien Cave is 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) to the south of Ha Giang city. It is the location of many sights, especially natural caves and grottos of Doi, Lang Lô and Phuong Thien. The surrounding area is also known for its plums, pears, oranges, apples and Tuyet Son tea above 900 metres (3,000 ft).

Dong Van

Dong Van is a market town 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from Sa Phin and 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the Chinese border and is inhabited by the Tay and H’Mong people. It is located at an altitude of 1,025 metres (3,363 ft) and experiences temperatures of 0 °C (32 °F) in winter and 24 °C (75 °F) in the summer months. The highland region is famous for fruits such as Hau plums, peaches and persimmons without seeds. It has plants such as ginseng, cinnamon and anise.

Meo Vac

Meo Vac is a mountain pass at about 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) which forms the basin boundary of the Nho Que River on the border with China and is restricted zone. The market, held at Khau Vai which is about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Meo Vac, is where once a year on the 27th day of the third month of the Lunar calendar an event known famously as the Khau Vai “Love Market” takes place. The ethnic clans of White H’Mông, Tày, and Lô Lô congregate here, particularly the young, in search of life partners or to exchange partners. The Lô Lô people who dominate the local village by the same name in particular come here in their colourful regale.

Khau Vai Love Market

Khau Vai Love Market only meets once a year, on the 27th day of the third lunar month at Khau Vai commune in Meo Vac district, based on an old folk tale. A long time ago, there was a young beautiful couple who were in love but they were in different districts, which would have meant that she would have moved to her husband’s area. Her home district opposed this, while the boy’s district wanted this, causing political tension. When the couple was meeting, the two groups descended into warfare. To avoid bloodshed for their societies, the couple decided to break up and only secretly meet once a year on the anniversary, at Khau Vai. Since then the area has become a dating spot for couples. In the last 10 years, economic pressures have led to a market being set up to capitalise on the anniversary celebrations.

Ha Giang Museum

Ha Giang museum, located in the centre of Ha Giang city, not only has an array of findings from archaeological excavations but also houses historical artefacts, a bronze drum collection and also costumes of the local ethnic clans. The museum building is in the form of a big lotus opening up its petals, in a red and white colour mansion.

Ha Giang Market

Ha Giang market is an important market centre in Ha Giang city on the east bank of the Lô River. Tày, Nùng, Red Dao and White H’Mông ethnic groups congregate every Sunday at the market.

Lang Si Village

Lang Si is a village at the Lang Si pass where the White H’Mông tribes assemble at the market held once every six days. The village is 116 kilometres (72 mi) from Ha Giang and parts of the border wall built by the French army are seen here delimiting the border of the White H’Mông Kingdom. It is a honey-producing area and has many apiaries.

Sa Phin

Sa Phin is a small town in the remote Sa Phin valley (2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the Chinese border) where H’Mông Lords ruled. The unique feature is of the large double storied houses which are built in Chinese style made out of yellow bricks with Chinese style roofs. The twin white towered palace building is distinct among the 20 odd buildings.

The Vuong Family Mansion (H’mong King Palace)

The Vuong family mansion is an architectural heritage landmark in Sa Phin commune, Dong Van district that was listed by the government in 1993. At the start of the 20th century, Vuong Chinh Duc, a member of the H’Mông people, was appointed the Bang Ta and he had the family residence expanded into a mansion from where he worked. It is of a style that is rare in this mountainous region of northern Vietnam. The building was designed in the style of the later period of the Qing Dynasty of China, and is grouped into three sections, the front, middle and rear. It comprises six lengthwise and four sideways buildings, two levels, 64 rooms and 1,120 metres (3,670 ft) of land space. The building is surrounded by a stone wall, with a width of 0.6–0.9 metres (2.0–3.0 ft) and a height of 2.5–3 metres (8.2–9.8 ft). The mansion is 145 kilometres (90 mi) to the northwest of Ha Giang city and 24 kilometres (15 mi) to the southwest of the district of Dong Van.

How to get to Ha Giang?

There are several ways for getting to Ha Giang. You can get there by private car, limousine shared transfer, shuttle, local bus, motorbike, or bicycle. You have many choices depending on your departure location, preferred means of transport, your trip duration, your personal interest and budget. Ha Giang can’t be reached neither by train nor flight.

Getting to Ha Giang from Hanoi

The best way to get to Ha Giang from Hanoi is to rent a car with driver. Booking a private transfer from Hanoi to Ha Giang offers you the chance to make as many stops on the way as you wish for coffee breaks, side-road visits, or just shooting pictures.

There are also public buses going to Ha Giang from Hanoi. Taking local public bus or limousine shared transfer are alternative options for getting from Hanoi to Ha Giang. Most of Limousine service and shuttle buses depart from My Dinh bus station in the west of downtown Hanoi. While most of overnight buses leave from My Dinh bus station, you may find some departing from Gia Lam or Giap Bat bus station. Please bear in mind local buses are usually full at weekend and/or during school holidays in summer.

Local taxis, Uber, and Grab car, motorbike rental, bicycle hire service are also available in Hanoi.

Ha Giang when to go?

Ha Giang’s complicated topography is divided into 3 areas. The area on the south has rocky mountain, separated rivers. The west area has sloping mountain side, high pass, valleys, and narrow springs. The low land area includes hills, valley of Lo River, and Ha Giang.

Climatically, Ha Giang province has two seasons, dry and monsoon, dependent on the altitude of the region. The two northern Indochinese climatic zones on the border influence the climate in that part of the province. The lower areas in the province comprise low hills, the Lo River Valley and the city of Ha Giang. In Vi Xuyen district, dry season lasts from mid-September until the end of May, and the balance period of the year is the rainy season. However, in Du Gia district the wet season sets in one month earlier.

The average annual temperature in the provincial capital of Ha Giang is 22.78 °C (73.00 °F); the monthly averages range from a low of 15.48 °C (59.86 °F) in January to a high of 27.88 °C (82.18 °F) in July. The annual rainfall in Ha Giang is 2,430.1 millimetres (95.67 in); the monthly average varies from a low of 31.5 millimetres (1.24 in) in December to a high of 515.6 millimetres (20.30 in) in July. The average annual humidity level is 84%.

Best time to go

The best time to go to Ha Giang is in the dry season, in the months from October to April. But you should also know, the winter months (December, January, February) may be very cold. It is not good to go to this mountainous area during the rainy monsoon season (May to September) since landslides on the roads are possible.

Car and driver for Ha Giang

The best way to explore Ha Giang as well as its surroundings is to rent a car with driver. The option offers you the flexibility to discover the place at your own pace. Booking a private car with driver is recommended for a car trip, family holidays, and photography tour. We recommend you booking a car with driver from Hanoi, and doing the best northern loop (Hanoi – Ha Giang – Ba Be Lake – Hanoi).

We have a big fleet of vehicle including 4, 5 seat Sedan, 7, 8 seat MPV, SUV, 4WD, 15, 16 Minivan, Minibus, 29, 35, 45 Coaches offering a wide selection of car rental packages. Options include easy bus station pickup, private transfers, car rental with driver, private car hire. We also have pickup trucks and box trucks to rent out (with driver) for overland trips, self-guided bicycle, motorbike tours to Ha Giang and the northeast Vietnam.

No matter if in Ha Giang for travel, business, or pleasure you can find the right rental vehicle to match your budget and plans. Get around with more ease with a top quality car rental in Ha Giang from Vietnam Car Hire!

Ha Giang car hire packages

The following packages are only sample car rental packages, private transfers we design for travelers to travel to Ha Giang or from this city to other destinations in northern Vietnam. Please contact us for personalized travel plans, routes, car rental options, best rates, deals, and service’s availability.

Private transfers to Ha Giang

Private transport from Ha Giang to other destinations in Vietnam

Hanoi to Ha Giang bus

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Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to rent a car for Ha Giang, Vietnam?

Ha Giang car rental rates vary much depending on your travel plan, routes, date of travel, as well as your trip duration. Please let us know your working agenda (business trip) or day-to-day itinerary (travel itinerary), we will provide a quote.

What is the most popular rental cars in Ha Giang?

7 seat SUV Ford Everest, Isuzu Highlander and Toyota Fortuner are the most popular rental cars for individual travel in Ha Giang, Vietnam. For small group tours (3-6 people), Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinters (Minivan and Minibus) are also popular rental cars. 4,5 seat Sedans and 45, 50 seat coaches are only recommended for traveling to Ha Giang. Other mountainous communes and remotes villages surrounding the city might be difficultly accessible by sedan and big coach.

Why should I book Ha Giang private transfer with Vietnam Car Hire?

When booking Ha Giang car hire via vietnamcarhire.com, all your car rental options will be suggested by senior car rental agents who live in Vietnam. They are drivers, tour guides, and local people who have been to Ha Giang. They can provide practical, updated information about this destination. There are no extra costs and no hidden fees involved in booking a rental car with Vietnam Car Hire.

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