Ha Giang is one of the emerging destinations in Vietnam, and let me tell you, it is worth your time to visit this place once being in Vietnam. However, not by car, as local experts opinions, there is no better way to discover this wonderful destination than a motorbike tour in Ha Giang. Hence, below, is a guideline of how to plan your motorbike tour in Ha Giang based on us – the experienced travel and local experts at AVT Travel.
THE ROUTES FOR THE MOTORBIKE TOUR IN HA GIANG
As you might know from different sources on the Internet, Ha Giang is a mountainous terrain which has a location up to the Northern part of Vietnam. Within the territory of Ha Giang, there is the northernmost point of Vietnam is close to Lung Cu Flag Tower. Furthermore, Ha Giang has one of the most politically geographical meanings to Vietnam alongside its majestic natural beauties and cultural values.
From the main urban area of Ha Giang to Nho Que River, the route’s length is around 200 kilometres and is considered to be one of the most challenging but majestic routes in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Crossing four villages (Quang Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van, and Meo Vac), the routes consist of many steep pass roads interspersed with flat roads. In general, in the 200 kilometres that you have to pass in order to reach Nho Que River, around 75% of the roads will be the pass roads, and by each 30-to-40-kilometre pass road, we will have around 10 kilometres of flat ones. Hence, with this condition of geography, the cautions to your safety are essential, and we will highlight them below in this blog.
THE SUGGESTED ITINERARY FOR A MOTORBIKE TOUR IN HA GIANG
It is a very beautiful road if you go totally from Ha Noi to Ha Giang. However, it might take fewer days you can save that time to discover other destinations in the North of Vietnam. Hence, in this blog, we will focus on the experience of a motorbike tour in Ha Giang only to give you the full details but be precise at the same time.
To reach Ha Giang, we recommend you go by car or limousine which will take you approximately seven to twelve hours to reach Ha Giang from Hanoi. A note that the time will be diverse due to the itinerary of the mode of transportation that you take.
Next, about the period to stay in Ha Giang, we understand that there are many factors to consider in order to make this decision, such as the availability of time, the number of attractions you would like to visit and experience, and the weather or financial conditions. However, to sort up according to our professional experience, the ideal period of stay will be around three to four days in Ha Giang. In addition, we think that Ha Giang is a perfect place to visit all year, but the most beautiful times in our opinion are during the spring (February to April) and autumn (September to November) thanks to the nature and cultural festivals around those periods.
Destinations in Ha Giang
Then, definitely, when talking about travelling, we cannot miss the list of must-see attractions or places. As mentioned at first, we definitely include Nho Que River and Ma Pi Leng Pass into the itinerary since those are the final destinations of this amazing journey. Talking about these milestone points, the Nho Que River is a beautiful evergreen river in Ha Giang crossing through the majestic mountainous system of Ha Giang as soft emerald silk.
Talking of Ma Pi Leng Pass, if Nho Que River looks like the yin energy of a graceful girl, then Ma Pi Leng Pass seems like a huge and spectacular man. Crossing through Ma Pi Leng on your motorbike feels like a daydreaming experience on a foggy day among the clouds and turns to the magnification drive on a sunny day with a clear blue sky. Alongside, some of the impressive destinations can be listed like the Mansion of Vuong’s Family, Dong Van Karst Plateau, Chin Khoanh Pass, and Bac Sum Pass.
About the things to do in Ha Giang, we have already published two detailed blogs on this topic. Check out Parts I and II of this interesting series for more travel inspirations from the local points of view.
Diverse choices for experience
Moreover, we cannot talk about Ha Giang without mentioning the cultural experience. With the enrichment of the ethnic minorities’ diversity, spending half-day or going deeper into the small villages where the locals live is a good idea to explore and understand the local culture. The suggested provinces in our opinion are Meo Vac and Dong Van where you can spend more time exploring the local customs and manners, market cultures, and local cuisine. Besides, to enjoy most of the nature of Ha Giang from different perspectives, we recommend you take a tour of the Nho Que River to observe the majesty of Ha Giang from another view.
A REMINDER FOR SAFETY REASONS
As we talking above, as for the natural geographical condition, the route in Ha Giang tends to be challenging. Hence, to go on a safe motorbike tour, we friendly advise you only go on the trip by yourself if you are an experienced or professional motorbike rider. Otherwise, it is a good choice for your own safety to go with a local guide or driver to ensure a safe journey while exploring and enjoying the best beauties of Ha Giang.
Also, regarding the weather conditions, we suggest not going during the days with extreme weather like storms or heavy rain since it might affect your visibility and safety (due to the wet and slippery roads). Furthermore, please be cautious on the pass road by controlling your riding speed and looking carefully at the convex mirrors before turning. Last but not least about this topic, reading carefully the instructions and information boards is very essential to remind as always.
Lastly, as in AVT, we take very seriously the sustainable value and the safety of the environment. Hence, we would like all of our foreign friends to take care of beautiful nature as we always do by throwing our own trash in place and always bringing with you a special bag to keep your own trash to not put it in the wrong place.
To conclude, we would like to wish you the best experience in Ha Giang. If you would like to have a fun, memorable but safe motorbike tour in Ha Giang, contact AVT and we can construct your dream trip upon your own requests.
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