Things to do in Ha Giang Vietnam

Ha Giang is getting to be a popular tourist attraction in Vietnam. Located to the extreme north of Vietnam with harsh weather conditions and badly stricken by the Chinese invasion in 1979-1989. Ha Giang was the last area in Vietnam to have peace back after the invasion by China, the land had been closed to tourism until the late 1990s.

 Mountains at Quan Ba, Ha Giang, VietnamHa Giang has been popular among young Vietnamese adventure travelers for the last few years, yet not much known among foreign visitors to Vietnam. Amazingly this is the area that you get the most beautiful mountains in the country as claimed by most young Vietnamese travelers. The natural landscape of Ha Giang, especially of Dong Van Plateau, is more similar to those we encounter in a fairy tale; it bears an unreal look!

So, you might be wondering what is it all about Ha Giang, what to see and things to do in this amazing land then. Below you can find a list of things that make Ha Giang great:

- Visiting ethnic villages and experiencing ethnic cultures: Ha Giang is home to a plethora of ethnic groups whose cultures are untouched. Visiting their villages and learning about their cultures make your adventure to Ha Giang a memorable experience.

- Staying with local ethnic families: There are several ethnic villages that offer homestay to the visitors. The conditions are poor still but this is a really engaging experience.

- Visiting ethnic markets: Get yourself lost amid a weekend market in the mountains of Ha Giang, you’ll get once in a lifetime experience! You’ll be overwhelmed by the colors, dazzled by the food smells, charmed by the ethnic costumes… you name it! The most famous markets in Ha Giang are: Hoang Su Phi (Saturday), Dong Van (Sunday), Ma Le (Saturday), Lung Phing (Sunday).Rice terraces and mountains at Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang, Vietnam

- Trekking: There are myriads of trekking routes which lead to amazing corners of Ha Giang that make you see what others don’t. The most popular treks are found in Hoang Su Phi, Vi Xuyen District and Dong Van Plateau.

- Mountain-biking: You’ll get an adventure of a lifetime mountain-biking in Dong Van Plateau. You’ll get splendid mountains and you’ll have totally unexpected encounters with locals. Still, this is dangerous that good riding experience and good preparations are required for each participant and each trip.

- Motorcycling: This is a really thrilling experience that you ride a motorcycle or a scooter making your way amid the splendid nature. Again, this is an adventure for the experienced riders only. Blind curves, small roads and trails, deep ravines are not to be taken lightly.

- Photography: Do not ever forget a good camera with good lens and with cards having lots of memory available on your trip to Ha Giang; else, be prepared to be sorry after your trip!

How to get there: Paradissa is a local tour operator in Vietnam offering different car adventure tours to Ha Giang from Hanoi for 4-6 days.