Ha Giang (sometimes known as the Roof of Vietnam) is a province in Northern Vietnam. The area is home to a large number of minority groups and hilltribes such as the Dao, H’mong, Tay and Nung, just to name a few. The provincial capital, also called Ha Giang, is an excellent place to base your travels in Northern Vietnam. If you are ready to discover an incredible corner of Asia, bring your camera and your sense of adventure and discover this rarely visited region!
The area in and around Ha Giang is characterized by beautiful limestone karsts, rolling hills and highlands. The climate in Ha Giang Province is divided into two distinct seasons, namely rainy and dry, however the difference in temperature and rainfall between seasons can vary depending on the altitude. The temperature can get as cold as freezing in some places, so some sort of warm wear is recommended during the winter months.
Meo Vac, a town north of the provincial capital near the Chinese border is home to many H’mong villages. They are easily identified by the colorful garments and headwear. Nearby is the Nho Que River, and an excellent venue for a light trek to visit the Tay and Nung hilltribe villages.
About 140 kilometers from the provincial capital is Dong Van Plateau, very close to the Chinese border. The setting here is beautiful, to say the least. Passing clouds add to the already scenic view of the valley which are dotted with fields and rock formations below. Head up to the peak for an even better view!
After visiting Dong Van, a recommended stop would be to Lung Cu, Vietnam’s northernmost point. Hilltribes from around the region converge at the local market here to trade their wares, making it a lively, colorful and certainly interesting spot.
The area around Ha Giang is stunning and is still untouched by tourism. Many come here as an alternative to Sapa, another mountainous town in North Vietnam. The area is certainly suited for adventurers, nature seekers and travelers looking for some peace away from the country’s cities and tourist attractions.
If you would like to visit the pristine north, why not do so with Exotissimo’s five-day The Roof of Vietnam: Ha Giang and the Far North tour? This program will take you to some of the country’s most dramatic scenery. You will meet the region’s fascinating and colorful hilltribes, be captivated by the beautiful scenery and understand the relationship between the people and the land. You can discover more of this fascinating country with our recommended Vietnam tours page and Vietnam day trip page. These tours have been carefully chosen and constructed allowing you to get the most out of each destination.
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