Located at the highest latitude in Vietnam, Ha Giang is endowed by nature with unique beauty, a variety of spectacular views and local specialties. Newly discovered, Ha Giang still remains its authenticity.
Meo Vac is exactly the next destination that you can sink your teeth into. You will totally drown in the feeling of adventure, feeling of peace and feeling of full discovery. Starting your way of exploration, Meo Vac is the right place for you to check out some of 23 minority groups in Ha Giang, which includes Hmong, Tay, Nung hill tribe. People and Nho Que River seem to be so tiny among big mountains. You can see here and there the locals in their colorful dresses working on the terraced fields. This is also a good chance for you to savor excellent outlooks of lush valleys.
Depart the capital by road this morning for the start of your adventure. The drive to Ha Giang takes around 7 hours but is some of the most breathtaking scenery in Vietnam and along the way you will stop as often as you like to visit small villages and take photos. After the long drive, We will have lunch in restaurant. After lunch, we continue our drive towards Dong Van stone plateau.
We drop by Quan Ba town and take a walk up to the observatory to enjoy Twin Mountain sightseeing. Overnight at Home stay /hotel in Ha Giang.
Continue northwards this morning to the town of Meo Vac located along the Chinese border. The six-hour drive takes you through many Hmong villages with several stops made en route. Reaching Meo Vac in early afternoon set of on a light trek along the banks of the Nho Que River to visit villages of the Tay and Nung hilltribes. Overnight at the hotel in Meo Vac.
After a visit to the morning hill tribe market at Meo Vac, and take a short drive to Dong Van, passing over ‘Heaven’s Gate Pass’. we continue our road trip to Dong Van karst plateau. A stop will be made en route for visiting a Hmong village in Lung Cam, and the residence of the Vuong family, still called “Palace of Hmong King”. This road skirts the Chinese border soaring above a deep valley dotted with fields and rock formations. This afternoon there is time to explore the local villages and valleys around Dong Van. Overnight at Home stay/ the hotel in Dong Van.
Following breakfast leave Dong Van for a spectacular 1-hour drive to Lung Cu, the northern most point where there is highest flagpole of the North Vietnam. Discover the diversity of the north with a visit to the local market where hill tribes from around the region come to trade their wares, stop at the palace of a former Hmong king and take a walk through Pho Bang town whose lanes are filled with traditional Chinese-style houses. Continue to Yen Minh, Arriving late this afternoon. Overnight at the hotel in Yen Minh.
Looping back to Hanoi, this full day of driving first takes you over the Tam Son Valley where, should you wish, you can take a short trek to a Hmong village. You’ll the reach Ha Giang again around midday before continuing onwards to Hanoi arriving early evening.
Notes: Advised to take good walking shoes, raincoats, jackets, torch, insect repellent …