From Hanoi to Ha Giang

Bumpy road to Ha Giang

Every year, the vibrant capital city of Vietnam – Hanoi welcomes millions of tourists. From here, most of them are only interested in traveling to Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue, Danang, Sapa, etc, however, Ha Giang – the less known destination among travelers, is also well worth your visit. Myanmar travel packages

Ha Giang in evergreen

Ha Giang in evergreen-source: internet

However, it is not such bad experience. Although you can find no flights and trains available, it is only an eight-hour bus journey on the fine roads. Do not expect much sleep as you will face the usual traffic hazards and they are a bit bumpy along with a few steep drops and even worst.

Mainly leaving from My Dinh bus station, buses for Ha Giang own morning and evening (sleeper) departures. Private operators, as well as very early morning public buses, ply the route. For instance, Hung Thanh leaves from My Dinh, Gia Lam and Luong Yen, with tickets priced from 150,000 to 180,000VND depending on your seat. Try booking online or consider paying extra for a travel agent to sort the tickets out for you, it is advisable to book at least a few hours or a day in advance, even though the latter option is not really practical given the cost of travelling to My Dinh.

Bumpy road to Ha Giang

Bumpy road to Ha Giang-source: internet

Before heading off to do whatever you want to do in the region the next morning, it is highly recommended to travel up during the day and spending the night in Ha Giang. Then, you can travel back to Hanoi overnight.

You can get to enjoy the spectacular scenery on the way up if travelling during the day: there are glimpses of the real beauty awaiting you further up as the higher you get, the sparser the population gets, the paddy gives way to tea plantations, while much of the journey is through villages and towns. Until the bus hits a bumpy bit of road or the driver brakes suddenly to avoid an oncoming cow, the time flies by as you lost in thought, stare out of the window.

Hung Thanh bus to Ha Giang

Hung Thanh bus to Ha Giang-source: internet

Located at No 5 Nguyen Trai Street, Ha Giang bus station is where you can find buses depart hourly in the evening at 20:00, 20:30, 21:00 and 21:30 and in the morning from 05:00 until 12:00. centre Vietnam travel tours

Explore the beauty of the North Vietnam

Explore the beauty of the North Vietnam-source: internet

You have two other options: you can go by motorbike or you can hire a minibus or car and driver, but this is expensive (you may be quoted $320 return for a car) if you do not want to go by bus. Even though the roads are not too bad, it is still 315 kilometers, which is such a long way in northwest Vietnam — to get there, budget at least two days. Moreover, the real attraction lies north of there and Ha Giang is really only the start point for your journey.

From Hanoi to Ha Giang

From Hanoi to Ha Giang-source: internet

Take the bus up and hire bikes from Ha Giang (more on that to come) is not a bad idea if you are planning on doing a round trip by motorbike from Ha Giang. Consider taking the train back from Lao Cai to Hanoi, for example, if you are aiming to go to Ha Giang and then over to northeast Vietnam.

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