The Ha Giang Experience for you

Because we want you to have the getaway you deserve, here are our Ha Giang travel tips for you! In our tips, you’ll find out what to wear and pack, how to stay in budget and stay connected, and who to call when you need language help!

Recommendations for our guests

Recommendations for our guests

We hope you enjoy your trip to Ha Giang and travel responsibly at the same time. Please note a few tips here in order protect community interests and preserve the environment.

Climate

Climate

You can travel to Ha Giang during all seasons, but among the best times to come is during the dry season from October to March, when the buckwheat, cherry blossom, and rapeseed flowers bloom.

April to September is the rainy season, but it is also the season that allows you to experience the breathtaking terraced fields.
From October to March, average temperature in Ha Giang is about 15-20 degree Celcius (59-68 degree Fahrenheit). From April to September, the temperature rises to between 25 and 35 degree Celcius (between 77 and 95 degree Fahrenheit).

What to wear

What to wear

No matter when you go to Ha Giang, be prepared for the rain: bring thick 2-layered water-proof pants. Bikers should have their windshield jackets and helmets ready! The wind in the mountain passes can be really chilly sometimes.

During winter, Ha Giang can get quite cold, so it is best to carry a woolen hat, scarf, with mittens/socks and dress in layers.

Summer in Ha Giang is not cold at all, but it is even more important to prepare for the rain! Rainboots, ponchos, and waterproof-pants should be packed.

Park permit for non-Vietnamese

Park permit for non-Vietnamese

For non-Vietnamese, a fee of VND 220,000 per trip is required to obtain a permit to enter the border districts of Ha Giang. You can obtain the permit from where you stay (ask your hotel for help) or ask for a permit at the police station in one of the districts or at Ha Giang City.

Ha Giang City police station: Opposite C10 stadium, Tran Phu road, Ha Giang City

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What to bring

What to bring

Bring cash since ATMs are only available at the district centers. Except for selected hotels, almost all locations in a Giang are cash-only!

Also bring first-aid medicines, snacks, coffee, and a sleeping bag. During summer, you want to bring sunscreen too!

Key phone numbers

Key phone numbers

Travel Tips Key Phone Numbers:

Police: 02193 886 492

Traffic Police: 02193 886 492

Medical Aid: 02193 886 441

Supporting lines for non-Vietnamese speakers: 02193 866 533 / 02193 866 942

Language: 02193 866 533 / 02193 866 942

Connection/internet

Connection/internet

Buy an Internet card at telecommunication shops in district centers. Viettel has the most reliable cellphone and 3G signal in Ha Giang. Mobile data is available in all towns and many other locations across Ha Giang.

Internet is available in hotels and some homestays.

Safety considerations

Safety considerations

It is not recommended for beginner bikers to drive on Ha Giang’s tortuous mountain roads. If you are keen to experience a motorbike ride, please hire locals/ professional bikers.

Ha Giang is generally very safe. However, please take due caution just as you do when traveling to any other places!

Indicative prices

Indicative prices

Key prices to keep in mind to stay in budget:

Hotel VND 200,000 – 300,000 – 350,000 – 400,000 – 600,000 per night depending on room type
Homestay VND 100,000
Eating out VND 50,000 – 80,000 – 100,000 – 150,000 – 200,000/ meal
Taxi VND 8,000/km
Coach with beds Hanoi – Ha Giang: VND 200,000 per person
Hanoi – Ha Giang bus: VND 180,000 per person
Taxi for Hanoi – Ha Giang: VND 3 million

Language

Language

Most people only speak Vietnamese or other ethnic minorities’ languages.

Guides at tourist attractions can speak English but only at a very basic level. If you run into language and communications problems, call for help: 02193 866 533 / 02193 866 942

Power plug

Power plug

The standard electrical current used in Vietnam is 220-240 volts AC (50 cycles), and you can use power plugs that have two pins. If your plugs don’t have two pins, please bring a converter!