Unsure When is the best time to visit Ha Giang and How to get there? Let us offer you some great tips on which month/ season to go and which way to get there to enjoy most of Ha Giang during your trip.
The Best Time To Visit Ha Giang
Ha Giang experiences two main seasons: the rainy season from April to October – and the dry season from November to March. Along with these seasons switching, Ha Giang offers a different perspective at different times of the year, when visitors find Ha Giang at its own varied authentic charms.
Best months to visit Ha Giang
January – March: It’s the time of peach and plum flowers to boom, also the time of Lunar New Year with a festive atmosphere, when you will see the hills and mountains come back to life after their winter sleep. Peach and plum blossoms add dots of white and pink to the green hills, making for a wonderful view and beautiful scent.
April: On 27th on the third month of the year which falls in April, Ha Giang is bustling with Khau Vai annual love market, which is a special event that happens only once a year. On this day, vendors from all around the province come to sell their products in a flurry of color. Check when exactly it is this year as the exact date depends on the lunar calendar and changes every year.
May – July: During these months, the terraced rice fields in Ha Giang are flooded in water to prepare for the rice season, making a poetic scenery. Farmers irrigate their rice fields which turn a rich vibrant green as a result. Get ready for some postcard-worthy shots during this time of year!
September – October: The rice fields turn yellow weaving through the mountains like golden ribbons and are almost ready for harvest. Another Ha Giang’s must-see for tourists who love to seek for wonder.
November – December: It’s the time for buckwheat flowers to bloom on the terraced fields, also the time for buckwheat flower’s festival. This is when the small, pink flowers in the fields create a beautiful contrast to the grey mountains and green forests around.
Besides, there is a chance of snow (which is very rare over Vietnam, only can be found at Ha Giang). Even if you don’t catch snow, the province is beautiful in winter as thick mist floats around the hills and makes you feel like you’re in a whole other world.
How To Get To Ha Giang (From Hanoi)
Located in the northernmost region and considered as the final frontier of Vietnam, Ha Giang is about 320km north of Hanoi and was never an easy destination to travel. However, there are still available transportations that help you to reach the destination.
By bus: A cheap and comfortable way to get to Ha Giang from Hanoi is by night bus, which may take you around 7 – 9 hours of driving. There are several leaving Hanoi’s northern terminal every evening and the cheapest ones cost you less than $10. The coaches have fully-reclining berths which make it easy to sleep. That way you can start exploring Ha Giang well-rested and make the most of your first day there.
By private car: The most convenient way to reach Ha Giang is by private car. In Hanoi, you will easily find travel agents who can help you book a private driver to take you to Ha Giang. Especially if you’re traveling with a group of friends, this can be a fun and cost-effective solution. Going with a driver also adds flexibility as you can stop anytime you want, whether it’s for a photo or to try some food along the way. The cost starts from $100 and variable.
By motorbike: If you adventure, head to Ha Giang on your own motorbike. The 300-kilometer ride will take you the better part of a day, especially if you want to make a few stops along the way.
To be safe, always ride with a helmet. It’s the law and it’s important since you’re probably unfamiliar with the rather creative driving style in Vietnam. When you’re ready to go, start your trip early in the morning to make the most of daylight. This is important as some mountain roads are poorly illuminated and you wouldn’t want to drive in the dark on winding roads you don’t know well.