The most appropriate time to come to Ha Giang should be around or after the Tet Holidays, which is from February to May. During this time of the year, the scenery is magnificent with mountaintops hiding in the cloud and wild peach flowers blooming everywhere.
When should I go to Ha Giang?
The best time to visit Ha Giang is in the dry season, in the months from October to April. But it is good to know, the winter months (December, January, February) may be there very cold. It is not good to go to this mountainous area during the rainy season (May to September, landslides on the roads are possible).
How hard is the Ha Giang loop?
The road follows the Gâm River most of the time, making for an enjoyable drive along the valley floor. There will still be plenty of twists and a few passes but nothing as strenuous as before. Stop in Bắc Mê for bite at one of the local food stalls. You’ll find fewer towns in the last stretch before reaching the city.
How much does the Ha Giang loop cost?
At the time we were there, the Ha Giang Loop Easy Rider cost about $160 USD for the 4 day Loop and about $120 USD for the 3 day Loop. The EasyRider is also a good option if you don’t have the proper paperwork to rent a bike in Vietnam.
Is Ha Giang loop Safe?
The Ha Giang Loop is not safe and many people get hurt. The majority of people who I’ve seen get hurt on the Ha Giang Loop fall into two camps. They either didn’t have a lot of experience driving a motorbike or weren’t paying attention. With that said, however, even experienced riders get injured on the Ha Giang Loop.
How do you pronounce Ha Giang?
First and foremost, don’t pronounce Ha Giang like it’s written—it’s not Ha Gee-ung/ang. Nor is it Ha-Yang. The proper pronunciation of this province is Ha Zhung or Ha Jung.
How long does it take to do the Ha Giang loop?
The time to complete the full loop is approximately 3-4 days, although it’s recommended to carve out at least four days as to not rush the experience and be able to soak in all the sights. To be honest, I can’t imagine doing the loop in anything less than 4 days. Me posing in front of the Ma Pi Leng Pass – whoa!
What should I wear to Ha Giang?
That being said, these are my recommendations on what to pack for a ride along the Ha Giang Loop:
- Comfy, stretchy clothes.
- A waterproof coat.
- A bandana or scarf.
- Real shoes.
- Flip flops too!
- Two changes of clothes.
- A towel and a basic shower kit.
- Sunscreen and bug spray.