Venture far from the tourist crowds to Ha Giang, a remote trekking heartland home to ethnic minority villages, scenic passes and vast rice terraces. Set in the far north of Vietnam near the Chinese border, the province is home to a UNESCO geopark and has been ruled by native tribes for centuries, among them the H’mong and Dao people. In Ha Giang, rivers carve their way through deep canyons, rice terraces cling precariously to hillsides and the landscape is carpeted in spikey limestone and granite mountains cloaked in thick forest.
Drive the Ha Giang loop to appreciate the region’s beauty, stopping at Heaven’s Gate for views over a green valley criss-crossed with rice terraces. Dramatic, hair-pin turns await on the winding Ma Pi Leng Pass, the road spiralling like a ribbon into the horizon. Trekking is Ha Giang’s main draw, with routes winding through forests, fields and villages belonging to the 23 ethnic minorities who call the province home. Every Sunday, they converge in traditional indigo-dyed dress at the Dong Van market to sell medicinal herbs and mountain produce.
Talk to our Vietnam team about Ha Giang tours, so you can explore the region’s far-flung forests, ethnic villages and mountain passes with a local guide.