The only way to travel from Hanoi to Ha Giang is by road. By public bus the journey takes 6 hours to travel slightly over 300 km from Hanoi to Ha Giang, including a short comfort break on route. Bus and minivan services to Ha Giang depart depart from 16 Hang Chinh Street in Hanoi and terminate at 539 Nguyen Trai Street in Ha Giang.
Bus Times Hanoi to Ha Giang
There 4 services a day from Hanoi to Ha Giang which you can book online.
- VIP Sleeper: The 07:00 and 19:00 services are on a bus with reclining seats, on board toilet and TV.
- VIP: The 06:15 and 07:00 services are a 10 seat minivan with large reclining seats and tinted glass windows.
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About Ha Giang
Ha Giang is Vietnam’s most northerly province which shares a long (270 km) border with China. Ha Giang is one of Vietnam’s poorest regions on account of its mountainous geography and remote location. Ha Giang is also one of Vietnam’s most ethnically diverse regions with other 25 ethnic groups residing in the province, the most numerous of which are the Kinh people who make up around 10% of the provinces population of over 700,000 people. The production of tea and fruit farming are the two major sources of income for the people of Ha Giang, with a small additional income from tourism.
The main town in the province is Ha Giang town which has a population of over 45,000 people and small range of shops, restaurants and guesthouses. The main bus stations for the province are located in Ha Giang and for this reason the town is the starting point for trips around Ha Giang province. Ha Giang province is one of the few places in Vietnam where you require a permit to visit some of the more remote locations located on the road going north from Ha Giang town from Tam Son to Meo Vac. You can travel by local bus and then on foot to go trekking in the mountains, however, the more popular option for most foreign visitors is rent a motorbike and to ride on a loop initially heading north from Ha Giang town on the QL4C road and looping back west on the QL34 road. This is an exciting road trip which takes 2 to 3 days to complete and takes in many of the most popular parts of Ha Giang Province. The highlights of this road trip include:
- Ma Pi Leng Pass: A long stretch of road carved into the side of a steep valley with views of mountains stretching into the distance. This is the most photographed place in Ha Giang Province.
- Dong Van Plateau: Plain covered with small karst mountains forming a unique landscape. This is a popular area for trekking.
- Pho Bang Village: A hill tribe village with traditional wooden buildings and a traditional lifestyle. Very few tourists venture here so please try to be respectful and avoid giving money to children or buying gifts from them as this is likely to encourage the children to spend their time waiting around on the street to beg from the occasional tourists who turns up rather than attending the local school and getting an education. Buying products from, and giving money to, school age children will have a negative impact on the local economy.
- Dong Van market: This an important Sunday market and many of the vendors, as well as the customers, have to walk more than half day to get here and the same again to return to their homes. Everything on sale at this market is made or grown by the people of the local hill tribes and this is a great place to pick up some authentic souvenirs of your time in Ha Giang Province.