Day 5 – Back to Ha Giang – 50km
Oh, day five – our last day. I wish we could stay longer. We had the last 50 km ahead of us, so we took a small detour to explore villages around Tam Son town. We followed the map we got from the bike rental shop, but we missed our turn and got lost. Kids walking back home from school were laughing at us as we drove at least three times back and forth.
Finally, we found the turn Google was showing us – a small dirt trail going through the fields. OK, we were not going to go that way, and so we turned back again and found a different small road which took us back to the main road.
We stopped for lunch at a restaurant by the river, and we were lucky to see two ladies washing strings (for clothes probably) with a bunch of naked kids running around them playing in the river. I like to watch how things are being made.
In the afternoon we arrived in Ha Giang, returned our bikes, had dinner and waited for our night sleeping bus back to Hai Phong. Goodbye Ha Giang – you were truly amazing, and I hope to see you again!
The Extreme Ha Giang Loop as I called it was one of the best trips of my life! After living in Asia for four years, I was worried that this trip wouldn’t fascinate me so much anymore. But my expectations were even topped. This place is like no other – the unbelievable scenery combined with the smiles of the local people makes it even more worthwhile. Also, in comparison to Sapa, this place is still not so frequented by tourists. My final piece of advice is to do this trip on a bike as there is no better way to explore all these places. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to ride a bike. It doesn’t take long to learn. In the worst case, you can have your own driver.
Where to stay in Ha Giang
I usually use HotelsCombined.com or Booking.com to find accommodations. It’s safe, easy and reliable. It also compares prices among all the booking sites (Booking, Agoda etc.) In this area, you can also use Airbnb or just follow the recommendation from the bike rental shop. We rented our bikes from QT and they told us exactly where we can stay in each place. All the places were amazing.
We spent 5 days in Ha Giang province. When we arrive in the early morning we took another short nap in QT hostel (that is free if you rent a bike from them). Next two days we stayed in Du Gia village and stayed at QT Du Gia guest house (70.000 dongs). When we arrived at Dong Van we stayed in Da Nho hotel. Our last night we spent in a small village Nam Dam in an amazing homestay Hong Thu. All places are included on my map.
Here you can find all details, which route we took, where we stayed and where I stopped to take photos.
Video from our trip
I’m not good at making videos, so this is just a short video from our phones.
If you have read till this point, thank you so much!!! You are amazing! Sorry, but I was just not able to write it shorter and I wasn’t able to select only 30 photos out of the total 723 either.