Dong Van Karst Plateau is a limestone area stretching across four districts: Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van and Meo Vac. As a combination of many famous places in Ha Giang, Dong Van loop also attracts the attention of many tourists.
Where to go in Dong Van loop
When you explore the Dong Van Loop, you will visit the following places to experience all the beauty of the Dong Van karst plateau as well as in Ha Giang loop.
Day 1: Thon Tha, Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van
7:00 am: After traveling from Hanoi to Ha Giang, tourists will go to Thon Tha, a peaceful village. The whole group will rest, have a light meal for a while then start going to Quan Ba.
9:00 am: After arriving at Quan Ba, the group will go to Quan Ba Heaven Gate to see Ha Giang fairy bosom and the panorama of pristine Tam Son village and experience conquering Bac Sum slope
11:00 am: Move to Yen Minh, visit Yen Minh pine forest and En cave, then rest and have lunch here.
1:00 pm: Then tourists move to Dong Van town. Here you can visit other famous tourist attractions here such as Dong Van Old Quarter, Dong Van market, Pho Ban town, etc.
6:00 pm: Rest at a Dong Van homestay. In the evening, people can explore the cuisine and daily lifestyle of the indigenous people here.
Day 2: Dong Van, Ma Pi Leng Pass, Vuong’s Palace, Meo Vac, Sung La Valley, Lung Cu
7:00 am: In the morning, everyone has breakfast at the homestay and then begins to explore Dong Van loop. The first destination of the day is Vuong’s palace, a long-standing mansion of a wealthy Vuong family imbued with H’mong culture. You can not forget to admire the pristine and romantic scenery in Lung Tao.
9:00 am: Then the group went to conquer Ma Pi Leng pass, one of the most difficult slopes in Ha Giang. Just below Ma Pi Leng pass is the Nho Que River. You should visit this river and experience interesting activities here.
11:00 am: Have lunch, rest then start going to Meo Vac to visit Sung La valley. This is a valley with extremely poetic, rustic and lyrical scenery. You will be able to see buckwheat flower fields in the fresh air of the village.
1:00 pm: The whole group goes to Lung Cu to visit the Lung Cu flagpole.
3:00 pm: After visiting the flagpole, the group walked around Lung Cu to explore the cuisine and natural beauty here.
5:00 pm: Check-in at Lung Cu homestay and rest overnight here.
Day 3: Lung Tam, Quan Ba, Lung Khuy cave, Thon Tha
7:00 am: Tourists will move from Lung Cu to Quan Ba.
8:00 am: Visit Lung Tam village and Lung Khuy cave, a cave that will bring a memorable experience to you.
9:00 am: Move to Thon Tha and end the Dong Van loop.
How to go when taking Dong Van loop
You can choose the following main means of transportation for your Dong Van loop trip.
A motorbike is the optimal mode of transportation for a Dong Van loop. Riding a motorbike grants you the freedom to explore your desired destinations, giving you greater control over your itinerary. Additionally, it facilitates navigating rugged or narrow roads.
You can easily rent motorbikes from the Ha Giang motorbike rental agency. It’s advisable to conduct some research on rental options in advance. Upon your arrival in Ha Giang city, simply contact them to arrange your motorbike rental.
For those seeking the convenience of a driver and a pre-planned itinerary, the Ha Giang motorbike tour is the most suitable choice. These tour packages cover all aspects of your trip, including transportation, dining, and accommodations. This option ensures a safe and hassle-free experience, especially for those who are new to traveling in Ha Giang.
Taking private car
You can also rent a Hanoi to Ha Giang private car from the beginning of the trip if you do not want to ride a motorbike. When traveling by private car, you will have space and comfortable seats to rest while on the road. Furthermore, you can also tell the driver to take you to your desired locations on your Dong Van loop trip.
However, it will be difficult for a private car to go on narrow roads, so you will not be able to explore places with such difficult terrain. So if you love experiencing new places, a private car will not be the ideal choice
Best time to take Dong Van loop
The best time to take the Dong Van loop is from September to December and from February to April.
September to December
From September to December, Dong Van Ha Giang weather is extremely beautiful for travel. At this time, Dong Van enters the dry season so there is not much rain, which hinders sightseeing and experience activities. Therefore, the road is always dry, making it easy for you to move. The temperature is cool and comfortable so people will not feel tired. However, in December it will be very cold so you need to prepare warm clothes for yourself.
In September, Dong Van will wear the yellow color of ripe rice terraces. Or you will see buckwheat flower fields in November at Sung La Valley. If you go in December, don’t forget to experience cloud hunting on the Lung Cu flagpole.
February to April
If you take the Dong Van loop from February to April, the temperature starts to warm up compared to winter, but there is still a little drizzle of spring. Normally, the daytime temperature will be around 18 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius, but at night the temperature will drop even more, so be sure to prepare enough clothes.
Many tourists are extremely interested in the bright and vibrant beauty of Dong Van spring. This is the season of flowers blooming in Dong Van. You will not be able to miss the pink of peach blossoms, the red of rice flowers or the white of plum branches. All create a Dong Van full of color and vitality.
Where to stay in Dong Van loop
Because of the nature of having to travel a lot and go to many places, tourists will usually have to change places of stay frequently during the trip. So where to stay is extremely important when taking the Dong Van loop.
Homestay is the most popular type of accommodation in Dong Van karst plateau. In each district there are many homestays for you to choose from. Each homestay brings you different experiences and impressions because when staying at a homestay, you will be closer to the lifestyle of the local people and explore their culture. However, to choose a good homestay, you should refer to the reviews of other tourists.
Homestay prices range from 400,000 VND to 1,500,000 VND per room depending on the type of room you choose. Normally, homestays are divided into two types of rooms: dorm and private room. In a dorm room you will stay from 8 to 10 people, so the price will be cheaper from 80,000 VND to 100,000 VND per person. Dorm rooms are very suitable for groups of friends or backpackers.
Hostel is also another popular choice in Dong Van loop. At the hostel, the architecture will be more modern, similar to the modern house styles now in Ha Giang. When staying at a hostel, you will be provided with full basic amenities and attentive, dedicated service.
Cost for a Dong Van loop trip
The cost for a Dong Van loop trip will also be similar to the Ha Giang loop cost. To be able to calculate the budget for your Dong Van loop trip, here are the basic costs for your trip.
|Dong Van loop expenditure||Cost|
|Transportation during Dong Van loop||
|Accommodation during Dong Van loop||200,000 VND to 300,000 VND/ pax/ day|
|Food cost during Dong Van loop||250,000 VND to 300,000 VND/ pax/ day|
|Sightseeing cost||20,000 VND to 100,000 VND per person per attraction|
|Cost of moving to Ha Giang||
The table above is the average cost per day. The total cost depends on the number of days you take the Dong Van loop. In addition to the above costs, you should calculate other additional costs, including the cost of buying gifts and souvenirs during the trip. With the above information, we hope you will be able to create a reasonable budget and spending plan.
I hope that with this shared information, you will gain more travel experience of a Dong Van loop. Wishing you a joyful and safe journey.