Winter is considered the most beautiful season in Ha Giang by many tourists. Each winter, Ha Giang is immersed in a unique and diverse atmosphere. If you’re unsure of where to go during this winter season, why not travel to Ha Giang? I’m sure you’ll fall in love with Ha Giang in winter after reading my article below.
Experiences exclusive to Ha Giang winter travel
Aside from the popular travel season during the ripening rice season, Ha Giang also attracts many visitors during winter. Ha Giang in winter offers stunning landscapes and fascinating festivals. However, the weather is a common concern that discourages many young travelers from visiting Ha Giang during this season. Nevertheless, some believe that the weather is the main reason to visit Ha Giang in winter.
The temperature in Ha Giang during winter is very cold, especially in higher districts like Meo Vac and Dong Van. The average temperature in Ha Giang during winter is around 5 to 7 degrees Celsius, with some days dropping to 0 or 1 degree. Due to these conditions, Ha Giang often experiences snowfall.
Although the snowfall is not prolonged, many tourists take advantage of this opportunity to admire the snow. In the tropical monsoon climate of Vietnam, snow is an exciting and unique phenomenon for many people. Apart from the exceptional climate, Ha Giang in winter offers other distinctive features, such as:
Immerse in the pink beauty of buckwheat flowers
Buckwheat flowers are always associated with Ha Giang. They symbolize the people of Ha Giang, who overcome the harshness of weather and nature to make a living.
Due to its significant meaning, buckwheat flowers are highly valued and integrated into the daily life of the locals. If you visit Ha Giang in winter, particularly in November and December, you can not only enjoy the vast pink buckwheat fields but also experience the Buckwheat Flower Festival held in December and savor the delicious buckwheat cake.
It’s even more interesting if you travel by motorbike because you can feel the atmosphere of Ha Giang winter. But if you do not own a motorbike, you can hire one from a Ha Giang motorbike rental service.
Admire Ha Giang’s winter lover, Orange Cosmos
With the arrival of winter in the Dong Van Karst Plateau, few people know about a highly renowned flower in Ha Giang, affectionately nicknamed the “Winter Lover” by the locals for its delicate and graceful beauty, resembling young maidens.
The apricot blossom not only displays a vibrant orange color and tender beauty, but also represents a fierce vitality, thriving in the face of challenges, blooming its most beautiful flowers even in arid and rocky lands.
Orange Cosmos only blooms in winter, similar to buckwheat flowers, but its blooming period lasts longer. Therefore, whether it’s October, November, or December, you can witness the beauty of this flower.
Some recommended locations to fully appreciate the beauty of Orange Cosmos are:
- Pho Cao
- Pho Bang
- Dong Van
- Ma Pi Leng Pass
- Meo Vac
- Son Vi
- Khau Vai
Brassica napus covering the sky
Why is Ha Giang’s mustard flower season so beautiful? If you haven’t witnessed the beauty of Ha Giang’s mustard flowers during winter, you may not know the answer. Once you see the vibrant yellow mustard flowers, you’ll understand the enchanting allure of this flower.
The extensive mustard fields stretch across the villages, attracting many visitors who come here to admire the scenery and capture memorable photos with these flowers. To fully experience the beauty of mustard flowers, it’s best to visit Ha Giang in November and December when they first bloom. Along various routes, you can easily encounter this flower. However, to see vast fields of mustard flowers, you should visit the following destinations:
- Sung La Valley
- Lung Cu Flag Tower
- Dong Van Karst Plateau
- Pho Cao Commune
Learning about the life of ethnic groups in Ha Giang
Ha Giang is famous for its ethnic minority groups, with 22 different ethnic groups residing in this region. Due to the diverse population living and working here, the culture, customs, and traditions of Ha Giang are also rich and varied.
Each ethnic group has its own customs, livelihoods, and way of life. If you are passionate about exploring the cultures of different ethnic groups, you should not miss out on this activity during the winter season.
Winter is a time when people focus on embroidery and weaving activities to create warm clothing. You can visit cultural villages to learn more about the lives of the local people, such as the Lolo ethnic village and Lung Cam Cultural Village.
Top 5 destinations to visit in Ha Giang during the winter season
If you visit Ha Giang during the winter season and do not explore the following destinations, you would not only be missing out on Ha Giang but also disrespecting its natural beauty and landscapes.
Sung La Valley
Sung La Valley is one of the famous tourist destinations in Ha Giang, located in Sủng Là commune, Yen Minh district. The valley is known for its abundant and majestic natural beauty. It is famous for its dreamlike scenery, especially the fields of triangle oat flowers.
Sung La is hailed as the land of flowers growing on rocks, and witnessing the beauty of triangle oat flowers in Ha Giang is an unforgettable experience.
Quan Ba Twin Mountains
The Fairy Bosom (Quan Ba Twin Mountains) is a popular tourist attraction due to their magnificent natural beauty. These towering limestone mountains rise about 1000 meters above sea level.
Standing on top of Quan Ba Twin Mountains, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Ha Giang, especially during winter when the fields of triangle oat flowers and buckwheat flowers intertwine.
Yen Minh Pine Forest
Yen Minh Pine Forest is one of the pine forests stretching across Hoang Lien Son Range in Du Gia commune, Yên Minh district. With its characteristic of pine trees covering the mountain slopes over an area of about 800 hectares, Yên Minh Pine Forest appears like a green carpet when viewed from above.
In this forest, you can experience activities such as long-distance hiking, camping, and teamwork games to warm your body in the chilly winter weather. From Yen Minh Pine Forest, you can also have a panoramic view of Yen Minh Flower Valley, where various vibrant flowers are in full bloom.
Dong Van Old Quarter
Dong Van Old Quarter is a well-known destination located in the middle of the limestone plateau and Lô River. While the Dong Van plateau is praised for its cold and rugged beauty, during the winter season, Dong Van Old Quarter becomes even colder.
However, it offers a warm and lively atmosphere with its ancient architectural structures. The old quarter hosts various festive activities and lively folk games of the ethnic groups, as well as bonfires and stalls selling grilled eggs and bamboo rice.
Tu San Alley
One of the magnificent features of Ha Giang that you cannot miss is Tu San Alley. It is a legendary alley known as the “first majestic pass,” featuring stunning rock walls formed by nature.
Tu San Alley is located at the foot of Ma Pi Leng Pass, and when you stand in this alley, you can admire the towering mountain ranges reaching up to the sky. Looking down from Tu San Alley, you will see the meandering Nho Que River surrounding it. The harmonious combination of landscapes in this area makes anyone who visits never want to leave.
What should you eat when visiting Ha Giang in winter?
Hà Giang experiences cold and freezing temperatures during winter, so it’s essential to find warm and comforting dishes to satisfy your hungry stomach while still exploring the local cuisine. Here are some food suggestions that I recommend:
- Au tau porridge
- Thang co (a traditional hotpot dish)
- Steamed egg rolls
- Lap xuong (Chinese-style dried sausages)
- Cơm lam (bamboo-cooked rice)
These dishes are mostly hot and prepared by the ethnic people of Hà Giang, using natural ingredients. Among them, some dishes may have unique flavors that are an acquired taste, such as Ấu tẩu porridge and Thang co. If you want to try these dishes, you can visit restaurants that specialize in serving tourists, where the flavors are adjusted to cater to a wider range of visitors.
For more popular and easily approachable dishes, you can explore them in the local markets. By doing so, you not only get to taste the local specialties but also discover the culture of the ethnic people living there.
These are the insights I have about traveling to Hà Giang in winter, based on my own experiences and those of some friends. I hope this information will be helpful for your upcoming journey to explore Hà Giang. If you have time, consider checking out some review groups for Hà Giang to gain more experiences. I wish you a fascinating and meaningful trip to Hà Giang in winter!