Your self-guided trip to Ha Giang will be perfect and fulfilling if you have a reasonable, convenient, and cost-effective itinerary. Knowing that not everyone can create a perfect itinerary, based on my experience and the experiences of my friends who have traveled to Ha Giang many times, I will suggest some suitable itineraries for you.
Self-guided Ha Giang travel itinerary on a budget
If you want to travel to Ha Giang on your own, you will also need to plan a travel itinerary for Ha Giang. Let me share this burden with you by providing the following suggestions.
Self-guided 2-day 3-night Ha Giang travel itinerary
Day 1: Hanoi, Ha Giang, Dong Van
We chose to travel by passenger bus to Ha Giang for a quick and safe journey.
Route 1: Ha Giang, Milestone 0, Bac Sum Pass, Quan Ba Heaven’s Gate, Yen Minh Pine Forest
Route 2: From Yen Minh to Dong Van
Day 2: Dong Van, Ha Giang, Hanoi
Route 1: Dong Van, Ma Pi Leng Pass, Nho Que River
Route 2: From Ma Pi Leng to Meo Vac
Route 3: Ha Giang to Hanoi
We arrived in Ha Giang city around 6 PM, and at 7 PM, we boarded the coach back to Hanoi, concluding our 2-day 3-night journey to Ha Giang.
Itinerary for 3 days and 2 nights self-guided tour to Ha Giang
Day 1: Hanoi, Ha Giang, Dong Van
Route 1: From Hanoi to Quan Ba Heaven’s Gate, Co Tien Twin Mountains.
Route 2: From Quan Ba Heaven’s Gate to Yen Minh town.
Route 3: Yen Minh town, Tham Ma Pass, Chin Khoanh Pass, Dong Van Ancient Town, Pho Cao Village.
Day 2: Dong Van to Meo Vac
Route 1: From Dong Van to Lung Cu.
Route 2: From Lung Cu to Nho Que River.
Route 3: From Nho Que River to Ma Pi Leng Pass
Route 4: From Ma Pi Leng Pass to Pa Vi
Day 3: Meo Vac, Ha Giang, Hanoi
Route 1: From Meo Vac to Mau Due, Yen Minh, Quan Ba, and finally to Ha Giang city
Route 2: From Ha Giang to Ha Noi
Ha Giang Independent 3-day 4-night Travel Itinerary
Day 1: Hanoi, Ha Giang, Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van
Route 2: Ha Giang, Milestone 0, Quan Ba, Bac Sum Slope, Co Tien Twin Mountains
Route 2: From Quan Ba to Yen Minh
Route 3: Yen Minh to Dong Van, Pho Cao, Sung La, Sa Phin, Na Pao, Vuong Family Palace, Pho Bang.
Day 2: Dong Van, Meo Vac
Leg 1: Dong Van to Ma Pi Leng
Leg 2: Ma Pi Leng to Dong Van
Day 3: Meo Vac, Yen Minh, Ha Giang
Leg 1: Meo Vac to Yen Minh
Leg 2: Yen Minh to Ha Giang City
Leg 3: Ha Giang to Hanoi
Self-guided Ha Giang travel itinerary 4 days 3 nights
Day 1: Hanoi, Bac Quang, Ha Giang
Leg 1: Bac Quang to Ban Nam Ty, Ban Luoc
Leg 2: Nam Ty to Ha Giang, Bac Quang Pass
Day 2: Ha Giang, Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van
Leg 1: Ha Giang, Quan Ba Heaven’s Gate, Co Tien Mountain, Lonely Tree.
Leg 2: Quan Ba to Yen Minh, Tham Ma Pass.
Leg 3: Yen Minh to Dong Van, Pao’s house, Vuong family mansion, Lung Cu flagpole, Lô Lô Chải cultural village.
Day 3: Dong Van, Ma Pi Leng Pass, Meo Vac
Leg 1: Dong Van, Dong Van Market, Ma Pi Leng Pass.
Leg 2: Ma Pi Leng to Meo Vac
Day 4: Meo Vac, Ha Giang, Ha Noi
Mainly, we will be riding on motorbikes from Meo Vac back to Ha Giang to return the motorbikes. After that, we will have some casual dining and then take a bus back to Ha Noi to preserve our health, as we need to work the next morning.
And that concludes our 4-day 3-night self-guided Ha Giang trip.
The most detailed cost of traveling to Ha Giang
The detailed cost of a trip to Ha Giang varies depending on the itinerary and your accommodation and dining preferences. Generally, the cost of traveling to Ha Giang is considered reasonable and affordable for many tourists, especially young students who want to explore the area. The expenses will change based on the length of your itinerary and your food and accommodation choices. The longer the trip, the higher the cost, but it still remains reasonable. So, take your time to research and enjoy this beautiful land.
Here are the average costs for various self-guided Ha Giang itineraries:
Ha Giang self-guided 2 days 3 nights: 2,200,000 VND to 2,500,000 VND per person.
Ha Giang self-guided 3 days 2 nights: 2,500,000 VND to 2,800,000 VND per person.
Ha Giang self-guided 3 days 4 nights: 3,000,000 VND to 3,300,000 VND per person.
Ha Giang self-guided 4 days 3 nights: 4,000,000 VND to 4,300,000 VND per person.
How many days is reasonable for a self-guided trip to Ha Giang?
The duration of a self-guided trip to Ha Giang depends on the exploration preferences of each individual or group. As far as I know, a 3-day 2-night motorbike trip is a generally suitable itinerary for many people, but joining a tour might be more practical. Why is that?
If you are traveling to Ha Giang on your own, taking care of everything from planning to exploring, I suggest you choose a 3-day 4-night or 4-day 3-night itinerary. This schedule will provide enough time for you to rest, maintain your health, and still have sufficient time to explore famous landmarks and experience the unique cultures of the ethnic groups in the area.
If you are unable to arrange a specific amount of time or have more days off, you can still adjust or extend your itinerary accordingly. In reality, whether your self-guided travel itinerary is long or short will depend on various factors, so it’s essential to refer to this article and the experiences of those who have visited before to come up with the most suitable plan.
However, for trips that are too short, such as a 1-day or 2-day visit to Ha Giang, it will be challenging to fully experience this region. Therefore, consider and plan your time wisely.
Tips for creating the most convenient Ha Giang itinerary
With the following tips, I can’t guarantee that you will create the perfect itinerary, but I’m sure it will be of great help in planning and traveling to Ha Giang, making it more convenient and avoiding unnecessary risks.
- When you start considering a self-guided trip to Ha Giang, you need to immediately research and plan your journey. Since it’s a self-guided trip, you’ll need to prepare everything in advance, especially when traveling to Hà Giang during the tourist season.
- If your itinerary includes visiting areas near the border, you should research and obtain contact information for border guard stations to complete necessary procedures in advance.
- For visiting famous historical sites, if you want a more in-depth understanding of these places, consider hiring a local guide in advance for a more enriching experience.
- Pay attention to the destinations you’ll visit in Ha Giang and thoroughly research them. For locations with challenging terrains, if you lack the motorcycling skills, consider Ha Giang motorbike rental to ensure safety while still exploring the area by motorbike.
Thank you for the additional information and knowledge you provided about Ha Giang. If you have plenty of time, take the opportunity to further research about this land along with the insights I provided above. I wish you a fascinating and experiential journey to Ha Giang. Don’t forget, after returning from Ha Giang, come back here and review my itinerary for other young travelers who may need this valuable information. Have a wonderful trip!