Ha Giang province is a must-see destination for all nature lovers on your tour in Vietnam. Your 3 days in Ha Giang will allow you not only to enjoy the breathtaking cliffs or majestic landscapes but also to discover the local culture while tasting local dishes that you will not find anywhere else.

In this article, we suggest the best destinations to visit and the delicious dishes to taste on your 3 days in Ha Giang.

Suggested best things to do in 3 days in Ha Giang:

  • Stand on Lung Cu Flagpole
  • Visit Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark
  • Stop at Quan Ba Heaven Gate & viewing Quan Ba Twin Mountains
  • Take photos of beautiful rice terraces in Hoang Su Phi area
  • Visit Meo Vac district, experience H’Mong People’s Life
  • Conquer Ma Pi Leng Pass – king of passes in Vietnam

Best places to visit in Ha Giang for 3 days

Lung Cu flag tower – The roof of Vietnam

3 days in Ha Giang

Lung Cu Flag Pole

As the northernmost point of Vietnam, the Lung Cu Flag Tower is a must-see destination during your visit to Ha Giang. Take your time and get ready to climb the 389 steps and then the other 140 inside if you want to reach the top of this monument. From the top, guests can enjoy panoramic views of Dong Van’s breathtaking scenery. This conquest will make you live an original experience during your trip to North Vietnam.

Dong Van Highland

Being the first Vietnamese geological site classified “World Geopark” by UNESCO (in 2010), the Dong Van Highlands has long been an attractive tourist destination. With its pristine beauty considered a “gray paradise”, it will charm you on your first trip to Ha Giang. Apart from its particular geological and geomorphological values, this place is recognized as the cultural cradle of 17 ethnic peoples such as Hmong, Dao, Lolo, Tay, Nung … Here, you can discover in-depth the cultural diversity of ethnic groups. This is why Ha Giang becomes a must-visit site during your authentic trip to Vietnam.

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Dong Van Highland

Dong Van Highland

Ma Pi Leng Pass

For those who love adventure, the Ma Pi Leng Pass is a must-see destination while staying in Ha Giang. Located in the Dong Van Geological Park Complex, this pass is one of the four major passes in the northwestern region. The harmonious beauty between earth, sky and mountainous scenes will conquer the hearts of all tourists coming to Ha Giang.

Hoang Su Phi

Do not miss Hoang Su Phi on your 3 days in Ha Giang. Here, there are rice terraces resplendent, as natural masterpieces to admire whose authors are none other than the peasants of Nung, La Chi, and Dao. By the way, from October to November, the golden rice fields are replaced by the flowering wild buckwheat. Be ready to take photos to capture unforgettable moments.

Meo Vac Town

Meo Vac Town

A poetic corner of Meo Vac Town

When visiting Ha Giang, you should not forget to visit Meo Vac. Nestled in the extreme north of Vietnam and located at over 1000 m altitudes, this small town is home to different ethnic minorities including H’mong, Tay, Dzao, Lolo … most of them have retained their culture intact without the influence of the modernization of the big cities. Also, the Meo Vac market is one of the cultural peculiarities of minority ethnic groups to discover during your 3 days in Ha Giang.

Palace of the Vuong family

Nestled on a hill in the heart of limestone plateaus, the residence of the King of “Mèo” (or Mông), otherwise known as “residence of the Vuong family” attracts many visitors for its unique work, having a Sino-French mixed architecture and that of Hmôngs Recognized in 1993 national heritage by the state, this site is one of the places to visit in Ha Giang. By visiting this site, you will be able to understand the turbulent history of the H’Mông ethnic group in Vietnam.

King Vuong Palace

The King Vuong Palace

Ethnic minorities in Ha Giang

The ethnic culture here is made up of different minority ethnic groups: Hmong, Tay, Lolo, … You can distinguish these ethnic groups through their traditional costumes on your 3 days in Ha Giang.

Hmong ethnicity

In Ha Giang, one can easily meet the Hmong as they take care of more than 30% of the population of Ha Giang. Two main groups, white Hmong and colorful Hmong, are concentrated in the more northern districts like Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van, and Meo Vac and two others in the west, Hoang Su Phi and Xin Man. The traditional costumes of H’Mong women are very unique with a full skirt covering the knees and an open bodice on the front. The men wear wide trousers, tied at the waist and a short jacket with loose sleeves.

Ethnicity Tay

Occupying nearly a quarter of the population of Ha Giang, Les Tay live in the valleys and low mountains, near rivers. They are grouped into villages each with 15, 20 or even hundreds of households that are found in Bac Quang, Quang Binh, Vi Xuyen and Bac Me districts. They live in houses built on piles of precious wood, on the roof of tile or palm leaves. The Tay are famous for the song of Then and “dan tinh”, a folk instrument of their own.

Ethnicity Lolo

One of the smallest ethnic groups in Vietnam, the Lolo are among the first to exploit the land of Ha Giang. The Lolos are famous for a fabulous peculiarity that is due to their traditional costume. It is extremely colorful and sophisticated. Thanks to their custom, we can distinguish the subgroups: Lolo black and Lolo variegated. Black Lolo women wear black round-neck blouses that are brightly adorned with various patterns and inseparable from the legendary “Ngo Ba” birds. The colorful Lolos, meanwhile, pay particular attention to the pants that are finely laden with patterns …

Best dishes to taste for 3 days in Ha Giang

Ha Giang offers an incredible variety of dishes for tourists and visitors alike. Enjoying your visit with different types of dishes, you will discover the diversity of ethnic culture in Ha Giang

“Chao au tau” (The “tau soup”)

“Au tau” soup is a Ha Giang specialty whose main ingredient is “au tau”, a plant that only exists in the northern mountainous region. With the rather bitter taste, this soup is difficult to eat for those who enjoy it the first time, but it is its unique taste that seduces visitors.

“Reu nuong” (Grilled mousse)

“Reu nuong” is a unique specialty of the Tay ethnic minorities. The fresh moss is well selected in the streams and rocks, then washed thoroughly before being grilled. Do not forget to savor this dish during your visit to Ha Giang.

“Thang den” (sticky rice cake stuffed with beans)

Enjoying a bowl of Thang Den in Ha Giang is a great experience. The dish is made of glutinous rice flour, resembling the “banh troi” in Hanoi. It tastes the best with a sweet sauce of coconut and ginger. The taste is sweet, fatty and spicy. Each bowl of “thang den” is also topped with roasted sesame or roasted peanuts to make this dish more appealing.

Buckwheat cake

If you have the chance to travel to Ha Giang during the blooming buckwheat, you will not only be immersed in the beautiful and romantic nature, but you will also have the opportunity to taste a delicious dessert: a buckwheat cake. You can easily find these iconic cakes from Ha Giang’s cuisine in any market in the region.

“Banh cuon trung” (steamed egg pancake)

Banh cuon trung

‘Banh cuon trung’- The famous speciality of Ha Giang

This typical dish consists of a small egg crepe with a meat pie. The cook makes it under fire and serves with a hot fish sauce.

Taking a tour to Ha Giang is a perfect idea for your trip to Northern Vietnam. Hopefully, our suggested itinerary will help you make your 3 days in Ha Giang as enjoyable as possible.

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Bich Ngoc

As a true Vietnamese enthusiast of music, books and coffee, Bich Ngoc loves researching into those typical cultural characteristics of Vietnam as well as exploring further destinations in the country of thousand years of civilization.

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