The Ha Giang Loop Group Tour
The Ha Giang Loop is an epic road trip that takes you through the stunning scenery and rich culture of Ha Giang province in northern Vietnam. You will ride a motorbike along winding roads, surrounded by towering mountains, deep canyons, and colorful fields. You will also visit ancient villages, where you can meet and interact with ethnic minority people who have preserved their traditions for centuries. The Ha Giang Loop is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will challenge you, inspire you, and leave you breathless. The loop is about 350 km long and takes about 4 days to complete, starting and ending in Ha Giang City.
You can join our Ha Giang Loop Talk at 9:30 am in Lila Reception. We will provide you with a map and all the information and tips you need to enjoy the loop. You can also ask us any questions you have and we will be happy to answer them. The talk is free and open to all customers.
The Ha Giang Loop is a scenic route that takes you through the stunning landscapes and cultural diversity of Ha Giang province. You can choose from two options to do the loop:
- Option 1: Join our Easy Rider tour. You will ride with one of our experienced and friendly riders who will take you to the most amazing sights along the loop. They have a 100% no accident record and they know the best places to eat, sleep, and explore. This option is safe, comfortable, and hassle-free.
- Option 2: Drive by yourself. We will provide you with a map, a bike, your accommodation and food, but you will be responsible for your own safety and navigation. You may also need an international driving permit to avoid police problems. Please contact us for more details and we will help you plan your trip.
No matter which option you choose, we guarantee that you will have an unforgettable experience on the Ha Giang Loop.
The Ha Giang loop is a challenging and adventurous route that requires careful preparation and safety precautions. It is considered the most dangerous road in Vietnam for motorcycle accidents, especially for inexperienced or speeding drivers. Many factors can contribute to the risk, such as slippery roads, sharp turns, steep slopes, rocks on the road or other drivers. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you book our Easy Rider who can drive you safely while you relax and enjoy the sights. If you choose to drive yourself, you should have at least 3 months of experience driving an automatic motorbike somewhere else, and you can come to our hostel the day before to practice driving for 1-2 hours. The cost of Easy Rider is higher than self-driving, at 500,000 VND/day, but it is worth it for your peace of mind and enjoyment.
The driving time on the loop depends on your itinerary and your pace. On average with our tours or maps, you will spend 5-8 hours per day on the road, including stops for sightseeing, eating, and resting. If you push for an itinerary with longer days, you may feel tired and miss some of the attractions along the way. We recommend that you enjoy the journey without rushing.
The type of motorbike you choose for the loop depends on your preference and skill level. However, we recommend using a semi-automatic or manual bike for the loop, as they give you more control and power on the mountain roads. Automatic bikes are less suitable for the loop as they are less responsive.
You should also buy insurance for your bike in case of any damage or accident. If you are not confident with your driving skills, you can spend a day to practice in Ha Giang city before you start the loop.
You should use 92 or 95 petrol for your motorbike on the loop. These are the most common types of petrol available in Vietnam. You should fill up your tank every morning before leaving a city, because there are no gas stations between cities.
The cost of doing the loop per day depends on your accommodation, food, and gas expenses. Most hostels offer a package of $10,66 (~ 250K VND) per person per night for a dorm bed, dinner, and breakfast. Lunch can range from $1,49 – $4,26 (~ 35K to 100K VND) depending on what and where you eat. Gas can cost about $2,56 (~ 60K VND) per day depending on your bike and your route.
There are many options for accommodation on the loop, and here are some of our suggestions for cheap, clean, and scenic places to stay:
- In Quan Ba, you can stay at Hong Thu, Don Dao Homestay, Chook Bungalow.
- In Yen Minh, you can stay at Hoang Vu or Ha Anh Homestay for a traditional and authentic experience.
- In Dong Van, you can stay at Thuong An, Antient Town 29, or H’mong Town Homestay.
- In Meo Vac, you can stay at Little Yen or Meo Vac H’mong Ecolodge for a relaxing and peaceful stay.
- In Du Gia, you can stay at NaLien or Du Gia Homestay.
We don’t recommend joining a large group of foreign drivers with a Vietnamese guide for the loop, as it can be risky and inconvenient. You may feel pressured to keep up with the group and drive faster than your comfort level. You may also have to deal with frequent stops for various reasons, such as bathroom breaks, mechanical work, or smoking breaks. These can disrupt your enjoyment of the loop and waste your time. It is better to travel with friends or drivers who have similar driving experience as you, so you can drive at your own pace and stop whenever you want.
You should pack light and smart for the Ha Giang Loop, as you will have limited space on your motorbike. Here are some essential items to bring:
- A small to medium-sized backpack. You can leave your large luggage at Lila Inn for free and pick it up when you return.
- Enough clothes for 3-5 days, depending on your itinerary. You may need a swimsuit, a waterproof jacket, sunglasses, and toiletries. You can also wash your clothes at some homestays along the loop.
- Closed-toe shoes such as trainers or boots. These will protect your feet and give you more grip on the foot pegs.
- An offline map or a navigation app like Maps.me and a backup paper map. These will help you find your way and avoid getting lost on the loop.
- Sunscreen, camera, or GoPro. These will help you protect your skin and capture the amazing scenery and moments on the loop.
- A big plastic bag to protect your backpack from rain, dust, and mud. You can buy one for 10k VND at Lila Inn.
- A battery pack and chargers for your devices. You may not have access to electricity at some places on the loop, so it is good to have a backup power source.
- Cash in Vietnamese dong. There are ATMs in each town on the loop, but they may not always work or have enough money.
The weather on the Ha Giang Loop is hard to predict and can change very quickly. It depends on the season, the altitude, and the location. Some places like Dong Van, Meo Vac, and Du Gia are more unpredictable than others. You may encounter different weather conditions in different valleys along the loop (including one being damp and the next being dry). The best way to enjoy the loop is to be prepared for any weather and embrace the natural beauty of the region.
Ha Giang City is the capital of Ha Giang province and the starting point of the Ha Giang Loop. If you want to relax and explore the city before or after the loop, here are some suggestions for you:
Have a drink
You can enjoy a coffee with a stunning view of the city at Cafe Núi Cấm, which is located on a mountain and has an abandoned bus where some people sunbathe. You can also visit the temple nearby for a walk.
If you prefer a beer by the river, you can go to Ha Giang Sports Bar and Food, which also serves simple but tasty food like French fries.
For a rooftop experience, you can check out Liam’s Kitchen & Juice Bar, which offers cocktails and karaoke nights.
Have a meal
You can find many local dishes in Ha Giang City, such as pho or bun cha. Just walk around and look for a place that suits your taste. If you crave some western food, you can order a pizza from Pizza Here!, which delivers until 9:30 pm. If you want to try something different, you can go to 2 Cô Lùn – Quán Ăn Vặt, where you can make your own rice paper rolls with various fillings and sauces. They are open 24 hours a day. Try their Bun cha!
Relax your body
You can treat yourself to a massage at MASSAGE NHẬT NGUYỆT, which has professional masseurs and reasonable prices. This is a great way to soothe your muscles after riding on the loop.
Plan your next adventure
Come and meet us at Lila Inn for more information and tips about the loop. We can also help you get a permit, rent a bike, and book accommodation. We offer a free driving lesson for beginners who want to learn how to ride a semi-automatic or manual bike.
We hope you have a wonderful time in Ha Giang City and on the loop.
Yes, you need a permit to enter the border area of Ha Giang, which includes four northern districts: Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van, and Meo Vac. This permit is required by law and you may face legal problems if you don’t have it. We can help you obtain this permit for $10 and advise you on how to deal with police checkpoints along the loop. Please contact us directly for more information and assistance.
You can also get the permit yourself at the Ha Giang Immigration Office at 83, 19/5 Street in Ha Giang city. The office hours are from 8 am to 4:30 pm every day, except for holidays and lunch break from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. However, these times may vary, so it is best to arrive early to avoid delays.
The police checkpoints are located at various points along the loop, such as 10-14 km from Lila Inn and in Quan Ba, Dong Van, and Meo Vac towns. The police may ask you to show your driver’s license, and motorbike rental contract. Please make sure you have these documents with you at all times. The police situation may change frequently, so please contact us directly for the latest information and advice before you start your trip. We are happy to assist you and ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience on the Ha Giang Loop.
The speed limit for motorcycles on the Ha Giang Loop is 40 km/h. This is to ensure your safety and the safety of other road users. Please follow the speed limit and drive carefully on the loop. The road conditions can be challenging and unpredictable.
No, you cannot. Crossing the border to China from Ha Giang without proper paperwork is illegal. You would need a multiple-entry visa for Vietnam and a valid visa for China to do so. Please respect the law and do not attempt to cross the border without proper authorization.
We are always honest and reliable with our guests and we want to help you have the best experience on the loop. We have firsthand knowledge and experience of the loop and we can give you accurate and updated information. We appreciate your trust.
Yes, you can. We offer free luggage storage for our guests who want to travel light on the loop. You can leave your big (full size) luggage at our reception and we will keep it safe and secure until you return.
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