- 6:00am – Enjoy breakfast including iced coffee or tea at the Friends Travel Vietnam Office. From here you will journey via taxi to the nearby bus station.
- 6:30am – Bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang departs. The bus is a limousine bus with comfortable seats. The journey to Ha Giang takes around 7 hours.
- 2:00pm – Arrival in Ha Giang where you will be taken for lunch and then dropped off at your homestay in Thon Tha Village, Ha Giang. The afternoon is free time for you to explore the village. Dinner will be provided in the evening.
Route: Ha Giang – Heaven’s Gate – Quan Ba Pass – Yen Minh – Vuong palace – Dong Van
Day 2 involves 155km of riding and walking for around an hour. You can meet people from the Mong ethnic minority group who live here and learn about their lives. Throughout your journey, you will see beautiful mountainous scenery and there will be plenty of places to stop and take photos.
Enjoy the view from Heaven’s Gate which is 1500m high and also take in the sights of the incredible twin mountains in Quan Ba. A restaurant lunch will be served in Yen Minh.
After lunch, you will drive down from Ha Giang and make a stop around 15km west of Dong Van. This will give you the opportunity to visit the Vuong Palace which was built for the Mong King by his people.
Around 5.00pm, you will arrive in Dong Van where you will have dinner before spending the night in a local hotel: Xuan Thu Guest House. This hotel features a shared lounge and bar so you can enjoy a beer after your long day! The remaining time is yours to spend and although Dong Van is a quiet village, it is a great place to explore, especially in the old quarter.
Route: Dong Van – Chinese Border – Flag Tower – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Meo Vac
Breakfast is served before you visit the Chinese border and the flag tower. From here, you will ride through the Dong Van Geopark until you arrive at the Ma Pi Leng Pass which gives way to stunning views. It is commonly touted as the best pass to visit in Vietnam and this has earned it the nickname of the ‘King’ of Vietnam’s passes. At the top of this pass, the 20km happiness road begins. It has been handmade by the local people.
As you pass into Meo Vac you will see some of Vietnam’s most beautiful landscapes, scenery you are sure to remember forever! After you arrive in the town of Meo Vac at around 5.00pm, you will be shown to your guesthouse. Dinner will be served that evening.
Route: Meo Vac – Lung Phin – Mau Due – Du Gia – Ha Giang
Your day will begin at around 7.00am from the Meo Vac homestay.
Lunch will be provided between Dong Van and Ha Giang where you will eat in a local restaurant. During the journey, you will get the opportunity to visit a rice terrace in Mau Due where you can have a go at trekking!
You will arrive back in Ha Giang at around 3.30pm before collecting your stuff, ready for the return bus journey to Hanoi.
The limousine bus to Hanoi departs at 16.00pm and will pick you up from the Mr Hung Ha Giang homestay.
The bus is scheduled to get to Hanoi at around 22.00pm. The drop-off point will be the My Dinh Bus Station where you will be transferred by car to the Old Quarter.