Ha Giang Loop True North Budget Tour by Flipside Hostel | 3 Days, 2 Nights | From HANOI, VIETNAM

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  • ๐Ÿ‘ฅ Group size: 12 people.
  • ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Accommodation: Sociable shared accommodation in homestays and dorms.ย 
  • ๐Ÿœ Food: Meals included (excluding first day breakfast and final dinner). Vegetarian/Vegan available.
  • ๐ŸšŒ Transport: Motorbike (with or without driver) during tour.
  • ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Start | End: Ha Giang or Hanoi.
  • ๐Ÿ›ป Pick-Up & Drop-Off: Available from Ha Giang, Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Sapa, Pu Luong and other locations in Northern Vietnam (contact for locations not mentioned).

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Experience Vietnam’s best motorbike journey, the exhilarating Ha Giang Loop, on a budget! Choose between riding yourself or an easy rider (riding pillion as a passenger on the back of the bike). Journey alongside your fellow backpackers through Ha Giang’s untamed beauty, featuring twisting mountain roads, uncharted caves, secret swimming spots and Southeast Asia’s deepest canyon, the Ma Pi Leng Pass. Immerse in local culture by staying with families in homestays and guesthouses, savouring regional cuisine, and engaging in traditional customs. The nights come alive with rice wine, markets, and karaoke (a Vietnamese favourite!). Uncover the true North of Vietnam โ€“ all on a shoestring budget!

Itinerary: Ha Giang Loop on a Budget โ€“ 3 Days, 2 Nights

Departure: Hanoi – Ha Giang (8hrs by sleeper bus)

  • Bus departure from Hanoi Old Quarter at 10 pm.
  • Departure from areas such as Ninh Binh, Cat Ba (Halong), Sapa, or Cao Bang to Ha Giang can be organized. Please contact for more info.
  • The driver will make a toilet/food break around the halfway point of the journey.
  • We advise bringing snacks on the bus or eating beforehand, as there are limited options en route. 

Day 1: Ha Giang โ€“ Du Gia (85km) (L,D)

  • Start with breakfast in Ha Giang while your guide preps everything for your epic adventure!
  • Depart from Ha Giang City, heading towards the enchanting Du Gia National Park. Follow the Lo River, passing waterfalls, breathtaking viewpoints and lush forests. 
  • Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch at a local restaurant before reaching your accommodation for the night.
  • Get to know your fellow backpackers as well as the other travellers staying at the accommodation. Depending on the weather, you can visit natural spring-fed waterfalls for an afternoon swim or enjoy a beer!
  • Dinner takes place at our accommodation and includes a taste of local corn whiskey. Dzรด!

Day 2: Du Gia – Ma Pi Leng Canyon โ€“ Dong Van (100km) (B,L,D)

  • Breakfast will be served early to ensure a prompt departure. Youโ€™ll then hit the road and see the local minority people tending their farms and buffalo working the fields.
  • There will be several stops along the way, including at ruins from French colonial times. Day two showcases the most epic scenery along the route so make sure you have your camera ready! 
  • Youโ€™ll then head towards Meo Vac township for a local lunch, and then travel over the picturesque Ma Pi Leng pass.
  • Youโ€™ll stay overnight at our accommodation in Dong Van township and eat a delicious local dinner with a few beers with an amazing view!

Day 3: Dong Van โ€“ Ha Giang City (150km) (B,L)

  • After rising early, youโ€™ll enjoy a delicious breakfast before meandering back towards Ha Giang City.
  • There are plenty of points of interest along the way, including the ancient Hโ€™mong Kingโ€™s Palace, with more stunning viewpoints and photo ops en route.
  • Enjoy lunch at one of the oldest restaurants in Yen Minh before returning to Ha Giang late afternoon.
  • Once back, freshen up with a shower, unwind with some beers, and savour dinner before deciding on your next steps.
  • We can accommodate those wanting to extend their stay in Ha Giang and arrange transport back to Hanoi the following day, or you can opt for the 10 pm bus, which arrives in Hanoi at 9 am.


Homestays and guesthouses with clean and comfortable shared dormitory style accommodation.


Basic but tasty communal-style dinners (think yummy hotpot)! Vegetarians and vegans can be catered for. Please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance. 


Vietnamese and English. 

Whatโ€™s Included:


  • Return transport to Hanoi unless stated
  • Meals as stated
  • Experienced drivers
  • English speaking guide
  • Helmets
  • Shared accommodation at homestays and guest houses
  • Fuel
  • Entrance ticket
  • Activities

Does Not Include:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses


  • What clothing should I ride in? Enclosed footwear (hiking boots/sneakers), long pants (jeans preferable), a long-sleeved shirt (preferable to a t-shirt), sunglasses and a rain jacket are recommended. 
  • What clothing should I bring after the dayโ€™s riding? Casual clothes like shorts and singlets are ideal. Bring warm clothes you can layer during the winter months. Flip-flops and sandals are a good choice. Essentially, wear what you feel comfortable in.
  • What other stuff should I pack for the trip? Passport, sun cream, insect repellant and some pocket money for drinks.
  • Is it safe to ride a motorbike on the Ha Giang Loop? While the roads can be challenging due to their winding nature, the trip can be safe with proper guidance and equipment. Follow the instructions of your tour guide for a safe experience.
  • Do I need a driving licence to self drive? It is recommended that you have an International Driving Permit, A or A1. 
  • How big is the group? Group sizes are capped at 12. On days of larger numbers, groups of 12 will set off at different times to avoid major traffic at stopping points. we will also run the groups in opposite directions on the same route. Accommodation will be shared between all of our groups so youโ€™ll have the opportunity to meet more backpackers in the evenings. 
  • Can I do this tour during the rainy season? Yes. A member of the team is up in Ha Giang monitoring the weather at all times. Itโ€™s extremely rare that landslides occur on the route we take. Safety is a priority and you can trust in the fact that we know the roads like no one else. 
  • What meals are provided? All meals are included except for breakfast on day one and dinner on day 3. 

Further Information

Riding preference: You can do this tour two ways:

  • Easy Rider โ€“ This means that you will sit on the back seat of a motorbike whilst one of our experienced motorbike riders drives you around the loop. All our motorbike drivers have over 10+ years of experience navigating mountain roads and are fully licensed, insured and well-rested. 
  • Self Driving โ€“ This means you will ride the motorbike yourself. In order to do this, you will have to be a competent motorbike rider with an International Driving Permit, A or A1. Be aware that the roads on the Ha Giang Loop are extremely curvy and can be dangerous for inexperienced drivers. If there is any doubt in your mind that you may be unable to manage a motorbike over such terrain, please choose the easy rider option. It is also a good idea to check that your travel insurance policy covers you for riding a motorbike in Southeast Asia. 

Please tell us which riding option you prefer at the time of booking. 

Liability and Travel/ Insurance

Flipside Travel is not responsible for any personal injury or loss/damage to personal belongings or bags if they are not in the car. Travel insurance is NOT included in the trip; we strongly recommend that you have your own travel insurance against illness, injury, loss/damage to personal belongings. Read more about motorbike insurance in Southeast Asia here.

Refund Policy

  • To book, pay a deposit online through South East Asia Backpacker. This deposit is fully refundable if you cancel at least 72 hours before the activity starts.
  • The rest of the payment is made directly to the operator according to their instructions.
  • Important: This refund policy applies only to the deposit made on this website. Any later payments made to the operator are subject to their own refund policy.
  • Check our customer terms and conditions for more details.

Why Book With Us?

Hi, I’m Nikki and I started South East Asia Backpacker in 2008 after my own first solo backpacking trip! My vision was to create a travel diary for everyone, a place for travellers to share their experiences from the road. After backpacking and writing about Southeast Asia for over 10 years, I saw the opportunity to provide backpackers with the kind of experiences that I’d treasured myself in the region!

Today, there is so much choice, but there are a lot of poor-quality tours and companies that offer mediocre experiences with little care for the environment. I wanted to create a selection of the best tours and activities to help backpackers avoid scams and dodgy tour companies.

Today, I run this website with my partner, Dave, from Spain, where we live with our energetic two-year-old daughter, Evie. All of the bookable activities that you will find on this website have been vetted by a member of our team and we have a friendly relationship with the operator. There are real humans behind South East Asia Backpacker and we are passionate about sustainable travel and development in Southeast Asia.

We are committed to helping travellers at every stage of the journey and understand that plans can change which is why we offer a full discount on the deposit up to 72 hours before the start of your trip, no questions asked. We offer advice on flights, visas, itineraries, hostels, backpacks, packing and more!

If you have any questions about our business or any of the tours that we provide, feel free to contact me on Whatsapp.

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