Du Gia (Zoo Zah), Ha Giang, Vietnam Guide
How Long to Stay: 1-2 nights
Du Gia is a community of Hmong, Dao and Tay ethnic people situated in a beautiful hidden valley, with steep towering Karst peaks on all sides and a river running through the center.
In Du Gia there is the option of traditional family homestays, or more modern (but still a little rustic) accomodations.
For some reason, Du Gia has somewhat of a party vibe. Locals play loud music into the night, and homestays pour “happy water” for their guests like it’s going out of style. For the above reasons, the town center can be a bit loud in the late evenings, and accomodations don’t provide much for sound insulation. There is an agreed noise curfew of 10:30pm, but it doesn’t seem to be very effective. I have included a homestay option that is a bit away from the noise if you’re looking for somewhere quiet.
Finally, name signs in Du Gia can be kinda confusing. Some accommodations go by multiple names, while many go by very similar names. Make sure to double check that you found the right place.
Du Gia Map
Where to stay in Du Gia
Make sure to book your accommodation in advance when possible. Many of the established homestays in the village get booked out during the busy season.
Du Gia Homestay: $7 – $22, Mixed dorm, private rooms, bungalows
+84 357 720 252
195B, Du Già, Yên Minh, Hà Giang 311921, Vietnam
Du Gia is a blend of a traditional Tay family home and western amenities. Staying here is a decent combo of comfort and authentic culture.
Because of the lovely family, convenience, and good marketing, it has become a popular accommodation in Du Gia. A main issue that some folks have with this place is that it can be pretty loud and rambunctious, making it hard to have peace and quiet in the evenings; the walls provide zero sound insulation. On the flip side, it can be a good opportunity to socialize and meet other riders. You will want to book well in advance if you plan to visit during peak season.
Here they have a large mixed dorm room, as well as nice private rooms and bungalows on the water. The tasty family dinner is an extra $4usd, and breakfast is free.
Muong Tra Homestay: $4 – $11, Dorm, private rooms, bungalows
+84 865 531 911
xóm, Cốc Pảng, Yên Minh, Hà Giang, Vietnam
Muong Tra is another popular stay located on the main street in Du Gia. The homestay isn’t of the traditional style. Rather, they built a structure around their home by adding walls and a large roof that extends to the front of the property, and a garden with a gazebo and hommocks in the rear. Definitely a nice place to lounge around, have some drinks and play billiards.
Because of its location on the main road, it can be a loud spot during the evenings.
Up stairs they have traditional homestay style bed on the floor, as well as private rooms. There are a few bungalows in the rear of the building. Breakfast included, with an optional family dinner.
BB Garden Homestay: $2 – $6, Dorm, private rooms
+84 98 858 51 09
Unnamed Road, Du Già, Yên Minh, Hà Giang, Vietnam
A big appeal to this homestay is that it is 5km out of town, meaning that it’s much quieter (fellow guests permitting). The homestay is a traditional stilt house homestay run by a small family. The home is surrounded by quiet rice fields, adjacent to a small pond, and close to the local waterfall. They offer dorm beds, and a few private double rooms. They also have a nice area to relax and play pool.
Finally, they make an adequate breakfast for 30k (~$1.30), and a delicious dinner for 80k (~$3.50) per person.
Where to eat in Du Gia
There isn’t much for food options in the area outside of the accommodations. Your best bet it to communicate with your homestay to arrange meals. However, you can walk the main road a find a few coffee shops and vietnamese restaurants. One that I can suggest is Nguyen Quoc Restaurant & Coffee. They make some good, cheap vietnamese in a clean setting.
What to do in Du Gia
Du Gia Waterfall: 2 - 2.5 hours, FREE
Du Gia waterfall is a set of small but nice waterfalls, with good swimming holes. If you have the time, they are worth checking out.
How to get there:
Using Maps.Me (I marked google maps as accurately as possible) you should be able to find it fairly easy. There are 2 routes clearly marked on Maps.Me. There will be a small sign marking the final turn at a 4 way intersection. After taking the final turn you’ll leave the paved concrete path, and hit a rocky dirt road that leads uphill towards the mountains. Keep following that until you reach the falls. Then finally, do the 5 minute walk along the river to the falls. If you find yourself getting lost, ask a local kid. They will know what you’re looking for, and will point you the right way.
Important: Watch your belongings. Don’t leave anything on your bike.