Ha Giang City, Vietnam Guide
How long to stay: 1 night
Ha Giang City is the starting point for the Ha Giang loop for most people. The city is developed, offering most things you’d find in any small town. Here you can find anything you’ll need to get started on the loop. Included in the map (below) are some rental places, where you can find gear and a bike if needed. After Ha Giang resources get a bit slim, so try your best to be prepared from here on out. Very close to Ha Giang is the small minority village of Ha Thanh. If you want to stay out of the small city but be close by, Ha Thanh is charming and convenient. I have marked it on the map as well.
Where to stay in Ha Giang City
Dong Que Homestay: 30k – 320k ($1.20 – $14), tent, mixed dorm, double beds
+84 97 111 71 81
Thôn, Hạ Thành – Bản Lúp, Phương Độ, Hà Giang, 310000, Vietnam
Located in the cute Tay village of Ha Thanh, this is a nice family authentic homestay. It’s also only a few minutes from the local waterfall. They have a mixed dorm with double bed options, and shared bathrooms. You could also opt for a tent! Breakfast is included with dorm and private room, and the family dinner is extra.
Qt Guesthouse: $4- $22, mixed dorm to private triple beds
+84 355 069 696
Đường Đoi, Lâm Đồng, Phương Thiện, Tp, Hà Giang, Vietnam
QT has been a big player in Ha Giang City for awhile now, and have a good reputation of being very helpful and friendly. The rooms are clean, and everything you’d want for a comfortable night’s sleep with breakfast included. The homestay is next door to their motorbike rental office, and only a few minutes from the bus stop. If you took the bus here, and are renting from QT, this is a convenient place to start your trip.
Bong Ha Giang Hostel: $4 – $13, Mixed dorm or private double
+84 888 526 606
59a Nguyễn Thái Học, Street, Hà Giang, 310000, Vietnam
Bong’s is a great place to meet some other riders before setting out on the ride. The hostel isn’t a party type, but the bar, billiard’s table, and free beer from 7:30-8:00pm make a good social vibe. They also have large lockers to keep your gear safe. Breakfast included.
Kiki’s House Hostel & Tour: $3 – $16, Dorm and private rooms
+84 96 872 22 42
134B Đường Lý Tự Trọng, P. Minh Khai, Hà Giang, 310000, Vietnam
Kiki’s is what you’d expect from a simple hostel, clean, decent beds, A/C and basic breakfast included. It’s comfortable enough, the staff is super friendly, and they have lockers in the dorm rooms.
They also have female only dorms, as well as mixed dorms, and private rooms.
Where to eat in Ha Giang City
Bong Restaurant: $-$ Asian, Vietnamese, Burgers
+84 888 526 606
115 Minh Khai, P. Minh Khai, Hà Giang, Vietnam
Bong Restaurant has a wide selection of asian/vietnamese style dishes, that are friendly for western palates as well as decent burgers for the area.
They also have a decent selection of vegetarian dishes.
Blue Sky: $-$ Vietnamese, Asian
+84 98 785 93 98
98 Đường Lý Tự Trọng, P. Minh Khai, Hà Giang, Vietnam
Blue sky is a great place for veggie options. They aren’t strictly veg, but they put together some tasty plant based meals. Definitely try their pancakes (Ban Xeo).
What to do in Ha Giang City
Ha Thanh Village and Waterfall: 5k( ~$0.21)
About 15 minutes outside of Ha Giang there is a nice little set of waterfalls with a decent swimming whole. Adding to the appeal, it is located in a cute ethnic village of the Tay people. It’s a nice place to relax and cool off on a hot day.
To get there you’ll head to Phuong Du Homestay in Ha Thanh Village, where you’ll park your bike for 5k. After parking, follow the path until it comes to the river. There you’ll cross the river, to the field on the other side and follow it towards the falls. At the falls you’ll see a sign with a skull and crossbones. As off-putting as it is, it’s basically translates to “Deep water, drowning possible”.
Ho Quoc Pagoda Hike and Cafe Stop
Located high up on the mountain in the center of town, Ho Quoc Pagoda offers good views of the city and area. To get there head to Cafe Nui Cam, then hike the pathway up to the pagoda. The hike is a bit challenging, gaining 130 meters of elevation within the 1/2km hike. After the hike, grab some refreshments atop the double decker tour bus that acts as a cafe. Even if you wont like to do the hike, the view from the cafe is pretty nice!
Where to rent a motorbike in Ha Giang City
There are lots of places to rent motorbikes in the city. Most accommodations will have them.
With a little shopping around you can probably find some good deals. However, here are 2 places that I recommend.
QT Motorbike Rental and Tours: 150k – 650k (~$6.50 – $28) per day
Lâm Đồng, Phương Thiện, Hà Giang
097 527 87 11
QT is the leader when it comes to motorbike rentals in the area. They offer a wide range of bikes, from basic semi-automatic 110cc scooters to 150cc dual-sport bikes. They also offer damage insurance at an additional cost. They have a second location in Cao Bang, for those who wish to ride the epic route to Cao Bang and leave the bike there.
You will need to leave a security deposit in the form of money or your passport to take the bike.
Ha Giang 1 Hostel: 150k – 250k (~$6.50 – $10.80)
54a Trần Phú, P. Minh Khai, Hà Giang
0366 166 968
Ha Giang 1 Hostel has a wide selection of smaller bikes from 110cc semi-automatics to 150cc standard bikes. I’m not sure if they offer damage insurance, or riding gear. However, I have friends that were pleased with their rental.