Ha Giang is the rising star of the Northern region of Vietnam. Many travellers choose to visit Ha Giang because it’s not as busy as Sapa, but still offers magnificent landscapes. The landscapes are filled with granite mountains, winding roads and lush forests.
The highlight of this town is Dong Van Karst Global Geopark, a plateau that is mostly covered in limestone. To enter, you will go through Quan Ba Pass or Heaven’s Gate. The view from its highest point is worthy of paradise.
The Ha Giang province borders China and boasts 17 different ethnic minorities. Their unique traditional ways make Ha Giang an interesting destination.
There are 3 ways to travel the 235 km from SaPa to Ha Giang: a 6-hour minivan, a 5.5-hour bus, and a 6-hour private transfer. Fares range from 380,000 VND ($15) to 3,500,000 VND ($140).
With reclining seats and good legroom, the minivan is a comfortable way to get from SaPa to Ha Giang. What we like about this option is that you can travel during the day — so you can appreciate the landscape and also arrive in Ha Giang before nightfall.
All buses operate at night, which means you will arrive in Ha Giang past midnight. For safety reasons, we think it’s better to take a minivan for this route.
For a door-to-door journey where you can decide your own schedule, you can also take a private transfer. Prices start from 3,500,000 VND ($140) for a 3-seater car.
Quang Giang and SaPa Grouptour operate minivan trips from SaPa to Ha Giang daily. These are luxury minivans with reclining seats, unlike the bunk beds offered on sleeper buses.
The advertised travel time is 5.5-6 hours, although a few passengers have complained that the journey actually takes 7-8 hours because the minivans make a lot of stops.
Still, we recommend taking a minivan over the bus for this route. With a minivan, you can travel during the day, enjoy the scenic landscape along the way, and arrive in Ha Giang in the afternoon. With a bus, you will arrive in Ha Giang in the middle of the night.
Minivan ticket prices from SaPa to Ha Giang start from 380,000 VND ($15).
Departure & arrival station
Quang Giang departs from its office in SaPa town centre. The minivan drops you off at your hotel’s doorstep as long as it’s within Ha Giang town centre.