Ha Giang – Asia’s Leading Emerging Tourism Destination

Ha Giang is in Vietnam’s most northerly regions with a unique geographical makeup and diverse range of cultures. The mountainous area with towering limestone peaks, share a 270 km border with neighboring China and plays host to the border crossing at Thanh Thuy. This remote and stunningly beautiful area is one of the last areas of Vietnam that won the title of “Asia’s Leading Emerging Tourism Destination” for the first time at the 2023 World Travel Award.

Are you curious why Ha Giang is honored in the awards ceremony which is dubbed as the “Oscars of Tourism”? Let us take you on a journey through three outstanding destinations of Ha Giang and you will know why!

Hoang Su Phi

Hoang Su Phi is a border district in the west of Ha Giang province, about 100 km from Ha Giang city center, famous for its ideal roads to view majestic mountains and terraced fields.


Hoang Su Phi terraced fields in Ha Giang

 The ripening rice season here usually lasts from late September to mid-October. At this time, Hoang Su Phi terraced fields gradually put on a brilliant yellow shirt, creating a majestic and poetic scene.

Terraced fields are spread evenly in 24 communes and towns with a total area of over 9,000 hectares. In the villages, visitors can immerse themselves in the daily life of the H’Mong, Nung, and Dao ethnic people.

Buckwheat Flower

Buckwheat flower is a “specialty” flower of Ha Giang. October is the time when buckwheat flower fields begin to bloom. Initially the flowers will be white, interspersed with light purple flowers, covering the entire hillside into vast fields. In particular, the characteristic faint fragrance is something that makes travelers unforgettable.


Buckwheat flower field

According to the plan of the People’s Committee of Ha Giang Province, the 9th Buckwheat Flower Festival is expected to take place in October 2023 under the theme “Blooming Stone Plateau”.

Within the framework of the Buckwheat Flower Festival (lasting from the end of September to December 2023), there are many exciting activities and events such as: Ha Giang Shan Tuyet Tea Contest and organize booths to display OCOP and typical products of the Northeast region (expected on 27th October); Hot air balloon flight (expected on 22nd – 24th September); The 5th International Marathon “Running on the Happy Road” (8th October); The 4th  adventure car and motorbike racing tournament “Sprit of Rock”  (scheduled for 20th – 22nd October).

Nho Que River

Nho Que River originates from the Yunnan Mountain region of China, and enters Vietnam at Seo Lung Village, Lung Cu Commune, Dong Van District. The river passes through Tu San Abyss Alley and then runs along Ma Pi Leng, one of the most well-known mountains passes in Vietnam for their beauty and danger.


Gorgeous landscapes with Nho Que River in Ha Giang

Floating along Nho Que River at the foot of Ma Pi Leng Pass in Ha Giang Province, visitors can experience the lure of one of Vietnam’s most beautiful rivers. Booking a boat ride in advance is advised, especially when traveling in large groups. Tourists can also rent a kayak and experience rowing on the river.

Best time for Ha Giang trip

Autumn (September to November)

  • Golden Harvest: This season is perfect for capturing the golden terraced rice fields during the harvest, providing a warm and inviting atmosphere.
  • Misty Mornings: Autumn mornings often bring a touch of mist, which adds an ethereal quality to your photos, especially if you’re photographing the Nho Que River or the valleys from high vantage points.


Misty mountains and hills in Ha Giang

Spring (March to April)

  • Blooming Flowers: During this period, the region’s flowers, including peach blossoms and buckwheat flowers are in full bloom, adding vibrant colors to your photographs.

Therefore, Ha Giang is the best destination for Photo Tour.  Its awe-inspiring landscapes, rich cultural diversity, and untouched authenticity make it a perfect canvas for capturing stunning images. Whether you’re a professional photographer or an amateur with a passion for photography, Ha Giang will leave you with a collection of unforgettable moments and visual treasures. Make sure to select the best private tour in Ha Giang from ITS Vietnam for an engaging and unforgettable trip.