Nestled in the far northeast of Vietnam on the border with southwest China, lies the timeless world of Ha Giang.
Until recently, it has been cut off from visitors by the Vietnamese government, and has therefore escaped the relentless march of civilisation that has changed so much of the planet.
Landscape and scenery
Terraced rice paddies, primary forests, winding mountain paths that climb through vertiginous passes to reach colourfully-dressed minority tribes, some of whom have never been documented: Ha Giang offers visitors a glimpse of Vietnam from a bygone era.
This fascinating province remains almost completely unaffected by the tide of commerce, industry and tourism that has swept over so many other places, and so retains an air of authenticity unsurpassed in Indochina. The lively local markets form the lifeblood of the province and villagers in traditional dress gather from miles around to trade, eat and gossip.
Our itineraries are designed around these events. Hotels in the region are very basic, so we have set up a number of excellent homestay opportunities: these give visitors the chance to fully experience the life of the local people.
For those interested in minority cultures, local markets, textiles, stunning scenery and wonderful photographic opportunities, Ha Giang is an immensely rewarding experience.