Ha Giang Photography, Roof of Vietnam Tour 9 days

A great way to meet with a unique population and some leading geological wonders of the world.

Closed to foreigners for a long time, Ha Giang Province still shunned the traditional tourist routes. It offers a palette of diverse landscape and a beautiful mosaic of ethnic groups, almost unaffected by the chaos and the development of modern life.

From the breathtaking grandeur of ladder Hoang Su Phi and various local tribes, to the mountainous landscape of the Hmong and the Eastern white Hmong people, we invite you to a bustling great adventure to the northern mountains of Vietnam.

We organize this tour twice a year, during planting and harvest seasons of service, a period in which ethnic groups spent most of the time outside the field, to the delight of photographers.

Detail itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Giang (Sleeper bus)

We will meet in the afternoon at 5:30 and invite all the participants acquainted witha cup of coffee.

After a short presentation about our trip, we will come to the bus stop at 7 p.m. totake a bus to the bus station to Ha Giang Province.

Day 2: Ha Giang – Hoang Su Phi

2 hours travelling / 4 hours photography

We’ll arrive in the early morning in Ha Giang and continue our trip to reach our resort in Hoang Su Phi, nested in a beautiful rice field valley.

After lunch we will head to a nearby forested area dotted with rice terraces, and meet up with the Dap ethnic people in Ban Peo and Ban Nhung villages.

Dinner and night in Hoang Su Phi.

Day 3: Hoang Su Phi Rice Terraces
2 hours’ travelling / 6 hours of photography

The rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi have existed for more than three centuries; many generations of farmers from La Chi, Dao or Nung ethnic groups have shaped those hill curves, dug up the irrigation canals and terraced the mountain sides in stairs to cultivate rice. These rice fields have a total surface area of 630 km2 and are listed since 2012 as a Vietnam National Heritage site.

In the morning, we will go explore the village of Ban Luoc. It is home to the country’s largest rice terrace field, stretching over 200 acres and with an altitude difference of more than 1500 meters, and is consisted of thousands of successive platforms separated from each other by one meter.
In the afternoon, we will visit Ban Phung Village with its equally visually stunning rice terraces.
Dinner and night in Hoang Su Phi.

Day 4: Hoang Su Phi – Quan Ba
2,5 hours’ travelling / 5 hours of photography

Before leaving Hoang Su Phi, we will visit the majestic rice terraces of Thong Nguyen. We will then head to Quan Ba, “Heaven’s Gate”, with its mountains stretching to the horizon, marking the entrance to Dong Ba Karst Plateau, listed in UNESCO Global Geoparks Network.

A magnificent point of view to come back home with stunning landscape photos, hopefully helped by a nice weather.
Dinner and night in Quan Ba.

Day 5: Quan Ba – Pho Cao – Dong Van
3 hours travelling / 5 hours of photography

On this day, we will delve into Dong Van Plateau, an extremely wild region made of limestone pitons and black granite needles: a truly breathtaking panorama.

After lunch in Yen Minh, we will head to Pho Cao, a superb H’mong village with some 200 years old houses, followed by a visit to Sung La Village, before finally reaching Lung Cam village where we’ll meet with the Lo Lo ethnic group.
Dinner and night in Dong Van.

Day 6: Dong Van – Sa Phin – Pho Bang – Dong Van
1,5 hours travelling / 6 hours of photography

For the bravest amongst us, we will go on a small trek to the summit overlooking Dong Van: after a half an hour ascension we will be greeted with a magnificent view over the valley.

We will then head towards Sa Phin to explore the surprising Vuong Chin Duc Palace, king of the H’mongs (and opium trafficking), built on a small hilltop a palace in a similar style to Chinese yamens. At its peak, the fortress boasted up to 100 inhabitants.

After lunch, we will go and visit the superb village of Pho Bang, where H’mongs keep their traditions alive.
Dinner and night in Dong Van.

Day 7: Dong Van – Meo Vac – Dong Van
2 hours travelling / 7 hours of photography

We’ll have much to do on that morning, as we’ll go visit 2 dominical markets, linked together by one of the most spectacular road in Vietnam: better get your gear ready! The ethnic minorities of many different groups leave their home villages very early in the morning to reach Dong Van market, a place to trade merchandises but also a gathering site to socialize and meet with others.

We will then head to Meo Vac, home to the Black H’mong Eagle’s Nest. Upon arrival we’ll discover the livestock market, a one of its kind location in the Ha Giang province, where between 400 and 1000 cattle are traded during the course of the morning, along with many horses, pigs and dogs, before visiting the main market.

After lunch, we will take multiple photography stops on our journey back to Dong Van, following a road meandering through the mountain sides and getting through the Ma Pi Leng passage, overlooking a vertiginous canyon and the No Que River gorges further down.
Dinner and night in Dong Van.

Day 8: Dong Van – Ha Giang – Hanoi (Sleeper bus)
6 hours travelling / many landscape photography stops

After breakfast, we will head back to Ha Giang following a road surrounded by breathtaking karst mountain landscapes. We will take our time and make multiple landscape photography stops. We will arrive in Ha Giang in the early evening for dinner, before heading to the bus station and take a sleeper bus back to Hanoi.

Day 9: End of the adventure in Hanoi

We will arrive in the early morning in Hanoi, and head to our day-use hotel to shower and rest a bit, before meeting for our last breakfast together.

We will finish with a small photography review  and debrief of our journey, before bidding each other farewell.

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  • Accommodation in a hotel on a twin-shared basis in Hanoi, Ha Giang.
  • Private air-conditioned transportation.
  • Meals and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the tour.
  • Snacks and water during excursions.
  • Sites entry fees.


  • International/domestic flights to arrive and depart from Hanoi.
  • Hanoi airport transfers on arrival and departure.
  • Entry Visa to Vietnam.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips.
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