Ha Giang’s weather is typical for the weather of Northern highland area of Vietnam, which is tropical monsoon climate, but somewhat temperate climate due to high latitude.
The weather here is mild year around with its year’s average temperature falls between 21.6 and 23.9 Degree Celsius; temperature amplitudes around 6-7 Degree Celsius a day. The hottest months of Ha Giang are June and July, while coldest months are from November to February.
Ha Giang has one of the dampest provinces in the area with a total rain of 2,860mm/year, in which Bac Quang District stands out from the rest with 4,000mm/year. Drizzle and mist occur quite often, especially in the early morning. Another noticeable feature of Ha Giang’s weather is high humidity at 85% on average.
During its damp season (July to September), Ha Giang becomes more dangerous due to storm, heavy rain and flood. As a result, tourists are recommended to watch Vietnamese weather forecast very carefully before deciding on traveling to Ha Giang during this time.
How to get from Hanoi to Ha Giang
Hanoi is about 320km from Ha Giang and thanks to new road development, it is quite easy to reach Ha Giang from the capital.
Travel by coach
From Hanoi, you may easily call a taxi or xe om to travel to My Dinh Station. When you arrive, come inside to buy a Hanoi – Ha Giang ticket with a cost of VND130,000-150,000 for standard seats. Travelers who want to save time and seek for more comfort may consider buying bed ticket (VND180,000/ ticket). This coach departs from My Dinh at 21:00 and then arrives in Ha Giang in the next early morning.
Travel by motorbike
Travelers who want to challenge one’s adventurous spirit may hire a motorbike in the Old Quarter and buy a good Vietnam map for the trek to Ha Giang. There are two routines you might select:
• Routine No. 1: Hanoi – Vinh Phuc – Viet Tri – Phu Tho – Tuyen Quang:
This routine is popular and preferred by many travelers but quite crowded of vehicles.
• Routine No. 2: Hanoi – Son Tay – Trung Ha Bridge – Co Tiet – Phong Chau Bridge – Phu Tho – Doan Hung – Tuyen Quang:
From Thang Long Highway, go straight until you reach Highway No. 21 and then follow it to Son Tay (remember to turn right before you reach the overpass). Then, pass Trung Ha Bridge in Son Tay to get Co Tiet. When you arrive in Co Tiet, go for another bridge named Phong Chau and go along the riverside road (Road 320) to Phu Tho.
From here, continue your journey on National Highway No. 2 until you reach Doan Hung, and then Tuyen Quang. Passing Tuyen Quang City, you would return to Highway No. 2 and follow the route Ham Yen – Bac Quang – Vi Xuyen – Ha Giang City. This second routine is 30km longer than the first one.
How to get to Ha Giang Rock Plateau
Travel by coach
If you travel alone, you may catch public coach in Ha Giang Station to go through small districts of Ha Giang Province. Remember to ask for window view seats so that you may be able to contemplate the rustic sceneries of Vietnam and take some photos. When you arrive at a district, you may catch Xe Om to tourist sites at ease.
Travel by motorbike
Recommendation for motorcyclists is to follow exactly the indicated routine and your map. A smart phone with google map is ideal in this case. Besides, never forget to equip yourselves with necessary items like helmet (compulsory in Vietnam), glasses, and gloves and boots (in the winter). Another important notice you should follow is to control the speed of you vehicle because roads are curvy with a lot of bends, which limits your sight from incoming vehicles whose drivers are usually ignore using horns at bend.