Rice terraces at Hoang Su Phi
Rice terraces at Hoang Su Phi

Hoang Su Phi Travel Guide, Ha Giang

Hoang Su Phi is among the most untouched areas of Ha Giang Province of Vietnam. The district was separated from the mainstream society until very recently. The capital town of Hoang Su Phi District is Vinh Quang Township, 60km from Tan Quang Town and 100km from Ha Giang provincial capital.

Hoang Su Phi is bordered to the north by China, to the east by Vi Xuyen District, to the south-east by Bac Quang District, to the south by Quang Binh District and to the west by Xin Man District.

The terrain of Hoang Su Phi is dissected by narrow valleys and streams, and with steep gradients. The average altitude is from 1,500-1,700m above sea level. The two highest mountain peaks are Tay Con Linh (2,423m) to the north-east and Chieu Lau Thi (2,402m) to the west.

Hoang Su Phi Town
Hoang Su Phi Town

The two biggest river systems are Song Chay to the north-west of the district and Song Bac to the south and south-east of the district. The rainy season is from May through October with torrential rains and landslides. The dry season is from November through April with low temperatures which may be less than 10oC.

Golden rice terraces at Hoang Su Phi
Golden rice terraces at Hoang Su Phi

There are 13 ethnic groups in Hoang Su Phi, of which the Nung accounts for 38.8; the others are Dao 21,8%, Hmong 12,6%, Tay 14,2%, La Chi 6%, Kinh 4,8%, Hoa Han 1,25% Co Lao 1,43%, Thai 0,02%, Phu La 0,2%, Cao Lan 0,06%, Muong 0,07%.

Hoang Su Phi mountains of Ha Giang Province
The mountains of Hoang Su Phi District, Ha Giang Province

Tourist attractions in Hoang Su Phi (Ha Giang)

Traveling to Hoang Su Phi nowadays, the visitors will be charmed by the pristine beauty of the wild mountains, untouched forests and the authentic culture of the local ethnic groups...

1/Hoang Su Phi market is in session every Sunday which offers a great opportunity to learn about the life of the local people.

Hoang Su Phi Market
Hoang Su Phi Market is on Sunday morning only
 
 
Hoang Su Phi Market
On Sunday morning, the local ethnic people including the Tay, the Nung, the flower H'mong and Ha Nhi People would be gathering from around 06 O'clock in the morning
 
 
Dzao ladies at Hoang Su Phi Market
Dzao ladies at Hoang Su Phi Market
 
 
Nung ladies at Hoang Su Phi market
Nung ladies at Hoang Su Phi market
 
 
Nung ladies at Hoang Su Phi
Nung ladies selling big water containers at Hoang Su Phi Market

2/Thong Nguyen Saturday Market is a lovely photographic opportunity and learn about different ethnic groups in the coummune.

Weekend Market at Thong Nguyen, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang
Weekend Market at Thong Nguyen, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang

3/Apart from idyllic ethnic villages and sublime mountains, Hoang Su Phi is famed for its captivating rice terraces during the rice transplanting season (May-June) and just before the harvest season (late September - early October). The total rice growing area of Hoang Su Phi is 3,757ha of which 764.8ha has been classified as National Heritage. The most stunning rice terraces are found at:
- Ban Luoc: 117.8 ha
- San Sa Ho: 159.0 ha
- Thong Nguyen 66.4 ha
- Nam Ty: 143.7 ha
- Ho Thau: 137.7 ha
- Ban Phung: 140.2 ha 

Flooded terraces at Hoang Su Phi
Flooded terraces at Hoang Su Phi

4/Mount Tay Con Linh with primeval forest and challenging trekking adventures. The trekking routes do not travel through villages and careful preparations must be made before departure.

5/Mount Chieu Lau Thi offers breathtaking views of the surrounding wild nature. The trek from the mountain base to the top is 9km and the same route back. Unless you want to stay longer, the tour should be for 2 days, 1 night. Accommodation is a wooden hut – 20 minutes hike from the top.

Hiking route to Mount Chieu Lau Thi, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang
Hiking route to Mount Chieu Lau Thi, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang

Travel and tours in Hoang Su Phi
Paradissa organizes car adventure tours, trekking tours and photography tours through Hoang Su Phi. From Hanoi, our tours to Hoang Su Phi may range from 3 days/2 nights to 5 days/4 nights. Due to weather conditions the tours are not all year round. Please contact our travel experts for further details.
 
Accommodation in Hoang Su Phi
There are decent hotels at Thong Nguyen and at Vinh Quang Township, most of them are with basic facilities. Alternatively, there are lovely homestays at local ethnic families in different villages: Thong Nguyen, Ban Luoc, Nam Son, Ho Thau… All homestays have impressive views of the valleys and mountains in the front.
 Ethereal landscape in front of a homestay at Thong Nguyen, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang
Ethereal landscape in front of a homestay at Thong Nguyen, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang
 
How to get to Hoang Su Phi
Hoang Su Phi is 300km from Hanoi via Route 2. The road is mostly in good condition with nice scenery along the way. At Tan Quang Township of Ha Giang Province, you'll turn into a small road which keeps going up into the mountains. The landscape is sensational around here. 
Nung ladies sell rice wine at Hoang Su Phi market
Nung ladies sell rice wine at Hoang Su Phi market