Introduction to Du Gia Village 

Du Gia is a municipality in Yen Minh District in Ha Giang Province. It is located between the cities of Ha Giang and Meo Vac, both approximately 70 kilometres away. There is also a second route from Ha Giang which is 110 kilometres. Du Gia is an unknown quiet village in Ha Giang, this place is visited almost exclusively by travellers who ride the famous Ha Giang loop. There are no bus connections with the town, so you can only get there by motorcycle or car with a driver. The roads are of poor quality, but you will be rewarded with beautiful landscapes and local villages of ethnic hill tribes.

Cultural Information about Du Gia Village 

Cultural festivals in Du Gia are mainly populated by Tay and H’mong communities; Du Gia boasts many ethnic cultural festivals, including spring harvest festival, rain-calling ritual, ethnic fair, love fair, to name the main ones.

Many unique cultural features of ethnic communities have not been lost, such as: Gau Tao Festival of the Mong ethnic group, Long Tong festival of the Tay ethnic group, the Ceremony of Graduation of the Dao people, and the Ceremony of Offering to the Forest Gods of the Pu Peo people. Along with the costumes, the traditional folk songs of the ethnic groups are still kept alive. Du Gia also has a Phong Luu market which has been formed and maintained once a year for hundreds of years. Phong Luu love Market is a traditional cultural feature of the land of Du Gia Ha Giang. Every year in the middle of the third week of the lunar calendar, young couples eagerly prepare for this market. In addition to the activities of selling local specialties, the management also organises cultural performances, sports competitions, etc. The main purpose is to create a playground, a meeting place for couples to get to know each other.

Top tips for your stay in Du Gia village

Expect to give a lot of high fives to the kids along the way who will kindly greet you.


Transport to Du Gia Village 

The road from Meo Vac in particular is spectacular and there is more than one way to get there;

  • From Meo Vac to Du Gia via Mau Due- DT 176 – 70 km
  • From Ha Giang to Du Gia (option 1) – QL4C + DT181 – 70km
  • From Ha Giang to Du Gia (option 2) – QL34 + DT176 – 110km

Getting around the area

It is advisable when doing the Ha Giang loop by motorbike to allocate 5 days or more for the trip. A recommended route or itinerary would be something like this:

- Ha Giang -> Yen Minh (day 1)
- Yen Minh – Dong Van (day 2)
- Dong Van – Meo Vac (day 3)
- Meo Vac – Du Gia (day 4)
- Du Gia – Ha Giang (day 5)


What’s good to eat in Du Gia Village?

Visiting Du Gia, you could enjoy many mountain specialties like chicken, pork, vegetables, and ethnic corn alcohol. If you visit a Tay ethnic household, you can also be treated with some special dishes like sour pho noodle or sausage.

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    Information about accommodation in Du Gia Village

    If you expect to stay in luxury hotels, good Wi-Fi connections and high-class service, maybe staying in a city, like Hanoi, would be a better choice.. Currently in Du Gia, there are no high-end hotels or motels. So you have to stay at a local Homestay, this means visitors will live within people's homes. Currently, Du Gia commune is focusing on developing homestay tourism, with more than 100 rooms, including 5 accommodation establishments that have established information addresses on websites to connect with tourists. Coc Pang village is home to the largest concentration of homestays in Du Gia commune. The homestays here are all designed in a traditional style but are still fully equipped with minimum amenities such as air conditioning, hot and cold water heater and ordering food services. Nestled in a small valley, each homestay has a mountain view and the forest is very beautiful.


    Best things to do in Du Gia Village

    The best thing about this place is the peaceful and unspoiled beauty with its majestic natural landscape of mountains and rice paddies around it. In addition, the local people here are exceptionally hospitable and friendly.

    The most spectacular stretch to drive is between Mau Due and Du Gia although it is not the safest road as it has many holes and bends. The mountain passes are impressive; perhaps even more so than around Dong Van. In some areas you can see many rice terraces that turn golden yellow during the right season. Along the way you will find a ruin of a French watchtower from the colonial era. 

    It can be said that Ha Giang in general, Du Gia in particular, is beautiful in every season. Each season gives us a different array of colours. However, the most ideal time to visit Du Gia is summer when you will enjoy the lush green colour of corn fields. The most wonderful thing is the cool fresh air by the cool green Du Gia river winding around the village.