Ha Giang province - restricted areas?
I'm planning a bike trip from Ha Noi to Mai Chau, Dien Bien, Sa Pa, Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Ba Be NP, Cao Bang, Lang Son, Cam Pha, Ha Long, Ha Noi.
My problem is with the Ha Giang to Cao Bang section.
I want to travel due north from Ha Giang, through Tam Son, Yen Minh, Meo Vac, Bao Lac, Ba Be NP, and on to Cao Bang. There are several places of interest close to the China border, but it seems some of them are restricted by the police at Ha Giang. I can't find any definitive information, and was hoping some one may have done such a trip before.
Any advice or information I can get would be MOST appreciated.
#1 Posted: 16/2/2012 - 03:38
16th February, 2012
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I rode through Ha Giang, up to Dong Von and Meo Vac last year, and will do it again in April. It is important to get the permit at Ha Giang City. It used to be that you needed a tour guide, but this was not the case when I did it. And I've had about five other friends who have gone and they didn't need a guide either. But I know that if you fail to get the permit, there's a good chance that the hotels won't register you. Anyway, get the permit at the Immigration office that's next to the Tourist office. I think I got the address from a lonely planet, otherwise someone in town should be able to point you in the right direction. It should only be around $10, but some lady tried charging me a total of $50 for the service. This is not needed at all, as the process was really simple. Just need your passport. Hope this helped. That area is absolutely stunning. My favorite region in Vietnam.
#2 Posted: 16/2/2012 - 05:01
What I was hoping for. You've made my day!
#3 Posted: 16/2/2012 - 06:04
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