The bus from Sapa to Ha Giang is a sleeper bus, in which you can stretch out your legs and relax on the six hour journey. For both departure times, you’ll have to arrange overnight accommodation for yourself in Sapa. On the bus there’s air conditioning and WiFi.
There are 3 operators that run from Sapa to Ha Giang, with 3 departures per day. If you decide to take a Minivan, you can take the Luxury, Limo, and Standard options.
There is 1 operator that run from Sapa to Ha Giang. If you decide to take a Car, you can take the Standard option.
After spending time in the mountain town of Sapa you might want to head even deeper into Vietnam's northern territories and there's nowhere other than Ha Giang to do just that. Sapa's ancient stone carvings and eco spa resorts make the town a real find for travelers and the surrounding rice terraces and rhododendron forests are an absolute trekkers' paradise.
However, head further north into Ha Giang and what you'll find is even more culturally enlightening. This is one of Vietnam's poorest regions as well as one of the most mountainous. Often travelers will stay here before heading across the border into southern China. However, it's also an ideal location to explore from Sapa.
When making the 235 kilometer (146 mile) journey from Sapa to Ha Giang, you have three choices of transportation: you can opt for a sleeper bus which takes 7 hours; you can choose a luxury minivan which takes 6 hours; or you can rent a private car and driver which also usually takes 6 hours. All have air-conditioning and will make regular rest stops to use the washrooms and allow travelers to purchase overpriced souvenirs.
If you're looking to save money on the ride from Sapa to Ha Giang, we recommend taking an overnight sleeper bus. Not only will this option give you the best chance of grabbing some sleep but you'll also be saving your hard-earned travel funds because you don't need to spend the night in a hotel or hostel.
Spending time in and around the scenic town of Sapa is so good for the soul. This is where you'll see rice terraces and rhododendron forests on mountain slopes and lush green valleys where rivers meander into Sapa Lake. What you'll see when traveling to Ha Giang from Sapa is some of the country's most sensational mountain scenery. You might also pass roadside fruit and vegetable stalls run by hill tribe communities.
Basically, it all depends on what time you depart as to what you'll see on the 6 – 7 hour ride northeast to Ha Giang. Set off in the day and you'll be blessed with those superb mountain scenes as the road twists and turns through the hills; set off in the evening and it's going to be dark however, you might still catch the sunset over the lake.
When you arrive is also going to impact on what you see when traveling from Sapa to Ha Giang. Arriving in the northern outpost as the sun rises can be a really magical moment and well worth setting your alarm for just as you begin the final leg of the journey.
Taking a bus
If you're already this far north in Vietnam you will probably be well versed with bus transportation. Taking a bus to Ha Giang from Sapa is going to present more of the same with relatively cramped conditions matched by chattering travelers swapping stories and playing card games.
Best advice if you want to actually get some rest is to take a neck cushion, eye mask and ear plugs. You might also want to pack a sweater or warm hoodie as the air-conditioning is always cranked up to the maximum setting. Seats will usually recline so will give you a relatively good night's rest.
Just don't expect much space to stretch other than when you stop for a midnight bathroom break at a brightly-lit service station. Bottled water and blankets are often included on bus rides. One of the main advantages of taking an overnight sleeper bus is that you don't have to pay for any extra accommodation. You'll also get to know your fellow travelers, too.
Taking a minivan
Taking a private minivan from Sapa to Ha Giang gives you peace of mind as you'll know who you're traveling with and you can choose what time you leave, and where from. If you choose to share a minivan with one or two other travelers you'll also save costs.
Basically, it's like a shared bus ride but in more comfortable and spacious conditions. Minivans are air-conditioned, have their own driver and will make regular stops for rest breaks. They're a bit speedier than buses and certainly more peaceful.
Renting a car
Taking a private car from Sapa to Ha Giang is like booking a taxi ride although not quite as expensive. Hire cars are usually for 3 – 5 passengers and can leave whenever and from wherever you wish. As you can't drive a car in Vietnam, unless you're a Vietnamese citizen, this is the next best thing.
You'll have plenty of space, privacy and comfort, although don't expect the driver's musical tastes always to be to everyone's liking.
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Bookaway's customers prefer Luxury Minivan by Quang Giang
Luxury Minivan by Group Tour Company which usually takes 5h 30m
127 Km (Air)
Sleeping Bus by Quang Tuyen starting at US$13
Approximately, there are 4 departures each day. You can also book a private ride and leave whenever you want.