Hoang Su Phi tours

Embark on Hoang Su Phi tours to explore some of Vietnam’s most stunning landscapes, featuring trekking adventures through terraced rice fields, authentic homestays, and vibrant local markets. This remote area offers a deep dive into the natural beauty and cultural richness of northern Vietnam, making it a must-visit for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience.

Trekking and hiking in Ha Giang at the terraced rice fields of Hoang Su Phi
3 Day & 2 Night Terraced rice fields trekking & homestays

Hoang Su Phi tour

Hoang Su Phi
4 Day & 3 Night Terraced rice fields trekking & homestays

Hoang Su Phi tour

Highlights of Hoang Su Phi Tours

1. Trekking Through Terraced Rice Fields

The terraced rice fields in Hoang Su Phi are among the most spectacular in Vietnam and remain largely undiscovered by tourists. The best way to experience these picturesque landscapes is by embarking on trekking tours, which can range from a half-day to multiple days. Along the way, witness ethnic minorities tending to their fields and buffalo grazing—the essence of rural Vietnam.

Trekking and hiking in Ha Giang at the terraced rice fields of Hoang Su Phi

2. Homestay Tours

Dive into the local culture with a stay in a traditional homestay, where the way of life has remained unchanged for generations. These experiences are intimate and authentic, allowing you to join in family meals and daily activities. Although the accommodations may be basic, the experience is profoundly enriching and memorable.

Trekking and hiking in Ha Giang at the terraced rice fields of Hoang Su Phi

3. Motorbike Tours

For those looking to cover more ground, motorbike tours offer a thrilling way to explore wider areas of Hoang Su Phi. An experienced driver can navigate the challenging roads, bringing you to remote spots and spectacular viewpoints that are less accessible by car. This is an adventurous way to travel like a local, though car tours are also available for those who prefer it.

Ha Giang in September with golden yellow terraced rice fields in Hoang Su Phi

4. Visit Local Markets

The main market in Vinh Quang, the largest town in Hoang Su Phi, is a vibrant hub of activity, especially on Sundays. Ethnic groups from surrounding villages come to trade goods and socialize, creating a colorful tapestry of local life. It’s an excellent opportunity for visitors to interact with the community and observe the rich tapestry of cultures in the area.

Hoang Su Phi Market

5. Ethnic Cultural Workshops

Engage directly with the rich traditions of Hoang Su Phi by participating in cultural workshops. Learn firsthand from local artisans about traditional crafts, such as weaving and basket-making, or partake in a cooking class to learn how to prepare local dishes. These workshops provide a deeper understanding of the ethnic communities and their lifestyles, offering a truly immersive experience.

Dao ethnic minority and tourist dressed up like Dao in Nam Dam Village in Ha Giang

Tips about Hoang Su Phi Tours

Harvest Season in Hoang Su Phi

The rice planting season begins in May, setting the stage for the growth cycle. By June and July, you’ll see fields dotted with young rice plants. As August arrives and extends into early September, the rice stalks grow long and lush, coloring the landscape a vivid green. The most visually stunning period is the end of September and early October, when the harvest begins and the fields turn golden yellow. This is the best time to visit if you want to see the iconic gold and yellow rice fields at their peak.

Best Weather for Trekking Tours in Hoang Su Phi

The ideal months for trekking in Hoang Su Phi are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These months offer mild temperatures, avoiding the cold, foggy winter and the hot, rainy summer. Note that the lush rice fields are best seen from May through early October.

Hoang Su Phi Development

Hoang Su Phi remains largely undeveloped, which is both a charm and a challenge. The area is authentically peaceful and off the beaten track, providing a genuine experience with minimal tourist footprint. However, this lack of development means fewer accommodation options, less English spoken, and more difficulty getting around, which can make travel more expensive in this region.

Fitness Level

You don’t need to be extremely fit to enjoy Hoang Su Phi tours, but a basic level of fitness is necessary. The terrain is mountainous, and with the area’s limited development, there tends to be more walking, especially if you’re participating in trekking tours. Being in good health will help you make the most of your adventure.

Getting to Hoang Su Phi

Hoang Su Phi isn’t close to any major towns and isn’t well-served by tourist bus routes, making it less accessible via public transportation. There are no direct buses from Hanoi; the best way to reach Hoang Su Phi is by private transfer to avoid multiple local bus transfers, offering a more comfortable and efficient travel experience.


The best time to see the terraced rice fields in full glory is from late September to early October when the fields are golden yellow during the harvest season.

While you don’t need to be extremely fit, a moderate level of fitness is recommended as the tours often involve walking and trekking through mountainous terrain.

Accommodations are generally more basic and include local homestays and guesthouses, offering an authentic experience of the local lifestyle.

Yes, vegetarian options are available, but it’s advisable to inform your tour operator in advance so arrangements can be made.

English-speaking guides are available, though English is less commonly spoken among the general population in this less-developed area.

Yes, tours can be customized to suit your preferences for duration, difficulty, and interests such as more emphasis on cultural encounters or nature walks.

Essential items include comfortable walking shoes, rain gear, a hat, sunscreen, a camera, and a reusable water bottle. Layered clothing is recommended due to the varied mountain weather.

The best way to reach Hoang Su Phi is by private transfer from Hanoi, as there are no direct bus services and the area is not easily accessible by public transport.

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