How to go → HANOI to HA GIANG? ☀️

How to get from Hanoi to Ha Giang
How to get from Hanoi to Ha Giang in Vietnam? You can travel to Ha Giang by tourist bus, van, minivan, minibus or motorbike.
1. Bus to Ha Giang
2. Minivan to Ha Giang
3. Taxi / Car to Ha Giang
4. Train + Bus Ha Giang
5. FAQ + Travel Tips
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From Hanoi to Ha Giang you can travel by bus, van, motorbike. taxi/car.

    • Travel distance from Hanoi to Ha Giang is about 300 km by land. There are 4 options how you can get to Ha Giang from Hanoi: travel by bus/van, private taxi, train + bus via Lao Cai or travel on motorbike. Transfer by bus is the most popular and also cheapest option how to reach Ha Giang Province. There are reliable private bus companies and bus tickets start already at $8-10/pp. You can travel by sleeper (+overnight) bus or you can take modern minivan or limousine. You can also travel by private taxi/car to Ha Giang, the most comfortable, but the most expensive option. You can book your private car online. There is no train connection and no airport in Ha Giang province, so you need to go by bus/van, taxi/car (or motorbike – IDP necessary, for the most experienced drivers). Buses depart from various stations in Hanoi, but there are also some buses or private minivans from Noi Bai Airport.

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    • The nearest railway station is located in Lao Cai, approximately 200 km away from Ha Giang town. Consequently, travelers have the option of taking a train to Lao Cai and then catching a local bus to Ha Giang. However, this route is not advisable due to its time-consuming nature. Alternatively, several tourist agencies in Hanoi offer services such as private car rentals or organized tours, including 3-day excursions or motorbike loops to Ha Giang province.
    • Since Ha Giang lacks an airport, air travel is not an option. Fortunately, booking transportation options like bus e-tickets, taxis, cars, motorbikes, or private tours from Hanoi to Ha Giang can be easily done online. Additionally, travelers can conveniently reserve and select their accommodation in Ha Giang, ranging from local homestays and cheap guesthouses to hotels or hostels.

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    • Ha Giang offers a pristine and captivating escape amidst Vietnam’s abundant natural beauty. While Vietnam boasts numerous stunning destinations, many suffer from overcrowding due to tourist influx. Ha Giang, however, remains relatively untouched. Its landscape encompasses majestic mountains, verdant parks, serene nature, rolling hills, quaint ethnic villages, and an authentic rural lifestyle, all set against breathtaking vistas. Although mass tourism may eventually encroach, for now, Ha Giang retains its allure.
    • To truly experience this exceptional province, consider renting a motorbike and embarking on the renowned Ha Giang Motorbike Loop, a favorite among travelers. While local buses are available, they may not offer the same level of comfort. Moreover, to venture to more remote and exquisite locales such as Dong Van, Meo Vac, and the Lung Cu Flagpole, a permit ($10 per person) is required. From Ha Giang, travelers can also access Sapa in Lao Cai province by bus, van, or car via routes to Sapa.
Transfer Modes – Hanoi to Ha Giang: Travel Time Cost Range
Tourist Bus / Van 5-6 hours $9-20 / pp
Private Car / Taxi 4-5 hours $120-440 / car
Motorbike 6-7 hours $7-15 / 1day
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How do I get from Hanoi to Ha Giang?


1. BUS from Hanoi to Ha Giang

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang is the most popular and cheap transport option. The offer includes various modern sleeper buses or comfortable minivans and minibuses from various proven companies such as Cau Me, Grouptour, Hung Thanh, Quang Nghi, Trully Ha Giang, Full Moon Party Tour, Good Morning Cat Ba, Express Ha Giang, Bang Phang, Quang Giang, Khanh Hang and others. This is the most used mode of transport to Ha Giang, as you cannot get there by train.

The buses are relatively comfortable, mostly air-conditioned and with a toilet, but some buses are not very suitable for tall people, so it is better to choose a more comfortable minibus or minivan, which also has reclining seats for sleeping. Buses can depart from various locations and stations in Hanoi and usually arrive at the main bus station in Ha Giang. This station is in the southern part of the city and will provide you with easy access to the city center and the city’s accommodation facilities.

Some tourist buses or rather faster minivans or minibuses can arrive directly to some hostels or hotels in Ha Giang town. The bus is a cheap transfer option to Ha Giang, bus tickets cost about 9-22 USD / per person and the travel time is about 5.5-7 hours. Some buses also leave from Noi Bai Airport or Noi Bai Crossroad, so if you want to avoid Hanoi, you can use this option for about the same price and travel time.

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A modern bus of Full Moon Party Tour company from Hanoi to Ha Giang (photo: 12go.asia).
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A modern sleeper tourist bus of Grouptour company from Hanoi to Ha Giang (photo: 12go.asia).


2. VAN / MINIVAN from Hanoi to Ha Giang

Another popular and cheap option of transportation from Hanoi to Ha Giang is private minivans or minibuses. There are also a lot of these going to Ha Giang and they are relatively more comfortable than the larger sleeper buses. They are sometimes even faster if they don’t have a lot of stops along the way and the tickets cost around 10-20 USD / per person and travel time is around 6 hours.

Several private transport companies operate between Hanoi and Ha Giang, such as Truly Ha Giang, Quang Giang or Grouptour, which offer really modern and comfortable new minivans and minibuses. These vehicles have very comfortable reclining seats and are therefore also suitable for sleeping. Some minibuses to Ha Giang can also leave from Noi Bai Airport, otherwise they leave from different stops in Hanoi, you can see all the information if you order tickets in advance online.

It is also advisable to take a minivan or minibus from Hanoi to Ha Giang if you are traveling, for example, in a group of a smaller number of people, because you can reserve the entire vehicle just for this group.

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Luxury Van/Minivan of Truly Ha Giang from Hanoi to Ha Giang (photo: Baolau)


3. PRIVATE TAXI / CAR from Hanoi to Ha Giang

When it comes to the most luxurious and comfortable transportation option from Hanoi to Ha Giang, private taxi/car is the clear winner. The advantage of this variant is the departure from the place you specify and the arrival of the destination you set, the disadvantage is the higher price. This transport option to Ha Giang is therefore not suitable, for example, for low-cost travelers who do not have a high budget.

For those who do not care about the budget and are concerned with comfort and quality services, a private taxi may not be bad. A trip by private taxi or car with a driver costs 110 – 440 USD / whole car, the price depends on the type of car or the number of people transported. Transport by private taxi from Hanoi to Ha Giang takes about 5-6 hours and departs from the location of your choice. The journey from Noi Bai Airport can be approximately 4.5 hours.

Some private taxi services go to Ha Giang directly from Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi. It is possible to book a modern car or minivan for several people and with your driver simply online and in advance. There are various private taxi services from Hanoi to Ha Giang such as Booking Car, Viet Technology Travel, Grouptour, Taxi with VTS, Saigon DMC or Ouros Travel. They are mostly well-rated transport companies with positive references.

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From Hanoi to Ha Giang you can also use various private modern cars and taxi (photo: Viet Technology Travel, 12go.asia)


4. TRAIN + BUS from Hanoi to Ha Giang (via Lao Cai)

It is good to know that there is no railway leading to Ha Giang province, so it is not possible to go directly to this place by train. The only option is to go by train to the city of Lao Cai, but this is approximately 200 km from the city of Ha Giang, so taking a train here and then taking a bus to Ha Giang for 5 hours is not a very suitable option.

The only option is to go by train if you want to visit other places in the north such as Sapa or Bac Ha. There are also buses from Sapa to Ha Giang. The train journey from Hanoi to Lao Cai takes about 8 hours and the route is run by classic sleeper trains or luxury tourist sleeper trains, which are very popular among tourists.

Traveling by train is such a diversion when traveling in the north of Vietnam, but there are no trains to many places in the north. It is therefore advisable to forget about this option of transport from Hanoi to Ha Giang and use a comfortable minibus or bus.

    • Book and buy train/bus e-tickets from Hanoi to Lao Cai on Baolau ➜ or 12go.asia ➜
    • For bookings with private railway companies Fanxipan Express, King Express, Orient Express, Sapaly Express, Livitrans Express and Chapa Express > you will receive a voucher by email to collect the physical ticket at the station before boarding the train, you can read this article: 10 Luxury Trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai

5. From Hanoi to Ha Giang on a MOTORBIKE

A popular way to get to Ha Giang is by motorbike directly from Hanoi. This option can be interesting, but it will not be suitable for many travelers, you need to be a more experienced motorcycle driver and you need to have an international driver’s license with a valid license. However, it can be a great experience if you continue to travel in Ha Giang province by motorbike and ride, for example, the very famous Ha Giang Motorbike Loop, which runs through the entire province.

If you want to ride a motorcycle, you can use it from various rental companies in Hanoi, but you can also reserve a motorcycle in advance online. It is not very suitable to ride a weaker scooter for such a long distance, this also applies to traveling in Ha Giang province. Also, wear protective gear on your motorcycle and always obey all road regulations when traveling. The trip by motorbike from Hanoi to Ha Giang can take 7 hours, depending on the traffic situation and your driving skills.

In Ha Giang province, you can also take advantage of motorcycle tours to the province from some local agencies or travel agencies. Various hotels and hostels also rent motorbikes in Ha Giang. However, remember that you must always have valid documents and a driver’s license with a valid license.

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6. Book and join a Private Tour to Ha Giang

    • you can also search and book a tour to Ha Giang province
    • there are various types of tours (motorbike tours, trekking tours, loops…)
    • e.g. 3-6 days in Ha Giang province or about 9-20 days in northern Vietnam
    • local tour guides from Vietnam, you can also search a tour for another popular city

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Is there a flight from Hanoi to Ha Giang?

    • It is not possible to travel by plane, because there is no airport in Ha Giang province.

📍 Ha Giang – Tourist Map (+ Motorbike Loop):

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Google map of Ha Giang – Interesting sites, motorbike loop, homestays…


🛵 Where to rent a motorbike in Ha Giang?

Lots of travelers rent a motorbike in Ha Giang town and then go to the far north (Dong Van, Meo Vac, Lung Cu, Ma Pi Leng Pass …). Renting a motorbike for 1 day costs around $7-15/pp. You can search and book your motorbike or scooter in Ha Giang online at Bikesbooking ➜ or there is also a possibility to visit and rent a motorcycle in QT Motorbikes+Tours (about 500m from the bus station in Ha Giang city). There are contacts on their websites where you can find their premises. I recommend to choose a bit more of a powerful bike, not a scooter, for this mountainous area. A good choice is a semi-automatic bike. Before you set off, check and try your motorbike.


⚠️ Important:
Ha Giang motorbike loop and traveling on a motorbike in Ha Giang province is a good choice for experienced drivers – these mountain roads are dangerous. You must also have an international driving licence or vietnamese driving licence if you want to avoid problems with the police.

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15 best and not expensive hotels in Ha Giang. (photo: Ha Giang Historic Hotel)
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15 best homestays in Ha Giang province.


FAQ + TIPS – Travel route from Hanoi to Ha Giang:

1. How to book bus tickets or taxi/car from Hanoi to Ha Giang?

2. What is the travel time from Hanoi to Ha Giang?

    • Transfer by bus / van or limousine from Hanoi to Ha Giang takes about 5.5-7 hours.
    • Transfer by train+bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang (via Lao Cai) takes about 12-13 hours.
    • Transfer by motorbike from Hanoi to Ha Giang takes about 6-8 hours.
    • Transfer by private car/taxi from Hanoi to Ha Giang takes about 6 hours.

3. How we can book a tour to Ha Giang province?

    • It is easy to book a tour to Ha Giang. You can find and book a tour to Ha Giang province at KLOOK ➜. There are various tours and trips in northern Vietnam, you can also book another activity in central or southern Vietnam.

4. What is the price of transfer from Hanoi to Ha Giang?

    • Travel by bus / minivan or limousine from Hanoi to Ha Giang costs about $9-20/pp.
    • Travel by train+bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang (via Lao Cai) costs about $17+/pp (depends on the train).
    • Travel by private car/taxi from Hanoi to Ha Giang costs about $120-440/car.

5. How to move in Ha Giang? How to explore Ha Giang?

    • The best way is to travel on your own. If you can and you are an experienced motorbike driver and you have your international driving licence – rent a motorbike. You can book your motorbike in ha Giang online on Bikesbooking ➜. It is good to know, some roads are not in a good condition and roads in these mountains are dangerous, drive carefully. There are also some local buses in Ha Giang province (eg. between Ha Giang town and Dong Van…), but it is limited.

6. What is the travel distance from Hanoi to Ha Giang?

    • Travel distance from Hanoi to Ha Giang is about 300 km by bus / minibus or minivan.

7. Is there a train from Hanoi to Ha Giang?

    • No, there is no train from Hanoi to Ha Giang town because there is no railway station in Ha Giang. The only way how to get to Ha Giang is to travel by bus/taxi or motorbike.

8. Where do you keep your luggage in Hanoi?

    • If you want to keep your luggage in Hanoi you can try Radical Storage ➜ service. This service offers a few places in the center of Hanoi, it is a cheap and your luggage will be safe. You can search and book your place online.

9. Where is the closest railway station at Ha Giang town?

    • The closest railway station is in Lao Cai city, it is about 200 km from Ha Giang town. From Lao Cai you can travel by train or bus to Hanoi. There are also some local buses between Lao Cai and Ha Giang.

10. Which bus you should take to Ha Giang? Day or night bus?

    • In my opinion, it is better to travel by day bus, a good idea is to take a bus in the early morning. You can see a large part of the north of Vietnam and it is safer to travel in the morning.

11. What to do if I do not want to drive a motorbike in Ha Giang?

    • You can use an organized motorbike tours in Ha Giang province. You have your own motorbike driver/guide and you only sit on a motorbike. Some private motorbike tours can provide eg.QT Motorbikes in Ha Giang city.

12. How to get from Ha Giang town to Ma Pi Leng Pass (Dong Van)?

    • If you want to visit Ma Pi Leng Pass, you have to travel to Dong Van ancient town in the north (about 150 km from Ha Giang town). Ma Pi Leng Pass begins about 5 km from Dong Van town and pass has about 20 km. If you do not have a motorbike, there are some local buses from Ha Giang town to Dong Van town.

13. Is there an airport in Ha Giang province?

    • No, there is no airport in Ha Giang province so forget about direct flight to Ha Giang. The only way how to get to Ha Giang is to travel by bus/van/motorbike. The closest airport to Ha Giang is Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, about 260 km south of Ha Giang. In the future there should be opened a new airport in Lao Cai.

14. How to travel back from Ha Giang to Hanoi?

    • The same way how you came to Ha Giang. You can travel by bus/van from Ha Giang or by your own motorbike.

15. How long to spend on Ha Giang motorbike loop?

    • Lots of people travel by motorbike on the well-known „Ha Giang Motorbike Loop“ about 3 days. In my opinion it is very limited, if you can, stay in this amazing mountain place a bit longer (eg. 6 days) and try to visit also another places (small remoted villages), there is not only the Ma Pi Leng Pass.

16. What is the best time to visit Ha Giang?

    • The best time to visit Ha Giang is Autumn (October, November) or Spring (March, April, May). If you can, skip the monsoon season (summer months). In winter it can be very cold, prepare warm clothes. Before you go to Ha Giang by motorbike – check the weather.

17. Is it necessary to travel to Ha Giang with a tourist guide?

    • No, it is not necessary, you can travel in Ha Giang province on your own, for example on a motorbike (recommended only for the experienced drivers with your international driving licence). If you do not have any experience with driving a motorbike it is better to have a tourist guide. Bus transportation in Ha Giang province is limited. You can use your Google maps in your smart phone for the orientation.

18. Is it possible to get from Ha Giang town to Dong Van or Meo Vac by bus?

    • Yes it is possible, there are some local buses. Travel by local bus from Ha Giang town to Dong Van takes about 5-6 hours. You can find and book bus tickets on Baolau. Bus connections from Ha Giang town to Dong Van are a bit limited. You can also travel by local bus to Meo Vac.

19. From which bus stations the buses from Hanoi to Ha Giang depart?

    • Tourist buses or minivans from Hanoi to Ha Giang depart from various bus stations in Hanoi. You can check their updated schedules on Baolau/12go.asia.

20. Where to travel from Ha Giang?

    • You can travel and continue in Cao Bang province. This is another amazing place, not so visited and not overcrowded like another tourist places in the north of Vietnam (eg. Ha Long Bay, Sapa…)

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🚍 Bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang – Schedule / Timetable + Bus Tickets:

Bus Schedule - Hanoi to Ha Giang

Departs in Hanoi

Arrival in Ha Giang

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Bang Phan

19:00

02:00

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Bang Phan

22:00

04:10

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Khanh Hang

17:15

23:15

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Khanh Hang

19:20

01:20

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Cau Me

07:00

12:30

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Cau Me

16:00

21:30

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Cau Me

21:30

03:30

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Quang Nghi

16:00

22:00

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Quang Nghi

16:15

22:15

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Quang Tuyen

10:00

16:15

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Quang Tuyen

21:00

03:15

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Grouptour

06:15

14:45

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Grouptour

11:00

19:30

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Grouptour

19:00

03:30

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Grouptour (VIP27)

06:30

12:30

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Grouptour (VIP27)

09:30

15:30

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Grouptour (VIP27)

15:30

21:30

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Grouptour (VIP27)

16:30

22:30

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Grouptour (VIP)

06:30

12:30

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Grouptour (VIP)

15:30

20:00

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Full Moon (Minivan)

06:30

12:48

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Full Moon (Minivan)

15:30

21:48

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Express Ha Giang

20:00

02:30

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Truly Hagiang (VIP)

07:00

13:00

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Truly Hagiang (VIP)

11:00

17:00

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Truly Hagiang (VIP Class)

06:40

12:40

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Truly Hagiang (Sleeper)

20:45

02:45

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Truly Hagiang (Noi Bai Airport)

07:15

13:00

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Good Morning Cat Ba

06:30

12:20

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Good Morning Cat Ba

15:30

21:20

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Ha Giang Limous. Bus

06:30

13:30

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Ha Giang Limous. Bus

15:30

22:30

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Ha Giang Limous. Bus

15:30

22:30

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Quang Giang

07:00

13:00

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Quang Giang

16:00

22:00

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🚍 Bus from Ha Giang to Hanoi – Schedule / Timetable + Bus Tickets:

Bus Schedule - Ha Giang to Hanoi

Departs in Ha Giang

Arrival in Hanoi

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Bang Phan

18:15

00:35

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Bang Phan

19:30

02:30

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Khanh Hang

13:30

19:30

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Cau Me

07:30

13:00

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Cau Me

16:30

22:00

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Cau Me

21:30

03:30

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Quang Nghi

07:00

13:00

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Quang Nghi

07:15

13:15

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Quang Nghi

16:15

22:15

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Quang Tuyen

09:50

16:05

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Quang Tuyen

21:00

03:15

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Ha Giang Limous. Bus

07:00

13:30

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Ha Giang Limous. Bus

16:00

22:30

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Grouptour

09:45

15:15

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Grouptour

20:45

02:15

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Grouptour (VIP 27)

06:30

12:30

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Grouptour (VIP 27)

09:30

15:30

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Grouptour (VIP 27)

15:30

21:30

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Grouptour (VIP 27)

16:30

22:30

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Grouptour (Van)

6:30

12:30

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Grouptour (Van)

15:45

21:45

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Truly Hagiang

15:45

21:45

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Express Ha Giang

20:00

02:30

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Good Morning Cat Ba

07:00

12:50

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Good Morning Cat Ba

16:00

21:50

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Quang Giang

07:00

13:00

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Quang Giang

16:00

22:00

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