Meo Vac Travel Guide – Everything You Need To Know About Meo Vac

Meo Vac is a town in the Ha Giang province of Viet Nam and a member of Dong Van Karst Plateau Global Geopark. It is known for its natural beauty and richness of ethnic minority culture; including the Hmoob and Dao, Tay, Lo Lo…and more.
Meo Vac Travel Guide 2023

Best time to visit Meo Vac

The best time to visit Meo Vac is during the winter and spring, from late August to early April. This period offers the best weather and scenic beauty. However, it’s worth noting that Meo Vac has its own unique beauty in different seasons, as well as local culture and annual activities. Let’s discover more about what you can experience in Meo Vac.

During spring, from late January to the beginning of May, the road to Meo Vac is covered with peach and plum flowers. The temperature is cool, making it perfect to enjoy a hot cup of Vietnamese tea in front of an ancient house. Driving on the Ma Pi Leng pass, you can feel the chill and see smoke coming out of small houses on top of the mountains. This time of the year is perfect for those who love nature and romantic atmosphere.

Spring in Meo Vac
Springtime in a rural village of Meo Vac.
Meo Vac during spring
A H’Mong minority baby is having a great time next to a blooming peach blossom tree.

During the summer months of June to early August, Meo Vac is covered with evergreen corn fields. From the Ma Pi Leng pass, you can see local people working on their farms. The temperature is around 30 to 35 degrees Celsius, which is not too hot in Vietnam. You can also visit the Nho Que River to take in a fantastic view of the Tu San canyon.

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Auberge de Meo Vac trekking route
Meo Vac offers both a rich rice field experience and a breathtaking view of nature during summer time
Meo Vac offers both a rich rice field experience and a breathtaking view of nature during summer time

During fall, specifically from August to October, the Ma Pi Leng mountain range turns grey and the weather in the Meo Vac area gets colder. Local farmers can be observed working in the fields, stacking dry cornstalks in preparation for the winter season. It is important to note that this season is characterized by “froggy” weather, so extra caution should be taken while on the road.

Hmong lady working on a mountain slope near Meo Vac.
Hmong lady working on a mountain slope near Meo Vac.
Meo Vac in the fall season.

During winter, which lasts from late October to early January, some years the season can extend until March. Meo Vac experiences extremely cold temperatures due to its Karst Plateau terrain. Although there is no snow, the piercing cold can be felt throughout the area, making it the perfect setting for cozying up next to a fireplace with a glass of wine. However, for those accustomed to living in cold places like Canada, this level of cold may not seem as severe.

Meo Vac in the winter
Auberge de Meo Vac living room

Atracttion in Meo Vac

1. Meo Vac Market

If you are looking for a place to experience local Vietnamese culture, then Meo Vac Market is the destination for you. Held every Sunday, at the heart of Meo Vac district, this bustling market is a hub of activity where locals from surrounding villages gather to buy, sell, and socialize.

Meo Vac Cattle Market

2. Ma Pi Leng Pass

6.8 mile from Meo Vac.

The 22km winding road that cuts into the mountains and connects Dong Van and Meo Vac offers majestic scenic views. Mountains, rivers, and local people farming on the cliffs provide a breathtaking backdrop. You can explore Ma Pi Leng Pass by motorbike or walk on the short skywalk route.

The name Ma Pi Leng originates from the Hmong language and means “the horse nasal bridge.” Local people explain that before the Hanh Phuc road was built, most merchandise was transported by horse. The horse nasal bridge is a good figure for the cliff gradient surface.


Vợ chồng nôn dân người Hmoob trên lưng đèo Mã Pì Lèng

3. Nho Que River

7.6 mile from Meo Vac
The river is known for its stunning scenery, with towering limestone cliffs rising on either side. You can take a boat ride down the river to enjoy the views and experience the peaceful atmosphere. The river is also significant to the local culture, as it is a source of water and food for the people who live in the area.  Nho Que River is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Meo Vac.


Nho Que river

4. Khau Vai Love Market

9.6 mile from Meo Vac 
Khau Vai Love Market is an annual festival that takes place in Khau Vai, a small village near Meo Vac. The market is held on the 27th day of the third lunar month, and is a place where people from different ethnic groups come to socialize and find romantic partners. The origin of this festival come from a sad love story between an ethnic couple.

Khau vai love market - thing to do in meo vac

5. Trekking in Meo Vac

The route you can discover by your self, a walk on the Ma Pi Leng Sky Path, a short but beautiful route that takes 1-2 hours to complete.

At The Auberge de Meo Vac, we can help you arrange for a local guide to take you on a route from our guesthouse to the mountains around Meo Vac. Check out the scenic view of our tour:

Ma Pi Leng Pass
Ma Pi Leng Pass – You can discover this fantastic view by motorbike, or best of all, by bicycle.
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Auberge de Meo Vac trekking route
Trekking route to “Giang Chu Phin” – A Village in Meo Vac

Traveling to Meo Vac

There are several options for traveling to Meo Vac, including international travel agencies, self driving motor rentals, local tour operators in Ha Giang, and bus companies. Let’s explore how you can travel to Meo Vac with each of these options listed below.

M Valley - Meo Vac Travel Guide

The most popular option is to rent a motorbike in Ha Giang City and drive to Meo Vac, which takes about 4-5 hours depending on your speed and number of stops. The route from Ha Giang to Meo Vac is very scenic, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. We recommend you have a companion.

1. Experience VietNam tours

This is the most expensive option for Ha Giang enthusiasts. It includes a well-designed tour to explore the heritage, as well as the best hotel and lodge.

Travel agency suggestions:

Amica Travel

Easia

Our recommendation for an experienced travel agency:

Ha Giang tour operator

2. Motorcycle tour to Ha Giang

The most popular option to explore Ha Giang is with a local driver. There are over 20 tour operators in this small province, including companies and personal guides. Not only this option guide you to Meo Vac but also other attractions like

Trusted local tour by Auberge de Meo Vac:

QT MOTORBIKES & TOURS

qt mortorbike tour

3. Motor Rental

Cost around 250,000VND to 500,000VND per day depending on the motorbike type. While giving you the best travel flexibility it may take you more time to travel. But don’t worry because traveling isn’t a race. 

Additionally, the Ha Giang Loop is a challenging road for any beginner. Please read some of our safety tips in this article. Ha Giang Loop: Tips For A Safe Journey

Our recommendation for motobike rental: Giang Son Motorbike Rental – Facebook Link

4. Bus

Yes, you can take a bus straight from Hanoi to Meo Vac. At the moment, there is only one bus company that provides this service. The Vu Han bus departs from My Dinh bus station and goes directly to the heart of Meo Vac town.

Vu Han Group Bus From Ha Noi To Meo Vac
Vũ Hán: +84 372 828 828 (English Support)

If 400km of sleeping on a bus is too much for you, here is an alternative option for discovering Meo Vac by bus:

You can take a sleeper bus (a bus with beds) from Hanoi to Ha Giang. Then, take another 3-4 hour bus ride to Meo Vac. The best option is to use a “Limousine” or a 16-seat bus, in which the driver doesn’t stop to deliver merchandise to every town along the road.

The bus ticket from Hanoi to Ha Giang costs 300,000 VND.

The bus ticket from Ha Giang to Meo Vac costs around 150,000 VND to 200,000 VND per person.

The price may vary depending on the bus’s availability during busy times. Please note that during Vietnamese national holidays, such as Independence Day on 02/09, the bus may be crowded with tourists and locals returning home.

Accommodations in Meo Vac

There are lodges, homestays, and guesthouses in Meo Vac. The cheapest option you can get is around 300,000VND and the most expensive is 1,500,000VND for a single room.

Best accommodation in Meo Vac - Ha Giang
Auberge de Meo Vac, located in Chung Pua village, this place provides an authentic ancient house of the Hmoob minority. 1,320,000VND for single room, 330,00VND/pax for dorms. 

Other accommodations:

Giac Xua, located in the middle of Meo Vac town, Giac Xua provides a cozy stilt house with only 4 single rooms. Room rate is 350,00VND.

More guesthouses and homestay in Meo Vac:

Restaurants in Meo Vac

You can ask the accommodation if they serve food, but if not then Meo Vac town is full of restaurants with Vietnamese cuisine, here is a list of restaurants: 

  • 1. Thanh Phuong Restaurant – Located aside Meo Vac central market
  • 2. Mây – Cồ  Restaurant – Located in group 3 district, Meo Vac 

Must-Try Dishes in Meo Vac

Meo Vac is home to a variety of traditional dishes that are worth trying. Here are a few that you should consider.

The Auberge de Meo Vac – Dinner
Thang Co
Thắng Cố (horse/cow meat soup): A hearty soup made with animal viscera
Lạp Sưởng (Local sausage): A local sausage made with pork, and smoked on top of the fireplace. Unlike salami it needs to be cooked before serving it to the table.
Cơm Lam (bamboo tube rice)
Cơm Lam (bamboo tube rice): This dish is made by cooking rice inside a bamboo tube, which gives it a unique flavor and texture. It’s often served with grilled meat or fish and is a staple of the local cuisine.
Soi Ngu Sac = Color ful sticky rice
Soi Ngu Sac – Colorful sticky rice

Be sure to try these dishes and others during your visit to Meo Vac to get a taste of the local culture and cuisine. Additionally there are many restaurant in the town and

Overall

The Ha Giang loop gives you choices to draw your own experience. And Meo Vac is one of the worthy destinations for your Ha Giang trip. The town has many choices of hotels, and restaurants. But its priceless experience is at the scenic route and the kindly local people. Last but not least Auberge de Meo Vac hopes this post helps you answer questions about travel to Meo Vac, any question that hasn’t been covered by this post feel free to contact us via email or our Facebook page.

Contact us through the official hotel website: chungpua.com