For a long time Sapa has been the city in the northwest most backpackers and tourists see but there’s much more to explore. Ha Giang Province is quickly proving that it has just as much to offer with a much more relaxed atmosphere. At this point it is merely on the frontier of its tourism development which makes it the perfect place for budget travelers and those wishing to escape the well beaten tourist track. Motorcycle is the preferred mode of transportation in this mountainous area but buses run a regular route as well. If your willing to brave the Hanoi traffic you can take the main highway on the back of a motorcycle or you can take the 7-8 hour bus ride to Ha Giang and use that as your starting point.