4 nights / 5 days easy Northcentre Vietnam on bike. Home staying version.
Booking code of this tour: NC502
Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau. ~160 km, ~6 h.
Today is the first day of this 5 days easy Northcentre Vietnam on bike. Before starting to ride, we will have a short briefing to let you know about the rules. In addition, the guide will show you how to understand him by his body language. We start around 9.30am after the rush hours.
Once out of the Red River Delta, which brims with traditional farming activity, we pass through limestone monoliths and into foothills populated by Muong people. We head straight at the main range before breaching a high and beautiful forested pass, which descends into the hidden valley of Mai Chau where we spend the night with friends in a traditional Thai stilt house.
The valley of Mai Chau lies between two rivers: the Da River and the Ma River. Therefore, Mai Chau is very fertile and rich in varied landscapes, medium mountains, forest, lake, rivers, and infinitude of small footpaths and offer many possibilities of a trek. In the valley of Mai Chau and its surroundings are Muong, White Thai, H’mong (in the height), and the Dao who we meet at the markets or in their villages during trekking, boating or while driving.
Day 2: Mai Chau – Song Thao. ~180 km, ~8 h.
In general, you have a beautiful landscape. Here is a valley of wax-tree, the native land of lacquer makers in Vietnam. We are welcome in the house of our friends. You meet Kinh (ethnic Vietnamese).
The particular thing is that this is the place where we grow lacquer trees to collect the precious substance called lacquer. We propose to stay in the house of the 2 “uncles”, the direct descendant of the ancestor who discovered the property of this tree and the way to use it, about 4 hundred years ago (quite recently compared to China who knew about lacquer few thousands years ago).
Day 3: Song Thao – Vu Linh. ~150 km, ~6 h.
Ride from Song Thao to Vu Linh, we will ride through limestone and palm trees, on asphalted road and dirt roads, then reach Thac Ba lake where a boat will be waiting for us. Then we will cruise on the lake from west to east, until the Dao village of Vu Linh. The welcome is exceptional.
Day 4: Vu Linh – Na Khan. ~180 km, ~7 h.
You ride from Vu Linh to Na Khan through Thai Nguyen. The road is sealed almost all the way and dirt road for the last 10 kilometres. In fact, Na Khan is a Tay village, lost in the middle of the primitive forest. Mr. Lo, chief of the village will welcome us in his house.
Day 5: Na Khan – Hanoi. ~180 km, ~7 h.
Again, this is quite a long ride but easy (early departure is better) from Na Khan to Hanoi.
We arrive in Hanoi between 3 and 4pm, before rush hours.
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