5 days, 5 nights – Challenging Track 5 Days Motorbike Tour.
Booking code of this tour: NC505
Night 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai By Train
Train leaves around 9pm. However, we must be at the station two hours before to guarantee a firm bike loading. In fact, there is limited space for motorbikes on this night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai.
Day 1: Lao Cai – Bac Ha – Xin Man. ~130 km, ~4h.
Get off at Lao Cai station about 8am. Then ride to Bac Ha for the weekend market (if it’s on Sunday). In total, there are 10 Montagnard groups living around Bac Ha – Flower H’mong, Dzao, Giay, Han, Xa Fang, La Chi, Nung, Phu La, Thai, and Kinh (ethnic Vietnamese). We then continue another 50 km to Xin Man, a small beautiful town in Ha Giang province for the night to avoid mass tourism in Bac Ha.
Day 2: Xin Man – Luc Yen. ~190 km, ~8 h.
In general, this is a long journey but on easy roads. In addition, the landscapes are very varied, always skirting the border to finish in triumph in the valley of the palm trees of Luc Yen, at the Dao and Tay. Stay in guest-house, the conditions are quite basic. If the invaluable stones interest you, you can purchase them at the market of the stones.
Day 3: Luc Yen – Vu Linh. ~70 km, ~2 h.
Ride to Vu Linh in about 2 hours around the lake on a small road lined with palm trees and scenic mountain views. Then ride to Vu Linh’s Dao village where we spend the night in a traditional house on stilts. Superb work of wood. The houses are superb. In addition, the exceptional greeting does not leave anybody “indemne”.
Another option is to ride around the lake and arrive in Vu Linh early in the afternoon, then take a boat on the lake.
Day 4: Vu Linh – Song Thao. ~70 km, ~2 h.
Return to the valley of artisans. We return homage to them while passing in order to visit their plantations of the tree with lacquer. We call them artisans owing to the fact that they bleed the lacquer tree to obtain the precious substance.
Day 5: Song Thao – Hanoi. ~150 km, ~4 h.
We drive back via Son Tay with a possibility of passing by the site of Ba Vi or Ao Vua or lake Dong Mo through country roads.
We arrive in Hanoi between 3 and 4pm, before rush hours.
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