6 days / 5 nights – Challenging 6 Days Big North Motorbiking.
Booking code of this tour: BN601
Day 1: Hanoi – Hang Kia. ~200 km, ~7 h.
Today is the first day of this Challenging 6 days Big North motorbiking. 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.
Ride to the direction of the West. We pass through Hoa Binh town, then along the Laotian border on our left and Da (Black) river on our right. We leave the river in the mountainous cirque of Mai Chau to go up until the plateau of Mai Chau.
Multiple horizons in a range of green and grey. Before the plateau, we turn right toward the border until the H’mong village of Hang Kia, which accommodates us for the night.
Day 2: Hang Kia – Thung Mai – Thung Man. ~15 km, ~½ h.
We ride for the first kilometres. Then we park the bikes and climb up the hill which leads to the legendary village of Thung Mai, a significant village in H’mong legend because of the annual gatherings which are held around its small round lake, full only once a year, after the rainy season. Lunch at the village – walk in the surroundings. Then come back to pick up the motorbikes and continue to the last village accessible by the road, the H’mong village of Thung Man. A night with our friends.
Day 3: Thung Man – Mai Chau. ~60 km, ~2 h.
Before Mai Chau, we will stop and walk between lake and waterfall.
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, which offer many possibilities of a trek. In the valley of Mai Chau and its buttresses 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 riding.
Day 4: Mai Chau – Song Thao. ~180 km, ~6 h.
Beautiful landscape. Valley of wax-tree, the native land of lacquer makers in Vietnam.
In fact, Song Thao is a very small village lost in the hills on the west bank of Black river. The particular thing is that this is the place where we grow lacquer trees to collect the precious substance called lacquer. We are welcome in the house of our friends. You meet Kinh (ethnic Vietnamese). We propose to stay in the house of the two “uncles”, the direct descendant of the ancestor who discovered the property of this tree and the way to use it, about four hundred years ago (quite recently compared to China who knew about lacquer few thousands years ago).
Day 5: 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. Finally, we will cruise on the lake from west to east, until the Dao village of Vu Linh. Honestly, the welcome is exceptional.
Day 6: Vu Linh – Ha Noi. ~180 km, ~7 h.
Ride back to Hanoi in 7 hours via Son Tay to avoid the heavy traffic on the main road.
We arrive in Hanoi between 3 and 4pm, before rush hours.
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