7 days, 6 nights. Moderate riding version of Happy Central North 7 Days Motorbiking.
Booking code of this tour: NC704
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Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau. ~160 km, ~6 h.
Today is the first day of this happy Central North 7 days 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.
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 in Pom Coong village.
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 (live in the high mountain), and the Dao who we meet at the markets or in their villages during trekking, boating or while driving.
Day 2: Mai Chau – Phu Yen. ~160 km, ~5 h.
In general, today is a nice ride and involves different types of terrains and also the forgotten road. In addition, there is a 15-minute entertaining ferry transfer across Da (Black) river at Van Yen. Phu Yen is a small town, pretty quiet and offer some comfort.
Day 3: Phu Yen – Than Uyen. ~200 km, ~7 h.
Ride on stunning mountain roads and take in Lung Lo pass to make our way to Than Uyen. In fact, the road is wild and bumpy. Between Sapa and Hanoi, we will find an important mountainous massif, almost as high as the Fansipan: the Mu Cang Chai. From the top, we have one of the most beautiful views of Northern Vietnam.
Day 4: Than Uyen – Sapa or Bac Ha. ~120 km or ~200 km, ~4 h or ~7 h.
Ride on the Hoang Lien range direction Sapa. Arrive in Sapa in the afternoon.
Here we have two choices: In case you feel tired, we stay in a Giay family in Ta Van village. However, if you feel like more riding, first down to Lao Cai and then up to the mountains area of Bac Ha and have a home stay in an H’mong village.
Day 5: Sapa or Bac Ha – Luc Yen. ~180 km or ~120 km, ~6 h or ~4 h.
Day 6: Luc Yen – Vu Linh. ~70 km, ~2 h.
Ride along Thac Ba lake until our friends Dao village of Vu Linh where we spend the night in the traditional house on stilts. Superb work of wood. The houses are superb. In addition, the exceptional greeting and fiesta people in Vu Linh will be the highlight of the trip.
Arrive in Vu Linh early in the afternoon, then take a boat on the lake or go swimming or fishing.
Day 7: Vu Linh – Hanoi. ~180 km, ~6 h.
The road is easy and relaxing. We will avoid heavy traffic by taking the road via Son Tay.
We try to arrive in Hanoi before 5pm to avoid rush hours. Otherwise, you should be good with city traffic from the experience you got over the last days.
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