8 days / 7 nights – Exceptional North 8 Days With Home Staying.
Booking code of Exceptional North 8 Days With Home Staying: BN804
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Day 1: Hanoi – Yen Binh. ~200 km, ~8 h.
Today is the first day of this exceptional North 8 days with home staying. 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.
Quite an easy drive but easy (early departure is better) from Hanoi to Yen Binh ~200 km. Sleep in a hotel near Thac Ba reservoir.
Day 2: Yen Binh – Na Khan. ~210 km, ~10 h.
You ride from Yên Binh to Na Khan through Thai Nguyen (over 200 km). In general, the road is sealed all the way until Bac Kan. However, the last part from Bac Kan to Na Khan is wild and little bumpy. 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 3: Na Khan – Ba Be. ~50 km ~2 h.
A short drive from Na Khan to Ba Be on a bumpy road. Then have lunch at our captain’s house in Pac Ngoi village. Easy boating on the lake and river. Go to market (if it is the day you arrive). Stop at a waterfall, beautiful swim etc. Ong pirate, the chief of Dau Dang waterfall where we enjoy dinner. Down the waterfall, we could visit the village and a small school (only a few pupils during the summer). Finally, we propose to stay in the stilt house of forest guards.
Day 4: Ba Be – Quang Hoa. ~170 km, ~8 h.
Cross Ba Be lake to come back to our captain’s house. Then a beautiful ride up to Cao Bang province. There are a few passes from where you can dominate the area. The road is easy but there are many curves. While riding we can stop a lot. Altogether, with stops for drinks and food, it should be an 8-hour journey. Then ride 1 more hour to reach the beautiful village of Quang Hoa, in the middle of a mountain cirque. This is the territory of Nung An people. Spend the night at our friend’s house.
Day 5: Quang Hoa – Ban Gioc – Quang Hoa. ~100 km, ~2 h.
Having obtained permission from the border police, we make our way through spectacular scenery to Vietnam’s most impressive waterfalls. Weather permitting we can swim right up to where the 50 m high falls hit the river.
Day 6: Quang Hoa – Na Tau – Quang Hoa. ~30 km, ~1 h.
In fact, Na Tau is a completely unknown area that we propose to discover it by raft and motorbike. Rivers and waterfalls everywhere are extremely beautiful and wild. It is only 15 km from Quang Hoa.
Day 7: Quang Hoa – Mau Son. ~180 km, ~6 h.
Drive from Quang Hoa to Lang Son. Continue driving toward the border from Lang Son to Mau Son (35 km). Mau Son is 30 km away from Lang Son, 1.541m above sea level. Quite cool in the evening! Night in the guest-house in Mau Son Resort.
Day 8: Mau Son – Hanoi. ~180 km, ~4 h. End of Exceptional North 8 Days With Home Staying.
We arrive in Hanoi between 3 and 4pm, before rush hours.
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