Challenging Northwest, Northeast 9 days / 8 nights.
Booking code of Challenging Northwest, Northeast 9 Days: BN904
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Day 1: Hanoi – Hang Kia (Moc Chau). ~200 km, ~7 h.
Today is the first day of this Challenging Northwest, Northeast 9 days / 8 nights. 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.
The other option is to ride on to Moc Chau and sleep in a hotel.
Day 2: Hang Kia (Moc Chau) – Gia Phu. ~100 km, ~6 h.
We cross the Da river reservoir, then about 30 km dirt road until Gia Phu, a Thai village near a small river.
You will meet no tourist there, however, accommodation in Hang Kia and Gia Phu are quite simple. Welcome is as usual: beautiful.
If you choose this itinerary, you have to be ready for some off-road riding.
Day 3: Gia Phu – Vu Linh. ~140 km, ~6-7 h.
Dirt road ~60 km (technical).
This crossing from South to North, on the west side of Da River, is very wild and beautiful. Many different ethnics live there and therefore have different types of cultivation.
Arrive at Thac Ba lake where a boat will be waiting for us. Then we will cruise on the lake from south to north, until the Dao village of Vu Linh. The welcome is exceptional.
Day 4: Vu Linh – Ba Be. ~220 km, ~8 h.
In fact, today’s ride is a quite a long ride but easy (so early departure is better) from Vu Linh to Ba Be (~250 km). Ba Be is a nice stop and it is good to arrive the first day to have a full day (of the second) day there. However, if you feel like resting before, it is all the time possible to stop 50 km before Ba Be. The place before Ba Be is Na Khan, a village of Tay people lost in the forest.
Day 5: Ba Be. Boating.
Today is in fact 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 6: Ba Be – Bao Lac. ~130 km, ~5 h.
Minor road, bumpy and wild will take us through the jungle. In particular, Bao Lac is a small town, near China where we meet ethnic people from both sides of the border.
Day 7: Bao Lac – Quang Hoa. ~180 km, ~7 h.
High roads, high spirit: we dominate the region and climb many passes. A great diversity of landscapes, which makes it possible to forget the tiredness of this long journey.
Finally, lodging in our house of the host of the Nung An people. Reward, our hostess is a true cordon-bleu cook.
Day 8: Quang Hoa. ~100 km, ~3 h (~30 km, ~1 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.
In fact, Na Tau is a completely unknown area that we propose to discover by raft and motorbike. Rivers and waterfalls everywhere beautiful and wild. In addition, it is only 15 km from Quang Hoa.
Day 9: Quang Hoa – Hanoi. ~300 km, ~9 h. End of Challenging Northwest, Northeast 9 Days.
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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