7 days / 6 nights – Thac Ba lake & Northeast 7 days by bike.
Booking code of this tour: BN702
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Day 1: Hanoi – Vu Linh. ~180 km, ~6 h.
Today is the first day of this Thac Ba lake & Northeast 7 days by bike. 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 Vu Linh in 8 hours. In general, the road is easy and mostly sealed. We are welcome in the house of our Dao friends. In reality, the welcome is exceptional.
Day 2: Vu Linh – Na Khan. ~200 km, ~8 h.
You ride from Vu Linh 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.
In fact, you only have a short ride from Na Khan to Ba Be on bumpy road. Then have lunch at our captain’s house (Mr. Dang, we call him Zi Dang). Easy boating on the lake and river. Go to market (if it is the day you arrive). Stop at waterfall, beautiful swim etc. Down the waterfall, we could visit the village and a small school (only few pupils during the summer). Finally, we propose to stay in the stilt house of our captain. Alternatively, we can stay in the forest rangers’ house on stilts.
In fact, today you have a beautiful ride up to Cao Bang province. There are 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. All together, with stops for drinks and food it should be an 8-hour journey. Stay in a hotel in Cao Bang.
Day 5: Cao Bang – Quang Hoa (options). ~130 km, ~3 h (or ~70 km, ~2 h).
Ride from Cao Bang 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 in our friend’s house.
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 and 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. On the return, we invite you for the aperitif at the village of Phuc Sen, artisan village Nung An, the owner is the brother of our host.
Day 6: Quang Hoa – Mau Son. ~180 km, ~6 h.
Ride from Quang Hoa to Lang Son on the scenic Highway 4. Then continue driving toward the border from Lang Son to Mau Son. Mau Son is 30 km away from Lang Son, 1.541m above sea level. Quite cool in the evening! Night in the guesthouse of Mau Son Resort.
Recently, we received some complaints about room service and also prostitution in Mau Son. In case you want better hotel rooms, we could stop in Lang Son city.
Day 7: Mau Son – Hanoi. ~180 km, ~5 h.
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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