7 days / 7 nights – Challenging 7 Days North Vietnam On Bike.
Booking code of this tour: BN701
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Night 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Night train. ~10 h.
Departure from Hanoi at 9.30 pm. However, we must be bringing the bikes to the station two hours before to guarantee a firm loading.
Arrival in Lao Cai at 6.10 am.
Day 1: Sapa – Lao Cai – Bac Ha. ~120 km, ~3 h.
Pick up the bikes and fill up at a fuel station nearby. Then we head up the main range all the way to Sapa. It’s on a high mountain road. We take the afternoon to ride down to Ta Van village and in case you want a home stay in this beautiful village could be a possibility.
Day 2: Sapa – Luc Yen – Vu Linh. ~180 km, ~6 h.
If it is Saturday or Sunday morning, you should get up early to ride 20 km to the market, be ready for 1 long day. We descend to Lao Cai and then ride to Luc Yen, then you follow a small track. We could have lunch with a host family in Luc Yen if you prefer real local food. After lunch, ride to Vu Linh in about 2 hours along the lake on a small road lined with palm trees and scenic mountain views. It will be dark already. The welcome is exceptional and we hope you will not be too much tired.
Day 3: Vu Linh – Thai Nguyen – Bac Kan. ~230 km, ~9 h.
You ride from Vu Linh to Ba Be. There are two roads: the easiest through Thai Nguyen is over 200 km, while the other one is much shorter but quite difficult. The last 50 km, you follow the river and end by a waterfall, which means that the road suddenly goes up as high as the waterfall. Then you find yourself in Mr. Pirate’s House at the top of Dau Dang waterfall. It is adventurous but very tough, the other option, the long road, is safer, and if you feel tired you can stop in Bac Kan or in Cho Don. You still have a next full day to enjoy the lake.
Day 4: Bac Kan – Ba Be. ~60 km, ~2 h.
If you arrive early enough, there is a very cute market 3 km before to reach the lake. Our friends wait for you there, you go to the other side of the lake with the bike on it (only 15 minutes) then you cross all the lake (~7 km), join the river that you follow to the waterfall. There is Pirate’s House where you have lunch and a good rest. In the evening, you go back the same way and have dinner in the captain’s house Mr. Dang (We call him Zi Dang). You sleep there as well. Mornings are beautiful.
Day 5: Ba Be – Quang Hoa. ~30 km, ~1 h.
Nice and easy drive to the province of Cao Bang (~170 km) with some very nice spots at the top of the passes. You have about 20 km off road (easy) and all the rest is asphalted. Our friend will welcome you in the Host House of Quang Uyen. Good food.
Day 6: Quang Hoa. ~30 km, ~1 h.
Picnic? A short ride and then rafting down the river and an easy walk to the waterfalls. We propose you to discover the wonder of Na Tau. In general, this is an easy and fun day.
Day 7: Quang Hoa – Hanoi. ~300 km, ~9 h.
In general, it’s a long ride but easy.
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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