8 nights / 9 days Northeast Vietnam motorbike tour.
Booking code of this tour: HLNE903
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Day 1: Hanoi – Na Khan. ~180 km, ~8 h.
Today is the first day of this 5 days North East Motorcycling Vietnam. 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.
Today is quite a long ride but easy (so early departure is better) from Hanoi to Na Khan 180 km. In fact, 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, the chief of the village will welcome us in his house.
Day 2: Na Khan – Ba Be. ~50 km, ~2 h.
In general, you have a short ride from Na Khan to Ba Be on bumpy road. Then 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. 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 few pupils during the summer). We propose to stay in the stilt house of forest guards.
Day 3: Ba Be – Quang Hoa. ~170 km, ~7 h.
Cross Ba Be lake to come back to our captain’s house. In general, this is a beautiful ride up to Cao Bang province. There are few passes from where you can dominate the area. The road is easy but has many curves. While riding, we can stop a lot. All together, stop 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 in our friend’s house.
Day 4: 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 5: Quang Hoa – Ban Gioc – Quang Hoa. ~100 km, ~3 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 – Mau Son. ~160 km, ~7 h.
Despite being a French hill station a long time ago, we recently received some complaints about room service and prostitution in Mau Son. In case you don’t like it, we will stop in Lang Son for the night.
Day 7: Mau Son – Bai Chay. ~180 km, ~7 h.
We have a long ride mainly on secondary road, passing many coal mines along the road. We hope you are not covered in coal dust when we arrive in Halong City (the new name of Bai Chay).
Day 8: Halong Bay Cruising. Sleep On Boat.
Relax in the morning to recover from the long ride yesterday. There are two options:
1. Join a group trip at noon. Depart by boat to Halong Bay, start cruise and check in cabins. Then lunch on boat, enjoy deluxe Vietnamese set menu. Transfer by tender from boat to Surprising Cave. Enjoy kayaking and swimming, or relaxing on the boat. You then have a dinner served with Vietnamese food. Evening activities – choose from optional evening activities such as enjoy movie, sing karaoke or join squid fishing with our crew (in case the weather is good).
2. Book a private boat and cruise in Halong Bay. Sleep on boat. In fact, this option costs extra and we will let you know the cost if you want this upgrade.
Day 9: Halong – Hanoi. ~160 km, ~5 h.
We also have two options with the cruise:
1. Transfer by tender from boat to Titov island, swimming or just relaxing. Then continue cruise and refresh onboard and come back to Bai Chay. Check-out cabins and pay for your drinks. Lunch at Thang Long restaurant in Halong city (or on boat).
2. Continue cruising in Halong Bay. Then lunch on boat and return at noon. In fact, this option costs extra and we will let you know the cost if you want this upgrade.
Pick up the bike(s) and ride back to Hanoi on highway 18 and then 1B.
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. End this 9 days Northeast Vietnam motorbike tour.
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