Amazing Short Loop of Northwest 6 days / 6 nights.
Booking code of this tour: NW602
Night 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Night train. ~10 h.
Departure from Hanoi at 9.30 pm. We need to be present at the train station early to secure bike tickets on the train. In fact, each train only accommodates about 20 bikes!
Arrival in Lao Cai at 6.10 am.
Day 1: Lao Cai – Bac Ha. ~80 km, ~3 h.
The train arrives in Lao Cai at 8 am with motorbikes and the guide. Get the bike off the train and fill up gasoline. Quiet stage! 70 km of easy road up to Bac Ha. Check in the hotel in Bac Ha. Ride to Can Cau market after lunch. This is one of Vietnam’s most fascinating open-air markets, 20 km north of Bac Ha. In reality, Can Cau market attracts a large number of Chinese traders. The market runs only on Saturday and getting there is a rough ride. The road leading to Can Cau is pitiless; without a strong 2-wheeled dirt bike; do not even think about it. Sleep in Bac Ha.
Day 2: Bac Ha – Xin Man. ~50 km, ~3 h.
In the morning, we go to Ba Ha weekend market. This lively and crowded concrete bazaar is the main market in Bac Ha proper. It is dominated by the Flower H’mong and mainly operates on Sunday. If time is bad or was bad, the stage becomes the hardest journey. The roads are in work since already a long time and control becomes sporting. The good side it is that we progress very slowly and benefit fully from the imposing site between China and Vietnam. Mysterious meetings of the end of the world and envision, like a volatile perfume. Reward: A superb hotel of nowhere awaits us in Xin Man. Well deserved rest.
Day 3: Xin Man – Luc Yên. ~200 km, ~8 h.
This is a long portion of riding but on easy roads. The landscapes are very varied, always skirting the border to finish in triumph in the valley of the palm trees of Luc Yen, at the Dao and Tay. Stay in a guest-house, one is smelled there as at home. If the invaluable stones interest you, this is a chance to buy them at the busy market of the stones.
Day 4: Luc Yen – Vu Linh. ~70 km, ~2 h.
Ride to Vu Linh in about 2 hours around the lake on small road lined by palm trees and scenic mountain views. Vu Linh’s Dao village is where we spend the night in traditional house on stilts. Superb work of wood. The houses are superb. In addition, the exceptional greeting does not leave anybody “indemne”.
Day 5: Vu Linh – Song Thao. ~70 km, ~2 h.
Return by the valley of artisans. We return homage to them while passing in order to visit their plantations of tree with lacquer. We call them artisans due to the fact that they bleed the lacquer tree to obtain the precious substance.
Day 6: Song Thao – Hanoi. ~150 km, ~5 h.
We ride back via Son Tay with possibility of passing by the site of Ba Vi or Ao Vua or lake Dong Mo.
We arrive in Hanoi around 3 to 4pm, before rush hours.
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