Northwest Vietnam motorbike tour 8 days / 7 nights.
Booking code of this tour: NW803
Day 1: Hanoi – Vu Linh. ~180 km, ~7 h.
Today is the first day of this Northeast Vietnam trip. 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.
Easy drive to on the sealed road to Thac Ba Lake and then follow the little road to Vu Linh. Vu Linh is a Dzao village by the side of the lake with very friendly people. In addition, the welcome is exceptional.
Day 2: Vu Linh – Luc Yen – Bac Ha. ~180 km, ~6 h.
After breakfast, ride to Luc Yen in about 2 hours around the lake on a small road lined with palm trees and scenic mountain views. The next 20-km ride from Luc Yen to Road 70 is quite bumpy and takes about one hour. Then sealed road again all the way to Pac Ngam, where we turn right and ride up the mountain 26 km to Bac Ha. Finally, walk around Bac Ha for the rest of the day.
Day 3: Bac Ha – Coc Ly – Sapa. ~80 km, ~4 h.
Ride down to Pac Ngam to meet the boat that is waiting to take us to Coc Ly for the beautiful market (best on Tuesday) where you will meet H’mong, Dzao, and Phu La people. In particular, Coc Ly is wild, surrounded by forest, and could only be reached by boat or bike. We would leave the bike behind to enjoy the comfort of boating on Chay River for over 1 hour (20 km). Lunch in Coc Ly before coming back to Pac Ngam and drive up to Sapa.
In Sapa, the humidity is high and it gets colder after midnight.
Day 4: Sapa – Lai Chau. ~100 km, ~5 h.
Ride to Tam Duong after breakfast in foggy Sapa. Despite the short distance, the road is narrow and has lots of blind corners. However, the landscape is very beautiful with the view of Fansipan Mount.
Day 5: Lai Chau – Muong Lay. ~150 km, ~6 h.
We meet Tay, Thai, H’mong, and Mang peoples. Ride through Tam Duong plain which is covered in shark’s teeth-like limestone karst. We would visit a Mang village near Sin Ho, the guide will buy some food to give to the head of the village, and he later distributes our donations to the villagers.
Day 6: Lai Chau – Son La. ~200 km, ~7 h.
There are 15 passes in total. In reality, you ride on a very nice road with stunning landscape. Honestly speaking, this portion is probably the most beautiful journey of the whole trip despite poor road condition. Sleep in a hotel.
Day 7: Son La – Mai Chau. ~180 km, ~7 h.
We follow a long valley floor covered in a sea of rice surrounded by Black Thai villages with its bargain-filled market. Then descend into a mountainous tea- growing region and head down into a forested region populated by H’mong people before descending into the hidden valley of Mai Chau where we spend the night with friends in a traditional Thai stilt house.
Day 8: Mai Chau – Hanoi. ~165 km, ~5 h.
Trek around Mai Chau in the morning. Lunch in Mai Chau before riding back to Hanoi on karst road via Hoa Binh to Hanoi.
We arrive in Hanoi between 3 and 4pm, before rush hours.
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