- Type of trip: Private package tour
- Trip Duration: 8 or 10 Days
- Starting: Hanoi, Vietnam
- Finishing: Hanoi, Vietnam
- Day 1: Hanoi – Luc Yen.
- Day 2: Luc Yen – Ha Giang.
- Day 3: Ha Giang – Quan Ba
- Day 4: Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Meo Vac.
- Day 5: Meo Vac – Dong Van.
- Day 1: Hanoi – Luc Yen (~220 Km, ~7 H). L, D
Before the ride, it takes 30 minutes to double check the bikes and insures that we have all necessary tools and equipment to guarantee maximum fun. Then another 30 minutes for finalizing paperwork and riding gear. Easy ride to on the sealed road to Thac Ba Lake and follow the little road and track to Luc Yen. Vu Linh is a Tay village, very friendly people and the welcome is exceptional.
DAY 2: LUC YEN – HA GIANG (~150 KM, ~5 H). B, L, D
After breakfast, ride on a small road lined by palm trees and scenic mountain views to join the main road heading up to Ha Giang. Then sealed road all the way to Ha Giang, where we stop for the night.
DAY 3: HA GIANG – QUAN BA (~50 KM, ~2H). B, L, D
We need the whole morning for getting the permit to ride in border areas. Short ride but this one will set the tone for the next few days. The challenge begins as soon as we leave Ha Giang town and enter the land of colorful mountain hill-tribes and stunning mountain landscapes. Karsts rise straight up perpendicular to the valley bellow and hill-tribe people will be smiling and waving you as you pass by.
One of the highlights is the Heaven’s Gate pass before we arrive in Quan Ba for overnighting.
DAY 4: QUAN BA – YEN MINH – MEO VAC (~100 KM, ~3H). B, L, D
Some of the most beautiful landscapes of the entire trip. Get your camera(s) ready! This triangular is one of the most scenic places in North Vietnam. You can have your own words about the landscape, no more comments!
We will meet the ethnic minorities when visiting traditional homes. After lunch in Yen Minh, we wind our way up a nearby pass and then descending into the Meo Vac valley, very close to the Chinese border, for dinner and overnighting.
DAY 5: MEO VAC – DONG VAN (~60 KM, ~2H). B, L, D
Head up the Ma Pi Leng Pass. Here is yet another amazing place, with cloudy mountain ranges and the poetic Nho Que river winding off in the distance. Ride on a zig-zag track until Dong Van, a remote area and meet the hard working local people here. It is inspiring to see how they survive as they manage live in the rocks. When we reach town we will have some extra time to wonder the ancient streets lined with H’mong homes of clay bricks and tiles roofs built centuries ago.
To be honest, Dong Van week-end market on Sunday is truly the best you can find in whole North Vietnam. Our customers even prefer it to the nearby Khau Vai love market which they hold once in a year on lunar March 26th. As the love market became more messy and touristy, we have stopped organizing this event tour unless our customers request a private tour.