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The Sealed Road To Thac Ba Lake

The Sealed Road To Thac Ba Lake

  • Day 1: Hanoi – Vu Linh
  • Day 2: Vu Linh – Ha Giang
  • Day 3: Ha Giang – Dong Van
  • Day 4: Dong Van – Bao Lac
  • Day 5: Bao Lac – Cao Bang.
  • Day 6: Cao Bang – Quang Uyen.
  • Day 7: Quang Uyen – Lang Son.
  • Day 8: Lang Son – Hanoi.


DAY 1: HANOI – VU LINH (~180 KM, ~7 H). L, D

Easy drive to on the sealed road to Thac Ba Lake and follow the little road to Vu Linh. Vu Linh is a Dzao village by the side of the lake, very friendly people and the welcome is exceptional.

DAY 2: VU LINH – HA GIANG (~180 KM, ~6 H). B, L, D

After breakfast, ride along the Thac Ba lake 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.

The Sealed Road To Thac Ba Lake 1

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DAY 3: HA GIANG – DONG VAN (~180 KM, ~6H). B, L, D

After getting the permit to ride in border areas at Ha Giang’s Immigration Police, we ride on small challenging mountain roads (but incredibly beautiful) on the land of colorful mountain hill-tribes.  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.

DAY 4: DONG VAN – BAO LAC (~80 KM, ~4 H). B, L, D

The road is still intersected with sections of track what makes the stage relatively long in spite of the little of kilometres. The landscape is among the most beautiful of Vietnam, and the slow tempo is only more appreciable.

We cross the wild regions of the mythical province of Ha Giang. Stop for the night at Bao Lac, the ethnic crossroad of Northeast Vietnam. Many other ethnic groups on the two sides of the border meet at the market every Sunday.

DAY 5: BAO LAC – CAO BANG (~150 KM, ~5 H). B, L, D

Beautiful ride down to Cao Bang province. Few passes from where you can dominate the area. The road is easy but many curves. We can stop very often for photos. All together, stop for drinks and food it should be an 8-hour journey. We stay in a hotel.

The Sealed Road To Thac Ba Lake 1

DAY 6: CAO BANG – QUANG UYEN (~140 KM, ~5 MIN). B, L, D

Ride in 1 hour and half to reach the beautiful village of Quang Uyen, in the middle of a mountain cirque. This is the territory of Nung An people.

We make our way through spectacular scenery to Vietnam’s most impressive waterfalls, Ban Gioc Waterfalls. Weather permitting we can swim right up to where the 50 m high falls hit the river.

DAY 7: QUANG UYEN – LANG SON (~180 KM, ~6 H). B, L, D

Ride from Quang Uyen to Lang Son. We will have time to discover this city, which has become a big trading post between China and Vietnam. You can shop for cheap Chinese products at a nearby market.

Overnight in hotel.

DAY 8: LANG SON – HANOI (~150 KM, ~3 H). B, L

Easy day back to Hanoi on the new Highway 1B. You can wake up late in the morning as we guess you can be tired after 7 long riding days.

Arrival at Hanoi around 3pm.

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