10 Days Northeast Motorcycle And Halong Bay Cruise
Day 1: Hanoi Motorcycle – Phu Yen. ~165 km, ~6 h.
Ride to Phu Yen on country road with a stop in Son Tay. On November 20-21, 1970, a joint force composed of USAF Special Operations and rescue personnel and U.S. Army Special Forces, supported by U.S. Navy Carrier Task Force 77, made a daring raid on the Son Tay prison camp located less than 50 miles from Hanoi. The objective was to rescue as many as 100 U.S. captives thought to be held there. The assault troops, in six ARRS helicopters accompanied by two C-130 aircraft, flew 640km to Son Tay from bases in Thailand. U.S. Navy pilots made a diversionary raid while 116 USAF and Navy aircraft from seven air bases and three aircraft carriers flew refuelling, surface-to-air missile suppression, fighter cover, close air support, early warning, communications support and reconnaissance missions. There was no prisoners found in camp.
After lunch, ride on the winding mountain road to Phu Yen to take in some of the best mountain views in Northwest Vietnam. Overnighting in a hotel.
Day 2: Phu Yen Motorcycle – Vu Linh. ~150 km, ~6 h.
Ride from Phu Yen to Vu Linh, descending into Red River Delta on asphalted road and dirt roads, then reach Thac Ba lake. Arrive at a Dao family in Vu Linh. The welcome is exceptional. If it’s early, boating and swimming in Thac Ba lake.
Day 3: Vu Linh Motorcycle – Na Khan. ~165 km, ~6 h.
You ride from Vu Linh to Na Khan through Tuyen Quang. The road is sealed almost all the way. The last part (10 kilometres) is wild and bumpy. Na Khan is a Tay village, in the middle of the primitive forest. The government built a new road and it’s a bit noisy but still a good stop. Mr. Lo, chief of the village will welcome us in his house.
Day 4: Na Khan Motorcycle – Ba Be. ~50 km, ~2 h.
Short drive from Na Khan to Ba Be on bumpy road. Lunch at our captain’s house (Mr. Dang, we call him Zi Dang. Regrettably, he passed away in 2009 but his son will continue his business). 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). Spend the night in a stilt house.
Day 5: Ba Be Motorcycle – Cao Bang. ~170 km, ~8 h.
Beautiful ride up to Cao Bang province. Few passes from where you can dominate the area. The road is easy but has many curves. We can stop very often. All together, stop for drinks and food it should be an 8-hour journey. Stay in a hotel in Cao Bang.
Day 6: Cao Bang Motorcycle – Ban Gioc Waterfalls Motorcycle – Quang Uyen. ~130 km, ~2 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 50m high falls hit the river.
Then ride 1 more hour back to 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 7: Quang Hoa Motorcycle – Lang Son. ~150 km, ~5 h.
Drive from Quang Hoa to Lang Son on the historical Highway 4. We will have time to discover this city, which has become a big trading post between China and Vietnam.
Overnighting in a hotel.
Day 8: Lang Son Motorcycle – Bai Chay. ~180 km, ~7 h.
We have a long drive mainly on secondary road, passing many coal mines along the road. We hope you are not covered in dark coal dust when we arrive in Halong City (the new name of Bai Chay).
Day 9: 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. 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. Dinner served with Vietnamese food. Evening activities – choose from optional evening activities: 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. This option costs extra and we will let you know the cost if you want this upgrade.
Day 10: Halong Motorcycle – Hanoi. ~160 km, ~5 h.
Two options with the cruise:
1. Transfer by tender from boat to Titov island, swimming or just relaxing. 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 with a private junk. Lunch on boat and return at noon. 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. Arrive in Hanoi around 5pm.
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