Ha Giang Motorcycling Tour In 10 Days
Ride at a glance
Day 01: Hanoi – Nghia Lo
Day 02: Nghia Lo – Than Uyen
Day 03: Than Uyen – Sapa
Day 04: Sapa – Bac Ha
Day 05: Bac Ha – Ha Giang
Day 06: Ha Giang – Dong Van
Day 07: Dong Van – Bao Lac
Day 08: Bao Lac – Cao Bang
Day 09: Cao Bang – Lang Son
Day 10: Lang Son – Hanoi
Detailed itinerary day by day
Day 1: Hanoi Motorcycling Tour – Nghia Lo (~250 km, ~7 h)
Before the ride, it takes 30 minutes to double check the bikes and insure that we have all necessary tools and equipment to guarantee maximum fun. We head out of Hanoi skirting along Red River to Son Tay and then head up the mountain to Nghia Lo. The road is easy and flat from Hanoi to Thanh Son, from Thanh Son to Thu Cuc and then Ba Khe to Nghia Lo is beautiful, snaking the foot of Hoang Lien Range. Nghia Lo is a big mountain town where we stop for the night.
Day 2: Nghia Lo Motorcycling Tour – Than Uyen (~180 km, ~5 h)
Wild and bumpy road with Lung Lo Pass as the first challenge. The next one is the higher Khau Pha Pass. We ride through the Mu Cang Chai massif, almost as high as the Fansipan. From the top, it offers one of the most beautiful views of North Vietnam. The ride is challenging but very rewarding.
Night in a hotel.
Day 3: Than Uyen Motorcycling Tour – Sapa (~140 km, ~5 h)
The area of Than Uyen is mainly populated by Flower H’mong and Dzao people. Then direction Sapa. Easy track for 100 km and asphalted mountainous road for the last 40 km. Stay in Sapa and you will find out the reason Sapa is one of the most popular places for tourists in Vietnam.
Day 4: Sapa Motorcycling Tour – Bac Ha (~100 km, ~3 h)
The drive from Sapa to Bac Ha takes ~3 hours, down from Sapa to Lao Cai (34 km), a border city where we can take photos with China as the background. After lunch, ride up to Bac Ha (70 km) with stunning landscape. Overnighting in Bac Ha.
Day 5: Bac Ha Motorcycling Tour – Ha Giang (~200 km, ~6 h)
After breakfast, ride on the track to Xin Man and on many small/back roads with scenic mountain views before joining the main road heading up to Ha Giang where we stop for the night and apply for a permit.
Day 6: Ha Giang Motorcycling Tour – Dong Van (~180 km, ~6 h)
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 7: Dong Van Motorcycling Tour – Bao Lac (~80 km, ~4 h)
The road is still under construction and tracks what make the ride relatively long in spite of few 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 8: Bao Lac Motorcycling Tour – Cao Bang (~150 km, ~5 h)
Beautiful ride down to Cao Bang province. Few passes from where you can dominate the area. The road is easy but there are many blind curves. We can stop very often for photos. All together, stop for drinks and food it should be an 8-hour journey. Stay in a hotel.
Day 9: Cao Bang Motorcycling Tour – Lang Son (~180 km, ~5 h)
Ride from Cao Bang to Lang Son on the famous historical Highway 4. 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 the nearby Dong Kinh market.
If time allows do the 8 days trip with one more day to visit Ban Gioc waterfalls, one of the most impress waterfalls in North Vietnam.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 10: Lang Son Motorcycling Tour – Hanoi (~150 km, ~3 h)
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 9 long riding days.
Arrival at Hanoi around 3pm.
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