This is a very challenging Middle North motorbike ride in just 4 days. We cover about 1,000km and is best for experienced riders only. The description is not much because riding is the main part, the landscape is very stunning. We bypass the touristy Sapa. If you want a slower or easier tempo, we will tailor a Middle North itinerary that works for you.
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MIDDLE NORTH MOTORBIKING DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1: Hanoi – Nghia Lo. ~250 km, ~7 h.
Easy drive on sealed road along the river road to Trung Ha bridge and then up the low hills to Thu Cuc. Drive through rural areas with beautiful rice fields along the road until Khe pass, the first one of the Hoang Lien range where Fansipan is the top, the roof of Indochina.
Nice and quiet cruising via Ba Khe to Nghia Lo. In fact, half of the ride is on mountain roads and the scenery is quite good.
Night in a hotel.
Day 2: Nghia Lo – Sapa. ~250 km, ~6 h.
Today we ride wild and bumpy roads. In general, this part of the road via Tu Le is really quiet. We go through the Mu Cang Chai massif, almost as high as the Fansipan. From the top, we have one of the most beautiful views of North Vietnam.
Lunch in Than Uyen.
After lunch, head up the highest part of the range to Sapa. Easy track for 100 km and asphalted mountainous road for the last 40 km. We can stay in Sapa town. However, if you feel going further and the weather is nice, we can keep riding to Ta Van or Ban Ho village where we stay with Giay people. In fact, it’s 40 km of dirt road but this is a nice ride.
Day 3: Sapa – Vu Linh. ~260 km, ~7 h.
We start riding down to Lao Cai and then we go to Thac Ba lake. Until Luc Yen, the road is easy and asphalted. Next, a secondary road along the Thac Ba lake through Dzao and Tay territory until the traditional village of Vu Linh where we stay with our friends.
Day 4: Vu Linh – Hanoi. ~200 km, ~6 h. End of Middle North ride.
Come back to Hanoi via Son Duong at the foot of Tam Dao range. Mountain road and then an easy track via Son Tay.
End this ride around 4pm before rush hours.