This easy ride in 6 days and covers about 1,000km of fantastic Northeast Vietnam. In fact, The trip was designed for both experienced riders and inexperienced riders.
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NORTHEAST VIETNAM DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1: Hanoi – Bac Kan. ~180 km, ~6 h.
Today is the first day of this Northeast Vietnam trip. Before starting to ride, we will have a short briefing to let you know about the rules. In addition, the guide will show you how to understand him by his body language. We start around 9.30am after the rush hour.
Drive to Bac Kan via Thai Nguyen in about 6 hours. In general, the road is easy and mostly sealed. We stay in a hotel in the centre of Bac Kan town, be ready for the Northeast higher mountains over the next few days.
Day 2: Bac Kan – Ba Be. ~50 km, ~2 h.
A short ride from Bac Kan to Ba Be on a windy mountain road. Lunch at our Tay host house (Mr. Dang, we call him Zi Dang. Regrettably, he passed away in 2009 but his son will continue his business). Then easy boating on the lake and river. Go to the market (if it is the day you arrive). Stop at the 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 a few pupils during the summer).
For the night, we stay in a stilt house.
Day 3: Ba Be – Cao Bang. ~170 km, ~8 h.
A short boat trip in the morning on Ba Be Lake. In fact, this is the world’s largest lake on limestone. Then a beautiful ride up to Cao Bang province. There are a few passes from where you can dominate the area. The road is easy but has many curves. While riding, we can stop very often for photos. Altogether, with stops for drinks and food, it should be an 8-hour journey. Stay in a hotel in Cao Bang.
Day 4: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfalls – 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 50 m high falls hit the river.
Due to the opening of a recent international trading post between Vietnam and China at Po Peo in Trung Khanh, many big trucks use this road and it’s a real single dirt track now.
After visiting this waterfall, 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. Finally, spend the night at our friend’s house.
Day 5: Quang Hoa – Lang Son. ~150 km, ~5 h.
Drive from Quang Hoa to Lang Son. Currently, Lang Son is the biggest trading post between Vietnam and China now due to its distance to Hanoi. In addition, this is our chance to buy some cheap Chinese electronics like a phone charger, power banks, toys, replica products, etc.
Overnight in a hotel.
Day 6: Lang Son – Hanoi. ~150 km, ~3 h. End of Northeast Vietnam ride.
If the weather is nice, we can then continue driving toward South to Mau Son. Mau Son is 30 km away from Lang Son, 1.541m above sea level. Promenade around Mau Son in the morning, visit our Dao friends. Then, ride down to Lang Son to have lunch.
On the road back to Hanoi, there are a few traditional villages and also Buddhist pagodas that we could stop and pay a visit.
Arrival at Hanoi around 4 pm. End this 6 days Northeast tour before rush hours.