Destination:Hanoi – Mai Chau – Phu Yen – Son La – Tuan
Giao – Sin Ho – Sapa – Bac Ha – Luc Yen – Vu Linh – Ba Be – Quang Hoa – Mau Son
Tour Duration: 16
Depart from: Hanoi
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- Mai Chau (160 km-5 hours)
Chau - Phu Yen. (140 km-5 h)
Yen - Son La (160 km-6 hours)
La - Tuan Giao (140 km-5 hours)
Giao - Sin Ho (180 km-6 hours)
Ho – Sapa (120 km-4 hours)
(trek or relax)
- Bac Ha. (90 km-4 h)
Ha - Luc Yen - Vu Linh. (~150 km-5 h)
Linh - Ba Be. (~180 km-8 h)
Be - Quang Hoa. (~170 km-8 h)
Hoa. (~30 km-1 h)
Hoa. (~100 km-3 h)
Hoa - Mau Son. (~180 km-6 h)
Son - Hanoi. (~180 km-4 h)
Day 1 - Hanoi - Mai Chau, ~160 km, ~5
Leaving Hanoi on dyke roads to avoid the heavy
traffic and breaking out of the delta plains we pass through endless limestone
karst scenery as we travel south through "Perfume Pagoda" country and
extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads.
Striking northwest and over two passes, finally dropping down to the mountain
valley settlement of Mai Chau. Here we stay overnight
with friends of the White Thai minority in a traditional stilt house. In the
evening, after feasting, we can enjoy a cultural show of Thai dancing and a
range of special local liquors. Overnight in Mai Chau.
Day 2 - Mai Chau - Phu Yen. ~140 km, ~5 h
(B, L, D)
We go from Mai Chau to the direction of Moc
Chau and turn to the less travelled Road 43 leading to the Da River. After crossing the
reservoir of Da river at Van Yen ferry, we ride
on a beautiful winding secondary road until Phu Yen where we stay in a
Day 3 - Phu Yen - Son La, ~160 km, ~6
hours(B, L, D)
Continuing on the almost empty Road 37 we enter
mountains heavily populated with Black Thai people, who work on large terraced
rice fields. The winding road passes through many Thai villages and fields and
provides a great opportunity to watch country life passing by. We continue
through rolling hills before rising up to the sugar cane growing areas on the
cooler Son La plateau. Overnight in Son La.
Day 4 - Son La - Tuan Giao, ~140 km, ~5
hours (B, L, D)
Heading out northwest from Son La, the road crosses a series
of mountain passes and areas of busy Black Thai activity. Children walk to
school, kids tend buffaloes, women plant rice seedlings and men pull the
buffalo. Then we come to the beginning of the very long and steep Pha Din pass where at the top we
have vast views of the surrounding mountains, then down the other side on very
steep sealed road. Overnight in Tuan Giao.
Day 5 - Tuan Giao - Sin Ho, ~180 km, ~6
hours (B, L, D)
Heading out northwest from Tuan Giao the road passes
isolated communities of Hmong and Thai people, whose small villages
settle on the banks of dark green rivers and on the steep slopes of the
mountains. After lunch by a forest stream the road begins to climb up the high
Sa Tong pass. At the top for sunset before dropping sharply into the deep Lai
Chau valley. Muong Lay town was sunk in early 2010 and our new place for
overnighting is Sin Ho, a small remote town.
Day 6 - Sin Ho - Sapa, ~120 km, ~4
hours(B, L, D)
We head straight toward the main Fansipan Mountain range. There is
also the option for a very challenging back route which takes us through several
river crossings. The massive mountain range dominates the road until finally we
must make a splendid climb up from Binh Lu and up to the top of the highest
road pass in Vietnam (Tram Ton Pass). Crossing into Lao Cai Province at over 2,000m the
views looks out over the main range for miles and miles, before we descend to
the mountainous Sa Pa valley. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 7 - Sapa, trek or relax (B, L, D)
Depending on the group’s mood, we can either take it
easy in Sa Pa town, or make excursions back
to the top of the highest pass in Vietnam, or down deep into the amazing Sapa valley. All options are
dominated by the crest of the enormous Fansipan mountain range that looms over
2,000 metres above us. The entire region is populated by Hmong, Giay, Tay and Dao
people. Stay in Sapa.
Day 8 - Sapa - Bac Ha. ~90 km, ~4 h (B,
The ride from Sapa to Bac Ha takes ~3 hours, down
from Sapa to Lao Cai (34 km) and up to Bac Ha (70 km) with stunning landscape.
We check in a hotel and have lunch. In the afternoon, we trek to Lung Phinh
village. Stay overnight in Bac Ha.
Day 9 - Bac Ha - Luc Yen - Vu Linh. ~150
km, ~5 h (B, L, D)
We start the day by strolling around Bac Ha to meet
with many ethnic villages in this area. We then move towards the lake Thac Ba.
From Bac Ha to Luc Yen, the road is easy and sealed all the way. After Luc Yen,
we take a small dirt track bordered by palm trees, in the middle of the karsts.
A boat is waiting to take us across the lake of Thac Ba while skirting northern
bank (3 hours). We arrive at Vu Linh, a traditional village of Dao where we
sleep in the family of our friends. The welcome is exceptional.
Day 10 - Vu Linh - Ba Be. ~180 km, ~8 h
(B, L, D)
Quite a long drive but easy (early departure is
better) from Vu Linh to Ba Be (~250 km). Ba Be is a nice stop and it is good to
arrive the first day to have a full day (of the second) day there. However, if
you feel like resting before, it is all the time possible to stop 50 km before
Ba Be. The place before Ba Be is Na Khan, a village of Tay people lost in the
Day 11 - Ba Be. (B, L, D)
Easy boating on the lake and river. Go to market (if
it is the day you arrive). Stop at waterfall, beautiful swim…Ong pirate, the
chef 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). We propose
to stay in the stilt house of Tay people for the second night.
Day 12 - Ba Be - Quang Hoa. ~170 km, ~8 h
(B, L, D)
Ross Ba Be lake to come back to our captain’s house.
Beautiful ride up to Cao Bang province. Few passes from where you can dominate
the area. The road is easy but many curves. We can stop a lot. All together,
stop for drinks and food it should be an 8-hour journey. Then ride 1 more hour
to reach 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
Day 13 - Quang Hoa. ~30 km, ~1 h (B, L,
Na Tau is a completely unknown area that we propose
to discover it by raft and motorbike. Rivers and waterfalls everywhere are
extremely beautiful and wild. It is only 15 km from Quang Hoa.
Day 14 - Quang Hoa. ~100 km, ~3 h (B, L,
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.
Day 15 - Quang Hoa - Mau Son. ~180 km, ~6
h (B, L, D)
Ride from Quang Hoa to Lang Son. Continue driving
toward the border from Lang Son to Mau Son. Mau Son is 30 km away from Lang
Son, 1,541m above sea level. Quite cool in the evening! Night in the guesthouse
of Mau Son Resort.
Day 16 - Mau Son - Hanoi. ~180 km, ~4 h
Promenade around Mau Son in the morning. Ride down
to Lang Son to have lunch. The road is asphalted all the way and it takes 3 and
half hours to drive back to Hanoi.
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