This Ha Giang In 6 Days is one of the shortest motorbike tours that takes you to Ha Giang. Due to the short duration and long road, it’s best for experienced riders. If you have time, allow a few more days and extend a bit further to the Northeast and ride the historical Highway 4 and Ban Gioc waterfalls. In addition, you can even ride as far down the coast to Halong Bay.
Ha Giang In 6 Days Ride At A Glance
1st day: Hanoi – Vu Linh
2nd day: Vu Linh – Ha Giang
3rd day: Ha Giang – Dong Van or Meo Vac
4th day: Dong Van or Meo Vac – Bao Lac
5th day: Bao Lac – Ba Be
6th day: Ba Be – Hanoi
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This trip is designed to include two very nice home stays and the scenic Ha Giang in just 6 days. In general, you will see the best places in Northern Vietnam in such a short time.
Day 1: Hanoi – Vu Linh (~180 km, ~7 h)
Today is day 1 of the Ha Giang In 6 Days. We meet at 9am at our company office in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. In fact, the traffic is quieter at this hour. However, it’s in no way near your standards at home!
After a short briefing session, we exit Hanoi from the West end. Next, we ride on a straight road along the Riveriver (Song Hong). Easy ride on the sealed road to Thac Ba Lake and follow the little road to Vu Linh. Vu Linh is a Dzao village by the side of the lake, very friendly people and the welcome is exceptional.
Day 2: Vu Linh – Ha Giang (~180 km, ~6 h)
After breakfast, ride along the Thac Ba lake on a small road lined with palm trees and scenic mountain views. Then we join the main road heading up to Ha Giang where we stop for the night and apply for a permit. Alternatively, we just buy the permit for riding in border areas at any hotel in this province.
Day 3: Ha Giang – Dong Van (~180 km, ~6 h)
After breakfast, 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. Then 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 to live in between the rocks. Once we reached town we will have some extra time to wander the ancient streets lined with H’mong homes of clay bricks and tiles roofs built centuries ago.
Another option is to stay in Meo Vac in a home stay or a hotel. From our experience, Dong Van is a nicer place than Meo Vac to overnight.
Day 4: Dong Van – 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. However, the landscape is among the most beautiful of Vietnam. And in addition, the slow tempo is only more appreciable.
We cross the wild regions of the mythical province of Ha Giang. Finally, 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 5: Bao Lac – Ba Be (~150 km, ~5 h)
Beautiful ride down to Ba Be. We descend from the high mountain range down to the world’s largest lake on karst stone – Ba Be lake. If time allows, take a boat cruise on this picturesque lake in about 2 hours. Overnighting with a Tay family for the night.
Day 6: Ba Be – Hanoi. (~240 km, ~7 h)
Quite a long drive but easy (early departure is better) from Ba Be to Hanoi. The busiest part of the road is from Thai Nguyen back to Hanoi but we believe after 5 days riding on different terrains in North Vietnam you will be alright. Arrive in Hanoi before rush hour – 5 pm.
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