This Ha Giang In 7 Days is one of the standard motorbike holidays that takes you to Ha Giang. Due to the duration and long road, it’s best for intermediate riders onward. If you have time, allow a few more days and extend a bit further as far as down the coast to Halong Bay.
Ha Giang In 7 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 – Cao Bang
6th day: Cao Bang – Lang Son
7th day: Lang Son – Hanoi
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This trip is designed to include some very nice home stays and the scenic Ha Giang in just 7 days. In fact, you will see the best places in Northeast Vietnam plus Ha Giang scenic area.
Day 1: Hanoi – Vu Linh (~180 km, ~7 h)
Today is day 1 of the Ha Giang In 7 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, ride on a straight road along the Red River (Song Hong). Easy ride on the sealed road to Thac Ba Lake and later 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 – Cao Bang (~150 km, ~5 h)
This is a beautiful ride down to Cao Bang province. There are few passes from where you can dominate the area. The road is easy but there are still many blind 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.
Day 6: Cao Bang – Lang Son (~180 km, ~5 h)
Ride from Cao Bang to Lang Son on the famous historical Highway 4. Once in Lang Son, we will have time to discover this city which has become a big trading post between China and Vietnam. In addition, you can shop for cheap Chinese products at the nearby Dong Kinh market.
If time allows, you can 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 7: Lang Son – Hanoi (~150 km, ~3 h)
An easy day back to Hanoi on the new Highway 1B. In fact, you can wake up late in the morning as we guess you can be tired after 6 long riding days.
Arrival at Hanoi around 3pm. End Ha Giang In 7 Days.
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