This Ha Giang In 8 Days is the best motorbike expedition that takes you to Ha Giang. In fact, it works for riders of all skill levels. 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 8 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 – Quang Uyen
7th day: Quang Uyen – Lang Son
8th 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 8 days. You will see the best places in Northeast Vietnam like Ban Gioc waterfalls, Highway 4 in addition to Ha Giang scenic area. All in all, it’s about right for everything from timing to routing. Therefore, this is our most popular motorbike tour in Vietnam.
Day 1: Hanoi – Vu Linh (~180 km, ~7 h)
Today is day 1 of the Ha Giang In 8 Days. We meet at 9 am 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 before riding 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 – Quang Uyen (~140 km, ~5 h)
Ride in 1 hour and a half to reach the beautiful village of Quang Uyen, in the middle of a mountain cirque. This is the territory of Nung and Tay people. Then home stay in a host family and the hostess is a great cook.
We make our way through spectacular scenery to Vietnam’s most impressive waterfall, Ban Gioc Waterfalls, 50km from Quang Uyen. The road is either dusty or muddy due to the very heavy trucks that transport products exporting to China. Weather permitting we can swim right up to where the 50m high falls hit the river.
Day 7: Quang Uyen – Lang Son (~180 km, ~6 h)
Ride from Quang Uyen to Lang Son on the famous historical Highway 4 where fierce battles took place during the war against the French army. We will have time to discover this city which has become the biggest trading post between China and Vietnam. While in Lang Son, you can shop for cheap Chinese products at the nearby Dong Kinh or Tam Thanh market.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 8: Lang Son – Hanoi (~150 km, ~3 h)
An easy day back to Hanoi on the new Highway 1B. You can wake up late in the morning as we guess you can be tired after 7 long riding days.
Arrival at Hanoi around 3pm. End this amazing Ha Giang In 8 Days on two wheels.
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