This Ha Giang In 9 Days is the perfect motorbike journey that takes you to Ha Giang via Sapa. In fact, it works for riders from at least intermediate level. 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 9 Days Ride At A Glance
1st day: Hanoi – Nghia Lo
2nd day: Nghia Lo – Than Uyen
3rd day: Than Uyen – Sapa
4th day: Sapa – Bac Ha
5th day: Bac Ha – Ha Giang
6th day: Ha Giang – Dong Van
7th day: Dong Van – Bao Lac
8th day: Bao Lac – Ba Be
9th day: Ba Be – Hanoi
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More Ha Giang & Northern Vietnam Motorbike Tour Itineraries
This trip is designed to include some very nice home stays and the scenic Ha Giang in 9 days. You ride on high mountain roads on the Hoang Lien range to Sapa in addition to Ha Giang scenic area. Honestly, it is a fantastic ride for seasonal bikers.
Day 1: Hanoi – Nghia Lo (~250 km, ~7 h)
Before the ride, it takes 30 minutes to double check the bikes and ensure that we have all necessary tools and equipment to guarantee maximum fun. We head out of Hanoi skirting along Red River to Son Tay and then head up the mountain to Nghia Lo. The road is easy and flat from Hanoi to Thanh Son, from Thanh Son to Thu Cuc and then Ba Khe to Nghia Lo is beautiful, snaking the foot of Hoang Lien Range. Nghia Lo is a big mountain town where we stop for the night.
Day 2: Nghia Lo – Than Uyen (~180 km, ~5 h)
Wild and bumpy road with Lung Lo Pass as the first challenge. Then the next one is even higher – Khau Pha Pass. We ride through the Mu Cang Chai massif, almost as high as the Fansipan. From the top, it offers one of the most beautiful views of North Vietnam. The ride is challenging but very rewarding.
Night in a hotel.
Day 3: Than Uyen – Sapa (~140 km, ~5 h)
The area of Than Uyen is mainly populated by Flower H’mong and Dzao people. Then direction Sapa. Easy track for 100 km and asphalted mountainous road for the last 40 km. Stay in Sapa and you will find out the reason Sapa is one of the most popular places for tourists in Vietnam.
Day 4: Sapa – Bac Ha (~100 km, ~3 h)
The drive from Sapa to Bac Ha takes ~3 hours, down from Sapa to Lao Cai (34 km), a border city where we can take photos with China as the background. Then after lunch, we ride up to Bac Ha (70 km) with stunning landscape. Overnighting in Bac Ha.
Day 5: Bac Ha – Ha Giang (~200 km, ~6 h)
After breakfast, ride on the track to Xin Man and on many small/back roads with scenic mountain views before joining the main road heading up to Ha Giang where we stop for the night and apply for a permit.
Day 6: Ha Giang – Dong Van (~180 km, ~6 h)
After getting the permit to ride in border areas at Ha Giang’s Immigration Police, 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. 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 the rocks. When we reach 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.
Day 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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. End this excellent Ha Giang In 9 Days of Vietnam on two wheels.
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