11 Days Ha Giang Motorbike Tour Introduction
This 11 days Ha Giang Motorbike Tour takes you from Hanoi to roof roads of Northern Vietnam via Sapa then to the most scenic area of Ha Giang. In fact, it’s truly one of the best motorbike tours you can have in our country. You will see many beauty spots of Vietnam like Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields, Than Uyen, O Quy Ho pass, Sapa, Dong Van Geo-Park and Ban Gioc waterfalls. In addition, the riding is quite entertaining and thrilling. All in all, it’s a hilarious ride in the most scenic area of Vietnam!
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Vietnam Offroad offers you an adventure of a lifetime to see one of the most scenic areas in Vietnam on this 11-day Ha Giang Motorbike Tour. We name this as an “epic ride” because what you see is very different than other places in Vietnam. In fact, you ride on all types of roads (from flat and smooth to gravel and bumpy), dirt tracks and jungle paths. Any road could easily turn into a dirt road when it rains, especially in summer (June to September). Honestly, the spectacular view of cloudy mountains is a great memory from a motorcycle trip.
On this specific trip, you skirt along the Vietnam/China border, starting and ending in Hanoi within 11 days. If you return via Ba Be, the trip will be reduced by one day but then you miss the historical Highway 4. In reality, this trip is the most popular motorbike tour we provide in Northern Vietnam. Just let us your time frame and we will get back with a proposal and hopefully, something works out.
Below is the full loop in 11 days but we could always customize to work with your travel plan between 6 and 13 days with some options at either end of the trip, for example extending it further down from the Northeast and include Halong Bay.
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Day 1: Hanoi – Nghia Lo (~250 km, ~7 h).
Before the ride, it takes 30 minutes to double check the bikes to ensure that we have all necessary tools and equipment to guarantee maximum fun and tie your bag(s) on the bikes. We head out of Hanoi from the west end skirting along Red River to Son Tay and then head up the mountain to Nghia Lo. The road is easy and flat between Hanoi and Thu Cuc and then from 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 in a hotel.
Day 2: Nghia Lo – Than Uyen (~180 km, ~5 h).
Wild and bumpy mountain roads. Lung Lo Pass is the first real challenge. Moreover, the next one is the 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. Overnighting in a hotel in Than Uyen.
Day 3: Than Uyen – Sapa (~120 km, ~3 h)
The area of Than Uyen is mainly populated by Flower H’mong and Dzao people. We head up the high Hoang Lien range to Sapa. Easy track for 100 km and asphalted mountainous road for the last 40 km. This part is usually very cloudy after the rain or between January and April. Stay in Sapa, one of the most popular places for tourists to Vietnam. It’s a hill station 1,600m above sea level.
Day 4: Sapa – Bac Ha – Xin Man (~150 km, ~3 h)
The drive from Sapa to Bac Ha takes about 3 hours, down from Sapa to Lao Cai (34 km), a border city where we can take photos with China as the background. After lunch, ride up to Bac Ha (70 km) with stunning landscape. The last 50km is a very challenging ride to Xin Man, a small town where we stay in a hotel for the night.
Day 5: Xin Man – Ha Giang (~150 km, ~5 h)
Ride 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.
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. Today is the most epic day of the entire trip. Be ready for it.
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. This area is now a Karst Plateau Geopark recognized by UNESCO in 2010. 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)
Some parts of the road are still under construction and tracks what make the ride relatively long in spite of few kilometres. The landscape is among the most beautiful of Vietnam, and the slow tempo is only more appreciable, especially after the last 6 long riding days.
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 – Cao Bang (~150 km, ~5 h)
Beautiful ride down to the capital city of Cao Bang province. Few passes from where you can dominate the area. The road is easy but there are many blind curves. We can stop very often for photos. Altogether, stop for drinks and food, it should be about 7 hours. Stay in a hotel.
Day 9: 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. Home stay with 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 10: 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. In addition, you can shop for cheap Chinese products at the nearby Dong Kinh or Tam Thanh market.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 11: 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 10 long riding days. Alternatively, we could ride many back roads to avoid the highway if you don’t like it.
Arrival at Hanoi around 3pm.
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