Untouched magical loop in North Vietnam 10 days 9 nights

From the lowlands of Tonkin to the wild and remote province of Ha Giang, this itinerary passes through the country’s diverse ethnic cultures. Lakes, rivers, jungles, rice fields and dizzying mountain heights. Freewheelin’ Tours proposes this North-North loop for an intimate encounter with Vietnam.
Tour code: MTB02E
Departure dates:
Everyday
Destination:
Ba Be National Park, Northeast, Vietnam.
Duration:
10 days

Day 1: Hanoi – Ba Be (~ 235km ~ 6h. Road)
We leave Hanoi early to reach our first destination, We drive on small secondary roads, winding along forests and valleys. Landscapes are wild after Thai Nguyen city. Lunch on the road. Arrival at Cho Ra at the beginning of afternoon, and take a boat waiting for you at Buoc Lo harbour. You will then continue visiting the village of Ban Cam from the Tay ethnicity located on the shore of the river. Afterwards, the boat vill take you to the Dau Dang village, also a Tay village. Night by the waterfalls at our friend Ong Pirate’s house, the chef of the jungle.

Day 2: Ba Be
A full day to enjoy the National Park. In the morning we go for a walk by the Nang river until the waterfalls of Dau Dang. We come back to take a boat to cross the Nang river and begin the treck throught the Hills. During the walking we cross several villages and pay a visit to our H’mong, Dao, Tay friends lost in the forest. We finally reach the Lake of Ba Be where a boat waits for us. Then,we cross the lake to get to the village of Pac Ngoi and have rest. We spend the night at Mr. Manh’s home the cook of the jungle. Ba Be is a national Park covered by one of the last primary forest of Vietnam.

Day 3: Ba Be – Bao Lac (~ 180km ~ 6 h Road)
Early departure for a long and beautiful ride. Small, easy road which recently replaced a dirt road. Scenery changes as we climb the mountain. Mountain, pass, no traffic at all! We go through the territory of black Tay, Doa, H’Mong, San Chi, to end in the Lo Lo ethnic area. Depending of the day of the week, we can visit the ethnic market of Bao Lac.

Day 4: Bao Lac – Meo Vac – Dong Van (~120 km, ~4h Road)
One of the most stunning rides in Vietnam along the Chinese border. Many incredible mountain passes, valleys, ethnic territories. Mystical atmosphere for a trip from another time.

Day 5: Dong Van – Ha Giang (~150km, ~5h Road)
Very nice step in the heights of the province along China. Crossing passes, valleys estates, many countries with different cultures. We pass through several villages of our friends Hoa, Pu Peo, the Phu … It is also an opportunity to see some vestiges of French and Hmong constructions, including the H’mong Castle. Mystical atmosphere. Magnificent step between China and Vietnam Sublime out of time journey. Overnight in hotel

Day 6: Ha Giang – Hoang Su Phi (~90km, ~3h Road)
Short stage yet we have to go through the Cong Troi pass which offer beautiful panorama. We will have time the afternoon for a walk to discover Hoang Su Phi surroundings.We are welcomed by our friends in the lodge, good comfort nice meals and gorgeous view with forest river and gardens.

Day 7: Hoang Su Phi – Xin Man – Bac Ha (~100 km, ~5h Road)
Alternatively sealed road and tracks through remote areas. Sceneries are changing every 15 km and we cross many different ethnic cultures. Dao white and red, Tay, Cao Lan, flower H’mong on the Chinese border, Lo Lo and about 8 other ethnic groups. Night in hotel. Road between Vietnam and China

Day 8: Bac Ha –Luc Yen (~130km, ~4h Road)
You have time to enjoy a little bit more the place, and then we leave by a nice road after lunch. Small hills covered by tea plantations, Karstic mountain peaks, the Tam Dao mountain range, and fast road back to Hanoi. Arrival around 6 pm.

Day 9: Luc Yen – Vu Linh (~80km, ~3h Road)
If we haven’t been the day before, we can climb up to the red Dao village to meet our friends. Or we start directly by taken a beautiful small road, still in the middle of limestone and palm trees. We ride up in the foothills of the lake then ride down to go along its fiords until the village of Vu Linh. We are welcome in a superb stilt house by our Dao Quan Trang friends right on the bank of the lake. Depending on time and schedule, we can rent a boat to go for a cruise on the peaceful lake and hopefully enjoy one of the nicest sunset of the trip on the three thousands islets of this huge lake. Arrival around 6 pm.

Day 10: Vu Linh – Green Vietnam (~80km, ~3h Road)
We go west to Tuyen Quang ; then north to Green Vietnam ; ecological project managed by a dynamic Vietnamese agricultural family. We sleep in the stilt-house in the heart of an extraordinary garden of fruit trees. It’s opportunity to discover and participate in the development of a unique project in Vietnam. Arrival around 6 pm.

Day 11: GreenVietnam – Hanoi (173Km – 5h Road)
Quiet morning with our friends from Green Vietnam, we have time to enjoy the site visit the neighbourhood before hiting the road again, to get back to Hanoi. Hôtel Arrival around 6 pm.
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HOTELS LIST

Please note that the hotels mentioned in this list are for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed. If we are unable to book any hotel, it will be replaced by another hotel at least of equivalent standard and value.

DESTINATION ACCOMMODATION STARS NIGHT (S)
Ba Be
Homestay

1
Ba Be
Homestay 1
Bao Lac
Hotel
1
Dong Van
Hotel 1
Ha Giang
Homestay
1
Hoang Su Phi
Homestay 1
Bac Ha
Homestay
1
Luc Yen
Hotel
1
Vu Linh
Homestay
1

Services included

•  Motorbikes : 1 bike per person
•  All petrol (gasoline),
•  Rain gear, helmets,
•  Motorbike jacket
•  Boat trip
•  Meals
•  Accommodation
•  Local English Speaking guide
•  All entrance fees and permits to visit Ha Giang area

Services not included

•  Visa to Vietnam
•  Any other transportation are not mentioned in the itinerary
•  Travel Insurance
•  Drinks
•  Meals are not mentioned in the itinerary
•  Tip for guide
• Other personal expenses.
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