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12 days ride motorbike around the Northwest Vietnam




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DAY 1. ARRIVE HANOI,  Airport pickup and transfer to the hotel, FREE TIME.

DAY 2. HA NOI – XOI VILLAGE. 70KM.  
Around 9.00 AM, meeting at the hotel and transfer to the starting point where you will try the bike and start the first day tour. Riding up in the North of Hanoi. After  the first 40km, we stop to visit the Thay Pagoda, lunch in a local restaurant then continue the ride to Xoi village. Checkin place then take a short trekking to visit the beautiful  village of Yen Bai. Dinner and overnight in the bamboo stilt house or possibility to do camping.
Xoi village is located in a beautiful valley surounded by high hills, small rivers flow around, it’s a great place for camping. 

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DAY 3. XOI VILLAGE – MAI CHAU. 160KM.
After the breakfast, we ride up to the direction of the Northwest mountains. Riding on the small easy roads thought many villages, rice fiels, and hills. Many stop for photo as August is the season of rice. Lunch in local restaurant. Afternoon riding along the Da river, arrive in Mai Chau in the late afternoon. Checkin home-stay of the Thai people. Dinner and overnight with Thai family.

DAY 4. MAI CHAU.
All day trekking to the villages around Mai Chau, lunch picnich in the village, return to Mai Chau in the afternoon for the second night.

DAY 5. MAI CHAU – SON LA. 200km.
Say goodbey to the family, we continue riding up to the high forested region populated by H’mong peoples. Many time we leave the main road to discover the small trails and villages of Hmong. Crossing the region of the grean tea plantation in Moc Chau. Lunch before we get in to the country of the Black Thai villages all the way to Son La. Dinner and night at hotel.

DAY 6. SON LA – DIEN BIEN PHU. 180km.
Leaving Son La, we head up today to the historical region of Dien Bien Phu, ride up the very high mountain pass (Pha Din pass 1500m), great view of the beautiful landscape when we get the top of the pass. Arrive Dien Bien Phu in the afternoon, checkin hotel. Dinner in towm.

DAY 7. DIEN BIEN PHU – MUONG LAY. 170km.
In the morning, we visit all the historical sites remain from the French War. After lunch we ride to the next place Muong Lay, a beautiful small town located by the Da lake. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

DAY 8. MUONG LAY – SAPA. 170km
We ride today on the historical road no 4 that goes along the Da river, the road sometime is very bad with holes but the landscape is so nice for photo. Lunch in Phong Tho town. Arrive in Sapa, chekin hotel, diner in towm.

DAY 9. SAPA – BAC HA
Say goodbey to the very famous busy touristic town of Sapa, we ride down hill to get Lao Cai. Stop at the border with China for photo then ride up hill on a small mountain road until Bac Ha, stop for picnich lunch on route, arrive in Bac Ha in the late afernoon.

DAY 10. BAC HA.
All day trekking tour around Bac Ha, lunch in village, return to the hotel in the end of the day for the second night.

DAY 11. BAC HA – MU CANG CHAI. 180km.
Ride down hill until we meet the Chay river, take a small road that goes up and down with many curves to get back to the Northwestern region, lunch in Than Uyen town, in the afternoon, we reach to the country of the Hmong peoples. Arrive in Mu Cang Chai in the afternoon, checkin Homestay, we stay tonight with a family of Tay peoples, dinner with family.

DAY 12. MU CANG CHAI - PHU YEN. 170km.
We have the chance today to admire the most beautiful rice field on teraces region in southeast of Asia, ride up and down hill many time, the road is good but many blind on the high passes. The ride get easier when we get closer to Phu Yen, a small town located in the midle of the large valley surrowded by high moutains. Dinner in town, ovenight at hotel.

DAY 13. PHU YEN – HANOI. 160KM.
In the morning we make a ride through many small village around Phu Yen valley. Leave the high moutains, we head back to the Red river Delta where we finish the ride at the hotel. Tour ended.

TOURING MAP: SEE BELOW.
 
                                              
12 days ride motorbike around the Northwest Vietnam


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