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From the lowlands of Tonkin to the wild and remote province of Ha Giang, this motorbike tour explores the country’s diverse and local culture as you pass through lakes, rivers, jungles, rice fields, and dizzying heights. Take a boat ride through waters that open up to engulfing spectacular scenery. Ride through passes of mountains and valleys, limestone and a sea of emerald fields, and get taken away in a frenzy of mystical beauty. Discover the sundry ethnicity of Vietnam through a colorful kaleidoscope of customs and lifestyle. Mr. Linh's Adventures proposes this North to North loop for an intimate encounter with Vietnam.
On night one, you will be having a comfortable homestay in Ba Be.
Relax at Mr. Linh’s Homestay on night two.
Get cozy at a hotel in Bao Lac on night three.
Settle in a hotel in Dong Van on night four.
Get some good sleep at a homestay in Ha Giang on night five.
Recharge at a lovely Hoang Su Phi homestay on night six.
Get some shut-eye in Bac Ha on night seven.
Have a well-earned rest at a hotel in Luc Yen on night eight.
A homestay in Vu Linh will be your next choice on night nine.
Make your stay in Tuyen Quang memorable on night 10.
You will leave Hanoi early to reach the first destination. You will drive on small secondary roads, winding along forests and valleys. Landscapes will be wild after Thai Nguyen City. Lunch will be provided en-route. You will arrive in Cho Ra in the afternoon and take a boat waiting for you at Buoc Lom Harbor.
You will then continue visiting the village of Ban Cam from the Tay ethnicity located on the shore of the river. Afterwards, the boat will take you to Dau Dang which is also a Tay village. You will spend the night by the waterfalls at the house of a friend Ong Pirate, the chief of the jungle. Lunch and dinner will be provided.
You will have a full day to enjoy the national park. Ba Be is a national park covered by one of the last primary forests of Vietnam. In the morning, you will go for a walk by the Nang River until the waterfalls of Dau Dang. You will come back to take a boat to cross the Nang River and begin the trek through the hills.
During the walk, you will cross several villages and pay a visit to the H’mong, Dao, and Tay friends lost in the forest. You will finally reach the Lake of Ba Be where a boat will wait for you. Then, you will cross the lake to get to the village of Coc Toc and have some rest. You will spend the night at Mr. Linh’s Homestay in the jungle. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.
You will have an early departure for a long and beautiful ride through small and easy road which recently replaced a dirt road. The scenery will change as you climb the mountain. You will drive through the mountain and passes with no traffic at all!
You will go through the territory of the Tay, Doa, H’Mong, and San Chi to end up in the Lo Lo ethnic area. Depending on the day of the week, you can visit the ethnic market of Bao Lac. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.
On day four, you will have one of the most stunning rides in Vietnam along the Chinese border. There will be many incredible mountain passes, valleys, and ethnic territories and you will witness a mystical atmosphere for a trip from another time. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.
Day five will be a very nice step toward the heights of the province along China. You will cross passes, valleys estates, and many countries with different cultures. You will pass through several villages of friends from the Hoa, Pu Peo, and the Phu tribes.
It will also be an opportunity to see some vestiges of the French and H’mong constructions including the H’mong Castle. It will be a sublime journey from a different time. You will stay overnight at a hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.
The riding will be a short stage yet you will have to go through the Cong Troi Pass which offers a beautiful panorama. You will have time in the afternoon for a walk to discover the Hoang Su Phi surroundings.
You will be welcomed by friends at the lodge, which offers good comfort, nice meals, and a gorgeous view of the forest, river, and gardens. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.
You will drive through an alternatively sealed road and tracks through remote areas. Sceneries will change every 15 kilometers and you will cross many different ethnic villages such as the White and Red Dao, the Tay, Cao Lan, the Flower H’mong on the Chinese border, Lo Lo, and about eight other ethnic groups.
You will stay overnight at a hotel on the road between Vietnam and China. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.
You will have time to enjoy a little bit more the place and then, you will leave by a nice road after lunch. You will see small hills covered by tea plantations and karstic mountain peaks. You will reach Luc Yen in the early afternoon. Dinner and the overnight stay will be at a hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.
If you have not been the day before, you can climb up to the red Dao village to meet friends or you can start directly by taking a beautiful small road in the middle of limestone and palm trees. You will ride up in the foothills of the lake then ride down to go along its fiords until the village of Vu Linh.
You will be welcomed in a superb stilt house by Dao Quan Trang friends right on the bank of the lake. Depending on time and schedule, you can rent a boat to go for a cruise on the peaceful lake and hopefully enjoy one of the nicest sunsets of the trip on the 3,000 thousands islets of the huge lake. You will arrive at around 06:00 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.
You will go west to Tuyen Quang then north to Green Vietnam, an ecological project managed by a dynamic Vietnamese agricultural family. You will sleep in the stilt-house in the heart of an extraordinary garden of fruit trees. It will be an opportunity to discover and participate in the development of a unique project in Vietnam. You will arrive at around 06:00 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.
It will be a quiet morning with friends from Green Vietnam. You will have time to enjoy the site visit around the neighborhood before hitting the road again to get back to Hanoi. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Mr. Cuong is a local guide in the northern mountainous region in Vietnam since 2010. He is an expert in paths and passionate in conquering the most zigzag roads of Vietnam. He graduated in Tourism and has a deep local knowledge where he can take travelers to the off-the-beaten-tracks. He is also an expert in repairing motorcycles with skills to support travelers in dangerous situations, Mr. Cuong is confident in guiding international travelers who are passionate about off-road adventures.
This tour will take place at Ba Be, Ban Cam, Dau Dang, Coc Toc, Bao Lac, Meo Vac, Dong Van, Ha Giang, Hoang Su Phi, Xin Man, Bac Ha, Luc Yen, Vu Linh, and Green Vietnam. The tour will start and end in Hanoi.
Ba Be National Park stretches over 10,048 hectares and has many different ecosystems within its borders. The ground and surrounding mountains are made up mainly of limestone karst which is characteristic of the north of Vietnam and the forests consist of mostly evergreen vegetation with bamboo growing closer to the banks of the lake.
Ba Be is also home to some ethnic minority communities. There is a large Tay population in Ba Be who make their living farming and fishing in the park and mostly live in traditional wooden stilt houses. The culture has been well preserved by the Tay community and can be seen throughout the park. There are also many local legends surrounding the various places throughout Ba Be which add to the magic of the park.
In the heart of the park is Ba Be Lake which is the largest and highest natural freshwater lake in Vietnam. The lake is made up of three smaller lakes and surrounded by limestone karsts, some of which open up into magnificent caves. The park also features many caves which have formed over years of erosion, some of which have only been discovered recently.
Ha Giang is in Vietnam’s most northerly regions with a unique geographical makeup and diverse range of cultures. The mountainous area with towering limestone peaks share a 270-kilometer border with neighboring China and plays host to the border crossing in Thanh Thuy.
The remote and stunningly beautiful area is one of the last areas in Vietnam that requires tourists to obtain a visa in order to visit but not to worry, it is relatively cheap and easy to purchase one. Although gaining popularity with tourists, the remarkable area is still off the beaten track and goes unnoticed by many.
Those that do make it to what is known as the “Final Frontier of Vietnam” are rewarded by sweeping views of karst mountains, carpets of flowers, colorful markets, and rich, diverse ethnic minority communities.
Like much of Vietnam, Ha Giang has had a turbulent past with invasions from both neighboring China and the French colonials but in the present day, the magnificent mountain region sits quietly in peace. It is home to ethnic minority communities such the Tay, H’mong, Nung, Giay, Lo Lo, and Pu Peo who all have their own unique and fascinating cultures.
The interaction of environment and people is evident in the scenery with the iconic terraces of rice fields spilling down the edges of the vast mountains. Ha Giang is the perfect place to explore on bike or by foot, climbing the dizzying passing that clings to the sides of the mountains to experience unrivalled views of the incredible border region.
Bac Ha's majestic countryside is equally as enchanting as its neighbor Sa Pa but the peaceful town has somewhat escaped the over-development and has managed to retain its authenticity as a market town.
The rural district does not have the modern comforts that can be found in Sa Pa but what it lacks in that respect, it makes up for in character. The town itself sits amidst towering mountains and rice paddies and each week, it is the home of one of the biggest ethnic minority markets in the region.
Each Sunday morning, as the sun breaks over the rolling mountains, hundreds of local people from the Black Dao, Red Hmong, Tay, Nung, La Chi, and other ethnic minority communities flock to the market creating an explosion of color in the green valley.
During this tour, all meals will be provided daily, except for breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last. Visiting each destination in the northern mountainous region in Vietnam, travelers will have the chance to experience local food. All the specialties will be cooked by local people with fresh, natural, and healthy ingredients prepared with a distinctive cooking method.
Ba Be is great for exploring by bicycle. Sports bikes can be rented for 10 USD per day. The main roads around the national park are mostly in good condition and do not see much traffic. One-day cycling around the park should enable you to visit Hua Ma Cave, Thac Bac Waterfall, and some villages.
Car hire and motorbike taxis can also be arranged in Ba Be. Motorbike taxis (Xe Om) can be a good way to explore the park as the drivers usually know the best spots. Be sure to clearly agree your plans and price in advance.
Ba Be Lake is definitely a place to remember, well worth the effort of the journey. It is breathtakingly beautiful, serene, and culturally fascinating whilst also offering a range of adventure activities. Mr. Linh's Adventure looks forward to seeing you there and sharing a little piece of heaven.
Kayaking is the best way to explore the breathtaking beauty of Ba Be Lake. Paddle through the islets, discover hidden caves, and visit fishing villages. You can get closer to the limestone karsts and find some secret corners of Ba Be Lake and the Nang River.
An added benefit of kayaking is that they can get you up close to karsts and into the caves that are not suitable for bigger boats. The lack of engine also makes it an eco-way to travel without causing air or noise pollution. When kayaking, suitable clothing is a must.
It is essential to wear a life jacket and you are recommended to wear a t-shirt and shorts or a swimming suit in summer, warmer clothes in winter, wet shoes, hat, sun cream, and sunglasses.
A dry bag is extremely useful for storing your camera, insect repellent, and water. Kayaking is only provided by the Ba Be Tourism Center or Mr. Linh's Homestay in Coc Toc Village.
While on tour, you can visit the ethnic market of Bao Lac, climb to the Red Dao village, and take a cruise around the lake as you arrive in Vu Linh.
Ba Be's local food specialties are another ideal reason to relish your stay in the area. There are too many to mention but boiled chayote cooked with sesame or "lon cap nach" are worth the taste. It literally means “pig carried under the arm,” home pigs raised in the field or forest.
Barbecued meat and fish and a huge variety of vegetables together with dumplings, bamboo tube rice, noodles, and eggs may all be part of the feast you can enjoy at the table of your host.
The whole district of Ba Be is dominated by the Pia Booc mountain range rising to a height of 1,527 meters. It is the combination of scenery from the karst outcrops clad in rich vegetation to the paddy fields carpeting the lower slopes of the Na Nghe mountains.
There is also a rich variety of flora and fauna and cultural diversity which together make Ba Be a unique and rewarding location. Local guides have a wealth of invaluable knowledge as well as keeping you safe. They know which routes to take for the best sightseeing and wildlife spotting.
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