Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Trek Ha Giang Vietnam 8 days
Day 1: Bac Ha - Lung Phinh - Ta Chai - Pa Chu Ty II (-; L; D)
Pick up at Lao Cai Train station, freshen up, breakfast and then transfer to Bac Ha town let. Coffee break and then on to Lung Phin. Trek starts from Lung Phinh along a large path for 1,5 hour to Ta Chai village of the Phu La ethnic, one of the smallest groups in Vietnam with just about 6,500 inhabitants. Paying visit to a local home before lunch break
Continue the trek through a narrow valley with corn fields and terrced rice paddies to Ta Chai 2, another village of the Phu La and then onto Pa Chu Ty, a large village of the Flower H’mong. Explore this village for the rest of the afternoon and have dinner. Overnight at Pa Chu Ty.
Day 2: Trek Ha Giang Vietnam. Pa Chu Ty II - Then Van - Lung Cai (B; L; D)
It is interesting day today to trek through the region of the famous H’mong tribal people who are well-known for unique way of living on highest mountain with slash and burn agriculture in the past. Breakfast and depart at 09.00 am. Trekking along a narrow foot path up hills and down narrow valleys for 2 hours to Then Van Village of the H’mong, explore the village, paying visiting to several H’mong families who live in thick clay-walled houses.
Continue trekking for nearly 3 hours to Lung Cai, another Flower H’mong village situated on high mountain side and over looking down the Chay River. Walk around the village in late afternoon for discovery the unique way of life. Having dinner and overnight in home stay.
Day 3: Trek North Vietnam. Lung Cai - Hoang Nhi Pho - Ban Gia (B; L; D)
Breakfast, walk around the village for watching morning life and leave Lung Cai at 09.00 am. Following the trekking route to Hoang Nhi Pho through rice paddy and maize plantations 2 hours to Hoang Nhi Pho hamlet. Having lunch in H’mong family
Afternoon trek takes almost 3 hours towards Ban Gia Vilage through a very quiet region while the trail winds up and down on steep mountain side, offering stunning scenery of narrow valleys dotted with H’mong houses. Dinner and home stay in Ban Gia.
Day 4: Ban Gia - Nan Ma (B; L; D)
- It’s a great days, today for enjoying breath-taking landscapes of the Chay River massif and Ban Gia valley! The trek commences from home-stay along a large path on high mountain side for 2 hours to Khe Phang village and slightly down hill for 1 hour to Nan Ly Village where the H’mong and Mung live together. Paying visiting to local homes, village school and lunch break.
- Continue trekking about 2 hours through the lush farm land of the Nan Ma Commune in the afternoon and arrive to home stay at the center of the commune in mid afternoon. Walk around the communal center and market place for breathing of local life. Dinner and home stay with a H’mong family.
Day 5: Trek Ha Giang Vietnam. Nan Ma – Nan Lung - Coc pu II (B; L; D)
Leaving Nan Ma after breakfast, the beautiful trail almost down hill for the whole morning through terraced rice paddies and lush fruit farm to Nan Lung village. The Nung peoples who will be warmly at welcoming visitors with their curiosity at seeing tourists for the first time.
Lunch break and then continue along the same trail for nearly 3 hours to Coc Pu II, another village of the Nung for staying overnight.
Day 6: Coc Pu II - Sin Man - Hoang Su Phi (B; L; D)
It is a relaxing day, today. Leave Coc Pu late after breakfast for an easy walk 2 hours to Coc Pai town let of Xin Man District. Walk round the market place for an hour and then transfer by road to Hoang Su Phi. Check in the local hotel, lunch and then free to relax for the rest of the day.
Day 7: Trek North Vietnam. Hoang Su Phi - Tung San – Hop Nhat (B; L; D)
Breakfast and depart at 08.30 am. Walk along the upstream of the Chay River 5 km to Tan Tien, and then follow a foot path winding on mountain side of the Tay Con Linh mountain range gradually uphill for the whole days. Passing and paying visit to villages of the Nung and Zao ethnic peoples. The trek today also offers magnificent scenery of the Tung San Valley which runs from the foot of Tay Con Linh Mountain to the Chay River. Arrive to Hop Nhat village of the Tung San Commune in mid afternoon, explore the village, meeting the Zao Ao Dai(Zao with long dress) and especially contacting the Co Lao peoples, one of the smallest group with only about 1500 individual in Vietnam. Dinner and home stay in a house of a Zao Ao Dai family, Ho Nhat Village.
Day 8: Tung san - Dan Khao - Cao Banh (B; L; D)
Leaving home stay at 08.30 am. Trekking 3 hours a midst perfect nature surrounding uphill to the pass-top. Lunch break at a narrow passage called Heaven Gate. Descending for the whole afternoon along a larger path, passing through tea plantation and hamlets of the Dan Khao Vilalges where the H’mong and Zao live on highest elevation and the Nung and Tay live on the low land. Arrive to home stay at Cao Banh Village of the Black Zao peoples at about 4. Walk around for contacting locals.
Trek Ha Giang Vietnam
Day 1: Hanoi - Quang Binh (L, D)
Departure from Hanoi by local bus, 4WD, or private vehicle to Ha Giang. Lunch on the way. Arrival in the afternoon in Quang Binh, Bamboo rafting is here to have a gentle and relaxing ride along the Silver River , this takes you through a few Tribal Villages where you can stop to chat. If it is particularly hot there, you can swim in the Bac (Silver) River. Very pleasant and giving you a feeling of being completely at one with your surroundings, and being in times past. Dinner and overnight in Quang Binh - either the government guest house (Government run... with A/C) or a home stay with a local family. At present that is the only choice of accommodation available. More plans are being made to provide Quang Binh with other alternatives.
Day 2: Trek Ha Giang Vietnam Quang Binh - Yen Binh - Tien Nguyen (B, L, D)
After breakfast, a car or motorbike will take you to the start of the trek. 5 hours trekking up and down the mountain views, valley. We will have a picnic lunch provided by the guide and porter. And continue on.... O/N with the Tay people.
Day 3: Tien Nguyen - Nam Khoa (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will start by more than 4hours trekking, passing the rice terraces and visiting the villagers, here you can participate in the cooking of a local meal with your guide and Family... O/N with the Red Dzao.
Day 4: Trek North Vietnam. Nam Khoa - Nam Son (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we begin with 5.30 hours trekking: Today you will pass nicer rice terraces. This is a great opportunity for photos to be taken, ethnic groups meeting. The local dress of Dzao people is quite different to other ethnic costumes. Lunch during the trek and then back to. O/N in Dzao Ao Dai Village (This means: Long dress Dzao people)
Day 5: Nam Son - Suoi Thau (B, L, D)
After a healthy breakfast, we depart for a hard 7 hours trekking: magnificent view, meeting local people... O/N in Dzao Ao Dai (Long dress Dao people)
Day 6: Trek North Vietnam Suoi Thau - Hoang Su Phi (B, L, D)
After breakfast, 4hours trekking to Hoang Su Phi. Free time for veiwing the tower and surroundings, then depart again to dinner and O/N in Hoang Su Phi in a guesthouse.
Day 7: Hoang Su Phi - Hanoi (B, L)
Breakfast, Then we'll visit the local markets and then depart back to Hanoi
Monday, January 7, 2013
Day 1: North Vietnam Motorcycle Tours. Hanoi – Vu Linh (180 km ~7 h). L, D
Easy drive to on the sealed road to Thac Ba Lake and follow the little road to Vu Linh. Vu Linh is a Dzao village by the side of the lake, very friendly people and the welcome is exceptional.
Day 2: Vu Linh – Ha Giang (180 km ~ 6 h). B, L, D
After breakfast, ride along the Thac Ba lake on a small road lined by palm trees and scenic mountain views to join the main road heading up to Ha Giang where we stop for the night and apply for a permit..
Day 3: Ha Giang motorcycle tour to Dong Van (180 km - 6h). B, L, D
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 live in the rocks. When we reach town we will have some extra time to wonder the ancient streets lined with H’mong homes of clay bricks and tiles roofs built centuries ago.
Day 4: Dong Van – Bao Lac (80 km - 4 h). B, L, D
The road is 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.
We cross the wild regions of the mythical province of Ha Giang. 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 5: North Vietnam Motorcycle Tours. Bao Lac – Cao Bang (150 km - 5 h). B, L, D
Beautiful ride down to 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. All together, stop for drinks and food it should be an 8-hour journey. Stay in a hotel.
Day 6: Cao Bang motorcycle tour to Quang Uyen (140 km - 5 min). B, L, D
Ride in 1 hour and half to reach the beautiful village of Quang Uyen, in the middle of a mountain cirque. This is the territory of Nung An people. Home stay in 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. Weather permitting we can swim right up to where the 50m high falls hit the river.
Day 7: North Vietnam Motorcycle Tours. Quang Uyen – Lang Son (180 km - 6 h). B, L, D
Ride from Quang Uyen to Lang Son on the famous historical Highway 4. We will have time to discover this city which has become a big trading post between China and Vietnam. You can shop for cheap Chinese products at the nearby Dong Kinh market.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 8: Lang Son – Hanoi (150 km - 3 h). B, L
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 7 long riding days. Arrival at Hanoi around 3pm.
Day 1: North Vietnam Motorcycle Tours. Ride Ha Noi – Yen Bai (200k)
After breakfast, we take a taxi to get to the starting point at the outskirt of Hanoi, from here you take the bikes and start your first day ride to Yen Bai, leaving Hanoi and breaking out of the delta plains, we pass through endless limestone karst scenery as we travel south through “Thay Pagoda”, country and extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads. Arrive in Yen Bai in late afternoon, overnight at hotel Song Hong, 2 stars standard. Dinner in town.
Day 2. Yen Bai motorcycle tours – Nghia Lo – Tu Le – Mu Cang Chai (200km)
We head up today into a forested and high mountain region populated by H’mong people, We will hike up a very high moutain pass before descending into a mountainous tea-growing region. Soon after we follow a long valley floor covered in a sea of rice surrounded by Hmong and Thai’s villages all the way to Mu Cang Chai. Overnight in Suoi Mo Hotel, a standard Hotel, Dinner in town.
Day 3. North Vietnam Motorcycle Tours. Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen – Sa Pa (150km)
Today we head straight towards the main Fansipan Mountain range. The massive mountain range dominates the road until finally we must make a splendid climb up from Binh Lu and up to the top of the highest road pass in Vietnam (Tram Ton Pass). Crossing into Lao Cai Province at over 2000m the views looks out over the main range for miles and miles, before we descend to the mountainous Sa Pa valley. Sleep in Hoang Long Hotel, a standard hotel.
Day 4. Sapa motorbike tours – Bac Ha – Pho Rang (150km)
We start from Sapa and ride to Lao Cai, a short stop to visit the Chiness border. Lunch on route then continue to Pho Rang, Sleep in Guest House, dinner in town.
Day 5. Pho Rang – Ha Giang (150km)
Beautiful ride today by taking a small road, during your ride, you will have chances to visit many roadside ethnic villages and markets. Lunch in Viet Quang. Continue to Ha Giang for overnight. Huy Hoan Hotel, 2 stars standard, good dinner in town.
Day 6. Ha Giang motorbike tours – Dong Van (150km)
Today ride must be highlights of the trip, as we will visit one of the most remote land in Vietnam where are special with many ethnic groups with their unique cultures and imposing mountains – the “Heaven Gate” in Quan Ba, Rock Plateau and the Vuong palace in Dong Van. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 7. North Vietnam Motorcycle Tours. Dong Van – Meo Vac (120km including side trips)
After breakfast, We leave to Meo Vac. The scenic route climbs over a pass, and then we descend down to Meo Vac valley, a beautiful valley situated very close to Chinese border. We take time to climb over the Ma Pi Leng Pass where we can enjoy beautiful mountain ranges and the the Nho Que river - Just an amazing place to be - the heaven on earth while passing on the Happy road, Night at Hoa Cuong Hotel, 2 stars standard. Dinner in town.
Day 8. Meo Vac – Cao Bang (200km)
Continue your trip to CaoBang with many stop over on the way: visit village and meet Tay and Dzao people, taking photos, rural market.
Arrive at CaoBang. Free time.Overnight at Thanh Loan Hotel, 3 stars standard, dinner in town.
Day 9. Cao Bang – Ba Be Lake (150km ) (Boat trip on Ba Be Lake)
Today we continue to Babe lake & national park where the landscape is amazing and the homestay is another unique experience. Upon your arrival, you are free at leisure to do the boat trip or walk to explore the village of the Tay people. Overnight in homestay of a Tay family.
Day 10. Ba Be – Thai Nguyen – Hanoi (250km)
Staying off the main road for as long as possible we head back towards the Red River Delta, passing through areas inhabited by Hmong, Dao, Tay and Nung minority peoples. A mixture of both challenging track and glorious sealed road all the way back to Hanoi. Tour ends.
North West Vietnam Motorcycle Tours Ride Hanoi Yen Bai Bac Ha Ha Giang Ba Be 7 days
Day 1: Hanoi motorcycle tours to Vu Linh ~180 km
You will be picked up at your hotel in Hanoi, then start the trip to Thac Ba Lake which has an area of 23,400 ha and 1,331 islands and hills with diverse ecological environments. The water in the lake is blue and clear, and imprinted with the reflections of the surrounding ancient forest. On arrival to Vu Linh ethnic village of Dao minority by the side of the lake, it is your time to do leisure walk to explore this beautiful village and people life. Overnight in homestay
Day 2: Vu Linh – Bac Ha ~ 180 km
Beautiful ride today along Thac Ba lake, during your way, you will have chances to visit many roadside ethnic villages and markets. Continue to Bac Ha for overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 3: Bac Ha motorcycle tours to Ha Giang ~ 200 km
This morning, visit lively and colorfull market in Bac Ha, is open only on Sunday morning before we continue our trip to Ha Giang via Xin Ma and Hoang Su Phi. The road is very beautiful with many curves. Overnight in Ha Giang.
Day 4: Ha Giang – Dong Van ~ 145 km
Today ride must be highlights of the trip as we will visit one of the most remote land in Vietnam where are special with many ethnic groups with their unique cultures and imposing mountains – the “Heaven Gate” in Quan Ba, Rock Plateau and the Vuong palace in Dong Van. Tonight, we stay in a hotel.
Day 5: Dong Van – Bao Lac ~ 100 km
After the breakfast, let spend your time to visit Dong Van old street and if it falls on Sunday, you will have great opportunity to visit the weekly maket of Dong Van where gathers many ethnic groups and their local products. The market is like a festival for the local to enjoy the time with friends, talking, drinking…Continue to Bao Lac via Meo Vac and the highlight will be the conquering the Ma Pi Leng pass. Upon arrival, check in and stay in a guesthouse in Bao Lac.
Day 6: Bao Lac – Ba Be National Park ~ 150 km
Today we continue to Babe lake & national park where the landscape is amazing and the homestay is another unique experience. Upon your arrival, you are free at leisure to do the boat trip (own expense) or walk to explore the village of the Tay people. Overnight in homestay of a Tay family.
Day 7: Ba Be Lake motorcycle tours to Hanoi ~ 230 km
This morning, ride back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi around late afternoon. Tour finished
Day 1: Hanoi motorcycle tour to Phu Yen (180km - 5 hr )
Meeting at your hotel then take a taxi to get to the starting point at the outskirt of Hanoi, from here you take the bikes and start your first day ride to Phu Yen.
Leaving Hanoi and breaking out of the delta plains, we pass through endless limestone karts scenery as we travel up to the Northwestern region, the extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads. Arrive in Phu Yen in late afternoon, Dinner and night at guesthouse.
Day 2: North Vietnam motorcycle tours. Phu yen – Than Uyen ( 220 km - 6hr ride)
We head up today into a forested and high mountain region populated by H’mong people, We will hike up a very high mountain pass before descending into a mountainous tea-growing region. Soon after we follow a long valley floor covered in a sea of rice surrounded by Hmong and Thai’s villages all the way to Than Uyen, Overnight in Phuong Nhung hotel, a standard hotel, Dinner in town.
Day 3: Than Uyen motorcycle tours to Sapa ( 120 km - 2hr )
Today we head straight towards the main Fansipan Mountain range. The massive mountain range dominates the road until Sapa. We will make a splendid climb up from Binh Lu to the top of the highest road pass in Vietnam (Tram Ton Pass). Crossing into Lao Cai Province at over 2000m, The view looks out over the main range for miles and miles. We arrive in Sapa around luch time. Check in hotel, lunch. In the afternoon, we take a visit to Lao Chai, Ta Van villages. Dinner in town, overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Sapa motorcycle tours to Ha Giang (240km - 5 hr)
We start from Sapa and ride to Lao Cai, a short stop to visit the Chinese border. Continue to Viet Quang by taking a small road. During your ride, you will have chances to visit many roadside ethnic villages and markets. Stop for lunch in Viet Quang. Arrive in Ha Giang in the afternoon, Dinner in town, overnight at hotel,
Day 5: Ha Giang motorcycle tours to Dong Van – Mèo Vac (180km - 6 hr)
Today’s ride must be highlights of the trip as we will visit one of the most remote land in Vietnam where are special with many ethnic groups with their unique cultures and imposing mountains – the “Heaven Gate” in Quan Ba, Rock Plateau and the Vuong palace in Dong Van. Ma Pi Leng Pass Arrive in Meo vac in the late afternoon..
Day 6: Meo Vac - Ba Be (180km -6 hr)
After breakfast, We leave Meo Vac for Ba Be. The scenic route climbs over many Passes where we can enjoy beautiful mountain ranges and the Nho Que river - Just an amazing place to, Lunch in a local restaurant in Bao Lac, After 30 km riding on paved road after Bao Lac, we will take a small beautiful trail going thought the jungle, we ride across many streams and river, a great day for off-road ride. Continue to Babe lake where the landscape is amazing and the home stay is another unique experience. Dinner and overnight in home stay of a Tay family.
Day 7: Visit Ba Be
After visiting a local market (if on the market day), we will load the bikes on boat and start a boat trip to discover the beautiful lake and its National park. Stop for a pich-nich lunch in a cave. Right after the cave we will unload the bikes from the boat and take a ride to Don Den pass, visite the Vang village near by a water fall. Return to our village where we will have 2th night with the family. Home-stay in the Tay village..
Day 8: Ba Be Lake – Hanoi (240km - 7 hr ride)
Staying off the main road for as long as possible we head back towards the Red River Delta, passing through areas inhabited by Hmong, Dao, Tay and Nung minority peoples. A mixture of both challenging track and glorious sealed road all the way back to Hanoi.. Tour ends.
Day 1: Overnight train to Lao Cai
You will be met up with our guide at your hotel in Hanoi and transferred to Hanoi station for overnight train to Lao Cai.
Day 2: North Vietnam Bike Tour. Lao Cai – Bac Ha
You will be greeted by our team at Laocai station and transferred to a local restaurant for breakfast. Enjoy a full day cycle from Laocai to Bac ha with stops en route for visiting local tribal villages.
Day 3: Vietnam Mountain Biking. Cycle Bac Ha – Xin Man
We will bike across one of the most remote parts of northern Vietnam. At first we tackle a steady climb of 6km on good paved road but then turn into short section of jeep track. After around 3-hr riding we will have a picnic lunch wherever we find good for that. After lunch we continue riding to Xin Man, a small and busy town near Chinese border. Xin Man is around 75 km from Bac Ha and the biking in the afternoon is not less challenging than the one in the morning. We will climb for the first hour or so up to a plateau at 2500m, where we have fantastic view before hitting rough paved road for a steady descent into Xin Man. During the biking we will have regular stop for break, snack and taking photo. Dinner and overnight in hote.
Day 4: North Vietnam Bike Tour. Xin Man – Hoang Shu Phi – Ha Giang
Today we take a gentle ride covering 90km from Xin Man to Viet Quang Town. The ride takes us down to a bridge over the main river and for the next 40km we ride along a quiet road that gently climbs and follows the river upstream to Hoang Shu Phi, a quiet town at 1000m. Have a break in town for snack and refreshment then continue with downhill quiet road 60km to Viet Quang. We will have a late light lunch in Viet Quang Town then take a bus transfer to Ha Giang Town, the capital of Ha Giang Province which is the final frontier in northern Vietnam, a lunar landscape of limestone pinnacles and granite outcrops. Dinner and overnight in Ha Giang Town
Day 5: Vietnam Mountain Biking.Ha Giang – Bac Me – Bao Lac
Today the ride is mostly road based. At first we tackle 12 km climbs and then it is an undulating, idyllic route through friendly villages and paddy fields, surrounded by jagged limestone hills. Around noon time we will reach Bac Me Town where we will have lunch in local restaurant. After lunch we will continue riding to Bao Lac. The long and gentle section in the afternoon can be done partly by biking and partly by driving. We may ride around 35km on quiet road then take a drive to Bao Lac Town where we stay overnight in a simple guest house. Dinner in town.
Day 6: Vietnam Mountain Biking.Bao Lac – Tinh Tuc – Ba Be Lake
Having a relaxing breakfast and then we leave the town around 9am. Today we will enjoy the last ride of our trip. We start with a climb 6km, followed by an undulating quiet road though scenic villages. We will have snack break on the way and have late light lunch in the small town of Nguyen Binh. After the lunch we will take a relaxing drive to Ba Be National Park. We will stay overnight in the beautiful village of Pac Ngoi, which is home to Tay people who live on Ba Be Lake in stilt house. Our hosts will cook us a great dinner and we will have a great time talking with the friendly hosts.
Day 7: North Vietnam Bike Tour. Ba Be Lake – Cho Ra – Hanoi
After the breakfast we say goodbye to the hosts and take a short walk through the village. We will board a long boat for a fantastic boat trip on the stunning Ba Be Lake. This lake is one of the country’s largest natural lake, surrounded by limestone cliffs, waterfall, caves and an abundance of wildlife. The interesting boat trip lasts around 1.5hr and we will ride along the Nang River to reach Cho Ra Town. Drive 5hr back to Hanoi with a lunch stop on the way. We arrive in Hanoi about late afternoon.