Motor bike tour to meet ethnic people
Hanoi – Camson– QuangUyen- Bangioc -
Baolac - Hagiang - Lucyen- Vulinh - Babe -
Duration: 10 days / 9
An insight in rural life of Vietnam, its varied ethnic
groups, isolated villages and hidden beauty await
Day 1 : Hanoi – Cam
Son Lake (~115km, ~4h)
Easy roads and tracks for a gentle first day,
perfect. The lake is still largely undiscovered by
tourists and we will find ourselves in tranquil
surroundings. For our first night together we will
stay in a small hotel 10km from the lake.
Day 2 : Cam Son Lake – Quang Uyen (~185km, ~6h)
Through Binh Gia or Lang Son, two itineraries
are possible depending on everyone's biking
experience and the weather. The landscapes are
punctuated by limestone karsts, as we pass through
Tay, Dao and Nung territories. The trip truly kicks off
as we ride in the wild. Homestay accommodation in Quang
Uyen is provided by our friends: the husband is Nung
ethnicity, and the wife is Tay.
Day 3 : Quang Uyen – Ban Gioc – Ha Lang – Quang
Uyen (~120km, ~5h)
Our luggage stays at the homestay. We start a ride full
of lightness through the scenery of Cao Bang
province, that resembles ancient Chinese engravings. We
ride a magical loop along the Sino-Vietnamese
border before spending a second night in Quang Uyen.
Day 4 : Quang Uyen – Bao Lac (~160km, ~7h)
100% Freewheelin’ style, we arrive early in Bao Lac, to
fix some paperwork. Then we prepare
for a special finish: 9km on a good track just
like we like: climbing all the way to the top. On
arrival at our Lo Lo friends’ place we will be met with
a warm welcome from all the village. This is certainly
the poorest of the villages we visit. We will run a
movie for all the inhabitants. Part of the profits
from the tour will be used to help a family
that can't afford the school fees for its
Day 5 : Bao Lac – Panhou (~190km, ~7h)
A « solid » stage, through stunning scenery, which ranks
among the wildest in North Vietnam. A comfortable
stop over at Panhou, the eco-resort of our
friends Michel and Lan Phuong. Traditional
ethnic baths and massages, and time to relax in the bar
and warm your feet by the open fire.
Day 6 : Panhou – Luc Yen (~100km, ~3h)
Easy road, beautiful landscapes, short stage... relax !
The evening will be spent in the house of our Red
Dao friends following a short trek through the jungle.
Day 7 : Luc Yen – Vu Linh (~80km, ~3h)
1st day of the Year of the Buffalo. Chuc Mung Nam Moi
!!! Celebration with all the neighbours.
« A little bit more ruou (rice wine) ?... No ?... Yes !
» No need to worry, the ride is easy, passing under
limestone karsts and palm trees that line the shores of
Thac Ba lake and its thousands of fjords. A warm welcome
in our eco-lodge. Fiesta...of course.
Day 8 : Vu Linh – Ba Be (~140km, ~6h)
Wild day, nice road and bumpy tracks, mixin' it up in
true Freewheelin' fashion. Once in Ba Be, we take a boat
to the Dau Dang waterfalls, the lake, the Gâm river and
Day 9 : Ba Be – Na Khan (~80km, ~3h)
Easy. If we can sleep in the house of our friend
Pirate, we cross the lake. If not, we start from
Pac Ngoi village. We have all day, no hurry. It's
good to take our time in the remote and friendly Ba Be
National Park. Na Khan is a Tay village where we stay in
the stilt house of Mister Lo and Madam Bong
who is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best cook in
Day 10 : 01/29/2009 : Na Khan – Hanoi (~160km, ~5h)
Quiet countryside roads through the tea plantations of
Thai Nguyen.Visit Museum of Ethnology in ThaiNguyen.
Arrival Hanoi. The trip concludes.
MAP OF THE TOUR
Trip Included :
1 motorcycle Minsk 125cc + third part insurance
Gas Equipment : helmet + waterproof saddle-bags
The most experienced guides and mechanics and the
A 16-place broom wagon + 4WD car (depending on number of
Gifts for families
Payment of expenses for families following us to Hanoi
All tickets and permits
not included :
Medical and repatriation insurance
All services not mentioned
Trip cost: in US$ and per person
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