Ha Giang Highlands Explorer: True North Motorcycle Tour
This travel experience is meticulously tailored for those yearning to discover the unadulterated essence of Ha Giang. We'll veer off the well-trodden tourist path, leading you on an expedition through remote and untamed byways, where you'll engage with indigenous communities, immerse yourself in awe-inspiring landscapes, and partake in thrilling adventures. While the following itinerary offers a general overview of our route and activities, it's our commitment to understanding YOUR preferences and desires that truly distinguishes this expedition. Your individual journey is our foremost priority!
- Depart from Noi Bai airport or Hanoi Old Quarter via D-car limousine with business-class style seating and USB charging ports.
- A restroom and food stop is scheduled at the halfway point, so consider bringing snacks or having a meal before the journey.
- Upon arrival at the base in Ha Giang city, you'll receive information from our staff about the following day's activities.
- Depending on the season and time of arrival, you can enjoy a campfire or the swimming pool.
- The location offers a menu of local and Western comfort food and a fully stocked bar overlooking the Lo River, providing a great opportunity to socialize with fellow travelers.
Hanoi - Ha Giang - Ban An - village - Ma Pi Leng canyon - Lung Cu - Nam Dam village
Start your day with an early breakfast in the restaurant area.
Your guides will introduce themselves and provide essential information regarding safety, cultural etiquette, the tour itinerary, and what to bring. Waiver forms will be distributed to all guests for signing before departure.
Once everyone is packed and ready, those riding bikes will be acquainted with their motorcycles and given instructions on their safe operation. Competency tests will be conducted to ensure your capability for the trip's duration.
Our first destination is the charming spring-fed village of Du Gia. We'll take the newly opened road, constructed to serve the hydro dams along the Lo River. The scenery will continually leave you in awe.
Traveling on roads with minimal tourist traffic, we'll make frequent stops for local interactions, photo opportunities, and visits to local markets (subject to the day's schedule). Lunch will be served at a small family-run restaurant in Du Gia village.
At the end of the day, we'll reach the quiet and picturesque Ban An village, home to the Tay ethnic tribe. Upon arrival, you can unpack, relax with a cold beer, and explore the village or take a refreshing dip in the natural spring located nearby.
Accommodation and amenities in Ban An are very basic, providing you with a genuine insight into the daily life of these hill tribes.
Dinner will be prepared over an open fire and shared with the local family at the homestay.
Begin your day with an early breakfast, setting the stage for a day filled with adventure.
Embark on a quick river adventure by bamboo raft to explore the cave system that provides water to the surrounding areas. This offers an excellent opportunity for a refreshing morning swim.
By mid-morning, you'll return to the road and continue your journey through breathtaking landscapes, accompanied by numerous photo opportunities. This region is renowned for its terraced rice paddies and is inhabited by the Nung and Red Dao ethnic groups.
Enjoy a delicious local spread for lunch upon reaching the town of Meo Vac.
After lunch, you'll continue north to a section of the Ha Giang Loop that has gained significant recognition – the Ma Pi Leng Pass. While it may attract tourists, its reputation is well-deserved. This pass is South East Asia's deepest gorge, providing surreal scenery and a perfect spot for a coffee break on the cliffside.
Onward to Vietnam's northernmost frontier and the border region with China, you'll pass through areas with rocky outcrops that scientists have identified as evidence of tectonic plate shifts. Fossils dating back to the Jurassic era have been discovered in this area.
Your night will be spent in a homestay, supporting a LoLo Hill tribe family in the township of Lung Cu. You'll enjoy another local culinary experience at the homestay.
Return to Ha Giang - From Lung Cu to Ha Giang (140KM)
Start your day with a hearty breakfast and prepare to visit one of Vietnam's most iconic flagpoles.
Afterward, begin your journey back toward Ha Giang city.
Heading southwest, you'll follow the border area, with a stop to explore the ancient King's palace, now open to the public. This is a fascinating historical site.
For lunch, you'll visit the township of Yen Minh and dine at one of the oldest continuously operating restaurants in all of Ha Giang. Expect a great culinary experience.
Your route will take you through several more breathtaking mountain passes as you make your way back to Ha Giang, passing villages where the hillsides are covered in hemp crops.
Your evening will be spent with the Red Dao tribe, known for their traditional medicine. Here, you can take the opportunity for an herbal bath and a relaxing massage before hitting the road again the next day.
Nam Dam Village - Ha Giang Town (60KM)
Start your day early to catch the sunrise, offering a surreal experience with the sun rising above China in the distance.
After enjoying a coffee and packing up, you'll retrace your route through the villages and head back to Ha Giang.
Typically, you'll return to Ha Giang at around 3:30pm. For those departing for Hanoi on the same day, you'll have time for a shower and a meal before the bus picks you up from our home base.
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