HANOI MOTORBIKE TOUR TO SON LA - YEN BAI AND NORTH-WEST
Day 1 - VIETNAM NORTH-CENTRE MOTORBIKE TOURS: Hanoi motorbike tour to Phu Yen (Son La)
Start our motorbike tour by leaving Hanoi on dyke roads to avoid the heavy traffic and breaking out of the delta plains. We motorcycle head out of Hanoi skirting along Red River to Son Tay and then ride through peaceful countryside to Phu Yen, a small mountain town in Son La Province, as a stop-over for a night. Stay in guest house
Distance: 160 km
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 - VIETNAM NORTH-CENTRE MOTORBIKE TOURS: Phu Yen motorbike tour to Vu Linh village (Thac Ba lake, Yen Bai)
In the morning, we motorcycle across Lung Lo pass before head up on Road 32. During the First Indochina War, the 15km-long Lung Lo Pass, used by the Vietnamese resistance force to transport weapons, goods and food during the Dien Bien Phu campaign of 1954, was heavily bombed by the French in order to sever the front lines from the rear. Lung Lo Pass, situated in the northern province of Yen Bai, was also recognised as a national heritage by the ministry.
Head up to Ba Khe T-junction, we continue on sealed road through renowned tea growing areas, where the hillsides are literally covered in plantations, all the way to the city of Yen Bai which sits on the Red River. From here it’s a short ride to the Thac Ba Lake, also formed by the construction of hydroelectricity dam in the 1970s. We keep riding to the Dao village of Vu Linh where we stay for the night, enjoying Dao hospitality.
We will have an unforgettable dinner with the hosts, whose are really big drinkers and they party every day. The welcome is exceptional and we hope you will survive. Overnight in homestay.
Distance: 180 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - VIETNAM NORTH-CENTRE MOTORBIKE TOURS: Thac Ba motorbike tour back Hanoi:
After breakfast we motorbike southeast on Highway 2 and then branch off to the sleepy town of Phu Tho. We follow the edge of the Red River along the dyke, almost to the point where it merges with the Black River after which they flow together to Hanoi.
By now we are very much in the lowlands of the delta plains and the north’s main agricultural areas. Harvest time here is a sea of activity. Crossing the Black River by bridge, we pass through Son Tay and then return to Hanoi on the highway. We should be back to Hanoi before rush-hour (4 pm) because traffic's getting busier and busier.
Distance: 180 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch