Ha Giang Loop

North Vietnam
7 Days | 6 Nights

Estimate as of January 2021 for a group of 2 Riders. For an accurate quotation, please contact us.


Overview

We begin with an early start to the beautiful island of Cat Ba, this 7-day ride takes you through some of the most beautiful stretches of roads in Northern Vietnam. Enjoy the gorgeous views along the long and windy mountain passes, up to Lang Son, one of Vietnam’s most northern cities. Follow the twisty turns down to Cao Bang, a city which boasts some breath-taking views, as well as a peak into China from the Ban Gioc waterfalls. The road to Bao Lac runs almost parallel to the Chinese border – take your time to stop and enjoy the panoramic views from the soaring mountain roads.

Coming back down through Ha Giang to Hanoi, the scenery is simply awe inspiring with its mountain ranges, valleys and rivers. The tour ends in the capital city of Hanoi, with plenty of cultural, historical and architectural attractions for the curious traveller.

Highlights

  • Explore the many caves and caverns on the islands of Cat Ba, including the famous ‘Hospital Cave’
  • Marvel at the stunning Ban Gioc waterfalls in Cao Bang
  • Walk along the skypath of the Ma Pi Leng Pass in Ha Giang

Summary

  • Start and End point: Hanoi
  • Possibility to ride pillion (behind driver)
  • Mileage: 1,220 kilometers
  • Daily Rides: 100 – 300 kilometers
  • Difficulty Level: Windy roads, very short switchbacks and road quality is not good. 6-7 hour daily ride at low speeds.
  • Accommodation will be a mix of ethnic minority homestay and hotel (choice of doing all nights in homestay)
  • Best season/months: November (24-10C) – March (18C)

Price Includes

  • English-speaking Tour Leader
  • Bike shipping to and from Hanoi
  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Gasoline
  • Accommodations in selected homestays/hotels
  • Meals: 7 breakfast, 7 lunch, 6 dinners
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Admission to Points of Interest

Price Excludes

  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Helmet / Protection Gear
  • Alcoholic beverages if not served on behalf of homestay
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities and Tips

Itinerary Breakdown

As you head north, passing through one amazing valley after another, the rugged beauty of Vietnam is just beginning. Some low key hills to climb, and a mellow curvy road to follow as you make your way toward the border of Vietnam and China. At the end of the day, we have found a wonderful Stone Village Homestay to enjoy, a village of one of the many Minority People of Vietnam. Drop off your gear and time to check out a beautiful waterfall, just a couple of KM’s down the road, wander through the market that leads to the falls, pick up one of the handcrafted wares as a memento or gift then onto just soaking up the beauty of the town. After leaving the falls, climb up the hill to a viewpoint that provides a stunning view of the valley below.

So this is one of the Game Days we have in store for you, a nice jaunt to start the day then the fun begins as we take you on some truly off the beaten path roads. Narrow, windy, a little beaten up but you will know that you are on a unique journey as you find your way up, over and around some amazing valleys, with not one but two sets of switchbacks that seem to go on forever. The little villages you pass as you travel, with their roadside coffee shops and food stalls with their ruggedly authentic character, this is a different Vietnam than what you might have expected but also so much more.

You will need a chinstrap for all the jaw-dropping sights this day. You are all done with the hills , it’s time to hit the mountains! Up and up you go to a high mountain plateau to wander along a valley floor to then climb again. The ride along the mountain’s edge with a drop on the one side of you and a mountain wall on the other is a sheer delight as much as it’ll get your blood going!. A stop at the Sky Garden is a must to soak up the spectacular view while you enjoy a cool bevy with a mountain breeze. The H’mong villages that dot the area are distinct in their beauty and a pleasure to experience. There are too many sights to list all that you will enjoy, but all will leave you breathless.

There is always another hill to climb as you leave the Mountaintop. As you leave the far North, the stunning beauty of the North just keeps coming at you. Making your way down the mountain walls, reaching the valley floor as you ride towards the next city, the winding road that follows the river provides a stark contrast to the mountain vistas from the last couple of day’s riding. So different yet still stunning in its simple beauty, seeing the sunlight play on the mountain’s edge and river surface can give you sights like nowhere else in Vietnam.

Time to check out a special city, with its mountain passes and narrow winding valleys to explore with their terraced rice fields, there is much to see and experience. Grab yourself a couple of Banh Mi’s and a drink and off you go Exploring!

A bit of an early start to your last day, this is not a simple straight shot south, your journey exploring Vietnam’s North is not done yet! As you travel south, and experience the transitions to the lowlands, you can see the diversity that is Vietnam. The amazing sights of beautiful Vietnam never stops until you do.

You will require at least one large (70L) duffel bag to transport your riding gear. Which you will then wear. You will also need a smaller (40L) pack to transport your personal items. ART will be supplying a 40L North Face dry backpack that will mount on the luggage racks of your bike.(China Eastern allows 2 pieces of checked baggage free of charge)
Dry bags or dry duffels are recommended. Some bikes will be outfitted with Givi hard/waterproof/detachable saddlebags for convenient transport of roughly 15kg of on board cargo capacity. For most persons this is more than enough. ART will offer storage of any excess baggage not deemed necessary for your tour.

We recommend getting a local SIM while travelling in Vietnam; they are affordable, USD $10 per month gets you unlimited data and calls.

There are several carriers to choose from Viettel, Mobiphone and Vinaphone are the most popular. You will need to show your passport in order to purchase a SIM, although there are services at the airport that waive this step. A.R.T recommends Viettel as having the most coverage.

Don’t forget to unlock your phone prior to leaving your home country. Cell phones in general are affordable in Vietnam.

  • Google Maps
  • Maps.me (Google maps alternative, provides offline maps)
  • Currency Converter (XE Converter)
  • Google Translate
  • Skype – Calls, messaging
  • WhatsApp – Calls, messaging
  • Messenger
  • Instagram
  • Rever – Motorcycle Maps, GPS, Navigation Planner
  • Geo Tracker – GPS Tracker for distance travel
  • Viber – Calls, messaging

We recommend no more than 15kg of gear. Your guides will carry most of the safety equipment, personal items should easily come in under that weight. We will provide storage for extra gear at A.R.T base of operations.

If you’re planning a one-way trip, please contact us in advance, shipping can be arranged.

Each tour has it’s dynamic and flexibility is what we strive for. If unforeseen circumstances arise, we will discuss our options and bring them to the group. Every circumstance is different and has a solution.

Anything is possible.

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