Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Giang (App 300 km,)
Today, drive from Hanoi to Ha Giang via Tuyen Quang town. Plenty of opportunities to stop on the road to photograph Vietnam’s green rice paddies. Stop on the road to visit Pa Then or La Chi minority people. Check-in to home stays to enjoy the local hospitality.
Day 2: Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh (App 70km,)
Today, with a normal distance drive we will soon be enjoying the wonderful sightseeing of this vast limestone mountain range and perpendicular walls of rock, which brings one a feeling of adventure whilst being lost in a magic land, passing the Heaven Gate, meeting some minority people along the way, then onto Quan Ba town for our lunch. In the afternoon, we continue our wonderful drive to Yen Minh. Have your camera ready today since we will be hitting the Heaven – more beautiful places, here we are surrounded by many rocks of all shapes and sizes, with chances to see and even visit the traditional houses of the hill tribes. Arrive in Yen Minh town. Check in at hotel/guest house. Dinner and stay overnight here.
Day 3: Yen Minh – Meo Vac – Dong Van (App 100km,)
After breakfast, we leave Yen Minh 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 the Chinese border. We have lunch in Meo Vac then we take the time to climb over the Ma Pi Leng Pass where we can see and enjoy beautiful mountain ranges and the Nho Que river – just an amazing place to be! We keep hitting the zigzag roads to Dong Van. Visiting these remote areas, we will witness how hard the locals struggle with their environment for survival and development. In the town we stay, we will get the chance to visit the ancient streets with old houses of the H’mong made of clay bricks and tile roofs, built in centuries ago. Sleep in Dong Van town.
Day 4: Dong Van – Yen Minh – Quan Ba – Ha Giang (App 150 km,)
A leisurely drive from Dong Van, back to Yen Minh & Quan Ba, this day will make your itinerary a good pace, not in a rush. We will visit the famous Vuong Palace, an H´mong family of high rank during French colonial rule – this palace attracts keen interest from architecturally minded visitors due to its mixed style of European and Chinese architecture. We then hit the road back to Quan Ba and down hill to Ha Giang for the night. Note: Quan Ba Sunday market is worth a visit!
Day 5: Ha Giang – Hoang Sun Phi – Bac Ha (App 209km,)
A long ride but stunning scenery along the zigzag road from Ha Giang to Bac Ha will make today a little busier, some parts of the road might be difficult to travel so we make sure that we depart this day early from Ha Giang to arrive in Bac Ha in time before dark. Dinner and overnight in town. Note Road from Ha Giang to Hoang Sun Phi then Xin Man – Bac Ha can be bad and impossible to ride during the raining season, however, a backup to travel to Bac Ha is already planned.
Day 6: Bac Ha – Sapa (App 120km,)
We have this morning free in Bac Ha to visit around (if we are lucky on Sunday for the market, one of the most beautiful markets in Vietnam). Afternoon 3 hours drive to get to Sapa. Free time to visit this tourist town and overnight in town.
Day 7: Explore around Sapa, come back to Hanoi.
Free to explore Sapa and Lao Cai then back to Hanoi.
Hanoi Easy Rider to Ha Giang – Bac Ha – Sa Pa