Ha Giang Loop Bike Tours – 9 Unforgettable Days
The Ha Giang Loop bike tours are one of the best road journeys in Southeast Asia generally and in Vietnam particularly. They take bikers through some of the isolated areas of Vietnam, tribal villages, ethnic settlements, arid valleys, limestone cliffs, high mountains, flowing waterfalls, dirt roads, and happy faces.
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9-Day Itinerary for the Ha Giang Loop Bike Tours
I’m ready to reveal all of the details of my cycling trip to Vietnam’s hidden beauty. This is a thorough Ha Giang itinerary that will help you discover this intriguing location in nine enchanted days.
Day 1: Hanoi Bike Tour: 35km
In addition to being the capital and one of the largest cities in Vietnam, Hanoi serves as a popular beginning or finishing place for tourists and travelers alike.
Walking down beautiful tree-lined streets past deteriorating colonial facades transports you backward. But there is much more in Hanoi now than just the history. Modern cafes, top-notch eateries, and hip art galleries bring new life to the historic capital.
After checking in and going over the itinerary with the group upon our arrival in Hanoi, we went out for a welcome supper at a nearby restaurant.
Day 2: Hanoi – Tuyen Quang – Ha Giang Bike Trip: 125km
Our shuttle bus transported us two hours to the cycling spot on the second day. My buddies and I dismounted at the starting point at nine in the morning, beginning the most memorable nine days of my life.
Rode along the picturesque route to Son Duong town via charming towns and breathtaking farmlands; we stopped for lunch.
After lunch, we got on our bikes and rode over beautiful terrain and tarmac on the Tuyen Quang cycling trip, where we pulled off onto National Road No.2 to reach Vi Xuyen Town.
About 5 PM, we arrived at Ha Giang. Then, we had a light dinner and were free to sleep, chill out, and enjoy the natural beauty that even the locals knew.
Day 3: Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh Biking Tour: 93km
After a nice night’s rest, we felt refreshed and ready to begin the experience on day three.
Today’s highlights included Bac Sum Pass, the expansive views of Heaven’s Gate, the Fairy Mountains, Twin Hills, and Gam River. We passed through corn fields and banana groves along the way and had a chance to admire the spectacular view of the valley at the top of the pass.
Because the path was such a high height, we just cycled slowly and enjoyed the beauty. I had the time of my life there and witnessed one-of-a-kind moments that I could never forget.
After a great riding day, we were greeted at the homestay, where we enjoyed the kindness, hospitality, and endless portions of delectable food of the Chinese tribes.
Day 4: Yen Minh Bike Tour – Lung Cu – Dong Van Cycle Trip: 87km
The Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark was the first item on our Ha Giang to-do list for the day. Then, we made a pit stop to see and tour the Hmong King Palace and Lung Cu Flagpole – recognizable landmarks that stand for Vietnam’s northernmost region.
We had to take another minor detour off course to get to this monument. The roads were a little dangerous; however, the rough routes often led to beautiful destinations, which was true in this case.
As we pedaled, the sunshine caressed us with a warm touch and went down. I felt like the sun had embraced me and rubbed my head, pouring a flow of freshness into my soul.
Day 5: Dong Van – Meo Vac – Mau Due – Du Gia Cycling Trip: 92km
The landscape at Ma Pi Leng Pass was undoubtedly the highlight of the Dong Van – Du Gia bike tour. We could see a modest tea house on the corner of a hairpin turn that circles one of the mountain peaks.
Some of the nicest views of the entire journey were had while we cycled alongside and around the Nho Que River.
We reached Meo Vac Town and then Mau Due – Lung Ho summit during the stretch. After that, we descended sharply into Du Gia. Passing through many little settlements encircled by rice terraces on our Du Gia village cycling trip, I felt as if I was going back in time.
Children walking to school (if they are fortunate) and girls and women carrying bulky bundles of hay, dry grass, and harvests on their backs, all gave me a flashback to the good old days.
Day 6: Du Gia – Bac Me – Ha Giang Cycling Tour: 70 km
It was the least thrilling day in our Ha Giang biking tour as we went through the final section with few stops.
After bidding our host farewell, we began our eager riding day from the village, heading off to bike steadily upward to the mountain for 10 km before descending to Minh Son and Minh Ngoc for a picnic lunch.
We arrived at the home of a local around 6 pm, where we were staying, exploring the Ha Giang, and there was delicious food with a local beer.
Day 7: Ha Giang Mountain Bike Tour – Tan Lap – Hoa Binh – Kim Linh –Ngoc Minh – Yen Hoa – Lam Binh Cycling Trip: 82km
After a filling breakfast in the hotel, we left the busy city and headed to the Lam Binh Eco Tourist Community. We rode along a lovely route via numerous villages.
After stopping for lunch along the way, we cycled down to Tuyen Quang Reserve Lake and continued searching for Khuon Ha Village, Thuong Lam Commune, where we had reserved an eco homestay.
The folk tunes, the costumes, the stilt home lifestyle, farming methods, and delectable food here all captivated us.
Day 8: Lam Binh Boat Trip – Na Hang – Ba Be Bike Tour: 65km
Day eight was the most fantastic day of our Ha Giang biking trip, and we began by spending half a day exploring a beautiful lake by boat in the morning.
After saying goodbye to the host, we started cycling from the homestay to the boat dock, where we embarked on our boat journey to enjoy the stunning landscape and clear lake water.
Then, we took a break along the journey to see the fascinating islets and stunning cascades. Following lunch, we pedaled the short distance to Ba Be Lake, where we spent the night.
Day 9: Ba Be – Hanoi Biking Trip: 90km/ 225km
On the final day of the Ha Giang loop bike tours, we were proud of our accomplishments and grateful for our experiences, yet our feelings were heavy because the journey was coming to an end.
Sadly, we packed up our belongings, had breakfast outside, and then headed out to use our remaining time discovering the lush tea farm, gum trees, palm leaves, and various ethnic communities in the villages.
In the afternoon, we returned to Hanoi, and our Ha Giang biking tour finished. Surely, we will come back for other Vietnam biking tours.
So that wraps up our experience and the itinerary of Ha Giang loop bike tours. Despite occasionally treacherous roads, this Vietnam bike tour was an unforgettable experience. Take your time cycling while admiring the stunning landscapes. Don’t forget to follow our blog to explore more about this charming country!
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