Remote - Far North East
The redspokes tour of North East Vietnam offers challenging cycling through a stunning unexplored area. From Vietnam's buzzing capital, Hanoi, we journey to the remote undiscovered Hà Giang region. Beginning in Lao Cai, the border city to China we cycle through a topography of hilly hairpin bends, slopes, ridges, valleys and limestone karsts; the outstanding natural beauty will take your breath away.
Hà Giang is a mountainous region and one of the poorest provinces of Vietnam with a largely agricultural economy although much of the terrain is too precipitous to farm, covered by forest with dense undergrowth and tumbling streams, waterfalls and pools.
Ethnic Vietnamese, H'Mông, Tày, Dao, Mán, Nùng, Giấy, Lô Lô and Thổ communities populate the area and continue a vibrant, traditional tribal culture; the majority still practice ancestor and spirit worship Travel around the province can be difficult so we will encounter little in the way of traffic.
We visit Bac Ha the largest town in Lao Cai Province and cycle some of the regions remotest border areas up to Hoang Su Phi - the 'Heaven Gate' pass, with a rest day in Ha Giang market town where dramatic limestone out karsts soar above the town. We continue over the rocky Dong Van plateau: a registered UNESCO Global Geopark, to Meo Vac. Our route here along the Ma Pi Leng Pass is a winding, undulating road that clings precariously to the mountain with dramatic views of the Nho Que River below and theatrical natural acoustics. Most of the tribes living here have preserved their way of life from outside influence as travelling to Meo Vac was, until recently, almost impossible. Our cycling ends with a tough day through picturesque valley to Nguyen Binh, a beautiful and dramatic end to our journey. We will transfer from here back to Hanoi.
Our 15 day Vietnam tour includes a 2 day visit to Ha Long Bay.
Following 2 weeks of bicycle touring this is a rewarding and unforgettable end to your Vietnam cycling holiday: A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ha Long Bay's exceptional mystical beauty and its biological diversity have led to it being described as the eighth wonder of the world. A unique and outstanding seascape featuring thousands of limestone karsts and isles rises out of emerald green seas. The evolution of the Karst in the bay has occurred over 20 million years of tropical climate. Whilst research has shown the presence of prehistoric humans tens of thousands of years ago, most of the islands are uninhabited and rich with numerous species of flora and fauna.
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- Hanoi: Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
- Dong Van: UNESCO Geopark Dong Van plateau.
- Ha Giang Province: the old Silk Rd.
- Heaven Gate 2 Mountain pass: ‘on top of the world’.
- Meo Vac: White Hmong, Tay, Lo Lo minorities.
- Ha Long Bay: marine limestone 'karst' landscape.
This map is for illustration purposes only and may not show the exact route taken on this tour.