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Motorbike Tour to Hoang Su Phi (Ha Giang)

It was the my last morning at Mu Cang Chai. I had got a wonderful adventure amid the mesmerizing rice terraces of this land. Today my motorbike adventure would continue on a road that I had not been to, though I had traveled to all destinations in the far-north of Vietnam several times.

Motorbike Tour to Mu Cang Chai

The rice festival had started in Mu Cang Chai and I still had quite a few things to complete at the office. Then it rained for a couple of days that my motorbike adventure to Mu Cang Chai was delayed further. Then came Wednesday that a typical autumn day returned to Hanoi and I felt ready to be on the road again.

Trekking The Forest of Mu Cang Chai - Part1

Having been to Mu Cang Chai quite a few times, on this trip I had thought I would have a relaxing holiday in this sleepy village a couple of days before venturing further into Vietnam's north-western mountains. It was autumn and the air was fresh and chilly in the early morning and late afternoon. it would be lovely strolling all day along the mountain trails amid peaceful and beautiful landscape…

Trekking The Forest of Mu Cang Chai - Part 2

I was not feeling tired, only a bit worried about the path ahead. The trail was much worse than A Sua's calculations. The path had been deserted for a long time and the forest had totally reclaimed most of it. We had to step on quite a few bridges each of which made out of a single tree trunk to cross a ravine or a stream. All of them were mossy and slippery, and some were rotten. A Sua had to slash the bushes all the time to make the path visible.

Trek Bach Moc Luong Tu Mountain - Part 2

I woke up again at 05:00 in the morning and went out for a walk in the front lawn. It was a magical dawn with amazing colors in the horizon. The mountains nearby were partially covered in clouds. The whole scenery was indescribable! It looked like it was going to be a sunny and beautiful day.

Trek Bach Moc Luong Tu Mountain - Part 1

It had been raining in Lao Cai for over three weeks in a row and my adventure to Bach Moc Luong Tu Mountain was delayed from one time to another. And it was coming towards Vietnam's National Holiday that it started to take a change for the better. I called A Tinh, my local Hmong tour guide, and asked him to prepare for the trek. We both hoped that the weather would be more favorable, or else we would go as planned anyway.

Climbing Lao Than Mountain

Lao Than Mountain is located in Y Ty Commune, Bat Xat, Lao Cai. The mountain is over 2,800m above sea level. I had read a few articles about the high mountains in the area and got plans for climbing them some time later, but I didn't plan to climb Lao Than on this trip which was meant to have been for a relaxing holiday in the cool climate of Y Ty. I was trying to escape the heat in Hanoi which increased from 20-25 Degrees Celsius to over 40 Degrees Celsius in a couple of days!!!

Adventure to Moc Chau and Mount Pha Luong

 “After the rain, the sun shines again” goes as a Vietnamese saying. It had been a few days in Hanoi with cloudy sky and summer rain, and the weather forecast said there would be a spell of heat in the coming week. It had been ages since my last holiday and it was just the right time to do it now.

Motorbike Trip to Pu Luong - Part 2

I didn't sleep well and woke up at 2 or 3 in the morning. It was not that the cocks in the village were having a crowing race in the early morning. That was strange because everything else was perfect. The temperature was pleasant and the bedding was comfortable. Everyone in the family was deep in sleep. I kept lying in bed and dozed off for some time...

Motorbike Trip to Pu Luong

It had been so mild a winter in Hanoi that I felt as if it had been in late spring and that summer would have been just around the corner.

North West of Vietnam by Motorcycle: Yen Bai

Leaving Muong Than Valley, the road goes up suddenly. The terrain also changes quickly as I make my way into Yen Bai Province. It is over 02:00 P.M now and it has been a wonderful day with breezy and dry air, bright sunshine. I keep riding on through mountain gorges, patches of dense forest... By the road side, a river plays joyful music all the way.

North West of Vietnam by Motorcycle: Lai Chau

It is 1:30 P.M now and I have just crossed the bridge over the Da River (Black River) between Dien Bien Province and Lai Chau Province. It was a great time visiting the former battlefields in Dien Bien.  I look forward to a great adventure in Lai Chau which is known for sublime mountains and idyllic hill tribe villages.

Motorcycle Adventure Vietnam North West: Dien Bien - Part 2

Leaving Hill A1, I proceed to Hills C1 (Eliane 1) and C2 (Eliane 4). The two hills are on the 2 sides of a road running from the east to the west. There are not many vestiges left of the horrendous battles in the past here. Trees and grass cover most of the hills making it not possible to stray from a paved path to the top of each hill.

North West of Vietnam by Motorcycle: Dien Bien - Part 1

All of a sudden the road leads me out of the forest into an open area without big trees around. From here I could have a great view of Dien Bien Phu City. I can't see rice fields in the Muong Thanh Valley though, as it is too hazy. In the front, the road meanders along the mountainside into the city. By my side, there are scenic rice terraces dropping down to ethnic villages. 

North West of Vietnam by Motorbike: Dien Bien

It is late in the morning now and here I am nearly on the top of the Pha Din Pass between Son La and Dien Bien. It is quiet all around. I'm by myself taking the old route on the pass. The new road is in great condition, but it is lower on the mountainside, the old route is deserted but it goes higher. Taking the old route, I hope to have a nicer view of the surrounding nature.

North West of Vietnam by Motorbike: Son La

 It is spring time in northern Vietnam now. The official long Tet holiday has just concluded. In cities, people are flocking back for work. In the countryside, things are still slack: holidays here are normally longer! This is the time of flower blossoms and village festivals. The temperatures in Hanoi are around 20-25 Degrees Celsius. It is breezy, dry and sunshine every day. 

Cao Bang Motorbike Tour: Roads Less Traveled Part 2

Can Yen and Can Nong Communes of Thong Nong District are close to the Chinese border. The area possesses beautiful mountains and valleys. Trade at the border is not busy and the roads are just quiet. There are new governmental buildings, clinics and schools in every community. Life here is improving definitely.