Northwest Vietnam Sapa Loop

Discussion in 'Vietnam - Road Trip Reports' started by belgarathc, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. belgarathc

    belgarathc Ol'Timer


    I took this ride to Northwest Vietnam a while ago. Here are some photos.

    Route: Hanoi -> Mai Chau -> Dien Bien Phu -> Sapa -> Hanoi
    Distance: ~1000km
    Reference: Lonely Planet Vietnam,
    Bike: Sports Minsky from Cuong at US$6 per day
    Comments: Excellent scenery, fun winding roads into the mountains.
    Full Report: Northwest Vietnam Sapa Loop trip

    Map of North Vietnam and route taken

    Roads to Mai Chau

    Friendly locals posing for a photo. Mai Chau town is in the background.

    Lac village (White Thai minority)

    Roads to Dien Bien Phu, troublesome ride

    Enjoying the view..

    Oops, hit a rock and fell. Gear pedal got stucked but a helpful villager later helped me knock it back to a working position

    Riding through the villages

    Friendly village kids

    Beautiful scenery en route to Sapa

    Fancy a stay in the clouds?
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  3. dirthonk

    dirthonk Ol'Timer

    great photos belagarthc, looks amazing up there.
    what time of year were you there? im considering a trip there myself but not sure whether or not to hold out for a better month.

    looking at the map you put up, does anyone know if it is possible to go from ha giang to cao bang direct?
  4. belgarathc

    belgarathc Ol'Timer

    Hi honda honky,

    I was there in June 2006. Besides some drizzles, the weather was fine. I am not sure if there is direct road access from Ha Giang to Cao Bang.

    I saw your other thread about renting a scooter. If it's possible to rent a Honda scrambler in Hanoi, I think it would be a better choice.

    PICO-PICO Ol'Timer

    Hello belagarthc,

    did you see any sidecars? I´love to do Vietnam but I can´t ride a 2 wheeler ( bad leg)

  6. belgarathc

    belgarathc Ol'Timer


    When I was there, Cuong did have a motorbike with a sidecar. But I do not think it's for hire.


    I have seen foreigners driving a 4WD. Why not give it a consideration?

    Happy Feet,
    Unfortunately, I do not have that many photos of Sapa. I was there for only 1 night. Why not post yours over here? :wink:
  7. shing

    shing Member

    doing the loop in dec! how was the weather?

    how long did you take for the loop?

    any advise?:)
  8. yempaul

    yempaul Ol'Timer

    Was in Sapa last December .. temperature dropped to 5 degrees C at night ...
  9. SilverhawkUSA

    SilverhawkUSA Ol'Timer

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    Ricohoc Ol'Timer

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