VN North East loop in December

Discussion in 'Vietnam - Road Trip Reports' started by Sims, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. Sims

    Sims Member

    Hi, I am coming to Hanoi this December 2011 and want to do a motorbike trip up to the North East (Ha Giang, Meo Vac, Dong Van, Cao Bang, etc). Probably will depart Hanoi around 20-21 December and will travel for a week or so around the North East. Would be great to have a kool riding buddy. If anyone is interested in coming along, let me know and we can chat about the details.
     
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  3. katalyst

    katalyst Guest

    I'll be arriving in Vietnam on 19 December, albeit in HCMC, to then head to Hanoi over the course of December/January. If you're heading south, there could be a chance for us to meet up somewhere in the middle, or (if you're going on to other countries) ride together at some later stage. I don't seem to be able to send PMs, but let me know if that could work for you, and we can get in touch via e-mail.
     
  4. Sims

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  5. Rod Page

    Rod Page Ol'Timer

    So what happened????????????????????
     
  6. Sims

    Sims Member

    It was really good :thumbup: and incredibly beautiful :!:

    Hired a bike in Hanoi and went for 7 days with a local Hanoian friend as a pillion.

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    Early 5:30 am start in Hanoi

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    On the way to Don Van from Ha Giang town

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    On the way to Lung Cu peak - to the most northerly post in Vietnam

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    Road conditions

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    Local ethnic minority women - hardworking and colourful

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    Beautiful scenery between Don Van and Meo Vac (Ma Pe Leng pass)

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    Leafy mountains of Northern Cao Bang province

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    Ban Giaoc waterfalls - not easy to find but spectacular
     
  7. Rod Page

    Rod Page Ol'Timer

    A nice report garnished with enticing photos - the forum is the richer for it.

    Looks like you rented a Yamaha YBR125 - how did it handle the rockier roads out around Ha Giang & Cao Bang?

    Did you get permits for entry into the above areas?

    You've wet my apetite for when I'm up that way in March/April.
     
  8. Sims

    Sims Member

    Thanks mate!

    Might have used a bit more power than the YBR 125 - especially with a pillion, but it did the job ok! Might consider something bigger next time, especially if there is rain....

    Yes you legally need a permit to visit the frontier areas of Ha Giang provice. I got one in the emigration office of Ha Giang town.

    Didnt need a permit in Ban Gioc waterfall - its a really remote place with dusty roads under construct most of the way there.

    Good luck with your trip - take care and you will much enjoy it!
     

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