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11th October 2011, 05:40 PM
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.

28th November 2011, 05:56 PM
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.

13th December 2011, 05:37 PM
Hey mate, thanks for your interest. I probably wont be heading south this time. Will only have limited time so will attempt to do the north east loop starting from Hanoi (around 21/12). If think you can make it, drop me a line at sam.lenurg@gmail.com


Rod Page
30th December 2011, 01:19 PM
So what happened????????????????????

5th January 2012, 05:31 PM
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.

Here are some snapshots :


Early 5:30 am start in Hanoi


On the way to Don Van from Ha Giang town


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


Road conditions


Local ethnic minority women - hardworking and colourful


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


Leafy mountains of Northern Cao Bang province


Ban Giaoc waterfalls - not easy to find but spectacular

Rod Page
5th January 2012, 06:06 PM
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.

5th January 2012, 07:05 PM
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!

14th January 2012, 05:08 PM
Sims, very nice report and enticing pics (as most VN pics are!).
Thanks for sharing.