Norhtwest loop in March planing

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  1. Fotonas13

    Fotonas13 New Member

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    Hello, we are planing to make Norhtwest loop in March 2014.

    I am thinking about his loop:http://goo.gl/maps/7YyJ8

    We are planning to drive -HONDA WAVE S 110CC

    We have 5 days to do this loop (clockwise).

    And we are thinking about an option to take Fanxipan to Orient Express from Lao Cai to Hanoi. Does anyone know if these trains accepts motorbikes? And how much it costs to deliver motorbike Lao Cai to Hanoi?

    Any comments are welcome.
     
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    Wald0 Ol'Timer

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    Sure, it is possible to take your bike to train.. for what its going to cost.. i have no clue about that..
     
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    brian_bkk Ol'Timer

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    Certainly is.. We booked bikes and train through Flamingo travel.
    Drop Chris and the team at Flamingo an email.

    Trip report here
    https://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/showthread.php/39061-Vietnam-The-remote-North-East-amp-China-frontier

    You are going to have a great experience.

    Cheers
    Brian
     
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    Fotonas13 New Member

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    Yes, we have also booked via flamingo, so far best communication and support (bikes, visa letters, etc) (very recommended). Starting trip 29 of March.
     
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    brian_bkk Ol'Timer

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    Great stuff.. We all look forward to your report :)
     
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    The trip was just perfect.

    Rented bikes, all clear Flamingo did the job. Bikes were not the newest, but later we noticed that with such roads they couldn't be shiny for long :)

    Started trip from Hanoi to Sapa. weather was perfect each day was full of adventures(missed road, flat tire), but generally it was easy.Local people are friendly. Finding a nice hotel or hostel in small towns is quite challenging. Also the there are not much restaurant so you need to ask locals where to eat. food is perfect just the places aren't as you expect in Europe :)
    4th day we have reached the SAPA stunting last 35KM to SAPA uphill. stayed for one night there and next day we to train LAO CAI to Hanoi.

    Everyone was happy with this trip. Even my wife which was used to drive Vespa(automatic), loved Honda Future 125cc with semi automatic gear box 4 gears. These bikes are bullet proof and lots of fun to drive in twisty roads.

    Couple of pictures to follow:10271283_10203833806756620_8304923684683249547_o.jpg1399805_10203833586631117_502433651488148136_o.jpg
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    brian_bkk Ol'Timer

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    Great stuff... Glad Flamingo worked out for you.
    Great bunch of people at Flamingo.

    Thanks for posting a report and letting us know how you went.

    Cheers
    Brian
     

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