Northwest Vietnam Sapa Loop

belgarathc

Ol'Timer
Oct 23, 2006
48
0
0
Hi,

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, minskclubvietnam.com
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

route-map-vietnam.jpg

Map of North Vietnam and route taken

high-elevation-mountain-road.jpg

Roads to Mai Chau

locals-mai-chau.jpg

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

lac-white-thai-village.jpg

Lac village (White Thai minority)

road-to-dien-bien-phu.jpg

Roads to Dien Bien Phu, troublesome ride

green-mountains-river.jpg

Enjoying the view..

broken-russian-minsk.jpg

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

vietnam-village.jpg

Riding through the villages

vietnam-village-kids.jpg

Friendly village kids

road-to-sapa.jpg

Beautiful scenery en route to Sapa

sapa-guesthouse.jpg

Fancy a stay in the clouds?
 

dirthonk

Ol'Timer
Jun 21, 2006
408
1
0
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?
cheers
 

belgarathc

Ol'Timer
Oct 23, 2006
48
0
0
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
Oct 17, 2006
604
0
0
Hello belagarthc,

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

Pico
 

belgarathc

Ol'Timer
Oct 23, 2006
48
0
0
pico,

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

cuong-motorbike-shop.jpg


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:
 

shing

Member
Mar 22, 2011
11
0
0
doing the loop in dec! how was the weather?

how long did you take for the loop?

any advise?:)
 

yempaul

Ol'Timer
Nov 15, 2007
116
0
0
shing;271547 wrote: doing the loop in dec! how was the weather?

how long did you take for the loop?

any advise?:)
Was in Sapa last December .. temperature dropped to 5 degrees C at night ...