Last Bike out of Hanoi

start city
Hanoi, Vietnam
duration
7 days
tour operator
Magnolia Travels
tour type

Roam Vietnam's northern province on a trusty Minsk motorcycle

Hà Giang, Vietnam's northern province, is an enchanting landscape of misty mountains and winding backroads. Roam this far-flung corner of civilization on a trusty Minsk motorcycle, the mule of the mountains. Reliable, simple and ideally suited for harsh mountain roads, the Minsk enjoys a cult following in Vietnam. Like the bike, our weathered guide Quyền is a native of Hà Giang.

A week-long motorbike roadtrip in North Vietnam is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Movement takes over the consciousness as you ride through emerald green valleys and past centuries-old rice terraces, into a different state of mind.

Stark cliffs cut through the gray sky. Pouring rain turns the road into a glorious soup. The bike plows through the cappuccino-colored substance effortlessly on wide knobby tyres. Until it no longer does. A water buffalo watches as you push your bike through the mud. After a day you tend to forget about the weather, focusing instead on staying on the road that seems too narrow for any vehicle. You wonder how the local truck drivers manage to keep keep from falling into the ravine as you struggle to keep even two wheels on the pavement.

Lunch break at a village market. The chicken you nearly hit on the way in now enriches the steaming bowl of pho. Scents of lemongrass and coriander fill your brain. The smiling host added too much chili but you don't mind. The pho warms your core, a welcome feeling after the rain. This beautiful backwater of the world gets few visitors and you begin to understand why.

Accommodation in North Vietnam is affordable and easy to find. Lodging here is all-inclusive in the Buddhist sense: everything you need but nothing you want. Wood fire to keep you dry, peace of mind, good night sleep.

Magnolia Travels organizes week-long motorcycle tours in Hà Giang six times a year. Book your adventure now.


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