20.05.2011 - 22.05.2011
We have arrived in Hanoi May 20th and are setting out on a short bus ride to the Ho Chi Minh trail Museum before we jump on our motor bikes for three days riding a beautiful quiet road. We ride to Hoa Binh town passing extensive farming lands with seas of paddy fields. The tree-lined roads are punctuated by limestone karst scenery. After a light lunch in Hoa Binh Town, we crossed over two short mountain passes then descended to the mountain valley settlement of Mai Chau. The weather in the mountain ranges and valleys seem to have a beautiful calm to them. After a 160km day we finished first day with an authentic Vietnamese dinner cooked for us during our home stay in the village.
On the second day we said goodbye to the villagers and we head south on a beautiful winding road which follow the banks of the Ma River. After 2 hrs of riding along the river we have a stop to see Fish Ferry Stream. It is a stream with thousand of big fish peacefully swimming in shallow water. We jump into Ho Chi Minh Highway and head to Khanh village, which is home to Muong ethnic minority. We again have an amazing dinner and stay overnight in a local house.
After breakfast at the home stay we ride on to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital on Vietnam which dates back to the 9th century. After here we have a stunning ride on the village road to Tam Coc, the well-known “Halong Bay on the rice field”. We will have a relaxing boat trip on the river. We stopped for lunch in Tam Coc a scenic landscape dominated by rice fields and karst towers. After lunch we ride back to our starting point of Hanoi and arrive May 22nd at 5:30pm.