Thac Ba lake, Ecolodge, homestays, Sino-Vietnamese mountains, rice paddies, local markets depending on dates . Distance traveled: 765 km. Local People encountered: Dao Quan Trang, Tay, Red Dao, Hmong, Nung, Phu La
We drive toward West, through the Karstic area of Tam Dao mountain range, to reach the area of Thac Ba lake (biggest closed reservoir of North Vietnam). We are in the small village of Ngoi Tu, on the bank of Thac Ba lake, welcomed by the family and the students of our education, culture, sustainable development, ecotourism project: LAVIEVULINH We will relax this afternoon, enjoying the site, learning how to paddle like Dao people, or going for a small walk around. Distances / Timing: ~ 170km ~ 5h. Road: 80 km fast road/Small countryside road Meals: Lunch / Dinner Accommodation / Minorities: Homestay / Dao Quan Trang
Short stage today, so we can enjoy a bit more the lake this morning. Magnificent road along the fjords of the lake, surrounded by sugar loaf hills and palm trees. Then the road goes up in the foothills of the lake, giving amazing sceneries, afterwards goes down to the valley of Luc Yen, located on the west end of the lake. Luc Yen is a lively small town which specific economy activity is gems. We stay overnight away from the city, in a nice stilt house belonging to our Tay friends, on the bank of a pond, in the village of ‘below’. Distances / Timing: ~ 80km ~ 3h Road: Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Accommodation / Minorities: Homestay / Tay
We leave early in the morning. Still heading north along the Chay river. Beautiful roads going closer to China border. We go at a paced rhythm fully enjoying our ride through the Sino-Vietnamese mountains. Arrival in Bac Ha where we stay in a nice and comfortable hotel. Beautiful day Distances / Timing: ~ 130km ~ 4.5 h Road: Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Accommodation / Minorities: Hotel
We drive to Lung Phin, 15km from Bac Ha. We are developing a branch of our project LaVieVuLinh in partnership with a H’mong family. Their house is located in the middle of a beautiful mountainous site, totally unknown from tourism. This is the opportunity for you to discover this area from inside, to give a boost to this social, cultural and economic project. At the end of the afternoon, we will head towards Lao Cai. We take the night train to come back softly in Hanoi. Arrival around 5h30am next morning. Small trekking with our H’Mong & Phu La friends Distances / Timing: ~ 15km ~ 7h, + 70km ~ 2h, + train Road: Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Accommodation / Minorities:
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