As we leave Hanoi at 8A.M., On this Vietnam motorcycle tour we intentionally avoid the A1 and ride the winding back roads that are not traffic-packed. As the kilometers melt down our wheels, we gradually get to see the real beauty of Vietnam. In about 7km, we stop for a quick visit to the village of Sam Xuyen, where you can taste some tea offered by the friendly locals, as you admire the rich, rice paddies, and the astonishing 500-year old bonsai tree that stands proudly.
Then, we head south and just before reaching our next destination, Hoa Lu, we stop at a local restaurant, to taste some local cuisine for lunch, before we get back to riding the back roads. At some point, we meet the A1 and ride it for about 5km. On the way, we visit the ancient Hoa Lu remains (the temples dedicated to infamous10th-century King Le and King Dinh, who chose Hoa Lu to build their capital’s fortress)
For the nest 25 km until we reach Tam Coc, we will be riding past steep limestone mountainous areas, narrow valleys, and igneous rock formations that compose a picture-like scenery. Then, we get some rest as local boatmen take us along the Hoang Long River that runs several kilometers in Tam Coc.
We stay overnight at a local hotel.
The ride towards the Thanh Son Pass and the Po Luong Nature Reserve, whose beauty is rarely seen on Earth, is literally mind-blowing. Blessed with a natural surrounding full of green trees and forests, limestone rocky mountains, and fertile rice fields, it is a sight for sore eyes! As we leave the Reserve behind, we take a back road to head for Ma River’s valley, and Nhot village, which will become this day’s sleep over. There, you will have the chance to meet many Thai ethnic groups living in the extensive area of the valley.
we spend the night at homestay of white Thai people