Itinerary

VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE RALLY - HELP KIDS IN NEED

Hanoi to Sapa | MAY 6-16, 2018

Day 1: Sunday, May 6 - Arrive in Hanoi

Arrive at Hanoi airport, where you will be met for a private transfer to the Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel. In the afternoon, we hold an informal registration session followed by dinner with the other members of the group.
Overnight at the Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel in Hanoi. (D)


Day 2: Monday, May 7 - Hanoi to Mai Chau (140km)

After meeting some of the kids at the Blue Dragon centre over breakfast and exchanging some language tips, we travel to the Rally’s garage on the edge of Hanoi. As we leave the city behind on little-known rural laneways, we enter a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads and limestone mountains. After a light lunch near Hoa Binh, we cross two mountain passes before descending to the gorgeous mountain valley settlement of Mai Chau.
Overnight in the new Mai Chau Ecolodge. (B, L, D)


Day 3: Tuesday, May 8 - Mai Chau to Phu Yen (100km)

In the morning we leave the Mai Chau valley behind us and rise up onto the cooler Moc Chau plateau, passing forested mountains where Hmong hill tribe people grow apple and plum trees. Then we descend to the Black river reservoir, and cross it by local ferry. After winding along the edge of the lake, we find ourselves in the rice paddies of the Phu Yen valley.
Overnight in Phu Yen at the Hong Long Hotel. (B, L, D)


Day 4: Wednesday, May 9 - Phu Yen to Mu Cang Chai (180km)

After crossing a pass that was crucial to the Vietnamese victory at Dien Bien Phu, we ride through the splendid Nghia Lo valley, surrounded on all sides by high mountains where Tay and Thai people tend their fields. We approach the foothills of the Hoang Lien Son range, where extensive tea plantations give way to a remarkable tapestry of horizontal rice terraces, worked on by friendly Hmong hill tribe people.
Overnight in a homestay in the mountain settlement of Mu Cang Chai. (B, L, D)


Day 5: Thursday, May 10 - Mu Cang Chai to Tuan Giao (170km)

Dropping down onto the western side of the mountain range, past more remarkable rice terracing, we enter the world of Thai and Giay hill tribe peoples whose picturesque villages are dominated by the abrupt, steep sides of the mountain range. After crossing the Da River gorge, we cut through heavy karst before coming to Thuan Giao.
Overnight in Thuan Giao at a simple local hotel. (B, L, D)


Day 6: Friday, May 11 - Tuan Giao to Sin Ho (150km)

We travel to the remote village of Co Nguu, where Blue Dragon has built a kindergarten to help prevent the trafficking of local children. After that we continue climbing towards the resettled village of Muong Lay, formerly home to a Thai kingdom, before climbing up to the spectacular Sin Ho plateau.
Overnight in Sin Ho at the Thanh Binh hotel. (B, L, D)


Day 7: Saturday, May 12 - Sin Ho to Sapa (160km)

We skirt along close to the Chinese border on recently improved roads, which become steeper and windier as we approach the base of the Hoang Lien Son mountains. We then climb steeply up the fabulous Tram Tom pass, which is the highest in Vietnam, before descending into the famous Sapa valley. We visit the spectacular rice terracing of Sapa’s Muong Hoa valley before returning to the town for the night.
Overnight at the Cat Cat View Hotel in Sapa. (B, L, D)


Day 8: Sunday, May 13 - Sapa rest day

Today is a formal rest day as there are many things to do in Sapa. You might catch a cable car to the top of Mt Fansipan, the highest in South East Asia, or visit the local hill tribe market or even take a short walk down into the spectacular Sapa valley.
Overnight at the Cat Cat View Hotel in Sapa. (B)


Day 9: Monday, May 14 - Sapa to Bac Ha (160km)

We’ll need special permission from the border patrol today to take a delightful road that skirts the border with China. Passing very remote Hmong villages right on the border, we make a great traverse before climbing to the busy market town of Bac Ha.
Overnight at the Sao Mai Hotel in Bac Ha. (B, L, D)


Day 10: Tuesday, May 15 - Bac Ha to Lao Cai to Hanoi (140km)

Once again we will need special permission to ride a remarkable road that hugs a giant gorge right on the Chinese border. Expect amazing rice terraced mountains heavily populated by Hmong and Dao hill tribe people. Eventually we drop down to the border town of Lao Cai, where a private coach will take everyone back to Hanoi, arriving there in the early evening, and in time for our farewell dinner.
Overnight at the Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel (B, L, D)


Day 11: Wednesday, May 16 - Departure Day

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Rally Indochina is more than just a motorbike tour, Rally Indochina is a great ride for a great cause! All logistics from food and lodging to routes and language barriers have been taken care of.

All you have to do is twist the throttle and enjoy the ride!


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RALLY INDOCHINA 2018 ROUTE MAP


OUR BIKES

The Rally has a fleet of vintage Soviet 650cc Urals and 125cc Minsks. These bikes have a classic vintage look, lots of character and enough power to get you over the highest mountain passes. Both bikes are ideally suited to the road conditions in the northern mountains of Vietnam!

Non-riders who want to join the Rally can travel as passengers in US Army jeep upon request.