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Thac Ba Lake

Situated 180km from Hanoi, Thac Ba Lake is one of three Vietnam’s largest artificial lakes and famoust for the first hydro power plant. Thac Ba Lake is known as an actractive eco-tourism site. Thac Ba Lake which offers bikers the best off road northern Vietnam motorbike tours.

Thac Ba lake

Thac Ba Lake was created in 1970 by the construction of a dam on the Chay River. Thac Ba reservoir covers a total area of 23.400 ha, of which 19.05 ha is water area and the remaining 4.35ha of islets on the Reservoir. The length of the Reservoir is 80km, maximum width is 10km, the average depth is 15 – 25m and maximum depth is 42m.

This artificial lake has 1,331 islands and hills with diverse ecological environments. The water in the lake is blue and clear, and imprinted with the reflections of the surrounding ancient forest.

Tourists can go to visit Thuy Tien cave, Xuan Long cave, Cao Bien and Chang Re mountain, Trinh Nam island … Coming to Thac Ba, tourists can also discover the natural beauty of primitive forest and thousands of islands, rocky mountains. Thac Ba Lake is not only a beautiful landscape, but it is also a national vestige. In 1285, the Thu Vat Battle took place under the command of Tran Nhat Duat against Mongolian invaders. During the resistance war agaist the American, Thuy Tien cave is the revolutionary base of Yen Bai provincial committee. Thac Ba is recognised a place of historical and cultural interest by the government. There are major plans to develop eco-tourism resorts in the surrounding area. For a long time Thac Ba Lake has become Yen Bai people’s pride.

There are 12 ethnic minority groups such as Dao, Tay, Nung, Cao Lan, Phu La.surrounding Thac Ba reservoir. These ethnic minority groups feature their own special and colourful traditional festivals. Coming to Thac Ba lake, tourists will have chance to enjoy speciality fish dishes, such as ven (bream), lang (hemibagrus), qua (snake-head), bong tuong (goby) and thieu bac (culteralburnus). Visitors can also sample Dai Minh famous sweet mandarins and pommelos. Best way to discover this amazing lake is by motorcycle riding or 4WD touring. This is one of the most popular for motorbike tour in northern Vietnam.
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Lai Chau

Lai Chau province is located in northwestern Vietnam. The province is the most sparsely populated in Vietnam. The scenery of Lai Chau province is some of the most spectacular scenery you can see in the far northwest of Vietnam. There is plenty to amuse the eye on the journey from Lao Cai, from the striking limestone mountains which reaches into the distance in misty shades of green and green, to the plentiful waterfalls and village life. Lai Chau motorcycle tour from Hanoi is a good choice.

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Lai Chau is a northwestern province of Vietnam and be considered as a remote area with ethnic minorities and unique natural scenes. The  total area of Lai Chau is more than 9,000 sq km with the population of about 400,000 people. Most of them are Viet, Thai, H’Mong and Dao.

Like other provinces in the Northern Vietnam, Lai Chau also boasts the typical features of a highland area such as green terraces, ethnic minorities with colorful traditional attire, and fields of green tea, wooden houses and cows. Motorcycle tour to Lai Chau offers great mountain passes and incredible winding roads. This is a special motorcycle route in the north of Vietnam.

About the attractive places, Tien Son Cave is the most significant name. The cave includes 49 rooms and these rooms are bigger as you explore deeper. Inside the cave, there are colorful stalagmites and a perennial stream which create an ethereal atmosphere with any visitors coming.

Sin Ho Village is also another interesting place for you to have a new way to explore Lai Chau. Here, you can meet the locals coming from many ethnic minorities like Thai, Dao and experience a day of them with many interesting and memorable moments in their colorful markets and festivals.

About the accommodations, you can check in the Muong Thanh Hotel or Lan Anh Hotel with cheap living cost.

Looking for north Vietnam motorbike tour? Lai Chau is the ideal destination for motorcycle touring in northern Vietnam.

Hoa Binh

Hoa Binh is a mountainous province, situated in the west of Hanoi. Hoa Binh is the gateway of northern Vietnam motorcycle tours. The land has a long history associated with the history and development of Vietnamese. Hoa Binh is the land of many ethnic people, in which has 7 main ethnics: Muong, Thai, Tay, Dao,Mong, Chinese and Kinh. Natural conditions and cultural history have created potential tourist attractions. The highlight motorcycle tours northern Vietnam is Mai Chau valley.

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Hoa Binh is a mountainous province, situated in the  west of Hanoi. The province has various high mountains, old growth forest, grottos, river, lake and mineral water with high mineral content, which has valuable for tourism development. Motorcycle tour in Hoa Binh northern Vietnam will offer you a best chances for mountains and river views.

The land has  a long history associated with the history and development of Vietnamese; it is cradle of “Hoa Binh culture”. There still retains archaeological relics, precious relics that demonstrate the prosperous period of Viet-ancient Muong culture. Hoa Binh borders the provinces: Phu Tho, Ha Nam, Ninh Binh, Son La, Thanh Hoa and Hanoi city. The province has an area of 4596 km2 with 10 districts and 01 city, including: Luong Son, Ky Son, Da Bac, Cao Phong, Kim Boi, Lac Thuy, Tan Lac, Lac Son, Yen Thuy, Mai Chau and Hoa Binh city.

Owing to locating in the northern of Vietnam,  Hoa Binh has hot climate in summer and is very cold in winter. The average temperature is 24.40C. Climate is divided into 2 seasons: summer from April to September, winter from October to March. Moreover, Hoa Binh has many rivers, streams, lakes, dams; the area of water surface is about 18.000 hectares, particularly including Hoa Binh Lake with area of 8.000 hectares. Flora and fauna is various such as: vegetation, precious wood and other conservation areas that are recorded in the Vietnam Red List. Hoa Binh province is one of the best place for Vietnam motorbike touring from Hanoi.

Hoa Binh is the land of many ethnic people, in which has 7 main ethnics: Muong, Thai, Tay, Dao,Mong, Chinese and Kinh. Each ethnic has their own unique culture. Up to 2009, there has: 788.274 people, in which Muong accounts for more than 63%. Northern Vietnam motorcycle touring offers the incredible views, peaceful home stay and sure that we will see another Vietnam.

There has hilly terrain as well as Thac bo cave, Ret grotto, Hoa Tien cave, primeval rainforest Pu Nooc which opens for tourists to do adventure climbing, hiking, hunting, bathing springs. Human and nature have created a dreamy Da river for developing tourism.

The lifestyle of Muong, Dao, Tay along the lake and valley creates the beautiful picture. Hoa Binh is a province which has a lot of hot mineral water springs, mysterious valleys such as:Kim Boi mineral springs with the water is at a temperature of 3600C, which reaches standard for using, drinking, bathing and treatment; Mai Chau valley belongs to Mai Chau district which has rice fields and stele houses that are preserved for tourism;  Da Bac – an upland which is suitable for visiting eco-tourism and culture. Da Bac has quiet and dreaming landscape of the northwest mountainous town. Luong Son is the gateway district of Hoa Binh Province, which is far about 40 kilometers from Hanoi. There has convenient transportation and focused eco-tourism resorts, entertainment spot.

Natural conditions and cultural history have created potential tourist attractions. This land has the sound of gongs, thrilled with over 30 festivals of the Muong, Dao, Thai, Mong… The cradle of the ancient Vietnamese with 4 famous place “Bi, Vang, Thang, and Dong”. Currently, the province has 37 national relics, 18 provincial relics and many beautiful landscapes. Besides, there have over 50 villages, which have high value in tourism community.

Hanoi

Hanoi is the capital of Northern Vietnam and keeps this role until now. The city is located on the right bank of the Red River and far about 1760 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City. Hanoi features a warm humid subtropical climate with plentiful precipitation. In addition, Hanoi is considered one of the main cultural centers of Vietnam, where most Vietnamese dynasties have left their imprint.

In 1902, Hanoi became the capital of the Indochina Federation and it was built by French. Through two wars, Hanoi is the capital of Northern Vietnam and keeps this role until now. Its population in 2009 was estimated at 2.6 million for urban districts, 6.5 million for the metropolitan jurisdiction. From 1010 until 1802, it was the most important political centre of Vietnam. The city is located on the right bank of the Red River and far about 1760 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City.

Hanoi is located between 20053′ to 21023′ north latitude and 105044′ to 106002’east longitude. The city has an area of 3.324,92 square kilometers. Hanoi is a city with a mount of lakes, ancient rivers. In the inner city, West Lake has large area of about 500 ha, and plays an important role in the urban landscape. Today this lake is surrounded by many hotels and villas.

Hanoi is situated on an ancient soil area deposited from time immemorial with layer after layer of alluvium carried down from the northern mountain ranges by the Red River and its tributaries. That is the reason why Hanoian feel as closely connected to their Red River as children do towards their mothers. In the old days, the Red River was given another common name: Cai (Mother) River. The name of Hanoi (Exterior side of a river) has derived from an ancient language which is literally known as a land area located in the inner side the Red River. It is not that the city is inside the river but rather it is embraced by about 100 kilometers of the Red river dykes. The dyke portion in Hanoi accounts for about one fifth of the total river dykes flanking on either side of the Red River that runs along the Vietnamese territory on a stretch of more than 500 kilometers.

Other rivers that run through Hanoi include the Duong, the Cau, and the Ca Lo, the Day, the Nhue, the Tich, the To Lich and the Kim Nguu rivers. The last two rivers, To Lich and Kim Nguu, have been regarded as an inexhaustible source of inspiration for many Vietnamese literature writers and poems that lived in the capital city in the old days. These two rivers were considered the most poetic and romantic bodies of water that flows through the city.
At present the two rivers, To Lich and Kim Nguu, are still partly seen in the city. Their former grandeur has long lost their literature charm because they have to give way to urbanization development scheme. Currently these rivers are regarded merely as the city’s main open ditch drainage system. However, the government has had in mind a massive upgrading scheme to return the two historic rivers their original beauty

Hanoi features a warm humid subtropical climate with plentiful precipitation. The city experiences the typical climate of northern Vietnam, where summers are hot and humid, and winters are, by national standards, relatively cool and dry. Summers, lasting from May to September, are hot and humid, and receive the majority of the annual 1,680 millimeters (66.1 in) of rainfall. The winters are short, relatively dry, and mild, while spring can bring light rains.

When the first state of ancient Vietnam was established in Hanoi (formerly Thang Long), the city was considered a sacred and typical part of Vietnam. Twenty three centuries ago, Co Loa in the present-day district of Dong Anh was the capital of the ancient Au Lac country reigned by Thuc An Duong Vuong (King Thuc An Duong.) In the subsequent period of more than 1,000 years, Hanoi had witnessed brilliant feats of arms in a long resistance war against the northern mighty invaders. The subsequent dynasties sometimes moved their capital to other regions.
Mid 20th century, Hanoi suffers from the complex events of history. Events that Japanese attacks Indochina in 1940 make Vietnam under the administration of the French and Japanese. The Vietnamese forces held August revolution succeeded. In september 2nd 1945, Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence at Ba Dinh, and created the Democratic Republic of Vietnam with Hanoi capital. In 1945, the victory of Dien Bien Phu, our military regained the North of Vietnam, Hanoi continued the capital position of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

As the capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, Hanoi is considered one of the main cultural centers of Vietnam, where most Vietnamese dynasties have left their imprint. Even though some relics have not survived through wars and time, the city still has many interesting cultural and historic monuments for visitors and residents.

Hanoi was given the title “City for Peace” on June 17th 1999. In 2000, President Tran Duc Luong in Hanoi awarded the title “Capital hero” on October 4th. In 2010, the city celebrated 1000 years with 1000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi from October 1st to 10th which prepared many years ago.

Hanoi is very compact, and the city is the most interesting places for tourists. You could probably explore the Old Quarter and visit all the places below in a single day. Tourists can enjoy fresh air when walking around Hoan Kiem Lake or West Lake, sight view in the Old Quarter and visit the entire trade villages around Hanoi. Moreover, they will have opportunities to enjoy traditional foods and have unforgettable time in Hanoi such as: Pho, Cha ca La Vong, com, Bun thang, Banh cuon, Bun cha…Coming and exploring Hanoi, tourist will find a strange and excited feeling about landscape and Hanoian.

Hanoi Motorcycle Day Tour

Meet up at your hotel, after short brief information about the motorcycle route and how to ride the motorbike, we start motorbiking to the oldest bridge in Hanoi, Long Bien Bridge. Continue riding in the dyke of the Red river, we will say good-bye with the noisy traffic by turning to the beautiful rural villages. Motorcycle ride passing the villages, you can see a flush green of rice fields, cornfields and vegetable plantation areas. Keep motorbiking down country lanes, absorbed in the peaceful lifestyle of the locals, is a great way to experience another side of Hanoi where you can see the real life of Hanoi. As you dodge the local ducks and water buffalo lazing in the mud, you can see Hanoi’s clutter of buildings and the bridges spanning the river in the distance. In the rice paddies you may see the workers ploughing, planting, tending the rice or harvesting: sometimes there is a lot of activity and sometimes just a simple scene of lush or golden ripening rice.

Here is the biggest vegetable and herbs area of Hanoi. Visitors also see kumquat fruit, grape fruits and peach flower blossom here. After 25 minutes to 40 riding in the real nature, we will get in to Le Mat snake Village. Visit a snake farm and you can see lots of snakes being kept here. Tasting snake meat seems very strange to you but it is supposed to make people stronger. After visiting the snake farm, we continue riding to Le Mat Communal house which is dedicated the Founder of Le mat Village with a myth of rescuing the King’s daughter. Have short break with fresh fruits or juice before motorcycling back hotel. Just short Hanoi motorcycle touring but still offer bikers some off road riding in the countryside area. This Hanoi motorcycle tour Vietnam is designed for Incentive Group of The Conference Group from Australia.

Stay in Hanoi and you will have many chances for touring by motorbikes such as: Duong Lam Ancient village, Mai Chau, Tam Coc – Bich Dong… If you would like to have a great motorcycle ride around Hanoi, please Contact us know so we will plan a trip of your life time.

Duong Lam Ancient Village Day Tour

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