One of the things that make cycling in Vietnam so worth trying is the beautiful roads throughout the country. Therefore, if you intend to go on a Northern Vietnam tour, do not miss the chance to biking on these beautiful roads. Let’s check out top wonderful roads for cycling in Northern Vietnam!
1. Road to Ba Vi National Park
Ba Vi National Park has the highest point of Hanoi with three mountains namely King mountain (1296m), Ngoc Hoa (1131m) and Tan Vien (1227m). The park is situated in Ba Vi district, which is about 50km away from the city center of Hanoi. It is not only famous for its cool air, verdant scenery, wild sunflowers in October but also for spiritual values such as Ho Chi Minh president temple.
Beautiful road to Ba Vi National Park
Riding a bicycle is absolutely a wise choice to explore this National Park. The thick layers of trees along the way to the mountains are mostly evergreen, making a picturesque view. Along the road, you will see mountains, valleys, and lakes before entering the forest. The major road is usually in good condition. However, it’s quite narrow, winding and steep with a lot of turns so you should be careful at some sharp turns.
2. Road from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai
If you want to admire the most awe-inspiring terraced rice fields in Vietnam, no place is better than Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai. Every year, from September to November, Mu Cang Chai welcomes many travelers visit to contemplate the impressiveness of the agricultural beauty. It is a highland commune of Yen Bai Province, which is about 280km far away from Hanoi. Along with the majestic scenery, Mu Cang Chai is also famous for the diverse and unique culture of ethnic minorities like H’Mong and Thai people.
Twisting road to Mu Cang Chai
By bicycle, the road you should take to Mu Cang Chai Commune is national highway 32. Then will bike through Khe Pass and Khau Pha Pass. You should watch out carefully during your cycling tour because it’s more dangerous and has thicker traffic in peak season. In general, the road quality is good and the scenery along the way is also romantic and beautiful. From Nga Ba Kim to the terrace, it’s a winding and steep road, a great challenge for biking lovers.
3. Road from Cao Bang to Ban Gioc waterfall
Cao Bang is located on a high plateau in Northeast of Vietnam, which is approximately 300 km from Hanoi. It attracts numerous tourists because of many unique attractions and stunning landscapes. It’s also famous for Ban Gioc waterfall, the largest and most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam. Moreover, the road from Cao Bang to the Ban Gioc waterfall is one of the best routes for bicycle riding in Vietnam. The road is about 190 km, offering many stops for taking photographs of breathtaking landscapes or visiting rustic villages of the local hill tribes like the H’mong, The Nung, and The San Chay people.
Road to Ban Gioc Waterfall
4. Road crossing the Rock Plateau in Ha Giang
Ha Giang is a far Northern land of Vietnam that lied along the Chinese border. It features the imposing beauty of nature and special cultural values. Especially, it’s also being famous for the limestone mountains – the Rock Plateau, which is known in the world as the Global Geopark. A hundred miles of the twisting road crossing the Rock Plateau offers so breathtaking view of the mountain that can make travelers stop every single mile to take some nice pictures. You’ll see nothing but the imposing mountains with some small villages on. This is the reason that most of biking North Vietnam tours from Hanoi to Northern Vietnam includes the Dong Van Rock Plateau in Ha Giang.
Amazing scenery along the road
5. The O Quy Ho Pass
Called as ‘Heaven Gate’, O Quy Ho Pass is the longest mountain pass in Vietnam, spreading for about 50 km on National Highway 4D. It runs along the Hoang Lien Song range and connects two provinces: Lao Cai and Lai Chau.
O Quy Ho Pass
Although the amazing landscape of surrounding mountains along this road, it offers a lot of challenges for bikers. The best time for biking in there is during the summer months when you will pass from cool and cloudy weather in Lao Cai to the sunny and dry weather in Lai Chau. This is also the period when the road will be encompassed by colorful wildflowers. So enjoy it!