Cycling to conquer the beauty of mountainous North Vietnam
Many adventurous travelers love to take cycling tours to both feel the nature in the most authentic way and become physically healthier. Many also see biking as their hobbies. And the mountainous regions of North Vietnam have become haunted destinations for cyclists from different parts of the world.
The long and winding roads crossing the evergreen mountains of the North cannot be the better target for Vietnam cycling tours. Let’s see the top spectacular destinations to cycle in this beautiful land.
1. Ba Vi, Hanoi
Located just about 40km to the west of Hanoi, Ba Vi is a favorite destination for a weekend break for both locals and foreigners. Naturally gifted with spectacular natural settings, Ba Vi is undoubtedly a great destination for Vietnam cycling tours.
Flower road in Ba Vi National Park
Ba Vi is home to several appealing tourist attractions, and the National Park is the most outstanding one. Surrounding the three mountain peaks, Ba Vi National Park is a wonderful destination for those wanting to escape the bustling city life. Travelers will get off the beaten track to enter a tranquility beautiful area with lush forests, bubbling streams, and poetic lakes. Roads in the Park are smooth with gradual slopes, thus making it exceptionally suitable to cycle. Cyclists will ride their bikes through the quiet and winding roads across the pine forest and the ancient western villas to reach the mountain peaks. The diverse flora and fauna along the roads will absolutely leave you in awe.
Road in Ba Vi
Travelers can also cycle to the grass fields or the hot springs to admire the magnificence of nature. Or you can pay a visit to the villages of the locals to both enjoy the fresh air of the countryside and get a deeper approach to their daily life.
2. Thung Khe Pass
Nestled in Hoa Binh Province, Thung Khe Pass is one of the top roads for cycling in Vietnam. Despite not being as majestic as Ma Pi Leng Pass in Ha Giang and as dangerous as Khau Pha Pass in Yen Bai, Thung Ke Pass still holds a huge appeal to travelers, especially cycling enthusiasts.
Thung Khe Pass from above
As a part of Highway 6, Thung Khe Pass is a must-cross road if you want to reach the famous attractions in the Far North like Mai Chau and Moc Chau. It is quite dangerous a road with many sharp bends and sheer slopes yet are still beautiful enough to worth your effort. It is said that you can experience 4 seasons in a day on Thung Khe Pass: a morning with a clear sky, a noon with lots of sunshine, a gentle afternoon with dappled sunlight, and a night with a dense mist.
View from Thung Khe Pass
Thung Khe is better known by the name “Da Trang” (White Stone) Pass because the peak of the pass is covered with the white of rock. From the Pass, you can take a bird’s eye view over the deep valley, where locates the stilt houses of the ethnic people. You can also stop by a small stall to take a rest and try the special dishes of the locals. Not only is it a wonderful place for Vietnam cycling tours, “Da Trang” Pass is also an endless inspiration for photography enthusiasts thanks to its jaw-dropping scenery.
3. Ma Pi Leng Pass
Considered the “King of Vietnamese Passes”, Ma Pi Leng Pass is a dangerous yet awe-inspiring road in the Far North of Vietnam. It is a tough challenge that all of the professional cyclists want to conquer when biking North Vietnam.
Nestled at an altitude of more than 1,200 meters, the winding roads of Ma Pi Leng connects Ha Giang City, Dong Van, and Meo Vac. The Pass, altogether with Nho Que River at its foot, creates an exquisite landscape that people cannot stand from loving. Ma Pi Leng Pass with 9 curved bends along the precipitous cliffs, under which is a deep abyss, is considered the “Great Wall of Vietnam”. The roads might be exceptionally hard to ride, yet the scenery along the way makes it all worthwhile. In sunny days, the soaring mountains and deep valleys appearing in front of travelers’ eyes, while in cloudy days, the sea of the flour-white cloud will make you feel like you are in the heaven.
View from Ma Pi Leng Pass
Taking Northern Vietnam tours in your own bikes is absolutely a wonderful idea. The jaw-dropping landscapes along the winding roads of the North will totally worth all your effort.