Motorbiking on the loop of Vietnam North-East is always a big challenge for any motorbiker but also inspired the ambitions to conquer the peaks as well as steep passes in this region.
The North-East Vietnam is particularly isolated and difficult to visit. However, this isolation adds to the region’s beauty as many areas are still extremely unspoiled and distant from the popular tourist trails. To reach Ba Be lakes in Bac Can province is a challenge but one well worth pursuing. The road between That Khe and Lang Son, whose beautiful plunging ravines and is riddled with caves, hides a grim and bloody past and is also worth the effort to visit.
To the North of Cao Bang is Pac Bo which is very near the cave in which Ho chi Minh lived when he first returned from China. The Far North of Vietnam is also the home of numerous ethnic minority tribes. They live in some of the most isolated places while subsisting through traditional means.
Some of the tribes you may encounter on a visit to the Far North are the Tay, Nung, Zao, H’mong, and the San Chi tribes. Farther away in Ha Giang province, there are a variety of hill tribes numbering from several thousand members to only a few hundred people.