17 comments on “Road trip: Hanoi – Bac Kan – Cao Bang – Lang Son

  1. What a trip!!! 620 miles is a lot of mileage on a scooter. Out of curiosity, how many km are typically on those scooters in Vietnam? It’s not totally uncommon even though it’s still a feat to have a car with more than 200,000 miles or 320,000 km and it just got me curious as to how long these scooters last, I know people in Vietnam are really resourceful and can fix anything. The last time that I was there in 1994, we had a Honda 50cc scooter from 1979 and it ran like a champ.

    • Hey thank you Hoan for passing by my blog again.

      I’m not sure how long a scooter can last here. I guess pretty long coz we always try to fix things before having to replace them :-D. And actually the bikes we have are not really scooters, they are manual bikes with gears. I think manual ones last longer than automatic scooters.

      And totally “what a trip!” 620 miles of mountain roads! Imagine! :-)

  2. mà viết cái bài trên của em sao nó đơn giản, sơ sài thế…nó chỉ là tóm lược_mang tính chỉ dẫn thôi hả???…e viết thêm các cảm nhận dọc đường nữa thì hay hơn….,cảnh sắc, abcd e nữa, hjhjhj

    • Khồng. Kinh nghiệm viết blog là viết dài dòng ko ai đọc, lại mất thời gian, thế nên miễn cho em đi B-). Chỉ có bài Mù Cang Chải là em ngu dại đi viết lai rai từ vụ em với nàng Yến đi mua đồ trong siêu thị trở đi. Không phải nhiều lời, cứ úp hình lên là đc rồi :-D

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  4. hey your trip sounds awesome. Im thinking doing a similar trip but i have only 3 days: Ha Noi – Tam Dao – Bac Can – (Cao Bang maybe, i love the cave!) HaNoi. Do you think the road is safe for 2 girls on a scooter (can be a mannual one) on this route??? (i realised your blog is not about the road to Tam Dao but just incase you have been there). thanks much in advance.

    • I went to Tam Dao by car a long time ago so I don’t really remember.. Make sure your tires are entirely new to reduce the risk of having flat tire. The way to that cave is Cao Bang is dangerous. It is being built now so it’s veeeery rough, and lots of trucks. Good luck and enjoy ladies ;-)

      • yeah, thank you. Pity this national holidays will still be working days for me. No fun, no trips :-(. Have a great & safe trip! And if you blog about it then don’t forget to send me the link!

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  6. Xin Cao, dear Pham the traveler…

    What a great overland journey! Such an amazing group of friends you have there!
    Anyway, I failed to visit Ban Gioc waterfall when I was at Vietnam last Sept (2013). So, I’ll visit there next time for the second visit.

    But, is there any train or public transport to get to Cao Bang? (Don’t want use any tour)

    Cam on..


    • Hi, thanks for your interest in my blog.

      You can take a bus to Cao Bang from Hanoi at My Dinh bus station. From Cao Bang to Ban Gioc they didn’t have any bus when I visited, but I’m not really sure if they do now. Maybe. Just ask your hotel. If not then you’ll have to rent a bike or a car to get there.. Anyway, hope you had a good time in Vietnam last month and will come back sometime soon :-)

  7. Cool bro …wata road trip you had …I had a similar one in India 2 years back..thanks for sharing your experience.

    Would like to know if I can do only Ban Gioc in a day and half??
    Say I start to Cao Bang in the afternoon post lunch nd reach there by night.Next day morning visit Ban Gioc falls and again post lunch start return journey to Hanoi.

    For leave restrictions, i cant spare any xtra days…


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