Mo­tor­cy­cle dreams in In­dochina

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UP FOR A RID­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCE YOU WILL never for­get? Myrides is now of­fer­ing a tour on wheels through the north­west of Viet­nam. Dur­ing the trip, you climb moun­tain­ous passes and visit an­cient pago­das that are carved from jack­fruit wood. As you drive through the wind­ing passes sur­rounded by green tea plan­ta­tions in Moc Chau, you will find en­thu­si­as­tic chil­dren from the nearby Hmong and Thai farm­ing vil­lages run­ning after mo­torists. Then, a trip to Son La, a prison where the French kept fa­mous Viet­namese po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers fol­lows. Make your way through the chal­leng­ing Pha Din, known by lo­cals as the place where the sky meets the earth. The ter­rain is ar­du­ous, with moun­tain walls on one side and abysses on the other. The zigzag­ging in­cludes con­tin­u­ous as­cents and de­scents with sharp curves and var­i­ous blind spots on the road, so ride care­fully. While you are cruis­ing through Son La prov­ince pass, there are both on-road and off-road mo­tor­bike trails. The moun­tain air re­freshes your tired backs and spir­its be­fore you get the best view of the Tram Ton – O Qui Ho pass – one of the long­est and most beau­ti­ful passes in North Viet­nam in Lai Chau. When you ar­rive in Sapa af­ter­wards, you can choose to do home­s­tay with the Zay peo­ple in Ta Van vil­lage. To re­serve your spot for a bit of off the beaten path in Viet­nam this sum­mer, go to myrides.vn/ tours/north-west-ad­ven­tures

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