A wild, unforgettable journey through Vietnam’s most amazing scenery and a relatively new area for tourists to explore; Ha Giang province offers twisting mountain roads, unexplored towns and no signposts.
True North is a trip for the adventurous backpacker who wants be among the first to find out what this remote region has to offer. With over 10 years experience riding motorbikes in Ha Giang,Flipside provides a tour that takes in the Northern Loop and it’s surrounding areas, exploring the paddies and buffalo trails the indigenous H’Mong people use.
Secret swimming holes, waterfalls and an “unannounced” trip into China await as we drive over 300km in three days. Cresting vertiginous peaks and diving into South East Asia’s deepest valley, the Ma Pi Leng, on a motorbike is an absolutely essential experience on any trip through Asia.
We emphasise connecting with the local communities, staying with local families and eating the best produce the region has. A combination of Western guides and Vietnamese Xe Oms, or easy-riders, allows us to prepare for any situation and offer guests the option to drive themselves (provided they have some biking experience) or sit at the back of a bike as pillion and really soak in the breath-taking views. After a long days drive we kick back at night sampling the local ricewine and customs such as bathing in a local spa, checking out traditional markets and festivals and, of course, the ancient art of karaoke.
It is is truly a trip like no other – the culmination of our constant exploration and desire to find what we think is the True North of Vietnam. It will be the BEST thing you do in Vietnam.
Flipside Hostel Hanoi
3 days, 4 nights
This was definately the highlight of my trip in Asia! Completely away from tourism, an awesome group of people, rice wine, local food and sooo much adventure.
Jake was an amazing tourguide and so were the Vietnamese guides that drove the people that didn’t know how to ride.
Saw some truly amazing scenery and some hidden places that i’m not allowed to discuss (you have to go to see them).
Completely worth every penny and i can’t wait to go back in the next year.