After crossing over from China, I took a bus from the Vietnamese border town of Lao Cai up to the hilltown of Sapa. After around 24 hours or pretty unexciting weather there (with almost no views of Fansipan – Vietnam’s highest mountain), I started cycling.
Day 1: Lao Cai to Sapa (bus).
Day 2: Sapa to Lai Chau
Day 3: Lai Chau (waiting out bad weather)
Day 4: Lai Chau to Than Uyen, taking the southerly route to Tam Duong at the start so that I didn’t double up on the route from Tam Duong I’d taken on the day coming from Sapa.
Day 5: Than Uyen to Mu Cang Chai.
Day 6: Mu Cang Chai to Nghia Lo
Day 7: Nghia Lo to Yen Bai
Day 8: Yen Bai to Hanoi (by bus)
Map of Cycling Route: