Leg No. 1: Hà Nội-
You will leave Hà Nội on southbound Highway 1A toward the towns of Phú Xuyên, Ðồng Văn, Phủ Lý, Hoa Lư and Ninh Bình.
Hà Nội – Ninh Bình marks the beginning leg of the Ha Nội to Sài gòn (HMC) cycling route. Remarkably, the road is generally flat and for the most part surrounded by fields. Biking in these parts reminds you of a time past when you are isolated from the hustle and bustle of daily living. Immediately, you become entrenched in sceneries of land littered with jutting rocks, similar to those of Hạ Long Bay, but on land. There are stretches when adjacent to the road is a slow moving river dotted with fish, wild birds, and lush vegetation. At certain times of the day, the undulating wind pass through the rice fields making the rice stalks rustle and move like a gentle wave. The experience is like that of a dream, and you can easily get lost in these sceneries. But remember, it is important not to wander off too long; paying attention to the road is also important, especially to your safety. Ride leisurely and take time to enjoy. The beginning leg is only 97 km; there are still over a thousand kilometers to go before the journey is over.