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11 Days Thrilling Off-Road Motorcycle Tour Vietnam

Mường Lát District, Thanh Hoa, Vietnam

Adventurous Motorbike Tours Vietnam

This tour will give you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only challenge yourself but also discover the hidden beauty of Vietnam. Be prepared to ride through dense woods, cover famous must-see scenic destinations, and experience local lifestyle through homestays with native communities. Best suited for immediate to experienced level drivers - this challenging yet rewarding tour will give you adrenaline spikes and an experience of a life-time!

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (Honda and Yamaha motorbikes)
  • Terrain: off-road
  • Mileage: 1875 kilometers / 1165 miles
  • Daily rides: 240 - 100 kilometers / 149 - 62 miles
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 11 lunches, and 10 dinners

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Hanoi
  • Relaxing boat ride on Ba Be Lake
  • Discover the amazing town of Sa Pa
  • Fantastic view from the top of Chau Lau Thi
  • Honda XR250L or Honda CRFL250L rental bike
  • Experienced tour guide on motorcycle
  • 10 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


11 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be staying in several different accommodations such as homestays, standard, or three-star hotels. You will be welcomed by very friendly and nice hosts.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi - Muong Waterfall (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

You will start your tour by leaving the chaotic traffics of Hanoi and heading towards the Northwest mountainous region. You will enjoy a beautiful day ride through the jungles, crossing rivers, and sometimes stream bed.

You will have a chance to sink in the cool waterfall of the national reserve park. Your overnight halt will be a homestay in stilt house of Muong people. You will be offered lunch and dinner today. You will be riding on the dirt road for about 55 kilometers (34 miles).

Day 2: Muong Waterfall - Moc Chau Plateau (170 kilometers / 106 miles)

As you wake up early in the morning you will be greeted by bubbles of brook and sound of birds. Leave your homestay and ride your bikes to pass a 50 kilometer stretch of dirt road, before lunch time, to reach the Mai Chau valley. Leaving Mai Chau, you will continue riding on the road of the old National Highway No.6, it used to be a northwest main road in the ’80s and has been forgotten for several years.

After riding another stretch of 50 kilometers on the dirt road along Da River, you will arrive at your next stop of Moc Chau Plateau. Overnight stay will be at a three-star hotel. You will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner today. You will be riding on the dirt road for about 100 kilometers (62 miles).

Day 3: Moc Chau Plateau - It Ong Town (195 kilometers / 121 miles)

Today, an exciting day awaits you. After breakfast, you will travel around Moc Chau Highland. Getting out the main road you will turn off the track and will ride through gravel stone roads, mud, sheer cliffs, deep abyss, and spring buffalos wallowing in mires along the path.

The route will pass through Tan Su, home to the Black H’mong tribe. This is an ideal day for you to do some exercises and show off your riding skills on the exciting off-road track! Overnight stay will be at a standard hotel in It Ong Town. You will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner today. You will be riding on the dirt road for about 50 kilometers (31 miles).

Day 4: It Ong Town - Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields (140 kilometers / 87 miles)

Today, you will be on the dirt road for about 90 percent of your time, riding your bikes through jungles overcoming dangerous long streams, steep slopes made of slippery mud and stones. With great efforts and a challenging day hopefully you will reach Mu Cang Chai before dark.

Overnight stay will be at a standard hotel in Mu Cang Chai. You will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner today. You will be riding on the dirt road for about 120 kilometers (75 miles).

Day 5: Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields - Sa Pa (200 kilometers / 124 miles)

After four days of conquering the hard terrain, today will be an easy day for you. You will enjoy driving through the steep and winding roads leading from Mu Cang Chai to Sapa. The path is scenic and you can stop in between to capture some breathtaking shots.

In the afternoon, you will feel the temperatures changing suddenly as you cross O Qui Ho, the highest pass in Vietnam which connects Lai Chau and Lao Cai provinces. After lunch, feel free to discover Sapa by yourself. Overnight stay will be at a three-star hotel. You will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner today.

Day 6: Sa Pa - Xin Man Town (170 kilometers / 106 miles)

From Sapa, you will ride down to Bac Ha, which is famous for the traditional markets and horse racing arena held annually in the spring. If you come here on the right day, you will be immersed in the colorful highland markets such as Can Cau market on every Saturday and Bac Ha market on every Sunday.

After having lunch in Bac Ha town, you will ride deep into the remote villages which lie along the boundary, crossing a stretch of dirt and rocky roads and steep hills to reach Xin Man town. Overnight stay will be at a standard hotel in Xin Man town. You will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner today. You will be riding on the dirt road for about 30 kilometers (19 miles).

Day 7: Xin Man Town - Ha Giang (210 kilometers / 130 miles)

A challenging day awaits you today. You will wake up early and enjoy the unique flavor of a highland town which is only separated from China by the Tay Con Linh range, also known as the roof of the northeast.

After breakfast, you will start your ride down a challenging and steep road which will take you to the top of Chau Lau Thi, which is covered by fog and cold winds, all through the year. The weather will be warmer when you ride downhill to ride through Suoi Thau and U Bo and then return to the provincial road No.178 before riding on the Highway No. 2 which leads to Ha Giang city.

Your overnight halt will be a homestay with Tay people, about five kilometers from the Ha Giang city. You will be offered lunch and dinner today. You will be riding on the dirt road for about 40 kilometers (25 miles).

Day 8: Ha Giang - Dong Van (180 kilometers / 112 miles)

A day of riding through the winding passes on the rugged mountains awaits you today. If you love sightseeing it will be a great day for the places you drive through today are considered as the Himalayan range of Northeast Vietnam.

You will ride on a muddy and slippery road along the border belt, you will see small houses of the Hmong, Dao, Lo Lo people on the high mountains. Stop to drink a cup of cooking water which is taken from the rare small slit running down from the mountain.

Water here is very rare with no rains during the year. You will travel approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) on a dirt road and will be offered breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Overnight stay will be at a standard hotel.

Day 9: Dong Van - Bao Lac (120 kilometers / 75 miles)

Today, you will take a short walk around Dong Van Ancient Street and Rocky Market to contemplate about the old style architecture and enjoy a cup of coffee as you admire the hidden beauty of the little township.

As you begin your journey, you would still be driving through the winding roads running along the rocky peaks, but the climate, scenery, and people will keep changing every day. From Dong Van, you will take a short ride to Meo Vac market via Ma Pi Leng pass where you can look down on Nho Que River at impressive view point called the edge of Tu San abyss.

After crossing Nho Que River at noon on the bamboo raft with capstan, you will ride a stretch of dirt road beside the river banks. You will travel approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) on a dirt road and will be offered breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Overnight stay will be at a standard hotel.

Day 10: Bao Lac - Ba Be Lake (100 kilometers / 62 miles)

Today you will be crossing rivers, passing through villages, and spending time with local communities. You will have a lunch at your homestay point before 12:00 noon and will then take a boat for Ba Be Lake in the afternoon.

Swimming, rowing, or just relaxing are the best ways to finish this beautiful day. Enjoy the night in a scenic village situated near one of the biggest mountainous lake in North Vietnam. You will travel approximately 35 kilometers (22 miles) on a dirt road and will be offered breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Your overnight halt will be a homestay in stilt house of Tay people.

Day 11: Ba Be Lake - Hanoi (240 kilometers / 149 miles)

As the last day of this motorbike tour in Vietnam arrives, you will bid goodbye to the high mountain land and will join the crowded roads to ride towards the Red River Delta. As you ride towards Hanoi, this memorable tour comes to an end! Please be careful with the traffic. You will be offered lunch and breakfast.

Driving guidelines

In some areas of Vietnam, Vietnamese people join traffic with no rules. They can participate in traffic right after drinking beer and wine, use horn loudly to surpass, pass on the right, turn left or right with no turn signals, or ride into the other vehicle lanes.

It is hence recommended to stay safe when riding motorbikes in Vietnam and in addition to learning the basic regulations of the law on road traffic, you also have to know about the traffic habits of Vietnamese people. Please be mindful of keeping right from the traffic, and monitoring the speed at allowed limits of 40 kilometers per hour in towns and 60 kilometers per hour outside of towns.

It is recommended to use the horn and flash headlights when your view is limited at the corners. Also, use turn signals and also turn your head to look back when you want to change the lane or directions. Be careful when you want to surpass because many people cross the street, change the lane, or direction without any signal, likewise when you ride in the tracks or cross the forests, please be over cautious.

Please remember, many local people and their animals have a habit of crossing the road freely and hence caution needs to be exercised at all times.

Skill level

Intermediate

  • Can ride for three to four hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • Can ride for five to six hours
  • Extensive riding experience
  • Assistance on demand (if required)
  • Experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • Comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Included excursions

During the tour you will have opportunities to:

  • Admire the scenic beauty of Moc Chau Plateau
  • Enjoy a boat ride on lake Ba Be
  • Explore the town of Sapa and Xin Man
  • See Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields
  • Take a stroll in Dong Van's ancient street and rocky market
  • Take a walk through the town of It Ong
  • Visit Can Cau market (held every Saturday) and Bac Ha market (held every Sunday)
  • Visit the Muong waterfall

Location

This tour will be conducted through Hanoi, Muong waterfalls, Moc Chau Plateau, It Ong Town, Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields, Sapa, Xin Man Town, Ha Giang, Dong Van, Bao Lac, and lake Ba Be.

Food

You will be served daily meals as indicated in the itinerary. You will eat Vietnamese food during the tour. Vietnam is famous for its cuisine and you will eat at small Vietnamese restaurants on the way, the food is even more delicious at the homestay of the local people. Please let ADV Motorcycle Tours and Dirtbike Travel know at the time of booking in case you have any special food requests.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Buy souvenirs
  • Enjoy the scenic beauty around
  • Interact with local communities and know their culture
  • Relish local foods
  • Take photographs of the beautiful locations you cover

What's included

  • 10 breakfasts
  • 10 dinners
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • 11 lunches
  • All permits, tickets, entrance fees, boat trips, ferries, bamboo rafts, etc. (as applicable for the tour)
  • Dirt bike Honda XR250L or CRFL250L or Yamaha WR250R
  • Experienced tour guide on motorcycle
  • Gasoline and spare parts
  • Green tea and drinking water
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Support and assistance

What's not included

  • Accommodation and food in Hanoi (can be arranged for an extra cost)
  • Airfare or train fares
  • Breakfast on the departure day and dinner on the return day
  • Drinks other than tea and local rice wine
  • Motorbike protection pants, jacket, gloves, helmet, rain gear, and other safety equipment
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal medical insurance
  • Single room supplement (if you request a single room)
  • Support truck for luggage transport, backup bike, and service
  • Tips

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) or Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Special discount

Returning customers are eligible for a special discount of 10% per person.

Rides starting from June 1 to September 10 are eligible for a special discount of 10% on all tariffs on the tours prices.

 

Early bird discount

All bookings confirmed at least six months before the starting date of the tour are eligible for a special discount of 5% on all tariffs on the tours prices.

Please note that only one discount policy is applicable for each booking.

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