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3 Days Exhilarating Motorbike Tour in Northern Vietnam

Mai Chau Village, Hoa Binh, Vietnam

Motorbike Tours Vietnam

Join an enthralling motor tour specially designed for riders who love off-road riding and want to experience the unique culture and lifestyle of the hill tribes in the northern mountainous villages of Vietnam. Though short this trip includes exciting rides through varied tracks to reach the far remote villages. Enjoy homestays, eat traditional foods, let your feet down on the cool streams of springs, and make most of your limited time in this land of amazing beauty and adventure treks!

Key Information

  • Bike: rental bike (Honda and Yamaha motorbikes)
  • Terrain: off-road
  • Mileage: 420 kilometers / 261 miles
  • Daily rides: 160 - 120 kilometers / 99 - 75 miles
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Hanoi
  • Learn about the local culture
  • Visit the incredible May Waterfall
  • Sightseeing trip to Mai Chau village
  • Honda XR250L or CRFL250L bike rental
  • Experienced guide on motorcycle
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 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 accommodated with local people in homestays. You will be welcomed by very friendly and nice hosts.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau village (160 kilometers / 99 miles)

Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel at about 07:00 a.m., and accompany you to the starting point. You should get familiar with your bikes before hitting the road because the traffic culture in Hanoi is very different and it gets chaotic with people not obeying any traffic regulations.

After following the highway for about 60 kilometers you will ride straight up to the hill and cross a river through the forest on an off-road stretch of about 30 kilometers (19 miles), before lunch. Postt lunch, you will get to take a sightseeing trip and will then continue on a dirt road to Mai Chau village, where you will reach before dark. Your overnight halt will be a homestay with White Thai people and you will be offered lunch and dinner. You will be riding approximately for 50 kilometers (31 miles) on the dirt road.

Day 2: Mai Chau village - May Waterfall (120 kilometers / 75 miles)

After breakfast, at 07:30 a.m., you will ride around the village and then embark into the forest again to challenge yourself. This will be the most difficult day of the tour and therefore the itinerary of the tour may be changed in case of bad weather conditions.

You will be heading towards Muong Village, where you will take a break and have lunch at about noon time. A gorgeous cool stream flows along the stilt house here, which may tempt you to take a quick dip, however, please do not hurry, as you still have a long dirt track ahead to ride through in the afternoon.

Your overnight halt will be in a stilt house, located at the foot of the waterfall which is at the downstream of this spring. You will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner, today and will be riding approximately for 70 kilometers (43 miles) on the dirt road.

Day 3: May Waterfall - Hanoi (120 kilometers / 87 miles)

You will begin your day early today and if you did not relax in the waterfall the day before, please do so now as you may not have a second chance to visit this beautiful place. You can also enjoy a cup of coffee beside the waterfall and have breakfast listening to chirping sound of birds.

The road ahead is not long but is very interesting because of the diverse terraces and beautiful nature. Enjoy this scenic ride to reach Hanoi and end your incredible tour at about 04:30 p.m. You will be served breakfast and lunch today.

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

  • Take a sightseeing trip to the Mai Chau village
  • Visit the May Waterfall in Muong village

Location

This trip will cover Hanoi, Mai Chau village, and May waterfall.

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

  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 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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