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4 Days Enduro Motorbike Tour in Vietnam

Bac Yen, Vietnam

Adventure Motorbike Tours Vietnam

Join this motorcycle tour in Vietnam to experience a combination of sightseeing and off-road riding and to enjoy the best view of the mountainous North Center in Vietnam. You will be taken along the Ngoi Thia river to ride challenging roads and have a really great time in the wilderness of the land to catch up its infinite natural scenery. The mountains, the valleys, and the friendly local people constitute a wild but friendly living environment which would properly surprise you!

Key Information

  • Bike: rental bike (Honda and Yamaha motorbikes)
  • Terrain: mix of asphalt and off-road
  • Mileage: 760 kilometers / 473 miles
  • Daily rides: 160 - 220 kilometers / 100 - 137 miles
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Hanoi
  • Boat trip on the beautiful Big Lake
  • Lovely trip to the ancient Cinnamon Forest
  • Ride along the Red River through zigzag roads
  • Breathtaking view from the top of Ta Sua Peak Mountain
  • Honda XR250L or CRFL250L motorbike rental
  • Experienced tour guide on motorcycle
  • 7 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 stay in either a private or a shared room at local home stays or in standard hotels.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi to Bac Yen (220 kilometers / 137 miles)

You will experience a difficult but exciting start from ADV Motorcycle Tours office to be out of the chaos of Hanoi traffic and head to the Road 32 to discover the Northwest mountainous region. You will ride along the Red River through zigzag roads with many sharp turns and gradients of up to 15%.

This distance provides a really nice view of tea plantations and daily life of the farmers on the beautiful terraced rice fields. In the afternoon, you will take your first off-road ride through a H’mong Village at the top of mountain with slippery slopes before down to Bac Yen town in the late afternoon. You will experience a total of 40 kilometers of dirt roads.

Day 2: Bac Yen to Tu Le (180 kilometers / 112 miles)

You will get up early to ride up top of the Ta Sua Peak Mountain to gaze the stunning beauty of the sunrise as the sun slowly rises out of the sea of clouds on the mountain halfway.

You will enjoy a cup of coffee before passing through the rocky slope with one side of deep valley and cliff on the other side to reach the next town famous for its endless fields where you will enjoy a delicious lunch and then you will head to Tu Le terraced rice fields. You will experience a total of 35 kilometers of dirt roads.

After a hard day ride you will enjoy some rest by soaking in the hot water running directly from the spring with the locals. Soaking together in the river is a typical cultural characteristic of Black Thai people in the North West and in the North Center of Vietnam.

Day 3: Tu Le to Thac Ba Lake (200 kilometers / 125 miles)

On this day, you will ride on more than 40 kilometers of off-road trails along the river. The road will take you through ancient Cinnamon Forest and its villages with full of cinnamon bark dried along the street. From there, you will enjoy a short ride to the edge of the Big Lake, also formed by the construction of hydroelectricity dam in the 1970's. You may enjoy some time on board a boat or join a cooking class with your very friendly host.

Day 4: Thac Ba Lake to Hanoi (160 kilometers / 100 miles)

After breakfast, you will take a boat trip to visit the lake to enjoy the beautiful scenery around the lake and then come back to the home-stay to start the ride to southeast on Highway 2 and then branch off to the peaceful town of Phu Tho. You will follow the edge of the Red River along the dike almost to the point where it merges with the Black River and then flow together to reach the ocean.

By that moment, you will be very much in the lowlands of the Red River delta and the north main agricultural area. You will cross the Black River via the bridge, pass through Son Tay, and then return to Hanoi via highway.

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 from 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 from 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

  • Boat trip on the Big Lake
  • Ride through a H’mong Village
  • Short ride to the edge of the Big Lake
  • Travel to the top of the Ta Sua Peak Mountain
  • Trip to the ancient Cinnamon Forest
  • Visit the Tu Le terraced rice fields

Location

This tour will be held at different locations in the northern and central area of Vietnam. The tour will start and finish in Hanoi and you will have the opportunity to visit Bac Yen, Tu Le, and Thac Ba Lake.

Vietnam

Vietnam is located in Southeast Asia and covers a total area of approximately 329,314 square kilometers. The country has a long coastline of approximately 3,200 kilometers. Vietnam shares its border with China to the North, Laos and Cambodia to the west, and is bordered by ocean on the west and south.

The official national language of Vietnam is Vietnamese and it is influenced a little bit by French and Chinese. Vietnam also has many ethnic groups and each of them has their own language to use in daily life.

According to the statistic in 2015, Vietnam has a population of 91 million people. There are 54 distinct groups in Vietnam and each has its own language, lifestyle, and cultural heritage.

Food

During this tour, you will be served three breakfasts, four lunches, and three dinners with non-alcoholic beverages along with daily green tea and drinking water. All meals will be local, Vietnamese food. 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 home stay of the local people.

Vietnamese food draws a lot of attention of tourists and has long been famous in many different countries in the world because it is very delicious. Vietnamese cuisine reflects its geography and history. The way of cooking, spices, materials are flexibly changed in the all regions. Rice still plays a very important role in every meal of Vietnamese people. Please let ADV Motorcycle Tours and Dirtbike Travel know at the time of booking in case you have any special dietary requirements.

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)
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)

During your free time, you may explore the location, visit some local places of interests and attractions on your own, or simply relax at the accommodation.

What's included

  • 1 experienced tour guide on motorcycle
  • 1 Honda XR250L or CRFL250L or Yamaha WR250R dirt bike with mandatory insurance
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 4 lunches
  • All permits, tickets, entrance fees, boat trips, ferries, and bamboo rafts
  • Daily green tea and drinking water
  • Gasoline and basic spare parts
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Support and assistance during the whole tour

What's not included

  • Accommodation and meals in Hanoi
  • Additional drinks
  • Airfare or train fares
  • Breakfast on the departure day and dinner on the return day
  • Medical insurance
  • Motorbike protection pants, jacket, gloves, helmet, rain gear, and other safety equipment
  • Personal expenses
  • Support truck for luggage transport, back up bike, and service
  • Tips and gratuities

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). Airport transfers can be arranged with ADV Motorcycle Tours and Dirtbike Travel for an additional cost.

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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