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8 Days Thrilling Motorcycle Tour in Northwest Vietnam

Mường Lát District, Thanh Hoa, Vietnam

Exciting Motorbike Tours Vietnam

This ride is full of incredible scenery, awesome dirt roads, and windy tracks offering a right mix of adventure and relaxation. From tea plantation in Moc Chau to fantastic terraced rice fields in Mu Cang Chai, a sea of clouds in Sapa, and majestic mountains stretching till the horizon, you have a lot to experience. Enjoy ethnic hospitability of natives as you do homestays with them, relish amazing food, and get adrenaline gushing as you cross the adventurous routes!

Key Information

  • Bike: rental bike (Honda and Yamaha motorbikes)
  • Terrain: mix of asphalt and off-road
  • Mileage: 1435 kilometers / 892 miles
  • Daily rides: 240 - 150 kilometers / 149 - 93 miles
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 7 dinners

Highlights

  • Ride along Da River
  • Starts and ends in Hanoi
  • Discover the beautiful Sa Pa
  • Amazing view of Thac Ba Lake
  • Honda XR250L or CRFL250L rental
  • Qualified guide on the tour
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


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

During the tour, you will either be accommodated at a local family's home or a three-star hotel. You will be welcomed by 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 35 kilometers (22 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 - Bac Yen Town (190 kilometers / 118 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 Bac Yen. You will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner today. You will be riding on the dirt road for about 85 kilometers (53 miles).

Day 4: Bac Yen Town - Ngoc Chien hot water springs (135 kilometers / 84 miles)

You will be traveling 80% of your time on the off-road, today. It will for sure be a long and challenging day. You will pass through the villages of Tay, Thai, and Red Dao with custom features and friendliness of local people. You will overcome dangerous long streams, steep slopes made of slippery mud and stones.

You will have picnic lunch on the way. With great efforts and a challenging day hopefully you will reach Bac Yen before dark. You overnight halt will be a homestay with the local people. You will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner today. You will be riding on the dirt road for about 90 kilometers (56 miles).

Day 5: Ngoc Chien - Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields (190 kilometers / 118 miles)

Today, you will be on the dirt road for about 50 percent of your time, riding your bikes through 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 90 kilometers (56 miles).

Day 6: Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields - Sapa (200 kilometers / 124 miles)

After five 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 7: Sapa - Thac Ba Lake (240 kilometers / 149 miles)

Today you will wake up and enjoy the fresh air of the northwest forest mountain. You will ride along the muddy footpath to reach Pho Lu. After lunch, you will continue riding on the National Highway No.70 to reach the Thac Ba Lake, a beautiful hydroelectric reservoir in the north of Vietnam, you can enjoy a stunning view of the sunset from the lake.

Your overnight halt will be a homestay with Dzao people. You will be offered breakfast, lunch, and dinner today. You will be riding on the dirt road for about 40 kilometers (25 miles).

Day 8: Thac Ba Lake - Hanoi (160 kilometers / 99 miles)

After breakfast you will cruise 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 flows together to reach the ocean. By now you will have reached the lowlands of the Red River Delta and the north main agricultural area.

Crossing the Black River via the bridge, you will pass through Son Tay and then return to Hanoi joining the highway. You will be served breakfast and lunch today. This marks the end of your exciting tour!

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

  • Enjoy scenic Moc Chau Highlands
  • Have a picnic lunch on the way to Ngoc Chien hot water springs
  • See the Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields
  • Sink in the cool waterfall of a national reserve
  • Take a tour of the town of Sapa
  • Visit Thac Ba Lake

Location

This motorcycle tour will cover destinations across Hanoi, Muong Waterfall, Moc Chau Plateau, Bac Yen Town, Ngoc Chien hot water springs, Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields, Sapa, and Thac Ba Lake.

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

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 8 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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