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The motorcycle tour will take you through North-west and North-east of Vietnam which are famous for their high mountains where you can enjoy the majestic panoramic views. There are many villages of different minority people in the area offering home stays, so this is a great chance to experience firsthand the local ethnic minorities and their wonderful hospitable atmosphere.
During the tour, you will stay in various accommodations including home-stay, guesthouse, and hotel.
At 7:30 a.m., you will depart for your motorbike trip by getting out of Hanoi to head up road No. 32. You will take about four hours to get from Thu Cuc to Nghia Lo. You will be on a wide stretch of road where the traffic flow is more easy. You can see beautiful landscape from the road or you can stop to take photos and have a little rest stop. Your riding trip today will be headed by a tour guide.
Situated a few kilometers from the center of the town is a hot spring, the water of which is believed to cure arthritis. The spring’s warm water allows people to apply it directly. However, the water is still only used by local people and has not been tapped for its health benefits yet. Many elders in the valley come here to bathe every few days. The water is very good for the health and skin. A person will feel as fresh as a daisy with healthy white skin after they’ve bathed in the spring water.
You will have an overnight stay in Nghia Lo at a home-stay. The meals included on this day are lunch and dinner.
At 8:00 a.m., you will check out of the guesthouse and have breakfast with Pho near the town. You are going to head up road 32 along mountain roads and terraced rice field landscape. You will have the opportunity to stop and take photos.
Mu Cang Chai is about 1000 meters above sea level, the steep hills make it almost impossible to grow rice fields like those in the delta. Thus, local residences grow their own rice on the terraced fields, for the purpose of preventing water from flowing downhill. These terraced fields lying among rugged green mountain valleys, under clear blue sky or a mysterious and crips fog, bring to eyes an imposing scenery.
During harvesting season, ready crops transition to yellow, while new crops remain in their green color. The scenery is a big attraction to photographers. You will have an overnight stay at a home-stay in Than Uyen town. The meals of the day include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One of the interesting activities of the day is to have a session in the hot spring.
You will have breakfast and then check out before the trip starts. The ride will go up to Sapa and the road follows the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range and winds through tea plantations and rice terraces as it hugs the Nam Ma River. This stunning valley is dotted with Tay, Dzao, and H’mong hill tribe villages. Over the 1900 meters from Tram Ton Pass to Sa Pa is located in the breathtaking Hoang Lien Son Mountains.
You will arrive in Sapa in the afternoon where you will stay for the night at a home-stay. The meals of the day include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
At 8:00 a.m., you will have breakfast with steamed rolled rice pancake near the hotel. Then, you will trek to visit the traditional houses of H’mong hill tribe and admire the beauty of surroundings and enjoy the hospitality of the H’mong children at Cat Cat village.
In the afternoon after lunch, you will check out of the hotel. The ride will be easy, going down to Lao Chai village to visit the H’mong and Dzay tribes. Then, you will keep going along the bottom of the Sa Pa valley to go to Ta Van village, which is supposed to be the most beautiful place in the area. You can see the amazing scenery and beautiful waterfall.
After breakfast, you will be leaving Sapa to head to Coc Ly market. After one hour of trekking to visit, you will have a boat trip down along Chay River (one branch of the Red River) crossing many waterfall, caves, and beautiful scenes.
Then, you will drive to Bac Ha town. Take a short trek around Bac Ha town to visit Hoang A Tuong’s palace known as the King of Meo (H’mong people) during French colonialism and a local village of H’mong people nearby. Enjoy dinner with tasty Tao-Meo-wine (local wine made from H’mong’s apple).
After breakfast today, you will ride all day to go to Ha Giang city via Xi Man and Hoang Su Phi. Along the way, you may encounter the ethnic people: Nung, Tay, Red Dzao, La Chi, Co Lao, and some tribes staying on the hill (groups who have settled in the area).
Hoang Su Phi is also very famous for the terraced rice fields cultivated by local people for hundreds of years. You will lunch en route at Hoang Su Phi town. Continue to ride to Ha Giang with a stop to visit Tay hill tribe’s village and enjoy beautiful scene of rivers, forests, and mountain of Northeast Vietnam.
After breakfast, you will head north of Ha Giang via Quan Ba Heaven Gate to Yen Minh town for lunch. For the local inhabitants, Dong Van Karst Plateau, with up to 60% of limestone exposures, is not only a mighty scenery but also their cradle of life endowed to them from earth and heaven.
Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark (to include Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van, and Meo Vac, four mountainous districts of Ha Giang Province) was recognized as the first global geopark of Vietnam since October 3, 2010 and makes it a-must-visit place once in a lifetime.
You will continue with visits to Vuong Dynasty art architecture relics, a former palace of Meo people, and Sa Phin village, followed by a visit to Lung Cu flag tower. The Lung Cu flagpole, marking the country’s extreme north, is a popular tourist destination that inspires a deep sense of pride in Vietnamese.
From a distance, Lung Cu is a spectacular sight with the view dominated by giant boulders and the national flag flying above Dragon Mountain, the northernmost tip of Vietnam. You will head back to Dong Van Town for dinner and check in at the guesthouse.
In the morning, you will head to a coffee shop in the Dong Van ancient town and trek around at Dong Van market. You will ride all day to go to Bao Lac. You will stop on the way at the famous Ma Pi Leng Pass at an altitude of over 2000 meters to admire the scenery typical of the region. Ma Pi Leng is one of the clusters of karst cones and continuous cliffs, which constitute an unmatched landscape.
You can see and enjoy beautiful scenery overlooking the Nho Que River before going down to Meo Vac. You will cross the wild regions of the mythical province of Ha Giang. Stop for the night at Bao Lac, the ethnic crossroad of Northeast Vietnam. Many other ethnic groups on the two sides of the border meet at the market every Sunday.
There are few passes from where you can dominate the area. The road is easy but there are many curves. You can stop a lot for pictures and rest. All together, with the stop for drinks and food, the journey should take about eight hours. You will spend the night in the traditional stilt house of Tay minority people.
After breakfast, you will take a boat cruise down the Nang River which is the main water source of the lake and enjoy the tranquility of the nature at Ba Be National Park. On the way, you will have the opportunity to visit Puong cave, Dau Dang waterfalls, and An Ma Island. You will have lunch at the home-stay. You will find the best place for swimming or take an easy hike to meet ethnic people living along the lake. You will return to Pac Ngoi village in late afternoon.
The last day, you will have an easy ride of 220 kilometers through Thai Nguyen, Bac Kan, and Vinh Yen provinces on a small road with little traffic. Your arrival in Hanoi will be around 5:00 p.m. The tour ends here.
This motorbike tour will take place in Vietnam. The route will start from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai to Sapa to Bac Ha to Ha Giang to BaBe great Lake and back to Hanoi.
The price of the package includes breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. On the first day, you will only have lunch and dinner, while on the last day, you will only have breakfast and lunch.
Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN).