12 Days Guided Motorcycle Tour in North Vietnam

  • Hanoi, Vietnam

Adventurous Vietnam Motorbike Tours

If you would like to experience something new in Vietnam, this motorcycle tour will be perfect for you! Ride along the beauty of North Vietnam, including the impressive Pha Din Pass, the tea plantations in Moc Chau Plateau, and more. You will also get to know local tribes living in the area, as well as explore remote villages during your ride. Enjoy the natural breeze of Sapa, Ba Be National Park, and other destinations while resting your bike. Join now to get an amazing experience!

Highlights

  • Motorcycle rental for the tour
  • 2034 kilometers / 1264 miles mileage
  • North Vietnam ethnic tribes experience
  • Visit several remote villages in North Vietnam
  • Experienced English-speaking guide
  • Daily Vietnamese food and drink
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 11 riding days
  • English
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During this tour, you will stay overnight in a twin room at several hotels and homestays as provided by Hanoi Easy Rider.

Overview

  • Bike: rental
  • Terrain: mix of asphalt and off-road
  • Mileage: 2034 kilometers / 1264 miles
  • Daily rides: 150 to 255 kilometers / 93 to 158 miles
  • Meals: all meals included, except on the first day

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi

This tour includes one night of accommodation in Hanoi under Hanoi Easy Rider's arrangement. The accomodation is a three-star hotel located close to the tour starting point.

Day 2: Hanoi to Mai Chau (191 kilometers / 119 miles)

You will leave Hanoi around 7:30 a.m. and ride to Mai Chau. After that, you will ride on road number 6 passing expansive rice paddies and scenic villages. You will have a stop for refreshment before tackling 70 kilometers / 43 miles of the undulating road with great view of mountains and valley. You will reach Mai Chau in the late afternoon. You will visit Pom Coong, where you will have lunch, dinner, and overnight.

After lunch, you will have a short rest and take a leisure push bike trips toward Ma River. You will take a short boat ride upstream Ma River to reach a remote Thai village. You will relax and have interesting conversations with the villagers before you walk back to the dock. You will return to Pom Coong for dinner and stay overnight at a traditional stilt-house of a Thai family after an eight-hour ride.

Day 3: Mai Chau to Son La (170 kilometers / 106 miles)

Today, you will ride for eight hours. You will have breakfast at the homestay before you continue to ride up north to Son La. The road is in good condition and the scenery is stunning. You will take frequent stops to visit minority villages of Hmong, Black Thai, and to take photos.

Lunch will be served at local restaurant. The highlight of your trip today will be the tea plantations in Moc Chau Plateau, where you will find the best green tea in Vietnam grown along the roads on hillsides. You will reach Son La in the afternoon, have dinner, and stay overnight there.

Day 4: Son La to Dien Bien (160 kilometers / 99 miles)

Today's seven-hour ride will be greater with more winding road, longer passes, colorful minority groups, and stunning scenery. You will stop to visit several villages and take photos. You will have lunch at a local restaurant. The highlight of today's ride will be the impressive pass of Pha Din, the longest pass in Vietnam with the total length approximately up to 32 kilometers / 20 miles.

Climbing and descending the slopes with their many bends and deep gorges will be an unforgettable experience. You will reach Dien Bien Phu in the afternoon around 4 p.m. Upon arrival, you will stroll around to explore the town, have dinner, and stay overnight in Dien Bien Phu.

Day 5: Dien Bien to Sapa (288 kilometers / 179 miles)

After breakfast, you will start riding 225 kilometers / 140 miles along stunning gorges and the Nam Na River. On the way, you will stop to visit Hmong and Dzao villages and have lunch in Lai Chau. Then, you will continue to Sapa through climbing the highest pass in Vietnam, Tram Ton Pass. You will reach Sapa in the afternoon time, have dinner, and stay overnight there.

The Sunday market in Tam Duong is very interesting with lots of colorful ethnic minorities. If the day is Sunday, the market will be included in the program and you will reach Sapa around 3 p.m. Today, you will ride for eight hours and a half.

Day 6: Sapa (30 kilometers / 19 miles)

After a good night sleep, you will have breakfast and continue to visit Ta Van Village, Lao Chai Village, and Cat Cat Village. Then, you will have lunch in Sapa and visit Ham Rong Mountain and Sapa Town. At the end of the day, you will stay overnight at a hotel in Sapa. Today's ride will last five hours.

Day 7: Sapa to Ha Giang (255 kilometers/ 158 miles)

Today, you will ride all day long to reach Ha Giang. Along the way, you will meet ethnic people such as Nung, Tay, Red Dzao, La Chi, Co Lao, and some other tribes who stay on the hill and have settled in the area. You will have lunch on the way to Ha Giang and visit Tay hill tribe's village. There, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of rivers, forests, and a mountain of Northeast Vietnam. You will check in at a hotel in town and have a dinner there after eight hours of riding.

Day 8: Ha Giang to Meo Vac (180 kilometers / 112 miles)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will go north to Quan Ba Heaven Gate. You will go around the Na Khoang Village before reaching Yen Minh for lunch. After lunch time, you will continue to visit Vuong dynasty art architecture relics, a former palace of Meo people, and Sa Phin Village. It will be followed by a visit to Lung Cu Flag Tower, the northernmost tip of Vietnam.

Then, you will go around the town to visit Dong Van ancient town and Dong Van market (open only on Sundays) and visit two villages of Hmong and Lo Lo hill tribes. You will ride to Meo Vac, which is inhabited mostly by Hmong, Lo Lo, and Pu Peo ethnic minority people. They still retain traditions and their cultural identities through the centuries.

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, one of the clusters of karst cones and continuous cliffs which constitute an unmatched landscape. At the end of the day, you will have dinner and stay overnight in Meo Vac Town after seven hours of riding.

Day 9: Meo Vac to Cao Bang (200 kilometers / 125 miles)

You will leave Meo Vac for Cao Bang. On the way, you will cross small villages of local hill tribes of Tay, Nung, Hmong, and Dao. You will have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will arrive in Cao Bang, have dinner, and stay overnight there after eight hours of riding.

Day 10: Cao Bang and Ban Gioc Waterfall (190 kilometers / 118 miles)

Today, you will ride to Ban Gioc Waterfall via Trung Khanh with a stop to visit the handmade water reeling system of the Nung tribe. When you arrive at Ban Gioc Waterfall, you will take a boat trip to the waterfall. On the way back to Cao Bang, you will take a short trek to visit Nguom Ngao Cave, a big and yet unexplored cave with extraordinary natural stalactites and stalagmites. Then, you'll come back to Cao Bang, have dinner, and stay overnight there after seven hours of riding.

Day 11: Cao Bang to Ba Be Lake (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

After breakfast, you will go to Ba Be. You will visit some several tribes such as Tay, Nung, Da, San Chay, and others on the way there. You will have lunch at a local restaurant. When you arrive in Ba Be, you will take a boat cruise down to Nang River and visit O Uong Cave, Dau Dang Waterfalls, and An Ma Island.

Then, you will find the best place for swimming or take an easy hike to meet ethnic people living along the lake. In the afternoon, you will return to Pac Ngoi Village, have dinner, and stay overnight there at a homestay after seven hours of riding.

Day 12: Ba Be Lake to Hanoi (220 kilometers / 137 miles)

You will leave Ba Be and stop in Thai Nguyen to visit the Museum of Ethnology and enjoy fresh green tea. You will arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon after a total of seven hours of riding.

  • Boat cruise on Nang River
  • Boat trip to Ban Gioc Waterfall
  • Explore O Uong Cave, Dau Dang Waterfalls, and An Ma Island in Ba Be National Park
  • Get to explore remote villages and hill tribes
  • Hiking in the area of Ba Be Lake
  • Learn in the Museum of Ethnology in Thai Nguyen
  • Leisure bike rides along Ma River and Nam Na River
  • Ride the passes of Pha Din, Tram Ton, and Ma Pi Leng
  • See Vuong dynasty relics, a former palace of Meo people, and Sa Phin Village
  • Short trek to visit Nguom Ngao Cave
  • Swimming on Ba Be Lake
  • Take a trip Mai Chau, Son La, Sapa, Lai Chau, Meo Vac, Yen Minh, Cao Bang, and more
  • Tour of the tea plantations in Moc Chau Plateau
  • Visit Lung Cu Flag Tower, the northernmost tip of Vietnam
  • Dennis Ngoc

    Dennis has always dreamed of becoming a tourist guide. He then studied for five years learning English and basic theories of tourism. Now, he works at Hanoi Easy Rider and his job is to make the company become a motorcycle tours destination for people who love to ride all over the world.

This motorcycle tour will take place in North Vietnam, visiting Mai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Sapa, Lai Chau, Meo Vac, Yen Minh, Cao Bang, and many more places, including several remote villages and hill tribes.

For your daily meals, Hanoi Easy Rider will provide you Vietnamese food and drinks. Meals on the first day and dinner on the last day are not included.

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • All entrance fees, tickets, and transport on the tour
  • All gas (fuel)
  • Daily Vietnamese meals and drinks as indicated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Motorcycle rental
  • Trip insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Dinner and hotel on the last day
  • Other things are not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Nội Bài International Airport (HAN).

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Michele O'Brien from Melbourne, Australia

    "I just got back from a 4-day trip to Bac Ha, Sapa, and Tu Le. The landscape is stunning with huge glorious mountains that look like something out of the Hobbit, serene deep valleys, beautiful tribal ladies picking tea, and cute kids playing by the side of the road. I mean there is always something amazing to look at. Tu was a safe and skillful driver and also a great guide."

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  • Review by Stephen McCloskey from Merseyside, England, UK

    "What can I say? I have been following Hanoi Easy Rider on Facebook for around 2 years, constantly asking questions, and desperate to have a motorcycle road trip in Vietnam for over 20 years. I have just managed to have my dream come true, with a 6-day trip and it was absolutely wonderful! I left Hanoi with a tour guide and returned with a very good friend."

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  • Review by J. Chan from The Philippines

    "The 1-day city tour was really fun. It is the best way to see and experience the city. The visit to the pottery village was also enjoyable. Hanoi Easy Rider can customize their tour for you. You just need to discuss it with them ahead of time. They are very good and friendly people. Thanks a lot."

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Pricing information

Hanoi Easy Rider now has a support vehicle with seven seats, very comfortable for a long trip with women and children. If you want this included in your trip, the additional price would be 100 USD per day, including gas, tour guide, and driver.

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