2 Days Hanoi to Mai Chau Motorbike Tour Vietnam

Guided Motorcycle Tour Vietnam

This two days' motorbike tour offers a great opportunity to explore the outstanding natural beauties and cultural richness of Mai Chau, the gateway to the impressive Northwestern area of Vietnam. As you ride to Mai Chau, you will encounter White Thai minorities and be the guests in their traditional stilt-houses allowing us to see firsthand how these minority people live.

Key Information

  • Bike: rental
  • Terrain: mix of tarmac, gravels, curves, muddy, rocky, and off-road
  • Mileage: 300 kilometers / 186 miles
  • Daily rides: 140 - 160 kilometers / 87 - 100 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmets, elbow, knee pads and gloves; not included: jackets, boots, goggles, glasses and raincoats
  • Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner

Highlights

  • Ride via Mai Chau
  • Starts and ends in Hanoi
  • Ride through Thung Khe mountain
  • Cultural walk around Montagnard village
  • English or French-speaking guide
  • 1-night accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 riding days in English
Spoken languages: French, English
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated in a stilt Thai house based on twin or triple shared room.

Program

Day 1: Hanoi to Mai Chau Valley (Hoa Binh) (160 kilometers / 100 miles)

Your motorbike tour will be started by leaving Hanoi on dike roads to avoid the heavy traffic around 09:00. You will ride your motorcycles west to Mai Chau, an area of beautiful landscape and home to the Thai ethnic minority.

You will motorcycle on Highway 6 passing extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads punctuated by limestone karst scenery.

After a light lunch in Hoa Binh Province, you will cross Thung Khe, one of the most beautiful mountain passes in North Vietnam then descent to the mountain valley settlement of Mai Chau. After dinner, you will join performance, where you can dance and share a range of special liquors (rice wine) with the locals. Overnight will be in a house-on-stilts of the Thai people.

Day 2: Mai Chau to remote and tribal villages then motorcycling back to Hanoi (140 kilometers / 86 miles)

Mai Chau is one of the closest places to Hanoi where you can experience a 'real' Montagnard Village. In the morning, you will take a short walk around the village to discover the local life. Life in the countryside starts early so by sunrise, there is a wealth of activity.

The Thai women are masterful weavers who ensure that there is plenty of traditional-style clothing to buy in the village center. You will see women weaving on looms under or inside their houses in the village. You can buy some handmade traditional-style clothing, knife or crossbow.

After breakfast, you will do a 60-kilometer motor ride around Mai Chau on beautiful mountain dirt track and the almost empty road before back to homestay for lunch. Then, you will say goodbye to villagers and leave Mai Chau around 10:00. You will ride back Hanoi by the shorter way.

Beginner

  • Can ride for 2-3 hours
  • Minimal riding experience
  • Assistance required
  • Comfortable with curves and leans
  • Basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate

  • Can ride for 3-4 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 5-6 hours
  • Extensive riding experience
  • Assistance on demand (if required)
  • Experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • Comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Location

This tour will take you from Hanoi to Mai Chau. Mai Chau is a rural district located in the Northwest Region of Vietnam, approximately 140 kilometers from Hanoi, and is a part of the Hoa Binh Province. It is nestled in a peaceful valley sheltered by the outside world by a dramatic ring of hills. It’s a serene, relaxing rural idyll, and the vivid green paddy fields will match your picture postcard fantasies of the Vietnamese countryside.

The Mai Chau Valley is dominated by rice paddies and small villages and enclosed by mountains. Sitting outdoors looking at the mountains covering, breathing fresh air from nature, ones can just unwind in a serene and peaceful environment, or easily meet local people and be invited to drink Mai Ha wine with family or friends.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • 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

What's included

  • 1 night’s accommodation
  • Driving gears
  • English or French-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Fruits and coffee on tour
  • Gasoline on tour
  • Helmets
  • Homestay permission
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Mechanic (only for group from 6 passengers)
  • Motorbike rental (Honda or Yamaha 110cc or 122cc)
  • Sightseeing fees

What's not included

  • Air ticket
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa

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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Availability

This tour is available all year round except during Lunar Tet Festival (February 1st ​-10th, 2019).

 

Pricing information
  • The surcharge for manual dirt bikes of 150cc and 250cc is 18 USD / bike / day and 30 USD / bike / day respectively.
  • Bigger groups (more than 2) can be accommodated. Kindly send an inquiry mentioning how many persons you are for an accurate price offer.

 

Tour information

Please note that this tour is offered on a private basis. It caters to a single rider or to a private group, providing a personal tour guide in either case.

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