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This Vietnam motorcycle tour to Mai Chau, Phu Yen, and Thac Ba Lake offers you the exceptional chance to see many beautiful mountain passes, breathtaking landscapes, and friendly people with a start from Hanoi to Mai Chau in Hoa Binh, then Phu Yen in Son La and the final destination is Thac Ba Lake in Yen Bai. You will discover the local ethnic people’s culture by staying with them, sharing meals, and enjoying homemade rice wine.
Your accommodations will be homestays in Mai Chau and Dao village as well as a guesthouse in Phu Yen. All rooms are twin or / and triple-sharing basis.
Brief of day one: motorbiking tours to tribal villages - enjoy a music performance + rice wine;
You start your motorbike tour by leaving Hanoi on dyke roads to avoid heavy traffic around 09:00, you ride your motorcycles west to Mai Chau, an area of beautiful landscape and home to the Thai ethnic minority. You will ride 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 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 join a performance, where you can dance and share a range of special liquors (rice wine) with the locals. Overnight in a house-on-stilts of the Thai people.
Off-road motorbike tours to remote tribal villages
Mai Chau is one of the closest places to Hanoi where you can experience a 'real' Montagnard village. In the morning, you take a short walk around the village to discover the local life. The 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 in the homestay, you say goodbye to the villagers and leave Mai Chau around 10:00. You ride from Mai Chau to the direction of Moc Chau, where you have lunch. This highland town produces some of Vietnam's best tea and is a good place to stock up. The surrounding area is also home to several ethnic minorities, including Green H'mong, Dzao, Thai, and Muong. Moc Chau boasts a pioneering dairy industry that started in the late 1970s with Australian (and, later, United Nations) assistance. The dairy provides Hanoi with such delectable and fresh milk, sweetened condensed milk, and little tooth-rotting bars called Banh sua.
After lunch, you turn to the less traveled Road 43 leading to the Da River, crossing the reservoir of Da River at Van Yen ferry, then ride on a beautiful winding secondary road until Phu Yen, a small mountain town in Son La Province, where you stay in a basic guesthouse.
In the morning, you ride across Lung Lo pass before head up on Road 32. During the First Indochina War, the 15 kilometers - long Lung Lo Pass, used by the Vietnamese resistance force to transport weapons, goods, and food during the Dien Bien Phu campaign of 1954, was heavily bombed by the French in order to sever the front lines from the rear. Lung Lo Pass, situated in the northern province of Yen Bai, was also recognized as a national heritage by the ministry.
Head up to Ba Khe T-junction, you continue your motorbike tour on a sealed road through renowned tea growing areas, where the hillsides are literally covered in plantations, all the way to the city of Yen Bai which sits on the Red River. From here, it’s a short ride to the Thac Ba Lake, also formed by the construction of hydroelectricity dam in the 1970s. You keep riding to the Dao village of Vu Linh where you stay for the night, enjoying Dao hospitality.
You will have an unforgettable dinner with the hosts, who are really big drinkers and they party every day. The welcome is exceptional and it's hoped that you will survive.
After breakfast, you ride to the southeast on Highway 2 and then branch off to the sleepy town of Phu Tho. You follow the edge of the Red River along the dyke, almost to the point where it merges with the Black River after which they flow together to Hanoi. By now, you are very much in the lowlands of the delta plains and the north's main agricultural areas. The harvest time here is a sea of activity. Crossing the Black River by a bridge, you pass through Son Tay and then return to Hanoi on the highway. You should be back to Hanoi before rush-hour (16:00) because the traffic's getting busier and busier.
On day 2, you take a short walk around the Montagnard village to discover the local life.
This tour will take you from Hanoi to Mai Chau, Phu Yen, and Thac Ba Lake in Vietnam. Along the way, you will visit Hoa Binh Province, Lung Lo Pass, Dao village of Vu Linh, and Son Tay.
You will be provided with 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners. You will also be served fruits and coffee on the tour.
Noi Bai International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Hanoi - Noi Bai International Airport (HAN).
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