4 Days Unforgettable Vietnam Motorcycle Tour from Hanoi to Mai Chau

Guided Motorcycle Tour from Hanoi to Mai Chau

This is an amazing countryside motorbike-ride through verdant villages, paddy fields, rugged mountains, and scenic valleys of Hoa Binh! Enjoy riding onto the Ho Chi Minh trail past breathtaking limestone formation of Ninh Binh including the rainforest of Cuc Phuong National Park, Ha Long Bay on land Tam Coc, and ancient capital of Hoa Lu. All of which is off the main route ride and includes some trekking in the rainforest and pleasant encounters with tribal people.

Key Information

  • Bike: rental
  • Terrain: mix of tarmac, gravels, curves, muddy, rocky, and off-road
  • Mileage: 500 kilometers / 311 miles
  • Daily rides: 60 - 170 kilometers / 38 - 106 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmets, elbow, knee pads and gloves; not included: jackets, boots, goggles, glasses and raincoats
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Hanoi
  • Ride along Ho Chi Minh Trail
  • Boat trip to Ha Long Bay on land
  • Visit the Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant
  • Explore the ancient capital city of Hoa Lu
  • Amazing tour of Cuc Phuong Forest
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

You will stay for one night in a local stilt house, one night in a bungalow, and one night at a hotel in shared twin room.

Program

Day 1: Ha Noi to Mai Chau (160 kilometers / four hours)

You will start the motorbike tour from the office at 08:30. After about 30 minutes, you'll ride your bikes along the dike of Red River to get out of Ha Noi City. Wind your way to Hoa Binh town. On the way, you will be making your own way through the villages and valleys of Ha Tay and Hoa Binh Province.

Then, you will stop for lunch in Hoa Binh town, visit the hydro-power plant, and continue hitting the roads up hills to the Kun pass and onto nice roads offering spectacular views over the valleys and mountains. You will arrive in Mai Chau by afternoon, it's time to explore before overnighting in a traditional Thai stilt houses.

Mai Chau is located in a flat valley and surrounded by high limestone mountain ranges with forests. This place is a home to Thai hill tribes who are used to living in the houses on stilts.

After having the dinner at the local family, you'll have a chance to enjoy a very interesting and special music dancing performance made by young boys and girls in this village meanwhile tasting their traditional jar-wine. You will spend a night at a homestay in Mai Chau.

Day 2: Mai Chau to Cuc Phuong National Park (170 kilometers / five hours)

After breakfast, you'll continue on the main Mai Chau road heading south. It will be a long drive today, but soon you'll be enjoying the wonderful sightseeing along the narrow road through a valley of this vast limestone mountain range. It will bring on the feeling of adventure whilst being lost in a magical land, passing some villages and meeting some minority people along the way.

Afterward, you'll have lunch at a local restaurant before joining the Ho Chi Minh trail. Arrive in Cuc Phuong National Park by afternoon. After you've become acquainted with your overnight accommodation, there'll be plenty of time to explore the local area. Dinner and overnight will be in the national park area.

Day 3: Cuc Phuong to Ninh Binh (60 kilometers / one and a half hours)

Today, first of all, you'll visit the primate rescue center, butterfly museum, lookout, and then ride through Cuc Phuong Forest to the park center. There will be a short break, then a trek for three hours to the Tetrameles nudiflora (Sequoia), a 1,000-year-old tree. Then you will jump on your bikes for a ride around the park, passing by the local ferry and on into Ninh Binh town. Overnight will be at a hotel.

Day 4: Ninh Binh to Ha Noi (110 kilometers / three hours)

Today, you will ride to Tam Coc / Thungang cave for a three-hour boat trip to "Ha Long Bay on land". Later on, you will have lunch at the riverside restaurant, before riding through villages by the river, rocks, rice fields, and temples to Hoa Lu where you will visit the ancient capital city of Hoa Lu. Afterward, hit your road towards Hanoi. You will arrive in Hanoi around 18:00.

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

Your motorbike tour will start in Hanoi and take you to several places including Mai Chau, Cuc Phuong National Park, and Ninh Binh. During the tour, you will ride through scenic villages and valleys of Ha Tay and Hoa Binh and travel along the Ho Chi Minh trail.

Mai Chau

Mai Chau is a rural district located in the Northwest Region of Vietnam, approximately 140 kilometers from Hanoi, and is part of the Hoa Binh Province. It is nestled in a peaceful valley sheltered by the outside world by a dramatic ring of hills. The serene, relaxing, and idyll rural area 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 and 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.

Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong is the oldest national park in Vietnam. Located only 120 kilometers southwest of Hanoi and nestled between the provinces of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, and Thanh Hoa, Cuc Phuong boasts an engaging cultural and wildlife heritage and enchanting scenery.

Magnificent limestone mountains rise up majestically from the green rice-terraces and traditional stilt houses of the Muong hill-tribe. Covered in a dense forest, this landscape forms the habitat for some of Asia's rarest animal and plant species. It is no wonder that researchers, naturalists, enthusiasts and conservationists alike are drawn to this corner of the world.

The ancient forest harbors over 2,234 vascular and non-vascular plants, 122 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 135 mammals, including the clouded leopard, Delacour's langur, Owston's palm civet and Asian black bear. There are also an incredible 308 documented bird species.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 bike per person (Minsk 125cc or similar)
  • 3-hour boat trip to 'Ha Long Bay on land' (Tam Coc)
  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • All entrance fees
  • All petrol (gasoline)
  • Cuc Phuong Forest tour
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Motorbike jacket
  • Rain gear
  • Waterproof saddle-bags and helmets

What's not included

  • Any other transportation not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tip for guide
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa to Vietnam

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hanoi - Noi Bai International Airport (HAN).

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 (January 30th  - February 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.
  • The supplement for those who want to stay in single rooms throughout the trip in a group of two is 60 USD per person.
  • 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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