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Breathtaking Vietnam Motorbike Tour

Indochina Motorbike Tours invites you in this 5-day Vietnam Northern motorbike tour to Ha Giang. This tour will bring you a full view of Ha Giang and other northern destinations of Vietnam such as Ba Be Lake in Bắc Kạn Province, Bảo Lạc in Cao Bang, and Đồng Văn Geopark in Ha Giang, and then to Lao Cai / Sapa for a night train back to Hanoi!

Key information

  • Bike: rental
  • Terrain: mix of tarmac, gravels, curves, steep passes, muddy, rocky, and off-road
  • Mileage: 830 kilometers / 516 miles
  • Daily rides: 120 - 240 kilometers / 75 - 149 miles
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners


  • Starts and ends in Hanoi
  • Boat cruise on the Ba Be Lake
  • Ride along the beautiful Gam River
  • Stops at The Dong Van Rock Plateau Global Geopark
  • Honda or Yamaha motorbike rental
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Use of driving gears

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: French
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The accommodation is based on a twin or a triple shared room. The accommodation will be in Ba Be Lake, Bảo Lạc, Đồng Văn town, and Ha Giang.


Day 1: Hanoi - Ba Be Lake (240 kilometers / 149 miles)

This Vietnam motorcycle tour to Ha Giang starts at around 08:00 from eastern suburbs of Hanoi. It will try the best to avoid busy city road in the morning until Cho Chu town (in Thai Nguyen province) where you will have lunch. After lunch, you will surely have an enjoyable motorbike ride to Ba Be Lake because the roads have less traffic and offer you a lot of grand mountain views. At about 16:00, you will arrive at Pac Ngoi - a beautiful village of Tay people which located peacefully at Ba Be Lake’s side. Dinner and stay will be with the Tay’s family. Overnight will be in Ba Be Lake - home stay.

Ba Be Lake (Vietnamese: Hồ Ba Bể; Ba means “three”, Bể is from the Tay language word Pé, meaning “lake”) is the largest natural lake in Vietnam. It is located in Nam Mẫu commune, Bắc Kạn District, Bắc Kạn Province in the northeastern region of the country. Having been formed approximately 200 million years ago, the lake is surrounded by limestone cliffs which in turn are covered by primary forests. The lake comprises three zones named Pé Lầm, Pé Lù, and Pé Lèng. The three rivers, named Năng, Tả Han, and Nam Cường, are the main inflows of the lake. The Năng river enters the lake through a large waterfall called Đầu Đẳng. In the lake, there are also three islands, named Án Mã, Khẩu Cúm, and Po Gia Mải (literally “Widow’s Island”). Ba Be Lake is a featured geographical science and is a biodiversity reservoir. It is a part of the Ba Be National Park.

Day 2: Ba Be Lake - Bảo Lạc (120 kilometers / 75 miles)

After the early breakfast with the family, you will take a short walk about 1 kilometer to the pier and then enjoy one and a half hour boat cruise around the largest natural lake in Vietnam - Ba Be. Then you will have lunch with the Tay family. In the afternoon, you will have off-road motorbike tour in Vietnam. You will ride the bikes through a small part of Ba Be National Park, many beautiful villages, and some streams, the tour will give you a lot of challenges and an amazing beauty of mountain area in northern Vietnam. You will arrive at Bảo Lạc at 17:00 and stay in town -hotel.

Day 3: Bảo Lạc - Đồng Văn Global Geopark (140 kilometers / 87 miles)

Today, you will have a relaxing, easy, and very enjoyable motorbike tour to Đồng Văn. You will start the day at about 09:00, ride slowly along the Gam River to enjoy the green mountains. You will be in Mèo Vạc for lunch. After lunch, it could be the best motorbike tour in Vietnam to ride cross Mã Pí Lèng Pass. It’s one of the longest and most beautiful passes in North Vietnam. You can have hundreds of stops for pictures of The Đồng Văn Rock Plateau Global Geopark, and the local ethnic minorities. Stay overnight will be in Đồng Văn town - hotel.

Day 4: Đồng Văn - Ha Giang (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

This motorbike tour to Ha Giang goes through the poorest part of Vietnam but the scenery is the most imposing, where you will be surprised to see many ethnic groups with their unique cultures and the amazing mountain view of the Rock Plateau, the Vuong palace in Đồng Văn, The “Heaven Gate” in Quan Ba. This is surely the best Vietnam motorbike tour in the northern part with many interesting and amazing things in every meter of the road. You will arrive at Ha Giang in the late afternoon. Dinner and stay will be with the other Tay’s family.

Day 5: Ha Giang - Lao Cai (180 kilometers / 112 miles)

After breakfast with family, you will have smooth motorbike ride on road number two for about 40 kilometers, and then you will take a turn to a small road to Pho Rang - the road is small and somewhere bumpy but the scenery is completely different from what you saw in days before. The scenery is the wonderful mixture of green mountain, rice fields, and graceful villages of the ethnic people. You will have lunch in Pho Rang and after that, you will have an easy Vietnam motorbike tour to Lao Cai on the winding road with the different view from what you’ve seen.

Before getting into the town center, you will have short visit to China and Vietnam border, then motorcycle straight to the Lao Cai Railway Station and put all the bikes on the train. You will finish the Vietnam motorbike tour to Ha Giang and take a night train back to Hanoi after dinner in Lao Cai.


  • 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


  • 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

Included excursions

Enjoy one and a half hour boat cruise around the largest natural lake in Vietnam, Ba Be Lake.


This motorbike tour will take place in Vietnam. The tour will be started from eastern suburbs of Hanoi, you will have a journey to Ba Be Lake, Bảo Lạc, Đồng Văn, and Ha Giang. Along the way, you will visit Pac Ngoi, Ba Be National Park, Mèo Vạc, Pho Rang. At the end of the tour, you will go to Lao Cai.


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

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Driving gears
  • English or French-speaking guide
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Gasoline on tour
  • Helmets
  • Homestay permission
  • Mechanic (only for group from 6 passengers)
  • Motorbike(s) rental (Honda or Yamaha)
  • One-way train ticket Laocai - Hanoi

What's not included

  • Air-ticket
  • Personal expenses
  • Support truck (120 USD per day)
  • 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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Pricing information

There will be a surcharge if you want book a tour during the Lunar New Year period from January 22 to 29, 2020.

  • 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 190 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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