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7 Day Adventurous Northeast Vietnam Guided Motorbike Tour to Cao Bang

Vu Linh, Vu Linh Commune, Yen Binh District, Yen Bai Province, Northeast Vietnam, Vietnam

Venturesome Vietnam Motorbike Tour

This motorbike tour offers a full experience in Northeast Vietnam including 3 very well-known sites in northeastern Vietnam which are Thac Ba Reservoir, Ba Be National Park, and Gioc Detian-Falls. You will be immersed in nature and enjoy the moments when your riding passion urges you to explore the wonders of this friendly and majestic area.

Key information

  • Bike: rental
  • Terrain: mix of tarmac, gravels, curves, steep passes, muddy, rocky, and off-road
  • Mileage: 960 kilometers / 597 miles
  • Daily rides: 80 - 180 kilometers / 50 - 112 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmets, elbow, knee pads and gloves; not included: jackets, boots, goggles, glasses and raincoats
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 6 dinners


  • Explore Lang Son city
  • Starts and ends in Hanoi
  • Ride to Ban Gioc-Detian Falls
  • Amazing boat ride on Ba Be Lake
  • 1 off-road motorbike tour to hill tribe village
  • Explore Dau Dang Waterfall on Nang River
  • Motorcycle rental during the tour
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


6 riding days
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You will be accommodated in homestays and hotels.


Day 1: Hanoi to Vu Linh Village (Thac Ba Lake, Yen Bai), 180 kilometers / 112 miles

In the morning, the motorcycle tour will be started by riding on to dike roads following Red River to Thac Ba Lake. You will see beautiful countryside with rice and green tea fields.

Then, you will turn to the little road to Vu Linh Village where populated by Dzao ethnic minority by the side of Thac Ba Lake. They are very friendly people and the welcome is exceptional.

Day 2: Thac Ba to Na Khan (Tuyen Quang), 130 kilometers / 81 miles

Off-road motorbike tours to tribal villages.

It will be an easy day. You will have got more chance for photos in Tan Trao and Cho Chu. Tan Trao Historic Site is a small valley lying between mountains and jungles in Son Duong District. It was used as a resistance base before the August 1945 Revolution. It is also where the Indochina Communist Party first carried out the National Congress (13 August 1945).

At the National Assembly held on August 1945 in Tan Trao, the great policies of Vietminh were drawn and a temporary government led by Ho Chi Minh was elected. Cho Chu Monuments prison is on the hill in the neighborhood Chu Cho township, Dinh Hoa District, Thai Nguyen Province.

In 1889, the French occupied the station has built robots. In 1894, they put the agency that ruled this area agents. It was conducted in 1916 to build prisons until 1945. Cho Chu Monuments prison is a vivid symbol for which the revolutionary soldiers are willing to devote life, sacrifice fighting for independence and freedom of the country.

You will keep riding on the beautiful road to Na Khan where you will stay with locals. This Nung's village is in middle of nowhere.

Day 3: Na Khan to Ba Be National Park (Bac Kan) and boat ride on Ba Be Lake, 80 kilometers / 50 miles

You will take a half day motor ride in the morning through Ba Be National Park. Ba Be National Park is an abundant bio reserve area containing the world’s only fresh-water karst lake and several rare species of fauna and flora.

Ba Be Lake in Vietnam is biodiverse of the 10.048-hectare park and home to 1.268 species of flora and fauna, a series of caves, and a gigantic fresh water lake which was established in 1992 by the Vietnamese government to preserve forest ecosystems in the northeast.

Ba Be is home to over 3.000 people from the ethnic minorities of Tay, Nung, Dao, and Mong who live in 13 villages within the park. The Tay people have inhabited Ba Be area for centuries and makeup 58 percent of the population within the park’s boundaries.

You will ride into Bac Ngoi village where you will have lunch and home-stay. It is located inside Ba Be National Park. The home-stay in Tay's family is right by the side of Ba Be Lake with the wonderful and peaceful view. In the afternoon, you will take a boat ride on Ba Be Lake to the other side where you can explore Dau Dang Waterfall on Nang River.

As one of the 27 ASEAN Heritage Gardens, Ba Be has the potential to attract nature lovers with its 450-hectare natural fresh water lake and 553 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.

According to a survey from the Viet Nam Institute of Geo-sciences and Mineral Resources, over 11.000 years ago an earthquake caused a collapse of the subterranean Nang River creating a natural dam which led to the formation of Ba Be Lake.

Day 4: Ba Be to Cao Bang City, 130 kilometers / 81 miles

Off-road motorbike tours to hilltribe's villages.

You will take a motor ride through Ba Be National Park, get out to Cho Ra, and then turn to Cao Bang via Ba Be, Thac Ba, Lang Son, Quang Uyento head up. The Cao Bac Pass offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Increasing the pass, you will see hillsides carpeted with apiaries, Vietnam's most famous honey-producing areas. You will motor ride southwest to Cao Bang and breach several passes on the route in an area hosting huge mountain scenery.

Day 5: Cao Bang to Ban Gioc-Detian Falls and homestay in Quang Uyen (Cao Bang), 140 kilometers / 87 miles

You will get out of town then you will motorcycle up to Ma Phuc Pass of Cao Bang Province. Vietnam motorbike tour will head to Cao Bang via Ba Be, Thac Ba, Lang Son, and Quang Uyen. It is on the way between Cao Bang Town and the Ban Gioc-Detian Falls. The pass is not famous with the elevation or the danger like some others in Vietnam, but with the natural beauty that one could capture from the top of the pass.

You will keep riding to Ban Gioc-Detian Falls, one of Vietnam’s best-known waterfalls. It’s a very scenic spot, marking the border with China but it sees very few visitors. The name Ban Gioc is derived from the Montagnard languages spoken in the area and is sometimes spelled Ban Doc. The waterfall is the largest, although not the highest, in the country. The vertical drop is 53 meters but it has an impressive 300 meters span which one end of the falls is in China and the other is in Vietnam. The falls have three levels creating a sort of giant staircase and there’s enough water anytime, most years, to make the trip worthwhile.

You will savor lunch in the local restaurant before you will get another way back to Quang Uyen. This is the territory of Nung An people. Home stay with a host family and the hostess is a great cook. This could be the best ride ever.

Day 6: Quang Uyen to Lang Son City, 140 kilometers / 87 miles

You will continue the motorbike tour from Quang Uyen to Lang Son on the famous historical Highway 4. You will be passing Dong Khe town which is the “Battle of Route Coloniale 4.”

The Battle of Dong Khe was a major battle of the First Indochina War. The fight began on 15 September 1950 and ended on 18 September with a French defeat. It took place in Dong Khe, in the province of Tonkin, Vietnam, from September 15 to September 18, 1950, ending with a Viet Minh victory.

You will be arriving at Lang Son at noon. You will have a late lunch before time to discover this city which has become a big trading post between China and Vietnam. You can shop for cheap Chinese products at the nearby Dong Kinh market.

Day 7: Lang Son to Hanoi, 160 kilometers / 100 miles

Today will be an easy day back to Hanoi on the new Highway 1B. You can wake up late do some more shopping in Dong Kinh market in the morning as the team guesses that you might be tired after long riding days. You will be advised to arrive at Hanoi before rush hour at around 15:00.


  • 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

You will enjoy a boat ride on Ba Be Lake to the other side where you can explore Dau Dang Waterfall on Nang River on the third day.


This tour will take you to explore the Northeast Region of Vietnam. During the tour, you will visit Vu Linh village, Thac Ba Lake, Yen Bai, Na Khan, Ba Be National Park, Cao Bang, Ban Gioc-Detian Falls, Quang Uyen, and Lang Son City.


You will get six breakfasts, seven lunches, and six dinners. Moreover, fruits and coffee will also be provided every day while on roads.

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

Things to do (optional)

You can shop for cheap Chinese products at the nearby Dong Kinh market on the sixth and seventh day.

What's included

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 6 dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 7 lunches
  • Boat ride on Ba Be Lake
  • Driving gears
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Fruits and coffee on the road
  • Gasoline on tour
  • Helmets
  • Homestay permission
  • Honda or Yamaha motorbike rental
  • Mechanic (only for groups of 6 passengers)

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.

Value for money
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7 days / 6 nights
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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 a single room throughout the trip is 130 USD.
  • 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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