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8 Days North Vietnam Off-Road Motorcycle Tour

Ba Be Lake, Nam Mẫu, Ba Bể District, Bắc Kạn Province, Vietnam

Vietnam Off-road Motorbike Tour

Within 8 days, this northern Vietnam off-road motorbike tour from Hanoi offers you a full chance to taste Ha Giang, Ba Be National Park, Ba Be Lake, Mai Chau valley, and Sapa. They are the most attractive destinations in the north of Vietnam. You will have a great album of stunning landscape of the mountainous region and colorful hill tribes after 8 days riding the motorbike in northern Vietnam. This is one of the most favorite in Indochina Motorbike Tours Vietnam tours collection.

Key information

  • Bike: rental (scooter, Yamaha, Honda)
  • Terrain: mix of tarmac, gravels, curves, muddy, rocky, and off-road
  • Mileage: 1,440 kilometers / 895 miles
  • Daily rides: 110 - 240 kilometers / 68 - 149 miles
  • Meals: 5 lunches and 3 dinners

Highlights

  • Ride to Ba Be
  • Starts and ends in Hanoi
  • Ride through Mu Cang Chai
  • Explore the beautiful town of Sapa
  • Amazing view of Pi Leng Pass mountains
  • Breathtaking view of the Chinese border in Lao Chi
  • English or French-speaking guide
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 riding days
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in homestays and hotels based on twin or triple rooms.

Program

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

This great motorcycle tour to the north of Vietnam starts at around 08:00. You will try the best to avoid busy city roads in the morning until Cho Chu Town (in Thai Nguyen Province) where you will have lunch.

After lunch, you surely have enjoyable motorcycle ride to Ba Be because the roads have less traffic and give you a lot of grand mountain view. 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 with the Tay’s family.

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. 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 Bể Lake is a featured geographical science and is a biodiversity reservoir. It is a part of the Ba Be National Park. It is a home to a range of animals and plants.

Day 2: Ba Be Lake to Meo Vac (170 kilometers / 106 miles)

Saying good bye to the family, you’ll ride the motorbike on the back-roads through some rustic villages and the jungle. Then, you will ride the motorbike across some streams. This promises to be a great day for off-road Vietnam motorbike touring.

You will stop in Bao Lac town for lunch and then continue the beautiful motorcycle tour Northern Vietnam to Meo Vac by taking a scenic route climbs over many Passes where you can enjoy beautiful mountain ranges and the Nho Que river. Arrive at Meo Vac by 17:00. Dinner will be in town. Stay at the hotel.

Meo Vac Town is located in the heart of the Dong Van Rock Plateau, which was recognized as part of the Global Geo-Park Network in 2009. The Dong Van old quarter is home to age, old, and unique architecture near Ha Giang Province’s border with China. Therefore, the motorbike tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van is always the best choice of the motorcyclists.

Day 3: Meo Vac to Ha Giang (180 kilometers / 112 miles)

Today’s ride promises to be the highlight of this motorcycle trip in north Vietnam as you will visit one of the most remote land in Vietnam where you can see many ethnic groups with their unique cultures and imposing mountains such as Pi Leng Pass, one of the 4 longest and most beautiful passes in North Vietnam, the Rock Plateau, the Vuong palace in Dong Van, and The “Heaven Gate” in Quan Ba.

This is for sure the best motorbike ride in Vietnam with many interesting and amazing things in every meter of the road. Arrive at Ha Giang in the late afternoon. Dinner and stay will be with the other Tay’s family or stay in the hotel in Ha Giang city.

Day 4: Ha Giang to Sapa (220 kilometers / 137 miles)

Today you will head straight towards the northwestern mountain where the main Fanxipan Mountain range dominates the road until Sapa. The road is very smooth with a good view of green mountain and rice fields between lovely villages of the hill tribes.

After a short break in Lao Cai to see the Chinese border, you will have a very beautiful motorbike ride up to Sapa. This motorbike ride is up and up till 1.600 meters above sea level. It offers a great view of the mountain with terrace fields and it must be one of the best motorbike rides in North Vietnam. Arrive in Sapa at around 17:00. Stay overnight at a hotel in Sapa.

Day 5: Sapa to Than Uyen (110 kilometers / 68 miles)

You are free to explore Sapa until 13:30. Check out the hotel and continue the route to Than Uyen. You will make a splendid climb up from Sapa to the top of the highest road pass in Vietnam (Tram Ton Pass), crossing into Lai Chau Province at over 2000 meters above sea level.

This is a short motorbike ride but it could be the most enjoyable motorbike tour from Sapa. The ride offers you an amazing view of the Hoang Lien mountain ranges for miles and miles. You will arrive in Than Uyen by 17:00. Dinner and overnight will be in the hotel.

Day 6: Than Uyen to Mu Cang Chai and Phu Yen (220 kilometers / 137 miles)

You will keep riding up and down into a forested and high mountain region populated by H’mong peoples. You will hike up a very high mountain pass before descending into a mountainous tea-growing region soon after you follow along the valley floor covered in a sea of rice surrounded by Hmong and Thai’s villages all the way to Phu Yen, especially after lunch in Mu Cang Chai, a famous land for terrace fields. So, the ride through Mu Cang Chai is another highlight of this motorcycle tours in North Vietnam. Arrive in Phu Yen town at 17:00. Overnight will be at the hotel.

Day 7: Phu Yen to Mai Chau Valley (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

It is a short motorbike tour to Mai Chau valley, but it’s also an enjoyable motorbike ride. It offers some different views from the days before with different hill tribes. Right after Phu Yen town, you will have a great ride along the Da River Lake on the winding road between the river lake and mountains. It is likely a motorcycle tour on the coastline in the central Vietnam.

After crossing the Da River by a ferry, you will ride your motorcycle up and up to Moc Chau plateau where you will stop for lunch. Then after lunch, you’ll make a turn to the quiet mountain road named Hua Tat. It’s built by the French during the war time and nowadays. It is like a forgotten place, so the short ride to Mai Chau is also the best part of the northern Vietnam motorbike tour. Arrive in Mai Chau at 16:00. Stay in Pom-coong village of the Thai people (home stay).

Day 8: Mai Chau to Hanoi (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

Getting up late, feel the peaceful life of the local by walking around the valley and then start the motorbike ride back to Hanoi at around 10:00. After 2 beautiful mountain passes, Thung Khe and Doc Cun, you will have lunch and then join the high way back to Hanoi. You will be back to the hotel before rush hours in order to end the 8-day motorbike tour in North Vietnam safely.

Within 8 days, this northern Vietnam off-road motorbike tour from Hanoi offers you a full chance to taste Ha Giang, Ba Be National Park, Ba Be Lake, Mai Chau valley, and Sapa. They are the most attractive destinations in the north of Vietnam. You will have a great album of stunning landscape of mountainous region and colorful hill tribes after 8 days riding the motorbike in northern Vietnam. This is one of the most favorite in Indochina Motorbike Tours Vietnam tours collection.

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 to explore the toughest northern Vietnam roads. It will start from Hanoi and end in Moc Chau. Along the way, you will visit Ba Be Lake, Meo Vac, Dong Van, Ha Giang, Sapa, Than Uyen, Mu Cang Chai, Phu Yen, and Mai Chau.

Food

You will enjoy delicious lunches and dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • 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

  • 3 dinners
  • 5 lunches
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Driving gears
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing fees
  • Fruits and coffee on tour
  • Gasoline on tour
  • Helmets
  • Homestay permission
  • Mechanic (only for group from 6 passengers)
  • Motorbike (Honda or Yamaha 110cc or 125cc)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa

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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