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6 Days Northwest Vietnam Motorbike Tour from Hanoi to Sapa

Guided Motorcycle Tour Vietnam

Don't miss the precious chance to have the pleasure of meeting friendly local people and enjoying the breathtaking landscapes in the northern Vietnam. Let’s experience this motorbike tour with Indochina Motorbike Tours to Phu Yen in Son La, Than Uyen in Lai Chau, Sapa and Luc Yen in Yen Bai, which is the best way for you to feel how wonderful Vietnam is. This motorcycle tour surely won't disappoint your adventurous soul.

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Hanoi
  • Swim in the Thac Ba Lake area
  • Motorcycle tour to hill tribes villages
  • Riding along Fansipan Mountain Range
  • Climb up from Binh Lu and up to Tram Ton Pass
  • English or French-speaking tour guide
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Motorcycle rental

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 riding days in English
Spoken languages: French, English
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Accommodation

You will stay for one night in a local house, two nights at a hotel, and two nights at a guesthouse. Your accommodation will be based on twin or / and triple shared.

Indochina Motorbike Tours in Vietnam Program

Overview

  • Bike: rental
  • Terrain: mix of tarmac, gravels, curves, muddy, rocky, and off-road
  • Mileage: 730 kilometers / 454 miles
  • Daily rides: 80 - 210 kilometers / 50 - 131 miles
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners

Day 1: From Hanoi to Phu Yen (100 miles / 160 kilometers)

In the morning, you will start your motorbiking tour by leaving Hanoi on dike roads to avoid the heavy traffic and breaking out of the delta plains. You will head out of Hanoi skirting along Red River to Son Tay and then, ride through the peaceful countryside to Phu Yen mountain town (a district of Son La Province in the Northwestern region of Vietnam), as a stop-over for a night. You will stay in a guesthouse.

Day 2: Phu Yen to Than Uyen (131 miles / 210 kilometers)

In the morning, you will keep motorbiking 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. After lunch, you will ride through the Mu Cang Chai massif, almost as high as the Fansipan. From the top, it offers one of the most beautiful views of North Vietnam. The ride is challenging but very rewarding. You'll stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 3: Than Uyen to Sa Pa (Lao Cai) (69 miles / 110 kilometers)

You will ride straight toward the main Fansipan Mountain Range. There is also the option for a very challenging back route which will take you through several river crossings. The massive mountain range dominates the road until finally, you must make a splendid climb up from Binh Lu and up to the top of the highest road pass in Vietnam (Tram Ton Pass).

Crossing into Lao Cai Province at over 2,000 meters where the views look out over the main range for miles and miles, before you descend to the mountainous Sa Pa valley. You'll stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 4: Sa Pa to Luc Yen (Yen Bai) (106 miles / 170 kilometers)

Take your motorbikes down from Sa Pa to Lao Cai City and then have a coffee stop on the bank of Nanxi River, which is Vietnam - China border. Enjoy your coffee while taking the view of China. Head to Road 70 before the turn to Luc Yen on Road 152. You will through palm forest all the way to Luc Yen and stay in a family in the Tay territory. It's a great home stay and the hosts are very welcoming.

Day 5: Luc Yen to Vu Linh Village (Thac Ba lake, Yen Bai) (50 miles / 80 kilometers)

Get on the road, take a half-day ride to the Dao friends' village of Vu Linh, which by the side of Thac Ba Lake, the biggest man-made lake in Vietnam. This artificial lake has an area of 23,400 hectares and 1,331 islands and hills with diverse ecological environments. The water in the lake is blue and clear and imprinted with the reflections of the surrounding ancient forest.

The thousands of hills and islands feature caves such as the Hum, Cau Cuoi, and Bach Xa. After lunch, you will take the boat ride, stop by an island for swimming, and discover the particularities of this area: the way villagers paddle their boats, the exotic and odd animals living around, the quiet and peaceful beauty of this huge lake, and the lifestyle of the Dao among the thousands of islets. You will have an unforgettable dinner with the hosts whose are really big drinkers and they party every day. The welcome is exceptional and hopefully, you will survive.

Day 6: Vu Linh Village (Thac Ba lake) to Hanoi (112 miles / 180 kilometers)

After breakfast, you will ride southeast on Highway 2 and then branch off to the sleepy town of Phu Tho. You will follow the edge of the Red River along the dike, 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. Harvest time here is a sea of activity. Crossing the Black River by a bridge, you will pass through Son Tay and then return to Hanoi on the highway. You should be back to Hanoi before rush-hour (16:00) because traffic's getting busier and busier.

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 Phu Yen, Than Uyen, Sa Pa, Luc Yen, and Vu Linh Village. During the tour, you will ride through scenic Fansipan Mountain Range.

Sa Pa

Sa Pa is located in Lao Cai Province, northwest Vietnam, and 350 kilometers northwest of Hanoi, close to the border with China. Sa Pa is famous both for its fine, rugged scenery and for its rich cultural diversity. French used to consider Sa Pa as Summer Capital of Northern Vietnam in the early decades of the 20th century. Its naturally gifted beauty keeps attracting more and more people to spend their vacation there since then. Particularly, the place is the foremost choice for honeymoon couples!

Food

You will have 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners. Bottled water, coffee, and fruits are also provided while on tour.

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

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Driving gears
  • English or French-speaking guide mechanic
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Fruits and coffee on tour
  • Gasoline
  • Helmets
  • Homestay permission
  • Motorbike(s) (Honda or Yamaha)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • 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.
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Availability

This tour is available all year round except for February 8- 19, 2018. Please select an arrival date below.

 

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 150 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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