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10 Days Thrilling Off-Road Guided Motorcycle Tour in Northern Vietnam
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Hanoi, Vietnam

Northwest to Northeast Motorcycle Tour Vietnam

Like Northern motorcycle trips, this tour is for riders to discover both thrilling nature and typical cultures of tribal ethnic minorities in the whole Northern Vietnam from northwest to northeast. Experience all the beauty of Northern Vietnam on this worthwhile off-road motorbike riding trip.

Key information

  • Terrain: off-road
  • Bike: rental bike (Honda XR 150cc / CRF 250cc / XR250 / XR400 / XR650, Kawasaki KLX250, Suzuki DR650)
  • Mileage: 1570 kilometers / 976 miles
  • Daily rides: 110 - 220 kilometers / 68 - 137 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmets, gloves, knee and elbow pads
  • Meals: all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Meet the guides

Michael
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Hanoi
  • Experience a ‘real’ Montagnard village
  • Drive through terraces, forests, and grand mountains
  • Discover nature and typical cultures of tribal ethnic minorities in the whole Northern Vietnam
  • Be charmed by the authentic culture of the local ethnic groups
  • Motorbike towards the main Fansipan Mountain range
  • Ride through various mountain passes
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


10 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin), Japanese, Korean
Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:00
Check-out Time:
04:00

Your accommodations during this tour are a combination of standardized quality hotels and homestays which reflects the character of the local regions. Standards and ratings may also be different from your home country.

Rooms are en-suite and either twin or triple share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo biker, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex otherwise you can pay a supplement to possess a single room.

If you are traveling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with Loop Bike Tours. Loop Bike Tours never presume that two people traveling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.

Program

Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau (Hoa Binh) (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

Start your motorbike tour by leaving Hanoi on dyke roads to avoid the heavy traffic around 9:00 a.m. Ride your motorbikes west to Mai Chau, an area of beautiful landscape and home to the Thai ethnic minority.

You will motorcycle on Highway 6 passing extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads punctuated by limestone karst scenery.

After a light lunch in Hoa Binh Province, we cross Thung Khe, one of the most beautiful mountain passes in North Vietnam then descent to the mountain valley settlement of Mai Chau.

After dinner, join performance, where you can dance and share a range of special liquors (rice wine) with the locals. Overnight in a house-on-stilts of the Thai people (homestay).

Day 2: Mai Chau - Phu Yen (Son La) (140 kilometers / 87 miles)

Mai Chau is one of the closest places to Hanoi where you can experience a ‘real’ Montagnard village. In the morning, take a short walk around village to discover local life. Life in the side starts early so by sunrise there is a wealth of activity.

The Thai women are masterful weavers who ensure that there is plenty of traditional-style clothing to buy in the village centre. You will see women weaving on looms under or inside their houses in the village We can buy some handmade traditional-style clothing, knife or cross-bow.

After breakfast in home-stay, you will say goodbye to villagers and leave Mai Chau around 10:00 a.m. Ride from Mai Chau to the direction of Moc Chau, where you will have lunch. This highland town produces some of Vietnam’s best tea and is a good place to stock up.

The surrounding area is also home to several ethnic minorities, including Green H’mong, Dzao, Thai and Muong. Moc Chau boasts a pioneering dairy industry that started in the late 1970s with Australian (and, later, UN) assistance.

The dairy provides Hanoi with such delectable iuxur as fresh milk, sweetened condensed milk, and little tooth-rotting bars called “Banh sua”.

After lunch, you will turn to the less travelled Road 43 leading to the Da River, crossing the reservoir of Da River at Van Yen ferry, then ride on a beautiful winding secondary road until Phu Yen where you will stay in a lovely hotel.

Day 3: Phu Yen - Mu Cang Chai (210 kilometers / 130 miles)

In the morning, you will keep motorbiking across Lung Lo pass before heading up on Road 32. During the First Indochina War, the 15 kilometer-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. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 4: Mu Cang Chai - Sa Pa via Khau Pha Pass (110 kilometers / 68 miles)

Today you will motorbike straight toward the main Fansipan Mountain range via Khau Pha Pass. There is also the option for a very challenging back route which takes 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 the views looks out over the main range for miles and miles, before we descend to the mountainous Sa Pa valley.

Sa Pa is located in Lao Cai Province, north-west Vietnam, and 350 kilometers north-west of Hanoi, close to the border with China. Sapa is famous both for its fine, rugged scenery and for its rich cultural diversity.

French used to consider Sa Pa as the 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! Overnight in hotel.

Day 5: Sa Pa - Bac Ha - Xin Man (160 kilometers / 99 miles)

Motorcycle down from Sa Pa to Lao Cai City and then have a coffee-stop on the bank of Nam Thi river, which is Vietnam - China border. Enjoy your coffee while taking the view to China. Head to Road 70 before turn to Bac Ha on Road 153.

Long touted as the weekend alternative to Sa Pa, this small highland town doesn’t have the same dramatic location of its more illustrious neighbour, but it is calmer when Saturday comes. It fills up to choking point on Sunday morning, when visitors flood in to meet the Flower H’mong at the morning market.

Compared with Sa Pa, tourism is still in its infancy here and during the week the town has a deserted feel. Bac Ha is a good base to explore the surrounding highlands. Around 900 metres above sea level, it is noticeably warmer than Sapa.

One of Bac Ha’s main industries is its manufacture of alcoholic home brews (rice wine, cassava wine, and corn liquor). The corn hooch produced by the Flower H’mong is so potent it can ignite! Bac Ha is the only place in Vietnam where you’ll find this particular moonshine; there’s an entire area devoted to it at the Sunday market. You will ride for 40 kilometres more to get to Xin Man and spend the night there.

Day 6: Xin Man - Ha Giang Via Hoang Su Phi Pass (160 kilometers / 99 miles)

After breakfast, you will take a motor ride on the track to Xin Man and Hoang Su Phi on many small; back roads with scenic mountain views. Xin Man is right on the border between Vietnam and China. It is, as of this writing, well hidden and completely surrounded by wild mountains and forests.

There’s a single road from Xin Man to Hoang Su Phi. Hoang Su Phi is among the most untouched area of Ha Giang Province of Vietnam. The area was separated from the mainstream society until very recently.

Passing Hoang Su Phi, you will be charmed by the pristine beauty of the wild mountains and the authentic culture of the local ethnic groups which include: the Nung, the Flower H’mong, the Tay and the Ha Nhi People.

After lunch, join the main road heading up to Ha Giang City, where you will stop for the night and apply for a permit.

Day 7: Ha Giang - Dong Van (Ha Giang) (160 kilometers / 99 miles)

After getting the permit for motorbike tour in border areas at Ha Giang’s Immigration Police, you will ride on small challenging mountain roads (but incredibly beautiful) on the land of colorful mountain hill-tribes. Motorcycle up the Ma Pi Leng Pass. Here is yet another amazing place, with cloudy mountain ranges and the poetic Nho Que River winding off in the distance.

It is really difficult to find the exact words to describe Ma Pi Leng Pass, located between Dong Van and Meo Vac, near the northernmost tip of Vietnam, as a painting of astonishing beauty and magnificence that captures the eyes of all viewers and nature lovers.

Ride on a zig-zag track until reaching Vuong Family’s Residence, 14 kilometres before Dong Van.

Vuong Family was considered the King of the Hmong People in Dong Van, Ha Giang. Their residence was built in the scenic valley of Sa Phin with Chinese architecture.

The whole house was built out of wood and rock only. The rocks for the buildings were imported from China. Vuong Family Residence is a masterpiece of man work in the valley of heavenly beauty of Sa Phin.

This is a remote area and you can meet the hard-working local people here. It is inspiring to see how they survive as they manage live in the rocks. When you reach Dong Van Town you will have some extra time to wonder the ancient streets lined with H’mong homes of clay bricks and tiles roofs built centuries ago.

Day 8: Dong Van - Bao Lac (110 kilometers / 68 miles)

The motorbike ride in the morning is still winding along the Rock Plateau, after breakfast, enjoy slowly Vietnam motorbike tour on some beautiful mountain passes until Meo Vac where you will stop for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will motorcycle down hill along the river and see the different mountain view (less rocky and more green). Arrive in Bao Lac town at 5:00 p.m. Hotel stay in Bao Lac.

Day 9: Bao Lac - Ba Be Lake (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

To save time for the boat trip in Ba Be Lake, you should start the day earlier so after breakfast, you will start riding at around 8:00 a.m. Today is exactly the best off-road Northern Vietnam motorbike tour. Just after 20 kilometres from Bao Lac you will turn to narrow and bumpy road with breathtaking view of terrace rice paddies.

Especially, you will have to cross few rivers instead of riding on some bamboo bridges. Finishing the memorable riding day with lunch in a peaceful village of Tay people nearby Ba Be Lake. It’s time for relaxing on one of the most beautiful and biggest natural lake in Vietnam in the afternoon.

Day 10: Ba Be Lake - Hanoi (220 kilometers / 137 miles)

Staying off the main road for as long as possible you will head back towards the Red River Delta, passing through areas inhabited by Hmong, Dao, Tay, and Nung minority peoples. A mixture of both challenging track and glorious sealed road are all the way back to Hanoi. The great Northern Vietnam motorbike tour will end safely in Hanoi before rush hours. This is where the tour ends.

Bike rental deposit

If any bike has a technical break down, you will replace it with the same type of bike and your guide / mechanic will attempt to fix the bike within a day. If you damage / break the bike, you will be charged to replace / fix the bike depending on the extent of the damage.

A damage cost of 15 to 1000 USD or more is required for each motorbike. In case of a self-caused accident, one own participation is up to 2000 USD or more.

Requirements for participants

  • Participation on tours is with motorcycle models that meet the demands of the respective trip!
  • It is mandatory for the participant to wear helmet and motorcycle riding gears that is appropriate for the demands of the tour.
  • If the participant takes part in the trip with his or her own motorcycle, then the participant takes the sole responsibility for ensuring that the motorbike is in perfect technical condition and in compliance with all regulations and requirements stipulated by law and by the organizer. The organizer and the tour guide are under no obligation to verify the participant’s compliance with these requirements.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the participant to determine whether his or her individual abilities are sufficient to cope with the determinant route. The organizer and the tour guide are not under obligation to determine and verify the participant’s abilities.

Riding licenses

Firstly, none of the foreign licenses is valid in Vietnam, consisting of your country license. There are conflicting discussion on this but the reality is unfortunately not a good news. Nevertheless, the good news is IDP (international driving permit, 1968 Convention and) is now valid in Vietnam from August 1st, 2016 with the 46/2016/ND-CP decree.

You can try an insurance policy easily when you have a 1968 IDP. If you have 1968 Convention IDP, please take your home country driving license with motorbike endorsement to Vietnam. If you don’t have IDP or Vietnamese driving license, the police rarely stop you checking license unless you do something wrong.

Indeed, traffic police nearly don’t stop foreigners in Vietnam to check licenses because they don’t speak English well or feel confident to deal with it and they have to deal with many other local people. However, younger cops speaking English and using smart phones get easier for communication. Mui Ne and Nha Trang, South of Vietnam, have been the only exception where they started checking licenses.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: beginner, intermediate, and advanced

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

Guides

Michael Hue

Location

This tour is about 1570 kilometers (967 miles) from Ha Noi via Mai Chau, Phu Yen, Son La, Sapa, Bac Ha, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang, Dong Van, Bao Lac, Ba Be Lake, on offroad tracks. Apart from terraces, forests, and grand mountains of Hoang Lien Son mountain range to the northwest, bikers also enjoy stunning views of mountains around Ha Giang, Ma Pi Leng Pass, Twin Mountains, and Sky Gate in Quan Ba, Zigzag Tham Ma Pass in Yen Minh, Lung Cu North farthest flag pole, cultural specialty of ethnics, etc.

Food

Included in your package are breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Fruits and water, soft drinks, and coffee on tour are also included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Soda

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)

Things guests can do during their free time, before or after the trip:

2-day Halong bay cruise trip for 320$ per person

Hanoi street food tour for 79$ per person

Short motorbike tours

What's included

  • 1 good motorbike per person
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Riding gears: helmets, gloves, knee, and elbow pads (but you are recommended to bring your own)
  • Bungee cords and tie downs
  • Dry / waterproof bags to pack your clothes for the trip
  • Gasoline on tour
  • English speaking guide
  • 9 nights accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (standard hotel or home stay based on double, twins or triple shared room)
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing fees
  • Fruits and water, soft drinks, and coffee on tour
  • GoPro use, SD card, and all video of your trips (Loop Bike Tours can film your trip and create a free video (send two to four days later after the ride)

What's not included

  • Visa to Vietnam
  • Flight tickets
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities, tips for tour guides / drivers
  • Damage to motorcycles (upon the fact of damage)
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Loop Bike Tours will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Noi Bai International Airport Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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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