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13 Day North West Frontier Guided Motorcycle Tour in Vietnam
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Hanoi, Vietnam

Exciting Vietnam Motorcycle Tour

This is the must-do tour of the North West of Viet Nam. You will ride the winding mountain roads that skirt the border with China and take you through some of the most special scenery this beautiful country has to offer. From lush green jungles to spectacular karst landscapes, from traversing the high mountain passes to witnessing minority groups carving a living from the steep mountain sides. This is a Viet Nam that you must see.

Key Information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: rental bike (Honda XR150 cc)
  • Daily rides: 100 to 240 kilometers / 62 to 149 miles
  • Riding gear: not included, please bring your own gear
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch as outlined in the program

Meet the guides

Duyen, Hai, & Hoang
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Hanoi
  • Enjoy overnight Halong Bay cruise
  • Honda XR150 cc motorcycle rental and fuel
  • Ride descending from mountains into rural countryside
  • Boat trip on the largest natural lake in Vietnam
  • Service of tour leader and mechanic
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


10 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Vietnamese
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport
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Accommodation

Regarding accommodation, the Lucky Bastard Motorcycle Tours team will find the best hotels they can for each overnight stay but standards vary between developed cities and more remote areas, especially the further north you go. Basically, the more remote it gets, the less luxuries you can expect. Having said that, all the accommodation they select for the tours is the best you can get in any given area.

  • LBMT provides one night pre-tour accommodation
  • All hotel stays throughout your tour dates are all inclusive of the booking price
  • All hotel bookings during the tour made by LBMT are shared accommodation. The tours also include home-stays, which adds to the adventure
  • Please advise prior to arrival if you wish to upgrade to a private room. This is subject to a number of riders and specific locality
  • All hotel guests will be required to hand over passports to each hotel during their stay. This ensures the hotel gets their keys returned the next day and covers their hotel policy
  • Breakfast and lunch supplied during tour package dates
  • If you wish to stay longer LBMT can assist you in getting the best rates

Program

On the road you will meet happy, smiling children as they swarm into and out of schools, even the adults will have a smile and a wave for the group as you pass through their homelands. The roadways are the links between diverse villages and their householders and are shared by locals traversing on foot often with seemingly impossible loads on their backs or motorbikes (how many people can fit on one small motor scooter? How much can a 100cc scooter carry? Tell us the answers when you finish) along with their herds of goats and buffalo, cows warming themselves in the sunshine, inquisitive pigs investigating the bustle on the roads and the local dingo-lookalike canines seemingly disinterested in most of what is happening.

Ha Noi: Pre-tour day

LBMT will pick you up from the airport and take you to your pre-tour accommodation. There will be some time for sightseeing- so, if you can, make time to wander around the town, maybe even visit the old lake. A welcome dinner is supplied in the evening, along with a comprehensive briefing of the journey. LBMT will also provide a map of our intended journey. This is also a great time to meet the other riders.

Day 1: Ha Noi - Mai Chau (160 kilometers / 99 miles)

You will leave Ha Noi by van to a quieter section of town to avoid the extreme chaos of morning traffic of the northern capital and acquaint yourself with your new bikes in a less confronting environment. As you travel amongst the rural countryside, you will become more familiar with your bike and learn to trust it for the adventure ahead. There will be plenty of time to stop for a drink, relax and take in the scenery. This is also an opportunity to enjoy your first experience of rural Vietnamese life.

Day 2: Mai Chau - Nghia Lo (220 kilometers / 137 miles)

From the rural countryside, you will begin the ascent into the mountains. Along the way, you will stop to visit the houses typical of some of the minority peoples of this northern region- Black Thai, White Thai as well as the Red Dao people. Experience the warm welcome of these hospitable, friendly people.

Day 3: Nghia Lo - Sa Pa (240 kilometers / 149 miles)

You spend the day riding the high mountains, most of the day will be spent around 1500 meters amid some high terraced rice fields. After passing the Fansipan Mountain cable car, you approach Sa Pa, a tourist destination founded during the French colonial period as a place to go to escape the high heat and humidity of the Vietnamese summer.

Today, Sa Pa is a thriving tourist destination for locals and foreigners alike. Whether it is a short visit to the minority people’s villages or a longer stay to enjoy the opportunity to hike amongst the mountain ranges, Sa Pa has much to offer. For today, take time to relax, maybe enjoy a massage and then sample the delights of the local and international restaurants.

Day 4: Sapa

A morning visit to Fansipan Mountain from Sa Pa on the Fansipan Legend cable cars. It is an incredible 6-kilometer trip across the valleys to Fansipan Mountain and climbs nearly 1500 meters (optional). Enjoy the rest day with a massage and shopping. Also, it’s a laundry day.

Day 5: Sa Pa - Bac Ha (120 kilometers / 75 miles)

Today it’s a short ride to Bac Ha, more winding roads, more valleys, more fun. You pass through Lao Cai, a border region with China and an important area for local trade between the two countries. Although officially not a truck crossing point, Lao Cai epitomizes the ingenuity of locals in overcoming this administrative obstacle.

Day 6: Bac Ha - Ha Giang (190 kilometers / 118 miles)

Today is a day for riding the high mountains. You will travel over the Xin Man Pass, a misty peak that will have you gasping for breath - not from its height but from its raw beauty. You arrive in the provincial capital of Ha Giang on the banks of the Lo River. Now time for a local specialty, such as salmon hotpot.

Day 7: Ha Giang - Dong Van (170 kilometers / 106 miles)

Leaving Ha Giang, it’s only a short time before we are amongst limestone mountains and roads that wind through the beautiful valleys. Then it’s up Heaven’s Gate Pass and down the other side into a rural valley.

Take some time at the top for that special photograph. This bamboo-lined valley speaks of a time past where wooden houses are the norm and carefree children frolic and play in the river. As you rise up again, you will see the limestone forests of Dong Van Plateau.

Day 8: Dong Van - Bao Lac (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

The final stretch into Meo Vac is through a surreal landscape of limestone karsts, local H’mong villages and then along the spectacular Ma Pi Leng Pass where the road seems to be stuck on the mountain-side above the Nho Que River below.

Today is another spectacular ride through the limestone mountains. You head through the Gam River Valley, a lush, fertile area that leads to Bao Lac and then onwards to Cao Bang.

Day 9: Bao Lac - Ba Be (100 kilometers / 62 miles)

You pass through the spectacular karst scenery, waving to kids and people working the fields, skirting around the buffaloes. You have some fun crossing a rickety bridge before stopping for a delicious cooked picnic lunch with fruit and soft drinks. Arrive at Babe Lake early afternoon to spend a couple of hours on a boat trip, savoring the delights of this incredibly beautiful lake (the highest and largest natural lake in Viet Nam). You visit the Fairy Pond and a pagoda, sample some small fried lake fish.

Day 10: Ba Be - Ha Noi (220 kilometers / 137 miles)

It’s time to leave the beautiful Ba Be Lake and head back towards the sprawling capital of Ha Noi. As you ride along the country roads flanked by rice fields, you will pass locals who wave cheerfully at the uncommon sight of foreigners in their homelands. Then, it’s back onto a main urban road for the trip home. After a simple but tasty lunch at a local restaurant, you approach the busy capital with its seemingly chaotic traffic with your newfound confidence in riding on Vietnam’s roads.

Day 11: Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay

Today is a drive day, the riding has finished and it’s time to just sit back and relax as your skilled driver takes on the capital’s traffic as you head east towards the World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay. This is an area famous for the scenes of the sheer karst islands that rise abruptly from the still waters.

You find your boat, a vessel in the traditional design of the junks of this region and then head out into the waters of the bay. Now it is really time to relax with a drink on the deck. There’s time for a quick dip into the warm waters of the bay and then maybe a bit of exploring on a kayak. At the back of one lagoon is the stunning and beautiful Luon Cave.

At night, its gala dinner time. Relax on board under the stars and reminisce about all you and your new group of friends have experienced over the last week and a half. Maybe time to make plans for the next trip? Hmmm, where to? There’s so much more to this wonderful Vietnam - south, west, beaches, waterfalls, more mountains, two countries, three countries...

Day 12: Ha Long Bay - Ha Noi

After waking from a peaceful night on the boat, it’s time for a simple but scrumptious breakfast. Then it’s time to visit the Surprise Cave (Hang Sung Sot) one of the largest and most famous in the Ha Long Bay area.

All good things come to an end and so the boat takes you back to Ha Long City where your chauffeur is waiting to take you back to Ha Noi. For some, it is time to catch the plane back home. For others, it is time for the next destination. Either way, Lucky Bastard Motorcycle Tours team is sure that the memories of Vietnam will last a lifetime.

Motorcycle provided for the tour: Honda XR150cc

LBMT provides quality Honda XR150cc motorcycles for each rider. LBMT Motorcycles have proven to be the ideal dual-purpose machine for Vietnam. The motorcycles are well maintained and serviced at the end of each tour. All fuels and oils are supplied.

The bikes have a nice turn of speed and can easily deal with obstacles, mud and any off-road situations you may find yourselves in. There is plenty of chickens, dogs and even some snakes that you need to keep an eye open for.

As part of any adventure, you will experience various climatic conditions in Vietnam. Please research weather conditions prior to arrival, to best equip yourself. LBMT does supply wet weather gear for each rider only.

Skill level required for this tour: Intermediate, advanced

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

Included excursions

  • Enjoy a Halong Bay cruise and spend the night aboard
  • Meeting the local H’Mong people
  • Spend a couple of hours on a boat trip at Ba Be Lake
  • Stop at the shores of beautiful Ba Be Lake
  • Visit the Fairy Pond and a pagoda

Guides

Duyen Nguyen

Location

The motorcycle tour will take place in Vietnam. Starting from Hanoi, you will ride to Mai Chau, Nghia Lo, Sa Pa, Bac Ha, Ha Giang, Dong Van, Bao Lac, Ba Be Lake, Ha Long Bay, then back to Hanoi.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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)

All towns will have their own unique aspects whether it is a cultural show performed by one of the many minority peoples, night markets, scenic sunrises, or a game of billiards and pool at the local hall. Take time to enjoy any or all of these and you will begin to experience Vietnam as the locals do.

What's included

  • Pick up from the airport (subject to individual tour conditions)
  • 12 nights accommodation twin-share room during the tour (accommodation including 1-night pre-tour / arrival day)
  • All breakfast and lunch supplied in tour package (subject to individual tour conditions)
  • Rain gear
  • Cold drinks / fruit / snacks on tour
  • Local touring map
  • Welcome dinner
  • Support van (subject to individual tour conditions)
  • Experienced English speaking tour guide / mechanic to assist in a trouble-free adventure
  • Bike transfer
  • Full fuel
  • Motorcycle rental (Honda XR150cc)

What's not included

  • Some dinners and drinks
  • Personal laundry
  • Due to health and safety issue, motorbike helmet and riding gear are not provided
  • International flights and visa depending on your country of origin
  • Personal travel insurance (must include motorcycling for both rider and pillion)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Lucky Bastard Motorcycle 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 30 days before arrival.

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