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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Duyen or as most people know her as, JJ (it stands for jam jar, but that's a story you can ask about when you are on tour), is the manager of and, along with her Aussie business partner, co-own Lucky Bastard Motorcycle Tours. After nearly nine years of helping establish and then managing another motorcycle tour business, last year was the perfect time to take the next step and do it for herself. She is proud of her country and there are things she wants to do for riders and places she wants to show them. The best way she could do this was to start her own company.
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.
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.
Noi Bai International Airport
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.
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