This mystery of the north motorcycle tour will introduce you to the timeless charm of Vietnam and its wonderful people. You will enjoy this adventure with experienced local tour guides to enhance this motorcycle tour experience. You will ride the winding mountain roads that skirt the border with China and through some of the most special scenery this beautiful country has to offer. Don't miss this opportunity to explore picturesque Vietnam on a motorbike.
Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport
At the end of each day, you will be staying in a clean and comfortable shared room accommodation. Hotels will vary in standard but all will offer a comfortable bed, a warm shower, and an opportunity for a cold drink and time to discuss the day’s adventure.
This is the must do tour of the North of Vietnam. You will ride through 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 mountainsides. This is a Vietnam that you must see.
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 along with their herds of goats and buffalos, 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 your 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 environ. 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 your ascent into the mountains. Along the way, you will stop to visit the houses typical of some of the minority people of this northern region, black Thai, white Thai, as well as the Red Dao people. Experience the warm welcomes of these hospitable, friendly people.
You will 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 Fanzipan Mountain cable car, you will approach Sa Pa, a tourist destination founded during 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 foreigner 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.
Today it is a short ride to Bac Ha, more winding roads, more valleys, more fun. You will 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 epitomises 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 will 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 you 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 will head through the Gam River Valley, a lush, fertile area that leads to Bao Lac and then onwards to Cao Bang.
This is a special day. Leaving Cao Bang, you will travel some spectacular countryside to the falls. The Ban Gioc Waterfalls are on the border of China and Vietnam, water from China cascades into its new home in Vietnam. Set amidst striking limestone karsts, the falls are famous throughout Vietnam for their sheer beauty and natural splendor. Take time to photograph from different directions and maybe venture into the mists closer to the falls on one of the local rafts.
For the brave, equipped with suitable footwear, the opportunity for a higher viewpoint may be irresistible, just take extreme care though, since it can be quite treacherous in places, but the reward is even more spectacular views. You will be guaranteed of photographs that friends will want to see again.
You will arrive in Ba Be Lake early enough to spend some time wandering around and enjoying the delights of this very beautiful lake, the highest and largest natural lake in all of Vietnam. You can visit the Fairy Pond and sample some local delicacies, fried, small, 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 will 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 the 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 will ride a 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 onboard under the stars and reminisce. There’s so much more to this wonderful Vietnam, south, west, beaches, waterfalls, and more mountains.
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, 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 us back to Ha Long City where the chauffeur is waiting to take you back to Ha Noi. For some, it is time to catch the plane back home.
This motorcycle tour in Vietnam will take you to the northeastern highroads including Hanoi, Ba Be, Bao Lac, Dong Van, Ha Giang, Bac Ha, Sa Pa, Nghia Lo, Mai Chau, and Halong.
Daily breakfast, lunch, snacks, and cold drinks are included in the price. Lucky Bastard Motorcycle Tours provides a fully inclusive welcome dinner upon your arrival.
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.
Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) in Hanoi. Transfer from and to the airport is included. Lucky Bastard Motorcycle Tours will pick you up from the airport.