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6 Days Hanoi, Ba Be Lake, and Ha Long Bay Guided Motorcycle Tour in Vietnam

Vu Linh, Vietnam

Extraordinary Motorcycle Tour Vietnam

From Hanoi to Ba Be Lake to Ha Long Bay is a motorbike tour on an easy ride which will take you to the remote areas in the northeast part of Vietnam. You will have the opportunity to experience the real life of many ethnic groups and locals and discover the most natural regions in the country. You will witness not only the extraordinary passes and the spectacular scenery of nature in the mountainous region but also the eye-catching local market in the colorful Lang So’n. The last days of the trip will bring you a new feeling because it will be time for you to sit down, contemplate the sunrise on a boat in Ha Long Bay, taste wine and seasonable fruits, and see unique landscapes which consist of clear waters and thousands of islands.

Key Information

  • Bike: rental (Honda XR150)
  • Terrain: mix of asphalt and off-road
  • Daily rides: 160 to 200 kilometers / 99 to 124 miles
  • Riding gear: included: rain gear, helmets, motorbike jacket
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners

Meet the guides

Tran Khac
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Highlights

  • Easy adventure ride
  • Starts and ends in Hanoi
  • Discover the ethnic local culture
  • Biking in the Song Nam mountain range
  • Exquisite boat trip in Ha Long Bay
  • English-speaking local guide
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Honda XR150 bikes

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Airport transfer available:
Noi Bai International Airport (US$26 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-out Time:
17:00

You will spend your first night at a homestay in Vu Linh.

Get some good sleep at a homestay in Ba Be National Park on night two.

Get comfortable at a homestay in Cao Bang on night three.

Relax at Van Xuan Hotel in Lang So’n on night four.

Have a well-earned rest at the Crown Hotel in Ha Long City on night five.

Program

Day 1: Hanoi - Vu Linh (180 kilometers / 112 miles – 5-hour ride)

Leaving Hanoi and breaking out of the delta plains, you will pass through endless limestone karst scenery as you travel south through “Thay Pagoda,” country, and extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads. You will arrive in Vu Linh in the late afternoon where you will stay overnight with friends of the Dao's minority in a traditional stilt house. Lunch and dinner will be provided.

Day 2: Vu Linh - Ba Be National Park (200 kilometers / 124 miles – 7-hour ride)

You will have two options, one will take you around the very end of the Song Gam mountain range, enjoying a good ride on winding sealed mountain roads and the other will cross over the very end of the range and takes you through the untarnished rain forest on challenging rocky road.

The Song Gam mountain range is the main range of Northeast Vietnam. From Tuyen Quang, you will continue on a sealed road through renowned tea growing areas where the hillsides are literally covered in plantations. From there it will be a short ride to the edge of Ba Be Lake. Overnight accommodations will be at a homestay in the Tay Family. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 3: Ba Be National Park - Quang Uyen (170 kilometers / 106 miles – 6-hour ride)

You will leave Ba Be by a fantastic mountainous road, leading you along scattering high limestone formations and heavily forested hills. Further north is Cao Bang Province, a remote area on the border with China. Cao Bang is sparsely populated.

It has several ethnic communities in villages hardly affected by tourism. Cao Bang is famous for its graceful mountains, grottos, and streams. You will arrive in Quang Uyen in the late afternoon and stay overnight in a family of the Nung peoples. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 4: Quang Uyen - Lang So’n (160 kilometers / 99 miles – 5-hour ride)

You will travel back in time and go back to Indochina by driving the famous Colonial Road Number 4 where you will pass villages like Dong Khe and That Khe. The place is well-known for its countless bloody fights during the 1950s between Viet Minh and the French Force.

In the late afternoon, you will arrive in Lang So’n City and discover the central market. The market offers divers Chinese products as Lang So’n is the trade-gateway between China and Vietnam. Before checking in the hotel in Lang So’n, you will have an interesting visit to Tam Thanh and Nhi Thanh grottos. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 5: Lang So’n - Ha Long Bay (180 kilometers / 112 miles – 4-hour ride)

You will ride to Ha Long Bay through the lush of the Red River vegetation. Your arrival at the bay pier will require a check-in registration. You will board the boat for a stunning cruise amongst towering limestone back while enjoying lunch on board.

The cruise will take you by exotic islets with the shapes of a dog, incense urn, sail, and fighting cocks which are naturally formed by the process of erosion between the sea water and limestone mountains. You will return to Ha Long City and stay overnight at a hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 6: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (170 kilometers / 106 miles – 4-hour ride)

A new day will wake you up with joys and emotions of an early morning spent watching the sunrise on sea. You will ride back to Hanoi by taking many trails going through the Red River Delta. You will arrive in Hanoi by 05:00 p.m., That marks the end of the tour. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Skill level

Beginner

  • can ride for two to three 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 three to four 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 five to six 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

  • Cruise along Ha Long Bay
  • Visit Tam Thanh and Nhi Thanh grotto

Guides

Tran Khac Cuong

Location

This tour will take place in Vu Linh, Song Gam mountain range, Ba Be National Park, Cao Bang, Lang So’n, and Ha Long Bay. The tour will start and end in Hanoi.

Ba Be National Park

Ba Be National Park stretches over 10,048 hectares and has many different ecosystems within its borders. The ground and surrounding mountains are made up mainly of limestone karst which is characteristic of the north of Vietnam and the forests consist of mostly evergreen vegetation with bamboo growing closer to the banks of the lake.

In the heart of the park is Ba Be Lake which is the largest and highest natural freshwater lake in Vietnam. The lake is made up of three smaller lakes and surrounded by limestone karsts, some of which open up into magnificent caves. Ba Be is also home to some ethnic minority communities.

Dong Khe and That Khe

Driving the famous Colonial Road Number 4, you will have a chance to pass villages like Dong Khe and That Khe, the famous places coherent to the historical stories.

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is an iconic natural beauty of Vietnam and unsurprisingly one of the most popular destinations in the whole country. The crystal blue waters scattered with limestone peaks make for a vision that epitomizes the wonder of Vietnam. The name translates as “Descending Dragon Bay” because of the local legend of a family of dragons who descended to protect the bay from foreign invaders. The mystical origin is certainly fit for the otherworldly landscape.

Set in the Bay of Tonkin, the stunning coastal area became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. It is clear to see why the unique landscape consists of clear waters with thousands of islands that seem to rise up majestically out of the ocean with thick carpets of forest covering their peaks.

Cao Bang

Cao Bang is an immensely beautiful, sparsely populated frontier region of North Vietnam. The mountainous expanse sits on the northeast border with China and is home to many ethnic minority communities. Although the Ban Gioc Waterfalls have become a popular attraction, the region is often overlooked by tourists which have meant its unique beauty and culture has been well preserved.

The landscape is typified by jagged mountains carpeted in thick vegetation, sporadic rice paddies, and thin winding roads. Typically, the Vietnamese populations tended to avoid mountainous regions in favor of the better farmland in low-lying and flat areas. That meant that those remote and hilly areas were inhabited mainly by the ethnic minority communities and are still largely the case of Cao Bang.

The main groups living in the region are the Nung, Dao, Tay, and H'mong. Although Cao Bang feels as if it has been left to the wild, mostly undisturbed by the troubles of modern day society, the region has seen upheaval during the wars. Being situated directly on the border with China meant that Cao Bang was an area of contention between the two countries.

It also played a significant role in the communist movement, acting as a base for the North Vietnamese revolutionaries and earning itself the moniker “Cradle of the Revolutionary Movement.” For a time, Ho Chi Minh also took refuge in a cave in Pac Bo.The area is beginning to garner more attention from adventurous travelers looking to get away from the overcrowded and over-visited tourist areas and wanting to experience the rugged beauty of the frontier region.

Because of its northerly location, Cao Bang is cooler than the rest of Vietnam with an average temperature of 25 to 28 degrees Celsius in the summer and 16 to 17 degrees Celsius in the winter. Some of the higher peaks sometimes see snowfall in, particularly cold bouts. The cooler climes, rich forests, and fresh air make Cao Bang a great nature escape which leaves visitors feeling refreshed and full of appreciation for the beauty of nature.

Food

During this tour, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided daily, except for breakfast on the first day. Mr. Linh's Adventure also offers a special menu for vegetarians. All the ingredients are planted by local people, so the dishes are very delicious because of the fresh, seasonal, and organically farm-produced vegetables. Ba Be's local food specialties are another ideal reason to relish your stay in the area.

There are too many to mention but boiled chayote cooked with sesame or "lon cap nach" are worth the taste. It literally means “pig carried under the arm,” home pigs raised in the field or forest. Barbecued meat and fish and a huge variety of vegetables together with dumplings, bamboo tube rice, noodles, and eggs may all be part of the feast you can enjoy at the table of your host.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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)

Ba Be Lake is definitely a place to remember, well worth the effort of the journey. It is breathtakingly beautiful, serene, and culturally fascinating whilst also offering a range of adventure activities. Mr. Linh's Adventure looks forward to seeing you there and sharing a little piece of heaven. Kayaking is the best way to explore the breathtaking beauty of Ba Be Lake. Paddle through the islets, discover hidden caves, and visit fishing villages.

You can get closer to the limestone karsts and find some secret corners of Ba Be Lake and the Nang River. An added benefit of kayaking is that they can get you up close to karsts and into the caves that are not suitable for bigger boats. The lack of engine also makes it an eco-way to travel without causing air or noise pollution. When kayaking, suitable clothing is a must.

It is essential to wear a life jacket and you are recommended to wear a t-shirt and shorts or a swimming suit in summer, warmer clothes in winter, wet shoes, hat, sun cream, and sunglasses. A dry bag is extremely useful for storing your camera, insect repellent, and water.

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Services of a local English-speaking guide
  • Honda XR150 motorbikes
  • Daily meals
  • All petrol (gasoline)
  • Rain gear, helmets, and motorbike jacket
  • Boat trip
  • All entrance fees and permits to visit the frontier area

What's not included

  • Visa to Vietnam
  • Any other transportation not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Meals are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tip for the guide
  • Other personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

  • Please book your flight to Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Airport transfer is available at an additional cost of 26 USD.
Airport: Noi Bai International Airport Airport transfer available: Noi Bai International Airport (US$26 per person) Additional charges may apply. 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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Pricing information

The tour is priced at 631 USD per person for a group of seven and 606 USD per person for a group of eight.

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