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7 Days Guided Best Motorbike Trip in North Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnam Motorcycle Tour

This is a special motorbike tour in northern Vietnam. It is only seven days long, but you can see the highlights of northeast and northwest Vietnam, especially Sa Pa and Ha Giang – Karst Plateau Global Geopark. They are two famous and amazingly scenic places located in the north of Vietnam. The tour is one of best motorbike tour in Vietnam, but please note that it is quite difficult for the beginner riders.

Key information

  • Terrain: 40% off-road and 60% asphalt
  • Bike: rental bike (Honda XR 150 cc, Honda CRF 250L)
  • Mileage: 900 kilometers / 559 miles
  • Daily rides: 80 - 210 kilometers / 50 - 130 miles
  • Riding gear: included: Helmets, gloves, and bright reflecting jackets
  • Meals: All meals included

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Hanoi
  • See beautiful terrace fields in Mu Cang Chai
  • Ride along extensive farming lands with limestone karst scenery in the background
  • Opportunity to take photos of amazing mountain view
  • Ride through small villages, explore Sa Pa town
  • Use of motorbike and fuel included
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


7 riding days
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer available:
Noi Bai International Airport (US$30 per person)
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Accommodation

You will stay in hotels and homestays throughout the tour.

Program

Day 1: Hanoi to Mai Chau (190 kilometers / 118 miles)

This short motorbike trip to Mai Chau will start by leaving from outskirts of Hanoi at around 8 a.m., avoiding the busy traffic by taking some narrow and small country road. You ride your motorcycles west to Mai Chau, an area of beautiful landscape and home to the Thai ethnic minority.

After lunch, you will ride your motorcycle on forgotten French road No 6, passing extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads punctuated by limestone karst scenery. Here is known as Ha long Bay on mountain.

You will then cross Thung Khe, one of the most beautiful mountain passes in North Vietnam, then descent to the mountain valley settlement of Mai Chau, home to the white Thai people who are living in houses on stilts. Dinner and overnight in a Mai Chau Homestay.

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

The motorcycle tour to Phu Yen is quite easy. It could have many stopovers for pictures of the amazing mountain view. You can start the day with an easy walk around the village or be lazy with waking up coffee.

After saying goodbye to the Thai people, you ride up to the direction of Moc Chau. Lunch is after the beautiful Hua Tat pass and then after lunch, turn to the less-traveled Road 43 that leads to the Da River.

After crossing the reservoir of Da river at Van Yen ferry, you ride on a beautiful winding secondary road until Phu Yen where you stay overnight. Dinner and stay in a Phu Yen hotel.

Day 3: Phu Yen - Than Uyen (210 kilometers / 130 miles)

You should start the ride earlier today because this north Vietnam motorbike tour to Than Uyen offers a lot of picturesque stops so the ride starts at 8 a.m. Right after the town, you will be on the winding and beautiful Lung Lo pass and then hit the quiet road to Tu Le, a charming little town where you have lunch.

The second half of the day is the highlight of the day. After 50 kilometers from where you have lunch, you will be in Mu Cang Chai in which you have a great chance to take pictures of the most beautiful terrace fields in northern Vietnam. Arrive in Than Uyen at about 5 p.m. Dinner and stay in a Than Uyen hotel.

Day 4: Than Uyen - Sapa (100 kilometers / 62 miles)

The motorcycle ride to Sa Pa should be the highlight of the trip. The first half of the day, you will enjoy an easy motorbike ride on the smooth road with beautiful tea fields and the colorful hill tribes along the way. And the other half, you ride on Qui Ho pass to cross Hoang Lien mountain range - the highest one in Vietnam including Fanxipan peak with the height of 3142 meters above sea level.

It’s sure that you will have pictures of the most beautiful valley in North Vietnam. You will be in Sa Pa at noon. After lunch in Sa Pa town, you will have a half day to discover the lovely town in the cloud, Sa Pa. Dinner and overnight in a hotel.

Day 5: Sapa - Luc Yen (180 kilometers / 112 miles)

This motorcycle ride from Sapa to Luc Yen is quite easy and enjoyable. You can start the day at 9 a.m., hit the 40-kilometer road down to Lao Cai where you can see China from Vietnam, and then keep riding on the beautiful and quiet big road No 70. And then make a turn to a small country road to Luc Yen, a nice village of the Tay people who live in stilted-houses between green palm trees. Dinner and stay with the Tay at a homestay.

Day 6: Luc Yen - Vu Linh (80 kilometers / 50 miles)

The road from Luc Yen to Vu Linh is quite flat. The short motorbike ride today should be the most enjoyable, after saying goodbye to the family, you will ride slowly on the small country road with the green mountain and rice paddy fields on two sides.

You can stop somewhere to visit several nice villages of the Dzao and Tay on the way. Lunch should be in Vu Linh, a village located on the bank of Thac Ba Lake, and then after lunch, you have the chance to see the biggest man-made lake in Vietnam. Myanmar Motorbike Tours is sure the lake will make you feel worthy to be there! Dinner and stay with the Dzao people at a homestay.

Day 7: Vu Linh - Hanoi

Today you will do the best to avoid the main busy road for as long as possible. You will ride longer to get to road No 2B which there is less traffics on. Then, hit the road down to Red River Delta. Ride your bike on a mixture of both challenging track and glorious sealed road all the way back to Hanoi. Be back in Hanoi before rush hours and end the best motorbike tour in North Vietnam safely!

Bikes available for this tour:

Honda XR150L

  • Model: Honda XR150L
  • Year: 2015
  • Category: Enduro / offroad
  • Rating: 60.4 out of 100
  • Displacement: 125.00 cm (7.63 cubic inches)
  • Engine type: Single cylinder, four-stroke
  • Compression: 9.2:1
  • Bore x stroke: 52.4 x 57.8 mm (2.1 x 2.3 inches)
  • Valves per cylinder: 4
  • Fuel system: Carburettor. 20mm piston-valve
  • Fuel control: Overhead Valves (OHV)
  • Gearbox: 5-speed
  • Front suspension: Telescopic fork
  • Front brakes: Single disc. Dual-piston calliper
  • Front brakes diameter: 240 mm (9.4 inches)
  • Rear brakes: Expanding brake (drum brake)
  • Seat: Two-person seat
  • Dry weight: 129.0 kg (284.4 pounds)
  • Seat height: 825 mm (32.5 inches)
  • Overall height: 1,126 mm (44.3 inches)
  • Fuel capacity: 12.00 litres (3.17 gallons)
  • Starter: Electric & kick
  • Carrying capacity: Rear rack

Honda CRF 250L

Being just imported in October 2014, These brand new motorcycles promise to be the perfect ones for most of the road conditions in Vietnam. With experienced riders, this kind of bike is the last but not least condition to have perfect motorcycle touring.

Specifications:

  • Engine Type: 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
  • Bore and stroke : 76.8mm x 53.8mm
  • Induction: Dual-timing programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI), 46mm throttle body
  • Ignition: Full transistor with electronic advance
  • Compression ratio: 13.5:1
  • Valvetrain: Unicam®, four-valve; 30.5mm intake, titanium; 25mm exhaust, steel
  • Transmission: Close-ratio five-speed
  • Final Drive: #520 Chain; 13T/49T
  • Front Suspension: 48mm inverted Showa cartridge fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustability; 12.2 inches travel
  • Rear suspension: Pro-Link® Showa single shock with spring preload, 17-position rebound damping adjustability, and compression-damping adjustment separated into low-speed (13 positions) and high-speed (3.5 turns); 12.3 inches travel
  • Front brake: Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper
  • Rear brake: Single 240mm disc
  • Front tire: Dunlop MX51FA 80/100-21
  • Rear tire: Dunlop MX51 100/90-19
  • Rake: 27° 23′ (Caster Angle)
  • Trail: 118mm (4.6 inches)
  • Wheelbase: 58.6 inches
  • Seat height: 37.4 inches
  • Curb weight: 231 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel-ready to ride)
  • Fuel capacity: 1.66 gallons
  • Ground clearance: 12.7 inches

The price of this tour includes the use of Honda XR 150 cc. Bike upgrade to Honda CRF 250L incurs an extra cost of 40 USD per day per bike.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate

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

Location

This tour will bring you to amazing places in Vietnam, including Mai Chau, Phu Yen, Than Uyen, Sapa, Luc Yen, Vu Linh, then back to Hanoi.

Food

Myanmar Motorbike Tours is pleased to provide you with daily meals during the tour.

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

What's included

  • Use of Honda XR 150 cc
  • All fuel / gasoline
  • English-speaking motorbike tour guide / mechanic
  • All meals on tour (local Vietnamese food)
  • 6 nights accommodation (standard hotel and homestay)
  • Boat trips on lakes or ferry cruise
  • All entrance tickets / permits to remote areas
  • Helmets, gloves and bright reflecting jackets
  • Hotel pick up / drop off

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping / gratuities
  • Accommodation in Hanoi
  • Support vehicle for the tour (135 USD per day, including tax, fuel, accommodation, meals, driver, parking fee)
  • Airport pick up / drop off at the Hanoi Airport

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Airport pick up / drop off at the Hanoi airport is 30 USD per 4-seat car per way and 40 USD per 16-seats van per way.

Airport: Noi Bai International Airport Airport transfer available: Noi Bai International Airport (US$30 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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Pricing information

Tour price will increase by 20% for the new year (lunar new year) and Christmas time. The tour price can be different depending on the low / high tourist season or other special requests, Please send an inquiry to get the right price of tours.

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