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2 Days Sapa to Sin Ho Guided Loop Motorcycle Tour in Vietnam

Sin Ho Hotel, Road No. 129 Sin Ho Town, Sin Ho District, Lai Chau Province, Vietnam

Sapa - Sin Ho Scenic Loop Motorcycle Tour Vietnam

Come and take a motorbike tour from Sapa and spend days on the Sapa - Sin Ho Scenic Loop! During this tour, you’ll be rewarded with some of the grandest alpine scenery is Southeast Asia. Sapa and Sin Ho are two highland towns connected by lofty mountain passes which afford spectacular views, on a scale not found any where else in Vietnam.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: rental bike (Honda Wave Alpha 110cc or Honda Airblade 125cc)
  • Mileage: 330 kilometers / 205 miles
  • Daily rides: 150 - 175 kilometers / 93 - 109 miles
  • Riding gear: included: protection gear, helmet, raincoat
  • Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Meet the guides

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Nguyen Tien, Ma A, Nguyen Van, & 3 More…

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Sapa Town
  • Ride uphill from Lai Chau to Sin Ho
  • Reach the top of Tram Ton Pass, Vietnam’s highest mountain road
  • Enjoy vast landscape of endless mountains, stilt-home villages, and clear streams
  • Explore the peaceful and quiet Sin Ho Town
  • Ride through a majestic river valley
  • 1 night accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 riding days
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Lobby
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Wireless internet

You will stay one night at the Sin Ho Hotel in Sin Ho Town during this tour. Your accommodation is in private rooms.

Program

Day 1: Sapa Town - Binh Lu Junction - Lai Chau City - Sin Ho Town (135 kilometers / 84 miles)

At 8:00 a.m., your guide will meet you at the reception of your hotel for a short briefing and check all the condition of the motorbikes. Then start your journey from the hotel by motorbike and head through Sapa Town. Head west on Road 4D from the mist-shrouded town of Sapa.

The road passes a couple of pretty waterfalls before reaching the top of Tram Ton Pass, Vietnam’s highest mountain road at 1,900-meter height, about 15 kilometers from Sapa. You’ll know when you get here because, if the weather is clear, you’ll see the pass snaking around the mountains below you.

Even in misty conditions, you’ll know you’ve arrived because it’s significantly warmer on the pass than in Sapa. The pass is both a climatic divide and a provincial one, marking the border of Lao Cai and Lai Chau provinces.

The impressive, crenelated ridge to the south is Mount Fansipan, Indochina’s highest peak at 3,143 meters (10,312 feet). Its looming presence bears down on the pass, casting a cold shadow over the road.

Deep down in the valley below indigo rivers forge paths over large boulders. Fansipan is so big that it dominates the scenery all the way to Lai Chau. Tram Ton Pass winds down through more pristine alpine scenery to Tam Duong town.

At 12:30 p.m., you will stop for lunch in one of the Local restaurant. After lunch you will continue northwest on Road 4D for 40 kilometers to Lai Chau and then turn left to Sin Ho. The ride is 60 kilometers uphill on Road 129 from Lai Chau to Sin Ho is just beautiful.

A vast landscape of endless mountains stretches into the distance, dotted with stilt-home villages clustered around clear streams. Arrive Sin Ho town around 4:00 p.m. check in the hotel and stay overnight here. After check in the hotel, you have your free time to explore Sin Ho Town - very peaceful and quiet!

Day 2: Sin Ho Town - Chan Nua Junction - Phong Tho Town - Lai Chau City - Sapa Town (195 kilometers / 121 miles)

The 60-kilometer descent on Road 128 from Sin Ho back down to Lai Chau is just as beautiful as the drive up. A vast landscape of endless mountains stretches into the distance, dotted with stilt-home villages clustered around clear streams. The road is in good condition but deteriorates when it becomes Road 12.

The last 30 kilometers to Nam Cay / Chan Nua is a quiet stretch through a majestic river valley. At the junction, turn right on Road 12 for the impossibly scenic and steep ride back to Lai Chau. In good weather this route is exceptional. The views over ridges, farmland, ethnic minority villages, and clear rivers are superb.

Once in Lai Chau retrace your route on Road 4D back to Sapa.

Bike rental deposit

SAPA MOTORBIKE TOURS requires a bike rental deposit of 30% of the total price.

Skill level

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

Location

Sapa and Sìn Hồ are two small towns high up on the slopes of the Hoàng Liên Sơn Range, known in French colonial times as the Tonkinese Alps. Sapa is a famous mountain retreat, enormously popular with Vietnamese and foreign tourists. Sìn Hồ, on the other hand, is hardly ever visited by travelers.

Like Sapa, Sin Ho is often engulfed in mist and drizzling rain. The town is scruffy, run-down and feels very remote. Built on a small plateau at an altitude of over 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) Sin Ho is very cool, especially in the evenings.

Ringed by limestone pinnacles and surrounded by minority villages scattered over the mountainside, this town has huge tourist potential, but as yet hardly any travelers make the trip.

Food

You will be served one breakfast, two lunches, and one dinner during this tour. Meals will be local Vietnamese food and drinks are not included.

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)

Try to time your visit to catch the Sunday market. There are lots of local food outlets around the main square, which doubles as the town’s football field. Busiest between 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Sin Ho market receives hundreds of minority women dressed in their various colorful clothing.

They make the journey by foot - sometimes starting before dawn - to the market in order to buy (not sell) supplies for the week ahead. Unlike Sapa Market, where minority people are more likely to be seen selling to foreign and Vietnamese tourists, Sin Ho market is the real deal.

This means there’s no hassling to buy trinkets and garments; most of what’s for sale is fresh meat, vegetables, fruit, and practical equipment for use in the villages.

What's included

  • Certified Professional Local Motorbike Guide.
  • Automatic or Manual Motorcycle, spare parts and fuel.
  • 1 Breakfast, local Vietnamese food (not including drinks).
  • 2 Lunch, local Vietnamese food (not including drinks).
  • 1 Dinner, local Vietnamese food (not including drinks).
  • Protective gear, helmet and rain gear.
  • All entrance fee/permits/tickets.
  • 1 night accommodation in Sin Ho

What's not included

  • Personal expenses including insurance (If you have an accident with the motorbike the rider will cover the repair expenses)
  • Gratuities and all other services not indicated above
  • Drinks
  • Bike rental deposit (30% of the total price)

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 not included in the price. Please contact SAPA MOTORBIKE TOURS for more information about airport transfers.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% 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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