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8 Days Guided Hanoi Loop Motorcycle Tour in Northeast Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Motorcycle Tour Vietnam

Riding a motorbike in Northeast Vietnam is not an easy task with many travelers. However, if you could successfully conquer it, your award will be so rewarding. Owning many wonderful landscapes and long traditional cultures, Northeast Vietnam is highly ranked by lots of tourists. In the eight days Northeast Vietnam motorbike tours, you are going to experience all the special cultural aspects as well as admiring the incredible sceneries of mountainous areas with a variety of destinations. Let’s come and enjoy the moments with motorcycle trip in Northeast Vietnam!

Key information

  • Terrain: A combination of off-road and on-road 
  • Bike: rental bike (Honda XR 150L)
  • Mileage: 1,400 kilometers / 870 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmets, gloves and bright reflecting jacket
  • Daily rides: 130 - 235 kilometers / 81 - 146 miles


  • Starts and ends in Hanoi
  • One of the best motorbike tours in Vietnam so far
  • Interesting and magnificent landscape in each day of riding
  • See all of the most attractive touristic natural point in northeast of Vietnam
  • Visit: Dong Van Rock plateau, Ba Be Lake, Thac Ba Lake, and Ban Gioc Waterfall
  • Discover the most famous palace in the north of Vietnam
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


8 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Vietnamese
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You will stay in various accommodations along the route.


Day 1: Hanoi - Thac Ba

From Hanoi, your motorbike journey hits the road out of the bustle of the city, move along the sub-urban roads, and enjoy the countryside views on two sides. The plenty paddy fields, being spotted by the rural village houses make the scenery more peaceful.

Right after, get away from the dike roads of Red River Delta, and you will come to Doan Hung town, where you take a chance to ride in a medium-high area in Vietnam with the slightly sloppy hills of green tea fields, palm plantations, and rustic village of the Dzao people. Unquestionably, this short but memorable route could be the highlight of the whole off-road motorbike tour in Northern Vietnam.

The first day comes to an end when everything is arranged in the homestay of the Dzao people, at roughly 4 p.m. Enjoy the rest of the motorcycle day tour by boating on the Thac Ba Lake before coming back to the house-on-tilts of the Dzao people to take your rest.

  • Mileage: 185 kilometers / 115 miles
  • Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Thac Ba - Ha Giang city

The Northeast Vietnam motorcycle tour team today keeps heading to the far-north after saying goodbye to the Dzao villagers. This route is totally on the mountainous roads with the marvelous views of mountains and the ethnic villages dotted in the green forests.

After lunch, the road to Ha Giang is well-constructed, so it would be easier. The Northeast Vietnam motorcycle tour team will reach Ha Giang at roughly 4 p.m. Just enjoy the rest of the day in this quiet town and prepare for the next ones.

  • Mileage: 170 kilometers / 106 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Ha Giang - Dong Van

The path from Ha Giang to Dong Van would enlighten the whole North Vietnam motorbike tours. Riding mainly on the winding trails and circling around the towering mountains, your adrenaline will high with the excitement of it.

You will have the chance to see with your own eyes; the rock plateau, the masterpiece of nature, where you can take thrilling photos. Just take some stops after asking the motorbike tour guide so you can drop in some hidden villages in the forests, where you can satisfactorily revel in the local culture of Vietnam. The third day officially ceases at about 5 p.m. when you come to Dong Van town in a lovely small hotel.

  • Mileage: 150 kilometers / 93 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Dong Van - Bao Lac

The distance from Dong Van to Bao Lac is short, but the impression this route can bring is priceless. The day will commence with a leisure walking tour to Dong Van town to discover the true beauty of ethnic minority life. Then, you will keep descending to low land, through the imposing landscapes with mountains and forests.

You come to Bao Lac town and have an overnight stay in the hotel. Of all the four famous mountain passes in Vietnam, Ma Pi Leng is always highly ranked and put in the top places to conquer in Vietnam. Its other name is Happy Road, as it connects the Ha Giang town with other rural areas. Immeasurable efforts have been poured into this road to sharpen its form. Riding through this pass, you can feel the solemn anthem of nature and the power of humans.

  • Mileage: 130 kilometers / 81 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Bao Lac - Quang Uyen

Leaving Bao Lac town behind, your team moves along the river to Northeast Vietnam. Definitely, the mountain views today would be more exclusive because you are tumbling down into the lower regions, with the significant chances to catch more beautiful scenery.

You stop for lunch whenever you see any sights of street restaurants. After that, Cao Bang will be the next stop for you. After getting out of Cao Bang town, you will be riding in the back-roads with the potholes and rugged rocks, requiring your 100% focus. This night, you will stay in a guest house (or a homestay) in Quang Uyen before motorbiking to Ban Gioc Waterfall tomorrow.

  • Mileage: 190 kilometers / 118 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Quang Uyen - Ban Gioc Waterfalls - Cao Bang

Being one of the most far away places in Vietnam, the scenery of this region is almost untouched and pristinely preserved. You will ride mainly on the off-roads and back-roads and come closer to the Chinese border, where Vietnam and China share the most beautiful waterfall: the Ban Gioc Waterfall.

Just enjoy the time by taking a short walk and picnic around this land to savor the natural charms. You can swim in the natural pool nearby the waterfall, take photos or just simply admire the view of surrounding areas.

You will come back to Cao Bang town in the afternoon and finish another spotlight day tour. A long motorbike riding day is worth relaxing and treasuring the moments in this town by exploring the humble beauty of the people and daily life here.

  • Mileage: 180 kilometers / 112 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Cao Bang - Ba Be Lake

From Cao Bang, you will have a short motorcycle tour to Ba Be Lake, but be calm because this route today will bring you tons of excitement. In the morning, you will ride on smooth but really winding and curving roads. After the long paved roads, the next part is mainly on the village roads to the peaceful village of the Tay people, which is located near the Ba Be Lake.

Likewise in Thac Ba, you will have a relaxing boat tour on Ba Be Lake, the biggest fresh water lake in Vietnam. It would be the highlight of this Sapa Motorbike Tour.

  • Mileage: 160 kilometers / 99 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Ba Be Lake - Hanoi

Today is a long ride to the north. You will ride back to Hanoi through the countryside roads along the Red River Delta, where you will have a chance to see the vast corn and rice fields, the traditional handicraft villages, and fishing villages on the river. It is a long but really fascinating day. It will seem busier when you nearly get to the city.

You will arrive in Hanoi before 5 a.m. Hopefully, this really long journey brings you memorable experiences.

  • Mileage: 235 kilometers / 146 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Skill level


  • 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


  • 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


The tour will take you through Hanoi, Thac Ba, Ha Giang, Dong Van, Bao Lac, Quang Uyen, Ban Gioc Waterfalls, Cao Bang, Ba Be Lake, and then back to Hanoi.


You will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the tour. On the first day, there will only be lunch and dinner, while on the last day, there will only be breakfast and lunch.

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

  • Motorcycle rental
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

What's not included

  • Bike rental deposit (100 to 1,000 USD or more)
  • Support vehicle (upon request: 150 USD per day)
  • Bike insurance
  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Dinner on the last day

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 this airport is available upon request. Transport cost is 80USD for 16 pax and 68 USD for 7 pax.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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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  • CRF250cc: Extra 20 USD per day

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