This tour will take you from Hanoi to roof roads of Northern Vietnam via Sapa, then to the most scenic area of Ha Giang. In fact, it’s truly one of the best motorbike tours you can have in Vietnam. You will see many beautiful spots of Vietnam like Mu Cang Chai terrace rice fields, Than Uyen, O Quy Ho Pass, Sapa, Dong Van Geo-Park, and Ban Gioc waterfalls. In addition, the riding will be quite entertaining and thrilling. Don't miss this chance to have a great experience here!
During this tour, you will spend your 10 nights in a double or twin room at several standard hotels, and a homestay which provides sleeping bags, mosquito nets, sheets, and pillow.
Before you ride, you will take for about 30 minutes to double check the bikes, ensure that you have all necessary tools and equipment, and tie your bag(s) on the bikes. You will ride for 7 hours today. You will head out of Hanoi from the west end skirting along Red River to Son Tay and then head up the mountain to Nghia Lo. The road is easy and flat between Hanoi and Thu Cuc. Meanwhile, the road from Ba Khe to Nghia Lo is beautiful, snaking the foot of Hoang Lien range. Nghia Lo is a big mountain town where you will stop for the night in a hotel.
Today, you will ride on wild and bumpy mountain roads. You will challenge Lung Lo Pass and the higher one, Khau Pha Pass. You will ride through the Mu Cang Chai massif, almost as high as the Fansipan. From the top, it offers one of the most beautiful views of North Vietnam. The 5 hours ride today will be challenging but very rewarding. In the end of the day, you will stay overnight at a hotel in Than Uyen.
The area of Than Uyen is mainly populated by Flower Hmong and Dzao people. You will head up the high Hoang Lien range to Sapa. It will be an easy track for 100 kilometers and asphalted mountainous road for the last 40 kilometers. This area is usually very cloudy after the rain or between January and April. After 3 hours ride today, you will stay overnight in Sapa, one of the most popular places for tourists.
Today, you will ride from Sapa to Bac Ha then to Xin Man. You will go down from Sapa to Lao Cai (34 kilometers), a border city where you can take photos with China as the background. After lunch, you will ride up to Bac Ha (70 kilometers) with stunning landscape. The last 50 kilometers will be a challenging ride to Xin Man, a small town where you will stay in a hotel for the night.
Today, you will have a ride on many small / back roads with scenic mountain views before joining the main road heading up to Ha Giang where you will stay overnight.
After getting the permit to ride in border areas at Ha Giang’s Immigration Police, you will ride on small challenging mountain roads (but incredibly beautiful) on the land of colorful mountain hill-tribes. After that, you will head up the Ma Pi Leng Pass. Here is yet another amazing place, with cloudy mountain ranges and the poetic Nho Que river winding off in the distance. You will ride on a zig-zag track until Dong Van, a remote area, and meet the hard-working local people there. When you reach the town, you will have some extra time to wander the ancient streets lined with Hmong homes of clay bricks and tiles roof built centuries ago.
Today, you will cross the wild regions of the mythical province of Ha Giang. You will stop for the night at Bao Lac, the ethnic crossroad of Northeast Vietnam. Many other ethnic groups on the two sides of the border meet at the market every Sunday.
Today, you will have a beautiful ride down to the capital city of Cao Bang Province. The road will be easy but there will be many blind curves. In the end of the day, you will stay overnight at a hotel.
You will ride for about 1 hour and a half to reach the beautiful village of Quang Uyen in the middle of a mountain cirque. This is the territory of Nung and Tay people. You will stay overnight in a host family who is a great cook.
You will make your way through spectacular scenery to Vietnam's most impressive waterfall, Ban Gioc waterfalls. The road is either dusty or muddy due to the very heavy trucks that transport products exporting to China. If the weather permit, you may swim right up to where the 50 meters high falls hit the river.
You will ride from Quang Uyen to Lang Son on the famous historical Highway 4 where fierce battles took place during the war against the French army. You will have time to discover this city which is the biggest trading post between China and Vietnam. You may want to shop for cheap Chinese products at the nearby Dong Kinh or Tam Thanh market. You will stay overnight at a hotel.
You will have an easy day back to Hanoi on the new Highway 1B. You can wake up late in the morning as you may be tired after 10 long riding days. Alternatively, you may ride many back roads to avoid the highway if you don't like it. You will arrive in Hanoi at around 15:00.
This tour will cover Nghia Lo, Than Uyen, Sapa, Lao Cai, Xin Man, Ha Giang, Dong Van, Bao Loc, Cao Bang, Quang Uyen, Lang Son, and Hanoi in Vietnam.
You will be served full Vietnamese meals during the whole tour. If you like, you can have Western food at additional costs. In total, Vietnam Off Road will provide you with 10 breakfasts, 11 lunches, and 10 dinners.
On your 10th day, you will have free time to shop for cheap Chinese products at the nearby Dong Kinh or Tam Thanh market in Lang Son.
"I was very pleased that our guide held a slow and relaxed speed at all times. I felt safe under his command and were able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. I had stops whenever we needed it, at least for cold water every hour. The bike was working well. I suggest that you make scarfs or even better "bandanas" with your logo for customers to buy. Most people would want one also as a souvenir. As I had requested, I came to experience the real Vietnam, including some genuine homestays. I got to meet the nicest Vietnamese people. The foods were very authentic (as I had requested) and very good, even the roasted grasshoppers I was offered to taste in Mai Chau and the homemade rice wine in Wu Lihn. The guides were friendly and the company served professional organization. Thank you for your help (at no charge) taking me out of Hanoi traffic the first day. The guide, Lee, was extremely friendly and professional. I had the feeling of being looked after 24 / 7. He was always helpful, honest, positive, and professional. I could not have asked for a better person."
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"I went on this tour with high expectations and they didn't disappoint me. The tempo was fine. I was initially worried that it might be a bit too much but we had no problems at all. The bikes were great, were never let me down once, and were the right size for the tour that we did. The accommodation was fine and I enjoyed the homestays the best. The food was absolutely fantastic. I was a little disappointed that when I traveled south, the food was not as good as what we had on the tour. Our guide, Linh, was great. He made the tour very enjoyable and made sure that we had no problems. Vietnam Off Road is very professionally run. We had some troubles with flights and they were very helpful. They even arranged for our motorbike gear to be posted back to Australia."
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"It was a truly amazing trip, if not my favorite that I have had in Vietnam so far. I’m very glad that I was able to visit this area of Vietnam while the local culture remains authentic and the scenery hasn’t been spoiled by the development that has ruined so many other sites in Vietnam."
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