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3 Day Mu Cang Chai Guided Motorbike Tour in Vietnam

Tu Le, Yen Bai, Vietnam

Stunning Vietnam Motorbike Tour

This tour gives you the best chance to discover the rice terrace of Vietnam as well as warmly locals and enjoy the breathtaking and stunning landscapes which never fail to impress, whatever the season. This motorbike tour saves your health, time, and cost. It is also a good choice for the experienced riders who are in love with two wheels but not having weeks to ride along the country.

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (Honda or Yamaha 110 - 125 cc)
  • Mileage: 740 kilometers / 500 miles
  • Daily rides: 50 - 180 kilometers / 31 - 112 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmet plus protection gear
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners

Meet the guides

Nghia, Lenh , & Giang A Su
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Hanoi
  • Ride over the Khau Pha Pass
  • Ride on some of the most scenic roads to Tu Le
  • Experience majestic and stunning view of the mountain area
  • Visit some schools or Hmong houses
  • Discover the rice terrace of Vietnam
  • 2 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


3 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Vietnamese
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:00
Check-out Time:
18:00

During this tour, you will be staying at several different accommodations. You will spend nights at a family's house or a hotel. The homestay is hosted by ethnic people in a traditional stilt house (Tay, Dao, Thai, Hmong).

Although Vietnam is a developing country and you will visit some remote places, the quality of accommodation has improved greatly. In small towns, you will be staying at local private guesthouses. The rooms are shared twins and provided with air conditioning, a private bathroom with hot water, and mosquito nets on each bed.

In some locations, the local homestays are available and the sleeping arrangements are made usually in a house on stilts, all in one room. Each person will have a mattress, a pillow, and mosquito nets, and will be sharing a toilet or shower.

Night 1

Sleep in a homestay, at Tu Le (1 person on 1 mattress) or shared double room with a shared bathroom.

Night 2

Sleep in a homestay, at Mu Cang Chai (1 person on 1 mattress) or shared double room with a shared bathroom.

Program

Day 1: Hanoi - Yen Bai City, Yen Bai - Tu Le

At 6.30 - 7 a.m., the staff will pick you up from your hotel to the bus from Hanoi to Yen Bai city (in the case your hotel is in the Old Quater area, Hanoi. If not, please catch a taxi to bus office).

Around 10 a.m., drop off in Yen Bai city. The staff will prepare a motorbike for you to start from here. You will ride around 50 kilometers before taking lunch. After lunch, you will continue to ride to Nghia Lo - the home of Thai people and a large rice field - Muong Lo field. You will start to see the beautiful scenery beside the road, the green tea plantations hill, the rice paddy, and ethnic local life.

Arrive at Tu Le, enjoy dinner with traditional meals and sleep in a traditional and authentic house of Thai people. The room in the homestay is a shared room, each person sleeps in each mattress on the second floor. If you want to sleep in a private room, let Zonitrip know to change to a hostel or hotel. Depends on the customers’ riding skills, Zonitrip can customize the duration to suit your health.

Summary:

  • Distance: 180 kilometers (112 miles) by bus and 130 kilometers (81 miles) by motorbike
  • Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Tu Le - Mu Cang Chai (50 - 70 kilometers / 31 - 44 miles)

After breakfast, you continue to run from Tu Le - Mu Cang Chai. You have a full day to discover the beauty of this mountainous district. Mu Cang Chai - the hilly paddy growing districts, is designated as Vietnam’s national heritage site. It is home to Vietnam’s Hmong minority tribe, whose rural way of life and colorful ethnic costumes and amazing scene for photography.

This journey passes through a stunning mountainous landscape, get higher and higher. You will cover the Khau Pha Pass (one of the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam).

The ride is on some of the most scenic roads which offer a lot of stops for picturing such as Cao Pha valley, a beautiful valley located at the foot of the pass and Paragliding site, to see the panorama view of pass and valley.

You will continue ride from La Pan Tan center to Mam Xoi, belong to the beautiful green or yellow terraced rice fields, enjoy the amazing and stupendous of the mountain region, explore the farming work and life of Hmong ethnic people. The road in mountain includes cement-concrete steeply road and dirt rock soil road, it’s a challenge for your riding skill and interesting experience. In the afternoon, there are 2 options depends on the weather, the rice status, and your health:

Option 1

Around 4-5 p.m., ride a motorbike to Sang Nhu village to see the sunrise. The road is muddy, soil and a very difficult road, if you want to try offroad, we can arrange for you to go. If you are not confident, you can trek up or using a motorbike taxi. Sang Nhu is famous for the rice curve in the sunset, the suitable time to visit is from May to Sep.

Option 2

In the afternoon after lunch, continue to ride the motorbike and explore the rice terrace or local life beside the road in the Che Cu Nha area. If you want to trek, Zonitrip can customize the tour for the afternoon, trek to Hang Dang De village - in Che Cu Nha commune. It takes around 2-3 hours, the cement and soil path, steep trail. If you ride motorbike well, Zonitrip can create an offroad route for you from Che Cu Nha to Kim Noi village.

The end of the road is a homestay of Thai ethnic people. Enjoy the dinner and sleep here. On this day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 3: Mu Cang Chai - Yen Bai - Hanoi

After breakfast, there’s more time to look around and experience life in Mu Cang Chai. On the coming back way, ride a motorbike from Khau Pha pass to Lim Mong, Lim Thai - the village in the middle of Cao Pha valley - with beautiful scenery of rice terrace field, mountain, and stream.

You come back to Yen Bai city then catch the bus back from Yen Bai to Hanoi and arrive Hanoi in the evening. Your guide will say goodbye and see you again on another journey.

Summary:

  • Distance: 180 kilometers (112 miles) by motorbike and 180 kilometers (112 miles) by bus
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Note

The itinerary can change according to your requirements. The program can be customized to match your plan, health, and riding skill. If you can't drive, don't worry, Zonitrip has a guide to ride for you, you just only sit on the back and enjoy. If you are a professional rider and want to drive on a high-speed motorbike, please let Zonitrip know to arrange the bike for you.

Skill level

Beginner

  • can ride for 2-3 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 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Guides

Nghia Bui

Lenh The Phuoc

Giang A Su Giang A Su

Location

This tour will take place in Vietnam, including Hanoi, Yen Bai, Nghia Lo, Tu Le, and Mu Cang Chai.

Food

Most of the meals served will be Asian food, including rice, meat, fish, vegetable, and local special. In the most of the rural and mountainous area, it will be difficult to find seafood or luxury food. In some hotels, there will be Western and diet food, so if you have any special request, please let Zonitrip know in advance.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

Spa treatments

Some places have spa and massage services such as in Dong Van, Cao Bang city. The treatment is not included in the price.

What's included

  • Honda XR150 CC to 250 CC or Yamaha 110 to 125 CC semi-automatic gear
  • Helmet plus protection gear
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • First aid kit
  • Homestay permission
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Water

What's not included

  • Visa to Vietnam
  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Gasoline on tour
  • Personal expenses
  • Upgrade to higher class of accommodation
  • Beer or other beverage (water is included the tour)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN).

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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