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5 Days Sa Pa to Mu Cang Chai Guided Motorbike Tour in Vietnam

Ban Ho, Sa Pa District, Lào Cai Province, Northwest, Vietnam

Breathtaking Vietnam Motorbike Tour

This tour gives you a good chance to discover the unspoiled beauties in Sa Pa and Mu Cang Chai to meet friendly local people and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of Northern Vietnam. 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)
  • Riding gear: included: helmet plus protection gear
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 4 dinners

Meet the guides

Nghia & Lenh
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Highlights

  • Starts in Lao Cai and ends in Hanoi
  • Ride to visit the Zay minority at Ta Van
  • Visit Lao Chai village of Black Hmong people
  • Ride on O Quy Ho pass to cross Hoang Lien mountain range
  • Experience majestic and stunning view of the mountain area
  • Explore the oldest tea forest, Suoi Giang
  • Ride over the Khau Pha Pass
  • 5 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


5 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Vietnamese
The maximum participants in the group is 15
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Accommodation

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

Nights 1: sleep in homestay Ban Ho ( 1 person on 1 mattress) or shared double room with a shared bathroom.

Nights 2: Hotel - private double/Twin room in Sa Pa.

Nights 3: Homestay in Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai

Dorm (1 person on 1 mattress) and a shared bathroom.

Nights 4: Homestay in Nghia Lo, Yen Bai

Dorm (1 person on 1 mattress) and a shared bathroom.

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.

Program

Night 0: Overnight on the train to Lao Cai station

An English-speaking guide will collect you from your hotel in Hanoi at 21:00 and take you to Hanoi train station for the overnight train to Lao Cai.

Day 1: Lao Cai - Sapa - Lao Cai and Ta Van villages - Ban Ho homestay

  • 6 a.m - 7 a.m Meet your guide in the Lao Cai station, have breakfast, and prepare to get the motorbike
  • 7.30 a.m. Drive the motorbike to Sapa (30 kilometers / 18.7 miles) and discover around the Sapa Town

You will start this Sapa to Mu Cang Chai motorbike tour by riding your motorbikes down the valley to visit Lao Chai village of Black H’Mong people. You will have the chance to experience the richest traditional culture of Black H’Mong people in the region. Then, continue riding a bit to visit the Zay minority at Ta van. Spend time to enjoy the picturesque scenery along the way, a mountainous area of stunning natural beauty, and diverse ethnic minorities.

You will keep on riding down the hill, enjoying the fantastic open views in Ban Ho, the most beautiful valley where you will spend a night on the bamboo house of Tay people. For the rest of the time, you will take a short walk to the nearby waterfall for sightseeing and experiencing the daily activities of the locals.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: a homestay in Ban Ho village

Day 2: Ban Ho - Nam Toong - Nam Ken - Thanh Phu - Sapa

After breakfast, you will ride up to to the Red Dzao village at Nam Ken and Xa Pho. Xa Pho tribe is the smallest group in Sapa who has very little contact with modern Vietnam. You will ride back to Sapa and visit Cat Cat village and enjoy lunch there.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: a hotel in Sapa

Day 3: Sapa - Mu Cang Chai (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

Pass over O Quy Ho Pass (one of the four greatest passes in Vietnam). Ride on Qui Ho pass to cross Hoang Lien mountain range - the highest one in Vietnam including Fanxipan peak with the height of 3,142 meters above sea level. It is sure that you will have pictures of the most beautiful valley in North Vietnam.

You will drive to Ban Thai village, the village of White Thai people, one family here will be your host today. During leisure time, you may take a strolling around this village to see the normal life of villagers. You will enjoy your dinner today with your host family.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: with a family

Day 4: Discover wonderful rice terrace on the mountains in Mu Cang Chai - Tule - Nghia Lo (100 kilometers / 62 miles)

Ride the motorbike around the Mong village with the beautiful rice terraces such as La Pan Tan and Che Cu Nha. At La Pan Tan terraces, you should deeply go into La Pan Tan area. On the route, there is a small trail run along the valley, turn into that trail and go even more deeply so you can take extreme and unique photos.

Beside the rice terrace, you will have a chance to explore the culture and local life of Mong people, such as traditional music and agriculture tools.

Then, you continue to run over the Khau Pha pass (one of the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam with 40-kilometer patches of fog in the cold days).

The ride is on some of the most scenic roads which offer a lot of stops for pictures. You will cross Tu Le and Mu Cang Chai, the two remote lands of Yen Bai province where the black H’mong, Dzao, and Thai people can make wonderful rice terrace on the mountains.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Nghia Lo - Suoi Giang - Yen Bai - Hanoi

After breakfast, you will continue to explore the oldest tea forest Suoi Giang, a special landmark of the Yen Bai Province with the famous hundreds-year-old tea. You will enjoy a cup of tea, and relax and see the Nghia Lo valley down. You will then leave Suoi Giang, returning to Yen Bai city.

At 2 p.m., arrive in Yen Bai, catch the bus to Hanoi. Say goodbye to your tour guide. At 5 or 6 p.m., arrive in My Dinh station in Hanoi. This is the end of the tour.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch

Please note that the itinerary can change according to your requirement.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: beginner and intermediate

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

Location

This tour will take place in Vietnam, including Lao Cai, Sa Pa, Ta Van, Ban Ho, Nam Toong, Nam Ken, Thanh Phu, Mu Cang Chai, Tu Le, Nghia Lo, Suoi Giang, Yen Bai, and Hanoi.

Food

Most of the meals served will be Asian food, including rice, meat, fish, vegetable, and local special. In 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
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • 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)

Upgrade to higher class of accommodation

Beer or other beverage ( water is included the tour)

Spa treatments

Some places have spa and massage service such as in Dong Van, Cao Bang city. The treatment doesn't included in the price.

What's included

  • Honda or Yamaha 110 - 125 cc (semi-automatic gear)
  • Helmet plus protection gear
  • English-speaking guide
  • Homestay permission
  • The train ticket from Hanoi to Lao Cai (cabin for 4 sleepers)
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Water

What's not included

  • Gasoline on tour (around 5 USD per day)
  • Personal expenses
  • Air tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa to Vietnam
  • Alcoholic drinks

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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