Northwestern Vietnam is distinguished by beautiful, impressive mountain ranges that provide scenic mountain views. With a rich cultural diversity, the region has homestay availability that can bring you closer to the local ethnic minorities and enjoy the friendly and cozy atmosphere while being a guest here. Another really great opportunity to explore the culture and areas all around is through the various weekly markets in the remote Central North. With unsurpassed natural surroundings, cultural sights of great importance and ethnic people filling the air with their various traditions and colorful outfits, one thing is for sure you could never get enough of the our Vietnam motorbike toursof the North West and Central North!
Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau (170km/approx. 4 Hours) (B/L/D) (L/D)
We leave Hanoi and, as we head north, with the Hong Son Lake on our side, we enjoy the magnificent scenery with the beautiful complex of tiny islands, somewhat lost in between the surrounding forests, and limestone mountain peaks that make an idyllic picture-worthy spot. We continue our trip to the north and ride on a smooth road, meeting more charming landscape on our way. In the afternoon,...
Day 2: Mai Chau – Son La (250km/approx. 6 Hours) (B/L/D) (B/L/D)
Today we say goodbye to the town of Mai Chau, we continue on our Vietnam motorbike tours and ride the small dirt road. Heading west of the Da River, we go past several caves of much archeological significance, with excellent findings of stone axes and pieces of stripped stone. Then it is time to cross the lake to its other side by the local ferry and move on with the rest of our...
Day 3: Son La – Than Uyen: (160km/approx. 6 Hours) (B/L/D) (B/L/D)
Right after breakfast, we ride Highway 6 and head to Tun Giao. On our way, the scenery remains jaw-dropping, and we stop to visit the village of Black Thai, after we have passed through the Dark Cave. We have lunch at Tuan Giao and then take the 279 Road to Than Uyen. Riding this steep winding road through the lush forests and magnificent rice terraces, is exhilarating. We take a short break at...
Day 4: Than Uyen – Sapa (130km/approx. 4 Hours) (B/L/D) (B/L/D)
We ride a winding road along the Hoan Lien Son mountain range that take us through a valley full of tea plantations and rice fields lying gracefully next to the Nam Ma River. The tribe villages of Dzao, H’mong, and Tay sit on the foothills and the Hoang Sien Son Mountains host the O Ouy Ho Pass with the most heart-stopping panoramic views you can get from over 2,000 meters altitude. At...
Day 5: Sapa – Bac Ha – Xi Man (160km/ Approx. 5 Hours) (B/L/D) (B/L/D)
We finish our breakfast Before we continue on our Vietnam motorbike tours and head down to the center of the Lao Cai province, found next to the borders with China. It is an important place where trade in the North occurs, so we stop for a few here, before we ride to the town of Bac Ha. Bac Ha is popular for its 100-year-old colorful market of the Dzao and Flower H’Mong, among other...
Day 6: Xi Man – Provincial Capital Ha Giang (150km/approx. 6 Hours) (B/L/D) (B/L/D)
When we finish eating our breakfast at a local restaurant nearby, we visit the local market, buy souvenirs, take pictures, and mix with the local ethnic minorities (Dzao, Flower H’mong, Nung, etc). Today, we will be testing (and sharpening) our riding skills as the roads that go through the mountain passes are challenging! Lunchtime finds us in Tan Quang, while the last 50km to Ha Giang...
Day 7: Ha Giang – Dong Van (150km/approx. 6 Hours) (B/L/D) (B/L/D)
First thing is to obtain a visit permit from the Ha Giang immigration office, so to continue our trip to Quang Ba, Dong Van, and Yen Minh regions. They are areas with amazing natural landscape and views of unspoiled surroundings. People living here are used to work hard and long hours, and they always find a way out of problems of any sort, judging by the fact that they have managed to live on...
Day 8: Dong Van – Meo Vac Town – Bao Lac (120km/approx. 4 Hours) (B/L/D) (B/L/D)
Today we head over the Ma Pi Leng Pass, where we can be carried away by the magnificent landscape overlooking the Nho Que River. Then, we ride down to Meo Vac, and go past the high mountainous mythical regions of Ha Giang, before we reach Bao Lac, where we stop for the day. Bao Lac is considered a great ethnic crossroad where ethnic groups of all Northeast Vietnam meet. The Sunday market is a...
Day 9: Bao Lac – Ba Be (120km/approx. 4 Hours) (B/L/D) (B/L/D)
Today we ride numerous passes and once again challenge our riding skills on the meandering road. However, we can stop many times is needed. In total, the ride will take about 8 hours, including the stops for food and drinks. The night finds us in a Tay community, where we sleep over. We spend the night in traditional stilt houses.
Day 10: Ba Be (Visit And Relaxation) (B/L/D) (B/L/D)
As we are still in Bac Ngoi, it is a fabulous opportunity to take the fabulous 2-hour boat cruise and sail through the lake. Then, we stop at the Dau Dang waterfall, to have lunch and, for those that wish, swim! There is also a primary school and the village located down the waterfall that we could also visit, before we get back to Ba Be Lake and head to the An Ma temple. Finally, we trek...
Day 11: Ba Be – Hanoi (220km/approx. 7 Hours) (B/L) (B/L/D)
This is the last day of our journey, and we will be heading back to Hanoi. We have an amazing ride ahead today. We take the west side of Ba Be Lake and set out to the south. We go past the city of Thai Nguyen in the Northland; the city famous for the high-quality of its tea. Then, we take a break at Tow, to visit the impressive Vietnamese Ethnic Group Museum of Cultures and...
Tours available for groups or as individuals
01 motorbike per person
All petrol (gasoline)
03 nights in local stilt house
07 nights in hotel in twin share room
Local English Speaking guide
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary: 10 Breakfasts (B), 11 Lunches (L), 10 Dinners (D)
Boat trip in Babe
Thai Music dance show
All entrance fees and permits to visit Hagiang area
Visa to Vietnam
Any other transportations are not mentioned in the itinerary
Meals are not mentioned in the itinerary
Tip for guide
Other personal expenses
Thing To Carry
Good shoes for walking
Other personal needs and some cash for drinks or souvenirs.