Motorbike Tour Northern Vietnam – 11 Days
Northern Vietnam motorbike tour is always the best choice. Riding on motorcycle can get access to all types of roads ranging from bumpy, wet, mud-slimy ( when it rains ) tracks to smooth, well-asphalted paths. The spectacular view of cloudy mountains is a great and unforgettable motorcycle tour in northern Vietnam. On this specific tour, you skirt along the Vietnam-China border, starting from Hanoi to Nghia Lo, Than Uyen and Sapa to Northwestern Vietnam and continue head for the most beautiful part of the trip in Ha Giang, Dong Van and Bao Lac before forking down into Highway 4 to Cao Bang, Quang Uyen and Lang Son. If you return via Ba Be, the trip on motorbike is about one day shorter, but then you miss the historical Highway 4 regarding as being the unbreathtakingly scenic view.
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TOUR IN DETAIL
DAY 1: HANOI – NGHIA LO ( 250 KM – L, D )
As far as 7 km from your hotel is the bike store where you have to accustom yourself by driving on motorbike for a while before starting the tour. Our northern Vietnam motorbike tours will continue to leave Hanoi along Red River to Son Tay where tradition of martial art is notable and then head uphill to Nghia Lo. This one is easy motorbike riding from Hanoi to Thanh Son via Thu Cuc and then Ba Khe to Nghia Lo, snaking around the foot of Hoang Lien Range. We stop overnight in Nghia Lo big mountain. Ends the 1st day motorbike tour northern Vietnam.
DAY 2: NGHIA LO – THAN UYEN ( 180 KM – B, L, D )
Continue north Vietnam motorbike tours with wild and bumpy road over Lung Lo Pass as the first challenge. The next one is the higher Khau Pha Pass riding through the Mu Cang Chai massif, almost as high as the Fansipan. From the top, a bird’eyes view can be seen. This is a great and challenging Vietnam motorbike adventure tour. The ride is challenging but very rewarding. Finish the 2nd day motorcycle tour northern Vietnam and have the night in a hotel.
DAY 3: THAN UYEN – SAPA ( 140 KM – B, L, D )
Vietnam motorbike tour crew takes you to Than Uyen mainly populated by Flower H’mong and Dzao people before moving to Sapa with an easy track for 100 km and asphalted mountainous roads for the remaining 40 km. Sapa worth staying overnight, offers us one of the best off- road northern Vietnam motorbike tour.
DAY 4: SAPA – BAC HA ( 100 KM – B, L, D )
We continue north Vietnam motorbike tours from Sapa to Bac Ha, it takes us about 3 hours, down from Sapa to Lao Cai (37 km), a border city where we can take take shots of a China town beyond the borderline. After lunch, the motorbike tour north Vietnam will continue to Bac Ha (70 km) having good credit for its stunning landscape dotted with mountainous views, truthful smiles from colorful hill-tribe people. Overnight in Bac Ha.
DAY 5: BAC HA – HA GIANG ( 200 KM – B, L, D ) off-road Vietnam Motorbike Tour To Ha Giang
The motorcycle tour in northern Vietnam brings us to Ha Giang from Bac Ha after breakfast, following the track to Xin Man and on many dusty small roads walled by splendid uptown views before joining the main road leading to Ha Giang where we stop for the night and apply for a permit( it is a must for security in remote regions in Vietnam). It is in fact a great snaky and unspoiled off-road Vietnam motorbike adventure tours today.
DAY 6: HA GIANG – DONG VAN ( 180 KM – B, L, D )
The local permit to ride in border areas at Ha Giang’s Immigration Police qualifies us to take a motorcycle ride on small but challenging mountain roads to realize how beautiful the landscape and its hill-tribe lifestyles are!
Northern Vietnam motorcycle tour is typical of cloudy mountain ranges and the poetic Nho Que river winding off in the distance. Great Vietnam motorbike ride on a zig-zag track till it reaches Dong Van, a remote UNESCO-recognized geo-park and help us meet the hard-working local people here. It is inspiring to see how they survive as they manage to live on the rocks! When we get to the town we will have some extra time to wander around the ancient streets lined with H’mong homes built of clay bricks and tile roofs centuries ago. Ends 6th day north Vietnam motorbike tours.
DAY 7: DONG VAN – BAO LAC ( 80 KM – B, L, D )
Today’journey could be challenged by some pieces of the road under construction and lengthened unexpectedly , that makes more fun for our Vietnam motorbike tour but we are compensated by charming valleys capped by clouds and smokes from hill-tribe houses. We stop for the night at Bao Lac as being the ethnic crossroad of Northeast Vietnam where ethnic groups on both sides of the borderline can be seen at weekend market during our tour on motorcycle.
DAY 8: BAO LAC – CAO BANG ( 150 KM – B, L, D )
The beautiful riding on motorbike down to Cao Bang province, it takes roughly 8 hours crossing few passes from the top of which you can catch a panoramic view of the whole area. The road is easy but there are rich in blind curves. We can stop very often for photos during the northern Vietnam motorbike tours. Stay in a hotel.
DAY 9: CAO BANG – QUANG UYEN ( 140 KM – B, L, D )
After breakfast, we ride on motorcycle within 1 hour and half to reach the beautiful village of Quang Uyen standing in the middle of a little mountain plains inhabited by Nung An people. Home stay in a local family where the hostess is a great cook.
We make our way to Vietnam’s most impressive waterfall, Ban Gioc Waterfall, 50km from Quang Uyen. If the weather is favorable, we have a swim looking up the falls hitting the river 50 m high above. Ends the 9th day motorbike tour to the northern Vietnam.
DAY 10: QUANG UYEN – LANG SON ( 180 KM – B, L, D )
The motorbike tour of northern Vietnam from Quang Uyen to Lang Son drives along the famous historical Highway 4. We have sufficient time to discover Lang Son which has become a big trading post between China and Vietnam. The tour on motorbike can help you shop Chinese products at reasonable price nearby Dong Kinh market.
Overnight in hotel.
DAY 11: LANG SON – HANOI ( 150 KM – B, L )
Start your day with local breakfast. After that we make an easy day on the motorbike, the ride back to Hanoi by the new Highway 1B. We will take you mostly in the backroads and countryside roads back to Hanoi to avoid busy traffic. As today is relaxing day so that you can wake up late in the morning to recover your health after long motorbike trip in north Vietnam.
Arrival at Hanoi around 3: 30 pm.