Motorcycle Tour Northern Vietnam – 8 Days
The 8 day motorcycle tour northern Vietnam will take you through the iconic destinations in North Vietnam, such as Ha Giang, Ba Be National Park, Mai Chau and Sapa. Those places have been regarded as the ideal holiday and adventurous-tourism spots for travelers not only from Vietnam but also outside of border. Just within 8 days, you could admire the stunning and breathtaking landscapes of Vietnam, as well as get a closer interaction with indigenous people- the alive culture-holder in Vietnam. It is one of the best motorcycle tours North Vietnam in our collection.
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Day 1: Hanoi – Ba Be Lake ( L, D – 240 km ). Home-stay
At the first day, the motorbike trip North Vietnam will kick off at roughly 8 am. Soon after getting out of the bustle of metropolis, our northern Vietnam motorcycle tour will reach Cho Chu town, Thai Nguyen province for a stopover to take rest and have lunch. The rest of the day would absolutely excites all motorcyclists when tarmacked highway is perfectly ideal for motorbike riding with less people and marvelous scenery views.
At around 4 pm, our team will reach Pac Ngoi – a tribal village of Tay people which is adjacent to the Ba Be Lake. We have dinner here and stay overnight here. It ends the first day of Northern Vietnam motorbike tours.
Ba Be Lake in Vietnamese means “three lakes” in the dialect of the indigenous people. This lake is situated in Nam Mau commune, Bac Kan district, Bac Kan province, a province in the north of the country.
This lake has been formed for roughly 200 million years, with many limestone mountain and cliffs surrounding, creating the largest natural lake in Vietnam. It is devided into 3 zones, named Pe Lam, Pe Lu and Pe Leng. The main flow of this lake includes 3 rivers, alternatively Nang, Ta Han and Nam Cuong. The Nang River flows into the lake and create a huge waterfall called Dau Dang. Moreover, there are 3 main islands in the lake, named An Ma, Khau Cum and Po Gia Mai (widow’s island)
This lake is the core part of Ba Be national park with the high biodiversity of fauna and flora, combing with the special geographic structure, making it become the ideal destination for tourist to come.
Day 2: Ba Be Lake- Meo Vac ( B, L, D -170km). Hotel
After saying farewell with the local host, northern Vietnam motorbike team keeps riding on the off-roads through peaceful villages and forested hills, along with few stream passing. This day is the highlight of Vietnam motorbike tours with many beautiful landscapes.
After having lunch in Bao Lac town, our motorcycle crew continues to ascend to Meo Vac through the winding trails and snacking passes, where you can catch a view of Nho Que river from the midst of the pass.
We come to Meo Vac at about 5:00pm and then will have a relaxing night in this quiet town before setting off a new route with northern Vietnam motorbike tours.
“Meo Vac is located in Dong Van rock plateau, the famous place in Ha Giang which was considered as the World Geopark by UNESCO in 2009. Coming here, you can see the masterpieces of rock, being formed after million years. For that reason, many motorcyclists ride to here to see the beauty of nature of that far-away place”.
Day 3: Meo Vac-Ha Giang ( B, L, D – 180km ) Hotel
The route from Meo Vac to Ha Giang on the 3rd day with motorcycle tour North Vietnam is promisingly the most striking part of the whole motorbike tours in Vietnam, when our team move up to mountainous area-the sanctuary of Meo people and the kingdom of rock. We could sightsee the well-known places named Ma Pi Leng Pass, which is considered one of the toughest and most challenging passes for motorcycle tour Northern Vietnam; rock plateau, the Vuong Palace in Dong Van, the Heaven Gate in Quan Ba. Just in the distance of more than 100km, you are visually exposed to the imposing, impressive mountainous views in North Vietnam.
Our motorcycle team arrives to Ha Giang city and stay in a local hotel (or home-stay of Tay tribe)
“Ha Giang, 300 km away from Hanoi, located at the highest latitude in Vietnam. It is surrounded by Cao Bang, Tuyen Quang, Lao Cai, and Yen Bai. This province is the home of many ethnic minorities such as H’mong, Tay, Nung, Dzao…”
Day 4: Ha Giang – Sapa ( B, L, D – 220km ) Hotel
To commence with the 4th day of the motorbike trip North Vietnam, our riding team moves towards the western part of northern area, from Ha Giang to Sapa. This west-east corridor offers motorcyclists with magnificent landscapes of mountains and valleys, in addition to the dazzling paddy fields of local people.
We can take a rest in Lao Cai and look over the border area of Vietnam and China. Later, motorbike crew will head up to Sapa. The bending and crooked roads will lift travelers up to the 1600m-above-sea-level town. Take care of riding with the blind curves and landslides. If you prefer taking a stop, we can take a stop for taking photo. We will come to Sapa at around 5:00 pm and stay there for 1 night.
Day 5: Sapa – Than Uyen ( B, L, D – 110km ). Home-stay
The whole morning with motorbike tours Northern Vietnam team is dedicated to self-exploration and sightseeing the Sapa town. At around 1:30pm, our team will check out hotel and descend 110km from Sapa to Than Uyen. Before tumbling down to Than Uyen, Vietnam Motorbike crew will escalate to the highest pass road in Vietnam (Tram Ton Pass). After overpassing O Quy Ho Pass, we enter the administrative area of Lai Chau Province (which is 2000m above sea level)
Although the riding distance today is short but it is no doubt an amazing part of whole Vietnam motorbike tour when our crew rides through valley views of Hoang Lien Son Mountain which is vaguely covered in the mist and cloud.
Our team arrive in Than Uyen at about 5:00 pm and stay overnight here.
Day 6: Than Uyen-Mu Cang Chai – Phu Yen ( B, L, D – 220km ). Hotel
After many up-and-down trails, we continue northern Vietnam motorcycle trip through the tribe villages of H’mong ethnic group, and then cross by mountainous green tea farms. It is followed by the route through valleys to see the splendid views of terraced paddy fields with the bright golden yellow color of rice.
After lunch in Mu Cang Chai, you are supposed to observe the spot light of northern Vietnam motorbike tour in Mu Cang Chai with the vast and massive terraced fields, creating the wonder of nature.
We reach the Phu Yen town at 5:00pm. It is a long day but really delightful for every motorcyclist of Northern Vietnam motorcycle trip. Enjoy your 6th night in this peaceful town.
Day 7: Phu Yen – Mai Chau Valley ( B, L, D – 150 km ). Home-stay
The tour today is not long so it will be full of enjoy and excitements for northern Vietnam motorcycle trip . After getting out of Phu Yen town, you can have the wonderful moments to ride along Da River Lake, with the winding roads and less traffic. You will have the feeling like riding motorbike along the coastal line in center of Vietnam.
After crossing Da river by ferry, our Vietnam motorbike crew will head up to Moc Chau plateau for lunch. Then, we will take turn to the Hua Tat road- a quiet old road built by French. Nowadays, it is an ideal road to for motorcycle touring to Mai Chau and the sceneries on the way are really spectacular!
We arrive in Mai Chau at about 4:30 pm. We will choose the Poom-Coong village to stay overnight. You can feel the hospitable and friendly attitude of the local Thai people here for the tourists.
Day 8: Mai Chau – Hanoi(B, L – 150km ).
Just enjoy your last day with North Vietnam motorcycle tours by taking a longer rest, reveling in the idyllic and tranquil atmosphere of Mai Chau and meandering around the village of local people. We ride back to Hanoi at around 10: am with the way through 2 astonishing mountain passes: Thung Khe and Doc Cun.
Afterwards, you could enjoy the smooth road and highways back to Hanoi. Roughly, our team could reach the hotel at about 5 pm and wraps up the 8-day journey with Vietnam Motorbike Tour Asia.
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