AMAZING DIRTBIKING NORTH VIETNAM
DISCOVER NORTH VIETNAM BY MOTORCYCLE!
This adventure will show you a side of Vietnam which not many tourist see. Up in the north we’ll encounter colourful hill-tribes, and extraordinary landscapes await us as cross the high mountains along the border with China. On this off-road adventure we ride the back roads and and take time to go to places rarely visited by tourist, up in the mountains where the H’mong tribes live. We’ll ride single-tracks, get our boots dirty, cross rivers on bamboo rafts, stop for picnic-lunches and visit small markets along the way. Sleeping over in home-stays to get a real taste of the country makes this tour complete.
Be aware that you need to be an experienced off-road rider for this tour.
“RIVER CROSSINGS, DIRT-ROADS AND SINGLE-TRACKS, REMOTE HILL-TRIBE VILLAGES AND HOME-STAYS ARE PART OF THE ADVENTURE. THIS AMAZING TOUR LEADS YOU TO PLACES WHERE NOT MANY OTHERS HAVE BEEN!”
- Guided Hanoi city tour
- Sleep over at home-stays and absorb the local culture
- Great on- and off-road riding
- Delicious Vietnamese food
- Breath-taking nature
- Off the beaten track
- Meet the local people
- All inclusive: including motorcycle (Honda CRF 250L), fuel, accommodations, all meals, coffee stops/soft drinks, local mechanic, support vehicle (so no luggage on the bike).
SET DEPARTURED DATES IN 2020
- 24th April, 2020
- 10th October, 2020
- 20th October, 2020
- 25th November, 2020
- 28th December, 2020
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DAY AMAZING DIRTBIKING NORTH VIETNAM
The northernmost region of Vietnam is truly a motor-biker’s paradise for on- and off-road riding. The rugged Mountains of northern Vietnam are home to colorful hill tribes and some of the best rice terracing in the whole country, if not the whole of Southeast Asia. Every bend in the road reveals something new and adventure is guaranteed!
Below follows some information that you should know before we meet in Hanoi.
You don’t need to be a hard-core off- road/enduro expert to join our tours. You do need experience with travelling in foreign countries and with riding on gravel for this tour. The days can be long, depending on many factors, so you have to be comfortable in most situations in order not to suffer fatigue to quickly. The pace is relaxed, it is not a competition, as we are traveling and will take a break frequently. There will be time enough to take pictures, movies, rest etc. On our longer tours we have resting days to enjoy all the local cultural highlights and to refuel energy. We do want to emphasize that for our off-road tours that you need to be healthy and in a good physical condition.
We have different levels for our different tours. On our website it is clarified which level the tour is and what level of experience is needed (Vietnam is level 4). Self-assessment is not easy, and if in doubt please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are more than willing to explain you more about it.
During this tour you will ride on light 250 CC Honda CRF off-road motorcycles. They are easy to handle and perfect to do the job. We’ll ride on different kind!
surface from perfect curvy tarmac, gravel roads and single tracks that can be steep and stony. Combined with water-crossings, remote tribal villages and jaw-dropping views it is an amazing tour that will move all your senses.
Day 1: Arrival (Hotel) – welcoming dinner
Day 2: Guided Hanoi city tour
Day 3: Ha Noi – Ba Be 220km (Home-stay)
Day 4: Ba Be – Dong Van 210km (Hotel)
Day 5: Dong Van – Ha Giang 200km (Home-stay)
Day 6: Ha Giang – Pan Huu 110km (Resort)
Day 7: Pan Huu – Xin Man 180km (Guest-house)
Day 8: Xin Man – Sapa 220km (home-stay at Ban Ho village)
Day 9: Sapa – Mu Cang Chai 140km (Home-stay)
Day 10: Mu Cang Chai – Ngoc Chien -Nghia Lo 230km (Hotel)
Day 11: Nghia lo – Moc Chau 200km (home-stay)
Day 12: Moc Chau – Pu Luong 180km (Home stay)
Day 13: Pu Luong Ha Noi 180km (Hotel)
Day 14: Departure
1 Rider = 3,250 USD/ 4,751 AUD / 2.915 Euro / 2.414 GBP
Passenger : Not possible
- Airport pickup & drop off
- 3 nights in Hanoi (single room) in luxury hotel.
- 1 day Hanoi city tour (including lunch)
- 11 riding days on motorcycle.
- Honda CRF 250cc
- English speaking guide
- Mechanic and all spares
- All accommodation (home stays, resorts, guest-houses and hotels on tour (single room where available)
- All meals on tour (local food for breakfast and dinner, picnics for lunch, etc.)
- All drinks during the day (except beer and wine)
- Welcome dinner (local Vietnamese food)
- Final night dinner (local Vietnamese food)
- Third party insurance
- Flight ticket
- Medical/travel insurance
- Visa (if needed)
- Alcoholic drinks
- Personal expenses
Day by day
Day 1: Arrival Hanoi (hotel)
We will meet you at Noi Bai International Airport and transfer you to your hotel for 2 nights. Evening free.
Day 2: Hanoi 1/2 Day city tour and orientation (hotel)
We will come meet you at your hotel to take a 1 day city tour Hanoi Opera House, The French quarter Army Museum and the Museum of Ethnology, puppet show, cyclo tour. Lunch included. We drop you at your hotel late afternoon and pick you up again for orientation dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3: Hanoi – Ba Be Lake National Park, 220 km ( home-stay)
Sealed roads with dirt sections 6 hr.
Leaving Hanoi we head off on paved roads climbing up into the mountains, Lunch on route before turning off to the small road that takes us to the Ba Be Lake National Park, This spectacular clear lake surrounded by jungle covered mountains is great for a swim and is cool in the summer. Overnight and dinner with a local Tay hill-tribe family.
Day 4: Ba Be lake National Park – Dong Van, 210 km, (hotel)
Sealed roads and dirt sections 8hr.
After breakfast we head north through hill- tribe villages, forest and rivers to Bao Lac. The gate way to the Ha Giang plateau. We leave the main road and join paved roads (off road options available) to the high passes and black rocks that make up the landscape of Ha Giang, Here you see many colorful hill-tribes and spectacular scenery. We have time to stop take photos and visit some villages or local markets. Overnight in Dong Van.
Day 5: Dong Van – Ha Giang, 200 km (Home-stay)
Sealed roads with off road options 7hr.
Early start today and we head to up the mountains, the road here hugs the cliff face and we climb up to the Ma Phi Lieng Pass,
here we can take time for a snack and enjoy the views into China, take time to stop in the ancient village market of Dong Van.
Lunch en route, we stop at Nha Vua Meo and visit the Hmong Kings palace back to the 1840’s. More amazing paved roads through the rocky landscape on our way down to Ha Giang. Overnight in home-stay.
Day 6: Ha Giang – Pan Hou, 110km, (resort)
Sealed roads with dirt sections 5hr.
Today we leave on main Hanoi highway for 50km then turn off and climb
through the rice terraces to Hoang Su Phi and down to the Dao hill-tribe village of Pan Hou. Overnight in French run resort with its gardens and relaxing lounge, take time to explore on bikes or the surrounding villages.
Day 7: Pan Hou – Xin Man, 180km, (guest house)
Off-road tracks and short paved sections 5hr
We leave the resort after breakfast and head through the terraced mountains, stopping to meet people, take photos and check out the countryside. After lunch we keep heading up the mountains, from here the road get rough (2hr) as we cross over the pass and down into the Xin Man valley, Here the Flower Hmong hill-tribe live and can be seen wearing their unique colourful clothes as they carry on with their everyday task. Big views and weekend markets. Overnight in Xin Man
Day 8: Xin Man – Ban Ho Village, 220km, (home-stay)
Sealed with dirt sections 6hr.
In the morning we head out and drive on sealed and packed dirt roads up through the mountains through villages and forest,
Lunch en route, after Lunch we travel through terraced rice fields and to the H’mong Hill-tribe village of Ban Ho. Overnight in local home-stay.
Day 9: Ban Ho Village – Mu Cang Chai, 140km (home-stay)
Sealed with dirt sections 5hr.
We get on the bikes and take a short ride to the French era hill-station of Sapa where we can stop for a coffee, after a short break we head over the Tram Ton pass and over the highest mountains in Vietnam. After a picnic lunch we continue through tea plantations and terraced rice fields to the mountain town of Mu Cang Chai. Over-night in home-stay.
Day 10: Mu Cang Chai – Ngoc Chien – Nghia Lo 230km, (hotel)
Dirt roads and small tracks 6hr.
In the morning we head back up in the mountains on dirt tracks for a day of tough riding. Stop for hill-tribe villages and stunning views stop for picnic for lunch. We continue on small roads to the village of Ngoc Chien and stunning views on our way to Nghia Lo where we. Overnight in Nghia Lo.
Day 11: Nghia Lo- Moc Chau, 150km, (home-stay)
Sealed roads with dirt sections 7hr.
We leave our home-stay and head over the high mountains on small dirt tracks, crossing the black river on a small boat, and make our way taking back-roads and exploring the hills and terraced fields. Overnight in Moc Chau home-stay. Day 12: Moc Chau – Pu Luong, 180km (home-stay)
Sealed with dirt sections 5hr.
After Breakfast we head back through the hills on dirt roads along the black river to the village of Pu Lung, there are many option on the route today so if you are ready for more off-road or stay on the pavement. Overnight in local home stay.
Day 13: Pu Luong – Hanoi, 170km (hotel)
Sealed roads 5hr.
After Breakfast we head back to the black river and Hanoi, arrive in Hanoi around 3pm and drive back to our garage to drop off the bikes, we will transfer you to your hotel. We will meet at 19:00 for a farewell dinner.
Day 14: Hanoi – Noi Bai International Airport
Take time to do some last minuet shopping before we transfer you to the airport to catch you flight home. End of an amazing adventure!
WHAT TO BRING?
- PASSPORT (valid for 6 months with at least 2 consecutive blank pages.
- DRIVER’S LICENSE
- INTERNATIONAL DRIVERS LICENSE.
- MEDICAL AND TRAVEL INSURANCE. Bring contact number and policy Make sure that helicopter medevac is included.
- CREDIT CARD: there are ATM’s in Hanoi. Payment with card only in Hanoi.
- CASH (US$) Bring cash US$ or take from a ATM. You can change for Vietnamese Dong.
- VISA: Please check Visa requirements for your country of origin, prior to travel as for most countries a visa is needed. A visa application form before departure is needed (some countries are exempted) when staying longer than 15 days.
Bring this together with 2 x photo 4×6 cm. with a white colour back-ground. Bring the visa letter as well.
- Protective riding gear (suit, helmet, gloves, etc). The temperature can fluctuate between 26 Celsius (Hanoi) and 5 C° up in the mountains when it’s raining.
- Bring hard (enduro) boots with ankle protection. It will safe your leg/ankle!
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Light rain gear /rain jacket. Temperatures can drop when riding on high altitude or when raining.
- Casual wear for evening dinners and non-riding days.
- Warm fleece and hat for our cooler days/evenings
- Camelbags/Hydration back-pack. Highly recommended! Necessary very handy to prevent dehydration (also to prevent altitude sickness).
- These magnificent views you want to capture!
- Head-light. Some home-stays have no electricity during the night.
- Travel sheets/thin sleeping bag/travel pillow. Can be useful when staying in the home-stays.
- Power pack. As a back-up for charging you electronic equipment/phone.
- Your spirit for adventure!
MEDICAL / VACCINATIONS
Please contact your local health authority for which vaccinations are needed/mandatory. This varies per country.
Malaria. We will not be in the south of Vietnam, but if you’re planning to extend your stay and travel elsewhere, please contact your local health authority. Yellow Fever. Although there is no risk of yellow fever in Vietnam, a valid yellow fever certificate is required if your journey starts or entails passing through the Yellow Fever Belt of Africa or South America.
Medicine . Don’t forget your personal medicines. Some painkillers and medicines against travellers-diarrhea are recommended to bring.
ROAD TRAVEL WITHIN VIETNAM
Vietnam has an extensive road infrastructure including national roads and secondary roads. Most roads are in good condition, but there are a few exceptions, with some great gravel roads for our off-road experience – yeahhh!
Traffic. In Vietnam the traffic is on the right-hand side and chaotic, especially in bigger cities/towns like Hanoi. But when driving slow, accidents are less likely to happen. On the main roads buses and trucks are on top of the hierarchy and take over whenever they feel like it. This can be in curves or wherever. Keep always cautious and “expect the unexpected”!
Speed limits. Keep an eye out for the designated speed limit as these may vary depending on road conditions and law enforcement does take place next to the road.
Driver’s license: You must have a valid driver’s license issued in your own country.
International Drivers license. It is mandatory you carry an official translation of your license / an international driving license. You should always have your driver’s license with you when you are driving, as you will be asked to produce it if you are pulled over for any reason.
Fuel: Fuel is included in the tour price and we will refuel with the whole group.
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
Make sure that you have a travel/medical insurance that also covers medical evacuation by air. Some of the places we will ride, are very remote.
The bikes have 3rd party insurance only, which covers you in case you cause damage to others in case of an accident.
A comprehensive bike damage insurance is possible for 220 $USD
This insurance policy covers lost, theft or any damage to the motorbike caused by an accident or fall. The policy excludes any, personal medical insurance, liability to other vehicles or injury caused to another party. Contact us
for full coverage and details.
Vietnam has the Vietnamese Dong (VND). The value is 100.000 Dong = 3,8 € / 4,2 US$ (January 2019)
There are cash machines in bigger cities and towns available where you can withdraw local money.
Bring US$ in cash. So you can always change in case needed.
Water in Vietnam is not safe to drink. When traveling to remote rural areas you should take your own drinking water along or buy bottled water.
The Vietnamese electricity supply is 110/220 volts AC 50 HZ. In Vietnam the power sockets used are of type A, C and D. Check out the following pictures (when from continental Europe). More info you can find here: http://www.power-plugs-sockets.com
You can buy a local sim-card with internet access. Internet and Wi-Fi are accessible in urban areas but not everywhere in rural areas.
TIPS AND TIPPING
As a rough guide: give like 10% to a waiter in a restaurant.
Vietnam is a save country. But use common sense and take basic safety precautions. Keep valuables locked away and don’t wear expensive watches or jewellery, flash expensive cameras, etc. If in doubt, ask a guide or at your accommodation for safety guidelines.
AIRPORT PICK-UP / DROP OFF. You will be picked up by a driver (with a VietnamBikers sign) when arriving at Hanoi International airport and brought back when departing. Please send your flight number and timings to us for pick up ).
TRAVEL SUITCASE / SOFT-BAG.
When traveling with all your gear you can bring a big suitcase. This one you can leave in hotel where we stay upon arrival and when we come back to Hanoi. For during the tour, please bring a smaller soft-bag for in the support car.
There are smaller waterproof soft-bags available to strap (with bungee cords also available) on the bikes for rain clothes etc. in case needed.
HOTEL We will stay in Tirant hotel in the Old Quarter in Hanoi the 1st, 2nd and last night (this might change due to availability).
Contact info of Hotel in Hanoi: www.tiranthotel.com
No 38 Gia Ngu street
PLEASE DO GET IN CONTACT WITH US IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS!
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