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Discover Northeast Vietnam by Motorbike – 8 Days

After many year touring around Vietnam by Motorbikes, we realized that Northern Vietnam has enough conditions to have an wonderful motorcycle ride. This 8 Day motorcycle tour Vietnam offer a great chance to discover all the hidden beauties of land and people in the Northeast of Vietnam. During the motorbike ride, you’ll see many different colorful hill tribes with great view of Ha Giang and Dong Van Rock plateau, Thac Ba and Ba Be lake or the most beautiful waterfall of Ban Gioc.

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Tour Route: Hanoi – Thac Ba Lake – Ha Giang – Dong Van – Meo Vac – Cao Bang – Ban Gioc waterfall – Ba Be lake – Hanoi

 

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Day 1: Hanoi – Thac Ba Lake: 180 km (L,D – Home stay)

 

Start discovering the Northeast Vietnam by motorbike at 8:30 from our bike store. We’ll head out of Hanoi on the winding road along the red river. It’s a beautiful 50 km dyke road from Hanoi to Viet Tri town. After the town we can be back to ride along the Thao river up to North Vietnam. The ride along the winding dike road is one of the highlights of this Northeast Vietnam motorcycle trip. After lunch in Doan Hung Town, we have 2 different choices to be on the long or short road to Thac Ba lake. If we arrive at the lake early and the weather permits, we’ll have a short boat trip around the Thac Ba lake – one of the largest lakes in North Vietnam.

 

Day 2: Vu Linh – Ha Giang : 170 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)motorbike Thac ba lake

 

After breakfast with the friendly host (Family of the Dzao people), we’ll keep motorcycle touring up to North Vietnam to Ha Giang, The ride in the morning is almost on the back road along the Thac Ba lake it crosses some short mountain passes the after lunch we’ll hit the smooth road straight to Ha Giang. We could be in Ha Giang early to ask permits to continue the motorbike ride to remote area along the Chinese border in the following days.

 

Day 3: Ha Giang – Dong Van :  150 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)

 

It’s the short distance of motorbike riding today but the road is zigzag and not easy so we can’t ride fast however, the Ha Giang motorcycle tour to Dong Van via the Rock Plateau or the Global Geo-park is one of the best motorbike tours in Vietnam. Every meters of that “snake” roads offer you a amazing view of mountain or the rustic but interesting villages of the colorful hill tribes. We’ll finish the great day touring in Dong Van at around 4;30 PM.

 

Day 4: Dong Van – Bao Lac :  120 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)motorbike Ha Giang

 

This is another short day of motorbike touring in Ha Giang, before starting the motorcycle riding, you can have a short walk around the Dong Van town to see the local market where you can see some different color hill tribes or to have a look at some beautiful ancient buildings in town. After leaving the peaceful town of Dong Van, we continue the Northern Vietnam Motorbike Touring on the rock plateau of Ha Giang and cross the imposing Ma Pi Leng pass – one of the longest and most beautiful passes in the North of Vietnam. After lunch in Meo Vac, we’ll hit all the way down along the Nho Que river to the town on the riverside named Bao Lac.

 

Day 5: Bao Lac – Quang Uyen :  185 km (B,L,D – Home stay)

 

After simple breakfast in town, we keep riding along the Nho Que river. The ride offers a different view of mountain from the view of the Rock plateau you’ve seen days before. (Mountain looks greener with plantation and rice terraces). After lunch in the rustic restaurant in the middle of nowhere, we continue the North Vietnam motorcycle ride up to Cao Bang then cross the city to join again a quiet, joyful back-road to ride to up all the way to Ban Gioc waterfall in the top North Vietnam. We’ll stay on the way at Quang Uyen town in the guest house or home stay with the Tay people.

 

Day 6: Quang Uyen – Ban Gioc waterfall – Cao Bang :  170 km (B,L,D – Hotel Stay)Ban Gioc waterfall

 

This is another highlight of this motorcycle tour in North Vietnam, we’ll ride to the one of the most remote areas in the North of Vietnam which offers mostly back-road and off-road motorbike ride with amazing view of mountain. We’ll get touched to the Chinese border where Vietnam and China share the most beautiful and imposing waterfall – the Ban Gioc waterfall. After picnic lunch, we’ll enjoy the relaxing time at the waterfall, taking pictures of the nature’s beauty or swimming at the natural pool nearby the waterfall. In the afternoon, we’ll take ride motorbike back to Cao Bang city, spend a night in the city to enjoy the different excitement of the City in Northern Vietnam after staying some nights in remote part of Vietnam.

 

Day 7: Cao Bang – Ba Be Lake :  150 km (B,L,D – Home Stay)

 

After getting out of the city, we join the winding road No3, crossing some mountain passes and hit all the way down to the Ba Be lake. This motorbike ride to Ba Be lake takes about 4 hours so we’ll have lunch when reaching to the lake, after lunch we’ll have short boat trip around the largest Natural lake in Vietnam – Ba Be lake. This is the highlight of the day and also of this Vietnam motorbike tour, this promise to be best relaxing time after a long motorbike ride on ad off-road in mountain areas in Northern Vietnam.

 

Day 8: Ba Be – Hanoi:  240 km (B,L)motorbike Ba Be lake

 

Ending the 8 day enjoyable motorcycle tour in North Vietnam with a long ride back to Hanoi from Ba Be lake. The ride in the morning is still on the mountain passes or rugged roads, the experienced team of Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert will do their best to ride on the safe and easy roads as more as possible to get closed to Hanoi. When we get closer and closer to Hanoi there’ll be no choice but to join the busy road with the local to ride back to the city center. The tour will end at around 4:30 PM.

Motorbike Tour in North Vietnam – 9 Days

Within 9 days, this motorbike tour in north Vietnam shows you almost the outstanding attractions in northern Vietnam including beautiful Thac Ba lake, Ba Be lake, scenic Sapa, amazing Rock plateau of Ha Giang – Dong Van…plenty motorbike tours in North Vietnam were offered by some motorcycle tour organizers in Vietanm but this must be one of the most recommended motorbike tours in Vietnam.

Tour route: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Phu Yen – Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen – Sapa – H a Giang – Dong Van – Meo Vac – Bao Lac – Ba Be lake – Thac Ba Lake – Hanoi

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Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau: 180 km (L,D – Home stay)

Doing researching on Google Maps, we’ll see the shortest way from Hanoi to Mai Chau is just around 130 km but with the experienced team of Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert, you will have longer and greater Hanoi motorbike tour to Mai Chau. Instead of taking you on touristy tracks, our team will take you on the back countryside roads through many rural rustic villages with scenic view of mountains and rice paddies. For other Vietnam motorcycle tour organizers this first day could be the hard day, however for us, it must be the highlight of the Motorbike tour in North Vietnam, we’ll be in Mai Chau – a peaceful village of the Thai people at 5:00 pm then depending on your mood, we may have short walk around their lovely village.

Day 2: Mai Chau – Phu Yen: 150 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay) Mai Chau - Northwest Vietnam

After saying good bye to the host in Mai Chau, we’ll be heading up North Vietnam to Moc Chau – one of the most beautiful plateaus in Northern Vietnam and being most famous for green tea farm. Lunch will be served in Moc Chau, after lunch we will ride on the mountain back road to the Da river lake, this ride could be the highlight of this North Vietnam motorbike tour because it will cross some breathtaking mountain passes and many villages of the colorful tribes. After crossing the river on a ferry, we’ll have another great motorbike tour along the river bank to Phu yen, it’s a short ride of about 30 km but must be the best part of the day and it remind you of the motorcycle ride on coastlines. We finish the day at the hotel in Phu Yen town at about 4:30.

Day 3: Phu Yen – Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen: 210 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)

This is surely the highlight of this Motorbike Tour in North Vietnam. The ride is on some of the most scenic roads which offer a lot of stops for picturing. We’ll 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. The land is not famous for tourists but for us it’s very the best Vietnam motorbike tour. We’ll finish a long and joyful motorbike tour at the guest house in Than Uyen town at around 5 pm.motorbike ride Vietnam

Day 4: Than Uyen – Sapa: 110 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)

The motorbike tour to Sapa today is much shorter and the scenery is completely different from what you’ve seen days before. Instead of viewing the terrace fields, today we’ll ride motorbike mostly on smooth road and enjoy a great view of green tea farm on mountain and picture amazing photos of O Qui Ho pass – one of the most beautiful passes in Northern Vietnam. It’s a short ride but could be one of the most enjoyable motorbike tours Vietnam. We will be in Sapa at lunch time. In the afternoon, we can have short Sapa motorbike tour to beautiful valley of Muong Hoa or have a short walk to some villages of the hill tribes nearby the Sapa town. Just a short ride today but it must be the hightlight of this motorbike tour northern Vietnam. Be back to the hotel in Sapa town at 5 pm.

Day 5: Sapa – Ha Giang: 220 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)Ha Giang

Sapa motorbike tour to Ha Giang must be the biggest day of this Northern Vietnam motorbike tour, the best part of the day could be the ride after Sapa town when we heading down to Lao Cai city, we will ride on the winding mountain road which offers great view of terrace fields and get touched to the daily life of the local people. After a café in Lao Cai city and visiting the Chinese border, we will keep riding motorbike tour to Ha Giang on the flat winding roads through many rural villages. We will be in Ha Gaing at about 5 pm. Do checking in the hotel room, have early dinner and safe energy for the greater motorcycle tour on the Rock Plateau on the following days.

Day 6: Ha Giang – Dong Van – Meo Mac: 170 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)

This Ha Giang motorbike ride to Meo Vac is through the most remote land in Vietnam where the local people don’t even have enough food but they’re always ready to give you a smile with waving hands whenever you’re coming through, where every meters of the road you can find something nice/special to pictures. 170 km motorbike ride on almost the famous Rock plateau of Dong Van, this Ha Giang motorbike tour promises to be one of the best motorbike tours in Vietnam. We’ll finish the highlight day in the late afternoon in Meo Vac town.

Day 7: Meo Vac – Ba Be lake: 180 km (B,L,D – Home stay)

After simple breakfast in a local restaurant, we continue the motorbike tour in North Vietnam to Ba Be lake. The ride today is almost down the hill, the first half of the ride is quiet smooth road along the Nho Que river until Bao Lac where we stop for lunch. After lunch we will have great off-road motorbike ride in North Vietnam, the ride is mostly on the rugged roads crossing some streams by bamboo bridges through plenty villages of the Thai, Dzao, Tay people…we will get to beautiful village of the Pac Ngoi after a short motorbike ride through the Ba Be National park. We do home stay in the village with the Tay family.Ba Be lake

Pac Ngoi is a peaceful village of the Tay people who built the houses on the stilt. The village is located nearby the Ba Be lake and surrounded by the National park and a little flat rice paddy, being friendly, insight into the nature and rich in culture, the village is always a great destination for any tourists.

Day 8: Ba Be lake – Thac Ba lake: 160 km (B,L,D – Home stay)

After saying good bye to the Tay’s family, we keep enjoying another short but great north Vietnam motorbike tour to Ba Be lake. The motorbike ride today offers a different view of mountains from the days before. The road is almost flat with a nice view of rice fields, tea plantation and beautiful rural villages. The last 50 km to Thac Ba lake, we can make a turn to rugged and dirt road through some rustic villages instead of sealed road with a view of green tea fields. It’s not long but must be one of the best off-road motorbike ride in North Vietnam. At around 4: 00 pm we’ll get to the peaceful village of the Dzao which locates nearby the Thac Ba lake, leave the bikes with the Dzao friends then take a boat tour around beautiful Thac Ba lake.Thac ba lake - Northwest Vietnam

Day 9: Thac Ba Lake – Hanoi: 180- km (B,L)

Unlike the other motorbike tour organizers in Vietnam who take tourists back to Hanoi from Thac Ba lake on almost the highway, The experienced team of Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert promise to offer a great motorbike ride back to Hanoi on almost countryside back-road or even to offer a short some off-road motorbike ride through some rustic villages with nice view of rice fields and tea plantation. For us, this last day could be another highlight of the Northern Vietnam Motorbike Tour. We will be back to Hanoi easily at 4:00 pm and end the great Motorbike tour in North Vietnam safely.

Northeast Vietnam Motorcycle Tour – 6 Days

This 6 Day Northeast Vietnam Motorcycle Tour is one of the most recommended Motorcycle tours in North Vietnam. The tour takes you to the most remote areas in Northern Vietnam, offers the most imposing view of rocky mountain in Ha Giang and shows you the most beautiful lakes in northern mountain area of Vietnam!

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Day 1: Hanoi – Ba Be lake: 240 Km (L,D – Home stay)

Start the Northern Vietnam Motorbike Tour to Ba Be lake at around 8:00 AM. It’s a big motorbike riding day today, it takes a half day to get away from the bustles until we get to Cho Chu town where we have lunch. In the afternoon, we surely have enjoyable motorcycle ride to Ba Be National Park because the ride is almost on the backroads with much less traffic and offers you a lot of grand view of green mountain. At about 4 PM, We arrive Pac Ngoi – a beautiful village of Tay people which located peacefully at Ba Be lake’s side. Drop the bikes and enjoy the peace of the area with some cold beer!
Ba Be lake motorbike tour

Ba Be Lake have a area of water surface around 500ha, with 8 km in length and 1 km in width it is known as the biggest natural lake in Vietnam, situated in Ba Be district – carster terrain pertaining to low-lying lands of North Vietnam raising mass. This raising mass was formed by the destruction of South East Asia continental mass at the end of Cambri era, around 250 million years ago. Due to its special geological constitution, the Lake has very original and special features compared with other world-wide karster lakes: world karster lakes are spent or only with one-season water, while Ba Be Lake has its permanent full-water.

Day 2: Ba Be lake – Bao Lac: 130 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)

Start the day from early morning, take a short walk to the pier of the lake then take a boat trip around the Ba Be lake – another Halong bay on land. After the relaxing boat trip, get back to the bikes and keep motorbike touring northern Vietnam up to Bao Lac. We start the day with the short motorbike ride through small corner of the Ba Be national park. Lunch is served after getting out of the National Park. After lunch, we will have great offroad motorbike tour in Vietnam. It offers a lot of fun to ride crossing some streams or bamboo bridges. This is a short motorbike ride but it must be the highlight of this North Vietnam motorcycle tour. We arrive Bao Lac town at about 5 PM.

North Vietnam Motorbike Tour

Day 3: Bao Lac – Dong Van: 140 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)

Today is a relaxing and enjoyable riding day after 2 big and busy days of long ride, boat ride and challenges of offroad motorbike ride. Start the day late at 9 AM when the sun brights, ride slowly along the Gam river to enjoy the green mountains and mountains. Lunch is served when we arrive Meo Vac. After lunch, it must be the best beautiful Vietnam motorbike tour to ride crossing the Ma-Pi-Leng pass ( It’s one of the longest and most beautiful mountain passes in North Vietnam). We can have hundreds of stops for picturing The Dong Van Rock Plateau Global Geo-park, and talking with the local ethnic minorities to learn more about their culture and way of life.

Ha Giang motorbike tour

Day 4: Dong Van – Ha Giang: 150 km ( B,L,D – Hotel or Home stay)

Today’s motorbike tour to Ha Giang must be another highlight of the trip as we will visit one of the most remote land in Vietnam where the local hill tribes are know as the poorest but can be the happiest. Beside, this Northern Vietnam motorcycle ride offers imposing view of the Dong Van Global Geopark, the King Vuong palace in Dong Van, The “Heaven Gate” in Quan Ba. For many bikers this is the best motorbike tour in northern Vietnam with many interesting and amazing things you can see in every meter of the road. Arrive Ha Giang in the late afternoon and it is up to your emotion to stay with the Tay people in a stilt house or stay in a hotel in Ha Giang town.

Dong Van Ha Giang motorbike

Day 5: Ha Giang – Thac Ba lake: 170 km (B,L,D – Home stay)

Start the Ha Giang motorbike tour to Thac Ba lake at around 8 AM. We will motorcycle down on the highway No 2 about 60 Km and then take a motorbike ride on the backroads through some some large rice paddy fields and many rustic villages of the colorful hill tribes. Especially, when we get close to the lake, the motorbike along the lake bank must be another highlight of this motorcycle tour in northern Vietnam. We will be at the Dzao people’s village of Vu Linh at around 3:30 PM, just leave the bikes in their house and take a boat tour on Thac Ba Lake – another Halong bay on mountain area.

Thac Ba lake

Thac Ba Lake was created in 1970 by the construction of a dam on the Chay River. The lake covers a total area of 23.400 ha with 1,331 islands and hills with diverse ecological environments. The water in the lake is blue and clear, and imprinted with the reflections of the surrounding ancient forest. It know as another Halong bay in Vietnam and ideal place to relax and have rest after a long motorbike tour in Vietnam

Day 6: Thac Ba Lake – Hanoi: 180 km (B,L)

As a Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert, we can take you back to Hanoi on 2 different roads. You can choose to ride on one of them depending on your mood:

Thac Ba lake
Option 1: Short Motorbike Ride back to Hanoi: 180 Km.
Ride motorbike southeast to Tuyen Quang province cross some green tea fields, then join the highway going down to Hanoi. Get back to the Red rever dike to ride back to city center Hanoi. Arrive at 4:00 PM.
Option 2: Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Tour to Hanoi: 190 Km
We will take you on longer and much more rugged roads down to Doan Hung town. It’s about 80 km in length but offers you 80% offroad motorbike ride, It is short but could be unforgettable offroad motorbike ride in Vietnam. Then from Doan Hung we keep riding on the backroads along the river dike down to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi and finish the 6 Day Northern Vietnam motorbike tour at around 5:00 PM.

 

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