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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.

Motorcycle Tour Around Northern Vietnam – 12 Days

Northern Vietnam is always a good choice for motorbike touring in Vietnam, with around 80 % of the area is mountainous, North Vietnam offers plenty of ideal routes for motorcycle ride, in addition this mountainous area is also the land of tradition and culture of ethnic people. Doing this 12 day motorcycle tour in North Vietnam with the experienced local team of Hanoi Motorcycle Tour is one of the the best ways to see the real Vietnam.

Tour Route: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Phu Yen – Son La – Tuan Giao – Muong Lay – Lai Chau – Sapa – Bac Ha – Ha Giang – Dong Van – Meo Vac – Bao Lac – Ba Be lake – Hanoi.

 

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Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau : 170 km  (L,D – Home stay)

 

This Hanoi motorbike tour to Mai Chau valley starts at around 8:30 AM. Ride motorbike to the north west of Hanoi. After one hour riding, we will be in mountain area and the motorcycle tour to Mai Chau becomes very enjoyable. The ride is almost on the small countryside roads along the Da river through rice fields and farming villages, after lunch in Hoa Binh we will ride through plenty of limestone mountain between the rustic village of the Muong and the Thai people. Especially after lunch in Hoa Binh we will have great ride along the Da river lake, the winding road along the rider offer a stunning view of lime stone mountain and the green water lake. The ride will remind you motorcycle tours on coastlines in central or southern Vietnam. This route is the new discovery of Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert Co, Ltd so it makes the trip different. Arrive Mai Chau valley at around 5 PM.

 

Day 2: Mai Chau – Phu Yen: 150 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)IMG_5706

 

Breakfast at 8:00 am, It’s a easy and relaxing riding day so after breakfast we can take it easy with a short walk around the village to learn more about the interesting daily life of the Thai people. After saying good bye the hosts, we continue the Northern Vietnam motorcycle tour to Moc Chau, getting out of the valley by riding up and up to higher lands, we will see more villages of the Mong people. Once we get close to Moc Chau plateau, we’ll make a turn to small quiet road named Hua Tat pass, that is old French-built road with a great view of mountain so you can surely have great motorcycle ride on.
After lunch in Moc Chau, we will motorbike all the way down to the Da river lake to cross the river lake to Phu Yen. Before getting to Phu Yen town, we will have beautiful ride along the Da river this could be the highlight of this Northwest Vietnam motorbike tour. The ride will remind you of the motorcycle tour on coastlines in Central or in the South Vietnam. We’ll finish the day at the hotel in small town of Phu Yen at 4:30 pm.

 

Day 3: Phu Yen – Son La: 170 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)

 

After breakfast with “Pho” – or local rice noodle soup, we will keep motorcycle touring Northern Vietnam to Son La. The ride toady is almost on the sealed road but offers a beautiful view of mountains with terrace fields and many nice villages of the Thai people. it also provides a great opportunity to watch the daily life of the local hill tribes. We continue through rolling hills before rising up to the sugar cane growing areas on the cooler plateau Son La. This Northwest Vietnam motorbike tour to Son La is another easy ride but you won’t feel boring because you will see many things in difference from the mountain view of 2 days before. Arrive Son la city at around 4:30 pm, after checking in the room, we can have short walk to the vestige of Son La prison – one of the most horrible prison built by the French. That visit will help to learn more about the Indochina War.

 

Day 4: Son La – Muong Lay: 180 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)DSC_3376
This is quite big day with a lot of challenges to ride off-road or to be winding with the mountain passes but it is the highlight of the motorbike tour northern Vietnam. The first half of the ride is on smooth road No 6 through some mountain passes especially we will cross the famous Pha Din pass, one of the longest and most beautiful passes in North Vietnam. The Vietnamese government did build another pass instead of the old Pha Din pass but the old one is still ideal for motorcycle riding because it shows more beautiful view and almost quiet so it still one of the best passes for motorcycle tours in North Vietnam. After the long and beautiful Pha Din pass, we will have lunch and the ride after lunch is completely different. We will make a turn to a back countryside roads, in addition it’s possible to have some great offroad motorcycle ride along the rugged roads to Muong Lay. We arrive the riverside town of Muong Lay at 5:00 pm.

 

Day 5: Muong lay – Sin Ho – Lai Chau: 130 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)

 

It’s a short motorbike tour to Lai Chau but it could be the best motorbike trip in North Vietnam including on and offroad ride with amazing view of mountains, river and rice fields. We start the ride with a great riding along the Da river lake. It cant speak highly enough the beauty of this ride it’s likely the motorbike tour on coastline in Central Vietnam but you can see more beautiful view of mountains here. After the ride along the river bank, we’ll hit the winding pass up and up to Sin Ho town where we have lunch. The town locates at the level of around 1500 meters above the sea so it’s usually foggy and cloudy and it’s a good destination for motorbike touring in Vietnam. After lunch we hit the road down all the way to Lai Chau. This short motorbike ride promises to be one of the best off-road motorbike tours Vietnam. We will finish the enjoyable Northern Vietnam motorbike tour to Lai Chau at 4: 00 pm, check in at the local hotel and enjoy a short walk around the market in town.

 

Day 6 : Lai Chau – Sapa : 120 km  (B,L,D – Hotel stay)IMAG0082

 

The motorbike tour to Sapa starts at 8:00 am. The first 50 km is on the sealed and smooth road with a great view of mountain and crosses through many rustic villages of the colorful hill tribes. The other half of the route to Sapa is crossing the O Qui Ho pass – one of the most beautiful and longest passes in North Vietnam. The view of the mountain here makes the Vietnam motorbike tour to Sapa becomes one of the most enjoyable motorcycle tours in North Vietnam. We’ll be in Sapa at noon time, lunch is served in a fancy restaurant with all great local food. Checking in the hotel after that and in the afternoon we can have short walk to the village of the H’mong people or take a short motorbike tour around Sapa to some rustic villages where the other tourists do trekking to.

 

Day 7: Sapa Motorbike Tour to Bac Ha: 150 km (B,L,D – Home stay)

 

We’ll start the day at about 9:00 am when the sun clear out most of the fog. Continue the 12 Northern Vietnam motorbike tour with the slow ride out of the Sapa town. Instead of riding on the big road down to Lao Cai, we’ll take a turn right after the Sapa town to ride on the rugged winding road through villages of the Red Dzao, H’Mong…we will have chance to see the Chinese border when we get to Lao Cai city. After a hot coffee at the border, we have easy Vietnam motorcycle tour to Bac Ha on the winding, smooth road, crossing some beautiful mountain passes and finish the day in a peaceful village of Bac Ha. We will do home stay with the Tay people.

 

Day 8: Bac Ha – Ha Giang: 180 km ( Offroad motorbike tour to Ha Giang) – B,L,D – Hotel stay03 Motobike (11)

 

It’s a big day of this motorcycle tour in North Vietnam. the ride is quite long and offers most off-road and back road motorbike ride through many villages of the hill tribes. In addition, if we do this tour in the rice season we will have great pictures of the rice terrace fields. It’s quite hard ride for the novice but could be one of the best Vietnam motorcycle tour. We will be in Ha Giang at 5:00 pm. You can choose to stay in town at the hotel or stay in a quiet village of the Tay people nearby Ha Giang.

 

Day 9 : Ha Giang – Dong Van: 150 km  (B,L,D – Hotel stay)

 

It’s another great ride! After many years riding motorbike to Ha Giang, this ride today still makes us feel excited. The road is mostly quiet (along the Chinese border), the scenery is imposing and the local tribe is unique, that makes the Ha Giang motorbike tour to Dong Van is one of the best motorbike tours in Vietnam. We can have beautiful pictures at every meters of the road. We anyway have to end the day in Dong Van town at around 5 pm. Stay in a guesthouse in town.

 

Day 10: Dong Van – Bao Lac: 160 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)

 

Keep enjoying the Northern Vietnam motorbike tour to Bao Lac. The ride in the morning is still on the Global Rock plateau of Dong Van – Ha Giang so you still have great pictures of the stunning view; especially, we’ll cross the Ma Pi Leng – one of the most beautiful passes in Northern Vietnam that surely makes you stop for picturing even though your camera is being full of beautiful things. The motorbike ride in the afternoon offers a different view of mountain when we’re going down and down along the Nho Que river. We will be at the hotel in Bao Lac around 5:00 pm

 

Day 11: Bao Lac – Ba Be Lake: 150 km (B,l,D – Home stay)IMAG0923

 

Unlike the days before, the motorbike tour to Ba Be lake today is a difference. With the experienced team of Hanoi Motorcycle Tour, you will have great off-road motorbike tour or interesting ride on back countryside roads to Ba Be National park. This short Vietnam motorbike tour Ba Be will finish at the lunch time in the village nearby the lake. After lunch, we will have enjoyable boat tour around Ba Be lake for about 1,5 hour. We’ll stay overnight in the village of the Tay people who live nearby the Ba Be national park.

 

Day 12: Ba Be lake – Hanoi: 240 km (B,L)

 

It’s a big riding day to finish the great motorbike tour in North Vietnam. The experienced team of Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert will do the best to keep you away from the big and busy road as long as possible. The last 50 km could be busy ride while we get closer to the city center. We will be back to the hotel and say good bye to our team before rush hours just in order to end your great motorbike trip easily and safely.

 

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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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