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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.

Top Vietnam Motorcycle Tour on Ho Chi Minh Trail – 11 Days

Northern Vietnam where you can find easily the imposing mountain passes and colorful hill tribes and the Ho Chi Minh trail, the famous historical trail lies along Vietnam on the mountain area are the ideal paces for motorcycle touring in Vietnam. This 11 day Vietnam motorcycle tour will give you full taste of Northwestern Vietnam including Sapa, Mu Cang Chai and Mai Chau and full chance to experience the best part of the Ho Chi Minh trail from Hanoi to Hue and Hoi An. This must be one of the best motorbike tours Vietnam for riders who want to see the North Vietnam and the Ho Chi Minh trail within only 11 days.

 

Tour Route: Hanoi – Sapa – Than uyen – Mu Cang Chai – Phu Yen – Mai Chau – Tan Ky – Phong Nha – Ke Bang – Vinh Moc tunnels – Hue – Hoi An/Da Nang.

 

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Day 0: Take A Night Train To Lao Cai – Sa Pa

 

At 7 PM, Hanoi Motorcycle Tour team with a bus will pick you up at your hotel and escort you to Hanoi Railway station to take a night train to Lao Cai – Sapa. After 8 hours sleep on the train you will be in Lao Cai Railway station in early morning the next day. Get off the train in Lao Cai and go straight to the hotel nearby the station, having breakfast and ready everything to have short motorbike tour to Sapa.

 

Day 1: Short Motorbike Tour Sapa: 100 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)DSC_3113

 

Start the tour to Sapa at 9:00 am. We will have very enjoyable motorbike ride up and up to Sapa town. The town locates at around 1600 meters above sea level so the ride to Sapa is one of the best Northern Vietnam motorbike tours. It offers great view of mountain with terrace fields and give you plenty of chances to visit the rustic villages of the Mong and the Dzao people. We will be in Sapa town at lunch time, after lunch we keep touring around Sapa by motorbike, we will ride along the Muong Hoa valley in which most of the hill tribes in Sapa located in and where you can have the most beautiful pictures of terrace rice fields. We will pay some interesting visits to the Zay, Tay and Mong people along the valley. We get back to Sapa town at 4:00 pm.

 

Day 3: Sapa – Than Uyen: 110 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)

 

In the morning we will do a short walk around Sapa to see colorful market and visit the beautiful Cat Cat village of the Mong people. We will be back to the town for lunch then after that we continue the top Vietnam motorcycle tour to Than Uyen. We will ride up to the top of Sapa on O Qui Ho pass – one of 4 longest and most beautiful passes in the North of Vietnam that take you up to 2000 meters above sea level. This motorbike trip from Sapa could be the most enjoyable motorbike rides in North Vietnam. The ride offers you amazing view of the Hoang Lien mountain ranges for miles and miles. We arrive in Than Uyen by 5 pm.

 

Day 4: Than Uyen – Mu Cang Chai – Phu Yen: 220 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)IMAG0051

 

It’s quite long ride today but it must be the highlight of motorbike tour in North Vietnam with great view of mountain in Mu Cang Chai, Tu Le and many visits to the colorful ethnic people. When we get closer to Phu Yen town we can have short off-road motorbike tour through rice field and village of the Muong and Thai people. We arrive at hotel in Phu Yen at 5:00 pm.

 

Day 5: Phu Yen – Mai Chau: 150 km (B,L,D – Home stay)

 

After breakfast in the hotel, we continue enjoyable motorcycle tour Northern Vietnam. Just after 15 minutes ride, we will be on the Da river bank and enjoy a beautiful motorbike ride along the river on the winding road between the river and mountain with some cute villages of the Muong people along the way. This motorcycle ride reminds you of motorbike tour on coastline in central Vietnam. After crossing the river by a ferry, we motorcycle up and up to Moc Chau town where is famous for green plateau of tea farm locating at 1000 meters above sea level. Lunch is at the simple restaurant in Moc Chau town. After lunch, we keep enjoy touring Northern Vietnam by motorcycling down to Mai Chau valley on the old French road named Hua Tat pass – one of the most beautiful passes in northwest Vietnam. We will finish great Northern Vietnam motorbike tour in Mai Chau at 5:00 pm.

 

Day 6: Mai Chau – Tan Ky: 270 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)

 

We today start the Ho Chi Minh trail motorbike tour. After saying goodbye to the host, we ride through the valley on the backroads and then enjoy a motorbike ride along the Ma river bank through some bamboo forest and rural areas until Cam thuy town where we stop for lunch, after lunch we will have relaxing motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh trail to Tan Ky town. We arrive at the hotel around 5 pm.

 

Tan Ky is known as the starting point of the Ho Chi Minh trail during the Vietnam war. At that time the northern communist start to travel down to the south to join the war from Tan Ky, nowadays Tan Ky is a little quiet town located by the side of the Ho Chi Minh trail, surrounded by mountains.

 

Day 7: Tan Ky – Phong Nha – Ke Bang: 280 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)IMAG0930

 

After breakfast, we keep touring on the Ho Chi Minh trail by motorbike. The ride today is much better than the day before because it’s though remote areas with amazing view of high limestone mountains, cross some beautiful villages who built a lot of beautiful wooden houses, especially we have a chance to ride on the large and long runway of the former airbase of the Northern Vietnam Army which hide in between high mountain and jungle. If time and weather permit we can have a boat ride in Phong Nha to visit some hidden caves, fishing floating villages after the enjoyable Ho Chi Minh trail motorbike ride.

 

Day 8 : Phong Nha – Khe Sanh: 240 km (B,L,D – Hotel)

 

Today is another highlight of this Top Vietnam Motorcycle Tour. The experienced tour guide of Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert will take you on the western Ho Chi Minh trail to Khe Sanh. The western trail is known as the hidden one that the US Army did not know to bomb or destroy because all trail was built under the Phong Nha – Ke Bang rain forest, with the length of more than 200 kilometers we just ride and enjoy the great view of jungle and mountain or stop sometimes to hear/watch the birds or monkeys… There is no doubt it will be one of the best motorcycle tours Vietnam. Especially, after getting out of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park we will pay a interesting visit to the former Khe Sanh US Marine base to learn more about the Vietnam War history, hear more about sad stories to know how cruel the war is. We end the long day with enjoyable motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh trail in one of the best hotel in Khe Sanh – Thai Ninh hotel.

 

Day 9: Khe Sanh – Vinh Moc Tunnel – Hue: 180 km (B,L,D – Hotel)

 

Today’s motorbike tour to Hue is mostly on the sealed roads. After breakfast we will ride all the way to the east to get closer to the coast of Vietnam where we can pay visits to some interesting historical sites such as: The incredible Vinh Moc tunnels, The Hien Luong bridge or museum of the 17th parallel…after lunch in Quang Tri we will hit the highway No 1 down to city of Hue. Finish a day with full of information in Hue at around 4:30 pmdiadaovinhmoc(1)

 

Vinh Moc (Vịnh Mốc) is a tunnel complex in Quang Tri, Vietnam. During the Vietnam War it was strategically located on the border of North Vietnam and South Vietnam. The tunnels were built to shelter people from the intense bombing of Son Trung and Son Ha communes in Vinh Linh county of Quang Tri Province in the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The American forces believed the villagers of Vinh Moc were supplying food and armaments to the North Vietnemese garrison on the island of Con Co which was in turn hindering the American bombers on their way to bomb Hanoi. The idea was to force the villagers of Vinh Moc to leave the area but as is typical in Vietnam there was nowhere else to go. The villagers initially dug the tunnels to move their village 10 metres underground but the American forces designed bombs that burrowed down 10 metres. Eventually against these odds, the villagers moved the village to a depth of 30 metres. It was constructed in several stages beginning in 1966 and used until early 1972. The complex grew to include wells, kitchens, rooms for each family and spaces for healthcare. Around 60 families lived in the tunnels; as many as 17 children were born inside the tunnels.

 

Day 10: Discover the Hidden Charm of Hue: (B,L – Hotel )

 

After western breakfast in hotel, we will have enjoyable tour in Hue by motorbike or by bus for half day or full day depends on your mood. We can choose between 2 options:

Opt 1– Take a easy and relaxing bus tour in Hue to see some famous attractions in half day and another half day for free at leisure.
Opt 2– Take another motorbike tour in Hue to see some famous attractions and Kings’ tombs in the Hue or ride further to outskirts of Hue to discover the hidden charm of the city for whole day. Diner is a great time for you to experience freely the Hue cuisine with royal or casual local style.hue

 

Hue is well known for its historic monuments, which have earned it a place in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The seat of the Nguyen emperors was the Citadel, which occupies a large, walled area on the north side of the Perfume River. Inside the citadel was a forbidden city where only the emperors, concubines, and those close enough to them were granted access; the punishment for trespassing was death. Today, little of the forbidden city remains, though reconstruction efforts are in progress to maintain it as a historic tourist attraction.

Roughly along the Perfume River from Hue lie myriad other monuments, including the tombs of several emperors, including Minh Mang, Khai Đinh, and Tu Duc. Also notable is the Thien Mụ Pagoda, the largest pagoda in Huế and the official symbol of the city.

A number of French-style buildings lie along the south bank of the Perfume River. Among them are Quốc Học High School, the oldest high school in Vietnam, and The Hue Royal Antiquities Museum.

 

Day 11: Hue – Hoi An: 170 km (B,L)

 

End the Top Vietnam Motorcycle Tour on Ho Chi Minh Trail with a great motorbike ride along the coastal road Vietnam. At 8:30 am get back to the bikes and get out of the city of Hue with the eastern direction to the Thuan An beach. Once we are on the coastline, we will have very interesting Vietnam motorbike tour through villages of fishermen, through massive and colorful tombs of the local. Especially we will have great ride cross the Hai Van pass, one of the most beautiful passes in Central Vietnam where can offers you a amazing view between the mountain and the ocean, it’s completely different from the things we’ve seen on days before. We will be in Hotel of your choice in Hoi An at about 4:00 pm. Say good bye to the local team of Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert and then enjoy your peaceful time in town.

 

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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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