Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
The Northern Vietnam Motorcycle Tour is one of our sample 10 days itineraries we arrange in the North of Vietnam where you visit remote hill tribe villages, and experience the rich ethnic culture.
DAY 1: HANOI -> YEN BAI
We take a taxi to get to the starting point at the outskirt of Hanoi, from here you take the bikes and start your first day ride to Yen Bai. Leaving Hanoi and breaking out of the delta plains, we pass through endless limestone karst scenery as we travel south through “Thay Pagoda”, country and extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads. Arrive in Yen Bai in late afternoon, overnight at hotel.
DAY 2: YEN BAI -> NGHIA LO -> TU LE -> MU CANG CHAI
We head up today into a forested and high mountain region populated by H’mong people, We will hike up a very high moutain pass before descending into a mountainous tea-growing region. Soon after we follow a long valley floor covered in a sea of rice surrounded by Hmong and Thai’s villages all the way to Mu Cang Chai.
DAY 3: MU CANG CHAI -> THAN UYEN -> SAPA
Today we head straight towards the main Fansipan Mountain range. The massive mountain range dominates the road until finally we must make a splendid climb up from Binh Lu and up to the top of the highest road pass in Vietnam (Tram Ton Pass). Crossing into Lao Cai Province at over 2000m the views looks out over the main range for miles and miles, before we descend to the mountainous Sa Pa valley.
DAY 4: SAPA -> BAC HA
We start from Sapa and ride to Lao Cai, a short stop to visit the Chiness border. Lunch on route then continue to Bac Ha, Sleep in Guest House, dinner in town.
DAY 5: BAC HA -> HA GIANG
Beautiful ride today by taking a small road, during your ride, you will have chances to visit many roadside ethnic villages and markets. Lunch in Viet Quang. Continue to Ha Giang for overnight.
DAY 6: HA GIANG -> DONG VAN
Today ride must be highlights of the trip, as we will visit one of the most remote land in Vietnam where are special with many ethnic groups with their unique cultures and imposing mountains – the “Heaven Gate” in Quan Ba, Rock Plateau and the Vuong palace in Dong Van. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 7: DONG VAN -> MEO VAC
After breakfast, We leave to Meo Vac. The scenic route climbs over a pass, and then we descend down to Meo Vac valley, a beautiful valley situated very close to Chinese border. We take time to climb over the Ma Pi Leng Pass where we can enjoy beautiful mountain ranges and the the Nho Que river.
DAY 8: MEO VAC -> BAO LAC
Continue your trip to Bao Lac with many stop over on the way: visit village and meet Tay and Dzao people, taking photos, rural market. Arrive at Bao Lac. Free time.Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 9: BAO LAC -> BA BE NATIONAL PARK
Today we continue to Babe lake & national park where the landscape is amazing and the homestay is another unique experience. Upon your arrival, you are free at leisure to do the boat trip or walk to explore the village of the Tay people. Overnight in homestay of a Tay family.
DAY 10: BA BE LAKE -> HANOI
Staying off the main road for as long as possible we head back towards the Red River Delta, passing through areas inhabited by Hmong, Dao, Tay and Nung minority peoples. A mixture of both challenging track and glorious sealed road all the way back to Hanoi. Tour ends.