NORTH VIETNAM MOTORBIKE TOURS – GRAND LOOP 17 DAYS

NORTH VIETNAM MOTORBIKE TOURS – GRAND LOOP – 17 DAYS

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OVERVIEW

North Vietnam motorbike tour

North Vietnam motorbike tour

The Grand North Vietnam motorbike tour is a good choice if you have enough time (over 2 weeks). This tour is an epic expedition around North of Vietnam by motorcycle.

With 17 days, North Vietnam motorbike tour takes you through whole the north region of Vietnam. From west to east, you will experience our natural landscape and friendly local people.

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau, 145 km ~ 5h

North Vietnam motorbike tour

Mai Chau – North Vietnam motorbike tour

The North Vietnam motorbike tour will start from Hanoi on road number 6 to Mai Chau, and idyllic valley populated by mainly White Thai ethnic people. Visiting Mai Chau, you have a chance to enjoy folk songs and traditional colorful culture of White Thai in Mai Chau. The scenery of the arrival to Mai Chau is characterized with beautiful limestone mountains and colorful hill tribes who can be seen and visited on the way.

We also have an opportunity en route to learn about the culture of the rice-cultivating inhabitants in the Red River valley and Da River down stream. After lunch, we have the whole afternoon free to climb up to the top of Thung Nhuoi pass. From the top of the pass, there is a beautiful view of Mai Chau valley, often engulfed by clouds but still a sight to be enjoyed. After visiting this wonderful site, we drop down to explore more of the area of White Thai people. In the evening, we can enjoy a local dinner and overnight in a beautiful village at the edge of a river.

After dinner, you can spend the evening sitting together around a fire and join in a Thai traditional music show. In their traditional attire, typical of their culture, Thai women invite visitors to participate in the Xoe dance. To the rhythmical and ebullient music, the hosts and guests will dance for hours hand-in-hand. When they get tired, they stop for a while to drink special sticky rice liquor called “ruou can”. Visitors who participate in the Xoe dance once,especially by the light of a fire at night are likely to remember it forever.

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– Night in Thai’s family 

Day 2: Mai Chau – Bac Yen, 150 km ~ 4h

The day 2 of the Grand North Vietnam motorbike tour is a real challenging ride, after an hour on the new Highway no. 6 we make our own way on to the tortuous and bumpy road to explore the H’mong hill tribe’s colourful customs and majestic mountainous scenery. Visit our H’mong friend’s families, walk in the village and then continue on the dirt road to Moc Chau. These beautiful grass lands of Moc Chau have the best of both words and breath-taking scenery which is favored by nature and covered with clouds all year round. It seems to offer the most ideal climate condition in Northwest Vietnam. Moc Chau’s flora is diverse, ranging from forest and tea plantations to fruit hills. Moreover, we can walk to the local dairy farms and try produce from the local processing factories. Dairy produce is Moc Chau’s specialty being exported to many other countries. We drop down to Black River and take a ferry to pass the river. Then we ride along the river to before heading up hill to Bac Yen, the central district of Bac Yen.

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– Night in hotel

Day 3: Bac Yen – Tuan Giao, 160 km ~ 5h

North Vietnam motorbike tour

North Vietnam motorbike tour

The journey north Vietnam on motorbike continues onto Son La, following the 113 Highway. Along the way, there are superb landscapes with green valley and terraced rice fields. Passing the Bac Yen mountain top, through Chen Pass to the largest “maize” and “manioc” forest, we arrive at Son La plateau. After lunch in Son La town, we will visit the former French Prison and provincial museum. We have more mountain passes to challenge us, such as SonLa, Chieng Pac, and Pha Din. You will enjoy the beautiful landscape on your way from Son La to Lai Chau town. The afternoon will provide free time to climb over the top of the Pha Din Pass – known as the interface between Heaven and Earth. Pha Din forms a natural border between Son La and Dien Bien Phu, the site of the decisive battle in Vietnam’s struggle for independence in 1954. Then we take time to travel to Tuan Giao to view the sunset.

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– Night in hotel

Day 4: Tuan Giao – Dien Bien, 80km ~ 2h

We take easy riding today to Dien Bien. Spend most of the time to explore our history during French War. Visiting the battle field, museum and victory monument. This is a highlight of the grand north Vietnam motorbike tour.

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– Night in hotel

Day 5: Dien Bien – Sin Ho, 140 km ~ 5h

The fifth day of the grand north Vietnam motorbike tour will ride up to Sin Ho – a scenic mountain village with a large percentage of ethnic minorities and it has a colorful Sunday market to offer. Sin Ho is a 38-km climb on an abysmal dirt road of Route 12; the turn off is about 1 km north of the village of Chan Nua, on the road from Lai Chau. Sin Ho can also be reached by a challenging trek from the town of Tam Duong. Ride along Laos border to the North direction of China border on the road No12. Ride in nature, an amazing adventure for the last 40km heading up to Sin Ho in the sunset. Sin Ho is located at 1,700 m above the sea-level with the main habitat of H’Mong, Dao, Kinh people.

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– Night in hotel

Day 6: Sin Ho – Sapa, 160 km ~ 5h

North Vietnam motorbike tour

Sapa – North Vietnam motorbike tour

Due to the environment and a height of 1,700 m, getting there is a very hard journey, so the people living here mostly keep to their very long lasting lifestyle. The unchanged way of life from ancient days is hard to be done anywhere. However, it should be said that there is no way for urbanization to occur in these areas. Moreover, only a handful of travel agencies can bring their customers to this remote area. The reason Sin Ho is regarded as the richest mountain market in the Northwest province is that anybody who is courageous enough to visit the area is rewarded with the fortune of visiting. This does nothing to limit the motley colors of traditional clothes of various ethics such as the Green H’mong, the Black H’mong, the White H’mong, the Dzao Dau Bang, and the Lu.

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– Night in hotel

Day 7: Sapa

After 7 days of the north Vietnam motorbike tour, for sure you need a rest day. And Sapa is a very good place for shopping, massages… Full day for relaxing, walking and exploring Sapa & around.

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– Night in hotel

Day 8: Sapa – Xin Man, 160 km ~ 5h

North Vietnam motorbike tour

Market – North Vietnam motorbike tour

In the morning, we go down to Lao Cai town with a visit to Lao Cai border gate with China. Then roll along the route 70 to Bac Ngam for a nice break, taking pictures of the beautiful scenery of mountain and river view. We head up the mountain pass to Bac Ha for our lunch and short hiking to some H’mong villages there. In the afternoon, the north Vietnam motorbike tour continue the small trail to Xin Man in the rocky, muddy and slippery for taste of motorbiking in Vietnam.

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– Night in hotel

Day 9: Xin Man – Ha Giang, 145 km ~ 5h

The regular Sunday Xin Man market is located right at the edges of Xin Man itself. Here you will see people from the H’mong, Nung, Tay, Dao ethnic minority groups. They all walk through mountain paths and rough terrain from their mountain villages to the Xin Man market to trade items and socialize. This market is one of the most isolated in Vietnam, so it has never been given much attention. To reach Xin Man, it’s at least a 3 hour ride along narrow meandering roads from the town of Bac Ha, on this leg you have to be careful not to lose yourself in the dense woods. An easier but longer route can be taken on the curving road 4 cutting through steep mountains for the 100 km ride from Xin Man. This will still take about 4 hours despite the newly upgraded bitumen road and the absence of other vehicles. The lively central market of Xin Man will be visited in the morning before we depart for Bac Quang where you will have to be alert as the road has many dangerous meandering turns. After reaching Heaven’s Gate II and the Hoang Su Phi Pass, a picnic lunch will be provided among superb surrounding landscape. When dropping down into Tan Quang the tour will take a leisurely ride along the National Highway No 2. The remainder of the day we will spend relaxing.

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– Night in Tay’s family (Thon Tha village)

Day 10: Ha Giang – Dong Van, 130 km ~ 4h

Rise and shine for a few hours trek to many of the Heaven Gates such as Quan Ba, Yen Binh, Dong Van. They are so called because one gets the feeling of touching the sky – heaven’s gates. This is the best time and place to enjoy the wonderful sightseeing of this vast limestone mountain range and perpendicular walls of rock, which brings one a feeling of adventure whilst being lost in a magic land. Here we are surrounded by many rocks of all shapes and sizes. After lunch at Yen Minh town, the scenic route climbs over a pass before arriving in Pho Bang, also called Pho Bang Street, which was built a long many centuries ago and features multi-story houses made of clay bricks and tile roofs. Then we continue our trip to visit the infamous Vuong Palace, aH’mong family of high rank during French colonial rule. This palace attracts keen interest from architecturally minded visitors due to its mixed style of European and Chinese architecture.

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– Night in hotel

Day 11: Dong Van – Meo Vac, 60 km ~ 2h

North Vietnam motorbike tour

Ma Pi Leng pass – North Vietnam motorbike tour

Visiting these remote areas, we will witness how hard the local people struggle with their environment for their survival and development. Living conditions are extremely harsh, there is barely any arable land within the rocky mountains and the people survive on a diet of corn, which is the only crop able to grow in the rocky soil. Even through this hardship, the local people are very friendly, simple yet develop a strong attachment to other people. They are the soul of this remote area.

The landscape around this area will make you surprised and you will mark it as the most beautiful day of the north Vietnam motorbike tour.

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– Night in Hoa Cuong Hotel

Day 12: Meo Vac – Ba Be National park, 180 km ~ 6h

North Vietnam motorbike tour

Ba Be lake – North Vietnam motorbike tour

Another great day of riding in rural area with crossing over many streams, villages on small path. At the end of day, we put all our bikes on local long-tail boat for crossing Ba Be lake to homestay.

Optional: In good weather that we mention it should be dry, we may have another option of riding on dirt track straight to Babe national park.

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– Night in Tay’s family

Day 13: Ba Be National park

An other rest day of the north Vietnam motorbike tour. We will take a boat trip to explore Ba Be lake, Dau Dang cave, etc…

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– Night Hao Son Guesthouse

Day 14: Ba Be – Quang Uyen, 160 km ~ 5h

Time to prepare for the quite difficult riding ahead, steep mountains and passes. To reach Cao Bang, we avoid National Highway No 3 but take the Colie Pass road, through the dense old-growth forest. The scenery is unbelievably beautiful and magnificent. After lunch at Nguyen Binh town, we continue our journey for about one and a half hours to visit Cao Bang township. The national vestiges are some of this hill town’s major sights. We have a chance to visit these before we head out in the direction of Ma Phuc Pass to enter an area of innumerable vast steep limestone karst and visit the North and North East’s district which is home to Nung and Tay ethnic people.

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– Night in Nung’s family

Day 15: Quang Uyen – Ban Gioc waterfall – Quang Uyen, 120km ~ 4h

Grand north Vietnam motorbike tour

Ban Gioc waterfall – North Vietnam motorbike tour

Today we will take the opportunity to explore the spectacular scenery and wonderful world of local ethnic minority people. Along the way we will visit Ban Gioc waterfalls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Vietnam, which form a natural border between Vietnam and China. The echo of the falls can be heard kilometers away. In rainy season, the waterfall makes the scenery even more magnificent. While here we will take a bamboo raft trip and have a picnic lunch. We also have a chance to visit China on the other river bank.

Before the sun sets, we ride back to Quang Uyen and visit Phjia Chang village, settled by Nung An ethnic people 300 years ago. 6 This village is famous for the traditional handicraft, such as basket-wared, weaving and so on. We will have dinner with our friends in the village.Alternatively, in the afternoon we will return to Quang Uyen town to visit some villages of Tay and Nung An people where they make incense and local rough paper from mulberry trees to burn when praying to their ancestors.

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– Night in Nung’s family

Day 16: Quang Uyen – Lang Son, 160 km ~ 5h

Today, we continue our journey following the historical National Highway No.4 with the famous battles (in Vietnam history), such as Dong Khe, That Khe, Coc Xa or Lung Phay Passes In the afternoon, we will explore Nhi Thanh Cave, Tam Thanh Pagoda and the Dong Kinh Market in nice-new city of Lang Son.

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– Night in hotel

Day 17: Lang Son – Hanoi, 160 km ~ 5h

Take it easy on busy traffic back to Hanoi.

Finish 17 days grand North Vietnam motorbike tour.

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By Nguyen Anh Tuan

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