Vietnam Mountain Experience Motorcycle Tour - 8 Days. This is our special motorbike tour of northern Vietnam. It is only an 8-day motorbike ride but you can see the highlights of the northeast and northwest Vietnam especially Sa Pa and Ha Giang – Karst Plateau Global Geopark. They are two famous and amazingly scenic places located in the north of Vietnam. The tour is one of the best motorbike tours in Vietnam but it is quite difficult for the ‘beginner’ riders.
Day 1: Hanoi – Phu Yen. 170 km( L, D )
7:30 AM pick up from your hotel in Hanoi to our bike shop and Start the special motorbike tour in north Vietnam with a short ride to Phu Yen. We take the bike from the western outskirt of Hanoi and strive to be on a quiet and small road for as long as possible to get away from busy traffic. After 2 hours of riding, we will be right in a mountain area with countryside roads between green rice and tea field. Lunch is in little town Thu Cuc after passing a small corner of Ba Vi National Park.
We arrive in Phu Yen town at about 4.30 PM. Get the room and enjoy a short walk around the peaceful town.
Overnight in Hotel – Phu Yen.
Day 2: Phu Yen – Than Uyen. 210 km. ( B, L, D )
We should start the motorbike ride early today because it’s quite a long road with a lot of picturesque stops and many interesting things to see on the way so the tour should start at 8. AM. Right after the town, we will be on the winding and beautiful Lung Lo pass and then hit the quiet road to Tu Le – a charming little town where we have lunch. The second half of the could be the best motorbike ride in Vietnam. After 50km from where we have lunch, will be in Mu Cang Chai where we have a great chance to take pictures of the most beautiful terrace fields in northern Vietnam. Arrive at Than Uyen at about 5. PM.
Dinner and stay in Hotel – Than Uyen.
Day 3: Than Uyen – Sa Pa. 100 km. ( B, L, D )
The short Vietnam motorbike tour to Sa Pa today should be the highlight of the trip. In the first half of the day, we will enjoy an easy motorbike ride on the smooth road with beautiful tea fields and the colorful hill tribes along the way. And the other half, we ride on Qui Ho pass to cross the Hoang Lien mountain range- the highest one in Vietnam including Fanxipan peak with a height of 3142 meters above sea level. Surely, you will have pictures of the most beautiful valley in North Vietnam. We will be in Sa Pa at noon. After lunch in Sa Pa town, we have a half-day to discover the lovely town in the cloud – Sa Pa by walking or having a short ride along the Muong Hoa valley.
Dinner and Overnight in Hotel – Sa Pa.
Day 4: Sapa – Ha Giang. 200 km. ( B, L, D )
Start the enjoyable Vietnam motorbike tour to Ha Giang at about 8.30 Am. After breakfast, we will hit the road down to Lao Cai town – 40 km from Sa Pa. We can take many breathtaking pictures from the height of around 1.500 m above sea level. Take a café stop at Nam Thi Riverbank – the river is also the border between Vietnam and China. After that, we keep riding down the winding road No 70. Lunch is in Pho Rang town. Then motorcycle up again to Ha Giang.
We will finish this good motorbike tour to Ha Giang in a beautiful and peaceful village of the Tay – 3 km from Ha Giang City.
Home stay – Ha Giang
Day 5: Ha Giang – Dong Van. 150 km. ( B , L , D )
The ride today is one of the best motorbike tours in North Vietnam. We will be in the center of the Dong Van Karst Plateau Global Geopark. After getting out of Ha Giang city, we will ride motorbikes slowly on the winding, “up and down” road along the Karst Plateau, enjoying the incredibly beautiful scenery, doing some stops to visit the colorful and happy people living along the road. Especially, after lunch, we can take a visit to the Palace of the H’mong’s king to learn more about the Indochina War and the life of the local people during the wartime.
Arrive at Dong Van at 5 PM. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 6: Dong Van – Bao Lac. 120 Km. ( B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will take a short trek to the top of the hill about 1 km from the hotel. The hill was used as a Fortress by the French where we can have the best view of Dong Van Town. Back to the hotel, get the bikes, and keep enjoying the beautiful mountain Vietnam motorbike tour. Today we have a chance to ride a motorbike on the Ma-Pi-Leng pass –one of the 4 most beautiful passes in northern Vietnam. Lunch is in Meo Vac town, then motorbike down to Bao Lac.
Overnight in Hotel – Bao Lac town.
Day7: Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Tour To Ba Be Lake. 120 km ( B, L, D)
This is a short but great motorbike tour to Ba Be. Right after the town, we will take a small road to Son Lo village. The road is up and down, small and almost empty but the mountain view somewhere is amazing. Especially, we have a chance to do some offroad rides to cross some small streams. We will be in Pac Ngoi village at about 1 PM. Lunch is with the local people. after lunch, we spend the rest time of the day on the boat ride on Ba Be lake.
Homestay in Pac Ngoi – village of Tay people.
Ba Bể Lake (Vietnamese: Hồ Ba Bể, Ba Bể meaning “Three Lakes” in the local Tay language) is the largest natural freshwater lake, stretching about 8 kilometers in the north-south direction. The surface area of the lake fluctuates between 3 and 5 km² between dry and wet seasons. Unlike many lakes in Karst limestone areas, Ba Bê Lake never falls dry. Its average depth varies between 17 and 23 meters, the maximum depth is 35 meters. The lake lies about 150 meters above sea level, making it also Vietnam’s highest. The name “Three Lakes” refers to the three parts of the lake named Pe Leng, Pe Lu, and Pe Lam. All these three parts are connected into a single continuous body of water, however. The Ta Han, Bo Lu, and Leng Rivers feed into the lake from the south and the west. During the dry season, water is drained from the lake northwards into the Nang River. During high floods in the wet season, the latter flow is reversed, however, and the lake takes up water from the Nang River thereby acting as a buffer regulating flooding.
Day 8: Ba Be – Hanoi. 240 km. ( B, L )
End the great northern Vietnam motorbike tour by taking a big motorcycle ride back to Hanoi. After early breakfast, we will try to be off the big and busy road as long as possible. Unlike the motorbike tour in days before, the tour today is in much busier traffic but differently, we will find something interesting.
Arrive Hotel in Hanoi before rush hours. Tour ends!
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