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Itinerary at a glance
|Total Duration||9 days|
|Tour Area||North Vietnam|
|Accommodation||Hotels & home stays|
|Kilometers Per Day||100 km – 220 km per day|
|Total Kilometers||Around 1,300km|
|Roads||Tarmac back roads – Dirt roads (Weather permits)|
|Skill Level||Intermediate & experienced riders only|
As they say, there’s no better way to experience Northern Vietnam than riding a motorbike and that will be absolutely true. Within 9 days, the North Vietnam Motorbike tour from Hanoi offers fully chances to taste Ha Giang, Ba Be National Park, Ba Be lake, Sapa, Mu Cang Chai – they are the most attractive destinations in North of Vietnam
You will have unforgettable moment on the stunning mountain roads & passes, you will see the awesome views with Rock, Rice Terrace or peaceful valley, you will be surprise to see many ethnic groups with their unique cultures & explore their life…Eating, Staying & communicate with locals to see the real Vietnam – it’s unique of ZONITRIP.
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Morning: Pick-up at your hotel at 7AM, then depart to Thai Nguyen province. Have lunch at Thai Nguyen.
Drive to Ba Be Lake, in Bac Kan province – you will have chance to see a lot of grant mountain view, peaceful of mountainous area.
At around 4-5pm, we arrive Pac Ngoi village – a community based tourism of Tay people at Ba Be Lake’s side.
Ba Bể Lake (Vietnamese: Ba means “Three”, Bể is from the Tay language word pé, meaning “lake”) is the largest natural lake in Vietnam. Ba Bể Lake is a featured geographical science and is a biodiversity reservoir. It is a part of the Ba Be National Park. It is home of a range of animals and plants.
Morning: We have a haft day to run motorbike or walking to visit the peaceful village to relax. The fresh air & nature forest & beautiful lake will help you refresh after a long motorbike trip & avoid the city.
(We could rent the boat to travel around lake – depend on your request)
Afternoon: After lunch at Ba Be, we will continue run to Bao Lac, Cao Bang. Today is exactly the best offroad Vietnam motorbike tour. Just after 20km to Bao Lac we turn to narrow and bumpy road with breathtaking view of terrace rice paddies.
Leave Bao Lac, we continue run to Meo Vac – one part of Dong Van Karst Plateau GeoPark, where have the amazing karst. Lunch at Meo Vac.
From Meo Vac, drive to the peak of Ma Pi Leng which gives stunning views of the mountains and sweeping valleys. You will be disappointed as it is the gateway to the best road trip in Vietnam: the 22km that snakes its way along the mountainside to Dong Van. The road has been cut into the side of cliff face and far below are the distant water of Nho Que river and towering above, the rock face of this mighty gorge.
Overnight at Dong Van old quarter.
After breakfast, we leave for Lung Cu flag pole around 8am. It’s another amazing ride. Lung Cu flagpole where is about 25km from the centre of Dong Van district. Lung Cu mount is liken as “a high forehead of the motherland” where marks the extreme North of our country. From its top, visitors can see the whole of beautiful and spectacular landscape. When we are in Lung Cu, we also can leave our bikes and walk to visit a small village around the area.
Drive pass Phố Cáo, Sủng Là. We will stop at these villages to visit H’mong families and interact with the locals. It’s once again a very enjoyable ride today that you will see amazing mountain view of the Rock Plateau.
We continue drive pass Yen Minh through pine forest, take some a cup of coffee is a great experience to relax. After Yen Minh, the road climbs over the Quan Ba pass (Heaven’s Gate).
We expect to arrive Ha Giang around 5:00pm. Take plenty breaks on the way back. Overnight in homestay at a village near Ha Giang city
Today we head straight towards the North-western mountain where the main Fanxipan Mountain range dominates the road until Sapa. The road is very smooth with a good view of green mountain, rice fields between lovely villages of the hill tribes. After a short break in Lao Cai to see Chinese border, we will have very beautiful motorbike ride up to Sapa. This motorbike ride is up and up till 1.600 meters above sea level. It offers a great view of mountain with terrace fields and it must be one of the best Motorbike Tour Vietnam .
We have a full day to discovery the beauty of Sapa – the small town is covered by fog through the year & have a cool & special weather in North Vietnam.
In this morning, we’ll start our motorbike tour by riding our motorbikes down valley to visit Lao chai village of BlackH’Mong people. Experiencing the richest traditional culture of Black H’Mong people in the region. Then continue riding a bit to visit the Zay minority at Ta van. Spend time to enjoy the picturesque scenery along the way, a mountainous area of stunning natural beauty and diverse ethnic minorities. We will keep on riding down the hill, enjoy the fantastic open views in Ban Ho the most beautiful valley in which we spent a night on the bamboo house of Tay people. The rest of time, we’ll take a short walk to the nearby waterfall for sightseeing and experiencing the daily activities of the locals. Homestay in Ban Ho village.
Pass over O Quy Ho Pass (one of the 4 greatest passes in Vietnam). e ride on Qui Ho pass to cross Hoang Lien mountain range- the highest one in Vietnam including Fanxipan peak with the height of 3142 meters above sea level. It’s sure that you will have pictures of the most beautiful valley in north Vietnam.
We will drive to Ban Thai village, the village of White Thai people, one family here will be our host today. Leisure time we may take a strolling around this village to see the normal life of villagers.
Dinner and stay with family.
Ride motorbike around the Mong village with the beautiful rice terraces as La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha…or visit some school and touch with children..
La Pan Tan terraces, you should deeply go into La Pan Tan area. On the route, there’s a small trail run along valley, turn into that trail and more deeply go, you can take extreme unique photos (i found this place according to guidance of a H’mong guy).
Beside the rice terrace, you will have a chance to explore the culture & local life of Mong people, such as music traditional, agriculture tools…
Then we continue run over the Khau Pha pass (one of the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam with 40km many fog in the cold days).
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.
After breakfast, we will drive from Nghia Lo – Hanoi full a day.
Expect arrive Hanoi at 5-6pm. Return the rental bike & say good bye at your hotel. The North Vietnam Motorbike tour the end./.
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First i want to say thank you to Mrs Nghia and her colleague Ms Cham.
They are our guides during our North Vietnam Motorbike tour by motor bikes.
We did our trip together with Zonitrip tour 3 weeks ago (oktober 2015) for 7days.
on the way from Ha Giang to Dong Van is super awesome and then dong van to Meo Vac is unbelievable.
the mountains, the roads and tribes people. I can’t describe , but its beautiful, specially in harvest time.
and wooww so awesome views and we were so happy because Nghia and Cham did their best for us, and they took us in traditional shop and had same food like normal vietnamesse people.
We had unforgettable moments with Zonitrip, specially when Nghia said we can joined with her family for dinner anywhere in Sapa area., such a lovely friendly family.
Nghia arranged all for us, even for our accommodations, and also great because sometimes we slept in the house/homestay from Vietnamesse family, so we knew about vietnamesse culture.
overall we are satisfied with Zonitrip and Mrs Nghia is really kind and honest lady, she will do her best for her clients.
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