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Itinerary at a glance
|Total Duration||8 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 8 days, the Northeast Vietnam Motorbike tour from Hanoi offers fully chances to taste Ha Giang, Ba Be National Park, Ban Gioc waterfall – they are the most attractive destinations in North-east of Vietnam
You will have unforgettable moment on the stunning mountain roads & passes, you will see the awesome views with Rock, Waterfall, you will be surprise to see the ethnic groups with their unique cultures & explore their life…Eating, Staying & chatting with locals to see the real Vietnam – it’s unique of ZONITRIP.
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This morning we will spend 30 minutes for the guide to do briefing about the trip and how to ride in Vietnam also to get used to with the bike before we start our trip to Thac Ba Lake which has an area of 23000 ha and over 1300 islands and hills with diverse ecological environments.
When arrival to Vu Linh ethnic village of Dao minority by the side of the lake, it is your time to do leisure walk to explore this beautiful village and people life.
Tonight, the welcome is exceptional with a lot of local rice-wine from the hosts is surely one of the highlights of the trip. Overnight in homestay.
Distance: 180 km, 6 hours riding
After breakfast, ride along the Thac Ba lake on a small road lined by palm trees and scenic mountain views to join the National road No 2 heading up to Ha Giang where we stop for the night. Before getting to the Tay village where we do home stay, we should stop at Ha Giang city to ask permit for the Motorbike tour to the Dong Van Rock Plateau and frontier area in following days .
Eating dinner & sleeping in a stilt house in Thon Tha community based tourism village – the village of Tay ethnic people
Leaving Ha Giang, the road climbs over the Quan Ba pass (Heaven’s Gate). The road winds over a saddle and opens up on to an awesome vista.
Dropping into Yen Minh through pine forest, it is worth stopping for drink and lunch. Drive pass Pho Bang town – the quite & secret Phố Cáo, Sủng Là – The village of H’Mong people. They are located in the middle of the rocky mountains, a deep color, solid & old traditional houses. It’s once again a very enjoyable ride today that you will see amazing mountain view of the Rock Plateau.
If we drive in the spring, this land will be bright with the color of Pink tree – the tradditional flower in Tet holiday in Vietnam. If you travel in the Autumn, you will be surprise by the beauty of local flower – The Buckwheat flower.
Also, stop and visit the infamous Vuong Palace, Vuong Family was considered the King of the Hmong People in Dong Van, Ha Giang. Their residence was built in the scenic valley of Sa Phin with Chinese architecture. The whole house was built out of wood and rock only. The rocks for the buildings were imported from China. Vuong Family Residence is a masterpiece of man work in the valley of heavenly beauty of Sa Phin. Overnight & enjoy coffe in Dong Van Old quater
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.
Turn around back to Dong Van, then, 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 Meo Vac. 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.
In the afternoon, we will motorcycle down hill along the river and see the different mountain view( less rocky and more green). Stay in Bao Lac
Beautiful motor ride down to Cao Bang province. Few passes from where you can dominate the area.
The road is easy but there are many blind curves. We can stop very often for photos in Nguyen Binh and Tinh Tuc.
Cao Bang has several points of historical interest as well as many natural features such as the Pac Bo (at the mouth of the confluence of two rivers, the Bằng Giang and Hien rivers) where Hồ Chí Minh in January 1941 established a revolutionary force at Coc Bó cave, the Mạc King’s Temple, the Ban Gioc waterfall area at the international border between Vietnam and China, and the Thang Hen Mountain Lake.
Good hotel in Cao Bang Town, where we can relax to be ready for next imaging day.
Distance: 130 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast at the homestay, you will depart for Trung Khanh which lies on the border with China. Here you will have the chance to meet the Nung people in the village of Phuoc Sen, a mountainous village famous for its traditional blacksmith craft. The farming tools made here are an integral part of the lifestyle which is evident in the surrounding rice paddies and fields. Nestled in amongst these amazing landscapes is the breathtaking Ban Gioc Waterfall which spans over 300 meters, half in Vietnam and half in China.
You will have time to soak up the powerful atmosphere of the falls and take some fantastic photos before heading to another natural wonder, Nguom Ngao Cave. This cave stretches out 2,144 meters underground. You will then make your way to return Cao Bang town.
After breakfast, we will going down on snake pass to Ba Be Lake.
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.
You can relax on board, do some wildlife spotting or if you need to cool off, you can jump into the cool, clean waters for a refreshing swim! As you float on Ba Be Lake, you can take in the scenery of the surrounding karsts decorated with patches of wild vegetation and inhabited by all sorts of interesting creatures. The boat ride along the Nang River, with time to explore the stunning Ba Be Lake, the caves of Puong Grottowhere you can explore the stalactites and stalagmites which are a result of the erosion of the river on the karst as well as looking out for the bat colony several thousand strong.
We arrive Pac Ngoi village – a community based tourism of Tay people at Ba Be Lake’s side. At the homestay, you can relax and unwind from the day and enjoy a meal of home cooked local food.
You will depart for the journey back Hanoi, a drive of approximately 150 miles (230 kilometers). We will stop at some hills tea plant before returning to your hotel in the bustling city of Hanoi.
P/s: The itinerary can change according your requirement
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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.
“My three day trip to Mu Can Chai was fantastic. I couldn’t have asked for more. The owner of Zonitrip Nghia was my personalised guide and rider but it felt more like I was riding with my friend. Nghia was very professional right from my first contact. She responded promptly to my enquiry and make the whole process easy. I felt like my hand was being held every step of the way from being collected from my hotel in Hanoi, taken to the bus station and then being collected in Yen Bai. As I am a solo traveller this service was very much appreciated. I would throughly recommend Zonitrip.”
“Like travelling with a friend”
Love those smile on their faces when we gave some chalks and balloons and some candy. The best thing happened after that when they brought us to visit their house nearby and even sang us a song there. It was a pleasure to meet the family. One of the best things happened during my trip in vietnam.
———–Trekking Mt Fansipan + Motorbike Sapa – Mu Cang Chai Tour – Nov 2015
Faez ALI – Singapore
Zonitrip offers tailored services and I was really happy with the tour because it enabled me to see parts that are far away from the beaten track. I went on a weekend trip to Da Bac with lovely people from Vietnam and abroad and we were able to experience the local culture, traditions and cuisine as well as go on many crazy adventures such as bamboo rafting and swimming. The region is absolutely beautiful and very peaceful and it was a great way to escape busy Hanoi.
If you are looking for an amazing trip that can be adjusted to your needs and also at a very reasonable price dont hesitate to contact Zonitrip.
Ni Ya Barcelona, Spain
Traveling with Nghia and her friends to Da Bac, in Hoa Binh province is the best decision you can make when you are in Hanoi. It has nothing in common with the cookie cutter tours from the dozens of travel agencies that have jumped on the loosely defined eco-tourism brand.
I had an incredible time riding through the mountainous road with sharp bends and ever-changing horizon ,especially the abundance of rice fields and terraces from Sapa – Mu Cang Chai. Not to forget the unpredictable weather. It was an amazing 3 days, of new sights and experiences! Staying in hom stays & Definitely one that I wouldnt forget!
Thank you Ms Nghia for making it possible and for the efficiency, taking good care of me and my friend throughout the 3 days! 🙂
I had an amazing time, and this experience was really the most memorable part of my visit in Vietnam. The tour was designed just for me, with my time constraints in mind. I had never been on a motorbike, so mine was semi-automatic and very easy to handle. We saw such a wide variety of terrain and sights, making the trip truly memorable. Hikes up beautiful mountains to serene temples, rides through roads surrounded by jungle, stops in carefully selected local establishments for refreshments and delicious meals.
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