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Mu Cang Chai is in far Northwest Vietnam, 300km far from Hanoi. It’s well-known as one of the best beautiful Rice Terrace in Vietnam & in the world. If you like photography, nature and people’s culture, mix with a little challenging but freedom on a motorbike, this Motorbiking Mu Cang Chai tour is designed for you.
You also have the chance to meet the friendly ethnic people in the mountainous area, who still keep their unique and interesting customs and culture.
Our program has well organized and flexible for every driving skill level, so if you want to save your health, time & cost, it is also a good choice.
Your hotel in Hanoi
6:30 – 7.00 am: Our staff will pick you up from your hotel to the bus from Hanoi to Yen Bai city. ( In the case your hotel is in the Old Quater area, Hanoi. If not, please catch a taxi to the bus office)
Around 10 am, drop off in Yen Bai city. Our staff will prepare a motorbike for you to start from here. You will ride around 50km before take a lunch. After lunch, we will continue to ride to Nghia Lo – the home of Thai people and the large rice field- Muong Lo field. We will start to see the beautiful scenery beside the road, the green tea plantations hill, the rice paddy and ethnic local life.
Arrive Tu Le, enjoy dinner with traditional meals and sleep in a traditional and authentic house of Thai people.
P/s: The room in the homestay is a shared room, each person sleep in each mattress on the second floor.
If you want to sleep in a private room, let us know to change to the hostel or hotel.
Depends on the customers’ riding skills, we can customize the duration to suit your health.
Distance: 180km by bus + 130km by motorbike
After breakfast, we continue to run from Tu Le – Mu Cang Chai. We have a full day to discover the beauty of this mountainous district. Mu Cang chai – the hilly paddy growing districts, are designated as Vietnam’s national heritage site. It is home to Vietnam’s Hmong minority tribe, whose rural way of life & colorful ethnic costumes and amazing scene for photography.
This journey passes through the stunning mountainous landscape, get higher and higher. We will ride over the Khau Pha pass (one of the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam).
The ride is on some of the most scenic roads which offer a lot of stops for picturing such as Cao Pha valley– a beautiful valley located at the foot of the pass and Paragliding site – to see the panorama view of pass and valley.
We will continue ride from La Pan Tan center to Mam Xoi, belong to the beautiful green or yellow terraced rice fields, enjoy the amazing and stupendous of the mountain region, explore the farming work and life of Hmong ethnic people. The road in mountain includes cement-concrete steeply road and dirt rock soil road, it’s a challenge for your riding skill and interesting experience.
In the afternoon, there are 2 options depends on the weather, the rice status and your health:
Option 1: Around 4-5 pm, ride a motorbike to Sang Nhu village to see the sunrise. The road is muddy, soil and very difficult road, if you want to try offroad, we can arrange for you to go. If you are not confident, you can trek up or using a motorbike taxi.
Sang Nhu is famous for the rice curve in the sunset, the suitable time to visit is from May to Sep.
In the afternoon: After lunch, continue to ride a motorbike and explore the rice terrace or local life beside the road in the Che Cu Nha area. If you want to trek, we can customize the tour for the afternoon, trek to Hang Dang De village – in Che Cu Nha commune. It takes around 2-3hrs, the cement and soil path, steeply trail.
If you ride motorbike well, we can create an offroad route for you from Che Cu Nha to Kim Noi village.
The end of the road is a homestay of Thai ethnic people. Enjoy the dinner and sleep here.
After breakfast, there’s more time to look around and experience life in Mu Cang Chai. On the coming back way, ride a motorbike from Khau Pha pass to Lim Mong, Lim Thai – the village in the middle of Cao Pha valley – with beautiful scenery of rice terrace field, mountain and stream.
We come back to Yen Bai city then catch the bus back from Yen Bai to Hanoi and arrive Hanoi in the evening. Our guide will a say goodbye & see you again on another journey./.
Distance: 180km by motorbike + 180km by bus
Solo travel is taking off. More and more adventurers are forging their own path and travelling alone as part of a group tour. And it’s no wonder. With the confidence you gain from seeing the world on your terms, solo travel gives you a sense of freedom like nothing else.
If you want to travel to your own tune, you’ll be in good company with Zonitrip. Lots of our travellers arrive alone and leave with lifelong friends. With shared authentic experiences in far-flung destinations, our tours are the perfect chance to create lasting friendships.
We’ll match you with the group having suit your departure time, so you can share the tour cost. About single supplements like accommodation, most of our homestay have a single mattress so it’s very convenient for solo travel. If you want to upgrade a private room, the small surcharge can be accepted.
If at the departure time you want, we haven’t had any other group, you can book in advance or deposit to keep a sit. We will inform you of the update or customized suitable or better options.
You can also find many travel ideas and tours here in the best solo travel destinations. Don’t worry, let contact with us.
After a long day with a lot of activities, we know a comfortable place to rest overnight is a special concern. A relaxed and enjoyable accommodation is not only to state the quality of the tour but also to get the energy back for the possibly hard days after.
However, the Trekking and Motorbike tours of Zonitrip are almost at remote regions where accommodations are not like other big towns, so we’ll stay mostly at the standard hotels or home-stay. But don’t’ worry, they’re surely safe and the equipment is comfortable enough for you:
Mostly 90% of Zonitrip’s customers are pleased with staying at homestays.
All the families we choose to stay have special permits and are certificated from the local government. Most of the homestays are nice wood and clean houses on stilts, are owned by warm hosts, who are local knowing well area. Below is the equipment you can expect to have at the homestay: private mats, blankets, mosquito nets, fans, clean toilets, hot water.
We would like to say the food on tours is one of the most important reasons to make our clients come back for more.
We serve almost local Vietnamese food on the tour. Generally, Vietnamese food is light but it’s surely not boring and so healthy. We can be sure all food is fresh with a lot of vegetables, especially for vegetarians.
We sometimes choose a basic roadside restaurant for meals or eating at the homestay but the food is always fresh, tasty and plenty to choose.
Such as famous PHO (rice noodle soup), BUN CHA (special noodle with grilled pork), NEM (Spring rolls)…The local people have different methods to cook so we can be sure you can have different food for each meal during the long adventure tours in Vietnam.
All our quotes are in USD/VND. We accept Visa/MasterCard by either directly giving us your card details or using our authorized payment form, Western Union, bank transfers or cash ( USD & VND).
Once you have agreed on an itinerary or service we will ask for a 30% deposit and start making reservations for you. Once all reservations have been made we will confirm back to you. The final balance is due on your arrival in our area or before your tour departs.
Trip to Mu Cang Chai Could Not Have Been Better
Nghia was a wonderful tour guide who spoke great English and had a great deal of knowledge of the geography, culture, and networks within Yen Bai Provence. I really enjoyed having Nghia as a guide because she was so willing to share information about the Veitnamese countryside but she also gave me my personal space.
Nghia is also a very skilled and experience motorcycle driver, and I recommend riding on the back of her bike unless you are a skilled cyclist. Another aspect of the trip I loved was how much Nghia was willing to let me personalize the experience. It seems like she really gets to know each of her customers and designs a trip in the moment to fit their personalities. A little bit like “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” 😉
Anyway, the beauty of the places you’ll go are unparalleled (Mu Cang Chai), and the service within this tour is also second to none. I recommend it to anyone with a love for travel, adventure, and passion for photography.
10 days private photography motorbike tour – Mu Cang Chai to Ban Gioc
I had absolutely wonderful photography and motorbike Mu Cang Chai tour to Ban Gioc waterfall with Zonitrip in October this year! You will be extremely lucky to have a guide like Nghia, her professionalism, flexibility, patience and dedication to my needs were beyond my expectations. This was my second tour with Zonitrip and will definitely my preferred tour operator when I plan for my next trip to Sapa and Hoang Su Phi. Highly recommended!!!
Motorbike Mu Cang Chai Tour 3D2N – One of the most amazing tours of my life, with the best tour guide ever !
I took a 3D2N Motorbike tour around Mu Cang Chai area with Zonitrip and it was the best tour I have ever done! I have taken tours in all continents but this tour was the best, it is unique! Not only for the beautiful places I visited or friendly people I meet but also for the tour guide, Nghia. She is one of the friendliest and energetic persons I have ever met. She is from Yen Bai, with very good English skills, and thanks to her local knowledge I could visit one a beautiful places: the rice terrace in Mu Cang Chai.
The tour was a motorbike tour so let’s comment about her driving skills: she is a very good driver! I was not 100% confident driving a motorbike in Vietnam so she drove me. The tour started in Hanoi where she picked me up from the hotel and then we took a bus to Yen Bai where we would start the tour with motorbike. If I knew that it’s not so difficult to go to Yen Bai from Hanoi by public transport (bus or train) I would have met Nghia in Yen Bai. We stayed overnight with friendly families and we tried excellent food. In all the places we had lunch the food was so tasted! You will try local food that you cannot have anywhere else. The 3 hours trekking we did around Mu Cang Chai area (La Pa Tan…) was just perfect: beautiful views and meeting friendly people. We even play football with some local kids and we helped harvesting 🙂 !
Nghia was always helpful and looking after her customers! Without Nghia’s local knowledge of the area I wouldn’t have been able to visit the places by myself. Her knowledge about the culture in the area will let you understand how people live there, the different ethnics and everything about the region. Places where you hardly meet other tourist but friendly local people. If you like photography, Nghia knows the best spots to capture the beauty of area. Although there is a program to follow in the tour, Nghia was more than happy changing the program according to my personal interests. She even woke up to see the sunrise with me!. Unfortunately, it was cloudy and we didn’t see the sunrise but she acted as a model closed to a river for a nice photo !
Although all my comments below might give an idea of what you might expect, you need to take a tour with Zonitrip to really experience it. The best tour, with the best tour guide ever in one of the most beautiful places in the world !
Thanks Nghia, you started as a tour guide and finished as a friend. It was like travelling with a friend!
Great Customer Service, One of A Kind Trip”
I had a spontaneous motorbike trip in Northwest Vietnam with the customized Mu Cang Chai Tour of 3D/2N from Zonitrip. It was one of the best trips I had taken. The landscapes, the people, and the culture of the Northwest side of Vietnam, specifically Yen Bai province, I had experienced fully with the help of Zonitrip and Ms. Nghia.
Despite my short notice, she did extremely well in organizing this trip and making it possible. The price is very reasonable and worth every cent. Although their guide and services started this year only, Ms. Nghia is very knowledgeable and capable of organizing and planning trips as well as the history and traditions of the people and places in Yen Bai.
However, since it was a motorbike adventure trip, you have to prepare for long rides on a motorbike so better to bring along some muscle creams or patches to ease sore muscles. Carry light as much as possible but be sure to bring along windbreakers, face masks, glasses/sunglasses, gloves (optional).
As they say, there’s no better way to experience Northern Vietnam than riding a motorbike and that is absolutely true. Thank you Zonitrip and Ms. Nghia for making my experience in Northwest Vietnam a very memorable one.
“Incredible impromptu road trip!”
I contacted Ms. Nghia last minute when I was in Sapa cause the weather was not in my favor and I wanted to get out of there. Had a Sapa – Mu Cang Chai – Hanoi route in mind, to travel by motorbike. I enquired with other tours and the price they quoted was quite high. Ms. Nghia came up with an itinerary for us, along with the reasonable price, inclusive of bike rental, accommodation, food & bike arrangement to be transported back to Sapa.
I had an incredible time riding through the mountainous road with sharp bends and ever-changing horizon which forever left me in awe, 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 homestays & Definitely one that I wouldn’t 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! 🙂