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motorbike tour vietnam (1299x587)

Northeast Vietnam Motorbike loop 8 days

(1 Review)
  • 8 Days
  • Private/Group tour: 1-10
  • Sleep: Homestay & Hotel
  • icon motorbike
    Difficulty : experience riderIf you can't ride, we will arrange an easy rider for you
  • Pickup: Hanoi
  • Min Age : 18+

As they say, there’s no better way to experience Northern Vietnam than riding a motorbike and that is absolutely true. Within 8 days, Northeast Vietnam Motorbike loop offers you the most breathtaking views of Northeast Vietnam’s mountain areas such as Thac Ba lake, Ha Giang, Ban Gioc waterfall, Ba Be National Park  – in a special way – motorbike.

It is a wonderful destination with majestic landscape mountain, breathtaking natural and colorful local culture. You will have an unforgettable experience on the motorbike path, challenging incredible dirt road, winding passes, enjoyable scenery. 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. This tour is designed for active travelers and photographers.

Our program has well organized and flexible for every driving skill level, so to have program math your inquiry, let discuss with Zonitrip – local Tour operator Expert before booking the tour.

Recommended Airport

Noi Bai International Airport (Google Map)

Meeting Point

Your hotel in Hanoi

Price Includes

  • Quality Honda Motorcycles with spare things ( Honda wave or blade 110CC)If you like offroad bike as Honda XR 150cc or Honda CRF250L cost extra.
  • Helmet and protect gear
  • Gasoline for the tour
  • Informative, friendly & experience speaking English local guide
  • All meals on tour (local Vietnamese food)
  • Accommodation: homestay & hotel ( shared room)
  • Water: 1 little/day/person

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Beverage: Extra drinks
  • International Travel Insurance


  • Wind breaker Jacket, Light comfortable clothes and warm clothes in winter time ( from Oct to Feb)
  • Light raincoat, sun cream, sun glasses
  • Waterprof day backpack
  • Shoes ( it's better if waterproff and specialize for motorbike)
  • Driving gloves
What to Expect
  • The spectacular beauty of Mountains Landscape - with best spots for photography
  • Great Boating/kayaking at lakes & rivers
  • Challenging motorbike road and unique journey
  • Explore the true rural life and interesting traditional culture of ethnic people
  • Experience staying at traditional homestay & enjoy the tasty Vietnamese food
  • Well organization and flexible program with best price

Day 1Hanoi  – Vu Linh (Thac Ba lake) (170km) (-, L,D)

We will spend 30 minutes in the morning for the guide to do a briefing about the trip and how to ride in Vietnam. 

Ride easy along the Red river to Thac Ba, a beautiful artificial lake. Its surrounding region is the largest home to a variety of ethnic minorities like the White Dao, Tay and H’mong. The Dao ethnic with their white pants, are the most beautifully dressed.

In the afternoon, we should reach the village of Dao ethnic where we will stay the night. Start short hiking around the village to enjoy the fresh air, untouched nature and partake in the daily life of the locals. Back to the home-stay for dinner and chat together with the local people very simple and friendly. Overnight at the homestay.


Distance: 170 km/6 hours riding

Off-road ratio: 20% 

Accommodation: Home-stay 

Day 2Vu Linh – Ha Giang (180km) (B,L,D)

After the breakfast, our crew continues to ride along Thac Ba Lake on a bumpy road, shadowed by the line of trees on 2 sides and naturally decorated by the massive mountains. You also can see the life of local ethnic people, whose life mainly lives on the mountain ranges and forests. This motorbike riding part could be the best of the whole North Vietnam Motorbike loop.

After visiting and explore the life, house of local people, you will finish a hard day by swimming in the waterfall in Ha Thanh village.

We’ll eat dinner and sleep in a stilt house of Tay ethnic people.

  • Distance: ~200 km, 6 hours riding
  • Ratior: around 50% asphalt, 20% concrete  and 30% off-road)
  • Accommodation: Homestay – Dorm ( 1 person on 1 mattress) or private double/twin room

Day 3Ha Giang - Đong Van (160km)(B,L,D)

Today we will have one of the best NORTHEAST VIETNAM MOTORBIKE TOUR. The ride is mostly on small challenging mountain roads (but incredibly beautiful) on the land of colorful hill-tribes. We will be on some of the most beautiful passes in Vietnam such as the Ma Pi Leng, ‘Heaven Gate’ pass.

Here is also a good chance to learn and experience the colorful culture of local tribes. You will see unending rice fields, thousands of limestone rocks and breath-taking views.


  • Distance: ~160 km, 6 hours riding
  • Ratio: around 50% asphalt, 20% concrete  and 30% off-road
  • Accommodation: Hotel – private double/Twin room

Day 4Dong Van –Ma Pi Leng pass -Nho que river - Bao Lac (140km)(B,L,D)

Today we will have one of the best North Vietnam Motorbike loop. The ride today is mostly on small challenging mountain roads (but incredibly beautiful) on the land of colorful hill-tribes. We will be on some of the most beautiful passes in Vietnam such as the Ma Pi Leng, ‘Heaven Gate’ pass.

We will drive to the peak of Ma Pi Leng which gives stunning views of the mountains and sweeping valleys. It’s the most beautiful part of the whole journey, located on the Happiness road connecting the towns of Dong Van and Meo Vac, Ma Pi Leng Pass. The legendary pass is well known for craggy cliffs and breath-taking views. It is the greatest pass in the north, often referred to as the “king” of the passes in Vietnam! The whole road is winding through the cliffs and overcomes Ma Pi Leng pass at an altitude of 2,000 meters.

The road has been cut into the side of the cliff face and far below are the distant waters of the Nho Que river.

Option 1:   If you don’t want to be much dangerous, after riding on Ma Pi Leng pass, we will arrange around 2hrs for motorbike, trekking down and boating or Kayaking time on Nho Que river before continue riding to Bao Lac by the main road.

Kayak on Nho Que river

  • Off-road ratio: 30% concrete and a little bit offroad.

Option 2: If you like offroad and challenging your driving skill, and using an offroad bike, we will arrange the road travel down to Nho Que river ( following the road from Khau Vai ( Meo Vac) – Bao Lac). The road leads you through the muddy trail, local path, cross the river by bamboo raft.

  • Offroad ratio: 70%
    Accommodation: Standard hotel

Day 5: Bao Lac - Cao Bang - Quang Uyen town(B, L, D) (110km)

Continue a motorcycle riding to Cao Bang province where the mountains are more green but lower with more nice villages of Nung colorful ethnic people. Stop to visit the remote village of black Lo Lo ethnic. Ride across Ma Phuc pass to explore an area of innumerable vast steep limestone karsts inhabited by the Tay and Nung ethnic minorities. Overnight at the home-stay of Nung ethnic people.


  • Distance: 110 km
  • Off-road ratio: 30%
  • Accommodation: Home-stay 

Day 6Quang Uyen - Ban Gioc waterfall - Cao Bang (B,L,D)(140km)

Motorcycle riding towards the famous Ban Gioc waterfall – the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam, which forms a natural border between Vietnam and China. Discover the spectacular scenery and wonderful world of local ethnic minorities with the traditional handicraft such as the traditional craft of incense stick, the craft of rough paper from mulberry trees. Ride motorbike to Cao Bang province for overnight at the hotel.


  • Distance: 140 km 
  • Off-road ratio: 30%
  • Accommodation: Deluxe hotel

Day 7 CAO BANG- BA BE LAKE (B, L, D) (115KM)

After breakfast, motorcycle riding through the dense old-growth forest and many beautiful ethnic villages to explore the Vietnam highest karstic lake. At the end of day, we put all our bikes on local long-tail boat for crossing Ba Be lake to the nice house on stilt of Tay ethnic people for overnight.


  • Distance: 150 km 
  • Off-road ratio: 20%
  • Accommodation: Home-stay 

Day 8Ba Be- Hanoi ( B,L-)(235km)

It is the final day of the motorbike tour of the Northeast region. From Ba Be Lake, you come back to Hanoi on your motorbike. You will turn to off-road paths along the Red River and ride through corn and rice fields, and handicrafts and fishing villages. Following the stretch of 235 km, you will return to Hanoi before rush hour and finish the motorcycle trip here.


Distance: 235 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


A-I: Hanoi;     B: Vu Linh;       C: Ha Giang;  D: Dong Van;    E: Meo Vac;  F: Bao Lac; G:Ban gioc waterfall;  H: Ba Be lake


How about accommodation?

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.


Most of the towns we stay during the tour are pretty small where there may be only one or few little basic hotels; however, they have most of the standard equipment for you to have a safe and comfortable stay such as soft mats, blankets, mosquito nets, Air-conditioning, clean toilets… and free wifi. We sometimes tour through some big cities/touristy areas and we can have better choices to stay in a better 3 or 4 star hotels.

With this tour, Motorbike Northeast Vietnam, our suggest accommodation as below table:

Time Standard accommodation Upgrade option
Night 1: Thac Ba lake Vu Linh homestay Lavie Vũ Linh (bungalow)
Night 2: Ha Giang city Mr Thien homestay thon Tha or similar Hotel 3 or 4 star: Phoenic Hotel
Night 3: Dong Van Hoang Ngọc hotel 3* Dong Van resort, Dong Van Bar
Night 4: Bao Lac Duc Tai hotel 2*  
Night 5: Quang Uyen Mr Kim Homestay phia Thắp  
Night 6: Cao Bằng River side hotel 2* Max Boutique hotel 3*
NIght 7: Ba Be lake Nam Pe homestay or similar  

How's about the food?

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. 

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

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.
Email: info@zonitrip.com
Tel/whatsapp: +84389927861

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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.

What is cancellation policy?

  • Once you have paid 30% non-refundable deposit your trip is confirmed.
  • Any cancellation of a booking must be in writing and shall only be effective upon its acknowledged receipt by ZONITRIP
  • For cancellations made within 7 days and 48 hrs before the day of the service, we reserve the right to retain 25% of the due amount.
  • For cancellations made within 48 hrs of the tour, we reserve the right to retain the full fee.
  • No refunds are given in case of force majeure
  • No refunds are given if the client leaves the program after it has begun for any reasons whatsoever or miss any scheduled sightseeing or visit or no show up
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Geir - Norway

Solo Traveller

One of the most remarkable tours I`ve been on.

I`m from Norway, and have for a while been playing with the thought of doing a “motorbike tour in Vietnam”, a country which has fascinated me since I was a child. By searching Google I found the company “Zonitrip” offering different options for such tours. I chose the “9 day motorbike tour in North Vietnam”. And I was picked up at my hotel in Hanoi by Nghia, the owner of Zonitrip. On each our bike we started the tour from there. Nghia is a nice, service minded, flexible and easy going person. And even from the start, I felt I had known her for my whole life(it was like travelling together with an old friend).

A lot of beautiful nature, lake, rivers, rice fields and terraces, mountains, villages, cultures, towns, people, food and fun. Driving on mountain roads and trails, from town to town, village to village and areas with different groups and tribes. Experiencing the villages and its people, how they live, how they produce their food, and also a lot of information and legends about the groups and places(from Nghia). Thank you Nghia, I`ll never forget this tour.

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