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Motorbike tour North Vietnam 9 Days

(1 Review)
  • 9 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+
  • Road: On road ( asphalt + concrete road) +off road ( dirt road/track) % on road & offroad depend on the destinations, weather permit, your riding skill & inquiry

The better way to experience Northern Vietnam than riding a motorbike and that is absolutely true. Our Motorbike tour North Vietnam 9 Days from Hanoi offers you the full experience with Ha Giang Loop, Ba Be National Park, Ba Be Lake, Sapa, Mu Cang Chai – the most attractive destinations in the North of Vietnam.

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, enjoyable scenery and experience the true rural life. 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 driving 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

Complementaries

  • 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
Itinerary

Day 1HANOI – BA BE LAKE ( 230 KM – L, D )

Morning: Pick-up at your hotel at 7:30 AM, prepare the motorbike, our guide introduces the rule and the plan, start the trip Motorbike tour Ba Be- Ha Giang 5 days. After that, we will follow the road to the Thai Nguyen province. Have lunch at Thai Nguyen.

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The afternoon is the time for enjoying great fun of motorbike touring on the winding roads, mountain passes crossing some hill tribe’s villages

At the end of the day, we arrive Pac Ngoi village – a community consisting of Tay people on the side of Ba Be Lake. If you like swimming or kayaking, we can arrange 1-2hrs for these activities.

ba be lake

At the homestay, you can relax and unwind from the day and enjoy a meal with local food.

Sum up:

Distance around 230km,

Terrain: ~70% asphalt, 30% concrete and offroad.

Day 2BA BE LAKE – BAO LAC ( 130 KM – B, L, D )

Morning: After breakfast with the Tay family, we take a short walk to the Babe lake pier to start the 2hours boat cruise around the largest natural lake in Vietnam – Ba Be lake.

Ba Be Lake (Vietnamese: Ba means “Three”, Bể is from the Tay language word Pe, meaning “lake”) is the largest natural lake in Vietnam. Ba Be Lake is a featured geographical science and is a biodiversity reservoir. It is a part of the Ba Be National Park. It is home to a range of animals and plants.

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During the relaxing time on the boat, you can see the wildlife of the animal and fishing life of locals. Or if you need to cool off, you can jump into the cool, clean waters for a refreshing swim! As you float in Ba Be Lake, you can take in the scenery of the surrounding karst decorated with patches of wild vegetation and inhabited by all sorts of interesting creatures. Then you will do a short trekking to Dau Dang waterfall – the fresh air and green life of the jungle.

Afternoon: After lunch at Ba Be, we will continue ride to Bao Lac, Cao Bang. Today is exactly the best offroad Vietnam motorbike tour. To reach Bao Lac, we follow the local path, less traffic, ride through the narrow and bumpy road with a breathtaking view on peak mountain, forest and travel through the ethnic villages.

Arriving Bao Lac town in Cao Bang province in the late afternoon. Sleep in a hotel.

Sum up: Distance around 130km, Terrain: ~50% asphalt, 50% concrete and offroad.

Day 3BAO LAC- NHO QUE RIVER – MEO VAC (90KM)

Leaving Bao Lac, we continue to run to Meo Vac – one part of Dong Van Karst Plateau Geo Park, where has the amazing karst.

Option 1: If you don’t want to be much dangerous, we will arrange around 2hrs for motorbike, trekking down and boating or Kayaking time on Nho Que river.

Kayaking at Ha Giang

Sum up: Terrain: ~70% asphalt, 30% concrete and a little bit offroad.

Option 2: If you like offroad and challenging your driving skill, and using the 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.

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Sum up: Terrain: 30% concrete road, 70% offroad.

Overnight at Meo Vac.

Day 4MEO VAC –MA PI LENG PASS- HA GIANG (B,L,D)

Today we will have one of the best North Motorbike Vietnam route in Ha Giang. 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.

ma pi leng- ha giang attractions

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.

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

Kayaking at Ha Giang

Leaving Ma Pi Leng pass, coming back to Ha Giang, through the winding mountain road, beside the Karst Mountain. You are expected to arrive at Ha Giang around 17:00.

Overnight in a homestay at a village or hotel in the city.

Sum up:

Terrain: ~70% asphalt, 30% concrete and a little bit offroad.

Day 5HA GIANG – HOANG SU PHI – SIN MAN – BAC HA (220KM)

After breakfast, we have a relaxed time and continue the beautiful journey from Lung Cu to Ha Giang city. The view is the wonderful mixture of karst mountains, winding road and graceful villages of the minority people.

After getting Ha Giang city in the late afternoon, we will take a rest, shower and eat dinner before moving your bikes to the sleeping bus.

Around 9:00 pm, our sleeping bus will run. Arrive Hanoi in next morning. End of Motorbike Ha Giang-Ba Be Lake 5 Days trip, see you in the future.

Day 6BAC HA - SAPA (B,L,D) ( ~100km)

If it’s Sunday, you can have the chance to enjoy the unique and special local Market in Bac Ha, it only happens on Sunday and it is called SUNDAY MARKET. There are very colorful and various culture of ethnic minorities, it will be a special experience for you.

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We have a full day to discover the beauty of Sapa.

This morning, we’ll start our motorbike tour by riding our motorbikes down the valley to visit Lao Chai village of Black H’Mong people and Experience 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. Spending 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, enjoying the fantastic open views in Ban Ho the most beautiful valley in which we spend a night on the bamboo house of Tay people.

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Motorbike through the Ta Van village, Sapa

rice terrace in green color- sapa- mu cang cha

We will keep on riding down the hill, enjoy the fantastic open views in Ban Ho the most beautiful valley. Following the Sapa loop from Ban Ho- Nam Cang – Ban Ho- Sapa which beside the small path of beautiful rice terraces.

Arrive Sapa, enjoy a relax day in a hotel in town.

Day 7SAPA – MU CANG CHAI (160KM)

After breakfast, we start to head to Heaven Gate, where you will be amazed by the breathtaking view of mountain surroundings including Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina. The route connects Mu Cang Chai to Sapa is one of the most beautiful mountain roads for Motorbike in Vietnam.  You will drive to Than Uyen, where you will meet the ethnic people, who are trading in the town’s small market in their black traditional dresses.

Our guide will take you to visit the tea plantation, a bike ride around the Tan Uyen town, a demonstration of the tea making process, and about a dozen cups of the local green tea! You will have an experience, how to tell when tea leaves and buds are ready to be picked and how to tell its quality grade.

We will drive to Ban Thai village, the village of White Thai people, one family here will be our host today.

Option 1:

The rest time of the day, you can choose Hiking activity, follow the village of Flower Hmong people, see the overview of rice terrace, town, explore and discover the real-life of local people. Our guide will show you to visit a house, explain the culture and difference between Hmong people groups.

It takes around 2,5-3hrs ~8km go up the mountain, through the forest, muddy path, through villages.

Option 2:

If you are skill & experienced driver, want to challenge your riding, we can choose to ride a motorbike on the trekking route to Sang Nhu village– where is a perfect place to see the sunset and stunning rice field. It’s also challenging for your riding skill with mud, high and winding road.

Day 8MU CANG CHAI - PHU YEN (B,L,D) ( 190km)

We keep riding up and down into a forested and high mountain region populated by H’mong peoples. We will hike up a very high mountain pass before descending into a mountainous tea-growing region. Soon after we follow a long the valley floor covered in a sea of rice surrounded by Hmong North Vietnam Motorbikeand Thai’s villages all the way to Phu Yen. Especially, after lunch in Tu Le – a famous land for terrace fields so the ride through the villages and rice terraces. This is another highlight of this Motorcycle tour North Vietnam.

Arrive Phu Yen town at 5:00Pm. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9PHU YEN - HANOI (190km)

Today, there will be full of fun and excitement. After leaving Phu Yen city, you can spend wonderful moments to wander around Da River Lake, with winding roads and less traffic. After crossing the Da River by ferry, our team will head to the Moc Chau plateau for lunch.

After lunch, riding back to Hanoi. After 2 beautiful mountain passes – Thung Khe and Doc Cun we will have lunch and then join the high way back to Hanoi. We will be back to the hotel before rush hours in order to end the 9 Day motorbike tour in north Vietnam safely.

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FAQ

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
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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:

Home-stay:

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.

Hotel:

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 will 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.

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. 

How do I book and pay?

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.

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.

14/02/2019
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