Vietnam Loop From Northwest To Northeast. This is our special motorbike tour of northern Vietnam. It is only a 15-day motorbike ride but you can see the highlights of the northeast and northwest Vietnam especially Sa Pa and Ha Giang – Karst Plateau Global Geopark. They are two famous and amazingly scenic places located in the north of Vietnam. The tour is one of the best motorbike tours in Vietnam but it is quite difficult for the ‘beginner’ riders.
Day 1: Hanoi to Mai Chau. 170 km ( L , D )
The short motorbike tour to Mai Chau will be started at around 8:00 pick up from your hotel to our bike shop from the western outskirt of Hanoi. Avoiding the busy traffic by taking some narrow and small country roads. We motorcycle to shout west of Hanoi to Mai Chau – an area of beautiful landscape. After lunch, we will have a great motorcycle tour on forgotten French road No 6, passing extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads punctuated by limestone karst scenery. Here is known as Ha long bay on the mountain. we cross Thung Khe – one of the most beautiful mountain passes in North Vietnam then head down to the mountain valley settlement of Mai Chau. ( Home to the white Thai people who are living in houses on stilts).
Dinner and overnight in a Homestay.
Day 2: Mai Chau – Phu Yen. 140 km ( B , L , D ).
Today we will have an easy and relaxing Vietnam motorbike tour in the northwest mountainous area It offers many stopovers for pictures of the amazing mountain views. We can start the day with an easy walk around the village or be lazy by waking up café. After saying goodbye to the Thai people we ride in the direction of Moc Chau. After lunch, turn to the less traveled Road 43 leading to the Da River. After crossing the reservoir of the Da river at Van Yen ferry, we ride on a beautiful winding road until Phu Yen where we stay in a guest house.
Dinner and overnight in guest-house.
Day 3: Phu Yen Motorbike Tour to Son La. 160 km ( B, L, D ).
Keep enjoying the North Vietnam motorcycle tour on beautiful Road 37 and then enter mountains heavily populated with Black Thai people, who work on large terraced rice fields. The winding road passes through many Thai villages where we can stop to visit peaceful villages of the Thai people to understand more about the colorful culture of Vietnam. We continue through rolling hills before rising to the mountain of sugar cane on the cooler Son La plateau.
Overnight in Son La – Hotel stay.
Day 4: Son La – Tuan Giao. 140 km ( B, L, D ).
After breakfast, We keep heading up to the west from Son La, the road crosses a series of mountain passes and areas of busy Black Thai activity. Children walk to school, and men and women work on the field with plenty of buffaloes on the field and the road. Then we come to the beginning of the very long and steep Pha Din pass- one of the most beautiful passes in Vietnam where at the top we have vast views of the surrounding mountains, then down the other side on a very steep sealed road.
Overnight in Tuan Giao – Hotel stay.
Day 5: Tuan Giao – Than Uyen. 160 km ( B ,L ,D ).
Today’s road is quite bumpy and narrow, but it’s beautiful with a green mountain view at the level of 1500 meters above the sea. And the beauty of nature here is different from the days before. Besides, plenty of terrace rice fields between hill tribe’s villages. We can see a lot of green tea fields. In short, it is a good motorbike tour in north Vietnam although the roads are not so smooth. Arrive at Than Uyen at about 5 PM.
Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 6: Short Motorbike Tour to Sapa. 100 km ( B, L, D ).
This short motorcycle tour to Sa Pa should be the highlight of the trip. In the first half of the trip, we will enjoy an easy motorbike ride on the smooth road with beautiful tea fields along the way and the colorful hill tribes. And the other half, we ride on Qui Ho pass to cross the Hoang Lien mountain range- the highest one in Vietnam including Fanxipan with a height of 3142 meters above sea level. Surely, you will have pictures of the most beautiful valley in North Vietnam. We will be at Sa Pa at noon. After lunch in Sa Pa town, we have half a day to discover a lovely town in the cloud – Sa Pa.
Dinner and Overnight in Hotel.
Day 7: Relaxing in Sa Pa ( B ).
Sa Pa is a lovely little town located at the height of 1600 meters above the sea, surrounded by an amazing valley with the villages of minorities, we can either take it easy in Sa Pa town, or make another Sa Pa motorbike tour along Muong Hoa valley-one of the most beautiful valley in North Vietnam, or down deep into the valley to see more interesting local people. All options are dominated by the crest of the enormous Fansipan mountain range. The entire region is populated by Hmong, Giay, Tay, and Dao people.
Vietnam Motorbike -Tours' suggestion is to take a short walk to Ham Rong – the highest peak of the town where you can get a full view of Sa Pa and then take a good body massage.
Overnight in a hotel.
Day 8: Sapa – Bac Ha. 90 km ( B ,L ,D ).
This motorcycle tour to Bac Ha from Sa Pa is quite easy and enjoyable. We can depart at 10 AM from Sa Pa. Ride a motorbike down on winding to Lao Cai. The road is about 40km with very nice terrace fields. Lao Cai is busy provincial capital that has one of the biggest gates to China so when arrived at the town, we will stop here for a moment to see around or take a look at China from Vietnam. Lunch could be in the town.
For another half-day, we will ride up to Bac Ha where we can enjoy plenty of stunning landscapes.
Arrive and check-in Hotel in Bac Ha town at 5.
Overnight in a hotel.
Day 9: Bac Ha – Ha Giang. 180 km ( B ,L, D ).
We should start the motorcycle tour to Ha Giang earlier because the road today is quiet and bumpy with picturesque landscape, we can not go fast and have to stop a lot for pictures. We are going to the market of Can Cau located at the heart of a mountainous circus, very close to the Chinese border where the ethnic groups on each side of the border meet every Saturday morning. It is one moment very moving which we have no idea about time.
After lunch in Xin Man town, we keep riding on a narrow and winding road but the terraced fields along the way could be the most beautiful in the northern area.
Arrive in Ha Giang in the late afternoon. We can choose to stay in a hotel in town or do more homestays with the Tay people.
Overnight in hotel or home-stay
Day 10: Ha Giang Motorbike Tour to Dong Van. 180 km ( B, L, D ).
This motorcycle tour to the Dong Van Rock Plateau is another highlight of the trip because of the incredibly imposing scenery. In addition, the landscape is completely different from the days before. After getting the permit to ride in border areas at Ha Giang’s Immigration Police, we will enjoy riding on small challenging mountain roads with an amazing view and plenty of colorful hill tribes. It should be the best motorbike tour in North Vietnam.
Dinner and Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 11: Dong Van – Bao Lac. 110 km ( B , L , D ).
Another enjoyable motorbike touring day with a lot of joys! After breakfast, enjoy an easy walk around Dong Van town to feel the daily life of the hill tribes at the local market, or enjoy the beauty of the ancient architecture of the houses that were built during the French time.
Start the best motorbike tour in Ha Giang at about 10 AM. Keep riding on narrow roads along the Rock Plateau, right after Dong Van town, we will be on Ma Pi Leng pass( One of the 4 longest and most beautiful passes in Vietnam). 20 km on the mountain pass with many picture stop, we will be in Meo Vac town at noon. After lunch in Meo Vac, we go along the Gam river to Bao Lac.
Dinner and stay overnight in hotel.
Day 12: Bao Lac – Cao Bang. 150 km ( B , L , D ).
Beautiful motorbike ride down to Cao Bang province. The road is easy and there are many beautiful villages along the way, so we can do some stoppage for visiting the locals to learn more about minority people’s culture and for photos.
We will be at Co Bang in the early afternoon. Check-in a hotel before seeing around the town or being lazy with cool beer!
Dinner and stay overnight in hotel.
Day 13: Cao Bang Motorbike Tour to Ban Gioc Waterfall. 140 km ( B ,L ,D ).
After breakfast, we have a beautiful north Vietnam motorbike tour to the nice village of Quang Uyen, in the middle of a mountain cirque. This is the territory of the Nung An people. Homestay in a host family and the hostess is a great cook. After good lunch with the family, we make our way through spectacular scenery to Vietnam’s most impressive waterfall – Ban Gioc Waterfalls – 50km from Quang Uyen. Weather permitting we can swim right up to where the 50m high falls hit the river.
Homestay in Quang Uyen village.
Day 14: Quang Uyen – Lang Son. 180 km ( B ,L ,D ).
The motorcycle tour to Lang Son is mostly on the famous historical Dong Khe and That Khe passes were many battles between the Vietnamese and French occurred. Arrive at Lang, Son, in the early afternoon. We will have a chance to discover this city which has become a big trading post between China and Vietnam. You can buy cheap Chinese products for souvenirs at the Dong Kinh market.
Overnight in a hotel.
Day 15: Lang Son – Hanoi. 150 km ( B, L ).
Closing up the Great North Vietnam Motorbike Tour. Today is the easiest day of 15 busy ones but it is an enjoyable day. Wake up late, slowly enjoying a good café, and after breakfast motorcycle down to Hanoi on the big highway No 1. We will finish the memorable motorcycle trip around North Vietnam easily at around 3 PM at our bike shop and take a taxi back to your hotel. End The Tour.