Northern Vietnam Highlights by Motorcycle

Have you always wanted to see beautiful North Vietnam by motorcycle but never have the time to be away for one weeks? This is your chance then.

The mountains of northern Vietnam are inhabited by numerous ethnic groups. Each group has its own traditions, language, and dress. We encounter different peoples and visit colorful markets via stunning mountain roads.

This trip is made accompanied by our local guide. You ride the best routes of our three week North Vietnam Mountain Peoples motorcycle trip. You will stay overnight in a local’s house once and can extend the trip at its end, staying on a boat in Halong Bay.

A trip by motorcycle through this still unknown region allows one to experience the unprecedented and unsullied beauty of North Vietnam. In addition to the enthusiastic population and unspoiled nature, this motorcycle trip is a unique experience and without a doubt an adventurous challenge.

Duration 7 days
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What's included :
  • Private transportation
  • Landing and facility fees
  • Entry/Admission - Ba Be National Park
What's excluded :
  • Fuel surcharge

Day 1: Ha Noi - Nghia Lo

Stop At: Nghia Lo, Nghia Lo, Yen Bai Province
We ride out of the bustling capital to the north. The first part is still busy with traffic, mostly trucks. Once on the narrow roads along the Red River, however, it is quiet and there is much to see. Nghia Lo is a nice little town where you will encounter Dao and Hmong people. We will spend the night here. In addition to the charming restaurant at our hotel there are also many other small restaurants and snack bars in the center where you can eat.
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: Nghia Lo - Sapa

Stop At: Sapa, Sapa, Lao Cai Province
We ride further north. The landscape is very beautiful here. On both sides of the roads, there are green rice terraces built against the mountainsides. We ride through the mountains here, crossing over a few high passes. There are more Dao people in this area. We stop for lunch in the town of Than Uyen, after which it is another 60 km ride to Sa Pa. This is the highest pass of this trip. The views en route to the famous Sa Pa Pass are fantastic; even the road has been improved recently. Sa Pa is the most touristy place we visit on this trip. As we do not come here at the weekend for the market, we do not see so many other tourists. Sa Pa is situated at an altitude of 1500 meters; during the French colonization, it developed as a summer retreat to escape the oppressive heat in the lower parts of the country.
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 3: Sapa - Bac Ha

Stop At: Bac Ha, Bac Ha, Lao Cai Province
First we head to Lao Cai, to take a look at the Chinese border. The Red River separates the two countries here and a railway bridge connects them again. Across the river one can see the tall buildings of the relatively-speaking much richer China. We only take for a few kilometers the highway, to quickly take a small country road that slaloms East wise along the Chinese border. Our journey will be filled with hilly curves, rice terraces, and river views. We will end in Bac Ha, a typical Northern Vietnamese village with vibrant peoples, located in a valley.
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 4: Bac Ha - Ha Giang

Stop At: Ha Giang, Ha Giang, Ha Giang Province
Just north of Bac Ha we turn right onto a small road. We then ride through a spectacular area studded jagged rocks. The people of the small Hmong villages are surprised to see us as they hardly see any foreigners passing through their villages, especially on a motorbike. After a beautiful descent, we arrive in Xin Man.
Just outside of Xin Man we cross the bridge and turn right. We follow the river to the village of Huang Su Phi. There are many people of the Nung people here. Furthermore, there are many Nung villages en route. With each bend, there is yet another view of the beautiful green terraces. Once we reach the junction with the highway, we will take small tracks more or less following the main road. For the last part to Ha Giang we have to take the main road. One needs to watch out a bit in the busy traffic. Ha Giang is the capital of the province. We stay the night in a resort next to the river, just outside the center.
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 5: Ha Giang - Meo Vac

Stop At: Meo Vac, Meo Vac, Ha Giang Province
We leave not too early for our ride through an exceptionally beautiful and unique karst mountain region. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, ‘Kart Plateau Geopark’ locally known as ‘Dong Van - Meo Vac', after the two largest villages. Immediately after Ha Giang, the road narrows and we climb over a beautiful ridge.
Immediately after Ha Giang, the road narrows and we climb over a beautiful ridge. We take our time to experience and absorb the breathtaking landscape and the hardworking hill tribes that are able to grow maize on apparently impossible places.

There are still real communist strongholds to be found in the remote areas of the province. Meo Vac is such a stronghold. All the stone buildings in the city are government buildings decorated with red banners. In order to reach Meo Vac, we first need to cross a few high passes. This is one of the most beautiful tours of the trip! Again here, we are not far off from the Chinese border. We stay overnight is a reasonably basic hotel.
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 6: Meo Vac - Ba Be

Stop At: Ba Be National Park, Bo Lu Village Ba Be district, Nam Mau 270000 Vietnam
We rise early today in preparation for a long adventurous day. In the morning, we ride from Meo Vac to Bao Lac. This is a wonderful peaceful route through a rolling landscape covered with rice terraces. After lunch we ride along narrow inland roads to the Ba Be lakes which are to be found in the eponymous National Park. The lakes are surrounded by unusual jagged karst rocks. The National Park is made of limestone, so there are lakes, waterfalls, caves and strange rock formations in abundance. You can encounter special animal species such as the king cobra, the Asian black bear and the Asian golden cat, and are more than 350 species of butterflies. The Ba Be Lake is the largest in the country. It is about seven kilometers long and one kilometer wide. Within the park boundaries there are also are a number of villages with ethnic minorities, such as the Tay, Red Dao and Witte H'mong
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 7: Ba Be - Ha Noi

Stop At: Hanoi, Hanoi
This is a long day’s ride back to the capital. In the morning the roads are quiet but after Than Nguyen it gets busier. It is the last stage of the trip but perhaps the most special one. For many participants, riding into the city in the massive traffic is a fantastic end to the trip.
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.
Departure Point :
Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
  • Noi Bai International Airport, Phú Minh, Sóc Sơn, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Departure Time :
8:00 AM
Return Detail :
Hotel Pickup :
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.



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Organised by Dragon Trails Travel Adventures

Activity ID: V-210910P3

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