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 19 Days - Motorcycle Northwest Loop
 

Itinerary in brief

Day 01: Arrive Hanoi

Day 02: Hanoi - Mai Chau ( ~ 170 KM )

Day 03: Mai Chau - Son La ( ~ 160 KM )

Day 04: SonLa - DienBienPhu (180 km)

Day 05: DienBienPhu – LaiChau (~ 100 km)

Day 06: Lai Chau - Tam Duong ( ~ 150 KM )

Day 07: Tam Duong – Sapa ( ~ 90 KM )

Day 08: Sapa - Bat Xat - Lao Cai ( ~ 90 KM )

Day 09: Lao Cai - Muong Khuong - Bac Ha ( ~ 130 KM )

Day 10: Bac Ha - Hoang Su Phi - Ha Giang ( ~ 200 KM )

Day 11: Ha Giang - Meo Vac ( ~ 165 KM )

Day 12: Meo Vac - Bac Me ( ~ 150 KM )

Day 13: Bac Me - Ba Be ( ~ 80 KM )

Day 14: Ba Be ( ~ 40 KM )

Day 15: Ba Be - Quang Hoa ( ~ 170 KM )

Day 16: Quang Hoa ( ~ 40 KM )

Day 17: Ban Hoa - Ban Gioc - Quang Hoa ( ~ 100 KM )

Day 18: Quang Hoa - Lang Son ( ~ 160 KM )

Day 19: Lang Son - Ha Noi ( ~ 150 KM )

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Hanoi (D)

Arrival Hanoi and welcome at the airport. Transfer and check in to your hotel in Hanoi.

IIf the time permits, we will have a short city tour Hanoi by cyclo.

After a cyclo tour of Hanoi's charming Old Quarter and "the 36 streets of 36 wares", it's time for a welcome dinner where you meet your fearless motorbike leader.

Day 02: Hanoi - Mai Chau ( ~ 170 KM )

Today we will start the motorcyle tour by riding directly to Mai Chau on small roads through a valley that offer a good opportunity to practice your motorbike skills. After lunch at home of a Thai family upon on arrival, settle into the White Thai stilt house where we'll be spending the night. Afternoon free for strolling around this relaxing village and surrounding area. In the evening, enjoy your dinner and overnight in a Thai traditional house on stilt.

Day 03: Mai Chau - Son La ( ~ 160 KM )

Departure at 8h00 AM from Mai Chau. Much of the pristine landscape you pass through today has forest preserves on both sides of the road and we'll have plenty of chances to stop en route. After a stop in Moc Chau for lunch, arrive in Son la around 5h00 PM. Relax after check-in before dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: SonLa - DienBienPhu (180 km)

Check out the hotel at 7:30 AM, ride to DienBienPhu, we will visit small villages and meet more tribal people along the journey to DienBienPhu city. Stop for lunch in TuanGiao then continue on to DienBien . Be in utterly amazed be the scenery at PhaDin pass. Afternoon in DienBienPhu – the last base of the friend power in Indochina. Here we will visit monuments, museum, war relics and the preserved bunkers all telling the story of the final and victorious liberating battle of 1954. Overnight in MuongThanh hotel.

Day 05: DienBienPhu – LaiChau (~ 100 km)

With about 6-7 hours of adventurous driving today. The road through LaiChau valley, we can panoramic view of the valley .On the day you have a chance to see the most beautiful hill tribes in Northern VietNam such as H’Mong, Black Thai, Black Dzao, Pazi. Dinner and overnight in the colorful town of LaiChau.

Day 06: Lai Chau - Tam Duong ( ~ 150 KM )

Depart Lai Chau in the morning ad follow a remote road along the river to the Chinese frontier. After lunch at the home of a local family in Pa Tan village, we will continue on to Black H'mong and Ha Nhi villages. Overnight at the hotel in the market town of Tam Duong after a good dinner.

Day 07: Tam Duong – Sapa ( ~ 90 KM )

Strolling through the colourful market at Tam Duong early in the morning where you will meet many different ethnic minority communities. After the market, you will head out on another one of Northern Vietnam's most spectacular roads on the way to Sapa. Arriver in the old French colonial hill station of Sapa late in the afternoon. Free time after check-in until dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08: Sapa - Bat Xat - Lao Cai ( ~ 90 KM )

Cruise down the beautiful Sapa valley on motorbike, with stops to trek in to visit peaceful villages. For many travellers this is another trip highlight. Arrival in Lao Cai at the end of the day for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 09: Lao Cai - Muong Khuong - Bac Ha ( ~ 130 KM )

Departure early in the morning from Lao Cai to Muong Khuong, a markettwon perched on the border of Vietnam and China. This region is relatively wealthy thanks to markets that take place according to the lunar calendar. If we have lucky, we'll run across one of these gatherings before arriving in Bac ha for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Bac Ha - Hoang Su Phi - Ha Giang ( ~ 200 KM )

Have your camera at the ready, because the road between Bac Ha and Xin Man features a unique between Bac ha and Xin Man features a unique and beautiful landscape. Plus evey Saturday morning there is a fantastic market in Can Cau located right in the heart of mountains. After Can Cau, we proceed along the Chinese border to the remote and seldom-visited province of Ha Giang. Arrive in Ha Giang town is always a great moment - plus, the town has an excellent massage center. Overnight in a state-owned hotel.

Day 11: Ha Giang - Meo Vac ( ~ 165 KM )

Another day spectacular day on the motorbike, cruising up and down through lovely mountain passes in the original homeland of the H'mong people. THese enchanting valleys are so quiet an beautiful that you may feel like this is a day suspended in time. Arrive in Meo Vac for dinner then overnight at a state-owned hotel.

Day 12: Meo Vac - Bac Me ( ~ 150 KM )

Today we cross the last pass and descend back down near our mountain stage's starting point on the other side of the range. This area is so remote that if you can spot another tourist, we'll stand you a drink! Spend the night at the home of local poet in Bac Me, a poor and rustic village.

Day 13: Bac Me - Ba Be ( ~ 80 KM )

This is our most challenging day on the motorbike as we pass through more mountains on the way to one of the North's most beautiful lakes, roads here are difficult, slippery and require technical driving. After a full day in one of the wildest region left in Vietnam, we'll be happy to pull up at a small restaurant near Ba Be Lake, overnight at local home.

Day 14: Ba Be ( ~ 40 KM )

Park the motorbike, today we're taking it easy with a stroll to nearby waterfalls and in a tranquil village downriver. Head Ong pirate's restaurant for lunch before loading the motorbikes onto the boat that will take us down the river to gorgeous Babe lake. Once we reach the lake, we will stop for a refreshing dip at a favorite swimming spot. Dinner and overnight at our boatmen's home village.

Day 15: Ba Be - Quang Hoa ( ~ 170 KM )

We start the day driving up the road toward to Cao Bang. After 50 km of bumpy track, we'll split off on the beautiful road to Quang Hoa and overnight at the home of a local family in the Tay and Nung village of Quang Hoa.

Day 16: Quang Hoa ( ~ 40 KM )

Quang Hoa is lovely in the mornng when you wake up in the middle of circle of green mountains. We'll be using this family's home as a base for excursions into the forest by motorbike and on foot. Venture out into the valley for short treks and swims under the region's numerous waterfalls. Dinner and overnight at our friend's house

Day 17: Ban Hoa - Ban Gioc - Quang Hoa ( ~ 100 KM )

Early departure for Ban Gioc waterfalls, the highest and most spectacular in the area. Another day of motor-biking, trekking and swimming along the Chinese border

Day 18: Quang Hoa - Lang Son ( ~ 160 KM )

This is a day of fabulous driving through dense jungle. We take the famous Colonial Road No.4 the site of intense battles and first great Vietnamese military victories against the French during Indochina War. Continue on through beautiful countryside through Dong Khe and That Khe until reaching the provincial town of Lang Son. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

Day 19: Lang Son - Ha Noi ( ~ 150 KM )

Easy cruising day as we return to Hanoi. Back to the hotel for dinner and a toast to the completion of one of Vietnam's most spectacular motorbike loops.

End tour.

Tour Cost : Please kindly contact us for more details.

Cost for reference:

Two persons, one bike, shared room US$ 1635 each

One person, one bike, shared room US$ 1845 each

One person, one bike, single room US$ 1955

Deposit US$ 100

Note: The cost is applied for this website only. The price maybe change without notice, we will inform you case by case.

Tour Cost includes:

  • Motorbike + gas + roll fees.
  • Sightseeing fees
  • Boat trip
  • Accomodation with twin/double share with breakfast.
  • Food as indicated (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Tour guide
  • Water & Snacks
  • First-aid kit
  • Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees

Tour Cost Excludes:

  • Insurance,
  • Drinks, Phone calls and other private expenses

 

What To Bring?

We suggest for motorcycle touring with these items:

-CLOTHING: rain gloves, Wellington boots (rubber boots for rainy season from April to September), summer gloves, balaclava, t-shirts, socks & underwear, long sleeved shirts, turtleneck shirts, extra jeans, a light jacket, leather chaps, zip-lock bags, riding boots, bandanas, sunglasses and goggles.

-PERSONAL ITEMS: original Passport, basic toiletries, emergency cash, sunscreen and earplugs.

-EMERGENCY ITEMS: a first aid kit, emergency contact number, list medical conditions, list medications, a flashlight, chargers and a duct tape.

-MISCELLANEOUS : a small towel, a bath towel, trash bags, camera and cargo net...and probably some gifts for children.

What To Bring?

We suggest for motorcycle touring with these items:

-CLOTHING: rain gloves, Wellington boots (rubber boots for rainy season from April to September), summer gloves, balaclava, t-shirts, socks & underwear, long sleeved shirts, turtleneck shirts, extra jeans, a light jacket, leather chaps, zip-lock bags, riding boots, bandanas, sunglasses and goggles.

-PERSONAL ITEMS: original Passport, basic toiletries, emergency cash, sunscreen and earplugs.

-EMERGENCY ITEMS: a first aid kit, emergency contact number, list medical conditions, list medications, a flashlight, chargers and a duct tape.

-MISCELLANEOUS : a small towel, a bath towel, trash bags, camera and cargo net...and probably some gifts for children.

 

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