Motorbike Trip To Northwest Vietnam - North Vietnam Motorcycle Tours
Guided Motorbike Tours To Mai Chau- Son La -Phu Yen -Than Uyen- Nghia Lo- Sa
Day 1 : Hanoi Mai Chau.
Day 2 : Mai Chau Phu Yen.
Day 3 : Phu Yen Than Uyen.
Day 4 : Than Uyen Sapa.
Day 5 : Sapa Vu Linh.
Day 6 : Vu Linh - Hanoi.
Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau. 150 km, ~5 hours
Leaving Hanoi and breaking out of the delta plains we pass through endless
limestone karst scenery as we travel south through country and extensive farming
lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads. After lunch,
we strike the northwest and over two passes, finally dropping down to the
mountain valley settlement of Mai Chau. Here we stay overnight with friends of
the White Thai minority in a traditional stilt house. In the evening, after
feasting, we can enjoy a cultural show of Thai dancing and a range of special
local liquors. Overnight in Mai Chau.
Day 2: Mai Chau Phu Yen. 185 km, ~6 hours (B)
We backtrack on the main a few kilometres before embarking on a new road which
drops down the side of a huge valley, steadily falling all the way back down to
the Black River Reservoir. The 50 kilometres route has plenty of challenging
surface and is prone to landslides. Much of the area is inhabited by Kinh and
both Black and White Thai ethnicities. Depending on time we can complete another
side road which rises up the opposite side of the valley, offering impressive
views over the area on a clear day. Just before the reservoir we breach a final
steep ascent and pass by communes of Dao people, before the descent to the banks
of the reservoir and a ferry crossing. Once across we follow the banks of the
reservoir past village all relocated before the flooding of the valley. On easy
dirt road we approach the delta settlement of Phu Yen, set in the middle of a
vast valley floor of paddy fields. Overnight in Phu Yen.
Day 3: Phu Yen Nghia Lo Than Uyen. ~ 200 km, ~ 7 hours (B)
Mountain road, the first part from Phu Yen to Ba Khe via Lung Lo pass is track
and the rest is sealed road. Ride through rural areas with beautiful rice field
along the wild and bumpy roads. We go through the Mu Cang Chai massif, almost as
high as the Fansipan: From the top, we have one of the most beautiful views of
Day 4: Than Uyen Sapa, ~ 120 km, ~ 3 hours (B)
Today we head straight towards the main Fansipan Mountain range. The massive
mountain range dominates the road until finally we must make a splendid climb up
from Binh Lu and up to the top of the highest road pass in Vietnam (Tram Ton
Pass). Crossing into Lao Cai Province at over 2000m the views looks out over the
main range for miles and miles, before we descend to the mountainous Sa Pa
valley. Sleep in Hoang Long Hotel.
Day 5: Sapa - Vu Linh, ~200 km, ~7 hours, (B)
We start from Sapa and ride to Luc Yen for lunch then take a small paved road
along Thac Ba Lake to Vu Linh. The welcome is exceptional and we hope you will
not be too much tired. Homestay.
Day 6 : Vu Linh - Hanoi, ~180 km, ~6 hours, (B)
After breakfast we cruise southeast on Highway 2 and then branch off to the
sleepy town of Xuan Duong. We follow the edge of the Red River along the dyke,
almost to the point where it merges with the Black River after which they flow
together to Hanoi. By now we are very much in the lowlands of the delta plains
and the norths main agricultural areas. Harvest time here is a sea of activity.
Crossing the Red River by ThangLong bridge, return to Hanoi on the highway.
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:
- 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.