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Military Sweep: 7 Day Motorcycle Tour - Detailed Guide To Follow!

Traveling and enjoying the beautiful natural scenery in the North of Vietnam through motorbike tours is becoming one of the top choices for long vacations. If you only have seven days off, coming up with a plan on a specific route will give you a headache. But don't worry because we're here to help you do it.

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Military Sweep: 7 Day Motorcycle Tour - Detailed Guide To Follow!


Traveling and enjoying the beautiful natural scenery in the North of Vietnam through motorbike tours is becoming one of the top choices for long vacations. 

If you only have seven days off, coming up with a plan on a specific route will give you a headache. But don't worry because we're here to help you do it. 

This military sweep: 7 day motorcycle tour article will provide you with all info on the most popular destinations in the North; then you can enjoy the beautiful nature of Vietnam and immerse yourself in the lives of the local people along the way.


We've helped you choose fairly short routes to ensure you have enough time. The road is a harmonious combination of soft highway and a little bumpy to spice up your trip.

The itinerary we provide not only takes you through the most beautiful destinations but also allows you to learn about historical military sites during the resistance against the French. We hope you can understand more about the historical places and the heroic spirit of the nation's resistance!

Day 1: Ha Noi Motorbike Tour To Moc Chau- 200km

The trip is expected to depart from around 8 am. Head to the southwest, and you will gradually escape the main streets of busy Hanoi.

Along the way, you will have the opportunity to take a pass through the shores of Hoa Binh Lake and visit the old highway of the French colonial period. After about an hour of driving, ensure the steering wheel is steady as the road will be steeper and bumpier than before.

Moc Chau

Green tea hills of Moc Chau

We recommend that you save time on the road so you can stop at the center of Moc Chau town as soon as possible. Then, rent a homestay to rest and prepare for your upcoming trip to picturesque destinations.

Moc Chau Plateau is covered with romantic plum and peach fields. The indigenous people's beautiful nature, cultural diversity, and friendliness make this place a famous tourist attraction in the North.

If you are looking for a romantic destination like in a fairy tale, do not miss the pine forest of Ban Ang (only 2 km from the town center). If the remaining time allows, head to Dai Yem waterfall and Moc Chau tea hill to immerse in this mountainous district's beautiful nature!

Day 2: Moc Chau Motorbike Tour Son La -120km

The distance on the second day is only 120km, but it will take you at least 3 hours to drive a motorbike. What is the reason behind this?

The road to Son La includes many bumpy passes and winding mountain roads. Therefore, it is best to go slowly and concentrate on driving.

Although the terrain is not ideal, the beautiful scenery on both sides of the road will captivate you. Take the time to linger for a few minutes on the most beautiful roads and use your camera to capture these wonderful moments.

We stay in a local hotel near the Hoa Lo Prison area and enjoy lunch with delicious specialties at a local restaurant. After that, take a break as we will spend the afternoon touring Hoa Lo prison.

Ruins of the Old French Prison at Son La, Vietnam

Day 3: Son La Motorbike Tour Dien Bien Phu -150km  

The road to Dien Bien Phu is quite zigzag and has many extremely dangerous roads that challenge inexperienced drivers. Therefore, be cautious when moving and pay attention to the weather to avoid the worst situations.

The most convenient route suggested for you is to go straight on AH14 road and pass Pha Din pass. If you are confident in your driving skills, don't be afraid to choose a more challenging route to add more fun to your journey.

Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam - November 24, 2018: The battle of Dien Bien Phu victory statue at D1 Hill. a famous Historical site of the battle of Dien Bien Phu.

The battle of Dien Bien Phu was where resounding battles took place in the history of Vietnam's resistance war against the French. Although many years have passed, you can still find remnants of war at Ban Phu citadel, A1 hill.

Besides, you can also stop at famous attractions here, such as Pa Khoang lake or U Va hot spring, and admire nature from Pa A Chai.

Day 4: Dien Bien Phu Motorbike Tour Muong Lay- 100km  

It would be best if you spent the morning visiting the Bien Phu Victory Museum to know more about the great victory of Vietnam on the battlefield here. Then, traveled about 3 hours to Muong Lay - a land of cultural diversity with nine ethnic groups living together.

The road to Muong Lay town will take you through green valleys and winding rivers. Besides the moving scenery, the rows of stilt houses in the valley will also excite you more.

On this 4th day, we recommend you stop overnight at an ethnic village. It will be a great opportunity for you to discover the daily life of the indigenous people and enjoy the unique highland specialties.

Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam July 30, 2014: Rice Fields "Muong Thanh" is located next to a village at the foot of the mountain.

Day 5: Muong Lay Motorbike Tour Lai Chau- 100km  

Today's journey will lead you through Sin Ho and continue up the higher road. We rate this climb will bring you a bit of fatigue, but in return, you will have the opportunity to admire the beautiful natural scenery above.

On your next pass, ensure the favorable weather and your route is safe. That's how you can smoothly get to Lai Chau without the risk of landslides.

Lai Chau Province, Vietnam - September 20, 2019: ethnic minority women are harvesting rice in a field in Lai Chau Province, Vietnam

Once you arrive at Lai Chau, you should not miss destinations including Tac Tinh waterfall, Rong May glass bridge, azalea forest, and dozens of other famous landmarks.

Day 6: Lai Chau Motorbike Tour Sa Pa - 70km  

After spending the morning sightseeing, enjoy lunch and get ready for the afternoon hike to Fansipan peak by cable car. Admiring the natural scenery from the top of the mountain will be the most precious and unforgettable experience in your 7-day motorbike tour from Ha Noi. Today could be one of the most amazing Vietnam motorbike tours.

Sapa heaven gate, O Qui Ho pass, it is one of the most epic motorbike riding in Vietnam

At the end of the afternoon, start your journey to Sapa to get ready for the evening stroll. We recommend you try the local cuisine for dinner.

Day 7: Sa Pa Motorbike Tour Ha Noi -315km  

After six days of enjoying and traveling northern Vietnam, it's time to pack our bags, return to Hanoi and end this exciting 7-day journey.

The route of this last day requires you to go back to Lao Cai and continue down to Hanoi. The distance today is very long, so you need to leave early to be able to reach Hanoi before dark.

If you are tired of driving on bumpy terrain, we recommend you take a bus to return to Hanoi. In this way, you can save time and energy while avoiding the risks that may arise on the way back to the city.

Sapa rice terrace fields

Tips For A Perfect Motorcycle Tour

Whether you are an experienced driver, this 7-day journey will bring you countless difficulties and even dangers. So, please follow our tips to enjoy the trip in the safest way.

Choosing a safe route (albeit a little further) will be the key to avoiding road troubles along the way. Plus, equip yourself with a full helmet, driving outfit, and elbow/knee guards.

Phone signal and Google map will sometimes not be available in the mountainous districts you pass through. Prepare a map, water, and dry food carefully in case of the worst-case - getting lost.

Some Last Words

Making a detailed plan for a trip to the northern mountains of Vietnam is never an easy task, especially when you are just a newbie. With this military sweep: 7 day motorcycle tour blog, we believe you will have the key to a smooth and memorable journey.

Besides enjoying the scenery, remember to keep yourself and your property safe. Now, it's time to share this article with your close friends to schedule a departure and enjoy this trip together! Have a nice day!

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