Introduction Northeast Vietnam motorcycle tours took us to the rugged mountains, where nature is endowed with beautiful natural landscapes. Except for the white sandy beaches, the scenery on our exciting journey transformed from immense forests and limestone mountains to rich bays. We couldn't believe that our naked eyes could capture so many masterpieces of Mother Nature. There are many other great cultural experiences - scroll down for more.
Guided Tour12 Days / 11 Nights
Northeast Vietnam motorcycle tours took us to the rugged mountains, where nature is endowed with beautiful natural landscapes. Except for the white sandy beaches, the scenery on our exciting journey transformed from immense forests and limestone mountains to rich bays.
We couldn't believe that our naked eyes could capture so many masterpieces of Mother Nature. There are many other great cultural experiences - scroll down for more.
Our group departed quite late to avoid heavy traffic during rush hour. At Luong Son Market, we turned onto a trail, and the directions disappeared from Google Maps. The experienced tour guide led us through dozens of small streams to reach Bai Chao.
High-rise buildings faded away and gave way to sugarcane hills and orange farms. Along the Da River, we crept into the Ba Khan Plain, which embraced a peaceful lake and rolling mountains.
Following the call of the majestic Go Lao waterfall, we slowed down on the dirt road. It was not until we joined Highway 6 that we accelerated to Mai Chau before dark.
On the old highway built during the colonial period, we focused 100% of our attention on the forward vision to stay safe. The thin fog reduced our visibility but gave birth to an incredible scene: an ancient forest peeking out from behind the hazy smoke.
In the Moc Chau plateau, the dew melted and raised the curtain on the picturesque show of spring. The gentle sunshine brightened up the brilliant pink color of the cherry blossom on both sides.
The intense vitality of living beings kicked out the stagnation in our souls. Fierce energy poured into us, making our motorcycle trip to Phu Yen seem shortened.
The first milestone, Lung Lo Pass, slapped our adventurous souls in their slumber. The short climb was ideal for a warm-up after many days away from the off-road motorcycle tour.
Beyond our imagination, this route witnessed a difficult yet heroic period of the Vietnamese ancestors, the true heroes who made the Dien Bien Phu victory resound worldwide.
The sharp turns followed us to Nghia Lo town even after descending from the steep slopes. A hearty lunch boosted our power to prepare for successive passes, including Khau Pha, Mam Xoi, and La Pan Tan before the Mu Cang Chai valley.
We couldn't control our excitement at another spectacular O Quy Ho Pass of the legendary Hoang Lien Son range at an altitude of 2000m. "We were at the top of the world" - that's our thought when we reached the peak.
Our Vietnamese tour guide shared that a sense of pride and happiness had sent down his spines while his heart pounded in awe at the panoramic view of the Northwest mountains. On the way down, we came across many small villages, such as Khoang and Ta Phin.
With no electricity, Internet, or modern gadgets, poverty and backwardness stayed behind their simple lifestyle. However, the hospitality and optimism of the locals warmed our hearts and taught us lessons about the true values of life. Today's ride could be one of the most amazing Vietnam motorbike tours.
Determined that our common goal was towards adventurous experiences, we left crowded Sapa behind and rode to Lao Cai. We traveled along the Vietnam-China border and tried to compare the characteristics of the two countries.
We forgot our tasks due to the festive atmosphere of Bac Ha market. Fortunately, our team visited in the final moments and saved enough time to dive into this unique cultural activity.
Our Andrellien hasn't diminished as we reached the famous Chieu Lau Thi and Tay Con Linh peaks shortly after. The immense terraced fields of Hoang Su Phi took over our view. The bright green of the young rice fields blended with the emerald color of forests contributed to a full-of-life panorama.
This must have been the busiest day because our schedule was filled with many special attractions, including Quan Ba heaven gate, Lung Tam weaving village, Yen Minh pine forest, Vuong family mansion, etc. However, the Lung Cu flagpole and Dong Van Plateau are worthy of priority if you are short on time.
After the long stairs, we came to the northernmost landmark of Vietnam. The unique charm of the aerial landscape was indisputable, and the pride of locals moved our hearts. Through their body language, we felt sympathy and admiration for the overwhelming patriotism of the Vietnamese.
Riding to Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, the overwhelming power took over our minds. No beautiful words could describe the magnificence of the rugged limestone mountains that stood as a hedge for the valley in the middle. We must say that Ha Giang loop is always the best part for motorbike riding in Vietnam.
We lingered in Ha Giang in the morning on Happiness Road. The limestone mountains occupied the left wing, while the gentle Nho Que river on the right unfolded a strong contrast in the vibe of the natural landscapes.
After lunch, we went straight to Ba Be lake. The paved roads simplified driving, helping us to reach our destination earlier than intended. Before dusk wore on the Tay village, we walked with a beer in hand and let the serenity calm down the rebellious inner child.
We let our worries and stress slip away from our heads with a slow exploration of the national park. Is it an undeserved favor of Mother Nature that Ba Be is bestowed with mountains, lakes, and small islands?
The motorbikes moved slowly around the largest natural freshwater lake in Vietnam so that we filled our lungs with fresh air and our memories with legends of things.
An unplanned move delayed our timeline, but it was worth the wait. Our team jumped into the emerald-green water, floated, and looked up at the sky. It was then a race against time to conquer Gio Pass before sunset.
But who cares? We called it the best days of youth, the fullest for unforgettable moments.
The reckless blood spurred us to conquer Ma Phuc pass to reach Ban Gioc waterfall instead of the flat paved road. Even in the distance, we heard the echo as powerful as the prompting drums. The water flowed through undulating ridges and split into floors like a stairway from upstream.
We went back to motorbikes and rode deep into the core of Cao Bang Geopark. The motorcycle route led us to the east, where the traditional villages of the Tay, Nung, Dao, and San Chi people were crowded.
We dedicated our 10th day to the off-road of Highway 279. Time erased parts of war crimes, but historical stories keep them alive for future generations. The tour guide told us many stories about the heroic days of the Vietnamese people. Soldiers and civilians contributed to infrastructure construction and fought against border invaders.
Our motorcycle tour stopped at Ha Long city at off-hours the same day. After dinner, most of the city sunk into its early respite, leaving a quiet space that awakened our sleepiness. The next morning, we took a short stroll to observe the rhythm of local life before the most luxurious experience - boarding a cruise out to Halong Bay.
Many interesting activities on the boat caused us to lose track of time. We took a traditional cooking class for the spring rolls. Not long after that, we swam in the clear water and admired the beautiful sunset. It was not the end of the day until we finished the exciting squid fishing time.
The rest of our itinerary left one spot to visit - Sung Sot cave. As for the meaning of its name in Vietnamese, we couldn't help but be amazed at the marvelous system of stalactites and stalagmites.
The space of 10,000+ square meters looked like a grand dancing show of sparkling gems from the stone walls.
After the buffet lunch, we returned to our motorbike saddles and headed back to Hanoi. Our wonderful trip finally came to an end.
Northeast Vietnam motorcycle tours left us with regret even though we roamed the roads for 12 days. We let loose to feel the beauty of wild nature with our hearts and eyes. Every moment of the trip gave us valuable experiences.
We will be back in Vietnam soon for another motorbike route, so you do. Do not hesitate to share this motorbike tour to invite your friends to come along!
|Number of riders||Days on tour|
|12 days 11 nights||US$ 170|
All prices are per person all inclusive, twin share and are in US Dollars$
A deposit of $12.00 per person is required to secure your booking, final payment in full must be made in Hanoi office before tour departure.
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