5 Days Northeast Vietnam Motorcycle Tour from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall and Ba Be
Destination: Ha Noi → Mau Son → Quang Uyen → Ban Gioc waterfall → Ba Be Lake (Ba Be National Park) → Ha Noi
Tour for group of private solo rider: 195 USD/Day
Tour for group of 2 riders up: 150 USD/Day/Person
Tour price includes:
- Experienced English speaking tour guides (2 tour guides/mechanic for a group from 5 riders)
- Quality Honda XR150L or Honda CRF250L or other bikes we have with all fuel
- Quality Helmets/Gloves/Knee and elbow pads/Rain jackets/pants
- All meals on tour (All breakfasts, lunches and dinners with local Vietnamese food)
- Accommodation on tour (twin share room in standard hotel or stay at homestay as mentioned in itinerary)
- Boat rides on lakes or rivers as mentioned in itinerary
- All entrance fee / Permits
- Hotel pick up/drop off before and after the tour
To secure your bookings we require a minimal of 30 % deposit. Balance can be made upon arrival
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Day 1 NORTHEAST MOTORCYCLE ROAD TRIP FROM HANOI TO MAU SON MOUNTAIN (LANG SON)
Our guides will pick you up from your hotels this morning and drive you to our tour office on the outskirts of Hanoi, avoiding the heavy traffic of the city. After completing all of the appropriate formalities, we will depart for Nhat Tan Bridge and then onto National Highway 3 in the direction of Bac Giang province. Because we prefer smaller, less busy highways with the extra benefit of motorbiking through pleasantly green landscapes along the wayside, we will not be using National Highway 1.
Our morning will be spent photographing and biking through huge green rice terraces and small towns typical of rural Northern Vietnam. With the prominent green background of planted forests, this will be a totally new kind of scenery for some. We’ll eat lunch at a nearby eatery.
We’ll get back on the road after a cup of coffee. We’ll be biking through the jungle on mountain paths! If everyone’s motorcycle skills are up to it, we can add an extra 20 kilometers of difficult northeast off-road, deep into the local communities, to see how the ethnic Tay people live. They have a unique form of roof tile that is only found in this area. This will also be a highlight of our day, as we’ll be going up and down hills and valleys one after the other, with ever-changing views! We’ll arrive at our homestay around 4 p.m., leave our personal belongings, and bike up to the Na Lay mountain peak.
Day 2 NORTHEAST MOTORCYCLE TRIP FROM BAC SON TO QUANG UYEN
Today, we’ll cover a lot of ground, mostly on national and provincial highways. These roads, however, are poorly maintained, making them equally as difficult as any Vietnam off-road motorcycle excursion. Our current route has historical significance as well. It was critical to the Indochina war triumph in the fall and winter of 1950. The French colonial forces were dealt a devastating blow by the frontier campaign that was carried out here. The border fence was breached, thereby bringing the Reve plan to a halt. This was the triumph that set in motion a chain of events that culminated in the liberation of Dong Khe and That Khe, both of which we will visit today.
We’ll ride for 75 kilometers, passing through picturesque communities nestled between mountain ranges, till we arrive at That Khe for a coffee break.
We can take a 20-kilometer dirt road segment that follows the That Khe River upstream, passing through various Dzao villages before returning to National Highway 4a for lunch. This will be a difficult 20-kilometer journey, especially if it rains. The sense of accomplishment and the untamed, unspoiled scenery along the route, though, are well worth the effort. It would be one of the most interesting off-road routes in Vietnam’s north.
Lunch is served at noon in Dong Khe town at a local eatery. We’ll be leaving right after lunch. We’ll arrive at our homestay about 4 p.m., safely completing the second day of our 5-day North Vietnam motorcycle vacation!
Day 3 NORTHEAST MOTORCYCLE ROAD TRIP FROM QUANG UYEN – BAN GIOC – NGUOM NGAO
We had seen a lot of nature’s magnificent environment in northeast Vietnam the day before. Today, we’ll see Ban Gioc Waterfall, Nguom Ngao Cave, and Ma Phuc Pass, all of which are various kinds of wonders. For experienced bikers, today’s trip will be a lot of fun.
We said our goodbyes to our host family after a substantial breakfast and headed straight for Ban Gioc waterfall. We’ll arrive at our first stop of the day, Nguom Ngao Cave, after an hour of riding some of the nicest route between limestone mountains. We will spend up to 45 minutes exploring this cave before moving on to the highlight of our day: Ban Gioc waterfall. We can see the Qui Dien river and hear the faint sound of water roaring down from as far as 10 kilometers distant.
We can ride closer to the waterfall’s foot after we’ve arrived, before parking our bikes and boarding a small raft to get even closer. We’ll raft around the falls, eventually arriving at Tall Falls, where we can all cool off in the cool, wonderful water. We’ll return to Quang Uyen after a healthy swim and a cup of coffee, but this time by a different route: a 45-kilometer stretch of rougher, smaller roads. We’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant in Quang Uyen before returning to our bikes and continuing on to Cao Bang.
This is going to be our day’s ride! We’ll cross through Ma Phuc pass as soon as we leave town. The Ma Phuc pass isn’t particularly lengthy, but the elevation gain is significant. Its name, Ma Phuc, means ‘defeated horses,’ as horses used to collapse at the top of the pass due to exhaustion. After a full day of greatness and fun, we arrived at our hotel at 5 p.m. and began unpacking and unwinding.
Day 4 NORTHEAST MOTORCYCLE ROAD TRIP FROM CAO BANG TO BA BE
Today, we’ll travel north on National Highway 4a to Lang Son, where we’ll get off onto a narrow dirt road that cuts through the forest only 15 kilometers west of town. With 30 km of narrow track winding through a sea of trees, this will be a spectacular ride. We’ll surely have a difficult time crossing uneven forest ground and numerous streams, but the trip, not to mention the scenery, will be well worth it.
Cho Gia town for lunch. Then, after another hour of riding, we’ll arrive at Ba Be Lake, where we’ll park and begin a 2-hour tour of the lake. Bring your towels because we’ll be swimming in this massive ‘pond.’ At around 5 p.m., we arrived at our local homestay, which has a beautiful view of the lake. You can also join our Tay host family in the kitchen!
Day 5 NORTHEAST MOTORCYCLE TOUR FROM BA BE TO HANOI
Our morning will continue to be spent on small mountain roads with little to no traffic, and this will be our final stretch before returning to the lowlands.
We’ll return to Nhat Tan bridge by the lovely road through villages and rice terraces. We arrive in Hanoi around 4:30 p.m., just before rush hour.