Roads are now better but summer landslides often block parts of the trip. Therefore, this area is probably the least popular for motorbike tourism in Vietnam. However, the beautiful scenery and friendly people make the exhausting trip a worthwhile visit. Vietnam’s Northwest Ride is a remote area. Come and join us in exploring the wild Northwest Vietnam.
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DETAILED ITINERARY NORTHWEST VIETNAM 8 DAYS MOTORBIKE TOURS
Day 1: Hanoi – Vu Linh. ~180 km
Starting our Northwest motorbike tour with an easy ride on the sealed road to Thac Ba Lake and then follow the little road to Vu Linh. Vu Linh is a Dzao village by the side of the lake, very friendly people and the welcome is exceptional. Last but not least, you can find many heavy drinkers here.
Day 2: Vu Linh – Luc Yen – Bac Ha. ~180 km
After breakfast, ride to Luc Yen in about 2 hours around the lake on a small road lined with palm trees and scenic mountain views. The 20-km ride from Luc Yen to Road 70 is quite bumpy and takes about one hour. Then sealed road again all the way to Pac Ngam, where we turn right and ride up the mountain 26 km to Bac Ha. Walk around Bac Ha for the rest of the day.
Day 3: Bac Ha – Coc Ly – Sapa. ~80 km
Ride down to Pac Ngam to meet the boat that is waiting to take us to Coc Ly for the beautiful market on Tuesday where you will meet H’mong, Dzao, and Phu La people. Coc Ly is wild, surrounded by forest, and could only be reached by boat or bike. We would leave the bike behind to enjoy the comfort of boating on Chay River for over 1 hour (20 km). Lunch in Coc Ly before coming back to Pac Ngam and drive up to Sapa.
Alternatively, if it’s not Tuesday we will ride to Sapa and explore the valley near Sapa with many small villages and colourful hill tribe people.
In Sapa, the humidity is high and it gets colder after midnight.
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Day 4: Sapa – Lai Chau. ~100 km
Drive to Lai Chau after breakfast in usually foggy Sapa. The distance is short but the road is narrow and lots of blind corners. However, the landscape is very beautiful with the view of Fansipan Mount and Tram Ton pass.
Day 5: Lai Chau – Muong Lay. ~150 km
We meet Tay, Thai, H’mong, and Mang peoples. Ride through Tam Duong plain which is covered in shark’s teeth-like limestone karst. While riding, we would stop to visit some ethnic people villages on the way. The last part near Muong Lay is very bumpy, either dusty or muddy depending on weather due to the construction of the new Lai Chau hydroelectric plant.
Day 6: Muong Lay – Son La. ~200 km
We have 15 passes today. In fact, you have very nice roads and stunning landscape. Probably the most beautiful journey of the whole trip even the road is in poor conditions.
Day 7: Son La – Mai Chau. ~180 km
We follow a long valley floor covered in a sea of rice surrounded by Black Thai villages with its bargain-filled market, descending into a mountainous tea- growing region and head down into a forested region populated by H’mong people before descending into the hidden valley of Mai Chau where we spend the night with friends in a traditional Thai stilt house.
Day 8: Mai Chau – Hanoi. ~200 km
Trek around Mai Chau in the morning. Lunch in Mai Chau before driving back to Hanoi on karst road via Hoa Binh to Hanoi. We recommend taking the long road along the Black river from Hoa Binh to Son Tay and then another road along the Red river from Son Tay to Hanoi. In reality, this saves you many hours in scary Hanoi traffic and avoid harassment.
- Spectacular scenery of Northwest Vietnam
- Different ethnic groups
- Local food
- Narrow road
- Minibar drinks
- Drinks (after time traveling on the road / during dinner)
- Personal and motorbike insurance (for motorbike accident)
- Personal expenses / Tips
- Damage to motorbikes, jeeps or travel equipment
- Experienced English speaking guide
- Motorbike for self-drive (license required)
- 8 x Breakfast, 6 x Lunch, 7 x Dinner
7 nights in inn
- Night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai
- Entrance fees are mentioned in the itinerary
- Snacks of the day
- International standard helmet
- Drinking water and soft drinks on the road
- Saddle bags, Gloves & Rain Ponchos (if needed)
- If more than 6 people travel, there will also be a travel mechanic
- If there are more than 8 drivers, there will also be a second tour guide and supporting truck for accompanying luggage
- Pick up guests at the hotel
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Whatsapp to book! +84(0)982416518
Price: $ 1600