This special motorbike tour to the northern of Vietnam will ride up to the remote corner of Vietnam – the Northeast. It used to be an important area during the war (with the French army), now it’s changing fast and becomes a beautiful region, full of legends, colorful hill tribe groups and also major trade points with China. The road is small, windy and snaking in the mountains. No matter which end of the trip you start from, first is on flat easy road or highway, then head up mountain range and ride the mountain roads a few days before you find the flat road back to Hanoi again. The places you stay on this trip include many warm home stays in Vu Linh, Ba Be, Na Khan and Quang Uyen and a few nights in comfy hotels in Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Mau Son and Lang Son.
Day 1: Hanoi Motorcycle Tour To Mau Son, ~180 km, ~5 hours, (Lunch, Dinner, Guide)
After a hearty breakfast, you will saddle up and make the break your Vietnam motorbike tour out of the city limits and the lowlands and plains of the Red River Delta. You will ride up to the northern of Vietnam on a motorbike passing through clusters of limestone as you head out north-east before leaving the main road and climb up to the peak of Mau Son mountain. An old French hill station, Mau Son was ravaged during war with the Chinese and the buildings have recently been rebuilt in traditional style. A winding road leads us to the summit and at over 1,500 meters altitude you will enjoy fantastic views out over China and down towards Ha Long Bay during the tour. You will stay overnight in Mau Son.
Day 2: Mau Son Motorcycle Tour To Cao Bang, ~200 km, ~7 hours, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide).
Today, you will drop down from the heights of Mau Son strike directly to the north, skirting the border city of Lang Son, visiting the Dong Dang ‘Friendship Gate’ on the Chinese border, then you will join the legendary ‘Highway 4′ where the Viet Minh forces carried out numerous raids over uncountable passes in this remote border region. You will then follow the border all the way to Vietnam’s major city in the north-east: Cao Bang (literal translation: ‘High Plateau’) where you will spend the night
Cao Bang is about 300 kilometers north of Hanoi, Cao Bang is used as a base camp for all our expeditions to destinations close to the Chinese border. The region north of Cao Bang is dominated by limestone. Hence its scenery is similar to that of Ha Long Bay or Guilin (China) and offers unprecedented driving enjoyment amongst some of the most spectacular surroundings in Vietnam.
Day 3: Cao Bang Motorcycle Tour, ~120 km, ~3 hours, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide).
After breakfast, you will explore into the magical region of the far north-east with its impressive limestone karst scenery. You will meander around and through the countless rock monoliths all the way to the huge Ban Gioc Waterfall which sits on the Chinese border. You can swim under the falls and picnic on bamboo rafts. Then in the afternoon, you will loop back to Cao Bang past even more spectacular karst scenery. You will stay overnight in Cao Bang.
Ban Gioc Waterfall: In this closed off region, where thousands of limestone monoliths loom high above paddy fields tended by Nung, Tay and Green Hmong peoples, you will find sealed, winding roads which make for wonderful Vietnam motorbike ride. The entire area rewards those willing to take the time to explore and share life with its people.
Day 4: Cao Bang Motorbike Tour, ~120 km, ~4 hours, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide).
After breakfast, you will strike north-west to the border, marked by a massive range of peaks, and pass over to Pac Po Cave where Ho Chi Minh made his return to Vietnam in 1941. You will then head straight up on challenging road, pass through deep, remote karst country and rest at a secluded lake deep in the forest. In the late afternoon, you will ride on sealed road back to Cao Bang and a soothing massage. The beauty of regions offers us an amazing Vietnam motorbike tour. You will stay overnight in Cao Bang.
Pac Bo Cave: North-West of Cao Bang and right up along the border with China, the cave is well known for having been the first refuge of Ho Chi Minh on his return to Vietnam in 1941. At the point where the famous Lenin Stream cascades down a waterfall from China, we will continue by foot to penetrate into the mystery of Vietnam’s Independence Movement and its surrounding jungle.
Day 5: Cao Bang Motorbike Tour To Ba Be, ~180 km, ~7 hours, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide).
Today, you will move south-west from Cao Bang and breach several passes on route in an area hosting huge mountain scenery. The Cao Bac Pass offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Descending the pass, you will see hillsides carpeted with apiaries, Vietnam’s most famous honey-producing areas. In the afternoon, you will arrive at Ba Be Lake in the heart of a National Park. Today is one of your most favorite off road Vietnam motorbike tour. You will spend the night with a family in a Tay minority stilt house on the shores of the lake.
Ba Be Lake: This pristine mountain lake, arguably Vietnam’s most beautiful lake, is situated 240 kilometres north of Hanoi. Surrounded by primary jungle and limestone cliffs, the surrounding areas are inhabited principally by Thai and Hmong peoples.
Day 6: Ba Be Lake, boating (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide).
After breakfast, you will explore Ba Be Lake. Your guide will take you to visit some markets, enjoy a boat cruise, go fishing, explore caves, dine with friends at the edge of a waterfall, and enjoy the hospitality of the minority peoples who inhabit this area. You will then take a boat up the seven-kilometer length of the lake to the Dau Dang waterfalls on the Gam River and also visit the 300m Long Phuong Cave. During the war the cave was one of the rare natural shelters for the local population hiding from the bombing. You will spend the night with a family in a Tay minority stilt house on the shores of the lake.
Day 7: Ba Be Lake – Hanoi, ~240 km, ~8 hours (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide).
After breakfast, you will continue your Vietnam motorcycle tour with staying off the main road for as long as possible you head back towards the Red River Delta, passing through areas inhabited by Hmong, Dao, Tay and Nung minority peoples. A mixture of both challenging track and glorious sealed road are all the way back to Hanoi.
- Vietnam Visa Invitation letter
- Support vehicle (supplement luggage van to carry your motorbike and baggage).
- Honda (or Yamaha) 125CC (semi-automatic gear)
- Gasoline for the ride
- Mechanic (for group from 6 passengers)
- Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
- Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above. For description, see below
- The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary.
- Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
- Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the best local restaurants, picnics where suitable restaurants are not available.
- Good quality motorbikes for all days in the programme
- Drinking water and local fruit for all motorcycling days in the programme
- Simple first aid kit.
- VAT and other taxes.
- International flight tickets and airport tax.
- Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
- Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
- Surcharges for peak season (if any)
- Compulsory meals (if any)