Discover Vietnam’s rugged and scenic northwest and its people first hand. By taking to the roads and riding from the capital Hanoi to the remote area of the northwest we can see life as it truly is for the Vietnamese. The perfect itinerary and the support crew ensure you get the most out of the trip in terms of comfort, enjoyment and adventure. Along the way we encounter dramatic landscapes and sweeping panoramas as the rural population goes about its business. Highlights include the terraced valleys of Sapa, challenging roads, stunning scenery and many different colorful minority groups.
Destinations: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Son La – Dien Bien Phu – Sapa – Hanoi
Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide) – Ride up 150km
You will leave Hanoi around 8.30am then ride your motorcycles west to Mai Chau, an area of beautiful landscape and home to the Thai ethnic minority. You will ride on road No6 passing expansive rice paddies and scenic villages. You will have a stop for refreshment before tackling 70km of undulating road with great view of mountains and valley. You will have lunch on the way. After that, you will continue riding to Mai Chau. You will ride straight to Pom Coong, a peaceful village of White Thai ethnic minority where you will have dinner and spend our night in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai family.
Day 2: Ride up to Son La (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide) – Ride up 187km
After breakfast at the home-stay, you will embark on a beautiful ride up north to Son La. The road is in good condition and the scenery is stunning. You may take frequent stops to visit minority villages of H’mong, Black Thai,… or to take photos. Your lunch will be in local restaurant en route. The highlight of your ride today could be the tea plantations in Moc Chau Plateau, where you find the best green tea in Vietnam grown along the roads on hillsides. You will reach Son La in the afternoon where you will have dinner and stay overnight in Son La.
Day 3: Descend valley of Dien Bien Phu (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide) – Ride Up to 170km
It is true to say “the further you go up north the faster your heart rates”. Today the ride is greater with more winding road, longer passes, more colorful minority groups and more stunning scenery. Like yesterday, you may have interesting stops to visit villages and take photos. Lunch en route in local restaurant. The highlight of today ride could be the impressive pass of Pha Din.
Pha Pin means Heaven-Earth, and according to local legend, it was the frontier between Heaven and Earth. Pha Din is some 1,000m above sea-level. Climbing and descending the slopes with their many bends and deep gorges is really an unforgettable experience. You will reach Dien Bien Phu in the afternoon. You will spend the night in Dien Bien Phu
Day 4: Riding along Nam Na River to Tam Duong (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide) – Ride up to 225km
After breakfast, you will start your 225 km ride along stunning gorges and Nam Na River. On the way you will have interesting stops to visit H’mong and Dzao villages. Your lunch will be in Lai Chau. You would reach Tam Duong around 4.30 pm. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Tam Duong Town.
Day 5: Ascend Sapa (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide) – Ride up to 60km
The ride today is the highlight of the whole trip. You will climb the highest pass in Vietnam, the Tram Ton Pass. Your lunch will be in local restaurant en route. You will reach Sapa in the noon time. Sapa is the former hill station for the French colonists hundred years ago. Today Sapa is the paradise for trekking lovers thank to its beautiful trekking routes, stunning terraces, colorful minority groups and the highest mountain in Indochina, the Mt. Fansipang. You will spend the night in Sapa.
Note: The weekend market (Sunday market) in Tam Duong is very interesting with lots of colorful ethnic minorities. If this day is Sunday the market will be included in the program and we would reach Sapa around 3pm.
Day 6: Trekking in Sapa – Night train to Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide) – 4hrs trekking
After breakfast in the hotel, you will take a bus ride downhill to Muong Hoa valley. Today, you will enjoy the most beautiful trek route in Vietnam. You will trek on dirt path through pine forest, terraces and H’mong villages. En route you stop to visit minority villages, schools and have picnic lunch by river. In the afternoon, you will walk to the pick-up point to take a bus transfer back to Sapa then being transferred to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi. You will spend the night on the train.
Day 7: Arrive in Hanoi (Breakfast, Driver Pickup)
You’ll arrive in Hanoi in the early morning, where you’ll be met and taken by car to your hotel to have breakfast and take a short rest before being taken to the airport for the departure flight.
Note on client safety
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.
- 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)
- Train tickets: Hanoi - Lao Cai (good local standard, soft four-berth cabin with air-conditioner Fanxipan Express/Sapaly Carriage).
- 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)