Water Puppet Tours


With its numerous national parks, white sand beaches, colourful villages, pagodas and ancient monuments, forests and islands, Vietnam is a land of often surprising beauty, offering cultural depth and history, increasingly combined with tourism-friendly areas offering all the facilities a modern traveller could wish for.

Vietnam’s people are its greatest asset: gregarious, friendly and eager to meet visitors. In the bustling cities, the often chaotic streets contrast ox carts with limousines, ancient rituals with sophisticated technology, and are ruled by the ubiquitous moped.

Our strength is in translating these opportunities into detailed, practical itineraries. We do luxury travel and event planning, as well as a wide range of beach, family, honeymoon, adventure, golf, veteran and cultural tours.

There is no better way to experience a destination than through the perspective of the local people. At Water Puppet Tours, this key element of local insight drives every step of our process of tour design and delivery. We provide tailor-made tours individually crafted for each client, achieving this by emphasizing the direct working relationship between the client and the tour designer and operator.

Travel Style

Travel Destination

Motorcycling West to East Northern Vietnam 5 Days

This motorcycling trip reveals a different route to get from Son La to Thac Ba. It offers adventurous riders stunning scenery and great tribal culture exploration. The route is not yet popular thus you do not share the roads with other tourist but mainly share the roads with the locals who are on their Honda to the farm. The perfect itinerary and the support crew ensure you get the most out of the trip in terms of comfort, enjoyment and adventure.

Destinations: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Son La – Than Uyen – Thac Ba Reservoir – Hanoi

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau (Lunch, Dinner, Guide) – Ride up to 170km

Leave Hanoi around 8.30am, you will 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 reach Mai Chau at noontime then ride straight to Pom Coong, a peaceful village of White Thai ethnic minority where you have lunch, dinner and spend your night in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai family. After lunch, you will have a short rest and then take a leisure ride toward Ma River. You will take a short boat ride upstream Ma Rive to reach a remote Thai Village. Relax and have interesting conversations with the villagers before walking back to the dock.

Day 2: Mai Chau - Son La (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide) – Ride up to 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. You will stay overnight in Son La.

Day 3: Son La – Than Uyen (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide) – Ride up to 162km

After breakfast in the hotel, you will be heading to Tuan Giao, a small quiet town located at the junction of Road 279 to Dien Bien Phu and Road 6 to Muong Lay. You will take Road 279 heading to Than Uyen where you stay overnight in a small hotel. Today, you will ride 162km on smooth road with beautiful scenery and interesting tribal villages along the way. You will have lunch stop in Tuan Giao. Your dinner and stay overnight in Than Uyen.

Day 4: Than Uyen – Thac Ba Reservoir (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide) – Ride up to 253km

After breakfast, you will ride through a beautiful area of Yen Bai Province. The first stop is Mu Cang Chai, that has been long famous for its stunning rice terraces. After here you will ride to Nghia Lo for lunch. After that, you will continue on Road 32 down to Van Chan where you make a turn left to Yen Bai Town. From Yen Bai you will ride 13km more to reach Thac Ba Reservoir. You will stay overnight in a homestay on the bank of the lake. Enjoy the quietness of the lakeside after a long riding day of 253km. Your dinner and stay overnight in Thac Ba.

Day 5: Thac Ba – Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide) – Ride up to 180km  

After breakfast, you will have time to swim or rowing boat on the lake before heading back to Hanoi. On the way, you will stop in Viet Tri for lunch. In the afternoon, you will ride straight back to Hanoi. You will reach Hanoi around 6pm. Trip finishes.

Note on client safety

We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions 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)
  • Helmet
  • 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.
  • Insurance
  • Surcharges for peak season (if any)
  • Compulsory meals (if any)
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