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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.


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Northern Vietnam Motorbike Tour 9 Days

This trip will give riders have chance to visit Dong Van Karst Plateau Global Geopark. It has many gigantic stunning views, special beautiful sites, diverse and endemic geological system, various groups of valuable and rare animals and vegetables, geological heritages at regional and international levels. This is really an attractive destination of scientists and tourists.

Hanging out in Ha Giang – Nestled far to the north, up against the Chinese border, the mountain region of Ha Giang is one of Vietnam’s least accessible areas. Until very recently, it was considered out of bounds for all but the most resourceful traveler. Aside from its sheer geographical remoteness and lack of transport infrastructure, Ha Giang’s politically sensitive proximity to the Chinese border led authorities to actively discourage foreign visitors. However, the doors to this remarkably beautiful area are slowly opening. Lush rice terraces stretch for miles along green valleys and misty hill-sides. Shielded from western and ‘Viet’ influence, traditional life here has changed little. Subsistence is still based around agriculture, as it has been for centuries. Small settlements and villages dot the mountains. Ha Giang is home to many of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups, some so remote that their representatives are only ever seen on the most important market days. As travel within the region grows easier, we are offered a profound chance to witness their unique ways of life. The marketplace is the centre of social activity, the place to trade, talk, socialise, eat, drink and generally put the world to rights. Villagers come to trade buffalo, horses, pigs, dogs and chickens, alongside a huge range of vegetables, fruits, spices, intricately hand-made jewellery, home-made liquors, tools and hardwear.

In Ha Giang, you will be able to experience an exciting ‘home stay’ in some of the rarest minority villages in Vietnam. The region offers excellent walking, trekking and startlingly beautiful photographic opportunities. The basic amenities and lack of western food may deter many, but more determined and intrepid travellers will be well rewarded, with a truly ‘off the beaten track’ adventure.

Ba Be Lake lies in the middle of the vast limestone mountain range of Ba Be National Park, surrounded by cliffs with very original and attractive forms and shapes. Be Lake itself is actually three small lakes joined together – Pe Lam, Pe Lu and Pe Leng. The area was established as a national preserved forest and tourist center in 1978 and last year UNESCO recognized Ba Be Lake as the third Ramsar site in Vietnam – an important wetland of the world. Ba Be Lake has a lot to offer, including waterfalls, rivers, valleys, lakes, and caves all set amidst picturesque landscapes. From Ba Be Lake, tourists can visit other neighboring attractions such as Dau Dang Fall, Puong Cave and Tien Pond.

Destinations: Hanoi – Thac Ba – Luc Yen – Bac Ha – Ha Giang – Dong Van – Meo Vac – Bao Lac – Ba Be – Na Khan – HanoiHanoi – Thac Ba – Luc Yen – Bac Ha – Ha Giang – Dong Van – Meo Vac – Bao Lac – Ba Be – Na Khan – Hanoi

Northern Vietnam Motorbike Tour 9 Days

Day 1: Motorbike tours Hanoi - Vu Linh village (Thac Ba lake, Yen Bai) – 180km (Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

This morning, you will spend 30 minutes for the guide to do briefing about the trip and how to ride in Vietnam also to get used to with the bike before starting your trip to Thac Ba Lake which has an area of 23,400 ha and 1,331 islands and hills with diverse ecological environments. The water in the lake is blue and clear, and imprinted with the reflections of the surrounding ancient forest. On arrival to Vu Linh ethnic village of Dao minority by the side of the lake, it is your time to do leisure walk to explore this beautiful village and people life.

Tonight, the welcome is exceptional with a lot of local rice-wine from the hosts is surely one of the highlights of the trip. You stay overnight in a homestay.

Day 2: Thac Ba motorcycle tour to Lao Cai – Sapa - 210km (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

After breakfast, you will ride up to many beautiful roads, mountain passes all the way to Sapa, this is best motorcycle ride in northern Vietnam. Sapa is very amazing area and the ride to Sapa is extremely incredible. Sa Pa, or Sapa, is a frontier town and capital of Sa Pa District in Lao Cai Province in northwest Vietnam. Sapa is one of the main market towns in the area, where several ethnic minority groups such as Hmong, Dao, Giay, Pho Lu, and Tay live. You will spend the night in Sapa.

Day 3: Sapa Motorcycle Tour to Bac Ha – (Lao Cai) – 140km (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

This small highland town fills up to choking point on Sunday morning, when visitors flood in to meet the Flower H’mong at the morning market. Compared with Sapa, tourism is still in its infancy here and during the week the town has a deserted feel. Bac Ha is a good base to explore the surrounding highlands. Around 900m above sea level, it is noticeably warmer than Sapa.

One of Bac Ha’s main industries is she manufacture of alcoholic home brews (rice wine, cassava wine and corn liquor). The corn hooch produced by the Flower H’mong is so potent it can ignite! Bac Ha is the only place in Vietnam where you’ll find this particular moonshine; there’s an entire area devoted to it at the Sunday market. Today, you will stay overnight in Bac Ha.

Day 4: Bac Ha Motorcycle Tours to Ha Giang City – 200km (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

After breakfast, you will visit lively and colorful market in Bac Ha, one of the most interesting ethnic markets in Vietnam and possibly everywhere in South East Asia: “Sunday is market day in Bac Ha, which is the occasion for the various local ethnics to gather in huge crowds to exchange the last news, gossip, shop, and eat a copious lunch. It was visibly a festive. You will then continue your trip to Ha Giang via Xin Ma and Hoang Su Phi. The road is very beautiful with many curves. You will stay overnight in Ha Giang.

Day 5: Motorcycle tour Ha Giang – Dong Van (145 km, 5 hours riding). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

After getting the permit for motorbike tour in border areas at Ha Giang’s Immigration Police, you will ride on small challenging mountain roads (but incredibly beautiful) on the land of colorful mountain hill-tribes. Heading up the Ma Pi Leng Pass, here is yet another amazing place, with cloudy mountain ranges and the poetic Nho Que river winding off in the distance.

It is really difficult to find the exact words to describe Ma Pi Leng Pass, located between Dong Van and Meo Vac, near the northernmost tip of Vietnam, as a painting of astonishing beauty and magnificence that captures the eyes of all viewers and nature lovers. You will ride on a zig-zag track until reaching Vuong Family’s Residence, 14 kms before Dong Van. When you reach Dong Van Town, you will have some extra time to wonder the ancient streets lined with H’mong homes of clay bricks and tiles roofs built centuries ago.

Vuong Family was considered the King of the Hmong People in Dong Van, Ha Giang. Their residence was built in the scenic valley of Sa Phin with Chinese architecture. The whole house was built out of wood and rock only. The rocks for the buildings were imported from China. Vuong Family Residence is a masterpiece of man work in the valley of heavenly beauty of Sa Phin.

This is a remote area and we can meet the hard-working local people here. It is inspiring to see how they survive as they manage live in the rocks.

Day 6: Dong Van motorbike tour passing Meo Vac to Bao Lac (Cao Bang) – 100km (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

The road is still under construction and tracks what make the ride relatively long in spite of few kilometers. The landscape is among the most beautiful of Vietnam, and the slow tempo is only more appreciable.

You will motorcycle across the wild regions of the mythical province of Ha Giang, Meo Vac is included. It shares the border with Dong Van District of Ha Giang Province and Bao Lam District of Cao Bang Province. Meo Vac has most of the terrain in the Rock Plateau of Dong Van and above 1000m above sea level.

Meo Vac has a harsh climate in the winter which is from November to April with dry and freezing cold weather. It is inhabited by different ethnic minorities including the H’mong, the King, Tay, Dzao…Most ethnic groups have maintained their culture untouched from the outside world.

In the afternoon, you will stop for the night at Bao Lac, the ethnic crossroad of Northeast Vietnam. Many other ethnic groups on the two sides of the border meet at the market every Sunday.

Day 7: Bao Lac motorcycle tour to Ba Be National Park (Bac Kan)- 140km (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

A beautiful motor ride down to Bac Kan Province. Few passes from where you can dominate the area. The road is easy but there are many blind curves before turning to Ba Be lake (inside Ba Be National Park).Bao Lac Motorbike tours

Ba Be National Park is an abundant bioreserve area containing the world’s only fresh-water karst lake and several rare species of fauna and flora. The biodiverse 10,048ha park – home to 1,268 species of flora and fauna, a series of caves and a gigantic fresh water lake – was established in 1992 by the Vietnamese Government to preserve forest ecosystems in the northeast.

Ba Be is home to over 3,000 people from the ethnic minorities of Tay, Nung, Dao and Mong, who live in 13 villages within the park. The Tay people have inhabited Ba Be area for centuries and make up 58 per cent of the population within the park’s boundaries.

Motorcycle into Bac Ngoi village, which is located inside Ba Be National Park. Our home-stay in Tay’s family is right by the side of Ba Be lake with wonderful and peaceful view.

Day 8: Ba Be motorbike tour to Na Khan (Bac Kan) – 180km (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

Half-day boat-ride on the lake to the other side, where you can explore Dau Dang waterfall on Nang river. As one of the 27 ASEAN heritage gardens, Ba Be has the potential to attract nature lovers with its 450ha natural fresh water lake, and 553 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

According to a survey from the Viet Nam Institute of Geo-sciences and Mineral Resources, over 11,000 years ago,Ba Be Lake boat trips an earthquake caused a collapse of the subterranean Nang River, creating a natural dam which led to the formation of Ba Be Lake.

You will have lunch in a village near by Dau Dang waterfall before back to home-stay. Get on our bikes and take a half-day ride on countryside to Na Khan. This Nung’s village is in middle of nowhere.

Day 9: Na Khan Motorcycle tour back Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

After breakfast, you will have an easy motor ride, passing peaceful villages and rice fields before reaching very busy road in the afternoon. Traffic is getting worst and worst on Road 3, the way back to Hanoi, so you should be back Hanoi around 4pm.

Inclusive:

  • 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.

Exclusive:

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • unches 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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