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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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Northwest Vietnam Motorbike Tour 5 Days

Lleave the busy towns and drop down into a valley in Mai Chau, up on a plateau and finally descending in the peaceful Red River delta. The roads are very quiet but there are hidden dangers sometimes from fast trucks and cars as well as animals. Take a rest whenever you want and wherever you need…

Day 1: Hanoi motorbike tour to Mai Chau, ~160 km, ~5 hrs riding, (Lunch, Dinner, Guide).

After breakfast, you will start Vietnam motorbike tour to the west of Hanoi breaking out of the delta plains we pass through endless limestone karst scenery as we travel south through “Perfume Pagoda” country and extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads. After a picnic lunch near Chi Ne, you will visit the hot springs at Kim Boi, before striking northwest and over two passes, finally dropping down to the mountain valley settlement of Mai Chau. Here you will stay overnight with friends of the White Thai minority in a traditional stilt house. The evening offers local culinary delights coupled with plenty of the locally brewed rice wine and dance followed by a night in a family stilt-house.

Day 2: Mai Chau Motorbike Tour To Moc Chau, ~140 km, ~5 hrs riding, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide).

In the morning, you will explore the village and the surrounding area by foot. Life in the countryside starts early so by sunrise there is a wealth of activity. After breakfast, you will continue heading out on the highway before forking off the main road onto an old French colonial road which has become abandoned. This old road used to serve the northwest in the days of little motorized transport but became disused from 1994 when Hoa Binh Dam was opened and the Black River (Song Da) valley was subsequently flooded, eradicating the road to Hanoi. You will pass steadily upwards through areas inhabited by Thai peoples, followed by the Dao and H’Mong ethnicities at higher altitudes. The road surface is by no means smooth but the winding route offers magnificent views out over 6 ranges of mountains. In mid-afternoon, you will rejoin the main highway and travel on good winding sealed road to Moc Chau – famous for dairy products, tea, a massive cave, and a waterfall. You will stay oovernight in Moc Chau.

Day 3: Moc Chau Motorbike Tour To Phu Yen, ~140 km, ~5 hours, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide).

After breakfast, you will drive to Phu Yen, you will backtrack on the main a few kilometers before embarking on a new road which drops down the side of a huge valley, steadily falling all the way back down to the Black River Reservoir. The 50 kilometers route has plenty of challenging surface and is prone to landslides. Much of the area is inhabited by Kinh and both Black and White Thai ethnicities. Depending on time, you can complete another side road which rises up the opposite side of the valley, offering impressive views over the area on a clear day. Just before the reservoir you breach a final steep ascent and pass by communes of Dao people, before the descent to the banks of the reservoir and a ferry crossing. Once across, you will the banks of the reservoir past village all relocated before the flooding of the valley. On easy dirt road, you will approach the delta settlement of Phu Yen, set in the middle of a vast valley floor of paddy fields. You will stay oovernight in Phu Yen.

Day 4: Phu Yen Motorbike Tour To Vu Linh, ~150 km, ~5 hours, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide).

Vu Linh is a little peaceful village of the Dzao people which locates on the lake side of beautiful Thac Ba lake(Thac Ba is the largest man-made lake in Vietnam with the lenth of more than 80km and 3000 green islands ) To have more time see the largest man-made lake in Vietnam we should start the short motorbike tour to Vu linh earlier. You will start the day at 8 Am, after riding through some nice tea fields you will hit the big road down to Yen Bai town. After lunch in the town, you will have more than one hour ride to the lake. Get to one of the house on stilts to stay overnight and then spend the rest time of the day on the lake. You will have diner and stay overnight in Vu linh.

Day 5: Vu Linh Motorbike Tour Back To Hanoi, ~180 km, ~6 hours, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide).

After breakfast, you will cruise southeast on Highway 2 and then branch off to the sleepy town of Phu Tho. You will then follow the edge of the Red River along the dyke, almost to the point where it merges with the Black River after which they flow together to Hanoi. Crossing the Black River by bridge, you will pass through Son Tay and then return to Hanoi on the highway.You will be in Hanoi in the late afternoon.

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.
  • 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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