Grandiose North-east Vietnam motorbike tour and Halong Bay – 9 Days
By Vietnam Motorbike Tours
This motorbike tour offers full experience with Northeastern of Vietnam, included 3 very well-known sites in northeastern Vietnam: Thac Ba Reservoir, Ba Be National Park and Ban Gioc waterfall. Be immersed into nature, enjoy the moments when the passion’s riding us to explore the wonders of this friendly and majestic area.
Destination: Hanoi Thac Ba Na Khan Ba Be Cao Bang Ban Gioc Quang Uyen Lang Son Ha Long bay
North East Vietnam Motorbike Tour to Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Halong Bay
(Bring passport for permit and sleeping on boat in Halong bay)
DAY 1: North East Vietnam Motorbike Tour to Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Halong Bay: HANOI MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO VU LINH VILLAGE (THAC BA LAKE, YEN BAI):
We start our Motorbike tour by riding on to dyke roads following Red river to Thac Ba lake. See beautiful countryside, rice and green tea fields. Then we turn to the little road to Vu Linh village, where populated by Dzao ethnic minority by the side of Thac Ba lake, very friendly people and the welcome is exceptional. Home-stay in Vu Linh.
Summary: Distance: 180 km Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Home-stay
DAY 2: North East Vietnam Motorbike Tours to Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Halong Bay: THAC BA MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO NA KHAN (BAC KAN):
It’s an easy motor riding day. We’ve got more chances for photos in Tan Trao and Cho Chu. Tan Trao Historic Site is a small valley lying between mountains and jungles in Son Duong District. It was used as a resistance base before the August 1945 Revolution.
It is also where the Indochina Communist Party first carried out the National Congress (13 August 1945). At the National Assembly held on August 1945 in Tan Trao, “the great policies of Vietminh were drawn and a temporary government lead by Ho Chi Minh was elected”.
Cho Chu Monuments prison is on the hill in the neighborhood Chu Cho township, Dinh Hoa district, Thai Nguyen province. In 1889 the French occupied the station has built robots. In 1894 they put the agency ruled this area agents. Conducted in 1916 to build prisons until 1945. Cho Chu Monuments prison, vivid symbol of the revolutionary soldiers are willing to devote life, sacrifice fighting for independence and freedom of the country.
Keep riding on beautiful road to Na Khan, where we stay with locals. This Nung’s village is in middle of nowhere.
Summary: Distance: 130 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Home-stay
DAY 3: North East Vietnam Motorbike Tour : NA KHAN MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO BA BE NATIONAL PARK (BAC KAN):
Take a half day motor ride in the morning, through Ba Be National Park 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. Ba Be lake in VietnamThe 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.
Ride into Bac Ngoi village, where we have lunch and home-stay. It 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. In the afternoon, we take a boat ride on Ba Be lake to the other side, where we 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, an earthquake caused a collapse of the subterranean Nang River, creating a natural dam which led to the formation of Ba Be Lake.
Summary: Distance: 80 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Home-stay
DAY 4: North East Vietnam Motorbike Tours to Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Halong Bay: BA BE MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO CAO BANG CITY
Take a motor ride though Ba Be National Park, we get out to Cho Ra, and then turn to head up The Cao Bac Pass offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Increasing the pass we see hillsides carpeted with apiaries, Vietnam’s most famous honey-producing areas. We motor ride south-west to Cao Bang and breach several passes on route in an area hosting huge mountain scenery. Overnight in Cao Bang
Summary: Distance: 130 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Hotel
DAY 5: CAO BANG MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO BAN GIOC WATERFALL AND HOMESTAY IN QUANG UYEN (CAO BANG)
Get out of town, we ride up to Ma Phuc Pass of Cao Bang Province. It is on the way between Cao Bang Town and the Ban Gioc Waterfall. The pass is not famous with the elevation or the danger like some others in Vietnam, but with the natural beauty that one could capture from the top of the pass.
Keep riding to Ban Gioc waterfall, one of Vietnam’s best-known waterfalls. It’s a very scenic spot, marking the border with China, but sees very few visitors. The name Ban Gioc is derived from the Montagnard languages spoken in the area, and is sometimes spelt Ban Gioc.
The waterfall is the largest, although not the highest, in the country. The vertical drop is 53m, but it has an impressive 300m span; one end of the falls is in China, the other is in Vietnam. The falls have three levels, creating a sort of giant staircase, and there’s enough water any time, most years, to make the trip worthwhile.
Lunch in local restaurant before we get an other way back to Quang Uyen. This is the territory of Nung An people. Home stay in a host family and the hostess is a great cook. This could be the best ride ever. Overnight in Quang Uyen.
Summary: Distance: 140 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Home-stay
DAY 6: North East Vietnam Motorbike Tours to Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Halong Bay: QUANG UYEN MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO LANG SON CITY
Motorcycle from Quang Uyen to Lang Son on the famous historical Highway 4. Passing Dong Khe town, Battle of Route Coloniale 4.
The Battle of Dong Khe was a major battle of the First Indochina War. The fight began on 15 September 1950 and ended on 18 September with a French defeat. It took place in Dong Khe, in the Province of Tonkin, Vietnam, from September 15 to September 18, 1950, ending with a Viet Minh victory.
Arriving Lang Son at noon. We have a late lunch before time to discover this city which has become a big trading post between China and Vietnam. You can shop for cheap Chinese products at the nearby Dong Kinh market. Overnight in hotel.
Summary: Distance: 140 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Hotel
DAY 7: North East Vietnam Motorbike Tours to Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Halong Bay : LANG SON MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO HALONG CITY
Easy morning on our motorbikes back on the new Highway 1B before turn on Road 18 head to Ha Long city. Traffic is busier because we are going to one of New 7 wonders. Overnignt in Hotel.
Summary: Distance: 220 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Hotel
DAY 8: North East Vietnam Motorbike Tours to Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Halong Bay: HALONG BAY CRUISING AND KAYAKING
Free time in the morning until we enjoy a group to cruise on Halong Bay. Time to make friend with customers on our boat and party for a boat-sleeping night. Lunches, diner, kayaking and cave visiting are included. Overnight on boat.
DAY 9: North East Vietnam Motorbike Tours to Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Halong Bay : HA LONG CRUISING AND MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO HANOI
Cruising back to Ha Long Tourist Wharf by an other way, passing Bai Tu Long bay we will see an other charm of World National Heritage. After lunch, jump on our motorbikes for getting back to Hanoi
Summary: Distance: 160 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
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Note: We provide support truck (120$ per day) for emergency and for your safe riding in Vietnam – Most of other tour operators do not offer that. Contact us if you think it’s necessary.
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* ACCOMMODATION: – We endeavour to select a combination of good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, all the while striving to keep the cost affordable.
– Your trip will stay in a range of hotels / guesthouses with standardized quality.
– Please be aware that some hotel rooms, especially those in major urban centres or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.
– Rooms are en-suite and either twin- or triple-share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex otherwise you can pay a supplement to possess a single room
– If you are traveling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with us. We never presume that two people traveling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.
* MEALS: – Your included meals are detailed in the ‘More Inclusions’ section of this document.
– Breakfasts are included every day in the hotel (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in Asia, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well. Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.
– If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent when you book, or make note by email before you set out. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Asia. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.
* Ten Tips to Survive Vietnam’s Traffic: + DON’T spend hours waiting to cross the street on foot: that constant tide of traffic won’t stop until late at night, so
+ DO as the Vietnamese do: take the plunge and inch slowly across. Observe the Miracle of the Red Sea, as the traffic parts like magic, flowing smoothly in front of you or behind, meeting up again on the other side.
+ DON’T make any sudden or unpredictable movements: freeze if you have to, but never lunge forward or backward towards the safety of the sidewalk. In fact, you can do just about anything, but do it with conviction!
+ DON’T forget, if you’re riding or driving, to look where you’re going – all the time: if you hit anything in front of you, then it’s your fault.
+ DO give way to any vehicle bigger and noisier than yours. Trucks and buses are particularly dangerous: often old, sometimes unsafe and usually all over the road.
+ DO watch out for unfamiliar obstacles: water buffaloes, rocks of various sizes, broken-down trucks…, people sitting in the road, missing bridges, girls in ao dai cycling five abreast, slow-moving mountains of farm produce, dog fights, impromptu football matches, piles of building materials – and almost no light on anything at night..
+ DON’T hesitate to take evasive action – even if this sometimes means leaving the tarmac or coming to a dead stop.
+ DO try to avoid getting involved in one of the all-too-frequent minor accidents that plague Vietnam’s roads (and the major ones as well, of course), but if you are unlucky,
+ DON’T lose your cool, in spite of the interference of the large and vocal crowd that may gather: try to settle things amicably and swiftly. Sometimes, paying a reasonable amount of money will save you a lot of hassle.
+ DO remember that the only rule is: you’re not allowed to bump into anybody… irrespective of what they did or should have done, or of what the road signs or traffic lights were telling them to do. Some people still seem to think that anything red means forward, comrade
* Tipping for guides & mechanic: Our crews never expect tips themselves and will not ask for any; that’s not what friends do! However, so if you are really satisfied with all of what they did for you, please don’t mind tipping them a bit with a normal norm of US$ 7 – US$ 10/person for a guide per day and US$ 3 – US$ 5/person for a mechanic per day. (just don’t forget Mum’s souvenir).
Motorbike(s) (Honda or Yamaha)
Gasoline on tour
English or French speaking guide
Mechanic (only for group from 6 passengers)
Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (based on twin or/and triple shared)
Saigon, Cat Tien National Park, Dalat – Lak Lake, Buon Ma Thuot, Pleiku, Kon Tum, Hoi An via My Son Sanctuary, Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An, DMZ & Khe Sanh, Phong Nha Caves, Tan Ky, Cuc Phuong National Park, Mai Chau, Hanoi