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Overwelming Northeast Vietnam motorbike tour – 8 Days

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This North-East Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang starting by a night train to Sapa then we’ll keep riding to Cao Bang, Lang Son to explore landscapes of Northern Vietnam where you’ll have a chance to visit the remote villages, hill tribes with typical futures


Destination: Hanoi night train Lao Cai Sapa Bac Ha Ha Giang Dong Van Bao Lac Cao Bang Ban Gioc Quang Uyen Lang Son

Duration: 8 Nights

Total approx: 1200 km.

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North-East Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tours to Ha Giang – Brief Itinerary

NIGHT 1: HANOI NIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAI CITY

DAY 1: LAO CAI MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO SAPA AND BAC HA (LAO CAI)

DAY 2: BAC HA MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO HA GIANG CITY

DAY 3: HA GIANG MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO DONG VAN (HA GIANG)

DAY 4: DONG VAN MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO BAO LAC (CAO BANG)

DAY 5: BAO LAC MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO CAO BANG CITY

DAY 6: CAO BANG MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO BAN GIOC WATERFALL AND HOMESTAY IN QUANG UYEN (CAO BANG)

DAY 7: QUANG UYEN MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO LANG SON CITY

DAY 8: LANG SON MOTORCYCLE TOUR BACK HANOI

NIGHT 1: North-East Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tours to Ha Giang : HANOI NIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAI CITY

We take a very short motor ride to Hanoi Train Station, put our motorbikes and jump on the night train up to Lao Cai.

DAY 1: North-East Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tours to Ha Giang : LAO CAI MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO SAPA AND BAC HA (LAO CAI)

After breakfast, we jump on our motorbikes climbing up to Sapa, which is famous both for its fine, rugged scenery and for its rich cultural diversity. French used to consider Sapa as Summer Capital of Northern Vietnam in the early decades of the 20th century. Its naturally gifted beauty keeps attracting more and more people to spend their vacation there since then. Particularly, the place is the foremost choice for honeymoon couples!

We have time to discover the town before lunch here. And then motorcycle down the same way back Lao Cai.
Head to Road 70 before turn to Bac Ha on Road 153.

North-East Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tours to Ha Giang
Amazing North-West motorbike tour to Sapa

Long touted as the weekend alternative to Sapa, this small highland town doesn’t have the same dramatic location of its more il-lustrious neighbour, but it is calmer when Saturday comes. It 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. Overnight in Bac Ha.

Summary:
Distance:  190 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home-stay

DAY 2: North-East Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tours to Ha Giang : BAC HA MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO HA GIANG CITY

After breakfast, we take a motor ride on the track to Xin Man and Hoang Su Phi on many small; back roads with scenic mountain views.
Xin Man is right on the border between Vietnam and China. It is, as of this writing, well hidden and completely surrounded by wild mountains and forests. There’s a single road from Xin Man to Hoang Su Phi.

North-East Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tours to Ha Giang
Ma Pi Leng Pass

Hoang Su Phi is among the most untouched area of Ha Giang Province of Vietnam. The area was separated from the mainstream society until very recently. Passing Hoang Su Phi, we will be charmed by the pristine beauty of the wild mountains and the authentic culture of the local ethnic groups which include: the Nung, the Flower H’mong, the Tay and the Ha Nhi People…
After lunch, join the main road heading up to Ha Giang City, where we stop for the night and apply for a permit.

Summary:
Distance:  200 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

DAY 3: North-East Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tours to Ha Giang : HA GIANG MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO DONG VAN (HA GIANG)

North-East Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tours to Ha Giang
Ha Giang Motorbike Tour to Dong Van

After getting the permit for motorbike tour in border areas at Ha Giang’s Immigration Police, we ride on small challenging mountain roads (but incredibly beautiful) on the land of colorful mountain hill-tribes.
Motorcycle head 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.

Ride on a zig-zag track until reaching Vuong Family’s Residence, 14 kms before Dong Van.
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.

When we reach Dong Van Town we will have some extra time to wonder the ancient streets lined with H’mong homes of clay bricks and tiles roofs built centuries ago.

Summary:
Distance:  160 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

DAY 4: North-East Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tours to Ha Giang : DONG VAN MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO BAO LAC (CAO BANG)

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

We 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.

North-East Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tours to Ha Giang
North east Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tour

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.

We 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.

Summary:
Distance:  80 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

DAY 5: North-East Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tours to Ha Giang : BAO LAC MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO CAO BANG CITY

Beautiful motor ride down to Cao Bang province. Few passes from where you can dominate the area. The road is easy but there are many blind curves. We can stop very often for photos Nguyen Binh and Tinh Tuc.
Good hotel in Cao Bang Town, where we can relax to be ready for next imaging day.

Summary:
Distance:  130 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

DAY 6: North-East Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tours to Ha Giang : CAO BANG MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO BAN GIOC WATERFALL AND HOMESTAY IN QUANG UYEN (CAO BANG)

Get out of town, we motorcycle 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 motorbiking 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 Doc.

North-East Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tours to Ha Giang
Ban Gioc Waterfall_Cao Bang Province

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 7: North-East Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tours to Ha Giang : 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 8: North-East Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tours to Ha Giang : LANG SON MOTORCYCLE TOUR BACK HANOI

Easy day back to Hanoi on the new Highway 1B. You can wake up late or do some more shopping in Dong Kinh market in the morning as we guess you can be tired after long riding days.
Arrival at Hanoi before rush hour, around 3pm.

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.

Overwelming Northeast Vietnam motorbike tour – 8 Days
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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).

Inclusions

Motorbike(s) (Honda or Yamaha)

Helmet(s)

Driving gears

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)

Homestay permission

Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees

One-way train ticket Hanoi – Lao Cai

Exclusions

Travel insurance

Visa

Air-ticket

Tips

Personal expenses

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