4-Day Motorbike Tour from Hanoi to Mai Chau – Cuc Phuong
By Duong Dong
Depart from the office at 8:30am. About 30 minutes to get out Ha Noi city. Wind our way to Hoa Binh town, on the way we will be making our own way through the villages and valleys of Ha Tay and Hoa Binh province. We stop for lunch in Hoa Binh town…
DAY 1 : MOTORBIKE TOURS FROM HANOI TO MAI CHAU & CUC PHUONG: HANOI – MAI CHAU (160KM/4 HOURS)(L/D)
Depart from the office at 8:30am. About 30 minutes to get out Ha Noi city. Wind our way to Hoa Binh town, on the way we will be making our own way through the villages and valleys of Ha Tay and Hoa Binh province. We stop for lunch in Hoa Binh town, visit the power plant and continue hitting the roads up hills to the Kun pass and onto nice roads offering spectacular views over the valleys and mountains. Arrive in Mai Chau by afternoon, time to explore before overnighting in a traditional Thai stilt houses.
DAY 2 : MOTORBIKE TOURS FROM HANOI TO MAI CHAU & CUC PHUONG: MAI CHAU – CUC PHUONG NATIONAL PARK (170 KM/5 HOURS)(B/L/D)
After breakfast we continue on the main Mai Chau road heading South. A long drive today but, soon we’ll be enjoying the wonderful sightseeing along the narrrow road through valley of this vast limestone mountain range, it brings on the feeling of adventure whilst being lost in a magic land, passing some villages and meeting some minority people along the way. Have lunch at local restaurant before joining the Ho Chi Minh trail. Arrive in Cuc Phuong National Park by afternoon. After we’ve become acquainted with our overnight accomodation, there’ll be plenty of time to explore the local area.
Dinner and overnight in National Park
DAY 3 : MOTORBIKE TOURS FROM HANOI TO MAI CHAU & CUC PHUONG: CUC PHUONG – NINH BINH (60 KM/1.5 HOURS)(B/L/D)
Today, first of all, we visit the Primate Rescue center, butterfly museum, lookout, and then we ride through Cuc Phuong forest to the park center, a short break then trek for 3 hours to the Tetrameles nudiflora (Sequoia) 1,000 year old tree. Then we, jump on our bikes for a ride around the park, pass by the local ferry and on into Ninh Binh town.
Overnight in hotel.
DAY 4 : MOTORBIKE TOURS FROM HANOI TO MAI CHAU & CUC PHUONG: NINH BINH – HA NOI (110 KM/3 HOURS)(B/L)
Today we ride to Tam Coc/Thungang cave for a 3 hour boat trip . We will have lunch at the river side restaurant, before riding through villages, by the river, rocks, rice fields, and temples to Hoa lu where we will visit the “Ancient capital city of Hoa Lu”. Hit our road towards Hanoi.
Arrive in Hanoi around 6:00pm.
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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).
Motorbikes (Minsk-125cc or Honda Fortune 125cc): 01 bike/ per person
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