AWE-INSPIRING NORTHEAST VIETNAM MOTORBIKE TOUR – 5 DAYS
By Minh Hoang
This motorbike tour offers amazing ride and discovery into Far Northeast of Vietnam. You will be riding into Mau Son mountain and explore the breathtaking Ban Gioc waterfall before tranquil boating on Ba Be Lake. You will have the chance to experience the the stunning landscapes of rice terraces, peaceful villages & communicate with the locals and taste lots of local foods
Destination: Hanoi Mau Son Mount Quang Uyen Ban Gioc Waterfall Ba Be National Park Ha Noi
Day 1 : Hanoi Motorbike Tour To Mau Son Mount – Lang Son
Day 2 : Mau Son Motorbike Tour to Quang Uyen
Day 3 : Quang Uyen Motorbike Tour to Ban Gioc Waterfall – Cao Bang
Day 4 : Cao Bang Motorbike Tour to Ba Be National Park
Day 5 : Ba Be lake motorbike tour to Ha Noi (B, L)
DAY 1 – Northeast Vietnam Motorbike Tour – 5 days : Hanoi Motorbike Tour To Mau Son Mount – Lang Son
Today we’ll follow the ride on High Way No 1 from Hanoi to Lang Son (roughly 190Km) where borders to China. Along the road, we can view the beautiful sceneries of rice fields, villages, gardens with the daily life of the locals. Upon approaching Lang Son city, we’ll take a rest by a cup of coffee before our guide will take you a round to explore some historical relics, central market & Huu Nghi Border Gate with China.
After having lunch, we’ll keep on riding upto Mau Son on the beautiful newly sealed spiral road. Mau Son is 30 km away from Lang Son, 1.541m above sea level. Night in Lang Son.
Distance: 190 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 2 – Northeast Vietnam Motorbike Tour – 5 days : Mau Son Motorbike Tour to Quang Uyen
After having breakfast at hotel, we’ll say goodbye to Lang Son to ride straight to Quang Uyen belonging to Cao Bang province via Dong Khe & That Khe. In general, the road is a bit bumpy and dusty. En route, you’ll have chances to experience the stunning landscapes of rice terraces, peaceful villages & communicate with the locals and taste lots of local foods. It takes us 6 hours to reach the beautiful village of Quang Uyen, in the middle of a mountain cirque. This is the territory of Nung An people. Spend the night in our friend’s house.
Distance: 180 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Homestay Quảng uyên
DAY 3 – Northeast Vietnam Motorbike Tour – 5 days : Quang Uyen Motorbike Tour to Ban Gioc Waterfall – Cao Bang
After enjoying a simple but friendly breakfast at a local family, we’ll say goodbye to villagers and 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 Doc.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 a very nice ride to get over Ma Phuc pass to reach Cao Bang via Quang Uyen.
Overnight in Cao Bang.
Distance: 140 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 – Northeast Vietnam Motorbike Tour – 5 days : Cao Bang Motorbike Tour to Ba Be National Park
Today, we’ll enjoy a very amazing ride from Cao Bang to Ba Be lake which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and we also have to get over some steep curvy passes where you can see hillsides carpeted with apiaries, Vietnam’s most famous honey-producing areas. Lunch en route.
Upon approaching the wharf of Ba Be lake, we’ll take a motor ride though Ba Be National Park to Pac Ngo village where we’ll enjoy the night with the ethnic Tay people
Distance: 150 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 – Northeast Vietnam Motorbike Tour – 5 days : Ba Be lake motorbike tour to Ha Noi (B, L)
After breakfast we go past Ba Be forest, you can discover spectacular rivers, deep valleys, natural caves and undulating mountains. On the way, we pay a visit Pac Ngoi village where the local people still keeps the traditional stilt house then enter Hua Ma cave famous with thousand of stalactites and columns. Then drive back to Ha Noi. Have lunch in a local restaurant on the way. We arrive in Ha Noi at about 4:30 PM.
Distance: 230 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
O/N in Hanoi
End of the tour!
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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 speaking guide
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