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Motorcycling Grand North Loop Vietnam

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9 days tours with 9 days motorcycling at challenging grade
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Places to visit: Hanoi - Mai Chau valley - Son La - Than Uyen - Sapa - Ha Giang - Dong Van - Lung cu Flagpole - Bao Lac - Ba Be Lake - Hanoi

This Vietnam motorcycling tour is the best covering all top highlights in the North, where is the heaven for adventure travel. You are going to get your motorbikes climbing up and down hills continuously to Mai Chau valley, Sapa town, and Ha Giang plateau. They are just a few famous name to be listed. We must have to mention to the breathtaking ride over O Quy Ho Pass and several challenging off-road rides in Moc Chau, Than Uyen as typical examples. The trip ends up with a beautiful boat trip in Ba Be Lake the biggest natural lake in North Vietnam. Terrace fields, awesome nature, colorful ethnic markets and unique culture are all things you can expect on this trip.

Tour Highlights
  • Hardest roads for motorcycling in Vietnam
  • Magnificent roads
  • Endless terrace fields
  • Stunning passes – O Quy Ho and Ma Pi Leng
  • Boat trip in Ba Be.
  • Lots of off-road portions.

Motorcycling Grand North Loop Vietnam  route map


Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau valley
Day 2: Mai Chau - Son La
Day 3: Son La – Than Uyen
Day 4: Than Uyen - Sapa
Day 5: Sapa- Ha Giang province
Day 6: Ha Giang – ?ong van – Flagpole Lung Cu
Day 7: Dong Van – Bao Lac
Day 8: Bao Lac – Ba Be
Day 9: Ba Be lake - Hanoi

TOUR PRICE  (Per person)
Valid to 31st Dec 2017

Affordable option: 125CC commuter - Future Neo
Group of 1 rider: US$ 1435
Group of 2 riders: US$ 855
Group of 3-4 riders: US$ 700
Group of 5-6 riders: US$ 575
Group of 7 riders upon request
Single surcharge:  US$ 115

Best option: 250CC dirt motorbike
Group of 1 rider: US$ 1975
Group of 2 riders: US$ 1260
Group of 3-4 riders: US$ 1060
Group of 5-6 riders: US$ 895
Group of 7 riders upon request
Single surcharge:  US$ 115


- Motorbike rentals as indicated
- Best Rated Room (twin shared)
- Unlimited Mileage
- Helmets for the riders
- Daily breakfast & meals as indicated
- Homestay permission
- English speaking tour guide
- Water & Snacks on driving days
- First-aid kit
- National Park & Entrance Fees
- Preparation and Orientation
- Taxes and service charges


- Visa to Vietnam
- Travel insurance
- Transportation between hotel and pick-up location
- Gasoline average US$ 10/day/bike
- Mechanic & Support truck for 125$/day/group
- Surcharge 400 CC: US$ 40/day/bike
- Personal expenses
- Personal motor protection gears
- Others not mentioned



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Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau valley

Being greeted by our tour guide today. He briefs the tour program as well as gets you acquaintance with the bikes for about 15 – 30 minutes depending on your own experience with bikes.
8.30am: We will manage to leave Hanoi city then take a ride west to Mai Chau, an area of beautiful landscape and home to the Thai ethnic minority. 
We take our wheels on road No6 passing expansive rice paddies and scenic villages. Have a stop for refreshment before tackling 70km of the undulating road with great view of mountains and valley. 
Noontime: We will reach Mai Chau valley. We ride straight to Pom Coong, a peaceful village of White Thai ethnic minority where we have lunch, dinner and spend our night in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai family. 
Afternoon: We can have a walk to visit and look the daily life of the local people in their village. Return to Pom Coong Village for overnight.
Riding: 170km on mountainous road
Meals: Lunch
Accommodation: Home-stay in the village 

Day 2: Mai Chau - Son La

Breakfast at the home-stay before we embark on a beautiful ride up north to Son La. The road is in good condition and the scenery is stunning. We may take frequent stops to visit minority villages of H’mong, Black Thai,… or to take photos. 
Lunch will be in a local restaurant en route. 
The highlight of our ride today could be the tea plantations in Moc Chau Plateau, where you find the best green tea in Vietnam grown along the roads on hillsides. We reach Son La in the afternoon. Have time to visit Son La prison to understand a part of Vietnamese French war history.
We check in the hotel and free time for dinner tonight. Overnight in Son La.
Riding: 187km 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Mini hotel in Son La 

Day 3: Son La – Than Uyen

Breakfast at hotel, we hop on our motorbikes for a ride on road No6 for about 30km to visit Thuan Chau Market, where you will meet Black Thai in their beautiful costumes  and selling their home-made products. This is very nice chances for photos. Then we ride toward Than Uyen with a short turn back and we take a turn to Road No279. This is time for going off road and fun experience here will be the highlights of today.
Stop en route for lunch around Quynh Nhai area. 
Then we continue our motorbikes to Than Uyen and enjoy the awesome views of stunning terrace fields, Son La Lake – that is the human-made lake for Son La hydroelectric plant, the biggest one in South East Asia. Arrive in Than Uyen afternoon then check in hotel for relaxing and dinner.
Riding: 162km with several off-road portions
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Mini hotel in Than Uyen

Day 4 : Than Uyen - Sapa

Save the best for the last! Today, we enjoy breakfast at the hotel and get ready to take the most stunning ride to the best place in North Vietnam, Sapa. 
After about 100km, we meet O Quy Ho pass – one of four most grand passes in North Vietnam and the entire Vietnam actually. We will ride up to the highest point of the pass and the high road of Vietnam at 2000m to the sea level. You are absolutely amazed by terrace fields, valleys and the winding roads that you have passed by while standing at the top.
We arrive in Sapa in lunch time. The afternoon will be free on your own account to explore then we go back to the hotel for checking in and overnight.
Riding: 140km uphill and downhill
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: hotel in Sapa town

Day 5: Sapa- Ha Giang province

Today, you are going to connect two best representatives of North West, Sapa, and North East, Ha Giang.
Breakfast at the hotel, we ride for Ha Giang after a visit to Ha Khau border gate – a notable gate between Vietnam and China. On the riding way along road No70 then 279, we may stop en route at colorful Bac Ha market if it is Sunday. 
Depending on the season, we may take the route via Hoang Su Phi where the terrace fields are absolutely stunning in May when irrigating the fields and in October – November when harvesting the rice.
The last part of this days is rather easy with about 45km on good road No02. We arrive in Ha Giang, check in the hotel and overnight.
Riding: 250km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: hotel in Ha Giang town 

Day 6: Ha Giang – Dong van – Flagpole Lung Cu

Breakfast at your hotel, we will start for Dong Van – the first Karst Geopark of Vietnam via Bac Sum pass. We stop en route for a very nice photo chance at Quan Ba before visiting Lung Lam village where you can watch Hmong people weaving flax trees to make their clothes.
Stop for lunch at Yen Minh area.
In the afternoon, we keep our motorbikes to Vuong House and Lung Cu flagpole – this flags the furthermost point to North Vietnam. We ride back to Dong Van and tonight we overnight at Dong Van.
Riding: 150km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: hotel in Dong Van 

Day 7 : Dong Van – Bao Lac

Morning, we take breakfast at the hotel and resting for some minutes. We commence this day with a short walk to a belvedere from French colonial time for an overview of the whole Dong Van town. After that, we take another hike to surrounding villages then back to the hotel, get ready for the next motorcycling part.
Today we are going to conquer one of the four greatest and highest passes of Vietnam, Ma Pi Leng. Once you can reach the highest point of the pass, the views of valley and Nho Que River under your wheel are absolutely unforgettable. This is the don’t-miss chance for photography.  
Stop for lunch at Meo Vac area. Then follow the national road No34 via Ly Bon to Bao Lac. We arrive in Bao Lac late afternoon, check in hotel and overnight here.
Riding: 140km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: hotel in Bao Lac

Day 8: Bao Lac – Ba Be

Breakfast at the hotel and prepare for a great off-road challenging today.
We start our ride to Ba Be lake – the biggest natural lake in North Vietnam. You are going to pass and stop to see lovely water wheels as the homemade irrigation system for terrace fields. Riding further, you should prepare for some challenging and long off-road portions (maybe 50km or more) when you ride over the road covered by streams or under constructions. In some parts, the water level might be high up to the half of your motorbike wheels. This is the most fun moments of the day.
For less experienced riders, an alternative easier way is using temporary wooden connectors. Lunch will be served en route.
We arrive in Ba be, leave our bikes at the homestay and take a short walk to the boat pier for a very nice 2-3 hours boat trip. Our guide will show you how special and amazing this lake is with his fantastic introduction. Walk back to our homestay and we overnight in a house of Tay ethnic tonight.
Riding: 140km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay in Ba Be

Day 9: Ba Be lake - Hanoi

Enjoy slowly the breakfast at your homestay in the morning of pure nature. We say goodbye to our kind host for the last ride of this adventure to Hanoi. On the way, we will pass Bac Kan and Thai Nguyen – where is the first industrial zone of Vietnam for steel products. 
Stop for lunch en route. Keep our ride and we get back to Hanoi late afternoon. Time to celebrate your completion of the great motorcycling adventure over North Vietnam.
Riding: 250km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Not available