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Explore north Vietnam motorbiking tour 7 days 7 nights

The Great Trails is a motor biking tour to the most splendid areas of limestone mountains ranges and wonderful terraced paddy fields of Ba Be, Ha Giang and Sapa. Suitable for those who love adventure tours, and prefer untouched areas and exploring the cultural customs of the hill tribes, as well as for travellers interested in spectacular photo opportunities.
 

Type of tour: Private
Tour code: BB 35E
Departure date: Daily
Destination: Northern Vietnam
Duration: 7 days.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi - Ba Be Lake
Day 2: Ba Be - Tinh Tuc - Bao Lac
Day 3: Bao Lac - Meo Vac - Dong Van
Day 4: Dong Van - Yen Minh - Quan Ba - Ha Giang
Day 5: Ha Giang - Hoang Su Phi - Bac Ha
Day 6: Bac Ha - Sapa
Day 7: Explore around Sapa, night train to Hanoi
Day 1
Hanoi - Ba Be Lake ~240 km (L, D)
Explore north Vietnam motorbiking tour, Ba Be lake
We’ll meet you at 7:30am at your hotel, and spend 30 minutes making sure our bikes are in order and that we have all the necessary equipment. The route today won’t offer too much in terms of sights, but it’s a great time to familiarize yourself with your bike and get comfortable with riding. We’ll drive through Thai Nguyen City, and keep moving through several timeless villages only linked by the road.
It’s now that we’ll get our first glimpse of rural Vietnam, setting the tone for the days ahead. We’ll stop for lunch along the way and depending on traffic, should reach Ba Be Lake around midday. Once here we take a boat trip to explore the lake, as well as to visit Goa & Han Ma Islands before docking at the village of Bo Lu. Here we’ll be welcomed into the home of our Tay host family, where we’ll enjoy dinner and an overnight stay.

Highlights and activities: appr. 240 km ride
Accommodation: Mr Linh's homestay
Meals:
Lunch, dinner
Day 2
Ba Be - Tinh Tuc - Bao Lac ~ 178km (B, L, D)
Explore north Vietnam motorbiking tour, Bao Lac market
Today features a medium drive with slopes which will offer wonderful sights of the mountains as we ride through villages. Lunch will be served on the way in a local restaurant before arriving in Bao Lac in the late afternoon. We’ll check in at the hotel and other than dinner the rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure.

Highlights and activities: appr. 178 km ride
Accommodation: Duc Tai hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3
Bao Lac - Meo Vac - Dong Van ~ 96 km (B, L, D)
Explore north Vietnam motorbiking, Meo Vac pass
After breakfast, we leave for Ha Giang via Meo Vac. Remember to have your camera ready for today as we will be travelling through some of the most beautiful parts of the whole country. The scenic route climbs over a high pass, before descending into Meo Vac valley, located close to the Chinese border. Here we’ll stop for lunch before continuing by climbing over Ma Pi Leng Pass, where we’ll enjoy more stunning views of the mountain range and the Nho Que River far below. We’ll continue along zigzag roads to Dong Van, observing local life along the way. Once in Dong Van we’ll get to explore the ancient streets filled with old H’mong houses before settling in for an overnight stay.

Highlights and activities: appr. 96 km ride
Accommodation: Hoa Cuong hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 4
Dong Van - Yen Minh - Quan Ba - Ha Giang ~ 150 km (B, L, D)
Explore north Vietnam motorbiking, remote H'mong village in Dong Van
Today we start with a leisurely drive from Dong Van back to Yen Minh & Quan Ba. We’ll have plenty of time, so we won’t have to rush. On the way we visit the infamous Vuong Palace, home of a high ranking H’mong family during colonial rule. We then continue through Quan Ba, stopping at the market if it’s a Sunday, before arriving in Ha Giang where we will stay for the night.

Highlights and activities: appr. 150 km ride
Accommodation: Mr Dat's homestay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 5
Ha Giang - Hoang Su Phi - Bac Ha ~ 209km (B, L, D)
Explore north Vietnam motorbiking, Bac Ha market
Today our drive will be long but accompanied by gorgeous scenery the whole way. The zigzag road from Ha Giang to Bac Ha will mean that todays ride will take longer, and the conditions might make it extra challenging, so leaving early on this day is always a good idea. If we left early enough, we should arrive in Bac Ha before dark, where we’ll stay for the night.

Highlights and activities: appr. 209 km ride
Accommodation: Lap Xuan's homestay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 6
Bac Ha - Sapa ~ 120km (L)
Explore north Vietnam motorbiking, Sapa
The morning is free for you to explore Bac Ha, and if it’s a Sunday we recommend a visit to the market. In the afternoon we make the 3 hour drive to Sapa, where the rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure before overnighting here.

Highlights and activities: appr. 3 hour ride
Accommodation: Sapa Horizon hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 7
Explore Around Sapa - Night Train To Hanoi (B)
Explore north Vietnam motorbiking, Sapa trekking
You’re free to explore Sapa as you wish, but we suggest a ride downhill to a local village and then leaving your bike there to do some trekking to either Ta Phin or Ta Van Village. In the late afternoon we’ll ride to the Lao Cai train station, where we’ll have dinner and depart on the train for Hanoi leaving at 8:15pm. We’ll arrive in the capital around 5am and we’ll escort you to your hotel, marking the end of the tour.

Highlights and activities: appr.10-13 km trek
Accommodation:  night train
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 


The facts...
We take you to the parts others can't reach!

Climate
From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot.
From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.

Transport
Boat
Motorbike

Tour Guides
Our experienced and friendly Tour Guide(s) speak excellent English or French.
They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.

Rate
This rate is quoted in USD per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy. Valid until December 2019
Group size
Price/pp
1p
1771
2p
1276
3-4p
1201
5-6p
1106
7-8p
1028
9-10p
985
Single Supp’
N/A
 
Tour price includes
Motorbikes : 01 bike/ per person
All petrol (gasoline), helmet
Rain gear
Motorbike jacket
Boat trip on Ba Be lake
Accommodation
Local English Speaking guide
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary:  Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L), Dinners (D)
All entrance fees

Tour price excludes
Visa to Vietnam
Any other transportation are not mentioned in the itinerary
Travel Insurance
Drinks
Meals are not mentioned in the itinerary
Tip for guide
Other personal expenses.

What to bring
Passport
Good sunglasses
Good shoes for walking
Other personal needs and some cash for drinks or souvenirs.

Have a great journey!