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Motorcycling North West Vietnam

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Hanoi - Mai Chau valley - Son La - Than Uyen - Sapa - Hanoi
5-day trip with 4-day motorcycling
Motorcycling grade: Moderate to Challenging. View grading definition here
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A motorcycling tour to North Western Vietnam reveals a different route to get from Mai Chau to Son la and ends with the bests of Sapa. Highlights of this motorcycling trips are the magnificent roads with terrace fields to Mai Chau valleys, the beautiful tea plantations in Moc Chau highland and going really off-roads before reaching to the famed town on the mountain, Sapa. The stunning views of terraced fields, plantations, valleys and colorful ethnic culture, dancing are all blended awesomely in a single trip. That is the most typical picture of North West Vietnam on the wheels.

 

Tour Highlights
  • Beautiful road to Mai Chau valley
  • Green tea plantations at Moc Chau.
  • Fun off road when passing Than Uyen
  • Breathtaking ride at O Quy Ho pass
  • Awesome Sapa town as always 

Motorcycling North West Vietnam  route map

TOUR AT A GLANCE

Day 01: Hanoi – Mai Chau valley
Day 02: Mai Chau - Son La
Day 03: Son La – Than Uyen
Day 04: Than Uyen - Sapa
Day 05: Arrive in Hanoi early morning

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

Affordable option: 125CC commuter
Group of 1 rider: US$ 730
Group of 2 riders: US$ 465
Group of 3-4 riders: US$ 380
Group of 5-6 riders: US$ 305
Group of 7 riders upon request
Single surcharge:  US$ 40

Best option: 250CC dirt motorbike
Group of 1 rider: US$ 970
Group of 2 riders: US$ 645
Group of 3-4 riders: US$ 535
Group of 5-6 riders: US$ 450
Group of 7 riders upon request
Single surcharge:  US$ 40

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

- One-way train ticket Laocai - Hanoi (AC, soft sleeper)
- Motorbike options as indicated
- Best Rated Room (twin shared)
- Unlimited Mileage
- Helmets for riders
- Daily breakfast
- Other 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 Services charges

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

- Travel insurance
- Visa process and stamp
- Tips and gratitude
- Transportation between hotel and pick-up location
- Gasoline average US$ 10/day/bike
- Personal expenses
- Personal motorbike protection gears
- Mechanic and support truck for 115$/day/group
- Upgrade Surcharge 400 CC: US$ 40/day/bike
- Others not mentions

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 Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau valley ~ 170km motocycling

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 ~ 250km motorcycling

Breakfast at the homestay and we say goodbye to our kind host. Today, our trip continues to Son La via Moc Chau Plateau – this cool place is the best for green tea plantations in Vietnam. Take a local experience today when we board on Van Yen ferry that connects two banks of Da River – the best river for hydroelectric plant thanks to its slopes. 
We disembark the ferry then keep our wheels to Gia Phu where we stop for lunch.
After getting our stomach full, we are taking a challenging ride while driving along No 37 road to Bac Yen, especially the part in Nhot pass. When we meet T-junction at Co Noi, take a right turn on the road No6 via Hat Lot to reach our stop for overnight today, Son la province.
The rest of the day will be a visit to Son La prison. Dinner and overnight in Son la.
Distance: 250km.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Hotel/ Guesthouse in Son La

Day 3: Son La – Than Uyen ~ 162km motocycling

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 ~ 175km motocycling

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.
Late afternoon, we take the last ride for about 35km to Lao Cai Railway station for a night train back to Hanoi. Our guide will load the motorbikes into the commodity carriage while we board on the A/C, 4 soft berths, sharing cabin. 
Riding: 140km uphill and downhill + 35km downhill
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: 4 soft berth sharing cabin on night train
 
Customized Suggestion -  If your plan has more days, you can take your motorbike back to Hanoi via Road No70 for another 2 more days. We will ride along Red River and stop overnight at Thac Ba Reservoir – the lake for the first hydroelectric plant in Vietnam since 1971.
The last day we will ride from Thac ba to Hanoi. You may stop en route at King Hung temple – who is believed the first kings of Vietnam dating back to 4000 years ago.

Day 05: Arrive in Hanoi early morning 

04.30 – 05.30 The train arrives in Hanoi Railway Station depending on the train schedule. Our service ends here. You can easily find a taxi for short transfer back to your hotel.
Meals: Not included
Hotel: Not included