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Motorcycling West Northern Vietnam

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Hanoi - Mai Chau valley - Son La - Than Uyen - Sapa - Hanoi
5-day trip with 5-day motorcycling
Motorcycling grade: Moderate to Challenging. View grading definition here

A motorcycling 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 plateau
  • Fun off road experience when passing Than Uyen
  • Breathtaking ride at O Quy Ho pass
  • Awesome Sapa town as always 

Motorcycling West Northern Vietnam  route map


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

PRICE (Per person)
Valid to 31st December, 2016

Affordable option: 125CC commuter Future Neo

1 person: US$ 730
2 persons: US$ 465
3-4 persons: US$ 380
5-6 persons: US$ 305

Single surcharge:  US$ 40

Best option: 250CC dirt motorbike

1 person: US$ 970
2 persons: US$ 645
3-4 persons: US$ 535
5-6 persons: US$ 450

Single surcharge:  US$ 40


  • One-way train ticket Laocai - Hanoi (AC, soft sleeper) 
  • Honda (or Yamaha) 125CC (semi-automatic gear)
  • Helmet
  • English speaking guide
  • Mechanic (only for group from 6 passengers)
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (based on twin shared)
  • Homestay permission
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Water & Snacks
  • First-aid kit
  • Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees


  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Air-ticket
  • Tips
  • Gasoline on tour (average US$ 10 per day)
  • Personal expenses (beverage, excluded meals - 10$ per person per meal, souvenirs,...) 

Surcharge for:

  • Dirtbike:
       o  Honda XR 150CC: US$ 16/day
       o  Honda XR 250CC: US$ 29/day
       o  Honda XR 400CC: US$ 40/day

  • Support truck : approx US$ 95 per day.

Note: These prices are subject to change without prior notice.



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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 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

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.
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
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

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