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Motorcycling adventure in Northern Vietnam

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Hanoi - Mai Chau - Son La - Dien Bien Phu - Sapa – Hagiang – Bao Loc – Cao Bang – Ban Gioc – Ba Be – Lang Son – Hanoi
14-day trip with 12-day motorcycling
Motorcycling grade: Moderate. View grading definition here

The mountainous area of Northern Vietnam has long been famous for its beautiful scenery and great diversity of ethnic minorities. With our adventure motorcycling trip you will make a big loop to experience all the bests that area can offer. Starting in Hanoi you will explore Northwest before jumping into Northeast, back to Hanoi after a day relaxing in Ba Be Lake. The perfect itinerary and the support crew ensure you get the most out of the trip in terms of comfort, enjoyment and adventure. Along the way we encounter dramatic landscapes and sweeping panoramas as the rural population goes about its business. Highlights include the terraced valleys of Sapa, beautiful Ban Gioc Waterfall and many different colorful minority groups.

Tour Highlights
  • Stunning scenery
  • Stunning Pha Din Pass and Tram Ton Pass
  • Terraced valley of Sapa
  • Ban Gioc Waterfall
  • Babe Lake
  • Colorful ethnic minorities

Motorcycling adventure in Northern Vietnam route map


Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau
Day 3: Mai Chau – Son La
Day 4: Son La – Dien Bien Phu
Day 5: Dien Bien Phu – Tam Duong
Day 6: Tam Duong – Sapa
Day 7: Sapa – Ha Giang
Day 8: Ha Giang – Bao Lac
Day 9: Bao Lac – Cao Bang
Day 10: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc – Cao Bang
Day 11: Cao Bang – Babe Lake
Day 12: Babe Lake – Lang Son
Day 13: Lang Son – Hanoi
Day 14: Departure

PRICE  (Per person)
Valid to 31st Becember 2014

1 person:   US$ 4470
2 persons: US$ 2425
3-4 persons:  US$ 1800
5-6 persons:  US$ 1315

Single Supplement:  US$ 220


  • Honda (or Yamaha) 125CC (semi-automatic gear)
  • Helmet
  • English speaking guide
  • Mechanic (only for group from 6 persons)
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (based on twin shared)
  • Home-stay permission
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • First-aid kit
  • Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees
  • Boat in Babe Lake
  • Water & Snacks


  • Visa to Vietnam
  • Air-tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • 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$ 105 per day

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



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Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi

Upon arrival in Hanoi, you meet our guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Hanoi.If time permits we can have riding test in the afternoon. Welcome dinner with local delicacies. Tour briefing at the dinner time. Overnight in Hanoi.

Airport transfer: private AC car
Meal: Welcome dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: Ride to Mai Chau

In the morning we take a short bus drive the starting point on the outskirt of Hanoi where we beginning our adventure journey. We will ride on Highway 6 passing extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads punctuated by limestone karst scenery.
After a light lunch in  Hoa Binh Town, the capital of Hoa Binh Province, we cross two short mountain passes then descent to the mountain valley settlement of  Mai Chau. 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. If time and weather permit we will ride toward Ma River to enjoy a short boat ride upstream Ma Rive to a remote Thai Village. Relax and have interesting conversations with the villagers before we walk back to the dock. Return to Pom Coong Village for overnight.

Riding: 170km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Home-stay

Day 3: Ride up to 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 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. Overnight in Son La.

Riding: 187km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Son La

Day 4: Descend valley of Dien Bien Phu

It is true to say “the further you go up north the faster you heart rate”. Today the ride is greater with more winding road, longer passes, more colorful minority groups and more stunning scenery. Like yesterday, we may have interesting stops to visit villages and take photos. Lunch en route in local restaurant. The highlight of today ride could be the impressive pass of Pha Din.
Pha Pin means Heaven-Earth, and according to local legend, it was the frontier between Heaven and Earth. Pha Din is some 1,000m above sea-level. Climbing and descending the slopes with their many bends and deep gorges is a really an unforgettable experience. We reach Dien Bien Phu in the afternoon around 4pm. Upon arrival we cound ride around to explore the town. Overnight in Dien Bien Phu.

Riding: 170km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 5: Riding along Nam Na River to Tam Duong

After breakfast we will have short visit to the former battle fields with French army to learn about the special position of Dien Bien Phu during the war. Then we drive to isolate roads leading to remote communities of Thai and Hmong people. Keep riding under the quiet but challenging road going up and down over mountains with high passes. Once we drop sharply after a high pass, we arrive Muong Lay valley of Lai Chau province. Overnight in Muong Lay

Riding: 100km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6: Ascending Sapa

The motorbiking segment today is the most highlight of the whole trip. The morning with very big challenge of climbing Tram Ton pass. This is the highest pass in Vietnam that is even more difficult than Pha Din pass few days ago. Lunch in local restaurant en route. The shades of giant Fansipan is far miles and miles away. When you find yourself at the top of the pass, you have just done an awesome challenge over to the most difficult pass of Vietnam road. Drive down to the valley and we will reach Sapa right in the end. Sapa is the former hill station for the French colonists hundred years ago. Today Sapa is the paradise for trekking lovers thank to its beautiful trekking routes, stunning terraces, colorful minority groups and the highest mountain in Indochina, the Mt. Fansipan. Free at leisure in the afternoon. Overnight in Sapa.

Riding: 180km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 7: Ride northeastward to Ha Giang

After breakfast in the hotel, we will head to Ha Giang 200km northeast of Sapa. First we descend Laocai through a beautiful area of rice terraces on hill slopes. In Laocai we will have a short ride along the border with China. The road is quite smooth and the traffic is not very busy. Lunch stop in small town of Yen Binh. We would reach Ha Giang around 5.30pm. Tonight we will stay overnight in a house of a Tay family. Overnight in the house. 

Riding: 200km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Home stay

Day 8: Riding to Bao Lac

Breakfast at the homestay. Riding east to Bao Lac Town. Today the ride is shorter and easier thus we may have sometime to wander around the village before leaving for Bao Lac. The lunch stop is in Bac Me, a quiet town on the bank of Gam River. After lunch we continue to Bao Lac. The ride in the afternoon is very nice since we ride along the Gam River. Arrive in Bao Lac around 5pm. Overnight in a mini hotel.

Riding: 109km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:  Hotel in Bao Lac

Day 9: Riding to Cao Bang

In the morning we head to Nguyen Binh through mining town of Tinh Tuc. The ride is quite peaceful with easy traffic and good road. Lunch stop in Nguyen Binh. In the afternoon we ride to Cao Bang with a stop to visit Pac Po cave, the hideout used by Ho Chi Minh when he came back to Vietnam after 30 years of self imposed exile. It was here that he organized his resistance army against the French. After here we continue to Cao Bang. Overnight in Cao Bang.

Riding: 135km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:  Hotel in Cao Bang

Day 10: Riding to Ban Gioc

Breakfast in Cao Bang. Ride to the beautiful waterfall of Ban Gioc. We will have an exploration of Nguom Ngao Cave before reaching Ban Gioc. Lunch in Ban Gioc and spend the afternoon to take photo and relax in the scenic nature setting of Ban Gioc Waterfall. We will ride back to Cao Bang on another road until we reach Quang Yen. Return to Cao Bang around 5pm. Overnight in Cao Bang. 

Riding: 180km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:  Hotel in Cao Bang

Day 11: Riding to Ba Be Lake

Today we ride to the most beautiful lake in northern Vietnam, which is named “another Halong Bay”. The lunch stop is in Cho Ra. After lunch we have a short ride to Pac Ngoi, a village of Tay ethnic minority on the bank of Ba Be Lake. Upon arrival in Pac Ngoi we have a cruise on the lake. You can relax in the clean emeraude color water of the lake if weather permits. Tonight we will stay with a Tay family.

Riding: 129km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:  Home stay in Ba Be

Day 12: Riding to Lang Son

Breakfast at the home stay before heading to Lang Son. Today we ride on quiet roads through an unpopulated area. The roads were built and used mainly during the border dispute with China in 1979. We will have lunch in Nari, a small town on the bank of Bac Giang River. We continue riding toward the border gate of Friendship Pass in Dong Dang and to Lang Son where we stop for overnight.   

Riding: 230km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:  Hotel in Lang Son

Day 13: Riding back to Hanoi

Today we head back to Hanoi. Before leaving for Hanoi we visit Tam Thanh Cave. We ride on A1 National road. Have a stop for lunch in Kep. We will reach Hanoi at 4.30pm. Overnight in Hanoi. 

Riding: 160km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:  Hotel in Hanoi

Day 14: Departure

Breakfast in the hotel. Our guide and driver are at your disposal until we transfer you to the airport for your flight home or connect to another adventures in Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar with ActiveTravel.Asia. End of services

Airport transfer: 45 mins
Meal: Breakfast

Note on client safety
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions or for any other factor which may influence client safety.


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