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Motorcycling for Bests of North East Vietnam

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Ha Noi - Ba Be lake - Bao Lac - Flagpole Lung Cu for North furthermost - Dong Van - Hanoi
5-day trip with 5-day motorcycling
Motorcycling grade: Moderate. View grading definition here

This motorcycling adventure is about to take you to one of the 4 greatest mountainous passes of Vietnam, Ma Pi Leng with the high over 1500m to the sea level before the starting up with Ba Be Lake – the very special and biggest lake in North Vietnam. You will also reach to the Vietnam north furthermost, Lung Cu flag point. These stunning destinations are connected by challenging road paths offering the best climbing ride as well as awesome off-road experiences in some days.

Tour Highlights
  • Challenging roads offering awesome sceneries
  • Boat trip on Ba Be Lake
  • Conquer Ma Pi Leng pass
  • North furthermost of Vietnam, Lung Cu
  • Exceed your limit with the last ride up to 300km

Motorcycling for Bests of North East Vietnam route map

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1: Ha Noi - Ba Be lake (240 km)
Day 2: Ba Be boat trip – motorcycling to Bao Lac (140km)
Day 3: Bao Lac – Flagpole Lung Cu for North furthermost – Dong Van ( 150 km)
Day 4: Dong Van – Ha Giang (130km)
Day 5: Hà Giang – Hanoi (310km)

PRICE (Per person)

Valid to 31st Decenber 2016

Affordable option: 125CC commuter – Future Neo

1 person: US$ 785
2 persons: US$ 465
3-4 persons: US$ 380
5-6 persons: US$ 310

Single surcharge:  US$ 56

Best option: 250CC dirt motorbike

1 person: US$ 1075
2 persons: US$ 680
3-4 persons: US$ 565
5-6 persons: US$ 470

Single surcharge:  US$ 56


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


  • Travel insurance
  • Hotel in Hanoi
  • 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$ 105 per day

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



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Day 1: Ha Noi - Ba Be lake (240 km)

ActiveTravel ASIA’s guide greets you at the hotel then we will prepare our motorbikes for startup. It may take 15 – 30 minutes depending on your experience while our guide will brief about the itinerary, Vietnamese law for motor and safety notes.
This morning, we commence our trip to Ba Be Lake via Thai Nguyen. After about 80km riding on good roads, we pass by Thai Nguyen province that is the first industrial zone of Vietnam and also very famous for its green tea products.
We keep our motorbikes on the National road No3 and reach to Pac Ngoi – a beautiful village in Ba Be National Park. Tonight, we have dinner and overnight here – a house of Tay ethnic people.
Distance: 240km 
Meal included: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay in Ba Be.

Day 2: Ba Be boat trip – motorcycling to Bao Lac (140km)

Morning, we have breakfast at the house then take a short walk to the boat pier. The boat trip takes place in next 2 – 3hours to enjoy the very special lake surrounded by stunning mountains. Go back to the house, say goodbye to our kind host then we ride to Bao Lac.
This part is one of the highlights of this motorcycling trip. 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. For less experienced riders, an alternative easier way is using temporary wooden connectors. Lunch will be served en route.
You arrive in Bao Lac in the late afternoon. Check in the hotel and manage your own dinner with our guide’s help.
Distance: 240km 
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel/guest house in Bao Lac

Day 3: Bao Lac – Flagpole Lung Cu for North furthermost – Dong Van ( 150 km)

Morning, take the hot breakfast at your accommodation. Today will be another stunning and challenging day because we are going to conquer one of the 4 greatest, highest passes of Vietnam – Ma Pi Leng.
Start from your hotel, we ride toward Dong Van via Meo Vac path. This is the place where Ma Pi Leng Pass located at about 1500km to the sea level. A Vietnamese write one wrote about this breathtaking path via Ma Pi Leng (20km): this was the road completely constructed by manual forces, took over the highest plateau, consumed the biggest labor days, took place in the longest time and hide some of the most tragic stories during the entire Vietnamese road construction history.
We reach to Dong Van – the first Karst Plateau Geopark in Vietnam and stop for lunch.
Afternoon, we take another ride to the North furthermost of Vietnam, Lung Cu flag pole then we ride back to Dong Van for checking in the hotel, relaxing and timing for your dinner.
Distance: 150km  
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel/guest house in Dong Van

Day 4: Dong Van – Ha Giang (130km)

Start the day with a breakfast at your hotel to refresh up. Then we ride to Ha Giang city with an en route stop at King H’mong Vuong Grand House. This house played as the palace for the King of H’mong people with very interesting building skills as well as the unique tradition of Hmong people. After that, we continue our ride to Yen Minh where we stop for lunch.
When you’ve done with your lunch, we will visit Lung Tam village – where you can witness the Hmong people weaving clothes from flax trees. Stop our motorbikes for photo shooting at Quan Ba before we conquering Heaven Gate pass to Ha Giang city.
Check in the hotel and free time for dinner.
Distance: 130km  
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel/guest house in Dong Van

Day 5: Hà Giang – Hanoi (310km)

Breakfast at the hotels. If previous days are all about natural challenges, this day will be the day you exceed your limits by yourself. We leave this day with the ride up to 300km per day on good, paved road directly to Hanoi capital.
The road is not very challenging along Lo River but the long riding request other skills of focusing, keeping the right space to your fellow passengers and our tour guide.
For less experienced motorbikes, we suggest you should take an extra day with an overnight in Thac Ba reservoir, for instance.  
Arrive in Hanoi late afternoon and party time. Let’s celebrate this awesome day with beers. 
Our services for “Motorcycling for Bests of North East Vietnam” ends here.
Distance: 310km  
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Not available

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