Jump on a motorbike and explore the beautiful northern Vietnam mountain region on a 13-day private tour from Hanoi. Discover the rice terraces of Mu Cang Chai and the breathtaking beauty of Sapa. Visit Ban Gioc Waterfall, and ride some of the most spectacular mountain passes in Southeast Asia while getting to know the culture of the hill tribes.
- Ride 1,200 miles (2,000 km) through northern Vietnam
- Explore Sapa, Mai Chau, Ha Giang, and Mu Cang Chai
- Visit the magnificent Ban Gioc Waterfall
- Ride Kun, Hua Tat, Ma Pi Leng, and Ma Phuc mountain passes
- 13 days
- All year long
- Halong Bay
- Ha Giang
- Ban Gioc Waterfall
- Mai Chau
- Ha Giang
- Mu Cang Chai
- Moc Chau plateau
- Halong Bay
- Muong Hoa Valley
Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau (110 Miles, 170 km)
The tour starts with a meetup in Hanoi, where you'll pick a suitable motorbike, a helmet, and gloves and get ready for the trip ahead.
After your guide's safety briefing, you'll jump on the motorcycle and head West from Hanoi toward the Chinese border.
You will pass through small villages and acres of rice terraces with beautiful limestone cliffs sticking out of the fields.
You will ride alongside the Da River and cross over the Kun Pass into the White Thai minority tribe territory.
During the afternoon ride, you'll witness the plains give way to the famous Vietnamese mountainscapes.
You'll arrive in Mai Chau after riding over 100 miles (170 km). There, you'll spend the night in one of the traditional Thai tribe stilt houses that are so characteristic of the region.
Day 2: Mai Chau - Phu Yen (90 miles, 150 km)
After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the homestay, you'll ride the mountain roads north over the Hua Tat Pass to the Moc Chau plateau.
From Moc Chau plateau, you'll have a breathtaking view of the Da River and the surrounding countryside.
Then you'll head down to the river, crossing it by ferry, before heading to the small town of Phu Yen.
This whole region, home to the Thai and Muong ethnic minorities, has plenty of fun backroads and trails.
Once you arrive in Phu Yen, you'll have time to explore the town, perhaps checking out the traditional market, eatery or beer place, before turning in for the night at a small hotel.
Day 3: Phu Yen - Than Uyen (130 miles, 210 km)
Today, you head northwest over the Khau Pha Pass. You'll ride through the magnificent rice terraces of Mu Cang Chai, one of the most picturesque regions in Vietnam and the whole of Southeast Asia.
There are plenty of dirt roads in this area, passing through local villages belonging to the H' mong, Dzo, and Thai ethnic tribes. These dirt roads are perfect for testing your offroad skills.
After riding 130 miles (210 km), you'll arrive at the peaceful district of Than Uyen, where you'll spend the night in a hotel. The hotel is situated next to a large and beautiful lake just south of Sapa.
Day 4: Than Uyen - Sapa (100 miles, 160 km)
From Than Uyen, you'll head to Sapa through the beautiful Hoang Lien Son mountain range and O Quy Ho Pass.
You'll have the opportunity to stop at a local eatery and enjoy the spectacular view of the mountain range.
You'll have plenty of time to explore Muong Hoa Valley and Thac Bac Waterfall, as well as Sapa Town itself with its charming old Quarter and the traditional town market.
In the evening, you'll take a little dirt road out to the minority village of Ta Phin, where you'll spend the night in a local homestay.
Day 5: Sa Pa - Xin Man (105 miles, 170 km)
Your journey continues northeast from Sapa to Lao Cai, a city that sits on the banks of the Red River, right on the border with China.
From Lao Cai, you'll head through the mountains to the market town of Bac Ha before continuing to the mountain district Xin Man.
Xin Man has all the charm of rural Sapa, but none of the development, making it the perfect place to get a feel for the North Vietnamese way of life.
The lack of development means there are a lot of fun dirt roads to ride.
You will spend the night in a homestay in Xin Man.
Day 6: Xin Man - Ha Giang (110 miles, 180 km)
From Xin Man, you'll take a shortcut to Ha Giang via a series of dirt roads along the Chinese border. This is a far more exciting route than the highway.
This route also gives you the chance to meet lots of friendly locals when you stop for refreshments in their villages.
You will ride over the Hoang Su Phi Pass before arriving in Ha Giang after a 110-mile (180 km) ride where you'll spend the night in a hotel.
Day 7: Ha Giang - Meo Vac (105 miles, 170 km)
On the seventh day of the trip, you'll continue along with the mountain range that forms Vietnam's natural border with China.
You'll take Ma Pi Leng Pass, one of the most impressive mountain routes in Vietnam.
Ma Pi Leng is over 12-mile long, cutting into the side of a cliff, and provides a fantastic view of the meandering Nho Que River far below.
You will arrive in the remote minority district of Meo Vac, where you'll spend the night in a local homestay.
Day 8: Meo Vac - Cao Bang (110 miles, 180 km)
After enjoying breakfast at the homestay, you head from Meo Vac higher up the mountain range into Cao Bang through beautiful forests and mountain expanses.
You will arrive in Cao Bang in the early afternoon, where you'll be free to explore the city and surrounding area.
Once you've checked into your hotel, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy the distinctive cuisine of Cao Bang.
Cao Bang's food tends to be heavier and contains a lot more meat than ordinary Vietnamese cuisine.
Day 9: Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Waterfall (75 miles, 120 km)
You will start your morning by riding the scenic route from Cao Bang through the villages of the Dzao, Mong, and Thai tribes to the famous and magnificent Ban Gioc Waterfall.
Situated right on the border with China, the area around Ban Gioc Waterfall makes for some fantastic dirt biking.
You will arrive at Ban Gioc just in time for lunch. You will have the opportunity to go swimming around the waterfall before exploring the beautiful cascade.
Close to the waterfall, you'll spend the night in a homestay run by a Tay ethnic minority family.
Day 10: Ban Gioc Waterfall - Mau Son (125 miles, 200 km)
Today, you'll head from Ban Gioc to Mau Son via Ma Phuc Pass, via some fantastic offroad trails.
You will ride through Vietnam's highest mountains, including Mau Son Mountain and Fansipan.
Arriving in May Son in the afternoon, you can trek the neighboring mountains, if you got the energy, before checking into the homestay.
Day 11: Mau Son - Ha Long (110 miles, 180 km)
You will descend the mountains and travel towards the coast, where you'll notice a real contrast in the landscapes after spending ten days in the mountainous region.
Before you arrive in Ha Long, you'll take a detour across a bridge onto the little island of Tuan Chau, which offers a magnificent view of the bay.
From Tuan Chau, you head to your hotel in Halong City, where you'll check-in and relax for tomorrow's cruise.
Day 12: Ha Long Bay by Boat
Your day starts with a cruise on Halong Bay, where you'll enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the endless limestone mountains.
The cruise takes you around the bay, with stops at a few of its islands where you'll go caving and kayaking.
On Halong Bay, you'll sample some of the freshest seafood in the world before drifting off to sleep on the calm emerald waters.
Day 13: Ha Long - Hanoi (100 miles, 160 km)
Sailing the beautiful Halong Bay makes for the perfect ending to this 13-day adventure tour.
The cruise boat will return to the dock at noon, where you'll disembark and head back to Hanoi.
Good to know
- Accommodation (shared)
- Admission fees
- Airport pickup
- English-speaking guide
- Helmets & gloves
- Motorbike rental (Honda XR150)
- Drinks at the end of the day
- Health and liability insurance