Northwest Motorbiking 10 days
Saddling ride over six provinces in the North West of Vietnam from Hanoi to experience winding hill roads, scenic surroundings and cultural lives would be unique memories in the mind of each adventurous motorist. 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, challenging roads, stunning scenery and many different colorful minority groups.
Highlights:- Take cyclo tour in the old quarter of Hanoi, enjoy the water puppet show.
- Stay overnight in house stilt of Thai family in Mai Chau, chance to enjoy the Ruoi Can and traditional dance show.
- Ride through the tea plantations in Moc Chau Plateau, where you find the best green tea in Vietnam grown along the roads on hillsides.
- Riding up and down 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.
- Ride along the Nam Nam River and enjoy interesting stops to visit Hmong and Dzao villages.
- Climbing the highest pass in Vietnam, the Tram Ton Pass to reach Sapa.
- Trek on dirt path through pine forest, terraces and Hmong villages in Sapa
- Boat cruise on Thac Ba Lake.
Itinerary in brief:
Day 1: Hanoi (D)
Arrival Hanoi and welcome at the airport. Transfer and check in to your hotel. Time free and a cyclo tour in Hanoi's charming Old Quarter and "the 36 streets of 36 wares", it's time for a welcome dinner where you meet your fearless motorbike leader. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2: Ride to Mai Chau (B,L,D) ~170km
Leave Hanoi around 8.30am, we ride our motorcycles west to Mai Chau, an area of beautiful landscape and home to the Thai ethnic minority. We will ride on road No 6 passing expansive rice paddies and scenic villages. We will have a stop for refreshment before tackling 70km of undulating road with great view of mountains and valley. Lunch on the way. Then we continue to Mai Chau. We ride straight to Pom Coong, a peaceful village of White Thai ethnic minority where we have dinner and spend our night in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai family.
Day 3: Mai Chau - Son La (B,L,D) ~190km
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 through 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. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Son La.
Day 4: Son La - Dien Bien Phu (B,L,D) ~ 170km
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. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Dien Bien Phu.
Day 5: Dien Bien - Tam Duong (B,L,D) ~230km
After breakfast we will start our 225 km ride along stunning gorges and Nam Na River. On the way we will have interesting stops to visit H’mong and Dzao villages. Lunch in Lai Chau. We would reach Tam Duong around 4.30 pm. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Tam Duong Town.
Day 6: Tam Duong - Sapa (B,L,D) ~ 150km
The ride today is the highlight of the whole trip. Climbing the highest pass in Vietnam, the Tram Ton Pass. Lunch in local restaurant en route. We will reach Sapa in the noon time. 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. Fansipang. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Sapa.
Day 7: Sapa (B,L,D) ~ 12km
Breakfast in the hotel. We will start trekking downhill to Muong Hoa valley. Today we enjoy the most beautiful trek route in Vietnam. We will trek on dirt path through pine forest, terraces and H’mong villages. En route we stop to visit minority villages, schools and have picnic lunch by river. In the afternoon we walk to the pick-up point to take a jeep transfer back to Sapa. Overnight at the hotel in Sapa.
Day 8: Sapa – Thac Ba (B,L,D) ~ 180km
We start from Sapa and ride down to Thac Ba lake. Very nice road in the countryside. We stop at many villages to chat and talk with local people and discover their culture. After Luc Yen, we follow along the side of Thac Ba lake with beautiful villages, limestone mountains, rice and palm fields. Arrive in Vu Linh, a village of White Trouser Dao locates on the side of Thac Ba Lake. Leave the bikes in our host family - where we will stay for a night - and then we experience of paddling a small single boat by our feet with local people to discover the life of local Dao and Cao Lan minority people. Overnight at homestay by the lake
Day 9: Thac Ba - Hanoi (B,L) ~ 170km
We take the dirt road along the Lo River bank with great views of the river, boating, rafting... many stops in villages of Viet people in the countryside. Enjoy the Spirit of Vietnamese cultures in the North. Have an extra stop to swim from a clean, white sandy beach on the river side. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.
Day 10 : Hanoi – Departure (B)
Morning free until time to transfer to airport for flight home.
- Private English speaking guide.
- Aiport transfer by private vehicle
- Accommodation in hotels and in local homestays with daily breakfasts
- Meals as indicated (B= breakfast; L=Lunch; D = Dinner
- Motorbike with all fuel
- Protective pants, helmet, rain gear, other safety equipments;
- Entrance fees and permits during guided time.
- Service charge & Government taxes
- International Airfares.
- Meals not indicated
- Drinks & beverage ..
- Vietnam visa stamp fee : ( 25 USD/ per person)
- Personal travel insurance (Compulsory).
- Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills.
- Tips and gratuities
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