Duration: 6 Days/ 5 Nites
Destination: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Moc Chau - Phu Yen - Mu Cang Chai - Than Uyen - Sapa - Thac Ba lake
If you’re looking for short motorbike tours from the Hanoi capital, a motorbike tour to Mai Chau Valley must be your best choice! Mai Chau Valley is one of the most fascinating and challenging places in North Vietnam for any motorcycle enthusiasts. In this blog, let Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert show you how interesting Mai Chau Valley motorbike tours are and give you some useful information about this valley so that you can best prepare for your journey
Mai Chau Valley is a place in Hoa Binh province. Only about 150km northwest of Hanoi, Mai Chau can bring you a very different experience from the noisy city life.
When coming to Mai Chau Valley, you can learn about the culture of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities. This is the home of the White Thai ethnic group and a small part of the H’Mong. Thai people are famous for their dexterity, so you will enjoy delicious food and admire sophisticated handicrafts. In addition, you can observe indigenous people’s houses and try to immerse themselves in their lives.
It’s easy to choose a good time to join Mai Chau Valley motorbike tours because it’s almost beautiful in all months of a year! In spring, you can see the blossoming flowers covering the forest. In the fall, the valley is full of golden rice fields. However, you need to be careful with the rainy season, especially when the North experiences heavy rains from July to September. The risk of flash floods and landslides can be dangerous for riders.
With the short distance and convenient roads, there are many options for you to choose to move to Mai Chau. However, joining one of our Mai Chai valley motorbike tours is always the top choice. One of the main reasons is that riding off the beaten track to Mai Chau valley will give the special experience that others can not imagine.. Some can be mentioned such as the chilly air of the early morning, going on the winding passes and admiring the majestic scenery, or stopping somewhere longer because the life of the people is too interesting. So if you can ride a motorbike, you should not miss to join our Mai Chau valley motorbike tours.
If moving from Hanoi, there will be two routes for you to choose from. Route 1 will move in the direction from Nguyen Trai (Ha Dong) to Xuan Mai, through Hoa Binh, and then to Thung Khe pass. Through Thung Khe, there will be signs leading to Mai Chau. Route 2 goes in the direction of Thang Long Boulevard through Hoa Lac, runs straight along National Highway 6, and then into Mai Chau.
Besides the trip from Hanoi, we also provide short to long-day trips for you. You can choose to go to Mai Chau in Northwest Vietnam Motorbike Tours or Northern Vietnam Motorbike Tours. There are trips with a duration of about 2-3 days, there are also tours lasting up to 13-15 days.
You can even experience a longer day with a North-South trip with Ho Chi Minh Trail Motorbike Tours. Depending on your needs and health conditions, we will support you to have the best memory. In addition, our Vietnam Motorbike Tours are not completely fixed but can be flexible according to your schedule.
The route to Mai Chau Valley is relatively winding, so make sure you can ride a motorbike like an experienced rider with a great health. Next, you need to care about the weather during the travel period as well as the motorbike being serviced. But you don’t need to worry about this because we will check regularly and advise you when there is an unexpected problem. Finally, you’ll need to bring some essential motorbike touring gears like a raincoat, sunscreen, and some basic medication. In addition, bring a light jacket, Mai Chau is usually colder than in Hanoi city, especially from November to December or January to March.
Coming to Mai Chau, you will be immersed in the majestic mountain scenery. This place also allows you to experience the unique life of ethnic minorities.
The name of the village in Thai means hill of drums, in which “Pom” means “hill” and “Coong” means “drum”. Currently, 7 major families are living in the village. Coming to Pom Coong, you will experience the true life of the mountain people. Thai houses still retain their traditional features along with long-standing festivals that are still held every year. Delicious food and the friendliness of the people will surely make you remember them forever.
Thung Khe Pass (or Da Trang Pass) is in the top of the most beautiful places in Mai Chau with the nickname “where four seasons in a day”. When you wake up early in the morning, you will feel the cool air with rays of sunlight creeping in like a spring day. Then the space became golden because of the ripe rice fields. In the afternoon, breathe in the fresh air and clear clouds. At night, the air becomes as cold as winter weather. In addition, Thung Khe Pass is also likened to the Nordic mountain because it seems covered with white snow.
Lac village can be considered the most beautiful village in Mai Chau. Although many stilt houses have been built into homestays to serve tourism, the village still retains its traditional character. The village of more than 700 years old can serve visitors delicious specialties and delicate brocade products.
If you join Mai Chau Valley motorbike tours, you definitely cannot ignore the Mai Chau flag pole. Standing here, you can see the whole Mai Chau valley hidden under the mist. Please pick up your camera and make memories at this place.
The unremarkable walls are adorned with a new look under the hands of volunteer students. You will be overwhelmed when admiring the 800-m-long painting with funny shapes. The drawings are also colorful, vivid, and imprinted with mountainous culture.
During Mai Chau Valley motorbike tours, you will enjoy unique food that only the Northwest mountainous area has. The dishes that almost use natural ingredients available will make even the most demanding diners satisfied.
Sticky rice is a familiar dish to Vietnamese, but sticky rice in Mai Chau has its special features. When coming to Mai Chau, you should not miss the opportunity to enjoy sticky rice cooked by Thai women. The ingredients for the dish are glutinous rice grown on terraced fields. The preparation and cooking process is also extremely elaborate to have a delicious plate of sticky rice. This dish is often eaten with hill chicken, stream fish, pork, or originally with sesame salt.
To make Pa Pinh Top, the ingredients used must be fresh fish, neither too big nor too small. Fish will be cleaned and marinated with special spices from the Northwest. Then grill on charcoal until the fish is golden and fragrant, after that sprinkle with a little salt and pack banana leaves to take away. When eating, the fish has an additional aroma of bamboo charcoal and banana leaves that will leave you with an unforgettable impression on Mai Chau Valley motorbike tours.
This is a special dish created by the Muong ethnic group. You may be surprised to find out that the dish is prepared with pomelo leaves. But the taste of the dish will surely satisfy you. Grapefruit leaves used must be young and from sour grapefruit to create the typical flavor of the dish. Minced pork belly mixed with nuts to soak up the spices and then wrapped in pomelo leaves. Then they are grilled directly on embers. When baking, pay attention not to burn the leaves until they turn gray. It means the dish is cooked. Dotting with chili salt, you can fully enjoy the Northwestern-prepared dishes.
Com Lam today has become the quintessential culinary symbol of the mountainous people. The food is carefully prepared and sophisticated. The rice used must be glutinous rice washed thoroughly and then put into a tightly closed bamboo tube. Then it will be grilled on a charcoal stove. Until just cooked, it gives off a sweet aroma. You can both enjoy Lam rice on the spot and buy it as a gift for your loved ones after Mai Chau Valley motorbike tours.
Besides the trips and enjoying the food, there are things you should not miss when coming to Mai Chau. Here are some suggestions for you to fully immerse yourself in life here.
Mai Chau Valley motorbike tours are desirable journeys. However, to have a safe trip, there are a few motorcycle touring guides you need to keep in mind. First, bring some basic documents. On the way to Mai Chau, there may be points where the traffic police ask for documents. In addition, when you come to the Mai Chau flagpole, you also need to have an identity document to visit. Besides, when driving a motorbike, you need to pay attention to the speed of the motorbike. Partly because you could be fined for speeding, and partly because you could be in danger on a slippery slope.
Please contact us if you are still wondering how to plan for Mai Chau Valley motorbike tours. Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert provides a service from A to Z to ensure you have a memorable trip. We have numerous kinds of tours for you to choose from as well as the flexibility to suit your health condition or schedule. Our tour guides are all knowledgeable, so they can best assist you during the trip. Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert always tries our best to give customers the most wonderful experience.
Above is information about Mai Chau Valley motorbike tours. This is a trip worth looking forward to for those who love to explore.
Our tour price is determined by two factors: the NUMBER OF RIDERS (the more people in the group, the lower the cost per rider) and the TYPE OF BIKES (choosing a smaller bike results in a reduced price). For more information and accurate pricing, please contact us. Below, you can find a sample price for our regular North Vietnam motorbike tour using 150cc bikes
Tour price includes:
Your booking is confirmed upon receipt of the deposit. To secure your reservation, we request a small deposit, typically ranging from 10% to 30% of the total tour cost
When you’re ready to book a tour, we will send you a secure payment link, allowing you to pay the required deposit using your credit cards (3,5% will be surcharged for the bank service fee)
The balance will be paid in full at our shop just before starting the tour. You can pay in cash (USD or Euro) or by credit card (3,5% will be surcharged for the bank fee if you pay by credit card)
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Age Limitation and License Requirements:
Although we do not have a specific age limit or license requirement, Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert do require all participants to be in good health, physically fit, and capable of riding a motorbike