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Motorbike Holiday North Vietnam – 11 Days

Duration: 11 Days/ 10 Nites
Destination: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Phu Yen - Mu Cang Chai - Than Uyen - Sapa - Bac Ha - Hoang Su Phi - Ha Giang - Dong Van - Meo Vac - Bao Lac - Ba Be lake - Thac Ba Lake - Hanoi

This is one of our most recommended motorbike tours in Vietnam, within 11 day riding motorbike on some of the most imposing mountain passes in Northern Vietnam, This motorcycle tour North Vietnam give you plenty of chances to visit the most beautiful terrace fields, the unique Rock Plateau in Ha Giang – Dong Van and the largest and most beautiful lakes in Vietnam – Thac Ba and Ba Be lake….besides, we have also chances to discover the traditional culture of the local. This beautiful Motorbike Tour to North Vietnam is the mixture of on and off-road motorbike ride and we can be flexible to make easier or harder with more off-road/single/dirt trakcs if you expect.

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau: 170 km (Home-stay)

motorcycle tour North VietnamDepart from western outskirt of Hanoi at about 9:00, motorbike down to the south west of the Hanoi on the big free way. After one hour ride we’ll be in the countryside where the motorbike holiday is really enjoyable with riding on the back countryside roads, seeing green nature and meeting smiling local people. The motorbike ride to Mai Chau valley in the afternoon is surely the highlight of this North Vietnam motorbike tour. We’ll be in Mai Chau at about 5:00 pm. Home stay with the Thai People.

Day 2: Mai Chau – Phu Yen: 150 km (Hotel stay)

After breakfast and saying good bye to the Thai host, we keep motorbike touring up North Vietnam to Phu Yen. This is the short ride but offers many stops for picturing of landscapes and visiting the villages of local hill tribes. This ride also takes you to Moc Chau plateau in which the large and green tea fields become well-known to the Vietnamese people, in the afternoon, this Vietnam motorcycle tour to Phu Yen offers a short but amazing ride along the beautiful Da river. Finish the enjoyable second day of the tour in north Vietnam in a peaceful town Phu Yen at around 5:00 pm. Check in the standard hotel in town.

Day 3: Phu Yen – Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen: 210 km (Hotel stay)

For many riders all over the world, Northern Vietnam includes some of the best routes for motorcycle touring and the route from Phu Yen to Than Uyen via Mu Cang Chai is one of them. The road today is all what you wish to ride on a motorbike tour in Vietnam with beautiful rice terrace fields, colorful hill tribes along the road, quiet traffic and long mountain pass with imposing view. The ride offers many stops for picturing and visiting the local people. This promise to be one of the best motorbike tours in Vietnam. We’ll be in Than Uyen town and finish a great day ride at a hotel at around 5: 00 pm. Hotel stay.

Day 4: Than Uyen – Sapa: 110 km (Hotel stay)

It’s another amazing day of motorbike touring in North Vietnam, this short motorbike tour to Sapa offers a wonderful view of mountain with large green tea fields and imposing Fanxipan peak, the ride will cross the O Qui Ho – one of the longest and most beautiful mountain passes in Northern Vietnam. You’ll have chance to take picture of breathtaking view of mountain at the level of around 2000 meters above sea level, riding a motorbike on this famous pass is always a great experience, it’s surely one of the best Vietnam motorcycle tours. We’ll finish riding in Sapa at noon then spend another half day to discover Sapa by foot of just take it easy to relax in town. Stay in hotel or home stay (optional)

Day 5: Sapa – Bac Ha: 160 km (Hotel stay)

After breakfast in Sapa, we’ll hit the road all the way down from Sapa on another side of the Hoang Lien mountain range. It also offers a great view of mountain with more terrace rice fields. The motorbike ride to day is almost on the smooth roads along the Chinese border through some rustic villages and nice terrace fields. We’ll end the fifth day of this motorcycle tour North Vietnam in the little town of Bac Ha at around 4: 00 pm. Check in a standard hotel in town.

Day 6: Bac Ha – Ha Giang: 190 km (Hotel stay)

This Vietnam motorcycle tour to Ha Giang today gives you a completely different taste of riding. It has more off-road motorbike riding options and also offers a different view of mountain from the ones you’ve seen before. In addition, the ride via Hoang Su Phi could give you one of the best view of rice terrace fields if you come at the right time, it will surely make you feel worthy to be here with the motorbikes. This could be the highlight of this 11 day motorcycle tour North Vietnam. We’ll arrive Ha Giang at around 5:00 pm. Hotel stay.

Day 7: Ha Giang – Dong Van: 150 km (Hotel stay)

Ha Giang – North Vietnam is always the best choice for motorcycle touring in Vietnam, being famous for the large and breathtaking plateau of rock with colorful and friendly people living around, Ha Giang and Dong Van Global Geo-park is always attractive destination for motorcyclists whenever they come, you can see here the different beauties in different times and seasons. This Vietnam motorbike ride around Ha Giang should be the best part of the long motorcycle tour in Northern Vietnam. We’ll end the day in the middle of the rock plateau – little town of Dong Van at around 5: 00 PM. Hotel stay.

Day 8: Dong Van – Bao Lac: 160 km (Hotel stay)

This is another short day of this North Vietnam motorcycle tour but it’s still one of the most enjoyable rides of the tour. After breakfast, we can have a walk around the Dong Van ancient town, trying a tasty local coffee or we can have a longer walk up to some of the hills nearby the town where the French built the bastions on during the war time. We’ll resume the North Vietnam motorbike tour at about 10:00 am, keep enjoying the wild beauty of the rock plateau. This motorbike ride from Dong Van to Bao Lac crosses the Ma Pi Leng – one of the biggest mountain passes in North Vietnam it surely offers amazing view of rock mountain. The motorbike ride in the afternoon offers less rocky but more green mountain, that makes the tour more joyful. We’ll in Bao Lac town at about 4:30 pm.  Check in a standard hotel in town.

Day 9: Bao Lac – Ba Be lake: 150 km (Home-stay)

After a simple breakfast in Bao Lac, we keep riding motorbike along the Gam river on the up and down mountain passes crossing some rustic villages with the colorful local kids standing on the roadside waving their hands. Just one hour riding motorbike on the smooth road then we’ll make a turn to rugged roads then starting a great off-road motorbike ride in Vietnam. The road is mostly bumpy crossing through some nice terrace fields, peaceful villages and some streams. This must be one of the best off-road motorcycle tour North Vietnam. We’ll be in Ba Be lake at around 3:00 pm, leave the bikes at the village of the Tay people who live closely to the lake then spend a short boat tour on the largest natural lake in Vietnam – Ba Be lake.  Home stay with the Tay people.

Day 10: Ba Be lake – Thac Ba lake: 160 km (Home-stay)

After breakfast with the Tay family, we keep motorbike touring in north Vietnam to the largest man-made lake in Vietnam – Thac Ba lake. The motorbike ride to Thac Ba lake today is easier than the days before, the road is quite smooth and flat crossing some rice paddies and green large tea fields. It’s short but quite enjoyable motorbike tour with interesting info from the experienced tour guide of Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert about the Indochina and Vietnam war when we do stopping at the Tan Trao and Dinh Hoa ATK, especially in the afternoon, when we arrive at Thac Ba lake we’ll have another short boat ride around the another “Halong bay on mountain” – Thac Ba lake with thousands of islands. This could be the highlight of this 11 day motorcycle tour North Vietnam. Home stay with the Dzao people.

Day 11: Thac Ba lake – Hanoi: 180 km

After saying goodbye to the friendly hosts of The Dzao village, we’ll enjoy final riding day of tour. Unlike the other motorbike tour organizers in Vietnam, the experienced team of Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert will take you on the safest and nicest roads back to Hanoi, even we can offer some off-road ride before heading back to busy Hanoi. We’ll be in Hanoi and end the great North Vietnam motorbike holiday before 4:30 pm.

Our tour price is based on NUMBER OF GUESTS (the more people in the group, the less money each person will pay) and TYPE OF BIKES (the smaller bike you take, the less money you will pay). Please contact us for the right price, or you can view the sample price below for the regular tours North Vietnam by 125cc – 150cc bikes:

  • Tour for group of private solo rider: 200 USD/Day
  • Tour for group of 2 riders: 150 USD/Day/Person
  • Tour for group of 3 riders: 140 USD/Day/Person
  • Tour for group of 4 – 10 riders: 130 USD/Day/Person
  • Airport pick up/drop off, Support vehicle or Air tickets are not included but they can be arranged depending on your request with the extra cost
  • The extra cost to upgrade to Honda CRF250L is $40 USD/Bike/Day.
  • The extra cost for the backup vehicle + driver is $150 USD/Day.
  • The prices listed above are only for the Northern Loop Vietnam motorcycle tours, Other  special motorcycle tours on Ho Chi Minh trail or crossing the border to Laos or Cambodia… will cost more. Please contact us for more details.
  • The tour price can be different depending on the low/high tourist season or other special requests, Please contact us to get the right price of tours.

Tour price includes:

  • Experienced English speaking tour guides (2 tour guides/mechanic for a group from 5 riders)
  • Quality Honda XR150L or Honda CRF250L or other bikes we have with all fuel
  • Quality Helmets/Gloves/Knee and elbow pads/Rain jackets/pants
  • All meals on tour (All breakfasts, lunches and dinners with local Vietnamese food)
  • Accommodation on tour (twin share room in standard hotel or stay at homestay as mentioned in itinerary)
  • Boat rides on lakes or rivers as mentioned in itinerary
  • All entrance fee / Permits
  • Hotel pick up/drop off before and after the tour
  • Video of the trip made by updated GoPro


Tour price excludes:

  • Medical insurance
  • Bike damages
  • Personal expense
  • Drinks/Tips
  • Air tickets and  visa to Vietnam
  • To secure your bookings we require a minimal of 30 % deposit. Balance can be made upon arrival
  • The rider is responsible for any bank charges. ( surcharge 3,5% if you pay by credit card )
  • The balance can be paid by cash or credit on the first day of the trip
  • If you cancel the Vietnam motorbike tour before the departure date, you will lose 100% of the deposit.
  • If you cancel the tour after the departure date, you will lose 100% of the total cost/ fee of the tour for any reason.
  • After departure, NO REFUNDS will be given for any reason, if you cancel the tour.
  • A Damage Cost deposit of US$ 100 – 1,000 or more is required for each motorcycle for using in the guided or self-guided motorcycle tours. In case of a self-caused accident, your own participation is up to US$ 2,000 or more.


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