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Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours

Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours is an exciting way to explore the breathtaking beauty of Thac Ba Lake. Located in two districts of Yen Bai province, Luc Yen and Yen Binh, 180 kilometers northwest of Hanoi, Thac Ba Lake offers a unique experience for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. At first, the lake was created by two waterfalls, Thac Ba and Thac Ong. However, these two waterfalls had to be replaced due to the construction of a dam. Despite the change, this destination has retained the name Thac Ba in tribute to its former location.

As one of Vietnam’s three largest man-made lakes, Thac Ba Lake boasts over 1,300 large and small islands, which have given rise to numerous caves and charming landscapes. A Thac Ba Lake motorbike tour allows you to immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings and enjoy the tranquility of the lake and the awe-inspiring views that extend from it. Let’s explore with Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert the wonderful journey of discovery in Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours through the article below.

Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours overview

Being well-known for its breathtaking beauty and challenging route, there are more and more tour companies providing whole-packaged motorbike tours for first-time visitors. A trustworthy tour provider would be capable of giving you the best and most detailed touring plan with a wide range of services that meets your own needs and preferences.

Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours overview

Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours overview

Here are two Thac Ba Lake motorbike tours that you might want to consider at Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert.  

In addition to its stunning shimmering beauty, Thac Ba Lake – a destination of North Vietnam Motorbike Tours –  significantly improves environmental conditions and creates lush green vegetation by boosting humidity and annual rainfall during the hot season. It is also well-known for its limestone mountains and caves filled with various beautiful stalactites.

The lakeside village region still retains its unique characteristics, as well as cultural identity and different folk festivals of various ethnic groups such as Tay, Nung, Dao, Mong, and so on.

Some Activities to join when participating in Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours

Riding a boat trip on Thac Ba Lake

Floating on a boat or taking part in Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours is the most excellent way to immerse yourself in Thac Ba Lake’s hidden beauty, especially during sunset. It gives you a better view of the pure water and the surrounding mountain scenery, providing a sense of peace and grounding while watching the reflections of this place on the lake.

Another interesting thing to do is visit the local temple, either through boat tours or as part of Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours. This experience allows you to admire the old architecture, offer prayers for good luck, and learn about the rich history and culture of the minorities in this area.

Riding a boat trip on Thac Ba Lake

Riding a boat trip on Thac Ba Lake is a must-do activity

Visiting Thac Ba hydropower station

Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours can offer you a deeper appreciation of the historical significance of Thac Ba Lake. Known as a historical relic for a reason, Thac Ba Lake was built-in 1964 and completed in 1971 with the assistance of Russia. However, during the Vietnam War, the lake suffered repeated bombings, resulting in significant damage and loss of life.

Today, with the completion of the dam, Thac Ba Lake plays a crucial role as the main contributor to the electricity supply for Hanoi and numerous other regions in northern Vietnam. A visit to this facility, which can be included in Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours, will provide you with insights into the Vietnamese’ challenges in creating this structure and offer opportunities to observe the lake and its surrounding mountains from a higher vantage point. This experience can give you a profound sense of the lake’s historical resilience and its modern-day importance to the region.

Cultural exploration of Thac Ba’s ethnic villages

Despite its fame among tourists, Thac Ba Lake’s intrinsic beauty remains untouched, and within its realm, more than 13 distinct ethnic groups find their abode. Among them, the Tay, Dao, Mong, Nung, and more, each bears the responsibility of preserving customs and age-old traditions across generations. Nestled in small mountain villages or residing along the riverbanks where fishing sustains their livelihoods, these communities reflect diverse ways of life.

Cultural exploration of Thac Ba’s ethnic villages

People in Thac Ba Lake land are performing folk songs

An integral part of their existence is the observance of spiritual festivals held annually in early January. These gatherings serve as a conduit to honor the past year and imbue hopes for a prosperous season ahead. By partaking in these celebrations through Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours, you are presented with an invaluable opportunity to immerse yourself in the tapestry of history, culture, and living practices upheld by these resilient minorities.

Foods worth trying in Thac Ba Lake

Exploring the culinary delights of Thac Ba Lake through Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours is a must, with grilled fish reigning as one of the most sought-after dishes. The lake stands as a robust source of seafood, providing a bountiful supply each year, making fish and other aquatic fare the region’s prominent culinary stars.

Foods worth trying in Thac Ba Lake

The famous “Com Lam” dish at Thac Ba Lake

In addition to grilled fish, the gastronomic journey unveils a tapestry of flavors unique to this locale. Delights such as five-colored sticky rice, lam rice, grilled chicken, ant egg spring rolls, and smoked buffalo meat await your palate. These dishes not only tantalize your taste buds but also carry the essence of the mountains, granting you a culinary experience that harmonizes with the splendid surroundings of Thac Ba Lake.

Accommodation in Thac Ba Lake

While venturing through the captivating realm of Thac Ba Lake with the assistance of Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours, lodging choices come to the forefront. Among these options, homestays emerge as the judicious and enriching selection. Not only do they offer an economical solution, but they also present a seamless convenience.

These inviting homestays are strategically situated in proximity to local minority villages, further amplifying your capacity to delve into the intricate tapestry of the region’s cultural nuances and intimately acquaint yourself with the authentic daily lives of the residents. By opting for the homestay experience facilitated by Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours, you grant yourself the privilege of seamlessly immersing into the rhythm of the locale, fostering connections and insights that transcend the ordinary.

How to get to Thac Ba Lake

To reach Thac Ba Lake, one can follow several transportation options that provide access to this stunning destination. Situated in the Yen Bai Province of Vietnam, Thac Ba Lake can be reached from various starting points, including Hanoi – the capital city, or our Hanoi Motorbike Tours. Here’s how you can get to Thac Ba Lake:

By Public Bus

Several bus companies operate routes between Hanoi and Yen Bai Province, which is the gateway to Thac Ba Lake. Buses depart from Hanoi’s My Dinh or Giap Bat bus stations and take approximately 5-6 hours to reach Yen Bai. From Yen Bai, you can hire a taxi or local transport to get to Thac Ba Lake, which is about 20 kilometers away.

By Train

You can also take a train from Hanoi to Yen Bai, which offers a more leisurely and scenic option. The train journey takes around 6-7 hours, and upon arrival in Yen Bai, you can continue your journey to Thac Ba Lake using local transportation.

By Motorcycle or join Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours

For those seeking a more adventurous experience, motorcycling to Thac Ba Lake is a great option. You can rent a motorcycle in Hanoi and enjoy a memorable ride through the countryside, soaking in the beauty of the landscape along the way. Alternatively, there are guided motorbike tours available that provide a hassle-free and organized journey to Thac Ba Lake.

Get to Thac Ba Lake by Motorcycle or join Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours

Get to Thac Ba Lake by Motorcycle or join Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours

The Best time to join Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours

The optimal time to participate in Thac Ba Lake Motorcycle Tours is during the cooler months, generally from October to April. This period offers a delightful balance between comfortable weather and captivating scenery, allowing travelers to relish the journey to the fullest.

From October to December, the weather is refreshingly mild, and the landscape around Thac Ba Lake showcases the mesmerizing transition from lush greenery to autumnal hues. The slight chill in the air adds a touch of invigoration to your motorcycle adventure, as you wind through scenic routes, quaint villages, and the picturesque lakeside.

The Best time to join Thac Ba Lake Motorcycle Tours

The Best time to join Thac Ba Lake Motorcycle Tours

The months of January to April present an ideal window for exploring Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours, as the weather remains pleasantly cool and dry. The serene beauty of the lake and its surroundings is highlighted by the gentle sunlight, making it an excellent time to capture stunning photographs and create lasting memories.

It’s important to note that while the cooler months are generally the best time to join Thac Ba Lake Motor Tours, individual preferences and the type of experience you seek should also be taken into consideration. Whether you’re a nature lover, a biker, or simply looking for a quiet and fulfilling trip, planning a trip during this time of year guarantees a wonderful and unforgettable adventure.

Some Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours / Routes available at Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert

Hanoi – Mai Chau – Thac Ba Lake Route – 4 days of Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tour in northern Vietnam 

Route: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Moc Chau – Phu Yen – Vu Linh – Hanoi

If you are a newbie or do not have enough time to join a long Thac Ba Lake motorcycle tour, this 4-day trip is the right choice for you. Visitors will be able to appreciate the natural beauty of the Northwest region, such as the blooming season of Ban flowers in Mai Chau, the cherry blossom season in Mai Chau with the yellow color of ripe rice covering the valley, and the green color of tea trees in Phu Yen and Vu Linh. In addition to the charming scenery, this route also passes through many ethnic minority communities, which makes it even more ideal for taking part in motorbike tours.

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6 days motorcycle riding loop from Hanoi to Thac Ba Lake 

Route: Hanoi – Vu Linh – Ha Giang – Dong Van – Meo Vac – Bao Lac – Ba Be – Hanoi

This 6-day Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours covers many famous tourist attractions in Northwest Vietnam Motorbike tours. For example, the cherry blossom season, the blooming canola flower season, the buckwheat flower season, and the ripening golden rice season in Ha Giang. The Ma Pi Leng Pass, which connects the cities of Ha Giang, Dong Van, and Meo Vac, is regarded as one of the most perilous passes in Vietnam. This tour also provides a clearer view of the surreal beauty of the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, Thac Ba Lake, and Ba Be Lake. Visiting vibrant mountain communities and exploring the ethnic’s cultures living along the route are also exciting activities that you could join on this trip.

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Above is a summary of the information you need to know about Thac Ba Lake Motorbike Tours at Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert. Hope this article provides all the necessary information. If you have any questions or want to book a tour, please contact us immediately for the best support.

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Booking Information at Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert


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 for a group of 1 (solo rider): 210 USD/Day
  • Tour for a group of 2 riders: 160 USD/Day/Person
  • Tour for a group of 3 riders: 150 USD/Day/Person
  • Tour for group of 4 – 10 riders: 140 USD/Day/Person


  • We can tailor a tour to your preferences and desired dates. Just share your expectations with us, and we will create your private tour
  • The tour price does not include support vehicle, air tickets, or airport pick-up/drop-off… but we can arrange these services for an additional cost if needed
  • We do have other bigger bikes for your tours, Please contact us for more details
  • The prices listed above are only for the Northern Vietnam motorcycle tours, Other special motorcycle tours on the 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 changed depending on the low/high tourist season or other special requests, Please contact us to get the right price for your tour.


Tour price includes:

  • Experienced English-speaking tour guides (+ mechanic)
  • Quality Honda XR150L/CRF250L/CRF300L or other bikes with all fuel
  • Quality Helmets/Gloves/Knee, elbow pads/Rain jackets/pants
  • All meals on tour (All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with local Vietnamese food)
  • All accommodation on tour (twin share room in a hotel or stay at a homestay as mentioned in itinerary)
  • Boat rides on lakes or crossing rivers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees / Permits
  • Hotel pick up/drop off before and after the tour
  • Quality video of the trip
  • Souvenirs from our team (Café Cup, Cap…)
  • Tour price excludes:
  • Medical insurance
  • Bike damages
  • Personal expense
  • Drinks/Tips


Reservation Process:

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

Payment Policies:

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

  • The deposit was not refundable but you can postpone the booking to another time.
  • No refunds in case of bad weather conditions and customers’ reasons. Tour may be delayed by adverse weather conditions, but we take no responsibility in case of tour cancellation
  • If your bike has a technical brake down, we will replace it with the same type of bike and our guide/mechanic will attempt to fix your bike within a day. For technical reasons, your tour may be shortened, You will get a refund for the day you can’t finish
  • If you need to cancel your booking, you have the option to postpone to another time or transfer it to another person. Please note that you will be responsible for any associated administration costs, and it is your responsibility to ensure that your nominee pays the full amount

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