Northern Vietnam Adventure Loop
Northern Vietnam Adventure Loop
- Area: Northern Vietnam
- Duration: 14 Days, 14 Nights
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Total Ride: 2000+ KMS
- Motorcycle: Honda CRF250
- Terrain: gravel, sand, rock beds, hills, tarmac.
- Group Size: 8-12 RIDERS
Explore the beauty of North Vietnam on a 14-day motorcycle tour. Discover the incredible beauty and fascination of this region as you travel through its stunning landscapes. From the breathtaking rice fields of Mu Cang Chai to the unique Rock Plateau in Ha Giang – Dong Van, and the incredible Ban Gioc Waterfalls, each place you visit will reveal a new sense of wonder.
You'll also get to explore the biggest natural lake in Vietnam, Ba Be Lake, and visit the famous Ha Long Bay. But it's not just about beautiful views. This tour also lets you learn about the local tribes and their culture and traditions. Your adventure will include a mix of exciting rides on roads and off-road trails, so you can have all the adventure you like. Plus, you'll have chances to visit historical places and experience local customs. This tour is like a painting of Vietnam's heritage, full of vivid colors and stories.
- Licensing Issues
Foreign licenses are not valid in Vietnam, including your country license. However, IDP (international driving permit, 1968 Convention and not the 1949 Convention) is now valid in Vietnam from August 1st, 2016 with the 46/2016/ND-CP decree. You can purchase an insurance policy easily when you have a 1968 IDP. If you have 1968 Convention IDP, please also bring your home country driving license with a motorbike endorsement.
In case you have no IDP or Vietnamese driving license, the police rarely stop you checking license unless you do something wrong. It’s more to do with personal medical insurance.
Most insurance companies don’t provide a policy that covers a motorbike tour accident if you don’t have a Vietnamese driving license. Sadly, it’s impossible to get a Vietnamese license with a tourist visa. You need a business visa of at least three months, a work permit, a sponsor company, and a valid passport. All these documents should be translated into Vietnamese at a notary office and a license will be issued after 7 or 10 days. It’s just too complicated and time-consuming. With just a normal personal medical insurance you will still be covered about 19 hours a day when not riding because we only ride about 5 hours a day on average.
Even though Vietnam doesn’t recognize any foreign license (except 1968 IDP) but take it easy you will be ok.
- Experienced English speaking tour guide + mechanic
- Quality Honda CRF250L with all fuel
- Helmets/Gloves/knee and elbow pads
- All meals on tour (all breakfasts, lunches and dinners with Vietnamese food)
- All entrance fee/permit
- Accommodation (twin share room in standard hotels or stay at homestay as mentioned in itinerary)
- Boat tour crossing rivers or on the lakes as mentioned in itinerary
- Back up vehicle to carry all the stuff of the group
- Quality video of the trip by GoPro
- Ha Long Bay Cruise night
- Hotel pick up/drop off
- Medical insurance
- Bike damages
- Personal expense
- Extra water activities
Itinerary and Map
DAY 1: HANOI – MAI CHAU VALLEY
In the morning, we'll get to our motorcycles and adjust them to our specification, getting straight to our first day of riding into the countryside. Enjoy picturesque back roads, off-road fun, and interactions with locals. The afternoon ride is the highlight with frequent photo stops. Around 5:00 pm, we'll reach Mai Chau valley for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 2: MAI CHAU – PHU YEN
After breakfast, we head north to Phu Yen. Today's journey includes simple off-road challenges, picturesque stops, and visits to hill tribe villages. Explore Moc Chau's famous green tea fields and enjoy scenic Da River views in the afternoon. Wrap up the day around 5:00 pm in the tranquil town of Phu Yen, where we'll check into our hotel.
Day 3: PHU YEN - TA XUA – NGHIA LO
Today promises to be a highlight, especially for off-road enthusiasts. We'll depart on backroads, tackling steep off-road tracks that ascend to around 2000 meters above sea level, revealing a stunning cloud paradise among the mountains. If off-road isn't your preference, opt for a smoother mountain pass route to the top of Ta Xua. Descend via another route and rest at a lovely Muong Lo homestay.
DAY 4: NGHIA LO – MU CANG CHAI
Explore the fantastic routes and mountain passes of Northern Vietnam on today's journey to Mu Cang Chai. This route embodies the quintessential motorcycle tour experience in Vietnam, showcasing exquisite rice terraces, vibrant hill tribes, and lengthy mountain passes with breathtaking vistas. Frequent stops allow for photos and interactions with locals, making this one of the finest Vietnam motorbike tours. By around 4:30 pm, we'll arrive in Mu Cang Chai town to conclude a remarkable day of riding.
DAY 5: MU CANG CHAI – SAPA
This scenic ride to Sapa grants stunning vistas of mountains adorned with expansive tea fields and the grandeur of Fanxipan peak. Traverse the O Qui Ho, one of Northern Vietnam's longest and most captivating mountain passes. Capture the awe-inspiring mountain scenery from an elevation of approximately 2000 meters above sea level. Riding through this renowned pass is a truly remarkable experience, constituting one of the tour's finest moments. Concluding the ride by noon in Sapa, you'll have the rest of the day to explore the town on foot or simply unwind.
DAY 6: SAPA – HA GIANG
Following breakfast in Sapa, we'll embark on a journey down the opposite side of the Hoang Lien mountain range. This route also treats us to captivating natural vistas, featuring additional terraced rice fields. Today's motorbike ride primarily unfolds on well-paved roads alongside the Chinese border, weaving through quaint villages and picturesque terraced fields, making our way to Ha Giang for the night.
DAY 7: HA GIANG – DONG VAN – MEO VAC
Ha Giang in North Vietnam consistently tops the list of must-visit destinations for motorcycle tours in the country. Renowned for its expansive and awe-inspiring rocky plateau, along with the presence of warm and vibrant local communities, Ha Giang and the Dong Van Global Geo-park continually allure motorcyclists. This region showcases diverse beauty that varies across seasons and time. Exploring Ha Giang will likely be the highlight of the tour. Our day concludes in the heart of the rocky plateau, the charming town of Meo Vac.
DAY 8: MEO VAC – QUANG UYEN
Embarking on a departure from the awe-inspiring rocky plateau of Dong Van in Ha Giang, our journey leads us to Quang Uyen, where yet another facet of North Vietnam's beauty unfolds. The motorbike excursion today introduces a contrasting vista of nature, showcasing a different aspect of this region. The landscape shifts to lush, verdant mountains adorned with quaint villages and diverse ethnic communities. Our route takes us through Cao Bang city, guiding us to the charming enclave of Quang Uyen.
DAY 9: QUANG UYEN – BAN GIOC WATERFALL – CAO BANG
Today's journey stands as another remarkable highlight of our North Vietnam tour. We'll traverse tranquil backroads, meandering through serene villages, all while being treated to the soothing embrace of nature's verdant tranquility. Following a satisfying lunch near the majestic Ban Gioc Waterfalls, we'll capture the grandeur of Vietnam's largest waterfall in photographs. Our adventure continues with a picturesque route leading us to Cao Bang.
DAY 10: CAO BANG - BA BE LAKE & NATIONAL PARK
Anticipate a leisurely day ahead on our motorcycles. As we depart the urban landscape, we'll navigate the tranquil expanse of smooth mountain passes, leading us to the picturesque Ba Be Lake. Arriving just in time for lunch, the afternoon will be dedicated to exploring this natural wonder.. Whether you choose to glide along the lake's waters by boat, indulge in a refreshing swim, or embark on a brief stroll through the nearby villages and Ba Be National Park, the options are as varied as they are captivating. Our accommodation for the night will be nestled amidst the Tay community.
DAY 11: BA BE LAKE - THAC BA LAKE
Embarking on today's journey to Thac Ba Lake, we'll traverse sealed backroads, offering captivating views of the natural landscape and countryside. The ride is relatively easy, featuring gentle ups and downs across moderately elevated mountains. Along the way, we'll encounter rural villages of hill tribes, adding a touch of cultural exploration to our adventure. Arriving at a charming Dzao village, we get to choose between a serene boat ride around Thac Ba Lake or a leisurely walk through the tranquil village.
DAY 12: THAC BA LAKE - HANOI
We'll begin by taking an easy off-road route to leave the villages. Then, we'll enjoy a calm and safe ride along the road that runs beside small rivers, heading towards Hanoi. The last 15 kilometers might be a bit more demanding as we approach the city. Our Vietnam motorcycle tour will conclude at our bike shop located on the western outskirts of Hanoi. You can leave the bikes at our shop, and the Motorbike Tour Expert team will arrange your return to the hotel using a car or taxi.
DAY 13: HA LONG BAY
After an epic 12 day motorcycle ride across Northern Vietnam, it's only right to get on a luxury cruise ship and go explore Ha Long Bay. A bunch of activities to do: cave exploration, kayaking, snorkeling or just relax at the ocean and take in the beauty around, Ha Long bay will blow your mind, I promise.
DAY 14: BACK TO HANOI - TOUR ENDS
We sail back to the shore and go to a hotel for our last night together. Farewell dinner/drinks and good byes!
DAY 15 - FLY BACK HOME
Write to us when you reach home. Safe travels!