Duration: 7 days – 6 nights.
Travel options: Guided Self-drive. Pillion passengers. Vietnam riders. Cars.
Departure locations: Ha Noi.
DAY 1: HA NOI – BA BE NATIONAL PARK – 250 km
Pick up and depart from your hotel in Ha Noi. Our VIETNAMRIDER® will help you to get out of the busy traffic to the quiet countryside. Our day will run on the back road through the local villages and mountains to Ba Be National Park, do homestay with a Tay ethnic minority family, sleep in their stilt-house.
DAY 2: CAO BANG – 100 km
We’ll do the boat trip to visit Ba Be lake, it’s a beautiful lake in north Vietnam. After here our team continue to ride on the back road to Cao Bang, visit some other Tay, Nung ethnic minority villages on the way and finish our ride at a small local village on the 1,000m mountain. Do homestay and enjoy the dinner with the local family.
DAY 3: THE ROCKY PLATEAU – 150 km
This is No.1 on the list of the Greatest Roads in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. The place is known as one of the 77 geological parks in the world and the second in Southeast Asia after the Langkawi Geological Park in Malaysia. The road with the corners is endless to the cloudy sky. You just want to ride or just want to stop for the amazing view along this Rocky Plateau. Stay overnight at a hotel at the old village, located on the 2,000m high mountain.
DAY 4: HA GIANG – 170 km
Ha Giang is located in the far north of the country, and contains Vietnam’s northernmost point. It shares a 270 km long border with Yunnan province of southern China, and thus is known as Viet Nam’s final frontier. We’ll need to have a special permit to travel along this route. Ha Giang has many mountains, including the two highest peaks, namely, the Tay Con Linh (2,419m) and the Kieu Lieu Ti (2,402m) and forests that provide lumber. It has about 1000 species of herbal plants. Fauna include tigers, peafowl, pheasants, and paneling. The town of Ha Giang was heavily damaged during the 1979 war with China. Our night will be at the 2 stars hotel at Ha Giang.
DAY 5: THE WEEKEND MARKETS – 150 km
In this region, for tourist to see the most unique custom of the ethnic minorities, it is recommended to travel by motorbikes because there are many ethnic hamlets living separately from the mainstream society. Coming to these tribes, ones may see charms on their doors to expel demons and evil spirits. The locals are also very friendly who welcome strangers like honored guests and may treat you their special dish: Thang Co (horse meat hot-pot). The residents of this mountainous region consist mainly of ethnic minorities with a major of Hmong, Tay, Dao and Nung ethnic groups. Each of the ethnic group has its unique custom in term of wedding, worship, festivals or funeral. To illustrate, a Hmong groom can only get married only if he can rob his wife but no one know about his action to be successful pass the trial. Now you understand why this trip is the Best Motorcycle Trip in Vietnam.
DAY 6: SA PA – 180 km
Snow fell twice in Sa Pa, Lao Cai province recently. In the winter sunlight, Sa Pa was beautiful and fanciful like the winter landscape in Europe According to statistics, from 1971 to 2011, snow fell in Sa Pa 15 times. The biggest snowfall was on February 13, 1968. The dry season is from January to June with March to May the best time to visit. Temperatures in January and February are regularly around 0ºC. The rainy season falls in June and August. September marks the end of the rainy season which is a good time to visit then by mid-December temperatures start to fall significantly making this September to mid-December period the best time to be there. So we recommend you should choose the right time to do this great trip. Enjoy the brilliant travel along the 2,500m high mountains with amazing views. Stay overnight at local hotel at the center of Sapa town.
DAY 7: RETURN TO HA NOI
In the morning we’ll ride to visit the famous Sky-gate which is on the top of the 2,500 m mountain, belong to the No.2 of the Greatest Roads in Vietnam. We also will visit some minority villages along the way – Sa P is such a colorful town thanks to the Hmong and Dao people from the local hill tribes who head into the town’s market every day to trade their produce. There’s a main market every Saturday when the place is packed but there’s a lower key one every other day during the week. These people will have undergone no formal education but the arrival of foreigners has made them well aware of the value of money and many of the youngsters have picked up a basic level of English. They sell clothing and handicrafts which are popular with tourists. Our trip will return to Hanoi or you can choose to stay here. End tour.
From US$ 90 – US$ 150 – US$ 250 – US$ 450 per day / per person
Price Includes (the different prices will depend on these options):
– The Japanese motorbikes & our drivers & the third-party insurances (for the Pillion passengers only)
– The 100cc – 125cc semi-automatic, 125cc – 150cc – 250cc motorcycles & petrol (for the Guided Self-drive)
– Licensed and Professional tour leader with good English
– All the visiting fees
– Helmets, rain ponchos (if needed), bag covers
– 6 nights x accommodations: 2 – 4 stars hotels, resorts, home stay (all are twin / double / private rooms)
– 6 x breakfasts x 7 x lunches x Vietnamese foods x our set menu / per person
– The extra costs to transfer all the bikes & guides & riding gears from / return home before & after the tour
– Company tax
– Personal meals, drink, and any other extra requirements
– Insurances, any Damage Costs, support vehicle for luggage (for the Guided Self-drive only)
– Seasonal surcharges