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The North of Vietnam contains beautiful sceneries of untamed nature and unique cultures of ethnic minorities in all its regions. This part of Vietnam is definitely something you don’t want to miss out on during your exploration!
What you will experience on the Northern Vietnam Motorcycle Tours, spanning over 11 days, is a combination of raw trails enveloped by howling winds and unforgettable landscapes of majestic mountains and mystical forests.
At the end of each adventure-filled day, you will spend the rest of your time at small hotels or cozy home-stays, enjoying local specialty meals and conversing with friendly locals. What more could you ask for?

Off-road riding around Ba Be national park

Itinerary Of The Northern Vietnam Motorcycle Tours

To give you the most perfect and well-rounded portrayal of Northern Vietnam by motorcycle, we have concocted a series of adventures that will include some of the most beautiful sights and exciting trails. The journey will span over 11 days and will go as follow:

Day 1: Hanoi To Muong Waterfall 

Day 1: Hanoi To Muong Waterfall 
Dai Yem Waterfall (Thac Dai Yem), Moc Chau, Son La, Northwest Vietnam.

We gear up for the day by heading straight to the Northwest mountain regions, where we will catch sights of luscious jungles, refreshing rivers, and crystal clear streambeds. These will definitely be a exhilarating change from your hectic city lifestyle.

After the tiring day, you can unwind by relaxing in the restoring waterfall inside the National Reserve Park and rest in an exotic traditional stilt house.

Day 2: Muong Waterfall To Moc Chau Plateau 

Muong Waterfall To Moc Chau Plateau 
Off-road Riding in Moc Chau highland

The next day, we will conquer a 50km slope leading through the National Reserve Park to arrive at the gloomy and mysterious village of Lung Van. 

Then, to continue the journey, you will whisk through another challenging 10km, passing through a dense forest, to finally reach Mai Chau valley.

Mai Chau is the home to several ethnic communities. You will get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn about the Muong, White Thai, H’Mong, Tay, and Zao Hoa tribes. Especially, we can get to know more about the Thai White locals by having lunch together.

Later, we continue our motorcycle tour on old Highway 6, crossing 50km of dirt road lining the Da River to arrive at the famous Moc Chau plateau.

Day 3: Moc Chau Plateau To Ngoc Chien Hot Spring 

Day 3: Moc Chau Plateau To Ngoc Chien Hot Spring 
Off-road Riding in Ngoc Chien

Here comes our “day off”, riders! Get your camera ready right after breakfast because we will be going on a short tour to discover the alluring plateau, as well as some of the Black H’mong villages.

At night, you can reward yourself with a deserving bath in Ngoc Chien hot spring after an exhausting day full of actions.

Day 4: Ngoc Chien To Mu Cang Chai Terraced Rice Fields 

Day 4: Ngoc Chien To Mu Cang Chai Terraced Rice Fields 
Rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai, northwest Vietnam

Prepare yourself, riders! Today is going to be all about accomplishing challenges. You will be pushed to your limits as you ride through dirt, streams, steep slopes, and slippery mud. At the end of this difficult ride, you will arrive at Mu Cang Chai Terraced Rice Fields.

Day 5: Mu Cang Chai Terraced Rice Fields To Sapa 

Day 5: Mu Cang Chai Terraced Rice Fields To Sapa 
Off-road motorcycle tour Mu Cang Chai to Sapa

The fifth day of this journey will amaze you with the stunning beauty of Mu Cang Chai’s exquisite rice fields. 

Following the awesome gravel roads and windy tracks, our next destination is O Qui Ho, the link between Lai Chau province and Lao Cai province. This is the highest pass in Vietnam, so the temperature can drop quite low once you set foot in the area.

At night, you are free to wander and discover Sapa, one of Vietnam's most well-known Northwest cultural towns. 

Day 6: Sapa To Xin Man Town

Day 6: Sapa To Xin Man Town
Ha Giang, Vietnam - Sep 5, 2010: A typical Hmong traditional flea market with agricultural products for sale in Xin Man district. Flea market is very popular as one kind of small business in Vietnam.

Say goodbye to Sapa! The next activity on our plan is to visit one of the most famous traditional markets in the Northeast region, Bac Ha market. You’ll have the opportunity to buy different souvenirs and gifts for your friends and family back at home. 

Our next stop is the remote Black H’mong villages. After your visit to the villages, we will ride 30km off-road along the Vietnam-China boundary to get to Xin Man town.

Day 7: Xin Man Town To Ha Giang

Off-road Riding in Ha Giang

Be prepared, adventure-seekers. We will start our day by conquering the top of Chieu Lau Thi, the third-highest roof in Vietnam. However, be mindful of the fog and cold winds, the two most dangerous obstacles of this excursion.

To make even more exceptional memories, we ride downhill, pass Suoi Thau, U Bo, and wander down provincial roads No. 178 and Highway No.2 to admire the scenic view. This trail will lead us to the lively city of Ha Giang.

Day 8: Ha Giang To Dong Van Karst Plateau 

Ha Giang To Dong Van Karst Plateau
New Honda CRF300L - Model 2023

Ha Giang’s landscape embraces numerous winding passes snaking around rugged mountains.

For off-road lovers, you can prove your skills on some of the most challenging paths full of muddy trails. Moreover, these routes will lead you to the house of various hill tribes, such as Lo Lo and H’mong where you can learn about their unique lifestyle.

Day 9: Dong Van Plateau To Bao Lac

Dong Van Plateau To Bao Lac
Ma Pi Leng sunset Nho Que river

On day 9, we will experience the most dangerous pass in Vietnam: Ma Pi Leng to Meo Vac market. Nonetheless, we guarantee that you will find the reward to be beyond gratifying. The 20km-ride will reveal the hidden natural wonder of Nho Que River.

After the brief stop at Nho Que River, we will continue to overcome a 30km dirt road to reach Bao Lac.

Day 10: Bao Lac To Ba Be Lake

Day 10: Bao Lac To Ba Be Lake
Sunset in Pac Ngoi village, Ba Be Lake, Bac Kan

On this day, we will move from Bao Lac to Ba Be. Once you have arrived at Ba Be, you will have complete freedom to explore the remarkable Ba Be lake. Additionally, we highly recommend that you engage in swimming or boating to get the fullest experience.

Day 11: Ba Be Back To Hanoi 

Day 11: Ba Be Back To Hanoi 
Having fun on Ba Be lake, Bac Kan, Northeast Vietnam

After 11 days of discovering and conquering Northern Vietnam on motorcycle, it is finally time to come home. Make sure you enjoy the serene and calming nature one last time before you have to get back to the crowded city of Hanoi.


If you are looking for a thrilling exploration to fully capture the marvelous but also merciless landscapes of Vietnam, this tour is the perfect option for you. Try out our special Northern Vietnam Motorcycle Tours, and let us know what fascinate you the most!

Most importantly, please carefully consider your health condition before joining our expedition since this is an 11 days challenge and would undoubtedly be a strain on your health. Nonetheless, we wish you an amazing and safe trip!

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