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Highlights :

Lasting 7 days and including Pu Luong, Ta Xua, Y Ty, Muong Hum, Sapa, Mu Cang Chai, Tu Le, Vu Linh, this Motorbike Tour brings you to various pristine destinations in the Northwest of Vietnam. You will ride along the winding paths completely off the beaten track, conquering muddy trails and curvy steep passes overlooking breathtaking sceneries of mountainous areas. Communities of minority people with unique cultures and interesting customs are there for you to discover.


 

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Rice fields on terraced of Mu Cang Chai District at sunrise time, Yen Bai province, Northwest Vietnam

Detailed itinerary : 7 Days Sa Pa Motorcycle Tour

DAY 1: HANOI – BA THUOC (THANH HOA)

DAY 2: PU LUONG - BAC YEN (SON LA) VIA MAI CHAU & MOC CHAU

DAY 3: TA XUA - MU CANG CHAI VIA TU LE

DAY 4: MU CANG CHAI - Y TY VIA MUONG HUM

DAY 5: Y TY - SAPA VIA A LU AND LUNG PO (LAO CAI)

DAY 6: SAPA - THAC BA LAKE, VU LINH (YEN BAI)

DAY 7: VU LINH VILLAGE (THAC BA LAKE) - HANOI:

DAY 1: HANOI MOTORBIKE TOUR TO PU LUONG – BA THUOC (THANH HOA)

DAY 1: HANOI MOTORBIKE TOUR TO PU LUONG – BA THUOC (THANH HOA)

After breakfast, we say goodbye to busy Hanoi and ride on the dyke alongside the Red River, enjoying the typical peaceful scenery of the countryside with green bamboo, gardens of fruits, ponds full of ducks, and vast rice fields as well as local markets. Afterwards, you take a turn to reach Quan Son lake, which is nicknamed as “Halong Bay to the West of Hanoi”. Here we have over 1 hour for a offroad ride around the lake, indulging in wonderful charms of the lake, surrounding mountains and islands, watching locals feeding poultries or catching fish.

Relaxing with a short break beside the lake, then we move on with the trip into the famous Ho Chi Minh trail to reach

Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Lunch is served in a restaurant on the way.

On the way, we will pass by the truly delightful sceneries of nature: thickly-forested slopes streaked with waterfalls, streams, bridges, and villages of Thai ethnic people with the unique stilt houses.

Pu Luong limestone mountains, stretching from Mai Chau in the North to West to Cuc Phuong national park in the South East, are covered with tropical rainforest, with a valley of cultivated rice terraces, and waterwheels. It truly is a breath of fresh air being in Pu Luong Nature Reserve, which was established in 1999. Meaning “the highest peak of the village” in Thai language, Pu Luong is home to the Muong and Thai ethic groups.

At around 17:30, we arrive at Hieu hamlet, which lies inside Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Here the locals welcome you with warm hospitality & tasty dishes of their unique cuisine.

We stay overnight in traditional houses on stilts.

Summary:

Distance: 185 km

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Home-stay

DAY 2: PU LUONG - BAC YEN (SON LA) VIA MAI CHAU & MOC CHAU

DAY 2: PU LUONG - BAC YEN (SON LA) VIA MAI CHAU & MOC CHAU

Jumping back on your iron horse and heading to Bac Yen town via Mai Chau, we have a stopover in Moc Chau and a ferry across the Da River.

Ta Xua, also known as "the sea of cloud of the Northwest", is located in Bac Yen district (Son La). Coming to Ta Xua, you will have an opportunity to "hunt" the white clouds. The ride to Ta Xua is actually a challenge for you with rocky and narrow trails. However, once you have reached the peak, It surely will be a rewarding experience with the brilliant landscape. If you are there at the right time in the season of cotton mop, you can find the white cotton mops shining under the sun. To watch the sunrise and “hunt” the clouds, you should get up early at around 5 am.

Stay in local hotel

Summary:

Distance: 170 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

DAY 3: TA XUA  - MU CANG CHAI VIA TU LE

After breakfast, we continue the trip across Lung Lo pass and getting in Road 32.

Lung Lo passes is one of the most stunning passes in the North of Vietnam, linked between Son La and Yen Bai Province. It was the main target of bombing during the First Indochina war, in which French aimed at cutting off logistics of Viet Minh forces during the Dien Bien Phu campaign of 1954. It was also recognized as a national heritage by the Vietnamese government.

After lunch, our ride goes on through Mu Cang Chai massif, which is of almost the same height as the well-known Fansipan. At the highest point, one of the most oustanding landscapes in the North of Vietnam will appear in front of your eyes. This ride is also quite challenging and requires skills and attention, but It is a fulfilling experience to any rider.

In Mu Cang Chai you discover stunning fairy-tale landscape of local minorities and rice terraces. The terraced fields here has different beauties in each season. In March, It is the sight of glittering ponds. In April and May, locals water their fields at full to prepare for a new crop, and the surface of terraced fields shines reddish brown of soil, which contrasts to the green of surrounding forests. In June and July, green is the main theme of the picture.

The fields expand over 2,200ha, including around 500ha in Che Cu Nha, La Pan Tan, and De Xu Phinh communes. The ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism recognized the terraced fields in these villages as a national heritage in 2007.

From early of September, the fields turn yellow with ripe rice, and the harvest time arrives, which is said to be the most beautiful season for sightseeing travelers.

Overnight in a hotel.

Summary:

Distance: 210 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

DAY 3: TA XUA  - MU CANG CHAI VIA TU LE
Undefined Vietnamese Hmong children showing the hand in rice terrace when the sunset time with lens flare at mam xoi of mu cang chai district,Yenbai province, northwest of Vietnam. Sapa motorcycle tour!

DAY 4: MU CANG CHAI - Y TY VIA MUONG HUM

DAY 4: MU CANG CHAI - Y TY VIA MUONG HUM

We motorbike toward the main Fansipan Mountain range. There is another option of a very challenging back route over a number of rivers.This is a very large mountain range  and we have to climb from Binh Lu to Tram Ton Pass (the highest road pass in Vietnam).

Y Ty is 2000m over sea level, lying in a sea of clouds and fog for all the 4 seasons, almost without sunlight. Y Ty is well known for meandering paths, quiet valleys, terraced fields and humble houses of ethnic communities. In Y Ty, you can visit Muong Hum Market. As a typical highland market, It has the unique traits of the cultures and customs of the local minority in the mountainous North West of Vietnam. A wide range of products are offered, including handicrafts, traditional costumes, jewelries, poultries, local foods, drinks and fruits, etc.

Moreover, It is worth that you pay a visit to Hong Ngai Hamlet, Sin Chai Hamlet and Lao Chai Hamlet, which represent the architecture of Mong ethnic community. It is also another unforgettable experience to greet mesmerizing sunrise and sunset in the prime hours of the day and the late afternoon.

Summary:

Distance: 210 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

DAY 5: Y TY - SAPA VIA A LU AND LUNG PO (LAO CAI)

DAY 5: Y TY - SAPA VIA A LU AND LUNG PO (LAO CAI)

Passing by A Lu, Ngai Thau, Amusung with vast terrace fields, you walk up Lung Po flag tower looking down the Red River flowing into the territory of Vietnam. Next to that stop, we cross into Lao Cai Province and ride down to Sapa valley. Today could be one of the most amazing ride of Sapa motorcycle tour.

Located in the northwest of Vietnam, not far from the border with China, Sapa is an absolute treat to visit. Considered by French as the Summer Capital of Northern Vietnam in the early decades of the 20th century, Sapa is home to stunning mountain landscapes, verdant rice terraces, and unique stilt villages. This is also an ideal destination for newly-wed couples who wish spend their honeymoon trip far from the city.

Summary:

Distance: 110 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

DAY 6: SAPA - THAC BA LAKE, VU LINH ( YEN BAI )

DAY 6: SAPA - THAC BA LAKE, VU LINH ( YEN BAI )

We motorbike down from Sapa to the city of Lao Cai and stop for a coffee by the Nam Thi River, which is the border between Vietnam and China. Afterwards, we head to Vu Linh - a vilage of Dao ethnic minority. This village lies by the side of Thac Ba lake, the bigest man-made lake in Vietnam.

Thac Ba Lake is a beauty spot that should not be missed on your trip to Northwestern Vietnam. With an area of 23,400 ha and 1,331 islands and hills, this artificial lake resembles a large mirror with blue and clean water, reflecting the surrounding green forrests. There are caves such as Hum, Cau Cuoi and Bach Xa. We will be on the boat, reaching an island and enjoying the scenery and the way of life of Dao locals: how they paddle their boats, the animals living around, etc.

We enjoy dinner at the homestay with our hosts, whose are really good at drinking. Hope you survive the drinking game.

Summary:

Distance: 200 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Home-stay

DAY 7: VU LINH VILLAGE (THAC BA LAKE) - HANOI

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After breakfast, we bid farewell to the lake and ride on Highway 2 southeast to the province of Phu Tho. Following the dike alongside the Red River to the merging point with the Black River. Crossing the bridge over Black River, we return to Hanoi and arrive in the city before the rush hour (4 pm) to avoid heavy traffic.

Summary:

Distance: 180 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Not Including

7 Days Sa Pa Motorcycle Tour PRICE ( HONDA XR 150L )

  • Tour for group of private solo rider: 200 USD/Day
  • Tour for group of 2 riders: 140 USD/Day/Person
  • Tour for group of 3 riders: 140 USD/Day/Person
  • Tour for group of 4 – 10 riders: 130 USD/Day/Person


Sa Pa Motorcycle Tour TOUR PRICE ( HONDA CRF250L )

  • 165 USD/ Day/ Rider ( Honda CRF250L )

Tour price includes:

  • Experienced English speaking tour guides
  • 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 ( Send Later )

Tour price excludes:

  • Medical insurance
  • Bike damages
  • Personal expense
  • Drinks/Tips
  • Air tickets and  visa to Vietnam

WHAT TO BRING?

Documents:

  • PASSPORT (valid for 6 months with at least 2 consecutive blank pages.
  • DRIVER’S LICENSE
  • INTERNATIONAL DRIVERS LICENSE.
  • MEDICAL AND TRAVEL INSURANCE. Bring contact number and policy Make sure that helicopter medevac is included.
  • CREDIT CARD: there are ATM’s in Hanoi. Payment with card only in Hanoi.
  • CASH (US$) Bring cash US$ or take from a ATM. You can change for Vietnamese Dong.
  • VISA: Please check Visa requirements for your country of origin, prior to travel as for most countries a visa is needed. A visa application form before departure is needed (some countries are exempted) when staying longer than 15 days.

Bring this together with 2 x photo 4×6 cm. with a white colour back-ground. Bring the visa letter as well.

Gear/clothes:

  • Protective riding gear (suit, helmet, gloves, etc). The temperature can fluctuate between 26 Celsius (Hanoi) and 5 C° up in the mountains when it’s raining.
  • Bring hard (enduro) boots with ankle protection. It will safe your leg/ankle!
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Light rain gear /rain jacket. Temperatures can drop when riding on high altitude or when raining.
  • Casual wear for evening dinners and non-riding days.
  • Warm fleece and hat for our cooler days/evenings
  • Camelbags/Hydration back-pack. Highly recommended! Necessary very handy to prevent dehydration (also to prevent altitude sickness).
  • These magnificent views you want to capture!
  • Head-light. Some home-stays have no electricity during the night.
  • Travel sheets/thin sleeping bag/travel pillow. Can be useful when staying in the home-stays.
  • Power pack. As a back-up for charging you electronic equipment/phone.
  • Your spirit for adventure!

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Highlights :

Lasting 7 days and including Pu Luong, Ta Xua, Y Ty, Muong Hum, Sapa, Mu Cang Chai, Tu Le, Vu Linh, this Motorbike Tour brings you to various pristine destinations in the Northwest of Vietnam. You will ride along the winding paths completely off the beaten track, conquering muddy trails and curvy steep passes overlooking breathtaking sceneries of mountainous areas. Communities of minority people with unique cultures and interesting customs are there for you to discover.


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Detailed itinerary : 7 Days Sa Pa Motorcycle Tour

DAY 1: HANOI – BA THUOC (THANH HOA)

DAY 2: PU LUONG - BAC YEN (SON LA) VIA MAI CHAU & MOC CHAU

DAY 3: TA XUA - MU CANG CHAI VIA TU LE

DAY 4: MU CANG CHAI - Y TY VIA MUONG HUM

DAY 5: Y TY - SAPA VIA A LU AND LUNG PO (LAO CAI)

DAY 6: SAPA - THAC BA LAKE, VU LINH (YEN BAI)

DAY 7: VU LINH VILLAGE (THAC BA LAKE) - HANOI:

Itineraries

Day 1

HANOI – BA THUOC (THANH HOA)

After breakfast, we say goodbye to busy Hanoi and ride on the dyke alongside the Red River, enjoying the typical peaceful scenery of the countryside with green bamboo, gardens of fruits, ponds full of ducks, and vast rice fields as well as local markets. Afterwards, you take a turn to reach Quan Son lake, which is nicknamed as “Halong Bay to the West of Hanoi”. Here we have over 1 hour for a offroad ride around the lake, indulging in wonderful charms of the lake, surrounding mountains and islands, watching locals feeding poultries or catching fish.

Relaxing with a short break beside the lake, then we move on with the trip into the famous Ho Chi Minh trail to reach

Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Lunch is served in a restaurant on the way.

On the way, we will pass by the truly delightful sceneries of nature: thickly-forested slopes streaked with waterfalls, streams, bridges, and villages of Thai ethnic people with the unique stilt houses.

Pu Luong limestone mountains, stretching from Mai Chau in the North to West to Cuc Phuong national park in the South East, are covered with tropical rainforest, with a valley of cultivated rice terraces, and waterwheels. It truly is a breath of fresh air being in Pu Luong Nature Reserve, which was established in 1999. Meaning “the highest peak of the village” in Thai language, Pu Luong is home to the Muong and Thai ethic groups.

At around 17:30, we arrive at Hieu hamlet, which lies inside Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Here the locals welcome you with warm hospitality & tasty dishes of their unique cuisine.

We stay overnight in traditional houses on stilts.

Summary:

Distance: 185 km

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Home-stay

Day 2

PU LUONG - BAC YEN (SON LA) VIA MAI CHAU & MOC CHAU

Jumping back on your iron horse and heading to Bac Yen town via Mai Chau, we have a stopover in Moc Chau and a ferry across the Da River.

Ta Xua, also known as "the sea of cloud of the Northwest", is located in Bac Yen district (Son La). Coming to Ta Xua, you will have an opportunity to "hunt" the white clouds. The ride to Ta Xua is actually a challenge for you with rocky and narrow trails. However, once you have reached the peak, It surely will be a rewarding experience with the brilliant landscape. If you are there at the right time in the season of cotton mop, you can find the white cotton mops shining under the sun. To watch the sunrise and “hunt” the clouds, you should get up early at around 5 am.

Stay in local hotel

Summary:

Distance: 170 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

TA XUA - MU CANG CHAI VIA TU LE

After breakfast, we continue the trip across Lung Lo pass and getting in Road 32.

Lung Lo passes is one of the most stunning passes in the North of Vietnam, linked between Son La and Yen Bai Province. It was the main target of bombing during the First Indochina war, in which French aimed at cutting off logistics of Viet Minh forces during the Dien Bien Phu campaign of 1954. It was also recognized as a national heritage by the Vietnamese government.

After lunch, our ride goes on through Mu Cang Chai massif, which is of almost the same height as the well-known Fansipan. At the highest point, one of the most oustanding landscapes in the North of Vietnam will appear in front of your eyes. This ride is also quite challenging and requires skills and attention, but It is a fulfilling experience to any rider.

In Mu Cang Chai you discover stunning fairy-tale landscape of local minorities and rice terraces. The terraced fields here has different beauties in each season. In March, It is the sight of glittering ponds. In April and May, locals water their fields at full to prepare for a new crop, and the surface of terraced fields shines reddish brown of soil, which contrasts to the green of surrounding forests. In June and July, green is the main theme of the picture.

The fields expand over 2,200ha, including around 500ha in Che Cu Nha, La Pan Tan, and De Xu Phinh communes. The ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism recognized the terraced fields in these villages as a national heritage in 2007.

From early of September, the fields turn yellow with ripe rice, and the harvest time arrives, which is said to be the most beautiful season for sightseeing travelers.

Overnight in a hotel.

Summary:

Distance: 210 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4

MU CANG CHAI - Y TY VIA MUONG HUM

We motorbike toward the main Fansipan Mountain range. There is another option of a very challenging back route over a number of rivers.This is a very large mountain range  and we have to climb from Binh Lu to Tram Ton Pass (the highest road pass in Vietnam).

Y Ty is 2000m over sea level, lying in a sea of clouds and fog for all the 4 seasons, almost without sunlight. Y Ty is well known for meandering paths, quiet valleys, terraced fields and humble houses of ethnic communities. In Y Ty, you can visit Muong Hum Market. As a typical highland market, It has the unique traits of the cultures and customs of the local minority in the mountainous North West of Vietnam. A wide range of products are offered, including handicrafts, traditional costumes, jewelries, poultries, local foods, drinks and fruits, etc.

Moreover, It is worth that you pay a visit to Hong Ngai Hamlet, Sin Chai Hamlet and Lao Chai Hamlet, which represent the architecture of Mong ethnic community. It is also another unforgettable experience to greet mesmerizing sunrise and sunset in the prime hours of the day and the late afternoon.

Summary:

Distance: 210 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 5

Y TY - SAPA VIA A LU AND LUNG PO (LAO CAI)

Passing by A Lu, Ngai Thau, Amusung with vast terrace fields, you walk up Lung Po flag tower looking down the Red River flowing into the territory of Vietnam. Next to that stop, we cross into Lao Cai Province and ride down to Sapa valley.

Located in the northwest of Vietnam, not far from the border with China, Sapa is an absolute treat to visit. Considered by French as the Summer Capital of Northern Vietnam in the early decades of the 20th century, Sapa is home to stunning mountain landscapes, verdant rice terraces, and unique stilt villages. This is also an ideal destination for newly-wed couples who wish spend their honeymoon trip far from the city.

Summary:

Distance: 110 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6

SAPA - THAC BA LAKE, VU LINH ( YEN BAI )

We motorbike down from Sapa to the city of Lao Cai and stop for a coffee by the Nam Thi River, which is the border between Vietnam and China. Afterwards, we head to Vu Linh - a vilage of Dao ethnic minority. This village lies by the side of Thac Ba lake, the bigest man-made lake in Vietnam.

Thac Ba Lake is a beauty spot that should not be missed on your trip to Northwestern Vietnam. With an area of 23,400 ha and 1,331 islands and hills, this artificial lake resembles a large mirror with blue and clean water, reflecting the surrounding green forrests. There are caves such as Hum, Cau Cuoi and Bach Xa. We will be on the boat, reaching an island and enjoying the scenery and the way of life of Dao locals: how they paddle their boats, the animals living around, etc.

Thac Ba Lake

We enjoy dinner at the homestay with our hosts, whose are really good at drinking. Hope you survive the drinking game.

Summary:

Distance: 200 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Home-stay

Day 7

VU LINH VILLAGE (THAC BA LAKE) - HANOI

After breakfast, we bid farewell to the lake and ride on Highway 2 southeast to the province of Phu Tho. Following the dike alongside the Red River to the merging point with the Black River. Crossing the bridge over Black River, we return to Hanoi and arrive in the city before the rush hour (4 pm) to avoid heavy traffic.

Summary:

Distance: 180 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Not Including

Tour price includes:

  • Experienced English speaking tour guides
  • 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 ( Send Later )

Tour price excludes:

  • Medical insurance
  • Bike damages
  • Personal expense
  • Drinks/Tips
  • Air tickets and  visa to Vietnam

 

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