Book a tour: 5D 4N Detailed Guideline of Southwest Hanoi Motorcycle Tour

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As adventurers who admire the beauty of nature and antiqueness, a motorbike tour is something you should experience when traveling to Vietnam. If you expect a short journey of about five days, we recommend you to check the Southwest Hanoi Motorcycle tour itinerary.
In this article, we will show you a detailed itinerary, including places where you visit and accompanying services offered by Vietnam Motorcycle Tours.

Southwest Hanoi motorcycle tour
Amazing view of Hoa Binh province, Northwest Vietnam

Southwest Hanoi Motorcycle Tour Overview 

The Hanoi Motorbike tour will depart from Hanoi to Southwest Hanoi destinations such as Mai Chau, Pu Luong, Da Bac, and Xuan Son. In particular,  you will spend about five days and four nights on this trip. 

Riders will stay at two eco-lodges hotels, two homestays (standard), and four homestays (VIP). 

The total distance is about 510km. Firstly, you will visit well-known tourist villages and some national parks near Hanoi. Next, you have a chance to visit less known areas but beautiful landscapes. 

The most popular option is Honda XR150L, Yamaha WR155 or Honda CRF3000L. 

Southwest Hanoi Motorcycle Tour Overview 
Off-roading in north Vietnam

Comprehensive Itinerary 

The trip can be divided into small routes such as Pu Luong Tour, Mai Chau Tour, Xuan Son Tour, and Da Bac Motorbike tour. 

Day 1: Ha Noi – Pu Luong Motorbike Tour

On the first day, you will travel along the scenic route to Pu Luong. You can see the Red and Black river along the way before heading up to the hills. 

Pu Luong nature reserve is 150 km far from Hanoi. It may take you four and a half to reach there. 

Ha Noi – Pu Luong Motorbike Tour
Amazing view from home-stay room

Once you arrive here, you should not miss the opportunities to swim in Hieu Waterfall, visit ethnic Thai villages, join a craft workshop, enjoy farm-to-table meals, trek to Mountain Pu Luong, and experience the serenity of the reserve from the homestay. 

The best time to ride Pu Luong is at the end of May and early June. It is time to start a new rice crop. During this time,  terraced fields are covered with layers of green, making an area look picturesque. It is good to enjoy a fresh and cool atmosphere here. 

We suggest you visit this place in September or October. These two months is the harvest season in Pu Luong. So, you can see the spectacular view with multi-layer terraced fields turning yellowish. 

Day 2: Pu Luong – Mai Chau Motorbike Tour

The next destination is Mai Chau, where you see rolling rice paddies or mountains covered by forests. It is a peaceful corner that helps you relax and get rid of stress from the busy city life. 

Pu Luong – Mai Chau Motorbike Tour
Off-road riding from Pu Luong to Mai Chau

It is great that we can go biking while we are there. In addition, the guide will take you to White Thai long-stilt houses where you can enjoy a sip of tea and local fruits like lychees. 

A noticeable feature of Mai Chau is its cuisine. Some famous dishes are bamboo-tube grilled rice, grilled native chicken, or pork skewers. 

In the evening, there will be traditional performances. White Thai musicians excel at using natural materials to create beautiful rhythms. Another thing is that you can listen to live folk music and watch dancers in full ethnic dress. 

Day 3: Mai Chau – Xuan Son Motorbike Tour

On the third day, you will visit Xuan Son national park, one of Vietnam's most attractive eco-tourism sites. The site is suitable for outdoor activities such as trekking or spelunking. 

Mai Chau – Xuan Son Motorbike Tour
View of Xuan Son National Park, Phu Tho Province

You will surely be amazed by the beauty of nature here and the diverse fauna system (314 vascular plant species, 121 birds species, 14 amphibians species, 48 mammal species or 13 reptile species) and rich flora system (180 families, 1217 species of 6 vascular plant phyla, and 680 genera. 

In Xuan Son, you can witness the magic of nature: 4 seasons in a day. You may need to prepare warm clothes if going out in the evening. Do not forget to try some delicacies such as spring fish, bamboo shoots, glutinous rice, or chicken. 

 Day 4: Xuan Son – Da Bac Motorbike Tour

In Da Bac, you will have a chance to admire an incredible landscape, visit ethnic minority villages like Sung village and enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, rafting on the largest artificial reservoir, or biking. 

It is interesting to go trekking or hiking through forests or mountains to reach remote villages. You will be able to explore the tropical forest, ethnic hill tribes, and luxuriant mountains. Today could be one of the greatest days of motorbiking in Vietnam.

Xuan Son – Da Bac Motorbike Tour
Sunset on Hoa Binh lake, Da Bac, Hoa Binh province

Admire the majestic scenery of mountains, rice fields, or clouds at stops on the way to mountains or remote villages. 

In particular, you can try the walking route from Da Bia to Muc village. Rid through the village of Muong, corn fields, mountains, and green forests. You can even take a boat ride before going back home.

Day 5: Da Bac – Ha Noi Motorbike Tour

On the last day, you will say goodbye to Da Bac and return to Hanoi. 

Da Bac – Ha Noi Motorbike Tour
Stunning ride back to Hanoi from Da Bac


Here are the inclusions of this tour you may take for reference. If you have a special request, you should tell the Vietnam Motorcycle Tours before organizing the tour. 

  • Airport pickup (by car)
  • Motorbike with fuel and repairs
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Mechanic partner during the journey
  • Helmet waterproof/ Poncho
  • Gear bags or Saddlebags
  • Motorbike jacket
  • Visa invitation letter
  • Entrance fees, tolls, permits
  • Tie-down, bungees
  • Airport drops
  • Bike shipping, train tickets 
  • Meals and soft drinks 


There are some exclusions that you should know:

  • Alcoholic drinks 
  • Tips 
  • Health insurance/accident 
  • Support vehicle (for no more than seven riders)

You may need to pay an extra fee if you want to add alcohol or insurance and support vehicles. If you want to tip a service provider, do this with politeness and respect. 

Final Thoughts 

In short, it is worth investing time for a Southwest Hanoi motorcycle tour. You will have great moments with friends or family here. 

When you are ready for a motorbike tour, contact VietnamBikers crew for more information. Do not forget to check out other useful traveling info on our website!

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