Northern Vietnam Motorbike Tour
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6-DAY NORTH VIETNAM MOTORBIKE TOUR TO SAPA, BAC HA, HA GIANG, BA BE LAKE

NORTHERN VIETNAM MOTORBIKE TOUR TO SA PA, HA GIANG & BA BE LAKE

6-DAY NORTH VIETNAM MOTORBIKE TOUR TO SAPA, BAC HA, HA GIANG, BA BE LAKE

Destination: Hanoi Lao Cai Sapa Bac Ha Ha Giang Dong Van Ba Be

Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights

Total approx: km.

Transport:
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  • honda_xr_250cc
  • baja_xr

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Departure: Weekly

* BRIEF ITINERARY:

Night 1: Hanoi night train to Lao Cai City

Day 1 : Lao Cai – Motorcycle Tour to Sapa – Exploring Lao Chai & Ta Van Villages (B/L/D)

Day 2: Sapa Motorcycle Tour to Bac Ha (Lao Cai)

Day 3: Bac Ha Motorcycle Tours to Ha Giang City

Day 4: Ha Giang Motorcycle Tours to Dong Van (Ha Giang)

Day 5 : Dong Van Motorcycle Tour to Ba Be National Park (Bac Kan) via Meo Vac

Day 6 : Ba Be Motorcycle Tours to Hanoi

Night 1: Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake: Hanoi night train to Lao Cai City

We take a very short motorbike ride to Hanoi Train Station, put our motorbikes and jump on the night train up to Lao Cai.

Day 1 : Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake: Lao Cai – Motorcycle Tour to Sapa – Exploring Lao Chai & Ta Van Villages (B/L/D)

The train will get to Lao Cai Station at around 05:30 and upon getting to the station, our guide will take you to a local restaurant for a breakfast.

We then motorbike straight toward Sa Pa town. Sa Pa is located in Lao Cai Province, north-west Vietnam, and 350 km north-west of Hanoi, close to the border with China. Sapa is famous both for its fine, rugged scenery and for its rich cultural diversity. French used to consider Sapa as Summer Capital of Northern Vietnam in the early decades of the 20th century. Its naturally gifted beauty keeps attracting more and more people to spend their vacation there since then. Particularly, the place is the foremost choice for honeymoon couples!

Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake

Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake

Upon having a leisure time in Sapa, we’ll keep on riding down Muong Hoa valley to explore the authentic beauties of Lao Chai & Ta Van villages where the hill tribes are living in harmony together.
By the end of the day, you’ll ride back to your hotel in Sapa.

Overnight in Hotel.

Summary:

Distance: 100 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2: Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake: Sapa Motorcycle Tour to Bac Ha (Lao Cai) 

Motorcycle down from Sapa to Lao Cai City and then have a coffee-stop on the bank of Nam Thi river, which is Vietnam – China border. Enjoy your coffee while taking the view to China.

Head to Road 70 before turn to Bac Ha on Road 153. Long touted as the weekend alternative to Sapa, this small highland town doesn’t have the same dramatic location of its more il-lustrious neighbour, but it is calmer when Saturday comes. It fills up to choking point on Sunday morning, when visitors flood in to meet the Flower H’mong at theSapa Motorbike Tour to Bac Ha Market – morning market. Compared with Sapa, tourism is still in its infancy here and during the week the town has a deserted feel. Bac Ha is a good base to explore the surrounding highlands. Around 900m above sea level, it is noticeably warmer than Sapa.

One of Bac Ha’s main industries is she manufacture of alcoholic home brews (rice wine, cassava wine and corn liquor). The corn hooch produced by the Flower H’mong is so potent it can ignite! Bac Ha is the only place in Vietnam where you’ll find this particular moonshine; there’s an entire area devoted to it at the Sunday market.

Overnight in Bac Ha.

Summary:

Distance: 120 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Home-stay

Day 3: Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake: Bac Ha Motorcycle Tours to Ha Giang City

After breakfast, we take a motor ride on the track to Xin Man and Hoang Su Phi on many small; back roads with scenic mountain views. Xin Man is right on the border between Vietnam and China. It is, as of this writing, well hidden and completely surrounded by wild mountains and forests.

Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake

Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake

There’s a single road from Xin Man to Hoang Su Phi. Hoang Su Phi is among the most untouched area of Ha Giang Province of Vietnam. The area was separated from the mainstream society until very recently. Passing Hoang Su Phi, we will be charmed by the pristine beauty of the wild mountains and the authentic culture of the local ethnic groups which include: the Nung, the Flower H’mong, the Tay and the Ha Nhi People…After lunch, join the main road heading up to Ha Giang City, where we stop for the night and apply for a permit.

Summary:

Distance: 200 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4: Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake: Ha Giang Motorcycle Tours to Dong Van (Ha Giang) 

After getting the permit for motorbike tour in border areas at Ha Giang’s Immigration Police, we ride on small challenging mountain roads (but incredibly beautiful) on the land of colorful mountain hill-tribes.

Motorcycle up the Ma Pi Leng Pass. Here is yet another amazing place, with cloudy mountain ranges and the poetic Nho Que river winding off in the distance.

It is really difficult to find the exact words to describe Ma Pi Leng Pass, located between Dong Van and Meo Vac, near the northernmost tip of Vietnam, as a painting of astonishing beauty and magnificence that captures the eyes of all viewers and nature lovers.

Ride on a zig-zag track until reaching Vuong Family’s Residence, 14 kms before Dong Van.

Vuong Family was considered the King of the Hmong People in Dong Van, Ha Giang. Their residence was built in the scenic valley of Sa Phin with Chinese architecture. The whole house was built out of wood and rock only. The rocks for the buildings were imported from China. Vuong Family Residence is a masterpiece of man work in the valley of heavenly beauty of Sa Phin.

This is a remote area and we can meet the hard-working local people here. It is inspiring to see how they survive as they manage live in the rocks.When we reach Dong Van Town we will have some extra time to wonder the ancient streets lined with H’mong homes of clay bricks and tiles roofs built centuries ago.

Summary:

Distance: 160 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 5 : Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake: Dong Van Motorcycle Tour to Ba Be National Park (Bac Kan) via Meo Vac

The road is still under construction and tracks what make the ride relatively long in spite of few kilometres. The landscape is among the most beautiful of Vietnam, and the slow tempo is only more appreciable.

We cross the wild regions of the mythical province of Ha Giang, Meo Vac is included. It shares the border with Dong Van District of Ha Giang Province and Bao Lam District of Cao Bang Province. Meo Vac has most of the terrain in the Rock Plateau of Dong Van and above 1000m above sea level. Meo Vac has a harsh climate in the winter which is from November to April with dry and freezing cold weather. It is inhabited by different ethnic minorities including the H’mong, the King, Tay, Dzao…Most ethnic groups have maintained their culture untouched from the outside world.

Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake

Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake

Beautiful motor ride down to Bac Kan Province in the afternoon. Take a local boat-ride on the reservoir of Na Hang Hydro Power Factory to village near by Dau Dang waterfall in Ba Be National Park for home-stay.

Summary:

Distance:  160 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Home-stay

Day 6 : Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake: Ba Be Motorcycle Tours to Hanoi

Note: This is a very big day, we should start early and ride back carefully on Road 3

After breakfast, take an other boat-ride on Ba Be lake to other side, before jumping on our motorbikes to Cho Ra, head up to main Road 3.

Ba Be National Park is an abundant bioreserve area containing the world’s only fresh-water karst lake and several rare species of fauna and flora. Ba Be lake in VietnamThe biodiverse 10,048 ha park – home to 1,268 species of flora and fauna, a series of caves and a gigantic fresh water lake – was established in 1992 by the Vietnamese Government to preserve forest ecosystems in the northeast.

Ba Be is home to over 3,000 people from the ethnic minorities of Tay, Nung, Dao and Mong, who live in 13 villages =within the park. The Tay people have inhabited Ba Be  area for centuries and make up 58 per cent of the population within the park’s boundaries.

On Road 3, the way back to Hanoi, traffic is getting worst and worst, so we should be back before rush hour.

Summary:

Distance:  230 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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* ACCOMMODATION:
– We endeavour to select a combination of good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, all the while striving to keep the cost affordable.

– Your trip will stay in a range of hotels / guesthouses with standardized quality.

– Please be aware that some hotel rooms, especially those in major urban centres or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.

– Rooms are en-suite and either twin- or triple-share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex otherwise you can pay a supplement to possess a single room

– If you are traveling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with us. We never presume that two people traveling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.

* MEALS:
– Your included meals are detailed in the ‘More Inclusions’ section of this document.

– Breakfasts are included every day in the hotel (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in Asia, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well.
Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.

– If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent when you book, or make note by email before you set out. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Asia. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

* Ten Tips to Survive Vietnam’s Traffic:
+ DON’T spend hours waiting to cross the street on foot: that constant tide of traffic won’t stop until late at night, so

+ DO as the Vietnamese do: take the plunge and inch slowly across. Observe the Miracle of the Red Sea, as the traffic parts like magic, flowing smoothly in front of you or behind, meeting up again on the other side.

+ DON’T make any sudden or unpredictable movements: freeze if you have to, but never lunge forward or backward towards the safety of the sidewalk. In fact, you can do just about anything, but do it with conviction!

+ DON’T forget, if you’re riding or driving, to look where you’re going – all the time: if you hit anything in front of you, then it’s your fault.

+ DO give way to any vehicle bigger and noisier than yours. Trucks and buses are particularly dangerous: often old, sometimes unsafe and usually all over the road.

+ DO watch out for unfamiliar obstacles: water buffaloes, rocks of various sizes, broken-down trucks…, people sitting in the road, missing bridges, girls in ao dai cycling five abreast, slow-moving mountains of farm produce, dog fights, impromptu football matches, piles of building materials – and almost no light on anything at night..

+ DON’T hesitate to take evasive action – even if this sometimes means leaving the tarmac or coming to a dead stop.

+ DO try to avoid getting involved in one of the all-too-frequent minor accidents that plague Vietnam’s roads (and the major ones as well, of course), but if you are unlucky,

+ DON’T lose your cool, in spite of the interference of the large and vocal crowd that may gather: try to settle things amicably and swiftly. Sometimes, paying a reasonable amount of money will save you a lot of hassle.

+ DO remember that the only rule is: you’re not allowed to bump into anybody… irrespective of what they did or should have done, or of what the road signs or traffic lights were telling them to do. Some people still seem to think that anything red means forward, comrade

* Tipping for guides & mechanic:
Our crews never expect tips themselves and will not ask for any; that’s not what friends do! However, so if you are really satisfied with all of what they did for you, please don’t mind tipping them a bit with a normal norm of US$ 7 – US$ 10/person for a guide per day and US$ 3 – US$ 5/person for a mechanic per day. (just don’t forget Mum’s souvenir).

Inclusions

+ Motorbike(s) (Honda XR 125cc or Kawasaki 150cc)

+ Helmet(s)

+ Driving gears

+ Gasoline on tour

+ English speaking guide

+ Mechanic (only for group from 6 passengers)

+ Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (based on twin or/and triple shared)

+ Homestay permission

+ Meals as indicated in the itinerary

+ Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees

+ Night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai (for you & our guide)

+ Train carriage for bike from Hanoi to Lao Cai

+ Fruits and Coffee on tour

+ Government’s taxes

Exclusions

Tour Cost in USD per person applied to groups of (Valid till 30 Sep 2015)

Group

2 Pax3  – 6 Paxs7 – 10 PaxsSingle Supplement

Price

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=> Supplement for the manual bikes of 125cc (Honda Fortune or Yamaha YBR) is US$ 10/bike/day => Supplement for the manual bikes of 150cc (Honda XR or Kawasaki) is US$ 18/bike/day => Supplement for the manual bikes of 250cc (Honda XR or Honda Baja)is US$ 28/bike/day
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