BEST HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM NORTHEAST MOTORBIKE TOUR
updated: September 13, 2017
This Vietnam North-East motorcycle tour gives you an opportunity to get to very well-known sites in northeastern Vietnam: Ba Be National Park and Ban Gioc waterfall, just for 5 days. Let’s explore the wild beauties of Ba Be National Park and the grandeur of Ban Gioc waterfall, the most beautiful one in northern Vietnam with Indochina Motorbike Tours.
* Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Bac Kan, Ban Gioc, Cao Bang, Lang Son – BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 1: Hanoi Motorbike Tours to Ba Be National Park (Bac Kan)
Day 2: Boat ride on Ba Be National Park and Motorbike Tours to Cao Bang City
Day 3: Cao Bang Motorbike Tours to Ban Gioc waterfall and homestay in Quang Uyen (Cao Bang)
Day 4: Quang Uyen Motorbike Tours to Lang Son City
Day 5: Lang Son Motorbike Tours to Hanoi
Day 1: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Bac Kan, Ban Gioc, Cao Bang, Lang Son: Hanoi Motorbike Tours to Ba Be National Park (Bac Kan)
We start our North-east Vietnam motorbike tour by getting out of Hanoi to head up Road 3. Busy motor ride in the morning until lunch. And then we turn into most empty road, passing peaceful villages and rice fields before through Ba Be National Park.
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 10,048ha 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.
Ride into Bac Ngoi village, which is located inside Ba Be National Park. Our home-stay in Tay’s family is right by the side of Ba Be lake with wonderful and peaceful view.
Summary: Distance: 210 km Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Home-stay
Day 2: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Bac Kan, Ban Gioc, Cao Bang, Lang Son: Boat ride on Ba Be National Park and Motorbike Tours to Cao Bang City
Half-day boat ride on the lake to the other side, where we can explore Dau Dang waterfall on Nang river. As one of the 27 ASEAN heritage gardens, Ba Be has the potential to attract nature lovers with its 450ha natural fresh water lake, and 553 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
According to a survey from the Viet Nam Institute of Geo-sciences and Mineral Resources, over 11,000 years ago, an earthquake caused a collapse of the subterranean Nang River, creating a natural dam which led to the formation of Ba Be Lake.
After boat ride, we get out to Cho Ra for lunch before ride up to Cao Bang Town. Cao Bang is a province of the Northeast region of Vietnam, home to many people belonging to Vietnam’s ethnic minority groups and the most notable of these are the Tay, Nung, Dao, and Hmong ethnic people. The province has borders with Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Bac Kan, and Lang Son provinces within Vietnam.
It also has common international border with Guangxi Province of the People’s Republic of China. Cao Bang has several points of historical interest as well as many natural features such as the Pac Bo (at the mouth of the confluence of two rivers, the Bang Giang and Hien rivers) where Ho Chi Minh in January 1941 established a revolutionary force at Coc Bo cave, the Mac King’s Temple, the Ky Sam Temple, Coi Bin Church, the Bản Giốc waterfall area at the international border between Vietnam and China, and the Thang Hen Mountain Lake. Overnight in Cao Bang
Summary: Distance: 130 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Hotel
Day 3: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Bac Kan, Ban Gioc, Cao Bang, Lang Son: Cao Bang Motorbike Tours to Ban Gioc waterfall and homestay in Quang Uyen (Cao Bang)
Get out of town, we ride up to Ma Phuc Pass of Cao Bang Province. It is on the way between Cao Bang Town and the Ban Gioc Waterfall. The pass is not famous with the elevation or the danger like some others in Vietnam, but with the natural beauty that one could capture from the top of the pass.
Keep riding to Ban Gioc waterfall, one of Vietnam’s best-known waterfalls. It’s a very scenic spot, marking the border with China, but sees very few visitors. The name Ban Gioc is derived from the Montagnard languages spoken in the area, and is sometimes spelt Ban Doc.
The waterfall is the largest, although not the highest, in the country. The vertical drop is 53m, but it has an impressive 300m span; one end of the falls is in China, the other is in Vietnam. The falls have three levels, creating a sort of giant staircase, and there’s enough water any time, most years, to make the trip worthwhile.
Lunch in local restaurant before we get an other way back to Quang Uyen. This is the territory of Nung An people. Home stay in a host family and the hostess is a great cook. This could be the best ride ever. Overnight in Quang Uyen.
Summary: Distance: 140 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Home-stay
Day 4: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Bac Kan, Ban Gioc, Cao Bang, Lang Son: Quang Uyen Motorbike Tours to Lang Son City
Ride from Quang Uyen to Lang Son on the famous historical Highway 4. Passing Dong Khe town, Battle of Route Coloniale 4.
The Battle of Dong Khe was a major battle of the First Indochina War. The fight began on 15 September 1950 and ended on 18 September with a French defeat. It took place in Dong Khe, in the Province of Tonkin, Vietnam, from September 15 to September 18, 1950, ending with a Viet Minh victory.
Arriving Lang Son at noon. We have a late lunch before time to discover this city which has become a big trading post between China and Vietnam. Lạng Sơn is 155 kilometres (96 mi) to the northwest of Hanoi and National Highways 1 and 1 A and passes the Chi Lang pass (the site of Lê Lợi’s victory over 100,000 Ming invaders from China in 1427) and Bắc Giang on National Highway 1A. Lạng Sơn is 135 km from Cao Bằng on the National Highway no 4. You can shop for cheap Chinese products at the nearby Dong Kinh market. Overnight in hotel.
Summary: Distance: 140 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Hotel
Day 5 : Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Bac Kan, Ban Gioc, Cao Bang, Lang Son: Lang Son Motorbike Tours to Hanoi
Easy day back to Hanoi from Lang Son on the new Highway 1B. You can wake up late or do some more shopping in Dong Kinh market in the morning as we guess you can be tired after long riding days. Arrival at Hanoi before rush hour, around 3pmSummary: Distance: 160 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).
+ Motorbike(s) (Honda or Yamaha)
+ 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)