HANOI EASY MOTORBIKE TOUR TO SAPA VIA SON LA AND LAI CHAU
updated: September 22, 2017
By Minh Hoang
This Vietnam Northwest Motorbike Tour help you ride along the destinations of Mai Chau, Moc Chau, Tuan Giao, Lai Chau, Sapa, Lao Cai relishing the magnificent mountain view, terrace rice fields, stunning passes. It’s more popular with the war against the French Army in Dien Bien Phu. After the war, Dien Bien Phu is a very popular tourist attraction that grabs the attention from the old to the young people. Some travel there to see the former battlefield of Dien Bien Phu while more people choose to ride on a motorcycle tour to take in the breathtaking views and conquer the high mountain passes. More roads are being built, but there are still many areas that can only be accessible by motorcycles. This Vietnam northwest motorbike tour to Sa Pa is the best choice for your motorcycle trips in northern Vietnam.
Our Vietnam northwest motorbike tour start from our bike store, leaving Hanoi following the Red River Delta road which brims with traditional farming activity, we pass through limestone monoliths and into foothills populated by Muong people. Our motorbike tour is with the highway for a while before breaching a high and beautiful forested pass, which descends into the hidden valley of Mai Chau where we have lunch in a traditional White Thai stilt house in Pom Coong village. After lunch, we continue our motorbike tour to Moc Chau plateau and stop in Moc Chau town for the night.
Day 2: Hanoi Easy Motorbike Tour to Sapa via Son La, Lai Chau: Moc Chau Motorbike Tours To Son La – Tuan Giao (~184 km, ~8 h)
Motorbike tour northern Vietnam with a good road looking high over high hills and mountains, motorbike ride into a forested region populated by H’mong people before descending into a mountainous tea-growing region. Soon after we follow a long valley floor covered in a sea of rice surrounded by Black White Thai villages all the way to Son La with its bargain-filled market.Tuan Giao is a small town in the Northern part of the stunning Pha Din pass.
Day 3: Hanoi Easy Motorbike Tour to Sapa via Son La, Lai Chau: Tuan Giao Motorbike Tours To Muong Lay – Lai Chau (~203 km, ~10 h)
Our motorbike route today is the most demanding and remote section of the drive takes us upstream along the left side of a Black River tributary through forest on a bumpy dirt road past isolated pockets of Tay, White Thai, H’mong and Man peoples before breaching a pass to enter the Tam Duong which is covered in shark’s teeth like limestone karst. This is often be seen during our Vietnam motorbike tour in the north.
A new hydro-electric plant is being built and the road before and after Muong Lay (former name of Lai Chau is a bit dusty or muddy depending on the weather.
Day 4: Hanoi Easy Motorbike Tour to Sapa via Son La, Lai Chau: Lai Chau Motorbike Trip To Sapa – Hanoi (~152 km, ~4 h)
This morning after visiting Tam Duong market, we start our trip and ride on a beautiful road, amazing mountain pass. One the way to Sapa is the incredible mountain view on the longest mountain pass in Vietnam.
We spend short time in Sapa then we ride down to Lao Cai to put our bikes on the train, we take the night train back to Hanoi. Arrival to Hanoi at 5 AM the next day.
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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)