JOYFUL HANOI MOTORBIKE TOUR TO MAI CHAU, CUC PHUONG, TAM COC
updated: September 27, 2017
An amazing countryside motorbike-ride through verdant villages, paddy fields, rugged mountains and scenic valleys of Hoa Binh (Mai Chau) would be a good choice from Hanoi. Enjoy riding onto the Ho Chi Minh trail past breathtaking limestone formation of Ninh Binh (Rain Forest of Cuc Phuong National Park, and Ha Long bay on land Tam Coc and ancient capital Hoa Lu). All of which is off the main route ride and includes some trekking in the rain forest in the National Park and pleasant encounters with tribal people.
Day 3: Cuc Phuong Motorbike Tours to Ninh Binh (60 Km/1.5 hours)
Day 4 : Ninh Binh Motorbike Tours back to Ha Noi (110 Km/3 hours)
Day 1: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Mai Chau, Cuc Phuong, Tam Coc : Ha Noi Motorbike Tours to Mai Chau Valley (160Km/4 hours) (L/D)
We start our motorbike tour from the office at 8:30am. About after 30 minutes, we’ll ride our bikes along the dike of Red River to get out of Ha Noi city. Wind our way to Hoa Binh town, on the way we will be making our own way through the villages and valleys of Ha Tay and Hoa Binh province. We stop for lunch in Hoa Binh town, visit the Hydro-power plant and continue hitting the roads up hills to the Kun pass and onto nice roads offering spectacular views over the valleys and mountains.
Arrive in Mai Chau by afternoon, time to explore before overnighting in a traditional Thai stilt houses. Mai Chau is located on a flat valley & surrounded by high limestone mountain ranges with forests. Here, that is a home to Thai Hilltribes who are used to living in the houses on stilts.
Mai Chau is a rural district located in the Northwest region of Vietnam, approximately 140 km from Hanoi, and is part of the Hoa Binh Province. It is nestled in a peaceful valley sheltered by the outside world by a dramatic ring of hills. It’s a serene, relaxing rural idyll, and the vivid green paddy fields will match your picture postcard fantasies of the Vietnamese countryside. The Mai Chau Valley is dominated by rice paddies and small villages and enclosed by mountains. Sitting outdoors looking at the mountains covering, breathing fresh air from nature, ones can just unwind in a serene and peaceful environment, or easily meet local people and be invited to drink Mai Ha wine with family or friends.
After having the dinner at the local family, you’ll have a chance to enjoy a very interesting and special music dancing performance made by young boys & girls in this village meanwhile tasting their traditional jar-wine. Homestay in Mai Chau
Day 2: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Mai Chau, Cuc Phuong, Tam Coc : Mai Chau Motorcycle Tours to Cuc Phuong National Park (170 Km/5 hours)(B/L/D)
After breakfast we continue on the main Mai Chau road heading South. A long drive today but, soon we’ll be enjoying the wonderful sightseeing along the narrrow road through valley of this vast limestone mountain range, it brings on the feeling of adventure whilst being lost in a magic land, passing some villages and meeting some minority people along the way. Have lunch at local restaurant before joining the Ho Chi Minh trail. Arrive in Cuc Phuong National Park by afternoon. After we’ve become acquainted with our overnight accomodation, there’ll be plenty of time to explore the local area. Dinner and overnight in National Park.
Day 3: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Mai Chau, Cuc Phuong, Tam Coc : Cuc Phuong Motorbike Tours to Ninh Binh (60 Km/1.5 hours)(B/L/D)
Cuc Phuong is the oldest national park in Vietnam. Located only 120km southwest of Hanoi and nestled between the provinces of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa, Cuc Phuong boasts an engaging cultural and wildlife heritage and enchanting scenery. Magnificent Limestone Mountains rise up majestically from the green rice-terraces and traditional stilt houses of the Muong hill-tribe.
Covered in a dense forest, this landscape forms the habitat for some of Asia’s rarest animal and plant species. It is no wonder that researchers, naturalists, enthusiasts and conservationists alike are drawn to this corner of the world. The ancient forest harbours over 2234 vascular and non-vascular plants, 122 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 135 mammals, including the Clouded Leopard, Delacour’s Langur, Owston’s Civet and Asian Black Bear. There are also an incredible 308 documented bird species.
Today, first of all, we visit the Primate Rescue center, butterfly museum, lookout, and then we ride through Cuc Phuong forest to the park center, a short break then trek for 3 hours to the Tetrameles nudiflora (Sequoia) 1,000 year old tree. Then we, jump on our bikes for a ride around the park, pass by the local ferry and on into Ninh Binh town. Overnight in hotel.
Day 4 : Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Mai Chau, Cuc Phuong, Tam Coc : Ninh Binh Motorbike Tours back to Ha Noi (110 Km/3 hours)(B/L)
Today we ride to Tam Coc/Thungang cave for a 3 hour boat trip to “Ha Long bay on land”.
Later on, we will have lunch at the riverside restaurant, before riding through villages, by the river, rocks, rice fields, and temples to Hoa Lu where we will visit the “Ancient capital city of Hoa Lu”. Hit our road towards Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi around 6:00pm.
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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).
Motorbikes (Minsk-125cc or similar): 01 bike/ per person
All petrol (gasoline)
01 night in local stilt house
01 night in bangalow
Hotel in twin share room
Local English Speaking guide
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary: 03 Breakfasts (B), 04 Lunches (L), 03 Dinners (D)
All entrance fees
Visa to Vietnam
Any other transportations are not mentioned in the itinerary