NORTHEAST VIETNAM BACK-ROAD MOTORBIKE TOUR TO HA GIANG AND CAO BANG
updated: September 23, 2017
By Minh Hoang
This Vietnam northeast motorcycle ride is a source of inspiration for those who want to adventure on all types of roads (from flat and smooth to gravel and bumpy, off-road ), dirt tracks and jungle paths. Any road could easily turn into a dirt road when it rains. The spectacular view of cloudy mountains is a great and unforgettable Vietnam motorbike tour. On this specific tour you skirt along the Vietnam/China border, starting in Hanoi to Nghia Lo, Than Uyen and Sapa in North-west Vietnam and continue motorbike tour northern Vietnam to the most beautiful part of the trip in Ha Giang, Dong Van and Bao Lac before descending on Highway 4 to Cao Bang, Quang Uyen and Lang Son. If you return via Ba Be, the trip will be reduced by one day but then you miss the historical Highway 4. This route is one of the most popular Vietnam motorcycle tours.
Day 1: Northeast Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Cao Bang: Hanoi Motorcycle Tours to Nghia Lo (250 km – L, D)
Today our Vietnam motorbike tour will start from our bike store, it is 10 km from your hotel, take a short ride around the statium to get use to with our great bikes. Our northern Vietnam motorbike tour will continue to skirt of Hanoi along Red River to Son Tay and then head up the mountain to Nghia Lo. Our Vietnam motorbike tour is easy riding from Hanoi to Thanh Son, from Thanh Son to Thu Cuc and then Ba Khe to Nghia Lo is beautiful, snaking the foot of Hoang Lien Range. Nghia Lo is a big mountain town where we stop for the night.
Day 2: Northeast Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Cao Bang: Nghia Lo Motorbike Trips to Than Uyen (180 km – B, L, D)
Continue Vietnam motorbike tour with wild and bumpy road with Lung Lo Pass as the first challenge. The next one is the higher Khau Pha Pass. We ride through the Mu Cang Chai massif, almost as high as the Fansipan. From the top, it offers one of the most beautiful views of North Vietnam, This is a great adventure Vietnam motorbike tour. The ride is challenging but very rewarding.
Night in a hotel.
Day 3: Northeast Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Cao Bang: Than Uyen Motorbike Tours to Sapa (140 km, 5 h – B, L, D)
Vietnam motorbike tour takes us to area of Than Uyen, it is mainly populated by Flower H’mong and Dzao people. Then direction Sapa. Easy track for 100 km and asphalted mountainous road for the last 40 km. Stay in Sapa and you will find out the reason Sapa is one of the most popular places for tourists in Vietnam, Sapa offers us one of the best off road Vietnam motorbike tour.
Day 4: Northeast Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Cao Bang: Sapa Dirt Motorbike Tours to Bac Ha (~100 km, ~3 h). B, L, D.
We continue Vietnam motorbike tour from Sapa to Bac Ha, it takes ~3 hours, down from Sapa to Lao Cai (34 km), a border city where we can take photos with China as the background. After lunch, continue northern Vietnam motorbike tour to Bac Ha (70 km) with stunning landscape, mountain views, colorful hill tribes people. Overnight in Bac Ha.
Day 5: Northeast Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Cao Bang: Bac Ha Offroad Motorbike Tours to Ha Giang (~200 km, ~6 h). B, L, D.
Continue Vietnam motorcycle tour from Bac Ha to Ha Giang after breakfast, We ride on the track to Xin Man and on many small/back roads with scenic mountain views before joining the main road heading up to Ha Giang where we stop for the night and apply for a permit. It is great off road adventure Vietnam motorbike tour today.
Day 6: Northeast Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Cao Bang: Ha Giang Offroad Motorcycle Tours to Dong Van (180 km – B, L, D)
After getting the local permit to ride in border areas at Ha Giang’s Immigration Police, continue motorcycle ride on small challenging mountain roads (but incredibly beautiful) on the land of colorful mountain hill-tribes.
Continue northern Vietnam motorcycle tour with cloudy mountain ranges and the poetic Nho Que river winding off in the distance. Great Vietnam motorbike ride on a zig-zag track until Dong Van, a remote area and 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 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.
Day 7: Northeast Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Cao Bang: Dong Van offroad Motorbike Tours to Bao Lac (80 km – B, L, D)
Start Vietnam motorbike tour on road which is still under construction and tracks what make the ride relatively long in spite of few kilometres, it makes more fun for our Vietnam motorbike touring. The landscape is among the most beautiful of Vietnam, and the slow tempo is only more appreciable.
We will motorcycle ride cross the wild regions of the mythical province of Ha Giang. Stop for the night at Bao Lac, the ethnic crossroad of Northeast Vietnam. Many other ethnic groups on the two sides of the border meet at the market every Sunday.
Day 8: Northeast Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Cao Bang: Bao Lac Dirt Motorcycle Tours to Cao Bang (150 km – B, L, D)
Beautiful ride down to Cao Bang province. Few passes from where you can dominate the area. The road is easy but there are many blind curves. We can stop very often for photos. All together, stop for drinks and food it should be an 8-hour journey. Stay in a hotel.
Day 9: Northeast Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Cao Bang: Cao Bang Motorbike Tours to Quang Uyen and Ban Gioc Waterfall (140 km – B, L, D)
Ride in 1 hour and half to reach the beautiful village of Quang Uyen, in the middle of a mountain cirque. This is the territory of Nung An people. Home stay in a host family and the hostess is a great cook.
We make our way through spectacular scenery to Vietnam’s most impressive waterfall, Ban Gioc Waterfalls, 50km from Quang Uyen. Weather permitting we can swim right up to where the 50m high falls hit the river.
Day 10: Northeast Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Cao Bang: Quang Uyen Motorbike Tours to Lang Son (~180 km, ~6 h). B, L, D.
Ride from Quang Uyen to Lang Son on the famous historical Highway 4. We will have time to discover this city which has become a big trading post between China and Vietnam. You can shop for cheap Chinese products at the nearby Dong Kinh market.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 11: Northeast Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Cao Bang: Lang Son Motorcycle Tours to Hanoi (~150 km, ~3 h). B, L.
Easy day motorcycle ride back to Hanoi on the new Highway 1B. You can wake up late in the morning as we guess you can be tired after 10 long riding days.
Arrival at Hanoi around 3pm.
B: Breakfast. L: Lunch. D: Dinner.
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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 or French speaking guide
+ Mechanic (only for group from 6 passengers)
+ Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (based on twin or/and triple shared)