Northern Vietnam Motorbike Tour
Dong Van Upland

NORTHWEST VIETNAM DIRT MOTORBIKE TOUR FOR 10 DAYS

NORTHWEST VIETNAM DIRT MOTORBIKE TOUR FOR 10 DAYS

Destination: Hanoi Mai Chau Moc Chau Son La Muong La Sapa Luc Yen Vu Linh

Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights

Total approx: 1150 km.

Transport:
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  • fortune_125cc
  • yamaha_125cc
  • minsk
  • honda_xr_150cc
  • honda_xr_250cc
  • baja_xr

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Departure: Anyday upon request

* Brief Itinerary:

DAY 1: HANOI MOTORBIKE TOUR TO MAI CHAU
DAY 2: MAI CHAU MOTORBIKE TRIP TO MOC CHAU
DAY 3: MOC CHAU MOTORBIKE RIDE TO SON LA
DAY 4: SON LA MOTORBIKE TOUR TO NGOC CHIEN, MUONG LA (SON LA)
DAY 5: NGOC CHIEN (MUONG LA, SON LA) TO THAN UYEN
DAY 6: THAN UYEN MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO SAPA
DAY 7: SAPA TREKKING OR RIDING TOUR
DAY 8: SAPA MOTORBIKE TOUR TO LUC YEN IN YEN BAI
DAY 9: LUC YEN MOTORBIKE RIDE TO VU LINH
Day 10: VU LINH MOTORBIKE TOUR BACK TO HANOI

DAY 1: Vietnam Dirt Motorbike Tour to Sapa, Yen Bai, Son La: HANOI MOTORBIKE TOUR TO MAI CHAU

Leave Hanoi and break out of the delta plains we pass through endless limestone karst scenery as we travel south through “Perfume Pagoda” country and extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads. After a picnic lunch near Chi Ne, we visit the hot springs at Kim Boi, before striking northwest and over two passes, finally dropping down to the mountain valley settlement of Mai Chau. Here we stay overnight with friends of the White Thai minority in a traditional stilt house. In the evening, after feasting, we can enjoy a cultural show of Thai dancing and a range of special local liquors. Overnight in Mai Chau.

Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Mai Chau

Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Mai Chau

Distance: 150km

Duration: 5 hours

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay – Dance Perfomance of White Thai Ethnic Minorities

DAY 2: Vietnam Dirt Motorbike Tour to Sapa, Yen Bai, Son La: MAI CHAU MOTORBIKE TRIP TO MOC CHAU

It’s not necessary to wake up early this day, but why we don’t save time to discover local life in the morning by foot. After breakfast we head out on the highway before forking off the main road on to an old French colonial road which has become abandoned. This old road used to

serve the northwest in the days of little motorised transport but became disused from 1994 when Hoa Binh Dam was opened and the Black River (Song Da) valley was subsequently flooded, eradicating the road to Hanoi. We pass steadily upwards through areas inhabited by Thai peoples, followed by the Dao and H’Mong ethnicities at higher altitudes. The road surface is by no means smooth but the winding route offers magnificent views out over 6 ranges of mountains. In mid-afternoon we rejoin the main highway and travel on good winding sealed road to Moc Chau – famous for dairy products, tea, a massive cave, and a waterfall. Overnight in Moc Chau.

Distance: 120km

Duration: 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Standard hotel

DAY 3: Vietnam Dirt Motorbike Tour to Sapa, Yen Bai, Son La: MOC CHAU MOTORBIKE RIDE TO SON LA

It’s a hard day waiting for you ahead. We’ll travel around Moc chau highland to wallow in its beautiful nature. Then get out the main road we will turn off the path, which will make you extremely exited with gravel stone, mud, sheer cliffs, deep abyss, spring buffalos wallow in

Motorbike Tour to Moc Chau - Son La

Motorbike Tour to Moc Chau – Son La

mires along the path. we ride through Ta So, Ta Phinh, Muong Lum and reach to Son La city. This day will be the time for you to do exercise and show your riding skill with 100% offroad.  In the evening, we will have relax in Son La city after tired day.

Distance: 150km

Duration: 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Standard hotel

DAY 4: Vietnam Dirt Motorbike Tour to Sapa, Yen Bai, Son La: SON LA MOTORBIKE TOUR TO NGOC CHIEN, MUONG LA (SON LA)

On the fourth day we will travel on snake roada to Muong La where Son La hydro power plant, a biggest hydro power of Vietnam is located. After lunch time, do not forget to take some minutes around this hydro power plant before continuing up toward to Ngoc Chien. Sam Sit

mountain pass is waiting for us with mud, dust, rock and deep ditch. In hill tribe Thai language, Sam Sit means 30 mountainous slopes, thus we should keep our spirits up to pass over this trip. Sinking with local people in hot spring just for relaxation as finishing time.

Distance: 80km

Duration: 3 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Standard hotel

DAY 5: Vietnam Dirt Motorbike Tour to Sapa, Yen Bai, Son La: NGOC CHIEN (MUONG LA, SON LA) TO THAN UYEN

The route from Ngoc Chien to Nam Khat is fearful with small road around mouth of valley where no track of car or four wheel vehicle is printed. That’s why it is very dangerous for any rider. It take two hours from Ngoc Chien to halfway up the pick of Khau Co mountain pass, and more one hours for Mu Cang Chai town. Don’t be surprised when you hit the view of Mu Cang Chai terraced fields which is were recognized as a national heritage in 2007 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Fourty kilometers from Mu Cang Chai to Than Uyen is easy to pass before nighfall. Sleeping in hotel.

Distance: 110km

Duration: 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Standard hotel

DAY 6: Vietnam Dirt Motorbike Tour to Sapa, Yen Bai, Son La : THAN UYEN MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO SAPA

The area of Than Uyen 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

Motorbike Tour in Sapa

Motorbike Tour in Sapa

is one of the most popular places for tourists in Vietnam.

Distance: 120km

Duration: 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay

DAY 7: Vietnam Dirt Motorbike Tour to Sapa, Yen Bai, Son La: SAPA TREKKING OR RIDING TOUR

Depending on the group’s mood, we can either take it easy in Sapa town, or make excursions back to the top of the highest pass in Vietnam, or down deep into the amazing Sapa valley. All options are dominated by the crest of the enormous Fansipan mountain range that looms over

2,000 metres above us. The entire region is populated by Hmong, Giay, Tay and Dao people. Stay in Sapa.

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay

DAY 8: Vietnam Dirt Motorbike Tour to Sapa, Yen Bai, Son La: SAPA MOTORBIKE TOUR TO LUC YEN IN YEN BAI

Ride down from Sapa and then through palm forest all the way to Luc Yen and stay in a Dao family who live in the Tay territory. It’s a great home stay, very typical of Vietnam hill tribes and the hosts are very hospitable.

Distance: 180km

Duration: 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Standard hotel

DAY 9: Vietnam Dirt Motorbike Tour to Sapa, Yen Bai, Son La: LUC YEN MOTORBIKE RIDE TO VU LINH

Explore the Luc Yen area and visit our friends’ families before riding to our Dao friends’ village of Vu Linh. The hosts are “drinkers of Vietnam” and they like to party. The welcome is exceptional and we hope you will not be too much tired.

Distance: 80km

Duration: 3 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Standard hotel

Day 10: Vietnam Dirt Motorbike Tour to Sapa, Yen Bai, Son La: VU LINH MOTORBIKE TOUR BACK TO  HANOI

After breakfast we cruise southeast on Highway 2 and then branch off to the sleepy town of Phu Tho. We follow the edge of the Red River along the dyke, almost to the point where it merges with the Black River after which they flow together to Hanoi. By now we are very much in the lowlands of the delta plains and the north’s main agricultural areas. Harvest time here is a sea of activity. Crossing the Black River by bridge, we pass through Son Tay and then return to Hanoi on the highway.

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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 or Yamaha)

+ Helmet(s)

+ 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)

+ Homestay permission

+ Meals as indicated in the itinerary

+ Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees

+ Fruits and Coffee on tour

Exclusions

+ Travel insurance

+ Visa

+ Air-ticket

+ Tips

+ Personal expenses

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

Group

2 Pax 3  – 6 Paxs 7 – 10 Paxs Single Supplement

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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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