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Sapa Backroad Motorbike Tour to Dien Bien Phu – Son La – Mai Chau

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On this Sapa North-West motorbike tour, we’ll visit some of the most scenic areas in Northern Vietnam, ride our motorbikes through stunning mountainous landscapes and learn about local life and culture at the hilltribe’s villages along the road sides. Riding our motorbikes over the highest pass in Vietnam to “Heavens Gate.” Enjoy a magnificent view of the Sapa valley and ride down to Tam Duong to stay overnight. Ride through the market town of Phong Tho and enjoy the view of acres of lush riverside banana plantations on your way to the town of Paso. Go through the picturesque Na river valley past colorful villages with lots of ethnic minorities until you reach Lai Chau in the early afternoon. Take a stroll through the town, go trekking in the mountains or take an afternoon swim.


Destination: Sapa Heavens Gate Binh Lu Tam Duong Phong Tho Paso Sin Ho Lai Chau Dien Bien Phu Son La Phu Yen Mai Chau Hoa Binh Hanoi

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

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* Sapa Motorbike Tours to Dien Bien Phu, Son La & Mai Chau – BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 1: Sapa Motorbike Tours to Heavens Gate – Binh Lu – Tam Duong (Meals: L, D)
Day 2: Tam Duong Motorcycle Tours to Phong Tho & Paso (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 3: Paso Motorbike Tours to Sin Ho – Lai Chau (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 4: Lai Chau Motorbike Tours to Dien Bien Phu (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 5: Dien Bien Phu motorcycle tour to Son La (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 6: Son La City Motorcycle Tours to Phu Yen (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 7: Phu Yen (Son La) Motorcycle Tours to Mai Chau (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 8: Mai Chau (Hoa Binh) Motorcycle Tours to Hanoi (Meals: B, L/-)

Day 1: Sapa Motorbike Tours to Dien Bien Phu, Son La & Mai Chau : Sapa Motorbike Tours to Heavens Gate – Binh Lu – Tam Duong (Meals: L, D)

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Sapa Motorbike Tours to Heavens Gate – Binh Lu – Tam Duong
In this morning, after having breakfast at hotel in Sapa, we’ll start riding our motorbikes from Sapa up to Vietnam’s highest Tram Ton pass to “Heaven’s Gate” at the height of more than 1600m above the sea level. Heaven’s gate offers a panoramic view of the Muong Hoa valley and Mont Fanxipan. Take a short break to enjoy the picturesque view of the Sapa valley before riding downhill all the way to Tam Duong where you will stay overnight.Summary:
Distance:  120 km
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: hotel

Day 2: Sapa Motorbike Tours to Dien Bien Phu, Son La & Mai Chau : Tam Duong Motorcycle Tours to Phong Tho & Paso (Meals: B, L, D)

Having a breakfast at hotel then checking up your motorbikes to do some dirt-bike tours today. If day 2 falls on Thursday or Sunday, we’ll ride to visit the colorful Tam Duong market and see the ethnic costumes of White Hmong, Flower Hmong, Nhang, and Pu Na. Later on, we’ll keep jumping on our motorbikes to ride to pass between Tam Duong and Phong Tho and then on the bikes downhill towards the market town of Phong Tho and acres of lush riverside banana plantations until reaching the town of Paso.
Overnight at Paso.
Summary:
Distance:  150 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 3: Sapa Motorbike Tours to Dien Bien Phu, Son La & Mai Chau : Paso Motorbike Tours to Sin Ho – Lai Chau (Meals: B, L, D)

After having breakfast at guesthouse, we’ll keep riding our motorbikes on pumpy zigzag roads through the picturesque Na river valley past small villages of red and white Hmong, Kho Mu and White Thai ethnic minorities. Take a short ride through the small town to experience the peaceful daily life here then if possible, you can soak up yourself in the river, or just relax with a cup of coffee of beer to enjoy a sunset over the top of mountains
Overnight at hotel in Lai Chau.
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Sin Ho Town
Summary:
Distance:  200 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 4: Sapa Backroad Motorcycle Tours to Dien Bien Phu – Son La – Mai Chau: Lai Chau Motorbike Tours to Dien Bien Phu (Meals: B, L, D)

In this morning, we’ll go on rididng our motorbikes from Lai Chau downhill to Muong Lay village. Then ride the sealed road from Muong Lay to Dien Bien Phu passing along more ethnic villages. Reaching Dien Bien Phu in the afternoon.
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Dien Bien Phu Victory Historical Site

The rest of time, we’ll ride our motorbikes to visit some important historical relics in relation to the war between Vietnam and France dated before 1954.
Overnight at hotel in Dien Bien Phu.

Summary:
Distance:  200 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 5: Sapa Motorbike Tours to Dien Bien Phu, Son La & Mai Chau : Dien Bien Phu motorcycle tour to Son La (Meals: B, L, D)

After having breakfast at hotel, we be riding our motorbikes downward to Tuan Giao via the very long and steep Pha Din pass where at the top we have vast views of the surrounding mountains, then down the other side on very steep sealed road. We’ll have a lunch in Tuan Giao. From Tuan Giao to Son Le, the road passes isolated communities of Hmong and Thai people, whose small villages settle on the banks of dark green rivers and on the steep slopes of the mountains.
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Pha Din Pass
Along the road, we’ll have chances to see children walking to school, kids tending buffaloes, women planting rice seedlings and men pulling the buffalo cart. Afterwards, we’ll arrive Son La that is a province in the Northwest region of Vietnam. It borders Laos to the south. The population includes Black and White Tai and at present, Sơn La Dam is known as the largest hydroelectric power station in Southeast Asia.
Overnight at hotel in Son La.
Summary:
Distance:  200 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6: Sapa Motorbike Tours to Dien Bien Phu, Son La & Mai Chau : Son La City Motorcycle Tours to Phu Yen (Meals: B, L, D)

In this morning, after having breakfast at hotel, we’ll start our motorbike tour by visits to The Old French Prison & Museum. It was once the site of a French penal colony where anti-colonial revolutionaries were incarcerated. It was destroyed by the infamous “off-loading” of unused ammunition by US warplanes that were returning to their bases after bombing raids, but it has been partially restored.
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Son La City Motorcycle Tours to Phu Yen
Rebuilt turrets and watch towers stand guard over the remains of cells, inner walls and a famous lone surviving peach tree. The tree, which blooms with traditional “Tet flowers”, was planted in the compound by To Hieu, a former inmate from the 1940s. To Hieu has subsequently been immortalised. with various landmarks now named after him.
After having lunch, we’ll continue our motorbike tour on the almost empty Road 37 we enter mountains heavily populated with Black Thai people, who work on large terraced rice fields. The winding road passes through many Thai villages and fields and provides a great opportunity to watch country life passing by. We continue through rolling hills before rising up to the sugar cane growing areas. Finally, we’ll reach to Phu Yen peaceful town located on a flat valley & surrounded by high moutain ranges.
Overnight in Phu Yen Town.
Summary:
Distance: 160 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 7: Sapa Motorbike Tours to Dien Bien Phu, Son La & Mai Chau : Phu Yen (Son La) Motorcycle Tours to Mai Chau (Meals: B, L, D)

After having breakfast at hotel, we’ll say goodbye to the friendly people here to keep on riding our motorbikes on the less travelled Road 43 leading to the Da River, crossing the reservoir of Da river at Van Yen ferry, then ride on a beautiful winding secondary road to Moc Chau where we have lunch. This highland town produces some of Vietnam’s best tea and is a good place to stock up.
The surrounding area is also home to several ethnic minorities, including Green H’mong, Dzao, Thai and Muong. Moc Chau boasts a pioneering dairy industry that started in the late 1970s with Australian (and, later, UN) assistance. The dairy provides Hanoi with such delectable iuxur us as fresh milk, sweetened condensed milk and little tooth-rotting bars called “Banh sua”.
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Phu Yen (Son La) Motorcycle Tours to Mai Chau

After lunch, we’ll continue our motorbike trip to Mai Chau where is one of the closest places to Hanoi where you can experience a ‘real’ Montagnard village. In the morning we take a short walk around village to discover local life. Life in the countryside starts early so by sunrise there is a wealth of activity. The Thai women are masterful weavers who ensure that there is plenty of traditional-styleclothing to buy in the village centre. You will see women weaving on looms under or inside their houses in the village We can buy some handmade traditional-style clothing, knife or cross-bow.
After dinner we join performance, where you can dance and share a range of special liquors (rice wine) with the locals. Overnight in a house-on-stilts of the Thai people.

Summary:
Distance: 140 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Guest-house

Day 8: Sapa Motorbike Tours to Dien Bien Phu, Son La & Mai Chau : Mai Chau (Hoa Binh) Motorcycle Tours to Hanoi (Meals: B, L/-)

In this morning, we’ll take an easy walking tour or motorbike tour to hang around
peaceful & beautiful villages located around the valley to experience the daily life of the locals – the White Thai Hilltribe working on the farms.
After having an early lunch, we’ll start riding our motorbikes back to Hanoi. Along the way, we cross Thung Khe, one of the most beautiful mountain passes in North Vietnam  and from here, we can take photos of Mai Chau valley and then We will ride on Highway 6 passing extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads punctuated by limestone karst scenery to Hoa Binh town and here we will have a coffee break before riding back to Hanoi on dyke roads to avoid the heavy traffic.
At around 16:00, we’ll get to Hanoi and end the trip
Summary:
Distance: 160 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Accommodation:
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Sapa Backroad Motorbike Tour to Dien Bien Phu – Son La – Mai Chau
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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

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