North West Vietnam Motorbike Tour (9D8N)

Northwest of Vietnam is a land of mystery, everything almost pristine waiting for people like you to explore. Let us explore together this land in motorcycle tours.

Destinations

  • Mộc Châu
  • Sơn La
  • Điện Biên Phủ
  • Lai Châu
  • Sapa
  • Bắc Quang
  • Vũ Linh

Highlights

  • Look at the high terraced fields up to the sky.
  • Visiting the Mong and Dao ethnic villages in Sapa.
  • Seeing the two of the most beautiful passes in Vietnam: Pha Din Pass, O Qui Ho Pass
  • Showering in natural hot spring after the long day on roads.
  • Feeling the fresh air beside Dai Yem Waterfall.
  • Know more about the Vietnam – French War at Dien Bien Phu Museum.

Tour style: Beautiful landscape, local life style, offroad tour

Group size: maximum 6 motorcycles, 6 – 8 people

ITINERARY

Day 1: Hanoi – Moc Chau ~200km (L, D)

Leaving Hanoi on dyke roads to avoid the heavy traffic, we will ride on Thang Long Road.  This new road was opened a few years ago. This road will lead us to the legendary forgotten French road No 6, passing extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads punctuated by limestone karst scenery. Here is known as Ha long bay on mountain .we cross Thung Khe, one of the most beautiful mountain passes in North Vietnam then descent to the mountain valley settlement of Mai Chau. ( Home to the white Thai people who are living in houses on stilts).
Mai Chau is a tourist attractions area has developed over the years, here you can learn about the life and culture of the Thai people. We have lunch at a traditional stilt house of Thai people.  After lunch, we will go for a short walk around the Pom Coong village.  Then, continue riding to Moc Chau (~ 50km). Arrive Moc Chau around 6:00pm.  Stay overnight in Moc Chau – Homestay

Day 2: Moc Chau – Son La ~175km (B, L, D)

Before heading to Son La city, we will start with a morning drive through the Vietnam tea hills, off road to visit the best waterfall in Moc Chau, Dai Yem waterfall.

Dai Yem Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall in Moc Chau, at the foot of waterfall you can see the iridescent silk silver, and it was made from cool streams flowing from the high mountains of Moc Chau plateau. The waterfall is about 35km from our home stay. Lunch in Moc Chau enjoy the special dishes of the place: meat calves (baby), grilled fish streams. Afternoon depart for Son La, visiting hot springs resort near the Son La. Here you can relax, rest, bath with hot spring and dinner at the restaurant. Overnight in Son La city.

Day 3: Son La – Dien Bien Phu ~150km (B, L, D)

Crossing streams and high mountains, we arrive a historical pass, The Pha Din Pass. This pass is known as the longest pass in Vietnam. Pha Din, in the local language, means “Heaven and Earth.” Accompanied by local legend, Pha Din Pass is the place where the sky meets the earth, so it is considered as the frontier between “Heaven and Earth.” Pha Din Pass holds an important and heroic part in history, so passing Pha Din Pass to Dien Bien makes many people recall the courage of Vietnamese soldiers at Dien Bien Phu in the past.

Above 1,000m high, the pass is full of twists and turns, one side is an upright cliff and the other is a deep gulf. So, climbing and descending the slopes with their many bends and deep gorges, amid such magnificent scenery, is one of the most unforgettable tours in Vietnam to most foreign tourists.  We will spend overnite in Dien Bien province.

Day 4: Dien Bien Phu – Lai Chau ~95km (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we will take a short ride to visit the Dien Bien Phu battle Museum.  Afternoon continue to move to Lai Chau. Overnight in Lai Chau.

Lai Chau is one of the North West Frontier Province of Vietnam.  Lai Chau Province is the most sparsely populated in Vietnam. It shares a border with China. Lai Chau people include H’mong, Tay, Muong, Pu Na, Xa, Hu Ni, Yao, Laos. However, the largest ethnic group is Thai people who live in two areas- The Thai white live upper Black River.  They are much influenced by the Chinese culture. The Thai black in the lower black River.

Day 5: Lai Chau – Sin Ho – Sapa ~150km (B, L, D)

Leave Dien Bien in the early in the morning. We will ride along Highway 2, cross the Da River to reach the O Qui Ho Pass. Being at the top of the pass, you can see the mountains with the zig-zag path on half-Pass. In the spring, you can sometimes lucky enough to watch the sea of ​​clouds covering the whole valley. After the pass, we will stop at the Silver Waterfall, from here you can experience the stunning view of the surrounding mountains and the lush forest.  Stay over night in Sapa – hotel

Day 6: Around Sapa ~120km (B, L, D)

Sapa is located near the Chinese border at 1650 m above sea level in Vietnam’s remote northwest mountains, known as the “Tonkinese Alps”. It is famous for both its fine, rugged scenery and also its rich cultural diversity. Sapa is an incredibly picturesque town and its surrounding region is host to many hill tribes.

We will stay around Sapa area on this 4th day of our journey.  After breakfast, we will go along the Muong Hoa valley – one of the most beautiful valley in Vietnam with amazing view of terrace fields. We surely have plenty of stops for pictures and visiting the beautiful villages of the Hmong, Zay and the Tay people along the way. Back to Sapa for lunch at about 1.PM. After lunch, we will have short but enjoyable ride to picturesque Cat Cat village. Cat Cat is located closely to Sapa about 1600 meters above sea level. It take about 30 minutes to ride from Sapa. We will get off the bikes at the gate of the village and then take a short walk around to see the traditional houses of the local, to learn more about Hmong people’s culture and to get pictures of incredible scenery. Back to the bikes and ride shortly back to Hotel.  Overnight in Sapa another night – Hotel.  In the evening, you can enjoy a bath with medicinal leaves of Dao people.

Day 7: Sapa – Bac Quang ~160km (B, L, D)

Drive along the Red River and down to the delta. Crossing the winding mountains embrace the romantic river, we arrive the Bac Quang town, overnight in Bac Quang.

Day 8: Bac Quang – Vu linh (Thac Ba lake) ~120km (B, L, D)

From Bac Quang, we will travel on dirt roads to get to Vu Linh village. Here, we will stay in homestay with the beautiful view of Thac Ba lake. Vu Linh commune is located on the shores of Thac Ba Lake. From here you can take the boat around the lake, look at the beautiful scenery here.  Overnight in Vu Linh at a homestay.  Enjoy the traditional dishes of the Dao people.

Thac Ba was formed in 1970 when hydroelectric was built to prevent river. With an natural area of 23,400 ha and natural vegetation, biodiversity landscapes, clear blue water lakes and cave systems, temples and villages of ethnic minorities, Thac Ba is a very attractive destination.

Day 9: Vu Linh – Hanoi ~180km (B, L)

You can sleep in on this last day riding.  Enjoy our local breakfast. Leave Vu Linh around 9am.  On our way back to Hanoi, we still have our last opportunity to see the vast rice fields.  Back in Hanoi around 17:00 pm. End of our amazing trip.

Important: You are attending the motorbike trip at your own risk. The event host will try her best to assist and guide, but is in no way responsible, liable or accountable for any damage, personal injuries, etc.