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15 Day North Vietnam Motorbike Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Activities

    Adventure, Off Road Motorbiking

  • Price
    Custom Price
  • Duration

    15 days, 14 nights

  • Avg Distance

    1750 KM

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)


  • Starting Location


  • Price Includes

    Guiding services, motorbike, food, lodgings


  • Spend an immersive 15 days in the North of Vietnam, where clients travel through the mountains and key areas where many battles between the Vietnamese and the French occurred.
  • Enjoy stops in towns where the markets are bustling and the food is fresh
  • Spend days traveling under the skies, arrive at the most beautiful valley in Vietnam and take breathtaking photographs of remote villages and their peoples




Trip Info

Vietnam has many paths for the curious traveler, and one of the most exciting is the multi-day motorbike adventure tour. Pack light and get on your motorbike with your experienced guide; you will see what makes Vietnam such a time-tested place for exploration. Locations in this Northern Vietnam tour include Hanoi, Mai Chau, Phu Yen, Son La, Tuan Giao, Than Uyen, Sapa, Bac Ha, Ha Giang, Dong Van, Bao Lac, Cao Bang, Ban Gioc, Lang Son, and back to Hanoi.

Sample itinerary:

Day 1: North Vietnam Motorcycle Tour: Hanoi motorbike tours to Mai Chau
The short motorbike tour to Mai Chau will be started at around 9 AM from western Hanoi motorbike tours to Mai Chau. Avoiding the busy traffic by taking some narrow and small country roads. We motorcycle to the south west of Hanoi to Mai Chau – an area of beautiful landscape. After lunch, we will have great motorcycle tour on 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 heading down to the mountain valley settlement of Mai Chau. (Home to the white Thai people who are living in houses on stilts).
Dinner and overnight at Homestay.
Distance: 170km
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: North Vietnam Motorcycle Tour: Mai Chau motorbike trips to Phu Yen
Today we will have easy and relaxing Vietnam motorbike tour in the north west mountainous area. It offers many stopover for pictures of amazing mountain view. We can start the day with an easy walk around the village or be lazy with a waking up café . After saying goodbye to the Thai people we ride to the direction of Moc Chau. After lunch, turn to the less travelled Road 43 leading to the Da River. After crossing the reservoir of Da river at Van Yen ferry, we ride on a beautiful winding road until Phu Yen where we stay in a guest-house.
Distance: 140km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: North Vietnam Motorcycle Tour: Phu Yen Motorbike Tour to Son La
Keep enjoying north Vietnam motorcycle tour on beautiful Road 37 and then entering mountains heavily populated with Black Thai people, who work on large terraced rice fields. The winding road passes through many Thai villages where we can do some stop to visit peaceful village of the Thai people to understand more about the colorful culture of Vietnam. We continue through rolling hills before rising up to the mountain of sugar cane on the cooler Son La plateau.
Overnight in Sonla.
Distance: 160km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: North Vietnam Motorcycle Tour: Son La motorcycling tour to Tuan Giao
After breakfast, We keep heading up to the west from Son La, the road crosses a series of Tuan Giao passes and areas of busy Black Thai activity. Children walk to school, men and women working on the field with plenty of buffaloes on the field and the road. Then we come to the beginning of the very long and steep Pha Din pass- one of the most beautiful passes in North Vietnam where at the top we have vast views of the surrounding mountains, then down the other side on very steep sealed road.
Overnight in Tuan Giao
Distance: 140km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: North Vietnam Motorcycle Tour: Tuan Giao motorbike packages to Than Uyen
Today’s road is quite bumpy and narrow, but it’s beautiful with the green mountain view at the level of 1500 meters above the sea. And the beauty of nature here is different from the days before. Besides, plenty of terraced rice fields between the hill tribes’ villages. We can see a lot of green tea fields. In short, it is a good motorbike tour in north Vietnam although the roads are not so smooth.
Arrive Than Uyen at about 5 PM.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Distance: 160km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: North Vietnam Motorcycle Tour: Short Motorbike Tours towards Sapa
This short motorcycle tour to Sa Pa should be the highlight of the trip. The first half of the trip, we will enjoy an easy motorbike ride on the smooth road with beautiful tea fields along the way and the colorful hill tribes. And the other half, we ride on Qui Ho pass to cross Hoang Lien mountain range- the highest one in Vietnam including Fanxipan with the height of 3142 meters above sea level. It’s sure that you will have pictures of the most beautiful valley in north Vietnam. We will be at Sa Pa at noon. After lunch in Sa Pa town, we have a half day to discover the lovely town in cloud – Sa Pa.
Diner and Overnight at Hotel.
Distance: 100km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: North Vietnam Motorcycle Tour: Relaxing in SaPa.
Sa Pa is a lovely little town located at the height of 1600 meters above the sea, surrounded by Short motorbike tours towards the valley with the villages of minorities, we can either take it easy in Sa Pa town, or take another SaPa motorbike tour along Muong Hoa valley-one of the most beautiful valley in northern Vietnam, or down deep into the valley to see more interesting local people. All options are dominated by the crest of the enormous Fansipan mountain range. The entire region is populated by Hmong, Giay, Tay and Dao people.
Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert’s suggestion is to take a short walk to Ham Rong – the highest peak of the town where you can get full view of Sa Pa and then take a good body massage.
Overnight at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: North Vietnam Motorcycle Tour: Sapa Motorcycle tour to Bac Ha
This motorcycle tour to Bac Ha from Sa Pa is quite easy and enjoyable. We can depart at 10 AM from Sa Pa. Ride your motorbike down on the winding path to Lao Cai. The road is about 40km with very nice terrace fields. Lao Cai is a busy provincial capital which has one of the biggest gates to China so when we arrive at the town, we will stop here for a moment to see around or take a look to China from Vietnam. Have a lunch at Sapa town.
Another half day, we will ride up to Bac Ha where we can enjoy plenty of stunning landscape.
Arrive and check in Hotel in Bac Ha town at 5pm.
Distance: 90km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: North Vietnam Motorcycle Tour: Bac Ha motorbike tour towards Ha Giang
We should start the motorcycle tour to Ha Giang earlier because the road today is quiet and bumpy with picturesque landscape, we can not go fast and have to stop a lot for pictures. We are going to the market of Can Cau located at the heart of a mountainous circus, very close to the Chinese border where the ethnic groups on each side of the border meet every Saturday morning. It is one moment very moving which we have no idea about time.
After lunch in Xin Man town, we keep riding on a narrow and winding road but the terrace fields along the way could be the most beautiful in north Vietnam.
Arrive in Ha Giang in late afternoon. We can choose to stay in hotel in town or do more home stay with the Tay people.
Distance: 180km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: North Vietnam Motorcycle Tour: Ha Giang Motorbike Tour to Dong Van
This motorcycle tour to the Dong Van Rock Plateau is another highlight of the trip of incredibly imposing scenery. In addition, the landscape is completely different from the days before. After getting the permit to ride in border areas at Ha Giang’s Immigration Police, we will enjoy riding on small challenging mountain roads with a amazing view and plenty of colorful hill-tribes. It should be the best motorbike tour in North Vietnam.
Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Distance: 160km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: North Vietnam Motorcycle Tour: Dong Van motorbike tours to Bao Lac
Another enjoyable motorbike touring day with a lot of joys! After breakfast, enjoy an easy walk around Dong Van town to feel the daily life of the hill tribes at the local market, or enjoy the beauty of ancient architecture of the houses that were built during the French time.
Start the best motorbike tour in Ha Giang at about 10 AM. Keep riding on narrow roads along the Rock Plateau, right after Dong Van town we will be on Ma Pi Leng pass (One of 4 longest and most beautiful passes in Vietnam). 20 km on the mountain pass with many picture stops, we will be in Meo Vac town at noon. After lunch in Meo Vac, we go along the Gam river to Bao Lac.
Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Distance: 110km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: North Vietnam Motorcycle Tour: Bao Lac motorbiking tour to Cao Bang
Beautiful motorbike ride down to Cao Bang province. The road is easy and there are many beautiful villages along the way, so we can do some stops for visiting the local to learn more about minority people’s culture and for photos.
We will be at Co Bang in early afternoon. Check in hotel before seeing around the town or being lazy with cool beer!
Distance: 150km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: North Vietnam Motorcycle Tour: Cao Bang Motorbike Tour to Ban Gioc Waterfall
After breakfast, we have beautiful north Vietnam motorbike tour from the nice village of Cao Bang to the Ban Gioc waterfall 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. After good lunch with the family, 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.
Home stay in Quang Uyen village.
Distance: 140km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: North Vietnam Motorcycle Tour: Ban Gioc motorbike tours to Lang Son
The motorcycle tour to Lang Son is mostly on the famous historical Dong Khe and That Khe passes where many battles between the Vietnamese and French occurred. Arrive at Lang Son in the early afternoon. We will have a chance to discover this city which has become a big trading post between China and Vietnam. You can buy cheap Chinese products for souvenirs at the Dong Kinh market.
Overnight in hotel.
Distance: 180km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: North Vietnam Motorcycle Tour: Lang Son motorbike trips back to Hanoi
Today is the most easy day of 15 busy ones but it is an enjoyable day. Waking up late, slowly enjoy good café, and after breakfast motorcycle down to Hanoi on the big high way No 1. We will finish the memorable Northern Vietnam motorcycle tours at around 3 PM.
Distance: 150km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

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