Discover Vietnam’s enchanting North in 7 incredible days on this motorbike tour. This trip takes in highlights such as Sapa and Than Uyen, and will see you cover a significant amount of the country in just one week. Check out the full itinerary for a breakdown of this popular journey.
Day 1: Hanoi to Mai Chau. 190 km. This Vietnam Motorbike Ride to the mountains of North Vietnam and town of Sapa begins with a beautiful ride to Mai Chau. We’ll depart Hanoi at approximately 8am, to avoid the busy city traffic and enjoy some riding on small country roads. After lunch, we’ll ride the forgotten French road “No 6”, passing farms and paddy fields split by tree-lined roads and stunning limestone karst scenery. On this exciting first day, we’ll cross Thung Khe pass – one of the most beautiful mountain passes in North Vietnam before taking the road down to the mountain valley settlement of Mai Chau. In Mai Chai we’ll enjoy dinner and accommodation in a local homestay house, built the traditional way – on stilts.
Day 2: Mai Chau – Phu Yen. 140 km. Today’s ride to Phu Yen is an easy one – allowing for plenty of photo opportunities of some of Vietnam’s most beautiful countryside. Start the day with an easy stroll around the village or chill with a morning coffee. After saying goodbye to our homestay family, we’ll ride in the direction of Moc Chau, and enjoy lunch at the beautiful Hua Tat pass along the way. After lunch, we’ll turn to the less travelled Road 43 that leads to the Da River. After crossing the river’s reservoir at Van Yen ferry, we’ll ride on beautiful, winding secondary roads until we reach Phu Yen, where we’ll stay overnight. Dinner and stay in Phu Yen – Hotel
Day 3: Phu Yen – Than Uyen 210km. Today is a decent ride – so we’ll head off early to ensure we have plenty of time to make stops along the way to enjoy this incredible stretch of the ride – including the winding and beautiful Lung Lo pass. From here we’ll hit the quiet road to Tu Le – a charming little town where we’ll stop for lunch. The second half of the day is most certainly a highlight. Mu Cang Chai (50km after lunch) will provide plenty of opportunities to snap shots of the most beautiful terraced rice fields in Northern Vietnam. We’ll then arrive at Than Uyen around 5.PM. Dinner and stay in Than Uyen- Hotel.
Day 4 : Than Uyen – Sapa. 100km No doubt a highlight of your time in Vietnam, today we’ll reach Sapa! During the first half of the day, we’ll enjoy an easy ride on a smooth road with beautiful tea fields and the colorful hill tribes. During the second half, we ride on Qui Ho pass to cross the Hoang Lien mountain range – the highest one in Vietnam! It includes Fanxipan Peak at a height of 3142 meters. Together we’ll experience the most beautiful valley in North Vietnam – it is truly amazing. We’ll reach Sapa at noon. After lunch in Sapa town, we have the remainder of the day to discover this enchanting town in the clouds. Sapa – Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 5: Sapa – Luc Yen – 180km The motorcycle ride from Sapa to Luc Yen is easy and enjoyable. We’ll start the day at 9am, and hit the 40km road down to Lao Cai, from where we can see China’s border with Vietnam, before riding onto the beautiful and quiet, big country road No 70. We’ll then make a turn down the small country road to Luc Yen – a nice village of the Tay people who live in stilted-houses between green palm trees. Dinner and stay with the Tay people – Home stay.
Day 6: Luc Yen – Vu Linh – 80Km The road from Luc Yen to Vu Linh is nice and flat. This short motorbike ride today will be one of the most enjoyable. After saying good bye to the family, we’ll ride slowly on small country roads with beautiful green mountains and rice paddy fields on either side of us. We’ll visit the villages of the Dzao and Tay people on the way. Lunch should be in Vu Linh – the village located on the bank of Thac Ba lake, and then after lunch we’ll have chance to see the biggest man-made lake in Vietnam. It’s incredibly impressive! Dinner and homestay with the Dzao people.
Day 7: Vu Linh Motorcycle to Hanoi – 170 Km. On the road back to Hanoi, your expert guide will do the best to avoid the main busy road for as long as possible. Instead, we’ll ride longer to get to the quieter road No2B. Then hit the road down to the Red River Delta. Here we’ll enjoy a mixture of both challenging track and glorious sealed road all the way back to Hanoi. We’ll arrive back at Hanoi before rush hour and end the best motorbike tour in North Vietnam safe and sound!