NORTH VIETNAM MOTORBIKE TOURS – FRONTIER CHALLENGE

  • Spend 13 days riding through some of the world's most picturesque scenery
  • A breathtaking adventure
  • Support crew and truck on hand for any mechanical or medical needs
  • Hanoi
  • Ba Be
  • Bao Lac
  • Dong Van
  • Ha Giang
  • Hoang Su Phi
  • Bac Ha
  • Lao Cai
  • Sapa
  • Mai Chau

13 DAYS

GROUP TOUR

FROM

$3490 AUD / $3550 NZD

"Heart stopping scenery and adrenaline pumping riding. A perfect combo"
Tracey Johnson - Director of Operations

Ride your own bike out into the wilderness on one of the North Vietnam Motorbike Tours of a lifetime. You'll visit Ha Giang by the Chinese border and world famous Sapa. The scenery of this tour is truly jaw dropping and the region is rarely visited by tourists. You'll have plenty of winding mountain roads all to yourself. The conditions of the road will vary, but all will be on bitumen unless the road is under repair. Roads will be an exciting mix of winding mountain roads, sweeping bends through rice fields, busy highways and roads through local villages.   

  • DAY 01

    Arrive in Hanoi

    Upon your arrival at airport look for our driver who will be waiting for you with a sign bearing your name. The journey from the airport to your hotel will take approximately one hour and is an entertaining experience full of chaotic traffic, hectic architecture and overloaded motorbikes. Your afternoon is free to enjoy Hanoi or you could take an optional Hanoi City Tour (half day). This evening we will gather together for a welcome dinner and a pre-trip briefing.

  • DAY 02

    Hanoi - Nguyen - Ba Be

    9.00am we depart Hanoi by bus to avoid the traffic and take the car only highway to just past Thai Nguyen. Here we will meet up with our bikes, which have been transported on a truck earlier in the morning. We have lunch here before continuing by motorbike. Our ride takes us on busy country roads through many villages to the peaceful Ba Be National Park. This area is richly forested and features striking limestone scenery and Vietnam’s largest natural lake. Tonight we enjoy the hospitality of the Tay minority at our stilt house homestay in Pac Ngoi village. Distance: 120km (bus) 150 km (bike) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 03

    Ba Be - Cao Bang

    After our homestay breakfast we take an easy walk to the shore of the lake and board a long boat for a relaxing tour on the beautiful lake to admire the tranquil scenery. Back at the homestay we pack up and jump on the bikes for a short journey out of the park to stop for lunch in a nearby village. Then it is on the bikes again for a day of picturesque riding through lush greenery, local villages and mountain roads to Cao Bang, the capital of the province bearing the same name and which has a rich history dating back to the 3 rd Century. The province has had a dramatic history of ancient legends, revolution and turbulence and in 1979 the city was entirely demolished by the Chinese. Distance: 196 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 04

    Cao Bng - Bao Lac - Meo Vac

    Leaving Cao Bang behind, we head through some seriously gorgeous karst scenery that gives us a sensational contrast to the lush farmlands. This is truly iconic Vietnamese scenery and takes us past a gigantic statue of Ho Chi Minh and numerous communist inspired billboards. There are a range of ethnic minorities in this region including the H’mong, King, Tay and Dzao and most have maintained their culture untouched from the outside world. Distance: 205 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 05

    Meo - Ha Giang

    Today’s roads are exciting so we rise early to depart before breakfast for a short, but thrilling ride up through the Ma Pi Leng Pass, regarded as the most beautiful pass in Vietnam, stopping for jaw dropping photos of the surrounds. The road runs on the sides of black limestone mountains, which are typical features of Dong Van Plateau. We stop for a local breakfast of delicious pho in the village of Dong Van and take time to wander and enjoy the excellent local coffee served in the many charming cafes. We continue our scenic journey, which winds its way through harsh mountain landscape where hardy minority families diligently farm the unyielding land and then down to the lushly contrasting valleys with cool rivers and sweet smelling crops. Distance: 152 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 06

    Ha Giang - Bac Ha

    Today requires an early start for the long and exciting journey ahead. The route will be determined by the current condition of the road and the weather. This region is prone to landslides and challenging roadworks. Bac Ha is a rural district of Lao Cai Province in the Northeast region of Vietnam. It is the capital of the region of the Flower Hmong, one of the 54 minorities of Vietnam and of the six groups of Hmong people Distance: 190 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 07

    Bac Ha - Sapa

    An easy day of riding today and we will stop for coffee in Lai Cai, where we can gaze across the river to China. Then it is a fun 59km ride up a steep windy road to the mountain retreat of Sapa, on top of the Tonkinese Alps where the temperatures are cooler. Sapa is a former French hill station and is perched on the spine of a beautiful mountain range. It is a popular resort town and will be full of tourists enjoying the stunning scenery. Tonight is free for everyone and usually people take a break from Vietnamese food and munch out on hamburgers and French fries. Distance: 107 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 08

    Sapa - Lai Chau

    With a free morning to relax or explore we check out of the hotel at midday and enjoy a lunch together before riding out of Sapa. A relaxing and picturesque ride takes us down from the cooler air of Sapa into a valley of winding roads and past terraces of rice fields with plenty of time for photos. Distance: 120 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 09

    Lai Chau - Dien Bien Phu

    With a great day of mountain riding ahead we set off after breakfast to enjoy the quality of the roads and outstanding scenery. Overnight in the famous town of Dien Bien Phu, the site of the French’s dramatic defeat against Ho Chi Minh in 1954. We arrive in time for a visit to the museum for those interested in Vietnam’s fascinating war history against the French. Distance: 210 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 10

    Dien Bien Phu - Son La

    Before we hit the road there is time to climb to the top of the nearby A1 Hill, the site of Vietnam’s most famous victory against the French. This is an interesting war history site where you can see the well-preserved trenches and enjoy a panoramic view of Dien Bien Phu, which puts into perspective the incredible feat of the Vietnamese to beat the French. More mountain scenery is ahead in the province of Son La where 80% of this area is covered by mountains. Lush rice crop fields, great roads and local villages. The province is co-inhabited by various ethnic groups; the Xa, H’Mong, Dao, Muong, Kinh, Kh’Mu, Tay and Thai Distance: 180 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 11

    Son La - Mai Chau

    Today’s ride takes us to an isolated minority hilltribe haven nestled between towering cliffs in an idyllic rural valley of lush greenery and terraced fields of rice paddies Tonight we enjoy the hospitality of the Thai minority in a traditional stilt home. This is a great opportunity to sample some local rice wine with the owners of the home. To decline a drink would be impolite! Distance: 200 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 12

    Mai Chau - Hanoi

    With rice wine foggy heads, we wave goodbye to our hosts and begin an adrenaline-rushing ride up the mountain and through a stunning scenic pass. Once down the mountain we ride a further 100km until the meeting point where we put the bikes on the truck and climb aboard the bus where we can relax for the remainder of the journey into Hanoi. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner with the guests’ choice of pizza and pasta or Vietnamese. Distance: 150 km (bike) 50km (bus) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 13

    Departure

    Free time at your leisure to transfer to airport

Travelling by Motorbike

This tour isn't for first time motorbike riders. You'll need to have ridden a bike before, hold a valid international license and make sure you know how to handle a four stroke bike. This tour is liberating and beautiful. When you arrive in Hanoi you'll be given a safety briefing and introduced to your support crew. A truck will drive alongside us and will always be on call for mechanical and medical support or to give you a rest from riding.

Minimum number of people

Due to the large number of support staff required for this trip we reccommend a minimum booking of 4 people per trip. Any less and the cost of the trip becomes very expensive.

Accommodation

Travelling way into the countryside means we won't always be staying in complete comfort. This journey includes a mixture of 2 and 4 star hotels and an overnight train journey.

Inclusions

  • Motorbike and support crew
  • Standard 4 stroke bike
  • Permits
  • Entrance fees
  • Airport transfers
  • 10 Breakfast
  • 6 Lunch
  • 9 Dinner
  • Mechanic (group 6+)
  • Western leader (group 10+)

Wow wow wow

What a trip, what a group, what a ride! I'll be back again.

Ron Clarke, Sydney

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