This motorbike adventure tour travels through some of the most dramatic scenery Vietnam has to offer.

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. Riders will be exposed to some hectic traffic in Hanoi and will need to be constantly alert in the countryside to avoid livestock, over refreshed locals returning from market and weddings, crazy drivers, locals on bicycles and unexpected road repairs.

PRICES STARTING FROM AUD $3490 per person twin share

AUD$635 single supplement available

DATES
  • 2nd October – 14th October 2017
  • 16th April – 28th April 2018
  • 5th November – 17th November 2018
TOUR INCLUDES
  • Private return airport transfers to match your flight arrival and departure times
  •  Accommodation base on twin share or single as per request with daily breakfast
  •  3 nights – 4 – 5 star
  •  7 nights – Basic to 3 star hotels
  • English Speaking Vietnamese tour leader
  •  2 nights – Home stay
  • Truck from Ha Noi to Thai Nguyen to carry bike
  • Mechanic (from group of 6)
  • Motorcycle rental including petrol—if additional riding outside of the tour is done you will need to top up your fuel
  • Meals as listed on itinerary (B:Breakfast, L:Lunch, D: Dinner)
  • All Entrance Fees
  • All Activities mentioned
  • Support Van to transport all luggage between destinations and able to accommodate tired pillions and riders if need be
  • Visa on Arrival Introduction letter (USD 25.00 payable direct in Vietnam on Arrival)
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Day 1

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.

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Day 2

Ha Noi – Thai 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

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Day 3

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 3rd 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

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Day 4

Cao Bang – 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

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Day 5

Meo Vac – 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

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Day 6

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

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Day 7

Bac Ha – Sa Pa

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

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Day 8

 Sa Pa – 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

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Day 9

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

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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

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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

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Day 12

Mai Chau – Hanoi

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

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Day 13

Depart Hanoi

Transportation will be provided to the airport.

Tour requires 6 travelers to run.

Please note itinerary is subject to change. Due to the nature of the area of this trip itinerary amendments may need to be adjusted before and while on tour – road, weather and riders may require changes to be made – please use as guide only.

All riders must hold a current and valid Australian Motorcycle licence – Proof will be required. Being experienced in different types of riding conditions, including off road will be of great value to you.

Comprehensive Travel Insurance is a condition of travel.

Additional touring and travel arrangements are available and welcome —please request for a personalised quote.

Riding will be quite challenging, please be comfortable with steep inclines and declines and roads not to Australian conditions. Some parts of this ride are on dirt roads.

These are not roads for travelling at a high speed.  As an indication, it takes one hour to travel 50km on a straight highway in Vietnam.  The route of this tour is windy and travels through many local villages with riders enjoying the freedom to stop for photos and breaks and to visit local markets along the way.

Most locals ride 110cc or 125cc, such as the Honda WIN or Wave and the Honda Future.  These small bikes are perfect for the conditions in Vietnam, however for long distances a bigger bike is more comfortable.  We will provide 150cc off road bikes as part of the package, and clients may wish to upgrade to 250cc for an additional fee.

Accommodation provided on ride days is limited due to location hotels will be quite basic but do have western bathrooms.

Please be aware that emergency medical facilities away from major cities will be limited.

All riders are liable for any damage to the bikes that occur while they are riding them. A deposit of $300 per rider is collected on arrival in Hanoi, this will be refunded to you at the end of the tour. This will be to cover any damage to the bikes that occur.

Helmet – We do not provide or rent helmets due to safety and hygiene.  Clients can bring their own or buy one in Vietnam at a cost of AUD$60 upwards.

Boots – Bring sturdy boots but heavy dirt bike boots are not necessary.

Jacket & Pants – Reinforced safety jacket and jeans (Draggin) are suitable.

Wet Weather – These can be purchased cheaply in Vietnam if needed.

A support vehicle will accompany the tour transporting non-riders and luggage.

The best available hotels will be used in the remote country towns.  These will be basic but clean.  Restaurants along the route will also be basic with toilet facilities being clean but may be squat toilets.  The only alcohol available in the countryside is beer, rice wine and cheap vodka.  But table wine and spirits can be transported in the bus.  Soft drink is limited to coke and sprite so if tonic or soda is required, then this should also be brought on the bus.

This is an Adventure Style tour, you will get muddy, rained on and tooted at. Days can be quite long and will need to be comfortable riding on uncomfortable roads, if you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact for more information.

EXCLUSIONS – please ask us for assistance in adding in additional arrangements

  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Internal flight tickets
  • Spending money
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Activities not listed
  • Meals not listed
  • All drinks
  • International departure taxes
  • International flights

Tour Reviews

5 based on 2 reviews
January 6, 2017

Just returned in November from the most fantastic trip ever. We originally booked just for the Northern Vietnam Motorcycle Trip, but then decided to add on extras–a few days in Saigon (Ho Chi Min) and a couple of days to unwind in Ha Long Bay. Nothing was too much trouble for Meghann and her team. Staying in central Saigon was a real bonus, everything was walking distance–the location was perfect. We went on several organised tours to Cu Chi Tunnels, Long Tan Cross etc., even a kindergarten sponsored by Australian Vets. However it was the motorcycling we went for–and what a trip we had!

We collected our bikes on the second day in Hanoi and ventured out on the local roads to acclimatise ourselves…this in itself was an adventure, getting used to the chaotic traffic and the virtually non-existent road rules! What a bonus to retreat to our hotel that night for a well deserved drink, and of course our welcome dinner!

After collecting our bikes the next day, somewhere away from the chaos we started our real adventure. Unless you actually go there, and experience things you can’t possibly understand how beautiful this country is. The winding roads had the most magnificent scenery around every corner, never knowing what was coming up next–be it water buffalo, pigs, ducks or dogs on the road was an added “bonus”.
Being a pillion, I was very lucky to be able to take lots of photos on the move, because if we had stopped for every picture opportunity we would never have arrived on time anywhere.

Every day was so different, the challenging roads, the stunning scenery, fantastic lunches and dinners (with beer and coffee) on arrival. Everything was pre-arranged, and we didn’t have to think of a thing, we stayed at some extraordinary hotels/homestays/guesthouses. The only problem was that the beds got harder as we ventured North and West, maybe a self-inflating mattress next time, or more rice wine before bed?

Due to unforeseen weather and road conditions the plans/itinerary had to be altered on a few occasions but this was always done with a minimum of fuss and entirely with our safety coming as the top prioity.

We did have the occasional problem–a couple of “offs”, twisted bikes, bruised egos etc, but again this was dealt with by the team very professionally. People going on this type of trip must leave their expectations at home, and “go with the flow” and in doing so they will have a trip of a lifetime. As any biker knows, on a ride anything can and will go wrong, but these are the things you look at afterwards and realise that is why the trip was special!

Two nights being spoilt at Halong Bay was the perfect ending to this unforgettable trip, and once my 64 year old ribs heal, we will be back in a heartbeat to experience more of this amazing country and its beautiful, gentle people. Biggest decision, Central or South?? or maybe both—-help Meghann!!

January 8, 2017

I recently completed this tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. As a first time visitor to Vietnam, I was a little bit apprehensive about the city traffic, but once I’d chosen an appropriate sized bike for my 187cm frame (Honda 250c trail bike) I quickly adapted to the conventions that get you from one side of a roundabout to the other – look everywhere except behind, keep moving no matter how slowly, use your horn frequently, and give way to bigger vehicles!
Our local ride leader was very knowledgeable and quick to stop & point out items of interest along the way. The support van carried all of our baggage and “refreshments” for the trip as well as our resident mechanic & his bags of tools. The bikes were checked & maintained every day and were appropriate for the mountainous roads of varying condition.
The mountain scenery was stunning and we stopped regularly to just take in the views. In farming areas, we had to watch out for livestock on the road as animals (water buffalo, goats, pigs, etc) frequently grazed on the side of the road and in villages the dogs were happy to sleep on the road! Chickens were definitely free-range!
The food was great and plentiful and always fresh. A highlight for me was munching on steamed corn-on-the-cob harvested from a nearby field at roadside market on a ridge overlooking a beautiful valley in bright 25 degrees sunshine with a group of friends – it doesn’t get any better than that!
The tour organisers were attentive to our needs and very organised. A certain amount of flexibility is required in North Vietnam as the weather and road conditions can change quickly. One of the roads on our planned tour was closed due to an avalanche and this required rejigging the route and associated accommodation. One of the home stays was not suitable for one member of our party who developed a medical condition and alternative accommodation was organised without fuss – no problems for our organisers!
I would recommend Goexploretheworld and their Vietnamese tour operators, Wide Eyed Tours, to anyone interested in visiting Vietnam. When I go back to tour the other areas of that country on a motorbike, my first call will be to Meghann Roberts!

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