This motorbike tour takes you north of Hanoi to a region of devastating beauty that is free of mainstream tourists.  There are many different hill tribe communities who dress in fabulously colourful clothing, which creates a stunning contrast to the harsh landscape that these hardy people inhabit.

Touring this magical region by motorbike is the only way to do it.  We use motorbikes exactly the same as the locals – semi automatic scooters – 110cc.  If you would like a bigger bike this can be arranged for an additional cost.

PRICES STARTING FROM AUD $2290 per person twin share

AUD $370 Single Supplement Available

DATES
  • 26th April – 3rd May 2017
  • 11th October – 18th October 2017
  • 21st March – 28th March 2018
  • 21st November – 28th 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
  • English Speaking Vietnamese tour leader
  • 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 Hanoi 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 45 minutes and is an entertaining experience full of chaotic traffic, distinctive 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.

Meals: Dinner

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Day 2

Hanoi – 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 – Bao Lac

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: 180 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 4

Bao Lac – Dong Van

We leave Bao Lac and travel 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.

Our ride culminates in a 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

Overnight in the ancient town of Dong Van, famous for its historic architecture and preservation of age-old customs and habits, intangible cultural values of the ethnic minority groups.

Distance: 100 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 5

Dong Van – Yen Minh

After breakfast you can take a trek up to enjoy the magnificent view from the former French military tower and then return to town to enjoy some of the best coffee in Vietnam.

Our ride today is through Dong Van’s stone plateau which features dramatic and stark scenery.  We take a tour of a H’mong ancient palace in the Sa Phin Valley.  Plenty of opportunities for photos today.

Distance: 50 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 6

Yen Minh – Hoang Su Phi

An early start today, with winding roads taking us down the valley and along majestic rivers through the town of Ha Giang.  We continue south on the highway for a further 45km where we take a country road to a comfortable and isolated resort.

Distance: 190 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 7

Hoang Su Phi – Hanoi

The return journey to Hanoi takes us back to Hanoi via Tuyen Quang where we stop for lunch and load the bikes on the truck and take the bus back to the hustle and bustle of the big city via the freeway.  Motorbikes are checked over and returned.  Final dinner.

Distance: 60 km (bike) 130km (bus)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 8

Depart Hanoi

You will be transferred to the airport three hours prior to the departure of your international flight or two hours for domestic.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Bike included is 110cc or 125cc, such as the Honda WIN or Wave and the Honda Future.  Please ask if you would like to upgrade your bike.

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 1 review
December 8, 2016

We went on the North Vietnam Explorer motorbike tour for our honeymoon. Best decision ever! We rode mountain roads, trails and discovered the less touristy side of Vietnam which we loved. Not being hugely experience travellers Megs went out of her way to make things as easy and as non stressful as possible. Was incredible and amazing, cannot recommend enough!

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