North Vietnam Highlights Motorcycle Tour

Along beautiful mountain trails we visit colourful markets and will see very special tribes. The trip will be accompanied by our local guide.

Pricing

Price
per rider €1,650.00 $1,835.56 ?
per pillion passenger €1,500.00 $1,668.69 ?
per person single room (surcharge) €225.00 $250.30 ?
Upgrade - Honda XR 250 ccm (optional) €245.00 $272.55 ?
Extension Halong Bay - 2 days per person in double room (including overnight on board and transfer from and to hotel and overnight in hotel in Hanoi) €295.00 $328.18 ?
Halong Bay extension - single supplement €95.00 $105.68 ?

Features

Features
Transfers airport Hanoi - hotel and back
All overnight stays
Rental motorcycle Kawasaki KLX 150 ccm or with upgrade booking Honda XR 250 ccm
English speaking travel companions on the motorcycle
Escort vehicle and luggage transport
mechanic
Invitation letter for visa
Travel security note
Travel guide
Not included features
Visa (Visa Vietnam at present approx. € 75,- Embassy - Visa on arrival approx. 45 USD, the invitation letter you receive free of charge from us. Further information and application forms can be found on the homepage of the Vietnamese Embassy in Berlin: http://visa.mofa.gov.vn).
Gas
Entrance fees
Optional excursions
food and drink
Pocket money: 200 Euro (This amount is an indication of how much money you will need for this trip). It includes food, drink, souvenirs, optional excursions and gasoline.)
Scheduled flight - Hanoi and back

More details

More details
Minimum number of participants: 6
Maximum number of participants: 12
Maximum number of passengers: 2
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Motorcycles:
During this trip we ride on Kawasaki KLX 150 ccm motorcycles, upgrade to Honda XR 250 ccm is possible and costs 126,-€ extra. Please specify when booking.
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Travel companion :
This trip will be accompanied by our Vietnamese tour guide or mechanic on site. This person has been a mechanic on our Vietnam trips for 12 years. He now knows all the routes, hotels and restaurants and speaks English. So there is no German speaking Motor Trails guide on this trip.
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Tour character:
During this tour we will not ride up to any notable heights and also not through very deserted areas. We ride on light motorcycles and therefore this tour is also suitable for people who have no experience with adventurous motorcycle tours. The daily stages are not long, which offers the possibility to visit or photograph different villages on the way. An inconvenience is perhaps the traffic density in and around Hanoi. Every day thousands of motorcycles, scooters, rickshaws and bicycles make their way through the streets. On the main road (which we avoid as much as possible), consider the lorries, because the traffic rules are mostly hidden to European eyes.
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Offroad:
Only a small part of this trip we will ride on unpaved roads. In the current itinerary this is only 2 or 3 days. These routes are not difficult. So they are also good for participants without offroad experience to drive. Only when the weather is bad can these routes be a challenge.
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Clothing:
A helmet is compulsory, as are protective clothing with protectors, good gloves and boots or sturdy shoes. Especially in spring and autumn it can get very warm in the lower regions. Therefore we recommend to wear breathable protective clothing. On the higher, colder parts in the mountains, you can wear extra warm clothing under your motorcycle clothing if necessary. Because of the dust it is advisable to have a pair of glasses with you. In the north of Vietnam the rainy season (monsoon) is from June to the end of August. We plan our trips before or after the monsoon season. Nevertheless, we must expect short rain showers at all times. Finally, the temperatures in the mountain regions can fall to 5 C in winter (December & January), so it is advisable to take warm clothes with you.
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More details about the trip and what to take with you can be found in the manual that you will receive about 1 month before departure.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Have you always wanted to travel the wonderful North Vietnam by motorbike but didn't have time to travel for 3 weeks? Then this is your chance! The high mountains of North-Vietnam are inhabited by dozens of mountain people. All these peoples have their own traditions, language and dress code.

Along beautiful mountain paths we will visit colourful markets and see very special tribes. The trip will be accompanied by our local guide. You will ride the most beautiful routes from our three weeks North-Vietnam mountain tribes motorcycle tour. We will stay once at people's homes and at the end you can extend the trip with an overnight stay on the boat in Halong Bay.

A journey on a motorcycle through this still unknown territory will show you the still untouched beauty of North Vietnam. Besides the enthusiastic population and the untouched nature, this trip is certainly an adventurous challenge.

Day 1: Arrival Hanoi

Depending on the airline you arrive at the airport in Hanoi in the morning or in the afternoon. It is then half an hour to the hotel in the centre of the old city. Our first accommodation is located in the heart of the old city, with a variety of small alleys and shops.

Day 2: Hanoi - Nghia Lo (200 km)

From the lively capital we ride north. The first part of the journey is still busy with freight traffic. But once we are on the narrow roads along the Red River, it is quiet and there is a lot to see. Nghia Lo is a small mountain village where there are 2 roads. We stay in the hotel at the crossing with the market. In the evening in the only restaurant of the village we will surely be seen as a sight to see. In the village you will meet Dao and Hmong people.

Day 3: Nghia Lo -Sa Pa (235 km)

We're continuing north. The landscape becomes very beautiful here. On both sides of the road there are green rice terraces attached to the mountain walls. We enter a high mountain range here and cross it on a few high passes. We meet more people of the white Dao tribe here. In the village Than Uyen we stop for coffee and lunch we will have at the big crossroads. Then it is still about 60 km to Sa Pa. In this stretch is the highest pass of this trip. The views on the way to Sa Pa are fantastic, also the roads are renewed. Sa Pa is the most touristic town on this trip. But we are not here on weekends to visit the market, so we do not see so many tourists. Sa Pa is situated at 1500 meters above sea level and during the French colonial period it became a summer refuge to escape the oppressive heat in the lower areas. It is a nice place to spend the day. You can walk in the valley just behind the village, rent a bike or explore the village and the market.

Day 4: Sa Pa - Bac Ha (140 Km)

The first 110 Km that we ride today are on a completely asphalted road. We stop in Lao Cai to have a look at the Chinese border. The red river separates the two countries, yet they are connected by a bridge. On the other side of the river we see the skyscrapers of the relatively much richer China. Located in a valley, Bac Ha is a typical North Vietnamese village with colourful people. If we still have time, we take a shortcut via Coc Ly. Here we put the motorcycles on small boats and cross the river. Then we ride over a narrow path where the escort vehicle cannot follow us.

Day 5: Bac Ha - Ha Giang (160 km)

In the morning we hike around Bac Ha. Here we visit some H'mong villages. Alternatively we can explore the villages by motorbike. After lunch in Bac Ha we leave for Xin Man. There are never tourists on this route and the road is not suitable for heavy traffic. The rocky highlands between the two villages make for a special landscape. In the north of Bac Ha we turn right onto an unpaved road. We then ride in a wonderful area with sharp rocks. The small Hmong villages on the way do not often see passers-by. After a great descent we arrive in Xin Man. Here we stop for an early lunch. Just outside Xin Man we cross the bridge and turn right. We follow the river to Huang Su Phi. Here there are many people from the Nung tribe. There are also many Nung villages along the way. After a coffee break we reach one of the most beautiful rice terrace areas of Vietnam. After every bend you have a new view on the beautiful green terraces. At the junction with the main road we stop for lunch and then we have to be a bit more careful with the heavy traffic to Ha Giang, the provincial capital. Here we spend the night in a resort by the river, just outside the centre.

Day 6: Ha Giang - Meo Vac (200 km)

After breakfast in the big city, we ride to a particularly beautiful mountain area. This is popularly known as "Dong Van - Meo Vac", after the two largest villages. Immediately after Ha Giang the road becomes narrow and a magnificent mountain ridge follows. The small town of Yenh Minh is nestled in a valley. Also in the surroundings of Dong Van we are the attraction. These rare tribes very rarely meet foreigners. So we are indeed strangers for them. And you can tell! All eyes are on us. In the remote areas of this province there are still real communist bulwarks, like Meo Vac. All the stone buildings in the city belong to the government and are decorated with red flags. We continue over several high passes and are then not far from the Chinese border. We take our time to explore the country roads of this area. The overnight stay will be in a good but basic hotel

Day 7: Meo Vac - Ba Be (245 km)

A long but eventful day lies ahead of us. The lakes of Ba Be are located in the national park of the same name with a beautiful karst landscape. The peaks of the characteristic mountains jut out everywhere. In the morning we ride from Meo Vac to Bao Lac. On a wonderfully quiet route we ride through hilly landscape with numerous rice terraces. After lunch in Bao Lac we ride on narrow roads to Lake Ba Be. We spend the night here in a small village with the locals at home. The conditions are very simple. In a big multi-bed room we sleep on the floor.

Day 8: Ba Be - Hanoi (210 km)

It's a long day back to the capital. In the morning the streets are still quiet but after Than Nguyen it gets livelier and livelier. Riding through the city with its hectic hustle and bustle and traffic rules that are not recognizable to us: for most of the participants this is a fantastic end of the trip.

Day 9: Hanoi - departure or extension

Those who have not booked the extension to Halong Bay will get a transfer to the airport to start their flight home from here. Depending on the airline you will arrive in Germany on the same day or the next morning.

EXTENSION

Day 9: Hanoi - Halong Bay

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel with a minibus and taken to Halong Bay. This trip takes about 4 hours. The sharp mountains in Halong Bay make this bay very special. It is beautiful to ride through here by boat. You will arrive in Halong bay around noon. Here we board a traditional boat, where there are also other international passengers. You will then ride into the bay and spend the night on the boat in a wonderful place. If you are interested, we will stop at different caves.

Day 10: Halong Bay - Hanoi

In the morning we return to land and get into a minibus back to Hanoi. You can use the afternoon to visit the old part of Hanoi. Depending on your flight we will ride you to the airport in the evening or the next morning.

Day 11: Hanoi - departure

Depending on the airline, you will arrive in Frankfurt today or the next morning.