Famous for its impressive mountains and spectacular mountain views,Northwest Vietnam, is the ideal place to visit if you are passionate about off-road adventure and motorbike travelling. A trip to Northwest Vietnam could easily become the best lifelong experience you have ever had while meeting the world on wheels!
Day 1: Hanoi – Hoa Binh – Pu Luong (200Km/approx. 6hours)
As you leave Hanoi and head north to Hoa Binh Lake, take a few moments to enjoy the amazing scenery along the river. The beautiful surrounding with small iconic islands lying in the heart of evergreen forests and the endless limestonepeaks comprise an idyllic enery of unparalleled beauty not to be missed.
The landscape becomes even more inviting as you head up north and reach the flat, smooth road. At around afternoon, we arrive at Pu Luong in Don villages and walk around exploring the town, just before dinner time. The day ends with traditional Thai Dance music shows that you could choose to attend and enjoy a relaxing and fun closure of the day before you bed down at your selected Thai stilt house.
Day 2: Pu Luong- Mai Chau – Son La (200 Km/approx. 8 hours)
This is the day when you ride the short dirt road and leave Mai Chau, heading west of the Da River. The scenery has lots to offer yet once again with enchanting caves and numerous stripped stone pieces and stone axes ready to be discovered.
Then, we use the ferry to cross the lake, and, on the other side, there lies a challenging mountain ride. You can reach the very tops of the high-peak mountain ranges that spread in front of you, as you have the wild river as your guide to your left.
Have some lunch at Bac Yen, before you continue north alongside the banks of the river and finally reach your 2nd-day destination, Son La, to have an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3: Son La – Muong Lay: (200Km/approx. 8 hours) (B/L/D)
Right after finishing breakfast, we set out again for Son La, via the Road #6. It is a road in poor condition and off beaten track but is definitely worth every mile! The mesmerizing natural surroundings are hard to be overlooked. Along the way, we go passed dark caves, to get to Black Thai village, where we rest for a bit, with short breaks in between to have some lunch and take pictures.
Way before the day ends, we arrive at Muong Lay, and after you check in at your hotel, you are free to do as you please until dinnertime! Make sure you gather some strength tonight, as tomorrow will bring you close to the most demanding and distant route of the trip!
Day 4: Muong Lay – Sin Ho – Lai Chau (170km/approx. 7hours) (B/L/D)
With a tributary of the Black River on the right, we drive upstream, on a dirt road, go passed a magnificent green forest and introduce ourselves to the forgotten in time pockets of Thai, Tay, Man and H’among, meet its friendly people and win our way to the Lai Chau plain, with astonishing limestone-karst topography.
Not far from Sin Ho, you have the chance to help the local economy by purchasing handmade products that you will find in Mang village. As for overnight stay, the day includes a nice night in a hotel in Lai Chau.
Day 5: Lai Chau – Sapa (100Km/approx. 3 hours)
With mesmerizing primordial landscapes with profound wild beauty, and a short, yet amazing, ride to the pass of O Ouy Ho and Hoang Lien Son, you will come face to face with one-of-a-kind, heart-stopping, and most virgin lands on the face of the Earth!
Dare to take the challenge? Let us ride over 2,000 meters above sea level and go passed an all-year cloudy cover pass; the highest you can get in Vietnam. As you ascent, make sure you remain your focus on the road, as the jaw-dropping views will probably steal your heart and…attention!
Our next stop is at Sapa, a beautiful tourist attraction that has gained elevated interest by more and more people that want to a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is also where we would stop for the night and sleep in a hotel before the final 100 km of our trip.
Day 6: Sapa – Lao Cai (100 km/ approx. 3 hours)
Enjoy your tasty and nutritious breakfast before we head for some exploration! The plan is to follow the road for a while and then descent to meet the spectacular Muong Hoa valley with the fascinating scenery, and then ride along the river at its bottom. What you can expect is gorgeous views of rice terrace fields that will
accompany you all the way to Lao Chai village. The Black Hmong is a lovely, friendly minority that will welcome you to their land, as you find your perfect spot to have lunch.
The last km of our trip take us from the village and all the way to the town of Lao Cai, where we take the night train, where we overnight, back to Hanoi. We arrive the next day, and the trip ends, hopefully with lifelong experiences deeply carved with our hearts!
Day 7: Arrive in Hanoi around 6:00Am.
- 01 motorbike per person
- 1 full tank of petrol/gasoline per person (First day)
- Pre-programmed GPS track (The best back roads and scenery)
- Rain gear, helmets
- Motorbike jacket
- 4 Night in Hotels + 1 Homestay
- 5 Breakfast (B), 5 Dinners (D)
- Train ticket.Tour Excludes
- Visa to Vietnam
- Any other transportations are not mentioned in the itinerary
- Meals are not mentioned in the itinerary
- Other personal expenses
- Dinner of the lastday.
- Entrance fees
What to bring
- Good sunglasses
- Good shoes for walking
- Other personal needs and some cash for drinks or souvenirs
Prices are quoted in US Dollar/ per person in group of:
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