Ha Giang Motorcycle Tour In 13 Days
Ha Giang Motorcycle Tour In 13 Days Vietnam Motorbike Tours invites riders from all over the world to come and discover this wild and remote area of Vietnam. You ride on all types of roads (from flat and smooth to gravel and bumpy), dirt tracks and jungle paths. Any road could easily turn into a dirt road when it rains. The spectacular view of cloudy mountains is a great memory from a motorcycle trip. On this specific trip you skirt along the Vietnam/China border, starting in Hanoi to Nghia Lo, Than Uyen and Sapa in Northwest Vietnam and continue to the most beautiful part of the trip in Ha Giang, Dong Van and Bao Lac before descending on Highway 4 to Cao Bang, Quang Uyen and Lang Son. If you return via Ba Be, the trip will be reduced by one day but then you miss the historical Highway 4. This trip is the most popular motorbike tour we provide in North Vietnam
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Ha Giang Motorcycle Tour In 13 Days
Vietnam Motorbike Tours invites riders from all over the world to come and discover this wild and remote area of Vietnam. You ride on all types of roads (from flat and smooth to gravel and bumpy), dirt tracks and jungle paths. Any road could easily turn into a dirt road when it rains. The spectacular view of cloudy mountains is a great memory from a motorcycle trip. On this specific trip you skirt along the Vietnam/China border, starting in Hanoi to Nghia Lo, Than Uyen and Sapa in Northwest Vietnam and continue to the most beautiful part of the trip in Ha Giang, Dong Van and Bao Lac before descending on Highway 4 to Cao Bang, Quang Uyen and Lang Son. If you return via Ba Be, the trip will be reduced by one day but then you miss the historical Highway 4. This trip is the most popular motorbike tour we provide in North Vietnam.
Ha Giang – Motorbike Tours North Vietnam
Ha Giang province is located in northeastern Vietnam. It is in the far north of the country, and contains Vietnam’s northernmost region. It shares a 275 km long border with Yunnan province of southern of China, and this is known as Vietnam’s final frontier. The provincial capital, also called Ha Giang, is connected by Highway 2 and is 325 km away from Hanoi. The border crossing is at Thanh Thuy, 25 km from the capital, Ha Giang town. It is one of the most difficult provinces of Vietnam as it has mountainous topography with the least potential for agricultural development. The province borders China with a length of over 275 kilometers (170 mi); the border gate is known as the Thanh Thuy. In addition, there are three smaller gates namely, the Pho Bang, the Xin Man and Sam Pun.
The Vietnam motorbike tour to Ha Giang and Northern Loop is considered the last frontier for adventurous tours in Vietnam.
ROAD TRIP DETAILS:
Motorbike Route: Ha Giang, Tam Son (Quan Ba), Yen Minh, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Bao Lac, Khau Vai.
Riding Terrain & Landscape: limestone karsts, valleys, rivers, borderlands, minority villages
Road Conditions: paved rural back-roads, paved mountain roads, amazing Ma Pi Leng mountain pass.
Ha Giang – Motorbike Tours North Vietnam
Ha Giang and northeast Vietnam is always the best choice for bikers, it takes about 3 to 4 days to ride around Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac… They are the most scenic motorbike routes in Vietnam that can not be missed. Before riding to these places you need to get the local permission, can ask the hotels in Ha Giang to arrange it for you, it costs 10 USD/ head. Kindly check out the featured motorbike tours around Ha Giang.
BEST PLACE/ ROUTE FOR MOTORBIKING IN VIETNAM
Wondering the best route to ride around Ha Giang? the route from Dong Van to Meo Vac is a 22km ride along the Ma Pi Leng Pass, a staggering road clinging to the edge of a wall of limestone mountains, towering hundreds of feet above the craterous Nho Que River valley. If any mountain road pass in Vietnam deserves the title EPIC ADVENTURE it’s this one. Because the views are so incredible, so we make lots of stops for pictures. It is the highlight of motorbike tour north Vietnam.
Ride at a glance
Day 01: Hanoi – Nghia Lo
Day 02: Nghia Lo – Than Uyen
Day 03: Than Uyen – Sapa
Day 04: Sapa – Bac Ha
Day 05: Bac Ha – Ha Giang
Day 06: Ha Giang – Dong Van
Day 07: Dong Van – Bao Lac
Day 08: Bao Lac – Cao Bang
Day 09: Cao Bang – Quang Uyen
Day 10: Quang Uyen – Lang Son
Day 11: Lang Son – Halong City
Day 12: Halong Bay cruise
Day 13: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Our trip cost usually includes the following services. Please bear in mind JET Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
Quality Japanese Honda Motorcycles with spare things ( Honda XR 150cc or Honda CRF250L ) CRF250L cost extra;
Tour guide/Translator/Mechanic (He’s three in one!);
Standard hotel (double, twins or triple shared room) and/or homestay (sleeping bags, mosquito nets, sheets, pillows etc. are provided);
Third party motorbike insurance;
All food (Vietnamese food, Western food costs extra);
All entrance fees, permits, tickets, boat trips, ferries, bamboo rafts, etc;
Helmets/Gloves and Bright reflecting Jackets
Hotel pick up
Personal expenses, personal medical insurance;
Single room supplement if you request a single room;
Motorbiking protective pants, jacket, gloves, helmet, rain gear and other safety equipment at favourable rental rate;
Bike shipping and tour guide’s travel back to Hanoi (for Ho Chi Minh trail/road trips or tours that don’t end in Hanoi);
Train or flight tickets before and after your tour;
Breakfast on the departure day and dinner on the return day;
Accommodation and food in Hanoi;
+ Single stay will cost 20 USD extra/ day
+ We provide support vehicle and driver with extra price of 150 USD/day/ truck upon request!
+ Ho Chi Minh trail motorbike tours will cost more. Please CONTACT US for more details.
+ If tours are not depart/ end in Hanoi then surcharge for bike shipping to/ back: 120 USD/ bike.
Ha Giang Motorcycle Tour
Day 1: Hanoi Motorcycle Tour – Nghia Lo (~250 km, ~7 h)
Before the ride, it takes 30 minutes to double check the bikes and insure that we have all necessary tools and equipment to guarantee maximum fun. We head out of Hanoi skirting along Red River to Son Tay and then head up the mountain to Nghia Lo. The road is easy and flat from Hanoi to Thanh Son, from Thanh Son to Thu Cuc and then Ba Khe to Nghia Lo is beautiful, snaking the foot of Hoang Lien Range. Nghia Lo is a big mountain town where we stop for the night.
Day 2: Nghia Lo Motorcycle Tour – Than Uyen (~180 km, ~5 h)
Wild and bumpy road with Lung Lo Pass as the first challenge. The next one is the higher Khau Pha Pass. We ride through the Mu Cang Chai massif, almost as high as the Fansipan. From the top, it offers one of the most beautiful views of North Vietnam. The ride is challenging but very rewarding.
Night in a hotel.
Day 3: Than Uyen Motorcycle Tour – Sapa (~140 km, ~5 h)
The area of Than Uyen is mainly populated by Flower H’mong and Dzao people. Then direction Sapa. Easy track for 100 km and asphalted mountainous road for the last 40 km. Stay in Sapa and you will find out the reason Sapa is one of the most popular places for tourists in Vietnam.
Day 4: Sapa Motorcycle Tour – Bac Ha (~100 km, ~3 h)
The drive from Sapa to Bac Ha takes ~3 hours, down from Sapa to Lao Cai (34 km), a border city where we can take photos with China as the background. After lunch, ride up to Bac Ha (70 km) with stunning landscape. Overnighting in Bac Ha.
Day 5: Bac Ha Motorcycle Tour – Ha Giang (~200 km, ~6 h)
After breakfast, ride on the track to Xin Man and on many small/back roads with scenic mountain views before joining the main road heading up to Ha Giang where we stop for the night and apply for a permit.
Day 6: Ha Giang Motorcycle Tour – Dong Van (~180 km, ~6 h)
After getting the permit to ride in border areas at Ha Giang’s Immigration Police, we ride on small challenging mountain roads (but incredibly beautiful) on the land of colorful mountain hill-tribes.
Head up the Ma Pi Leng Pass. Here is yet another amazing place, with cloudy mountain ranges and the poetic Nho Que river winding off in the distance. Ride on a zig-zag track until Dong Van, a remote area and meet the hard-working local people here. It is inspiring to see how they survive as they manage live in the rocks. When we reach town we will have some extra time to wonder the ancient streets lined with H’mong homes of clay bricks and tiles roofs built centuries ago.
Day 7: Dong Van Motorcycle Tour – Bao Lac (~80 km, ~4 h)
The road is still under construction and tracks what make the ride relatively long in spite of few kilometres. The landscape is among the most beautiful of Vietnam, and the slow tempo is only more appreciable.
We cross the wild regions of the mythical province of Ha Giang. Stop for the night at Bao Lac, the ethnic crossroad of Northeast Vietnam. Many other ethnic groups on the two sides of the border meet at the market every Sunday.
Day 8: Bao Lac Motorcycle Tour – Cao Bang (~150 km, ~5 h)
Beautiful ride down to Cao Bang province. Few passes from where you can dominate the area. The road is easy but there are many blind curves. We can stop very often for photos. All together, stop for drinks and food it should be an 8-hour journey. Stay in a hotel.
Day 9: Cao Bang Motorcycle Tour – Quang Uyen (~140 km, ~5 h)
Ride in 1 hour and half to reach the beautiful village of Quang Uyen, in the middle of a mountain cirque. This is the territory of Nung and Tay people. Home stay in a host family and the hostess is a great cook.
We make our way through spectacular scenery to Vietnam’s most impressive waterfall, Ban Gioc Waterfalls, 50km from Quang Uyen. The road is either dusty or muddy due to the very heavy trucks that transport products exporting to China. Weather permitting we can swim right up to where the 50m high falls hit the river.
Day 10: Quang Uyen Motorcycle Tour – Lang Son (~180 km, ~6 h)
Ride from Quang Uyen to Lang Son on the famous historical Highway 4 where fierce battles took place during the war against the French army. We will have time to discover this city which has become the biggest trading post between China and Vietnam. You can shop for cheap Chinese products at the nearby Dong Kinh or Tam Thanh market.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 11: Lang Son Motorcycle Tour – Halong City (~200 km, ~6 h)
We have a long drive mainly on secondary road, passing many coal mines along the road. We hope you are not covered in dark coal dust when we arrive in Halong City (the new name of Bai Chay).
Day 12: Halong Bay cruising. Sleep on boat.
Relax in the morning to recover from the long ride yesterday. There are two options:
1. Join a group trip at noon. Depart by boat to Halong Bay, start cruise and check in cabins. Lunch on boat, enjoy deluxe Vietnamese set menu. Transfer by tender from boat to Surprising Cave. Enjoy kayaking and swimming, or relaxing on the boat. Dinner served with Vietnamese food. Evening activities – choose from optional evening activities: enjoy movie, sing karaoke or join squid fishing with our crew (in case the weather is good).
2. Book a private boat and cruise in Halong Bay. Sleep on boat. This option costs extra and we will let you know the cost if you want this upgrade.
Day 13: Halong Motorcycle Tour – Hanoi. (~160 km, ~5 h)
Two options with the cruise:
1. Transfer by tender from boat to Titov island, swimming or just relaxing. Continue cruise and refresh onboard and come back to Bai Chay. Check-out cabins and pay for your drinks. Lunch at Thang Long restaurant in Halong city (or on boat).
2. Continue cruising in Halong Bay. Lunch on boat and return at noon. This option costs extra and we will let you know the cost if you want this upgrade.
Pick up the bike(s) and ride back to Hanoi on highway 18 and then 1B. Arrive in Hanoi around 5pm.
When Motorcycle we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.
Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and ementies. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.
General rules for motorbike riding in Vietnam & Other country
It is claimed that riding motorbike in Vietnam & other country is not easy, especially for the inexperienced ones. However, it would be much easier for motorcyclists if they follow the rules and traffic laws of Vietnam & other country rigidly. To ensure that you have a safe motorcycle trip and lifetime experience in Vietnam, there are some regulations that you need to bear in mind:
- Helmet is a compulsory equipment for motorbike riding
- You should use the high-quality helmet which was certified by traffic safety management bureaus or helmets following international standards. If you use the cheap helmet, it could be dangerous in case of injuries and accidents.
- In Vietnam, we follow the right hand side rule of traffic
- Be confident and decisive when riding. Don’t freak out or be nervous.
- Ride carefully and control the speed in different circumstances.
- In Vietnam & other country, it is acceptable in using horn. Therefore, using it smartly because it could help you avoid undesirable cases. In some routes, there might be blind corners or crossroads, so it would be useful to utilize horn.
- Give ways to bigger vehicles such as trucks, cars, buses or cart-transporting vehicles. It can ensure your safety and one thing for sure, they would take up for big parts of road surface.
- Ride slowly when making a turn. It is important for you to push the light signals and sound so the left-behind vehicles are aware of your turn. However, you are advised to use your hand gesture and body language also because it would be more noticeable (waving hand when you want to turn left or right)
- Show your respect and friendliness to people on the roads. Avoid conflicts with others because you don’t know who you are facing with.
- Be friendly and chummy to other vehicle controllers when they greet you.
- Be polite with the police. Don’t show out your abnormal or strange and suspicious behaviors on the road and the police will get no attention on you.
- Drinking and riding should not be gone along.