Motorcycling West Northern Vietnam
  • Routing: Hanoi - Mai Chau valley - Son La - Than Uyen - Sapa - Hanoi
  • Grading tour:

    • Beautiful road to Mai Chau valley
    • Green tea plantations at Moc Chau plateau
    • Fun off road experience when passing Than Uyen
    • Breathtaking ride at O Quy Ho pass
    • Awesome Sapa town as always

     Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau valley

    Being greeted by our tour guide today. He briefs the tour program as well as gets you acquaintance with the bikes for about 15 – 30 minutes depending on your own experience with bikes.
    8.30am: We will manage to leave Hanoi city then take a ride west to Mai Chau, an area of beautiful landscape and home to the Thai ethnic minority. 
    We take our wheels on road No6 passing expansive rice paddies and scenic villages. Have a stop for refreshment before tackling 70km of the undulating road with great view of mountains and valley. 
    Noontime: We will reach Mai Chau valley. We ride straight to Pom Coong, a peaceful village of White Thai ethnic minority where we have lunch, dinner and spend our night in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai family. 
    Afternoon: We can have a walk to visit and look the daily life of the local people in their village. Return to Pom Coong Village for overnight.
    Riding: 170km on mountainous road
    Meals: Lunch
    Accommodation: Home-stay in the village 

    Day 2: Mai Chau - Son La

    Breakfast at the homestay and we say goodbye to our kind host. Today, our trip continues to Son La via Moc Chau Plateau – this cool place is the best for green tea plantations in Vietnam. Take a local experience today when we board on Van Yen ferry that connects two banks of Da River – the best river for hydroelectric plant thanks to its slopes. 
    We disembark the ferry then keep our wheels to Gia Phu where we stop for lunch.
    After getting our stomach full, we are taking a challenging ride while driving along No 37 road to Bac Yen, especially the part in Nhot pass. When we meet T-junction at Co Noi, take a right turn on the road No6 via Hat Lot to reach our stop for overnight today, Son la province.
    The rest of the day will be a visit to Son La prison. Dinner and overnight in Son la.
    Distance: 250km.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Hotel: Hotel/ Guesthouse in Son La

    Day 3: Son La – Than Uyen

    Breakfast at hotel, we hop on our motorbikes for a ride on road No6 for about 30km to visit Thuan Chau Market, where you will meet Black Thai in their beautiful costumes  and selling their home-made products. This is very nice chances for photos. Then we ride toward Than Uyen with a short turn back and we take a turn to Road No279. This is time for going off road and fun experience here will be the highlights of today.
    Stop en route for lunch around Quynh Nhai area. 
    Then we continue our motorbikes to Than Uyen and enjoy the awesome views of stunning terrace fields, Son La Lake – that is the human-made lake for Son La hydroelectric plant, the biggest one in South East Asia. Arrive in Than Uyen afternoon then check in hotel for relaxing and dinner.
    Riding: 162km with several off-road portions
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Hotel: Mini hotel in Than Uyen

    Day 4 : Than Uyen - Sapa

    Save the best for the last! Today, we enjoy breakfast at the hotel and get ready to take the most stunning ride to the best place in North Vietnam, Sapa. 
    After about 100km, we meet O Quy Ho pass – one of four most grand passes in North Vietnam and the entire Vietnam actually. We will ride up to the highest point of the pass and the high road of Vietnam at 2000m to the sea level. You are absolutely amazed by terrace fields, valleys and the winding roads that you have passed by while standing at the top.
    We arrive in Sapa in lunch time. The afternoon will be free on your own account to explore.
    Late afternoon, we take the last ride for about 35km to Lao Cai Railway station for a night train back to Hanoi. Our guide will load the motorbikes into the commodity carriage while we board on the A/C, 4 soft berths, sharing cabin. 
    Riding: 140km uphill and downhill + 35km downhill
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Hotel: 4 soft berth sharing cabin on night train
    If your plan has more days, you can take your motorbike back to Hanoi via Road No70 for another 2 more days. We will ride along Red River and stop overnight at Thac Ba Reservoir – the lake for the first hydroelectric plant in Vietnam since 1971.
    The last day we will ride from Thac ba to Hanoi. You may stop en route at King Hung temple – who is believed the first kings of Vietnam dating back to 4000 years ago.

    Day 05: Arrive in Hanoi early morning

    04.30 – 05.30 The train arrives in Hanoi Railway Station depending on the train schedule. Our service ends here. You can easily find a taxi for short transfer back to your hotel.
    Meals: Not included
    Hotel: Not included
    Min - Max List Prices ($/person)



    We use Future Neo 2009 125CC in this quotation by default. The reason is that the neat and very good design by Honda Vietnam is perfectly suitable for Vietnam road paths. The gear shift is changed easily and smoothly. This models can give you good experiences over almost motorcycling paths of Vietnam. Honda Future Neo is our choice in the quotation as its very affordable price, popular spare parts, easy-to-control even for motorcycling beginners
    Curb weight : 105 kg
    Overall length: 1890mm
    Overall width: 705mm
    Overall height: 1085 mm
    Wheel base: 1,240 mm
    Seat height : 767 mm
    Fuel tank capacity: 3.7l
    Engine oil capacity: 0.9 liter when dismantling machine; 0.7 liter when changing lubricant
    Engine type: Gasoline, 04-stroke, single, air-cooled
    Gear box: Mechanical, 4-step rotary system
    Starting system: Electric/kick starter
    For Upgrade Dirt Bikes options: our top picked Dirt Bike upgrade is YAMAHA ZTX 125. This is a real offroad bikes by the second player in Vietnam motor market - Yamaha. The company focuses on young customers with active lifestyle. Our model is 2015 with many improvement in performance and give you real motorbiking experience in Vietnam. The upgrade surcharge is very affordable while the experience brought back is far more.
    Overall length: 2090mm
    Overall width: 830mm
    Overall height: 1115mm
    Minimum ground clearance: 260mm
    Weight (with full fuel tank): 118kg
    Seat height: 840mm
    Maximum horse power: 12.5PS/8000r/min
    Fuel tank capacity: 11 liter
    Engine type single cylinder, cool air, 5 strokes
    High Quality Helmets - Manufacturer: Vietnam: Injection-molded thermoplastic shell construction. Full-face helmet, provided in long motorbiking trips, offers maximum protection during off-road use. Half face helmet will be provided for traversing inside the city.
    Saddle bags (roughly 7 kg each side)
    Extra rucksack or bag strapped 
    ATA first-aid kit: Available on any ATA trip
    If you pick the price option Incl. Mechanic and Support truck, we will supply:
    Support truck: Vietnam with various terrain and great scenery is an ideal place for adventure motorcycling. Although it is so fun and adventurous to ride in Vietnam it is surely a challenge for any foreign rider since the traffic is so different from the rest of the world. Moreover, we want everyone to enjoy their motorbiking experience on this trip and we recognize the importance of group members being allowed to ride at their own pace. At times there can be a fair distance between the front and rear riders in the group, with the support vehicle and tour leader out of sight. The support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from motorcycling at any time. 
    01 professional mechanic along the motorbiking trip who greatly understand the technical issues and fix our motorbikes as manufacturer's requirements. That will maximize your safety and the duration of our motorbikes usages.
    Spare parts of the motorbike such as: Tyres, Pump, Plastic tyre levers, Brake cable, Gear cable etc.
    Original passport
    Good quality helmet (your own helmet is recommended)
    Wellington/riding boots
    Water waterproof gloves
    Summer gloves
    Balaclava to cover your face
    Turtleneck shirts
    Long-sleeved shirts
    A pair of extra jeans
    Goggles and sunglasses
    Light waterproof jackets
    Basic toiletries, Sun block, anti-insect repellent, rain coat.
    GoPro Camera - optional
    Mobile phone with multi sockets - optional
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    trip notes

    Depart from: Hanoi - End at: Hanoi
    Transportation: Honda Future Neo 125CC (semi-automatic gear), Train
    Guide: motorcycling English speaking guide 
    Support crew: support truck, mechanic
    Accommodation: Hotels, homestay

    Challenging Grade that means this tours involve in active, physical required activities up to 06 – 08 hours per days in remote area, under variable weather conditions or quick attitude changes. You are going to get into remote areas where the support facilities are not always available or facing to passes or river crossing. You should be in very good level of fitness. For those biking or motorcycling adventure, experienced riders with good driving skills may be required.
    * Suggested preparation: 45 - 60 minutes of aerobic type exercises, 4-5 times per week for about 04 - 06 weeks before your adventure. Outdoor hill or stair walking is recommended. 
    Who suits: Recommended for fit travelers
    Activity: 6-8 hours most days 
    Distances: Hike up to 10 - 13 miles (or 16-22km),  motorbiking 112-143miles (180-230km) on twist, off road most days 
    Surfaces: mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails 
    Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day (about 1200m)
    Altitude: up to 12,000 ft. (about 3600m) 

    - Day 1: Lunch, Dinner
    - Day 2-6: Breakfast, Lunch
    All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. While in big towns we will enjoy Vietnamese cuisine in fine restaurants. Once we travel away from big towns, the emphasis will be on healthy and nutritious fresh local produce.

    In big towns we use fine 3-star hotels with central location. Please contact us if you prefer higher hotel categories. In remote areas we use the best hotels or guest houses available. 
    Homestay in villages is simple in term of bedding condition and amenities. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillows and mosquito nets.
    The night train is 4 soft berths sharing cabin. The cabin is air conditioning, comfortable beds and lockable. Toilet is clean and there are often 2WC in a carriage. If you want more privacy, contact us to take cabin charter booking.
    The tour will be led by one of our tour guides who are experienced in guiding motorcycling tours in Vietnam. He has been carefully selected and trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by the government. In addition, he has been trained in first-aid by SOS International and he knows how to deal with difficult situations. You will have a great time traveling with him.

    A typical motorcycle riding day starts at about 8.30 am after breakfast. Lunch times can vary depending on the distance. We aim to reach the next overnight stop by 4.30 or 5. During the riding we will have short breaks for rest, snack and photographing.
    The upgrade to Dirt Bikes are always available and upon your request. We have many Dirt Bike models various from 125CC up to 650cc for wide range of riders' experience. They are very much suit to Vietnam roads.
    Due to the road conditions of Vietnam, big-size or big-engine motorbikes (such as: 1000cc up) are not popular and expensive. Such big-engine motorbikes may not maximize their power as well as technical specs while highway express in Vietnam is not good enough and the awareness of traffic attendants are relatively low. Moreover, the rental prices can be very high due to high imported taxes added into the price. We strongly encourage you contact to our team if you decided to take those ones.

    Vietnam with various terrain and great scenery is an ideal place for adventure motorcycling. Although it is so fun and adventurous to ride in Vietnam it is surely a challenge for any foreign rider since the traffic is so different from the rest of the world. Moreover, we want everyone to enjoy their motorbiking experience on this trip and we recognize the importance of group members being allowed to ride at their own pace. At times there can be a fair distance between the front and rear riders in the group, with the support vehicle and tour leader out of sight. The support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from motorcycling at any time. 

    Note on client safety
    We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

    Total day

    5-Days 5-Nights


    SightSeeing Motorcycling Nature Explore Homestay

    Group size

    Min: 1 persons

    Max: 6 persons


  • Accommodation

  • Inclusions

    One-way train ticket Laocai - Hanoi (AC, soft sleeper) 
    Semi-automatic gear Honda 125CC
    Best Rated Hotel Accommodations
    Unlimited Mileage
    Helmets for the driver and passenger
    Daily breakfast
    Other meals as indicated in itinerary
    Homestay permission
    Professional English speaking tour leaders
    Water & Snacks on driving days
    First-aid kit
    National Park and other Entrance Fees
    Preparation and Orientation
    All taxes, fees, and environmental surcharges
    Mechanic and support truck as in indicated price option


    Travel insurance
    Visa process and stamp
    Tips and gratitude
    Transportation between hotel and location (restrictions may apply at certain locations)
    Gasoline average US$ 10 per day
    Personal expenses
    Personal motorbike protection gears
    Others not mentions