Northwest Vietnam where most of the Vietnam minority is located is famous for high mountains and beautiful passes with the amazing terrace field is always the best choice for bikers to do motorcycle touring in Vietnam. We design this 10-day northwest motorbike tour for those who wanna have a full view of the mountains' beauty in the northwest such as Sa Pa, Son La, and Thac Ba Lake. It is one of our best Northern Motorbike Tours in Vietnam.
Day 1: Hanoi To Mai Chau. 160 km ( L ,D ).
Pick up at 8:00 AM from your hotel to our bike shop. Leave the crazy city traffic behind by starting the Northwest Motorbike Tour from the western outskirts of Hanoi ( 20 km from the city center). After two hours of riding, we will have an enjoyable time feeling the breathtaking landscape of Halong bay on land with the rice paddies between limestone mountains. Keep striking northwest and over two passes and then dropping down to the mountain valley settlement of Mai Chau. This is a short motorbike ride today but it should be one of the best motorbike tours in North Vietnam. We will finish the ride in Mai Chau valley at 5 PM and stay overnight with friends of the White Thai minority in a traditional house on stilts. In the evening, after feasting, we can enjoy a cultural show of Thai dancing and a range of special local liquors. Overnight in Mai Chau.
Homestay in Mai Chau
Day 2: Mai Chau – Phu Yen. 140 km ( B, L, D ).
Today is our relaxing day. We can start the day with an easy walk around the village or be lazy by waking up café. After saying goodbye to the Thai people we ride in the direction of Moc Chau and turn to the less traveled Road 43 leading to the Da River. After crossing the reservoir of the Da river at the Van Yen ferry, we ride on a beautiful winding road until Phu Yen where we stay overnight.
Hotel stay in Phu Yen
Day 3: Phu Yen – Son La. 160 km ( B , L , D ).
Continuing on the almost empty Road 37 we enter mountains heavily populated with Black Thai people, who work on large terraced rice fields. The winding road passes through many Thai villages and fields and provides a great opportunity to watch country life passing by. We continue through rolling hills before rising to the sugar cane growing areas on the cooler Son La plateau.
Overnight in Son La – Hotel stay.
Day 4: Son La – Tuan Giao. 140 km ( B, L, D ).
After breakfast, we head northwest from Son La, the road crosses a series of mountain passes and areas of busy Black Thai activity. Children walk to school, kids tend buffaloes, women plant rice seedlings and men pull the buffalo. Just ride slowly and enjoy the good motorbike ride on a small, quiet, and winding road between green mountains, Then we come to the beginning of the very long and steep Pha Din pass where at the top we have vast views of the surrounding mountains, then down the other side on a very steep sealed road.
Overnight in Tuan Giao.
Day 5: Tuan Giao – Sin Ho. 180 km ( B , L , D ).
Keep heading northwest from Tuan Giao the road passes isolated communities of Hmong and Thai people, whose small villages settle on the banks of dark green rivers and the steep slopes of the mountains. After lunch, by a forest stream, the road begins to climb up the high Sa Tong pass. At the top for sunset before dropping sharply into the deep Lai Chau valley. Muong Lay town was sunk in early 2010 and our new place for overnighting is Sin Ho, a small remote town.
Overnight in Sin Ho.
Day 6: Sin Ho – Sapa. 120 km ( B , L , D ) .
Before starting the day, As experienced guides, we suggest getting your cameras ready because we will ride on one of the most beautiful mountain passes in Vietnam and the motorbike tour to Sapa today is the best motorbike ride in North Vietnam. We will head straight toward the main Fansipan Mountain range. There is also the option for a very challenging back route which takes us through several river crossings. The massive mountain range dominates the road until finally, we must make a splendid climb up from Binh Lu and up to the top of the highest road pass in Vietnam (Tram Ton Pass). Crossing into Lao Cai Province at over 2,000m the views look out over the main range for miles and miles, before we descend to the mountainous Sa Pa valley.
Overnight in Sapa.
Day 7: Fresh Body Up in Sapa ( B ).
Depending on the group’s mood, we can either take it easy in Sa Pa town, or make excursions back to the top of the highest pass in Vietnam, or down deep into the amazing Sapa valley. All options are dominated by the crest of the enormous Fansipan mountain range. The entire region is populated by Hmong, Giay, Tay, and Dao people. Stay in Sapa. Afternoon you can take a good body massage or make another short motorbike tour along Muong Hoa valley – the most beautiful one in Vietnam.
Overnight in Sapa.
Day 8: Sapa – Luc Yen. 180 Km ( B , L , D ).
Ride down from Sapa and then through palm forest to Luc Yen and stay in a Dao family who live in the Tay territory. It’s a great homestay, very typical of Vietnam hill tribes and the hosts are very welcoming.
Overnight in Luc Yen.
Day 9: Luc Yen – Vu Linh. 80 Km ( B, L, D).
It’s a relaxing ride on a winding road with a nice mountain and lake view. We finish the day by noon at the village of the Dzao people who are located on the Thac Ba lake bank.
After lunch, taking a boat trip around the biggest man-made lake in Vietnam should be a wonderful choice. You will have a chance to see Halong Bay in the mountain area.
Overnight in Vu Linh.
Day 10: Vu Linh – Hanoi. 180 km ( B, L ).
After breakfast, we cruise southeast on Highway 2 and then branch off to the sleepy town of Phu Tho. We follow the edge of the Red River along the dyke, almost to the point where it merges with the Black River after which they flow together to Hanoi. By now we are very much in the lowlands of the delta plains and the north’s main agricultural areas. Harvest time here is a sea of activity. Crossing the Black River by a bridge, we pass through Son Tay and then return to Hanoi on the highway. Finish the best 10-day Vietnam motorbike tour to Northwest safely before rush hours. Arrival Hanoi drops the bikes at our bike shop and transfers by taxi to your hotel. End The Tour.