Summary

The Motorcycle Tour in Vietnam (Northern area from Hanoi) offers you the opportunity to live a wonderful adventure and discover a great diversity of landscapes and a multitude of ethnic minorities in the mountainous area of Northern Vietnam. With a huge mountainous area near the border with China, the Northern area of Vietnam attracts more and more new tourists, interested in its unique culture, history, majestic natural beauty and the life of the indigenous population living in this area. You will discover the Muong Hoa Valley, popular for its enchanting natural scenery, unique rice terraces and hospitable local people and enjoy a cruise around the incredible Halong Bay, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and since 2011, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

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Alfonso

Alfonso

Local travel expert in Vietnam

More than 10 years living and working in tourism in Southeast Asia. Based in Hanoi, but living for work periods in Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos. In love with Asian culture and the wonders that I do not stop discovering in these amazing countries. They certainly do not stop surprising me with something daily.

Itinerary


Upon your arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, you will be transferred to your accommodation in the city. At the hotel, you will be given a brief introduction of your trip and any last minute doubts will be clarified.

Accommodation in Hanoi.

You will start the day with a private guided tour of the city of Hanoi with an English speaking guide. You will visit Ba Dinh Square (where President Ho Chi Minh read the proclamation of the independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and where Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is located), Tran Quoc Pagoda (the oldest pagoda in the city built originally in the 6th century) and the Temple of Literature dedicated to Confucius, which was once the first university in the country. You will also visit Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as the Lake of the Restored Sword, and Ngoc Son Temple (Temple of the Jade Mountain) where you will enjoy a cyclo ride through the alleys of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

At the appointed time, you will be transferred to the bus station to take the night bus to Ha Giang.

Overnight in the night bus.

In the morning, you will arrive at Ha Giang Bus Station and have breakfast at a local restaurant.

Then, your motorcycle adventure will begin by travelling by road to Dong Van, making a stop along the way to visit Lung Tam village of the Hmong ethnic minority. The village attracts many travellers from all over due to its stunning scenery and serenity and the women of the Hmong ethnic minority in colourful linen outfits. The art of making linen fabrics has been passed down from generation to generation in Lung Tam. It takes about 41 steps to weave a piece of cloth and a finished cloth needs to be washed about ten times and rubbed with beeswax until it becomes smooth and silky. According to myth, linen cloth, when properly made, can last a hundred years.

Lunch en route.

In the afternoon, you will visit Vuong Chi Sinh, home of a former landowner from the Hmong ethnic minority. more

Accommodation in Dong Van.

After breakfast, you will enjoy a motorcycle ride to Meo Vac through the Ma Pi Leng Pass. You will visit some remote villages, the Lung Phinh ethnic market, an authentic market without commercial interference, and depending on the day, the Meo Vac market.

You will have lunch in Yen Minh village and return to Ha Giang to visit Na Khe village, home of the Dzao minority.

Accommodation in Ha Giang.

After breakfast in Ha Giang, you will soon depart for Bac Ha. You will visit Chang village, inhabited by the Tay ethnic minority. On the way, you will enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in the entire country.

Lunch en route.

Arrival in Bac Ha and free time. Bac Ha is a municipality and capital of the Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province. It is famous for its Sunday market that brings together thousands of locals, with the women dressed in their intricate handmade costumes and the Tam Hoa plums, said to be the tastiest grown in the northern region due to their large shape, sweetness and small bones. During the harvest season of Tam Hoa plums of Bac Ha, which normally begins in late May and runs through June and July, you can taste and feel the sweet taste of the red-greenish fruit in every corner of the district.

Accommodation in Bac Ha.

If this day falls on Sunday, you will have the opportunity to visit the Bac Ha ethnic market, the largest in the north of Vietnam.

You will continue your route to Sapa.

On the way, you will enjoy the dramatic mountain scenery that will accompany you until your hotel.

Accommodation in Sapa.

In the morning, you will visit the Muong Hoa Valley, popular for its enchanting natural scenery, unique rice terraces and hospitable local people. You will enjoy a gentle trek to the south of the valley and arrive at Y Linh Ho village where the Black H'mong ethnic minority live. Near the village of Lao Chai, located 6 km from the city of Sapa, is the village of Ta Van, where the Dzay ethnic minority live. The small, narrow road leading to Ta Van is beautiful with terraces on either side. The simple beauty of the stilt houses of the village will also amaze you.

You will have lunch at a local house where you can taste special dishes of the local people.

Next, you will be transferred to Lao Cai train station where you will take the night train to Hanoi.

Overnight in train.

In the morning, you will be transferred to Halong Bay where you will enjoy a cruise including reception with a welcome drink. Halong Bay is a 1,553 square kilometre extension of water that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994 and since November 11, 2011 is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. You will have lunch on board while enjoying the breathtaking scenery.

After lunch, you will have time to enjoy kayaking and relax.

Next, you will sail to Ho Dong Tien Cave (Fairy Lake Cave), one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay, where you will anchor for the night. You will enjoy dinner on board and have free time for a drink on the upper deck.

Overnight on board.

After breakfast on board, you will visit Sung Sot Cave, better known as the Cave of Surprises, discovered by the French in 1901 and originally called “Grotte des Surprises”. It is a limestone karst cave, the largest in Halong Bay, which can be reached after a hard climb to Bo Hon Island. At approximately 25 metres above sea level, the cave covers a total area of about 10,000 square metres and is made up of two chambers. The first, known as the waiting room, is about 30 metres high and offers a grand entrance to the second largest chamber where you will discover a spectacle with a diverse number of flowstones, stalagmites, stalactites and columns formed over millions of years. As you enter the second chamber, you will understand why the cave is called the Cave of Surprises.

Then, during the cruise, you will pass by iconic islets such as the fighting cocks or the stone dog islet.

In more the afternoon, you will enjoy a Vietnamese cooking class by the chef on board before arriving in port and brunch on board.

After lunch, you will be transferred to Hanoi airport to take your flight back home.

Prices

Travel dates

Upon request for individual travelers

Price per person in €

2 Pers.

4 Pers.

6 Pers.

Standard cat. hotels (October 1, 2020 - Sept. 30, 2021)

914€

757€

706€

Travel dates Accommodation Price per person in €
2 Pers. 4 Pers. 6 Pers.

Upon request for individual travelers

Standard cat. hotels (October 1, 2020 - Sept. 30, 2021) 914€ 757€ 706€

What's Included

  • 5 nights accommodation in a double (DBL) or twin (TWN) room at Standard category hotels, 1 night in the night bus, 1 night in the night train, 1 night on board the cruise ship;
  • Breakfast at the hotels / on board the cruise ship;
  • Lunch on day 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 of the itinerary;
  • Brunch on board on day 9 of the itinerary;
  • Dinner on day 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 of the itinerary;
  • Excursions with English speaking guides according to the itinerary;
  • Entrance fees according to the itinerary;
  • Vietnamese cooking class by the chef on board
  • Road and boat transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Night train Lao Cai - Hanoi, 4-berth shared cabin;
  • Local SIM card with data package included.

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