Off-road Vietnam Motorbike Tour from Hanoi to Thac Ba Lake – 4 Days

4/DaysHanoi → Mai Chau → Moc Chau → Phu Yen → lago Thac Ba (Vu Linh) → Hanoi

Northwest Vietnam is famous for its endless tourist attractions that will immediately attract the attention of tourists right at first sights such as Sapa, Ha Giang, and Moc Chau. When it comes to a Northwest Vietnam journey, travelers will immediately think of majestic mountain ranges, glorious passes covered by white clouds, poetic misty villages, marvelous rice terraces, and the friendly smiles of local people here. All are combined to create an extremely special Northwest region of Vietnam that is attractive enough to invite adventure lovers to come to discover the highland’s beauty.

If you have not traveled to Vietnam in general and Northwest Vietnam in particular on a motorbike, good preparation is needed. Let’s make the plan easier with our recommendation for an off-road Vietnam Motorbike Tour from Hanoi to Thac Ba Lake – 4 days.

  • Tour Grade : Medium
  • Total Distance : 530 Km
  • Hours of Riding per day : 3 - 5 Hours
  • Support : Disposible
  • Mided
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Day 1: Hanoi To Mai Chau (160 km)

The whole crew will depart from Hanoi at about 9 am to Mai Chau – one of the most famous tourist destinations of Northwest Vietnam. The distance seems quite long, so it is better for you to sleep enough the night before the trip. Mai Chau is not strange at all, especially for many adventure motorcyclists. Here, the riders can run their motorbikes on endless rural roads and discover the real charms of Vietnam’s mountainous areas.

Escaping the bustling city life in Hanoi, we will turn on small roads and enjoy 40 minutes of riding with full of surprises and excitement promised through orange farms and winding roads on two sides. Next, we will follow Highway 6 and pass through magnificent limestone mountains and glorious vast terraced fields on the way. It’s lunchtime already. You will then take a rest in Hoa Binh before continuing to ride to the majestic Thung Khe pass. At the next junction, we will turn right and run 50 km more to arrive at Ba Khan, a famous lake with incredible rocks of a variety of shapes and sizes appearing from the lake’s water surface. Looking from a far distance, Ba Khan lake really looks like a mini Halong bay on land.

Next, you will motorcycle through Mai Chau to get to the dreamy Go Lao waterfall. The route is quite tough but you will be well treated with breathtaking views. Spend your time taking stunning photos to show your family and friends later. Dinner will be served with rice wine and delicious local specialties. Then, you will enjoy a good night at a local stilt house hosted by the Thai. Regain your energy before the next days of your trip!


  • Accommodations: Homestay
  • Distance: 160 km
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner

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Day 2: Mai Chau - Phu Yen (140 km)

Another long day for discovery and exploration of the mountainous area. Today, we will take a tour around Mai Chau and finally, visit Phu Yen town, the symbol of tranquility in Son La. Get ready to explore the true rural life in Moc Chau, one of the highlights of Northern Vietnam’s tourism. Walking around some local villages of the Thai, we will find countless stalls where many colorful traditional clothes or embroidered clothes are being sold. Choosing some unique items as gifts to bring back home is a good idea!

Then, come back to your homestay, grab your gear and get ready to ride to peaceful Phu Yen town. We will take a short rest by Moc Chau Plateau and enjoy the natural beauty here covered with gorgeous peach and plum gardens and vast green tea hills. Enjoy your lunch and breathe the fresh cool air amidst the clouds and mountains. That’s awesome! Keep riding to reach the targeted destination through multiple steep mountains, immense forests, and the well-known Da River. The route will end at about 4:30 pm. Here, in the wonderful Phu Yen town, you will take a shower, enjoy dinner, and have an overnight stay at a local hotel.


  • Accommodations: Homestay
  • Distance: 140 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 3: Phu Yen - Thac Ba Lake (40 km)

The third day of your journey will be much easier with tons of magnificent landscapes and unforgettable experiences promised. Passing through Lung Lo Pass, you will head up about 15 km on historical Road 32 which is one of the most important routes in the Indochina wartime. In the past, this road is used to transport food, weapons, and goods. Riding continuously through Ba Khe Junction to Yen Bai city, you will stop a bit for lunch. Then, we will take a short tour of Thac Ba lake – one of the top three largest and most modern artificial lakes in the country. This lake is formed in 1971 to provide water for the Thac Ba hydroelectric plant.

With over 1.300 emerald-colored islands on its water surface, fantastic limestone mountain ranges, tons of marvelous caves, pagodas, and temples associated with long stories and legends of the indigenous people, Thac Ba lake is named “Halong Bay on the mountains” with charming pristine beauty. One of the most interesting ways to explore Thac Ba lake is to hire a boat to magical caves hidden deep in the fanciful shimmering limestone mountain ranges. You and your fellow drivers will move toward Dao village for dinner and sleep overnight at a local homestay here.


  • Accommodations: Homestay
  • Distance: 40 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 4: Thac Ba - Hanoi (180 km)

The way coming back home is once again quite long (185 km), so you should sleep more and wake up later today to prepare enough energy and health conditions for the long distance. In the morning, we will have breakfast and drink a cup of coffee. After grabbing your luggage for the trip, you will prepare to backtrack the road to Hanoi with two following options. The first choice is that we will follow the highways and smooth roads to quickly return to the office. Another choice is to ride on the Red River’s edge so that you can have more time exploring nature.

Returning to the capital city before rush hour will save your time and health the best. So, the choice is yours! Even, if you choose one way or another, your 4-day motorbike trip to Northwest Vietnam will be closed up with fantastic moments.


  • Accommodations: Homestay
  • Distance: 40 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Prices for guided off-road Vietnam Motorbike Tour




One person 190 USD/day/person 220 USD/day/person
Two people 140 USD/day/person 160 USD/day/person
Three people 130 USD/day/person 150 USD/day/person
Four people 120 USD/day/person 140 USD/day/person
Five people 120 USD/day/person 140 USD/day/person
Six people 115 USD/day/person 135 USD/day/person
Seven people 110 USD/day/person 130 USD/day/person
From Eight people 105 USD/day/person 125 USD/day/person


  • English Speaking Tour Guide 
  • Well-Maintained Bikes – Gasoline
  • Safe & Exceptional Routes – No Highway – 20% offroad per day
  • Good Accommodation: 2 – 3 star hotels or homestays based on twins – triple
  • All meals on tour.
  • 1 bottle of water per day.
  • All entrance tickets/ Permits to remote areas – ferry ticket



  • Riding Gears
  • Personal insurance – Travel insurance (this is at your own risk)
  • Motorbike insurance to Cover any damages to the gear or the motorcycle
  • Air ticket – Visa fee 
  • Tip, Drinks, Beers, Wine 
  • Personal Expenses, and Other Expenses not described in the itinerary
  • Single Supplement for Single Occupancy
  • International Airport Pickup – Drop Off
  • Transportation from your hotel to the departure spot 
  • The Hotel at night Before / After riding


  • For a group of from 
    • 5 riders, The professional Mechanic comes for free
    • 8 riders, Free 1 Night Ethnic Entertainment in Homestay (Under 8 riders USD 70 / 1 Ethnic Dance)
    • 12 riders and a Truck is free for escorting ( Under 12 riders, it will be USD 150 / 1 day )
  • A single stay will cost USD 30 / 1 night / 1 single room.
  • The cameraman costs  USD 180 / 1 day.  
  • If tours do not depart/ end at the departure spot, the surcharge for bike shipping to/ back to the departure spot is USD 120 / bike.
  • VAT Excluded from the price, VAT 10% will be added to the total price upon your REQUEST.


  1. Deposits and Payment Policy
  • We require a deposit of 30% of the total upon confirmation of booking the tour. The remaining balance will be paid 45 days before departure. Your booking may be considered canceled if the full balance is not received by Vietnam Motorbike Tours Club by that time.
  • You can choose the payment method by money transfer or credit card payment with all bank transfer charges/ fees to be paid by you. 
  • After receiving your payment, we will issue you the final confirmation of the detailed itinerary and services via e-mail.
  1. Cancellation and Refunds
  • Vietnam Motorbike Tours Club takes no responsibility for any flight delays or scheduled changes at any stage throughout the trip. 
  • We have the discretion to change the itinerary or delay the tour due to weather, local conditions, politics, or various other reasons with our notification in advance.
  • During the tour, should you be found to break any of the rules without the prior exception from the tour leader, we have the discretion to cancel the tour with no refunds applied. 
  • During the tour, should your bike have minor technical problems, our guide/mechanic will attempt to fix it as quickly as possible. In the event that the bike can not be fixed within the day, we will endeavor to substitute a bike of a similar type to ensure your trip is not interrupted.
  • Should you have to cancel the tour due to special reasons, you may transfer your booking to another person. However, you will be liable for your nominee paying their monies in full.

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