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 sight 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 friendly smiles of local people here. All are combined to create an extremely special Northwest region of Vietnam which 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 make the plan easier with our recommendation for 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
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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 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 riding to majestic Thung Khe pass. At the next junction, we will turn right and run on 50 km more to arrive at Ba Khan, a famous lake with incredible rocks at a variety of shapes and sizes appearing from the lake’s water surface. Looking from the far distance, Ba Khan lake really looks like a mini Halong bay on land.

Next, you will motorcycle through Mai Chau to get to 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 in Northern Vietnam’s tourism. Walking around some local villages of the Thai, we will find countless stalls where many colorful traditional clothes or embroidering 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 gears 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 midst 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 foods, 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 to Thac Ba lake – one out of the top three largest and most modern artificial lakes of 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 as “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 through 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, 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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Vietnam motorbike tours prices for a guided Vietnam motorcycle tour from Hanoi to Ba Be Lake

*Full package, no hidden cost surprises


(20% OFF-ROAD)




One person199 USD/day/person219 USD/day/person239 USD/day/person
Two people179 USD/day/person199 USD/day/person219 USD/day/person
Three people159 USD/day/person179 USD/day/person199 USD/day/person
From four people149 USD/day/person169 USD/day/person189 USD/day/person



(25-70% OFF-ROAD)




One person209 USD/day/person229 USD/day/person249 USD/day/person
Two people189 USD/day/person209 USD/day/person229 USD/day/person
Three people169 USD/day/person189 USD/day/person209 USD/day/person
From four people159 USD/day/person179 USD/day/person199 USD/day/person

The tour includes

  • Well-experienced tour guides who can speak English fluently and understand customers’ needs.
  • Professional mechanics for emergency cases.
  • A photographer & video recorder for a group of more than 5
  • Recent & Well-Maintained Japanese Bikes
  • Safe & Exceptional Routes
  • Good Accommodation: Eat and sleep in the best locations. Standard hotel or homestay based on double, twins or triple shared room.
  • All meals on tour: Enjoy local Vietnamese food and drink in every region you visit.
  • Gasoline
  • Boat trips on Lakes or Rivers
  • All entrance tickets/ Permits to remote areas
  • Helmets/Gloves and Bright reflecting Jackets
  • Hotel pick up
  • Dirt on your SHOES and FACE or more
  • Videos of the tour (send 1 week after the tour)

The tour excludes:

  • Riding Long Pants (we recommend a pair of jeans)
  • Personal insurance (this at your own risk)
  • Coverage for any damages to gear or the motorcycle
  • Air ticket
  • Visa fee (approximately 25 USD/person, depending on nationality)
  • Travel insurance of any kind
  • Tip, drinks, personal expense and other expenses not described in the itinerary
  • Single Supplement for Single Occupancy


  • We provide vehicle support and driver with an extra price of 150 USD/day/ truck upon your REQUEST!
  • A single stay will cost 20 USD extra/ day
  • If tours do not depart/ end in Hanoi then surcharge for bike shipping to/ back to Hanoi is 120 USD/ bike.
  • VAT Excluded from the price, if you want VAT included, 10% of the total price will be added.


  • To secure your bookings we require a minimal of 30% deposit. Full payment will be made by cash or credit on the first day of the tour.
  • The rider is responsible for any bank charges (surcharge 3,5% if you pay by credit card )
  • If you cancel the tour before the departure date, you will lose 100% of the deposit.
  • If you cancel the tour after the departure date, you will lose 100% of the total cost/ fee of the tour for any reason.
  • A deposit of US$ 100 – 1,000 or more is required for each motorcycle for use in the guided or self-guided motorcycle tours. In case of a self-caused accident, your own participation is up to US$ 2,000 or more.

“We promise to deliver the best balance for every single DOLLAR”