Adventurous Motorbike Tour to Northeast Vietnam – 8 days

8/DaysHanoi Night train to Lao Cai →Sa Pa → Bac Ha Market→ Ha Giang→ Dong Van→ Bao Lac→Cao Bang→Quang Uyen→ Ban Gioc waterfall→ Lang Son→Hanoi

There are hundreds of reasons for adventure enthusiasts to travel around Northeast Vietnam at least once in their lives. Diverse terrain, incredible off-road trails, and breathtaking scenery along with the unique colors of ethnic minorities make this land an ideal destination for memorable motorbike rides.

Not too long nor too short, this 8-day Northeast Vietnam Motorbike Tour is the perfect choice for those who do not have much time in Vietnam. It gives visitors a golden opportunity to get closer to nature as well as explore all the hidden beauty of people and land in Northeast Vietnam. Vast terraced fields, majestic mountain ranges, stunning valleys, impressive stilt houses, and friendly faces – our tour opens the door to new experiences and unexpected things.

Tour highlights

  • Covers almost the most prominent destinations in Northeast Vietnam such as Sapa, Dong Van Karst Plateau, Ban Gioc Waterfall, and more
  • Ride on spectacular lesser-known beaten roads
  • Discover the unique customs and traditions of Vietnamese hill tribes
  • Experience overnight stays at traditional homestays to learn more about the culture and daily life of the locals
  • Enjoy local specialties
  • The itinerary and riding level can be adjustable according to your needs.
  • Tour Grade : Medium
  • Total Distance : 1200 Km
  • Hours of Riding per day : 3- 5 Hours
  • Support : Disposible
  • Mixed on road and off-road
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Day 1: Lao Cai - Sapa - Bac Ha

The night before the scheduled departure, we move to Hanoi Station to catch the night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai city. It takes about 6 hours to reach Lao Cai Station. From here, we ride to Bac Ha – a small highland town located about 70 km southeast of Lao Cai. The bumpy mountain roads will surely satisfy your adventurous heart. Along the way, you will have the chance to admire the breathtaking views of lush forests, and beautiful terraced fields as well as meet friendly ethnic minorities with smiles always on their lips. Do not forget to make some stops to take beautiful photos, keeping the best memories during your trip to Northeast Vietnam.

Our next destination is Bac Ha Market – one of the most famous and vibrant hill tribe markets in Northern Vietnam. The market is busiest every weekend morning when ethnic minorities in colorful traditional clothes gather here to meet, chat, and exchange goods. Enjoy lunch right at the market with local specialties.

Leaving Bac Ha market, we continue to take you to other outstanding spots such as Ban Pho village, Hoang A Tuong Palace, and Tien cave. After a long day of riding, we have dinner and relax at a homestay, the ideal place for you to learn more about the culture and rustic life of the locals.


  • Distance: 190 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Home-stay

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Day 2: Bac Ha - Ha Giang

Offering incredible off-road paths, today’s ride could be the most memorable experience of the entire journey. After breakfast, we head to Ha Giang via Hoang Su Phi. Depending on your driving skills, you can choose 2 routes. If you have good riding skills, we recommend the route across Xin Man which is dangerous but impressive with the fantastic scenery of Wind Pass. For those who desire a comfortable ride, the second route is a reasonable choice where we will drive on smooth Highway 2 via Tuyen Quang to Ha Giang.

Coming to Hoang Su Phi, you will be overwhelmed by the natural beauty here. Stunning terraced fields and majestic mountains run to the horizon – all combined to create a masterpiece of Mother Nature.

Passing Hoang Su Phi, we will take some time to explore the peaceful villages of ethnic minorities such as Phin Ho, Nam Hong, Lang Giang, and more. Almost separated from the modern world outside, these villages still retain the wild beauty and featured cultures of this land. Continue reading to Ha Giang city, where we will enjoy dinner and have a good night’s sleep at a local hotel to regain energy for the next ride.


  • Distance: 200 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 3: Ha Giang - Dong Van

The third day starts with a bumpy ride through challenging yet stunning mountain roads to Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark. You will be immersed in the magnificent natural scenery of limestone mountains endlessly stretching to the horizon, stunning paths winding through the hills, and vast terraced rice fields. Besides the geological value, Dong Van Plateau also impresses visitors with the unique culture of more than 20 hill tribes, including Nung, H’mong, Tay, Lo Lo, etc. The cooking smoke from the rustic stilt houses and the early fog covering the lush mountains create an incredible watercolor painting that is probably only seen in mountainous areas of Northern Vietnam.

Follow Highway 4C before turning into Quan Ba, and then, we continue riding on winding roads leading to Yen Minh town and Meo Vac. Along the way, we can stop at some outstanding spots to get closer to nature and take beautiful photos.

We arrive in Dong Van town in the late afternoon. Our crew will have a little more time to explore the charming beauty of this plateau before moving to a local hotel. Enjoy dinner with traditional specialties and chat with hospitable locals to know more about their distinctive customs and daily life.


  • Distance: 160 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 4: Dong Van - Bao Lac

It is a short trip today but promises tons of exciting experiences. Leaving Dong Van town behind, we conquer the 22 km long road to Lung Cu commune, which is known for the famous Lung Cu flagpole. Standing from the top of the flag tower, you can contemplate the panoramic view of the Dong Van Karst plateau, terraced fields, and ethnic villages.

Keep riding through Ma Pi Leng Pass to return to Meo Vac. Considered one of the greatest and most beautiful passes in Vietnam, Ma Pi Leng will surely satisfy the adventurous heart of experienced riders. There are no words to describe exactly the magnificent beauty of the past, so come here and feel it with your own eyes. Along the way, you will also have the chance to learn more about the lives of the people here. It was truly inspiring to see how they manage life in the rocky mountains. We embark on Highway 4B, cross Ly Bon Bridge, follow Highway 34, and finally reach Bao Lac town in the late afternoon.


  • Distance: 80 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 5: Bao Lac - Cao Bang

Cao Bang city will be our destination today. The first 30 km is quite smooth so you can easily ride on without any obstacles. However, the next 40 km is truly a challenge due to many blind bends. Conquering the Me Pia Pass is not a joke since it is known as one of the most dangerous passes in Northeast Vietnam. But, the breathtaking scenery along the way will make you feel all the difficulties are worth it.

Enjoy lunch before we head to Tinh Tuc – a peaceful town about 70 km from Bao Lac. Continue to ride on a smooth, short road to reach Cao Bang city. Stop at a hotel in this beautiful city where we will relax and enjoy a good night’s sleep.


  • Distance: 130 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 6: Cao Bang - Quang Uyen

After leaving the city, we head to Ma Phuc Pass – one of the most stunning passes in Northeast Vietnam. The pass has 7 levels with dangerous bends meandering the mountain, creating extremely spectacular natural scenery. Except for experiencing it for yourself, there is really no word that can accurately describe the wonderful feeling of riding a motorbike through these roads.

Our highlight today is Ban Gioc waterfall which is considered one of the 4 largest waterfalls in the world along the border between two countries. Ban Gioc is famous for its impressive natural landscape with 3 amazing levels and clear blue water flowing into the lake below. It is one of the few waterfalls in Vietnam that retains its pristine beauty due to the small number of tourists coming here.

Lunch at a nearby restaurant before following another route to Quan Uyen, the home of the Nung An people. Dinner and overnight at a local homestay.


  • Distance: 140 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Home-stay

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Day 7: Quang Uyen - Lang Son

From Quang Uyen, we ride on Route No.3 which is quite smooth and surrounded by vast sugarcane fields. Continue to embark on Route 208 to reach Dong Dang town and then follow Route 1A to Lang Son.

We enjoy a late lunch in Lang Son and spend the whole afternoon exploring this beautiful city. Our motorbike team will have a trip to Tam Thanh temple. Amid the bustling city, the temple is nestled in a mysterious cave that preserves many religious, cultural, and historical values of local people. Drop by the Dong Kinh market if you want to buy cheap products made in China and then, return to the hotel to have dinner and relax after a long day of riding.


  • Distance: 140 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 8: Back To Hanoi

Enjoy the last moments of our 8-day Northeast Vietnam Motorbike Tour before returning to Hanoi. Along the way, we will stop to rest in Bac Ninh, which is famous for traditional folk songs called Quan Ho. We arrive in Hanoi around 4 pm to avoid rush hour. Our tour ends full of memorable experiences.


  • Distance: 160 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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