Off-road Vietnam enduro tour from Hanoi to Vu Linh – 8 days

8/DaysHanoi → Mai Chau → Moc Chau → Sơn La → Mù Cang Chai → Tu Le → Vu Linh → Hanoi

Most tourists think about Vietnam as an excellent place for sightseeing. We are here to offer you something different. This S-shaped land is actually perfect for motorbike tours. A multitude of notable landmarks are off-the-beaten-track, and the best way to explore is by using a motorcycle.

An 8-day off-road enduro tour from Hanoi to Vu Linh will be your perfect start. This is the tour exploring the North of Vietnam, famous for terrifying dirt roads and passes. Incredible sceneries, unique cultures, impressive cuisine, and enormous challenges are all included in this journey. Let’s find out more about the itinerary and see if this is what you have always desired. We are pretty sure that it is.

  • Tour Grade : off-road
  • Total Distance : 1360KM
  • Hours of Riding per day : 3-5 hours
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Itinerary

DAY 1: FROM HANOI TO MU WATERFALL

8:00: We will assemble at the office of BM Travel Adventure for a short safety briefing and other instructions. Better safe than sorry, they say.

9:00: It’s time to set off our wondrous journey. We will ride 20 kilometers from Hanoi’s center to the outskirts. Vast paddy fields and tranquil villages will replace the hustle and bustle streets. Now you can see a typical rural life in Northern Vietnam.

10:30: We are supposed to encounter the Ho Chi Minh trail and join National Highway 6. After a short break, we will start to explore the very first off-road tracks. From here, we follow Luong Son stream on a small trail and then weave through modest villages of Tay and Muong ethnic groups. The 25-kilometer off-road route may take us 1-2 hours to finish depending on the weather. It’s hard to avoid falling at least once when it rains. Once we meet Safe Zone road, we will move 5 kilometers along a stream before turning right to hit a path to Kim Boi.

1:00: We will come to a restaurant to have lunch before continuing the trip.

14:30: Since this is an enduro tour, we will try to have as many harsh yet exciting routes as possible. Now we will overcome another bumpy road along the stream that passes Bai Chao. For our own safety, we will do this only in the dry season. This is undoubtedly a tough challenge as we need up to half an hour just to ride 5 kilometers. Then we will get back to National Highway 6 and find the way to Cao Phong.

15:20: Cao Phong is famous for the imposing hills full of the most delicious oranges. So we will traverse the hills and a dreamlike stream. This is another severe 5-kilometer track, especially in the rainy season. Climbing the steep hill in disadvantageous is hazardous.

16:40: Our crew will have 15 kilometers easy-riding on the road 12B before hitting another 15-kilometer off-road track to Mu Waterfall in Hoa Binh province.

We will spend tonight at a homestay near the fall to recover energy and be ready for the next days.

  • Distance: 210 km (20-80 km enduro)
  • Accommodation: homestay

DAY 2: FROM MU WATERFALL TO PU LUONG

On the first day, we have enjoyed the mind-blowing beauty of silvery Mu Waterfall, and now we will continue our adventure. Our destination for the second day is Pu Luong in Thanh Hoa province.

8:30: After a hearty breakfast, we will go through the village to reach a stream and then an ancient forest that belongs to Pu Luong Natural Reserve. We will be moving on the dirt trail that local people use for logging and hunting days. We must support each other when it comes to moving upward.

11:45: Getting out of the forest, we have found the legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail. In 16 years (1959 – 1975), this is the route used to providing human resources, weapons, and food the support the Southern Liberation Army and Vietnam People’s Army. In short, Ho Chi Minh Trail has contributed to the victory of Vietnam. It stretches from the North to the South and also crosses Lao and Cambodia. Now it has become a highway to serve transportation more effectively. We will have lunch at a restaurant on the way.

12:45: After lunch, we head to National Highway 12B. There will be two options available. The first choice is following this road to Lung Van and facing no considerable obstacles. The second one is taking a muddy trail back to Mu Waterfall. The latter route is the right choice for adventurous travelers.

15:45: After experiencing the exciting road back to Mu Waterfall, we will have to make our way to Lung Van a bit latter. With an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level, Lung Van is known as one of the best spots for cloud hunting. You can snap some pictures here before riding to Thung Khe Pass.

17:00: Here we are on Thung Khe Pass, also known as White Rock Pass. From a distance, the pass can capture your attention immediately with the distinctive white color. You will need driving with full attention here, although the superb view to Mai Chau Valley is irresistible.

17:30: If nothing changes, we can check in our homestay in Mai Chau by this time. Then we can relax after an exhausting day.

  • Distance: 160 km
  • Accommodation: homestay

Pu Luong, Thanh Hoa

DAY 3: FROM MAI CHAU TO MOC CHAU

8:30: We should wake up a bit earlier and take a walk to behold the beauty of Mai Chau in the morning. In this valley, we can find lovely villages of Thai people. Two renowned communities in this area are Lac and Pom Coong, where the cultural features are kept intact. The gorgeous landscape of towering mountains and large fields is another reason tourists keep visiting the site. After breakfast, we can leisurely come by the verdant fields and scenic streams before moving to Cun Pheo.

9:30: We start joining the 45-kilometer off-road track through villages of H’ mong people. This ethnic minority reside mainly in the Northern upland. We can see them in the high mountains where the weather is severe. The route offers both discouraging obstacles and remarkable sceneries. You will see tiny houses scattered on endless mountain ranges, which covered by dense green forests. This enchantment will help reduce fatigue and give us the motivation to move on.

13:00: We will stop to have lunch on the highway along the borderline of Vietnam and Lao. Next, we will drive into a small road upward a mountain. As we reach the top, an incredible panorama will spread out with terraced fields, plum and peach trees, etc.

16:30: We expect to get to our hotel in Moc Chau sooner so we can have more time to explore this magnificent plateau. Moc Chau Plateau is no longer a new name to both foreign and domestic tourists. In the villages of H’ mong people, we can witness broad fields of colorful flowers. It’s advisable to visit Na Ka, Thong Cuong, Long Luong, and Ang villages as they have the most flower fields. Ban Ang pine forest and Dai Yem Waterfall are the highlights of this land.

Tonight, we will relax at a 4-star hotel with high-quality services. We deserve this after riding so long.

  • Distance: 140 km
  • Accommodation: Muong Thanh Moc Chau Hotel

Mai Chau to Moc Chau

DAY 4: FROM MOC CHAU TO SON LA

8:30: Fresh air in Moc Chau and a hot cup of coffee are probably enough to bring you a good mood. It’s time to continue our trip. Today we will ride about 200 kilometers, so prepare yourself!

To get out of the village, we will need to ride 10 kilometers on National Highway 6. If you are a real adventurer, today will be extremely exciting. We will have to conquer seventy kilometers of dirt tracks, which are strongly damaged by hundreds of trucks daily. On rainy days, the difficulty is doubled, so even professional riders have to struggle here. Don’t be anxious because you are escorted by experts that have many years riding on the toughest terrains of the North.

13:30: The lunch today will be more delicious as we have just been exhausted fighting against the muddy slopes. After lunch, we will continue to overcome more streams and mountains. The terrifying tracks will end after we cross the bamboo bridge and find the National Highway. From now on, the way to Son La city will be more comfortable.

6:00: At last, we have come to Hanoi – Son La hotel to rest. The fourth day is full of memorable experiences, and now we know this trip is a real enduro tour.

  • Distance: 200 km
  • Accommodation: Son La Hotel

MOC CHAU TO SON LA

DAY 5: SON LA – MUONG LA – CHE TAO – MU CANG CHAI

8:30: We bet that you had a tight sleep last night after such a long day. But we should not waste any precious moments on the beds. Wake up for a light breakfast and conquer new lands. You can enjoy a smooth ride around Son La city before accepting another dare of off-road routes. The back road will bring us to Son La Dam – the largest hydroelectric power station not only in Vietnam but in the whole of Southeast Asia. This sublime structure somehow represents the power and intelligence of humanity.

12:00: It’s lunchtime; let’s fill our stomach with the most delicious local specialties.

13:30: Waiting for us this afternoon is a “death zone” for bikers in Vietnam. This is the site where all the adventurous riders want to come and show off their skills. There is no doubt that we have to exert ourselves with a 200% focus to subdue this challenge. It’s dangerous and exciting at the same time. We can assure you that this is the experience that you will never forget in your lifetime.

17:40: Yes, we have made it. We have proved that we are the champions. Let’s check in our homestay in Mu Cang Chai and enjoy this triumph. Tonight we will stay at a traditional stilt house of Tay people. The house is the way the tribes here deal with nature. By visiting their home, we can learn more about this ethnic group.

  • Distance: 190 km
  • Accommodation: homestay

SON LA – MUONG LA – CHE TAO – MU CANG CHAI

DAY 6: FROM MU CANG CHAI TO TU LE

8:30: Take your time in the morning because today we have to ride only 80 kilometers. However, don’t underrate the route because the hardship is still unchanged. The landscapes of the North are truly exceptional support in this journey. Without them, it would be hard to keep trying.

12:00: After lunch, we will visit the renowned rice fields in Mu Cang Chai (Yen Bai province). This mountainous district is where you can find the most beautiful terraced fields in Vietnam. This is not just the pride of residents in this area but all Vietnamese people. The landscape here is so majestic that there are numerous pictures of it posted in different travel magazines around the world. In ripe rice seasons, Ma Pi Leng is even more enchanting.

We consider these terraced fields, one of the most impressive spectacles of Vietnam. As agriculture is significant to our country, these fields’ beauty shows our most valuable moral values – laboriousness, endurance, and cleverness.

Our trip will be continued with pristine forests, streams, and picturesque villages until we reach Tu Le town.

16:30: We will arrive at Tu Le and check in a hotel here. You can rest in the hotel or climb to Khau Pha Pass to see the whole Mu Cang Chai from above. Khau Pha is another one in the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam. Besides the perfect view it offers, the pass is known for its extreme danger in foggy days.

  • Distance: 80 km
  • Accommodation: hotel

MU CANG CHAI TO TU LE

DAY 7: FROM TU LE TO VU LINH – THAC BA LAKE

8:30: Hey! Let’s wake up and wander around the town to catch the miraculous moments in Tu Le. And don’t skip your breakfast because we are going to ride 200 kilometers with most of the way is off-road. The first 15 kilometers on wide roads is not really difficult, but the next 30 kilometers is ready to strike you.

We will be moving on a trail connecting Yen Bai’s districts amidst high mountains and lush forests. Van Chan hydroelectric dam will tell us when the off-road part ends. And then we have to use a bamboo raft to bring our bikes across Thia River.

12:30: We will stop for lunch before taking another 70-kilometer off-road track.

15:30: Our crew will traverse scenic cinnamon forests.

18:00: We are supposed to come to Vu Linh and Thac Ba Lake (Yen Bai province). The lake is dubbed as “Halong Bay on the mountain” as there are up to 1300 islets of different sizes here. With an area of about 20000 hectares, Thac Ba is one of the three largest artificial lakes in Vietnam. There are up to 13 ethnic groups living around the lake (Cao Lan, H’ mong, Nung, Tay, etc.). In this area, we can visit other attractions like Thac Ba Temple, Thuy Tien Cave, or Cao Bien Mountain.

Tonight we will stay in a rustic homestay of Yao people. You will surely love their culture, not to mention the fantastic food here. Grilled fish, five-color sticky rice, smoked beef, and local rice wine – let’s try them all because we don’t always have such a good chance.

  • Distance: 200 km
  • Accommodation: homestay

VU LINH – THAC BA LAKE

DAY 8: FROM VU LINH TO HANOI

8:30: This is already the last day of our 8-day enduro tour, but challenges will still be there waiting for us on the way back to Hanoi. Let’s mount on our motorcycles and venture into new off-road routes. We will keep encountering streams, forests, and tea hills after crossing the villages in Vu Linh. This part is 30 kilometers long, and then we will reach the Lo River. We will cross the river by ferry and follow the river bank to come back to Hanoi center.

12:00: We will have a hot meal at a restaurant. After lunch, we keep going along Lo River until Red River appears in front of us. Red River is the largest river in the North, and it will lead us back to the capital city. The last 70 kilometers include both on-road and off-road tracks. We have another opportunity to behold the tranquility of the countryside before reaching the vibrant streets.

16:00: According to our plan, we will come back to the office before the terrible rush hour. That will be a perfect ending for our trip. To sum up, in these eight days, we have explored plenty of charming landscapes of the Northern mountains, made friends with ethnic minorities, and conquered the most challenging routes. We hope that this journey has ignited your love for Vietnam, and you will visit our country more and more in the future.

  • Distance: 180 km

VU LINH TO HANOI

Prices for guided off-road Vietnam enduro tour from Hanoi to Vu Linh 

OFF-ROAD ENDURO TOUR

HONDA XR150L

HONDA CRF250L

SUZUKI DRZ400

One person219 USD/day/person239 USD/day/person259 USD/day/person
Two people199 USD/day/person219 USD/day/person239 USD/day/person
Three people179 USD/day/person199 USD/day/person219 USD/day/person
From four people169 USD/day/person189 USD/day/person209 USD/day/person

Prices for guided super Vietnam enduro tour from Hanoi to Vu Linh 

SUPER ENDURO TOUR

KAWASAKI KLX 450R

YAMAHA WR450F

One person with a 4×4 car carrying an enduro bike369 USD/day/person229 USD/day/person
Two people with a 4×4 car carrying 2 enduro bikes299 USD/day/person209 USD/day/person
From ten people with each 4×4 car carrying 2 enduro bikesContact us for price!Contact us for price!

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

Notes:

  • 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.

BOOKING CONDITIONS

  • 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”