Northwest Vietnam Motorbike Tour from Hanoi to Ninh Binh – 6 days

6/DaysHanoi → Mai Chau → Moc Chau → Pu Luong → Cuc Phuong → Ninh Binh → Trang An → Hanoi

Vietnam is full of incredible landscapes, and the Northwest of the country is a promising land where you can have extraordinary experiences. If you still have no idea where to go, this 6-day motorbike tour exploring the Northwest is a superb suggestion. The trip from Hanoi to Ninh Binh – 6 days will bring us to a variety of sceneries and cultures. Breathtaking scenes, unique local specialties, and unexpected traditions of ethnic minorities will all be included in this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

  • Tour Grade : Medium
  • Total Distance : 870KM
  • Hours of Riding per day : 3-5 hours
  • Support :
  • Mixed onroad and off-road
Only From : 894
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Itinerary

DAY 1: HANOI - MAI CHAU (160KM)

Kicking off from Hanoi, we will head to Mai Chau Valley in Hoa Binh province. So there are two options available for you here. We have a route for adventurous travelers and a safer one.

If you would love to challenge yourself, we will follow dirt tracks through villages of some ethnic groups. In that way, we can see how people in these rural areas live before reaching Mai Chau. Of course, this route is suitable for experienced riders or adventure seekers.

In case you want a route more comfortable to ride, Highway 6 is available to help you out. A good thing when we move on this route is that we will pass by Ba Khan Lake. The lake is also located in Mai Chau district, Hoa Binh province. It is dubbed as “Halong Bay on land”, and its majesty is undeniable.

As soon as we approach Mai Chau, we will quickly be amazed at the vast green tea fields. From a distance, the tea fields look just like a surreal painting. There is plenty of attraction in Mai Chau Valley, but we should first visit Lac and Pom Coong villages. These humble villages are the habitat of Muong and Thai people. Vast paddy fields, traditional stilt houses, brocade craft, and the well-preserved culture create the allure of these spots. Then we can explore Mo Luong and Chieu Cave on Pu Kha Mountain. The stalactites inside bring the caves an irresistible charm. We will stay overnight in Tay people’s stilt houses.

Hanoi to Mai Chau

DAY 2: MAI CHAU – MOC CHAU – MAI CHAU (180KM)

Today, we will head to Moc Chau, and we will return to Mai Chau at the end of the day. Once again, we have two options: highways or trails along Laos’ border. Depending on your appetite, we will make the decision. First, we will come by Cun Pheo and Hang Kia – Pa Co communes before arrive at Moc Chau Farm Town.

Moc Chau plateau is a favorite attraction of both domestic and foreign tourists. Here you can see large tea hills and plenty of wildflowers with different colors. In Moc Chau, there are many sites for us to visit. Son Moc Huong (or the Bat Cave) is the most beautiful cave in Son La. Sparkling stalactites of different shapes, and archeological values have made the reputation of this cave. We bet that you would love to immerse yourself in the cool water under 100-meter high Dai Yem Waterfall. Amid the lush forest, this silvery waterfall is truly breathtaking. Visiting the pine forest in Ang Village is also not a bad idea. After exploring Mai Chau’s splendor, we will ride on old and new Highway 6 to get back Mai Chau.

Mai Chau - Moc Chau

DAY 3: MAI CHAU – PU LUONG (170KM)

Let’s bid a farewell to Mai Chau and go for Pu Luong in Thanh Hoa province. Highway 6 will lead us to Thung Khe Pass. The pass is 1000 meters above the sea level; therefore, we can see the whole panorama of the area – mountain ranges in floating clouds, large rampant fields, and colorful tiny houses. The pass has a unique attractiveness as white rocks cover it. That’s why the pass is also called White Rock Pass.

After Thung Khe Pass, we will encounter Lung Van highland. Perhaps Lung Van is not a familiar name to many people. The good thing is that the pristine beauty of the site is still kept unharmed from over-tourism. Lung Van is located on the peak of Muong Bi at an altitude of over 1200 meters. An exceptional experience to try in Lung Van is hunting clouds. There we can see a sea of white clouds flowing through towering mountains. This highland is also where the core cultural values of the Muong ethnic group are protected. After that, we will keep riding until we meet Pu Luong and rest in a hotel.

Mai Chau - Pu Luong

DAY 4: EXPLORING PU LUONG NATURE RESERVE

We will spend the whole day exploring Pu Luong Nature Reserve. We can choose either trekking or using a motorbike. Pu Luong in Thai people’s language means the highest mountain. The nature reserve area is 17600 hectares with rich flora and fauna.

We will visit Don and Hieu villages with a local tour guide who has a profound knowledge of these places. Both of the communities are the habitats of the Thai ethnic group. Both of them possess a tranquil beauty harmonized with the environs. And we bet that you will relish tasting the local delicacies – bamboo shoot, boar, wild duck, and chicken, etc. It will be a pity if we don’t give Hieu Waterfall a try. Contemplating the majesty of the forest while swimming in the pool under the waterfall is undoubtedly fantastic.

In Pho Doan Market, which was established during the French colonial period, you can see a distinctive trading culture. Many people of different ethnic groups (King, Muong, Thai, etc.) from districts of Hoa Binh province come to Pho Doan not only to buy or sell things but also to share their own stories. Sometimes people here don’t even use the money to purchase; they just exchange their goods. After the fourth day of the trip, you will surely understand more about Northwest Vietnam.

Pu Luong

DAY 5: PU LUONG – CUC PHUONG – TRANG AN (180KM)

Today’s destination is Cuc Phuong National Park – one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vietnam. But we will first ride to the streams of the Fish Gods (Cam Luong – Cam Lien streams in Cam Thuy district of Thanh Hoa province). In these streams are thousands of massive fish of different colors with an average weight of 2-8 kilograms. There is even a fish that weigh up to 30 kilograms. The local people worship the fish here, and no one dares to eat them. The water in the streams is crystal clear and can be used for cooking. The mysteries about the fish has not been unveiled, so that curious visitors keep coming day by day.

Our trip will continue with Cuc Phuong National Park. This is the first national park in Vietnam, as it was established in 1962. The ecosystem here is incredibly diverse, with thousands of animal and plant species. This number includes many rare and endangered ones. In Cuc Phuong, you can quickly encounter giant trees and ancient caves with incomparable archeological values. The perennial trees here are up to 45 meters high, and some of them are so big that a ring of twenty people can fully embrace. Some caves we cannot miss are Nguoi Xua, Con Moong, Pho Ma, etc. Trekking, camping, fishing, mountain climbing are all possible here. In the evening, we will head to Trang An and stay overnight there.

Pu Luong - Cuc Phuong – Trang An

DAY 6: NINH BINH – TAM COC – TRANG AN – THUNG NANG – HANOI (180 KM)

Today is the last day of the trip, yet the excitement won’t lose its weight. With outstanding landscapes, Trang An deserves to be recognized as a UNESCO world heritage. This landmark is of great importance for both science and history. After admiring some of the notable temples and caves, we will continue to visit Tam Coc Bich Dong complex.

The serene river, the vast rice fields, and the towering mountain ranges are enough to assure you that this is the trip of your life. Notably, the golden of ripe rice fields will enhance the allure of Tam Coc Bich Dong actively. Off-road tracks will bring us to the pier, and from there, we will join a boat trip and find the way to Thung Nang. This is an excellent site for you to take some impressive photos. Some excellent pictures will mark the end of our trip. It’s time to head back to Hanoi before the traffic gets crazy.

Ninh Binh

Vietnam motorbike tours prices for a guided tour from Hanoi to Ninh Binh 

*Full package, no hidden cost surprises

GUIDED TOUR

(20% OFF-ROAD)

HONDA XR150L

HONDA CRF250L

SUZUKI DRZ400

One person 199 USD/day/person 219 USD/day/person 239 USD/day/person
Two people 179 USD/day/person 199 USD/day/person 219 USD/day/person
Three people 159 USD/day/person 179 USD/day/person 199 USD/day/person
From four people 149 USD/day/person 169 USD/day/person 189 USD/day/person

 

GUIDED TOUR

(25-70% OFF-ROAD)

HONDA XR150L

HONDA CRF250L

SUZUKI DRZ400

One person 209 USD/day/person 229 USD/day/person 249 USD/day/person
Two people 189 USD/day/person 209 USD/day/person 229 USD/day/person
Three people 169 USD/day/person 189 USD/day/person 209 USD/day/person
From four people 159 USD/day/person 179 USD/day/person 199 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

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”