8 Days – Northeastern High Roads.

Hanoi – Dong Van – Ha Giang – Hoang Su Phi

Scenic lake homestay, tiny rural villages,
local markets, Hmong hill tribe history and
breathtaking scenery bring together all the
elements required for a memorable adventure

Trip Highlights:

Charming and Chaotic Hanoi Hanoi will be your
base to start and finish your trip in the comfort of a
lakeside hotel with a splendid swimming pool.
Ba Be National Park Serene views of Ba Be Lake
from the balcony of your Tay minority stilt house
homestay. Winding roads make for an epic ride to
the sleepy village of Bao Lac.
Dong Van and Yen Minh Ethnic markets, dramatic
scenery, French outposts and Hmong palaces that
are woven into the fabulously winding mountain
roads
Ha Giang and Hoang Su Phi A thrilling ride
through Ha Giang district past majestic rivers to the
tranquil gardens of remote Hoang Su Phi.

Travelling Vietnam by Motorcycle

This tour isn’t for first time motorbike riders. You’ll need to have ridden a bike before, hold a valid international license and make sure you know how to handle a four stroke bike. This tour is liberating and beautiful. When you arrive in Hanoi you’ll be given a safety briefing and introduced to your support crew. A truck will drive alongside us and will always be on call for mechanical and medical support or to give you a rest from riding.

Minimum number of people

Due to the large number of support staff required for this trip we recommend a minimum booking of 4 people per trip. Any less and the cost of the trip becomes very expensive.

Accommodation

Travelling way into the countryside means we won’t always be staying in complete comfort. This journey includes a mixture of 2 and 4 star hotels.

Inclusions:

  • Motorcycle and support crew
  • English speaking local guide
  • Standard 4 stroke bike
  • Permits
  • Entrance fees
  • Airport transfers
  • All Breakfasts
  • All Lunches
  • All Dinners

Itinterary:

DAY 01 Hanoi Upon your arrival at Hanoi airport look for our driver who will be waiting for you with a sign bearing your name. The journey from the airport to your hotel will take approximately 45 minutes and is an entertaining experience full of chaotic traffic, distinctive architecture and overloaded motorbikes. Your afternoon is free to enjoy Hanoi or you could take an optional Hanoi City Tour (half day). This evening we will gather together for a welcome dinner and a pre-trip briefing.

DAY 02 Ba Be 9.00am we depart Hanoi by bus to avoid the traffic and take the car only highway to just past Thai Nguyen. Here we will meet up with our bikes, which have been transported on a truck earlier in the morning. We have lunch here before continuing by motorbike. Our ride takes us on busy country roads through many villages to the peaceful Ba Be National Park. This area is richly forested and features striking limestone scenery and Vietnam’s largest natural lake. Tonight we enjoy the hospitality of the Tay minority at our stilt house homestay in Pac Ngoi village. Distance: 120km (bus) 150 km (bike) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 03 Ba Be – Bao Lac Back at the homestay we pack up and jump on the bikes for a short journey out of the park to stop for lunch in a nearby village. Then it is on the bikes again for a day of picturesque riding through lush greenery, local villages and mountain roads to Bao Lac, in the province of Cao Bang. This tiny town is home to the Black Lolo hilltribe who live in stilt houses in the surrounding hills. The Lolo ethnic minority are descendents from Yunnan province and follow an Animist style faith, worshipping the gods of the mountain and forrest and the ghosts of their ancestors.

DAY 04 Bao Lac – Dong Van We leave Bao Lac and travel through some seriously gorgeous karst scenery that gives us a sensational contrast to the lush farmlands. This is truly iconic Vietnamese scenery and takes us past a gigantic statue of Ho Chi Minh and numerous communist inspired billboards. Our ride culminates in a thrilling ride up through the Ma Pi Leng Pass, regarded as the most beautiful pass in Vietnam, stopping for jaw dropping photos of the surrounds. The road runs on the sides of black limestone mountains, which are typical features of Dong Van Plateau Overnight in the ancient town of Dong Van, famous for its historic architecture and preservation of age-old customs and habits, intangible cultural values of the ethnic minority groups. Distance: 100 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 05 Dong Van – Yen Minh After breakfast you can take a trek up to enjoy the magnificent view from the former French military tower and then return to town to enjoy some of the best coffee in Vietnam. Our ride today is through Dong Van’s stone plateau which features dramatic and stark scenery. We take a tour of a H’mong ancient palace in the Sa Phin Valley. Plenty of opportunities for photos today. Distance: 50 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 06 Yen Minh – Hoang Su Phi An early start today, with winding roads taking us down the valley and along majestic rivers through the town of Ha Giang. We continue south on the highway for a further 45km where we take a country road to a comfortable and isolated resort. Distance: 190 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 07 Hoang Su Phi – Hanoi The return journey to Hanoi takes us back to Hanoi via Tuyen Quang where we stop for lunch and load the bikes on the truck and take the bus back to the hustle and bustle of the big city via the freeway. Motorbikes are checked over and returned. Final dinner. Distance: 60 km (bike) 130km (bus) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 08 Departure You will be transferred to the airport three hours prior to the departure of your international flight or two hours for domestic.

Price from AUD2296.00 per rider twin share.

Dates: 04 November 2020.

This page was created 22 February 2019 and the details and prices were correct at that time.