Vietnam Offroad Motorbike Tours invites motorcyclists to ride this wild and remote corner of Vietnam – Northeast Vietnam Ride. All in all, this warm Northeast has many things to offer you a real insight of Vietnam.
It used to be an important area during the war (with the French army). However, over the years it’s changing fast and becomes a beautiful region, full of legends, colorful hill tribe groups and also major trade points with China.
The road is small, windy and there are also many snake ways in the mountains. No matter which end of the trip you start from first is on flat easy road or highway, then head up a mountain range and ride the mountain roads a few days before you find the flat road back to Hanoi again.
The places you stay on this trip include many warm home stays in Vu Linh, Ba Be, Na Khan and Quang Uyen. In addition, there are a few nights in comfy hotels in Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Mau Son and/or Lang Son.
We are open to discussing any plan you have in your mind, from 3 to 8 days, an extension to the magnificent Halong Bay is also an option. Experience on two wheels first hand and venture a Real Vietnam!
More Northeast Vietnam Motorbike Tour Itineraries
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Day 1: Hanoi – Vu Linh. ~180 km, ~6h.
Today is the first day of this Northeast Vietnam Ride. Before starting to ride out of Hanoi, we will have a short briefing to explain about rules and safety.
The ride from Hanoi to Vu Linh takes about 6 hours. First exit Hanoi from the West end following the river road to Son Tay. Currently, the road is easy and mostly sealed. When we arrive, check in a Dao host family – a special architecture on stilts. Finally, the welcome is exceptional.
Day 2: Vu Linh – Na Khan. ~165 km, ~6h.
You ride from Vu Linh to Na Khan through Tan Trao in Tuyen Quang province to Dinh Hoa ATK area. The road is sealed almost all the way. However, the last part (10 kilometres) is wild and bumpy.
Na Khan is a Tay village, lost in the middle of the primitive forest. Despite the newly sealed road, this place is still a great destination. Mr. Lo, chief of the village will welcome us in his house.
Day 3: Na Khan – Ba Be. ~50 km, ~2h.
A short drive from Na Khan to Ba Be on a bumpy road. Then we have lunch at our captain’s house (Mr. Dang, we call him Zi Dang. Regrettably, he passed away in 2009 but his son will continue his business).
Easy boating on the lake and river. Then go to market (if it is the day you arrive). Stop at a waterfall, beautiful swim…Ong pirate, the chief of Dau Dang waterfall where we enjoy dinner. Down the waterfall, we could visit the village and a small school (only a few pupils during the summer). Spend the night in a stilt house.
Day 4: Ba Be – Cao Bang. ~170 km, ~8h.
This is a beautiful ride up to Cao Bang province. In the middle of this portion, there are few passes from where you can dominate the area.
The road is easy, however, expect many blind curves. While riding, we can stop very often for photos. In reality, with stops for drinks and food, it should be an 8-hour journey. Stay in a hotel in Cao Bang.
Day 5: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfalls – Quang Uyen. ~130 km, ~2h.
Having obtained permission from the border police we make our way through spectacular scenery to Vietnam’s most impressive waterfalls. Weather permitting we can swim right up to where the 50 m high falls hit the river.
Then ride 1 more hour back to the beautiful village of Quang Hoa, in the middle of a mountain cirque. This is the territory of Nung An people. Spend the night at our friend’s house of Nung people. Best of all, the hostess is a great cook in this area.
Day 6: Quang Hoa – Lang Son. ~150 km, ~5h.
Today we ride on the historical Highway 4 from Quang Hoa to Lang Son. Once in Lang Son, we will have time to discover this city, which has become a big trading post between China and Vietnam. In addition, you could shop for low price Chinese electronic products or gifts to bring home at Dong Kinh and Tam Thanh markets.
Overnight in a hotel.
Day 7: Lang Son – Hanoi. ~150 km, ~3h.
If the weather is nice, we can continue riding toward South to Mau Son. Mau Son is 30 km away from Lang Son, 1.541m above sea level. Then promenade around Mau Son in the morning, visit our Dao friends.
Ride down to Lang Son to have lunch. In case you find the new Highway 1B boring, we can ride on some small roads alongside with this highway back to Hanoi.
Arrive in Hanoi around 4 pm. End this brilliant Northeast Vietnam Ride on two wheels.
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