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North Vietnam: Across the mountain passes of Ha Giang

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North Vietnam: Across the mountain passes of Ha Giang

Your motorcycle trip in Vietnam12 steps - 876 miles

Vietnam Hanoi city
1/12 • Arrive in Hanoi
Welcome to Vietnam! You’re met at the airport and transferred to the hotel in the city centre. You have some time to explore Hanoi, one of the most fascinating south-east Asian capitals. Get lost in the streets of the Old Quarter, sample delicious street food and take a walk on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Vietnam landscape
2/12 • Hanoi – Vu Linh
We pick up the bikes and head north-west. We ride through highly populated urban areas for around 50 miles. On the second part of the leg, we gradually get to the heart of the most rural regions and even cross some tea plantations before arriving at Thac Ba Lake. We spend the night at a typical homestay where the hosts’ warmth makes up for its basic comfort.
Vietnam moto royal enfield
3/12 • Vu Linh – Hoang Su Phi
This morning, we ride across the hills that overlook Thac Ba Lake and gradually push on into the Vietnamese countryside. We take a break at a small gemstone market before continuing along country roads and some stretches of track. By the end of the day, we reach Hoang Su Phi, where the hilltop roads offer some of the country’s most stunning views across rice terraces.
Vietnam ethnicity dao
4/12 • Hoang Su Phi - Quan Ba
We continue towards the country’s northernmost point, where many ethnic groups live. This region is also known for its winding roads dominated by rugged terrain and remarkable rock formations. We ride on the “road to heaven’s gate” to the north of the city of Ha Giang. Nestled at 1,500 m altitude, it’s the entrance to Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark. After the pass, a breathtaking view of Tam Son Valley opens up before us. We spend the night in a small village where most of the inhabitants are Dao people.
vietnam trip
5/12 • Quan Ba - Dong Van
Today, we enter Dong Van park, a geological wonder part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network. We visit the H’Mong hemp cooperative before getting back on the road in the shadow of the limestone giants. The legendary Ha Giang loop has become popular with Vietnamese tourists, so we alternate between the main road and short tarmacked sections away from the crowds. We cross villages nestled in the foothills of a massif where local ethnic groups live.
vietnam roadtrip moto
6/12 • Ha Giang loop
We spend the day exploring this fantastic karst plateau. We stop off at H’Mong Royal Palace, built in the early twentieth century, before continuing on small hidden roads. We witness scenes of rural life where farming is still very important. The highlight: we end up on the Duong Hanh Phuc road, known as the “road to happiness”, which was a blessing for the inhabitants of this remote province. The ride along the famous Mae Pi Leng pass offers amazing views over Nho Que River and Tu San Gorges. We go back to Dong Van to spend the night.
Holidays motorcycle Vietnamam
7/12 • Dong Van – Bao Lake
Sunday is market day in Dong Van and Meo Vac, just a few miles away. We take the time to stroll through these places of exchange where the locals come down from the surrounding mountain villages to meet and trade their goods. We leave Dong Van geopark behind us and descend in altitude on a tarmacked road skirting the river. We spend the night at a small Bao Lake town on the cusp of the northern Cao Bang province, a few miles from China as the crow flies.
Vietnam waterfalls
8/12 • Bao Lake – Ban Gioc
We get up early and head east al day on small, winding roads along the Chinese border. We are in Cao Bang province, which is interesting in so many ways. It is home to Pac Bo Cave, where Ho Chi Minh found refuge for some years. We ride into another geopark with superb karst landscapes. This long leg takes us to the fantastic multi-tiered Ban Gioc waterfalls. And China is just on the other side!
vietnam paddy field
9/12 • Ban Gioc - Cao Bang
Today’s leg is short but full of beautiful landscapes and secret tracks. We steer clear of the main road as much as possible and take the time to admire how quiet life is among the lush rice paddies and hills. The Cao Bang region looks like an inland Ha Long Bay. We enjoy a short break in Phuc Sen, a blacksmith village, before ending the day in the lively city of Cao Bang.
Vietnam trip riders
10/12 • Cao Bang - Ba Be
We leave Cao Bang geopark and return to more forested regions. Throughout the leg, we take winding roads through small traditional villages that have withstood the test of time. We stop for lunch at a tea estate in the middle of tea plantations. When we arrive at Ba Be National Park not far from our hotel, we experience beautiful new landscapes along mountains and old-growth forests. We end the day with a pleasant boat trip on Ba Be Lake.
riders share trip
11/12 • Ba Be - Hanoï
We make an early start and head south to Hanoi. The first half of the leg is charming and gives us the chance to enjoy the last bit of calm before we arrive in the hustle and bustle of the capital. We arrive in the city in the afternoon so we can enjoy the last few hours in Hanoi. Overnight stay at a hotel.
hanoi vietnam
12/12 • Hanoi – International airport
You have a free day. You can rest or make the most of your last few hours in Hanoi. You are transferred to the airport according to your flight schedule.
From 2980,00  / rider
The price includes
  • Hire of a Royal Enfield Himalayan 

    Private vehicle transfers mentioned in the itinerary 

    An English-speaking tour leader (Day 2 – Day 11). 


    Assistance from a local team: mechanic/support vehicle driver 

    A support vehicle to provide assistance and carry materials 

    Accommodation: standard or comfortable hotel in twin (two single beds) or double rooms.

    Solo travellers shall share a twin room with one other participant.
    Meals: Full board (breakfasts, lunches and dinners on riding days only)
    Third-party motorcycle insurance

The price does not include
  • Mandatory insurance: insurance that covers medical expenses abroad

    Repatriation, which covers you for accidents with (large-displacement) two-wheeled  vehicles in Vietnam 

    Legal assistance 

    Visa costs (EU and British nationals do not need a visa for 15-day trips)

    International and domestic flights to Hanoi 

    €600 deposit per pilot which also serves as third-party insurance excess

    Bank fees 


    Meals on non-riding days (Day 1 and Day 12) 

    Alcoholic drinks 

    Souvenirs and personal expenses

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International motorcycle license if necessary
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North Vietnam: Across the mountain passes of Ha Giang
9 upcoming departures
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From 07 Oct. 2024 to 18 Oct. 2024 3430  / pilote
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From 07 Oct. 2024 to 18 Oct. 2024 3430  / pilote
7 registered 3 motorcycles available
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