Northwest Vietnam is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. The "Alps of Tonkin", as it is called, are home to a number of distinctive hill tribes still living in their traditional and unassuming way and are the most cheerful.
From the first day, when we arrive in the mountains of Mai Chau and relax with our friends from the White Thai ethnic community, until the last night near Thac Ba Lake, amongst Dzao people, every day will have its own charm and adventure.
Our tour is planned in harmony with the surrounding countryside and local indigenous cultures. We alternate between hotels and homestays, long stages with short rides, and of course we stop wherever and whenever you want, as we ultimately wish you to make the most of every situation.
Over the 10 days, you can even enjoy rafting along the Da River or trekking around Sapa, for example. You do not have to be an experienced driver to manage this loop but some elementary or intermediate skills are required, as well as good physical health.
There are currently some construction zones though, so there may be some stretches of dirt riding.
Places of interest in Northwest Vietnam are: Xuan Mai, Hoa Binh, Cun pass, Da Bac, Mai Chau, Muong Khen, Pu Luong Natural Reserve, Hang Kia, Pa Co, Xa Linh, Xuan Nha, Pa Hang, Pha Ly Pass, Moc Chau plateau, Yen Chau, Co Noi, Gia Phu, Ta Khoa, Hat Lot, Na San, Song Ma, Sop Cop, Son La, Hin village, Son La prison, Thuan Chau, Pha Din Pass, Tuan Giao, Minh Thang, Muong Ang, Dien Bien, Dien Bien Dong, Phu village, Tay Trang border gate, Pa Thom, Bay waterfall, Muong Phang, Muong Cha, Ma Thi Ho pass, Muong Nhe, Tua Chua, Muong Lay, Xa Tong pass, Muong Te, Pu Si Lung, Pa So, Ma Lu Thang, Sin Ho, Lai Chau, Giang Ma, Binh Lu, Fasipan, Sapa, Lao Cai, Bay Sat, I ty, Muong Vi, Coc Ly, Bac Ha, Muong Khuong, Si Ma Cai, Pho Lu, Pho Rang, Yen The, Vinh Tuy, mau A, Thac Ba, Tan Yen, Yen Binh, Yen Bai, Doan Hung, Phong Chau, Viet Tri, Vinh Yen...
NORTH-EAST LOOP OF VIETNAM (standard ride: 6 days / 5 nights covering 1,000 kilometres, easy).
If you don't see the video clip below, click here (Special thanks to David Mottola from Canada).
This loop goes right up to the far Northeast of Vietnam, till the Chinese border. We will meet Tay people in Ba Be Lake, Nung An people in Cao Bang province and the Nung Phan Sin and Red Dzao people while descending to Lang Son.
In this part of Vietnam, we have created our own network of homestays allowing us to show you the sweet and simple wonders of day to day life in the Vietnamese countryside.
We can drink local ruou and dine in the homes of our friends from different hill-tribe communities every night.
Our interaction with local people is on every occasion sincere and authentic. While accommodation is basic (stilt houses for 2 or 3 nights), it satisfies the basic needs of travellers. Our hosts pride themselves on their hospitality. You will feel right at home!
This loop can be done by car or motorbike. There are no particular difficulties but for those willing to ride two wheels a good physical condition is necessary.
Places of interest in Northeast Vietnam are: Vu Linh, Tuyen Quang, Tan Yen, Yen The, Vinh Tuy, Viet Quang, Xin Man, Viet Lam, Ha Giang, Phong Chau, Quan Ba, Cong Troi, Yen Minh, Bang, En, Dong Van, Lung Cu, Ma Pi Leng, Khau Vai, Meo Vac, Du Gia, Bac Me, Na Hang, Cho Ra, Ba Be, bang Lung, Bac Kan, Cho Moi, Yen Do, Cho Chu, Du, Dai Tu, Thai Nguyen, Song Cong, Phu Thong, Na Phac, Ngan Son, Tinh Tuc, Nguyen Binh, Bao Lac, Nuoc Hai, Ban Co, Cao Bac, Pac Lung, Ha Quang, Pac Bo, Tra Linh, Thang Hen, Trung Khanh, Ma Phuc, Cao Bang, Quang Uyen, Quang Hoa, Ha Lang, Ban Gioc, Ta Lung, Dong Khe, That Khe, Na Sam, Binh Giang, Bac Son, Dong Dang, Lang Son, Tan Thanh, Tam Thanh, Mau Son, Van Quan, Loc Binh, Na Duong, Chi Lang, Dong Mo, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Dinh Lap, Binh Mieu, Quang Ha, Mong Cai, Tien yen, Halong, Hon Gai, Cat Ba, Hai Phong...
MIDDLE ROADS OR CENTRAL NORTH OF VIETNAM (standard ride: 6 days / 5 nights covering 1,000 kilometres, easy to moderate).
If you don't see the video clip below, click here (Special thanks to Daniel Le from Australia).
For years, we have been riding far and wide through Vietnam, developing a network of friends, all across the countryside. From Hanoi, we don't have to go far to arrive in the back garden of Northern Vietnam, face to face with the friendly and jovial locals. Within 150 kilometres around Hanoi, we have a number of options, on all of which we wind up enjoying the hospitality of our friends from different hill-tribe communities, dining and resting in stilt houses. The hightlight of the trip is that it makes time stop, without even reaching for a switch, or going far.
The tours can be three to four days, or simply over a weekend, but the best loop is in 6 days. The scenery and cultural experience make the ride well worth it!
Places of interest in Central North Vietnam are: Vu Linh, Tuyen Quang, Tan Yen, Yen The, Vinh Tuy, Pho Rang, Phong Hai, Bac Ha, Sapa, Lao Cai, Coc Ly, Pho Lu, Tang Loong, Binh Lu, Tien Son, Than Uyen, Hoang Lien, Khau Co, Khanh Yen, Ben Cau, Cap Na, Quynh Nhai, Mu Cang Chai, Tu Le, Khau Pha, Ngoc Chen, Nghia Lo, Tram Tau, Tran Phu, Muong La, Lung Lo, Bac Yen, Gia Phu, Phu Yen, Khe, Thu Cuc, Xuan Son, Long Chao, Song Thao, Thanh Son, Suoi Hai, Ba Vi, Son Tay, Hoa Lac, Lang...
GREAT NORTH LOOP OF VIETNAM (standard ride: 16 days / 15 nights covering 2,500 kilometres, moderate).
If you don't see the video clip below, click here (Special thanks to Matthew Heskin from Australia).
This loop spans the entire panorama of Northern Vietnam, from the "Alps of Tonkin", as North-west area is called, through the glories of the Middle roads, then finally North-east!
We will cover 15 provinces on all kinds of roads, alternating hotels with home stays, long stages with short rides, helping you make the most of every experience as you travel through the heart of the northern countryside and into the lives of the local communities.
The whole loop is around 2,500 kilometres, an average of 160 km per day, or five to six hours driving.
Our tours are finely paced cruises, we frequently stop, and naturally, we wish you to go at your own pace and enjoy yourself. However, a good physical condition is required as well as basic riding skills to do this tour by motorbike.
Places of interest in Central North Vietnam are: All places mentioned about from Northwest to Central North until Northeast Vietnam.
HO CHI MINH TRAIL RIDE (9-16 days covering from 1,400 to 2,600km from North to South).
If you don't see the video clip below, click here (Special thanks to Kevin Hamilton from U.S.A).
Ho Chi Minh Trail is the name of the trip, it doesn't mean we ride mainly on the old trail. The government already built a new highway on most of the original trail. However, we still have some parts on tracks and short-cuts that offer off-road riders a chance to test out their riding skills. The clip above was taken on the road to Mai Chau and we of course can ride on an easier paved road if you don't feel comfortable with this type of terrain.
RIDING LESSON (for beginners or novice riders). We stopped providing trips to beginners and/or novice riders in 2011 so this lesson is no longer available.
If you don't see the video clip below, click here.
We provide riding lesson in about 2 hours if you have no or little experience of riding or if you want to get used to our bikes and Vietnamese traffic. There are many bikes to choose, from moped semi-automatic scooters to real road clutch bikes. As of 2007, we use only Honda motorcycles on our tours and Minsks are only available if you request or if we haven't got enough Hondas (large groups). The bike you see in the video is a Russian Minsk.