Tour North West Loop
Duration 4 nights/5 days
Tour Type Guided Multiple Day Package
Accommodation Hotels & Homestay
Skill Level Intermediate

Tour Description

A motorcycle tour North Western Vietnam reveals a scenic route to get from Mai Chau to Son la and saves the best for the end, Sapa. Highlights of this motorcycle tour include the magnificent roads surrounded by terrace fields on the way to the Mai Chau valley, the beautiful tea plantations in Moc Chau highland and going off the beaten track before reaching to the famous town on the mountain – Sapa. The stunning views of terrace fields, plantations, valleys and colorful ethnic culture, are all blended spectacularly in a single trip. That is the best way to see North West Vietnam on two wheels.

  • Beautiful road to Mai Chau valley
  • Green tea plantations at Moc Chau plateau
  • Fun off road experience when passing Than Uyen
  • Breathtaking ride at O Quy Ho pass
  • The breathtaking town of Sapa

What's included

Honda XR 250

Fast, powerful and reliable motorbikes.

Accommodation for 4 nights

Luxurious accommodation every night. Just the kind of luxury you need after a long day of hard motorbiking.

Expert tour guide

Our expert guide will show you the sights and answer any questions you might have about Vietnam.

Daily Breakfasts

Mhmmmm... breakfasts are included.

Safety Certified Motorbike Helmets

Bikenam only makes use of solid, safety certified motorbike helmets.

Airport pick-up and drop-off

We'll meet you the moment you walk out the arrivals area in the airport and see you off again once the tour is all over.

Valid visa

If you are from a country requiring a visa to enter Vietnam, you should apply for your visa well in advance.

Motorbiking Experience

We don't expect you to be a motorbiking expert, but having experience will ensure your safety and that of other road users.

Travel Insurance

We recommend you get travel insurance to make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible.

Sense of adventure

To go on an adventure you most certainly need to have a sense of adventure. So get fired up!

Locations Visited During the Tour

The North Western Loop Route

Locations on the Tour

Than Uyen

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Mai Chau

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Son La

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Mai Chau



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Your Motorbike - The HONDA XR 250

Meet your new motorbike. Bikenam only uses these sturdy, powerful and reliable Honda XR250s for all their tours.

Honda XR 250 Specifications:

  • Displacement: 249.00 ccm (15.19 cubic inches)
  • Engine type: Single cylinder, four-stroke
  • Fuel control: Double Overhead Cams/Twin Cam (DOHC)
  • Cooling system: Oil & air
  • Gearbox: 6-speed
  • Dry weight: 134.0 kg (295.4 pounds)
  • Power/weight ratio: 0.1739 HP/kg
  • Seat height: 840 mm (33.1 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
  • Alternate seat height: 880 mm (34.6 inches) If adjustable, highest setting.
  • Overall height: 1,161 mm (45.7 inches)
  • Overall length: 2,130 mm (83.9 inches)
  • Overall width: 845 mm (33.3 inches)

Hanoi - Mai Chau Valley


Meet up with our tour guide. He briefs the tour group as well as getting you acquainted with the motorbikes for about 15 – 30 minutes depending on your own experience with motorbikes.
8.30am: We will leave Hanoi then take a ride west to Mai Chau, an area of beautiful scenery and home to the Thai ethnic minority. 
We take our bikes on road No6 passing through expansive rice paddies and scenic villages. We’ll have a stop for refreshments before tackling 70km of the road with great view of mountains and valley. 
Noontime: We will reach Mai Chau valley. We ride straight to Pom Coong, a peaceful village of White Thai ethnic minority where we have lunch, dinner and spend our night in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai family. 
Afternoon: We can take a walk to visit and look at the daily life of the local people in their village. Return to Pom Coong Village for overnight.
Riding: 170km on mountainous road
Meals: Lunch
Accommodation: Home-stay in the village 

Mai Chau - Son La


Breakfast at the homestay and we say goodbye to our kind host. Today, our trip continues to Son La via Moc Chau Plateau – this place is well known to have the best green tea plantations in Vietnam. today when we board on Van Yen ferry that connects two banks of Da River – the best river for hydroelectric plant thanks to its slopes. 
We disembark the ferry then we ride to Gia Phu where we stop for lunch.
After lunch, we are take a challenging ride while driving along No 37 road to Bac Yen, especially the part in Nhot pass. When we reach a T-junction at Co Noi, we take a right turn on the road No6 via Hat Lot to reach our stop for a overnight stay.
The rest of the day will be a visit to Son La prison. Dinner and overnight in Son la.
Distance: 250km.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Hotel/ Guesthouse in Son La

Son La - Than Uyen


Breakfast at hotel, we get on our motorbikes for a ride on road No6 for about 30km to visit Thuan Chau Market, where you will meet Black Thai in their beautiful costumes  and selling their home-made products. This is very good chance for photos. Then we ride toward Than Uyen and we take a turn to Road No279.
Stop for lunch around Quynh Nhai area. 
Then we continue our ride to Than Uyen and enjoy the views of stunning terrace fields, Son La Lake – it is a man-made lake for Son La hydroelectric plant, the biggest one in South East Asia. Arrive in Than Uyen in the afternoon then check in hotel for relaxing and dinner.
Riding: 162km with several off-road portions
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Mini hotel in Than Uyen

Than Uyen - Sapa


Today we save the best for last. Today, we enjoy breakfast at the hotel and get ready to take the most stunning ride of the trip to the best place in North Vietnam, Sapa. 
After about 100km, we arrive at O Quy Ho pass – one of four passes in North Vietnam. We will ride up to the highest point of the pass which is the highest road in Vietnam at 2000m above sea level. The views from the top are absolutely breathtaking.
We arrive in Sapa at lunch time. The afternoon you will be free to explore.
Late afternoon, we take the last ride of about 35km to Lao Cai Railway station for a night train back to Hanoi. Our guide will load the motorbikes into the commodity carriage while we board on the A/C, 4 soft berths, sharing cabin. 
Riding: 140km uphill and downhill + 35km downhill
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: 4 soft berth sharing cabin on night train

Arrive in Hanoi Early Morning

04.30 – 05.30 The train arrives in Hanoi Railway Station depending on the train schedule. Our service ends here. You can easily find a taxi for short transfer back to your hotel.
Meals: Not included
Hotel: Not included

Custom Dates Pricing

Choosing one of the options below means you have full control over the dates when you want to go on your motorbike adventure.

Motorbike cc 1 rider 2 riders 3-4 riders 5 and more riders Single Room Supplement
250 cc $1306 p.p. $838 p.p. $695 p.p. $585 p.p. $40 p.p.

Note:  To make a reservation you are required to pay a 30% deposit. We accept credit card payments via the secure PayPal payment system. Upon receiving your booking request we will email the deposit invoice for payment.