Tour Description

This motorcycling tour covers all the highlights of North Vietnam. We’ll be motorbiking up and down hills continuously to Mai Chau valley, Sapa town, and Ha Giang plateau, to name but a few.
Experience breathtaking rides over O Quy Ho Pass and several challenging off-road rides in Moc Chau, Than Uyen. The trip ends up with a beautiful boat trip in Ba Be Lake – the biggest natural lake in North Vietnam. Terrace fields, breath taking nature, colorful ethnic markets and unique culture are all things you can expect on this trip.

  • Conquer the hardest roads for motorcycling in Vietnam.
  • Magnificent roads.
  • Endless terrace fields in Mai Chau, Sapa and Ha Giang.
  • Climbing over the grand passes – O Quy Ho and Ma Pi Leng.
  • Boat trip in the special lake – Ba Be.
  • Lots of fun and challenging off-road portions.

What's included

Honda XR 250

Fast, powerful and reliable motorbikes.

Accommodation for 8 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 Northern Central Loop Route

Locations on the Tour

Ha Giang

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Than Uyen

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Mai Chau

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Bao Lac

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Dong Van

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Sapa

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Son La

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Ba Be National Park

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Hanoi

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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

170km

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.
Summary
Riding: 170km on mountainous road
Meals: Lunch
Accommodation: Home-stay in the village 

Mai Chau - Son La

187km

Breakfast at the home-stay before we embark on a beautiful ride up north to Son La. The road is in good condition and the scenery is stunning. We may take frequent stops to visit minority villages of H’mong, Black Thai or to take photos. 
 
Lunch will be in a local restaurant en route. 

The highlight of our ride today could be the tea plantations in Moc Chau Plateau, where you find the best green tea in Vietnam grown along the roads on hillsides. We reach Son La in the afternoon. Have time to visit Son La prison to understand a part of Vietnamese French war history.
 
We check in the hotel and free time for dinner tonight. Overnight in Son La.
Summary
Riding: 187km 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Mini hotel in Son La 

Son La - Than Uyen

162km

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.
Summary
Riding: 162km with several off-road portions
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Mini hotel in Than Uyen

Than Uyen - Sapa

140km

Save the best for the last. Today, we enjoy breakfast at the hotel and get ready to take the most stunning ride to the best place in North Vietnam, Sapa. 
 
After about 100km, we arrive at O Quy Ho pass – one of four grand passes in North Vietnam. We will ride up to the highest point of the pass on the highest road in Vietnam at 2000m above sea level. You will be amazed by terrace fields, valleys and the winding roads that you have passed whilst reaching the top.
 
We arrive in Sapa at lunch time. The afternoon will be free to explore then we go back to the hotel to check in and overnight.
Summary
Riding: 140km uphill and downhill
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: hotel in Sapa town

Sapa - Ha Giang

250km

Today, you are going to connect the two best parts of Northern Vietnam the North West, Sapa, and North East, Ha Giang.
 
Breakfast at the hotel, we ride for Ha Giang after a visit to Ha Khau border gate – a notable gate between Vietnam and China. On the way along road No70 then 279, we may stop en route at colorful Bac Ha market if it is Sunday. 
 
Depending on the season, we may take the route via Hoang Su Phi where the terrace fields are absolutely stunning in May when irrigating the fields and in October – November when harvesting the rice.
 
The last part of this day is rather easy with about 45km on good road No02. We arrive in Ha Giang, check in the hotel and overnight.
Summary
Riding: 250km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: hotel in Ha Giang town 

Ha Giang - Dong Van - Lung Cu - Ha Giang

150km

Breakfast at the hotel, after that we head to Dong Van in Ha Giang – the first Karst Geopark of Vietnam via Bac Sum pass. We stop en route for a very nice photo chance at Quan Ba before visiting Lung Lam village where you can watch Hmong people weaving flax trees to make their clothes.
 
Stop for lunch at Yen Minh area.
 
In the afternoon, we keep riding to Vuong House and Lung Cu flagpole – this flags the furthermost point to North Vietnam. We ride back to Dong Van and tonight we overnight at Dong Van.
Summary
Riding: 150km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: hotel in Dong Van 

Dong Van - Bao Lac

140km

In the morning, we eat breakfast at the hotel and resting for some minutes. We commence this day with a short walk to a belvedere from French colonial time for an overview of the whole Dong Van town. After that, we take another hike to surrounding villages then back to the hotel, get ready for the next leg of the trip.
 
Today we are going to conquer one of the four greatest and highest passes of Vietnam, Ma Pi Leng. Once you reach the highest point of the pass, the views of valley and Nho Que River are absolutely unforgettable. This is the don’t-miss chance for photography.  
 
Stop for lunch at Meo Vac area. Then follow the national road No34 via Ly Bon to Bao Lac. We arrive in Bao Lac late afternoon, check in hotel and overnight here.
Summary
Riding: 140km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: hotel in Bao Lac

Bao Lac - Ba Be

140km

Breakfast at the hotel and prepare for a great off-road challenge today.
 
We start our ride to Ba Be lake – the biggest natural lake in North Vietnam. You are going to pass and stop to see lovely water wheels as the homemade irrigation system for terrace fields. Riding further, you should prepare for some challenging and long off-road portions (maybe 50km or more) when you ride over the road covered by streams or under constructions. In some parts, the water level might be high up to the half of your motorbike wheels. This is the most fun moments of the day.
 
For less experienced riders, an alternative easier way is using temporary wooden connectors. Lunch will be served en route.
 
We arrive in Ba be, leave our bikes at the homestay and take a short walk to the boat pier for a very nice 2-3 hours boat trip. Our guide will show you how special and amazing this lake is with his fantastic introduction. Walk back to our homestay and we overnight in a house of Tay ethnic tonight.
Summary
Riding: 140km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay in Ba Be

Ba Be Lake - Hanoi

250km

Enjoy the breakfast at your homestay in the mornin. We say goodbye to our kind host for the last ride of this adventure to Hanoi. On the way, we will pass Bac Kan and Thai Nguyen – where is the first industrial zone of Vietnam for steel products. 
 
Stop for lunch en route. Keep our ride and we get back to Hanoi late afternoon. Time to celebrate your completion of the great motorcycling adventure over North Vietnam.
Summary
Riding: 250km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: No accommodation/Last Day of Tour

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