6 DAY NORTHERN VIETNAM MOTORBIKE TOUR TO SA PA, HA GIANG & BA BE LAKE

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Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Destination: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Bac Ha - Ha Giang - Dong Van - Ba Be
Price: Contact
This 6-day motorbike tour is set to thrill riders discovering the most stunning parts of Northern Vietnam including Sapa, Bac Ha, Dong Van, Ba Be Lake. Sapa is famous both for its fine, rugged scenery and for its rich cultural diversity. French used to consider Sapa as Summer Capital of Northern Vietnam in the early decades of the 20th century. 
* BRIEF ITINERARY:
 
Night 1: Hanoi night train to Lao Cai City
 
Day 1 : Lao Cai Motorcycle Tour to Sapa (B/L/D)
 
Day 2: Sapa Motorcycle Tour to Bac Ha (Lao Cai) 
 
Day 3: Bac Ha Motorcycle Tours to Ha Giang City
 
Day 4: Ha Giang Motorcycle Tours to Dong Van (Ha Giang) 
 
Day 5 : Dong Van Motorcycle Tour to Ba Be National Park (Bac Kan) via Meo Vac
 
Day 6 : Ba Be Motorcycle Tours to Hanoi
 
 

Night 1: Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake: Hanoi night train to Lao Cai City

We take a very short motorbike ride to Hanoi Train Station, put our motorbikes and jump on the night train up to Lao Cai.
 

Day 1 : Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake: Lao Cai Motorcycle Tour to Sapa (B/L/D)

The train will get to Lao Cai Station at around 05:30 and upon getting to the station, our guide will take you to a local restaurant for a breakfast.
Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lakeWe motorbike straight toward Sa Pa town. Sa Pa is located in Lao Cai Province, north-west Vietnam, and 350 km north-west of Hanoi, close to the border with China. Sapa is famous both for its fine, rugged scenery and for its rich cultural diversity. French used to consider Sapa as Summer Capital of Northern Vietnam in the early decades of the 20th century. Its naturally gifted beauty keeps attracting more and more people to spend their vacation there since then. Particularly, the place is the foremost choice for honeymoon couples!
Overnight in Hotel.
 
Summary:
Distance: 100 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel
 

Day 2: Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake: Sapa Motorcycle Tour to Bac Ha (Lao Cai) 

Motorcycle down from Sapa to Lao Cai City and then have a coffee-stop on the bank of Nam Thi river, which is Vietnam – China border. Enjoy your coffee while taking the view to China.
Head to Road 70 before turn to Bac Ha on Road 153. Long touted as the weekend alternative to Sapa, this small highland town doesn’t have the same dramatic location of its more il-lustrious neighbour, but it is calmer when Saturday comes. It fills up to choking point on Sunday morning, when visitors flood in to meet the Flower H’mong at theSapa Motorbike Tour to Bac Ha Market – morning market. Compared with Sapa, tourism is still in its infancy here and during the week the town has a deserted feel. Bac Ha is a good base to explore the surrounding highlands. Around 900m above sea level, it is noticeably warmer than Sapa.Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake
One of Bac Ha’s main industries is she manufacture of alcoholic home brews (rice wine, cassava wine and corn liquor). The corn hooch produced by the Flower H’mong is so potent it can ignite! Bac Ha is the only place in Vietnam where you’ll find this particular moonshine; there’s an entire area devoted to it at the Sunday market.
Overnight in Bac Ha.
 
Summary:
Distance: 120 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home-stay
 

Day 3: Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake: Bac Ha Motorcycle Tours to Ha Giang City

After breakfast, we take a motor ride on the track to Xin Man and Hoang Su Phi on many small; back roads with scenic mountain views. Xin Man is right on the border between Vietnam and China. It is, as of this writing, well hidden and completely surrounded by wild mountains and forests.
There’s a single road from Xin Man to Hoang Su Phi. Hoang Su Phi is among the most untouched area of Ha Giang Province of Vietnam. The area was separated from the mainstream society until very recently. Passing Hoang Su Phi, we will be charmed by the pristine beauty of the wild mountains and the authentic culture of the local ethnic groups which include: the Nung, the Flower H’mong, the Tay and the Ha Nhi People…After lunch, join the main road heading up to Ha Giang City, where we stop for the night and apply for a permit.
 
Summary:
Distance: 200 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel
 

Day 4: Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake: Ha Giang Motorcycle Tours to Dong Van (Ha Giang) 

After getting the permit for motorbike tour in border areas at Ha Giang’sSapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake Immigration Police, we ride on small challenging mountain roads (but incredibly beautiful) on the land of colorful mountain hill-tribes.
Motorcycle up the Ma Pi Leng Pass. Here is yet another amazing place, with cloudy mountain ranges and the poetic Nho Que river winding off in the distance.
It is really difficult to find the exact words to describe Ma Pi Leng Pass, located between Dong Van and Meo Vac, near the northernmost tip of Vietnam, as a painting of astonishing beauty and magnificence that captures the eyes of all viewers and nature lovers.
Ride on a zig-zag track until reaching Vuong Family’s Residence, 14 kms before Dong Van.
Vuong Family was considered the King of the Hmong People in Dong Van, Ha Giang. Their residence was built in the scenic valley of Sa Phin with Chinese architecture. The whole house was built out of wood and rock only. The rocks for the buildings were imported from China. Vuong Family Residence is a masterpiece of man work in the valley of heavenly beauty of Sa Phin.
This is a remote area and we can meet the hard-working local people here. It is inspiring to see how they survive as they manage live in the rocks. When we reach Dong Van Town we will have some extra time to wonder the ancient streets lined with H’mong homes of clay bricks and tiles roofs built centuries ago.
 
Summary:
Distance: 160 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel
 

Day 5 : Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake: Dong Van Motorcycle Tour to Ba Be National Park (Bac Kan) via Meo Vac

The road is still under construction and tracks what make the ride relatively long in spite of few kilometres. The landscape is among the most beautiful of Vietnam, and the slow tempo is only more appreciable.
We cross the wild regions of the mythical province of Ha Giang, Meo Vac is included. It shares the border with Dong Van District of Ha Giang Province and Bao Lam District of Cao Bang Province. Meo Vac has most of the terrain in the Rock Plateau of Dong Van and above 1000m above sea level. Meo Vac has a harsh climate in the winter which is from November to April with dry and freezing cold weather. It is inhabited by different ethnic minorities including the H’mong, the King, Tay, Dzao…Most ethnic groups have maintained their culture untouched from the outside world.
Beautiful motor ride down to Bac Kan Province in the afternoon. Take a local boat-ride on the reservoir of Na Hang Hydro Power Factory to village near by Dau Dang waterfall in Ba Be National Park for home-stay.
 
Summary:
Distance:  160 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home-stay
 

Day 6 : Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake: Ba Be Motorcycle Tours to Hanoi

Note: This is a very big day, we should start early and ride back carefully on Road 3Sapa Motorbike Tour to Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake
After breakfast, take an other boat-ride on Ba Be lake to other side, before jumping on our motorbikes to Cho Ra, head up to main Road 3.
Ba Be National Park is an abundant bioreserve area containing the world’s only fresh-water karst lake and several rare species of fauna and flora. Ba Be lake in VietnamThe biodiverse 10,048 ha park – home to 1,268 species of flora and fauna, a series of caves and a gigantic fresh water lake – was established in 1992 by the Vietnamese Government to preserve forest ecosystems in the northeast.
Ba Be is home to over 3,000 people from the ethnic minorities of Tay, Nung, Dao and Mong, who live in 13 villages =within the park. The Tay people have inhabited Ba Be  area for centuries and make up 58 per cent of the population within the park’s boundaries.
On Road 3, the way back to Hanoi, traffic is getting worst and worst, so we should be back before rush hour.
 
Summary:
Distance:  230 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
 
 
* Inclusions:
+ Motorbike(s) (Honda XR 125cc or Kawasaki 150cc)
+ Helmet(s)
+ Driving gears
+ Gasoline on tour
+ English speaking guide
+ Mechanic (only for group from 6 passengers)
+ Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (based on twin or/and triple shared)
+ Homestay permission
+ Meals as indicated in the itinerary
+ Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees
+ Night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai (for you & our guide)
+ Train carriage for bike from Hanoi to Lao Cai
+ Fruits and Coffee on tour

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