Motorcycling Northwestern Trails
6 Days/ 6 Nights
Hanoi – Mai Chau– Son La– Dien Bien Phu– Sapa - Hanoi
Discover Vietnam, s rugged and scenic northwest and its people first hand. By taking to the roads and riding from the capital Hanoi to the remote area of the northwest we can see life as it truly is for the Vietnamese. The perfect itinerary and the support crew ensure you get the most out of the trip in terms of comfort, enjoyment and adventure. Along the way we encounter dramatic landscapes and sweeping panoramas as the rural population goes about its business. Highlights include the terraced valleys of Sapa, challenging roads, stunning scenery and many different colorful minority goups.
Tour Code : VA 14
Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau (170 km driving, home stay)
Leave Hanoi around 8:30 am, we ride our motorcycles west to Mai Chau, an area of beautiful landscape and home to Thai ethnic minority. We will ride on road No.6 passing expansive rice paddies and scenic villages. We will have a stop for refreshment before tackling 70 km of undulating road with great view of mountains and valley. Lunch on the way then we continue to Mai Chau. We ride straight to Pom Coong, a peaceful village of White Thai ethnic minority where we have dinner and spend our night in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai Family.
Day 2: Mai Chau – Son La (187km, hotel)
Breakfast at the home stay before we embark on a beautiful reide 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 Hmong, Black Thai.. or to take photos. Lunch will be in 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. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Son La
Day 3: Son La – Dien Bien Phu (170 km)
Today the ride is greater with more winding road, longer passes, more colorful minority groups and more stunning scenery. Like yesterday, we may have interesting stops to visit villages and take photos. Lunch en route in local restaurant. The highlight of today ride could be the impressive pass of Phi Din.
Pha Din means Heaven- Earth, and according to local legend, it was the frontier between Heaven and Earth. Pha Din is some 1,000 m above sea level. Climbing and descending the slopes with their many bends and deep gorges is a really an unforgettable experience. We reach Dien Bien Phu in the afternoon around 4p.m. Upon arrival we could ride around to explore the town. Dinner and overnight in Dien Bien Phu.
Day 4: DienBien Phu – Tam Duong (225km)
After breakfast we will start our 225 km ride along stunning gorges and Nam Na River. On the way, we will have interesting stops to visit Hmong and Dzao Villages. Lunch in Lai Chau City and then we would ride towards to Tam Duong . Tonight, we will spend our night in Tam Duong
Day 5: Tam Duong – Lai Chau (80 km)
The ride today is the highlight of the whole trip. Climbing the highest pass in Vietnam, the Tram Ton Pass. Lunch will be served in local restaurant en route. We will reach Sapa in the noon time. Sapa is the former hill station for the French colonists hundred years ago. Today, Sapa is the paradise for trekking lovers thank to its beautiful trekking routes, stunning terraces, colorful minority groups and the highest mountain in Indochina, the Mt. Fansipan. Tonight you stay overnight at the hotel in Sapa
Day 6: Sapa trekking to some villages
After having breakfast, we will take a jeep ride downhill to Muong Hoa Valley. Today we enjoy the most beautiful trek route in Vietnam. We will trek on dirt path through pine forest, terraces and Hmong Villages. En route we stop to visit minority villages, schools and have picnic lunch by river. In the afternoon we walk to the pick-up point to take a jeep back to Sapa for your showering and dinner. Private transfer to Lao cai for your night train to back to Hanoi
Since this is a private tour, the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give you as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!
The rate is inclusive of:
• Support vehicle
• One way train ticket (Lao Cai – Hanoi, soft sleeper with air-conditoning)
• Gasoline on tour
• English or French speaking guide
• Accommodation (hotel, home stay)
• All meals
• Entranced fees and permission
• Mineral waters
The rate is exclusive of:
• Travel insurance
• Personal expenses