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Dinosaur Loop | 7 Days

sunset in Ta Xua National Park, North Vietnam

Tour Info

This tour takes you through 4 national parks and nature reserves so you will experience the quieter side of Vietnam, which can be a welcome break from the mayhem. This also means that you will view some virgin forests and be able to visit some conservation areas and projects. On top of this, the tour takes you through some of the most scenic areas where you will get great selfies and be blown away by the view, especially if we can get to ‘cloud hunt’. This tour is easily manageable for all levels of rider and can be scaled up for those who want more of a challenge. However, visiting some of the lesser-visited areas in Vietnam is the key to this one.

Highlights

Itinerary

the small road that runs around Mac Lake in Cuc Phuong National Park

This is a fairly long ride and serves as an introduction to the roads and traffic of Vietnam. We take it slowly at first and get out of Hanoi quickly. It isn’t long before we are on smaller winding roads and the pressure is off. From then on we get to keep one eye on the road and the other on the interesting sights of Vietnamese life. Once we get to the park you will appreciate the peace and quiet, which will seem awkward at first, trust me 🙂 

arriving in Pu Luong Nature Reserve

This is a long drive and we need to be up and out early if we are to visit any of the conservation centres AND make it to our homestay before dark. We skirt the national park and take a few back roads before entering the nature reserve and getting to our secluded homestay. 

handlebars and a Mai Chau dirt road

This is a short hop which means we do not need to rush and that we can take a detour if needed. There is plenty of time for pit stops, selfies, and group photos on what are very quiet roads. We may even be able to see the locals producing bamboo items such as toothpicks and chopsticks. 

Hoa Binh Water Park, Hoa Binh Lake

Today, we head up to the Hoa Binh Dam Lake and hop across to Da Bac. From there we can head for Xuan Son which is another peaceful oasis that gets very few visitors. Here we have the chance to visit the caves or swim in the freshwater spring before feasting on a delicious home-cooked meal.  

Ta Xua Lu Tre Homestay-looking North towards the dinosaur spine

Now, we head up into the hills and it may get a little chilly. However, it means we get to see the spectacular views in Ta Xua and the ‘dinosaur spine’. We stay at the highest homestay in the park and have an early night so that we can get up early for ‘cloud hunting’ and to view the often spectacular sunrise.  

Ban Coi and Ban Lap, Xuan Son National Park

Back down the hill and we retrace some of yesterdays route before heading South down to the Black River and then up to the often misty Moc Chau Plateau. We stay in a secluded homestay nestled amid fields of Peach and Plum trees. This is especially beautiful in Spring. 

fields and hills in Ba Khan, Hoa Binh

This is the home run and quite a long one it is too. We can take a small detour along the Hoa Binh Lake but the majority of this is fast tarmac as we need to make good time. We still get to see a few new sites along the way and many seasonal fruits being sold on the roadside. We will make it back to Hanoi in time for our farewell dinner and drinks.

Motorcycles

Inclusions

The cost of motorcycle rental for the duration of your tour is included. Each rider on your tour can choose any of our three bikes:

  • Honda CRF 250
  • Honda XR 150
  • Honda Future 125

 

See above section for images and specifications.

Your motorcycle is 3rd party insured. This is a legal requirement here in Vietnam, and protects you in the event that you injure another road user.

Additionally, we are responsible in the event your motorcycle breaks down or suffers a mechanical failure. However, if you damage your motorcycle by crashing it or through general misuse, you will be responsible for repair costs.

Naturally, you are also responsible for your own travel and medical insurance.

All the fuel you need for the duration of the trip is provided.

Your breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided and will be a mixture of European and Vietnamese food. Soft drinks and water are also provided and guides keep them stocked up at all times.

  • Breakfast will be in your homestay or hotel and will generally be a mix of fried eggs and bread, noodles, pancakes and sticky rice, accompanied by fruit and coffee. 
  • Lunch will be in roadside restaurants (small eateries offering clean and delicious local food), or we’ll stop for picnics (sandwiches with cold cuts and cheese) when appropriate.
  • Dinner will be in your hotel or homestay and will usually be a family cooked meal with a range of meat and vegetable dishes with some local specialties (all of which will be washed down with local fire water if requested!)

 

Vegetarian and vegan options may be limited in the countryside, but we always do our best to cater to our riders’ dietary requirements.

Beer in the evening is not included, but it’s cheap and in plentiful supply.

You will have one Western tour leader who will also act as translator, mechanic and route master. Larger groups will also be accompanied by an English speaking Vietnamese mechanic.

Your guide and support staff are all trained in first aid, and will be carrying first aid equipment.

We will arrange your visa invitation letter free of charge.

(Please note, though, that you will need to collect this take this to immigration yourself and pay a stamping fee of about $25 to receive your visa.)

We take it on ourselves to offer a covid guarantee. We offer a full refund/rescheduling of your tour should you be unable to fly due to having covid. All we ask is that you provide us with photo copies of a failed covid test taken less than 3 days prior to your flight departure date.

For every rider and pillion on the tour we donate 10 usd per day to our favourite charity: Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation. You can read more about the great work they do and why we’ve supported them for for so long here.

At the beginning and end of your tour, we’ll be happy to arrange transportation to and from the airport for you!

Extras

You are able to hire a support vehicle that will allow follow your group you to stow extra luggage that you do not want to carry on the bike, this is especially useful if you plan to take a pillion.

We will also have an extra pair of hands to help with the tour and back up in case of sickness / break down. we often put a spare bike on this vehicle. the charge fo rthis is 150$ per day, fuel included.

As stated above, accommodation is provided on a twin sharing basis. If you wish to have a single room we can arrange this at a small extra cost.

You can purchase this to exempt you from liability for any damage caused by accidents caused by you or a third party vehicle. we will cover the cost of repairs to your vehicle but not the third party. This is only 20usd per day per bike extra.

Vietnam Motorcycle Tour Map - 7 Day Dinosaur Loop - Rentabike Vietnam
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