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Mountain Hop | 5 Days

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

Tour Info

This is an easy loop that can be tailored to the needs of any rider. If you want smooth tarmac and plenty of time to take in the views, chat to the locals, and hang out in the villages, it can be arranged. We visit two nature reserves and see a host of ethnic villagers. Alternatively, if you want a little more excitement on some tricky off-piste road, it is out there for you.

Highlights

Itinerary

Lakeside Road detour to Mai Chau

We have a choice of the direct highway route or the longer, more scenic path down the Red and Black Rivers. After Hoa Binh Dam we enter hill tribe country where the Thai and Dao people live. We stay in a secluded homestay either on the shores of the lake with the Thai or up in the hills with the Dao. 

fun wee road in Mai Chau

We avoid the Google route and take some trickier paths through the hills up to the ‘Dinosaur’s Spine’, Ta Xua, where we can go ‘cloud hunting’. The choice of route is extremely weather dependent and could see us following the Black River or going high up into the hills. The uncertainty of this adds the spice we are after.  

rice paddies in Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Again, we have a huge choice of routes for this portion of the tour. For those who prefer tarmac, we can head directly for the ferry crossing, and those who prefer dirt can pass through the H’Mong highlands on a mix of dirt and asphalt. Either way, interesting views are to be had by all. 

local children playing in Ba Nua

We avoid some large sections of the main highway on this day in favour of some smaller roads. Ending up in the Pu Luong Valley you are presented with some excellent homestay choices and spectacular morning views. 

a peaceful tarmac country road in Hoa Binh

This is the home run and we have a choice of routes back to Hanoi. We can speed along the highway or take a quieter more roundabout route through the hills or along the Black River once more. Either way, it is a peaceful ride back into the hustle and bustle of the city in time for our farewell meal.

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.

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