Eastern Tear Away
Ban Gioc Waterfall to the mountain town of Sa Pa.
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Vietnam Motorcycle Tour Map - 12 Day Eastern Tear Away - Rentabike Vietnam - White


12 Days, 11 Nights
1230 km
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This is a huge loop of the eastern territories. Experience Bang Gioc Waterfall and Ha Giang, the north's most famous riding destination. Pass through several geographic and ethnic regions, stop at local markets and visit significant historical sites, including Uncle Ho’s Cave (Pac Bo) and the H’Mong King’s Palace, before heading up to Fansipan, the highest peak in Southeast Asia.

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4 riders
view of the Bac Son valley and some limestone karst peaks
160 km
4 hours
Bac Son Valley
We head our of Hanoi as quickly as possible on some of the larger roads. The idea is to get the city behind us and get into the countryside for some peace and quiet. We turn off onto quieter roads that take us through small villages and past open fields of rice and custard apple grove. We finally get to our homestay, which is nestled in the Bac Son Valley, and enjoy a home-cooked meal washed down with a little ‘fire water’.
both sides of the falls in ban gioc
180 km
6 hours
karst scenery; Ban Gioc waterfall; Tiger cave
We are now in the countryside though still on fairly large road. If we get up early, we will have enough time to take some detours on smaller roads and still get to the waterfall before dark. We can choose to stay in another homestay or a small hotel. This depends on our mood and the weather.
view of Evil Eye Mountain
120 km
5 hours
Ban Gioc back roads; Evil Eye Mountain; Thang Hen Lake; Ma Phuc Pass
It is an easy trip to get back to Cao Bang from here so we have time to visit the waterfall or the nearby cave and even to put a toe in China. After lunch, we take the road to Cao Bang where we stay in a small hotel by the night market.
the 14 level road in Xuan Truong, Cao Bang
100 km
4 hours
Nong Thong Town; waterfall; cave; 14 level pass
We can choose our route to some extent here as we can either visit Uncle Ho’s Cave up in Pac Bo and then take the back road to Bao Lac or we can head straight over on the main road, which is still quite scenic and fun to drive at this point. The first option means we are a bit tight on time and the second allows us to dilly dally and have an easy day of it.
the sun on the rocks of Dong Van
100 km
6 hours
Dong Van back roads
This is a very easy drive and it takes us past some great sights so it is good that we have the time to stop and hang out. There are plenty of photo ops here and we can rest assured of making it to our accommodation in time for afternoon beers.
Lung Cu Flag Tower, in Vietnam's Far North
Lung Cu Flag Tower; Hmong King's Palace; Dong Van back roads; Xa Phin Market
We can hang out in Dong Van and have a day off the bike. There are plenty of interesting things to see and do around Dong Van not least Don Cao Fortress which gives an impressive view over the town. You may choose to back track the route to Meo Vac and view any sights that you skipped by yesterday or take the road up to Lung Cu Flag Pole to visit the northernmost part of Vietnam.
a view along the road in the Dong Van Geopark, Ha giang
100 km
5 hours
Du Gia back roads
We take the quieter inner road to Du Gia and enjoy an easy and scenic drive down to the small village where we stay in a local homestay. It is often quite crowded here as it is a major spot in the area but this gives us the chance to mingle with other travellers.
Dong Van Plateau, Ha Giang
160 km
7 hours
Hoang Su Phi back roads; eco-lodge
We take the smaller road down to the main highway 4 and head for Ha Giang, which we can bypass and then on to Viet Quang and Hoang Su Phi, which is known for its rice terracing and for being a UNESCO world heritage site. We can choose to take the easy or more difficult route, as there are several options not on the highway. We stay in a small hilltop resort with great views over the valley.
Paul Brooke on the rickety bridge in Hoang Su Phi
145 km
6 hours
windy pass; Deo Gio
Another relatively simple day’s ride today but one that takes us along the river and through the valley so it is one that we might choose to stop a lot and get some great photos and selfies. We end up in the town of Bac Ha and stay in a local homestay. If we are lucky we can be there on a market day as this is one of the largest markets in the area.
O Quy Ho Pass Sa Pa Lai Chau
130 km
6 hours
Sa Pa back roads; Coc Ly Market
We can leave Bac Ha and head down to the main highway connecting us to Lao Cai and then Sa Pa. However, we take the back route up to Sa Pa so that we avoid a lot of traffic and also so we can get to our homestay, which is located lower down the valley in a more secluded spot. This is not a difficult ride but it takes us along some quiet road and allows us plenty of time to get to our accommodation whilst also stopping for pit stops en route.
sunset in Sapa, North Vietnam
trekking; Fansipan Mountain; exploring
This is when we choose whether or not to go up to town and then summit Fansipan mountain or hang out lower down the valley and perhaps take a small loop out and back to the homestay. It is also perfectly possible to go for a short trek with a local guide or hang out in the village watching people going about their daily lives.
Highway 6 in Ha Dong, Hanoi
100 km
5 hours (+ 6 hour bus ride)
back route down the mountain
We have the choice of riding down to Lao Cai or Pho Lu to drop off our bikes and then meet our VIP bus back to Hanoi. It is not a difficult journey and we can either back track on the route we took from Bac Ha or take the busier route past Sa Pa town. Once we have offloaded the bikes, we can have a snack and then get our private bus back to Hanoi in time for our farewell meal and drinks.