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Ban Gioc Waterfall. Ba Be Lake. Time to explore.
6 Days, 5 Nights
A large loop taking in 2 of the quieter but still impressive locations in the North: Cao Bang and Ba Be. This tour is designed for those that wish to ride and also wish to hang out with friends and do some sightseeing. You have the choice of stilt houses or hotels (we suggest mixing it up) and of having hard or easy days on the bike. A very pleasurable tour that can be easily tailored to all wants and needs.
Professionally maintained. Maximum reliability.
Transparent pricing. No hidden charges.
Third party insurance
Full coverage as standard.
We'll organise your invitation letter for you.
Zero commitment. No card details required.
Day 1: Ha Noi – Bac Son
quiet QL1B road; Quinh Son Village
To get out of town quickly we need to take the main highway, however, we soon turn off and take the quieter roads to Bac Son. We pass through some very quiet and scenic agricultural land before entering the Bac Son Valley. This we where we really begin to feel the tour.
Day 2: Bac Son – Cao Bang
Secret Cave; Tam Canh Pass; winding road to That Khe
Now that we are on the quieter roads we still need to remain vigilant as quite unexpected things may happen as we wind our way up to Cao Bang. We can stay near the falls this night so that we have plenty of time for sightseeing the next morning.
Day 3: Cao Bang
Ban Gioc Waterfall; Evil Eye Mountain; Ma Phuc Pass; Thang Hen Lake; Tiger Cave
After taking a boat trip on the falls we can head over to Cao Bang City. We can do this directly or take a loop passing by some of the historical sights in the area. In the evening we can head to the local market and see what surprises they may have for us.
Day 4: Cao Bang – Ba Be
boat ride to homestay; Phia Oac mountain road; Pung Cave
We take the smaller roads to get to Ba Be and pass through some great scenery, historical places, and interesting geographical areas. We’ll climb very high to get over the mountains and it can get pretty chilly. This is one of the few areas in Vietnam that sees snow. We then descend to Ba Be Lake which is full of interesting places to visit.
Day 5: Ba Be
chilling on the lake; Tat Ma Cave and Waterfall
There is a great deal to see and do in Ba Be, whether it be hanging out on a boat or kayaking to one of the small islands. It is also possible to take a short loop around the area and explore. The world is your oyster :)
Day 6: Ba Be – Hanoi
back road 254 to Thai Nguyen
This is a long home run of some 240km so we need to be up early and on the road if we plan to get home before dark. No one likes driving in twilight! We can split this up into 3 sections with stops so that we remain alert as we experience ever more increasing traffic. If necessary we can split this leg a little and overnight in Bac Kan or Thai Nguyen, which makes it much easier to get back to Hanoi and be washed up and ready for our farewell meal.
Honda Future 125
The Honda Future is our most powerful semi-automatic motorbike, and makes for a surprisingly capable tourer.
fuel injected: easy to start and good throttle response
storage space beneath the seat
light and easy to maneuver
Honda XR 150
The Honda XR 150 is the most popular dual sport in Vietnam for a reason: whether you’re riding a highway, a country road or a single track through the jungle, it’s built to handle anything the region has to throw at it.
comfortable seat, even carrying a pillion
huge fuel tank gives the XR fantastic range
very capable off road
manual (5 speed)
Honda CRF 250
The extra power provided by the CRF’s 250cc engine makes it an absolute joy to ride. Its enduro/off road pedigree means it was designed specifically with the gnarly roads Vietnam likes to throw at you in mind.
front and rear disc brakes
high riding position and excellent suspension
our most powerful, capable motorcycle
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manual (6 speed)
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.
Food and Drink
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 $25 to receive your visa.)
We take it on ourselves to offer a covid guarantee. We offer a full refund/rescheduling of your tour should you be unable to fly due to having covid. All we ask is that you provide us with photo copies of a failed covid test taken less than 3 days prior to your flight departure date.
At the beginning and end of your tour, we’ll be happy to arrange transportation to and from the airport for you!
You are able to hire a support vehicle that will allow follow your group you to stow extra luggage that you do not want to carry on the bike, this is especially useful if you plan to take a pillion.
We will also have an extra pair of hands to help with the tour and back up in case of sickness / break down. we often put a spare bike on this vehicle. the charge for this is 150$ 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 $20 per day per bike extra.
Tour Price (per rider)
Honda Future 125
Honda XR 150
Honda CRF 250
Support Vehicle (< 8 riders)
Support Vehicle (8 or more riders)
Why should I choose a guided tour?
Choosing a professionally guided tour allows you to make the most out of your adventure.
You’ll take roads and visit areas well off the beaten track that only someone with a lot of riding experience in the country could know about.
And, you get to focus entirely on your adventure, since everything from your meals, accommodation and motorcycle to things like route planning and motorcycle maintenance is taken care of.
Where will the tour begin?
The bulk of our tours start in Hanoi because the best riding in the country is easily accessible from here. However, we have offices in Hanoi, Danang and HCMC so we are able to start and end tours from any of these three locations.
Can you arrange accommodation for me in Hanoi?
Yes, this is what we do. We can assist with reservations in any hotel in Hanoi and also provide a FREE airport pick-up that will take you to your hotel of choice. Good hotels can be had for 30-40usd per night and they will also store any excess gear you may have until you return from tour. You can choose from staying in the heart of the city’s old quarter or closer to West Lake and our office.
When is the best time to tour?
Up in the North, it is hard to say as each of the four seasons has distinct advantages and drawbacks. The Summer is usually around April to October and ranges from warm and wet to boiling hot with the occasional torrential downpour. This also leads to the risk of flooding and landslides. The Autumn, October to December will generally be dry and cool with the potential for cold fronts to descend creating cloudy drizzly days. Winter, January / February, will be relatively cold (10C) and colder at altitude (Ha Giang, Cao Bang), but often quite dry and clear. Spring, around February to April will often have mixed spells of warm and cold air with dry or drizzly days.
Driving North/South or South/North means that you pass through a whole range of climatic regions (northern, central and southern) and it is very difficult to answer which is the best time. This is because the weather may be great to ride in one regions but not optimal in another. We suggest not passing through the central or southern regions in Summer as there can be a lot of storms and flooding.
What is the optimum length of tour?
You will see that we do not list tours less than 5 days on our site. This is because it takes a day to get out of Hanoi / Sai Gon and to get to the ‘countryside’. While this may be interesting and a culture shock for many, we don’t think it is what you came here for. You then have 3 days of pleasurable riding, which, in all honesty, will leave you wanting more. Therefore, we would say an optimum length of tour to be around 7 – 9 days with one or two rest days thrown in so that you can take some time off at key points and transform from being a motorbike tourist to just a tourist.
North / South – South / North Route
You will need more time to complete this tour due to the distance covered. It simply isn’t wise to cover 1,600km in 8 days. We recommend around 10 days as a minimum and 14 – 16 days being perfect.
The longer you have, the more chance we have of getting you to the most remote places that offer the highest rewards.
Is Vietnam safe for female travellers?
Absolutely, yes. Generally, speaking foreigners are left alone and not hassled other than by pesky tourist touts (just like any other country). Vietnam is a predominantly Buddhist and partly Christian country and women play a vital role in daily life. They are not wall flowers and nor are they hidden away. They are strong and capable and, although, there are some extra precautions that a female traveller might feel necessary, these are no more or less than most countries in the world. Also, bear in mind that this is a guided tour and there is plenty of support from our staff in all aspects of the tour. Contact us for details of female guides and female only groups.
I am a solo traveller. Can I join a group?
Yes, we can let you know what tours we have arranged and whether they are willing to accept a new member. Often times this is possible but it takes a little understanding on both sides due to different skill levels, needs and desires. We have found that most people can get along quite well and this isn’t an option.
Is it a good idea to visit at Tet (Asian New Year) Holiday?
No, definitely not. Whilst the country does not shut down as it did in the past a large number of businesses, including ours, will close for at least one week and perhaps longer. It will be difficult to find services available and there will likely be a holiday ‘premium’ applied.
Further to this, travelling on the roads at this time can be quite dangerous du to the levels of traffic, distraction and, unfortunately, drink driving.
Passport and Visa (required)
You need a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity to obtain a visa for Vietnam.
We have an excellent visa agent we work with, and will be happy obtain visa invitation letters for all riders in your group for free!
All you have to do is provide us with copies of your passports, and we’ll send you your invitation letters before you arrive in Vietnam. With your invitation letters sorted, you each bring two 3x4cm passport photos and around $20USD for the visa stamping fee to the immigration counter, they’ll give you your visas and you’re ready to start your adventure!
Home driving license (required)
All riders in your group must have a valid motorcycle license.