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Waterfall Run | 6 Days

Ban Gioc Waterfall in Cao Bang, North Vietnam

Tour Info

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.

Highlights

Itinerary

a small concrete road winding its way down to the Bac Son valley

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. 

a steep road in Cao Bang on the way to Hong An

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. 

Ban Gioc waterfall with a young tourist posing

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.  

Ba Be Lake from the front of the boat

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. 

the view of Ba Be Lake from a homestay

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 🙂 

long boats are a great way to see Ba Be Lake

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.

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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