Motorcycling for Bests of North East Vietnam
  • Routing: Ha Noi - Ba Be lake - Bao Lac - Flagpole Lung Cu for North furthermost - Dong Van - Hanoi
  • Grading tour:

    • Challenging roads offering awesome sceneries
    • Boat trip on Ba Be Lake
    • Conquer Ma Pi Leng pass
    • North furthermost of Vietnam, Lung Cu
    • Exceed your limit with the last ride up to 300km

    Day 1: Ha Noi - Ba Be lake (240 km)

    ActiveTravel ASIA’s guide greets you at the hotel then we will prepare our motorbikes for startup. It may take 15 – 30 minutes depending on your experience while our guide will brief about the itinerary, Vietnamese law for motor and safety notes.
    This morning, we commence our trip to Ba Be Lake via Thai Nguyen. After about 80km riding on good roads, we pass by Thai Nguyen province that is the first industrial zone of Vietnam and also very famous for its green tea products.
    We keep our motorbikes on the National road No3 and reach to Pac Ngoi – a beautiful village in Ba Be National Park. Tonight, we have dinner and overnight here – a house of Tay ethnic people.
    Summary:
    Distance: 240km 
    Meal included: Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Homestay in Ba Be.
     

    Day 2: Ba Be boat trip – motorcycling to Bao Lac (140km)

    Morning, we have breakfast at the house then take a short walk to the boat pier. The boat trip takes place in next 2 – 3hours to enjoy the very special lake surrounded by stunning mountains. Go back to the house, say goodbye to our kind host then we ride to Bao Lac.
    This part is one of the highlights of this motorcycling trip. You are going to pass and stop to see lovely water wheels as the homemade irrigation system for terrace fields. Riding further, you should prepare for some challenging and long off-road portions (maybe 50km or more) when you ride over the road covered by streams or under constructions. For less experienced riders, an alternative easier way is using temporary wooden connectors. Lunch will be served en route.
    You arrive in Bao Lac in the late afternoon. Check in the hotel and manage your own dinner with our guide’s help.
    Summary:
    Distance: 240km 
    Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel/guest house in Bao Lac
     

    Day 3: Bao Lac – Flagpole Lung Cu for North furthermost – Dong Van ( 150 km)

    Morning, take the hot breakfast at your accommodation. Today will be another stunning and challenging day because we are going to conquer one of the 4 greatest, highest passes of Vietnam – Ma Pi Leng.
    Start from your hotel, we ride toward Dong Van via Meo Vac path. This is the place where Ma Pi Leng Pass located at about 1500km to the sea level. A Vietnamese write one wrote about this breathtaking path via Ma Pi Leng (20km): this was the road completely constructed by manual forces, took over the highest plateau, consumed the biggest labor days, took place in the longest time and hide some of the most tragic stories during the entire Vietnamese road construction history.
    We reach to Dong Van – the first Karst Plateau Geopark in Vietnam and stop for lunch.
    Afternoon, we take another ride to the North furthermost of Vietnam, Lung Cu flag pole then we ride back to Dong Van for checking in the hotel, relaxing and timing for your dinner.
    Summary:
    Distance: 150km  
    Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel/guest house in Dong Van
     

    Day 4: Dong Van – Ha Giang (130km)

    Start the day with a breakfast at your hotel to refresh up. Then we ride to Ha Giang city with an en route stop at King H’mong Vuong Grand House. This house played as the palace for the King of H’mong people with very interesting building skills as well as the unique tradition of Hmong people. After that, we continue our ride to Yen Minh where we stop for lunch.
    When you’ve done with your lunch, we will visit Lung Tam village – where you can witness the Hmong people weaving clothes from flax trees. Stop our motorbikes for photo shooting at Quan Ba before we conquering Heaven Gate pass to Ha Giang city.
    Check in the hotel and free time for dinner.
    Summary:
    Distance: 130km  
    Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel/guest house in Dong Van
     

    Day 5: Hà Giang – Hanoi (310km)

    Breakfast at the hotels. If previous days are all about natural challenges, this day will be the day you exceed your limits by yourself. We leave this day with the ride up to 300km per day on good, paved road directly to Hanoi capital.
    The road is not very challenging along Lo River but the long riding request other skills of focusing, keeping the right space to your fellow passengers and our tour guide.
    For less experienced motorbikes, we suggest you should take an extra day with an overnight in Thac Ba reservoir, for instance.  
    Arrive in Hanoi late afternoon and party time. Let’s celebrate this awesome day with beers. 
    Our services for “Motorcycling for Bests of North East Vietnam” ends here.
    Summary:
    Distance: 310km  
    Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Not available
     
    Min - Max List Prices ($/person)

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    WHAT ATA SUPPLIES?
    We use Future Neo 2009 125CC in this quotation by default. The reason is that the neat and very good design by Honda Vietnam is perfectly suitable for Vietnam road paths. The gear shift is changed easily and smoothly. This models can give you good experiences over almost motorcycling paths of Vietnam. Honda Future Neo is our choice in the quotation as its very affordable price, popular spare parts, easy-to-control even for motorcycling beginners
    Curb weight : 105 kg
    Overall length: 1890mm
    Overall width: 705mm
    Overall height: 1085 mm
    Wheel base: 1,240 mm
    Seat height : 767 mm
    Fuel tank capacity: 3.7l
    Engine oil capacity: 0.9 litre when dismantling machine; 0.7 litre when changing lubricant
    Engine type: Gasoline, 04-stroke, single, air-cooled
    Gear box: Mechanical, 4-step rotary system
    Starting system: Electric/kick starter
    For Upgrade Dirt Bikes options: our top picked Dirt Bike upgrade is YAMAHA ZTX 125. This is a real off-road bikes by the second player in Vietnam motor market - Yamaha. The company focuses on young customers with active lifestyle. Our model is 2015 with many improvement in performance and give you real motorbiking experience in Vietnam. The upgrade surcharge is very affordable while the experience brought back is far more.
    Overall length: 2090mm
    Overall width: 830mm
    Overall height: 1115mm
    Minimum ground clearance: 260mm
    Weight (with full fuel tank): 118kg
    Seat height: 840mm
    Maximum horse power: 12.5PS/8000r/min
    Fuel tank capacity: 11 liter
    Engine type single cylinder, cool air, 5 strokes
    High Quality Helmets - Manufacturer: Vietnam: Injection-molded thermoplastic shell construction. Full-face helmet, provided in long motorbiking trips, offers maximum protection during off-road use. Half face helmet will be provided for traversing inside the city.
    Saddle bags (roughly 7 kg each side)
    Extra rucksack or bag strapped 
    ATA first-aid kit: Available on any ATA trip
    If you pick the price option Incl. Mechanic and Support truck, we will supply:
    Support truck: Vietnam with various terrain and great scenery is an ideal place for adventure motorcycling. Although it is so fun and adventurous to ride in Vietnam it is surely a challenge for any foreign rider since the traffic is so different from the rest of the world. Moreover, we want everyone to enjoy their motorbiking experience on this trip and we recognize the importance of group members being allowed to ride at their own pace. At times there can be a fair distance between the front and rear riders in the group, with the support vehicle and tour leader out of sight. The support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from motorcycling at any time. 
    01 professional mechanic along the motorbiking trip who greatly understand the technical issues and fix our motorbikes as manufacturer's requirements. That will maximize your safety and the duration of our motorbikes usages.
    Spare parts of the motorbike such as: Tyres, Pump, Plastic tyre levers, Brake cable, Gear cable etc.
     
    WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING WITH?
    Original passport
    Good quality helmet (your own helmet is recommended)
    Wellington/riding boots
    Water waterproof gloves
    Summer gloves
    T-shirts/underwear/socks
    Balaclava to cover your face
    Turtleneck shirts
    Long-sleeved shirts
    A pair of extra jeans
    Goggles and sunglasses
    Bandannas
    Light waterproof jackets
    Basic toiletries, Sun block, anti-insect repellent, rain coat.
    GoPro Camera - optional
    Mobile phone with multi sockets - optional
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    Departure: Hanoi

    Finish: Hanoi

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    THIS ADVENTURE INFORMATION
    Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
    Depart from: Hanoi - End at: Hanoi
    Transportation: Honda 125CC (semi-automatic gear)
    Guide: English speaking guide 
    Support crew: Support vehicle, Mechanic 
    Accommodation: Hotels, home-stay

    MOTORCYCLING GRADE
    Motorcycling grade: Moderate Grade that means this tour involve in active, physical-required activities can be up to 4 - 5 hours a day at a steady pace. The tour is going to involve a considerable amount of ascent or descent under different weather conditions. Support facilities may not be available on-site and there are some occasional difficult days. You will need a good level of fitness.
    * Suggested preparation: 30 - 45 minutes of aerobic, physical exercise, 3-4 times per week for a few weeks leading up to your adventure are recommended.
    Who suits: For outdoor novices and above.
    Activity: 4-5 hours most days 
    Distances: Hike up to 8 miles (or 13km) most days,  motorbiking 100-125miles (150-200km) on paved, twist road most days, sometimes off road
    Surfaces: rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails 
    Elevation change: up to 3,000 ft/day (about 900m)
    Altitude: up to 8,000 ft (about 2500m))
     

    MEALS AND FOOD
    - Day 1: Lunch, Dinner 
    - Day 2- 3: Breakfast, Lunch
    - Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    - Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch.
    All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. While in big towns we will enjoy Vietnamese cuisine in fine restaurants. Once we travel away from big towns, the emphasis will be on healthy and nutritious fresh local produce.

    HOTELS AND HOMESTAY
    In big towns we use fine 3-star hotels with center location. Please contact us if you prefer higher hotel categories.
    In remote areas we use the best hotels or guest houses available. 
    Home stay in villages is simple in term of bedding and amenities condition. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillows and mosquito nets.

    OUR MOTORBIKING TOUR GUIDE

    The tour will be led by one of our tour guides who are experienced in guiding motorcycling tours in Vietnam. He has been carefully selected and trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by the government. In addition, he has been trained in first-aid by SOS International and he knows how to deal with difficult situations. You will have a great time traveling with him.

    THE MOTORCYCLING DAYS

    A typical motorcycle riding day starts at about 8.30 am after breakfast. Lunch times can vary depending on the distance. We aim to reach the next overnight stop by 5 or 5.30pm During the riding we will have short breaks for rest, snack and photographing.

    MOTORBIKES AND UPGRADE

    The upgrade to Dirt Bikes are always available and upon your request. We have many Dirt Bike models various from 125CC up to 650cc for wide range of riders' experience. They are very much suit to Vietnam roads.
    Due to the road conditions of Vietnam, big-size or big-engine motorbikes (such as: 1000cc up) are not popular and expensive. Such big-engine motorbikes may not maximize their power as well as technical specs while highway express in Vietnam is not good enough and the awareness of traffic attendants are relatively low. Moreover, the rental prices can be very high due to high imported taxes added into the price. We strongly encourage you contact to our team if you decided to take those ones.

    SUPPORT VEHICLE
    Vietnam with various terrain and great scenery is an ideal place for adventure motorcycling. Although it is so fun and adventurous to ride in Vietnam it is surely a challenge for any foreign rider since the traffic is so different from the rest of the world. Moreover, we want everyone to enjoy their motorbiking experience on this trip and we recognize the importance of group members being allowed to ride at their own pace. At times there can be a fair distance between the front and rear riders in the group, with the support vehicle and tour leader out of sight. The support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from motorcycling at any time. 

    Note on client safety
    We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

    Total day

    5-Days 4-Nights

    Activity

    Culture Tour SightSeeing Motorcycling Homestay

    Group size

    Min: 1 persons

    Max: 6 persons

    Transportation

  • Accommodation

  • Inclusions

    Semi-automatic gear Honda 125CC
    Best Rated Hotel Accommodations
    Unlimited Mileage
    Helmets for the driver and passenger
    Daily breakfast
    Other meals as indicated in itinerary
    Homestay permission
    Professional English speaking tour leaders
    Water & Snacks on driving days
    First-aid kit
    National Park and other Entrance Fees
    Preparation and Orientation
    All taxes, fees, and environmental surcharges
    Mechanic and support truck as in indicated price option

    Exclusions

    Travel insurance
    Visa process and stamp
    Tips and gratitude
    Transportation between hotel and location (restrictions may apply at certain locations)
    Gasoline average US$ 10 per day
    Personal expenses
    Personal motorbike protection gears
    Others not mentions