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Vietnam by Motorbike
Holiday length: 6 days
Start city: Hanoi
End city: Hanoi
Departures: Daily
Type of Holiday: Private tour

Day 1

Hanoi Arrival
Meet and transfer by a local guide on your arrival (room is available from 12 noon).  In the evening dinner and trip briefing (including a talk on motor biking in Vietnam) at a local restaurant.  Overnight at the hotel. (D)
Day 2

Hanoi - Nghia Lo (250 km / 7 hrs)
Depart early morning after a final motor-bike, helmet and other equipments check.  Ride to the outskirts of Son Tay where numerous beautiful pagodas are located, then continue on Highway 32 for the Thanh Son district, before heading up to Nghia Lo on the winding road passing local villages and rice terrace fields.   After Thu Chu expect a winding road over the thrilling Khe Pass to Tu Lee, and then arrive at the big mountain town of Nghia Lo in the afternoon.  Take a short walk to visit villages along the way or visit Nghia Lo Local market. Dinner at local restaurants and overnight at a local guest house. (B,L,D)

Day 3

Nghia Lo - Mu Cang Chai - Than Uyen (180 km / 5 hrs)
Continue riding past rice terraces on some unique 'mountain trails' - although they are wilder, smaller and more bumpy than previous days riding they offer breathtaking views.
90 km from  Nghia Lo you will come to the Khau Pha Pass - also known as one of the 4 most challenging and majestic passes in Northern Vietnam at the altitude from 1,200m to 1,500m.  Stop for lunch at Mu Cang Cai and take the opportunity to explore the time, take photos and meet the local H'Mong hill tribe people going about their everyday life.  Spend tonight at Than Uyen Town with a meal out at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)
Day 4

Than Uyen - Sapa (140 km / 4 hrs)
The day's riding is quite relaxing compare with 2 previous days as you are heading up to Sapa town – a famous and former French Hill Station of North West Vietnam. The road is quite easy and flat for the first 100 km from Than Uyen.
Continue to the second famous and stunning pass of Northern Vietnam: O Quy Ho when you get closer to Sapa town. Snaking over the Hoang Lien Mountain Range, O Quy Ho Pass is also known as Cloudy Pass by many locals because it is usually surrounded in thick cloud all year round. The last 40 km are asphalted mountainous descending roads.
Arrival at Sapa late morning. Built in the early 1920s as a French hill station, Sapa village has rested peacefully in isolation since the end of World War II and was opened up to foreign travellers just a few years ago. The French nicknamed the Sapa region the "Tonkinese Alps," and its rugged and exotic beauty is still a draw. The district is peopled by eight different ethnic groups originating from China and other countries surrounding Vietnam.  The majority of them are subsistence farmers with rice being the most important crop.
The remainder of day is free to relax or wander the town, taking photos of local sights or people.  Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 5

Sapa - Thac Ba (180 km / 6 hrs)
Leave Sapa town today and head down to Thac Ba Lake – the largest man-made lake in Vietnam. Apart for the first winding 30 km from Sapa Town to Lao Cai, the road is descending, flat and easy to ride on.  Arrive at your home-stay late afternoon. Take a walk and explore this charming and peaceful village inhabited mostly by Tay minority people. Dinner and overnight in the local house. (B,L,D)

Day 6

Thac Ba - Hanoi departure (160 km / 5 hrs)
Farewell your local family, and drive through the green mountain scenery to reach Yen Bai Town.  Follow the back roads along the banks of the Red River towards Hanoi, arriving mid afternoon. 




* Accommodation in tourist class or best available hotels and homestays
* All meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 6
* Motorcycle hire (Honda Baja 250 cc or similar) with helmet, gloves and fuel for the duration of the trip
* Accompanying guide riding with you
* Return airport transfers in Hanoi

* Meals & drinks not mentioned  in the itinerary
* Items of a personal nature
* Tipping

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