Adventurous Self-drive Northern Vietnam 4×4 Tour from Hanoi to Halong Bay – 12 Days

Duration : 12/Days
Destination : Hanoi → Mai Chau → Phu Yen → Mu Cang Chai → Sapa → Ha Giang → Meo Vac → Ba Be → Cao Bang → Lang Son → Halong Bay → Hanoi.

From: $2,028/person

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Northern Vietnam is an incredible place to visit and explore the unique culture of hill tribes. Do you want to travel to remote areas but cannot ride a motorbike? Do not worry; we offer you a 4WD adventure tour in Northern Vietnam.

This 12-day Northern Vietnam 4×4 tour  will take you to the most isolated but beautiful lands in the far north of Vietnam, such as Mai Chau, Phu Yen, Mu Cang Chai, Sapa, Ha Giang, Cao Bang, Lang Son, and Halong Bay where you can experience the real adventure feeling. Hesitate no more. Take your backpack and get ready to go with https://vietnammotorbiketoursclub.com/ right now!

ITINERARY

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Enjoy good quality services from BM Travel Adventure
  • No need to be distracted  because of having a guide and you do not need to worry about where to eat and accommodation
  • Meet the villagers in the central region of Vietnam, they are very gentle and friendly
  • Take a 4×4 tour and learn about famous historical sites
  • The central tourist sites are extremely rich and varied and could not be fully described in an article. Hope that the information above will help you know more about the beautiful landscapes on this sunny and windy central land strip.
Day 1Hanoi - Mai Chau (150 km)

After breakfast, you move to our garage, where you will take the car and start your first day driving to Mai Chau – a small town nestled in a lush valley and surrounded by stunning rice terraced fields. Escape the city center and head out of the Da River delta plains, you will be admired the picturesque views of majestic natural sceneries, dotted with ancient temples and peaceful rural villages of local people. Today, we mainly drive on small village roads along rivers and lakes. On the way, if we have enough time, we will spend some time visiting the village of Muong ethnic minority and making a stop at Thung Khe pass to enjoy the spectacular view of Mai Chau valley from above. We arrive in Mai Chau town late in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at a stilt house of Thai people here.

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Day 2Mai Chau - Phu Yen (180 km)

It is a short drive to Phu Yen, which offers a lot of stops for pictures of stunning mountain views. First, we will follow the quiet mountain path called Hua Tat. Hua Tat was built by the French during the war, and today, it seems to have been forgotten, but that makes our trip a lot more interesting.

After enjoying lunch, continue driving on the spectacular 43 Road, which leads us to an area inhabited by both Kinh and Thai ethnic minorities. Cross the water reservoir of Da river at Van Yen ferry, and then, we embark on a beautiful winding road to Phu Yen – a small town of Son La province nestled in the middle of a large valley of rice fields. Dinner with local specialties and overnight at a hotel here.

Day 3Phu Yen - Mu Cang Chai (180 km)

Start earlier today since it is a long trip to Mu Cang Chai with a lot of beautiful natural scenery to admire. Leaving the town, we cross Lung Lo Pass before hitting the quiet road to Tu Le, a small town where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, keep driving through the many trails with picturesque views of the rustic villages of the Hmong and Thai people. Famous for the most beautiful terraced rice fields in Northern Vietnam, once you come to Mu Cang Chai, do not forget to pick up the camera and take nice photos of nature scenes to keep track of your memories. Dinner in town and enjoy a good night’s sleep at a local hotel.

Day 4Mu Cang Chai - Sapa (170 km)

Today’s ride is truly fascinating as we head straight towards the main Mount Fansipan range. You will surely be surprised by the majestic natural scenery of this area with the green mountains running along the road from Than Uyen to Tram Ton – the highest mountain pass road in Vietnam.

Drive through administrative lands of Lao Cai at an altitude of over 2,000 meters before reaching the Sapa valley around lunchtime. Check-in the room and have lunch at the hotel. Then, we will spend the entire afternoon today exploring this beautiful town. With its naturally gifted beauty and rich culture, Sapa has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in northern Vietnam. Whether you are looking for a place to relax after long days at work or to satisfy your passion for adventure, Sapa can meet all your needs. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in this town.

Day 5Sapa - Ha Giang (240 km)

Today we have another enjoyable drive from Sapa back to Lao Cai city. Along the way, we will spend some time visiting the Chinese border. Lao Cai international border gate is considered as one of the largest international border gates in Vietnam. Coming here, you will be immersed in the atmosphere of the bustling border city with a lot of tourists every day back and forth.

Follow a small road along the Chinese border, and we will reach the town of Viet Quang, where lunch is served. During your drive, you will have the chance to admire the beautiful scenery of the lush mountain ranges as well as visit many villages and markets of ethnic minorities. We come to Ha Giang in the late afternoon, then have dinner and stay overnight at a local homestay.

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Day 6Ha Giang - Dong Van - Meo Vac (180 km)

Today’s trip is undoubtedly the highlight of this 12-day tour as we will visit Dong Van – one of the most remote areas in Vietnam, which is famous for its breathtaking natural scenery and unique culture of ethnic minorities. Drive on a winding road until you reach Vuong Palace, about 14 km before Dong Van. Considered the King of H’mong people in Dong Van, the residence of Vuong Family was built in the stunning Sa Phin valley with typical Chinese architecture. The entire house is built of wood and rock, of which rocks were completely imported from China.

Coming to Dong Van town, we will have some time to explore ancient streets lined with old houses of clay and bricks built centuries ago. Then, keep driving to Meo Vac, home to various ethnic minorities like Dzao, Tay, H’mong, etc. Despite modern life out there, they still maintain their inherent simplicity and peace. Enjoy dinner and spend a night at a hotel here.

Day 7Meo Vac - Ba Be (180 km)

After breakfast, we hit the road to Ba Be Lake. Stretching over many mountains, this is one of the most beautiful routes on our journey, where we can admire the incredible beauty of the Nho Que River from a distance.

Have lunch at a local restaurant in Bao Lac town before conquering 30 km of paved road and a small trail going through the forest to reach Ba Be. There are so many poetic streams and rivers along the way that make today’s drive so much more enjoyable. We arrive at Pac Ngoi – a small village of the Tay people located inside Ba Be National Park in the late afternoon. Our team will enjoy dinner and overnight at a homestay of locals.

Day 8Ba Be - Cao Bang (150 km)

We will spend the morning of this 8th day exploring Ba Be Lake and Ba Be National Park. The best way to discover the beauty of Ba Be Lake is to take a boat trip. You can relax on the boat, admire the beautiful scenery, learn about wildlife, or even jump into cool water to swim if you want. The boat will take you to Puong cave, where you can see stalactites of various shapes and thousands of bats. Continue down the Nang River to see Dau Dang Waterfall before having lunch at a restaurant near the river. Then, turn back to the homestay, pack up your backpack, and start a 3-hour drive to Cao Bang town where we have a good night’s sleep at the hotel.

Day 9Cao Bang - Quang Hoa - Lang Son (180 km)

Continue our trip from Cao Bang to Lang Son on the famous Colonial Road No.4. We will pass through Dong Khe and That Khe villages that are well-known for countless bloody fights between Viet Minh and French Force in the 1950s.

Keep driving to the beautiful Quang Hoa village, which is the home to Nung An people. Have lunch and take a short rest in this village before heading to Lang Son. Currently, Lang Son is considered the largest trading hub between Vietnam and China, where you can find countless Chinese appliances and electronics like toys, phone chargers, and more. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and then return the hotel to rest after a long day of driving.

Day 10Lang Son - Loc Binh - Tien Yen - Halong Bay (200 km)

After breakfast, we will pay a visit to Tam Thanh cave before returning to the hotel to check out and depart for Halong Bay. Tam Thanh is the largest cave of Lang Son, only 2 km from the city center. The cave is 400 meters long and has two openings; one is the home of a Buddhist temple – Tam Thanh Pagoda and the other offer a fantastic panoramic view of a beautiful valley. It takes about 2-3 hours to discover Tam Thanh cave and To Thi mountain.

Then, we head back Colonial Road No.4 once again and drive along the coast until you come to Halong city. Arrive Halong in the late afternoon, check-in hotel, enjoy dinner and spend a night here.

Day 11Halong Bay

It is a relaxing day because we will not have long drives today. In the morning, you are free to explore Halong city with the market and the beach. At noon, we jump into a cruise tour to explore Halong Bay. Recognized as one of the world’s new seven wonders of nature by UNESCO, Halong offers an extremely spectacular landscape of more than 3,000 surrounding islands and cliffs. Seafood lunch is served in the dining room while the cruise is moving deeper into the bay for a more beautiful view of thousands of limestone islets such as Fighting Cocks, Stone Dogs, Duck, Finger, and more. You will also take a visit to Thien Cung Cave, which will surely overwhelm travelers by the magical formation of thousand-year-old stalactites and stalagmites. Overnight on the cruise.

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Day 12Halong Bay - Hanoi (170 km)

Start your day with a peaceful morning surrounded by the beautiful view of crystal clear water, beautiful islets, and calming sunrise. After enjoying breakfast, the cruise will take a short tour around the bay before heading back to the pier.

Continue to carry out the last route of the make the final journey of the 12-day Northern Vietnam 4WD Adventure Tour by following the main road through the Red River Delta to return to Hanoi. Once again, we are immersed in the peaceful scenery of rice fields and rustic rural villages. Arrive in Hanoi before 5 pm to avoid traffic jams. Tour ends.

LUXURY PRICE

Vietnam motorbike tours prices for a guided Vietnam motorcycle tour

*Full package, no hidden cost surprises

Guided Tour

(On-road)

Hymalaya / Versy 300

Honda CB 500x

BMW GS1200

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Three people310 USD/day/person315 USD/day/person495 USD/day/person
From four people290 USD/day/person299 USD/day/person475 USD/day/person

Guided Tour

(Under 20% Off-road)

Honda XR150L

Honda CRF300L

Suzuki DRZ 400

One person219 USD/day/person249 USD/day/person259 USD/day/person
Two people199 USD/day/person219 USD/day/person239 USD/day/person
Three people179 USD/day/person199 USD/day/person219 USD/day/person
From four people169 USD/day/person189 USD/day/person209 USD/day/person

Guided Tour

(From 50% Off-road)

Honda XR150L

Honda CRF300L

Suzuki DRZ400

One person239 USD/day/person269 USD/day/person279 USD/day/person
Two people219 USD/day/person239 USD/day/person259 USD/day/person
Three people199 USD/day/person219 USD/day/person239 USD/day/person
From four people189 USD/day/person209 USD/day/person229 USD/day/person

Luxury Price Includes :

  • Well-experienced English Speaking Tour Guide (also good at Mechanical Skills – Photographer)
  • Recent & Well-Maintained CRF 300L – Gasoline
  • 25% Riding Time Offroad per day ( Enduro Routes upon your request )
  • Good Accommodation: 4-star hotels – resort based on twin rooms and high standard homestay to know more about the cultures.
  • All meals on tour: Enjoy local food in every region you visit.
  • Water – Solf Drinks
  • Boat trips on Lakes or Rivers – Ferry
  • All entrance tickets/ Permits to remote areas
  • International Airport Pickup – Drop Off
  • 1 Night of Ethnic Entertainment at Homestay for a group from 2 riders
  • Helmets – Gloves – Protection Guard for Elbows & Knees – Pants (If we have your size )
  • Riding Shirt for souvenirs
  • Hotel Before the Tour
  • 4G simcard
  • Overnight Train Ticket (soft bed) and bike shipping fee from Lao Cai – Sapa

Luxury Price Excludes :

  • Personal insurance – Travel insurance (this is at your own risk)
  • Motorbike insurance to Cover any damages to the motorcycle (Click here to know more)
  • Air ticket – Visa fee (approximately 25 USD/person, depending on nationality)
  • Tip, personal expenses, and other expenses not described in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Single Supplement for Single Occupancy
  • The Hotel After riding

Luxury Price Notes :

  • For a group of from
    • 5 riders, The professional Mechanic comes for free
    • 10 riders, a Pickup Truck is free for escorting ( Under 10 riders, it will be USD 150 / 1 day)
  • A single stay will cost USD 40 / 1 night / 1 single room.
  • The cameraman costs USD 200 / 1 day (Flycam – professional photos and clips)
  • If tours do not depart/ end at the departure spot, the surcharge for bike shipping to/ back to the departure spot is USD 90 / 1 dirtbike – USD 200 / 1 above 500cc bike
  • VAT Excluded from the price, VAT 10% will be added to the total price upon your REQUEST.
Bikes with stadard price

Group of 1XR 150L220 USD / 1 day / 1 rider
Group of 2XR 150L150 USD / 1 day / 1 rider

Group of 1CRF 250L240 USD / 1 day / 1 rider
Group of 2CRF  250L170 USD / 1 day / 1 rider
STANDARD PRICE INCLUDES :
  • English Speaking Tour Guide (Good at mechanical skills – Photographer)
  • Recent & Well-Maintained CRF 250L – Gasoline
  • At least 25% riding offroad per day (Please let us know if you only like riding on-road)
  • Good Accommodation: 3 hotels based on twin rooms or homestay.
  • All meals on tour: Enjoy local food in every region you visit.
  •  Water – Solf Drinks
  • Boat trips on Lakes or Rivers – Ferry
  • All entrance tickets/ Permits to remote areas
  • International Airport Pickup – Drop Off
  • 1 Night of Ethnic Entertainment at Homestay for a group from 2 riders
  • Helmets – Gloves – Protection Guard for Elbows & Knees – Pants (If we have your size)
STANDARD PRICE EXCLUDES:
  • Personal insurance – Travel insurance (this is at your own risk)
  • Motorbike insurance to Cover any damages to the motorcycle (Click here to know more)
  • Air ticket – Visa fee (approximately 25 USD/person, depending on nationality)
  • Tip, drinks, personal expenses, and other expenses not described in the itinerary
  • Single Supplement for Single Occupancy
  • The Hotel at night Before / After riding
STANDARD PRICE NOTES:
  • Pickup Truck for escorting cost USD 150 / 1 day
  • A single stay will cost USD 30 / 1 night / 1 single room.
  • The cameraman costs USD 200 / 1 day (Flycam – professional photos and clips)
  • If tours do not depart/ end at the departure spot, the surcharge for bike shipping to/ back to the departure spot is USD 90 / 1 dirtbikeUSD 200 / 1 above 500cc bike
    VAT Excluded from the price, VAT 10% will be added to the total price upon your REQUES

BOOKING CONDITIONS

1. Deposits and Payment Policy

  • We require a deposit of 30% of the total upon confirmation of booking tour. The remaining balance will be paid 45 days before departure. Your booking may be considered canceled if the full balance is not received by Vietnam Motorbike Tours Club by that time.
  • You can choose the payment method by money transfer or credit card payment with all bank transfer charges/ fees to be paid by you.
  • After receiving your payment, we will issue you the final confirmation of the detailed itinerary and services via e-mail.

2. Cancellation and Refunds

  • Vietnam Motorbike Tours Club takes no responsibility for any flight delays or scheduled changes at any stage throughout the trip.
  • We have the discretion to change the itinerary or delay the tour due to weather, local conditions, politics, or various other reasons with our notification in advance.
  • During the tour, should you be found to break any of the rules without the prior exception from the tour leader, we have the discretion to cancel the tour with no refunds applied.
  • During the tour, should your bike have minor technical problems, our guide/mechanic will attempt to fix it as quickly as possible. In the event that the bike can not be fixed within the day, we will endeavor to substitute a bike of a similar type to ensure your trip is not interrupted.
  • Should you have to cancel the tour due to special reasons, you may transfer your booking to another person. However, you will be liable for your nominee paying their monies in full.

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