Ha Giang & Northeast Vietnam Introduction

Hidden Vietnam Motorcycle Tours invite you to come and discover scenic Ha Giang – a wild and remote area of North Vietnam.

You ride on all types of roads (from low land flat roads to gravel, karst mountain roads, and bumpy roads), dirt tracks, and jungle paths. Any road could easily turn into a dirt road when it rains. The spectacular view of cloudy mountains is a great memory from a motorcycle trip. On this specific trip, you skirt along the Vietnam/China border, starting in Hanoi to Nghia Lo, Than Uyen, and Sapa in Northwest Vietnam and continue to the most beautiful part of the trip in Ha Giang, Dong Van, and Bao Lac before descending on Highway 4 to Cao Bang, Quang Uyen and Lang Son.

On the other hand, if you return via Ba Be, the trip will be reduced by one day. However, you miss the historical Highway 4. This trip is one of the most popular motorbike tours we provide in Northern Vietnam. Allow between 7 and 11 days and we modify a bit to work with your dates.

Hidden Vietnam Motorbike Tours - Sapa, Scenic Ha Giang & Northeast trail road motorcycle tours in 9 days.

More Vietnam Dirt Bike Tour Itineraries

Northwest Vietnam (4 – 10 days)
Northeast Vietnam (3 – 8 days)
Central North (3 – 7 days)
Great Loop In North Vietnam (14 – 16 days)
Ho Chi Minh Trail/Road (6 – 16 days)
Short Rides (1 – 3 days)

Below is a video clip from one of many off-road motorcycle tours to Ha Giang. In case you want to watch more videos please check our YouTube channel.



Day 1: Hanoi – Nghia Lo (~250 km, ~7 h)

Before the ride, it takes 30 minutes to double-check the bikes and ensure that we have all the necessary tools and equipment to guarantee maximum fun. We head out of Hanoi skirting along Red River to Son Tay and then head up the Hoang Lien range on a stunning mountain road to Nghia Lo. The road is easy and flat from Hanoi to Thanh Son, from Thanh Son to Thu Cuc and then Ba Khe to Nghia Lo is beautiful, snaking the foot of Hoang Lien Range. This is a big mountain town where we stop for the night.

Day 2: Nghia Lo – Than Uyen (~180 km, ~5 h)

Wild and bumpy road with Lung Lo Pass as the first challenge. The next one is the higher Khau Pha Pass. We ride through the Mu Cang Chai massif, almost as high as the Fansipan. From the top, it offers one of the most beautiful views of North Vietnam. The ride is challenging but very rewarding.

Night in a hotel.

Hidden Vietnam Motorbike Tours - Scenic Ha Giang trail road motorcycle tours in 9 days via Sapa.

Day 3: Than Uyen – Sapa (~140 km, ~5 h)

The area of Than Uyen is mainly populated by Flower H’mong and Dzao people. Then ride to the direction of Sapa. Easy track for 100 km and asphalted mountainous road for the last 40 km. Stay in Sapa and you will find out the reason Sapa is one of the most popular places for tourists in Vietnam.

Day 4: Sapa – Bac Ha (~100 km, ~3 h)

The drive from Sapa to Bac Ha takes ~3 hours, down from Sapa to Lao Cai (34 km), a border city where we can take photos with China as the background. After lunch, ride up to Bac Ha (70 km) with a stunning landscape. Overnighting in Bac Ha.

Day 5: Bac Ha – Ha Giang (~200 km, ~6 h)

After breakfast, ride on the track to Xin Man and on many small/back roads with scenic mountain views before joining the main road heading up to Ha Giang where we stop for the night and be ready for the next day epic ride.

Day 6: Ha Giang – Dong Van (~180 km, ~6 h)

After breakfast, we ride on small challenging mountain roads (but incredibly beautiful) on the land of colourful mountain hill-tribes.

Head up the Ma Pi Leng Pass. Here is yet another amazing place, with cloudy mountain ranges and the poetic Nho Que river winding off in the distance. Ride on a zig-zag track until Dong Van, a remote area, and meet the hard-working local people here. It is inspiring to see how they survive as they manage to live in the rocks. When we reach town we will have some extra time to wander the ancient streets lined with H’mong homes of clay bricks and tiles roofs built centuries ago.

When we arrive at the hotel, please handle your original copy of the passport to the guide. You need a permit to sleep in this border town.

Day 7: Dong Van – Bao Lac (~120 km, ~3 h)

You have a full or half morning to discover the beautiful town of Dong Van. Then follow the new road to Bao Lac. The landscape is among the most beautiful of Vietnam, and the slow tempo is only more appreciable.

We cross the wild regions of the mythical province of Ha Giang. Stop for the night at Bao Lac, the ethnic crossroad of Northeast Vietnam. Many other ethnic groups on the two sides of the border meet at the market every Sunday.

Day 8: Bao Lac – Ba Be (~150 km, ~5 h)

Beautiful ride down to Ba Be. We descend from the high mountain range down to the world’s largest lake on karst stone – Ba Be lake. If time allows, take a boat cruise on this picturesque lake in about 2 hours. Overnighting with a Tay family for the night.

Hidden Vietnam Motorbike Tours - Scenic Ha Giang trail road motorcycle tours in 9 days via Ba Be.

Day 9: Ba Be – Hanoi (~240 km, ~7 h). End of Ha Giang ride.

Quite a long drive but easy (early departure is better) from Ba Be to Hanoi. The busiest part of the road is from Thai Nguyen back to Hanoi but we believe after 5 days riding on different terrains in North Vietnam you will be alright. Arrive in Hanoi before rush hour, preferably before 4 pm.

Contact us at [email protected] for more details and options of this Ha Giang motorbike tour.

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