Northeast Vietnam Introduction

This Northeast Vietnam motorbike tour from Hidden Vietnam Motorcycle Tours takes you to the beautiful area of Vietnam, with a karst stone lake, waterfalls, and also the historical Highway 4. Stop anywhere you want, ride on any road you find interesting, stay with real locals, try their food, and experience their daily life will truly give you an unforgettable motorbiking experience. For your flexibility, this trip could be started from either end of the loop.

Allow a minimum of 5 days for this trip. If possible, 7 days would be the best duration. In case you want to extend down to Halong Bay then allow 8 or 9 days.

More Vietnam Motorcycle Tour Routes

Northwest Vietnam (4 – 10 days)
Scenic Ha Giang & Northeast (6 – 13 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)

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Northeast Vietnam Motorbiking Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi – Mau Son. ~180 km, ~5 h.

Drive from Hanoi to Mau Son on the beautiful newly sealed road with a stop for lunch in Lang Son. Mau Son is 30 km away from Lang Son, 1.541m above sea level. Quite cool in the evening! Night in the guesthouse of Mau Son Resort. The temperature is cooler than in the low lands but many people find it very wet and humid in winter. The accommodation condition is also very basic so if you prefer a more comfortable place for the night we will stay in Lang Son city.

Day 2: Mau Son – Quang Uyen. ~180 km, ~6 h.

In fact, the road is a bit bumpy and dusty between Dong Khe and That Khe. In reality, it takes us 6 hours to reach a beautiful village in Quang Uyen. This village is in the middle of a mountain cirque. Here is the territory of Nung An people. For the night, we stay in our friend’s host house.

Hidden Vietnam Motorbike Tours - Northeast Vietnam motorbike tour on a local track.

Day 3: Quang Uyen (options). ~100 km, ~2 h (~30 km, ~1 h).

Option 1

Having obtained permission from the border police then we make our way through spectacular scenery to Vietnam’s most impressive waterfalls – Ban Gioc. Weather permitting we can swim right up to where the 50 m high falls hit the river.

Option 2

Na Tau is a completely unknown area that we propose to discover it by raft and motorbike. Rivers and waterfalls are extremely beautiful and wild. In addition, it is only 15 km from Quang Uyen.

Day 4: Quang Uyen – Ba Be. ~170 km, ~8 h.

Beautiful drive from Cao Bang province to Ba Be. Few passes from where you can dominate the area. The road is easy, however, there are many curves. While riding, we can stop a lot to take photos. Altogether, stop for drinks and food it should be an 8-hour journey. Finally, we spend the night in the house of a Tay host family in Pac Ngoi village.

Day 5: Ba Be – Bac Kan. ~50 km, ~2 h.

Easy boating on the lake and river. Then go to the market (if it is the day you arrive). Stop at a waterfall, beautiful swim, etc. Down the waterfall, we could visit the village and a small school (only a few pupils during the summer). Finally, a short ride from Ba Be to Bac Kan on easy roads. Bac Kan is a small town where we have a night in a nice hotel.

Hidden Vietnam Motorbike Tours - Northeast Vietnam motorbike tour on a local track.

Day 6: Bac Kan – Hanoi. ~180 km, ~7 h. End of Northeast Vietnam.

Quite a long drive but easy (early departure is better) from Bac Kan to Hanoi. The last part from Thai Nguyen to Hanoi is busy and scary, in fact, one of the busiest highways in Vietnam. Arrive in Hanoi around 4 pm.

Contact us at [email protected] for more details and also options for this Northeast Vietnam motorbike tour.

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