Northeast Vietnam Introduction
This page provides details about short motorbike tours around Hanoi.
Hidden Vietnam Motorcycle Tours invites you to try one of our short motorbike tours below if you don’t have more than three days. From 1 to 3 days we will show you the are less travelled around Hanoi, take you to the countryside of Vietnam or ethnic territory of Thai, Dao and H’mong people. Within 200km from Hanoi, life is very very different. Many of our customers took one of these short tours first and they came back, brought more friends and did greater loops and saw another Vietnam less reported or mentioned in travel books and magazines.
These trips also work with scooters, serving as entry level so if you worry about manual bikes we have a solution for you.
On this page, you will find three typical short motorbike tours around Hanoi in 1, 2 and 3 days below. If you have more than three days we suggest a bigger loop.
More Vietnam motorbike tour itineraries
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Northeast Vietnam (in 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 days)
Scenic Ha Giang & Northeast (in 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 days)
Central North (in 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 days)
Great Loop In North Vietnam (in 14, 15 and 16 days)
Ho Chi Minh Trail/Road (in 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 16 days)
Below is a clip shot on our Hanoi motorbike tour in one day to Ba Vi mountain and Duong Lam ancient village in 2013. In case you want to watch more videos please check our YouTube channel.
ONE DAY SHORT MOTORBIKE TOUR ITINERARY
Today we start this motorcycle ride at 9am and ride West to Ba Vi, Duong Lam ancient village and then Dong Mo golf course. Please see details of the destinations below.
Ba Vi and Dong Mo golf course: The Ba Vi mountain range is a karst mountain range, about 40km Southwest from Hanoi. It covers an area of about 50 km2, the peak is 1,296 m high. In Vietnamese mythology, this mountain is the home of Son Tinh, the mountain god. In addition, Dong Mo golf course is Vietnam’s first 36-hole golf play field, near Ba Vi. It covers a large area and also offers a good view of the lakes, green grass and a place to relax.
Duong Lam ancient village: About 40km Southwest of Hanoi near Son Tay, Duong Lam was the first ancient village recognized at Vietnam’s national level on 19 May 2006. It is a great chance to explore the architecture of ancient houses while wander along its narrow alleyways, visit temples dedicated to the two kings who were born there (Phung Hung and Ngo Quyen), and most interesting of all, chat with locals living in the ancient houses. In fact, Duong Lam village has about 800 ancient houses. Two famous places are Sung Nghiem Tu (Mia Pagoda) and Mong Phu Temple. Mia Pagoda is on a small hill in Dong Sang Hamlet.
2-DAY SHORT MOTORBIKE TOUR ITINERARY
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong City. Halong Bay cruising. Sleep on the boat.
This trip is more expensive than a standard trip because of the boat cruise and food. If you want a more affordable ride then choose a ride in 2 days to a mountainous village in Mai Chau which is the first two days of the 3-day tour below. Instead of riding to Pu Luong, you come back to Hanoi on day 2.
Ride east on highway 18 to Halong City. The ride takes 4-5 hours depending on your riding skill. There are two options once we arrive in Halong City:
1. Join a group trip at noon. Depart by boat to Halong Bay, start cruise and check in cabins. Lunch on the boat, enjoy deluxe Vietnamese set menu. Transfer by tender from boat to Surprising Cave. Enjoy kayaking and swimming, or relaxing on the boat. Dinner served with Vietnamese food. Evening activities – choose from optional evening activities: enjoy movies, sing karaoke or join squid fishing with our crew (in case the weather is good).
2. Book a private boat and cruise in Halong Bay. Sleep on the boat. This option costs extra and we will let you know the cost if you want this upgrade.
Day 2: Halong – Hanoi. ~160km, ~5 hours.
Two options with the cruise:
1. Transfer by tender from boat to Titov island, then swimming or just relaxing. Continue cruise and refresh onboard and come back to Bai Chay. finally, check-out cabins and pay for your drinks. Lunch at Thang Long restaurant in Halong city (or on the boat).
2. Continue cruising in Halong Bay. Then lunch on the boat and return at noon. However, this option costs extra and we will let you know the cost if you want this upgrade.
Pick up the bike(s) and ride back to Hanoi on highway 18 and then 1B. Arrive in Hanoi around 5pm.
3-DAY SHORT MOTORBIKE TOUR ITINERARY
This 3-day motorbike tour takes you to Mai Chau where you stay with a Thai host family. In fact, Thai people are super friendly and easy going. Allow one extra day and we do have a better trip to explore the surrounding areas of Mai Chau.
Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau. ~170 km, ~6 h.
Leave Hanoi at the West end of the city, then just one straight road and three traffic lights. This is much better than riding through the city centre with about forty traffic lights to Highway 6. This road takes us to Son Tay along the Red river, then turn left at Trung Ha bridge and ride on the new road all the way to Hoa Binh.
Once out of the Red River Delta, which brims with traditional farming activity, we pass through limestone monoliths and into foothills populated by Muong people. We head straight at the main range before breaching a high and beautiful forested pass, which descends into the hidden valley of Mai Chau where we spend the night with friends in a traditional Thai stilt house.
The valley of Mai Chau lies between two rivers: the Da River and the Ma River that make it very fertile and rich in varied landscapes, medium mountains, forest, lake, rivers, and infinitude of small footpaths and offer many possibilities of a trek. In the valley of Mai Chau and its surroundings are Muong, White Thai, H’mong (in the height), and the Dao who we meet at the markets or right in their villages.
Day 2: Mai Chau. Options.
If you like an off-road ride (quite hard) then we invite you to try challenging roads to Pu Luong Reserve Park, not very far from Mai Chau but takes long riding hours to get there. This is best recommended for experienced riders and ride dirt bikes.
Day 3: Mai Chau – Hanoi. ~220 km, ~7 h.
In the morning, go to visit H’mong market if you are there on Sunday (~35 km from Mai Chau) then ride back to Hanoi on karst road. Lunch on road. Arrive in Hanoi ~5 pm.