NORTHWEST EXPLORERS TOUR

NORTHWEST EXPLORERS TOUR [10 Days]
April 8th - April 17th
[$2,900 USD PER RIDER]
[40% DISCOUNT FOR PILLION PASSENGERS]

On this road trip we’ll be riding into the heart of Vietnam’s mysterious, mountainous, Northern Highlands. Known as the roof of Indochina, this area is home to spellbinding scenery. From the fertile flood plains of the Red River to the remote ethnic minority villages along the Chinese border, from the soaring peaks of the Tonkinese Alps to the lush fields and wooden stilt homes of the limestone foothills; this is a journey that will linger long in your memory. Covering over 1,000km of twisting tarmac, we’ll be spending a lot of quality time in the saddle watching Vietnam’s glorious landscapes pass by. But don’t worry, there will still be plenty of time to make spontaneous stops by the roadside in order to admire in the views, chat to hospitable locals and dine on the region’s famous fresh food (not to mention trying a shot or two of rice wine!). This part of Vietnam is populated by dozens of ethnic minority peoples, many of whom still live off the land, using techniques and traditions unchanged in centuries. Famous for their colourful clothes and bustling markets, we’ll have lots of opportunities to interact with these friendly and fascinating people along the way. The tour itinerary below gives you a flavour of what you’ll experience on this incredible ride.

Tour Highlights;
# Explore the History and Nightlife of Hanoi
# Experience the Mai Chau Valley
# Self-ride Motorcycle Adventure
# Northern Highlands, Remote Villages
# Remote Hill Tribes
# Limestone Mountains
# High-altitude Climbs, Terraced Rice Fields
#  Sapa Rest Day

 

 



This VMT Fully Supported Special Event Tour comes packed with extras! Including;
Quality Overnight Stays in twin-share rooms [includes one bonus night either side of the tour for pre/post-tour accom.]
Transfers within VN,
Selection from our fully serviced & maintained fleet of Lifan Motorcycles (easy, comfy and perfect for touring Vietnam!),
All Breakfasts & Lunches (and one welcome dinner), 
Endless supply of cold bottled water, fruits and snacks,
The incredible VMT team of guides and support crew (ready to show you Vietnam like no other!),
Support Van to carry luggage and supplies (with limited seats for non-riders),
Entrance Tickets & Permits,
All Fuel,
Limited 3rd party insurance, 
Helmets, 
24HR back to base support,
and heaps more..! 

VMT GoldStar Reviewed Tour. 
This tour is suitable for all experienced riders seeking the ultimate motorcycling holiday. 
Limited places, so book early!
Tour Price: $2,900 USD PER RIDER [40% Discount for Pillion Passengers]
TO BOOK THIS TOUR: Go to our ‘Contact Us’ Page by clicking HERE, or email us at the address below.

info@vietnammotorbiketours.com
 
For more information regarding tour inclusions and price see the additional details listed at the end of this itinerary outline.

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All Riders are asked to arrive in Hanoi the day before the tour begins (March 26th).
Pre-tour accommodation for the evening of the 26th is included as a part of the tour package, and a short Rider’s Briefing will commence at 6pm.
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April 8th
Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau (140km)
After a hearty breakfast in Hanoi, we take to the road and the adventure begins! Pressing forwards out of the big city, we plough through the weird and wonderful limestone mountains that characterize this region. As you cast your gaze across the landscape, you will notice that tea and fruit plantations cover the hillsides displaying this area’s famous varieties of tea which are often brewed using fresh (not dried) tea leaves. We’ll be sure to stop at one of the roadside teahouses for a hot brew to warm us up in the cool mountain air! Hardy hill tribes have been eking out a living from this difficult land for centuries, so it is fitting that after a long and winding ride we stay the night in a White Thai ethnic minority village in the green embrace of the Mai Chau valley. This lush, verdant valley is a vision of rural paradise! Our hosts will fill the evening with warm hospitality, great food cooked over an open fire, rice wine, and maybe even a traditional dance or musical performance. Once the evening winds down, we’ll retire to our comfortable and welcoming homestay, where we can recharge ready for an awesome ride the following morning.

April 9th
Day 2: Mai Chau - Nghia Lo (220km)
Now that we are getting comfortable on our trusty Lifan Cruisers, we can start taking things up a notch! Riding out of Mai Chau soon sees us heading North along a bounty of stunning country roads. A wonderful winding road paves the way through the countryside with plenty of stops along the way to meet the locals and admire the agriculture & scenery, giving you a perfect introduction to the intriguing culture of Northern Vietnam before bringing us to our first overnight stay in a comfortable small town hotel.

April 10th
Day 3: Nghia Lo - Sapa (200km)
Get yourself back in the saddle bright and early, you won't want to miss this epic day of riding, leading to an elevation of 1500 metres! Sapa is Vietnam's most picturesque hill station and the routes we ride are well off the beaten tourist track.
The French founded the village on the slope of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain in 1903 and used it as a retreat thanks to its cooler climate. Our incredible routes and cloud-capped peaks are sure to have you smiling from ear to ear as you check into our beautiful hotel in the heart of this great corner of the world.

April 11th
Day 4: Sapa

 

Today we take it easy with a well-deserved breather, though we will still make good use of the bikes! Sapa holds more than its fair share of sights to see, and through some local riding around the region we will show you the wonders of the surrounding local markets, small villages and diverse ethnic minority tribes. As always, we provide one of our special VMT lunches, followed by a free afternoon to relax and enjoy Sapa.

 

 

 

April 12th
Day 5: Sapa - Bac Ha (150km)
Pure adventure today, as our ride see us touch along one of China's most remote borders! The ride is simply stunning with incredible views and total immersion into Vietnamese culture.
Here you will see that we truly are the real deal when it comes to providing the ultimate in motorcycling adventure! Local mountain-top villages and farming life will give you a crystal clear window into the Real Vietnam, followed by a great overnight stay in the small town of Bac Ha.

April 13th
Day 6: Bac Ha - Ha Giang (210km)
Enjoy the increasingly beautiful Vietnamese countryside as we ride through the peaceful Ha Giang Province. We carve our way through more mountain peaks as we ride onwards through the constant curves and bends of the road. You will be astounding by the scenery, featuring mountain ranges as far as the eye can see, just don’t forget to keep an eye on the road..! After crossing a rickety old suspension bridge, we arrive at our awesome local hotel in Ha Giang. This deep into the rural countryside you are sure to feel relaxed, but there is a great energy & atmosphere here, so take the time to enjoy a cool beer before a great rest!

April 14th
Day 7: Ha Giang - Dong Van (140km)
Moving deeper and deeper into rural Vietnamese life, today will see some of the most spectacular scenery of this epic journey! With incredible curvy roads stretching over the countless mountains and lush valleys, you are sure to feel the blood flowing through your body as you look out over the beautiful landscapes of Vietnam. Tonight’s countryside rest spot will be the perfect follow up to this great day of riding, so make the most of the peaceful countryside lifestyle - don’t forget it’s only a few more days before we are back in the hectic hustle & bustle of Hanoi!  

April 15th
Day 8: Dong Van - Ba Be Lake (240km)
Rise and shine! With surroundings like these you’re sure to wake up on the right side of the bed! Allow the fresh countryside air to revitalise you as we saddle up and get ready to ride. This ride will feature an awesome blend of jungle surroundings and crystal clear views, leading us to a night with the natural beauty of Ba Be Lake. Comprising of three large interconnected bodies of water, this is the largest (and highest) natural lake in the whole of Vietnam..! A perfect place for a rest stop if you ask us…

 

April 16th
Day 9: Ba Be Lake - Hanoi (200km)
As the water of the lake glistens in the golden morning sunlight, our final destination of Hanoi is almost in sight. This is the last full day of riding, so be sure to make the most of this penultimate day of the tour! The curvy roads will begin to calm as we approach the tour end-point of Hanoi, but the VMT Team will (as always) avoid the main roads, so you can still expect to find plenty of hidden treasures with us along the way! As we push forwards across the rivers that surround Hanoi, we will take a few stops to pause for a breather, allowing you to soak up this final day’s ride before a comfortable evening in our Hanoi hotel.

April 17th
Day 10: Hanoi
Share one last bonus day with the VMT Team and your new riding buddies! We will guide you through the majestic capital city that is Hanoi, which has somehow retained so much of its traditional culture in spite of growing tourism and Westernisation. Enjoy discovering the hidden gems of this beautiful capital, from historic jails to the wonders of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. As always, we will show you the best food that Vietnam has to offer, before ending the day with a few drinks amongst friends as we say our farewells. What a way to end this trip of a lifetime!

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This tour also features post-tour accommodation in Hanoi for this final evening.
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Tour inclusions: 
- Quality Overnight stays in Twin-share rooms [includes one bonus night either side of the tour for pre/post-tour accom.]
- VIP private transfers
- Flights within Vietnam
- Guides and VMT Support crew
- Lifan Motorcycle, All Fuels & oils
- Full mechanical support
- Mini Van & Luggage Transfers
- Breakfasts & Lunches (and one welcome dinner)
- VMT T-shirt and VN touring map
- Endless flow of bottled water, fruits and snacks
- Field medical kit & back to base support
- Return Motorcycle Freight to VMT HQ
 Not included:
# Motorcycle riding gear 
# International flights and Visa
# Personal travel insurance (must include motorcycling)
# Some dinner meals (as indicated)
VMT GoldStar Reviewed Tour. 
This tour is suitable to all experienced riders seeking the ultimate motorcycling holiday. 
Limited places, so book early!

Tour Price:

$2,900 USD PER RIDER

[40% Discount for Pillion Passengers]
TO BOOK THIS TOUR: Go to our ‘Contact Us’ Page by clicking HERE, or email us at the address below.
info@vietnammotorbiketours.com

 


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