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Viet­nam Motor­bike Tour

Itin­er­ary:

Day One — Hanoi Arrival

You will be met at the air­port and trans­ferred to the hotel for a check in. Stay overnight in Hanoi.

Day Two — Hanoi Motor­cycle Tour to Phu Yen (Son La) (L, D)

In the morn­ing you will start your motor­bik­ing tour by leav­ing Hanoi on dyke roads to avoid the heavy traffic and break­ing out of the delta plains. Then head out of Hanoi skirt­ing along Red River to Son Tay and then ride through peace­ful coun­tryside to Phu Yen moun­tain town (a dis­trict of Son La Province in the North­west­ern region of Viet­nam), as a stop-over for a night. Stay in a guest house.

Day Three — Phu Yen Motor­cycle Tour to Than Uyen (Lai Chau) (B, L, D)

In the morn­ing, you keep motor­bik­ing across Lung o pass before head­ing up on Road 32. After lunch you will 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. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day Four — Than Uyen Motor­cycle Tour to Sapa (Lao Cai) (B, L, D)

Motor­bike straight towards the main Fan­sipan Moun­tain range. There is also the option for a very chal­len­ging back route which takes you through sev­er­al river cross­ings. The massive moun­tain range dom­in­ates the road until finally you must make a splen­did climb up from Binh Lu and up to the top of the highest road pass in Viet­nam (Tram Ton Pass).

Cross­ing into Lao Cai Province at over 2,000m the views looks out over the main range for miles and miles, before you des­cend to the moun­tain­ous Sa Pa val­ley. Sa Pa is loc­ated in Lao Cai Province, north-west Viet­nam, and 350km north-west of Hanoi, close to the bor­der with China. Stay overnight in hotel.

Day Five — Sapa Motor­cycle Tour to Luc Yen (Yen Bai) (B, L, D)

Take the motor­bikes down from Sapa to Lao Cai City and then have a cof­fee-stop on the bank of Nam Thi River, which is Viet­nam, which is Viet­nam — China Bor­der. Enjoy your cof­fee while tak­ing the view to China.

Head to Road 70 before turn­ing to Luc Yen on Road 152. Go through palm forest all the way to Luc Yen and stay in a fam­ily in the Tay ter­rit­ory. It’s a great home stay and the hosts are very wel­com­ing.

Day Six — Luc Yen Motor­cycle Tour to Vu Linh Vil­lage (Thac Ba Lake, Yen Bai) (B, L, D)

Get on the road, take a half-day ride to their Dao friends’ vil­lage of Vu Linh, which is by the side of Thac Ba lake, the biggest man-made lake in Viet­nam. This arti­fi­cial lake has an area of 23,400 ha and 1,331 islands and hills with diverse eco­lo­gic­al envir­on­ments.

After lunch, take the boat ride, stop by an island for swim­ming and dis­cov­er the par­tic­u­lar­it­ies of this area: the way vil­la­gers paddle their boats, the exot­ic and odd anim­als liv­ing around, the quiet and peace­ful beauty of this huge lake, and the life­style of the Dao among the thou­sands of islets. Have din­ner with the hosts.

Day Sev­en — Vu Linh Vil­lage (Thac Ba Lake) Motor­cycle Tour to Hanoi (B, L)

After break­fast, ride south­east on High­way 2 and then branch off to the sleepy town of Phu Tho. Fol­low the edge of the Red River along the dyke, almost to the point where it merges with the Black River after which they flow togeth­er to Hanoi.

By now you are very much in the low­lands of the delta plains and the north’s main agri­cul­tur­al areas. Har­vest time here is a sea of activ­ity. Cross­ing the Black River by bridge, you will pass Hanoi through Son Tay and then return to Hanoi on the high­way. You should be back to Hanoi before rush hour.

Day Eight — Flamingo Cruise (B, L, D)

Their shuttle bus with tour guide will pick you up at your hotels. Stop­over in Hai Duong city where you can exper­i­ence their hand-made Viet­namese han­di­craft products. Arrive in Tuan Chau Mar­ina Pier (Tuan Chau Island) fol­lowed by activ­it­ies.

Board Flamingo Cruises for depar­ture, wel­come drink will be served and cruise brief­ing, safety instruc­tions, check in cab­ins by Cruise Man­ager. Great lunch is served while passing by islets, through Hoa Cuong float­ing vil­lage. Explore Halong Bay passing by Soi Sim Beach, Coconut Three Island. Then arrive in the area of Sur­pris­ing Cave. Kayak­ing and swim­ming or climb­ing up to the moun­tain and get­ting a com­plete view of Halong Bay at Titov Beach.

Join their cook­ing class on the sun-deck. See how to make the fresh/​fried spring rolls and mix fish sauce. Enjoy sun­set party with fruits and wine. Under the mag­ni­fi­cent night sky, their lux­ury set menu din­ner is served with a vari­ety of Viet­namese and Asi­an foods. Join the squid fish­ing on the boat with their crews. You can enjoy the squid cooked with assist­ance from the chef, or laze around with their happy-hour drinks at the bar. Stay overnight on Flamingo Cruise.

Day Nine — Halong Bay — Hanoi (B, L, D)

Tai Chi class on the sun-deck. Have break­fast with tea, cof­fee and baker­ies on board. Vis­it the sur­pris­ing cave (Hang Sung Sot) dis­covered by the French in 1901. Opened for tour­ists since 1936, now it is a must-see and a sym­bol for geo­logy value of Halong.

Check out at 9.30am, then relax on the sun-deck or inside the res­taur­ant to enjoy the bay’s scenery. Enjoy a tra­di­tion­al Viet­namese lunch while cruis­ing back to the pier. Dis­em­bark at Tuan Chau Pier. Their car will be at your dis­pos­al to pick you up then drive back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi.

Day 10 — Hanoi — Depar­ture (B)

Have break­fast at the hotel. You have free time by your­self to have more exper­i­ences in Hanoi until the trans­fer to the Hanoi air­port to catch a flight back home. End of trip.

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