Good Morning, Vietnam! – Pilottour

13 Days of Riding Pleasure in the North of Vietnam

Riding in North Vietnam is a fantastic experience, which we enjoyed on all our tours there from 2015 to 2017. After a Vietnam break of 6 years we are now back – with our new pilot tour in November. We want to explore the beauty of the country again on selected small country roads – especially in the far north at the border to China, where many old dirt roads have been paved and new roads have been opened in recent years: High time for us to relaunch our Vietnam tour!

But the biggest difference are probably our bikes! We can offer Vietnam for the first time with the Royal Enfield “Himalayan” Touring Enduro! This makes Vietnam even more fun! Our adventure starts in the capital Hanoi. After a day of sightseeing, packed with all the must-seen sights, we waste no time and get to riding our Himalayans – heading north. On our tour, we’ll of course experience the vast rice terraces near Sapa, as well as the legendary Ha Giang Loop, the hill tribe culture of Bac Ha, and the iconic rocky landscapes and rice terraces that characterize the entire north – and always on the most winding panoramic mountain roads.

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In line with our new pilot tour, Vietnam has opened its borders after almost 2 years!

Requirements for entering Vietnam:

  • Negative PCR or rapid test before departure
  • Vaccination status not relevant

…and that’s all… the adventure can begin!

Our route for the pilot tour is already mostly fixed, but RC Hendrik wants to get a picture on the spot and will fly to Vietnam in May to scout the most beautiful new mountain roads for you. We will adjust the routing accordingly, so it will be an unforgettable tour.

2022
Pilot Tour

21.11. – 03.12

2023
02.04. – 14.04.

Rider on Royal Enfield Himalayan 411cc in double/twin room: 3.390€
Pillion (with guaranteed comfortable seat in support vehicle) in double/twin room: 2.890€
Single room supplement: 490€

13 days / 8 nights / 9 riding days

Overnight stays in mid-range hotels and guesthouses.

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Motorcycle Tour in Vietnam – Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi

Pick-up service from the airport and transfer to the hotel. Tour guide and participants get to know each other during dinner with Vietnamese specialties in the heart of the metropolis Hanoi. Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic old town, with narrow streets lined with vendors selling a variety of goods, groceries and local dishes.

Gemeinsames Essen auf der Motorrad Tour in Nord Thailand
Bergauffahrt bei der Nordthailand Tour

Day 2: Hanoi

Immerse yourself in Hanoi’s fascinating history and culture while visiting its most famous historical sites. In the morning our private tour of this fascinating city begins. Our local guide will give us unique insight and a local perspective as we visit the main attractions as well as some lesser known spots. Our tour begins with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum followed by Ho Chi Minh’s Former Residence. Next on the itinerary is the One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist temple of historical and cultural importance. We then visit the picturesque Temple of Literature. The temple was built in 1070 and is known as Vietnam’s first university.

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The tour will continue with a leisurely little stroll in the old town where we will visit the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake and the famous Ngoc Son Temple. Of course, we also get to know the lively old quarter of the city with its bars – perfect for a beer in the evening to relax.

Day 3: Pu Luong

Pick up at the hotel lobby and transfer by private vehicle to the meeting point (outside the city) where the motorbikes will be waiting for us. After a brief introduction to our Royal Enfield Himalayan, local driving habits, safety and today’s itinerary, our unforgettable journey into the North of Vietnam begins. We leave Hanoi and its rather crowded suburbs this morning for Pu Luong Nature Reserve, our destination for the day. After a short time we reach a peaceful country road. The first mountainous landscapes await us and offer interesting panoramas of terraced rice fields, stilt houses and bamboo water wheels. Our last kilometers lead us through a wide valley to Pu Luong, a village where we spend the night.

Distance covered: approx. 180 km

Das goldene Dreieck in Nord Thailand
Motorradgruppe auf Tour in Nordthailand

Day 4: Moc Chao

Today we cross the nature reserve through the green valleys of Mai Chau to reach National Road 6 that leads to the Moc Chau Plateau. On the way we pass Tat Nang Waterfall. The landscape of the Moc Chau plateau is unique, sometimes reminiscent of the landscape of northern Europe, with its small stone walls and fruit trees. There are also patches of large rocks that give the area a moon-like. Small detour to the villages a few kilometers before the end of our stage to discover tea plantations and the daily activities of the local people.

Distance covered: approx. 160 km

Day 5: Mu Cang Chai

We continue our journey north through villages, tea plantation and corn fields on a winding road. We climb a pass and then ride down to the Da River, which forms a lake. Continue along the lake to Phu Yen, over hills and mountains, some passes offer amazing views of valleys full of tea plantations, orange groves and endless paddy fields. In Ba Khe we take the road towards Mu Cang Chaï, a region famous for its cascading rice terraces. Because of its beauty, the area is known as the “Photographers’ Route”.

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We cross passes at over 1500m altitude. The panorama is simply beautiful. There will be countless opportunities for unforgettable photos. At the end of the day we reach a small village, where we will spend the night.

Distance covered: approx. 220 km

Fahrt durch ländliche Regionen in Thailand
Fahrt mit dem Motorrad durch grüne Wälder in Thailand

Day 6: Sapa

Today we continue north to the town of Sapa, from where we can admire Mount Fansipan, the highest mountain in Indochina (3147m). The valleys and villages are populated by the Hmong and Thai ethnic minorities, the largest in the region. We ride across several passes belonging to the mountains of the Hoang Lien chain. It is an opportunity to meet the Blue Hmong, the Black Hmong but also the Lao, Lu, Dzay and other Dao people in these small mountain villages.

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We cross Vietnam’s highest pass, Tram Ton, which rises to 1900 meters above sea level And descend to Sapa town. On the way we stop at the Silver Waterfall, which is impressive with its 100 meters high. Depending on the weather conditions, we can take the Fansipan cable car to reach the top of the mountain (optional). We arrive in Sapa where we have enough time to discover the place on our own.

Distance covered: approx. 170 km

Day 7: Bac Ha

First, we ride in the morning through the wide valley of Muong Hoa towards Bac Ha. Along the river crossing the valley, we ride through Hmong, Zay and Red Dao ethnic villages. It’s an opportunity to see beautiful rice paddies that provide wonderful photo opportunities depending on the season. If we arrive in Bac Ha at the end of the day and still have time, we will trek through the villages of the Hmong flowers, one of the most important ethnic minorities in the region. During dinner we delve a little deeper into the local culture and stay overnight in a traditional Tay family stilt house.

Distance covered: approx. 180 km

Schönder Tempel in Nordthailand auf der Motorradtour
Tempel in Nordthailand

Day 8: Thong Ngyen

Today we have the opportunity to visit one of the most authentic markets in the region. The Bac Ha market is an important event for various ethnic minorities living in the region. It can be considered an ethnic gathering: Hmong Flower, Dao Blacks, Phu La, Tay, Nung, are on site and selling! The market creates the social connection between all these minorities around a hot soup or a glass of rice liquor. We will find fabrics, local handicrafts, tobacco, utensils and animals of all kinds. After lunch we ride to Hoang Su Phi via Xin Man. We take this “trail” which is both a shortcut and a unique opportunity to admire the mountain range that forms the natural Sino-Vietnamese border. China is only a few kilometers away from here. After a road that winds along the slopes of the mountain along the Chay River, our lodge welcomes us in the middle of nature.

Distance covered: approx. 150 km

Day 9: Dong Da (Ha Giang)

Thirty kilometers on a quiet and winding road is our first stage this morning. We reach a national road. Where we experience a bit more traffic. We reach Ha Giang, the provincial capital, and then take a mountain road. Certainly one of the most beautiful stages of the journey! As we reach Quan Ba ​​District, be amazed by successive deep valleys and breathtaking landscapes. From here we take a small concrete road through some rice and corn fields towards a small village. We can observe the residents going about their daily chores in an exceptional natural setting. 

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It is also traditionally one of the poorest regions in the entire country, and efforts are being made to help minorities diversify their incomes. After this beautiful discovery, we will take the main road to reach H’mong Village Resort – our beautiful tour hotel. Today is the start of the legendary 3-day Ha Giang Loop into one of the most scenic areas of Southeast Asia!

Distance covered: approx. 150 km

Tempel in Nordthailand
Tempel in Nordthailand

Day 10: Meo Vac

We start the day with a visit to Lung Tam Village, where weaving handicrafts is an important activity for local women. Organized in cooperatives, supported by NGOs, it not only allows the transfer of a cultural heritage, but also fully supports the philosophy of sustainable development. Support for these types of projects is vital. Drive to Dong Van City, which has always been an important trading center. Depending on the weather, we make a detour via a small concrete road to the edge of the Nho River.

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The Ma Pi Leng Pass, which can be reached via a unique karst mountain landscape offers a breathtaking view of the valley with magnificent mountain landscapes. Meo Vac welcomes us for the night.

Distance covered: approx. 150 km

Day 11: BaBe

Early departure for our first leg south to Ba Be Lake. Arriving in the town of Bao Lac, we stop at the village of Coc Xa, a small village of the Lolo Noir minority. They became famous through the French rugby player Frédéric Michalak. He spent two weeks sharing local people’s daily life, which was recorded for a TV show. A walk gives us the opportunity to get in touch with the daily life of this small community. 

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Later we arrive at Ba Be National Park and its sister lake, surrounded by gigantic karst peaks covered by dense jungle. The Tay, Dao and other H’mong live here from fishing and rice cultivation. We spend the night and dinner together in a stilt guest house of a Tay family from the village of Pac Ngoi.

Distance covered: approx. 200 km

Tempel in Nordthailand
Motorradtour in Nordthailand unter blauen Himmel

Day 12: Hanoi

With the motor boat we discover the Ba Be lake. It is the largest natural water reserve in northern Vietnam. The light here is unique and photo enthusiasts will be delighted. After that we ride towards «Return to Civilization», 230 km with impressive landscapes, tea plantations around Thai Nguyen and rice fields along the way. After a well-deserved break at the hotel in Hanoi, we meet again for a farewell dinner.

Distance covered: approx. 300 km

Day 13: Departure day

Individual departure and transfer to the airport or individual extension, for example on one of the many beautiful beaches in Vietnam.

Kleine Pause am Nachmittag nach der Motorradreise

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Our Next available tours are as follows:

2022
Pilot Tour

21.11. – 03.12

2023
02.04. – 14.04.

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Included Services

  • Royal Enfield Himalayan incl. petrol
  • German-speaking tour guide on your own motorbike
  • 12 nights in middle class hotels with breakfast
  • 12x dinner
  • Motorbike mechanic (with spare motorbike)
  • Comfortable escort vehicle for luggage and co-driver
  • All entrance fees to places of interest during the tour
  • Wear parts, lubricants, oil etc.
  • Partially comprehensive insurance with a deductible of €500

Not included services

  • Lunch, drinks
  • Cable Car to Fansipan Mountain in Sapa (Optional)

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