Northwest Loop Vietnam Motorcycle begins with an overnight train Hanoi to Laocai, you will then ride from Sapa through Lai Chau, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai, Phu Yen, Son La, Mai Chau to Hanoi. The other option is riding from Hanoi to Sapa, then take the overnight train from Sapa back to Hanoi.
Map of Northwest Loop Vietnam Motorcycle
Night 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai.
Night train to Lao Cai (soft sleeper, dept 20.30) , you will be picked up at from your hotel 19.30 by our car driver and transfer to Hanoi train station. Night on train.
Day 1: Lao Cai – Sapa.
Arrive at Lao Cai train station from 06.00 to 06.30. pick up and transfer by bus or car to Sapa-32kms. Arrive at Sapa town. Check in hotel for breakfast, Group meeting organized by tour guide about all information related to the ride. Start riding at 10.00 to Ta Phin village, small dirt road, many stops to visit the Hmong’s life. Return in town for relaxing and exploring the town of Sapa. Dinner and night at hotel.
Day 2: Sapa Motorbike Tour.
Leaving Sapa, we ride on a small paved road going down hill until Ta Van, Lao Chai villages, the road gets smaller and muddy when we ride from Ta Van to Lao Chai, many points for sightseeing or taking picture of the Hmong villages. Continue the ride to Ban Ho village where we will stop for lunch in a small restaurant. Take a walk to visit the waterfall near by the village before ride back to Sapa. Dinner and night at your hotel.
Day 3: Sapa – Mu Cang Chai.
After breakfast, we leave Sapa and ride up on the Tram ton pass, 42 km long with many stops of the Hoang Lien Son imposing mountain’s range. Stop in Than Uyen for lunch. In the afternoon, we ride all the way down to Mu Cang Chai town by taking a small beautiful paved road. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Mu Cang Chai – Phu Yen.
We keep riding up and down into a forested and high mountain region populated by H’mong peoples, We will hike up a very high mountain pass before descending into a mountainous tea-growing region. Soon after we follow a long the valley floor covered in a sea of rice surrounded by Hmong and Thai’s villages all the way to Phu Yen, lunch on route. Overnight at Linh Huong hotel. Dinner in town.
Day 5: Phu Yen – Mai Chau.
We ride on a good paved road along a beautiful stream before descending to the banks of the reservoir and a ferry crossing. Once across we have 50 kilometers route that has plenty of challenging surface and is prone to landslides. Much of the area is inhabited by Kinh and both Black and White Thai peoples, all offering the impressive views over the area on a clear day. After lunch in a local place, we join the route No6 that ride us strait to Mai Chau. Dinner and overnight at home-stay in the Thais village.
Day 6: Mai Chau – Hanoi.
Say goodbye to the family, we ride today on a small, spectacular and paved trail along the Ma river until Cam Thuy town where we stop to visit the fish cave. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we hit the Ho Chi Minh trail, many stops for photo as we riding through the area of the kart mountains. Get back to the city traffic, we arrive in Hanoi by 5pm. Tour ends.
Vietnam private guided tours
Lotussia Travel is a Hanoi tour operator offering a wide selection of multi-activity holidays in Vietnam. Options include countryside cycle, mountain biking, road cycling, jungle trek, trekking homestay, mountain hiking, peaks climbs, motorbike, scouter touring, camping, caving expeditions, kayaking, boat trips, cruise, sightseeing, culture tours. Most of our trips are private customized, and specially designed for small group tours, family vacations. The itinerary above – Northwest Loop Vietnam Motorcycle is only a sample that can be further customized to better fit your requirements. Just follow it or contact us for designing your perfect adventure.
Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!
Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
International travel insurance.
Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.
Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.
Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.
As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).
In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.
We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.