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Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Adventures – Private Day Tours Around Hanoi By Motorbikes And Scooters

PRIVATE DAY TOURS AROUND HANOI

These private day tours around Hanoi by motorbike are organized daily. In fact, you should book at least a day before departure. Our office hours are 8am to 12pm and then 2pm to 6pm.

Booking code: OV05

Hanoi is a busy city in Vietnam. However, the surroundings are great places for day tour. In fact, the best way to escape Hanoi and experience this region is on motorbikes or scooters. Join us on private day tours around Hanoi on two wheels and you will ride a lesser known Hanoi.

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Click here to watch a clip from our Hanoi motorbike tour in one day to Ba Vi mountain and Duong Lam ancient village in early 2016. In case you want to watch more videos please check our YouTube channel.

Believe it or not, you could have a fun adventure on two wheels in within one day. Even it’s not possible to get very far from Hanoi but we would try to design a loop. Here are some possibilities (see description of places below to decide where you want to ride):

Short One Day Tours Around Hanoi

(about 150km)

Itinerary 1

Ride to some craft villages such as Tho Ha (vermicelli and ceramic), Bat Trang (ceramic), Dong Ho (traditional painting) and Van Phuc (silk).

Itinerary 2

Around Hanoi to some temples and pagodas like But Thap, Dau, Thay and Tay Phuong.

Itinerary 3

Some villages and pagodas (a combination of places above).

Itinerary 3

Ride Southwest to Perfume Pagoda.

Long One Day Tours Around Hanoi

(over 200 km)

Itinerary 1

Ride South ~250 km to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc (terrace Halong Bay).

Itinerary 2

Ride to Hoa Binh and the forgotten Highway 6.

Itinerary 3

Ride West to Ba Vi, Duong Lam ancient village and Dong Mo golf course.

The only thing that we found one day tours around Hanoi by motorbike difficult for novice riders is getting out of town and also returning back to Hanoi in the afternoon. Just watch the video below and see how we take you through the scary traffic of Hanoi. In reality, flow as a fish in the river!

More Typical Vietnam Motorbike Tours Itineraries

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Ha Giang & Northeast 11 days
Central North Roof Roads
Northeast Vietnam
Northwest Vietnam
Big North Loop Of Vietnam
– 9 days Ho Chi Minh Trail/Road
– 11 days Ho Chi Minh Trail/Road
– 13 days Ho Chi Minh Trail/Road
– 16 days Ho Chi Minh Trail/Road
Tours For Women Only
South Vietnam Itinerary 1
South Vietnam Itinerary 2
Vespa Scooter Tours
Custom Tours

More itineraries

DESTINATION DETAILS

Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Adventures - Private Day Tours Around Hanoi By Motorbikes And Scooters: Country ride with Offroad Vietnam, Motorbike Tours in a day around HanoiTho Ha Vermicelli And Ceramic Village

Tho Ha village, Van Ha commune, Viet Yen district, Bac Giang province. 35km Northeast from Hanoi. An island of about 20ha in Cau river. In fact, this is over 900 years old ceramic village, one of the three main ceramic villages in the country together with Phu Lang and Bat Trang. The production started in the 12th century but unfortunately ended in 1988 due to competition and also plastic ware. Nowadays, the village makes rice cakes and vermicelli, two of the most popular of Vietnamese food. However, some villagers are keen to operate a ceramic factory but it seems they either have not got enough fund nor the potential market share.

Bat Trang Ceramic Village

An old, well established village in Gia Lam district of Hanoi, about 13 km from central Hanoi, on the east bank of the Red river. This is probably the most famous village in the traditional ceramic industry. In reality, Bat Trang produce a unique style of ceramics called porcelain. Bat Trang is well known throughout Vietnam for its beautiful ceramics. The production started in the 14th century, even later than in Tho Ha. Currently, the village uses gas instead of coal to reduce pollution. Many shops at the village entrance sells Bat Trang and also Chinese ceramic products. While here, you could take a quick lesson to learn how to form a product from clay.

Dong Ho Traditional Painting Village

In Song Ho commune, Thuan Thanh district, Bac Ninh province. 35km East from Hanoi, on the Southern bank of the Duong river. Nobody knows when this villages started the production of folk woodcut painting, but at least 21 generations ago. Dong Ho paintings are mainly bought and displayed on the occasion of Tet – Vietnamese New Year, contents of pictures are often humorous, optimist with many bright and powerful colours like red, yellow or white. Unfortunately, the current painting products are as not good as before with the use of more chemical materials. In fact, most of the people in the village make votive paper, a very good business with a better earning.

Van Phuc Silk Village

Right in Hanoi, 10km west from the city centre. Over 1,000 years ago Lady A Nha Thi Nuong started the business. Luckily, like Bat Trang ceramic village, the production continues till now. This is the main supply of Vietnamese silk, exporting nationwide and worldwide. People like this product because it’s good to wear when the weather is either hot or cold, smooth as silk that said.

But Thap Pagoda

People also know this as Dien Ung or Phap Van or Co Chau pagoda. In reality, this is where the first Indian monks landed in Vietnam. In But Thap village, Dinh To commune, Thuan Thanh district, Bac Ninh province, nearly 40km from Hanoi. It was built in the 13th century. Currently, it is one of the most famous pagodas around Hanoi with a very special Eastern architecture.

Dau Pagoda

Other names are Ninh Phuc or Nhan Phap pagoda where you could see the one thousand hands and eyes Buddha. In Thanh Khuong commune, Thuan Thanh district, Bac Ninh province, nearly 30km from Hanoi. It was built in 187 and rebuilt many times. In reality, this is the oldest Buddhist pagoda in Vietnam.

Thay Pagoda

Also known as Master pagoda where students come and pray before the exams. In Sai Son commune, Quoc Oai district, ~30km from Hanoi centre. In fact, it was built during Ly dynasty on the top of a hill. This is the place one of the most famous monks in Vietnam, Tu Dao Hanh practised his religious life.

Tay Phuong Pagoda

Also known as Sung Phuc pagoda. In Yen village, Thach Xa commune, Thach That district, ~30km from Hanoi centre. It was rebuilt in the 16th century on a hill like the Master pagoda. The 18 figures representing ‘the conditions of man’ are carved from jack fruit wood, many dating from the 18th century, and are the pagoda’s most celebrated feature. In fact, the earliest construction here dates from the 8th century.

Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Adventures - Private Day Tours Around Hanoi By Motorbikes And Scooters: Perfume Pagoda boat ride with Offroad Vietnam. Day trip on motorbikePerfume Pagoda

A spacious complex of Buddhist temples and shrines built into the limestone of Huong Tich mountains. It is said that the first temple was a small structure on the current site of Thien Tru which existed during the reign of Le Thanh Tong in the 15th century. Legend (used to explain things when no clue found) claims that the site was discovered over 2,000 years ago by a monk meditating in the area, who named the site after a Tibetan mountain where Lord Buddha practised asceticism. In fact, it is the most popular site of a religious festival which draws large numbers of pilgrims from across Vietnam.

The centre of the Perfume Temple lies in Huong Son Commune, My Duc District, ~60km Southwest from Hanoi centre. The core of this complex is the Perfume Temple, also known as Chua Trong (Inner Temple), located in Huong Tich Cave. You need to take a boat ride on Yen river and walk or pay a cable car to explore the complex. It’s hard to see the whole complex in just a day but we will show you the best of this pagoda.

Hoa Lu & Tam Coc

Hoa Lu was a military complex during Dinh dynasty and you could visit Le and Dinh temples. There is just one way in and out, 90km from Hanoi. A hike up the Yen Ngua hill and get the panoramic view of the whole area. Tam Coc is 30km from Hoa Lu, 120km from Hanoi and this is the place for a scenic boat ride through three caves (means Tam Coc). In fact, it is nicknamed “Halong Bay on land” with limestone mountains out of the water and rice fields.

Hoa Binh & The Forgotten Highway 6

Hoa Binh is 80km Southwest from Hanoi, where there is one of the biggest hydro electric plants (now after Son La). After the plant was completed, the former Highway 6 was moved. However, you could still ride on the “real” Highway 6 to visit some Thai and Muong villages around Hoa Binh.

Ba Vi & Dong Mo Golf Course

The Ba Vi mountain range is a soil-limestone mountain range, ~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. Dong Mo golf course is Vietnam’s first 36-hole golf play field, near Ba Vi. It covers a large areas and offer good view of the lakes, green grass and also a place to relax.

This is one of the most popular destinations for a day motorbike tours out of Hanoi.

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 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. 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.

This is one of the best destinations for a day tours around Hanoi on motorbike.

Contact us at offroadvietnam@gmail.com in case you want more details and options of private day tours around Hanoi by motorbikes and scooters.

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  1. Lynley Reply

    Thanks Anh, we are interested in a one day tour to Perfume Pagoda, preferably stopping at Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum (think that’s what its called?) on the way. We can share one bike between us. I think the 150cc would be ok? Can you let us know what the cost of this would be per person and inclusions? Thanks!

    • Anh Wu Reply

      90$US/person without the cable car or 110$US/person with the cable car. All inclusive, except drinks and personal medical insurance. However, we are not able to include HCMT museum as we don’t have enough time. Getting out of Hanoi and back again via the Southwest end is not easy, crowded and scary traffic!

  2. Lynley Reply

    Hi there,

    Two of us are interested in knowing more about prices for these tours. One of us has a motorbike licence so can drive us both, or do you supply a driver usually? Our travel insurance covers us on bikes up to 200cc. We are on a budget so would love to hear options and suggestions for a tour with you.

    Look forward to hearing back soon!

    Thanks

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Thank you for your inquiry. We recommend you ride one bike each because if you need a driver that costs more. In a day you could use small motorbikes (110-150cc) and an all-inclusive trip with a professional guide costs you 90$US/person.

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