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 from 8am to 12pm and then from 2pm to 6pm.
Booking code: OV05
Hanoi is a busy city in Vietnam. However, the surroundings are great places for a 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.
You can watch a clip of the Hanoi motorbike tour in one day to Ba Vi mountain and Duong Lam ancient village in 2018 below. 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 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 the description of places below to decide where you want to ride):
Short One Day Tours Around Hanoi
Ride to some craft villages such as Tho Ha (vermicelli and ceramic), Bat Trang (ceramic), Dong Ho (traditional painting), and Van Phuc (silk).
Around Hanoi to some temples and pagodas like But Thap, Dau, Thay, and Tay Phuong.
Some villages and pagodas (a combination of places above).
Ride Southwest to Perfume Pagoda.
Long One Day Tours Around Hanoi
(over 200 km)
Ride South ~250 km to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc (terrace Halong Bay).
Ride to Hoa Binh and the forgotten Highway 6.
Itinerary 3 – The most popular Day Tours Around Hanoi.
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. We will guide you through the scary traffic of Hanoi. In reality, flow like a fish in the river!
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Tho Ha Vermicelli And Ceramic Village
Tho Ha village, Van Ha commune, Viet Yen district, Bac Giang province. 35km Northeast of Hanoi. An island of about 20ha in the 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 Vietnamese food. However, some villagers are keen to operate a ceramic factory but it seems they either have not got enough funds or the potential market share.
Bat Trang Ceramic Village
An old, well-established village in the 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 produces 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 sell 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 of Hanoi, on the Southern bank of the Duong river. Nobody knows when this village 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, an optimist with many bright and powerful colours like red, yellow, or white. Unfortunately, the current painting products are not as 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 better earning.
Van Phuc Silk Village
Right in Hanoi, 10km west of 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 very special Eastern architecture.
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.
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 the Ly dynasty on the top of a hill. This is the place one of the most famous monks in Vietnam, Tu Dao Hanh practiced 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 fruitwood, 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.
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 practiced asceticism. In fact, it is the most popular site of a religious festival that 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 the 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 the 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 a 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 of Hanoi, where there is one of the biggest hydroelectric 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 of 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 playfield, near Ba Vi. It covers a large area and offers a 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 the 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 day tours around Hanoi by motorbike.
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Hi, I’d like to do a motorbike tour, around Hanoï…one day…on Saturday 18th ..or Sunday 19th…I read your different itineraries and I am interested in pagodas and artisanal villages, the local market or people…could you propose to me a program and the price? If I could be alone too…
Thank you for contacting us.
Unfortunately, we are booked up for both of these dates at the moment and are not able to provide a tour at this short notice.
Maybe next time but at a much earlier notice :)
Tôi có rất nhiều kinh nghiệm off-road. Vợ tôi chạy xe ôm cũng rất giỏi. Bạn đề xuất món gì?
Dạ, anh định đi vào thời gian nào ạ? Có nhiều tuyến để đi trong ngày lắm anh ạ.
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!
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!
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!
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.