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Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Adventures – 11 Days Ha Giang Motorbike Tours


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11 Days Ha Giang Motorbike Tours booking code: OV49

Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Adventures - 11 Days Ha Giang Motorbike ToursOffroad Vietnam invites riders from all over the world to come and discover this wild and remote area of Vietnam. You ride on all types of roads (from flat and smooth to gravel and bumpy), dirt tracks and jungle paths. Best of all, any road could easily turn into a dirt road when it rains. In addition, the spectacular view of cloudy mountains is a great memory from a motorcycle trip. On our Ha Giang motorbike tours you skirt along the Vietnam/China border, starting in Hanoi to Nghia Lo, Than Uyen and Sapa in Northwest Vietnam and continue to the most beautiful part of the trip in Ha Giang, Dong Van and Bao Lac before descending on Highway 4 to Cao Bang, Quang Uyen and Lang Son.

If you return via Ba Be, the trip will be reduced by one day but then you miss the historical Highway 4. This trip is the most popular motorbike tour we provide in North Vietnam. Just tell us your time frame and we will get back with a proposal and hopefully, something works out.

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11 days Ha Giang motorbike tours ride at a glance

1st day: Hanoi – Nghia Lo.
2nd day: Nghia Lo – Than Uyen.
3rd day: Than Uyen – Sapa.
4th day: Sapa – Bac Ha.
5th day: Bac Ha – Ha Giang.
6th day: Ha Giang – Dong Van.
7th day: Dong Van – Bao Lac.
Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Adventures - 11 Days Ha Giang Motorbike Tours. Ha Giang motorcycle exploring8th day: Bao Lac – Cao Bang.
9th day: Cao Bang – Quang Uyen.
10th day: Quang Uyen – Lang Son.
11th day: Lang Son – Hanoi.

This trip can also be completed in 10 days returning via Ba Be lake instead of extending to Lang Son on Highway 4.

If you are looking for a shorter riding version in fewer days, please click here for a detailed itinerary of 8 days motorbike tours of Ha Giang.

1st day: Hanoi – Vu Linh.
2nd day: Vu Linh – Ha Giang.
3rd day: Ha Giang – Dong Van.
4th day: Dong Van – Bao Lac.
5th day: Bao Lac – Cao Bang.
6th day: Cao Bang – Quang Uyen.
7th day: Quang Uyen – Lang Son.
8th day: Lang Son – Hanoi.

Important! Ha Giang Immigration Police office issues one permit for each person and luckily we could get this permit at the hotel where we stay. You need to give us your original passport to get the permit.

Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Adventures - 11 Days Ha Giang Motorbike Tours: Ha Giang after maize (popcorn) collection. Motorcycling Ha Giang

This program is flexible, the following is just a standard itinerary, we will customize to suit your riding skills and to meet your expectations.

Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Adventures - 11 Days Ha Giang Motorbike Tours: Thac Ba, Vu Linh boat and swimmingDay 1: Hanoi – Nghia Lo (~250 km, ~7 h). L, D

This is our first day of our 11-day Ha Giang motorbike tours. Before the ride, it takes 30 minutes to double check the bikes and ensure that we have all necessary tools and equipment to guarantee maximum fun.

Then we head out of Hanoi skirting along Red River to Son Tay and then head up the mountain to Nghia Lo. The road is easy and flat from Hanoi to Thanh Son, from Thanh Son to Thu Cuc and then Ba Khe to Nghia Lo is beautiful, snaking the foot of Hoang Lien Range. Nghia Lo is a big mountain town where we stop for the night.

Day 2: Nghia Lo – Than Uyen (~180 km, ~5 h). B, L, D

Wild and bumpy road with Lung Lo Pass as the first challenge. The next one is the higher Khau Pha Pass. We 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.

Night in a hotel.

Day 3: Than Uyen – Sapa (~140 km, ~5 h). B, L, D

The area of Than Uyen is mainly populated by Flower H’mong and Dzao people. Then direction Sapa. Easy track for 100 km and asphalted mountainous road for the last 40 km. Stay in Sapa and you will find out the reason Sapa is one of the most popular places for tourists in Vietnam.

Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Adventures - 11 Days Ha Giang Motorbike Tours: Ha Giang Motorcycle Vacation, Ha Giang Motorbike expeditionDay 4: Sapa – Bac Ha (~100 km, ~3 h). B, L, D

The drive from Sapa to Bac Ha takes ~3 hours, down from Sapa to Lao Cai (34 km), a border city where we can take photos with China as the background. After lunch, ride up to Bac Ha (70 km) with stunning landscape. Overnighting in Bac Ha.

Day 5: Bac Ha – Ha Giang (~200 km, ~6 h). B, L, D

After breakfast, ride on the track to Xin Man and on many small/back roads with scenic mountain views before joining the main road heading up to Ha Giang where we stop for the night and apply for a permit.

Day 6: Ha Giang – Dong Van (~180 km, ~6 h). B, L, D

After getting the permit to ride in border areas at Ha Giang’s Immigration Police, we ride on small challenging mountain roads (but incredibly beautiful) on the land of colourful mountain hill-tribes.

Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Adventures - 11 Days Ha Giang Motorbike Tours: Ha Giang Motorcycle AdventureHead up the Ma Pi Leng Pass. Here is yet another amazing place, with cloudy mountain ranges and the poetic Nho Que river winding off in the distance. Ride on a rig-zag track until Dong Van, a remote area and meet the hard-working local people here. It is inspiring to see how they survive as they manage to live in the rocks. When we reach town we will have some extra time to wander the ancient streets lined with H’mong homes of clay bricks and tiles roofs built centuries ago.

Day 7: Dong Van – Bao Lac (~80 km, ~4 h). B, L, D

The road is still under construction and tracks what make the ride relatively long in spite of few kilometres. The landscape is among the most beautiful of Vietnam, and the slow tempo is only more appreciable.

We cross the wild regions of the mythical province of Ha Giang. Stop for the night at Bao Lac, the ethnic crossroad of North-east Vietnam. Many other ethnic groups on the two sides of the border meet at the market every Sunday.

Day 8: Bao Lac – Cao Bang (~150 km, ~5 h). B, L, D

Beautiful ride down to Cao Bang province. Few passes from where you can dominate the area. The road is easy but there are many blind curves. We can stop very often for photos. Altogether, stop for drinks and food it should be an 8-hour journey. Stay in a hotel.

Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Adventures - 11 Days Ha Giang Motorbike Tours. Ha Giang motorcycle holiday, motorbike voyageDay 9: Cao Bang – Quang Uyen (~140 km, ~5 h). B, L, D

Ride in 1 hour and a half to reach the beautiful village of Quang Uyen, in the middle of a mountain cirque. This is the territory of Nung An people. Home stay with a host family and the hostess is a great cook.

We make our way through spectacular scenery to Vietnam’s most impressive waterfall, Ban Gioc Waterfalls, 50km from Quang Uyen. Weather permitting we can swim right up to where the 50m high falls hit the river.

Day 10: Quang Uyen – Lang Son (~180 km, ~6 h). B, L, D

Ride from Quang Uyen to Lang Son on the famous historical Highway 4. We will have time to discover this city which has become a big trading post between China and Vietnam. You can shop for cheap Chinese products at the nearby Dong Kinh market.

Overnight in hotel.

Day 11: Lang Son – Hanoi (~150 km, ~3 h). B, L

An easy day back to Hanoi on the new Highway 1B. You can wake up late in the morning as we guess you can be tired after 10 long riding days.

Arrival at Hanoi around 3pm, before rush hours.

B: Breakfast.
L: Lunch.
D: Dinner.

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Nghia Lo

~250km North of Hanoi, in the heart of the second largest rice field in North Vietnam, Yen Bai province. This is a nice stop on Road 32, at the foot of Hoang Lien range that extends as far as Sapa. Accommodation is good and clean.

Than Uyen

A small town, ~400km North of Hanoi, ~120km South of Sapa, Than Uyen district, Lai Chau province. This is on the high mountain massif of Hoang Lien range with the peak is Fansipan (3,143m above sea level), the roof of Indochina. Accommodation is basic.


A hill station built by the French in early 20th century, ~400km North of Hanoi, Sapa district, Lao Cai province. This town is about 1,600n above sea level and is one of the few places in Vietnam that had snow. Accommodation is good. With the fast extension and more tourists, the town itself usually have more foreigners than local people.

Bac Ha

A new Sapa, ~400km from Hanoi, ~120km from Sapa. The town is famous for its Tam Hoa plum which must bloom three times before they are ripe. Vietnamese whisky distilled in Bac Ha is also a favourite drink.

Ha Giang

The most beautiful province in North Vietnam and probably of the whole Vietnam. ~320km North of Hanoi. You take in stunning mountain scenery, meet friendly people and Sunday market is colourful.

Dong Van

~200km from Ha Giang city, ~500km from Hanoi. Probably the most beautiful place in North Vietnam. Dong Van Karst Plateau Global Geopark is located in the north-eastern province of Vietnam, Ha Giang. It is the first Geopark in Vietnam and the second one in South-east Asia to be recognized by UNESCO. The Geopark formed about 550 million years ago and now is home to 17 ethnic groups which creates the unique and rich cultural heritage of this area. Sunday market is probably the most colourful one in North Vietnam.

Bao Lac

~ 400km from Hanoi, located in the very north of Vietnam, in a mountainous area at the border with China. Local people live mainly in remote small villages with no waterworks or other infrastructure. This area is among the poorest in Vietnam. The town itself is small and there is nothing special rather than the only stop with basic accommodation in this area.

Cao Bang

A big town in Northeast Vietnam, the capital city of a province with the same name, ~180km from Lang Son or ~400km from Hanoi. The city is also known for the Battle of Cao Bang, the first major decisive victory of the Viet Minh against the French Army along Highway 4. We use this town as a base because there is no better accommodation in the surrounding areas.

Lang Son

A major trading post in Northeast Vietnam, possibly the largest border gates between Vietnam and China, ~150km from Hanoi in the far North. Lang Son and its ancient citadel have been in the path of many invasions and were the site of three French defeats during the colonial era. The city was the centre of fighting during the Sino-Vietnamese War of 1979 and sustained extensive damage. However, with a surprisingly fast recovery, there is almost no trace of the war but a prosperous trading town. A chance to buy cheap Chinese electronic items, fakes that cost from 1/10 of the original products.

Quang Hoa

A commune of mainly Nung people in Quang Uyen district, Cao Bang province, ~400km North of Hanoi via Lang Son or ~500km via Cao Bang. The village is one of the first to offer homestay experience to foreigns who travel there on two wheels. The host house is basic but cosy. The nearby Ban Gioc waterfalls is a scenic site, however, with the booming trade at Po Peo border gate, the road to this place is usually in bad conditions, either dusty or muddy.

Vu Linh

A commune of mainly Dao people in Yen Binh district, Yen Bai province, 180km North of Hanoi. The village is on the lower end of Thac Ba lake. The homestay we use is not far from the lake where we could have a boat ride and swim in the clear water. In late 1990’s Ngoi Tu village started to welcome the first foreigners and now it’s a popular place for home stays. However, Ngoi Tu faces a garbage disposal problem and this is evident in the diminishing quality of water courses and a gradual influx of tourists puts a strain on the local environment.

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  1. John Philp Reply

    I have 2 friends booked for the Ha Giang ride on OV49 … 23 March finish ride back to Hanoi Thursday 2 April.
    I have 3 off-road bikes myself and very experienced rider … have not held a licence for many years had no need, have 2 scooters that we use ..and rent bikes, all over the world .. ride only off-road these days … I have a learner’s permit now but cannot sit my full licence for another 3 months…
    what rules are required to join this ride?
    is it possible to sit day prior to this ride starts?
    I could attend this ride if riding with an instructor under AU law? I have learner’s permit.
    please let me know what can be done?

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Dear John,

      Please check your email for a detailed reply with options to join this trip.

      Let us know your thoughts please.

  2. Brian Marsland Reply

    This tour looks great. What would a fully guided tour cost for two persons leaving Hanoi on 11 Jan 2019?

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Dear Brian. We haven’t worked out the 2019 touring season but you can check this link for some idea of the prices. It can be more or less depending on inflation. Thanks.

  3. Rob Gavin Reply

    Hi I am interested in your 11 day Ha Giang your, we are all experienced off road riders so what would the cost be for 4 riders. Thank you. Rob.

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello Rob. Unfortunately, you didn’t provide your dates so we couldn’t confirm availability. To have an idea of our costs, please follow this link and look at the group of four riders. Let us know if you have more questions.

  4. Pete Hughes Reply


    I would like to do a bIke tour for 5 days/4 nights going to Ha Giang. I will be doubling my wife so we will only require 1 bike. I have an Australian motorbike license and have ridden up to Sa Pa before. We would hope to start the tour on Sunday 8th September.

    How much would it cost for this trip?
    What route would we take?
    What kind of accommodation would we stay in?
    What food would be included?
    How is safety/1st aid/accidents taken care of?

    Thank you.

    Pete Hughes

    • Anh Wu Reply

      It’s bit short in 5 days (means more riding per day) but is possible. Please check our email reply. Thanks.

  5. devemy Reply


    we may be interested in one of your tour. my boyfriend has the licence to drive a motorbike (french licence) but not me : so we wonder if this would be possible to ride on his bike with him or with another rider?
    also we’ll need to know your trip schedule as well as the cost for a 10/11 days trip in january 2014.

    thanks in adavnce for your answer.

    cécile devémy

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Dear Cécile Devémy,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      Please check your email, you will find our reply with information you requested.

      Anh Wu.

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