Short Tour Northwest 4 Days
It is no doubt to say that the North Vietnam is the land of mountains which cover more than 70% of area. The splendid scenery of high mountain peaks connected to the sky surrounded by mystery old forest always attracts thousands of visitors. We would like to introduce the short motorbike tour to Mai Chau, Moc Chau and Phu Yen, which is prepared carefully to make sure you will have a memorable journey.
Day 1: Ha Noi - Mai Chau – 150km (L,D Homestay)
The 4 days motorbike tour will be started from Hanoi at about 7.am to avoid traffic jam. From the west outskirt of Hanoi, there is just one straight road which takes us to Son Tay along the Red river, then ride on the new road to Hoa Binh Province. From now, instead of all the noise or uproarious public transport in the city, all you see is extensive farming lands with paddy fields split by tree-lined road and some traditional farmers who are working laboriously. After lunch in Yen Lac- Hoa Binh Province, you will head up to the North and reach beautiful view of the endless limestone peaks combined with idyllic scenery, this is absolutely incomparable. We head straight at the main range before reaching to a beautiful high forested pass, which descends into the hidden valley Mai Chau. At around 4.00 pm, we arrive in Mai Chau and take a short trip to explore the town, just before dinner. Then you can attend the traditional Thai Dance performance, where you can dance and share a range of special liquors (rice wine) with the locals. It will be a night to remember. Overnight in a house-on-stilts of the Thai people.
Day 2: Mai Chau - Moc Chau – 100km (B,L,D Homestay)
In the next morning, you can get up early to admire the view when the sun first appears in the sky after the mountain. It is probably a special sunrise not be compared with anywhere. It is a quite easy riding day, so after having breakfast in home-stay, if time permits, we can make a short tour to discover the daily life of Thai people in Mai Chau, especially the famous traditional market in the center of the town. Saying good bye the hosts, we continue the motorbike tour towards Moc Chau Plateau by riding up to higher lands. On good-looking road over mountains, we head up into a forested region populated by H’mong people before descending into a hilly green area. The landscape becomes even more inviting as you make a turn to small road named Hua Tat pass - an old French-built road with the amazing view of mountains not to be missed. Having lunch at Moc Chau with delicious unique food made by the local.
Moc Chau is considered as one of the largest and attractive plateau in the North Vietnam. It not only is famous for cool temperature and endless large green tea fields. Besides the beautiful nature but also is a place of many colorful hill tribes such as: the H’mong, Muong, Thai,… Therefore, in the afternoon, you can get a chance to learn more about the similarities and differences between those ethnic minorities. Home-stay at the plateau.
Day 3: Moc Chau - Phu Yen – 95km (B,L,D Hotel)
The distance from Moc Chau to Phu Yen is quite short but you have to face many challenges. Be ready to across through rocky road in some remote areas, ride over some thin local bridges which made insufficiently by sticks of bamboo. Specially, we will have beautiful ride along the Da river. Da river (also called Black River) is known as the most important tributary of the Red River, its total length is nearly 910 km. The magnificent beauty of the river combined with layer upon layer limestone mountains could be the highlight of this North Vietnam motorbike tour. The last distance is easy till the ferry crossing the Da river. Then follow the nice winding road along the river bank, we hit our next homestay in Phu Yen- a district of Son La Province in the Northwestern region of Vietnam.
Day 4: Phu Yen - Ha Noi – 180km (B,L Tour Ends)
The final day to come back Hanoi, we will enter mountains heavily populated with Back Thai people, who work on large terraced rice fields. The winding road passes through many Thai villages provides a great opportunity to watch country life passing by. After that, we’ll meet the main road and drive back to Ha Noi. Have lunch in a local restaurant on the way. We arrive in Ha Noi at about 5:00 pm. We hope that you have enjoyed our short motorbike tour with us and look forward to welcoming your next journey.