UP INTO THE MOUNTAINS | 3 DAY MOTORBIKE TOUR

Hanoi - Pu Luong - Ta Xua - Hanoi

590km

2 nights in homestays

Pu Luong Nature Reserve; the rural district of Mai Chau; the Moc Chau Plateau; Ta Xua Nature Reserve; the Dinosaur's Backbone; the Pu Luong, Hua Tat and Lung Po mountain passes

any skill level

Included

airport pickup

English speaking tour guide

breakfast, lunch and dinner

accommodation (shared)

motorbike rental

fuel

helmets and gloves

tickets to national parks and for ferries

Not Included

drinks at the end of the day

souvenirs

health and liability insurance

Single Rooms (2 Nights)

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Day 1: Hanoi - Pu Luong

165km

homestay

Pu Luong Nature Reserve; the Pu Luong Pass

You'll travel southwest from Hanoi, passing acres of rice fields overshadowed by the great limestone cliffs that jut out of them. By afternoon, you'll be riding the Pu Luong Pass and taking in the panoramic view it offers of the surrounding countryside. In previous years, we used to spend the first night of this tour in Mai Chau but nowadays we spend it in Pu Luong Nature Reserve: it's seen very little development, is even quieter and has plenty of dirt roads and traditional homestays.

Thang standing in Pu Luong Nature Reserve
Thang standing in Pu Luong Nature Reserve
the Pu Luong Pass in Winter
the Pu Luong Pass in Winter
Day 2: Pu Luong - Ta Xua

200km

homestay

the rural district of Mai Chau; the Moc Chau Plateau; the Hua Tat Pass; crossing the Da River by ferry

You'll continue your adventure north into the rural district of Mai Chau. Set in a valley filled with the rice fields and the stilt houses of Vietnam's Thai minorities, it has a number offroading opportunities and plenty of places to pause for refreshments. After leaving the valley you'll head up into the mountains over the Hua Tat Pass and the Moc Chau Plateau, an area famed for its plums, flowers and green tea (there's even a mountain you'll see there covered in nothing but tea trees!) Then it's down towards the Da River, which you'll cross on a little ferry before beginning a second, steeper climb, passing through the mountain town of Bac Yen and arriving in Ta Xua before dark.

leaving Pu Luong Nature Reserve in Winter
leaving Pu Luong Nature Reserve in Winter
a fun dirt road in Mai Chau
a fun dirt road in Mai Chau
Day 3: Ta Xua - Hanoi

225km

Ta Xua Nature Reserve; the Dinosaur's Backbone; the Lung Po Pass

You'll ride the narrow dirt roads through Ta Xua Nature Reserve to the even narrower Dinosaur's Backbone, a little path set atop a mountain that leads to one of the highest peaks in the area where, on a good day, you can watch the clouds pass by from above. (In wet conditions, though, you'll likely walk the Backbone: it's short enough, but it's definitely not for the faint of heart!) This is the culmination of the motorbike tour: the view from up there is a great example of the type of massive vista for which North Vietnam is known. Then it's northeast over the Lung Lo Pass, skirting Xuan Son National Park on the way back to Hanoi. This area is known for its green tea, and the ride back to Hanoi from this direction is characterised by miles of rolling tea plantations and the villages of the minority folks who cultivate them.

cloud hunting on The Dinosaur's Backbone, Ta Xua
cloud hunting on The Dinosaur's Backbone, Ta Xua
biker cloud hunting in Ta Xua Nature Reserve
biker cloud hunting in Ta Xua Nature Reserve
Prices
Honda XR150Honda CRF250
1 bike$200$250
2-3 bikes$150$200
4-7 bikes$140$190
8-11 bikes$120$170
12-14 bikes$110$160
15-20 bikes$100$150
21+ bikes$90$140
Surcharges
Single, rather than shared accommodation:$20 per rider per night
Overnight train, including bike transportation, from Hanoi to Lao Cai/Sa Pa (selected tours):$75 per rider/bike
1 night boat trip around Ha Long Bay (selected tours):$50 per rider
Single, rather than shared accommodation on the boat trip around Ha Long Bay (selected tours):$50 per rider