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Short Motorcycle Tour in Vietnam

This delightful Vietnam northwest motorbike tour from Hanoi offers a great opportunity to explore the outstanding natural beauties and culture richness of Mai Chau, the gateway to the impressive Northwestern area of Vietnam. As you ride to Mai Chau, you encounter White Thai minorities and are guests in their traditional stilt-houses allowing you to see firsthand how these minority people live. Experience the hospitality of Vietnamese people on this tour!

Key information

  • Terrain: countryside road
  • Bike: rental bike (Yamaha, Honda, or Suzuki models)
  • Mileage: 300 kilometers / 186 miles
  • Daily rides: 140 - 160 kilometers / 87 - 99 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmet
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner


  • Starts and ends in Hanoi
  • Ride to an area of beautiful landscape
  • Stay at the home to Thai ethnic minority and get to know local people
  • Service of an English or French-speaking guide
  • Motorcycle rental and gasoline included
  • 1-night accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

2 days with instruction
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Vietnam Motorbiketour endeavors to select a combination of good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, all the while striving to keep the cost affordable. Your trip will stay in a range of hotels / guesthouses with standardized quality.

Please be aware that some hotel rooms, especially those in major urban centers or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different from your home country.

Rooms are en-suite and either twin- or triple-share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveler, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex otherwise you can pay a supplement to possess a single room.

If you are traveling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with Vietnam Motorbiketour. Vietnam Motorbiketour never presumes that two people traveling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.


Day 1: Hanoi to Mai Chau (Hoa Binh)

The motorbike tour will be started by leaving Hanoi on dike roads to avoid the heavy traffic around 9 a.m. You ride your motorcycles west to Mai Chau, an area of beautiful landscape and home to the Thai ethnic minority.

You will motorcycle on Highway 6 passing extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads punctuated by limestone karst scenery.

After a light lunch in Hoa Binh Province, you cross Thung Khe, one of the most beautiful mountain passes in North Vietnam then descent to the mountain valley settlement of Mai Chau. Set in an idyllic valley, hemmed in by hills, the Mai Chau area is a world away from Hanoi’s hustle.

After dinner, there will be a joint performance, where you can dance and share a range of special liquors (rice wine) with the locals. Overnight in a house-on-stilts of the Thai people.

  • Distance: 160 kilometers / 99 miles
  • Meals: Lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Home-stay in village

Day 2: Mai Chau to Hanoi

Mai Chau is one of the closest places to Hanoi where you can experience a "real" Montagnard village. In the morning, you take a short walk around the village to discover local life.

Life in the countryside starts early so by sunrise there is a wealth of activity. The Thai women are masterful weavers who ensure that there is plenty of traditional-style clothing to buy in the village center. You will see women weaving on looms under or inside their houses in the village. You can buy some handmade traditional-style clothing, knife or cross-bow.

After breakfast, let’s do a 60-kilometer motorcycle ride around Mai Chau on a beautiful mountain dirt track and almost empty road before going back to home-stay for lunch. And then you say goodbye to villagers and leave Mai Chau around 10 a.m. You ride back Hanoi by the shorter way. End of services.

  • Distance: 140 kilometers / 87 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Motorcycles available for this tour

Each rider will ride semi-automatic motorbikes Honda/Yamaha/Suzuki 110cc or Honda Future X/Neo 125cc or Fully automatic motorbikes Nouvo/Airblade 125cc or manual motorbike Honda 125cc. Other motorbike options are available with extra cost:

  • Surcharge for riding a manual motorbike Honda/Yamaha/Suzuki 150cc will be 20 USD per day per person
  • Surcharge for riding a manual motorbike Honda 250cc will be 30 USD per day per person


Vietnam Motorbiketour provides support truck (120 USD per day) for emergency and for your safe riding in Vietnam. Most of the other tour operators do not offer that. Please let Vietnam Motorbiketour know if you think it’s necessary.

Skill level


  • can ride for two to three hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents


Set in an idyllic valley, hemmed in by hills, the Mai Chau area is a world away from Hanoi’s hustle. The small town of Mai Chau itself is unappealing, but just outside the patchwork of rice fields rolls out, speckled by tiny Thai villages where visitors doss down for the night in traditional stilt houses and wake up to a rural soundtrack defined by gurgling irrigation streams and birdsong.


Meals, as stated in the itinerary, are included in the price. Breakfasts are usually included every day in the hotel (except on the first morning). They are usually "continental breakfasts," which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yogurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in Asia, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well.

Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are either two or three courses. In most cases, table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.

If you have any dietary requirements, Vietnam Motorbiketour will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise them when you book or make a note by email before you set out.

Please be aware that although Vietnam Motorbiketour will do everything in their power to arrange it, they cannot guarantee that every restaurant they use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Asia. They also cannot cater to tastes or dislikes, as most of the included evening meals feature a set menu.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Motorbike(s)
  • Helmet(s)
  • Driving gears
  • Gasoline on tour
  • English speaking guide
  • Mechanic (only for a group from 6 passengers)
  • 1 night accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (based on twin or/and triple shared)
  • Homestay permission
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing fees

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Air-ticket
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

Value for money
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Pricing information

There will be a surcharge for Lunar New Year.

  • Room is based on double occupancy. You can have the room for yourself with an extra cost.
  • Please note that rates fluctuate depending on the booking time.
  • Surcharge for manual dirt bikes of 150cc and 250cc is 18 USD per bike per day and 35 USD per bike per day, respectively.

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