VIETNAM / Hills and Tribes

Northeast Vietnam's top ticket is Halong Bay, and while visiting the World Heritage Site is an essential experience, the region also showcases craggy limestone peaks, tropical forests, caves, waterfalls and historic sights. Looming above the coast, the karst continues into Cao Bang province, and the brooding mountains are one of Vietnam’s most idiosyncratic landscapes. Head northeast and explore remote backroads and the sublime lakes of Ba Be National Park.
All in all - after escaping Hanoi's crazy traffic RIDE YOUR DREAM comes true once again! Exploring the remote north-east, what may be tiresome by public transportation is a joyride on a motorcycle!

At a Glance ...

Best traveltime October to March,
Start/Finish Hanoi / Hanoi
Duration 14days
Distance covered  
Day rides  
Roads Tarmac for most of the part. Not too demanding offroad stretches
Motorcycles Honda CRF250cc, Honda XR and XLR250cc
Rider's requirements Medium riding skills
Group size Min. 4 and max. 10 riders -  pillion rider on request.
Accomodation Middle class hotels, Homestays
What's included All meals, water and soft drinks, all entry fees, petrol for the bikes
Highlights Halong Bay, Hanoi,
Important "VISA on Arrival" - apply online!
Upcoming tours ...

VIETNAM / Hills and Tribes / October 2023


An Epic Journey takes us from Hanoi via the Halong Bay to Saigon and the Mekong Delta alternating between coast and Ho Chi Minh road.

Booking until 30/10/2023

Hilltribes and Hillrides

Day 1 Arrival in Vietnam and transfer to your hotel. Later on a first walk around the Old Town and to Hoan Kiem lake, Hotel in Hanoi
Day 2 Our first riding day sees us cruising along the Red River to Thac Ba lake in Vu Linh where we will stay with a Dao family next to the lake. Homestay
Day 3 On minor roads along we follow to lake to Luc Yen. Since it's only a short ride we have time to explore the rural area - this place sees hardly any foreigners. Another homestay this time with a Tay family.
Day 4 We leave the rice paddies of the plains and reach the karst mountains of Ha Giang - not touristy yet but one of Vietnams most spectacular regions. Hotel / Resort in Ha Giang
Day 5 For the next days it's gonna be mountain rides. Awesome limestone mountains and winding roads on way to Meo Vac. This area is settled by the Hmong community - they featured prominent in Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino". Homestay
Day 6 We ride up to Heaven's Gate pass and you should make sure to have your cameras batteries charged. Might stop at a local market for a stroll before we reach Ba Be National Park - another Homestay next to BaBe lake.
Day 7 As are are getting closer to the border with China we will see a bit more traffic - not enough to spoil the great riding and the scenery though. For a change we stay at a hotel in Cao Bang tonight.
Day 8 "Lonely Planet" guide agrees with us that we are enjoying one of Vietnams most scenic areas today. We do a loop towards the chinese border and Ban Gioc waterfalls and visit a limestone cave before we head back to Cao Bang.
Day 9 As we turn south the country gets more populated, water Buffalos and Pig's will show up more often but the kart mountains remain. We stay in a hotel in Lang Son.
Day 10 The closer we get to the sea the smoother the craggy karst seems to get. Souvenier shops tell us it it getting touristy - we reach Halong Bay. Hotel
Day 11 Once you're out on a boat in Halong Bay there will be no doubt why this is a UNESCO Heritage. It's simply breath-taking. A great day on the boat where we will spent the night sorrounded by karst islands.
Day 12 Our last days ride - not all that specatcular - brings us back to Hanoi where we say goodbye to our bikes.
Day 13 A full day to do some shopping, sip a beer and watch the world go by - enjoy life. Tonights farewell dinner might might come with a few Bia Hoi beers, we will see.
Day 14 "Good morning Vietnam" for the last time and after breakfast we drop you at the airport.