Sapa and Ha Giang adventure (10-day tour)

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The Experience

The Experience

Get off the tourist trail and on-ya-bike for a 10-day adventure from Vietnam’s capital Hanoi to explore Vietnam’s highest mountains, hill tribe villages, ride along the Chinese border, and witness the spectacular scenery of Ha Giang.
Our all-inclusive package is filled with plentiful stops for drinks, lunch sightseeing, and photo opportunities, making sure you never get too tired or too hungry!
We never ride after dark, so even with a jam-packed itinerary, we will have you back at your accommodation around 5 pm. Safe, sound and dreaming of your next adventure.

Detailed itinerary

Arrival Day

Our team will collect riders from the airport at a prearranged time and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. Around 5 pm we will meet at the hotel for a rider’s briefing and review your trusty bike for the adventure before heading out to a local restaurant where we can share a meal and get to know each other before you get started on your epic Vietnam adventure.

Day 1

Hanoi to Mai Chau
Approx. 200km

Although the traffic in Hanoi gets really busy, we'll start at the edge of the city and quickly leave the traffic behind and enter the countryside towns to the south.
After a couple of hours of small towns and farmland, we’ll be able to see the mountains ahead
As we enter the area of the White Thai tribe we’ll stop for some hill tribe style lunch in a traditional wooden-framed building.
As the road twists through the jungle-covered mountain, we’ll continue further into the mountains.
We’ll stop at the top of White Rock Mountain for a stunning view across the Mai Chau Valley, set amongst small villages of wooden stilt houses and traditional farming families. There, we can watch the sunset over the rice paddies and mountains.

Day 2

Mai Chau to Phu Yen
Approx. 160km

As we exit Mai Chau valley we’ll get a spectacular view of HoaBinh Lake before we stop at a hidden waterfall to snap a quick photo before getting the adrenaline pumping on the hairpin bends and steep cliffs on Moc Chau’s mountain roads.

We’ll enjoy a White Thai style lunch at a local restaurant and then cruise down a stunning valley where we’ll get on a ferry to cross the Da River Lake. The winding road on the banks of the lake leads us past traditional farming and fishing villages where you’ll see the local using small horses to transport their goods to the market. The final stretch of the day has us surrounded by rice fields before reaching our hotel at Phu Yen.

Day 3

Phu Yen to Mu Cang Chai
Approx. 180km

Day three starts with a trip over Lung Lo mountain pass, a historic path the Viet Minh once took to defeat the French in 1954. Heading further north and up into the mountains, you’ll be surrounded by expansive views of the countryside before we climb even higher into a sleepy hill tribe village before having lunch in Nghia Lo.

Continuing north, be prepared for even more steeper hills but also some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of Vietnam. Our resting place for the night is in a traditional wooden stilt house nestled in between rice fields and lush mountains where you’ll be well-fed with tasty local dishes and cold beer.

Day 4

Mu Cang Chai to Sapa
Approx. 140km

You would think it impossible, but from here on the mountains get even bigger and the road has more twists and bends as we continue our journey north towards the O Quy Ho Pass, which will be the biggest climb of our trip. The mountains get bigger and the road gets windier as we carry on north.
We’ll finally come to the incredible O Quy Ho pass, the biggest climb of our tour, with a summit of 2035 meters. Once we reach the top, we’ll take a well-deserved break, sharing some refreshments of tea and dried buffalo with the local hill tribe folk who live here. Cruising down the other side of the mountain, we’ll stop for some photos of the impressive Silver Waterfall before continuing our journey with stunning views of the Cat Cat valley and Fan Si Pan, Vietnam’s highest mountain. As we reach Sapa, we’ll have a hearty lunch and leave you with the rest of the afternoon to relax and explore the town.
As we come down the other side of the mountain, we’ll stop for photos at the impressive 100 meter Silver Waterfall.
Tip: Take a ride in the world’s longest cable car ride to the top of Fan Si Pan mountain, which is also the highest point in Vietnam at a staggering 3140 meters.

Day 5

Sapa adventure day
Approx. km

Your itinerary for today is whatever you want it to be! You are free to explore the town and local markets, or if you didn’t give it a go the previous day, take the cable car up to Fan Si Pan, or if you wish, just relax at the hotel and soak in all that you’ve seen during the journey so far.

Day 6

Sapa to Bac Ha
Approx. 170km

After a day of relaxation, we’re back on the bikes and following the winding road out of town and down the mountain towards the Chinese border gate in Lao Cai town.
Driving along the border road, we’ll follow the twists and turns up onto high peaks and into steep valleys surrounded by rice terraces and traditional wooden stilt homes. As we drive along the Chay river dam we’ll make our way towards Bac Ha town, famous for the local hill tribe markets - where many different tribes gather to trade their goods.

Day 7

Bac Ha to Quan Ba
Approx. 240km

King Hoang A Tuong once ruled over all the hill tribes in the area and controlled all the trade routes, including the opium trade. After seeing his well-preserved palace that lies on the outskirts of Bac Ha, we’ll continue on our mountainous route through villages and countryside before we find ourselves at the giant karst mountains of the Ha Giang province and the top of the Bac Ha mountain pass. Next, we’ll head towards the Quan Ba mountains also known as ‘Heaven’s Gate’ and famous for colorful plum and peach trees and hidden caves. We’ll head towards a Red Dao village where you’ll be welcomed into the traditional home of a local Dao family who will host you for the night.

Day 8

Quan Ba to Dong Van
Approx. 140km

Day 8 starts with us heading north on the winding road that heads north over the Karst mountains towards China. One of our stops is the palace of the Hmong emperor, surrounded by steep cliffs, the Hmong people were well protected from both the French and the Chinese.
Next, we’ll head towards Lun Cu tower, which marks the northernmost point in Vietnam and from the top of the tower, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of China across the border.
Our home for the night is an old French fort which has been converted into a hotel. Set high on a cliff it offers breathtaking panoramic views from which to enjoy a sunset.

Day 9

Dong Van to Ba Be Lake
Approx. 240km

We’ll exit this area along the Ma Pi Leng mountain pass, possibly one of the best roads in Vietnam, we’ll climb over 1500 meters and there will be plenty of stops to enjoy the views from the steep cliffs and high valleys. Turning south will lead us on small roads through even more steep mountains where we’ll eventually head into Ba Be National Park where we’ll spend the night in the traditional wooden stilt houses.
If there’s time, you can jump on a boat to explore the lake and its surroundings of waterfalls, caves and untouched jungle!

Day 10

Ba Be lake to Hanoi
Approx. 230km

Leaving behind the tranquility of the lake, we’re soon surrounded by hills and countryside for most of the day before we start driving through bigger towns, and the roads start getting more and more crowded as we get closer to Hanoi. Not to worry though, we’ll still take the easiest route back into the city center, where a cold beer awaits us to celebrate the end of an amazing journey!


All meals, beverage (except alcohol) while on tour and overnight accommodation are included.

Important notes

All riders must be licensed from their country of origin and hold an International Driving Permit (IDP) for visitors to Vietnam. Vietnamese guests who ride must have a current A2 license.
All customers must carry travel insurance with the activity of motorcycle tour or riding selected.

Cancellations & Refund conditions

Cancellation by Onyabike Adventures

Onyabike Adventures Vietnam tours are not subject to weather for cancellation, unless In extreme and unlikely events a tour is required to be cancelled completely and we are unable to arrange a replacement date a 100% refund will apply.

Cancellation by Guests

  • 1-3 day tours
    If the booking is cancelled within 24 hours of tour departure date or once the tour has departed: the fee is 100% of the tour price.
    The booking is cancelled within 7 days of the tour departure date the fee is 50% of the tour price.
  • 4 days and over tours
    The booking is cancelled within 30 days of tour departure date: no refund of deposit.
    The booking is cancelled within 14 days of tour departure date: the fee is 100% of the tour price.

Refund conditions

Refunds are not included for any unused services , If a customer terminates early in a city other than the departure city, the customer is responsible for the transport fee of the motorcycle to our Danang office. Early termination will not lead to a refund of the tour fees.

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