Vietnam

Fertile, temptingly different and exotic.

Vietnam is one of Asia's most pleasant countries to visit. Drive an easy-going "Minsk" motorcycle. Meet the colourful mountain-people in the former closed areas next to the Chinese border, surrounded by Vietnam's tallest mountains. Explore village-markets, stay in private stilt-homes (and in good hotels), and savour Vietnam's famous cousine. Experience Hanoi, Vietnam's exiting capital city, and relax on a mini-cruise sailing between the green magic islands of Ha Long bay. Hjalte Tin and Ida Tin will guide this unique Moto Mundo tour.

Joining our tours from overseas? No problem, you can book all the tours with/without air-tickets included as you prefer. You prefer not do drive? No problem either. You can join all the tours as mc-passenger or book a seat in the support vehicle.

Maximum number of participants 15. Tour guarantee by minimum 8 participants.














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Tour Dates
Starting Point
Copenhagen/Hanoi
Price
MOTORCYCLE excl. airfare ? 2367

SEAT in support vehicle excl. airfare ? 2020


Single room surcharge ? 275
Finishing Point
Hanoi/Copenhagen
Duration
16 days
Motorcycle Type
Minsk 125 cc Russian two-stroke. Loved dearly and very common in the mountainous areas of Vietnam, where motorbikes above 175cc are prohibited.
Route
Black-top in the low-lands and gravel-roads in the mountains
Rest Days
Accomodation
Three-star hotel in Hanoi, family-houses and small hotels in the mountains, excursion-boat on the sea.
Highlights
The joy of driving your Minsk and reaching the isolated villages of Vietnam's most colourful mountain-people. The relaxed pleasure of sailing between Ha Long bay's magic green islands.

The perfect introduction to travel by motorbike. Light motorbike, short daily rides and slow, easy trafic in a pleasant climate.

The tour

Day 1


Departure

Departure from Copenhagen with SAS/Thai International at
14:30
Day 2


Hanoi Arrival

Arrival to Hanoi at 09:35

Welcome at Noi Bai-airport and transfer to Hanoi. Check-in at Carmelia Hotel. Relax and free walking in town.
Day 3


Hanoi City tour

Full-day tour of Vietnam?s capital, including Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, then transfer to Ho Chi Minh?s mausoleum, traditional stilt house, Ho Chi Minh Museum, and the revered One-Pillar Pagoda. Pay visits to typical Vietnamese places of worship, Quan Thanh Temple - the spirit defender west of Thang Long - and Tran Quoc Pagoda, along the shore of West Lake. After the lunch, move to see the Vietnam?s first university, the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature, and then jump into a Hanoi style ? Cyclo-bike? to visit the old-quarter.

At about 16.00 pm the Cyclo drops you back to the office and then transfer by car out of Hanoi on to the other side of River bank where all the bikes are ready for you for an hour practice with the bikes. The guide will explain about the trip with all necessary information for the trip.
18:30; enjoy the water-puppet show before the dinner.
Day 4


Mounting the " iron buffalos" Hanoi - Mai Chau. 170 km.

Transfer out of the city (to avoid crazy traffic) by car, which is about 30 km west of Hanoi.

Prepare your bikes and begin our adventure on the ?iron buffalo?, riding on the first part of the Ho Chi Minh Highway to get used to the Minsk before turning to a small, zigzag road round mountain feet. Pass through villages of Muong minority villages near Kim Boi Hot Spring for a drink or swimming before lunch in Muong Khen - a Muong village in Hoa Binh province.

In the afternoon, we climb up mountain passes with beautiful scenery of rice fields and valleys before descending into Mai Chau, a village of White Thai minority for a short hiking around the village, rice-fields to discover local people lives.

Dine with a Thai family where we spend the night. We later join the traditional dancing group of the village, hand-in-hand and drink ruou can.
Day 5


Mountain people and dirt roads. Mai Chau - Phu Yen. 150 km.

A real challenging ride, after an hour on the new Highway no. 6 we make our own way on the torturous and bumpy road to explore the H'mong hill tribe?s colourful customs and majestic mountainous scenery. Visit our H?mong friends? families, walk in the village and then continue on the dirt road to Moc Chau.

These beautiful grasslands of Moc Chau have the best of both worlds and breath-taking scenery which is favoured by nature and covered with clouds all year round. It seems to offer the most ideal climate condition in Northwest Vietnam. Moc Chau?s flora is diverse, ranging from forest and tea plantations to hills covered with fruit trees.

Moreover, we can walk to the local dairy farms and try produce from the local processing factories. Dairy produce is Moc Chau?s specialty being exported to many other countries.

We drop down to Da river and take a boat to cross the river. Then we ride along the river to visit Phu Yen valley, one of the most prosperous and beautiful villages of Thai people in Northwest Vietnam. Stay at Hoang Gia Hotel.
Day 6


Historical places. Phu Yen - Tuan Giao. 210 km.

The journey North continues onto Son La, following the 113 Highway. Along the way, there are super landscapes with green valleys and terrace rice fields. Pass the Bac Yen mountain top, through Chen pass we arrive at Son La plateau.

After lunch in Son La town, visit the former French Prison and provincial museum. It?s also time to refresh before climbing over a range of passes, including Son La, Chieng Pac, and Pha Din - known as the meeting between Heaven and Earth. Pha Din forms a natural border between Son La and Dien Bien Phu, the site of the decisive battle in Vietnam?s struggle for independence in 1954. While passing these scenic sites, you can enjoy the beautiful landscape on your way from Son La to Tuan Giao town. Arrive in Tuan Giao at sunset. Saty at Tuan Giao Guesthouse.
Day 7


Seven dramatic passes. Tuan Giao - Sin Ho. 150 km.

Continue venturing into northern Vietnam with the 98 km remainder of the historical Highway 6. The road is rough, but the scenery is unbelievably beautiful and magnificent with the 7 high passes cutting though steep mountains along the Da river - flowing around the foot of the passes, a beauty which can hardly be found anywhere else in the Northwest route.

In addition, the pleasure of travelling by motorbike in this region is the joy of seeing friendly smiles and waving from the local people, which make the hardship all worthwhile. Along the way, we stop to visit Black Thai, Kho Mu, Lu, Black H'mong, Green H'mong and White H'mong, just some of the many hill tribe groups who have settled there to discover their simple lifestyles and colourful cultures. Due to the mountains getting here is a very hard journey, thus the people living here mostly continue their traditional lifestyles. Such little-changed ways of life is hard to find anywhere else in Vietnam.

Sin Ho is regarded as the richest mountain market in the Northwest province, and anybody who is courageous enough to visit the area is rewarded with the bright colours of traditional clothes of various ethics such as Green H'mong, Black H'mong, White H'mong, Dao Dau Bang, Dao Khau, Giay, Thai, Cong, Mang and Lu? We stay at Sin Ho Guesthouse.
Day 8


Market in the green mountains. Sin Ho - Tam Duong - Sapa. 170 km.

Spend most of our time in the morning to explore Sin Ho Market - if we arrive on the market day - and then downhill for lunch in Tam Duong town.

In the afternoon, ride on dirt road, through villages of Lu, Giay and H?mong people before passing Muong Kim river to Lao Cai province. Climb by Vietnams tallest mountain up to Tram Ton pass, the most beautiful one in Sapa from where we have a stunning view of the mountains at sunset.

Ride down to Sapa before dark. We stay at Sapa Hoang Long Hotel.
Day 9


Sapa - day at leisure in the mountains.

Sapa was founded in the early years of the last century as a hill resort for the French administration in Indochina at the time. It soon became famous for its ideal climate. Nowadays, Sapa?s breathtaking scenery is one of the best in South East Asia.
Day at leisure. Enjoy the magnificient surroundings, go shopoing for souvenirs or take a ride in the mountains.
We stay at Sapa Hoang Long Hotel.
Day 10


Border to China. Sapa - Bac Ha - Xin Man. 150 km.

In the morning, ride down to Lao Cai town to visit Lao Cai border gate with China. Then rolling along route 70 to Bac Ngam for a breathtaking scenery of mountains and river before heading up mountain-pass to Bac Ha, where our lunch will be waiting. You may take a short hike to nearby H?mong villages.

In the afternoon, we continue to Xin Man on a wild, rocky road. Let's hope it doesn?t rain, otherwise we have to ride in the mud as water-buffalos! The scenery on the way to Xin Man is amazing. Overnight stay at the small Gia Long Hotel.
Day 11


Hidden in the mountains. Xin Man - Luc Yen. 120 km.

The market of Xin Man is the most beautiful in the Far North Centre of Vietnam. Far from town, and difficult to reach it is not famous to mass tourism.

Early lunch in a local restaurant near the market and then head south on the bumpy, dirty and muddy road. Luckily, we climb up hill on a good road and enjoy riding down with beautiful scenery of rice paddies on the mountain sides.
Arrive in Luc Yen where we will spend the night with local Red Dao family on top of the hill or with a family of Tay people just at the foot of this hill.
Day 12


Rice paddies and easy driving to Hanoi. Luc Yen - Hanoi, 160 km.

Easy cruise along Chay river on a small river bank through villages of Kinh people and beautiful maize and rice-fields. The guide will organize the ride back to Hanoi before rush hour.

Here we say goodbye to our small "iron-buffaloes". We check in at our hotel, and after refreshing we will enjoy a well-deserved dinner. Stay at Camelia Hotel.
Day 13


The Chinese Ocean. Hanoi - Ha Long, 165 km

Transfer to Halong Bay by mini Van; arrive in Ha Long Bay around midday. Get on traditional wooden junk. Begin your exploration of magic Ha Long Bay, one of Vietnam's premier tourist destinations. Lunch with fresh seafood will be served on boat; the boat will take you to Lan Ha and Bai Tu Long Bay. The junk will drop it?s anchor in a quiet place for the night, you will have time to enjoy swimming or fishing while the sun set.
Day 14


Good-bye dinner. Ha Long - Hanoi, 165 km.

More cruise to visit Ha Long Bay, after lunch the junk will drop you back to the Harbor and transfer back to Hanoi.

In the evening we enjoy our fare-well dinner-party. We stay at Camelia Hotel.
Day 15


Hanoi Departure

You have the whole day at leisure in Hanoi. time to buy gifts or do some sightseeing. Transfer back to Noi Bai Air-port for your flight.
Departure 20:35.
Day 16


Arrival to Copenhagen

Arrival to Copenhagen in the morning 09:35.




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