The North Trail Vietnam is specially designed for (backpack) travelers who want to travel on a shoestring but who are looking for of the beaten track experiences and enjoy the company of fellow travelers. We offer you an unbeatable Ha Giang Loop Motorbike Experience. It is easy to combine this trip with pour own designed Sapa Experience, a great Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay Experience with cycling and hiking on Cat Ba and many more. For sure this will be a trip you’ll treasure the rest of your life…

The price mentioned is for those riding by themselves. If you prefer to go safely on the back the surcharge is $30.

Depending on how customers travel to Ha Giang (overnight sleeper bus or early day bus from Hanoi) it might be that we run this tour in the reversed way!

Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Giang

Please be on time, according to your voucher time, at the meeting point for your overnight journey by sleeper bus from Hanoi to to Ha Giang.

Transportation: Sleeper bus

Meals: N/A

Guide: N/A – on arrival English guidance

Accommodation: N/A

Day 2: Ha Giang – Heaven Gate – Quan Ba Pass – Yen Minh – Vuong Palace – Dong Van

You will arrive early but your host is ready to pick you up and offer you a place to sleep a bit more. After breakfast we start your first riding day, which will be around 155km. During the trip you can see many Hmong people that inhabited the area and to see their daily life up close.

On the way we have enough time to stop at wonderful places for pictures or just to enjoy the landscape. The first point of interest is The Heavens Gate and with a height of 1500m it often is covered in clouds. The view is amazing! In Quan Ba you can see the famous twin mountains. After that we will have a local lunch in a small restaurant in Yen Minh. We continue our trip before stopping around 15km west of Dong Van to visit the Vuong (King’s) Palace, which Hmong people built for their own King.

We then reach Dong Van at around 5pm where we will check-in to the guesthouse or homestay and have dinner at a local restaurant.

Dong Van is a quiet village which is nice and easy to walk around.

Transportation: Motorbike

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: English-speaking local tour guide/ rider

Accommodation: Guesthouse or homestay (shared sleeping area and bathroom)

Day 3: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Meo Vac – Du Gia

After breakfast we’ll continue your motorbike adventure through this stunning part of Vietnam through the Dong Van Geo Park. The views are amongst Vietnam’s best. The Ma Pi Leng Pass is considered as the “king” of Vietnam’s passes. From the top of this pass begins a 20km long happiness road, which is handmade by the local people and has a romantic atmosphere.

In Meo Vac you can see one of the most beautiful landscapes of the country. We continue to Mau Due and Du Gia where you can see beautiful terraced rice fields and local life. We’ll enjoy lunch in Du Gia in the area where ethnic Tay families live and if we have time you can take a refreshing swim at the waterfalls of Du Gia Village. We overnight at the guesthouse or homestay where we’ll enjoy dinner later in the evening.

Transportation: Motorbike

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: English-speaking local tour guide/ rider

Accommodation: Guesthouse or homestay (shared sleeping area and bathroom)

Day 4: Du Gia – Du Gia waterfall – Duong Thuong – Lung Tam Village – Ha Giang – Hanoi

After breakfast we start riding again through more stunning scenery and through many small villages.

We’ll have lunch on the way before arriving back in Ha Giang. Here you can have a quick refreshing shower before the 16-seat limousine bus will pick you up at around 4pm for the 6-hour journey back to Hanoi where the trip ends.

Estimated arrival time will be 9.30-10pm. From the limousine bus stop it is either a short walk or taxi ride to your accommodation in the Old Quarter.

We can also, instead arrange ongoing bus services to Sapa and Cat Ba!

  • Sleeper bus Hanoi to Ha Giang and limousine bus from Ha Giang to Hanoi
  • Entrance fees if applicable
  • Guesthouse on arrival for some extra sleep
  • English speaking guide/ rider
  • All meals as mentioned
  • Overnight at the guesthouse or homestay
  • Beverages 
  • Tips and personal expenses 
  • Travel insurance 
  • All not indicated in our itinerary 
  • Booking vouchers we provided 
  • Valid Passport with valid visa 
  • Cash for personal expense 

Special food requests

Please let us know if you have specific eating restrictions, allergic for certain things or if you are vegetarian, we can take that into account during the trips.

Useful information

Especially for the north and central Vietnam;

In the period between November and April, the weather is variable, from sunny to cold and rainy. It is advisable during this period to bring some rain gear with some warmer clothes. In the period from April to November, it is good to pack a hat with a wide brim, sunscreen (at least SPF15) and a reliable insect repellent. A thin rain poncho is useful all year round.

The south of Vietnam is generally a lot warmer all year round, so warm clothing is not really necessary.

Get Up And Go Vietnam does everything to make your trip an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately, we have no control over weather conditions. Our apologies for that!

Ha Giang province in northern Vietnam is a less frequently travelled area by tourists. Ha Giang is a place where almost 90% of the population is ethnic minorities with their own traditional cultures and life styles. The last 20 years when the other Vietnam provinces and cities experienced the economic development, Ha Giang was the place, which had been forgotten in time. The main reason was the political situation and relations with China.

Starting with hills, valleys and villages with the ethnic minorities residents (Hmong, Tay, Dao, Nung, Lo Lo, Giay, Pu Peo). The farthest and the most beautiful place of Ha Giang province is Dong Van Karst Global Geo-park, designated by UNESCO as one of 77 sites with the important geological and cultural heritage. This Geo-park is littered with the ethereal karst formations that are nearly 400 million years old, and has two protected areas. Dong Van Karst Geo-park is home of 17 ethnic minority groups.

Please note that on these motorbike tour there is only 1 English-speaking tour guide/ rider. Other rider(s) in the group are limited in English.

Depending on how customers travel to Ha Giang (overnight sleeper bus or early day bus from Hanoi) it might be that we run this tour in the reversed way!