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…

Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Giang

Pick-up tonight will be from your accommodation in the Old Quarter of Hanoi in between 19:00 and 19:30 to transfer you to the bus stop for the overnight journey by sleeper bus to Ha Giang. The bus departs around 20.30pm.

Transportation: Sleeper bus

Meals: N/A

Guide: N/A – on arrival English guidance

Accommodation: N/A

Day 2: Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Dong Van

Upon arrival, around 4am, we will pick you up to take to the guesthouse where you can have some more sleep. After breakfast at around 8.30am we’ll start your adventure through this stunning part of Vietnam towards Dong Van.

We will of course take you to the best scenic places on the way and we’ll stop at several places to show you the best the area has to offer.  Among those, Heaven’s Gate, the Twin Mountains in Quan Ba, Hmong King’s Palace and Lung Tam Weaving Village. Lunch will be served on the way before arriving at our guesthouse where dinner will be served later in the evening. We overnight at the guesthouse.

Transportation: Motorbike (upgrades available)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: English-speaking local tour guide/ rider

Accommodation: Guesthouse (upgrades available)

Day 3: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Meo Vac – Ha Giang – Hanoi

After breakfast we’ll make our way to the most thrilling ride of your life! The Mã Pí Lèng Pass is a mountain pass in Vietnam at an altitude of 1.500m. The road was first built by minority Zao, Hmong, Tay and “Lolo people. It is a stunning road but also known as dangerous and almost 20 kilometers in length.

We continue our thrilling ride and take you to Meo Vac, Yen Minh and Quan Ba before arriving back in Ha Giang to fresh-up and have dinner before pick-up for the overnight journey back to Hanoi. The bus departs at 20:00pm but will make some convenience stops on the way.

Transportation: Motorbike (upgrades available) and sleeper bus

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: English-speaking local tour guide/ rider

Accommodation: N/A

Day 4: Hanoi

Estimated arrival time will be around 4.30am in Hanoi where the trip ends. It is wise to have accommodation pre-arranged for an early check-in or ongoing travel.

  • Overnight sleeper bus both ways
  • Entrance fees if applicable
  • Guesthouse on arrival for some extra sleep
  • English speaking guide/ rider
  • All meals as mentioned (breakfast, lunch and dinner on days 2 and 3)
  • Overnight at the guesthouse
  • 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.