The Northern Loop – Ha Giang and Meo Vac by Motorbike, Trekking and Homestay – 3D2N


Experience a real homestay and trekking with no other tourists. Feel free on the back of our experienced riders when you soak up the stunning views when traveling through this remote and less visited part of Northern Vietnam. Experience a real homestay in this stunning area. With this combination of homestay and motorbike tour we will take you to the best spots on the northern loop, like Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van, Karst Plateau, Ma Pi leng Pass and Meo Vac.

Day 1

Hanoi – Ha Giang – Thon Tha

Today will start early. Your pick up service will pick you up in between 6.30 and 7am from your hotel/ hostel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi to transfer you to the departure point of the limousine bus. The comfortable journey will take around 6 hours, estimated arrival around 2pm.

Upon arrival, we will pick you up and take you to the homestay in Thon Tha Village for lunch before we start a short 2-hour hike. Enjoy the peaceful and beautiful landscape while we hike through this stunning area, dotted with ethnic Tay villages. We return to the family run homestay for dinner and overnight.

Transportation: Limousine bus and hiking

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Homestay in Thon Tha Village

Day 2

Thon Tha – Dong Van

After breakfast at around 8am we’ll start your motorbike 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 accommodation where dinner will be served later in the evening.

Transportation: Motorbike of your choice

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: English speaking tour guide/ rider

Accommodation: Guesthouse or hotel of choice

Day 3

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

We’ll start a bit earlier today, around 7.30am after breakfast where 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. Here you can have a 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. The limousine bus will drop you off at your accommodation in the Old Quarter.

Transportation: Motorbike of your choice and limousine bus

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Guide: English speaking tour guide/ rider

Accommodation: N/A

  • Luxury limousine bus both ways
  • Entrance fees if applicable
  • Meals:
    Day 1: lunch and dinner
    Day 2: breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Day 3: breakfast and lunch
    In order to take care of any special food requests, please inform us by email in advance. 
  • Trekking
  • Motorbike of your choice
  • Homestay and accommodation of your choice
  • English speaking guide/ rider
  • Beverages 
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • All not indicated in our itinerary
  • Booking voucher from us 
  • Valid Passport with valid visa 
  • Cash for personal expense

The Northern Ha Gang Loop, starts in Ha Giang and leads towards Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark with the famous Ma Pi Leng Pass, which is the most stunning mountain pass of the country. At an altitude of around 1500 meters local ethnic people, mainly Zao, Hmong, Tay and LoLo built it. This area is simply mind blowing beautiful.

The area is the most northern province of Vietnam and borders China. The capital city is located along the Lô River. Ha Giang is still less travelled and somewhat unknown for the general public but it is for sure one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam. A hidden gem worth visiting!

The province holds the most spectacular landscapes, which are dotted with forested limestone peaks and rough granite mountains. Mainly ethnic people live in this area, like Zao, Hmong, Tay and LoLo. For a lot of travellers the most spectacular part of their Vietnam trip so join us on one of our special designed trips by motorbike or car.

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.

Specific 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!

What do I need to know? 

During the period March to November it will good to pack your swimming gear, a towel, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (at least SPF15), a reliable insect repellent, toiletries, a camera and lots of batteries. Warm clothing for the cooler months of November to March is advised. How much luggage can I take? Your vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15kgs in a backpack or soft over-night bag and include a small day pack to hand carry for easy access to camera, sunscreen, water etc. Inhibitions can be left in the luggage storage rooms at your hotel with your other unwanted baggage. 

Get Up and Go Vietnam is doing all possible to make your journey and travel experience an unforgettable one. Weather conditions, we unfortunately cannot control. Our apologies for that!