Dong Van Backseat Motorbike Tour 3D2N
About this experience
This thrilling Ha Giang motorbike tour takes you around the Ha Giang Loop with a local guide. You’ll cover a significant distance, taking in all the magical landscapes Ha Giang has to offer.
You will see a lot of fantastic scenery across the entire area with hills, valleys and villages filled with various ethnic minorities (Hmong, Tay, Dao, Nung, Lo Lo, Giay, Pu Peo, etc.). The most exciting area of Ha Giang province is Dong Van Karst Global Geopark, designated by UNESCO as one of 77 sites with the important geological and cultural heritage. This geopark is home to 17 ethnic minority groups, which create a unique and rich cultural heritage of the area.
In the last few years, road conditions between Ha Giang, Dong Van and Meo Vac have improved, making this loop more accessible and safe for tourists. With mountain passes hanging onto cliff-faces high above roaring rivers, and back-roads threading through forests of limestone pinnacles, it’s ideal territory for a motorbike road trip. If you are looking for an authentic and exciting experience that is off the beaten track, the Ha Giang motorbike tour is for you!
- Visiting and interacting with the ethnic minority – H’mong.
- A rich overview of the agricultural views and hint of the history in the North of Vietnam
- Interact with local people to understand about their culture.
Your positive contribution
Improvement of Local Livelihood
A significant amount 78% of what you pay goes back to the communities involved in providing tourism services like food and accommodation. Moreover, the community members who gets direct benefits from tourism commits 10% of what they earn to their own communities as contribution to the community fund.
Day 1: Arrival day (D)
If you take the day bus from Hanoi leaving at 9 a.m, you will arrive in Ha Giang at around 4.30 p.m. Please let us know at what time you will arrive at Ha Giang bus station. You will be picked up at Ha Giang bus station to reach homestay.
You’ll then check in your homestay in Thon Tha Village and have dinner with your hosts.
* Customers arrange to go to Ha Giang by themselves. We can assist you to book bus ticket with extra fee.
Day 2: Thon Tha – Meo Vac – Ma Pi Leng pass – Dong Van (175 km) (B/L/D)
At 7:30 a.m starts your real adventure to the land called “Heaven on Earth” by a motorbike with your private driver who is also your local guide. Drive through small villages and past vast agricultural landscapes and the sweeping mountains of the North. Lunch in Yen Minh town after passing Heaven’s Gate and the symbolic Nui Doi (Twin Mountain) of Quan Ba.
After lunch, we leave Yen Minh for Meo Vac and Dong Van Old Town. This is the highlight of the trip you do not want to miss: this ride to the peak of famous Ma Pi Leng pass will give stunning views of the mountains and sweeping valleys. Ma Pi Leng Pass is considered the most dangerous pass in the northern border mountain area, often referred to as “King” of Vietnam’s passes or Great Wall of Vietnam or the Pyramid of H’Mong people. At the top of Ma Pi Leng mount is the “Happiness road” where there is a stone stele recording the marks in the construction process.
Ma Pi Leng pass is considered the unique regional heritage about landscape and geomorphology. Scenery in Ma Pi Leng pass is unique with majestic and wild beauty. Looking to the north and northeast, thousands of gray mountains concatenate to the horizon. Net to the road is abyss, below is the emerald Nho Que River running on the line of border shared between Vietnam & China.
You will have an overnight stay at a traditional Flower H’mong’s homestay in Dong Van.
Day 3: Dong Van – H’mong Lord’s Palace – Sung La village – Thon Tha (170km) (B/L/D)
Drive through Phố Cáo and Sủng Là. We will stop by these villages to visit H’mong families and interact with the locals. It’s once again a very enjoyable ride today and you will see amazing mountain view of the Rock Plateau. Sung La, which is on the road leading to the northernmost point at the border of Vietnam and China, is located down a valley, on the national road 4C connecting two of the most famous tourist spots of the province: Dong Van town and the house of Vuong Chinh Duc, the Lord of H’Mong people in Ha Giang.
Like other villages of minority people, villagers plant corn and other staples. But what is different here is that there are rose fields that cover almost all of the nearby area. These flowers are harvested to be sold to big city dwellers. Another interesting view is when the stone houses in the village is covered by white fog in the morning and in the late afternoon.
Another stop is a visit to the palace of the H’mong Lord, which was a royal family of high rank during French colonial rule – this palace attracts keen interest from architecturally minded visitors due to its mixed style of European and Chinese architecture. Legend has it that the Lord who built the palace first consulted a Chinese feng shui master to decide on a location for the structure. The site in the Sa Phin Valley was supposedly chosen as the terrain resembled a turtle shell, the turtle representing a long life and wealth in local lore.
Arrived in Ha Giang in the late afternoon around 6:00 p.m. Have your early dinner and get to bus station to get back to Hanoi. (Your bus will leave around 8 p.m)
✓ Taxi to and from the bus station to accommodation
✓ Accommodation at homestays
✓ Local English tour guides
✓ Meals as indicated in itinerary (B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner)
✓ Motorbike with a driver throughout the trip
✓ Entrance tickets in all stops
✘ Transportation from Hanoi to Ha Giang and vice versa
(but we can help arrange)
✘ Extra activities not included in the itinerary
✘ Personal Expense (extra drinks and snacks)
✘ Tips and gratuities
- Starting time: 7.00 a.m from your homestay
- Meeting point: Ha Giang bus station
- What to bring: Sun block, Camera, Insect Repellent, Original Passport, Thin jacket, preferably waterproof, Sunglasses.
- It is suggested you wear trousers on the motorbike to protect your legs.
What's the weather like?
- Depending on the altitude, climate will change. The province is good to visit throughout the year. September to November and March to May are when the temperature is most pleasurable, in their mid 20’s.
- December and a bit into February the temperature falls, especially in the mountains so carry some good clothing.
- October and November is peak season for local Vietnamese tourists.
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