Vietnam - Tonkin Magic
Mixed Tracks - Guided

10 days / 9 nights / 8 stages / 1 100 km
Vietnam - Mixed tracks
Motorcycle

price from 2950 €
passenger price 2250 €

A unique road trip, off the beaten tracks, in the very heart of a colorful and luxuriant paradise, zigzagging among rice fields and remote authentic villages!

Take a plunge into Trail Rando’s motorbike universe!  A myriad of surprises and emotions await at every bend, allowing the traveler to put their everyday toil and trouble to rest! If you are a collector of beautiful sights and images, of unique and intense sensations, then Vietnam is the place for you to visit. It is a welcoming and luxuriant land and you cannot remain undisturbed by the display of rice fields and their surrounding crown of mountains.
The beauty of the land is as breath-taking as the people are welcoming! And at every corner a surprise, be it a bamboo hut in the middle of a banana cove or the smile of a Vietnamese woman as she looks at the bikers ride past! Simply put: the atmosphere couldn’t be any friendlier!
For every kilometer traveled a new thrill! Under a luxuriant green thick canopy, the tracks crisscross each other at the very heart of an amazing intricate mountainous relief, creating unforgettable memories! The culture choc is great but the lesson in humanity is ever-lasting. Regardless of the origins of each ethnic group encountered, they are all endearing, spontaneous, joyous, close-knitted, hospitable, and extremely hard-working as they sculpt and mold the argillaceous earth, as a simple means of survival.
 

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Your day by day program

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Day 1 – Arrival in Hanoï

Transfer to the hotel. All through the 30 km ride, the bus zigzags in between bikes, people on foot, cattle, etc. The traveler can make the most of this trip to rest from the overnight flight. In the afternoon, a short visit of this city of water will be proposed. Towards the end of the day, we will have a briefing to talk about the trip before dinner in town, on the Hoan Kiem lake; in a friendly atmosphere, we will have a chance to show our skills with the chopsticks!
Overnight stay in hotel.

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Day 2 / Stage 1 - Hanoï – Ngoi Tha: 180 km

From the very start, our adventure will take us through the city of Hanoi, amid a true fleet of cautious scooters! It’s a once in a lifetime experience! This first part of the journey is mainly paved, though the state of the roads is pretty bad. It is high time to get acquainted to your GPS as you will have to navigate between ancient brickworks and dwellings on stilts. Vietnam is without a doubt the place to visit if you are a collector of beautiful sights and intense and unique emotions. A visit to Vietnam will allow all travelers to forget about their daily toil and trouble back home. The people are friendly and relaxed and always willing to give one a smile!
A visit to a pile dwelling and a boat ride on Lake Thac Ba will be proposed.
Overnight and dinner in the house of a local family!

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Day 3 / Stage 2 - Ngoi Tha – Ba Be: 170 km

Skirting a series of valleys, hills and mountains, the road gently snakes through the Thac Ba Natural Park; as it takes you between a couple of waterfalls, the road suddenly climbs towards “alpine” landscapes. The itinerary takes you to the very heart of the country, along many a gentle curve. All your senses are stimulated by the surrounding beauty. As you drive through tunnels in the thick jungle, the breath-taking views succeed each other at a regular rhythm showcasing the typical dwellings on stilts, the lakes, the palm trees and the water buffalos. Fishermen offer their day’s catch to the travelers as they drive passed the numerous lakes.
Overnight and dinner in the house of a local family!

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Day 4 / Stage 3 - Ba Be - Bao Lac: 140 km

Typical Mong villages seem to pile up on every square inch of uncultivated land, casting their reflections on the surrounding irrigated gardens. In perfect harmony with the steep mountains around them, terraced paddy fields cover the slopes elegantly. As the curves get more and more unforgiving, the last stretches of asphalt disappear… Each wind in the road takes the traveler a little closer to the summits. The journey continues passing at the foot of yet another waterfall and along a spunky river.
Overnight stay in hotel.

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Day 5 / Stage 4 - Bao Lac - Dong Van: 110 km

The adventure continues as you drive deeper into an unexpected natural kingdom. Our intrepid itinerary plunges into enclosed deep valleys, through fast flowing rivers and up many a steep slope; then dodges into a dense forest. Later on it balances delicately along breath-taking panoramic tracks, at 1300 m. Closed curves, steep declines and tricky river crossings await the traveler. The rice fields have disappeared and have given way to corn fields and stone villages. This mountain range marks the border with China. The views are impressive. You will then start driving down towards the valleys, the jungle and make a quick return trip to a village overlooking a river in which you will be glad to have a dip.
Overnight stay in hotel.

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Day 6 / Stage 5 - Dong Van - Ha Giang: 140 km

Early in the morning a quick trip to Emperor H’mong’s house. Deep down at the very bottom of the gorges, a bucketful of emotions await the intrepid travelers. As in the rest of the country, the local inhabitants of these mountain villages, resting at 1500 m, are friendly, open-minded and open-hearted, curious, hospitable… They always welcome the traveler and invite them to their local market for a quick half-hour visit! Then starts the trip down towards the hotel on a slightly off-road stretch which does not deter the many scooters and their flip-flop clad drivers!
Overnight stay at hotel.

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Day 7 / Stage 6 - Ha Giang - Hoang Su Phi: 90 km

Leaving the stony peaks behind, the itinerary today playfully offers the travelers a series of tight curves before reaching a charming and remote river, in the very heart of the jungle on a one-way track. At the foot of a waterfall, the travelers reunite before crossing a memorable wooden bridge!
Overnight stay in hotel

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Day 8 / Stage 7 - Hoang Su Phi - Lao Caï: 150 km

In one of the remotest areas of the country, the colourful H’mong market is well worth a relatively long detour (1 h ½). Rugged mountain tracks, some stretches of asphalt, a potholed beaten-up road will allow you to drive around many a hectare of terraced rice fields. Finally an unpretentious but pleasant paved road will take you back to civilization.
Overnight stay in hotel.

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Day 9 / Stage 8 - Lao Ca - Lao Caï: 120 km

A leisurely drive through palm tree groves and tea fields. You come across Taphin, one of many typical ethnic villages composed of wooden houses. Then Sapa, a National Park. The silver waterfall on the very frontier with China is well worth a detour. Drive back to Lao Caï. It is time to hand over your friendly motorized companion before climbing onto the Orient Express, with its red carpets, beautiful woodworks and the inevitable presence of renowned mystery writer, Agatha Christie! As you lie in your bunk, you will enjoy the nine hour ride to cover the 300 km to reach Hanoi, at a great speed of 35 km/h!!

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Day 10 – Take off from Hanoï

Trip back to your home country.

OPTIONAL: EXTENDING THE TRIP TO VISIT THE BAY OF ALONG – Day 10 – Cruise
Bus trip to the Bay of Along. A cruise to remember! Overnight stay on a junk (boat).

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Day 11 – Cruise

We will disembark towards midday. Bus trip back to Hanoi. Overnight stay in hotel.

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Day 12 – Take off from Hanoï

Trip back to your home country.

Calendar

Departure Return Price Guaranteed departure
30 October 2020 08 November 2020 2950 € 7 drivers required Book
15 October 2021 24 October 2021 2950 € 7 drivers required Book

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Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Hanoï
End
  • Hanoï
Accommodation
  • We've sourced some wonderfully charming accommodation, including at times in the home of a local family, for when it's time to rest and relax. As is often the case in the world’s remotest places, other than the warm welcome you will receive, please bear in mind  the hotels might be basic but always well kept.
Level of difficulty
  • On the paved stretches of road, keep your reflexes sharp given the rather “exotic” driving habits of the local inhabitants!  On the off-road stretches, keep your calm and stay focused at all times since any heavy shower will turn the surface into a virtual skating rink! Off-road experience is highly recommended in order to embark upon this trip with peace of mind!
    TWO UP? It can be considered for couples having a great deal of experience biking together. The driving conditions can become quite trying at times!
     
Guide and luggage
  • A TrailRando guide will supervise the team on board their own vehicle.
    At the same time, a chase vehicle will transport your luggage between stages every day. They will travel by road with regular meeting points along the route.
    They can also pick up a rider and vehicle in the event of breakdown or exhaustion. The team also has a basic first aid kit, tools, some spare parts and is able to lend a hand if required.
Navigation
  • There's a definite feeling of freedom about this trip. And to preserve the spirit of exploration and discovery that we wanted to create, we've put you in control.
    For this reason, and so that everyone truly plays a part in their own journey, we provide an uploadable GPS file with the entire itinerary. This technology allows you to be totally independent.
    Thanks to this wonderful tool, everyone has the freedom to go on ahead, to be carried along by their artistic inspirations or to stay with their friends, knowing that as a general rule the Trail Rando motorcycle guide will be looking out for the team at the rear.
    What a pleasure it is to follow one’s own course!
    “Free people amidst a structured group” is the motto that accurately reflects the reality of a Trail Rando trip.
     
    A GPS IS MANDATORY
    The itinerary is safely up loaded and stored stage by stage on the GPS...
    Before you start your trip, Trail Rando will provide you with the total uploadable GPS itinerary. The entire route and its main points such as sites of interest, petrol stations, lunch meeting points and accommodation are uploaded onto the GPS.
    If you do not own a GPS, Trail Rando can rent you one.
     
Options
  • GPS rental (including handlebar support and complete uploaded itinerary) : 60€
  • Extending the trip to include the Along Bay  (2 people min) : 380€
Rental vehicles
  • moto 125 cm3 : 0.00€
Included
  • • Lodging
         o hotels, in twin rooms, or with a homestay family.
         o from the evening of the first stage, to the morning of the last stage
    • Food:
         o Breakfast, lunch, dinner
         o from the evening of the first day to morning of the last day,
    • An up loadable version of the trip's complete track for a GPS,
    • The trip back to Hanoï in the night train,
    • Tour leaders:
         o A tour leader on his motorcycle,
         o Support vehicle for luggage transport
          o a translator
    • A rented motorbike
    • Fuel for the motorbike
Not included
  • Les transports :
         o l’acheminement des participants sur place et retour :
              - les vols A/R,
              - les transferts aéroport/hôtels,
    Le visa,
    Les boissons
Vehicles
  • Type of motorcycles provided
    Normally you will be given a 250 cm3 off-road motorbike. Given the kind of tracks you will be taking and the numerous streams you will be driving through, the agility and lightness of the bike are of utmost importance. You will not have the latest off-road bike at your disposal (which is simply non-existent in the country!) but a simple bike, perfectly serviced, and perfectly adapted to the type of terrain you will be traveling through. The mere fact of traveling on two wheels, will allow you to discover places no other vehicle can reach. A 125 cm3 would also be suitable to this itinerary.
    To know precisely the available makes and models, please refer to our online booking form.
     
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