Ha Giang Loop Motorbike Tour | 3 Days | from HANOI, VIETNAM

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  • Explore the incredible landscape of Ha Giang Province on this road trip of a lifetime with a crew of fellow bikers!
  • Ride the bike yourself, cruise with a friend or sit on the back of an experienced local ‘easy rider’ – the choice is yours.
  • Includes: Motorbike hire, fuel, accommodation in local guesthouses, all meals for three days, English-speaking guide, visits to local markets, waterfalls and natural swimming pools, and entry permit to Ha Giang Province.


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Experience THE BEST Scenery in Vietnam!

The True North motorbike adventure will be the BEST THING you’ll do in Vietnam! That’s what the riders say…

A wild, unforgettable journey through Vietnam’s most amazing scenery and a relatively new area for travellers to explore; Ha Giang province offers twisting mountain roads, unexplored towns and no signposts. True North is a trip for the adventurous backpacker who wants to be among the first to find out what this remote region has to offer!

With over 10 years experience riding motorbikes in Ha Giang, Flipside provides a tour that takes in the Northern Loop and it’s surrounding areas, exploring the paddies and buffalo trails the indigenous H’Mong people use. Secret swimming holes, waterfalls and an “unannounced” footstep into China await as we drive over 300km in three unforgettable days!

Cresting vertiginous peaks and diving into Southeast Asia’s deepest valley, the Ma Pi Leng, on a motorbike is an absolutely essential experience on any trip through Asia! We emphasise connecting with the local communities, staying with local families and eating the best local produce the region has.

A combination of Western guides and Vietnamese Xe Oms, or easy-riders, allows us to prepare for any situation and offer guests the option to drive themselves (provided they have some biking experience) or sit at the back of a bike as pillion and really soak in the breath-taking views.

After a long days drive we kick back at night sampling the local rice-wine and customs such as bathing in a local spa, checking out traditional markets and festivals and, of course, the ancient art of karaoke (a much loved Vietnamese pastime)! It is truly a trip like no other – the culmination of our constant exploration and desire to find what we think is the True North of Vietnam. It will be the BEST thing you do in Vietnam.

Ride solo, carry a pal on the back or ride shotgun, it’s up to you!

The Ha Giang Province offers some of the world’s most spectacular roads, we take you on the very best of those roads, ensuring this is “the best” experience you have in Vietnam.

If you are unsure about driving a motorbike yourself (we do a short test before we start with every driver) you can always sit on the back of an experienced Vietnamese Xe Om (Easy Rider) and fully soak in the views/listen to tunes etc.

Your safety is our priority: All our motorbike drivers have over 10+ years of experience navigating mountain roads and are fully licensed, insured and well-rested. So you can sit back and enjoy the ride!

True North Day By Day Itinerary

Day 1:

This is the ‘start date’ that you should choose on the calendar.

18:30 pm – Depart Flipside hostel with the crew to catch the overnight bus to Ha Giang.

Day 2:

  • 6:00 am – Arrive in Ha Giang. Shower, have breakfast, hand in passports to receive the loop permit, pick up motorbikes and prepare for your adventure!
  • 9:30 am – Set off from Ha Giang and head for the Geo-National Park. There are many photo opportunities on the way, of course!
  • 12:00 pm – Eat lunch and check out an interesting local market.
  • 1:00 pm – Take a dip in a local swimming hole before hopping back on the bikes! (Depending on weather conditions)
  • 4:00 pm – Arrive at Yen Minh, check into the guest house, eat dinner and then head out to a couple of the local street bars to try some local beer and rice wine.

Day 3:

  • 7:30 am – Breakfast at the guesthouse.
  • 8:00 am – Leave Yen Minh on our motorbikes and head through Meo Vac and over Ma Pi Leng Pass. (Prepare for epic scenery!)
  • 12:00 pm – Drop bags off in Dong Van and eat lunch.
  • 1:00 pm – There are two options today… (Will depend on the weather and what each group wants to do). We either jump back on the bikes and ride up to the most Northern point of Vietnam (where we’ll even take a cheeky step across into China!) or have take a rest from biking and check out the Dong Van French Fortress Ruins. TBC!
  • 5:00 pm – Check in at the hotel and grab a refreshing beer!

Day 4:

  • 7:00 am – Have breakfast at the hotel. 
  • 7:30 am – Set off from the home-stay heading for Yen Minh.
  • 8:30 am – Visit one of the minority villages and check out their local market.
  • 12:00pm – Lunch
  • 4:30 pm – Arrive back at Ha Giang. Shower, dinner and enjoy a few beers while waiting for the bus back to Hanoi. What an amazing adventure!
  • 8:30 pm – Hop on the night bus and back to Hanoi.

Day 5:

  • 6:00 am – Arrive back in Hanoi.

What’s included on the trip?

  • Permission certificate to enter Ha Giang Province
  • All meals during the three days riding
  • Motorbike rental
  • Fuel
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation
  • All transfers
  • Option to drive the bike yourself (previous bike experience is essential) or ride pillion (with an experienced local driver). The cost is the same.
  • Your camera and an adventurous attitude!

What’s not included?

  • Travel Insurance – We highly recommend travel insurance that covers motorbike injuries
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Extra snacks
  • Bike repair due to riding failure

Worried about travelling in the rainy season?

A note from Flipside Hostels: A member of the team is up in Ha Giang monitoring the weather at all times. Our guides revolve constantly and are on the lookout all the time. There’s generally one big storm a year so we just avoid it when it hits. It’s extremely rare that landslides occur on the route we take. Safety is a priority and you can trust in the fact that we know the roads like no-one else. So, in summary – don’t let the unlikely possibility of rain put you off exploring the very best and most unforgettable part of Vietnam!


Flipside Hostels

Travelling with Flipside is the best way to get up close and personal with Vietnam, in a way that you’d never thought was possible! A way that would be difficult to manage independently. Take a motorbike tour through the barren landscapes of far Northern Vietnam, explore the vast waterways of the incredible Mekong Delta or breathe in the breathtaking sights of Halong Bay – our tours are packed with adrenaline and camaraderie with your fellow travel buddies! Like many of our customers say – our tours are 100% the best thing that you will do in Vietnam!

5 reviews for Ha Giang Loop Motorbike Tour | 3 Days | from HANOI, VIETNAM

  1. Jan-Lukas Paschek

    I would like to extent my gratitude for the past 4 days in Ha Giang to Linh and the flipside crew. I had a truly amazing experience with them riding motorbikes through the mountains of northern Vietnam.

    We saw stunning cliffs, waterfalls, indigenous people, and thick clouds. During the past days I learned how to ride a motorbike, a true life skill. I quickly overcame my fear of the road, and during the last day of our tour I was fully confident to speed down the winding roads of Ha Giang.

    I also want to stress that our group of 6 riders was cozy and fun – we took good care and looked after each other. There was also a lot of laughs, especially accompanied by rice wine.

    If you are looking for a true adventure, this tour is for you. It will be amazing – just make sure you’re comfortable to get out of your comfort zone just a bit.

    Again, Linh is an amqzing host and she will do everything to be accommodative of your needs.

    I will for sure come back to do this tour again – see you soon!

  2. Jacob

    This was the highlight of my whole trip in South East Asia! Our guide Declan was an outstanding tour guide. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience!

  3. Rachel

    Best tour I’ve ever done. Not really a big fan of tours normally, but my friend was already doing it so she talked me into it. I did it with Jack, he managed it so perfectly that even though he was serious all the time, he made it feel like he was just one of our friends who happened to know the way. Can’t recommend this enough

  4. Saskia

    Amazing trip despite it pouring down on the first day, definitely the best thing we have done on our travels so far. The places we stopped at were very welcoming and served excellent food. We had a great group and the views are absolutely unreal! Thanks Tennessee for showing us around and introducing us to the happy water…one more shot

  5. Robert

    This was definately the highlight of my trip in Asia! Completely away from tourism, an awesome group of people, rice wine, local food and sooo much adventure.

    Jake was an amazing tourguide and so were the Vietnamese guides that drove the people that didn’t know how to ride.

    Saw some truly amazing scenery and some hidden places that i’m not allowed to discuss (you have to go to see them).

    Completely worth every penny and i can’t wait to go back in the next year.

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