Ha Giang Loop True North by Flipside | 3 or 4 Days | from HANOI, VIETNAM

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👥 Group size: 2-15 people.
🛏️ Accommodation: Included. Homestays along the route.
🍜 Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included each day. Dietary requirements can be catered for.
🚌 Transport: Included. Bus from Hanoi or Sapa to Ha Giang. Motorcycles from Ha Giang around the loop.
🇻🇳 Start | End: Hanoi or Sapa.
📍Meeting Point | Pick-up: 07:00 or 16:00 from Hanoi Old Quarter or Noi Bai airport.

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Embark on an exhilarating motorbike adventure made for intrepid explorers seeking THE Authentic Ha Giang Loop Experience! Buckle up for a wild ride as you veer off the well-worn tourist trail, along uncharted backroads and through vibrant ethnic villages. Pioneering sustainable tourism and showcasing hidden gems you won’t find on other tours, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable journey through this incredible part of Northern Vietnam. Take control of the motorcycle or opt for an easy rider experience – the choice is yours. Welcome to the True North Ha Giang Loop Tour, a legendary adventure imitated by many but matched by none!


Flipside’s True North trip can be a three or four-day tour. The itinerary is the same, with an additional fourth day for those who have time! 

Day 0: Departure Hanoi – Ha Giang (6hrs D-car limousine)

Please choose Day 0 as your start date when placing your booking.

  • You will be picked up at 07:00 or 16:00 and taken to the beautiful Flipside Villa where you’ll spend the night before embarking on day one! 
  • Departing from Noi Bai airport or the Hanoi Old Quarter, the limo buses are equipped with business-class style seating and USB charging ports. The driver will make a toilet/food break at about the halfway point. Bring snacks on the bus or eat beforehand as the stops offer limited snacks. 
  • When you arrive at the villa, you’ll be greeted by Flipside staff who will run you through what to expect from your Ha Giang Loop experience! Depending on the season and time of arrival, you can enjoy the campfire, swimming pool or fully stocked bar. This is a great time to get to know your fellow adventurers!

Day 1: Yên Minh District

  • Enjoy an early breakfast at the villa before meeting your guides for a debrief on safety, cultural etiquette and the itinerary. 
  • Pack up and head to your motorcycles. You’ll get a chance to look over the bikes and ensure they’re in good working order. Then, you’re away! 
  • Almost immediately, you’ll be immersed in mind-blowing scenery that never gets old.
  • During the trip, you’ll have the chance to make a meaningful impact locally. Through Flipside’s extensive network, you can help provide basic amenities to those in greatest need. For many people embarking on the Ha Giang Loop, this is one of the most memorable and rewarding parts of the trip! 
  • Eat a local lunch as a group at Mậu Duệ, then head to the swimming hole to cool off and digest! 
  • After reaching your destination for the day, unpack and get settled in. But don’t get too comfy on those beds – there’s dinner, drinks and karaoke to come! 

Day 2: Ma Pi Leng Canyon & Dong Van

  • Enjoy a filling breakfast at the homestay before embarking on a journey through the communities of Red Dao and Nung minority groups.
  • Stop for lunch in a quiet mountain village occupied by the Tay ethnic group. Amenities are very basic, offering an insight into how the Tay people live to this day. 
  • After lunch, head to a river near the Chinese border for another chance to swim and cool off. 
  • Then it’s time to get moving once again! Venture further north to the most popular part of the Ha Giang Loop – Ma Pi Leng Pass. Touristy? Yes but for good reason! Welcome to Southeast Asia’s deepest gorge! 
  • The day finishes close by in a town that borders China! Enjoy a range of seasonal dishes for dinner, cooked and served at the Hmong homestay. 

Day 3: Dong Van & Quan Ba

  • Enjoy a communal breakfast at the homestay before jumping back on the bikes for a journey into another era. The area Southwest of Dong Van is well known among palaeontologists for turning up some of the best Jurrasic fossils in Vietnam – it’s easy to imagine these creatures roaming across this ancient landscape! 
  • Continue through epic scenery towards the Quan Ba District and enjoy lunch in a Dao village. 
  • Now it’s trekking time! Follow a path through lush Vietnamese jungle to a hidden waterfall for another swim! From there, it’s an easy ride back to the Flipside Villa! 
  • Those on the 3-day trip have time to shower and freshen up before jumping on a bus to their next destination. 
  • Those on the 4-day package can relax with a drink by the pool (or fire) before a delicious BBQ dinner and a night of good times!

Day 4: Local Village

  • Another day in paradise – swim or relax before diving into fresh fruit and pancakes for breakfast!
  • Following your meal, it’s time to venture by car or motorbike through local villages. This landscape is very different to what you’ve experienced along the loop; with stilt houses nestled amongst rice paddies and crystal-clear water bubbling out of the ground; this place is the definition of magical!
  • Explore the area with your local guides and be as adventurous as you like – there are easy walks, tougher treks, caves and waterfalls. Explore whatever takes your fancy! 
  • Lunch will be with one or more of the Flipside easy riders, either at their house or a local-style BBQ at a swimming spot. This is often an emotional experience for guests – meet the families of the guides you’ve come to know over the previous few days!
  • Finally, jump on the bus and head off to your next destination! 


Accommodation along the Ha Giang Loop is at Flipside’s friendly network of homestays and guesthouses. This tour includes shared sleeping arrangements in clean, comfortable dorms. Bathrooms are also shared. 

 Private rooms are available for an additional $20USD per night. 


Local food is provided in restaurants and homestays along the Ha Giang Loop. Most diets can be catered for including: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and a range of allergies. Please inform of any dietary requirements by using the ‘additional information’ box at the time of booking. 


Experienced, English-speaking, local guides will be with you for the duration of your tour. Most of the guides working with Flipside have grown up in Ha Giang and know the area like the back of their hand! 

What’s Included


  • Return transport to Hanoi
  • Meals
  • Easy rider
  • English speaking guide
  • Helmets
  • Shared accommodation at homestays and guest houses – private rooms are available for an extra $20USD per night. 
  • Fuel
  • Entrance tickets
  • Activities

Does Not Include:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks 
  • Personal expenses


  • What clothing should I ride in? Enclosed footwear (hiking boots/sneakers), long pants (jeans preferable), a long-sleeved shirt (preferable to a t-shirt), sunglasses and a rain jacket are recommended. 
  • What clothing should I bring for the evenings? Casual clothes like shorts and singlets are ideal. Bring warm clothes you can layer during the winter months. Flip-flops and sandals are a good choice. Essentially, wear what you feel comfortable in.
  • What other stuff should I pack for the trip? Passport, sun cream, insect repellant and some pocket money for drinks.
  • Is it safe to ride a motorbike on the Ha Giang Loop? While the roads can be challenging due to their winding nature, the trip is safe with proper guidance and equipment. Follow the instructions of your tour guide for a safe experience.
  • Do I need a driving licence to self-drive? It is recommended that you have a motorcycle license in your home country and an international driving permit. Without these, your travel insurer may not cover you for motorcycling abroad! 
  • What is the best time of year to visit Ha Giang? The best time to do the Ha Giang Loop is October to November OR March to May when the weather is cooler and drier. While rain can happen year-round, it’s more frequent from June to September. The coldest months are December to February.
  • Can I do this tour during the rainy season? Yes. A member of the team is up in Ha Giang monitoring the weather at all times. Landslides are extremely rare on this route. Safety is a priority and you can trust that the guides know the roads like no one else!

Further Information

Riding Preference

You can tackle the Ha Giang True North tour in two ways – Easy Rider or Self-Drive!

  • Easy Rider – This means that you will sit on the back seat of a motorbike whilst one of our experienced motorbike riders drives you around the loop. All Flipside motorbike drivers and guides have over 10+ years of experience navigating mountain roads and are fully licensed, insured and well-rested. 
  • Self-Driving – This means you will ride the motorbike yourself. In order to do this, you will have to be a competent motorbike rider with an International Driving Permit. Be aware that the roads on the Ha Giang Loop are extremely curvy and can be dangerous for inexperienced drivers. If there is any doubt in your mind that you may be unable to manage a motorbike over such terrain, please choose the easy rider option. It is also a good idea to check that your travel insurance policy covers you for riding a motorbike in Southeast Asia. 

Before being allowed to ride around the Ha Giang Loop yourself, Flipside will put you through a motorcycle proficiency test to ensure you’re a competent rider. If it’s deemed you are not safe to ride the loop yourself, you can still do the tour but it will be with an easy rider. 

Liability and Travel Insurance

Flipside Travel and South East Asia Backpacker are not responsible for any personal injury or loss/damage to personal belongings or bags if they are not in the car. Travel insurance is NOT included in the trip; we strongly recommend that you have your own travel insurance against illness, injury, loss/damage to personal belongings. Read more about motorbike insurance in Southeast Asia here.

Refund Policy

  • To book, pay a deposit online through South East Asia Backpacker. This deposit is fully refundable if you cancel at least 72 hours before the activity starts.
  • The rest of the payment is made directly to the operator according to their instructions.
  • Important: This refund policy applies only to the deposit made on this website. Any later payments made to the operator are subject to their own refund policy.
  • Check our customer terms and conditions for more details.

Why Book With Us?

Hi, I’m Nikki and I started South East Asia Backpacker in 2008 after my own first solo backpacking trip! My vision was to create a travel diary for everyone, a place for travellers to share their experiences from the road. After backpacking and writing about Southeast Asia for over 10 years, I saw the opportunity to provide backpackers with the kind of experiences that I’d treasured myself in the region!

Today, there is so much choice, but there are a lot of poor-quality tours and companies that offer mediocre experiences with little care for the environment. I wanted to create a selection of the best tours and activities to help backpackers avoid scams and dodgy tour companies.

Today, I run this website with my partner, Dave, from Spain, where we live with our energetic two-year-old daughter, Evie. All of the bookable activities that you will find on this website have been vetted by a member of our team and we have a friendly relationship with the operator. There are real humans behind South East Asia Backpacker and we are passionate about sustainable travel and development in Southeast Asia.

We are committed to helping travellers at every stage of the journey and understand that plans can change which is why we offer a full discount on the deposit up to 72 hours before the start of your trip, no questions asked. We offer advice on flights, visas, itineraries, hostels, backpacks, packing and more!

If you have any questions about our business or any of the tours that we provide, feel free to contact me on Whatsapp.

Q & A

Hi does the Ha Giang tour true north by flipside pick up from sapa? Nicki Harrison asked on 19/07/2024

Hi Nicki, yes, pick up from Sapa is included in the price! Any other questions, just let me know.

Nikki answered on 22/07/2024 Backpacker Team
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8 reviews for Ha Giang Loop True North by Flipside | 3 or 4 Days | from HANOI, VIETNAM

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  1. Embarking on the “Original” Ha Giang Loop Tour was an absolute thrill! I chose the 4 day journey which offered an authentic and immersive experience through the stunning landscapes and vibrant ethnic villages of Northern Vietnam. From the exhilarating ride through uncharted backroads to the warm hospitality ( and rice wine ) of the locals, every moment was filled with adventure and cultural richness.

    The tour’s sustainability focus and dedication to showcasing hidden gems truly set it apart. The well-planned itinerary allowed for a perfect balance of exploration, local interaction, and breathtaking sights. From the serene village of Ban An to the awe-inspiring Ma Pi Leng Canyon, each stop was a testament to the beauty and diversity of the region.

    Tom and Linh’s passion for sharing the real Ha Giang Loop experience shone through every aspect of the tour, making it an absolute must for anyone seeking an authentic and captivating motorbike adventure.

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  2. This was absolutely the trip of a lifetime! Everything was incredibly easy to organize through Nikki and this incredible site, and as a solo traveller I felt really comfortable going into it alone. Made it up to the mountains, immediately felt like I had met my new family with Adam leading and the rest of our group. Stunning place to be, stunning people to meet, and have continued to see folks from our Ha Giang gang as I travel south down the country solo with my own motorbike!

    You will not regret doing this trip, I promise! (Ps. Book four days over three!)

    Xx N

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  3. Flipside is absolutely the best choice for Ha Giang Loop. Linh is an incredible tour guide and gives you a much more meaningful trip than other companies. She really cares about supporting the local communities we’re entering! I can’t wait to come back and do this tour again!!

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  4. 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!

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  5. 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!

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