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Vietnam Highland Explorer

Vietnam Highland Explorer

7 days
4.7 (11)
350+ booked
Start Hanoi
Destination +5 Destinations
End Hanoi

Tour Overview

See the best of Vietnam highlands on this Explorer motorbike tour! This Adventure Tour to Vietnam combines the thrill of a motorbike journey with the beauty of Vietnam's highlands.

Zip through Hanoi's streets, soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Sapa's market, and trek to authentic hill tribes villages like Cat Cat and Y Linh Ho, experiencing their unique cultures firsthand. Marvel at the dramatic landscapes of Ninh Binh, including historical relics, and escape into the lush greenery of Cuc Phuong National Park.

This Vietnam Tour is perfect for adventurous travelers seeking a unique blend of culture, nature, and scenic motorbike rides. Ready to rev your engines and discover Vietnam's hidden beauty with Asia Links Travel? Check out the full itinerary and customize it to your needs!

Tour Highlights

  • Take an interesting motorbike tour exploring Hanoi's highlights.
  • Discover Sapa town and its colorful market.
  • Trek to the hill tribes experiencing their culture and traditions.
  • Contemplate the beauty of Ninh Binh with spectacular landscape and historical relics
  • Immerse in the nature of Cuc Phuong National Park.

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (-)

When your arrive at Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi, our guide and driver are ready to pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for check in. Your room is available at 14:00

The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hanoi. 

Day 2: Hanoi – Motorbike Tour – Train to Lao Cai (B,L)

Today, you will have a chance to explore many famous attractions in Hanoi like the Opera House, the Long Bien Bridge, or the Ceramic Road. Next, we move to Red River Island where we experience the authentic local life after passing through lush farms of bananas and vegetables.

Our ride continues to the West Lake to discover its highlights and contemplate its beautiful scenery. Firstly, we make a stop at Phu Tay Ho - one of the most popular and sacred sites in Hanoi worshipping the Mother Goddess. Then, prepare your camera to capture the beauty of the West Lake at the Dragon Tail. We also pay a visit to Tao Sach Pagoda to learn more about the 1000 years of Vietnam's history before proceeding to the local market.

Keep on riding through the small alleys of Hanoi exploring the local life near the railroad. 

Dinner on your own. Enjoy your time in Hanoi before you are transferred to the railway station for a night train to Lao Cai in a shared 4-berth cabin. 

Day 3: Lao Cai – Local Market – Sapa Town (B,L)

Upon arrival at Lao Cai station, you will be picked up and transferred up to the Hoang Lien Son mountains which hide endless nature spectacles and rich ethnic culture. En route, enjoy the scenic landscape of magnificent valleys and vast rice paddies.

Then, we take a relaxing walk to the local market where people from different ethnic groups in colorful traditional costumes gather and sell local produce from vegetables, and medicinal herbs to beautiful brocade. Don’t miss a chance to buy some lovely gifts for your friends and family back home. You can also take a picture with the sellers but remember to ask their permission.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Back to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Dinner on your account. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4: Lao Chai – Tavan Trekking – Bus to Hanoi (B,L)

Recharge your energy with a great breakfast at the hotel. Then, we head off to explore the beauty of Muong Hoa Valley. The drive takes you on a scenic road in Northern Vietnam with a magnificent mountain range and stunning valley below. Enjoy the peaceful landscape and the singing of birds en route. And if lucky, you can also catch an interesting moment of a local boy leading a group of buffaloes with a stick.

We reach Lao Chai village after about 5 km drive on the main road and pass through a small trail crossing the rice paddies. Here, you will have an opportunity to learn about the local way of life, culture, and traditions. Ta Van village is our next stop which is home to the Giay ethnic group. We pay a visit to some local families experience their life and learn about the differences between the hill tribes. Lunch at a local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, the car is waiting for us on the main road for a drive back to Sapa. After some time to freshen up, we get on an overnight bus to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi in the evening. Dinner on your own.

Overnight stay in Hanoi. 

Day 5: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Van Long (B,L)

Today morning takes us to Ninh Binh after 110 km of driving (about 2 hours) from Hanoi. We arrive in Van Long Nature Reserve - best known for the setting of the blockbuster Kong: Skull Island. Hop on a rowboat for a delightful trip around this wetland (about 1,5 hours) contemplating the magnificent limestone peaks and lush paddy fields. 

Our next stop is Gia Hung village where to take a bike tour along the dike of Boi River (8km), discovering the local community and its surrounding areas. 

After that, we head to Nho Quan village to have lunch with the friendly locals. Then, pay a visit to Hoa Lu ancient capital exploring the vestiges of the Dinh and Le dynasties from the 10th century as well as the country's glorious history.

Dinner on your account. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ninh Binh.

Day 6: Cuc Phuong National Park – Hanoi (B,L)

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before we head off to Cuc Phuong National Park - one of the oldest national park in Vietnam. We will have a scenic drive through the countryside of Ninh Binh before reaching the site. Upon arrival, we pay a visit to the NGO of Endangered Primate Rescue Centre where to preserve the endangered primates. Lunch at the park. 

In the afternoon, we have a trek through the forest watching the diverse flora and fauna here.

Then, we have a short break before going back to Hanoi. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Hanoi – Departure (B)

Spend the rest of the time in Hanoi choosing some cool souvenirs for your friends and family before you are transferred to the airport for your next flight.

Meals at your expense.

End of service with Asia Links Travel!

What's included

Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
Overnight train Hanoi – Lao Cai
Bus Sapa - Hanoi
Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
Local English speaking guide
Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
Entrance fees
Water for activities (1 bottle per person per day)
International flight tickets
Vietnam visa
Single supplement surcharge
Other meals than mentioned
Other services than mentioned
Drinks, other than water on activity days
Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
Travel insurance

Trip Notes

Time travel: Possible to travel all year around. March to June and September to October are best time in Sapa when the weather is warmer and days are mainly sunny.

Rooms are available from 14.00 on arrival day until 12.00 on departure day, room supplement charge will be added for request of early/late check in/out.

Airfares (if any) may change without notice prior to e-ticket issuance.

Price for infants and children will be quoted as follow:

  • Children under 2 years old: Free of charge (Maximum 1 child under 2 years old travels with 2 adults; from the second child, 50% of the regular fare will be applied) 
  • Children from 2 to 5 years old: 50% of the regular fare will be applied
  • Children from 5 to 11 years old: 75% of the regular fare will be applied
  • Children from 12 years: 100% of the regular fare will be applied

During Peak Season and special occasions, surcharges may be added to the price:

  • Christmas and New Year’s Eve: Compulsory meals would be added during these times of the years, depends on hotels or resorts you will stay overnight.
  • Vietnam Lunar New Year: 24 January – 27 January: Extra fee will be applied during holiday.

Visa requirements:

For Vietnam: You must have a valid passport and a visa (or pre-approval letter for a visa on arrival) to enter Vietnam. Our consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and you must have at least one blank page for each visa stamp.

Customer Reviews (11)

Unforgettable journey of discovery

(4.5)
“Exploring Vietnam by motorbike was an experience unlike any other.  I rode through bustling cities, remote villages, and breathtaking landscapes gave me a unique perspective on this beautiful country. From the majestic rice terraces of Sapa to the historic streets of Hue, every stop along the way was filled with history and culture. The thrill of the open road combined with the warmth of Vietnamese hospitality made this journey truly unforgettable. Whether you're an experienced rider or a novice adventurer, Vietnam by motorbike is an adventure not to be missed!”
Review Unforgettable journey of discovery
Khalil Hill
Australia

Good experience, nice people

(4.0)
“1 week to explore Vietnam's highlands was a stunning experience for me. A big appreciation to Asia Links Travel team, good guys :)”
Review Good experience, nice people
G.Macias
United Kingdom

I love Vietnam!

(4.5)
“Vietnam deserves top 1 the happiest country in the world. I was in love with their locals, they had bright simles and friendly attitute with us. The way they tried to speak English was very amazing, they were cute and i can't describe how much i love them.”
Review I love Vietnam!
Gigi Slay
Canada

Can't wait to the day I comeback to this country

(5.0)
“My girlfriend and I were on this adventure tour last week, it sounds like 1 month went by because we've been stuck in this time :( Vietnam's nature was such a wonder of the world, now i know why my friends love traveling to Vietnam. Standing on Hoang Lien Son mountain then felt nothing was important but the majestic view, or when we communicated to the local people and learned more about their culture and lifestyle. That's freaking interesting! Everyone should experience this by themselves!”
Review Can't wait to the day I comeback to this country
Lucas
Canada

Vietnam vivid life

(4.5)
“Wonderful and majestic are 2 words coming to my mind when remember the good time in Vietnam. That's how i love adventure tourism! Highly rcm.”
Review Vietnam vivid life
Ronald Humphrey
Canada

What a special chance for me to enjoy Vietnam nature

(5.0)
“We went through hundreds of rice fields and terraces, breathed the fresh air of earth, watched the sun go down and rise in the sky, and interacted with locals. There's nothing can compare to this experience when you can truly live. Thank you, ALT, I will never forget your enthusiasm and kindness :) ”
Review What a special chance for me to enjoy Vietnam nature
Ronnie
Australia

A relaxing trip to Cambodia full of local experiences

(4.5)
“Forget dusty buses and crowded tours - Asia Links Travel showed us Cambodia in its true beauty! We cycled through lush rice paddies, kayaked along serene rivers, and even cruised down the mighty Mekong in a comfy boat powered by! Recommend this agency for Indochina trips.”
Review A relaxing trip to Cambodia full of local experiences
Maurice
France

Canada Unforgettable honeymoon. Asia Links took us back in time!

(5.0)
“Our honeymoon in Vietnam wasn't just romantic, it was like stepping into a history book - and Asia Links Travel was our expert tour guide! We had them customize the "Journey to the Past" itinerary since we’re both history lovers. The guides at each stop made us feel like we were living in a history book.”
Review Canada	Unforgettable honeymoon. Asia Links took us back in time!
Mr & Mrs Ellision
Canada

Thank you for your good care and always support

(5.0)
“My family booked a trip to Ninh Binh in Jan and was completely happy with what we got. They took care of everything from transfer to hotels, even the tiniest thing on our trip. Thank you for your services.”
Review Thank you for your good care and always support
Kalyana
India

Great booking and customizing tour to Vietnam

(4.5)
“A friend introduced this company to me. Ms Ly from Asia Links Travel gave me thoughtful advice and created a suitable itinerary with her astonishing knowledge. My fav is Ha Long Bay, the scenery is very majestic. I will come back soon to visit more places!”
Review Great booking and customizing tour to Vietnam
Belle S
Australia

Seamless Experience in Vietnam thanks to Asia Links Travel

(5.0)
“Their expertise in crafting personalized tours ensured that our itinerary was completed to perfection. The excellent customer service we received from the team made us feel well taken care of throughout the trip. The seamless services provided by Asia Links Travel allowed us to relax and enjoy every destination without worry.”
Review Seamless Experience in Vietnam thanks to Asia Links Travel
Norbert
England
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