Vietnam Tourism Launches a New Motorcycling Tour with

Discover Vietnam’s rugged and scenic northwest and its people first hand. By taking to the roads and riding from the capital Hanoi to the remote area of the northwest to see life as it truly is for the Vietnamese. Highlights include the terraced valleys of Sapa, challenging roads, stunning scenery and many different colorful minority groups.

New York, NY, February 08, 2009 --( Day 1: Ride From Hanoi to Mai Chau = 170 km

Leave Hanoi around 8.30am, ride to Mai Chau, an area of beautiful landscape and home to the Thai ethnic minority, Ride on road N 06 passing expansive rice paddies and scenic villages, have a stop for refreshment before tackling 70km of undulating road with great view of mountains and valley, reach Mai Chau at noontime, ride straight to Lac Village, a peaceful village of White Thai ethnic minority.

Day 2: Ride From Lai Chau to Son La = 187 km

Breakfast at the home-stay before, embark on a beautiful ride up north to Son La. The road is in good condition and the scenery is stunning, take frequent stops to visit minority villages of H’mong, Black Thai,… or to take photos. Lunch will be in local restaurant en route. The highlight of our ride today could be the tea plantations in Moc Chau Plateau, where the best green tea can be seen in Vietnam grown along the roads on hillsides, reach Son La in the afternoon.

Day 3: Descend valley of Dien Bien Phu = 170 Km

Today the ride is greater with more winding road, longer passes, more colorful minority groups and more stunning scenery. Like yesterday, have interesting stops to visit villages and take photos. Lunch en route in local restaurant. The highlight of today ride could be the impressive pass of Pha Din.

Pha Pin means Heaven-Earth. Pha Din is some 1,000m above sea-level, reach Dien Bien Phu in the afternoon around 4pm. Upon arrival, ride around to explore the town.

Day 4: Ride From Dien Bien Phu to Tam Duong = 225 Km

After breakfast, start our 225 km ride along stunning gorges and Nam Na River. On the way, have interesting stops to visit H’mong and Dzao villages. Lunch in Lai Chau, reach Tam Duong around 4.30 pm.

Day 5: Ride up to Sapa = 280 Km

The ride today is the highlight of the whole trip. Climbing the highest pass in Vietnam, the Tram Ton Pass, reach Sapa in the noon time. Sapa is the former hill station for the French colonists hundred years ago. Today Sapa is the paradise for trekking lovers thank to its beautiful trekking routes, stunning terraces, colorful minority groups and the highest mountain in Indochina, the Mt. Fansipang.

Day 6: Trekking in Sapa – Night train to Hanoi

Free time to explore Sapa town in your own ways, trekking.

Day 7: Arrive in Hanoi

Arrival in Hanoi early in the morning (5am).

What to bring:
- Clothing: rain gloves, Wellington boots (rubber boots for rainy season from April to September), summer gloves, balaclava, T-shirts, socks & underwear, long sleeved shirts, turtleneck shirts, extra jeans, a light jacket, leather chaps, zip-lock bags, riding boots, bandannas, sunglasses, goggles, and contact lens solution.
- Personal items: basic toiletries, emergency cash, sunscreen and earplugs.
- Emergency items: a first aid kit, emergency contact number, list medical conditions, list medications, a flashlight, chargers and a duct tape.
- Miscellaneous: a small towel, a bath towel, trash bags, camera and cargo net...and probably some gifts for children.

You are welcome to suggest other items you think we might need to advise for a motorcycling adventure. References:

Indochina Guides
Tony Chu