Experience what is, in our estimation the best motorbike tours in Vietnam, with some of the most motorcycle friendly roads in the whole of South East Asia. It’s a fact that the Northern Vietnam loop is right up there as one of the world’s top 10 motorcycling routes. Authentic local hill tribe groups, stunning scenery, magnificent views, along with challenging and invigorating roads offer a once in a lifetime experience.
Each tour is carefully planned to the last detail, fabulous roads, breathtaking scenery, and no matter whether you take the “quickie” 1-day tour, the 7-day tour that also allows you to soak up the culture and activity of Vietnam’s hill tribes who live near Hanoi, or the full 16-day tour which offers a complete trip around the north of Vietnam (big/grand north loop), we can promise you maximum exposure to Vietnam’s wonderful cultural heritage, exotic foods and marvellous people in a way no other coach tour or fly/drive can. Motorbiking really is the only way to highlight this country’s many facets without feeling like you’re being herded like a flock of sheep. For this very reason we keep numbers low, six is about the maximum we’re comfortable taking to allow each and every rider our personal attention. We will offer advice on the best things to see and do, but you’re under no pressure to follow the crowd. You can strike out on your own at any time and simply meet back up with us when you’re ready. Enjoy an exciting scenic cultural adventure guided motorcycling holiday of a lifetime with us.
We have over 20 years of experience in Vietnam. Knowing the many pitfalls that can befall the occasional traveller allows us to pre-empt and skirt these situations to provide you with a hassle-free holiday that you will be able to look back on with only fond memories in many years to come.
Northern Vietnam is a motorcycle paradise with endless well paved, deserted winding mountain roads, warm weather and great attractions (waterfalls, hot springs, ethnic hill tribe people, stunning viewpoints) every hour or so to take in while stretching your legs for a while. Just ask all the riders from this corner of the world (Southeast Asia) where they would rather go touring on two wheels.
You’re never too far from civilisation either, 100 kilometres between major towns, fuel every 10 kilometres or so and accommodation about the same. Eating seems to be the Vietnamese national pastime and there’s fabulous food just about everywhere you look! The major towns all include many of the comforts of home as well.
All riders are welcome, from the novice biker onwards to the old hand. We personally never tire of these guided tours, no matter how often we do them, there always seems to be something new to experience. The touring is relatively easy but still exhilarating, riding on the right-hand side of the road. Add to that a warm tropical climate and totally new experiences almost every moment of the day with people who know what they’re doing in such situations and it all adds up to a combination that is quite simply unavailable elsewhere, a perfect two-wheeled holiday!
Additional adventure activities if required can include: trekking, swimming, bamboo river rafting, massage & spa experience, hiking in the jungle, fishing and Viet-cookery courses. Flexibility is our mission, you have many choices to suit you and your timing.
Offroad Vietnam offers guided on and off road motorcycle tours and semi-guided (or half-guided) and self guided (unguided) motorbike adventures and motorcycle tours in Vietnam. We recommend partners in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and China to offer more options to our customers.
Includes – all tours & rides, Japanese Honda GL Pro 160cc or Honda XL 125-250cc or Honda XR250 motorcycle for the duration of your stay, food, accommodation, fuel for the tours & runs, attractions, entry fees, maps, guides, breakdown recovery & replacement and other assistance and guidance during your stay. We own all touring bikes, maintain and prepare them for your trip personally. The bikes are the best you could find in North Vietnam and this is important on a motorbike tour. Just ride and enjoy your adventure, leave all bike works with us and our guide!
When you want to ride your own (self guided trips), consider hiring our bike(s) which is owned and maintained by ourselves. All bikes are Japanese Hondas, no Chinese fakes, from 125 to 250cc. We understand every bike and save a repair history which in case you have problem could help identify exactly what replacement or repair you need. Some helpful tips and advices are available when you collect your rental motorcycles. To have a great trip, equip yourselves with some mechanic basics as manual clutch bikes in Vietnam are not popular. You probably have more new friends when you get lost or a flat tire!
Below are some typical custom motorbike tours in Vietnam we design and they are for either experienced bikers or inexperienced riders (by selecting different bikes). If you want to join one of our existing motorbike tours with places still available please follow this link.
In just one day, join us on this short motorbike tour in or around Hanoi. You will have a few options to choose from, our tours carter for different riding experiences, expectations and budgets. We can ride to traditional villages, mountain tops, temples and Buddhist pagodas etc. Even in a day, we would strongly recommend this tour to intermediate and experienced riders only. Getting out of Hanoi and back in is not an easy job.
Mai Chau is a valley in Hoa Binh province, not far away from Hanoi and is home to a few hill tribal people such as Thai, H’mong, Dao, Muong etc. You will stay in a Thai host family in Pom Coong village and see how they live their simple daily life. Thai people are among the most friendly people in Vietnam. It is in fact the finest short motorbike tour in two days we ever created. There is an option to extend this tour to three days and ride the challenging track near Mai Chau or further North to Ta So and Ta Xua in Moc Chau district.
Hoang Lien mountain range is the highest in Vietnam. Fansipan, top or roof of Indochina is on this range, near Sapa. High elevation, cool weather, terrace rice fields, impressive views and colourful hill tribes make this a fantastic off-road motorbike tour in just 5 days. Good for experienced riders.
Northeast Vietnam is one of the most beautiful areas in North Vietnam. Breathtaking landscapes like Ba Be lake, Ban Gioc waterfalls and Highway 4 plus warm and friendly Dao, Thai, Tay and Nung people will definitely make you feel very welcome everywhere you stay. This motorbike adventure suits riders from novice to experienced. Many home stays could be included to make the whole experience more special.
Nortwest Vietnam is a beautiful place but the roads are quite rough. There are more hill tribe people in this area than anywhere in Vietnam. Due to road works and landslides (in summer) and cold & misty weather (in winter), this motorbike adventure is best for intermediate and experienced riders. Road work before and after Muong Lay (for the Lai Chau hydro-electric plant) is quite challenging. In fact we normally skip this part and ride from Son La to Than Uyen and then Sapa.
There is too much information about Ho Chi Minh trail and BBC’s Top Gear Vietnam Special featured some of the trail in their 2008 show. Join us to retrace Top Gear route and see how bad the war is. Luckily, people now don’t live with the past and American riders are welcome!
A Ho Chi Minh Trail/Road trip offers 40% on back country roads and 60% on highways. We ride in Vietnam only and don’t extend to Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos because of the complicated and expensive paperworks (visa, permits, bikes etc.). The Ho Chi Minh Road is new and almost empty, there are not many towns on the roads. Regarding the landscape, a ride down Ho Chi Minh Trail/Road is less scenic than a ride in North Vietnam and the riding hours are longer everyday. It’s more about war relics and museums than people, culture and landscape.
If time and budget allows, join this long motorcycle tour exploring North Vietnam in a big loop. You will see everything that North Vietnam has to offer. The roads are long and challenging but in return you will do something that not many people do. You will ride through all Northern Vietnam provinces and meet more than 30 different groups of people. This ride would suit riders from intermediate to experienced but if you take a riding lesson, you could join us.
Forget about a set itinerary, no plan is needed and ride with maximum flexibility and freedom. This sounds like a journey not like the norm, yes that’s true. Careful preparation and good riding skills are necessary. You will be doing something that only a few dare to conquer but once you return in one piece, you will ready for any challenge in your life.
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