Rice transplantingOur motorbike travel blog engages you into adventures of a life time by motorcycle throughout Vietnam. On these journeys we ride amid serrated peaks and by bottomless ravines, on stubborn forest trails, by bucolic riverside… Let's leave the hustles of life behind and befriend the winds, the cloud-dusted mountains and the unexpected...

Motorbike Tour to Moc Chau – Bac Yen – Phu Yen (Son La)

It had been extremely cold lately and I had a few days off from work. It was about Vietnamese Tet in over a week's time and my schedule would be hectic busy after. Well, it was just good time to head out to get some fresh air then. The forests in Vietnam's north-western mountains were full of blossoms and the land is always my favorite destination…

Motorbike Tour to Hoang Su Phi (Ha Giang)

It was the my last morning at Mu Cang Chai. I had got a wonderful adventure amid the mesmerizing rice terraces of this land. Today my motorbike adventure would continue on a road that I had not been to, though I had traveled to all destinations in the far-north of Vietnam several times.

Motorbike Tour to Mu Cang Chai - Yen Bai

The rice festival had started in Mu Cang Chai and I still had quite a few things to complete at the office. Then it rained for a couple of days that my motorbike adventure to Mu Cang Chai was delayed further. Then came Wednesday that a typical autumn day returned to Hanoi and I felt ready to be on the road again.

Motorbike Trip to Pu Luong (Thanh Hoa) - Part 2

I didn't sleep well and woke up at 2 or 3 in the morning. It was not that the cocks in the village were having a crowing race in the early morning. That was strange because everything else was perfect. The temperature was pleasant and the bedding was comfortable. Everyone in the family was deep in sleep. I kept lying in bed and dozed off for some time...

North West of Vietnam by Motorcycle: Yen Bai

Leaving Muong Than Valley, the road goes up suddenly. The terrain also changes quickly as I make my way into Yen Bai Province. It is over 02:00 P.M now and it has been a wonderful day with breezy and dry air, bright sunshine. I keep riding on through mountain gorges, patches of dense forest... By the road side, a river plays joyful music all the way.

North West of Vietnam by Motorcycle: Lai Chau

It is 1:30 P.M now and I have just crossed the bridge over the Da River (Black River) between Dien Bien Province and Lai Chau Province. It was a great time visiting the former battlefields in Dien Bien.  I look forward to a great adventure in Lai Chau which is known for sublime mountains and idyllic hill tribe villages.

Motorcycle Adventure Vietnam North West: Dien Bien - Part 2

Leaving Hill A1, I proceed to Hills C1 (Eliane 1) and C2 (Eliane 4). The two hills are on the 2 sides of a road running from the east to the west. There are not many vestiges left of the horrendous battles in the past here. Trees and grass cover most of the hills making it not possible to stray from a paved path to the top of each hill.

North West of Vietnam by Motorcycle: Dien Bien - Part 1

All of a sudden the road leads me out of the forest into an open area without big trees around. From here I could have a great view of Dien Bien Phu City. I can't see rice fields in the Muong Thanh Valley though, as it is too hazy. In the front, the road meanders along the mountainside into the city. By my side, there are scenic rice terraces dropping down to ethnic villages. 

North West of Vietnam by Motorbike: Dien Bien

It is late in the morning now and here I am nearly on the top of the Pha Din Pass between Son La and Dien Bien. It is quiet all around. I'm by myself taking the old route on the pass. The new road is in great condition, but it is lower on the mountainside, the old route is deserted but it goes higher. Taking the old route, I hope to have a nicer view of the surrounding nature.

North West of Vietnam by Motorbike: Son La

 It is spring time in northern Vietnam now. The official long Tet holiday has just concluded. In cities, people are flocking back for work. In the countryside, things are still slack: holidays here are normally longer! This is the time of flower blossoms and village festivals. The temperatures in Hanoi are around 20-25 Degrees Celsius. It is breezy, dry and sunshine every day. 

Cao Bang Motorbike Tour: Roads Less Traveled Part 2

Can Yen and Can Nong Communes of Thong Nong District are close to the Chinese border. The area possesses beautiful mountains and valleys. Trade at the border is not busy and the roads are just quiet. There are new governmental buildings, clinics and schools in every community. Life here is improving definitely.

Travel Cao Bang by Motorbike: Roads Less Traveled

 On this motorbike adventure, I enter Cao Bang via Meo Vac, Ha Giang. For most of the morning, I followed the Nhiem River downhill through peaceful countryside and sublime mountains toward Cao Bang. At Niem Tong (Meo Vac, Ha Giang) and Ly Bon (Bao Lam, Cao Bang) the Nhiem River joins the Nho Que River to rinse the water into the Gam River.

Ha Giang Tour by Motorbike: Trip of Dreams Part 6

The closer to Dong Van, the road goes down and I can feel the air is dry again. Still, it gets colder and colder in the afternoon. Then it comes to the intersection with Road 4C, the main route from Ha Giang City to Dong Van Rock Plateau. There is a road sign saying Sa Phin Valley is 12km to the left and Dong Van Town is 10km to the right. I take the right and travel on the familiar road to Dong Van Town.

Motorbike Tour Ha Giang: Trip of Dreams Part 5

As I leave the restaurant after lunch, the gentleman shows me how to get to Dong Van via a back-road. I thank him for the information and for the great meal, then dash off into the fog that is getting thicker. It is about mid day now but the fog makes the atmosphere just like late in the afternoon. It is very cold, but luckily the air is very dry.

Ha Giang Travel by Motorbike: Trip of Dreams Part 4

Out of Mau Due, the road goes up and travels along mountainside to Dong Van. It is small but the condition is good. The ride is easy, except that it gets colder than in the morning. My guess earlier was right that the cold wind is coming...