Cruise the Most Beautiful Motorbike Passes Across Vietnam
Vietnam offers travelers many means of transport. Some of these forms of transportation can be unpleasant or long, but one thing is certain, the best way to adhere to the beauty of this country is to go on a motorcycle tour. We have a proud collection of many breathtaking motorcycle passages throughout the country, looping around great views of the mountain and jungle. Let’s go through Vietnam from north to south!
Hanoi – Moc Chau Road
An incomparable beauty between the mountains
It is about 180 kilometers from Hanoi to Moc Chau on National Highway 6 towards the province of Son La and Dien Bien. Overall, National Highway 6 is well built with two wide lanes and a beautiful surface. Motorcycle trips will take about four hours, including the Kem and Cun slopes at mid-term. They are not very dangerous, but you should always be calm and cautious when driving, as you may not be familiar with these suddenly-pitched terrain in the northwestern region of Vietnam.
After passing the slopes, you will arrive at Cao Phong, a charming town in Hoa Binh province, renowned throughout the world for its distinctive local oranges. More interestingly, if you travel during the production season, these orange gardens will be even more beautiful with their ripe fruit and pleasant scent of citrus. Be more cautious on this track as there are often police officers stationed here to check your speed and motorcycle papers.
Now you have before you Muong Khen, Tan Lake and Thung Khe Pass, which are considered to be one of Vietnam’s most spectacular loops. They act as borders between steep mountain ranges and the vast abyss. You will enter a picturesque scene of lush green forest, pretty houses on stilts of the ethnic group and a soft touch of foaming clouds above. It is very likely that there will be fog in this area during the winter, so drive more carefully and pay attention to the roads so you do not get lost. In the middle of the pass, you will find many small local markets selling wild orchid flowers of various colors and the iconic snack of this region, steamed corn. Located at the foot of Thung Khe pass, the Mai Chau valley is an extremely photogenic scene. You can also take a short break here to recharge your energy for the remaining route. After that, you will meet another track having a regular police checkpoint – the village of Long Luong. Continue for 20 kilometers and Moc Chau is right in front of you.
When to go: Hanoi – Moc Chau Road
The landscape on the path of Moc Chau has a seasonal beauty, so you can visit it at any time of the year. Choose your favorite scene, pack your bags and you’re ready to go! There are several distinct seasons.
From October to February is the season of mustard green flowers and wild sunflower with intense yellow color. Before and during the holidays of Vietnam in Tet, peach blossoms and plum trees will bloom everywhere. They will beautifully cover Moc Chau in white like a snowy mountain.
In March, you will discover a pink flower theme with a tree blossom, or simply a hoa ban in Vietnamese. There is even a song written and performed by one of our famous rock bands on this beautiful flower.
The plants will produce fruits from April to August in relatively cool weather, which will allow them to escape the heat of Hanoi. This season does not give too much flowers, but you can still see a wonderful fishing and plum scene everywhere.
Hanoi – Ta Xua
Explore unspoilt nature at this destination
The commune of Ta Xua belongs to the city of Bac Yen, in the province of Son La and on the border with the province of Yen Bai. It is home to the tenth highest mountain in Vietnam with a surprisingly pleasant weather and unique cloudy landscapes. This place is becoming more and more popular for many tourists from North West Vietnam, especially young and adventurous bikers. The “cloud hunt” is often associated with Ta Xua’s travels, as its clusters of clouds are so fascinating and deserve to be discovered once in a lifetime. At 220 kilometers from Hanoi and 100 kilometers from Moc Chau, Ta Xua is an easy enough route for beginner motorcyclists to try out this track. Here’s where it goes: Hanoi – Son Tay – Trung Ha Bridge – Thu Cuc Intersection – Thu Cuc – National Road 32 – Turn left towards Phu Yen towards Bac Yen towards National Highway 37.
If you start in the center of Hanoi, the trip usually takes between six and seven hours, which already includes a lunch break en route. Like Hanoi – Moc Chau, Hanoi – Bac Yen is full of beautiful mountain roads and beautiful natural landscapes. If you start your trip early in the morning, you will have the chance to see the glittering sun through several layers of clouds, which will illuminate the entire forest below. The journey from Bac Yen to the center of Ta Xua is only 15 km, but it is more difficult. There will be more dangerous slopes and rugged terrain, with thick fog and clouds obstructing your vision. Do not forget caution when driving. If you do not feel comfortable traveling on this road, rest in Bac Yen and rent a motorcycle taxi in Ta Xua.
Ta Xua is an underdeveloped municipality devoid of strong tourist exploitation and thus preserves a precious and intact beauty. It is an ideal destination for those who want an authentic cultural immersion with tribal villagers in a virgin landscape that is very difficult to find in other cities.
When and where to go: Hanoi – Ta Xua
According to experienced travelers, the best time to discover Ta Xua is from November to March. The clouds in these times are more beautiful than ever, with several moments of impressive transformation, then they move away. Book this date to enjoy the biggest version of this cloud paradise!
There are many ideal cloud hunting sites, one of which is the valley in front of the O Ngong Inn. Then visit Wind Mount – Dinh Gio and the Solitary Pip Tree (Cay Tao Meo Co Don), which are absolutely incredible Instagram spots. How to get there: from the center of the town, turn left towards Xim Vang and travel about a kilometer. You are there.
After taking some pictures, you can go to the Dinosaur Backbone – Long Song Song lung in Hang Dong, located six kilometers from the center. It is a small path created by the division between two rolling hills. Climb to the top of this “dinosaur” with breathtaking views as far as the eye can see will give you a sensational experience. Add to this wonder the rice terraces scattered below.