Having an adventure through the mountains in the north Vietnam seems to be an expected journey of many tourists. In Sapa Vietnam travel guide, this destination is a top choice of backpackers. If you are adventurers, an escape from Hanoi by motorbike and reach Sapa in only few days is not a bad idea.
Ride motorcycle from Hanoi to Sapa – Is it easy?
Coming to Vietnam, you would be impressed by the popular appearance of motorcycle on streets. About 300 km from Hanoi, it takes 5 hours to get to Sapa depending on your speed. In Sapa Vietnam travel guide, however, driving direct to Sapa from Hanoi by motorbike is not highly recommended for many first-time visitors. The most popular way to get there from Hanoi is to book a tour traveling by train, bus and even by motorbike. If you get a motorbike tour from Hanoi to Sapa, it’s easier than solo riding. Your destination will be made all the more rewarding when you do it yourself.
Directions for solo riding in Sapa Vietnam travel guide
Below are the two most popular routes:
1. Hanoi – Vinh Phuc – Viet Tri – Phong Chau – Đoan Hung – Yen Bai – Lao Cai – Sapa (360 km)
2. Hanoi – Hoa Lac – Son Tay – Thanh Son – Route No.32 – Sapa (420 km)
This second route will give you chances to admire more beautiful landscapes through Khau Pha Pass, Mu Cang Chai and Hoang Lien Son National Park. You’ll be highly rewarded with amazing scenery, challenging driving when you try to conquer O Quy Ho Pass (50 km). Besides, on the way to Sapa on a motorbike, you also have chances to visit Love Waterfall, Silver Waterfall.
Further useful information about best weather, beautiful landscapes, etc. of Sapa Travel, you can read more in previous and following articles.
Even though the route seems fairly direct, you may get lost if you don’t prepare well yourself before making the trip. In Sapa Vietnam travel guide, we recommend that you should print out instructions, bring along a map, get some basic knowledge of Vietnamese road signs.