VIDEO: The Northeast Motorbike Loop

Published April 2015 | Words and film by Vietnam Coracle

The northeastern corner of Vietnam is one of my favourite areas of the country. Dotted with limestone karsts, waterfalls, lakes and rivers, it’s a lush and peaceful garden that’s perfect for exploring on two wheels. This video complements my motorbike guide to the Northeast Loop, which you can read here. The soundtrack is ‘Summer Light’ by The Cave Singers. For more films of road trips in Vietnam take a look at my video library here. For best viewing watch in at least 480p quality and at the screen size I’ve embedded the video on this page. Alternatively (and for slightly smoother quality) you can view it at half screen on YouTube here.

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10 Responses to VIDEO: The Northeast Motorbike Loop

  1. Ron Bruijns says:

    Hey Tom,

    Last year I’ve travelled through Vietnam on a motorbike on my own, and as a 19 year I wouldn’t have seen all the amazing stuff I’ve seen if you hadn’t make this website. Thanks a lot!

    When I saw this video (Northeast motorbike loop), I was amazed by the road at 0:17 and the tunnel/cave at 1:47. I have not seen this, and can’t find it on the internet. I’m already back in my country so it’s a bit late, but I’m really curious; where was this?! I would like to search it up on google maps to see if I just missed it, or that it was hundreds km away.

    Thanks again for getting the best holiday I ever had!

    • Hi Ron,

      Great to hear you enjoyed your Vietnam road trip so much.

      The road at 0.17 is a little concrete lane across a weir that leads to the other side of the Nho Que River, about halfway between Trung Khanh and Ban Gioc Falls.

      The road leading through the ‘cave tunnel’ is on DT206 after continuing beyond Ban Gioc Falls and following the Chinese border for about 10km. However, this road is now in quite a bad state due to overuse by trucks plying between Vietnam and China.

      I hope this helps,


  2. Javier says:

    Hey Tom

    I just want to grab my bike amd take off from Hanoi….please point me a cool route to star!


  3. peter browne says:

    Hi Tom we went there in June , I had been wanting go through Ha giang , Dong van , Meo vac and ban gloc falls for some years now and it blu me away it was so good , going around every corner just saying wow and when the road go’s through that cave. so much to see, we also went to Phong nha to the caves I would love to go to Son Doong cave for the 5 days, we will have to meet my next visit.

    • Hi Peter,

      Great to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Vietnam. Yes, I love those places too.

      There’s a lot more to see so I hope you have many more visits planned 🙂


      • peter browne says:

        Hi Tom,
        Every time I come to VN my list of places to see there gets longer, have you had a look over the border in Yunnan, we were there last year and loved it I cant wait to have a better look .

  4. Neville foley says:

    Tom fantastic video as usual I hope my trips are as good so looking forward to seeing vietnam again. Thanks Foley

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