What is an Easy Rider?
An Easy Rider is a local guide who brings travelers on the back of their motorbike to explore the area they know so well. The term Easy Rider originally associated with motorbike drivers from Dalat, Vietnam. These experienced drivers offer a safe and convenient option for travelers to explore the region by sitting on the back of a motorbike.
Beyond being skilled drivers, Easy Riders also serve as local guides, possessing extensive knowledge of the area, and facilitating communication with locals. From providing insights into the local culture to even assisting with translating menus and helping with food orders.
An Easy Rider experience offers a thrilling adventure, a sense of freedom, and a safer alternative to driving motorbike oneself.
Riding yourself – VS – going on the back of a motorbike
Riding a motorbike yourself in Ha Giang offers a thrilling and adventurous experience. It provides a sense of freedom as you navigate the stunning landscapes and winding roads of the Ha Giang Loop.
However, it’s important to note that riding in Vietnam can already be dangerous, and Ha Giang is no exception. With its winding mountain roads, variable road conditions, and steep cliffs, extra caution and experience are required to navigate the challenging terrain safely. Also, you are required to have a valid motorbike license with International Driving Permit (IDP) and some experience in handling motorbikes is recommended.
Going on the back of a motorbike
Alternatively, going on the back of a motorbike with an experienced local driver, such as an Easy Rider, offers a safe and convenient option. You can relax and enjoy the scenery while the driver navigates the challenging roads. The driver not only serves as a mode of transportation but also acts as a knowledgeable guide, sharing insights about the local culture, facilitating communication with locals, and ensuring a smoother and more immersive experience.
Why is going by Easy Rider is the best way to do the Ha Giang Loop
1. Adventures experience
Riding with an Easy Rider allows you to fully immerse yourself in the Ha Giang Loop without all the concerns of driving and navigation. You can experience the thrill of motorbiking while enjoying the stunning scenery and local culture.
Going with an Easy Rider eliminates the stress of being stopped by the police without a license or facing insurance coverage issues. They can even take care of your food, accommodation, and navigation, ensuring a seamless and worry-free loop.
Easy Riders are experienced drivers who are well-versed in navigating the Ha Giang Loop. They possess valuable knowledge of the roads, turns, and potential challenges, ensuring a safer journey compared to driving yourself.
4. Local Expertise
Your Easy Rider doubles as a knowledgeable guide, providing insights into the local culture, pointing out hidden gems, and taking you off the beaten track to discover places only known to the locals.
5. Communication Assistance
The Easy Rider can assist with translating menus, ordering food, and facilitating communication with locals, making your experience smoother and more enjoyable.
6. Uninterrupted Enjoyment
By leaving the driving responsibilities to the Easy Rider, you don’t have to watch the road and traffic yourself, which mean more time for enjoying breathtaking scenery of the Ha Giang Loop and even taking photos while driving.
What to expect from A to Z
1. Booking: You can book your Ha Giang by Easy Rider tour with us, specifying your preferences and requirements. Check here our Ha Giang Loop tour.
2. Accommodations: We arrange accommodations for you, offering options ranging from local homestays to more comfortable hotels, based on your preferences.
3. Transfers: We arrange transfers from Hanoi to Ha Giang, either by limousine bus during the day or by sleeper bus at night, ensuring a convenient and comfortable journey.
4. Arrival in Ha Giang: Upon arrival in Ha Giang, your Easy Rider or designated meeting point will be there to welcome you, ensuring a smooth transition to the start of your adventure.
5. Rest and Meal: Depending on your arrival time, you’ll have some time to rest and enjoy a meal, rejuvenating yourself before the journey begins.
6. Safety Gear: You will be provided with a helmet, and if desired, additional protective gear for your arms and legs, ensuring your comfort and safety throughout the trip.
7. Luggage Management: For those with excess luggage, we offer the option to leave part of it in Ha Giang City, while backpacks and smaller suitcases can be securely attached to the motorbike with a waterproof cover for protection against the elements.
8. Comfort Check: Your Easy Rider driver will ensure that you are comfortable and ready for the adventure ahead before starting the journey. You can also bring a smaller day backpack with you, containing essential items such as your camera, snacks, and money, for easy access during the ride.
9. Scenic Experience: Sit back and enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you ride on the back of the motorbike with your Easy Rider. Feel free to request stops to capture photos or simply take in the view.
10. Flexible Experience: Your Easy Rider is adaptable to your preferences and can accommodate changes such as different food choices, off-the-beaten-track detours, visits to extra villages, or stops at local markets, ensuring a personalized Ha Giang Loop tailored to your wishes.
Ha Giang by Car alternative
While we highly recommend experiencing the Ha Giang Loop by Easy Rider, choosing to do the loop by car as an alternative can provide a more comfortable option. Unlike a motorbike, a car offers excellent protection against the unpredictable weather conditions of Ha Giang.
As Ha Giang is a mountainous province, you may encounter rain, fog, heat, and cold during your journey. Being inside a car ensures you are well shielded from these elements. Additionally, if you plan to bring a significant amount of luggage with you, a car provides more space and convenience compared to a motorbike.
FAQ about driving the Ha Giang Loop by Easy Rider
What is an Easy Rider?
An Easy Rider is an experienced motorbike driver who you can hire to navigate the Ha Giang Loop.
Can I also drive a motorbike myself on the Ha Giang Loop?
Yes, if you have the necessary experience and documentation, you can rent and drive a motorbike yourself.
Are there group motorbike tours for the Ha Giang Loop?
Yes, several tour companies offer group motorbike tours for those interested in a communal experience.
Is doing the Ha Giang Loop by Easy Rider safe?
Generally, yes, as Easy Riders are experienced drivers who know the route well.
Can I bring all my luggage with an easy rider along the Ha Giang Loop?
While Easy Riders often have extra space for some luggage, it’s advisable to only bring essential items for the trip and store larger luggage at your starting accommodation or rental shop.
I am over 60 years old, can I do the Ha Giang Loop by Easy Rider?
Age is generally not a barrier for experiencing the Ha Giang Loop with an Easy Rider. However, it’s crucial to assess your own comfort and physical condition.
Is there an age limit for the Ha Giang Loop by motorbike?
There is no official age limit for renting a motorbike. For Easy Riders, age is usually not an issue as long as you are in good health.
Can I customize my itinerary when going with an Easy Rider?
Generally, yes. Most Easy Riders are flexible and will allow you to tailor the itinerary based on your interests and time constraints.