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Vietnam Motorbike Tour on Ho Chi Minh Trail – 15 Days

Are you looking for the way to have full taste of Vietnam’s beauty and culture with only 15 days? Doing this Vietnam Motorcycle Tour Ho Chi Minh Trail is the way we suggest. Vietnam is the long and narrow country with a lot of different interest between the north, central and the south. We would like to show you how different they are with this motorbike ride on Ho Chi Minh trail along the country.

Tour Route:  Hanoi – Mai Chau – Tan Ky – Phong Nha – Khe Sanh – Hue – Hoi An – Kon Tum – Buon Me Thuat – Nha Trang – Da Lat – Cat Tien – Sai Gon

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Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau: 180 km (L,D – Home Stay)

We are confident to say that we are different from the other Vietnam Motorcycle Tour Organizers to give you a better motorbike ride from Hanoi to Mai Chau today. We will take you on longer, smaller roads to Mai Chau just to keep you away from busy traffic and see more countryside, villages. After 30 km ride from outskirts of Hanoi, we will be on the back-roads through villages between green rice and tea fields. Especially after lunch we will ride motorbike on the winding road through lime-stone mountains via some rustic villages of the Muong people and ride along the beautiful Da River lake. This may remind you of Halong bay tour and promise to be highlight of the motorbike tour in Vietnam. We will be in Mai Chau valley and end the first enjoyable motorbike tour at around 5:00 pm in a village of the white Thai people.

Day 2: Mai Chau – Tan Ky: 270 Km (B,L,D – Hotel)motorcycletour12b

It’s a long day ride but must be another great motorbike tour in North Vietnam. After breakfast with the warm Thai family, we keep riding on a small, spectacular road along the Ma river until Cam Thuy town where we stop for lunch, after lunch we will start amazing Ho Chi Minh trail motorcycle tour to Tan Ky. Arrive the hotel in Tan Ky at around 5:00 pm.

Tan Ky is known as the starting point of the Ho Chi Minh trail during the war. At that time, all the troops with foods and staffs gather in Tan Ky and start to matching to the south of Vietnam on the trail to join the war in DMZ. Tan ky now is a little town located by the sides of the Ho Chi Minh trail, it’s peaceful town surrounded mountains.

Day 3: Tan Ky – Phong Nha: 280 Km (B,L,D – Hotel)

After breakfast in a basic local restaurant, we keep touring on the Ho Chi Minh trail by motorbike. The ride today is much better than the day before because it’s though remote areas with amazing view of high limestone mountains, cross some beautiful villages who built a lot of beautiful wooden houses, especially we have a chance to ride on the large and long runway of the former airbase of the Northern Vietnam Army which hide in between high mountain and jungle. If time and weather permit we can have a boat ride in Phong Nha to visit some hidden caves, fishing floating villages after the enjoyable Ho Chi Minh trail motorbike ride.

Day 4: Phong Nha – Khe Sanh: 220 Km (B,L,D – Hotel)IMAG0863

From Phong Nha, the Ho Chi Minh Trail is divided into 2 branches one in the eastern side and another one is in the western side. Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert recommends to ride on the western Ho Chi Minh trail. The trail goes through the National park of Phong Nha – Ke Bang, in more than 200 km, you will just see few other motorbikes but a lot of beautiful and beautiful view of mountains. Especially, after getting out of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park, we will pay a enjoyable visit to the former US Merine Base with tunnels, Air base and a interesting museum that is newly built. This western Ho Chi Minh trail motorbike ride promises to be one of the best Vietnam motorcycle tours. We finish a great day at one of the best hotel in Khe Sanh town at about 5: 30 PM.

Day 5: Khe Sanh – Vinh Moc tunnel – Hue: 190 Km (B,L,D – Hotel)

The motorbike ride to Hue today is mostly on the sealed roads from the west to the coast of Vietnam. The ride is along the DMZ where you can find easily historical sites to learn more about the Vietnam War. Lunch is severed after visiting the Vinh Moc tunnel and then we hit all the way down to Hue. Arrive the beautiful city of Hue at 4:30 pm.Ho Chi Minh trail

Vinh Moc (Vịnh Mốc) is a tunnel complex in Quang Tri, Vietnam. During the Vietnam War it was strategically located on the border of North Vietnam and South Vietnam. The tunnels were built to shelter people from the intense bombing of Son Trung and Son Ha communes in Vinh Linh county of Quang Tri Province in the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. The American forces believed the villagers of Vinh Moc were supplying food and armaments to the North Vietnamese garrison on the island of Con Co which was in turn hindering the American bombers on their way to bomb Hanoi. The idea was to force the villagers of Vinh Moc to leave the area but as is typical in Vietnam there was nowhere else to go. The villagers initially dug the tunnels to move their village 10 metres underground but the American forces designed bombs that burrowed down 10 metres. Eventually against these odds, the villagers moved the village to a depth of 30 metres. It was constructed in several stages beginning in 1966 and used until early 1972. The complex grew to include wells, kitchens, rooms for each family and spaces for healthcare. Around 60 families lived in the tunnels; as many as 17 children were born inside the tunnels

Day 6: Hue – Hoi An: (B,L,D – Hotel)DSC_1615

As a Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert we can give you 2 options for the motorbike ride to Hoi An today:
Opt 1(160 Km): After breakfast, we have chance to discover the famous citadel of Hue and some other attractions. After lunch, we will Join the National Highway 1 and head up the Hai Van Pass (Cloudy Pass) before getting to the World Heritage site of Hoi An, a major trading centre in SE Asia in the 16th and 17th centuries. The ride today is short but it offers amazing view of coastal roads.
Opt 2 (180 km): Start the ride from the morning. We firstly ride to the coast after getting out of the bustle of Hue and then enjoy a great motorbike tour along the coast through fishing villages, large fields of colorful tombs. After lunch, we will cross the Hai Van pass to get to Da Nang and Hoi An. Arrive Hoi An at 4:00 pm.

Day 7: Tour Around Hoi An (B,L – Hotel)

Know as one of the best tourist attractions in the world, Hoi An is a great place to stay and cheer up after a great and long motorbike tours in Vietnam. It’s famous for quiet town with the peace in local lifestyle, silk production and the clean beach. Therefore, we must have great day for rest, relax or shopping…Hoi An

Hoi An, also known as Faifo in western countries, is a city of Vietnam, on the coast of the South China Sea in the South Central Coast of Vietnam. It is located in Quang Nam province and is home to approximately 120,000 inhabitants. It is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.

The city possessed the largest harbour in Southeast Asia in the 1st century and was known as Lâm Ấp Phố (Champa City). Between the seventh and 10th centuries, the Cham people controlled the strategic spice trade and with this came tremendous wealth. The former harbour town of the Cham at the estuary of the Thu Bồn River was an important Vietnamese trading centre in the 16th and 17th centuries, where Chinese from various provinces as well as Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled. During this period of the China trade, the town was called Hai Pho (Town on Seaside) in Vietnamese. Originally, Hai Pho was a divided town with the Japanese settlement across the “Japanese Bridge” (16th-17th century). The bridge (Chùa cầu) is a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist pagoda attached to one side

Day 8: Hoi An Motorbike Tour to Kon Tum: 290 km (B,L,D – Hotel)IMG_1816

Be back to the nature! We will resume the Ho Chi Minh Trail Vietnam motorbike tour after leaving peaceful town of Hoi An, we will motorcycle west to Phuoc Son (also known as Kham Duc), from there we head up the towering Lo So Pass, passing through remote areas thinly populated by peoples of the Ba Na ethnicity. Edging close to the border with Laos, where a number of Trail arteries crossed over in Laos, we continue on to Kon Tum.

Day 9: Kon Tum – Buon Ma Thuat: 240 Km (B,L,D – Home stay)

Today we will be in the heart of Central Highland Vietnam, The Ho Chi Minh trail Vietnam motorbike tour to Buon Me Thuat in which the local people produce the most and best coffee in Vietnam will offer a full view of culture and beauty of this highlands. In the morning we head south through the Central Highlands, passing Pleiku and the Ia Drang valley battlefield, before continuing onto Buon Ma Thuot (also known as Buon Me Thuot), the city where northern forces launched their final assault on Saigon

Day 10: Buon Ma Thuot – Nha Trang: 190 Km (B,L,D – Hotel)Coastal road Vietnam

The ride today is a bit different because the scenery changes. After breakfast, we will take an easy ride towards the coast, arriving at Highway 1 some 30 km north of Nha Trang. Then just enjoy one of the best motorcycle tour on the coast Vietnam, we arrive in the coastal city of Nha Trang at 4:30 pm and spend the rest time of the day on the most beautiful beach in Vietnam.

Day 11: Relaxing in Nha Trang (B,L,D – Hotel)

Long, clean and sandy beach in Nha Trang Vietnam is one of the best beaches in Southeast Asia, it’s also well know for scuba diving so it is worthy to spend a day to refresh body at the beach, do some scuba diving or taste fresh seafood with local cooking style at any restaurants along the coast. This day surely makes your Vietnam motorbike tour much for interesting.
Optionally, You can also take a island tour to some beautiful island with some quiet beaches.

Day 12: Nha Trang – Da Lat: 170 Km (B,L,D – Hotel)IMAG0573

This motorbike tour from Nha Trang offers you some footages of the famous 2008 BBC’s Top Gear Vietnam Special show. This motorcycle ride must be the highlight of the motorbike tour in Central highlands Vietnam. We will end the great motorbike ride in Da Lat – a most romantic city in Vietnam at 4:30 pm.

Day 13: Motorbike Touring around Da Lat: (B,L,D – Hotel stay)

Da Lat is known as “The City of Love” and is a favorite holiday resort for Vietnamese. This cool and romantic land is found by the French during the Indochina wartime. With evergreen forests, waterfalls, beautiful lakes, the country’s best flower gardens, and delicious fresh produce, Da Lat has always provided a welcome respite from the heat of the lowlands. We can spend the day visiting the highlights of Da Lat – its gardens, cathedral, waterfalls, market, Valley of Love, convent, university, train station and key pagodas.

After western breakfast in hotel, we will have short Da Lat motorcycle tour to some famous attractions to make you understand why the local people choose Da Lat as an ideal destination for honey-moon.Motorbike tour Vietnam

Day 14: Da Lat – Cat Tien National Park: 190 km (B,L,D – Hotel)

Hit the road No 20, we will have great motorcycle trip to Cat Tien National Park. This forest area used to be the head quarter of Vietnamese army during the war. The park suffered historically during the Vietnam War when it was extensively sprayed with herbicides like the defoliant Agent Orange. In some region nowadays trees/plantations have not yet grown back.

Day 15: Cat Tien Motorcycle Tour Saigon : 160 Km (B,L)

This motorbike ride to Sai Gon is short but could be a big day as traffic is very busy when we enter Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City). We ride straight to the train station where we end the great 15 day Ho Chi Minh Trail Motorbike Tour. Say good bye to the staffs of Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert and then take your time to have rest in in the city.

Ho Chi Minh Trail Motorcycle Tour from Hanoi – 12 Days

This 12 day motorbike tours on Ho Chi Minh trail is designed by the local team of Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert after many years of studying and doing survey on the routes. With only 12 days and around 1.750 km motorbike ride, the tour will offer you taste of Northern Vietnam’s beauty with green terrace fields and colorful hill tribes, give you chances to visit many historical sites that make you understand more about the Vietnam War and the ride will take you to Central highlands where you can experience a different charm of Vietnam.

 

Tour Route: Hanoi – Phu Yen – Mai Chau – Tan Ky – Phong Nha – Khe Sanh – Vinh Moc tunnels – Hue – Hoi An – Kon Tum – Buon Me Thuat – Lak Lake – Nha Trang

 

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Day 1: Hanoi – Phu Yen: 165 km (L,D – Hotel Stay)

 

Depart from Hanoi at 8:30 am. We will get out of the city by the free way to the west of Hanoi, just one and half hour ride we will at the bank of the Da river, stop and put the bikes on the ferry to cross the river, After crossing the river we will be faraway from the hustle of the city, the ride from here is almost on the back-roads through some villages, rice and green tea fields. It’s completely enjoyable motorbike ride in North Vietnam. This short motorbike tour northern Vietnam is our favourite and it must be the highlight of the trip. We arrive Phu Yen town at 4:30 pm.

 

Day 2: Phu Yen – Mai Chau: 150 km (B,L,D – Home stay)

 

At 8:30 am having break fast with traditional Pho – rice noodles soup. Continue the motorcycle touring northern Vietnam to Mai Chau valley. It’s a short motorbike tour to Mai Chau but offers great view of mountains so you can have plenty of chances for taking photos. Right after the Phu Yen town, we will have beautiful ride along the winding Da river, the ride may remind you a motorcycle tour on coastlines in southern Vietnam. After crossing the river, we’ll motorcycle up and up, cross some high and nice mountain passes to head up to Moc Chau plateau where is famous for cool temperature and large green tea fields. Lunch is in Moc Chau town, after lunch we will make a turn to Hua Tat pass – it’s the old road built by the French that offers a great ride because of quiet traffic and beautiful view. We will be in Mai Chau valley at 5 :00 pm.

 

Day 3: Mai Chau – Tan Ky: 260 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)DSC_0098

 

After breakfast, we start the day with short but enjoyable ride through villages of Thai people and through beautiful rice fields, after the valley we will have great motorbike ride along the Ma river through bamboo forest between the green mountains. We will get to Ngoc Lac town at noon time when the lunch is served at the local restaurant. After lunch, just enjoy an easy and relaxing motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh road to Tan Ky town.

 

Day 4: Tan Ky – Phong Nha – Ke Bang: 280 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)

 

Tan Ky is a little quiet town located on the sides of the Ho Chi Minh road, the town is surround by mountains and some rustic villages and known as the starting point of the Ho Chi Minh trail during the war time. From here the Northern communist with food and weapons travel down to the South Vietnam to join the war.
After simple breakfast in the local restaurant, we travel down to the South Vietnam with our motorbikes on the historical trail. The ride is almost on the repaired part of the trail but still offers a great view of mountain and the daily life of the local. The motorbike ride on Ho Chi Minh trail in the afternoon must be the highlight of the trip.

 

Day 5: Phong Nha – Khe Sanh: 220 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)

 

Today must be the best part of the Ho Chi Minh trail motorcycle tour! After departing from Phong Nha town, we will make a turn to join the western Ho Chi Minh trail; known as the hidden trail that the US army did never know and bomb. With the length of more than 200 km through the Phong Nha Ke Bang national park where the traffic is completely empty, this motorbike tour on the trail surely offers unforgettable experience. In the late afternoon when we get out of national park we will pay a interesting visit to Khe Sanh – the former important US Marine Base including US Air base, tunnels and new Khe Sanh museum. We will head down to the Khe Sanh town and finish the great motorcycle tour on Ho Chi Minh trail Vietnam at about 5:00 pm.diadaovinhmoc(1)

 

Day 6: Khe Sanh – Vinh Moc – Hue: 170 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)

 

It’s not the motorbike ride along the Ho Chi Minh trail today but it gives plenty of chances to visit the historical sites. After breakfast, we will leave the Ho Chi Minh trail to ride along the historical road No 9 along the Dakrong river. The motorbike ride is straight to the eastern side of Vietnam along the 17th parallel where we can visit the Hien Luong bridge – a symbol for the border between the north Vietnam and south Vietnam, Vinh Moc tunnels and where you can have short motorbike ride on coastal roads which offers different view from the ride on Ho Chi Minh trail days before. We arrive Hue at 4:30 pm.

 

Day 7: Hue – Hoi An: 160 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)

 

It’s beautiful Vietnam motorcycle tour on coastlines from Hue to Hoi An. After breakfast, get back to the bikes and ride to the coastal outskirt of Hue city, then enjoy the motorbike tour on the coastal roads down to Hoi An. We will cross the Hai Van pass or Cloudy pass – one of the most beautiful passes in the central Vietnam in which presents a great view of mountain and ocean. We will be in Hoi An at 4:00 pm. Hotel stay.

 

Day 8: Discovering Hoi An. (B,L – Hotel stay)

 

Hoi An, an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Asian trading port, is an outstanding material manifestation of the fusion of cultures over time in an international maritime commercial centre. The town is a special example of a traditional trading port in South-East Asia which has been completely and assiduously preserved: it is the only town in Viet Nam that has survived intact in this way. Most of the buildings are in the traditional architectural style of the 19th and 20th centuries. They are aligned along narrow lanes of traditional type. They include many religious buildings, such as pagodas, temples, meeting houses, etc., which relate to the development of a port community. The traditional lifestyle, religion, customs and cooking have been preserved and many festivals still take place annually

 

After breakfast in the hotel, we will have short walking tour around the ancient town Hoi An to see some famous attraction in Hoi An such as: the Japanese bridge, Chinese temples, local markets and the traditional houses. In the afternoon you can have your free time at the beach or keep motorcycle touring Hoi An to some peaceful and green villages of the local people who plant the vegetable all year around.

 

Day 9: Hoi An – Kon Tum: 210 km (B,l,D – Hotel stay)

 

We continue the Ho Chi Minh trail motorbike tour but from Hoi An we will see the different part of the trail, the tour will take you to the central highlands Vietnam – a different Vietnam that make you feel worthy to come.
Start the Hoi An motorcycle tour to Kon Tun at around 8:30 a.m. The motorcycle ride today will show you the rural life of locals such as: incense making, basket making village, rice paper making,…and then head to My Son Hollyland where you can visit the ancient Cham Towers and learn more about history and culture of the Cham people. After that keep motorcycle ride Ho Chi Minh trail where to enjoy the breath-taking nature and visit some of the Churu, Tay and Nung people who live along the trail in central highlands Vietnam before visiting Phoenix Airport and other important bases of the Southern Government before 1975. We will be in Kon Tum at about 5:00 pm. Overnight in hotel in Kon Tum.

 

Day 10: Kon Tum – Pleiku: 180 km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)IMAG0621

 

It’s not so long motorcycle ride on Ho Chi Minh trail today but it is another busy day with a lot of visits and stops therefore we start the day at about 8:00 am, Firstly we pay a visit to village of the Bana people and then keep motorbike riding to Pleiku where we can enjoy the scenic landscape and the natural lake calls “the Eyes of Pleiku” –the Sea Lake. Visit rubber plantation and some rustic villages of the hill tribes to learn how the local earn a living and experience their unique culture,…etc. We will finish the day at about 5:00 pm in Buon Me Thuat.

 

Day 11: Buon Me Thuot – Lak Lake: 100 km (B,L,D –Hotel stay)

 

It’s a relaxing Vietnam motorcycle tour to Lak lake. The ride is short but still offers a lot of interesting things to enjoy along the way. We can see large coffee fields where we can learn how they process the coffee and taste many different types of café in Vietnam or visit the Dray Sap and Dray Nu waterfalls (the biggest waterfalls in Vietnam), or have a short trek to the top of the Elephant Mountain where you can have some great shots of the area’s panoramic view. Arrive the beautiful Lak lake in the early afternoon. Stay overnight in the hotel which faces to the lake.lak lake

 

Day 12: Lak Lake – Nha Trang: 215 km (B,L)

 

Finish the Vietnam Motorcycle Tour on Ho Chi Minh trail with a big day ride to Nha Trang. The Motorbikie ride to the coastal city Nha Trang offers plenty of stops for picture of the green mountain lake, colorful hill tribes and the beautiful coastlines. Firstly, you can ride elephant or boat to pass the Lak lake to visit M’nong’s village and then enjoy the beautiful motorbike tour on coastal roads to Nha Trang. We will pay some visits to the natural hot water springs, friendly K’ho people, the colorful Cham or some fishing villages. We will be at Nha Trang at 4:00 pm, check in the hotel of your choice, say good bye to the friends of Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert then enjoy your relaxing time in the beautiful city of Nha Trang.

Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Mai Chau Valley – 2 Days

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Mai Chau valley is a rural district of Hoa Binh province in the northwestern region of Vietnam. The scenery, lovely people and the great local food of Mai Chau attract more and more tourists. Its population of nearly 56.000 (year 2009) with a mixture between The Muong and The Thai people who mostly live in the wooden houses on the stilts make Mai Chau become a beautiful land with rich culture, Besides, the roads to Mai Chau valley is ideal for motorcycle touring. Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert will take you there on the small countryside roads which offer the beautiful scenery and the reality of the hill tribes’ daily life.

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Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau: 180 Km (L,D – Home stay)

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Start the day at 8:00 AM from your hotel in Hanoi. Motorbike up to the western mountain area of Vietnam, just after one hour riding from the city center we will join the back-roads and enjoy a great motorcycle tour to experience the real Vietnam with the beautiful nature, rustic villages of the Muong and Thai people who live in a charming wooden stilt houses. After lunch we will have great motorbike ride along the Da river lake which remind you a motorcycle tour on the coastlines. The road is almost quiet and winding between the rocky mountain and the green watered river lake. There are some different roads up to Mai Chau but this road could be the best for motorcycle touring from Hanoi. Arrive Mai Chau at around 5:00 PM

 

Day 2: Mai Chau – Hanoi: (B,L)

 

There are 2 good choices to ride back Hanoi from Mai Chau:

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Option 1: Short Motorcycle Tour back to Hanoi: 150 Km
This is good choice for tourists who wanna short and easy ride to spend more time to discover Mai Chau. Just start the day slowly with a local café, viewing the rice fields in front of the stilt house. After a short walk around the village of the Thai people and a simple breakfast with them, we continue the motorbike tour in northern Vietnam around a valley to feel and taste the insight into Mai Chau.’s beauty and culture by riding motorbike through the rice fields via some rustic villages of the Thai people who live in lovely wooden houses. Then cross Thung Khe pass – one of the most beautiful mountain passes in North Vietnam to join the big road back to Hanoi. Back to Hanoi and finish the short and enjoyable Vietnam motorbike tour before rush hours.
Option 2: Motorcycle Tour on Ho Chi Minh Trail back to Hanoi: 190 Km
This is great choice for experienced riders! We will ride further down to the south of the valley along the Ma river bank through green bamboo forest to get to the Ho Chi Minh trail. Just before getting on the trail we can have some offroad motorbike ride in mountain district of Cam Thuy. After lunch it is a amazing motorbike ride on Ho Chi Minh trail up to Hanoi. Back to Hanoi at around 5:00 PM.