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Best Vietnam Motorbike Tour Ho Chi Minh Trail – 11 Days

With this 11 Day motorbike tour in Vietnam, our experienced team would like to show you almost the best routes for motorcycle touring in North Vietnam nearby Sapa and on the Ho Chi Minh trail as well as with the interesting attractions and historical sites to learn more about the Vietnam war. This covers mostly the most beautiful parts of Northwest Vietnam and the easiest and most interesting part of the historical trail from Hanoi to Hoi An, We are confident to say this is one of our most favorite motorbike tours in Vietnam.

 

Tour Route: Hanoi – Thac Ba lake – Sapa – Than Uyen – Mu Cang Chai – Mai Chau – Tan Ky – Phong Nha – Khe Sanh – Vinh Moc tunnels –  Hue – Hoi An

 

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Ho Chi Minh Trail tour

1: Hanoi – Thac Ba lake: 180 Km (L,D – Home stay)

 

8:30 am get on the bikes and start the motorbike ride up to the North of Vietnam, getting out of Hanoi on the Red river dyke to be away from busy traffic of the city. The ride crosses the Red River delta with a great view of the rice fields between villages This 60 Km ride along the dyke road could be the highlight of the first day motorbike tour in North Vietnam. We’ll get out of the dyke road to get to Doan Hung town for lunch. After lunch we can choose to ride to Thac Ba lake on the smooth road or dirt road. We’ll get to the lake at around 3:30 pm, leave the bikes at the village of the Dzao people who live nearby the lake then enjoy a short boat trip around the Thac Ba lake.

 

Day 2: Thac Ba Lake – Sapa: 210 Km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)DSC_1096

 

After breakfast with the Dzao family, we will continue the motorbike touring in Northern Vietnam to Sapa, the motorbike ride along the Thac Ba lake in the morning promises to be one of the best motorcycle tours in North Vietnam, it offers a great view of mountain, green lake and rice fields. After lunch in Pho Rang town, we have a easy motorbike ride to Sapa on the smooth road up to the North of Vietnam and ride along the Chinese border, we will have a stop to visit the border to China, just to have a look at China from Vietnam. After having coffee at the border gate, let’s enjoy the last 40 km of motorbike ride to Sapa. It must be a highlight of the Vietnam motorbike tour today because we will hit the road up and up to the level of 1600 meters above the sea where the Sapa town located. This motorbike ride offers plenty of chances to take amazing pictures of terrace rice fields and colorful hill tribes. We will finish the motorbike tour to Sapa at about 5:00 pm.

 

Day 3: Sapa – Than Uyen: 110 Km (B,L,D – Hotel Stay)North Vietnam motorbike tour

 

The morning in Sapa, we will have short motorcycle tour along the Muong Hoa valley – one of the ,ost beautiful valley in North Vietnam to visit some rustic villages of the local ethnic people to learn more about Vietnamese culture and also enjoy great scenery of the terrace fields. We’ll get back to Sapa town for lunch. After lunch in Sapa, we’ll have another great Vietnam motorbike ride cross the O Qui Ho pass – one of the longest and most imposing passes in the North of Vietnam. The ride offer the great view of the Hoang Lien mountain range with the Fanxipan peak heading to the height of 3141 meters above the sea level. We’ll be in Than Uyen at about 4:00 pm.

 

Day 4: Than Uyen – Mu Cang Chai – Phu Yen: 220 Km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)DSC_3362

 

It’s a long ride today with a lot of visits to villages of the hill tribes and stops for picturing of breathtaking scenery, This motorbike ride in Northwest Vietnam is almost on mountain back road with amazing view of terrace fields and crossing a lot of rustic villages of the local. This could be one of the best motorcycle tours in North Vietnam, it’s long but not boring ride, we can stop every meters of the road for picturing of amazing rice terrace fields or talking with interesting colorful hill tribes. We will be in Phu Yen town and end the great day of motorbike ride North Vietnam at around 5:00 pm.

 

Day 5: Phu Yen – Mai Chau: 150 Km (B,L,D – Home stay)

 

After the hot noodle soup for breakfast, we’ll enjoy a short motorbike ride to Mai Chau valley. It promises to be the highlight of this Vietnam motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh trail. After getting out of the town, we’ll have beautiful motorbike ride along the Da river lake, this ride will remind you of the motorcycle tour on coastal roads in central Vietnam. The route is almost empty in between the mountains and the river lake. After crossing the river, we will motorbike up and up to Moc Chau plateau where is famous for green tea and cool temperature. Lunch is in Moc Chau. In the afternoon, we’ll make a turn to a small mountain pass to ride down to Mai Chau valley. We will end the great Northern Vietnam motorbike tour in Mai Chau at 4:30 pm then we can spend the rest time of the day to have a short walk around the peaceful village of the Thai people.

 

Day 6: Mai Chau – Tan Ky: 270 Km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)Mai Chau motorbike tour

We will start the Ho Chi Minh trail motorbike touring from today. After, we will have slow and short motorbike ride around the valley crossing some villages of the white Thai people and some rice paddies. After getting out of the valley, we will keep riding on a small, spectacular and paved trail along the Ma river and crossing through the bamboo forest until Cam Thuy town where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon, the Vietnam motorbike tour on the historical Ho Chi Minh trail starts, we’ll ride all the way on the smooth and easy part of the trail to Tan Ky town. Arrive Tan Ky at about 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 7: Tan Ky – Phong Nha: 280 Km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)

 

After a simple breakfast, we continue the motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh trail to Phong Nha and Ke Bang National Park.The ride in the morning is almost on the smooth, sealed roads offering nice view of rice fields and green tea farm, we can have some stop to take pictures and learn more about making green tea and tea drinking culture of Vietnam. The motorbike ride in the afternoon must be the highlight of this Vietnam motorbike tour, we’ll get closer to the Phong Nha National Park where the motorbike ride offers amazing view of limestone mountain and jungles.DCIM100GOPRO

 

The karst formation of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has evolved since the Paleozoic (some 400 million years ago) and so is the oldest major karst area in Asia. Subject to massive tectonic changes, the park’s karst landscape is extremely complex with many geographic features of considerable significance. We will arrive Phong Nha at around 4:30 pm, and if time and weather permit, we can have a short boat trip along the green river to go through some famous caves.

 

Day 8: Phong Nha – Khe Sanh 220 Km. (B,L,D – Hotel stay)

Today is another highlight of the motorbike ride Ho Chi Minh trail. As Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert, we will take you to Khe Sanh on the western Ho Chi Minh trail. The western trail is known as the hidden trail that the Us Army did never know to bomb, the trail runs 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 mountain view. The ride on this trail could be one the best motorcycle tours in Vietnam; Especially, after getting out of the Phong Nha National park, we will get chance to visit the former US Merine Base with tunnels, Air base and a interesting museum of Khe Sanh. We will finish the great and enjoyable western Ho Chi Minh trail motorbike ride at about 5:00 pm in Khe Sanh town.

 

Day 9: Khe Sanh – Vinh Moc tunnel – Hue: 180 Km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)motorbike tour vietnam

 

After breakfast, we will leave the Ho Chi Minh trail to ride on another historical road No 9, the road is considered as another border between the North Vietnam and South Vietnam where happened a lot of fighting between the Northern communists and the Southern Vietnamese and American troops, It is a busy day of Vietnam motorbike tour because we will pay a lot of visits to some interesting historical sites such as: Hien Luong bridge – known as the symbol of border between the north and the south of Vietnam, museum of the 17th parallel and the famous Vinh Moc tunnel. After lunch nearby the tunnels, we will have short motorcycle tour to Hue. Arrive beautiful city of Hue at around 5:00 pm.

 

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 Vietnemese garrison on the island of Con Co which was in turn hindering the American bombers on their way to diadaovinhmoc(1)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 10: Tour around Hue (B,L – Hotel stay)

 

After breakfast in Hotel, we will have enjoyable time to discover the charm of Hue city. Basing on your mood, we can take a motorcycle tour around Hue to see some tombs of the kings along the Huong river or have an easy bus tour around the city to see the some famous attractions and enjoy a boat cruise along the Perfume river. We will be back to city to have lunch at one of the famous food streets in Hue. In the afternoon, take your free time to relax at the beach or have more walk around Hue or do some shopping. Diner is on your own, just fell free to enjoy your favourite food in Hue.

Hue is one of 3 capital cities of Vietnam during thousand years of history, but unlike the others, Hue remains a lot of originally historical vestiges in this ancient Capital City.

 

On the Northern bank of Perfume River has relics consisting of palaces, which were constructed as arc defensive ramparts with 11km length. This valuable lang moconstruction includes more than 100 architectural works which were extremely reflected the life of Emperors and mandarins under Nguyen’ reign. Situated in the middle of hills on the Southern bank of Perfume River are very beautiful tombs of Nguyen Kings. Among these tombs are the four famous ones with the name and the arrangements of the tomb reflected each Emperor’s points of view, personality, and tastes. This is majestic Gia Long tomb, imposing Minh Mang tomb, poetic Tu Duc tomb and magnificent Khai Dinh tomb.

Hue is also an important center of Buddhism. In Hue and its surrounding still exist tens of pagodas constructed more 300 years ago, and a hundred of temples and pagodas built in the early century. They take an important role in making Hue more attractive.

 

Day 11: Hue – Hoi An: 170 km (B,L – Ending the 11 Day Vietnam Motorbike Tour)

 

The last day of this motorbike tour in Vietnam is completely different from the days before. Right after getting out of Hue city we will have great motorbike ride along the coastlines through some fishing villages and colorful fields of tombs. The view is quite different from the view of mountain along the Ho Chi Minh trail; especially the motorbike ride cross the Hai Van pass must be one of the best motorcycle tours on coastline Vietnam and this should be the last highlight of the 11 Day motorbike tour via northern Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh trail. We will be in Da Nang city at around 2: 00 pm. You can choose to stay in coastal city of Da Nang or keep riding more than 30 km to Hoi An ancient town before ending up and say good bye to the staff of Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert.

 

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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Motorbike Ho Chi Minh trail

 

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.