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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.

 

Northwest Vietnam Motorbike Tour – 6 Days

Northwest Vietnam is not only famous for amazing view of terrace rice fields or breathtaking scenery but also the hidden land of the Vietnamese culture. Motorcycle touring in Northwest Vietnam is always a good choice and always be one of the best in collection of Motorbike tours in North Vietnam.

Destination: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Moc Chau – Phu Yen – Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen – Sapa – Thac Ba Lake

 

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North Vietnam Tour

 

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau: 170 Km (L,D – Home Stay)

Hanoi motorbike tour to Mai Chau starts from the western outskirts of Hanoi at 8:30 am. Just after 45 minute riding we will be in countryside back- roads through some rural villages locating between hills and rice fields. Lunch is in Yen Lac – Hoa Binh provice, the ride in the afternoon promise to be one of the best Northern Vietnam motorbike tours, As the Motorbike Tour Expert, we are different from the other Hanoi motorcycle tour organizers to take you on the better and safer roads with more beautiful view. All this motorbike ride is on mountain back-roads with beautiful view of mountain, river and cute houses on stilts. We will be in Mai Chau valley at 5:00 pm. Home stay with the Thai people.

Day 2: Mai Chau – Phu Yen: 150 Km (B,L,D – Hotel Stay)IMAG0261

After local breakfast with the host, take it easy with a short walk around the peaceful villages of the Thai people who live on the stilted-houses. Then get back to the bikes and keep motorcycle touring North Vietnam up to Moc Chau. To avoid the highway No 6, we will motorcycle on the small mountain road that was built by the French, this road is almost empty and offers very beautiful view of mountain. The short motorbike ride on this forgotten road must be the highlight of the northwest Vietnam motorcycle tour. After lunch in Moc Chau we will hit all the way to Da river lake, after crossing the lake, we’ll have another great motorbike ride along the river, this ride promise to be the same as the coastal road Vietnam motorcycle tour. We arrive at Phu Yen in early afternoon, if you are not tired you can keep riding around the Phu Yen valley through some villages and rice fields, it can offer a joyful offroad motorcycle ride.

Day 3: Phu Yen – Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen: 210 Km (B,L,D – Hotel stay)ride-ha-giang-vietnam

We have “Pho” – a “must-try” food in Vietnam for breakfast. Depart at around 8:00 am. the ride today will be surely the highlight of the Northern Vietnam motorbike tour. We’ll cross some of the longest and most beautiful mountain passes in North of Vietnam which can give you amazing pictures of mountain and terrace fields. The road is smooth and sealed but the scenery and the rustic villages of the hill tribes a long the way will make you stop every meters of the road. Personally, this is one of the best motorbike tours in Vietnam. We will end the day at the hotel in Than Uyen at 5:00 pm.

Day 4: Than Uyen – Sapa: 110 Km (B,L,D – Hotel)IMG_5706

This motorbike ride to Sapa is another highlight of the northwestern Vietnam motorcycle tour. The ride of the first half will cross large green tea plantaion and then the other half of the ride must be one of the best motorbike tours in Vietnam when we motorcycle up and up on the O Qui Ho pass – one of the longest and most beautiful pass in Northern Vietnam. We will be in up to level of 1600 m above the sea level where we call the town in cloud – Sapa at noon time. In the afternoon, we will have short motorbike tour around Sapa to some rustic villages of the Black H’mong , the Tay and the Zay people, in addition, the Sapa motorbike ride along the Muong Hoa valley promises to give you plenty pictures of breathtaking scenery of this most beautiful valley in North Vietnam. We will be back to the hotel in Sapa town in the late afternoon.

Day 5: Sapa – Thac Ba Lake: 220 Km (B,L,D – Home stay)Vietnam motorcycle tour

Start the Sapa motorbike tour to Thac Ba lake earlier than usual. Back on the bike at around 8:00 and enjoy a great ride on the small winding mountain roads through some rural villages located on the mountain with nice terrace surrounded. The motorbike trip to Thac Ba lake today offers a great chance to see China because after Sapa we will get close to China and have a short ride along the border. After lunch in Pho Rang, we will make a turn to back-roads through lovely villages with beautiful rice fields between the palm tree hills. The last 80 km ride must be one of the most beautiful motorbike tours in Northern Vietnam. We will be in peaceful village of the Dzao people that located nearby the Thac Ba lake bank, drop the bikes in the village and have a great boat trip around the lake for about one hour.Motorbike Tour Expert

Day 6: Thac Ba Lake – Hanoi: 180 Km (B,L)

Unlike the other Vietnam Motorbike Tour organizers, the local team of Hanoi Motorcycle Tour will take back to Hanoi on our own road we can be sure that it is much less busier and than their roads. They can copy the text but they can’t copy our good road if they just stay in the office with the computer. Upon on your request, we can offer a short off-road motorbike ride nearby Thac Ba lake. We have no choice for the last 20 km in Hanoi but riding slowly with many other local scooters back to the hotel in city center. We will finish the Northwest Vietnam motorcycle tour at about 4:00 pm.

 

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Motorcycle Tour Northern Vietnam – 3 Days

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This 3 Day Northern Vietnam Motorcycle Tour is one of the best short motorbike tours in north Vietnam from Hanoi, within only 3 days, you can have some typical view of the northern Vietnam’s  mountainous area with the little experience of colourful hill tribes’ culture, way of life. In addition, with the mountain of experience we can offer some off-road motorbike ride which can make this short trip unforgettable!

 

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Day 1: Hanoi – Phu Yen: 165 Km ( L,D – Hotel stay)

 

The motorcycle tour northern Vietnam starts from your hotel at around 8:30AM, Ride motorbike up to the north of Hanoi on the red river dyke road, passing the some rice paddies then get to Son Tay town ( 40 km from city center of Hanoi) where we stop to visit the peaceful ancient village of Duong Lam before keep riding up north to the mountain area of Yen Bai and Son la province. The motorbike ride become more and more relaxed and enjoyable in the afternoon when we get higher and higher on the mountain where traffic is almost empty and the scenery is amazing.
Arrive hotel in Phu Yen around 4:00 PM, Check in the hotel then back to the bike again and have short motorbike ride to the nearby villages on the back-roads through the peaceful rice fields.

 

Day 2: Phu Yen Motorbike Tour to Thac Ba lake: 160 Km (B,L,D – Home stay)

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After the traditional breakfast – Pho (or rice noodle soup) then keep motorbike touring in north Vietnam up and up hill, crossing some mountain passes, lunch is in Yen Bai town, after lunch take a short motorbike ride to the Dzao’s village of Vu Linh where we do home stay, leave the bikes with the family and have boat trip around Thac Ba lake – the largest man-made one in Vietnam.
Thac Ba Lake covers total area of around 23.400 ha with more tan 1000 islands, It’s know as Halong bay on mountain and the boat trip around the lake is for sure the highlight of this short motorbike tour in northern Vietnam.

 

Day 3: Thac Ba – Hanoi: 180 Km (B,L)

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There are 2 great roads to ride back to Hanoi from Thac Ba Lake:
Option 1: Short Motorbike Ride back to Hanoi: 180 Km.
Ride motorbike southeast to Tuyen Quang province cross some green tea fields, then join the highway going down to Hanoi. Get back to the Red rever dike to ride back to city center Hanoi. Arrive at 4:00 PM.
Option 2: Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Tour to Hanoi: 190 Km
As a Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert we will take you on longer and much more rugged roads down to Doan Hung town. It’s about 80 km in length but offers you mostly offroad ride, It is short but could be unforgettable offroad motorbike ride in Vietnam. Then from Doan Hung we keep riding on the backroads along the river dike down to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi and finish short Northern Vietnam motorbike tour at around 5:00 PM.

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.