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.
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.
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.
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
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, 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
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
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.
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.
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.