Ho Chi Minh Trail Motorcycle Tour from Hanoi – 12 Days

Duration: 12 Days

Destination: 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

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.

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.

Our tour price is based on NUMBER OF GUESTS (the more people in the group, the less money each person will pay) and TYPE OF BIKES (the smaller bike you take, the less money you will pay). Please contact us for the right price, or you can view the sample price below for the regular tours North Vietnam by 125cc – 150cc bikes:

  • Tour for group of private solo rider: 200 USD/Day
  • Tour for group of 2 riders: 150 USD/Day/Person
  • Tour for group of 3 riders: 140 USD/Day/Person
  • Tour for group of 4 – 10 riders: 130 USD/Day/Person
  • Airport pick up/drop off, Support vehicle or Air tickets are not included but they can be arranged depending on your request with the extra cost
  • The extra cost to upgrade to Honda CRF250L is $40 USD/Bike/Day.
  • The extra cost for the backup vehicle + driver is $150 USD/Day.
  • The prices listed above are only for the Northern Loop Vietnam motorcycle tours, Other  special motorcycle tours on Ho Chi Minh trail or crossing the border to Laos or Cambodia… will cost more. Please contact us for more details.
  • The tour price can be different depending on the low/high tourist season or other special requests, Please contact us to get the right price of tours.

Tour price includes:

  • Experienced English speaking tour guides (2 tour guides/mechanic for a group from 5 riders)
  • Quality Honda XR150L or Honda CRF250L or other bikes we have with all fuel
  • Quality Helmets/Gloves/Knee and elbow pads/Rain jackets/pants
  • All meals on tour (All breakfasts, lunches and dinners with local Vietnamese food)
  • Accommodation on tour (twin share room in standard hotel or stay at homestay as mentioned in itinerary)
  • Boat rides on lakes or rivers as mentioned in itinerary
  • All entrance fee / Permits
  • Hotel pick up/drop off before and after the tour
  • Video of the trip made by updated GoPro


Tour price excludes:

  • Medical insurance
  • Bike damages
  • Personal expense
  • Drinks/Tips
  • Air tickets and  visa to Vietnam
  • To secure your bookings we require a minimal of 30 % deposit. Balance can be made upon arrival
  • The rider is responsible for any bank charges. ( surcharge 3,5% if you pay by credit card )
  • The balance can be paid by cash or credit on the first day of the trip
  • If you cancel the Vietnam motorbike tour before the departure date, you will lose 100% of the deposit.
  • If you cancel the tour after the departure date, you will lose 100% of the total cost/ fee of the tour for any reason.
  • After departure, NO REFUNDS will be given for any reason, if you cancel the tour.
  • A Damage Cost deposit of US$ 100 – 1,000 or more is required for each motorcycle for using in the guided or self-guided motorcycle tours. In case of a self-caused accident, your own participation is up to US$ 2,000 or more.


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