CENTRAL VIETNAM MOTORCYCLE TOUR

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Central vietnam motorbike tour

Central vietnam motorbike tour

If you do not have enough time to do Vietnam motorcycle tour along the coastline from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city, then we have one more option. We offer the shorter ride from Hanoi to Hoian (Da Nang) which always open for the option up to Da Lat in one go. This one way trip will help you explore a part of our populous central delta and possibly the Central Highland of the country.

 

ITINERARY

Day 1 : Hanoi – Mai Chau, 165 Km ~ 4hs

Central Vietnam motorcycle tour starts from Hanoi on road number 6 to Mai Chau, and idyllic valley populated by mainly White Thai ethnic people. Visiting Mai Chau, you have a chance to enjoy folk songs and traditional colourful culture of White Thai in Mai Chau. The scenery of the arrival to Mai Chau is characterized with beautiful limestone mountains and colourful hill tribes who can be seen and visited on the way. We also have an opportunity en route to learn about the culture of the rice-cultivating inhabitants in the Red River valley and Da River down stream. After lunch, we have the whole afternoon free to climb up to the top of Thung Nhuoi pass. From the top of the pass there is a beautiful view of Mai Chau valley, often engulfed by clouds but still a sight to be enjoyed. After visiting this wonderful site, we drop down to explore more of the area of White Thai people.

In the evening, we can enjoy a local dinner and overnight in a beautiful village at the edge of a river. After dinner, you can spend the evening sitting together around a fire and join in a Thai traditional music show. In their traditional attire, typical of their culture, Thai women invite visitors to participate in the Xoe dance. To the rhythmical and ebullient music, the hosts and guests will dance for hours hand-in-hand. When they get tired, they stop for a while to drink special sticky rice liquor called “ruou can”. Visitors who participate in the Xoe dance once, especially by the light of a fire at night are likely to remember it forever.

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– Thai’s homestay

Day 2 : Mai Chau – Bai Lu Beach, 210 Km ~ 6hs

Say goodbye to the villagers we then head south on a beautiful winding road which follow the banks of the Ma River. Think that it can not be better to ride through rice paddies & bamboo hills in a fresh morning.

After some hours riding on undulating quiet road we join the new Ho Chi Minh Highway. This newly carved route leads us due south, through remote back country, not far from the Laos border. Lunch will be on the way with local foods.

After long riding, today we stop in new hot-spot beach belonging Northern territory. Nice water & lively waves from quiet touristy beach will refesh you well.

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– Bai Lu 4* resort

Day 3 : Bai Lu – Phong Nha, 200 Km ~ 6h

This morning we head inland towards the Laos border, after 40min riding we can reach the birthplace of Ho Chi Minh in Kim Lien Village. The place is truly a shrine to the Vietnamese and visited by few westerners.

After paying respects to Uncle Ho, we head to the HCM Highway via Thanh Chuong District. You cross the Lam River on the Ro Bridge and then drive primarily on the beautiful new highway of Ho Chi Minh. Lunch break in Pho Chau Town, a tiny town about 40km from Thanh Chuong.

After lunch, we continue on the quiet highway to Dong Loc Intersection, (main junction for supply lines during the war) which is widely regarded in Vietnamese eyes as the beginning of Ho Chi Minh Trail. We then pass through remote back country, close to the border , as the scenery steadily becomes dominated by karst limestone rock formations.

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– Chay Lap homestay

Day 4 : Phong Nha – Khe Sanh, 200 Km ~ 6h

Start new day by riding 20 km to the harbour to do the boat trip exploring one of the most beautiful cave in the world (Phong Nha National Park was declared as World Natural Heritage Site by Unesco since 2003).

After visiting Phong Nha caves by boat we keep riding along the Laotian border on the western lines of the trail to visit Khe Sanh, one of the most fierce battlefields in the Vietnam War.

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– Thai Ninh 3* hotel

Day 5 : Khe Sanh – DMZ – Hue, 180 Km ~ 6h

DMZ – The Demilitarized Zone between North and South Vietnam was established in April 1954 as a result of the Geneva Conference ending the war between the Viet Minh and the French. The DMZ in Vietnam is on the 17th parallel. In reality, the DMZ extended about a mile on either side of the Ben Hai River and west to east from the Laotian border to the Sea. This was one of the fiercest battles for the local people during the American War in Vietnam. Hundreds of locals were killed while trying to swim to the other banks to join their families.

Follow the route No 9 to visit Dakrong view-point, Lang Vey marine Base and DMZ!

Continue to visit Hien Luong Bridge on Ben Hai River. Then ride along the coach up North to visit Vinh Moc tunnel. This tunnel was not setup as army tunnel in Cu Chi. It was a shelter for fishing and farming villagers lived and hidden from the extirpation of American bombardment.

Heading Hue for night stay.

After dinner, enjoy Hue traditional folklore-song on a private boat on Perfume River.

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– Sai Gon Morin 4* hotel

Day 6 : Hue, rest day

Hue was known as the political and cultural centre of the Feudal State of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty. Boat ride along the Perfume River from where you can appreciate the exuberance of this ancient imperial city. Along the river, you will visit Thien Mu Pagoda, Minh Mang, Tu Duc Tomb.

No riding today, just relax.

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– Sai Gon Morin 4* hotel

Day 7 : Hue – Danang – Hoian, 140 Km ~ 3h

Leave Hue then take the National road to Da Nang by riding up the clouds pass Hai Van. Is is not just a normal ride up there, it is a present! Hai Van is known as one of the most beautiful coast road in the world (recommended by Top Gear show of BBC).

Just in another side of the Cloud pass is Da Nang, a beautiful city located by the My Khe Beach.

Ride until the My Khe Beach, where US marines first landed in Indochina and then continue riding along the coach down South to Hoi An.

Half-day exploring the World Culture Heritage site of Hoi An, the old town, a unique combination of architectural monuments of various forms: residential house, assembly hall, communal house, pagoda, shrine, temple, water well, bridge, wharf, market…has been preserved intact. Hoi An is a good example of a symbolic oriental city in the Middle Age, so wonderful with its aged and traditionally maintained habits and customs. The town is now an excellent model of a living museum of architecture and urban lifestyle.

Next day you have free time or we will organize the airport transfer.

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– Tour ends!

Option : travelling up to Central Highland of Vietnam

 

Day 8 : Hoian – Ngoc Hoi, 250 Km ~ 7h

This will be first day in Central Highland of Vietnam.

Take few hours riding through few busy towns and lovely country road, we hit back Ho Chi Minh trail. Today is long day but we have good riding on winding, twisted road through jungle some parts.

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– Ngoc Hoi BMC 4* hotel

Day 9 : Ngoc Hoi – Buon Ma Thuot, 280 Km ~ 7h

We will continue riding Highway 14 today, finding that traffic is busier than usual. Lunch will be in Pleiku. From here, we ride along the Tun River and up over a passes. Along the way are coffee plantations and the stilt houses of the Central Highland’s largest ethnic group, the Gia Rai. Eventually, we will cross the Nha Rong pass down into Buon Me Thuot, the provincial capital of Dac Lac Province, and the site of the last battle of the Vietnam war in March 1975.

At night we can stop by the beer parlors or sample the local coffee grown in the region. It is also known as the best coffee in Vietnam and worth bringing home.

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– Dam San 3* hotel

Day 10 : Buon Ma Thuot – Da Lat, 175 Km ~ 5h

This morning, we take a motor ride to Lak Lake on Rte. 27, a small paved road with poor surfacing and quite busy. Here we can have a break for refreshment and troll around the by the lake. There are said to be about 31 different ethnic groups in Dac Lac, each with their own traditional dress and customs. Some of the villages are known for elephant hunting and taming, some for weaving and other arts.

After lunch in Lak Lake, we continue on to Da Lat. The road is narrow, winding, but not busy. We have three passes to cross Krong No, Chuoi, and Phu Son. The drive itself is quite beautiful and lined with dense forests. Late in the afternoon, we will arrive in the hill town of Da Lat.

Dalat is known as the City of Love and is a favorite holiday resort for Vietnamese as well as the French. With evergreen forests, waterfalls, beautiful lakes, the country’s best flower gardens, and delicious fresh produce, Dalat has always provided a welcome respite from the heat of the lowlands. We can spend half day visiting the highlights of Dalat – its gardens, cathedral, waterfalls, market, Valley of Love, convent, university and key pagodas.

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– Ngoc Lan 4* hotel

Day 11 : Dalat departure

The taxi will take you to Lien Khuong airport for departure.

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One Response to CENTRAL VIETNAM MOTORCYCLE TOUR

  1. Paul Hart says:

    I’m looking for one day tours, there are 5 in our group including two teenage kids and one grandmother. As such we would like 3 motorbikes with sidecars and drivers to do full day tours – Hanoi on 31 July and Danang on 6 August. Can you arrange this?

    Cheers

    Paul Hart

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