HANOI TO HO CHI MINH MOTORBIKE TOURS
HANOI TO HO CHI MINH MOTORBIKE TOURS
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh Motorbike tours: Why it’s special?
Top Gear presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, on December 28, 2008 as part of their Vietnam Special remarked of the road:
“It was a bit of a surprised, because you expect to find many things when you come to Vietnam; “communist-ical” farming, reminders of the war, stunning food, massive heat. What you don’t expect to find is a deserted ribbon of perfection – one of the best coast roads in the world”.
By thought of making exploring cruise running down whole country, we would love to show you lively historical relics, magnificent nature and fantasy land to stay. The highlight of tour is taking some special distances along our coastline. The Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh motobike tours will be more remarkable by riding Royal Enfield Classic 350/500 cc which are on first debut in country. With this 15-day trip on riding, we expect that you will have a great time to explore Vietnam.
Heading out of Hanoi on road number 6 to Mai Chau, and idyllic valley populated by mainly White Thai ethnic people. The scenery of the arrival to Mai Chau is characterized with beautiful limestone mountains and colorful 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 passes 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.
After dinner, you can spend the evening sitting together 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.
– Thai homestay
Day 2: Mai Chau – Cua Lo -Beach, 290 Km ~ 8hs
Say goodbye to the villagers we then head south on a beautiful winding road which follows 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 refresh you well.
– Saigon Kim Lien resort
Day 3: Cua Lo -Phong Nha, 240 Km ~ 6h
This morning we head inland towards 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 villages, close to the border, as the scenery steadily becomes dominated by karst limestone rock formations.
– Saigon Phong Nha hotel
Day 4: Phong Nha & surroundings
We will start a new day by taking a 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 have an option of short riding around this rural country, or just stay relaxed.
– Saigon Phong Nha hotel
Day 5: Phong Nha- Khe Sanh, 230 Km ~ 6h
Leaving Phong Nha, we keep riding along the Laotian border on the western line of the trails to visit Khe Sanh, one of the most fierce battlefields in the Vietnam War.
– Thai Ninh hotel
Day 6: 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 South China 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.
– Ideal hotel
Day 7: Hue, rest day
Hue was known as the political and cultural center 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.
– Ideal hotel
Day 8: 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 China Beach.
Ride until the China 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.
– Thuy Duong III hotel
Day 9: 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.
– Ngoc Hoi BMC hotel
Day 10: Ngoc Hoi – Buon Ma Thuot, 300 Km ~ 8h
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 pass. Along the way are coffee plantations and the stilt houses of the Central Highland 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.
– Bach Ma hotel
Day 11: Buon Ma Thuot – Da Lat, 190 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 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.
– Pho Nui hotel
Day 12: Da Lat – Nha Trang, 145 Km ~ 4h
Take easy morning with nice breakfast. You can have 1,2 hours walking near by hotel to Xuan Huong lake and enjoy coffee in a lake-view restaurant.
Get back to our bikes, heading down to Nha Trang on a new windy paved-road which brings you feeling like riding in mountains of Northern part somewhere.
– Happy Light hotel
Day 13: Nha Trang, rest day
Spend all day for sight-seeing in city and relax on white-sandy beach of Nha Trang.
– Happy Light hotel
Day 14: Nha Trang – Mui Ne, 250 Km ~ 6h
Easy riding, another best coast road distance in Vietnam.
The lonely beaches, still untouched by tourists made Mui Ne became popular. It boasts shady roads under coconut trees, a beautiful beach and cliffs battered by the waves of the sea. The typical scenery of Mui Ne lies in the moving lines of golden sand caused by the wind and when they are seen from afar they look like moving waves. The scenery looks more fascinating dawn, when young Cham girls in green dresses go to work. That’s why no photographer fails to visit this area.
Day 15: Mui Ne – Vung Tau- Ho Chi Minh city, 270 Km ~ 7h
We will take new road running along coast-line from Mui Ne until Vung Tau city.
After 2 more hours, we get in HCM city center, check in hotel. Finish 14 days of the Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh motorbike tours.
– Tour ends!
By Nguyen Anh Tuan