Itinerary: Motorcycle Trip Through Vietnam - 10 Days Ride Ho Chi Minh Trail motorbike tours
Day 1 : Hanoi – Mai Chau.
Day 2 : Mai Chau – Tan Ky.
Day 3 : Tan Ky – Phong Nha.
Day 4 : Phong Nha – Dong Hoi.
Day 5 : Dong Hoi – Khe Sanh.
Day 6 : Khe Sanh – Hue.
Day 7 : Hue.
Day 8 : Hue – Hoi An.
Day 9 : Hoi An.
Day 10 : Hoi An – Quy Nhon.
Day 11 : Quy Nhon – Nha Trang.
Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau, 145 km, 5 hr ride. Home-stay.
After your breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the outskirt of Hanoi by car, from there you will take the bike and start your first day ride to Mai Chau.
There are many small roads that lead into the mountains around Mai Chau so we’ll take the chance to ride out to isolated H’mong, Dao and Thai villages. We will take on the challenge of an old road built by the French army and spend the afternoon exploring nearby villages. Overnight in a Thai ethnicity stilt house in Mai Chau.
Day 2: Mai Chau – Tan Ky, 290 km, 9 hr ride. Hotel.
Ride on a small, spectacular and paved trail along the Ma river until Cam Thuy town where we stop for lunch. Hit the Ho Chi Minh trail (now a newly built highway) all the way to Tan Ky town where we spend the night in a hotel.
Day 3: Tan Ky – Phong Nha, 280 km, 8 hr ride. Hotel.
Ride on Ho Chi Minh Highway until Pho Chau where we stop to visit the HCM Trail victory monument which is in fact the real starting point of our HCM Trail ride.
Ride all the way to Phong Nha – Ke Bang, the biggest and also the most beautiful cave in Vietnam and Indochina and is now a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. 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. The vast area, extending to the border of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, contains spectacular formations including 65 km of caves and underground rivers.
Arrive in phong Nha in the afternoon, dinner and overnight a hotel.
Day 4: Phong Nha – Khe Sanh, 240 km, 8 hr ride. Hotel.
We strike south through foothills which were once sprayed heavily by Agent Orange towards the former DMZ. There is still much evidence of bombing on the mountain sides and from time to time we will see remnants of the original Trail. We take in the famous Western Ho Chi Minh Trail until Khe Sanh (former US Marine base). Diner and overnight at hotel in Khe Sanh.
Day 5: Khe Sanh – Hue, 180 km, 7 hr ride. Hotel.
In the morning we head south over the Da Krong Bridge (built by the Cubans in 1973) into the infamous A Shau valley, an area of intense wartime activity. Passing Hamburger Hill and mountains still barren due to the extended effects of Agent Orange, we arrive at A Luoi, where there are many Bru Van hill tribe people. Then, cruising through green back country down the steep Me Oi Pass, we continue on to the beautiful city of Hue which lies along the banks of the Perfume River. Overnight inHue.
Day 6: Hue, visit and relax. Hotel.
Hue is the former imperial capital of feudal Vietnam and is a perfect place to relax after our driving to date. Take a boat cruise along the Perfume River to visit the tombs of the former Emperors Minh Mang and Tu Duc or visit the remains of the Imperial Citadel, which was largely destroyed during the Tet Offensive in 1968. Overnight in Hue.
Day 7: Hue – Hoi An, 145 km, 5 hr ride. hotel.
Join the National Highway 1 and head up the Hai Van Pass (Cloudy Pass) before the World Heritage site of Hoi An, a major trading centre in SE Asia in the 16th and 17th centuries. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An, visit and relax. Hotel
Whole morning exploring the old town of Hoi An. Afternoon at the Cua Dai beach, about 6km from the old town.
The former harbour town of the Champa people at the estuary of the Thu Bon river was an important Vietnamese trading center in the 16th and 17th centuries, where Chinese from various provinces as well as Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled down. During this period of the China trade, the town was called Hai Pho (Seaside Town) in Vietnamese. During the French colonial period (1883 – 1945), it was called Faifo. Originally Hai Pho was a divided town, because across the “JapaneseBridge”, it used to be the Japanese settlement (16th – 17th century). The bridge (Chua Cau) is a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist pagoda attached to one side.
The town is known to the French and Spanish as Faifo, and by similar names in Portuguese and Dutch. A number of theories have been put forth as to the origin of this name. Some scholars have suggested that it comes from the word “Hai pho” meaning “sea town”, while others have said that it seems more likely to simply be a shortening of Hoi An pho, “the town of Hoi An”, to “Hoi pho” which became “Faifo”.
In 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, whose buildings display a unique blend of local and foreign influences.
Today, Hoi An is still a small city, but it attracts a fair number of tourists, also being a well established place on the backpacker trail. Many visit for the numerous art and craft shops and tailors, who produce made-to-measure clothes for a fraction of the western price.
Day 9: Hoi An – Quy Nhon, 280 km, 8 hr ride. Hotel
Join the National Highway 1 and head down the beautiful coastal line of Vietnam until Quy Nhon. Traffic is somewhat easier to handle than the Central Highlands of vietnam. Overnight in a beach front hotel.
Day 10: Quy Nhon – Nha Trang, 200 km, 6 hr ride. Hotel
Another day filled up with beautiful coast line views. Arrive in Nha Trang in the afternoon, make a visit of a temples or swimming at the beautiful Nha Trang beach. Transfer to the train station where you will take the night train back to Hanoi. The train leaves Nha Trang at 8.00PM and arrives in Hanoi after 22hr. Tour ends in Hanoi. Possibility to take the flight back to Hanoi. Tour ends in Hanoi.