Vietnam Motorbike Tour Ho Chi Minh Trail – 7 Days
The legendary Ho Chi Minh trail is famous as the main road linking 2 regions of Vietnam during the war time. Nowadays, it has turned into one of the striking, perhaps the most worth-trying, motorbike routes in Vietnam. Since the new highway was constructed parallel with the old one, the traffic flow is significantly reduced and the vehicles could flow easily on the trail. This road is surrounded and backgrounded by the wonderful landscapes which are almost untouched by human’s hand and maintains their pristine features; such as hill’s tribe, green rice fields or the densely forested bushes.
7 day Vietnam motorbike tour from Hanoi is one of the best experiences which mark your journey off from others. 7 days will be 7 extraordinary moments in which everything turns out to be fascinating and spectacular, especially for those ones who first come to Vietnam. We will set off from Hanoi and the end the motorbike trip at Hoi An Ancient town, It is the shortest Ho Chi Minh trail tour from Hanoi.
Tour Route: Hanoi – Mai Chau Valley – Tan Ky – Phong Nha – Ke Bang – Khe Sanh – Vinh Moc tunnel – Hue – Hoi An.
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Our motorbike trip will depart from Hanoi at around 8:00 and head to suburban area to get started. With a short distance out of the busyness and the chaos of the city in the morning, our motorbike riding crew could enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the countryside with the tree-lined paddy fields on 2 sides of the road.
After the lunch in An Lac, a commune in Hoa Binh province, the motorbike tours Vietnam on the first day get will lead you through a magnificent landscape area with limestone mountains and valleys which is fiercely crashed with the steep sides down to river. Besides, you could experience the small house-on-stilts of local Muong People, which are photogenic for photography lovers.
For the rest of the afternoon, motorcycle tours in Northern Vietnam will keep following the river-sided path as well as cut through the idyllic villages scattered around the foothills. We reach Mai Chau at around 4:30 and have the first night of the motorbike trip here.
Day 2: Mai Chau – Tan Ky: 270 km (B, L, D – Hotel Stay)
To commence the second wonderful day of motorbike tours in Vietnam, our riding team could take a short motorbike ride around the peaceful village of Thai people. The view in the morning seems so poetic and subtle, which bring the relaxing moments to all motorcyclists.
After saying goodbye to the friendly host, our riding team carries on the paved trails along the Ma River until Cam Thuy Town. Lunch is then followed by the smooth and easy Vietnam motorbike tour from Cam Thuy to Tan Ky. We will be at this town at roughly 5:00 pm.
Tan Ky town is considered as the starting point of this legendary Trail- Ho Chi Minh Trail. This was the gathering place of army forces and the starting point to transport foods and stuffs to the battle fields in the south of Vietnam. Currently, it is a small town located near the Ho Chi Minh town, where still imprints a heroic past of Vietnam history.
We start the 3rd day with Ho Chi Minh Trail motorbike tour by heading to Phong Nha at 8:30 am. Our motorbike team continues to ride until reach Pho Chau, where we will have a stop to visit Ho Chi Minh Trail monument. This place is considered the starting point of Ho Chi Minh Trail motorbike tour Vietnam.
Our motorbike crew is on the way to Phong Nha-Ke Bang, the national park with the biggest and largest cave ever recorded in the world. Phong Nha-Ke Bang was recognized as the natural world heritage since 2003, with the special and unique karst formation for a long time (400 million years ago). Passing through many changes in geological structures, tourists can see the massive and huge cave with the glorious stalagmites inside the cave. It extends to an area of more than 65km, lasting through the border of Lao PDR.
“The compex of Phong Nha-Ke Bang is 50km from Dong Hoi city and about 500km from Hanoi. This area has the significant values about both topographies and also biodiversity. There are hundreds of caves discovered here and many of them have been evaluated and also taken into exploitation for tourism. In 2009, the discovery of Son Doong cave, the largest cave in the world has attracted the focus of global press for this area”
Day 4: Phong Nha – Khe Sanh 220 Km. (B,L,D – Hotel stay)
Unlike the northern Vietnam motorbike tours, you can see many historical relics and vestiges on motorcycle tour on legendary Ho Chi Minh trail.
From Phong Nha Ke Bang, you have 2 choices of road for this journey on Ho Chi Minh trail; one in the eastern side and another is on the opposite side. With the experiences of our guide, it is recommended that we should ride on the western Ho Chi Minh trail, where you can see many glorious mountain ranges and primitive forests.
Besides, motorbike tour to the south of Vietnam delivers you the chance to visit the former US marine base with the system of tunnels, air base and some war museums on that area. It is promisingly the best part of Ho Chi Minh trail motorbike tour.
We will stay overnight in KheSanh and prepare for the next day with motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh trail.
Day 5: Khe Sanh – Vinh Moc tunnel – Hue: 180 Km. (B,L,D – Hotel stay)
Unlike the northern Vietnam motorbike tour, you will have chance to visit many historical places with motorcycle tour on Ho Chi Minh trail.
The motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh Trail today will be another great experience with the long distance and the chances to visit historical relics. We will ride through the historical road No 9 along Dakrong River and ride closer to sea direction. Our motorbike crew will pass the Hien Luong bridge- the boundary between North and South of Vietnam in American war, museum of the 17th parallel and Vinh Moc tunnel.
After lunch nearby the tunnel, we will keep riding motorbike to Hue and have one night to enjoy this romantic and poetic city.
“Vinh Moc is a tunnel complex located in Quang Tri, Vietnam. This one was in a strategic location, served as a bomb shelter for local people in Son Trung and Son Ha communes of Vinh Linh districts in the Vietnamese Demilitarized zone. The people were believed to support foods and other stuffs for North Vietnamese garrison on the Con Co Island.
The American soldier wanted to suppress local people and forced them to leave but the residents had nowhere to go. They decided to move the village underground 10m but the American forces designed bombs that burrowed down 10m. Finally, villagers decided to dig more to the depth of 30m. This construction was started in 1966 and used until 1972. They lived here like normal, with the kitchens, rooms for living. Around 60 families lived in that tunnel with roughly 17 children were born here”.
Day 6: Touring around Hue (B,L – Hotel stay)
You will your own free time on the 6th day with Vietnam motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh trail in Hue city. Just take your time in that romantic city by riding motorbike around that city to see the system of tombs of many Kings; or take a boat tour along the Perfume River.
After lunch, you can enjoy your time by riding to the beautiful beach, just about 14km from Hue; or take a walk around the citadel and stop for shopping.
Enjoying your 6th day on that peaceful and romantic city would be an awesome experience.
Hue used to be a capital of Vietnam in the old time, along with Hoa Lu (Ninh Binh), Tay Do (Thanh Hoa) and Hanoi. Unlike other cities, Hue still remains every construction in quite good conditions.
Known as the ancient capital of Vietnam, tourists can see many relics and vestiges scattering around that city. The most famous one is Hue citadel, lying on the northern bank of Perfume river, which was constructed as arc defensive ramparts of 11km length. This complex includes many small architectural works showing the life of Emperors and their relatives and family in the Nguyen dynasty. Along the Perfume river, you can see many tombs of Kings and Lords; leaning on the mountain and looking to the river; such as Minh Mang tomb, Tu Duc tomb, Khai Dinh tomb, etc.
Hue is also known as an important Buddhism center with many pagodas constructed for more than300 years. This complex of many relics, vestiges and pagodas makes this peaceful city more attractive to tourists to explore about history and culture of Vietnam
The last day will be another highlight of the whole motorcycle journey on Ho Chi minh road. We will ride to the outskirt of Hue city in the morning and hit the road to Da Nang. The motorbike ride today offers you many glorious views of long and sandy beaches; the fishing villages on the bay with the fisherman working hard to make end meet.
We will pass the Hai Van pass, one of the most magnificent passes in Vietnam to reach Hoi An. We will be in that town at around 4: 00pm. After checking in your hotel, we need to say goodbye to the local team for Vietnam motorbike tour.
7-day is not the long time but we really hope that you did have the great moments with us. Don’t hesitate to contact us when you come back to Vietnam or have any friends who also want to have the fantastic moments like you! Vietnam Motorbike Tour Asia always welcomes you