Grand Vietnam Motorbike Tour Ho Chi Minh Trail – 15 Days
When it comes to Vietnam War, A strong feeling is aroused in Vietnamese soul as thinking of the severely damaged; but legendary and heroic: Ho Chi Minh Legendary Trail, the main linkage of North and South Vietnam. Right after French troops left Vietnam in 1954, its position was replaced by American Army in the Southern Vietnam. In order to meet the demand of increasingly escalating war, the trail was built in 1959 and served the War in 6000 days.
Coming to the 21st century when Vietnam was pacified, the old legendary trail was no longer available for using due to its small capacity. A new Ho Chi Minh Highway was built to accommodate the increasing transporting demand of Vietnamese. However, with motorbike tours Vietnam, we could ride on both to experience the remnants of War as well as the pristine natural views of North Truong Son biological system.
Join with Vietnam Motorbike Tour Asia, you take for yourself chance to travel wildly, from northern part to the central and down south to the highland and southern provinces. Along the journey, motorcyclists can get access to the local villages of many unique tribes, as well as revel delightfully in the landscapes of Vietnam.
Words are not figurative enough to describe the amazingness and fantasy of North to South Vietnam Motorbike Tour Top Gear Special. Let’s come and experience yourself and definitely, your traveling moments will be lifted and leveled up to a new climax.
Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau: 190km
In the morning, our guide will come and pick you up at the hotel, take the bus to the suburban area to start the northern Vietnam motorbike tour. We will ride motorbike to Mai Chau valley afterward.
After lunch in An Lac (Hoa Binh province) our motorbike tour North Vietnam can see the charming karst mountain, which is considered as Ha Long bay on land. You will be stunned by the panoramic view of enormous paddy fields running along the tree rows.
We reach Mai Chau in late afternoon. One night overstaying in traditional house-on-stilt of Thai minority people will bring you many good memories on the journey with Vietnam motorbike tour from the North Vietnam to Ho Chi Minh road. It is the end of the 1st day with Vietnam Motorbike Tour Asia team.
Day 2: Mai Chau – Tan Ky: 290 Km
After the wonderful day, our motorcycle team continues to ride around the tranquil villages, and then follows the off roads with poetic views running along the Ma River until Cam Thuy town, where we can stop for lunch.
From now on, our motorbike team can hit the road on the legendary Ho Chi Minh trail. We will ride to Tan Ky town, where we can spend the night in the hotel.
Tan Ky is a small town, situated on two sides of Ho Chi Minh trail. Far away from main city, it is the good place for you to explore the local life of indigenous residents here.
Day 3: Tan Ky – Phong Nha: 280 Km
We can start the 3rd day with Vietnam motorbike tour Ho Chi Minh Trail by a light breakfast, followed by the ride on the trail to Pho Chau for a break and see Ho Chi Minh trail victory monument. Unlike the northern Vietnam motorbike tours, you can see many historical relics along the Ho Chi Minh road.
After that, we keep riding to Phong Nha-Ke Bang, one of the most magnificent cave systems in the world, which was considered by UNESCO as world heritage. This area dated back from 4000 million years ago with many complicated geographic structures, creating the unique attractiveness for this national park. It extends to the border of Laos PDR, with the length of more than 65km of caves and underground rivers.
We stay one night in hotel in Phong Nha, it remark the 3rd day with Vietnam motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh trail.
From Phong Nha-Ke Bang, you have 2 choices of road for this Ho Chi Minh trail motorbike tour special; 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 Khe Sanh and prepare for the next day with motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh trail.
On the 5th day, our motorcycle crew will ride from the west to the east, along the 17th parallel, which used to be the boundary between the North and the South of Vietnam in the war. We are supposed to stop at some historical vestiges to take a look and understand more about the severe years of Vietnamese such as Hien Luong Bridge, Vinh Moc tunnel, etc
Our motorbike team keeps riding along the highway No.1 from Quang Tri to Hue. We will reach Hue at roughly 4:30pm and ends the 5th day with Vietnam motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh trail.
“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: Hue – Hoi An. 160Km.
You will have the opportunities to explore that romantic city-Hue in the morning and some attractions in suburban areas. It is followed by the ride on the National highway 1 in the afternoon from Hue to Hoi An.
Vietnam Motorbike Tour Asia team will lead you through Hai Van pass (Cloudy pass). Just after 30 minutes from Hai Van pass, we will reach Hoi An, one of the most famous attractions in the center of Vietnam. This town used to be an important trading harbor in the 16 and 17th century.
The centre Vietnam motorbike tour to Hoi An could be the highlight of the whole journey because you will ride along the coastal line of Vietnam, one thing that differentiate Vietnam motorcycle tour on Ho Chi Minh road from northern Vietnam motorbike tour.
“Hoi An is the ancient harbor town of Champa people, deriving from the before the 10th century. Lying at the estuary of Thu Bon River and near the sea, it kept being the harbor and trading center of Vietnam in 16th and 17th centuries. There are many Chinese, Japanese and western people coming to Vietnam and settle down at that time. Hoi An was also called Hai Pho in old time, which meant Seaside town. When the French came there, it is named as Faifo. In Hoi An, the most typical building which is the icon of that town is Chua Cau or pagoda bridge. This one was built on 17th century, which reflects the harmony combination of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese architecture, with the function of both bridge and pagoda.
This town is called by French, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch as Faifo. Many people have tried to explain that name. It is believed to be another version of Hai Pho. Others claim that it is the shortening of “Hoi An Pho”, to “Hoi Pho” and then Faifo.
This town was recognized as World Heritage site by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999, 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”.
Besides the historical and cultural attractions in Hoi An, this town is also really well-known for its long and marvelous beaches. In the afternoon, we can ride motorbike to the Cua Dai beach or rent the bike to cycle along the windy paddy fields from Hoi An town to coastal area, just about 4km. At night, you can enjoy a cup of coffee on the bank of Thu Bon river, listen to the traditional music and explore the beauty of Hoi An by night with the colorful and shining lanterns.
After Hoi An, our Vietnam motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh trail continues to head to Phuoc Son (or called Kham Duc). You will cross the Lo Su pass and ride through many tribe villages of Ba Na ethnic minority, scattering sparsely in the hills and remote areas. Our Vietnam Motorbike Tour Asia crew rides near the border with Laos PDR and then takes turn to Kon Tum.
We will have one night stay in Kon Tum town.
Today’s riding will be one of the most highlight parts of the Vietnam motorbike tours when we head to Central highland. We will pass Pleiku city, cross the IaDrang valley battlefield and then gear up to Buon Ma Thuot (or Buon Me Thuot), the city which used to be a severe battlefield in the American war. This city is really well-known for its productivity of coffee in Vietnam. On the tour today, we can cross many coffee farms, extending vastly to the horizon. You can enjoy this cooling atmosphere and the sunlight of this central highland.
At night, we arrive in Buon Ma Thuot and stay in the homestay. It is the end of the 9th day with Vietnam motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh trail.
Day 10: Buon Ma Thuot – Nha Trang: 190 Km
From Buon Me Thuot, Vietnam Motorbike Tour Asia crew will take you through the easy-to-drive roads, out of Tay Son highlands and head down to coast, follow the highway 1 to the north of Nha Trang. You need to hold your breaths to not be shocked by what nature can offer to you: the magnificent cliffs being grinded by waves day and night, the long sandy beaches and the coral reefs in the clean water.
You can enjoy your evening to discover this sea city and stay overnight in the hotel, before exploring this beauty tomorrow with Vietnam Motorbike Tour Asia team.
Day 11: Relaxing in Nha Trang
You will a free day to enjoy the vacation on the glorious beaches and get a sunbath. Take your time to try the seafood in that city and enjoy relaxing time after long days riding on Ho Chi Minh trail. It is recommended that you could join some boat tour to explore some islands nearby the Nha Trang bay.
From Nha Trang, our motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh trail will head up to a highland city, which is well-known for its romance-Da Lat. This part will be the high spot of the whole motorbike tours Vietnam when passing the quiet trails, listening to the sound of wind and immerging yourself in the sceneries of mountains.
We come to Da Lat in the afternoon. Enjoy your night at this romantic city by going for a walk or simply taking a cup of coffee and hear the breath of this city.
Day 13: Short Motorbike Touring around Da Lat: 50 km.
Being well-known as the city of love, Da Lat attracts many tourists to come here to sightsee the beauty of nature with the pine forests, the ancient building built under French colonization, the magnificent waterfalls as well as the enormous and colorful flower gardens. This city is also famous for its weather, with enough 4 seasons in 1 day, which can satisfy even the toughest and the most hot-temper tourist.
You will have one full day of centre Highland Vietnam motorbike tour to discover this fame and the endless charms of this city.
Day 14: Da Lat – Cat Tien National Park: 190 Km
From Da Lat, Vietnam motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh trail will follow the road No.20 to Cat Tien national park. In the war time, Vietnamese army used that area as the head quarter because it is densely forested area. The national park has suffered from intense devastation from American soldiers when it was extensively sprayed with defoliant Agent Orange. There still exist many barren lands because of the side effect of this chemical substance.
We will stay in the guest house of Cat Tien national park before heading to Sai Gon tomorrow.
From Cat Tien national park, our motorcycle crew will ride to Ho Chi Minh City, the economic center of the whole country. The distance is short, but it can take time to reach here because of the traffic jam in the suburban areas of Ho Chi Minh City. We will ride to train station and park the motorbike here.
And it is the end of the Vietnam motorbike trip on Ho Chi Minh trail. In more than 2 weeks staying together, hope that you did have really good memories and full of valuable experiences. In the future, it is our honor to cooperate and deliver to you many other interesting tours to discover this beloved S-shaped country.