Vietnam Motorbike Tour On Ho Chi Minh Road – 9 Days
Day 1: Motorcycle ride from Hanoi to Mai Chau. 190 km.
Start the best motorbike ride around Vietnam by taking a bus to the outskirt of Hanoi, from here we get the bikes and enjoy motorbike ride to Mai Chau. After lunch in An Lac(Hoa Binh province) We will ride through endless limestone karst scenery(known as Halong bay on land), the extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads. Arrive in Mai Chau in late afternoon. Here we stay overnight with the White Thai minority in a traditional stilt house. The local women here are famous for cooking and dancing so in the evening, after feasting, we can enjoy a cultural show of Thai dancing and a range of special local liquors.
Overnight in Mai Chau – home stay.
Day 2: Mai Chau – Tan Ky. 290 Km
After enjoying breakfast in the peaceful village of Mai Chau, we keep riding on a small, spectacular and paved trail along the Ma river until Cam Thuy town where we stop for lunch. Hit the historical Ho Chi Minh trail and then stay all the way to Tan Ky town where we spend the night in a hotel.
Tan Ky is a very small town located in two sides of the Ho Chi Minh road, with some thousands of people this is good chance to experience the daily life of people in remote area.
Overnight in Tan Ky – Hotel
Day 3: Tan Ky – Phong Nha. 280 Km
After simple breakfast served by local people, we keep riding on the trail until Pho Chau where we stop to visit the Ho Chi Minh Trail victory monument which is in fact the real starting point of the trail . And then hit 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.
Diner and overnight in Phong Nha – Hotel
Day 4: Phong Nha – Khe Sanh 220 Km.
From Phong Nha, the Ho Chi Minh Trail is divided into 2 branches one in the eastern side and another one is in the western side. Motorbike Tour Expert recommend to ride on the western Ho Chi Minh trail. The trail goes through the National park of Phong Nha – Ke Bang, in more than 200 km, you will just see few other motorbikes but a lot of beautiful and beautiful mountain view. Especially, we will get chance to visit the former US Merine Base with tunnels, Air base and a interesting museum that is newly built.
This motorcycle ride today is for sure the best in Vietnam.
Diner and overnight in Khe Sanh – Hotel
Day 5: Khe Sanh – Vinh Moc tunnel – Hue: 190 Km.
The motorbike ride today is mostly from the west to the east. After breakfast, we will ride along the 17th parallel – the former border between the north and south of Vietnam. We will do some stops to visit the famous historical vestiges such as Hien Luong Bridge. Vinh Moc tunnel…
After lunch we will join the high way No 1 down to beautiful of Hue.
Arrive Hue at about 4.30 PM.
Dinner and overnight in Hue – Hotel.
Vinh Moc (Vịnh Mốc) is a tunnel complex in Quang Tri, Vietnam. During the Vietnam War it was strategically located on the border of North Vietnam and South Vietnam. The tunnels were built to shelter people from the intense bombing of Son Trung and Son Ha communes in Vinh Linh county of Quang Tri Province in the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. The American forces believed the villagers of Vinh Moc were supplying food and armaments to the North Vietnemese garrison on the island of Con Co which was in turn hindering the American bombers on their way to bomb Hanoi. The idea was to force the villagers of Vinh Moc to leave the area but as is typical in Vietnam there was nowhere else to go. The villagers initially dug the tunnels to move their village 10 metres underground but the American forces designed bombs that burrowed down 10 metres. Eventually against these odds, the villagers moved the village to a depth of 30 metres. It was constructed in several stages beginning in 1966 and used until early 1972. The complex grew to include wells, kitchens, rooms for each family and spaces for healthcare. Around 60 families lived in the tunnels; as many as 17 children were born inside the tunnels
After breakfast, we have chance to discover the famous citadel of Hue and some other attractions. After lunch, we will Join the National Highway 1 and head up the Hai Van Pass (Cloudy Pass) before the World Heritage site of Hoi An – an important trade center in South East Asia in the 16th and 17th centuries. It is just short motorbike ride to Hoi An to day but it could be the highlight of the Ho Chi Minh trail motorcycle tour because it offers a nice ride on the most beautiful coastline in Vietnam
Overnight in Hoi An – Hotel
Day 7: Relaxing in Hoi An.
Hội An, also known as Faifo in western countries, is a city of Vietnam, on the coast of the South China Sea in the South Central Coast of Vietnam. It is located in Quang Nam province and is home to approximately 120,000 inhabitants. It is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.
The city possessed the largest harbour in Southeast Asia in the 1st century and was known as Lâm Ấp Phố (Champa City). Between the seventh and 10th centuries, the Cham people controlled the strategic spice trade and with this came tremendous wealth. The former harbour town of the Cham at the estuary of the Thu Bồn River was an important Vietnamese trading centre in the 16th and 17th centuries, where Chinese from various provinces as well as Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled. During this period of the China trade, the town was called Hai Pho (Town on Seaside) in Vietnamese. Originally, Hai Pho was a divided town with the Japanese settlement across the “Japanese Bridge” (16th-17th century). The bridge (Chùa cầu) is a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist pagoda attached to one side
We spend half day to walk around to enjoy the peace and beauty of the town also visit some attractions to learn more about Vietnamese history and culture. In the afternoon you can take a taxi 4km to Cua Dai beach – the quiet beach with white sand and bright green water or get free time in town for some shopping or massage. It promises to be a joyful day after a long ride of the Vietnam motorcycle tour.
Diner and overnight in town – Hotel
Day 8: Hoi An – Quy Nhon. 310 Km
Start the big riding day at 8.00 AM. Motorcycle to high way No 1 and hit all the way down to the south. Traffic today is quite big challenge somewhere, however we will see the different view of Vietnam with nice coastal line. We will arrive Quy Nhon town at around 4 PM. The town faces to very nice and quiet beach so if the weather permits, we can have great swim here.
Dinner and overnight in Quy Nhon town – Hotel
We will finish the best motorbike tour around Vietnam with the last enjoyable motorcycle ride to Nha Trang. The ride today is mostly on the high way No 1D in which there are much less traffic and especially plenty of nice coastal line and beautiful beaches a long the way. We will be at Nha Trang in early afternoon, keep going inside city and this great motorbike tour in Vietnam will finish at the Train Station of Nha Trang. Leave the bike at the parking area and take a taxi to the hotel.
Overnight in Nha Trang – Hotel.
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