The Ho Chi Minh trail is one of the best roads for motorcycle touring in Vietnam and we do have few options for the Ho Chi Minh trail motorbike tours and this 9 day motorbike tour from Hanoi to Nha Trang is one our best tours on this amazing trail. It starts from Hanoi covering some nice parts in North Vietnam and end in Nha Trang – one of the best beach in Vietnam including the most interesting part of the Ho Chi Minh trail with the DMZ that offer a lots of interesting visits to historical sites. This South Vietnam Motorbike Tours is a great mixture of on and off-road and some nice beautiful beach roads. This tour is always one of the top choices in our Vietnam motorbike tours collection.
Day 1: Motorcycle ride from Hanoi to Mai Chau. 190 km.
At 8:00 am, tour guide will take you our shop in the outskirt of Hanoi, from here we get the bikes and enjoy motorbike ride to Mai Chau. Just after a short ride from Hanoi, we will be in countryside and we can enjoy some easy offrad motorbike ride through some rice fields, villages…After lunch in An Lac (Hoa Binh province) The ride will be more enjoyable 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. This first day ride could be the highlight of this 9 day Northwest Vietnam motorbike tour.
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 through the valley of Mai Chau, it’s a short ride but a great offroad motorbike tour through the rice fields, bamboo forest and some villages of the Thai people, then after that we will ride along the Ma river until Cam Thuy town where we stop for lunch. In the after noon we will start joining the Ho Chi Minh trail, The trail here get repaired sometimes after the war so it’s a smooth road but the view of countryside and nature on the roadsides is beautiful…. 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 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. The ride closing to the Phong Nha Ke Bang National park offer a greater view of nature. It’s for sure the best part of this Ho Chi Minh trail motorbike tours.
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….make you understand well about the Vietnam war and this can make you love Vietnam better.
This motorcycle ride today is for sure the best in Vietnam and the best part of the Ho Chi Minh trail motorbike tours.
Diner and overnight in Khe Sanh – Hotel
Day 5: Khe Sanh – Vinh Moc tunnel – Hue: 190 Km.
The motorbike ride today covers all the “must see” places in the DMZ. 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…The local guide team of Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert will tell you some interesting stories about the war and it’s really the highlight of this Vietnam Motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh trail
After lunch we will have enjoyable motorbike ride on some coastlines to beautiful city 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
Day 6: Hue – Hoi An. 160Km.
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 short motorbike tour around Hoi An to visit some green and quiet villages and take a stop to swim at 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 some long ride of the Ho Chi Minh trail 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
Day 9: Quy Nhon – Nha Trang. 200 Km.
We will finish this interesting Ho Chi Minh trail Vietnam motorbike tour with the last fun 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 roads and beautiful beaches a long the way. We will be at Nha Trang in early afternoon, keep going inside city and this great Ho Chi Minh Trail motorbike tour in Vietnam will finish at the Train Station of Nha Trang. Leave the bike at the train station and take a taxi to your hotel before saying good bye to the guide team of Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert! Tour ends.
Our tour price is determined by two factors: the NUMBER OF RIDERS (the more people in the group, the lower the cost per rider) and the TYPE OF BIKES (choosing a smaller bike results in a reduced price). For more information and accurate pricing, please contact us. Below, you can find a sample price for our regular North Vietnam motorbike tour using 150cc bikes
- Tour for a group of 1 (solo rider): 210 USD/Day
- Tour for a group of 2 riders: 160 USD/Day/Person
- Tour for a group of 3 riders: 150 USD/Day/Person
- Tour for group of 4 – 10 riders: 140 USD/Day/Person
- We can tailor a tour to your preferences and desired dates. Just share your expectations with us, and we will create your private tour
- The tour price does not include support vehicle, air tickets, or airport pick-up/drop-off… but we can arrange these services for an additional cost if needed
- We do have other bigger bikes for your tours, Please contact us for more details
- The prices listed above are only for the Northern Vietnam motorcycle tours, Other special motorcycle tours on the Ho Chi Minh trail or crossing the border to Laos or Cambodia… will cost more. Please contact us for more details.
- The tour price can be changed depending on the low/high tourist season or other special requests, Please contact us to get the right price for your tour.
Tour price includes:
- Experienced English-speaking tour guides (+ mechanic)
- Quality Honda XR150L/CRF250L/CRF300L or other bikes with all fuel
- Quality Helmets/Gloves/Knee, elbow pads/Rain jackets/pants
- All meals on tour (All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with local Vietnamese food)
- All accommodation on tour (twin share room in a hotel or stay at a homestay as mentioned in itinerary)
- Boat rides on lakes or crossing rivers as mentioned in the itinerary
- All entrance fees / Permits
- Hotel pick up/drop off before and after the tour
- Quality video of the trip
- Souvenirs from our team (Café Cup, Cap…)
- Tour price excludes:
- Medical insurance
- Bike damages
- Personal expense
Your booking is confirmed upon receipt of the deposit. To secure your reservation, we request a small deposit, typically ranging from 10% to 30% of the total tour cost
When you’re ready to book a tour, we will send you a secure payment link, allowing you to pay the required deposit using your credit cards (3,5% will be surcharged for the bank service fee)
The balance will be paid in full at our shop just before starting the tour. You can pay in cash (USD or Euro) or by credit card (3,5% will be surcharged for the bank fee if you pay by credit card)
Cancellation and Refund Policy
- The deposit was not refundable but you can postpone the booking to another time.
- No refunds in case of bad weather conditions and customers’ reasons. Tour may be delayed by adverse weather conditions, but we take no responsibility in case of tour cancellation
- If your bike has a technical brake down, we will replace it with the same type of bike and our guide/mechanic will attempt to fix your bike within a day. For technical reasons, your tour may be shortened, You will get a refund for the day you can’t finish
- If you need to cancel your booking, you have the option to postpone to another time or transfer it to another person. Please note that you will be responsible for any associated administration costs, and it is your responsibility to ensure that your nominee pays the full amount
Age Limitation and License Requirements:
Although we do not have a specific age limit or license requirement, Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert do require all participants to be in good health, physically fit, and capable of riding a motorbike