Experience The Real Vietnam

HANOI TO SAIGON BY MOTORBIKE

Overview:

Hanoi  to Saigon motorbike trip would be the best experience for those who want to see the real Vietnam.

The trip would start from Hanoi and driving all the way to Ho Chi Minh trail via DMZ, Hue,Hoian, central highland,then down to Muine Beach and on to Saigon city. This adventure is the perfect way to discover the complete Vietnam that riders have insight into local culture, diversified food, glorious history and stunning destinations with beautiful villages, magnificent countryside, amazing passes, gorgeous caves…


Itinerary:

Day 1:Hanoi – Phu Luong

In this morning, after having breakfast at hotel you’ll jump on your iron horse to ride along the dyke of Red River where you can have a chance to witness our peaceful & green villages with bamboo trees, gardens of flowers, paddies & local markets. Later on, you’ll turn your way to a very scenic road to get to Quan Son lake which is known as another Halong bay located to the West of Hanoi. We’ll spend more than 1 hour here to ride offroad a bit around the lake to see the magnificent beauties of the lake, mountains, islands & people feeding poultries or catching fishes.

After a short break by the lake, we’ll merge into the Ho Chi Minh trail to ride to Pu Luong Nature Reserve. We’ll have a lunch at a local restaurant on the way.

Hanoi motorcycle tour to Pu Luong

En route, you’ll stop by to visit other spectacular destinations with jungles, waterfalls, streams, bridges & villages of Thai ethnic people.

The Pu Luong limestone landscape is an area of outstanding beauty, culture interest and high biodiversity value stretching from Mai Chau in the North to West to Cuc Phuong national park in the South East. It is blessed with rich forest, limestone panoramas, magnificent rice terraces and breathtaking scenery. And established in 1999, Pu Luong Nature Reserve is primary tropical forest. This is also living place of ethnic Muong and Thai people. Pu Luong means the highest peak of the village, in Thai language.

At around 17:30, we will get to Hieu hamlet located inside the Pu Luong Nature Reserve where you’ll be hosted by the locals with smiles & great foods.

Overnight at the local’s village (traditional houses on stilts)

Summary:

Distance: 160 km

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Home-stay


Day 2: Phu Luong -Vinh city

Today, we then head south on a beautiful winding road which follow the banks of the Ma River. After some hours riding on undulating quiet road we join the new Ho Chi Minh Highway. This newly carved route leads us due south, through remote back country, not far from the Laos border. Lunch will be on the way with local foods. In the afternoon we cut eastward towards the coast and stay overnight in the peaceful city of Vinh, which is close to where Ho Chi Minh was born. Dinner in local restaurant and overnight in hotel.

Summary :

Distance:  268 km

Accommodation: Hotel in Vinh City


Day 3: Vinh city – Ha Tinh

This morning we head inland towards the Laos border after 40min riding we can reach the birthplace of Ho Chi Minh in Kim Lien Village. The place is truly a shrine to the Vietnamese and visited by few westerners.

After paying respects to Uncle Ho, we head to the HCM Highway via Thanh Chuong District.  You cross the Lam River on the Ro Bridge and then drive primarily on the beautiful new highway of Ho Chi Minh.  Lunch break in Pho Chau Town, a tiny town about 40km from Thanh Chuong.

After lunch, we continue on the quiet highway to Dong Loc Intersection, (main junction for supply lines during the war) which is widely regarded in Vietnamese eyes as the beginning of Ho Chi Minh Trail. We then pass through remote back country, close to the Ha Tinh motorcycle tours border , as the scenery steadily becomes dominated by karst limestone rock formations. We will reach our overnight spot, Huong Khe Town, around 5pm. Dinner in local restaurant and overnight in a mini hotel.

Dong Loc Intersection

Summary:

Distance:  160 km

Accommodation: Hotel in Huong Khe Town

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4: Ha Tinh – Phong Nha -Dong Hoi

Today’s motor ride is on a very quiet section of the new highway. En route, you will come to Khe Ve Intersection and Pheo – the very first branch of the Ho Chi Minh Trail into Laos.

Continuing on from Pheo, we will arrive in Phong Nha around noon. After lunch in local restaurant, we board a dragon boat to explore the famous Nature World Heritage Site of Phong Nha cave.

After the exploration of Phong Nga, we ride 30km eastward to the coastal town of Dong Hoi, our today’s overnight spot. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Summary :

Distance:  210 km

Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Hoi Town

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5:  Dong Hoi -Dong Ha

Today’s motor ride is on a very quiet section of the new highway. En route, you will come to Khe Ve Intersection and Pheo – the very first branch of the Ho Chi Minh Trail into Laos.

Continuing on from Pheo, we will arrive in Phong Nha around noon. After lunch in local restaurant, we board a dragon boat to explore the famous Nature World Heritage Site of Phong Nha cave.

 

After the exploration of Phong Nga, we ride 30km eastward to the coastal town of Dong Hoi, our today’s overnight spot. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Summary :

Distance:  210 km

Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Hoi Town

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6: Dong Ha -Khe Sanh -A Luoi

Continuing our motorbike tour west on Highway 9, we will climb into the Truong Son foothills. About 16km from Khe Sanh is the Dakrong Bridge  and the road turns winding and narrow.  A bit further, we will come to Huang Hoa, once known as Khe Sanh Base, which was established as a forward base by General Westmoreland near Laos to secure Highway 9.  About 3km from Khe Sanh is Ta Con Airbase.

Lunch in Khe Sanh and then head out across the famous Dakrong River Bridge on Rte. 14  Near the town of Ta Rut, we will stop for a visit with the Pa Co people and a walk through their village.

From Ta Rut, you head over scenic Pe Ke Pass and then down to A Luoi for the night.

Dinner in local restaurant and overnight in a simple guest house.

Summary :

Distance:  200 km

Accommodation: Guesthouse in A Luoi

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7: A Luoi -Hoi An

Today’s riding is the best riding of the whole route. For the first 110 km, we cross one of the longest and most stunning pass on new and quiet road, through stunning scenery of primitive forests backed by the imposing Truong Son mountain range. There are also two long tunnels and very little traffic.

The next 68 km from Hien to Thanh My are on good road with some gentle climbs. Lunch on the way in local restaurant. The last 40km of the day are on an older, bumpier road all the way from Ai Nghia to the charming a luoi motorcycle tours ancient town of Hoian. Dinner and overnight in Hoian.

Summary :

Distance:  240 km

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian Town

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 8: Hoi An Free and Easy

Today is free and easy to explore the Ancient city. Hoian was recognized as the World Heritage.

Summary:

Accommodation:  Hotel in Hoian Town

Meals:   Breakfast


Day 9: Hoian – My Son – Kham Duc

Time to hit the road again!  We leave Hoi An in the morning and head to My Son Sanctuary, a world heritage site that is the Cham version of Angkor Wat.

My Son Sanctuary – Vietnam

Most of the temples are dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva, considered by the Cham as the founder and protector of their dynasties.

From My Son, we will continue along the highway, busy at first, until the road shifts and becomes smaller, although paved.  Then the drive becomes challenging, but a lot of fun and progress is far slower.

We will continue riding along the river, but the road itself, new and not very busy, climbs up along a very steep valley with the river rushing below. The river below is dotted with unique rock formations and there are waterfalls along the way. Lunch will be in Dong Phu.

Leaving Dong Phu, eventually, we will come to the town of Kham Duc or Phuoc Son. Overnight in Kham Duc Hotel.

Summary :

Distance:  200 km

Accommodation: Hotel in Kham Duc

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10: Kham Duc -Kon Tum

After breakfast in local restaurant we continue riding north on Highway 14 today on a bit of a bumpy section of the road to Kon Tum.

Today is really a day to visit different minority villages. We will ride over Lo Xo Pass, making lots of stops along the way to meet De and Trieng minorities, who live along the Dak Po Ko river. Along the river are many amazing hanging bridges, built by the local people to cross to the opposite shore.  Lunch will be in Tan Canh, and we can visit a village of Se Dang, before driving on to Kon Tum.

Along the way, we also pass one of the key towns and battle sites of the Vietnam War – Dak To and outpost Charlie.

In Kon Tum we can visit the Catholic church and the orphanage, based behind the Catholic Church in town and run by a group of French nuns. If time permits, you can also visit a beautiful Bahnar village near town.

Overnight in Kon Tum at the Dac Bla Hotel.

Summary :

Distance:  190 km

Accommodation: Hotel in Kon Tum

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 11: Kon Tum -Buon Me Thuot

The new Ho Chi Minh Highway was built on the old trail, but from Kon Tum to Daklak, the historic HCM trail (Highway 14C), runs parallel to Highway 14 linking Kon Tum, Pleiku, and Buon Me Thuot.

We will continue riding Highway 14 today, finding that traffic is busier than usual. Lunch will be in Pleiku.  From here, we ride along the Tun River and up over a pass.  Along the way are coffee plantations and the stilt houses of the Central Highland’s largest ethnic group, the Gia Rai. Eventually, we will cross the Nha Rong pass down into Buon Me Thuot, the provincial capital of Dac Lac Province, and the site of the last battle of the Vietnam war in March 1975.

At night we can stop by the beer parlors or sample the local coffee grown in the region.  It is far and away the best coffee in Vietnam and worth bringing home. Overnight at the Thang Loi Hotel.

Summary :

Distance:  240 km

Accommodation: Hotel in Buon Ma Thuot

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 12: Buon Me Thuot -Lak Lake -Dalat

This morning, we take a motor ride to Lak Lake on Rte. 27, a small paved road with poor surfacing and quite busy.  Here we can have a break for refreshment and troll around the by the lake. There are said to be about 31 different ethnic groups in Dac Lac, each with their own traditional dress and customs.  Some of the villages are known for elephant hunting and taming, some for weaving and other arts.

After lunch in Lak Lake, we continue on to Da Lat.  The road is narrow, winding, but not busy.  We have three passes to cross – Krong No, Chuoi,  and Phu Son. The drive itself is quite beautiful and lined with dense forests.  Late in the afternoon, we will arrive in the hill town of Da Lat.

Love Valley – Dalat

Overnight in Dalat.

Summary :

Distance:  200 km

Accommodation: Hotel in Da Lat

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 13: Dalat -Mui Ne

Dalat is known as “The City of Love” and is a favorite holiday resort for Vietnamese as well as the French. With evergreen forests, waterfalls, beautiful lakes, the country’s best flower gardens, and delicious fresh produce, Dalat has always provided a welcome respite from the heat of the lowlands. Today we enjoy a drive through the charming pine hill to the summer residence of Vietnam’s last Emperor Bao Dai.

 

The lively central market and the old rail station are also visited before we travel by roads passing through the undulating terrains to the picturesque coastal town of Mui Ne.

Check-in at hotel in Mui Ne and then free time to view the Sunset on the sea

O/N in Mui Ne

Summary :

230 km motors riding (5 hours)

Beach Relaxation

Accommodation: Hotel in Mui Ne

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 14: Free time to Relax and Enjoy the Beach

Summary:

Meal: Breakfast

Hotel: Muine


Day 15: Mui Ne -Saigon

Morning, breakfast & check out then enjoy riding along the beautiful coastline to Ke Ga light house. Lunch break. Keep riding to Vung Tau and Saigon in the afternoon. Check in Hotel in Saigon. Ends of wonderful Vietnam Adventure Motorbike trip.

Activities:

230 Km of riding (5 hours)

Swimming & sight seeing

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch


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Included:

  • Motorbike(s) (Honda or Yamaha)
  • Helmet(s)
  • Driving gears
  • Gasoline on tour
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (based on twin shared)
  • Homestay permission
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees
  • Boat trips
  • Motorbikes one way shipping costs
  • Not Included:
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Air-ticket
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses