GRAND VIETNAM MOTORBIKE TOUR FROM NORTH TO SOUTH – 18 DAYS
By Thanh Loan Tran
This complete Vietnam motorbike tours start from Hanoi to ride along Vietnam with stopover at the destinations such as Cuc Phuong National Park, Vinh, Huong Khe, Phong Nha, Khe Sanh, DMZ, Vinh Moc Tunnels, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, My Son Sanctuary, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang, Mui Ne and finishing in Saigon.
Day 1: Hanoi – Cuc Phuong National Park Day 2: Cuc Phuong National Park – Vinh City Day 3: Vinh – Huong Khe (Ha Tinh) Day 4: Huong Khe – Phong Nha (Quang Binh) Day 5: Phong Nha – Khe Sanh in Quang Tri Day 6: Quang Tri – DMZ & Vinh Moc Tunnels – Hue Day 7: Hue Day 8: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An Day 9: Hoi An Day 10: Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary Day 11: Hoi An – Quy Nhon Day 12: Quy Nhon – Nha Trang Day 13: Nha Trang Day 14: Nha Trang – Mui Ne Day 15: Mui Ne Day 16: Mui Ne Day 17: Mui Ne – Saigon Day 18: Saigon
Day 1: Vietnam Motorbike Tours from North to South: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Cuc Phuong National Park
Upon arrival, we take a walk around the Primate Center and then drive further into the middle of the national park. Right here, you won’t have to walk far to find interesting birds or trees. After lunch right in the middle of the rain forest, we’ll have free time for a relaxing walk around and take a visit to the primitive cave before driving back to your bungalow in the mid of forest for an overnight Overnight at Bungalow in Jungle.In the morning, our tour guide with your bikes will be ready in front of your hotel to pick you up at 08.30, and then we will start our Hanoi Motorcycle Tour to Cuc Phuong National Park for about 4 hours. Established in 1962, Cuc Phuong National Park is one of Vietnam’s most beautiful and important protected areas and easily accessible from Hanoi – only a 2 ½ hour journey by road. The ancient forest contains almost 2000 species of trees and amongst them lives some amazing and rare animals including the Clouded leopard, Delacour’s Langur, Owston’s Civet, Otters and Asian Black Bears. The park is surrounded by several limestone cliffs, the highest being May Bac, meaning “silver cloud,” with a height of 656m. There are plenty of plants and mammals living in the park. There are an estimated 2,000 different species of flora and the 450 species fauna account for 38% of the national fauna.
Summary: Distance: 160 km Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Bungalow
Day 2: Vietnam Motorbike Tours from North to South: Cuc Phuong National Park Motorcycle Tour To Vinh City
Say goodbye to the villagers 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: 230 km Accommodation: Hotel in Vinh City Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Vietnam Motorbike Tours from North to South: Vinh Motorcycle Tour To Huong Khe (Ha Tinh)
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.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 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 theHa 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.
Summary Distance: 160 km Accommodation: Hotel in Huong Khe Town Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Vietnam Motorbike Tours from North to South: Huong Khe motorbike tour to Phong Nha (Quang Binh)
Ride on Ho Chi Minh Highway until Pho Chau where we stop to visit the HCM Trail victory monument which is in fact the real starting point of our HCM Trail ride. Motorcycle 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.
Summary Distance: 280 km Accommodation: Hotel in Phong Nha Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Vietnam Motorbike Tours from North to South: Phong Nha motorbike tour to Khe Sanh in Quang Tri (Roughly 250 Km – 7 hours of riding)
Continuing west on highway 9, we will climb into the Truong Son foothills, pass the Rock Pile and stop at some villages and beautiful natural springs and waterfalls near the highway.Boating and exploring World Heritage site of Phong Nha where local civilians and military sheltered from incessant bombing during wartime. Then after having lunch, we will keep riding on Ho Chi Minh Trail and have short stop at Truong Son cemetary to pay respects to the soldiers who fought and died on the trail during the American War.
Approx 5pm we arrive in Khe Sanh which was established as a forward base by General Westmoreland near Laos to secure highway 9.
Check in to hotel, free time at night
Summary Distance: 250 km Accommodation: Hotel in Khe Sanh Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Vietnam Motorbike Tours from North to South: Quang Tri Motorcycle Tours to DMZ & Vinh Moc Tunnels – Motorbike Tours to Hue (200 Km – 6 hours of riding)
In this morning, we ride along highway 1 to Quang Tri town, visiting Long Hung Church and Quang Tri Old Citadel which was a battlefield in 1972 between North and South Vietnam for 81 days and nights. We ride along the coast from Cua Viet Beach to Cua Tung Beach a long stretch of beautiful and peaceful coastline. Next we visit the Vinh Moc tunnels and explore the Demilitarised Zone, stopping for lunch at the Doc Mieu Firebase. And then wee will keep on riding on Ho Chi Minh Trail via Dong Ha town, where we will stop by to take a look at Dong Ha market known as one of the most hassle and bustle markets in Central. Later on, we will ride directly to Hue and en route, our guide will stop by to show you more war relics before reaching Hue
Upon arrival in Hue, if time permits, we will take a ride to visit Imperial Citadel and one of Royal Tombs then enjoy sunset on the bank of Perfume River. Check in to hotel, free time at night
Summary Distance: 200 km Accommodation: Hotel in Hue Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Vietnam Motorbike Tours from North to South: Hue Motorcycle Tour for Sightseeings
Today, we’ll have an easy motorbike trip to weave around the city to visit some more royal tombs as well as other important travel sites & relics in Hue.
In the afternoon, you’ll be free on your own to relax or go shopping. Overnight at hotel in Hue
Summary Distance: 100 km Accommodation: Hotel in Hue Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8: Vietnam Motorbike Tours from North to South: Hue Motorbike Tours via Da Nang to Hoi An (150 Km – 5 hours of riding)
In this morning, we will keep on riding along the coastal line via Hai Van Pass, where we could look down from the top to view the splendid beauties of Lang Co beach and ocean then time to refresh yourself by a cup of coffee. You will take time to visit Marble Mountains before heading straight to Hoi An via Da Nang coastline for a check-in. Free time on your own. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An
Summary Distance: 150 km Accommodation: hotel in Hoi An Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9: Vietnam Motorbike Tours from North to South: Hoi An Walking Tour for Sightseeings
Today, after having breakfast at hotel you’ll be taken to walk inside the old quarters of Hoi An to explore timeless beauties of monuments, relics like the ancient houses, pagodas, temples, markets…to understand more about the history of this fascinating ancient town as well as the lifestyle of the locals.
In the afternoon, you’ll be free on your own to laze on the beach. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An
Summary Distance: 0 km Accommodation: hotel in Hoi An Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10: Vietnam Motorbike Tours from North to South: Hoi An Motorbike Tour to My Son Sanctuary
Today, after having breakfast at hotel you’ll keep jumping on your bikes to ride to explore Vietnam’s most evocative Cham site, My Son, lies 40km southwest of Hoi An, in a bowl of lush wooden hills towered over by the aptly named “Cat’s Tooth Mountain”. It has been recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List and richly deserves its place on the tourist map. It is the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the second to the thirteenth century. Their religion was primarily derived from Indian Hinduism. My Son is considered to be one of the best-preserved Cham structures in Vietnam. It is comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the second century. This site is a Must-See for those people who are interested in architecture and ancient civilizations. We return to the hotel around noon.
In the afternoon, you’ll be free on your own to laze on the beach. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An
Summary Distance: 150 km Accommodation: hotel in Hoi An Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 11: Vietnam Motorbike Tours from North to South: Hoi An Motorbike Tour to Quy Nhon
Later on, we’ll keep riding along the coastline through coconuts homeland of central Vietnam & through rice fields and rural villages and mountainous area to get to city of Qui Nhon. Continue cycling to the hotel in the town of Quang Ngai. Have breakfast at the hotel and check out. We then will ride our bikes south of Hoi An to Cua Dai beach and cross Thu Bon river. Ride on back roads through yellow sand dunes to Tam Ky. Have lunch before we keep riding on country roads to My Lai village to visit the memorial of the massacre to remember 504 locals who died.
Summary Distance: 250 km Accommodation: hotel in Quy Nhon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Vietnam Motorbike Tours from North to South: Quy Nhon Motorbike Tour to Nha Trang
Transfer 30 minutes to the suburb of Qui Nhon city then we’ll start riding along the coast and you could also race along a railway through hills to La Hai, have lunch on the way.
After having lunch, we’ll take a rest a bit before riding straight to Nha Trang. Upon getting to Nha Trang, you’ll be helped to get checked in
Summary Distance: 230 km Accommodation: hotel in Nha Trang Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13: Vietnam Motorbike Tours from North to South: Nha Trang Motorbike Tour for Sightseeing
08h30: Pick up at hotel & ride to the Institute of Oceanography built at the beginning of 20th Century by French, where is exhibiting many oceanic creatures considered to be the most diversified & sufficient in Vietnam.
10h00: Visit Bao Dai King’s Villa – the place for rest & recreation for Bao Dai King when he was alive. That villa was built on a top of hill surrounded by beautiful sceneries.
11h00: Visit Yersin museum, where you will understand more about the life & career & researches of Doctor Yersin. He is the most well-known doctor in the world, who ever lived & died in Nha Trang.
12h00: Have lunch & short break.
14h30: Keep on visiting Long Son Pagoda, Ponagar Towers & shopping at Dam market.
17h00: back to hotel.
Rest of time, you’ll be free on your own.
Summary Distance: 100 km Accommodation: hotel in Nha Trang Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 14: Vietnam Motorbike Tours from North to South: Nha Trang Motorbike Tour to Mui Ne
After swim in the morning sunlight on the beach, we’ll say goodbye to Nha Trang to depart for Mui Ne on the amazing coastal road, passing over Ca Na Beach (One of the famous beaches in Vietnam). Right here, we’ll stop for a while to take a bath & photos before riding straight to Mui Ne.
Upon reaching to Mui Ne, you’ll get rooms for a check-in.
The rest of time, you’ll be free by yourself to relax at hotel or on the beach.
Summary: Distance: 220 km Accommodation: hotel in Mui Ne Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15: Vietnam Motorbike Tours from North to South: Mui Ne Motorbike Tour to Sand Dunes
After having breakfast at hotel, you’ll be at leisure then keep jumping on the bikes again to ride to visit the most famous travel spots in Mui Ne as Fishing Villages, Pink Stream, Yellow Sand Dunes & Flying Sand Dunes.
In the afternoon, you’ll be free by yourself to relax on the beach
Summary: Distance: 100 km Accommodation: hotel in Mui Ne Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 16: Vietnam Motorbike Tours from North to South: Mui Ne – Free
Today, you’ll be free on your own to relax on the beach or roam around. (No touring)
Summary: Distance: 0 km Accommodation: hotel in Mui Ne Meals: Breakfast.
Day 17: Vietnam Motorbike Tours from North to South: Mui Ne Motorbike Tour to Saigon
Morning, after breakfast & check out, we will leave beautiful Mui Ne Cape to ride straight to Saigon.
Upon getting to your hotel in Saigon, we’ll help you check in then say goodbye to all of you.
Summary: Distance: 230 km Accommodation: hotel in Saigon Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
Day 18: Vietnam Motorbike Tours from North to South: Saigon – Free
Today, you’ll be free on your own to relax on the beach or roam around. (No touring)
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* ACCOMMODATION: – We endeavour to select a combination of good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, all the while striving to keep the cost affordable.
– Your trip will stay in a range of hotels / guesthouses with standardized quality.
– Please be aware that some hotel rooms, especially those in major urban centres or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.
– Rooms are en-suite and either twin- or triple-share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex otherwise you can pay a supplement to possess a single room
– If you are traveling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with us. We never presume that two people traveling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.
* MEALS: – Your included meals are detailed in the ‘More Inclusions’ section of this document.
– Breakfasts are included every day in the hotel (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in Asia, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well. Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.
– If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent when you book, or make note by email before you set out. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Asia. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.
* Ten Tips to Survive Vietnam’s Traffic: + DON’T spend hours waiting to cross the street on foot: that constant tide of traffic won’t stop until late at night, so
+ DO as the Vietnamese do: take the plunge and inch slowly across. Observe the Miracle of the Red Sea, as the traffic parts like magic, flowing smoothly in front of you or behind, meeting up again on the other side.
+ DON’T make any sudden or unpredictable movements: freeze if you have to, but never lunge forward or backward towards the safety of the sidewalk. In fact, you can do just about anything, but do it with conviction!
+ DON’T forget, if you’re riding or driving, to look where you’re going – all the time: if you hit anything in front of you, then it’s your fault.
+ DO give way to any vehicle bigger and noisier than yours. Trucks and buses are particularly dangerous: often old, sometimes unsafe and usually all over the road.
+ DO watch out for unfamiliar obstacles: water buffaloes, rocks of various sizes, broken-down trucks…, people sitting in the road, missing bridges, girls in ao dai cycling five abreast, slow-moving mountains of farm produce, dog fights, impromptu football matches, piles of building materials – and almost no light on anything at night..
+ DON’T hesitate to take evasive action – even if this sometimes means leaving the tarmac or coming to a dead stop.
+ DO try to avoid getting involved in one of the all-too-frequent minor accidents that plague Vietnam’s roads (and the major ones as well, of course), but if you are unlucky,
+ DON’T lose your cool, in spite of the interference of the large and vocal crowd that may gather: try to settle things amicably and swiftly. Sometimes, paying a reasonable amount of money will save you a lot of hassle.
+ DO remember that the only rule is: you’re not allowed to bump into anybody… irrespective of what they did or should have done, or of what the road signs or traffic lights were telling them to do. Some people still seem to think that anything red means forward, comrade
* Tipping for guides & mechanic: Our crews never expect tips themselves and will not ask for any; that’s not what friends do! However, so if you are really satisfied with all of what they did for you, please don’t mind tipping them a bit with a normal norm of US$ 7 – US$ 10/person for a guide per day and US$ 3 – US$ 5/person for a mechanic per day. (just don’t forget Mum’s souvenir).
+ Motorbike(s) (Honda or Yamaha)
+ Driving gears
+ Gasoline on tour
+ English speaking guides
+ Mechanic (only for group from 6 passengers)
+ Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (based on Twin or Double room)
+ Homestay permission
+ Meals as indicated in the itinerary
+ Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees
+ One-way airticket from Hanoi to Saigon for our tour guides
+ Train carriage for bikes from Saigon to Hanoi.
+ Coffee or bottled water or 1 soft drink for every stopover en route.
Saigon, Cat Tien National Park, Dalat – Lak Lake, Buon Ma Thuot, Pleiku, Kon Tum, Hoi An via My Son Sanctuary, Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An, DMZ & Khe Sanh, Phong Nha Caves, Tan Ky, Cuc Phuong National Park, Mai Chau, Hanoi