HISTORIC SAIGON MOTORBIKE TOUR TO HUE VIA CENTRAL HIGHLANDS & HO CHI MINH TRAILS
By Minh Hoang
Highlights include Cu Chi Tunnels, Minh Dam Army Base, Binh Chau Natural Hot Water Springs Takou Mountain, Mui Ne beach, White and Yellow Sand dunes, Fishing Village, Dambri Waterfall, Silkworm Village and Factory, Dalat’s “must-see” sights, K’Ho and M’Nong Ethnic Minority Villages, Dray Sap and Dray Nu waterfalls, The Legendary Ho Chi Minh trail, Rice papers, Noodles, Incense,…etc. Making Villages Ede, Bana Hill Tribes and their traditional Rong Houses, Champa Towers, Hoi An Ancient Town, Hai Van Pass and Lang Co Fishing Village, Ancient Kim Long Village and Traditional Conical Hat Making Village, Traditional Folk Music in Hue
Vietnam motorbike tour from Saigon to Hue on Ho Chi Minh Trail – Itinerary :
Day 1: Vietnam motorbike tour from Saigon to Hue : Saigon motorbike tour to Lagi (140 km – 6 hours riding)
This morning, we will leave the hustle and bustle Saigon for Lagi. We visit Minh Dam Army Base, Thuong Chieu Monastery pagoda and dip your body in the hot water springs, Binh Chau. We will learn more about Buddhism when you go to visit Long Ban old pagoda and the historic vestige Dinh Mountain. Stay overnight in Lagi
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Vietnam motorbike tour from Saigon to Hue : Lagi motorbike tour to Takou and Mui Ne (130 km – 4 hours riding)
Heading to Mui Ne after vising Thay Thim temple, Takou mountain, colorful fishing market, we learn more about the Champa history and culture when you visit their old towers. You can cool off in the ocean in Mui Ne beach after a hot day traveling. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Vietnam motorbike tour from Saigon to Hue : Mui Ne motorbike tour to Bao Loc (160 km – 5 hours riding)
Leaving Mui Ne in the early morning to visit the fishing village, fairy springs, red canyon, white sand dunes, we also drop by the local families to know the daily life of farmers who plan the dragon fruits. We continue traveling to the Central Highlands and stop in the K’ho ethnic minority village to learn the culture of their wild life in the edge of the Central Highlands. End of the day, we arrive in Bao Loc after visiting Dambri waterfall – about 90 meters high. Over night in Bao Loc Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Vietnam motorbike tour from Saigon to Hue : Bao Loc motorbike tour to Dalat (140 km – 4,5 hours riding)
Leaving Bao Loc for Dalat, we visit the green tea farms, the cascade waterfall, Pongour, mushroom farms, silkworm villages and silk processing chains, tea plantations, coffee, vegetable and flower farms. We land in Dalat around 4 p.m. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 5: Vietnam motorbike tour from Saigon to Hue : Dalat motorbike tour to Lak Lake (165 km – 5 hours riding)
Departing the ‘Le Petite Paris’ after visiting the highlights of the city like, Crazy House, Flower Market, Dragon Pagoda, we leave for the countryside to explore the rural life of the farmers who cultivate on their lands. We stop for lunch and try the different dishes of the Vietnamese cuisine.
Visiting the orange agent areas to learn more the Civil War of Vietnam before 1975, we continue trekking through the jungle to relax and enjoy the breath-taking nature of the Central Highlands. We then visit chopstick making factory, the rice agriculture of the M’nong ethnic minority village. Lak Lake will be a place where you stay overnight but you can choose to homestay with locals or in the resort facing natural lake with 6.000.000 square meters. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Vietnam motorbike tour from Saigon to Hue : Lak Lake motorbike tour to Cu Jut (100 km – 3 hours riding)
Leaving Lak Lake for Buon Me Thuot City after learning the daily life of locals, riding elephant to explore the area or riding boat around the lake to have some great shots of the sunrise on the lake, or fishermen, trekking to the top of the Elephant Rock mountain to enjoy the panoramic view of the area. Stop in the city to try Vietnamese fresh spring rolls for lunch.
Heading to Dray Sap fall (the most beautiful waterfall) where you can dip your body into the Fairy Pool next to waterfall after a hot day traveling. Go to Virgin waterfall and stay overnight in the bungalow or in the Long House in the jungle. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Vietnam motorbike tour from Saigon to Hue : Cu Jut motorbike tour to Pleiku (230 km – 8 hours riding)
Riding on the old Ho Chi Minh trail to learn more about the history of Vietnamese people during the French colony and the Civil War, the daily life of highlanders who live along the roads to learn how to make rice papers, noodles. Pleiku is place where you stay overnight after a long day ride.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Vietnam motorbike tour from Saigon to Hue : Pleiku motorbike tour to Mang Den and Kon Tum (180km – 6 hours riding)
Visit the highlights of the city then head to Sea Lake , which used to be a volcanic crater that stopped working a million years ago., a great place to take some good photos for the trip, also considered the ‘Eyes of Pleiku’. Continue traveling to Kon Tum where you visit Kon Tum Prison, wooden church, orphanage, especially the Kon Ktu village where you see the Ede hill tribes Rong house and learn their traditions and culture by their custom and daily life. We stay overnight in Kon Tum.
Day 9: Vietnam motorbike tour from Saigon to Hue : Kon Tum motorbike tour to Kham Duc (170 km – 6 hours riding)
Continue traveling on the Ho Chi Minh trail to visit the well-known Phoenix Airport , Charlie hill to know more about the war between Northern and Southern Government. We will learn more the different cultures of Ch’ru, Bana, Thai, some of the 44 different ethnic minority groups in the Western Truong Son Mountain. After that, we will reach Kham Duc, a small mountain town on Ho Chi Minh trail and stay overnight. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Vietnam motorbike tour from Saigon to Hue : Kham Duc motorbike tour to Hoi An (130 km – 4,5 hours riding)
After breakfast, we will explore the local market of the mountain town of Kham Duc to learn more the rural life of the highlanders as well as other ethnic minorities. Leaving Kham Duc for Hoi An after visiting the marvelous Truong Son Mountain and Ho Chi Minh trail, the typical Rong houses of Tay hill tribe, My Son Holy Land Cham Towers. We check in the ancient town Hoi An around 4 p.m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Vietnam motorbike tour from Saigon to Hue : Hoi An motorbike tour to Hue (175 km – 6 hours riding)
Leaving Hoi An for Hue, we visit incense and mat making villages to learn more about the rural life of locals who live in the Central Vietnam, Marble Mountain, ceramic making village…ect. We stop on the top of Hai Van Pass to have some great shots of the panoramic views between beach and mountain between Da Nang and Hue. Having lunch and relaxing on one of the most beautiful beaches of Vietnam, Lang Co Beach, we visit conical hat making village in Phu Bai before arriving in Hue around 5 pm. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Hue (around 100 km – 3 hours riding)
Hue was used to be an ancient capital of Vietnam, so it’s worth staying one day to visit and learn more about the Vietnamese traditions, history, customs, culture. Go to visit Linh Mu pagoda, Kim Long old village where you can learn the Vietnamese people make the traditional rice wine, the way locals harvest rice on the fields, Hue Museum , citadel. We get on the boat to listen to Hues folk songs at night. The end of tour! Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Note: Accommodation extension is on your own account.
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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).
• Airport pick-up/ drop-off
• All accommodation ( 11 nights - 2 star hotels or home-stays)
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