Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Da Nang, Hoi An on Ho Chi Minh Trail
updated: September 27, 2017
This Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Da Nang, Hoi An on Ho Chi Minh Trail within 6 days via Mai Chau, Phong Nha, Quang Binh & Hue till Hoi An is a good choice for those who want to experience riding on such a legendary road in a short time. On this tour, you’ll have special chances to discover the natural landscapes of mountains, forests, waterfalls as well as villages on the road sides and additionally enjoy local specialities at local restaurants.
Day 4: Phong Nha motorbike tour to Khe Sanh in Quang Tri (Roughly 250 Km – 7 hours of riding) (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 5: Khe Sanh in Quang Tri Motorbike Tours to DMZ & Vinh Moc Tunnels – Hue (200 Km – 6 hours of riding) (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 6: Hue Motorbike Tours over Da Nang to Hoi An (150 Km – 5 hours of riding) (Meals: B, L, -)
Day 1: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Da Nang, Hoi An on Ho Chi Minh Trail: Hanoi motorbike tour to Mai Chau (Hoa Binh)
Our motorbike tour will be started by leaving Hanoi on dyke roads to avoid the heavy traffic around 9.am , we ride our motorcycles west to Mai Chau, an area of beautiful landscape and home to the Thai ethnic minority. We will motorcycle on Highway 6 passing extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads punctuated by limestone karst scenery.
After a light lunch in Hoa Binh Province, we cross Thung Khe, one of the most beautiful mountain passes in North Vietnam then descent to the mountain valley settlement of Mai Chau. After dinner we join performance, where you can dance and share a range of special liquors (rice wine) with the locals. Overnight in a house-on-stilts of the Thai people.
Summary Distance: 160 km Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Home-stay in village
Day 2: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Da Nang, Hoi An on Ho Chi Minh Trail: Mai Chau motorbike tour to Tan Ky (Nghe An)
Motorcycle on a small, spectacular and paved trail along the Ma river until Cam Thuy town where we stop for lunch. Hit the Ho Chi Minh trail (now a newly built highway) all the way to Tan Ky town where we spend the night in a hotel.
Summary Distance: 290 km Accommodation: Hotel in Tan Ky Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Da Nang, Hoi An on Ho Chi Minh Trail: Tan Ky 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 4: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Da Nang, Hoi An on Ho Chi Minh Trail: Phong Nha motorbike tour to Khe Sanh in Quang Tri (Roughly 250 Km – 7 hours of riding)
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.
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. 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
Day 5 : Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Da Nang, Hoi An on Ho Chi Minh Trail: Khe Sanh in 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 6: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Da Nang, Hoi An on Ho Chi Minh Trail: 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 before heading straight to Da Nang.
Upon arrival in Da Nang, you will park your bikes somewhere nearby the Railway Station then our guide will take a taxi to get you to the hotel in Hoi An for a check-in. Free time on your own. And here is the time for our guide to say good bye to you.
Accommodation in Hoi An (Your own account)
Summary Distance: 150 km Accommodation: (Your own account) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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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 or French speaking guide
+ Mechanic (only for group from 6 passengers)
+ Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (based on twin or/and triple shared)