HANOI MOTORBIKE TOUR TO NHA TRANG ON HO CHI MINH TRAIL FOR 11 DAYS
updated: September 25, 2017
By Minh Hoang
The Ho Chi Minh Trail in Vietnam was a network of roads built from North Vietnam to South Vietnam with more than 2000 km through the neighboring countries of Laos and Cambodia, to provide logistical support to the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army during the Vietnam War. It was a combination of truck routes and paths for foot and bicycle traffic. The Vietnam People’s Army had decided to build a secret road system to carry war supplies to the south. The network, initially coded 559, eventually became known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail. It was on one of Ho’s birthdays, May 9, 1959, that the trail’s construction began with the establishment of Military Transport Division 559, comprising 440 young men and women. Over the next 16 years the trail carried more than one million North Vietnamese soldiers and vast quantities of supplies to battlefields in South Vietnam — despite ferocious American air strikes. This short Ho Chi Minh trail motorbike tour to offer riders a taste of these series of trails. This is possibly the best Vietnam motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh trail from Hanoi.
Day 8: Hue Motorcycle Tour To Hoi An (145 km, 5 hours riding).
Day 9: Hoi An sightseeing tour
Day 10: Hoi An Motorbike Tour To Quy Nhon (280 km, 8 hours riding).
Day 11: Quy Nhon Motorcycle Tour To Nha Trang (200 km, 6 hours riding).
Day 1: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Nha Trang on Ho Chi Minh Trail: Hanoi Motorbike Tour To Phu Yen in Son La (165 km, ~6 hours riding)
Today we start Vietnam Motorbike tour to Phu Yen on countryside road with a stop in Son Tay. In November 20-21, 1970, a joint force composed of USAF Special Operations and rescue personnel and U.S. Army Special Forces, supported by U.S. Navy Carrier Task Force 77, made a daring raid on the Son Tay prison camp located less than 50 miles from Hanoi. The objective was to rescue as many as 100 U.S. captives thought to be held there.
The assault troops, in six ARRS helicopters accompanied by two C-130 aircrafts, flew 640km to Son Tay from bases in Thailand. U.S. Navy pilots made a diversionary raid while 116 USAF and Navy aircraft from seven air bases and three aircraft carriers flew refueling, surface-to-air missile suppression, fighter cover, close air support, early warning, communications support and reconnaissance missions. There was no prisoners found in camp. Now it offers best Vietnam motorbike tour on the Trails.
After lunch, we continue our Ho Chi Minh Trail motorcycle tour on the winding mountain road to Phu Yen to take in some of the best mountain views in Northwest Vietnam. Finish enjoyable Vietnam motorbike tour today and we stay in mini hotel in Phu Yen town.
Day 2: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Nha Trang on Ho Chi Minh Trail: Phu Yen Motorbike Tour To Mai Chau, Hoa Binh (145 km, 5 hours riding)
Our Ho Chi Minh Trail motorbike tour continue with small roads that lead into the mountains around Mai Chau so we’ll take the chance to ride out to isolated H’mong, Dao and Thai villages. We will take on the challenge of an old road built by the French army and spend the afternoon exploring nearby villages. It is very relaxing motorbike tour in Vietnam today. Overnight in a Thai ethnicity stilt house in Mai Chau.
Day 3: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Nha Trang on Ho Chi Minh Trail: Mai Chau Motorbike Tour To Tan Ky, Nghe An (291 km, 9 hours riding)
Our Vietnam motorbike ride continue 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. Finish a long day motorcycle ride in Vietnam.
Day 4: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Nha Trang on Ho Chi Minh Trail: Tan Ky Motorbike Tour To Phong Nha, Quang Binh (280 km, 8 hours riding)
Continue our motorcycle 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.
Ho Chi Minh motorcycle ride 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. Today is enjoyable Vietnam motorbike tours.Best Ho Chi Minh Trail Mototbike Tour 11 Days
Day 5: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Nha Trang on Ho Chi Minh Trail: Phong Nha Motorbike Tour To Dong Hoi, Quang Binh (60 km, 2 hours riding)
Our Vietnam motorbike tour continue with boating and exploring World Heritage site of Phong Nha where local civilians and military sheltered from incessant bombing during wartime. Then we motorcycle ride down to the coastal town of Dong Hoi, which was heavily shelled by US warships during the war. At a hotel over looking the beach, we can take in some sunbathing by the beach. Enjoy the peaceful life in this area after long Ho Chi Minh Trail motorcycle tour. Overnight in Dong Hoi.
Day 6: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Nha Trang on Ho Chi Minh Trail: Dong Hoi Motorbike Tour To Khe Sanh, Quang Tri (200 km, 6 hours riding)
Today our Vietnam motorbike tour will strike south through foothills which were once sprayed heavily by Agent Orange towards the former DMZ. There is still much evidence of bombing on the mountain sides and from time to time we will see remnants of the original Trail. We take in the Vinh Moc tunnel, the famous Hien Luong Bridge (former demarcation line between North and South Vietnam, the Truong Son Cemetery and finally Khe Sanh (former US Marine base).We had a great centre Vietnam motorcycle tour today.
Overnight in Khe Sanh.
Day 7: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Nha Trang on Ho Chi Minh Trail: Khe Sanh Motorcycle Tour To Hue (180 km, 7 hours riding)
In the morning we continue our Ho Chi Minh Trail motorbike tour head south over the Da Krong Bridge (built by the Cubans in 1973) into the infamous A Shau valley, an area of intense wartime activity. Passing Hamburger Hill and mountains still barren due to the extended effects of Agent Orange, we arrive at A Luoi, where there are many Bru Van hill tribe people. Then, cruising through green back country down the steep Me Oi Pass, we continue on to the beautiful city of Hue which lies along the banks of the Perfume River. It is joyful motorcycle tours in centre Vietnam.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 8: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Nha Trang on Ho Chi Minh Trail: Hue Motorbike Tours To Hoi An (145 km, 5 hours riding)
We continue Vietnam motorbike tour with the Forbidden Citadel in the morning by car. Join the National Highway 1 and head up the Hai Van Pass (Cloudy Pass) before the World Heritage site of Hoi An, a major trading centre in SE Asia in the 16th and 17th centuries. Today we have a great Vietnam motorbike tour on mountain pass. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 9: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Nha Trang on Ho Chi Minh Trail: Hoi An sightseeing tour
Today we have whole morning to explore the old town of Hoi An. Afternoon at the Cua Dai beach, about 6km from the old town.
The former harbour town of the Champa people at the estuary of the Thu Bon 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 down. During this period of the China trade, the town was called Hai Pho (Seaside Town) in Vietnamese. During the French colonial period (1883 – 1945), it was called Faifo. Originally Hai Pho was a divided town, because across the “Japanese Bridge”, it used to be the Japanese settlement (16th – 17th century). The bridge (Chua Cau) is a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist pagoda attached to one side.
The town is known to the French and Spanish as Faifo, and by similar names in Portuguese and Dutch. A number of theories have been put forth as to the origin of this name. Some scholars have suggested that it comes from the word “Hai pho” meaning “sea town”, while others have said that it seems more likely to simply be a shortening of Hoi An pho, “the town of Hoi An”, to “Hoi pho” which became “Faifo”.
In 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, whose buildings display a unique blend of local and foreign influences.
Today, Hoi An is still a small city, but it attracts a fair number of tourists, also being a well established place on the backpacker trail. Many visit for the numerous art and craft shops and tailors, who produce made-to-measure clothes for a fraction of the western price. Today is relaxing Vietnam motorbike tours.
Day 10: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Nha Trang on Ho Chi Minh Trail: Hoi An Motorbike Tour To Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh (280 km, 8 hours riding)
Another long day of motorbike tour in Vietnam, We join the National Highway 1 and head down the beautiful coastal line of Vietnam until Quy Nhon. Traffic is somewhat easier to handle than the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Overnight in a beach front hotel. Today is one of our long motorcycle ride Ho Chi Minh trail but We gave a great Vietnam motorbike tour on the coast today.Best Ho Chi Minh Trail Mototbike Tour 11 Days
Day 11: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Nha Trang on Ho Chi Minh Trail: Quy Nhon Motorbike Tour To Nha Trang (200 km, 6 hours riding)
Another beautiful Vietnam motorcycle tour filled up with beautiful coast line views. After lunch, we will say goodbye and our guide flies back to Hanoi from Nha Trang finish unforgettable motorbike tours Vietnam arranged by Vietnam Motorbike Tour Asia.
Two options: Transfer to Hanoi or Saigon by train or by air on your own. Extra night stay in Nha Trang is also a recommendation.
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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)