HOI AN MOTORBIKE TOUR TO HANOI VIA HUE, DMZ, MAI CHAU
updated: September 12, 2017
By Minh Hoang
This 6-day Hoi An Motorbike Tour to Hanoi via Hue, DMZ, Mai Chau takes you a ride on both Ho Chi Minh trail & the coast to visit World Wonders of Phong Nha and Hue citadel & view stunning landscapes of beaches, green forests as well as villages and the locals en route…
* Hoi An Motorbike Tour to Hanoi via Hue, DMZ, Mai Chau – Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Hoi An motorbike tour to Hue – 160 km
Day 2: Hue motorbike tour to Vinh Moc tunnel and Khe Sanh – 170 km
Day 3: Khe sanh motorcycle tour to Phong Nha – 220 km
Day 4: Phong Nha motorbike tour to Tan Ky – 270 km
Day 5: Tan Ky motorbike tour to Mai Chau – 240 km
Day 6: Mai Chau motorbike tour to Hanoi – 170 km
Day 1 : Hoi An Motorbike Tour to Hanoi via Hue, DMZ, Mai Chau: Hoi An Motorbike Tour to Hue (L,D) – 160 KM.
Pickup at the hotel
In the morning we will have one of the best motorbike tours on coastlines in central Vietnam, we will motorcycle easily up to Da Nang on the coastal road. Then we will go up on the famous Hai Van Pass – the pass offers us plenty of chances for photos. Lunch is served after the pass. After lunch, We will have enjoyable motorbike tour inside the countryside of Vietnam, we will motorcycle all the way to Hue on the small countryside roads to see markets, rice fields and plenty of colorful tombs.
We will be in Hue at 4 PM.
Overnight at the hotel in Hue
Note: We have the option to extend 1 night in Hue so that you can have more time to discover this romantic and peaceful city.
Day 2 : Hoi An Motorbike Tour to Hanoi via Hue, DMZ, Mai Chau: Hue Motorcycle Tour to Vinh Moc Tunnel and Khe Sanh (B,L,D) – 170 Km.
We ride motorbike to visit some famous attractions such as Forbidden city and Thien Mu pagoda…Then we get ready to have motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh Trail. After Hue city we will head up to the DMZ to see some famous historical relics and learn more about the Vietnam war. Especially, visiting the Vinh Moc tunnel complex extremely gives you special feeling about life, war and peace. After that we take a motorbike ride to the west to Khe Sanh, before getting to the hotel we will have a visit Khe Sanh Military Base to understand how violent the war was.
Hotel stay in Khe Sanh town.
Day 3 : Hoi An Motorbike Tour to Hanoi via Hue, DMZ, Mai Chau: Khe Sanh motorbike tour to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park (B,L,D) – 220 km.
Today is the highlight of the tour. We surely will have the best motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh trail. We will ride on the western Ho Chi Minh trail, with 220 km in length the motorbike ride today offers you amazing views of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park especially there are just few other traffics on the trail. Arrive in Phong Nha at 4.30 Pm. If the weather permits, we will take a short boat trip to the some beautiful caves of Phong Nha.
Overnight at the hotel in Phong Nha
Day 4: Hoi An Motorbike Tour to Hanoi via Hue, DMZ, Mai Chau: Phong Nha motorbike tour to Tan Ky (B,L,D) – 270 km.
The morning motorbike ride is up to the north of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park., The motorcycle ride on Ho Chi Minh trail today keep offering a great view of the limestone mountain and the beautiful villages of the hill tribes. After lunch, we will have smooth motorbike ride straight to Tan Ky – Nghe An province.
Overnight at the hotel in Tan Ky town
Day 5: Hoi An Motorbike Tour to Hanoi via Hue, DMZ, Mai Chau: Tan Ky motorbike tour to Mai Chau (B,L,D) – 240 Km
After breakfast, keep enjoying motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh road until Ngoc Lac town where we stop for lunch. Then we will take a turn to the western mountainous area of Vietnam. From here we will have great Vietnam motorbike tour on the mountain passes and enjoy the differently beautiful view from the days before. We will be in Mai Chau valley at 5 PM.
Overnight in Mai Chau – home stay with the Thai people
Day 6: Hoi An Motorbike Tour to Hanoi via Hue, DMZ, Mai Chau: Mai Chau Motorbike Tour to Hanoi (B, L) 170 KM.
Before having a motorbike ride to Hanoi, we take a short walk around the valley to visit some villages of the Thai people to learn more about Vietnamese culture and enjoy the peace of the green valley Mai Chau. We will start the tour back to Hanoi at 10 AM, after have an enjoyable motorbike ride on mountains of north Vietnam, we will have lunch in Hoa Binh town. Then hit the road back to Hanoi, finish the 7 day motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh trail safely before rush hours.
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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).
+ Accommodation based on twin or triple sharing at standard hotels
+ Motorbike(s) (Honda or Yamaha)
+ Driving gears
+ Gasoline on tour
+ English speaking guide
+ Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)