NHA TRANG MOTORBIKE TOUR TO HOI AN VIA CENTRAL HIGHLANDS
updated: September 22, 2017
By Minh Hoang
This Vietnam motorcycle tour from Nha Trang to Hoi An via Central Highlands offer riders the chance to make the memorable ride to Da Lat, Buon Ma Thuot, Lake Lake, war sites and battlefields in Kham Duc, Kon Tum before finishing the trip in Hoi An.
Nha Trang Motorbike Tour to Hoi An via Da Lat, Buon Ma Thuot – Tour detail
Day 1: Nha Trang Motorbike Tour to Hoi An via Da Lat, Buon Ma Thuot: Nha Trang Coastal Motorbike Loop (80km)
After a quick riders briefing, you can familiarize yourself with the motorcycle and the Vietnamese style of negotiating the traffic with a leisurely cruise along the beautiful coastline of Nha trang down to a stunning stretch of sand called Long Beach. Here we stop for some swimming and surfing if your keen, before a cracker of a fresh seafood lunch Vietnam style! Then it’s back to Nha trang for cold beers and more of the same! Keen riders can take the option of an earlier start with a hill climb to the top of Mt Bon Ha past some banana plantations and some epic scenery before hitting Long Beach.
Day 2: Nha Trang Motorbike Tour to Hoi An via Da Lat, Buon Ma Thuot: Nha Trang motorbike tour to Dalat (160km)
Ok let’s get this adventure into full swing as you leave the coast, make a few rickety bridge crossings and enter the central highlands, the best riding in Vietnam… It will be harder to keep your eyes on the road with so much to look at as we make the climb to the beautiful city of Dalat, full of pine forests, French colonial villas. We stay overnight in Da Lat.
Day 3: Nha Trang Motorbike Tour to Hoi An via Da Lat, Buon Ma Thuot: Dalat motorycle trip to Lak Lake (160km)
A spectacular day in the saddle as we descend the winding country roads, passing thru authentic rural villages where father time has waved his hand oh so gently over the minority tribes of the Mnong and Ede peoples, the caretakers of this beautiful land and our destination, the shimmering waters of Lak Lake. Here we will relax with a few cold beers and a sumptuous meal in the regions best resort. Traditional music and dancing will round out another great day.
Day 4: Nha Trang Motorbike Tour to Hoi An via Da Lat, Buon Ma Thuot: Lak Lake motorbike trip to Buon Me Thu0t (110 km)
After breakfast, it’s a short ride to the eastern shores of the lake where you can indulge in an elephant ride ( option ) around and IN the lake itself! A good way for you and the local pachyderms to cool off. From here we head north to an amazing waterfall which cascades from a height of 20 meters high, sometimes for 100 meters across! Another chance to cool off before we enter Buon Me Thout. Home to over 44 different ethnic groups, this region is said to grow the best coffee in Vietnam.
Day 5: Nha Trang Motorbike Tour to Hoi An via Da Lat, Buon Ma Thuot: Buon Me Thuot motorcycle tour to Kontum (230 km)
One of the longer stretches today and it just keeps getting better, more awesome roads, lush jungle, rubber tree plantations, altitude changes , minority villages , you’ll appreciate a cold beer and a comfortable bed after today’s long haul which we will be happy to provide you with!
Day 6: Nha Trang Motorbike Tour to Hoi An via Da Lat, Buon Ma Thuot: Kontum motorbike trip to Kham Duc (180 km)
This is the proper Ho Chi Minh trail in all it’s twisting and undulating glory ! Steeped in history, crucial to the war effort, vital to the life blood of Vietnam, it virtually speaks to you as you negotiate each turn. This is where the bulk of the riding footage from that famous Top Gear special took place so soak it up and enjoy what will be one of the best days of your life!
Day 7: Nha Trang Motorbike Tour to Hoi An via Da Lat, Buon Ma Thuot: Kham Duc motorbike tour to Hoi An (130 km)
Time to farewell the cooler climes of the highlands and point the compass toward the eastern shores of the famous coastal resort town of Hoi An. This final leg is also a great ride and the excellent markets, the multitude of restaurants and bars and the warm ocean swells which await you in Hoi An are a fitting end to an unforgettable ride through this wonderful country.
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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 Yahmaha)
Gasoline on tour
English speaking guide
Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (Double/Twin shared room)