7 Days The Grand World Heritage Loop Motorbike Tour Vietnam

Exhilarating Vietnam Motorbike Tour

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The Grand Dame! Discover the best central Vietnam has to offer! This journey takes you from Hoi An to Phong Nha taking in the very best of everything this part of Vietnam has on the show. Experience firsthand the beauty of Vietnam’s rapidly disappearing wilderness as well as the cultures and people who call it home. During the tour, you will be accompanied by an experienced English-speaking guide who will lead you to the highlights of this tour.

Key information

  • Terrain: mix of asphalt and trail
  • Bike: rental bike
  • Mileage: 1135 kilometers / 705 miles
  • Daily rides: 40 - 240 kilometers / 25 - 149 miles
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 5 dinners

Highlights

  • Cross the 17th parallel
  • Visit historic Vinh Moc Tunnels
  • Ride along the Ho Chi Minh trail
  • Starts and finishes in the beautiful Hoi An
  • Visit Khe Sanh Combat Base and Khe Sanh Museum
  • Ride through an old-growth rainforest
  • Ride the famous Hải Vân Pass
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Styles


7 riding days in English
Spoken languages: German, Vietnamese, English
The maximum participants in the group is 20
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Accommodation

On this motorcycle tour, you will sleep at Bho Hoong Bungalows on the first night, a three-star hotel on the second night, family-run guesthouse on the third night, four-star beach resort on the fourth night, and three-star hotel on night five and six.

Program

Day 1: Countryside riding - Hoi An to Bho Hoong, 110 kilometers / 68 miles

Setting off from Hoi An, it is quickly apparent that this is going to be a journey like none other. The Vietnam countryside comes alive in a whole new way as you pass through the fields and villages of Hoi An on a motorbike.

The route takes you away from the coast and into the hills, an area often inaccessible by normal car. As you wind into the mountains, you’ll come across ancient Cham ruins and famous American war sites, hopping on your bikes to snap photos and explore the tourist-free areas.

As you wind your way up into the hills towards the Lao border, home to the Co Tu minority, you take a break to visit one of the few remaining Co Tu woodcarvers and enjoy a home-cooked lunch in his stilted house before continuing your journey deep in to the mountains, meandering through isolated villages where the culture and traditions remain untouched by time making this remote and staggeringly beautiful region, home to one of the most authentic hill tribes to remain in Vietnam.

You'll arrive in Bho Hoong, a traditional Co Tu village where you will stay for the night. Little has changed in the past hundred years in Bho Hoong and it is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Central Vietnam. A light trek through the village outskirts takes you into the surrounding jungle and to rivers, where you can go for a refreshing dip.

The evening is highlighted by a superb dinner of Co Tu traditional dishes, a traditional cultural performance, and a chance to interact with the village residents, gaining more insight into their rich culture. Afterwards, retreat to your stilted Co Tu hut where the serene setting and clear mountain air will lull you to sleep.

  • Meals: lunch and dinner

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh trail - Bho Hoong Village to Khe Sanh via A Luoi, 235 kilometers / 146 miles

Rise and shine for day two of this Hoi An motorbike adventure. After breakfast in the village, you say goodbye to your hosts and resume your motorbike ride to Khe Sanh. Today’s journey traverses the historic Ho Chi Minh Highway through lush rainforests and over magnificent mountain passes. Take a refreshing dip in a mountain waterfall at midday, where you’ll break for a picnic lunch.

You begin the afternoon winding through the A Shau Valley, a ruggedly beautiful valley that became famous during the American War as the site of many battles, the most famous being Khe Sanh, where you stay for the night. Arriving in Khe Sanh, you visit the site of the former marine combat base, capping off an amazing day of riding and history.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Hill tribe country - Khe Sanh to Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, 240 kilometers / 149 miles

Today's ride is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Obtaining special military permission, you are able to drive the remote western branch of the Ho Chi Minh Highway through a majestic limestone karst and spectacular old-growth jungle. Be amazed at the tenacity of the Vietnamese people during the US war as this road follows the original Ho Chi Minh trail through some of the most rugged terrains on Earth.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Explore the national park - Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, 120 kilometers / 75 miles

Wake to the sounds of rural Vietnam. With a day free to explore Phong Nha National Park, you take a morning motorbike ride to the Paradise limestone cave, the Asia's longest limestone cave. After a traditional Vietnamese lunch at the national park’s restaurant, you can wander around the grotto systems. In the afternoon, you travel to Dong Hoi for some beachside luxury, resting those biker bones.

Note that all day activities in Phong Nha are included in the tour price although the participation is optional.

  • Meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 5: Tunnel and trails - Dong Hoi to Hue, 200 kilometers / 124 miles

Driving along Ho Chi Minh Highway East, you arrive at the Vinh Moc tunnels where an entire village went underground in the 1960s to survive the bombing during the war. After exploring the tunnels, you head to a local beach where you can cool off with a swim. After lunch, you cross the 17th parallel, the former north and south divide, then drive along the coastline arriving in Hue late afternoon.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Culture and sights - Hue, 40 kilometers / 25 miles

On day six, you do a comprehensive motorbike tour of Hue. The tour visits the citadel, royal tombs while snaking through the back streets of Hue. A delicious vegetarian lunch prepared by Buddhist nuns is served at a local pagoda. After lunch, you experience the rural surrounds of Hue, stopping to see traditional handicrafts being made as well as visiting some US war sites. Note that all day activities in Hue are included in the tour price although the participation is optional.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: The coast road - Hue to Hoi An, 190 kilometers / 118 miles

Rise and shine, it’s time to set off on the final day of your Hoi An motorbike adventure. Today’s journey takes you back to Hoi An by a different route, trading in the mountains for Vietnam’s gorgeous coastline. You head east from Hue and then travel parallel to the sea, passing through fishing villages and along pristine sandy beaches for the first part of the drive.

The salty air and refreshing sea breezes are a dramatic contrast to the mountain air from the previous days. You’ll stop often to dip your toes in the sea, chat with fishermen, and take photos. At the halfway point of your drive, you climb to Highway 1’s highest point, Hai Van Pass, where panoramic views of the coast are all around. The road then winds down toward Hoi An, passing through Da Nang city and along the coastline.

  • Meals: breakfast and lunch

Included excursions

  • Visit ethnic minority villages
  • Visit Khe Sanh Combat Base and Khe Sanh Museum
  • Visit historic Vinh Moc tunnels
  • Visit the limestone caves in Phong Nha
  • Boat trip to the caves
  • Visit the caves in Phong Nha National Park
  • Visit the famous Hue citadel and tombs
  • Visit the Marble Mountain

Guides

Mark Wyndham
Mark has 27 years of dirt and road riding under his belt, with 11 years touring experience in SE Asia. He started Hoi An Motorbike Adventures seven years ago with the idea of offering short adventure packages for travelers from around the globe, young or old, so they can enjoy the amazing experience of motorbike touring in the mountains of Vietnam. Hoi An Motorbike Adventures now also offers longer tours in Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Laos by motorbike or Jeep.

Location

Your motorbike tour will start and finish in the beautiful Hoi An and take you to several places including Bho Hoong, Khe Sanh, Phong Nha, Dong Hoi, and Hue. During the tour, you will ride through the scenic Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park. The highlighted places of the tour are as follows:

  • Ethnic Minority Villages
  • Hai Van Pass
  • Old-growth rainforest
  • Mountain waterfalls
  • Ho Chi Minh trail
  • Hamburger Hill
  • Khe Sanh Combat Base
  • Khe Sanh Museum
  • The 17th Parallel
  • Historic Vinh Moc tunnels
  • Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park
  • Limestone caves
  • World heritage sites

Food

On this motorbike tour, you will be served breakfast at each accommodation, local lunches including seafood lunch, snacks during the day, and dinners. In addition, drinking water and soft drinks on the road will be provided as well.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Seafood
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Experienced English-speaking guide on motorbike
  • Motorbike rental (Honda XR 150cc or Yamaha 125cc) and fuel
  • Tour mechanic (only for group from 6 riders)
  • Support vehicle for luggage (only for group from 8 riders)
  • Guided village walk, traditional cultural performance in Bho Hoong
  • 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners, and snacks
  • Drinking water and soft drinks on the road
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Entry fees and ferry crossings
  • International safety standard helmet
  • Saddlebags, gloves, and rain ponchos (if needed)
  • Tour T-Shirt

What's not included

  • Airport pickup (4-seat car at 450,000 VND, 7-seat car at 560,000 VND, or minivan at 670,000 VND)
  • Flight tickets
  • Visa
  • GoPro camera hire (225,000 VND per day)
  • Private tour (1,120,000 VND per day per group)
  • Alcohol
  • Minibar Drinks
  • Drinks (after travel time on the road / during dinner)
  • Laundry
  • Personal and motorbike insurance (for motorcycle accident)
  • Personal expenses / tips
  • Damages to motorcycle or tour equipment

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Pricing information
  • Single supplement at basic accommodations: 15 USD per day
  • Single supplement at 3 to 4-star accommodations: 35 USD per day

The prices of this tour are based on a two-person group. However, if you prefer to come alone to join this tour as a single rider, it’s possible at an additional charge (depending on dates) or you can join another group that has booked the tour.

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