12 Days Hanoi to Saigon Motorbike Tour Vietnam

Amazing Vietnam Motorcycle Tour along the Ho Chi Minh Trail

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This amazing Vietnam motorbike tour is the perfect way to ride from Hanoi to Saigon via Ho Chi Minh trail and southern coastline via Mai Chau, Tan Ky, Phong Nha, Khe Sanh, Hue, Hoi An, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang, and Mui Ne beach. A tour makes you hungry so that meals will be provided to you. Don't worry about anything you need during the tour because you will be assisted by guides who speak English. Are you ready?

Key information

  • Terrain: mix of tarmac, gravels, curves, muddy, rocky roads, and off-road
  • Bike: rental bike
  • Mileage: 2460 kilometers / 1528.5 miles
  • Daily rides: 100 - 290 kilometers / 62 - 180 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmets, elbow, knee pads and gloves; not included: jackets, boots, goggles, glasses and raincoats
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 12 lunches, and 8 dinners

Highlights

  • Ride via Thung Khe mountain
  • Starts in Hanoi and ends in Saigon
  • Discover the historical Vinh Moc tunnels
  • Visit the Ho Chi Minh trail victory monument
  • Explore the Institute of Oceanography in Nha Trang
  • Breathtaking sunset on the bank of Perfume River
  • Walk around the old quarters of Hoi An
  • 11 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


12 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated in homestays and hotels. Your rooms are based on single, twin, or double occupancy.

Program

Day 1: Hanoi to Mai Chau (Hoa Binh Province), 160 kilometers / 99.5 miles

Your motorbike tour will be started by leaving Hanoi on dyke roads to avoid the heavy traffic around 09:00. You ride your motorcycle west to Mai Chau, an area of beautiful landscape and home to the Thai ethnic minority. You will ride your 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, you 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, you join a performance, where you can dance and share a range of special liquors (rice wine) with the locals. Overnight in a stilt house of the Thai people.

Day 2: Mai Chau to Tan Ky (Nghe An Province), 290 kilometers / 180 miles

Ride on a small, spectacular, and paved trail along the Ma River until Cam Thuy town where you stop for lunch. Hit the Ho Chi Minh trail (now a newly built highway) all the way to Tan Ky town where you spend the night at a hotel.

Day 3: Tan Ky to Phong Nha (Quang Binh Province), 230 kilometers / 143 miles

Ride on Ho Chi Minh Highway until Pho Chau where we stop to visit the Ho Chi Minh trail victory monument which is, in fact, the real starting point of your Ho Chi Minh trail ride. Ride all the way to Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, 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 (about 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 kilometers of caves and underground rivers.

Day 4: Phong Nha to Khe Sanh (Quang Tri Province), 250 kilometers / 155 miles

Continuing west on highway 9, you will climb into the Truong Son foothills, pass The Rockpile, and stop in some villages as well as beautiful natural springs and waterfalls near the highway. Have a boat and explore the World Heritage site of Phong Nha where local civilians and military sheltered from incessant bombing during wartime.

Then, after having lunch, you will keep riding on Ho Chi Minh trail and have a short stop at Truong Son Cemetery to pay respects to the soldiers who fought and died on the trail during the American War. At about 17:00, you arrive in Khe Sanh which was established as a forward base by General Westmoreland near Laos to secure highway 9. Check in to a hotel and have free time at night.

Day 5: Khe Sanh to Hue, 200 kilometers / 124 miles

In this morning, you 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. You ride along the coast from Cua Viet Beach to Cua Tung Beach, a long stretch of beautiful and peaceful coastline. Next, you visit the Vinh Moc tunnels and explore the Demilitarized Zone, stopping for lunch at the Doc Mieu Firebase.

Then, you will keep on riding on Ho Chi Minh trail via Dong Ha town where you will stop by to take a look at Dong Ha market known as one of the most hassle and bustle markets in the Central. Later on, you will ride directly to Hue and en-route, your guide will stop by to show you more war relics before reaching Hue.

Upon arrival in Hue, if the time permits, you will take a ride to visit Imperial Citadel and one of Royal Tombs then enjoy the sunset on the bank of Perfume River. Check in to a hotel and have free time at night.

Day 6: Hue to Hoi An, 150 kilometers / 93 miles

Today, you’ll have an easy motorbike trip to weave around the city to visit some more royal tombs as well as other important travel sites and relics in Hue. In this afternoon, you will keep on riding along the coastal line via Hai Van Pass where you can look down from the top to view the splendid beauties of Lang Co beach and ocean then it's time to refresh yourself by a cup of coffee. You will take a time to visit Marble Mountains before heading straight to Hoi An via Da Nang coastline for a check-in. The free time is on your own.

Day 7: Hoi An city and My Son tour, 150 kilometers / 93 miles

Today, after having breakfast at the hotel, you’ll keep jumping on your bike to ride to explore Vietnam’s most evocative Cham site, My Son, that lies 40 kilometers southwest of Hoi An, in a bowl of lush wooden hills towered over by the aptly named “Cat’s Tooth Mountain”. It has been recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List and richly deserves its place on the tourist map.

It is the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the second to the thirteenth century. Their religion was primarily derived from Indian Hinduism. My Son is considered to be one of the best-preserved Cham structures in Vietnam. It is comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the second century. This site is a must-see for those people who are interested in architecture and ancient civilizations. You return to the hotel around noon.

Today, after having lunch, you’ll be taken to walk inside the old quarters of Hoi An to explore timeless beauties of monuments, relics like the ancient houses, pagodas, temples, and markets to understand more about the history of this fascinating ancient town as well as the lifestyle of the locals. In the afternoon, you’ll be free on your own to laze on the beach.

Day 8: Hoi An to Qui Nhon, 250 kilometers / 155 miles

Later on, you’ll keep riding along the coastline through coconut homeland of Central Vietnam and through rice fields as well as rural villages and mountainous area to get to the city of Qui Nhon. Continue cycling to a hotel in the town of Quang Ngai. Have breakfast at the hotel and check out.

You will then ride your bike south of Hoi An to Cua Dai beach and cross Thu Bon River. Ride on back roads through yellow sand dunes to Tam Ky. Have lunch before you keep riding on country roads to My Lai village to visit the memorial of the massacre to remember 504 locals who died.

Day 9: Qui Nhon to Nha Trang, 230 kilometers / 143 miles

Transfer 30 minutes to the suburb of Qui Nhon city then you’ll start riding along the coast and you can also race along a railway through hills to La Hai. Have lunch on the way. After having lunch, you’ll take a rest a bit before riding straight to Nha Trang. Upon getting to Nha Trang, you’ll be helped to get checked in.

Day 10: Sightseeing in Nha Trang, 100 kilometers / 62 miles

  • 08:30 Pick up at the hotel and ride to the Institute of Oceanography built at the beginning of 20th Century by French, where is exhibiting many oceanic creatures considered to be the most diversified and sufficient in Vietnam.
  • 10:00 Visit Bao Dai King’s Villa, the place for a rest and recreation for Bao Dai King when he was alive. That villa was built on a top of a hill surrounded by beautiful sceneries.
  • 11:00 Visit Yersin museum, where you will understand more about the life, career, and researches of Doctor Yersin. He is the most well-known doctor in the world, who ever lived and died in Nha Trang.
  • 12:00 Have lunch and a short break.
  • 14:30 Keep on visiting Long Son Pagoda and Po Nagar Towers as well as shopping at Dam market.
  • 17:00 Get back to the hotel.

In the rest of time, you’ll be free on your own.

Day 11: Nha Trang to Mui Ne, 220 kilometers / 136.5 miles

After swimming in the morning sunlight on the beach, you’ll say goodbye to Nha Trang to depart for Mui Ne on the amazing coastal road, passing over Ca Na Beach (one of the famous beaches in Vietnam). Right here, you’ll stop for a while to take a bath and photos before riding straight to Mui Ne. Upon reaching to Mui Ne, you’ll get a room for a check-in. The rest of time, you’ll be free by yourself to relax at the hotel or on the beach.

Day 12: Mui Ne to Saigon, 230 kilometers / 143 miles

Morning, after breakfast and check-out, you will leave beautiful Mui Ne cape to ride straight to Saigon. Upon getting to your hotel in Saigon, Indochina Motorbike Tours will help you check in then say goodbye to all of you.

Beginner

  • can ride for 2-3 hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Included excursions

  • Stop at some villages as well as beautiful natural springs and waterfalls
  • Have a boat and explore the World Heritage site of Phong Nha
  • Visit the Vinh Moc tunnels and explore the Demilitarised Zone
  • Take a look at Dong Ha market
  • Explore timeless beauties of monuments and relics like the ancient houses, pagodas, temples, and markets
  • Visit Long Son Pagoda and Po Nagar Towers
  • Swim in the morning sunlight on the beach in Nha Trang

Location

The tour will start in Hanoi and end in Saigon. During your journey, you will visit several cultural and historical places in cities including Mai Chau, Tan Ky, Phong Nha, Khe Sanh, Hue, Hoi An, Qui Nhon, Nha Trang, and Mui Ne.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Dance and share a range of special liquors (rice wine) with the locals in Mai Chau
  • Relax at the beaches

What's included

  • 8 dinners
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 12 lunches
  • Airfare from Hanoi to Saigon for your tour guides
  • Coffee, bottled water, or one soft drink for every stop en route
  • Driving gear
  • English-speaking guides
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Gasoline on tour
  • Helmet
  • Homestay permission
  • Mechanic (only for groups of 6 passengers)
  • Motorbike rental (Honda or Yamaha)
  • Train carriage for bikes from Saigon to Hanoi

What's not included

  • 1 private car throughout the trip (5-seat car)
  • 1 support truck
  • All other meals not indicated
  • Personal expenses

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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Availability

This tour is available all year round except during Lunar Tet Festival (January 22nd - February 10th, 2019).

 

Pricing information
  • The supplement for those who book for a group of 2 people but want to stay in single rooms throughout the trip is 230 USD.
  • The surcharge for a manual dirt bike of 150cc is 18 USD per bike per day.
  • The surcharge for a manual dirt bike of 250cc is 30 USD per bike per day.
  • Bigger groups (more than 2) can be accommodated. Kindly send an inquiry mentioning how many persons you are for an accurate price offer.

 

Tour information

Please note that this tour is offered on a private basis. It caters to a single rider or to a private group, providing a personal tour guide in either case.

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