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Vietnam Motorcycle Tour along the coastline and Central Highlands

This Saigon motorbike tour to Hanoi via the coastal towns and several sections of Ho Chi Minh trail on the way is the ideal way to learn about Vietnam landscapes and glorious history. You'll have a lot of special chances to stop by beautiful places such as coffee plantation in Central Highlands, white sandy beaches in Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, and Hoi An, historical relics in Hue, and hidden charms of Hanoi. Additionally, good local foods with friendly people at different provinces and cities are unmissable.

Key information

  • Terrain: mix of tarmac, gravels, curves, steep passes, muddy, rocky, and off-road
  • Bike: rental bike (Honda Wave 110cc, Automatic Yamaha Nouvo 125cc or Automatic Honda Airblade 125cc)
  • Mileage: 2490 kilometers / 1547 miles
  • Daily rides: 100 - 260 kilometers / 62 - 162 miles
  • Meals: 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 9 dinners


  • Lovely tour of Hoi An
  • Sightseeing in Nha Trang
  • Ride via incredible landscapes
  • Starts in Saigon and ends in Hanoi
  • Explore the unforgettable Cuc Phuong National Park
  • Discover the culture and history of Da Lat
  • Visit the historical Vinh Moc Tunnels
  • 13 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


14 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Vietnamese
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During this tour, you will be accommodated at several homestays and hotels provided by Indochina Motorbike Tours.


Day 1: Saigon - Bao Loc (180 kilometers / 112 miles)

The journey northwards begins as you depart from Ho Chi Minh and pass through tea and coffee plantations to Bao Loc. On the way, stop to visit green tea farms, cascade waterfall, Pongour Waterfall, mushroom farms, silkworm villages, silk processing chains, coffee plantations, as well as vegetable and flower farms. Arrive in Bao Loc and stay overnight there.

Day 2: Bao Loc - Dalat City (140 kilometers / 87 miles)

Leaving Bao Loc for Dalat, you will visit green tea farms, cascade waterfall, Pongour Waterfall, mushroom farms, silkworm villages, silk processing chains, coffee plantations, as well as vegetable and flower farms. Arrive in Dalat around 15:00. On the rest of the time, you will ride your bike to explore the best highlights of Dalat. Overnight will be at a hotel in Dalat. You will ride for about five hours.

Day 3: Dalat - Nha Trang (210 kilometers / 130 miles)

Today, you will enjoy the ride through the charming pine hill to the summer residence of Vietnam’s last Emperor, Bao Dai. He was forced to abdicate in 1945, shortly after the end of the World War II. This mansion displays a lovely collection of Vietnam treasures. You will follow it with a trip to the sacred Lam Ty Ni Pagoda and the Hang Nga Guesthouse. This construction is well known as the Crazy House because of its bizarre architecture.

The lively central market and the old rail station will be also visited before you travel by roads passing through the undulating terrains to the picturesque coastal town of Nha Trang. En route, you will make a stopover on the scenic Ngoan Muc Pass and the Po Klong Garai Cham Towers. These amazing structures represent an interesting culture and a colorful history of the Cham people in the central coast areas. Overnight will be in Nha Trang.

Day 4: Nha Trang sightseeing (100 kilometers / 62 miles)

Breakfast will be at the hotel. Take the morning boat trip to visit the Tri Nguyen Aquarium and the off-shore islands around Nha Trang, including Mun Mot Island. Enjoy swimming and beach activities. Lunch will be at Tam Island with fresh seafood. In the afternoon, visit Po Nagar Cham Tower which is dedicated to Yan Po Nagar, the goddess of the country. Then continue to visit Chong Promontory which looks like the work of a giant who carelessly put several massive rocks together. On one side of the rock facing the sea, there is a deep handprint with the five fingers close together. Finally, discover Oceanographic Institute which is the National Oceanographic Institution established on 14 September 1922, responsible for research and investigation in the ocean. You will enjoy a short ride today for only two hours on the road.

Day 5: Nha Trang - Quy Nhon (260 kilometers / 162 miles)

Have a morning drive of 250 kilometers (155 miles) across picturesque coastal plains to Quy Nhon, a small secluded beach city developing. Have lunch stop on the way. Arrive in a new destination for relaxation where romantic seaside resorts with impeccable service can be found. Check in at a seaside hotel. Have the rest of the day at leisure. The fifth day will be a challenging one with seven hours spent on the road.

Day 6: Quy Nhon - Hoi An (230 kilometers / 143 miles)

Depart at 08:00 from your hotel in Quy Nhon to Hoi An. Ride to Hoi An with sightseeing en route, visit Garden of Statues to memorize the geniuses in the medical field. Continue driving through the peaceful countryside, rice fields, salt fields in Sa Huynh, beautiful hills, and along beautiful coast to Quy Nhon City. By the end of day, you'll arrive in Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. You will ride for six hours.

Day 7: Hoi An sightseeing tour on motorbike (100 kilometers / 62 miles)

After having breakfast at the hotel, you'll be guided to visit the highlights in Hoi An. There is plenty to see in this tranquil and delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda, and the vibrant market. The sites are included in an enchanting walking tour passing many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town's multi-cultural past. In the afternoon, you'll be guided to ride to the countryside of the town to visit peaceful villages, lagoons, and beaches. You will ride for two hours.

Day 8: Hoi An - Hue via Danang (180 kilometers / 112 miles)

This morning, you will keep on riding along the coastal line via Danang then Hải Vân Pass, where you can look down from the top to see the splendid beauties of Lang Co Beach and ocean. Then, it’s time to refresh yourself by a cup of coffee before heading straight to Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, you will have time to ride around this ancient citadel to explore some highlights with Imperial Citadel and Royal Tombs or a boat trip on Perfume Pagoda. Time to check in at the hotel.

Day 9: Hue - Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone and Khe Sanh (200 kilometers / 124 miles)

Departing from Hue, you will ride along Highway 1 to Quảng Trị Town and visit Long Hung Church and Quảng Trị Old Citadel which was a battlefield in 1972 between North and South Vietnam for 81 days and nights. Then, you will ride along the coast from Cua Viet Beach to Cua Tung Beach, a long stretch of beautiful and peaceful coastline. Next, you will visit the Vinh Moc Tunnels and explore the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone as well as stop for lunch at Doc Mieu Firebase.

In the afternoon, you will 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. Continuing west on Highway 9, you will climb into the Truong Son foothills, past the Rock Pile, and stop in some villages and beautiful natural springs as well as waterfalls near the highway. Approximately at 17:00, you will arrive in Khe Sanh which was established as a forward base by General Westmoreland near Laos to secure Highway 9. Check in at a hotel and have a free time at night.

Day 10: Khe Sanh - Phong Nha Cave (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

After breakfast, visit Khe Sanh combat base then you will ride the Ho Chi Minh trail. Today, you will have the chance to see the real trail with its mind blowing, spectacular scenery with lots of jungle, mountains, waterfalls, and villages of the Paco and Van Kieu minorities. You will ride through the Sa Mu Pass, Se Pang Heng River, Lang Ho Village, U Bo Pass, and areas made famous in the American War. Tonight, you will stay in Son Trach Village near the entrance to Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park.

Day 11: Phong Nha - Tan Ky (Nghệ An) (260 kilometers / 162 miles)

Today, you will travel through beautiful countryside on the journey from Phong Nha to Tan Ky. You will ride passing tea plantations, rice fields, ethnic minority villages, mountains, valleys, and streams before arriving in Tan Ky in the late afternoon.

Day 12: Tan Ky - Cuc Phuong National Park (190 kilometers / 118 miles)

Established in 1962, Cuc Phuong is the oldest national park in Vietnam. Cuc Phuong boasts engaging cultural and wildlife heritage and enchanting scenery. Magnificent Limestone Mountains rise up majestically from the green rice-terraces and traditional stilt houses of the Muong hill tribe. Covered in a dense forest, they form a habitat for some of Asia's rarest species. It is no wonder that researchers, naturalists, enthusiasts, and conservationists alike are drawn to this corner of the world.

Day 13: Cuc Phuong - Mai Chau Valley (140 kilometers / 87 miles)

Your destination today is Mai Chau, a chain of villages surrounded by a lush green valley with stilt houses bordering both sides of the roads. Many minorities including the White Thai ethnic group live in Mai Chau. Tonight, you will stay at a traditional Thai stilt house in one of the villages and you have the option of attending a Thai folk show.

Day 14: Mai Chau - Hanoi (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

This morning, after having breakfast with the local family, you’ll ride back to Hanoi. Along the road, you’ll stop by to take photos of mountains, valleys, and rice paddies. Around 16:00, you’ll get to Hanoi.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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

  • Explore Vinh Moc Tunnels and Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone
  • Hoi An and Nha Trang sightseeing tour
  • Tour of Po Nagar Cham Tower, Chong Promontory, and Oceanographic Institute
  • Trip to the sacred Lam Ty Ni Pagoda and the Hang Nga Guesthouse
  • Venturing in Tri Nguyen Aquarium and the off-shore islands around Nha Trang
  • Visit Bao Dai's summer residence


This motorcycle tour will take you from Saigon to Hanoi. You will ride your bike through Bao Loc, Dalat, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Hoi An, Hue, Khe Sanh, Phong Nha, Tan Ky, Cuc Phuong, and Mai Chau.


You will be served 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 9 dinners, bottled water, coffee, and fruits on the tour.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • 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)

  • Attending a Thai folk show
  • Boat trip on Perfume Pagoda
  • Swimming and beach activities in Nha Trang

What's included

  • 9 dinners
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 13 lunches
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Airfare for tour guide (Hanoi to Saigon)
  • Bottled water, coffee, and fruit on the tour
  • Driving gear
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Gasoline on the tour
  • Helmet
  • Homestay permission
  • Mechanic (only for groups of 6 passengers)
  • Motorbike rental (Honda Wave 110cc, Automatic Yamaha Nouvo 125cc or Automatic Honda Airblade 125cc)
  • One-way train’s carriage for motorbikes (Hanoi to Saigon)

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

There will be a surcharge if you want book during the Lunar New Year period from February 8 to 16, 2021.

  • The surcharge for manual dirt bikes of 150cc and 250cc is 18 USD / bike / day and 30 USD / bike / day respectively.
  • The supplement for those who want to stay in single rooms throughout the trip in a group of two is 190 USD per person.
  • 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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