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Lucky Bastard Motorcycle Tours will show you Vietnam in a different way not seen by other tourists. You will be taken on a visit to the best places in Vietnam that locals want to come to themselves. Much of the way will be on quiet roads that wind through jungle vistas and quiet villages in valleys that seem to go forever. The occasional cow or buffalo in the middle of the road or pothole on your favourite line will keep you alert and eyes wide open.
You will be staying at various accommodations at different hotels. At the end of each day, you will be staying in clean and comfortable private room accommodation. Hotels will vary in standard but all will offer a comfortable bed, a warm shower, and an opportunity for a cold drink and time to discuss the day's adventure.
This tour starts in the old capital and now world heritage city of Hoi An. Take time to wander through the old capital and maybe enjoy an ale or two. Shopping is a must, so make sure there is enough room in the luggage. You will ride and wind your way up the Hai Van Pass, a bit more successfully on the workhorse Honda XRs than the Top Gear crew on their scooters. And then it off to the Ho Chi Minh Highway. This road will amaze you as it snakes its way through the Highlands and valleys of this region of Vietnam.
No need to rush since there are a few days of this biker’s delight. You will have time to rest when you reach the beautiful and peaceful Lak Lake but not for too long since Da Lat is next. Finally, you will ride triumphantly into the beach resort town of Nha Trang. Now is the time to sit back, compare and share photos and finally relax while you talk about all that you did and saw over the last seven days. Consider another day or two in this bustling seaside resort town.
You will be picked up from the airport and taken to your pre-tour accommodation. There will be some time for sightseeing, so, if you can, make time to visit the world heritage old town and maybe also take a break at one of the many bars. A welcome dinner is supplied in the evening, along with a comprehensive briefing of the journey. You will also be provided with a map of the intended journey. This is a great time to meet the other riders.
This is a reasonably long day and you will still have some fun riding. You will ride up the coast through the town of Danang, famous for its China Beach and setting for the Robin Williams movie "Good Morning Vietnam". As you exit the town, you will experience the fun of riding the Hai Van Pass of Top Gear fame. This pass once divided the different kingdoms of old Vietnam and the views at the top will definitely warrant a quick break for a cold drink.
You will travel further north and then head west for a ride down Highway 49, a road that wanders through a landscape dotted with spice trees and fruit farms.
Today, you will meet the Ho Chi Minh Highway. This was part of the road system that troops used during the years of the American conflict in the late sixties and early seventies of the last century. Today, it is a concrete highway that twists and turns its way through jungles and mountains. It is a remote area of Vietnam that gives some extraordinary riding opportunities. There is not much traffic along this road, but it is still best to remain alert for the occasional truck delivering goods to the remote towns or the occasional cow that prefers the ease of moving along the road or the warmth of the surface for a quick rest.
You will leave for Kon Tum and ride more of the famous Ho Chi Minh trail. Be ready for major fun on this curved paradise as it drops into the jungle valleys and rises to the mountain ridges. You will have some stops at minority villages and a picnic lunch across a rickety bridge. A must visit is to the orphanage behind the old wooden church. You will also take time out to visit and gift local Sedang kids on the Ho Chi Minh trail.
Buon Me Thuot is today's destination with a mix of roads through towns and valleys. Watch as the locals calmly ride across, often two up or carrying astonishing loads, the suspension bridge that will scare the visitors even just walking on. You will also enjoy a museum visit and a visit to the tea, coffee, cacao, and pepper plantations, with a special stop at the rice paper making village.
Today, you are off to Da Lat, often described as the honeymoon capital of Southern Vietnam. Da Lat is also the flower capital and important for the fresh produce delivered to main cities. Relax near the lake and if you have enough energy, take time to visit the night markets that take over the center of town after dark or watch the local K’ho traditional Music and Dance festival.
You will travel via some tertiary roadways that are nothing but fun for the XRs. Down through valleys that are seldom visited by foreign travelers. A must is a visit to the Cham village, the oldest pottery village in South East Asia. Take part in the coconut bridge challenge and possibly be rewarded with a bottle of local wine.
After lunch at one of these small towns, you will head towards the coast to Phan Rang. The accommodation is located along the famous Ninh Chu beach. Now it's time to just sit back and relax at a sidewalk café and watch the world go by.
You will leave for Nha Trang and the chaos of morning traffic of this bustling seaside resort town. You will travel along the coastal beach roads towards Nha Trang and maybe stop at one of the beautiful little beaches, where you can relax and enjoy a seafood barbecue and take a dip in the ocean. You will then head back to Nha Trang where the tour will end. If you are not in a hurry, Nha Trang is a great place to stay for a few more days to relax a bit more, enjoy some final souvenir shopping, and visit some of the local landmarks.
Duyen or as most people know her as, JJ (it stands for jam jar, but that's a story you can ask about when you are on tour), is the manager of and, along with her Aussie business partner, co-own Lucky Bastard Motorcycle Tours. After nearly nine years of helping establish and then managing another motorcycle tour business, last year was the perfect time to take the next step and do it for herself. She is proud of her country and there are things she wants to do for riders and places she wants to show them. The best way she could do this was to start her own company.
The motorcycle tour will take place in Vietnam taking the route from Da Nang to Nha Trang.
Lucky Bastard Motorcycle Tours provides a fully inclusive welcome dinner upon your arrival at your designated tour departure location. Daily breakfast, lunch, and evening meal for the whole tour are provided.
All towns will have their own unique aspects whether it is a cultural show performed by one of the many minority peoples, night markets, scenic sunrises, or a game of billiards and pool at the local hall. Take time to enjoy any or all of these and you will begin to experience Vietnam as the locals do.
Da Nang International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Da Nang International Airport (DAD). Transfer from the airport is included. Lucky Bastard Motorcycle Tours will pick you up from the airport.
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