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9 Days Vietnam Guided Motorcycle Tour From Hanoi to Hoi An on Historical Ho Chi Minh Trail

Phu Yen, Vietnam

Vietnam Motorcycle Tour

This nine-day motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh trail is one of the best in the collection of motorbike tours in Vietnam. The ride starts from northern mountain of Vietnam where you can see the colorful culture of the country by riding through beautiful villages of the hill tribes, riding on the historical trail where there are plenty of vestiges and moving stories about Vietnam War and then ends in the central of Vietnam in which long, sunny and sandy beaches are waiting for only you.

Key information

  • Terrain: 40% off-road and 60% asphalt
  • Bike: rental bike (Honda XR 150 cc, Honda CRF 250L)
  • Mileage: 1465 kilometers / 910 miles
  • Daily rides: 60 - 290 kilometers / 37 - 180 miles
  • Riding gear: included: Helmets, gloves, and bright reflecting jackets
  • Meals: All meals included

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Hanoi
  • Ride on the mountain roads of Mai Chau
  • Visit Phong Nha - Ke Bang cave, the 17th parallel, Vinh Moc tunnel
  • Explore World Heritage Site of Phong Nha
  • Opportunity to explore Hue and Hoi An
  • Use of motorbike and fuel
  • 8 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


8 riding days
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer available:
Noi Bai International Airport (US$30 per person)
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Accommodation

You will stay in hotels and homestays throughout the tour.

Program

Day 1: Hanoi - Phu Yen (165 kilometers / 103 miles, 6 hours)

The motorcycle ride to Phu Yen starts at 9 a.m. You will try to ride on the dirt country road to avoid busy traffic in Hanoi. You will be at Son Tay town after one hour ride, stop for a while to enjoy tasty local café and then keep riding up to the north.

After lunch, ride on the winding mountain road to the northwest of Vietnam, Son La, to get some of the best mountain views on Lung Lo Pass, and then heading down to Phu Yen, a small town between mountains and green rice field where you stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 2: Phu Yen - Mai Chau (145 kilometers / 90 miles, 5 hours)

This trip to Mai Chau is the highlight of the trip. With many small roads that lead into the mountains around Mai Chau, you’ll take the chances to take the most beautiful picture of Vietnam mountains and to see and learn more about the culture of H’mong, Dao, and Thai people.

You will take on the challenge of an old road built by the French army. This great Vietnam motorbike tour to Mai Chau will finish at about 4 p.m. in the village of the Thai people. You will spend the rest of the day exploring nearby villages. Overnight in a Thai ethnicity stilt house in Mai Chau.

Day 3: Mai Chau - Tan Ky (290 kilometers / 180 miles, 8 hours)

After enjoying breakfast in the peaceful village of Mai Chau, you keep riding on a small, spectacular and paved trail along the Ma River until Cam Thuy town where you stop for lunch. Hit the legendary Ho Chi Minh trail and then stay all the way to Tan Ky town where you spend the night in a hotel.

Day 4: Tan Ky - Phong Nha (280 kilometers / 174 miles, 7 hours)

Ride on Ho Chi Minh Highway until Pho Chau where you stop to visit the Ho Chi Minh Trail victory monument, which is, in fact, the real starting point of Ho Chi Minh road.

Ride all the way to Phong Nha - Ke Bang, 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 (some 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 5: Phong Nha - Dong Hoi (60 kilometers / 37 miles, 2 hours)

Spend the morning for Boating and exploring the World Heritage Site of Phong Nha where local civilians and military sheltered from American bombing during wartime. After lunch, you will ride your motorcycle down to the coastal town of Dong Hoi, which was heavily shelled by US warships during the war. At a hotel overlooking the beach, you can sunbath by the beach. Overnight in Dong Hoi.

Day 6: Dong Hoi - Khe Sanh (200 kilometers / 124 miles, 6 hours)

Heading down to the south to get closer to the 17 parallel, the former border between North and south of Vietnam where were once sprayed heavily by Agent Orange towards the former DMZ. There is still much evidence of bombing on the mountainsides and from time to time you will see remnants of the original trail.

You take in the Vinh Moc tunnel, the famous Hien Luong Bridge (former demarcation line between North and South Vietnam, the Truong Son Cemetery and finally Khe Sanh (former US Marine base). Overnight in Khe Sanh.

Day 7: Khe Sanh - Hue (180 kilometers / 112 miles, 6 hours)

Keep riding your motorcycle to the south over the Da Krong Bridge (built by the Cubans in 1973) into the infamous A Shau Valley, an area of intense wartime activity. Passing Hamburger Hill and mountains still barren due to the extended effects of Agent Orange, you arrive at A Luoi, where there are many Bru-Van Kieu hill tribe people.

Then, cruising through green backcountry down the steep Me Oi Pass, you continue on to the beautiful city of Hue which lies along the banks of the Perfume River. Overnight in a hotel in Hue.

Day 8: Hue - Hoi An (145 kilometers / 90 miles, 5 hours)

After breakfast, you have a chance to discover the famous citadel of Hue and some other attractions. After lunch, you will Join the National Highway 1 and head up the Hai Van Pass (Cloudy Pass) before the World Heritage site of Hoi An, a major trading center in South East Asia in the 16th and 17th centuries. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An

Enjoy a free day to explore Hoi An on foot. With fine wining and dining (including a range of Hoi An specialties), impressive architecture, fantastic tailoring, endless shopping, and a glorious beach, there is no shortage of activities to indulge in. After lunch, you will say goodbye and your guide will transfer you back to Hanoi from Hoi An.

Bikes available for this tour:

Honda XR150L

  • Model: Honda XR150L
  • Year: 2015
  • Category: Enduro / offroad
  • Rating: 60.4 out of 100
  • Displacement: 125.00 cm (7.63 cubic inches)
  • Engine type: Single cylinder, four-stroke
  • Compression: 9.2:1
  • Bore x stroke: 52.4 x 57.8 mm (2.1 x 2.3 inches)
  • Valves per cylinder: 4
  • Fuel system: Carburettor. 20mm piston-valve
  • Fuel control: Overhead Valves (OHV)
  • Gearbox: 5-speed
  • Front suspension: Telescopic fork
  • Front brakes: Single disc. Dual-piston calliper
  • Front brakes diameter: 240 mm (9.4 inches)
  • Rear brakes: Expanding brake (drum brake)
  • Seat: Two-person seat
  • Dry weight: 129.0 kg (284.4 pounds)
  • Seat height: 825 mm (32.5 inches)
  • Overall height: 1,126 mm (44.3 inches)
  • Fuel capacity: 12.00 litres (3.17 gallons)
  • Starter: Electric & kick
  • Carrying capacity: Rear rack

Honda CRF 250L

Being just imported in October 2014, These brand new motorcycles promise to be the perfect ones for most of the road conditions in Vietnam. With experienced riders, this kind of bike is the last but not least condition to have perfect motorcycle touring.

Specifications:

  • Engine Type: 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
  • Bore and stroke : 76.8mm x 53.8mm
  • Induction: Dual-timing programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI), 46mm throttle body
  • Ignition: Full transistor with electronic advance
  • Compression ratio: 13.5:1
  • Valvetrain: Unicam®, four-valve; 30.5mm intake, titanium; 25mm exhaust, steel
  • Transmission: Close-ratio five-speed
  • Final Drive: #520 Chain; 13T/49T
  • Front Suspension: 48mm inverted Showa cartridge fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustability; 12.2 inches travel
  • Rear suspension: Pro-Link® Showa single shock with spring preload, 17-position rebound damping adjustability, and compression-damping adjustment separated into low-speed (13 positions) and high-speed (3.5 turns); 12.3 inches travel
  • Front brake: Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper
  • Rear brake: Single 240mm disc
  • Front tire: Dunlop MX51FA 80/100-21
  • Rear tire: Dunlop MX51 100/90-19
  • Rake: 27° 23′ (Caster Angle)
  • Trail: 118mm (4.6 inches)
  • Wheelbase: 58.6 inches
  • Seat height: 37.4 inches
  • Curb weight: 231 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel-ready to ride)
  • Fuel capacity: 1.66 gallons
  • Ground clearance: 12.7 inches

The price of this tour includes the use of Honda XR 150 cc. Bike upgrade to Honda CRF 250L incurs an extra cost of 40 USD per day per bike.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate

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

Location

This tour will bring you to amazing places in Vietnam. Starting from Hanoi, you'll ride to Phu Yen, Mai Chau, Tan Ky, Phong Nha, Dong Hoi, Khe Sanh, Hue, and Hoi An.

Food

Myanmar Motorbike Tours is pleased to provide you with daily meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

What's included

  • Use of Honda XR 150 cc
  • All fuel / gasoline
  • English-speaking motorbike tour guide / mechanic
  • All meals on tour (local Vietnamese food)
  • 6 nights accommodation (standard hotel and homestay)
  • Boat trips on lakes or ferry cruise
  • All entrance tickets / permits to remote areas
  • Helmets, gloves and bright reflecting jackets
  • Hotel pick up / drop off

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping / gratuities
  • Accommodation in Hanoi
  • Support vehicle for the tour (135 USD per day, including tax, fuel, accommodation, meals, driver, parking fee)
  • Airport pick up / drop off at the Hanoi Airport

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Airport pick up / drop off at the Hanoi airport is 30 USD per 4-seat car per way and 40 USD per 16-seats van per way.

Airport: Noi Bai International Airport Airport transfer available: Noi Bai International Airport (US$30 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

Tour price will increase by 20% for the new year (lunar new year) and Christmas time. The tour price can be different depending on the low / high tourist season or other special requests, Please send an inquiry to get the right price of tours.

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