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14 Days Epic Vietnam Guided Motorbike Tour From South to North

Cát Tiên National Park, Vietnam

Motorcycle Tour in Vietnam

This will be an epic Vietnam motorbike tour from Saigon to Hanoi within 14 days covering all highlights of Vietnam via Ho Chi Minh Trails and Central Highlands such as Cat Tien Park, Dalat, and Lak Lake. You have a good leisure rest in Hoi An and start the adventure to Hue and DMZ via the imposing Hai Van Pass. Highlights include Cuc Phuong National Park and Mai Chau before ending the ride in Hanoi.

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (Yamaha, Honda, or Suzuki models)
  • Mileage: 2700 kilometers / 1678 miles
  • Daily rides: 140 - 280 kilometers / 87 - 174 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmet and other gears
  • Meals: 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 12 dinners

Highlights

  • Starts in Ho Chi Minh City, ends in Hanoi
  • Navigate your bike through different minority villages
  • Stop by Buon Ma Thuot, a well-known "kingdom of coffee"
  • Ride to Cuc Phuong National Park, the oldest park in Vietnam
  • Be amazed at Hoi An's impressive architecture
  • Motorcycle rental and guide included
  • Visit Khe Sanh and the DMZ
  • 13 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


13 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: French
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Accommodation

Vietnam Motorbiketour endeavors to select a combination of good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, all the while striving to keep the cost affordable. Your trip will stay in a range of hotels / guesthouses with standardized quality.

Please be aware that some hotel rooms, especially those in major urban centers or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different from your home country.

Rooms are en-suite and either twin- or triple-share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveler, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex otherwise you can pay a supplement to possess a single room.

If you are traveling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with Vietnam Motorbiketour. Vietnam Motorbiketour never presumes that two people traveling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.

Program

Day 1: Saigon - Cat Tien National Park

This morning you will start your ride straight to Cat Tien National Park. This trip is not so long but is a big day as traffic is very crazy when you get out of the city. At noon, you ride to Cat Tien National Park. This forest area used to be the headquarter of the Vietnamese army during the war.

The park suffered historically during the Vietnam War when it was extensively sprayed with herbicides like the defoliant Agent Orange. To this day these areas have extensive bamboo and grassland cover and trees have not yet grown back.

Right here, you will have a chance to experience off-road rides through jungles with dirt roads to explore the diversity of fauna and flora of the national park.

  • Distance: 190 kilometers / 118 miles
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse in Nam Cat Tien
  • Meals: Lunch, dinner

Day 2: Cat Tien National Park to Dalat

This morning, after having breakfast at the guesthouse in Cat Tien National park, you will set off your fun motorcycle trip by a long ride down on road 20 to Da Lat, known as an “internal spring city” located on Central Highland. En route, you’ll get by so many mountains, valleys, and the local villages so that you sometimes have chances to enjoy the off-road ridings via forests or plantations or stop by to get communications with friendly locals.

  • Distance: 200 kilometers / 124 miles
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Da Lat
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Dalat

Dalat is known as "the city of love" and is a favorite holiday resort for Vietnamese as well as the French. With evergreen forests, waterfalls, beautiful lakes, the country’s best flower gardens, and delicious fresh produce, Dalat has always provided a welcome respite from the heat of the lowlands.

You can spend the day riding to visit the highlights of Dalat with Lang Biang plateau, its gardens, cathedral, waterfalls, market, Valley of Love, convent, university, and key pagodas. Overnight in Da Lat.

  • Accommodation: Hotel in Dalat
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Dalat - Lak Lake - Buon Ma Thuot

This morning, after having breakfast you’ll continue riding onward to Buon Ma Thuot. The road is narrow, winding, but not busy. You have three passes to cross – Krong No, Chuoi, and Phu Son. The drive itself is quite beautiful and lined with dense forests.

After having lunch in Lak Lake, you’ll take an offroad motor-ride to Lak Lake on Road 27, a small paved road with poor surfacing and quite busy. Here you can have a break for refreshment and troll around the by the lake.

There are said to be about 31 different ethnic groups in Dac Lac, each with their own traditional dress and customs. Some of the villages are known for elephant hunting and taming, some for weaving and other arts. Finally, you’ll ride back to Buon Ma Thuot city for overnight stay.

  • Distance: 200 kilometers / 124 miles
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Buon Ma Thuot
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Buon Me Thuot to Pleiku - Kon Tum

After having breakfast at the hotel, you need time to stop by a coffee shop or bar to drink a cup of the best coffee in Vietnam before setting off another ride to Pleiku because Buon Ma Thuot is so well-known as a kingdom of coffee not only in Vietnam but also in the world.

You then will follow the Highway 14 to ride straight to Kon Tum via Pleiku. Along the road, you’ll keep on viewing endless coffee plantations on the Central Highland with peaceful villages located on the roadsides.

Lunch at Pleiku. From here, you ride along the Tun River and up over a pass to Kon Tum. Along the way are coffee plantations and the stilt houses of the Central Highland’s largest ethnic group of the Gia Rai.

In Kon Tum, you can visit the Catholic church and the orphanage, based behind the Catholic Church in town and run by a group of French nuns. If time permits, you can also visit a beautiful Bahnar village near the town.

  • Distance: 240 kilometers / 149 miles
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Kon Tum
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6: Kon Tum to Hoi An via My Son Sanctuary

After breakfast in a local restaurant, you continue riding north on Highway 14 today on a bit of a bumpy section of the road to Kham Duc.

Today is really a day to visit different minority villages. You will ride over Lo Xo Pass, making lots of stops along the way to meet De and Trieng minorities, who live along the Dak Po Ko River. Along the river are many amazing hanging bridges, built by the local people to cross to the opposite shore. Lunch will be in Tan Canh, and you can visit a village of Se Dang.

After having lunch, you’ll keep on rolling on the highway to Hoi An and on the way, you’ll stop by to visit My Son, a world heritage site that is the Cham version of Angkor Wat. Most of the temples are dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva, considered by the Cham as the founder and protector of their dynasties. You then get to the hotel in Hoi An for check-in.

  • Distance: 280 kilometers / 174 miles
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7: Hoi An - free day

Hoi An is nestled on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Before the river silted up, Hoi An was one of the most important trading ports in Southeast Asia and a center for East-West exchange and trade.

The rooftops of Hoian retain a magical old world oriental feel and are a favorite subject for Vietnamese artists. In the early 1980's Hoian’s ancient quarters and historical monuments came under the protection and restoration efforts of UNESCO and the Polish government.

Those who wish can ride up to Da Nang Beach, where US marines first landed. Otherwise, enjoy a free day to explore Hoi An by foot or by motorbike taxi. 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.

  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian Town
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Hoi An - Danang - Hue

This morning, you will keep on riding along the coastal line via Da Nang then Hai Van Pass, where you could look down from the top to view the splendid beauties of Lang Co Beach and ocean then 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. Time to check in at hotels.

  • Distance: 180 kilometers / 112 miles
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9: Hue to DMZ and Khe Sanh

Departing from Hue, 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.

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 visit the Vinh Moc tunnels and explore the Demilitarised Zone, stopping for lunch at the 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, pass the Rock Pile and stop at some villages and beautiful natural springs and waterfalls near the highway.

Approximately at 5 p.m. you arrive in Khe Sanh which was established as a forward base by General Westmoreland near Laos to secure highway 9. Check in to hotel, free time at night.

  • Distance: 200 kilometers / 124 miles
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Khe Sanh
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10: Khe Sanh to Phong Nha Caves

After breakfast visit the Khe Sanh combat base, then you ride the west Ho Chi Minh trail. Today, you have the chance to see the real trail with its mind-blowing, spectacular scenery - 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, areas made famous in the American war. Tonight you stay in Son Trach village near the entrance to the Phong Na-Ke Bang National Park.

  • Distance: 150 kilometers / 93 miles
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Phong Nha
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11: Phong Na Caves to Tan Ky

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

  • Distance: 260 kilometers / 162 miles
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Tan Ky - Nghe An
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12: Tan Ky to Cuc Phuong National Park

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.

  • Distance: 190 kilometers / 118 miles
  • Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse in Cuc Phuong
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13: Cuc Phuong National Park to Mai Chau

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 stay in a traditional Thai stilt house in one of the villages and you have the option of attending a Thai folk show.

  • Distance: 140 kilometers / 87 miles
  • Accommodation: Homestay in the village of Mai Chau
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 14: Mai Chau to Hanoi

This morning, after having breakfast at 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. At around 16:00, you’ll get to Hanoi. End of the trip.

  • Distance: 150 kilometers
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Motorcycles available for this tour

Each rider will ride semi-automatic motorbikes Honda/Yamaha/Suzuki 110cc or Honda Future X/Neo 125cc or Fully automatic motorbikes Nouvo/Airblade 125cc or manual motorbike Honda 125cc. Other motorbike options are available with extra cost:

  • Surcharge for riding a manual motorbike Honda/Yamaha/Suzuki 150cc will be 20 USD per day per person
  • Surcharge for riding a manual motorbike Honda 250cc will be 30 USD per day per person

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate, advanced

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

Location

This motorcycle tour takes place in Vietnam. Starting from Saigon, you will head for Cat Tien National Park, Dalat, Lak Lake, Buon Ma Thuot, Pleiku, Kon Tum, Hoi An via My Son Sanctuary, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, DMZ and Khe Sanh, Phong Nha Caves, Tan Ky, Cuc Phuong National Park, Mai Chau, then Hanoi.

Food

Meals, as stated in the itinerary, are included in the price. Breakfasts are usually included every day in the hotel (except on the first morning). They are usually "continental breakfasts," which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yogurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in Asia, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well.

Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are either two or three courses. In most cases, table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.

If you have any dietary requirements, Vietnam Motorbiketour will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise them when you book or make a note by email before you set out.

Please be aware that although Vietnam Motorbiketour will do everything in their power to arrange it, they cannot guarantee that every restaurant they use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Asia. They also cannot cater to tastes or dislikes, as most of the included evening meals feature a set menu.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • 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

  • Motorbike(s)
  • Helmet(s)
  • Driving gears
  • Gasoline on tour
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Mechanic (only for group from 6 passengers)
  • 13 nights accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (based on twin or/and triple shared)
  • Homestay permission
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing fees
  • One-way train’s carriage for motorbikes (Hanoi to Saigon)
  • One-way flight ticket for the tour guide from Hanoi to Saigon
  • Bottled water, coffee, and fruits on tour

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

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There will be a surcharge for Lunar New Year period from January 22 to 30, 2020.

  • Room is based on double occupancy. You can have the room for yourself with an extra cost of 312 USD.
  • Please note that rates fluctuate depending on the booking time.

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