12 Days Amazing Vietnam Motorbike Tour

  • Hanoi - Mai Chau - Vinh - Phong Nha - Khe Sanh - Hue - Hoi An

Affordable Motorbike Tour Vietnam

Looking for an ideal Vietnam motorbike holiday? This will be the absolute best way to get off the well-worn track and see the local life up close. Ride your bike along the Ho Chi Minh Highway from Hanoi to Hoi An and take in the local culture. You will surely enjoy the ride with spectacular scenery along the way if you join this tour. So, book now and turn your miles into smiles in Vietnam!

Highlights

  • 2-day free time in Hoi An
  • Dirt bike Honda 150 cc rental
  • Explore the Demilitarized Zone
  • Experienced English-speaking local guide
  • 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 8 riding days
  • English
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Travelling way into the countryside means you won't always be staying in a complete comfort. This journey will include a mixture of 2 and 4-star hotels. The best available hotels will be used in the remote country towns. These will be basic, but clean.

  • Hanoi: Hanoi Club - 4 stars
  • Mai Chau: Homestay
  • Phong Nha: Phong Nha Lake House - 3 stars
  • Khe Sanh: Thai Ninh Hotel - 2 stars
  • Hue: Romance Hotel - 3 stars
  • Hoi An: Golden Sand (3 nights) - 5 stars

Day 1: Hanoi arrival

Upon your arrival at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) in Hanoi, Wide Eyed Tours’ driver will be waiting for you with a sign bearing your name. The journey from the airport to your hotel will take approximately 30 minutes and be an entertaining experience full of chaotic traffic, distinctive architecture, and overloaded motorbikes. This evening, you will have a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. All motorbikes will be collected and be ready for tomorrow. Additionally, when you arrive in Hanoi you'll be given a safety briefing and introduced to your support crew.

Day 2: Hanoi - Mai Chau (140 kilometers / 87 miles)

In the morning, you will visit the Ho Chi Minh Trail museum on the outskirts of Hanoi. You will then jump on the bikes at the museum and head out through rural roads that gradually give way to Limestone Mountains. After a light lunch in Hoa Binh, at the base of a Russian-built hydro dam, you will cross 2 mountain passes before descending to the Thai village of Mai Chau. At night, you will stay overnight at a Thai stilt house in Mai Chau to enjoy a cultural show of Thai dancing and a range of special local fruit liquors.

Day 3: Mai Chau (80 kilometers / 49.7 miles)

In the morning, you will explore the high plateau located in the north of Mai Chau. This exploration will give you a chance to see Hmong and Dao villages as they have lived for centuries. In the evening, you will enjoy a traditional music and dancing performance (if available). Overnight will be at a long house.

Day 4: Mai Chau - Vinh (295 kilometers / 183.3 miles)

You will leave the valley of Mai Chau to cross the Ma River several times until you join the Ho Chi Minh Highway. As an incredible improvement on the old Ho Chi Minh Trail, this highway will smoothly guide you south through the backwaters of the country, close to the Laos border. After lunch, you will head eastwards to the coast for an overnight stay in the city of Vinh. The birthplace of Ho Chi Minh, Hoang Tru, is a mere 14 kilometers northwest of Vinh.

Day 5: Vinh - Phong Nha

You will travel south on a section of the busy Highway 1 until you join the newest section of the Ho Chi Minh Highway. The highway will give you a smooth ride with little traffic and amazing vistas. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit the Phong Nha Cave, which is considered as the most outstanding karst ecosystems in the world and has been a site of mystery as well as wonderment for locals and visitors alike for centuries. The interior of the caves is magnificent with rock formations that will excite your imagination.

Day 6: Phong Nha - Khe Sanh

After an early breakfast, you will head south through the foothills, which were once sprayed heavily by Agent Orange, towards the former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). You will have a chance to visit Vinh Moc tunnels. As a highly impressive complex of tunnels, Vinh Moc is the remains of the coastal North Vietnamese village that literally went underground in response to unremitting American bombing. More than 90 families disappeared into 3 levels of tunnels running almost 2 kilometers in all and continued to live and work while bombs rained down around them. Additionally, today’s ride will be on the old path of Ho Chi Minh Trail. You will have the road virtually to yourself as you travel on the most scenic section of this tour. Surrounded by lush bush on both sides, it will make for a stunning ride.

Day 7: Khe Sanh - Hue

Today, you will have a quick look at a museum before you head 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 will arrive at A Luoi for lunch. Cruising through green backcountry down the steep Me Oi Pass, you will continue on to the historic imperial city of Hue, which lies along the banks of the Perfume River.

Day 8: Hue (60 kilometers / 37.3 miles)

Situated on the Perfume River, Hue is the former imperial capital of feudal Vietnam and is rich in culture and history. During the war, this city was the focus of the 1968 Tet Offensive when it was occupied by the north for 28 days and suffered terrible losses in the ensuing battle. Additionally, you will spend the day exploring the former emperors’ tombs, Imperial Citadel, and Thien Mu Pagoda.

Day 9: Hue - Hoi An

This morning, you will explore Hue’s Imperial City and Forbidden Purple Palace before you begin your 160-kilometer journey to Hoi An. You will travel through coastal rice paddies to the fishing village of Lang Co before taking the scenic mountainous route over the spectacular Hai Van Pass. Furthermore, you will climb about 496 meters (1,627 feet) on a road quoted in the Top Gear program as "A deserted ribbon of perfection, one of the best coast roads in the world."

Shortly before lunch, you will arrive in Hoi An, a charming World Heritage village which is beautifully restored and preserved. No matter what you like, you will find it here, whether it is shopping, restaurants, photography, history, architecture, golf, fishing, swimming, scuba, abseiling, massage, and maybe just lazing around. Hoi An has become famous for its tailoring where there is a huge variety of fabrics to choose from.

Day 10: Hoi An

Today will be a free day to immerse yourself in all that Hoi An has to offer. The Old Town of Hoi An is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a photographer’s paradise. If you love shopping, eating, swimming, history, and exploring, you are in the right place.

Day 11: Hoi An

Today will be a free day to immerse yourself in all that Hoi An has to offer. The Old Town of Hoi An is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a photographer’s paradise. If you love shopping, eating, swimming, history, and exploring, you are in the right place.

Day 12: Departure

Today, you will be transferred to the airport 3 hours prior to the departure of your international flight or 2 hours prior to the departure of your domestic flight.

Notes

  • A minimum booking is 6 people per trip. Any less and the cost of the trip becomes very expensive.
  • Motorcycle: Most locals ride 110cc or 125cc, such as the Honda WIN or Wave and the Honda Future. These small bikes are perfect for the conditions in Vietnam, however for long distances a bigger bike is more comfortable. Wide Eyed Tours will provide 150cc, off-road bikes as part of the package, and clients may wish to upgrade to 250cc for an additional fee.
  • Skill level: The rider must have a full motorbike licence in their country of origin and be a competent rider.

This tour will start in Hanoi and end in Hoi An. You will ride through Ho Chi Minh Highway, Ho Chi Minh Trail, Da Krong Bridge, A Shau valley, Hamburger Hill and mountains, Me Oi Pass, Perfume River, and the spectacular Hai Van Pass. In summary, your Vietnam motorbike holiday will whisk you along sweeping bends and open stretches of road, stopping at some of the most popular and picturesque towns of Vietnam.

Enjoy the rural town of Phong Nha, nestled in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, home of the largest cave in the world, and travel through the remote region around Khe Sanh, a famous battleground from the Vietnam War. Also, you will experience the religious and cultural capital of Vietnam, Hue, and finish in the charming town of Hoi An.

Restaurants along the route will also be basic with toilet facilities being clean, but may be squat toilets. The only alcohol available in the countryside is beer, rice wine, and cheap vodka, but table wine and spirits can be transported in the bus. Soft drinks are limited to Coke and Sprite so if tonic or soda is required, then this should also be brought on the bus.

  • Explore the history and architecture of Hoi An
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Massage
  • Photography
  • Scuba
  • Shopping
  • Swimming
  • 7 lunches
  • 9 dinners
  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • 12 breakfasts
  • Airport transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All service charges and government tax
  • Dirt bike Honda 150 cc rental
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Motorbike and support crew
  • Permits
  • Petrol
  • Snacks and water
  • Activities not listed
  • All drinks
  • International flights and departure taxes
  • Meals not listed
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visas - Visa on arrival can be arranged through Wide Eyed Tours

Arrival by plane

Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) in Hanoi. Wide Eyed Tours will pick you up from the airport. Transfer from and to the airport is included.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Martin Collins from Birmingham

    "I had such a laugh on this trip. It was breathtaking too. Thank you Tracey and thank you Chi."

    Wide Eyed Tours website, edited

  • Review by Mark and Debra from Australia

    "This ten day holiday you organised is the trip we'll be talking about for along time to come! the Vietnamese people are very warm, inviting and playful doing anything they can to make your trip great ..."

    Wide Eyed Tours website, edited

  • Review by Elizabeth from Australia

    "Thank you both for organising our trip. We all had a great time. The guides were great and took good care of us all. We went to an amazing and thought provoking performance by the Phare Circus."

    Wide Eyed Tours website, edited

Hanoi, Vietnam

Wide Eyed Tours specializes in tailor-made private tours, bridging Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Mongolia.

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12 days / 11 nights

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End:
Monday October 30, 2017
(12 days / 11 nights)

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