This 12 day Grand Ho Chi Minh legendary trail motorbike tour from Ha Noi to Sai Gon will offer riders the perfect experience such as learning about Vietnam wars, visiting monuments, museums, discovering the enormous and endless beauty of Vietnam nature, from the mountainous region in the North then along coastal line in the centre then down to the lowland of the South. The route of about 2450km from Ha Noi to Sai Gon via Phu Yen, Mai Chau, Tan Ky, Phong Nha, Khe Sanh, Hue, Hoi An, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang, Mui Ne. Don’t hesitate to grasp your chance with Loop Bike Tours to admire the incredible attraction along Vietnam’s length!
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Destination: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Tan Ky – Phong Nha – Khe Sanh – Hue -Hoi An – Quy Nhon – Nha Trang – Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh
|TOUR START/FINISH||Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh|
|DEPARTURE TIME||The tours start at 8.30 am in the morning|
|RETURN TIME||The tour will finish at about 4 or 5 pm |
|GEAR||We recommend you to bring your own gear to be the most comfortable. BUT we also offer you helmets, raincoats, gloves, knee and elbow pads.|
Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau (Hoa Binh) (150km)
Our motorbike tour will be started by leaving Hanoi on dyke roads to avoid the heavy traffic at about 9.am, we ride our motorcycles west to Mai Chau, an area of beautiful landscape and home to the Thai ethnic minority. We will motorcycle on Highway 6 passing extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads punctuated by limestone karst scenery.
After a light lunch in Hoa Binh Province, we cross Thung Khe, one of the most beautiful mountain passes in North Vietnam then descent to the mountain valley settlement of Mai Chau. After dinner we join performance, where you can dance and share a range of special liquors (rice wine) with the locals. Overnight in a stilts-on-house of the Thai people.
Day 2: Mai Chau – Tan Ky (Nghe An) (290km)
Ride on a small, spectacular and paved trail along the Ma river until Cam Thuy town where we stop for lunch. Hit the Ho Chi Minh legendary trail (now a newly built highway) all the way to Tan Ky town where we spend the night in a hotel.
Day 3: Tan Ky – Phong Nha (Quang Binh) (230km)
Ride on Ho Chi Minh Highway until Pho Chau where we stop to visit the Ho Chi Minh Trail victory monument which is in fact the real starting point of our HCM Trail ride. Motorcycle 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.
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 km of caves and underground rivers.
Day 4: Phong Nha – Khe Sanh (Quang Tri) (Roughly 250 Km – 7 Hours of Riding)
Continuing west on highway 9, we 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. Boating and exploring World Heritage site of Phong Nha where local civilians and military sheltered from incessant bombing during wartime. Then after having lunch, we will keep riding on Ho Chi Minh Trail and have short stop at Truong Son cemetary to pay respects to the soldiers who fought and died on the trail during the American War. Approx 5pm we 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
Day 5: Quang Tri – DMZ & Vinh Moc Tunnels – Hue (200 Km – 6 Hours Of Riding)
In this morning, we ride along highway 1 to Quang Tri town, visiting Long Hung Church and Quang Trị Old Citadel which was a battlefield in 1972 between North and South Vietnam for 81 days and nights. We ride along the coast from Cua Viet Beach to Cua Tung Beach a long stretch of beautiful and peaceful coastline.
Next we visit the Vinh Moc tunnels and explore the Demilitarised Zone, stopping for lunch at the Doc Mieu Firebase. And then we will keep on riding on Ho Chi Minh Trail via Dong Ha town, where we will stop by to take a look at Dong Ha market known as one of the most hassle and bustle markets in Central. Later on, we will ride directly to Hue and en route, our guide will stop by to show you more war relics before reaching Hue.
Upon arrival in Hue, if time permits, we will take a ride to visit Imperial Citadel and one of Royal Tombs then enjoy sunset on the bank of Perfume River. Check in to hotel, free time at night
Day 6: Hue – Hoi An (150km)
Today, we’ll have an easy motorbike trip to weave around the city to visit some more royal tombs as well as other important travel sites & relics in Hue. In this afternoon, we will keep on riding along the coastal line via Hai Van Pass, where we could look down from the top to view the splendid beauties of Lang Co beach and ocean then time to refresh yourselves by a cup of coffee. You will take time to visit Marble Mountains before heading straight to Hoi An via Da Nang coastline for a check-in. Free time on your own. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An
Day 7: Hoi An town Tour & My Son Tour By Motorbike (150km)
Today, after having breakfast at hotel you’ll keep jumping on your bikes to ride to explore Vietnam’s most evocative Cham site, My Son, lies 40km southwest of Hoi An, in a bowl of lush wooden hills towered over by the aptly named “Cat’s Tooth Mountain”. It has been recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List and richly deserves its place on the tourist map. It is the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the second to the thirteenth century.
Their religion was primarily derived from Indian Hinduism. My Son is considered to be one of the best-preserved Cham structures in Vietnam. It is comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the second century. This site is a Must-See for those people who are interested in architecture and ancient civilizations. We return to the hotel around noon.
Today, after having lunch you’ll be taken to walk inside the old quarters of Hoi An to explore timeless beauties of monuments, relics like the ancient houses, pagodas, temples, markets…to understand more about the history of this fascinating ancient town as well as the lifestyle of the locals. In the afternoon, you’ll be free on your own to laze on the beach. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An
Day 8: Hoi An – Quy Nhon (250km)
Later on, we’ll keep riding along the coastline through coconuts homeland of central Vietnam & through rice fields and rural villages and mountainous area to get to city of Quy Nhon. Continue cycling to the hotel in the town of Quang Ngai. Have breakfast at the hotel and check out. We then will ride our bikes south of Hoi An to Cua Dai beach and cross Thu Bon river. Ride on back roads through yellow sand dunes to Tam Ky. Have lunch before we keep riding on country roads to My Lai village to visit the memorial of the massacre to remember 504 locals who died.
Day 9: Quy Nhon – Nha Trang (230km)
Transfer 30 minutes to the suburb of Qui Nhon city then we’ll start riding along the coast and you could also race along a railway through hills to La Hai, have lunch on the way.
After having lunch, we’ll take a rest a bit before riding straight to Nha Trang. Upon getting to Nha Trang, you’ll be helped to get checked in
Day 10: Nha Trang motorbike sightseeing (100km)
08h30: Pick up at hotel & ride to the Institute of Oceanography built at the beginning of 20th Century by French, where is exhibiting many oceanic creatures considered to be the most diversified & sufficient in Vietnam.
10h00: Visit Bao Dai King’s Villa – the place for rest & recreation for Bao Dai King when he was alive. That villa was built on a top of hill surrounded by beautiful sceneries.
11h00: Visit Yersin museum, where you will understand more about the life & career & researches of Doctor Yersin. He is the most well-known doctor in the world, who ever lived & died in Nha Trang.
12h00: Have lunch & short break.
14h30: Keep on visiting Long Son Pagoda, Ponagar Towers & shopping at Dam market.
17h00: back to hotel.
Rest of time, you’ll be free on your own.
Day 11: Nha Trang – Mui Ne (220km)
After swim in the morning sunlight on the beach, we’ll say goodbye to Nha Trang to depart for Mui Ne on the amazing coastal road, passing over Ca Na Beach (One of the famous beaches in Vietnam). Right here, we’ll stop for a while to take a bath & photos before riding straight to Mui Ne. Upon reaching to Mui Ne, you’ll get rooms for a check-in. The rest of time, you’ll be free by yourself to relax at hotel or on the beach.
Day 12: Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh (230km)
Morning, after breakfast & check out, we will leave beautiful Mui Ne Cape to ride straight to Saigon. Upon getting to your hotel in Saigon, we’ll help you check in then say goodbye to all of you.