Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
The 7 days Ho Chi Minh Trail Motorcycle Tour starts from Hanoi, takes you through Mai Chau, Nghe An, Phong Nha, Quang Binh, Vinh Moc, Hue, and Hoian.
DAY 1: HANOI -> MAI CHAU
Meeting at your hotel and transfer by car to the starting point at the outskirt of Hanoi, from here you will take the bike and start your first day ride to Mai Chau. Leaving Hanoi and breaking out of the delta plains, we pass through endless limestone karst scenery as we travel up to the Northwestern region, the extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads. Arrive in Mai Chau in late afternoon.
DAY 2: MAI CHAU -> NGHE AN
Say goodbye to the family, we ride today on a small, spectacular paved trail along the Ma river until Cam Thuy town where we stop for lunch. Hit the Ho Chi Minh trail all the way to Tan Ky town where we spend the night in a hotel.
DAY 3: NGHE AN -> QUANG BINH
Ride on Ho Chi Minh Highway until Pho Chau where we stop to visit the HCM Trail victory monument. 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 km of caves and underground rivers. Diner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 4: QUANG BINH -> QUANG TRI
We strike south through foothills which were once sprayed heavily by Agent Orange towards the former DMZ. There is still much evidence of bombing on the mountain sides and from time to time we will see remnants of the original Trail. We take in the famous Western Ho Chi Minh Trail until Khe Sanh. Diner and overnight at hotel in Khe Sanh.
DAY 5: QUANG TRI -> HUE
In the morning we head south over the Da Krong Bridge into the infamous A Shau valley, an area of intense wartime activity. Passing Carol Hill and mountains still barren due to the extended effects of Agent Orange, we towards the former DMZ, the famous Hien Luong Bridge (former demarcation line between North and South Vietnam and finally at Vinh Moc tunnel, we continue the ride on the National road No1to the beautiful city of Hue which lies along the banks of the Perfume River. Diner and overnight in Hue.
DAY 6: HUE MOTORBIKE TOUR
Hue is the former imperial capital of feudal Vietnam and is a perfect place to relax after our driving to date. Take a boat cruise along the Perfume River to visit the tombs of the former Emperors Minh Mang and Tu Duc or visit the remains of the Imperial Citadel, which was largely destroyed during the Tet Offensive in 1968. Overnight in Hue.
DAY 7: HUE -> HOIAN
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 centre in SE Asia in the 16th and 17th centuries. Arrive in Hoi An in the after noon. Tou ends.