This motorbike tour takes travels south from Hanoi on the magnificent Ho Chi Minh Highway. This stunning road travels through dramatic limestone karst and rice paddy scenery. Long sweeping bends and open stretches of road make for outstanding conditions for riding.
A long the way you visit the picturesque 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. Then it is on to the religious and cultural capital of Vietnam, Hue, finish at the charming town in Hoi An.
|PRICES STARTING FROM||AUD $3130 per person twin share
AUD $575 single supplement available
Arrive in Hanoi
Our driver will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. You will then have the opportunity to explore the exotic city of Hanoi at your leisure. In the evening we will gather for a welcome dinner and pre-trip briefing. An optional half day tour of Hanoi is available upon request.
Hanoi – Mai Chau 140 km
In the morning we will pay a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Trail museum, situated on the outskirts of Hanoi, and home to three floors of exhibits including photos, weaponry and heavy machinery used throughout the war.
We kick start the bikes from here and head for the outskirts of Hanoi where the scenery gradually gives way to rural life and limestone mountains.
After a light lunch at Hoa Binh, the sight of a Russian built hydro dam, we cross two mountain passes before descending into Mai Chau where we will stay the night in a Thai style stilt house.
Mai Chau 80 km
Enjoy the day exploring the valleys and plateaus of Mai Chau. With no real town centre, you can explore the many towns, villages and farming lands home to various ethnic minorities including White Thai, H’Mong, Zao, Muong, Tay, Hoa and Viet.
Sit back and relax as you enjoy traditional music and dancing in tonight’s Thai style stilt house home stay.
Mai Chau – Vinh 295 km
We leave the valley of Mai Chau, crossing the Ma River several times before we join the Ho Chi Minh Highway. An incredible improvement compared to the old Ho Chi Minh Trail, this highway smoothly guides us due south through the isolated backroads of Vietnam, close to the Laos border. After lunch we head east to the coast for an overnight stay in the city of Vinh, a mere 14 km away from Hoang Tru, the birthplace of Ho Chi Minh.
Vinh – Phong Nha 180 km
An early start for another big day on the road. We begin by following the Ho Chi Minh Highway south, then cutting back inland where we pass the Dong Loc Bridge. Dong Loc was a major junction of supply lines during the war and is largely regarded as the start of the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Passing through remote towns and farm land close to the Laos border line, the countryside provides spectacular views of the limestone mountains and valleys that this area is famous for. Paradise awaits you at a remote farm stay in Phong Nha. This idyllic Vietnamese setting is surrounded by rice paddy fields on the edge of the famous Phong Nha-Ke Bang World Heritage National Park.
Relax by the pool or grab your camera and take a stroll.
Phong Nha – Khe Sanh 234 km
After an early breakfast we head south through the foothills which were once sprayed heavily by Agent Orange, a defoliant used during the war that still scars the landscape today.
Today’s ride is on the old path of the Ho Chi Minh trail, towards the former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). We have the road virtually to ourselves as we travel on what many consider the most scenic part of this tour. Both sides of the road are surrounded by lush jungle making for a stunning ride.
Khe Sanh – Vinh Moc – Hue 171 km
In the morning we head south over the Da Krong Bridge (built by the Cubans in 1973) and into the infamous A Shau valley, an area of intense wartime activity. You will have a chance to visit the Vinh Moc tunnels. This highly impressive tunnel complex is the remains of a coastal North Vietnamese village that literally went underground in response to unrelenting American bombing. More than 90 families disappeared into three levels of tunnels running almost 2 km in all. The people who lived in these tunnels continued to live and work while bombs rained down around them.
Back on the road we will pass the famous Hamburger Hill where mountains are still barren due to the extended effects of Agent Orange. Further on, in A Luoi, there are many Bru Van hill tribe people. We finish the ride cruising through green back country down the steep Me Oi Pass, and continue on to the beautiful city of Hue, on the banks of the Perfume River, for an overnight stay.
Hue is the former imperial capital of feudal Vietnam and is a perfect place to relax after our journey thus far. There are options to take a boat cruise along the Perfume river and visit tombs of the former Emperors or visit the remains of the Imperial Citadel which was largely destroyed during the Tet Offensive.
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at 8am. The tour will last approximately 5 hours and you will be on and off the bike all day seeing war ruins, pagodas, tombs, countryside villages, local handicrafts, markets, private homes, VC villages and more. For those that are keen on photography this is a great chance to get a variety of photos. A delicious, traditional Buddhist lunch will be served at either a Buddhist monastery or a Buddhist pagoda.
Hue – Hoi An 148 km
Today is yet another day full of stunning scenery on a road quoted in the Top Gear Program as “a deserted ribbon of perfection – one of the best coastal roads in the world”.
We ride through Da Nang, home to one of the busiest air bases in the world at the height of the war in the 1960s. Then past China Beach on our way to the picturesque village of Hoi An. Our hotel this evening is the luxurious Golden Sands which features a stunning 150m beachside swimming pool.
We will have a farewell dinner with the tour leader, driver and mechanic today so you can say goodbye to them before they head back to Hanoi.
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 will be in your element. You have the option today to hire a bike locally and explore the area; perhaps even a trip back to China Beach.
Another rest day to soak in everything this beautiful little town has to offer. Please request more information if you are interested in tour to the My Son ruins, cooking schools, or river cruises. Rejoin the rest of your group for a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
Transportation to the airport will be provided for you.
Tour requires 6 travelers to run.
Please note itinerary is subject to change. Due to the nature of the area of this trip itinerary amendments may need to be adjusted before and while on tour – road, weather and riders may require changes to be made – please use as guide only.
All riders must hold a current and valid Australian Motorcycle licence – Proof will be required. Being experienced in different types of riding conditions, including off road will be of great value to you.
Comprehensive Travel Insurance is a condition of travel.
Additional touring and travel arrangements are available and welcome —please request for a personalised quote.
Riding will be quite challenging, please be comfortable with steep inclines and declines and roads not to Australian conditions. Some parts of this ride are on dirt roads.
These are not roads for travelling at a high speed. As an indication, it takes one hour to travel 50km on a straight highway in Vietnam. The route of this tour is windy and travels through many local villages with riders enjoying the freedom to stop for photos and breaks and to visit local markets along the way.
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. We will provide 150cc off road bikes as part of the package, and clients may wish to upgrade to 250cc for an additional fee.
Accommodation provided on ride days is limited due to location hotels will be quite basic but do have western bathrooms.
Please be aware that emergency medical facilities away from major cities will be limited.
All riders are liable for any damage to the bikes that occur while they are riding them. A deposit of $300 per rider is collected on arrival in Hanoi, this will be refunded to you at the end of the tour. This will be to cover any damage to the bikes that occur.
Helmet – We do not provide or rent helmets due to safety and hygiene. Clients can bring their own or buy one in Vietnam at a cost of AUD$60 upwards.
Boots – Bring sturdy boots but heavy dirt bike boots are not necessary.
Jacket & Pants – Reinforced safety jacket and jeans (Draggin) are suitable.
Wet Weather – These can be purchased cheaply in Vietnam if needed.
A support vehicle will accompany the tour transporting non-riders and luggage.
The best available hotels will be used in the remote country towns. These will be basic but clean. 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 drink is limited to coke and sprite so if tonic or soda is required, then this should also be brought on the bus.
This is an Adventure Style tour, you will get muddy, rained on and tooted at. Days can be quite long and will need to be comfortable riding on uncomfortable roads, if you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact for more information.
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