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16 Days Ho Chi Minh Trail By Motorbike Tour

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Ho Chi Minh Trail Motorbike Tours , the communists called it the Truong Son Strategic Supply Route, after the Vietnamese name for the Annamite Range mountains in central Vietnam. According to the United States National Security Agency’s official history of the war, the Trail system was “one of the great achievements of military engineering of the 20th century. Northern Vietnam (Hanoi, Bac Ha, Cao Bang, Cat Ba, Cuc Phuong National Park, Dien Bien Phu, Dong Dang, Dong Hoi, Ha Long Bay, Haiphong, Lao Cai, Ninh Binh, Sapa, Bac Giang) harbours some of the most magnificent views of Vietnam as well as the capital city and the chance to visit indigenous hill tribes. Central Coast (Cham Islands, Da Nang, DMZ, Dong Ha, Hoi An, Lang Co, Hue, My Son, Na Meo, Nha Trang, Qui Nhon, Thanh Hoa, Vinh) with the ancient city of Hue to be the home of the still recent Vietnamese kings and Hoi An which features one of the nicest old seacoast towns in Vietnam. Central Highlands (Buon Ma Thuot, Dalat, Kontum, Ngoc Hoi, Pleiku) offer the lush forest-covered hills featuring indigenous tribes and the occasional elephant. Southern Vietnam (Cat Tien National Park, Con Dao, Can Tho, Chau Doc , Cu Chi, Ho Chi Minh City, Long Xuyen, Mui Ne, My Tho, Phan Thiet, Phu Quoc, Vung Tau, Tay Ninh, Vinh Long, Tra Vinh) with the economic engine of Vietnam built around Ho Chi Minh City but also covering the lush and little-visited Mekong Delta, the rice basket of Vietnam.

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16 Days Ho Chi Minh Trail By Motorbike Tour

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Itinerary at a glance

Day 01: Hanoi – Phu Yen.
Day 02: Phu Yen – Mai Chau.
Day 03: Mai Chau – Tan Ky.
Day 04: Tan Ky – Phong Nha.
Day 05: Phong Nha – Dong Hoi.
Day 06: Dong Hoi – Khe Sanh.
Day 07: Khe Sanh – Hue.
Day 08: Hue – Hoi An.
Day 09: Hoi An.
Day 10: Hoi An – Kon Tum.
Day 11: Kon Tum – Buon Ma Thuot.
Day 12: Buon Ma Thuot – Nha Trang.
Day 13: Nha Trang – Da Lat.
Day 14: Da Lat.
Day 15: Da Lat – Cat Tien.
Day 16: Cat Tien – Saigon.

Day 1: Hanoi Motorbike Tour – Phu Yen (165 km, ~6 hours)

Starting this 16 Days Ho Chi Minh Trail by motorbike tour with a bit of North Vietnam.

Ride to Phu Yen on country road with a stop in Son Tay. On November 20-21, 1970, a joint force composed of USAF Special Operations and rescue personnel and U.S. Army Special Forces, supported by U.S. Navy Carrier Task Force 77, made a daring raid on the Son Tay prison camp located less than 50 miles from Hanoi. The objective was to rescue as many as 100 U.S. captives thought to be held there. The assault troops, in six ARRS helicopters accompanied by two C-130 aircraft, flew 640km to Son Tay from bases in Thailand. U.S. Navy pilots made a diversionary raid while 116 USAF and Navy aircraft from seven air bases and three aircraft carriers flew refuelling, surface-to-air missile suppression, fighter cover, close air support, early warning, communications support and reconnaissance missions. There was no prisoners found in camp.

After lunch, ride on the winding mountain road to Phu Yen to take in some of the best mountain views in Northwest Vietnam. Overnighting in a hotel.(L, D)

Day 2: Phu Yen Motorbike Tour – Mai Chau (145 km, 5 hours)

There are many small roads that lead into the mountains around Mai Chau so we’ll take the chance to ride out to isolated H’mong, Dao and Thai villages. We will take on the challenge of an old road built by the French army and spend the afternoon exploring nearby villages. Overnight in a Thai ethnicity stilt house in Mai Chau. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Mai Chau Motorbike Tour – Tan Ky (290 km, 9 hours)

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 trail (now a newly built highway) all the way to Tan Ky town where we spend the night in a hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Tan Ky Motorbike Tour – Phong Nha (280 km, 8 hours)

Ride on Ho Chi Minh Highway until Pho Chau where we stop to visit the HCM Trail victory monument which is in fact the real starting point of our HCM Trail ride.

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. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Phong Nha Motorbike Tour – Dong Hoi (60 km, 2 hours)

Boating and exploring World Heritage site of Phong Nha where local civilians and military sheltered from incessant bombing during wartime. Then we drive down to the coastal town of Dong Hoi, which was heavily shelled by US warships during the war. At a hotel over looking the beach, we can take in some sunbathing by the beach. Overnight in Dong Hoi. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Dong Hoi Motorbike Tour – Khe Sanh (200 km, 6 hours)

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 Vinh Moc tunnel, the famous Hien Luong Bridge (former demarcation line between North and South Vietnam, the Truong Son Cemetery and finally Khe Sanh (former US Marine base). Overnight in Khe Sanh. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Khe Sanh Motorbike Tour – Hue (180 km, 7 hours)

In the morning we 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, we arrive at A Luoi, where there are many Bru Van hill tribe people. Then, cruising through green back country down the steep Me Oi Pass, we continue on to the beautiful city of Hue which lies along the banks of the Perfume River. Overnight in Hue. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Hue Motorbike Tour – Hoi An (145 km, 5 hours)

See the Forbidden Citadel in the morning. 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. Overnight in Hoi An. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Hoi An. Sightseeing day.

Those who wish can ride up to My Khe 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. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Hoi An Motorbike Tour – Kon Tum (~290 km, ~9 hours)

We strike back up to the mountains, rejoining the Trail at Phuoc Son (also known as Kham Duc). From there we head up the towering Lo So Pass, passing through remote areas thinly populated by people of the Ba Na ethnicity. Edging close to the border with Laos, where a number of Trail arteries crossed over in Laos, we continue on to Kon Tum.

Overnight in Kon Tum.

Day 11: Kon Tum Motorbike Tour – Buon Ma Thuot (~240 km, ~8 hours)

In the morning we head south through the Central Highlands, passing Pleiku and the Ia Drang valley battlefield, before continuing onto Buon Ma
Thuot (also known as Buon Me Thuot), the city where northern forces launched their final assault on the then Saigon. Buon Ma Thuot produces most and best coffee products in Vietnam.

Overnight in Buon Ma Thuot.

Day 12: Buon Ma Thuot Motorbike Tour – Nha Trang (~190 km, ~7 hours)

We take an easy drive back down off the Tay Son highlands towards the coast, arriving at Highway 1 some 30 km north of Nha Trang. Taking in this scenic coastal stretch past turquoise waters and scarlet fishing boats, we arrive in the bright lights of Nha Trang and its relaxing holiday options.

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 13: Nha Trang Motorbike Tour – Da Lat  (~180 km, ~5 hours)

This 150km ride shows you some footages of the famous 2008 BBC’s Top Gear Vietnam Special show. Mountainous ride on the Central Highland.

– Distance: 150 km
– Accommodation: Hotel in Da Lat
– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Da Lat Touring  (~50 km, ~2 hours)

Da Lat is known as “The City of Love” and is a favourite 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, Da Lat has always provided a welcome respite from the heat of the lowlands. We can spend the day visiting the highlights of Da Lat – its gardens, cathedral, waterfalls, market, Valley of Love, convent, university, train station and key pagodas. Overnight in Da Lat for the second night.

– Distance: 50 km
– Accommodation: Hotel in Da Lat
– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Da Lat Motorbike Tour – Cat Tien National Park  (~240 km, ~7 hours)

Down on road 20, we ride to Cat Tien National Park. This forest area used to be the head quarter of 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.

– Distance: 190 km
– Accommodation: Guest-house in Cat Tien Park
– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Cat Tien Motorbike Tour – Saigon  (~160 km, ~4 hours)

This is not so long but is a big day as traffic is very crazy when we enter Saigon (HCM City). We ride straight to the train station where we end the ride. If you need information about places to stay and/or to eat our guide will be able to recommend some. Tour ends.

– Distance: 160 km
– Accommodation: Not included
– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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1 review for 16 Days Ho Chi Minh Trail By Motorbike Tour

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mr. Don Conning

    Mr. Don Conning

    Mr. Don Conning (Scotland), Ho Chi Minh trail motorbike tour reviews in Vietnam
    Mr. Don Conning’s Reviews Of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Motorbike Tour

    (10 days on Honda XR400 bike, ~2,000 km)

    —– Original Message —–
    From: Facebook
    To: Offroad Vietnam
    Sent: Monday, July 27, 2009 3:53 PM
    Subject: Don Conning sent you a message on Facebook.

    Hi Dzung,

    I finished the trip in Saigon District 7 by 12:30pm today; we had lunch and then Thoi drove with me straight to the front door of my house.

    The tour was fantastic and Thoi acted in a very professional manner from Day 1 all the way through Day 9. He is a fantastic guy and my expectations of my guide were far surpassed. Thoi’s riding capability is excellent and his knowledge of Vietnamese Landscape; Culture and History made him the ideal guide; I call him Number 1 Guide.

    This will not be my last Tour with Vietnam Motorbike Tours; next time I will do the Northern Highlands of Vietnam; I will try and bring some friends.

    Actually the amount of interest my trip has gathered amongst people in Saigon is amazing; many people have expressed a very sincere interest.

    Thank you and Best Regards,


    Full name: Don Conning
    Address: U.K.

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