Day 1 : Hanoi – Phu Yen. About 170km
After breakfast at your hotel, 8.00 AM, you will be transferred by car to the starting point at the outskirt of Hanoi, from here you will take the bikes and start your first-day ride to Phu Yen. After 40’ ride on the easy highway, we will cross the Red River by taking a ferry boat, right after the river, we ride up on the North-western mountain range until Phu Yen, seeing the nice landscape and meeting friendly peoples. Lunch in a local restaurant arrives in Phu Yen by 16.00PM, check in hotel Hong Long, dinner in town.
Day 2: Phu Yen – Mai Chau. About 170km
We ride on a good paved road along a beautiful stream before descending to the banks of the Da River and a ferry crossing. After crossing, we have 50 kilometers of the route that take us up on the beautiful mountain ranges until the highland town of Moc Chau. Much of the area is inhabited by Kinh and both Black and White Thai peoples, all offering the impressive views over the area on a clear day. After lunch in a local place, we join the route No6 that rides us straight to Mai Chau. dinner with the family, traditional music performance.
Day 3: Mai Chau – Tan Ky. About 270km
Ride on a small, spectacular and paved trail along the Ma river until Ngoc Lac 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 at a mini hotel.
Day 4 : Tan Ky – Phong Nha. About 300km
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. Lunch on the route, dinner, and overnight in Phong Nha.
Day 5: Phong Nha – Khe Sanh. About 220 km
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 (former US Marine base). Dinner and overnight at hotel in Khe Sanh.
Day 6: Khe Sanh – Vinh Moc Tunnel – Hue. About 200 km
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 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 No1 to the beautiful city of Hue which lies along the banks of the Perfume River. Dinner and overnight in Hue. Vinh Moc (Vịnh Mốc) is a tunnel complex in Quang Tri, Vietnam. During the Vietnam War, it was strategically located on the border of North Vietnam and South Vietnam. The tunnels were built to shelter people from the intense bombing of Son Trung and Son Ha communes in Vinh Linh county of Quang Tri Province in the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. The American forces believed the villagers of Vinh Moc were supplying food and armaments to the North Vietnamese garrison on the island of Con Co which was, in turn, hindering the American bombers on their way to bomb Hanoi. The idea was to force the villagers of Vinh Moc to leave the area but as is typical in Vietnam there was nowhere else to go. The villagers initially dug the tunnels to move their village 10 meters underground but the American forces designed bombs that burrowed down 10 meters. Eventually against these odds, the villagers moved the village to a depth of 30 meters. It was constructed in several stages beginning in 1966 and used until early 1972. The complex grew to include wells, kitchens, rooms for each family and spaces for healthcare. Around 60 families lived in the tunnels; as many as 17 children were born inside the tunnels. The tunnels were a success and no villagers lost their lives. The only direct hit was from a bomb that failed to explode; the resulting hole was utilized as a ventilation shaft.
Day 7, Visit Hue and relax
Hue is the former imperial capital of feudal Vietnam and is a perfect place to relax after our ride to date. Take a boat cruise along the Perfume River to visit the tomb of the former Emperor Minh Mang or visit the remains of the Imperial Citadel, which was largely destroyed during the Tet Offensive in 1968. Lunch on your own, dinner in a traditional restaurant, overnight in Hue.
Day 8, Hue – Hoi An. About 160km
The former harbor town of the Champa people at the estuary of the Thu Bon river was an important Vietnamese trading center in the 16th and 17th centuries, where Chinese from various provinces as well as Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled down. During this period of the China trade, the town was called Hai Pho (Seaside Town) in Vietnamese. During the French colonial period (1883 – 1945), it was called Faifo. Originally Hai Pho was a divided town, because across the “Japanese Bridge”, it used to be the Japanese settlement (16th – 17th century). The bridge (Chua Cau) is a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist pagoda attached to one side. The town is known to the French and Spanish as Faifo, and by similar names in Portuguese and Dutch. A number of theories have been put forth as to the origin of this name. Some scholars have suggested that it comes from the word “Hai pho” meaning “sea town”, while others have said that it seems more likely to simply be a shortening of Hoi An pho, “the town of Hoi An”, to “Hoi pho” which became “Faifo”. In 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, whose buildings display a unique blend of local and foreign influences. Today, Hoi An is still a small city, but it attracts a fair number of tourists, also being a well-established place on the backpacker trail. Many visits to the numerous art and craft shops and tailors, who produce made-to-measure clothes. Dinner, Overnight at the hotel in Hoi An. Join the National Highway 1 and head up the Hai Van Pass (Cloudy Pass) stop in Da Nang for lunch before getting the World Heritage site of Hoi An, a major trading center in SE Asia in the 16th and 17th centuries. Arrive in Hoi An around noon time, tour ends. We really suggest you stay in Hoi An for 1 or 2 days before you get back to Hanoi or continue your journey further in the Central .
Hanoi Riding To Hue – Hoi An