Hanoi motorbike tour to Hoian via Ho Chi Minh Trail but unlike the others, the tour starts from Hanoi – Thac Ba – Sa Pa – the top north of Vietnam. It surely offers you the best overview of Vietnam's beauty, Vietnam history, and Vietnamese culture from the north to the south. This is the best Vietnam motorbike tour you should not skip if you have time in Vietnam.
Day 1: Hanoi ride to Thac Ba lake ( L, D ) – 185 km
7:30 AM pick up from your hotel in Hanoi to our bike shop to check the bikes before taking you to Thac Ba lake with safety and fun by riding a motorbike on our route that offers 80% of back-roads and off-road. We will arrive at Thac Ba lake around 4:00 pm then we can spend an hour having an enjoyable boat tour around the beautiful Thac Ba lake and you can swimming. We will stay overnight in a stilt-house of the Dzao people, the hosts are very welcome, and friendly, they’re also very good cooks and masters of rice wine.
Day 2: Thac Ba Lake to Sapa – 215 km ( B , L , D )
After breakfast with the Tay family, we will great motorbike ride along the Thac Ba lake, this ride promises to be one of the best motorcycle tours in North Vietnam, it offers a great view of the mountains, green lakes, and rice fields. After lunch in Pho Rang town, we continue the motorbike tour to Sapa, we will have a stop to visit the border with China, just to have a look at China from Vietnam. The last 45 km of the motorbike ride to Sapa must be a highlight of the Vietnam motorbike tour today because we will hit the road up and up to the level of 1600 meters above the sea where the Sapa town is located. This gives us plenty of chances to take amazing pictures of terrace rice fields and colorful hill tribes. We will be in Sapa at about 5:00 pm.
Day 3: Sa Pa – Than Uyen – 115 km. ( B, L, D )
You are free to explore Sapa town and Sapa market by foot until 1.30 PM, check out the hotel and continue to Than Uyen, we will make a splendid climb up to the top of Sapa on Tram Ton Pass – at over 2000m above sea level. This is a short motorbike trip but could be the most enjoyable motorbike ride in North Vietnam. The ride offers you an amazing view of the Hoang Lien mountain ranges for miles and miles. We arrive in Than Uyen by 5 PM. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 4: Than Uyen – Mu Cang Chai – Phu Yen – 220 km.( B, L, D )
We should start the day earlier today because the road to Phu Yen is quite long and especially it offers plenty of amazing views of rice terrace fields. Many stops for pictures and visiting the Hmong, the Thai, and the Muong people.
Day 5: Phu Yen – Mai Chau. – 140 km. ( B , L , D)
After breakfast, we will have the short but enjoyable motorbike ride along the Da river to the ferry where we take the boat to cross the river. The road is winding and beautiful with a nice river view. After the river, we motorcycle up and up to Moc Chau plateau – 100 meters above sea level – where we have lunch. And then take a small, quiet road down to Mai Chau. This road was built by the French in the 1920s, it is old but still good for riding motorbike rides especially, the view from the road is nice. So surely we will have a chance to enjoy another good motorbike tour in Vietnam. Arrive Mai Chau at 4.30 PM.
Day 6: Mai Chau – Tan Ky: 295 KM. ( B, L, D )
After enjoying breakfast in the peaceful village of Mai Chau, keep enjoying a Vietnam motorbike tour on a small, spectacular and paved trail along the Ma river until Cam Thuy town where we stop for lunch and then start the Top Vietnam Motorbike Tour on the historical Ho Chi Minh trails and then stay to Tan Ky town where we spend the night in a hotel. Tan Ky is a very small town located on two sides of Ho Chi Minh road, with some thousands of people this is a good chance to experience the daily life of people in a remote area.
Overnight in Tan Ky – Hotel
Day 7: Motorbike Tour on Ho Chi Minh Road to Phong Nha Ke Bang. – 280 km. ( B, L, D)
After a simple breakfast served by local people, we keep motorcycling on the Ho Chi Minh trail until Pho Chau where we stop to visit the Ho Chi Minh Trail victory monument which is, in fact, the real starting point of the trail. And then hit 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.
Dinner and overnight in Phong Nha – Hotel
Day 8 : Phong Nha – Khe Sanh – 245 km.( B , L , D )
From Phong Nha, the Ho Chi Minh Trail has divided into 2 branches one on the eastern side and another one is in the western side. The Vietnam Motorbike Tour recommends riding on the western Ho Chi Minh trail. The trail goes through the National park of Phong Nha – Ke Bang, in more than 200 km, you will just see a few other motorbikes but a lot of beautiful and beautiful landscapes. Especially, we will get a chance to visit the former US Merine Base with tunnels, an Airbase, and an interesting museum of Khe Sanh. Surely, the motorbike ride today is the best motorbike tour on the Ho Chi Minh trail – in Vietnam.
Overnight in Khe Sanh – Hotel.
Day 9: Khe Sanh to Vinh Moc Tunnel and Hue – 195 km. ( B, L, D )
The motorbike ride today is mostly on the big road from the west to the east of Vietnam. After breakfast, we will ride along the 17th parallel – the former border between the north and south of Vietnam. We will do some stops to visit the famous historical vestiges such as Hien Luong Bridge. Vinh Moc tunnel…After lunch, we will join the highway No 1 down to the beautiful city of Hue. Arrive at Hue at about 4.30 PM.
Dinner and overnight in Hue – Hotel.
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.
Day 10: Discover the Hidden Charm of Hue. ( B )
Today we can choose between 2 options:
Opt 1– Take an easy and relaxing bus tour in Hue to see some famous attractions for half-day and another half day for free at leisure.
Opt 2– Take a more interesting motorbike tour in Hue to see some famous attractions and discover the hidden charm of Hue for the whole day.
Hue is well known for its historic monuments, which have earned it a place in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The seat of the Nguyen emperors was the Citadel, which occupies a large, walled area on the north side of the Perfume River. Inside the citadel was a forbidden city where only the emperors, concubines, and those close enough to them were granted access; the punishment for trespassing was death. Today, little of the forbidden city remains, though reconstruction efforts are in progress to maintain it as a historic tourist attraction.
Roughly along the Perfume River from Hue lie myriad other monuments, including the tombs of several emperors, including Minh Mang, Khai Đinh, and Tu Duc. Also notable is the Thien Mụ Pagoda, the largest pagoda in Huế and the official symbol of the city.
Several French-style buildings lie along the south bank of the Perfume River. Among them are Quốc Học High School, the oldest high school in Vietnam, and The Hue Royal Antiquities Museum.
Day 11: Hue ride to Hoi An – 175 km. ( B, L )
After breakfast, we will have a motorbike ride to the coastal road to go through the villages along the sea and enjoy the different views of Vietnam's beauty and Vietnamese culture. After lunch, we will have a great Vietnam motorbike tour on the famous Hai Van pass. The pass is between the mountains and the sea which surely offers you a great view. Arrive at Hoi An at 4.30 PM and end the tour. Say goodbye to your guide and check in at your hotel (your account ) – End The Tour.