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Ho Chi Minh Trails Motorcycle Tour 18D

HO CHI MINH TRAILS MOTORCYCLE TOUR – 18 DAYS

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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau (145 km, 5 hours riding)

Day 3: Mai Chau – Tan Ky (290 km, 9 hours riding

Day 4: Tan Ky – Phong Nha Cave (280 km, 8 hours riding

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

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

Day 7: Khe Sanh – Hue (180 km, 7 hours riding

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

Day 10: Hoi An – Kon Tum (~290 km, ~9 h)

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

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

Day 13: Nha Trang Beach

Day 14: Nha Trang – Da Lat (~ 150 km, ~ 4 hours riding)

Day 15: Da Lat Touring

Day 16: Da Lat – Cat Tien National Park (~ 190 km, ~ 5 hours riding)

Day 17: Cat Tien – Saigon (~ 160 km, ~ 4 hours riding)

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Upon arrival, Our Tour guide and driver will pick up and transfer to H anoi for check in hotel.Then briefing some information of the Vietnam motorcycle tours, Vietnam traffic rules, the bikes…Free at leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau (145 km, 5 hours riding)

After breakfast, we will start the first day of the trip to the most beautiful Vietnam Motorcycle Tours to Mai Chai Valley

Overnight in Mai Chau

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

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.

Overnight in Tan Ky guesthouse

Day 4: Tan Ky – Phong Nha Cave (280 km, 8 hours riding)

Ride to Phong Nha Cave on Ho Chi Minh trail Highway until Pho Chau where we stop to visit the HCM Trail victory monument which is 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.

Overnight in Phong Nha

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

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.

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

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.

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

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, riding 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.

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

Hue is one of places, which has many cultural heritages. Up to now, there is no place like Hue remaining a lot of originally historical vestiges as in this ancient Capital City

After breakfast, our tour starts with the visit to Imperial Citadel before Joining the National Highway 1 and head up the Hai Van Pass (Cloudy Pass) to the World Heritage site of Hoi An, a major trading centre in Southeast Asia in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An

Day free to cycle through rice paddies in the countryside of Hoi An ancient town, shop for souvenirs among the antique shops and art galleries, or just sit at sidewalk cafes and soak up the atmosphere of this quaint town. Or relax on the white sandy beach of the famous China Beach.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10: Hoi An – Kon Tum (~290 km, ~9 h)

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 peoples 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 – Buon Ma Thuot (~240 km, ~8 h)

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 – Nha Trang (~190 km, ~7 h)

We take an easy drive Nha Trang Beach 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

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 13: Nha Trang Beach

Today is a free day at leisure in Nha Trang for relaxing and unwinding at the resort overlooking beautiful Bay. Snorkel or dive among the coral reefs in crystal blue waters, hike nature trails, cool off in your private plunge pool, indulge in spa treatments or just relax on the white sand beach and admire the unspoiled mountain and sea views.

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 14: Nha Trang – Da Lat (~ 150 km, ~ 4 hours riding)

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

Overnight in Da Lat

Day 15: Da Lat Touring

Da Lat is known as “The valley of Love” and is a favorite holiday resort for Vietnamese as well as the French. With evergreen forests, waterfalls, beautiful lakes, the country’s best flower gardens, and delicious fresh vegetable. 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

Day 16: Da Lat – Cat Tien National Park (~ 190 km, ~ 5 hours riding)

Cat Tien National Park 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.

Overnight in Cat Tien National Park

Day 17: Cat Tien – Saigon (~ 160 km, ~ 4 hours riding)

This is not so long but is a big day as traffic is very crazy when we enter Saigon (HCM City). Upon arrival, check in the hotel and free at leisure.

Overnight in Saigon.

Day 18: Saigon Departure (B)

Enjoy some free time before your transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. If time permits, shop around for some last minute purchases or simply relax before your onward departure flight.