Hanoi - Mai Chau - Vinh - Huong Khe - Phong Nha -
Dong Hoi - Dong Ha - Khe Sanh - A Luoi - Hoi An - Da Nang
Duration: 11-day trip with 7-day motorcycling
Motorcycling grade: Moderate
Trip starts from: Hanoi
Trip ends in ; Hanoi
Trip profile: The legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail was the
supply line used by North Vietnam to link North and South Vietnam during
the American War. Soldiers, ammunition, weapons and supplies were
carried by hand, bicycle and truck for hundreds of kilometers through
the otherwise impenetrable jungle that covered Vietnam’s mountainous
border with Laos. A testimony to the ingenuity, fortitude and commitment
of the northern Vietnamese, the trail slipped from use at the end of the
war and was taken back by the jungle. Recent road work that follow
original sections of the trail have changed this.
Besides incredible driving, deep in the Vietnamese countryside, this
ride takes in the charming ancient trading town of Hoian, Khe Sanh
battle site and DMZ. We also take time to stay overnight in a
traditional Thai hill tribe and visit to some tribal villages on the
- Beautiful natural scenery
- Historical sites
- Charming ancient trading town of Hoian
- Just you, no others travelers
- All inclusive
Itinerary in brief:
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2: City tour of Hanoi
Day 3: Ride to Mai Chau/village home stay
Day 4: Head south to Vinh
Day 5: Drive to Huong Khe
Day 6: Drive to Phong Nha for cave exploration / continue to Dong Hoi
Day 7: Ride to Dong Ha
Day 8: Head west to Khe Sanh/ride to Aluoi
Day 9: Long drive to Hoian
Day 10: In Hoian
Day 11: Transfer to Da Nang Airport for departure
Day 01: Arrival in Hanoi.
Upon arrival to airport, met and transfered to hotel in Hanoi by driver
and tourguide, time at leisure.. Dinner in famous restaurant. Overnight
in Hanoi. (D)
Day 02: Hanoi sightseeing
Take a visit to Ho Chi Minh complex including mausoleum, presidential
palace, his house on stilt and one pillar pagoda . Then we visit ''
Hanoi Hilton'' , temple of literature -first university in Viet Nam
.Have lunch, after that the ethnology museum will be our next
destination where the images , objects , a few houses of 54 ethnic group
are displayed .Drive to the old quarter which include ''36 ancient
streets '' set up since 15th century for cyclo tour , walking around
the Returned-Sword lake ,visit Ngoc Son temple. We enjoin water puppet
show , highlighted art of Vietnamese .Dinner included , Overnight in
Day 03: Hanoi – Mai Chau. (Distance:
In the morning we take a short bus drive the Ho Chi Minh Trail
Museum on the outskirts of Hanoi. The museum is a great place
to learn about the historic trail which we will ride on. After the visit
to the museum we will jump on our Minsks and spend sometime to get
familiar with the bikes.
Now, let’s begin our adventure. We will ride on Highway 6
passing extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split
by tree-lined roads punctuated by limestone karst scenery.
After a light lunch in Hoa Binh Town, the capital of
Hoa Binh Province, we cross two short mountain passes then descent to
the mountain valley settlement of Mai Chau. Dinner
and overnight in a traditional stilt house of the Thai
Day 04: Mai Chau – Vinh. (Distance :
Say goodbye to the villagers we then head south on a beautiful winding
road which follow the banks of the Ma River. After
some hours riding on undulating quiet road we join the new Ho Chi Minh
Highway. This newly carved route leads us due south, through remote back
country , not far from the Laos border. Lunch will be on the way with
local foods. In the afternoon we cut eastward towards the coast and stay
overnight in the peaceful city of Vinh, which is close
to where Ho Chi Minh was born. Dinner in local restaurant and overnight
in hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 05: Vinh – Huong Khe. (Distance :
160 km )
This morning we head inland towards the Laos border after 40min riding
we can reach the birthplace of Ho Chi Minh in Kim Lien Village.
The place is truly a shrine to the Vietnamese and visited by few
After paying respects to Uncle Ho, we head to the HCM Highway via Thanh
Chuong District. You cross the Lam River on the
Ro Bridge and then drive primarily on the beautiful new
highway of Ho Chi Minh. Lunch break in Pho Chau Town, a tiny town about
40km from Thanh Chuong.
After lunch, we continue on the quiet highway to Dong Loc
Intersection, (main junction for supply lines during the war)
which is widely regarded in Vietnamese eyes as the beginning of Ho Chi
Minh Trail. We then pass through renote back country , close to the
border , as the scenery steadily becomes dominated by karst limestone
rock formations. We will reach our overnight spot, Huong Khe
Town, around 5pm. Dinner in local restaurant and overnight in a
mini hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 06: Huong Khe – Phong Nha – Dong
Hoi (Quang Binh). (Distance: 210 km)
Today’s ride is on a very quiet section of the new highway. En route,
you will come to Khe Ve Intersection and Pheo
– the very first branch of the Ho Chi Minh Trail into Laos.
Continuing on from Pheo, we will arrive in Phong Nha
around noon. After lunch in local restaurant, we board a dragon boat to
explore the famous Nature World Heritage Site of Phong
After the exploration of Phong Nha, we ride 30km eastward to the costal
town of Dong Hoi, our today’s overnight spot. Dinner
and overnight in hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 07: Dong Hoi – Dong Ha (Quang Tri).
(Distance: 176 km)
Today’s ride is also on the new, quiet highway. Along the way, we will
have a short stop at Truong Son National Cemetery to
pay respect to the soldiers who fought and died on the trail during the
American War. After here we head to Dong Ha Town
passing Ben Tat Bridge, built by the VC over the
Ben Hai River.
Arriving in Dong Ha, we will check into the hotel, and have some lunch.
In the afternoon, we dride to the mystic Vinh Moc Tunnel
and the famous DMZ, Doc Mieu fire base
and the historic Hien Luong Bridge. (B/L/D)
Dinner and overnight in Dong Ha town.
Day 08: Dong Ha – Khe Sanh – A Luoi (Thua
Thien Hue Province). (Distance : 200 km)
Continuing west on Highway 9, we will climb into the
Truong Son foothills. About 16km from Khe Sanh is the Dakrong
Bridge and the road turns winding and narrow. A bit further,
we will come to Huang Hoa, once known as Khe
Sanh Base, which was established as a forward base by General
Westmoreland near Laos to secure Highway 9. About 3km from Khe Sanh is
Ta Con Airbase.
Lunch in Khe Sanh and then head out across the famous Dakrong River
Bridge on Rte. 14 Near the town of Ta Rut, we will stop for a visit
with the Pa Co people and a walk through their
From Ta Rut, you head over scenic Pe Ke Pass and then
down to A Luoi for the night.
Dinner in local restaurant and overnight in a simple guesthouse. (B/L/D)
Day 09: A Luoi – Hien – Thanh My – Hoi
An . (Distance: 240 km)
Today’s riding is the best riding of the whole route. For the first
110km, we cross one of the longest and most stunning pass on new and
quiet road, through stunning scenery of primitive forests backed by the
imposing Truong Son mountain range. There are also two long tunnels and
very little traffic. The next 68km from Hien to
Thanh My are on good road with some gentle climbs.
Lunch on the way in local restaurant. The last 40km of the day are on an
older, bumpier road all the way from Ai Nghia to the
charming ancient town of Hoi An. Dinner and overnight
in Hoi An. (B/L/D)
Day 10: Hoi An – Free at leisure.
Hoi An, nestled on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Before the river
silted up, Hoi An was one of the most important trading ports in
Southeast Asia, and a center for East-West exchange and trade. The
rooftops of Hoi An retain a magical old world Oriental feel and are a
favorite subject for Vietnamese artists. In the early 1980s Hoi An’s
ancient quarters and historical monuments came under the protection and
restoration efforts of UNESCO and the Polish government.
You will spend the day visiting the town of Hoi An on your own.
Overnight in Hoi An.(B)
Day 11: Departure.Price
in USD per person:
Transfer from Hoi An to Da Nang for departure flight .(B)
- Support vehicle (4 pax onward)
- Minsk motorbike
- Gasoline for the ride
- English or French speaking guide
- Hotels & Guesthouse based on twin shared
- Home stay permission
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary , B = Breakfast, L =
Lunch, D = Dinner.
- Water & Snacks
- First-aid kit
- Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees
- Travel insurance
- Visa arrangement
- Air fares
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses
- Services not mentioned in the itinerary
What To Bring?
we suggest for motorcycle touring with these items:
-CLOTHING: rain gloves, Wellington boots (rubber boots for rainy season
from April to September), summer gloves, balaclava, t-shirts, socks & underwear,
long sleeved shirts, turtleneck shirts, extra jeans, a light jacket, leather
chaps, zip-lock bags, riding boots, bandanas, sunglasses and goggles.
-PERSONAL ITEMS: original Passport, basic toiletries, emergency cash,
sunscreen and earplugs.
-EMERGENCY ITEMS: a first aid kit, emergency contact number, list medical
conditions, list medications, a flashlight, chargers and a duct tape.
-MISCELLANEOUS : a small towel, a bath towel, trash bags, camera and
cargo net...and probably some gifts for children.