Motorcycling the legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail: Motorcycling tour to Ho Chi Minh trails Vietnam
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Motorcycling average 175km/day on less tourist road of Ho Chi Minh trail from North to Central Vietnam
Visit to President Ho Chi Minh homeland: the house, village and learn about his humble family in Nghe An
Stop historical sites of DMZ area then riding under the shades of Truong Son range with very familiar well-known names, especially for veterans such as: Ben Hai River, Vinh Moc tunnel, Khe Sanh, Ta Con airbase etc
Motorcycling through a series of Heritage lines including Phong Nha caves, Hue citadel and Hoi An town

Typical Day


Day 01: Arrival in Hanoi
Arriving in Hanoi, you will clear customs and immigration. Leaving the airport, you will be met by your guide, holding a sign with your name on it. He will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of day is free to wash up and rest.
In the evening we will attend the famous Water Puppet Show, with its introduction to Vietnamese history and mythology. At night, you will have a welcome dinner with local delights. Overnight in Hanoi.
Summary
Transfer: 50min
Hotel: Hanoi
Meal: Welcome dinner

Day 02: Hanoi city tour - no motorbiking
After breakfast we will begin our city tour of Hanoi. At first, we visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and the “Uncle Ho” house. After that we head to the unique One Stilt Pagoda, which date from one thousand year ago.
Continue to the Hanoi’s famous Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam founded in 1070. The highlight of this cultural, historical site is the garden of stelae where you find 82 stone stelae bearing names, places of birth and achievements of men who received doctorates in each triennial examination from 1442; each stelae sits on a stone tortoise.
Lunch in local restaurant before heading to the Old Quarter for a relaxing cyclo tour through the ancient part of Hanoi. Perhaps the most interesting area you will visit is the Old Quarter. Here many tiny streets join to sell a huge diversity of products. In the old days, each street bore the name of the product sold " “Shoe Street,” “Noodle Street,” and the like. Today, the streets sometimes sell a variety of items, but often the names are accurate. The Old Quarter also houses some of the most interesting art galleries and fashion houses.
After the cyclo tour we will drive to the Museum of Ethnology, which is quite away from the central Hanoi. It features a fascinating collection of art and everyday objects gathered from Vietnam and its diverse tribal people. On our trip we will meet some tribal groups " now it is time to learn about them. Overnight in Hanoi.
Summary
Sightseeing: full day
Hotel: Hanoi
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch.

Day 03: Hanoi " Mai Chau & 170km/106miles
In the morning we take our very first ride to the Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum on the outskirts of Hanoi (if support truck requested, we will take taxi while the truck transfer bikes there in advance). 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 motor vehicles 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. Overnight in a stilt house of the Thai people.

Summary
Distance: 170km
Home-stay: village in Mai Chau
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 04: Mai Chau " Tan Ky in Nghe An & 270km/168miles
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 Tan Ky, which is close to where Ho Chi Minh was born. Overnight in hotel.
Summary
Distance: 270km
Hotel in Tan Ky
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05: Tan Ky " Huong Khe & 160km/99miles
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 westerners.
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. Overnight in a mini hotel.
Summary
Distance: 160km
Hotel: Huong Khe Town
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 06: Huong Khe " Phong Nha " Dong Hoi (Quang Binh) & 210km/130miles
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 Nha cave.
After the exploration of Phong Nha, we ride 30km eastward to the coastal town of Dong Hoi, our today’s overnight spot. Overnight in hotel.
Summary
Distance: 210km
Hotel: Dong Hoi Town
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 07: Dong Hoi " Dong Ha (Quang Tri) & 180km/112miles
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 ride to the mystic Vinh Moc Tunnel and the famous DMZ site, Doc Mieu fire base and the historic Hien Luong Bridge.
Overnight in Dong Ha.
Summary
Distance: 100km in the moring & 80km in the afternoon
Hotel: Dong Ha Town
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 08: Dong Ha " Khe Sanh " A Luoi (Thua Thien Hue Province) & 200km/124miles
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 Huong 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 village.
From Ta Rut, you head over scenic Pe Ke Pass and then down to A Luoi for the night. Overnight in a simple gueshouse.
Summary
Distance: 200km
Hotel: guesthouse in A Luoi Town
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 09: A Luoi " Hien " Thanh My " Hoi An & 220km/137miles
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. Overnight in Hoi An.
Summary
Distance: 220km
Hotel: Hoi An Town
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Hoi An " a day off
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.
Summary
Hotel: Hoi An Town
Meal: Breakfast

Day 11: Hoi an Departure
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Summary
Transfer: 1 hr
Meal: Breakfast.

Note on client safety
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

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WHAT IS INCLUDED
Semi-automatic Honda 125CC
Best Rated Hotel Accommodations
Unlimited Mileage
Helmets for the driver and passenger
Daily breakfast
Other meals as indicated in itinerary
Homestay permission
Professional English speaking tour leaders
Water & Snacks on driving days
First-aid kit
National Park and other Entrance Fees
Preparation and Orientation
All taxes, fees, and environmental surcharges
Support truck and mechanic as in indicated price option

MOTORCYCLING GRADE
Moderate Grade that means this tour involve in active, physical-required activities can be up to 4 - 5 hours a day at a steady pace. The tour is going to involve a considerable amount of ascent or descent under different weather conditions. Support facilities may not be available on-site and there are some occasional difficult days. You will need a good level of fitness.
* Suggested preparation: 30 - 45 minutes of aerobic, physical exercise, 3-4 times per week for a few weeks leading up to your adventure are recommended.
Who suits: For outdoor novices and above.
Activity: 4-5 hours most days
Distances: Hike up to 8 miles (or 13km) most days, motorbiking 100-125miles (150-200km) on paved, twist road most days, sometimes off road
Surfaces: rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
Elevation change: up to 3,000 ft/day (about 900m)
Altitude: up to 8,000 ft (about 2500m)


MEALS AND FOOD
- Day 1: Dinner
- Day 2-9: Breakfast, Lunch
- Day 10, 11: Breakfast
All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. While in big towns we will enjoy Vietnamese cuisine in fine restaurants. Once we travel away from big towns, the emphasis will be on healthy and nutritious fresh local produce.

HOTELS AND HOMESTAY
In big towns we use the finest 3-star hotels with central location. Please contact us if you prefer higher hotel categories.
In remote areas we use the best hotels or guest houses available.
Homestay in Mai Chau is simple in term of bedding condition and amenities. We will stay overnight in the traditional house-on-stilt of the Thai people and, as the locals do, we will sleep on bamboo floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillows and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style and some steps away from the main house.

OUR MOTORBIKING GUIDE
The tour will be led by one of our tour guides who is experienced in guiding motorcycling tours in Vietnam. He has been carefully selected and trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by the government. In addition, he has been trained in first-aid by SOS International and he knows how to deal with difficult situations. You will have a great time traveling with him.

THE MOTORCYCLING DAYS
A typical motorcycle riding day starts at about 8.30 am after breakfast. Lunch times can vary depending on the distance. We aim to reach the next overnight stop by 4.30 or 5. During the riding we will have short breaks for rest, snack and photographing.

MOTORBIKES AND UPGRADE
The upgrade to Dirt Bikes are always available and upon your request. We have many Dirt Bike models various from 125CC up to 650cc for wide range of riders' experience. They are very much suit to Vietnam roads.
Due to the road conditions of Vietnam, big-size or big-engine motorbikes (such as: 1000cc up) are not popular and expensive. Such big-engine motorbikes may not maximize their power as well as technical specs while highway express in Vietnam is not good enough and the awareness of traffic attendants are relatively low. Moreover, the rental prices can be very high due to high imported taxes added into the price. We strongly encourage you contact to our team if you decided to take those ones.

SUPPORT VEHICLE
Vietnam with various terrain and great scenery is an ideal place for adventure motorcycling. Although it is so fun and adventurous to ride in Vietnam it is surely a challenge for any foreign rider since the traffic is so different from the rest of the world. Moreover, we want everyone to enjoy their motorbiking experience on this trip and we recognize the importance of group members being allowed to ride at their own pace. At times there can be a fair distance between the front and rear riders in the group, with the support vehicle and tour leader out of sight. The support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from motorcycling at any time.

Note on client safety
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

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WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Travel insurance
Visa process and stamp
Domestic air-tickets
Tips and gratitude
Gasoline average US$ 10 per day
Transportation between hotel and location (restrictions may apply at certain locations)
Personal motorbike protection gears
Others not mentioned

Surcharge for dirt bikes:
Yamaha XTZ 125C: US$ 16/day
Honda XR 250CC: US$ 29/day
Suzuki DRZ 400 CC: US$ 40/day

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WHAT ATA SUPPLIES?
- We use Future Neo 2009 125CC in this quotation by default. The reason is that the neat and very good design by Honda Vietnam is perfectly suitable for Vietnam road paths. The gear shift is changed easily and smoothly. This models can give you good experiences over almost motorcycling paths of Vietnam. Honda Future Neo is our choice in the quotation as its very affordable price, popular spare parts, easy-to-control even for motorcycling beginners
Curb weight : 105 kg
Overall length: 1890mm
Overall width: 705mm
Overall height: 1085 mm
Wheel base: 1,240 mm
Seat height : 767 mm
Fuel tank capacity: 3.7l
Engine oil capacity: 0.9 litre when dismantling machine; 0.7 litre when changing lubricant
Engine type: Gasoline, 04-stroke, single, air-cooled
Gear box: Mechanical, 4-step rotary system
Starting system: Electric/kick starter
- For Upgrade Dirt Bikes options: our top picked Dirt Bike upgrade is YAMAHA ZTX 125. This is a real offroad bikes by the second player in Vietnam motor market - Yamaha. The company focuses on young customers with active lifestyle. Our model is 2015 with many improvement in performance and give you real motorbiking experience in Vietnam. The upgrade surcharge is very affordable while the experience brought back is far more.
Overall length: 2090mm
Overall width: 830mm
Overall height: 1115mm
Minimum ground clearance: 260mm
Weight (with full fuel tank): 118kg
Seat height: 840mm
Maximum horse power: 12.5PS/8000r/min
Fuel tank capacity: 11 liter
Engine type single cylinder, cool air, 5 strokes
- High Quality Helmets - Manufacturer: Vietnam: Injection-molded thermoplastic shell construction. Full-face helmet, provided in long motorbiking trips, offers maximum protection during off-road use. Half face helmet will be provided for traversing inside the city.
- Saddle bags (roughly 7 kg each side)
- Extra rucksack or bag strapped
- ATA first-aid kit: Available on any ATA trip
- If you pick the price option Incl. Mechanic and Support truck, we will supply:
- Support truck: Vietnam with various terrain and great scenery is an ideal place for adventure motorcycling. Although it is so fun and adventurous to ride in Vietnam it is surely a challenge for any foreign rider since the traffic is so different from the rest of the world. Moreover, we want everyone to enjoy their motorbiking experience on this trip and we recognize the importance of group members being allowed to ride at their own pace. At times there can be a fair distance between the front and rear riders in the group, with the support vehicle and tour leader out of sight. The support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from motorcycling at any time.
- 01 professional mechanic along the motorbiking trip who greatly understand the technical issues and fix our motorbikes as manufacturer's requirements. That will maximize your safety and the duration of our motorbikes usages.
- Spare parts of the motorbike such as: Tyres, Pump, Plastic tyre levers, Brake cable, Gear cable etc.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING WITH?
Original passport
Good quality helmet (your own helmet is recommended)
Wellington/riding boots
Water waterproof gloves
Summer gloves
T-shirts/underwear/socks
Balaclava to cover your face
Turtleneck shirts
Long-sleeved shirts
A pair of extra jeans
Goggles and sunglasses
Bandannas
Light waterproof jackets
Basic toiletries, Sun block, anti-insect repellent, rain coat.
GoPro Camera - optional
Mobile phone with multi sockets - optional

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motorbikeActive Travel Asia - Motorcycling the Ho Chi Minh Trail
Level 2, No 17/167, Tay son, Hanoi
Mai Chau
tt. Mai Châu, Mai Châu, Hòa Bình, Vietnam
Tan Ky
Nghe An, Vietnam
Huong Khe
Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam
Dong Hoi
tp. Đồng Hới, Quảng Bình, Vietnam
Dong Ha
Quảng Trị Province, Vietnam
Khe Sanh
Hue, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
Hoi an
tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Danang Airport
Da Nang, Hải Châu District, Da Nang, Vietnam




Nearby Attractions & Services

DescriptionDistance
Hanoi city tour

Mai Chau valley

Tan Ky, Nghe An

President Ho Chi Minh Homeland

Huong Khe - Dong Loc Interjunction

Phong Nha caves

DescriptionDistance
Truong Son cemetery & Vinh Moc Tunnel

DMZ with Khe Sanh, A Luoi

Veteran sites: Ta Con Airbase, Dakrong

Thanh My in Hue city

Hoi an ancient town



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