Motorcycling the legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail Hanoi, Viet Nam Motorcycle Tours
Hanoi, Viet Nam Motorcycle Tours

The legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail was the supply line used by North Vietnam to link North and South Vietnam during the American War. BOOK TOUR NOW TO GET BIG OFFERS FOR SUMMER 2013.

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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

Motorcycling tour to Ho Chi Minh trails Vietnam

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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hotel: Hoi An Town
Meal: Breakfast

Day 11: Hoi an Departure
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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.

Motorcycling tour to Ho Chi Minh trails Vietnam

Map & Directions

Level 2, no 17/167, Tay son street, Hanoi, Viet Nam 844

Points of Interest
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 and Services

Hanoi city tour
Mai Chau valley
Tan Ky, Nghe An
President Ho Chi Minh Homeland
Huong Khe - Dong Loc Interjunction
Phong Nha caves
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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