7 Day 6 Night Northeastern Vietnam Motorbike tour
7 Day 6 Night Ho Chi Minh trail short tour
We’ll start at 9:30 in the morning, effectively skipping the morning rush hour. Heading out of the city through Northwest Hanoi, you will face your first challenge: weaving through an army of scooters and motorbikes with female ninjas draped from head to toe in anti-sunlight armor. We have just the right mix of highways and back-roads, with a special 20 km off-road route near the end of today’s ride. After reaching our homestay in Mai Chau at about 6 pm, we’ll hang out with the locals, dine and dance (the traditional bamboo dance is load of fun), and try out authentic ethnic herb-infused spirits.
Day 2: Mai Chau - Tan Ky (270 km; 5 hours)
After breakfast and some Vietnamese coffee (extremely strong and will slap your brain to life), we’ll take a small detour to Pu Luong, a rustic tucked away area seemingly untouched by man. Here, we offer difficult off-road tracks for the adventurous and experienced, and easier back-roads for those new to biking. Whichever routes, we will be riding up 1700 meter above sea-level, pass remote villages in the middle of nature, and back down to the famous Ho Chi Minh trail. From then it’s straight riding to Tan Ky, with the occasional monster truck dodging mini-game in between.
Motel stay in Tan Ky.
Day 3: Tan Ky - Phong Nha Ke Bang (280 km; 5 hours)
We won’t be doing any off-road riding today, but if we make good time, we’ll get to explore one of Vietnam largest cave: Phong Nha Ke Bang.
The Ho Chi Minh trail will take us through the heart of central Vietnam, with green paddy fields stretching as far as the eyes can see and looming limestone mountains in the background. You will have time to take it all in, and enjoy the scenery as we make our way along the backbone of Vietnam.
We’ll end our day in Phong Nha Ke Bang, and prepare the next day for our venture around this World Natural Heritage - one of the most beautiful and distinctive pattern of cavern formation in Southeast Asia.
Day 4: Phong Nha Ke Bang - Khe Sanh (220 km; 5 hours)
To start off our day, we’ll explore Phong Nha Ke Bang.
Setting off for Khe Sanh later in the day, we have 2 choices for you: West-bounds along the “hidden trail” right through Phong Nha Ke Bang national park with its mountains and jungles. You’ll see more green than a stoner in dispensary, with mountain view that is to die for. Or we can head East, to long beaches and fisherman villages with fresh caught seafood.
We’ll also take you to Latitude 17, the border between the Communist North and Capitalist South Vietnam during the civil war. We’ll visit Vinh Moc tunnel, a one-of-a-kind underground compound that housed hundreds of people, civilian and soldiers alike, with fully functional med-bay, maternity ward, nursing bay, kitchen, living quarter, etc… This underground tunnel system successfully shielded and launched countless Viet-Cong operations against the Southern Republic of Vietnam for almost 10 years.
We’ll arrive at Khe Sanh at 5 pm.
Day 5: Khe Sanh - Hue (180 km; 5 hours)
More war stories and historical attractions! Yay!
We will tour the former US Marine base in Khe Sanh complete with air base, tunnels, and museum. Khe Sanh was a strategic position in the civil war, which objectives were to cut off the Ho Chi Minh trail and fend off North Vietnam advances via South China Sea. Hell on Earth happened here in 1968 with the Khe Sanh battle. We’ll learn of the futility and brutality of a pointless war, and how the local moved on.
Leaving Khe Sanh, we’ll head for A Luoi for lunch and more brain-slapping Vietnamese coffee. Afterwards, we’ll take a left on Route 49 and ride straight for Hue city, arriving just in time for beer time.
Day 6: Hue and the Forbidden City
Day off! We’ll save the riding for another day.
Hue city is famous for its ephemeral melancholy, a lingering scent of gentleness and grace that flutters by in the air, amid its tenacious and kind people. We can storm the Forbidden City, hang out in the king’s palace, walk around their many tombs, stuff our face with the local Bun Bo Nam Bo and Hue’s plethora of traditional snacks, or simply laze around in the hotel room flicking through TV channels.
However you want to spend your day, you’ve earned it!
Day 7: Hue - Hoi An (170 km; 4 hours)
Setting off from Hue, we’ll ride along the coast through a few fishing villages and Lang Co beach - one of the world’s seven most beautiful beaches. Our ride will also take us along Hai Van pass, one of the most beautiful coastline in the world. We can make a quick stop at the peak to take in all the majesty and magnificence of this world-class site. We will arrive at Da Nang city at 2 pm, leave our bikes at the train station and enjoy some late lunch in a beach-side restaurant. After that it’s a straight taxi ride to Hoi An, ending our 7 days on the road through the most beautiful and untouched part of Vietnam.