Self-drive Vietnam 4×4 Tour on the Ho Chi Minh trail – 8 days

Duration : 08/Days
Destination : Hanoi → Phu Yen → Mai Chau → Tan Ky → Phong Nha → Khe Sanh → VInh Moc Tunnel → Hue → Hoi An

From: $1,832/person

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Self-driving motorbike tours have been a hot trend among young people, particularly adventurous travelers with unique  experiences you won’t find in another type. The legendary Ho Chi Minh trail is always evaluated as one of the most worthy routes to conquer as it offers viewers stunning landscapes from vast green jungles to endless sandy beaches.

In the 8-day Vietnam 4×4 tour, we will run through 8 ” famous ” places itinerary, including Phu Yen, Mai Chau, Tan Ky, Phong Nha, Khe Sanh, Vinh Loc Tunnel, Hue, Hoi An to experience the diversity of amazing natural beauty, exotic ethnic culture values and unique culinary features of the indigenous.

Let’s not waste time anymore. Kick off your riding and go with us.

ITINERARY

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Enjoy good quality services from BM Travel Adventure
  • No need to be distracted  because of having a guide and you do not need to worry about where to eat and accommodation
  • Meet the villagers in the central region of Vietnam, they are very gentle and friendly
  • Take a 4×4 tour and learn about famous historical sites
  • The central tourist sites are extremely rich and varied and could not be fully described in an article. Hope that the information above will help you know more about the beautiful landscapes on this sunny and windy central land strip.
Day 1Hanoi – Phu Yen (170km, 5-hour drive)

Before departing, we group together for a listen to the safety and essential notes. Then escape from a low-elevation floodplain formed at the mouth of the Red River to hit Phu Yen. This rural district of Son La Province in Northwestern Vietnam is bestowed with various majestic and untouched landscapes by Mother Nature. Phu Yen is a land rich in unique culture and customs in costumes, cuisine, and spiritual life.

During the 100km drive from Hanoi, you will have to go across numerous gigantic mountains created by certain geographical changes and vast rice paddies. As expected, we will arrive in Phu Yen District in the early afternoon. Settle down and we can enjoy the supper in a local restaurant. Stay overnight at a hotel. End of the very first day of the journey.

Day 2Phu Yen – Mai Chau (170km, 6-hour drive)

Today’s point is Mai Chau – the untapped world away from Hanoi’s rush setting in a pastoral valley, surrounded by high hills. The town of Mai Chau is also home to lots of ethnic minority groups. Come here, you will see a new part of Vietnamese culture and a different way of life. With dark green forested mountains as the backdrop, gently winding streams, and bright green rice fields stretching as far as the eye can see, Mai Chau’s calm scenario is without dispute a great laid-back that’s worth your visit.

Along the way, our car will go through solitary villages of H’mong, Dao and Thai people, on both small paved roads and off-road tracks. We will reach Mai Chau at about 4 p.m. Have dinner later and spend the night at a stilt-house homestay in the village.

Day 3Mai Chau – Tan Ky (50km, 6-hour drive)

Leave Mai Chau after a hearty morning meal, we will roll our set of wheels to a mountainous district in Nghe An Province – Tan Ky, which abounds with plenty of historical impressions in the Ho Chi Minh Campaign (Saigon Fall). Firstly, get on a small paved trail along Ma River (Song Ma) – one of the longest rivers of the region. Differ from the Red River, the Ma River delta is narrower with the presence of sandy soil.

Lunchtime at Ngoc Lac Town – the “giant and precious gem”, the intersection of Thanh Hoa Province’s lowland and upland, offers tourists abundant historical sites, cave systems, and original culinary and cultural festivals. Clear the newly built highway section of the Ho Chi Minh trail to hit Tan Ky Town for a stopover.

Day 4Tan Ky – Phong Nha (280km, 6-hour drive)

Continue our journey to the largest and most beautiful National Park and caves in Indochina in general; and in Vietnam in particular – Phong Nha – Ke Bang, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated on the north of the mighty Truong Son range, the national park is known for stunning limestone formations, the prettiest water-grotto system in the world. Moreover, Phong Nha – Ke Bang is also recognized for its biodiversity with the highest number of plants and animals on earth. Besides, it’s home to A Rem ethnic minority, who were believed to be extinct when there were only 18 of them left in 1956.

The park can be said to be the best place for visitors to get closer to nature and uncover the large forest and long rivers. Chow down on dinner and get some sleep at a hotel.

Day 5Phong Nha – Khe Sanh (220km, 7-hour driver)

Head south through foothills where stands the former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) – an important chapter of Vietnam’s history. The barren foothills were heavily affected by Agent Orange back in the war of Vietnam. However, there are still many shreds of evidence of bombing on the mountainsides and we will go see remnants of the original Trail from time to time.

Drive on the famous Western Ho Chi Minh Trail until getting to Khe Sanh (former US Marine Base) for dinner and overnight at a hotel. Located in a valley of red land at an altitude of 400m above sea level, Khe Sanh’s surroundings are rolling hills which saw some of the fiercest fightings during the American War.

Day 6Khe Sanh – Vinh Moc Tunnel – Hue (200km)

Start our 6th day by venturing over the Da Krong Bridge – the main access point to the Ho Chi Minh Trail during the war. Then, visit the famed A Shau valley, one of the strategic focal points of the Vietnamese wartime. The valley 25-mile long bottomland covered with high elephant grass, fringed by 2 densely forested mountain ridges.

Get on the barren road No. 9 towards the Hien Luong Bridge at the former DMZ before going see Vinh Moc Tunnel – a strategic location on the border of North and South Vietnam, which was built to shelter people from bombing. Back then, when the villagers were forced to leave by the American forces, they dug the tunnels and moved the village to a depth of 30m with wells, kitchen, rooms for each family and even space for healthcare. Fortunately, it was successful and no one died.

Keep driving on the small trail along the coast, we will reach Hue – the city of romantic beauty where lies the famous Perfume River. Sup on a local eatery and have a tight sleep at a hotel there.

Day 7Hue Sightseeing

Best known as the royal city in Vietnam, Hue is home to splendid palaces, ancient tombs, pagodas, temples, and shrines in a romantic spectacle. With the outstanding architecture, friendly and modest citizens, the simplest things, and the irresistibly delicious cuisine, Hue is such a great place to spend a whole day discovering and relaxing in.

Go for a cruise along with the symbol of Hue city – Huong River, which is so-called Perfume River thanks to the floral scent from flowers falling into the water. With its romantic and poetic sceneries on the sides, the river is the perfect spot for a sailor a stroll. Before bedtime, pay a visit to 2 out of 3 must-visit tombs in Hue: Minh Mang and Tu Duc or the Imperial Citadel’s remnants, which was considerably ruined during the Tet Offensive in the year 1968.

Day 8Hue – Hoi An (160km, 5-hour drive)

Enter the National Highway No.1 and ascend the Hai Van Pass (Sea-Cloud Pass) to get the best view of clear blue skies and verdant mountains that overlooks Da Nang attractions such as Da Nang city, Son Tra Peninsula, South China Sea, and Tien Sa Port. As the highest pass in Vietnam, Hai Van is well known among adventurous travelers for its abrupt curves, blind corners, and winding roads.

The next destination is the World Heritage Site of Hoi An. As a major trading port of Southeast Asia in the 16th and 17th centuries, the seaside town is considered a living museum boasting a variety of old-town architectures, even more. Hoi An has what it takes to attract people to come and stay, such as delectable food, skilled tailors, fun shopping, and endearing inhabitants who always give visitors a cozy atmosphere. As scheduled, we will end up the 8-day self-drive tour at Hoi An in the afternoon.

LUXURY PRICE

Vietnam motorbike tours prices for a guided Vietnam motorcycle tour

*Full package, no hidden cost surprises

Guided Tour

(On-road)

Hymalaya / Versy 300

Honda CB 500x

BMW GS1200

One personContact UsContact UsContact Us
Two peopleContact UsContact UsContact Us
Three people310 USD/day/person315 USD/day/person495 USD/day/person
From four people290 USD/day/person299 USD/day/person475 USD/day/person

Guided Tour

(Under 20% Off-road)

Honda XR150L

Honda CRF300L

Suzuki DRZ 400

One person219 USD/day/person249 USD/day/person259 USD/day/person
Two people199 USD/day/person219 USD/day/person239 USD/day/person
Three people179 USD/day/person199 USD/day/person219 USD/day/person
From four people169 USD/day/person189 USD/day/person209 USD/day/person

Guided Tour

(From 50% Off-road)

Honda XR150L

Honda CRF300L

Suzuki DRZ400

One person239 USD/day/person269 USD/day/person279 USD/day/person
Two people219 USD/day/person239 USD/day/person259 USD/day/person
Three people199 USD/day/person219 USD/day/person239 USD/day/person
From four people189 USD/day/person209 USD/day/person229 USD/day/person

Luxury Price Includes :

  • Well-experienced English Speaking Tour Guide (also good at Mechanical Skills – Photographer)
  • Recent & Well-Maintained CRF 300L – Gasoline
  • 25% Riding Time Offroad per day ( Enduro Routes upon your request )
  • Good Accommodation: 4-star hotels – resort based on twin rooms and high standard homestay to know more about the cultures.
  • All meals on tour: Enjoy local food in every region you visit.
  • Water – Solf Drinks
  • Boat trips on Lakes or Rivers – Ferry
  • All entrance tickets/ Permits to remote areas
  • International Airport Pickup – Drop Off
  • 1 Night of Ethnic Entertainment at Homestay for a group from 2 riders
  • Helmets – Gloves – Protection Guard for Elbows & Knees – Pants (If we have your size )
  • Riding Shirt for souvenirs
  • Hotel Before the Tour
  • 4G simcard
  • Overnight Train Ticket (soft bed) and bike shipping fee from Lao Cai – Sapa

Luxury Price Excludes :

  • Personal insurance – Travel insurance (this is at your own risk)
  • Motorbike insurance to Cover any damages to the motorcycle (Click here to know more)
  • Air ticket – Visa fee (approximately 25 USD/person, depending on nationality)
  • Tip, personal expenses, and other expenses not described in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Single Supplement for Single Occupancy
  • The Hotel After riding

Luxury Price Notes :

  • For a group of from
    • 5 riders, The professional Mechanic comes for free
    • 10 riders, a Pickup Truck is free for escorting ( Under 10 riders, it will be USD 150 / 1 day)
  • A single stay will cost USD 40 / 1 night / 1 single room.
  • The cameraman costs USD 200 / 1 day (Flycam – professional photos and clips)
  • If tours do not depart/ end at the departure spot, the surcharge for bike shipping to/ back to the departure spot is USD 90 / 1 dirtbike – USD 200 / 1 above 500cc bike
  • VAT Excluded from the price, VAT 10% will be added to the total price upon your REQUEST.
Bikes with stadard price

1. Suzuki DR-Z400

Price only from 209 USD/day/rider

2. Honda CB500X

Price only from 299 USD/day/rider

3. BMW GSA 1250

Price only from 399 USD/day/rider

5. YAMAHA WR 155CC

Price only from 170 USD/day/rider

4. HONDA XR150L

Price only from 150 USD/day/rider

6. HONDA CRF 300L/250L

Price only from 189 USD/day/rider

STANDARD PRICE INCLUDES :
  • English Speaking Tour Guide (Good at mechanical skills – Photographer)
  • Recent & Well-Maintained CRF 250L – Gasoline
  • At least 25% riding offroad per day (Please let us know if you only like riding on-road)
  • Good Accommodation: 3 hotels based on twin rooms or homestay.
  • All meals on tour: Enjoy local food in every region you visit.
  •  Water – Solf Drinks
  • Boat trips on Lakes or Rivers – Ferry
  • All entrance tickets/ Permits to remote areas
  • International Airport Pickup – Drop Off
  • 1 Night of Ethnic Entertainment at Homestay for a group from 2 riders
  • Helmets – Gloves – Protection Guard for Elbows & Knees – Pants (If we have your size)
STANDARD PRICE EXCLUDES:
  • Personal insurance – Travel insurance (this is at your own risk)
  • Motorbike insurance to Cover any damages to the motorcycle (Click here to know more)
  • Air ticket – Visa fee (approximately 25 USD/person, depending on nationality)
  • Tip, drinks, personal expenses, and other expenses not described in the itinerary
  • Single Supplement for Single Occupancy
  • The Hotel at night Before / After riding
STANDARD PRICE NOTES:
  • Pickup Truck for escorting cost USD 150 / 1 day
  • A single stay will cost USD 30 / 1 night / 1 single room.
  • The cameraman costs USD 200 / 1 day (Flycam – professional photos and clips)
  • If tours do not depart/ end at the departure spot, the surcharge for bike shipping to/ back to the departure spot is USD 90 / 1 dirtbikeUSD 200 / 1 above 500cc bike
    VAT Excluded from the price, VAT 10% will be added to the total price upon your REQUES

BOOKING CONDITIONS

1. Deposits and Payment Policy

  • We require a deposit of 30% of the total upon confirmation of booking tour. The remaining balance will be paid 45 days before departure. Your booking may be considered canceled if the full balance is not received by Vietnam Motorbike Tours Club by that time.
  • You can choose the payment method by money transfer or credit card payment with all bank transfer charges/ fees to be paid by you.
  • After receiving your payment, we will issue you the final confirmation of the detailed itinerary and services via e-mail.

2. Cancellation and Refunds

  • Vietnam Motorbike Tours Club takes no responsibility for any flight delays or scheduled changes at any stage throughout the trip.
  • We have the discretion to change the itinerary or delay the tour due to weather, local conditions, politics, or various other reasons with our notification in advance.
  • During the tour, should you be found to break any of the rules without the prior exception from the tour leader, we have the discretion to cancel the tour with no refunds applied.
  • During the tour, should your bike have minor technical problems, our guide/mechanic will attempt to fix it as quickly as possible. In the event that the bike can not be fixed within the day, we will endeavor to substitute a bike of a similar type to ensure your trip is not interrupted.
  • Should you have to cancel the tour due to special reasons, you may transfer your booking to another person. However, you will be liable for your nominee paying their monies in full.

Read full information at Booking Terms and Conditions

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