Motorbike Tour Ho Chi Minh Trail 7 Days

The Ho Chi Minh Trail was an elaborate system of mountain and jungle trails linking North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos during the Vietnam War against the United States. Today, the many paths of the Ho Chi Minh trail criss-cross the newly built Ho Chi Minh Highway. On this special Vietnam motorbike tour Ho Chi Minh trail we explore the northern section of the Ho Chi Minh trail, which was previously inaccessible, from Ngoc Lac to the Hai Van Pass in Da nang. This wide, smooth undulating highway is a bikers dream as there is little traffic on the road. And it conveniently will take us through farms, orchards, tribal villages and offers us easy access to some of the country’s top attractions — one of Vietnam’s most spectacular caves, the ancient royal seat of Hue, the picturesque trading port of Hoi An and South China Sea beaches. Looking for motorcycle touring along Ho Chi Minh trail? Offroad Indochina offers best motorbike tours Vietnam.

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Destinations: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Tan Ky – Phong Nha – Khe Sanh – Hue – Hoi An.

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Day 1: Ha Noi motorbike tour to Mai Chau
Day 2: Mai Chau motorbike tour to Tan Ky
Day 3: Tan Ky motorbike tour to Phong Nha
Day 4: Phong Nha motorbike tour to Khe Sanh
Day 5: Khe Sanh motorbike tour to Hue
Day 6: Hue sighteeing
Day 7: Hue motorbike tour tour Hoi An.

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau ( 170 km –  , L, D ). Home stayvietnam motorbike tours

Leaving Hanoi and breaking out of the delta plains, we pass through endless limestone kart scenery as we travel up to the Northwestern region, the extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads. There are many small roads that lead into the mountains around Mai Chau, so we’ll take the chance to ride out to the isolated H’mong, Dao and Thai villages on an old road built by the French army. Arrive in Mai Chau by 4.00PM. Dinner and overnight in a stilt house in Mai Chau village.

Day 2: Mai Chau – Tan Ky ( 250 km – B, L, D ) Hotel stayvietnam motorbike tours

Say goodbye to the family, we ride today on a small, spectacular paved trail along the beautiful Ma river until Cam Thuy town where we stop for lunch. Hit the Ho Chi Minh trail (now a newly built highway) all the way to Tan Ky town where we spend the night in a hotel.

Day 3: Tan Ky – Phong Nha: ( 280 km – B, L, D ) Hotel stay

Ride on Ho Chi Minh Highway until Pho Chau where we stop to visit the HCM Trail victory monument.

Ride all the way to Phong Nha – Ke Bang, the biggest and also the most beautiful cave in Vietnam and Indochina and is now a vietnam motorbike toursUNESCO World Natural Heritage site. The karst formation of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has evolved since the Paleozoic (some 400 million years ago) and so is the oldest major karst area in Asia. Subject to massive tectonic changes, the park’s karst landscape is extremely complex with many geographic features of considerable significance. The vast area, extending to the border of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, contains spectacular formations including 65 km of caves and underground rivers. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Phong Nha – Khe Sanh ( 220 km – B, L, D ) Hotel stay

We strike south through foothills which were once sprayed heavily by Agent Orange towards the former DMZ. There is still much vietnam motorbike toursevidence of bombing on the mountain sides and from time to time we will see remnants of the original Trail. We take in the famous Western Ho Chi Minh Trail until Khe Sanh (former US Marine base). Dinner and overnight at hotel in Khe Sanh.

Day 5: Khe Sanh – Vinh Moc Tunnel – Hue ( 200 km – B, L, D ) Hotel stay

In the morning we head south over the Da Krong Bridge (built by the Cubans in 1973) into the infamous A Shau valley, an area of intense wartime activity. Passing Carol Hill and mountains still barren due to the extended effects of Agent Orange, we towards the former DMZ, the famous Hien Luong Bridge (former demarcation line between North and South Vietnam and finally at Vinh Moc tunnel, we continue the ride on the National road No1to the beautiful city of Hue which lies along the banks of the Perfume River. Dinner and overnight in Hue.

“Vinh Moc (Vinh Mic) is a tunnel complex in Quang Tri, Vietnam. During the Vietnam War it was strategically located on the vietnam motorbike toursborder of North Vietnam and South Vietnam. The tunnels were built to shelter people from the intense bombing of Son Trung and Son Ha communes in Vinh Linh county of Quang Tri Province in the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. The American forces believed the villagers of Vinh Moc were supplying food and armaments to the North Vietnemese garrison on the island of Con Co which was in turn hindering the American bombers on their way to bomb Hanoi. The idea was to force the villagers of Vinh Moc to leave the area but as is typical in Vietnam there was nowhere else to go. The villagers initially dug the tunnels to move their village 10 metres underground but the American forces designed bombs that burrowed down 10 metres. Eventually against these odds, the villagers moved the village to a depth of 30 metres. It was constructed in several stages beginning in 1966 and used until early 1972. The complex grew to include wells, kitchens, rooms for each family and spaces for healthcare. Around 60 families lived in the tunnels; as many as 17 children were born inside the tunnels”.

The tunnels were a success and no villagers lost their lives. The only direct hit was from a bomb that failed to explode; the resulting hole was utilized as a ventilation shaft.

Day 6: Hue. Hotel stay ( B, L, D )vietnam motorbike tours

Hue is the former imperial capital of feudal Vietnam and is a perfect place to relax after our driving to date. Take a boat cruise along the Perfume River to visit the tombs of the former Emperors Minh Mang and Tu Duc or visit the remains of the Imperial Citadel, which was largely destroyed during the Tet Offensive in 1968. Overnight in Hue.

Day 7: Hue – Hoi An (  160 km – B, L, D )

Join the National Highway 1 and head up the Hai Van Pass (Cloudy Pass) before the World Heritage site of Hoi An, a major trading centre in SE Asia in the 16th and 17th centuries. Arrive in Hoi An in the after noon. Finish your unforgettable motorcycle tours Vietnam arranged by Offroad Indochina – Vietnam Motorbike Tour Asia.