Ho Chi Minh Trail Motorbike Tour from Hanoi to Saigon – 16 Days

16/DaysHanoi → Phu Yen → Mai Chau → Tan Ky→ Phong Nha → Dong Hoi → Khe Sanh → Hue → Hoi An → Kon Tum → Buon Ma Thuot → Nha Trang → Da Lat →Cat Tien → Saigon

With diverse terrains, pristine natural landscapes, charming foods, and spectacular off-road routes, Vietnam promises to bring you tons of life-changing experiences.

For those who have a lot of time in Vietnam, grab the chance to explore all three regions of this beautiful country on a 16-day motorbike tour from Hanoi to Saigon via Ho Chi Minh Trail right now. It will take you through all the most famous landmarks in Vietnam such as Mai Chau, Phong Nha Ke Bang, Hue, Nha Trang, Da Lat, and more. Not only do you have the opportunity to challenge your riding skills on the fantastic beaten paths, but also immerse yourself in incredible beaches, discover unique Vietnamese cuisine and culture. So, hesitate no more, let’s pack your backpack and enjoy the ride now!

  • Tour Grade : Medium
  • Total Distance : 2770 km
  • Hours of Riding per day : 3-5 hours
  • Support :
  • Mixed onroad and off-road
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Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi - Phu Yen (180 km)

After moving to the gathering point and listening to the guide informing some rules during the trip, our motorbike team set off for Phu Yen – a small mountainous district of Son La province. On the way, we will stop in Son Tay to rest and pay a quick visit to Son Tay prison camp, where you can learn more about the illustrious history of Vietnamese people.

Enjoy lunch here before continuing towards Phu Yen on spectacular off-road trails. Cross Moc Chau Plateau, where you will admire the breathtaking view of the immense tea hills and the vast gardens of plum and peach trees. We arrive in Phu Yen in the late afternoon, then have dinner and spend the first night at a hotel here.

Summary:

  • Distance: 180 km
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

hanoi to phu yen

Day 2: Phu Yen - Mai Chau (155 km)

The 16-day Ho Chi Minh Trail Motorbike Tour is long enough for you to explore all three regions of Vietnam. Today’s destination is Mai Chau, a peaceful land famous for its brilliant rice fields and unique stilt houses of ethnic minorities. Follow the winding off-road paths and ride on an old road built in the French colonial era until we reach Mai Chau.

We will spend the entire afternoon today exploring Mai Chau. Nestled among majestic green mountains, this beautiful valley is home to many hill tribes, mostly Thai and H’mong people. Soak up the fresh air and magnificent scenery as well as chat with friendly locals to learn about their unique culture before riding to a Thai stilt house, where we will have dinner and stay overnight.

Summary:

  • Distance: 155 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Homestay

phu yen to mai chau

Day 3: Mai Chau - Tan Ky (285 km)

Have breakfast and say goodbye to the host before leaving for Tan Ky. Join the beautiful winding road along the Ma River until we reach the town of Cam Thuy. Lunch with local specialties is served at a roadside restaurant here.

After a short break, we carry on the ride on the legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail. In the past, this route was very narrow and rugged, but since it was built into a new highway, conquering it is much easier. Upon getting to Tan Ky, we check in the hotel, enjoy dinner, and relax at a local hotel to regain energy for the next ride.

Summary:

  • Distance: 285 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

mai chau to tan ky

Day 4: Tan Ky - Phong Nha Ke Bang (280 km)

It is a long trip today, so we will get up early to enjoy breakfast and get ready to go. Our crew continues heading to Central Vietnam on the historic Ho Chi Minh Trail. On the way, you have the chance to visit many historical monuments that preserve a lot of remnants of the Vietnam War. Then, we make a stop in Pho Chau district of Nghe An province to rest and have lunch.

The afternoon ride will take you to one of the marvellous masterpieces of Mother Nature – Phong Nha Ke Bang, which boasts the largest and most beautiful caves in the world. We have a quick look at this wonderful destination and then, keep going to the hotel in Phong Nha to relax after a long day of riding.

Summary:

  • Distance: 280 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Tan Ky to Phong Nha Ke Bang

Day 5: Phong Nha - Dong Hoi (70 km)

Today, we will spend time discovering Phong Nha Ke Bang before heading to Dong Hoi. Recognized as a World Natural Heritage in 2003, this national park boasts the most beautiful and magnificent cave systems in the world. Take a boat trip, and you have the chance to admire spectacular limestone scenery, underground river systems and stalactites with countless unique shapes. You can also visit some historical sites here if you want to learn more about the rich culture and history of Vietnamese people.

After lunch, our team keeps riding to Dong Hoi – a beautiful land with beautiful beaches. Today’s trip ends at a seaside hotel where you can enjoy stunning views of the long beach from the balcony and have a good night’s sleep.

Summary:

  • Distance: 70 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Phong Nha to Dong Hoi

Day 6: Dong Hoi - Khe Sanh (200 km)

From Dong Hoi, we continue joining the Ho Chi Minh Trail to reach Khe Sanh, where the Battle of Khe Sanh took place – one of the longest and bloodiest battles in the Vietnam War. This ride offers you a great opportunity to explore many historical sites of Vietnam. On the way, we cross Hien Luong Bridge, Vinh Moc Tunnel before having a quick stop at Truong Son Cemetery to pay respect to the soldiers who died in the war.

Arrive Khe Sanh in the late afternoon, then we check in the hotel, have dinner and relax after a long day of riding.

Summary:

  • Distance: 200 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Dong Hoi to Khe Sanh

Day 7: Khe Sanh - Hue City (180 km)

Get out of Dong Hoi, and we then cross the famous Dakrong Bridge and A Shau valley, a place to keep many vestiges of the Vietnam War. Keep embarking on the Ho Chi Minh Trail and pass Hamburger hill until we come to a mountainous district in Hue called A Luoi. The ride leading to A Luoi is not a joke with dangerous beaten roads, but the beautiful scenery of waterfalls, majestic mountains, and stunning bridges will be a worthy reward for you.

From A Luoi, our motorbike team continues to conquer the 60 km long road through the large rice fields to Hue city. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight at the hotel in this peaceful city.

Summary:

  • Distance: 180 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Khe Sanh to Hue City

Day 8: Hue - Hoi An (150 km)

The ride from Hue to Hoi An via Hai Van Pass is considered one of the most famous and spectacular routes for two-wheel lovers in Vietnam. Each kilometer on the way offers a picturesque landscape that makes you can’t help picking up the camera and taking some nice photos. Due to the opening of the tunnel in 2005, the traffic density on the pass sharply decreased, making it a paradise for high-speed riders.

After crossing Hai Van Pass, we keep following the Ho Chi Minh Trail to Hoi An. You will have a glimpse of the nightlife in this old town before returning to the hotel to rest and regain energy for the next exciting experience.

Summary:

  • Distance: 150 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Hue to Hoi An

Day 9: Explore Hoi An

After long days roaming on the beaten roads, we will spend the whole today exploring Hoi An ancient town. Hoi An appeals tourists around the world for the wonderful streets filled with colorful lanterns and unique architectural works. Eastern and Western architecture, classic and modern style – all combined harmoniously to create an extremely impressive Hoi An.

After walking around the ancient town to go sightseeing and enjoy tasty local foods, if you want, you can cross the 20 km road to reach My Khe beach in Da Nang to feel the salinity of the sea. Finally, return to the hotel in Hoi An to stay overnight.

Hoi An

Day 10: Hoi An - Kon Tum (280 km)

We leave Hoi An in the morning and rejoin the Ho Chi Minh Trail to Kon Tum. After reaching Phuoc Son, we continue to cross Lo Su Pass and make some stops along the way to explore the small villages of ethnic minorities. Passing by all the mountains and winding offroad roads until we get closer to the Laos border, we turn into Kon Tum where we will enjoy a comfortable night at a local hotel.

Summary:

  • Distance: 280 KM
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Hoi An to Kon Tum

Day 11: Kon Tum - Buon Ma Thuot (240 km)

After breakfast, our crew continues heading south via Central Highlands. Today’s destination is Buon Ma Thuot – the land of immense coffee plantations. The coffee grown here has a unique taste that can’t be found anywhere else, so do not forget to try a cup of Buon Ma Thuot coffee, or you will regret your whole life.

Our ride today starts from Kon Tum to Pleiku, then cross the la Drang Valley. After arriving in Buon Ma Thuot, we check in the homestay, have dinner and relax to regain energy for the next days.

Summary:

  • Distance: 240 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Homestay

v\Kon Tum to Buon Ma Thuot

Day 12: Buon Ma Thuot - Nha Trang (190 km)

It is another exciting day on our amazing 16-day Vietnam motorbike tour from Hanoi to Saigon. After saying goodbye to the host, we go through Tay Son highlands and conquer the incredible coastal road to Nha Trang. It is a smooth ride today but could be the most memorable riding experience on the whole journey. Breathtaking scenery with one side of stunning sea and another of the cliff will surely fascinate you. We will have a quick visit to Nha Trang before returning to the hotel and overnight here.

Summary:

  • Distance: 190 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Buon Ma Thuot - Nha TrangBuon Ma Thuot to Nha Trang

Day 13: Nha Trang - Da Lat (210 km)

Dubbed as the City of Love, Da Lat is a favorite holiday resort for both domestic and international tourists due to its mild climate and picturesque scenery. Leaving the coastal city of Nha Trang behind, we keep riding on steep roads to reach Da Lat. Spend time immersing in the peaceful atmosphere of this city to refresh yourself after a long day of riding.

Summary:

  • Distance: 210 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Nha Trang to Da Lat

Day 14: Sightseeing tour around Da Lat

The temperate climate all year round, extraordinary scenery, and friendly people – it all makes you never get stuck on what to do in Dalat. Jumping on a motorbike is an ideal way to enjoy all the exciting experiences in this romantic city. You will have the chance to set foot in the immense pine forests, majestic waterfalls, brilliant flower gardens, and unique French-style buildings. If time permits, do not forget to visit ethnic minority villages near Dalat city where the long-standing traditional lifestyle is still maintained.

Da Lat

Day 15: Da Lat - Cat Tien National Park (190km)

After breakfast, we embark on a ride to Cat Tien National Park that used to be the important base of Vietnamese troops during the war. The park is blessed with a rich ecosystem and featured a lowland tropical rainforest. However, some areas were seriously damaged by Agent Orange, so the vegetation has not yet grown back. Dinner and overnight at a guest house in Cat Tien National Park.

Summary:

  • Distance:190 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: guest house

Da Lat - Cat Tien National Park

Day 16: Cat Tien - Saigon (160 km)

Enjoy the last moment of our tour with a ride from Cat Tien to Saigon. Conquering this route is not too difficult, but due to the crazy traffic in Saigon, it will take you a lot of time. Ride straight to the train station where our 16-day Ho Chi Minh Trail Motorbike Tour from Hanoi to Saigon ends.

Summary:

  • Distance:160 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Cat Tien - Saigon

Vietnam motorbike tours prices for a guided tour from Hanoi to Saigon on the Ho Chi Minh Trail

*Full package, no hidden cost surprises
*Hardcode, many off-road challenges to experience! 

GUIDED TOUR

(20% OFF-ROAD)

HONDA XR150L

HONDA CRF250L

SUZUKI DRZ400

One person 209 USD/day/person 229 USD/day/person 249 USD/day/person
Two people 189 USD/day/person 209 USD/day/person 229 USD/day/person
Three people 169 USD/day/person 189 USD/day/person 209 USD/day/person
From four people 159 USD/day/person 179 USD/day/person 199 USD/day/person

 

GUIDED TOUR

(25-70% OFF-ROAD)

HONDA XR150L

HONDA CRF250L

SUZUKI DRZ400

One person 219 USD/day/person 239 USD/day/person 259 USD/day/person
Two people 199 USD/day/person 219 USD/day/person 239 USD/day/person
Three people 179 USD/day/person 199 USD/day/person 219 USD/day/person
From four people 169 USD/day/person 189 USD/day/person 209 USD/day/person

The tour includes

  • Well-experienced tour guides who can speak English fluently and understand customers’ needs.
  • Professional mechanics for emergency cases.
  • A photographer & video recorder for a group of more than 5
  • Recent & Well-Maintained Japanese Bikes
  • Safe & Exceptional Routes
  • Good Accommodation: Eat and sleep in the best locations. Standard hotel or homestay based on double, twins or triple shared room.
  • All meals on tour: Enjoy local Vietnamese food and drink in every region you visit.
  • Gasoline
  • Boat trips on Lakes or Rivers
  • All entrance tickets/ Permits to remote areas
  • Helmets/Gloves and Bright reflecting Jackets
  • Hotel pick up
  • Dirt on your SHOES and FACE or more
  • Videos of the tour (send 1 week after the tour)

The tour excludes:

  • Riding Long Pants (we recommend a pair of jeans)
  • Personal insurance (this at your own risk)
  • Coverage for any damages to gear or the motorcycle
  • Air ticket
  • Visa fee (approximately 25 USD/person, depending on nationality)
  • Travel insurance of any kind
  • Tip, drinks, personal expense and other expenses not described in the itinerary
  • Single Supplement for Single Occupancy

Notes:

  • We provide vehicle support and driver with an extra price of 150 USD/day/ truck upon your REQUEST!
  • A single stay will cost 20 USD extra/ day
  • If tours do not depart/ end in Hanoi then surcharge for bike shipping to/ back to Hanoi is 120 USD/ bike.
  • VAT Excluded from the price, if you want VAT included, 10% of the total price will be added.

BOOKING CONDITIONS

  • To secure your bookings we require a minimal of 30% deposit. Full payment will be made by cash or credit on the first day of the tour.
  • The rider is responsible for any bank charges (surcharge 3,5% if you pay by credit card )
  • If you cancel the tour before the departure date, you will lose 100% of the deposit.
  • If you cancel the tour after the departure date, you will lose 100% of the total cost/ fee of the tour for any reason.
  • A deposit of US$ 100 – 1,000 or more is required for each motorcycle for use in the guided or self-guided motorcycle tours. In case of a self-caused accident, your own participation is up to US$ 2,000 or more.

“We promise to deliver the best balance for every single DOLLAR”