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Motorcycle Trip Through Vietnam - 14 Days Ride Ho Chi Minh Trail motorbike tours, Cross Vietnam Moto

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Day 1 : Hanoi - Mai Chau (or Ninh Binh)
Day 2 : Mai Chau (or Ninh Binh) - Tan Ky.
Day 3 : Tan Ky - Phong Nha.
Day 4 : Phong Nha .
Day 5 : Phong Nha - Khe Sanh.
Day 6 : Khe Sanh - Hue.
Day 7 : Hue.
Day 8 : Hue - Hoi An.
Day 9 : Hoi An.
Day 10 : Hoi An - Kontum.
Day 11 : Kontum - Buon Ma Thuot.
Day 12: Buon Ma Thuot - Da Lat
Day 13: Da Lat
Day 14: Da Lat - Sai Gon.

Day 1Hanoi - Mai Chau (or Ninh Binh) , 145 km, 5 hr ride. Home-stay or Hotel.

Option 1. Ride on the mountain road to Mai Chau, country of the Thai peoples, stay overnight at home-stay.

Option 2. Ride on easy road to Ninh Binh, the most beautiful countryside of Viet people living in the low land, stay overnight at hotel.

Day 2Mai Chau - Tan Ky, 290 km, 9 hr ride. Hotel.

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Ride on a small, spectacular and paved trail along the 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 3Tan Ky - Phong Nha, 280 km, 8 hr ride. Hotel.

Ride on Ho Chi Minh Highway until Pho Chau where we stop to visit the HCM Trail victory monument which is in fact the real starting point of our HCM Trail ride.

Ride all the way to Phong Nha - Ke Bang, the biggest and also the most beautiful National Park in Vietnam and Indochina and is now a UNESCO 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.
Arrive in phong Nha in the afternoon, dinner and overnight a hotel.

Day 4: Phong Nha.

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Boating and exploring World Heritage site of Phong Nha where local civilians and military sheltered from incessant bombing during wartime. 

Day 5: Phong Nha - Khe Sanh, 200 km, 6 hr ride. Hotel.

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

Day 6: Khe Sanh - Hue, 180 km, 7 hr ride. Hotel.

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. Diner and overnight in Hue.

Vinh Moc (Vịnh Mốc) is a tunnel complex in Quang Tri, Vietnam. During the Vietnam War it was strategically located on the border 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 Vietnamese 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 metes underground but the American forces designed bombs that burrowed down 10 metes. 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 7: Hue, visit and relax. Hotel.

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.

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Day 8: Hue - Hoi An, 145 km, 5 hr ride. hotel.

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. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 9: Hoi An, visit and relax. Hotel

Whole morning exploring the old town of Hoi An. Afternoon at the Cua Dai beach, about 6km from the old town.
The former harbor town of the Champa people at the estuary of the Thu Bon river was an important Vietnamese trading center in the 16th and 17th centuries, where Chinese from various provinces as well as Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled down. During this period of the China trade, the town was called Hai Pho (Seaside Town) in Vietnamese. During the French colonial period (1883 - 1945), it was called Faifo. Originally Hai Pho was a divided town, because across the "Japanese Bridge", it used to be the Japanese settlement (16th - 17th century). The bridge (Chua Cau) is a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist pagoda attached to one side.

The town is known to the French and Spanish as Faifo, and by similar names in Portuguese and Dutch. A number of theories have been put forth as to the origin of this name. Some scholars have suggested that it comes from the word "Hai pho" meaning "sea town", while others have said that it seems more likely to simply be a shortening of Hoi An pho, "the town of Hoi An", to "Hoi pho" which became "Faifo".

In 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, whose buildings display a unique blend of local and foreign influences.

Today, Hoi An is still a small city, but it attracts a fair number of tourists, also being a well established place on the backpacker trail. Many visit for the numerous art and craft shops and tailors, who produce made-to-measure clothes for a fraction of the western price.

Day 10: Hoi An - Kon Tum, 280 km, 8 hr ride. Hotel

Join the mountain road to head up the beautiful highland region of Vietnam. A long day ride but beautiful. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Kon Tum - Buon Ma Thuot, 225 km, 6 hr ride. Hotel

Another day filled up with beautiful views of the highland region until Buon Me Thuot, a City located right in the midle of the central highland of Vietnam, 1300 km from Ha Noi, 500 km from Da Nang, and 350 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Lying on an area of flat highland, on the attitude of 536m (1608 ft) above the sea, Buon Ma Thuot has a vital role in Vietnam's national security and defense system. Buon Ma Thuot is the capital of Dak Lak Province and also the biggest city in Central Highlands. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Buon Ma Thuot - Da Lat.
Riding on small roads through the coffee farms, forests until Da Lat, a City of Flowers and trees with lovely French villas, the fresh air, the beautiful waterfalls and gorgeous lakes sits in a lush and green valley of postcard beauty. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Da Lat.

Relaxing or make a beautiful city tour for Da Lat with fantastic panorama view from the cable car from the top of Robin Hill down to Truc Lam Zen Monastery – The largest Zen Monastery of Vietnam, enjoy peaceful and poetic space of meditation realms. Overnight at hotel.
Ride all the way down hill forward the Southeast to reach the biggest City of Vietnam, the Ho Chi Minh City. 

Day 14: Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City.

Tour finish when we join the National highway 1. Leave the bikes and transfer by car to the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

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