Thai village at Mai Chau
Thai village at Mai Chau

Northern & Central Vietnam by Motorbike - 12 Days

Visited places: Hanoi, Hoa Binh, Mai Chau, Thanh Hoa, Quang Binh, Hue, Da Nang
Tour Activity/Theme: Adventure, Motorcycling, National Park, Ecotourism, Bucolic countryside, Off the beaten track, Mountains

The motorbike tour Vietnam is an off-the-beaten path adventure from the North to the Central Region for 12 days 11 nights.

The trip is designed for travelers who love riding motorcycle through scenic nature and travel to less-visited beauties of Vietnam.

On the tour, you'll visit ethnic communities, less-visited national parks with diverse ecosystem, former Mountains at Tan Lac, Hoa Binhbattlefields and UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Phong Nha – Ke Bang, Hue and Hoi An. Much of our trip is on the legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail where some of modern history of Vietnam is to be learned.

The pace of travel is moderate that you'll ride a bicycle for more or less 200km per day on paved roads. AdventureGreen tries not to have our trip via busy roads and much of our ride on this tour is on quiet roads, some are traffic-free.

Day-to-day Itinerary
Day1    Hanoi – Mai Chau (150km) (no included meals)
Day2    Mai Chau – Ben En National Park (170km) (Thanh Hoa)/Visit Ben En (B)
Day3    Ben En – Vu Quang National Park (240km)/Visit Vu Quang (B)
Day4    Vu Quang – Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park (200km)/Tour of Phong Nha Ke Bang (B)
Day5    Phong Nha – Ke Bang – Khe Sanh (200km)/Tour of the former battlefields (B)
Day6    Khe Sanh – A Luoi (100km)/Tour of the former war sites (B)
Day7    A Luoi – Hue/Hue Tour (B)
Day8    Hue Tour (B)
Day9    Hue – Bach Ma National Park (backroad route, 100km)
Day10    Bach Ma – Da Nang – Hoi An (100km) (B)
Day11    Hoi An – My Son Cham Ruins – Hoi An (150km) (B)
Day12    Hoi An – Da Nang/Depart Da Nang (B)

Accommodations
Homestay at Mai Chau and guest houses with basic facilities at other destinations.

The tour price includes

  • English-speaking guide;
  • Motorbike as indicated on the tour itinerary;
  • Accommodations in twin-shared rooms as indicated on the tour itinerary;
  • Meals as indicated as indicated on the tour itinerary: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner;
  • All admission fees as indicated on the tour itinerary;

The tour price doesn’t include

  • Insurance of any type;
  • Drinks or personal expenses;
  • Others not specified in the inclusions;

Detailed Itinerary

Day1 Hanoi – Mai Chau (150km) (no included meals)
We take Route 6 leaving Hanoi for the North-West. Once out of the city, you can feel the fresh air and the quiet scenery around. The first half of the trip is on flat terrain with amazing mountains along the way, the second half is more uphill with breathtaking view every now and again. Our destination is Mai Chau Valley, inhabited by White Thai ethnic minority. We stay with a Thai family in a house on stilts tonight.
Overnight at Mai Chau.Ho Chi Minh Trail in Thanh Hoa

Day2 Mai Chau – Ben En National Park (170km) (Thanh Hoa)/Visit Ben En (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We ride on a mountain road leaving Mai Chau for the idyllic countryside of Thanh Hoa Province. There are rice paddies with outcrops along the way that you may like to stop often to take in with the camera.

At Thanh Hoa, we also start riding on the first leg of the historical Ho Chi Minh Trail which supplied war materials from the North to the South of Vietnam during the war. We arrive at Ben En National Park in early afternoon. The rest of the day is for exploring the national park.
Overnight at Ben En National Park.

Day3 Ben En – Vu Quang National Park (240km)/Visit Vu Quang (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We leave Ben En and take on the Ho Chi Minh Trail again for Vu Quang National Park. The park has a rich system of wild life and is home to Sao La (Vu Quang Ox, Vu Quang bovid) which is one of the world's rarest mammals. The afternoon is for visiting Vu Quang National Park.
Overnight at Vu Quang National Park.

Day4 Vu Quang – Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park (200km)/Tour of Phong Nha Ke Bang (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
On the fourth day, we ride on Ho Chi Minh Trail again for Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. The afternoon is for visiting the Paradise Cave and the park. Near Phong Nha – Ke Bang, Ho Chi Minh Trail forks out into 2 branches: Ho Chi Minh Trail the East and the West.
Overnight at Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.

Day5 Phong Nha – Ke Bang – Khe Sanh (200km)/Tour of the former battlefields (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We take the eastern leg of Ho Chi Minh Trail and travel via the former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Then, we take the historical Route 9 toward Laotian border. We'll visit a number of sites which were famous during the war including: the Rockpile, McNamara Line, Dakrong Bridge, Khe Sanh Combat Base, Lang Vay.
Overnight at Khe Sanh.

Day6 Khe Sanh – A Luoi (100km)/Tour of the former war sites (B)Dakrong Bridge on Ho Chi Minh Trail
Breakfast at the hotel.
We ride on Route 14 to A Luoi. In the afternoon, visit Hamburger Hill to recall the famous battle in 1969.
Overnight at A Luoi.

Day7 A Luoi – Hue/Hue Tour (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We ride downhill to Hue City, famed for the Royal Citadel and fine cuisine. The afternoon is for visit of Hue.
Overnight at Hue.

Day8 Hue Tour (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
On the eight day, full day tour of Hue by motorbike. We’ll visit the highlights of Hue: the Imperial Citadel and the Royal Tombs.
Overnight at Hue.

Day9 Hue – Bach Ma National Park (backroad route, 100km)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We take the countryside back road to Bach Ma National Park. The afternoon is for visiting the park.
Overnight at Bach Ma National Park.

Day10 Bach Ma – Da Nang – Hoi An (100km) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Take the breathtaking road toward Hoi An Old Town. We'll stop for adoring the stunning nature at Hai Van Pass (Pass of Sea Clouds). The afternoon is for relaxing in the Old Town which was famous with trade from 16th to 19th century.
Overnight at Hoi An.

Day11 Hoi An – My Son Cham Ruins – Hoi An (150km) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We have the morning riding through the countryside toward My Son Cham Ruins, the once Holy Land of Champa Kingdom. The afternoon is at leisure in the Old Town.
Overnight at Hoi An.

Day12 Hoi An – Da Nang/Depart Da Nang (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Our staff transfers you to Da Nang Airport for your departure. End of the motorbike adventure in Vietnam with AdventureGreen.