Vietnam Riding Trail 15 days
Starting riding from the south to the north through many different beautiful areas of Vietnam, We start from Ho Chi Minh city, ride up hill to the Da Lat, a charming hill station which serves as a stepping stone to the Central Highlands, down hill to the coastal line, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon. Then we strike the Ho Chi Minh trail, a legendary trail which was the supply line used by North Vietnam to link north and South Vietnam during the American War. For culturally focused we visit 5 world heritage sites: Holy land of My Son, the charming old seaport of Hoian, Hue‘s the majestic Imperial citadel, the expressive Phong Nha caves complex, the stunning Halong Bay. For historically minded we will take in the host of war vestige such as My Lai, the former demilitarized zone, Ho Chi Minh victory monument, the Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum.
- Explore some French colonial structures, pagodas & fascinating bustle market, China town in Ho Chi Minh,
- See Dalat, called “Little Paris” by the French colonists who founded it, Da Lat is now known for its beautiful mountain scenery and delightfully cool mountain weather.
- Visit Nha trang, a wonderful beach town, is famous for its interesting outdoor amusements: hot water springs, colorful fish and coral reefs underwater where you can enjoys scuba diving and snorkeling.
- Ride along the beautiful coastal line from Nha Trang to Quy Nhon
- Visit the World Heritage sites: My Son is the ancient Champa Kingdom which flourished between the 2nd and 15th centuries, the Imperial Citadel, which was largely destroyed during the Tet Offensive in 1968. Hoian ancient town is World Heritage site of Hoi An was one of the most important trading ports in Southeast Asia.
- Take boat trip on Son River to the famed caves at Phong Nha, the park not only has beautiful limestone formations, grotto caves and forest, but also contains the largest primeval forest in Vietnam and the biggest limestone mountain range on the planet.
- Visit the Vinh Moc tunnel, the famous Hien Luong Bridge (former demarcation line between North and South Vietnam
- Visit the minority villages and stay in stilt house of the Thai people in Mia Chau.
Discover the graceful, atmosphere and exotic capital city Hanoi – thousand year of culture
Take the leisurely wooden junk cruise and overnight in stunning Halong Bay.
Day 1 : Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City
Arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport. Pick-up and transfer to a hotel. An afternoon tour around Ho Chi Minh City, formerly called Saigon, features the Binh Tay Market in Chinatown, Thien Hau Temple and a lacquer workshop. Overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2 : Ho Chi Minh City - Da Lat (B) ~ 295 km
The northbound journey by motorcycling begins as we depart Ho Chi Minh and pass through the many tea and coffee plantations to the hill station of Da Lat, sometimes known as the " City of Eternal Spring". The riding is long but views are fantastic. On arrival we can soak up the cool climate as much as we want by spending our time to wander around and catch our first glimpse of the town. The influence of the French is prevalent since Da Lat was founded as a hill retreat for the colonials to escape the oppressive heat of the coastal plains and the Mekong Delta. This charming town is set around a lake and surrounded by forests, waterfalls and rolling countryside. Overnight in Da Lat.
Day 3 Da Lat –Nha Trang (B) ~ 140 km
In the morning, motor biking trip to Nha Trang (185km) through the Phuong Hoang Pass by motorcycle. On arrival, visit the Po Nagar Towers (built from the 7th to the 12th century), a compound of brick towers on a hillock facing the picturesque mouth of the Cai River. Then onwards to Long Son Pagoda to admire the huge white statue of Buddha seated on a lotus blossom, which is visible from all over the city. The rest of the day is shopping at the Dam Market. Overnight at the hotel in Nha Trang.
Day 4 : Nha Trang (B,L) ~ 185 km
Ride to Cau Da Jetty for a day cruise to Tam Islet and Mun Islet. The water is clear and the marine life is diverse for snorkeling and sunbathing. Optional activities include scuba diving, jet skiing, wind surfing & parasailing on Tam Islet. Lunch of seafood is served on board. Overnight at the hotel in Nha Trang.
Day 5 : Nha Trang – Quy Nhon (B) ~ 240 km
Morning after breakfast, motorcycle across picturesque coastal plains to Qui Nhon (240km), formerly called Cha Ban, the Cham capital from the 10th to the 15th century. Have a short rest for refreshment & refueling. The afternoon is leisure on the beach. Overnight at the hotel in Qui Nhon.
Day 6 : Quy Nhon - Hoian (B) ~ 290 km
Motorcycle to Sa Huynh (110km). Have a short rest for refreshment & refueling at Sa Huynh. Onwards to Quang Ngai (70km), known for the My Lai massacre in 1968. In the afternoon, onwards to Hoi An (110km), a trading post of seafaring Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese merchants several centuries ago. In the evening, enjoy a folk show in an ancient house. Overnight at the hotel in Hoian.
Day 7 : Hoi An - My Son - Danang (B) ~ 140 km
Continue our motor biking trip to My Son, a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 1999. Here was the site of the biggest Cham intellectual and religious centre which also served as a burial ground for Cham monarchs from the 4th to the 13th century. Then continue our motor biking to Danang and onwards to Hue (110km) with a stop-over on the Hai Van Pass overlooking the scenic Lang Co lagoon. Overnight at the hotel in Hue.
Day 8 : Hue (B)
The morning sightseeing focuses on the Imperial Citadel, built in 1804 on a site chosen in accordance with the principles of geomancy, and the Dong Ba Market, famous for its conical hats in Vietnam. Then overland to the tombs of King Khai Dinh (ruled 1916 – 1925) and King Minh Mang (ruled 1820 – 1840) where the contrast between Oriental and Occidental architectures is shown. Take a boat ride on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, surveying rural landscape and local activities at sunset. Overnight at the hotel in Hue.
Day 9 : Hue- Phong Nha - Dong Hoi (B) ~ 210 km
Motorcycle to Dong Ha (75km). Take a short rest for refreshment & refueling. Cross the former demilitarized zone (DMZ) along the Ben Hai River (1954 – 1975) where vestiges of fierce battles can be seen including the ruins of the old Quang Tri Citadel, Dong Ha Town, and Hien Luong Bridge. Onwards to Phong Nha cave, take a boat ride on the Son River to spectacular Phong Nha Caves comprising Bi Ky Cave & Cung Dinh Cave. Steps lead to superb Tien Son Cave (1km), the most magnificent limestone cave in Vietnam and just opened in 2000. Riding to Dong Hoi (50km). Overnight at the hotel in Dong Hoi.
Day 10 : Phong Nha – Tan Ky (B) ~ 280 km
Ride on Ho Chi Minh Highway until Pho Chau where we stop to visit the Ho Chi Minh Trail victory monument which is in fact the real starting point of our Ho Chi Minh Trail ride. And continue our riding, passing tea plantations, rice fields, ethnic minority villages, mountains, valleys and streams before arriving in Tan Ky late afternoon. Overnight at the hotel in Tan Ky.
Day 11 : Tan Ky – Mai Chau (B,D) ~ 290 km
Breakfast and we start riding on Ho Chi Minh Highway via the beautiful scenery of Bai Chanh, Ngoc Lac and Ba Thuoc, Arrival in Cam Thuy town, and continue our journey through Cuc Phuong National park, hit the Nho Quan area of Ninh Binh province where we ride the on smaller path to Mai Chau, a chain of villages, farms and huts spread out over a large area at a height of 400m and inhabited by white Thai. Overnight at the house on stilt in Mai Chau.
Day 12 : Mai Chau - Hanoi (B) ~ 145 km
Morning veave for Hoa Binh (70km) through the Cun Pass by motorcycle. Visit Muong hill tribe villages in natural lakeside surroundings. Take a short rest for refreshment & refueling in Hoa Binh. In the afternoon, onwards to Hanoi (75km), we will visit the Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum before arrival in Hanoi. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.
Day 13 : Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Morning depart by vehicle (car/ bus) to Halong bay through the lush of Red River vegetation. Arrival Halong bay pier where we board our junk cruise for a stunning cruise amongst towering limestone backdrop while enjoying lunch on board. The cruise will take you by exotic islets with shapes of Dog, Incense Urn, Sail, Fighting Cocks, which are naturally formed by process of erosion between the see water and lime stone mountains. Arrive at the Surprise Cave and explore the by rowing boat to Luon cave, this cave is a natural tunnel thrusts through a mountain's foot and leads to an exotic lagoon surrounded by mountains covered by dense jungle. Seafood dinner and overnight on board.
Day 14 : Hanoi – Halong Bay (B)
Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay we have time for an early morning dip with joys and emotions for watching sunrise on sea. This morning we continue to move around the bay to find more secluded areas. Brunch will be served onboard. The junk will be near us at all times serving as a back up vessel for those that require it. At around midday we will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a 3-hour journey to Hanoi. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi .
Day 15 : Hanoi – Departure (B)
Spend last minutes for downtown shopping (ceramics, silver-carvings, silk,...) or at leisure before check-out. Transfer to the airport for departure. End of our service
- Private English speaking guide and mechanic
- All airport transfer by private vehicle
- Accommodation in standard hotels and in local homestays with daily breakfasts
- Meals as indicated (B= breakfast; L=Lunch; D = Dinner
- Motorbike with all fuel
- Protective pants, helmet, rain gear, other safety equipments;
- Halong Bay cruise 2 days/ 1 night
- Transfer by private vehicle : Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi
- Boat trip in Nha Trang, Hue and Phong Nha Cave
- Entrance fees and permits during guided time.
- Service charge & Government taxes
- International Airfares.
- Meals not indicated
- Drinks & beverage ..
- Support van ( as requested )
- Early check in / late check out
- Vietnam visa stamp fee : ( 25 USD/ per person)
- Personal travel insurance (Compulsory).
- Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills.
- Tips and gratuities
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