Tour The Classic Tour
Duration 11-day trip with 7 days of motorcycling
Tour Type Guided Multiple Day Package
Accommodation Hotels & Homestay
Skill Level Intermediate

Tour Description

The legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail was the supply line used by VC government to link North to South Vietnam during the American War. Soldiers, ammunition, weapons and supplies were carried by hand, bicycle and truck for hundreds of kilometers through the otherwise impenetrable jungle that covered Vietnam’s mountainous border with Laos. A testimony to the ingenuity, fortitude and commitment of the northern Vietnamese, the trail slipped from use at the end of the war and was taken back by the jungle. Recent road work that follow original sections of the trail have changed this. 
Vietnam motorcycling on Ho Chi Minh trail - half challenge is going to take you ride on the first half of the trail - from Hanoi to Hoi an. Besides incredible driving, deep in the Vietnamese countryside, this motorcycling tour takes in the charming ancient trading town of Hoian, Khe Sanh battle site and DMZ. We also take time to stay overnight in a traditional Thai hill tribe and visit to some tribal villages on the way.

 

  • Riding on the best motorcycling part of Ho Chi Minh trail
  • Beautiful terrace fields on the way to Mai Chau valley
  • Visit to Ho Chi Minh's home town in Nghe An
  • Stop at Phong Nha for short cave visit
  • Ride to DMZ zone with Truong Son cemetary, Khe Sanh, Ben Hai, A Luoi, Dong Ha
  • End up in Hoi an town for relax and beach

What's included

Future Neo 125cc or Honda XR 250

Fast, powerful and reliable motorbikes.

Accommodation for 10 nights

Luxurious accommodation every night. Just the kind of luxury you need after a long day of hard motorbiking.

Expert tour guide

Our expert guide will show you the sights and answer any questions you might have about Vietnam.


Daily Breakfasts

Mhmmmm... breakfasts are included.

Safety Certified Motorbike Helmets

Bikenam only makes use of solid, safety certified motorbike helmets.

Airport pick-up and drop-off

We'll meet you the moment you walk out the arrivals area in the airport and see you off again once the tour is all over.

Requirements

Valid visa

If you are from a country requiring a visa to enter Vietnam, you should apply for your visa well in advance.

Motorbiking Experience

We don't expect you to be a motorbiking expert, but having experience will ensure your safety and that of other road users.

Travel Insurance

We recommend you get travel insurance to make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible.

Sense of adventure

To go on an adventure you most certainly need to have a sense of adventure. So get fired up!

Locations Visited During the Tour

The Classic Route

Locations on the Tour

Da Nang

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A Luoi

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Dong Ha

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Dong Hoi

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Huong Khe

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Vinh

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Mai Chau

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Hoi An

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A Luoi

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Your Motorbike - The HONDA XR 250

Meet your new motorbike. Bikenam only uses these sturdy, powerful and reliable Honda XR250s for all their tours.

Honda XR 250 Specifications:

  • Displacement: 249.00 ccm (15.19 cubic inches)
  • Engine type: Single cylinder, four-stroke
  • Fuel control: Double Overhead Cams/Twin Cam (DOHC)
  • Cooling system: Oil & air
  • Gearbox: 6-speed
  • Dry weight: 134.0 kg (295.4 pounds)
  • Power/weight ratio: 0.1739 HP/kg
  • Seat height: 840 mm (33.1 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
  • Alternate seat height: 880 mm (34.6 inches) If adjustable, highest setting.
  • Overall height: 1,161 mm (45.7 inches)
  • Overall length: 2,130 mm (83.9 inches)
  • Overall width: 845 mm (33.3 inches)

Arrive in Hanoi

Arriving in Hanoi, you will clear customs and immigration. Our tour guide will wait for you you at the arrivals hall, holding a sign with your name on it. He will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of day is free to wash up and rest.
In the evening we will attend the famous Water Puppet Show, with its introduction to Vietnamese history and mythology. At night, you will have a welcome dinner with local delights. Overnight in Hanoi.
Summary
Transfer: 50min
Hotel: Hanoi
Meal: Welcome dinner

Hanoi City Tour

After breakfast we will begin our city tour of Hanoi. At first, we visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and the “Uncle Ho” house. After that we head to the unique One Stilt Pagoda, which dates back one thousand years ago.  
Continue to the Hanoi’s famous Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam founded in 1070. The highlight of this cultural, historical site is the garden of stelae where you’ll find 82 stone stelae bearing names, places of birth and achievements of men who received doctorates in each triennial examination from 1442; each stelae sits on a stone tortoise. 
Lunch in local restaurant before heading to the Old Quarter for a relaxing cyclo tour through the ancient part of Hanoi. Perhaps the most interesting area you will visit is the Old Quarter.  Here many tiny streets join to sell a huge diversity of products.  In the old days, each street bore the name of the product sold – “Shoe Street,” “Noodle Street,” and the like. Today, the streets sometimes sell a variety of items, but often the names are accurate.  The Old Quarter also houses some of the most interesting art galleries and fashion houses.   
 After the cyclo tour we will drive to the Museum of Ethnology, which is quite away from the central Hanoi. It features a fascinating collection of art and everyday objects gathered from Vietnam and its diverse tribal people. On our trip we will meet some tribal groups – now it is time to learn about them. Overnight in Hanoi.
Summary
Sightseeing: full day
Hotel: Hanoi
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch.

Hanoi – Mai Chau

170km/106miles

In the morning we take our very first ride to the Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum on the outskirts of Hanoi (if support truck requested, we will take a taxi while the truck transfer the bikes there in advance). The museum is a great place to learn about the historic trail which we will ride on. After the visit to the museum we will jump on our motor vehicles and spend sometimes to get familiar with the bikes. 
Now, let’s begin our adventure. We will ride on Highway 6 passing extensive through farms comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads punctuated by limestone karst scenery. 
After a light lunch in Hoa Binh Town, the capital of Hoa Binh Province, we cross two short mountain passes then descent to the mountain valley settlement of  Mai Chau. Overnight in a stilt house of the Thai people.
 
Summary
Distance: 170km
Home-stay: village in Mai Chau
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Mai Chau – Tan Ky in Nghe An

270km/168 miles

We say goodbye to the villagers we then head south on a beautiful winding road which follow the banks of the Ma River. After some hours riding on undulating quiet road we join the new Ho Chi Minh Highway. This newly carved route leads us due south, through remote back country, not far from the Laos border. Lunch will be on the way with local foods. In the afternoon we cut eastward towards the coast and stay overnight in the peaceful city of Tan Ky, which is close to where Ho Chi Minh was born. Overnight in hotel.
Summary
Distance: 270km
Hotel in Tan Ky
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Tan Ky - Huong Khe

160km/99 miles

This morning we head inland towards the Laos border after 40min riding we can reach the birthplace of Ho Chi Minh in Kim Lien Village. The place is truly a shrine to the Vietnamese and visited by few westerners.   
After paying respects to Uncle Ho, we head to the HCM Highway via Thanh Chuong District.  You cross the Lam River on the Ro Bridge and then drive primarily on the beautiful new highway of Ho Chi Minh.  Lunch break in Pho Chau Town, a tiny town about 40km from Thanh Chuong.
After lunch, we continue on the quiet highway to Dong Loc Intersection, (main junction for supply lines during the war) which is widely regarded in Vietnamese eyes as the beginning of Ho Chi Minh Trail. We then pass through renote back country, close to the border, as the scenery steadily becomes dominated by karst limestone rock formations. We will reach our overnight spot, Huong Khe Town, around 5pm. Overnight in a mini hotel.  
Summary
Distance: 160km
Hotel: Huong Khe Town
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Huong Khe - Phong NHA - Dong Hoi (Quang Binh)

210km/130 miles

Today’s ride is on a very quiet section of the new highway. En route, you will come to  Khe Ve Intersection and  Pheo – the very first branch of the Ho Chi Minh Trail into Laos. 
Continuing on from Pheo, we will arrive in  Phong Nha around noon. After lunch in local restaurant, we board a dragon boat to explore the famous  Nature World Heritage Site of Phong Nha cave. 
After the exploration of Phong Nha, we ride 30km eastward to the coastal town of  Dong Hoi, our today’s overnight spot. Overnight in hotel.
Summary
Distance: 210km
Hotel: Dong Hoi Town
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Dong Hoi - Dong Ha (Quang Tri)

180km/112 miles

Today’s ride is also on the new, quiet highway.  Along the way, we will have a short stop at Truong Son National Cemetery to pay respect to the soldiers who fought and died on the trail during the American War. After here we head to Dong Ha Town passing Ben Tat Bridge, built by the VC over the Ben Hai River.  
Arriving in Dong Ha, we will check into the hotel, and have some lunch.  In the afternoon, we ride to the mystic Vinh Moc Tunnel and the famous DMZ site, Doc Mieu fire base and the historic  Hien Luong Bridge. 
Overnight in Dong Ha.
Summary
Distance: 100km in the moring & 80km in the afternoon
Hotel: Dong Ha Town
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Dong Ha - Khe Sanh - A Luoi

200km/124 miles

Continuing west on Highway 9, we will climb into the Truong Son foothills. About 16km from Khe Sanh is the Dakrong Bridge and the road turns winding and narrow.  A bit further, we will come to Huong Hoa, once known as Khe Sanh Base, which was established as a forward base by General Westmoreland near Laos to secure Highway 9.  About 3km from Khe Sanh is Ta Con Airbase.
Lunch in Khe Sanh and then head out across the famous Dakrong River Bridge on Rte. 14  near the town of Ta Rut, we will stop for a visit with the  Pa Co people and a walk through their village.  
From Ta Rut, you head over  scenic Pe Ke Pass and then down to  A Luoi for the night.  Overnight in a simple gueshouse.
Summary
Distance: 200km
Hotel: guesthouse in A Luoi Town
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

A Luoi - Hien - Thanh My - Hoi An

Today’s riding is the best riding of the whole route. For the first 110km, we cross one of the longest and most stunning passes on a new and quiet road, through stunning scenery of primitive forests backed by the imposing Truong Son mountain range. There are also two long tunnels and very little traffic. The next 68km from Hien to Thanh Myare on good road with some gentle climbs. Lunch on the way in local restaurant. The last 40km of the day are on an older, bumpier road all the way from Ai Nghia to the charming ancient town of Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
Summary
Distance: 220km
Hotel: Hoi An Town
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Hoi An

Day Off

Hoi An, nestled on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Before the river silted up, Hoi An was one of the most important trading ports in Southeast Asia, and a center for East-West exchange and trade. The rooftops of Hoi An retain a magical old world Oriental feel and are a favorite subject for Vietnamese artists.  In the early 1980s Hoi An’s ancient quarters and historical monuments came under the protection and restoration efforts of UNESCO and the Polish government.  
You will spend the day visiting the town of Hoi An on your own. Overnight in Hoi An.
Summary
Hotel: Hoi An Town
Meal: Breakfast

Hoi An - Departure Day

Day Off

Our guide and driver are at your disposal until we transfer you to the Danang airport for your flight home or connect to another adventures in Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar with ActiveTravel.Asia. End of services
Summary
Transfer: 1 hr
Meal: Breakfast.

CUSTOM DATES PRICING

Choosing one of the options below means you have full control over the dates when you want to go on your motorbike adventure.

Motorbike cc 1 rider 2 riders 3-4 riders 5 and more riders Single Room Supplement
Honda XR250 cc $2879 p.p. $1807 p.p. $1456 p.p. $1397 p.p. $200 p.p.

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