The most popular ride in Vietnam! This ride is exceptional at any time of year.
Meet at 9:00 am for full tour briefing. Have your passport, rider’s licence, International Driver’s Permit and 3 month visa for Vietnam ready to enable the authorisation for you to ride legally in Vietnam. You will then be introduced to your Royal Enfield Himalayan. There will be time to enjoy a Vietnamese coffee and the rest of the day to explore before meeting up at 6:00 pm for dinner and drinks.
Day 1 – Ha Noi to Mai Chau (Approx. 200 km)
Although the traffic in Ha Noi gets really busy, we’ll start at the edge of the city and quickly leave the traffic behind and enter the countryside towns to the south. After a couple of hours of small towns and farmland, you can see the mountains ahead As we enter the area of the White Thai tribe we’ll stop for some hill tribe style lunch in a traditional wooden-framed building. As the road twists through the jungle-covered mountain, we’ll continue further into the mountains. A stop at the top of White Rock Mountain will give stunning views across the Mai Chau Valley, set amongst small villages of wooden stilt houses and traditional farming families. There, you can watch the sunset over the rice paddies and mountains.
Day 2 – Mai Chau to Pu Mat National Park (Approx. 320 km)
Today begins by heading down the valley through the small villages and farms and pass through the chopstick-making village of Co Luong. Next is a ride through Pu Luong National Park, where incredible stepped rice paddy terraces climb up steep cliffs and thick bamboo forest. After that, the road joins the Ho Chi Minh Trail which we’ll follow south through rolling hills and peaceful farmland before enjoying a local style lunch at one of many roadside rest areas. Later, we’ll turn off towards the west and get to one of Vietnam’s largest, and most impressive national parks.
Day 3 – Pu Mat to Vinh (Approx. 140 km)
This day begins with a trip to the awesome Khe Kem Waterfall. With a massive 150 metre cascade, it’s a truly impressive sight. There, you’ll have time for swimming and relaxing. Upon leaving the national park we’ll head east coming down to the coast, where you’ll find beautiful beaches and countless shrimp farms as well as small fishing villages. As we get to Vinh city we finish at our hotel, relaxing by the pool.
Day 4 – Vinh to Phong Nha National Park (Approx. 210 km)
The day starts with tanks, missiles, planes and other military vehicles parked up at the Vinh museum. From there we’ll head to Dong Loc Junction, the official start of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Following the trail, you’ll see all types of countryside and farming styles in the small villages and have a local-style lunch on the lake. Continuing along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, we’ll start to climb into the mountains and eventually reach the limestone Karst formations that mark the edge of Phong Nha National Park. Finishing our ride with some of the most amazing mountain scenery in Vietnam, we will reach the Farmstay in time to watch the sunset over the rice paddies.
Day 5 – Phong Nha to Lao Bao (Approx. 250 km)
We follow the historic Victory Road through the jungle and out towards the Laos border through Phong Nha National Park, a UNESCO Heritage area of natural beauty. Next, we’ll join the Ho Chi Minh Trail West road. One of the best roads in Asia for bikers, this road should be on everyone’s bucket list. As we come to the start of the giant limestone Karst formation mountains we can stop for lunch in a small hill tribe town. in the seemingly endless mountains and jungle, you can see small wooden stilt house villages where the tribes live a peaceful traditional style. After that is an 1100 meter climb over a mountain pass in untouched jungle followed by a visit to the Khe Sanh Combat Base. The longest battle of all the wars in Vietnam took place here and we can see tanks, helicopters, and planes still sitting on the runway as well as a small museum. Finally, just a short ride through the coffee farms brings us to Lao Bao.
Day 6 – Lao Bao to Hue (Approx. 240 km)
We begin by following Route 9 past the remains of many US Bases and out of the mountains and start to cross the DMZ itself, now covered in rubber plantations and pine trees. We’ll visit the 17th Parallel marker and see the famous Hien Luong Bridge. Heading down to the coast, you’ll get a chance to see the incredible underground tunnel network at Vinh Moc village. The entire village lived underground for 8 years to escape the American bombing. A truly amazing place. Following that will be a local style lunch at Vinh Moc and then we’ll track the coast through small fishing villages and aqua-farming ponds. After crossing the beautiful Tam Giang lagoon, we’ll take the small back roads into Hue city and onto our hotel.
Day 7 – Hue to Da Nang / Hoi An (Approx. 120 km)
Begin the day with a visit to the Imperial Citadel of Hue, a UNESCO world heritage site, and home to the last emperors of Vietnam.
Heading out of the city, you’ll quickly find yourself back in endless rice paddies and riding small roads through the countryside where you can see the massive square fishing nets spread across the giant Tam Giang Lagoon system. Afterwards, we’ll visit the City of Ghosts, Vietnam’s most luxurious cemetery followed by lunch on the beach. Next is a real treat: a short ride down the beautiful Lang Co bay brings us to the incredible Hai Van Pass, where 21 kilometres of sweeping bends over 500 meters of jungle-covered mountain gives us the most amazing coastal views in central Vietnam.
Day 8 – Da Nang / Hoi An (Approx. 0 km)
Today’s a rest day, with many options available. A day wandering the streets of Hoi An ancient town is delightful, and diving and snorkelling are available in the summer months. If you choose to stay in Da Nang, keep in mind that Da Nang beach is one of the nicest in Vietnam. Diving and snorkelling are available in the summer months.
Day 9 – Da Nang / Hoi An to Kon Tum (Approx. 320 km)
We’ll start by heading down the coast past the Marble Mountains and along the beaches of Hoi An. Leaving the coast, we can see the mountains ahead as we slowly climb through small villages and rice farming areas. The rice farming turns to acacia tree plantations and later to jungle as we climb into the hills. In the dense jungle, we’ll find waterfalls and other impressive sights. Lunch will be local style in a remote hill tribe town. The road from here is only a few years old and we often have it all to ourselves as we’ll climb up to about 1800 metres. From here, there are amazing views of untouched jungle as we ride through small ethnic minority hill tribe villages. We’ll come to Dak To with time to pose for a photo on the army tanks in the town square. A last stretch of the Ho Chi Minh trail brings us down to Kon Tum.
Day 10 – Kon Tum to Quy Nhon (Approx. 200 km)
We’ll start with a quick look at the famous wooden church of Kon Tum. Built by the French, this was the centre of Catholicism in Vietnam. After that, we can stop and marvel at the high thatched roofs on the hill tribe village halls in the SeDang tribal villages. Next is a drive through the endless pepper plantations and rubber tree forests before heading east. The road will start to drop steeply off the high plateau with endless zig-zag hairpin turns to bring us down the mountain. As we finish our descent we are back into the beautiful rice paddies and corn fields, we’ll pay a visit to the towering Banh It temple sat on top of a hill. Built in the 12th century by the Cham people, it gives great views down to the coast. Our hotel sits right on the beach and we’ll arrive in time for a swim or just chill out.
Day 11 – Quy Nhon to Nha Trang (Approx. 230 km)
Following the coast, you can see traditional fishing villages and beautiful beaches. We’ll cross the famous bamboo bridge to head towards the Ganh Da Dia rock formation, where black basalt rock was formed into geometric shapes by volcanic forces. Passing by the newly built and unused Tuy Hoa airport, you’ll get amazing coastal views from up on the hills. A visit is possible to the old French lighthouse if you don’t mind a few hundred steps. We’ll take the road south through the countryside and, with a few more stretches of a sweeping coastal bend, get our first glimpse of Nha Trang. A boom in tourism sees nearly 5 million visitors come to this town each year. Not bad for a city of just 500,000. After checking into the hotel, it’s out to the beach or into the lively bars and nightclubs.
Day 12 – Nha Trang to Da Lat (Approx. 140 km)
Leaving the city, we stop at the Dien Khanh Citadel. Built in 1793, it is still in remarkable condition. Now we’ll start to climb the Khanh Le mountain pass, one of Vietnam’s most fun roads. Climbing steeply to over 1600 meters, you can’t keep count of the zig-zag bends! Scenic viewing areas are abundant. As we come into Da Lat there are huge fruit and vegetable farms and fields of strawberries. Da Lat grows all the produce that needs a cooler climate. We’ll a local style lunch in Da Lat town, and in the afternoon we have time to visit 2 or 3 of Da Lat’s many tourist sights. Some are interesting, some are romantic, and some are just totally crazy! Riding between tourist sights lets us explore the small lanes and French colonial villas of the city.
Day 13 – Da Lat to Cat Tien National Park (Approx. 200 km)
The Dalat area has many famous waterfalls, and this morning we have time to enjoy 1 or 2 of them. With rolling hills and great views, we make our way to Cat Tien National Park. Cat Tien is one of the largest areas of lowland tropical forests left in Vietnam. It has been a protected area since 1978 and is home to many rare animal species.
Day 14 – Cat Tien National Park to Ho Chi Minh City (Approx. 150 km)
Leaving Cat Tien, we’ll follow the small countryside roads, staying away from the heavy traffic on the main highways. There are river crossings and the Tri An Lake to enjoy today. As we head south the traffic eventually gets a bit busier, but if we time it right we should reach Ho Chi Minh City early afternoon when the traffic is quieter. The city is full of amazing architecture with new skyscrapers everywhere we look. When we reach the city, we’ll park up the bikes and enjoy a nice cold beer! When we reach the city centre and our final destination is reached.
2020 TOUR DATE:
25 Mar 2020 or choose custom dates
14 Day Tour – North to South Classic Summary & Pricing
- Start: Ha Noi
- Finish: Ho Chi Minh
- Distance: Approx. 2,720 km’s
- Motorcycle: Royal Enfield Himalayan (410cc)
- 1 Rider / 1 Bike / 1 Room: From US$ 4,200 per person
- 2 Riders / 2 Bikes / 1 Room: From US$ 3,850 per person
- Price for Pillion Passenger – From US$ 3,200 per person
- 13 Nights accommodation
- Experienced English-speaking tour guide
- Good quality, top condition motorbike
- All Meals while on tour
- Snacks, water & soft drinks while on tour
- First aid kit
- Accommodation fees during tour
- Entry fees, tolls and other ‘on the road’ fees
- Waterproof jacket & pants (if required)
- 15L dry bag (if required)
- Pick up & return to hotel (or airport)
- Adventure & excitement
- Groups of 6 or more include support van
- Groups of 8 or more include tour medic
What can be added to your tour: (Please contact us for pricing)
- Private room – our standard price is based on twin room
- Support Van – if not already included
- Helmet (EU or DOT Standard certified)
- Motorbike Jacket – Lightweight, mesh style – with back, elbow & shoulder protection
- Lightweight motorbike gloves
- Pre & Post tour accommodation – we can assist with hotel recommendations
What you need to provide:
- Appropriate riding clothing – no open toe footwear
- Alcoholic drinks (if you enjoy)
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Motorcycle Licence
- International Driving Permit
- Personal expenses
- Visa – as required
- Smiles & laughs