HCM Trail + Ha Giang Loop

21 Days

Estimate as of January 2021 for a group of 2 Riders. For an accurate quotation, please contact us.


Overview

Get ready to take on the Vietnam challenge! This 21 day tour takes you from South to North, with stops in the most unique, scenic and breathtaking cities in the world.

Enjoy cruising along the coastal roads of Phan Rang, and through the twisty mountain roads into Da Lat. Riding along the iconic Ho Chi Minh Trail, take a peek across the border at the mountains of Laos on your way to Buon Ma Thuot. Stop by the riverside town of Kon Tum and experience rich Vietnamese culture, free from crowds of tourists. Onto the city of Prao, pass through endless green rice fields and enjoy the many scenic motorbike loops around the countryside. Heading further north to the historic town of Khe Sanh, where roads turn dusty and red, be sure to take in the prolific history of the famous city. Delving back into the green jungle and up to Phong Nha, the city which is home to the largest cave in the world. Lose yourself in the twists and turns of the mountain roads, climbing up into the clouds. Creeping back towards the coast of the South China Sea, we reach the small town of Vinh, home to the stunning Cua Lo Beach.
After stopping in the quiet, mountain town of Ninh Binh, the tour heads east and across the sea via ferry onto Cat Ba island. This small island spans only 285sqkm and is perfect for the avid explorer. Back onto the mainland and through the windy mountain roads, we reach Lang Son, one of Vietnam’s most northern cities. Following the windy roads down to Cao Bang, and onto the waterfalls of Ban Gioc, where you can look across the border and into China. Riding west along the border and into Bao Lac, our next stop is rural Dong Van. Continuing further south and onto the green mountain passes and rushing rivers of Ha Giang, a must-see destination for all who travel Vietnam. After stopping in the quaint town of Bac Ha, we move onto Sa Pa, which is home to the highest mountain in Indochina, Fansipan (Phang Xi Pang). The next stop takes us through the rolling rice terraces of Mu Cang Chai, and finally reaching the capital city of Ha Noi.

Highlights

  • Explore the many caves and caverns on the islands of Cat Ba, including the famous ‘Hospital Cave’
  • Marvel at the stunning Ban Gioc waterfalls in Cao Bang
  • Walk along the skypath of the Ma Pi Leng Pass in Ha Giang
  • Visit the breathtaking Nam Cuong sand dunes
  • Tour the many famous caves in Phong Nha
  • Admire the waterfalls in Da Lat
  • Climb to the top of the Hang Mua Peak in Ninh Binh
  • Challenge yourself with trekking the famous Fansipan (Phan Xi Pang) mountain in Sa Pa
  • Look over the rice paddy terraces of Khau Pha Pass in Mu Cang Chai

You will require at least one large (70L) duffel bag to transport your riding gear. Which you will then wear. You will also need a smaller (40L) pack to transport your personal items. ART will be supplying a 40L North Face dry backpack that will mount on the luggage racks of your bike.(China Eastern allows 2 pieces of checked baggage free of charge)
Dry bags or dry duffels are recommended. Some bikes will be outfitted with Givi hard/waterproof/detachable saddlebags for convenient transport of roughly 15kg of on board cargo capacity. For most persons this is more than enough. ART will offer storage of any excess baggage not deemed necessary for your tour.

We recommend getting a local SIM while travelling in Vietnam; they are affordable, USD $10 per month gets you unlimited data and calls.

There are several carriers to choose from Viettel, Mobiphone and Vinaphone are the most popular. You will need to show your passport in order to purchase a SIM, although there are services at the airport that waive this step. A.R.T recommends Viettel as having the most coverage.

Don’t forget to unlock your phone prior to leaving your home country. Cell phones in general are affordable in Vietnam.

  • Google Maps
  • Maps.me (Google maps alternative, provides offline maps)
  • Currency Converter (XE Converter)
  • Google Translate
  • Skype – Calls, messaging
  • WhatsApp – Calls, messaging
  • Messenger
  • Instagram
  • Rever – Motorcycle Maps, GPS, Navigation Planner
  • Geo Tracker – GPS Tracker for distance travel
  • Viber – Calls, messaging

We recommend no more than 15kg of gear. Your guides will carry most of the safety equipment, personal items should easily come in under that weight. We will provide storage for extra gear at A.R.T base of operations.

If you’re planning a one-way trip, please contact us in advance, shipping can be arranged.

Each tour has it’s dynamic and flexibility is what we strive for. If unforeseen circumstances arise, we will discuss our options and bring them to the group. Every circumstance is different and has a solution.

Anything is possible.

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