8 Days

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


Overview

The Ho Chi Minh Trail stands out as one of the most dramatic and unique roads in all of Vietnam. In general, the majority of the West Ho Chi Minh Trail is windy and a lot of curves but its a clean good road. Only very narrow. It is a very seldom used road by tourist or locals – it’s not unusual to go for significant stretches of time without seeing another person. For now, riders have a chance to get that wind-in-the-hair, fresh air, world exploring feel. It’s the kind of thrill that tickles something deep in the primal mind that reminds you you’re human.

Highlights

  • Start in the bustling heart of Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City!
  • Admire the waterfalls in Da Lat
  • Ride the historic Ho Chi Minh Trail
  • Tour the many famous caves in Phong Nha
  • Stay at the Phong Nha Farmstay with views of the golden rice fields
  • Climb to the top of the Hang Mua Peak in Ninh Binh
  • Enjoy the incredibly diverse cuisine from South to North Vietnam

Summary

  • Start in Ho Chi Minh (Tân Sơn Nhất international airport)
  • End in Hanoi (Nội Bai international airport)
  • Ride on asphalt trails – good quality, narrow and a lot of curves
  • We will average 300km and we will ride an average of 50-80km/hour
  • Best time to ride: November (24-10C) – March (18C)
  • Recommended for riders with some experience

Itinerary Breakdown

Pre-Ride Briefing & Welcome Dinner

On Arrival Day our Tour Leader will meet you at 1 pm for a riders’ briefing and bike handover, then head out to one of the specially picked local restaurants for a traditional Vietnamese dinner to get you started on your Vietnam adventure.

Breathtaking valley views

Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat

300km – 6 hours

Heading inland through local villages, you start to see the hills coming and you know a cool breeze is not far behind. Climbing the hills, you can find some breathtaking views of the valley floor below as you make your way, stopping at one of the many coffee stalls to soak up the sight. Stopping to check into your accommodation, drop off your gear, and away you go again into the hills along a world-class route into the hills above the city. Taking you through little mountain passes and villages, ART has found a gem of a ride that will have you grinning ear to ear. Ending the day with a wander through a busy Night Market, with an optional nightcap at one of many hipster bars.

Waterfalls, ferry crossings and smiles

Da Lat to Buon Ma Thuot

200km – 5 hours

Getting an early start, the first stop is at an amazing waterfall. Do not miss wandering down to get behind the falls, a wonderful experience to be had as a torrent of water passes overhead. Leave the city behind and some challenging but brilliantly fun roads to look forward to as the day progresses. As you climb, up and down the hills with wonderful cornering, making your way north, the ferry crossing is definitely not to be missed and a unique experience to be had. The local kids that are often playing in the river are an added bonus, their smiles are infectious and a real joy to interact with as we make our way across the river.

Price calculator

Tour price on your Own Bike is USD$ USD$ 1,480

Suitable bikes are 300cc+






What’s Included?

Accommodation

7-Nights Accommodation in Hotel (Shared Room double occupancy)

Motorbike

Recent and well-maintained bikes with full luggage & accessories with Motorbike Insurance (Accidents & Theft)

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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