9 Days + 2 Days for Arrival & Departure

Overview

The Ho Chi Minh Trail stands out as one of the most dramatic and unique roads in all of Vietnam. The Ho Chi Minh Trail was an elaborate military supply route of mountain and jungle paths and trails running from North Vietnam through Laos and Cambodia to South Vietnam.  The route sent weapons, manpower, ammunition and other supplies from communist-led North Vietnam to their supporters in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

In general, the majority of the Ho Chi Minh Trail is windy, with a lot of curves but a clean good road. The trail is very narrow and 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.

We’ll be averaging 250km / 6-8 Hours of riding per day. This is a tour for riders looking to tick off the Ho Chi Minh Trail from their bucket list !

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 eclectic Phong Nha Farmstay with views of the 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 60km/hour
  • Recommended for riders with some experience

Itinerary Breakdown

Pre-Ride Briefing & Welcome Dinner

On Arrival Day you will meet your Tour Guide at the A.R.T garage 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.

Accommodation included

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Breathtaking valley views

Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat

300km – 6 hours

Starting out of Ho Chi Minh City, we head north towards the mountain ranges into Da Lat. Da Lat is a city renowned for its endless mountain roads, making for an easy escape from city noise and tourist traffic.

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.

Accommodation included

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Waterfalls, ferry crossings & smiles

Da Lat to Buon Ma Thuot

200km – 5 hours

Getting an early start, we stop by the famous La Viet coffee roastery for a pick me up before making our way to 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 we head into the trail. 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.

Accommodation included:- 3-Star Hotel

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Chillax and enjoy the view

Buon Ma Thuot – Mang Den

285km – 6 hours

If there is an easy day on the ride, this would be the day. A nice low-key ride on the way up the Ho Chi Minh Trail, traveling through the lowlands and coffee fields that cover the landscape before the excitement begins.

Tonight we’ll rest in the town of Mang Den and enjoy a traditional, local dinner of BBQ chicken with sticky rice grilled in bamboo shoots.

Accommodation included:- ART has found a hidden gem for the night – a cosy, boutique hotel run by a local family.

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Follow the river

Mang Den – Hoi An

260km – 5hrs

Heading east, you can see how the environment changes as you exit the Ho Chi Minh Trail towards town of Hoi An. Tonight you get to relax, explore the town, book yourself in for a massage! 

Accommodation included:- 4-Star Boutique Hotel

Back on the Trail – Altitude Change

Hoi An – Khe Sanh

210km – 4hrs 30 mins

The twists and turns along the road will get your blood going, there are a couple of good mountain climbs that will have you grinning like a Cheshire cat. There are always places to grab a coffee, a bite to eat, the odd temple or pagoda to check out, but the real attraction of this section of the Ho Chi Minh Trail is the trail itself. Truly a joy to ride.

Accommodation included:- 3-Star Hotel

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Game Day – Twists and Turns

Khe Sanh – Phong Nha

230km – 5 hrs 30 mins

The day starts a little slow, there are some Vietnam War era relics to visit as you leave town. The stretch of road to take you up to the Trail are some of the best in the world for twists and turns. If you thought yesterday was a good time (and it was!), today will blow your mind.

Averaging a corner every 200m for over 200 kilometers. You will never forget this road! Coming into a National Forest, seeing the densest jungle you can imagine creating this beautiful green corridor to follow, it is an exhilarating ride like no other.

Accommodation included :- We’ll be checking into the fabulous Phong Nha Farmstay. With a touch of French Colonial style, this Boutique accommodation is set in idyllic surrounding of rice paddy fields, tended daily by the local community, on the edge of National Park, just off the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

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Explore the Area

Phong Nha Loop ( or Optional Rest Day )

There is so much to see, caves to explore, A National Forest to wander through, windy curvy roads to ride and a river’s edge to sit on and enjoy a cold drink. The list goes on, take your pick and enjoy the day, you will not be lacking for choices and experiences to be had.

Accommodation included:- Phong Nha Farmstay

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Sights, Sights and more sights

Phong Nha – Ninh Binh

400 km – 8hrs

Pressing on north, today will be early start. We make our way to a lovely tea growing in this region , you can see the jungle change, loosen up and transition to a more agricultural region. 

Accommodation included:- Homestay

Best bike ride experience at Ho Chi Ming Trail
Adrenaline rush trails at Veitnam

To the Capital

Ninh Binh – Hanoi

110km – 3hr

We spend the morning enjoying the views in Ninh Binh. If nature and the outdoors is more your thing, we can check out the river caves and stunning scenery with a Boat Tour. Climb the 500 steps to see an iconic view of the countryside with it’s limestone peaks and valleys, explore one of the numerous caves that dot the area, there are a number of sights to see like no other.

So much to see, well worth the time to explore!

Later in the afternoon we push on to Hanoi, the sights and sounds of the city become stronger and louder as you get closer to the end of the ride. The challenges of Hanoi traffic are hard to describe, just something to experience, and by the end of the day, as you are enjoying a cold brew, the challenges of your journey melt away in the knowledge that you have traversed the Ho Chi Minh Trail on an epic motorcycle. How many of your friends can say the same? Congrats!!

Accommodation included:- Mercure Hanoi La Gare ( 100m from the train station )

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Tour price on your Own Bike is USD$ USD$ 2,130

Suitable bikes are 300cc+








What’s Included

Airport transfer

10-Nights Single Room occupancy

Small, experiential and local places

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be in restaurants with the local cuisine

(not including alcohol)

Bilingual Guide & Mechanic

Recent and well maintained motorbikes

Fuel , Full Luggage & Accessories

Accident & Theft Insurance

Motorbike Shipping

Group size: 4-6

Pre-Ride Advice

24/7 Logistical Support

Entrance tickets & permits to remote areas

Not Included :

Riding Gear, Visa for Vietnam, Personal Travel Insurance, Refundable security deposit for motorcycle rental USD 1,500.00, Flights to Ho Chi Minh City/from Hanoi

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.

Reviews

Kaushik Ranjan

Thank you ART for planning this trip. I am going back home as a better rider.
Met some wonderful people along the way and learnt to say “till we meet again”.
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