The Top Gear Motorbike Tour Through Vietnam – 23 days from Ho Chi Minh city to Ha Long Bay in Northern Vietnam displays more than the things you did see on the show. After the 23-day riding motorbikes on the touring road of nearly 3000 km with the experienced team of Vietnam Motorbike Tours, you will surely know what the real Vietnam looks like but you will find it difficult to describe how beautiful it is. Riding from central highland to the coastlines to Ho Chi Minh trails to farther Northeast of Vietnam along the China border to Halong bay.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh – Cat Tien National Park: 165 km ( L )
7:30 Am pick up from your hotel to our bike shop and start to ride to Cat Tien National park is one of the biggest and most famous ones in Vietnam. This 720 km2 rain forest used to be famous for rhinos and many other animals in danger. At present rhinos and some of them are gone due to illegal hunting but the Cat Tien National park is still a great destination for the nature lover and for the one who would like to be quiet away from the bustle of Ho Chi Minh city. The first-day ride from Ho Chi Minh city to the National park of Cat Tien is the perfect start of this Vietnam motorcycle tour top gear. After a short day's rides out of the busy city, we’ll have a peaceful time at the park in the middle of green nature. Stay in a guest house.
Day 2: Cat Tien – Da Lat: 160 km ( B, L )
After saying goodbye to the peaceful Cat Tien National park, we’ll keep motorcycle touring up North on the winding mountain passes to Da Lat, we’ll have plenty of tops for picturing the beautiful mountain view and waterfalls. Besides, we can also have some visits to peaceful villages of the ethnic people along the way. It’s quite a long motorbike ride today but it’s an enjoyable motorbike tour to Da Lat. Stay in a hotel.
Day 3: Da Lat – Nha Trang: 130 km ( B , L )
This morning we riding around Dalat to visit the Royal Bao Dai palace, Thien Vien Truc Lam pagodas before a motorcycle tour to Nha Trang offers some great motorbike ride on beautiful coastlines and amazing sea view that you can see on the BBC’ Top Gear Vietnam Special show in 2008. The tour also provides a great motorcycle ride on winding mountain passes in Central highlands with a scenic view that you can have plenty of stops for pictures. Today’s ride is surely the highlight of this Vietnam Motorbike tour Top Gear. We’ll be in Nha Trang at around 4:30, it’s a good time to have a been at the beach or swim at the white sandy beach of Nha Trang. Stay in a hotel nearby the sea.
Day 4: Rest day and own explore in Nha Trang ( B )
Nha Trang is a peaceful coastal city in which you can find hundreds of interesting activities for your holiday such as: spending time on clean sandy beaches, taking a short boat trip to some quieter islands where you can go diving, snorkeling…One day is quite short for traveling around Nha Trang but for the bikers who do the 23-day Vietnam motorcycle tours, Top Gear is a great time to have rest and save energy for the next day motorbiking to North Vietnam. You can also do a short ride via the beautiful coastlines nearby Nha Trang. Stay in a hotel in Nha Trang city.
Day 5: Nha Trang – Buon Ma Thuat: 220 km ( B , L )
After getting on the bike, and saying god bye to the coastal city of Nha Trang, we’ll continue the Vietnam motorbike tour up to the Central Highland province of Buon Ma Thuot. Before motorcycling up to the high mountain passes, we can enjoy some more motorbike touring on scenic coastal roads. In the afternoon, you’ll see a different beauty of the landscape. The view of the mountain is different from the scenery you’ve seen in the days before: large and green coffee plantation, motorbiking cross by some rustic villages of the local hill tribes, more visits to the historical sites to learn more about the Vietnam war… We’ll end Day 5 of this motorcycle tour in Vietnam at around 5:00 PM and stay overnight in one of the villages of the local people.
Day 6: Buan Ma Thuat – Kon Tum: 230 km ( B , L )
After saying goodbye to the friendly host, get on the bikes then keep the North Vietnam motorbike touring up to Kon Tum. It’s a long motorcycle ride on Ho Chi Minh road with a lot of stops for interesting visits to historical sites, and battlefields…We’ll be in Kon Tum at around 5:00 PM, staying at the hotel.
Day 7: Kon Tum – Hoi An: 290 km ( B , L )
It’s another long day riding a motorcycle to the lower land of Hoi An. We continue the Vietnam motorbike tour on the Ho Chi Minh trail, the ride in the morning is up and downhill on the winding Ho Chi Minh road, crossing through some peaceful villages of the local hill tribes such as Bana, Ede…After lunch in Kham Duc, heading down to Hoi An, arrive in Hoi An late afternoon. Stay in a hotel in town.
Day 8: Rest and easy walk in Hoi An in the morning ( B )
Hoi An is a great place to cheer up or have a rest after a long motorcycle tour, you can find here all the things one tourist needs: great food, friendly shopping areas, sandy beaches, and a peaceful area…Just follow the guide to have an enjoyable walk around the town, have some visits to some typical traditional houses with big influence from Chinese, Japanese and western architecture, it’s an interesting time to learn more about the history and culture of the Hoi An town and the local people. Or you can also have a short motorbike ride around Hoi An to see some rural villages of the Viet people or to the peaceful beaches. Stay at a hotel in Hoi An town.
Day 9: Hoi An – Prao: 145 km ( B , L ,D )
Saying goodbye to Hoi An, we continue the Top Gear tour of Vietnam up to Prao, after crossing through rice fields, and bamboo bridges and visiting the Cham tower to learn more about Vietnam's history and Charm culture. Then we’ll resume the Ho Chi Minh trail motorcycle tour to Prao, the ride is up and down passing through more hill tribes’ villages some waterfalls then we’ll be in Prao at around 4:30 PM.
Stay overnight in a gest-house in town.
Day 10: Prao – Khe Sanh: 190 km ( B , L , D )
It’s one of the best motorbike rides, after leaving Prao town, we’ll have an enjoyable motorbike on the scenic Ho Chi Minh trail along the Dakrong river, the ride is on the smooth road offering an amazing view of the river, mountain, and the jungle. We’ll motorbike through some little waterfalls and some other villages of the hill tribe such as Pa Co, Cotu…where you can have a quick visit to learn more about the interesting culture and daily life of the locals. After crossing the beautiful Dakrong Bridge, we’ll ride straight to the Khe Sanh and before getting to the hotel we’ll spend an hour's visit to the famous Khe Sanh Combat Base where you can see the remains, and museum and learn how terrible the Vietnam war was. Get off the bikes and check in the room in Khe Sanh town at 5:00 pm
Day 11: Khe Sanh – Phong Nha: 220 km ( B , L , D )
Today is another highlight of this Vietnam motorbike tour Top Gear. We can choose to enjoy the day between the two options as below:
+ Eastern Ho Chi Minh trail Motorbike touring: Heading to the east, getting closer to the sea to see more historical sites such as the Hien Luong Bridge – the one known as the symbol of the border between North Vietnam and the South, Vinh Moc tunnel or the famous Truong Son Cemetery…
+ Western Ho Chi Minh trail motorbike: Riding all the 220 km of the empty trail crossing the National park of Phong Nha-Ke Bang, offers a beautiful view of the limestone mountain with the rain forest and crossing some other, lunch is very simple at the rustic village of the Van Kieu people (picnic lunch is optional)
Stay in a guest house nearby the National park
Day 12: Phong Nha – Tan Ky: 280 km ( B , L , D )
Continue the Vietnam motorbike tour Top Gear on the Ho Chi Minh trail up to North Vietnam. It’s a long ride on the smooth road to Tan Ky, the motorbike ride in the morning still offers scenic views of the limestone mountain and the Phong Nha National park, in the afternoon, we’ll motorbike crossing the more populated areas with more villages and markets along the Ho Chi Minh trail and that offer a different view from the days before. We’ll end the long day tour at the peaceful town of Tan Ky at 5:00 pm, and stay in a little guest house named Km 0 hotel.
Day 13: Tan Ky – Mai Chau Village : 210 km ( B , L , D )
Tan Ky is known as the starting point of the Ho Chi Minh trail where all the Northern Vietnam troops with weapons and food together headed down to the DMZ in Central Vietnam on the Ho Chi Minh trail in both Vietnam and Laos. The motorcycle tour to Mai Chau villages today is almost on the new Ho Chi Minh road, the road is quite smooth with a beautiful view of rice fields and mountains on two sides. We’ll end the long motorbike ride on the Ho Chi Minh trail in Mai Chau at around 5:00.
Stay at home-stay in Mai Chau.
Day 14: Mai Chau - Phu Yen - 175 km ( B , L , D )
After a long motorbike tour up to Mai Chau, Today is easy riding to Phu Yen and starting for the motorcycle tour Northern of Vietnam. Breakfast and walking to visit Mai Chau and back to home-stay for check out and start to ride from Mai Chau to Phu Yen via the old road No 6 to Moc Chau along the Da river and passing the local ferry to Phu Yen for check-in.
Day 15: Phu Yen – Vu Linh: 165 km ( B , L , D )
Saying goodbye to Phu Yen we’ll resume the Vietnam motorbike tour to the Northern mountain area, for the North Vietnam tour Phu Yen is riding to the beautiful lake of Thac Ba. we’ll be in the countryside where you can see green and large rice fields with colorful villages of the Viet, Nung, and Tay people. The ride is almost on the small roads along the rivers, and rice farms. When getting closer to the Thac Ba Lake, we can have some short off-road motorbike rides. We’ll arrive at the Vu Linh village at about 3:30 pm, leaving the motorbikes with the local family then enjoy a beautiful boat tour on Thac Ba lake. Stay on the stilt houses with the friendly Dzao people.
Day 16: Thac Ba lake – Ha Giang: 170 km ( B, L, D )
Start the Ha Giang motorbike tour at around 9 AM, we’ll ride a motorbike along the Thac Ba lake bank that offers a nice lake view and mountain view with some rustic villages of the Muong and Dzao people…Lunch is served with local food in a small restaurant in Luc Yen town. After lunch, we’ll keep motorbike touring on the back roads crossing more villages of the hill tribes and rice fields…we’ll be in Ha Giang city at around 4:30 pm. Check in the room in a hotel in the city.
Day 17: Ha Giang – Dong Van - Meo Vac: 170 km ( B , L , D )
It’s one of the most beautiful riding days of this motorbike tour in Vietnam. Ha, Giang is a great place for motorbike touring in North Vietnam because of its beautiful nature and winding scenic roads. The motorbike ride from Ha Giang to Meo Vac is only 170km but you’ll feel a busy day with a lot of stops to take pictures and visit the local hill tribes. This motorbike ride is surely one of the highlights of the trip that can awake you after a long ride and encourage you to ride more. Stay at the home-stay in Meo Vac.
Day 18: Meo Vac – Cao Bang: 220 km ( B , L , D )
It’s quite a long but easy day riding a motorbike on smooth back roads, mountain passes up and downhill, There will not be off-road rides today it will offer a lot of visits to the nice villages of the Tay, Dzao, and Nung people. This Vietnam motorbike tour to Cao Bang end at around 5 PM in Cao Bang city, Cao Bang’s quite a big city where you can easily find a local shop with cold beer, and a big market to shop for the local things or go to Karaoke after dinner party. Stay at the hotel
Day 19: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc water fall - Nguom Ngao cave : 120 km ( B , L , D )
The Ban Gioc waterfall is one of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in Vietnam. It’s located between the Vietnamese and Chinese border in North Vietnam. Today’s Northern Vietnam motorbike ride to Ban Gioc waterfall is another highlight of the trip. It does not only offer a great visit to the famous waterfall but the road to ride a motorbike to the waterfall also offers an amazing view of natural beauty. We can ride to the waterfall on two different roads that offer some off-road or countryside roads with bamboo bridges. On any options of the road to Ban Gioc, you can see an amazing view of the mountain, and nature between rustic villages of the local ethnic people who live mostly in the stilted houses. Today’s motorbike ride is always one of the best parts of our North Vietnam motorbike tours. Take a short ride to visit Nguom Ngao one of the most beautiful caves in the north of Vietnam. We’ll ride to a beautiful home-stay after visiting the waterfall and caves.
Day 20: Ban Gioc – Lang Son: 220 km ( B , L , D )
Keep motorbike riding down to the eastern part of Vietnam along the Chinese border. We’ll ride mostly on smooth roads crossing by some big border gate to China. We’ll have some interesting visits to historical sites to learn more about the French War or visits to famous temples or pagodas to discover the interesting culture of the Vietnamese people. We’ll stay at a hotel in Lang Son
Day 21: Lang Son – Luc Ngan - Ha Long: 210 km ( B , L , D )
Start the motorbike tour to Ha Long Bay in the early morning. We continue the North Vietnam motorbike tour on the winding passes in the morning, the motorbike ride will get easier when we head down to lower and lower lands. In the afternoon, we’ll ride along the coastal road No 18 to Ha Long city, the traffic will be busier and busier when we get closer to Halong. We’ll be in the city at around 4:30 pm. Check-in the room and stay in Halong city in a hotel. Local seafood for dinner.
Day 22: Ha Long bay Luxury Cruise – Overnight On Cruise( B, L, D )
Having a free morning for shopping, and swimming on the beach until 11:30 AM, we’ll pack every necessary thing for the 2-day overnight tour on a cruise then take a taxi to the Tourist Boat Station. Right after departing, you’ll see another world with a mystical view of the rocky mountain on the green water, just be lazy on the sun –deck, enjoying beer and relaxing, swimming, kayaking, visiting the cave, seafood meals will be served on the cruise. This overnight cruise tour is great to cheer up after the long motorbike touring in Vietnam. Stay overnight on the cruise.
Day 23: Ha Long – Hanoi: 160 km ( B, L )
It’s a wonderful chance to wake up early for the sunrise on the top of the cruise or for a free Tai-Chi lesson on the rooftop or simply enjoy the completely refresh air from the sea. After breakfast on the boat, we can do some activities such as: visiting the caves, swimming, or kayaking more..then will get back inland at around 11:30 when your motorbikes are ready to ride you back to Hanoi. The short motorbike tour back to Hanoi is quite difficult because of no other choices but the riding will be safe with our guide. drop your bike at our bike shop and take a taxi to your hotel. Say goodbye to your guide and enjoy your free time in Hanoi. End The Tour. Tour can start in Hanoi and end in Ho Chi Minh city.
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