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Taste of Ho Chi Minh Trail by motorbike

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Hanoi - Mai Chau valley - Pu Luong nature reserve - Tan Ky - President Ho Chi Minh homeland - Phong Nha - Hanoi
05 days tours with 04 days motorcycling at moderate grade
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Taste of Ho Chi Minh trail is our top picked motorcycling adventure because various highlights of nature, history, and riding experience are included in this very short tour. You first start on mountainous roads to Mai Chau with stunning Thung Khe pass and terrace fields. Then ride to Pu Luong Nature reserve before changing into the smooth rides on Ho Chi Minh trail and starting the historical stories. Visiting President Ho Chi Minh homeland, Dong Loc intersection, Huong Khe etc will show you how important the road was in wartime and why it is our legend. The fantastic ride via plenty plantations of tea, dragon fruits, and rubbers will end at Phong Nha awesome caves.

Tour Highlights
  • Stunning terrace fields at Mai Chau valley.
  • The mountainous twisting road at Pu Luong.
  • Visit homeland of our greatest President Ho Chi Minh.
  • Boat trip and cave visiting at Phong Nha.
  • Fantastic ride from Tan Ky to Phong Nha.

Taste of Ho Chi Minh Trail by motorbike route map

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 01: Hanoi - Mai Chau

Day 02: Mai Chau – Pu Luong Nature reserve – Tan Ky ( 280 km)
Day 03: Tan Ky - Phong Nha ( 290 km)
Day 04: Phong Nha cave – Dong hoi – night train to Hanoi (50 km)
Day 05: Arrive Hanoi 

PRICE (Per person)
Valid to 31st December 2016

Affordable option: 125CC commuter Future Neo

1 person: US$ 800
2 persons: US$ 505
3-4 persons: US$ 415
5-6 persons: US$ 350

Single surcharge:  US$ 35

Best option: 250CC dirt motorbike

1 person: US$ 1160
2 persons: US$ 770
3-4 persons: US$ 650
5-6 persons: US$ 555

Single surcharge:  US$ 35

Inclusion:

  • Motorcycling rentals for the trip
  • Best Rated Hotel Accommodations
  • Unlimited Mileage
  • Helmets for the driver and passenger
  • Daily breakfast & meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Homestay permission
  • Professional English speaking tour leaders
  • Water & Snacks on driving days
  • First-aid kit
  • National Park and other Entrance Fees
  • Preparation and Orientation
  • All taxes, fees, and environmental surcharges

Exclusion:

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratitude
  • Gasoline about average US$ 10/day
  • Transportation between hotel and check-point location (restrictions may apply at certain locations)
  • Mechanic & Support truck at 115$/group/day
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal motorbike protection gears
  • Others not mentioned

Surcharge for upgrading Dirt Bikes:
 
  • Suzuki DRZ 400 CC: US$ 40/day

Surcharge for:

  • Support truck : approx US$ 140 per day

Note: These prices are subject to change without prior notice.

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Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau

Being greeted by our motorcycling tour guide. You will have some time to get familiar with the bikes while our guide brief about the program, Vietnamese laws, and safety guide.
Start riding up to the famous Mai Chau valley that is about 170km from Hanoi. The road is paved but twisting around mountains and you are expected to climb up then down several passes. One of the most notable passes is Thung Khe where you can stop to watch over a local fair of Muong ethics. You can even try some local products if interested. 
Before arriving in Mai Chau about 7km, there is a flagpole where you will have an overview to Mai Chau valley with vast terrace fields dotted by lovely, tiny stilted houses. That is the great chance for photos.
We reach to Mai Chau then check in our homestay. Leaving your things and bikes at the house, we take a short walk into the Thai village whose costume is the most charming and beautiful. You can join dinner with the host, taste the local wine if you are fancy. Our suggestion for wrapping this day is a music performance by local artists (expenses excluded). You can join and... sing and.... dance. That’s so much fun.
Overnight in a stilt house of the Thai people.
Summary:
Distance:  170 km
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Homestay in Mai Chau village
 

Day 2: Mai Chau – Pu Luong Nature reserve – Tan Ky ( 280 km)

Breakfast at the homestay then we say goodbye to our nice host. After 15km driving on national road No15, we reach to a bamboo chopstick making factory then take a turn into a small road to pass Pu Luong Nature Reserve. “Pù Luông” in Thai ethnic language is “big mountain” then you can definitely expect for awesome twisting, up and down hill ride along beautiful terrace fields, stilt houses by Thai and Muong people. After that, we will ride along Ma River to Ngoc Lac where we meet the first part of Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Stop en route for lunch after 30km commencing ride on Ho Chi Minh trail.
After lunch, we are into a nice ride for about 130km to Tan Ky Town. Our road is fantastic with the views of rubber plantations and especially the 370000ha grass farm – the biggest in Asia by TH True Milk Company, at 40km prior to Tan Ky town. We arrive in Tan Ky, check in the hotel and overnight.
Summary:
Distance:  280 km
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: hotel in Tan Ky
 

Day 3 : Tan Ky - Phong Nha ( 290 km)

Today is a day for historical and wartime stories. Breakfast at a local shop, we start our motorbikes to Do Luong with en route stop at Truong Bon – a strategic intersection for North to South logistic. The next stop is the highlight of the day when we visit President Ho Chi Minh homeland to admire his humble family and his great life. 
Stop for lunch after taking a turn to road No1 – that is parallel with Ho Chi Minh trail with heavier traffic - and passing Ben Thuy bridge about 10km.
After that, we keep our riding along National road No1 for more 15km and turn right to get back to Ho Chi Minh trail again. We will visit Dong Loc intersection where the story of 10 volunteer girls sacrificed their youth heroically is admired by next generations ever. Then we keep our motorbikes along Ho Chi Minh trail passing Huong Khe, Tan Ap etc. to Phong Nha. On the way, we may take some stops at tea, rubber plantations. 
Check in hotel in Phong Nha and relax.
Summary:
Distance:  290 km
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: hotel in Phong Nha
 

Day 4: Phong Nha cave – Dong hoi – night train to Hanoi (50 km)

After breakfast, this morning we will take a boat trip and visit one of Phong Nha caves. So leave all your items at the hotels, just bring with a camera and really necessary things, we will get in a boat along Son river to Uot (Wet) cave in Phong Nha. The visit takes place for about 2-3 hours then you walk back to the hotel for checking out.
In this trip, we manage a night train ride back to Hanoi at around 5pm then you will have the afternoon for awesome swimming at the white sand and absolutely quiet beach, Nhat Le. Refreshing after a few days motor riding, we back to Dong Hoi station, load up our motorbikes and take the overnight train back to Hanoi. 
If you connect your trip from Dong Hoi to Danang or Ho Chi Minh City, get ready for the flight after we finishing the cave visit. 
Summary:
Distance:  50 km
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Night train to Hanoi
 

Day 05: Arrive Hanoi 

04.30 AM arrive in Hanoi railway station. You can easily find a taxi at the station for a short transfer to your hotel in the center. Our service for “Tastes of Ho Chi Minh trails motorcycling” ends here.
Summary:
Meals: Not included
Accommodation: Not available.
 

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