VIETNAM MOTORBIKE TOURS
MOTO SAFARI 1
AN INCREDIBLE 14 DAY ADVENTURE
$4,060 USD PER RIDER
- [ 40% DISCOUNT FOR PILLION PASSENGERS ]
- 13 March 2023
- 27th October 2023
Note: Running from Hanoi to Nha Trang
WELCOME TO THE
14 DAY MOTO SAFARI 1 RIDE
This very special event is a must for anyone seeking the ultimate motorcycling adventure. We ride the hidden mountain back roads through the most remove villages of Vietnam.
This tour is suitable for all experienced riders seeking the ultimate motorcycling holiday. Limited places, so book early.
Day 1 - Nha Trang to Dalat 140km
From the bustling streets of seaside town in Nha Trang through to the gateway and into the Central Highlands we ride the twisty mountain passes through stunning landscapes dotted with rural villages as we climb to 1600 metres towards the city of love Dalat, famed for its cooler temperatures and French architecture. Dalat is a popular destination, with a unique night market featuring local crafts and foods is well worth exploring.
VMT guides and crew are a wealth of knowledge throughout these regions as we explore the real Vietnam.
Day 2 - Dalat to Lak lake 160km.
We have another wonderful day ahead!
Back in the saddle, enjoy the flowing back roads that carve through coffee fields and rural farms, this is an outstanding ride. Plenty of stops along the way allow us to try some local coffee and visit a fascinating, old silk production factory. We will then pass through small villages where you will see countless farmers tending crops Vietnamese style! Roads in these areas are shared with farmers, livestock, and children waving as they walk to and from school. So keep focused! You will soon get accustomed to the low speed riding in Vietnam, but it also allows you time to really take in the sheer beauty of this truly incredible country. We arrive at our overnight stay located close to Lak Lake and the surrounding rice fields. Not to forget the local elephants. Did anyone mention a cold beverage too? Food in these regions is fresh and super tasty. Lak lake is home to various minority tribes and traditional villages.
Day 3 - Lak lake – Kon Tum 300km
One of the longer stretches of riding sets off today. We ride into the Dak Nong province, which was the scene of conflicts and heavy bombing by the US air force. With a mix of twisty back roads through minority villages and bigger straight roads as we edge towards and enter the legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail, we will show you the famed supply route that carves through the most remote mountain jungles of Vietnam. Used by the Viet Cong to send troops and supplies from North to South throughout the raging war, today the Ho Chi Minh trail is a joy for riders to behold.
It just keeps getting better, it is like unfolding a treasure map. This is where most riders start commenting as the “best ride” they have ever done.
Over the coming days you will see Vietnam from a unique perspective. This is true motorcycling adventure! You will appreciate a cold beer after today's epic adventure.
Day 4 – Kon Tum to Hoi An 300km
Saddle up for more riding bliss on Ho Chi Minh trail in all its twisting and undulating glory! Steeped in history, crucial to the war effort, vital to the life blood of Vietnam, it virtually speaks to you as you negotiate each turn. Lush green jungle covered mountain passes, wild rivers. This is where the bulk of the riding footage from that famous Top Gear special took place so soak it up and enjoy what will be one of the best days of your life!
As many of our riders state, they just can't believe the sheer beauty of these areas and the amazing roads which you simply have to see for yourself, as we wind down the mountain pass towards our next overnight stay in the world heritage Hoi An ancient town. An exceptionally well-preserved example of a south-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th century. filled with traditional shops, houses, great bars, cafes, and restaurants. this colourful town is spectacular in the evenings with a colourful array on lanterns. It is a must see!
Day 5 - Hoi An to Hue 170km
Good morning Vietnam! We ride through the iconic ancient town of Hoi An and then through the back streets of Danang followed by the famous 'Top Gear’ Hai Van Pass. This twisty mountain road with its spectacular oceans views is a superb ride.
Hugging the coastal back roads our ride has us arriving at the former Imperial capital of Hue "Home of the last Vietnamese Emperors” a world Heritage site. Located on the banks of the Perfume River. A great overnight stay with a broad selection of excellent restaurants and bars and stylish architecture.
Day 6 - Hue
Rest 'n Relaxtion - enjoy a day off the bikes with time to explore local sights and visit World Heritage site of the Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It encompasses the imperial city with palaces and shrines. The forbidden purple city once the emperor’s home. In the afternoon we take a boat cruise along the Perfume River Hue offers a great array of local shops, cafes, art galleries, bars and restaurants. Enjoy and dip and sip at the hotel pool
Day 7 - Hue to Khe Sanh 140km
A superb day ahead!! Ride through the streets of Hue and onwards to lesser known back roads that link us up onto the Legendary Ho Chi Minh trail following the Da Krong river, impressive sweeping bends with massive views across the valley and surrounding hillside villages. Who are all these friendly people waving at? That would be you.
The welcoming smiles and waves all the way through this great land is a very warming experience. It is hard to imagine this whole region was once at war. l cannot help but have the cold chisel song Khe Sanh playing through my mind!
We arrive at Aluoi for a great local lunch and coffee. This spectacular road offers a great insight of what is ahead.
We visit “Ta Con Air Base" today, home to a small museum filled with historical pictures, a chilling reminder of what occurred here. There are maps, weapons on display, additionally old aircraft remains including a complete C130 Hercules, Chinook Helicopter and old fighter jet wreckage surround the old airstrip. We ride across to the huge Khe Sanh Victory monument erected by the Vietnamese government which lays tribute to the people who fought in the battle of Khe Sanh.
Day 8 - Khe Sanh to Phong Nha 250km
Regarded by the lucky few who have ridden the Western Ho Chi Minh trail, as being one of the best motorcycling roads on earth. Twisting and turning its way through spectacular "Jurassic Park-like" Limestone mountains covered in lush green jungle filled with crystal-clear waterfalls and wild rivers.
This pristine wilderness is still home to many rare animals including elephants and tigers. We ride through the Ke Bang National Park and UNESO World Heritage Site. containing the oldest Karst mountains in Asia. Formed over 400 hundred million years and riddled with over 300 hundred cave systems, including the biggest cave on earth Hong Son Dong cave "discovered in 2009". Today's ride is mind-blowing and best described as a rider’s paradise.
Lunch in a small, picture-perfect village. The afternoon delivers more great riding through this incredibly special part of the world that remains rarely seen by the outside world. Keep an eye out for Gibbons.
Late afternoon has us arriving in beautiful Phong Nha with an exceptional hotel overlooking the Son Con River. Enjoy an ice cold welcome beer! This charming village offers a vast range of local and western style bars and restaurants.
Welcome to Phong Nha!!
Day 9 - Phong Nha Caves
Enjoy a fresh coffee overlooking the Song Con River and the peaceful mountain views that surround this village. An early stroll through the village and markets is well worth checking out.
At 9AM, we board our boat for a relaxing journey upriver and into Phong Nha cave. "Voted as one of the most wonderful caves in the world" said to be 8km long, while scientists have surveyed 44km of passages. We sail around 1km before heading ashore to explore the cave by foot. The cave is filled with spectacular Stalactites and Stalagmites and has lights installed throughout. Big is an understatement and the sheer beauty is a sensory overload of feeling like you are in the centre of the earth.
Returning along the Song Con River with magnificent views of the traditional villages. Back at our hotel, it is time for a great lunch.
The afternoon sees us riding 40 minutes through some scenic roads across to Paradise Cave, discovered in 2005, this cave is 31 km long and ceiling height can reach 72 meters and 150 meters wide. Massive Stalactites and Stalagmites fill this cave. This is indeed an incredibly special hidden gem.
Back in town enjoy the village life and array of small bars and restaurants.
Day 10 - Phong Nha Caves to Tan Ky 270km
Morning coffee and breakfast overlooking Song Con River. The support crew have checked and serviced our bikes and ready for the next leg of this grand adventure. Leaving Phong Nha riding north we reconnect with the Ho Chi Minh trail. We immediately plunge into yet more jaw-dropping landscape. The road threads through lush river valleys enclosed by a forest of limestone pinnacles. Views across colourful rice fields some still holding bomb crater scars. Passing an array of farming areas from tree plantations to fields and tea. Traditional farming methods are still used here.
Anyone for tea! We stop for lunch next to a lake surrounded by tea hedges. One strip of road becomes so wide. Hmm, this must have been an old runway. overnight in Tan Ky. More great foods! It is no wonder Vietnam is so famous for food!
Day 11 - Tan Ky to Quan Son 240km
We continue the Ho Chi Minh trail before diverting off, head north-west into a small hidden world where time has stood still for centuries. This is a real treat! Riding these small mountain roads close to the border with Laos is where it’s at! Each turn takes us further and further from the beaten path as we enter the borderlands' tiny minority hamlets of wooden-and-thatched huts nestled by streams under huge limestone mountains. Bamboo water wheels feed the rice terraces.
Life here is simple and rich in culture, women, and children's traditional dress. Riders have commented that they just cannot believe the sheer beauty of these ‘Jurassic Park’ like villages. To this day we are the only ones who have the pleasure of this secret location. Overnight stay in Quan Son.
Day 12 Quan Son to Mai Chau 120km
We start the day with a local breakfast that will provide the fuel we need to ride over a series of lofty mountain passes through remote valleys and over limestone peaks covered in mysterious bamboo forests close to the Lao border.
Today’s ride gives us a sense of what it’s like for many of the more than 50 different ethnic minority groups in Vietnam to live in such mountainous landscape, with most of their food and building materials coming from the immediate vicinity, just as it has done for centuries.
After hours of great riding with plenty of stops to admire the scenery and meet the locals, we roll into Mai Chau, a pleasant valley of green rice paddies. Here, we settle into our comfortable, atmospheric Home stay lodgings for a peaceful night in the countryside. This is one of the most popular overnight stays. Amazing food and views and ice cold brews! And a traditional dance performance.
Day 13 - Mai Chau to Nghia Lo 220km
Saddle up for a grand ride through epic back roads, farmers tending crops on steep mountains and traditional villages. The simple way of life here often questions our hectic life back home. Visit to the old school bamboo factory and brick making yard along with other interesting stops. There is no shortage of ‘wow’ factor in this truly incredible world of Vietnam.
Day 14 - Nghia Lo to Hanoi 200km
Our final day takes us on excellent meandering roads, down from the mountains via spectacular passes and into the Red River valley, the cradle of Vietnamese civilisation. It was here on the swelled banks of the large, mud-red river, that the first Vietnamese kings ruled thousands of years ago.
We wind through crop fields, along river dikes, through old towns, until we arrive at the capital, Hanoi.
After days in the mountains, the pace and energy of Hanoi will come as a shock at first. But it won’t take long before we settle into the intoxicating rhythm of urban life and the charms of this ancient city.
Included on this tour is a final night stay in our hotel located within the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Take time to explore the lane ways filled with shops, houses, restaurants, bars and cafes. Welcome to Hanoi.
Self-ride motorcycle adventure
Central Highlands, remote villages
Tour the stunning coastal city of Nha Trang
Incredible views throughout the Central Highlands
Remote hill Tribes, old war wistory sites
Carve your way through the legendary
Ho Chi Minh Trail
Explore the Imperial Citadel of Hue, the old capital of VN
Khe Sanh War museum
Enjoy the busy nightlife in the ancient town of Hoi An
Hai Van Pass, BBC Top Gear destinations
PACKED WITH EXTRAS:
Airport pick up and transfers
Flights and transfers within Vietnam
Quality overnight accommodation inc WiFi
Our famed VMT English-speaking guides and support crew
Selection from our fully maintained fleet of motorcycles (easy, comfy, perfect for touring Vietnam)
All breakfasts and lunches plus a bonus "welcome dinner”. [Special dietary request can be catered for]
Detailed rider briefing, VMT T-shirt and touring map
Minivan baggage transfers, supplies
"limited seats for non-riders” travelling with the tour
Entrance ticketing and permits.
Limited 3rd party & bike damage cover.
All fuel, mechanical and spares.
24 hour back to base support and field medical kits
Quality overnight stays in twin-share rooms [includes one night pre/post-tour too]
VIP private transfers
Flights within Vietnam
Guides and VMT support crew
Lifan motorcycle with all fuel and oil
Full mechanical support
Minivan and luggage transfers
Breakfasts, lunches and a welcome dinner
VMT t-shirt and VN touring map
Endless bottled water, fruits and snacks
Field medical kit and back-to-base support
Return motorbike freight to headquarters
Motorcycle riding gear
International flights and visa
Personal travel insurance
(must include motorcycling)
Dinner meals (except for Welcome Dinner)
VMT tours are designed for riders seeking the ultimate adventure and exploring some of the best back roads in Vietnam.
Places are limited so book early!