THE BEST OF CENTRAL VIETNAM
DA NANG ROUND TRIP
Day 1 Da Nang (Approx. 0 km)
Meet at 9:00 am for full tour briefing. Have your passport, rider’s licence, International Driver’s Permit and 3 month visa for Vietnam ready to enable the authorisation for you to ride legally in Vietnam. You will then be introduced to your Royal Enfield Himalayan. There will be time to enjoy a Vietnamese coffee and the rest of the day to explore before meeting up at 6:00 pm for dinner and drinks.
Day 2 Da Nang to Quang Ngai (Approx. 160 km)
As we ride you will see coastal views from the new bridge at Hoi An. As we ride we will pass small fishing villages and hamlets and see how the people is this region live. One stop will be at the Tam Thanh painted mural village and another at the secret Viet Cong tunnel base at Ky An village. A bit of war history as we visit the Son My Memorial which is a memorial to the My Lai Massacre. Tonight’s accommodation is right on My Khe beach and there should be time for a swim. So pack the swimmers.
Day 3 Quang Ngai to Kon Tum (Approx. 220 km)
Today we leave the coast and follow the Tra Khuc. We will pass small hill tribe villages and climb steeply into the mountains. There are pine tree forests which give a contrast to what we imagine Vietnam to be like. The ethnic minority in this region live in stilted houses. The road climbs and we see waterfalls as we ride. Prepare yourself for the corners as Mang Den pass has over 100 sharp bends. We see lakes and pass through rubber plantations to the end of today’s ride.
Day 4 Kon Tum to Thanh My (Approx. 260 km)
Today we discover some different in Vietnam’s wartime. The first as the tanks at Dak To. We then ride up steep mountain roads past and through small hill tribe villages and find the jungle surrounding us in Ngoc Linh National Park. The ride will take us up to 2,000 metres and we will travel though some of the remote areas of Vietnam and visit the secret French prison camp. As we continue our ride we will see Thac Ba Waterfall and ride some of the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Day 5 Thanh My to Lao Bao (Approx. 280 km)
We’ll ride north on the historic Ho Chi Minh Trail with sweeping bends through jungle-covered valleys and high mountains. Next, we’ll have a local style lunch in the A Shau Valley near the notorious Hamburger Hill, and then follow the curves and mountain passes down towards the coast. Still following the Ho Chi Minh Trail, we’ll pass by reservoirs and rivers and small stilt house villages of the local tribes people. As we enter the former DMZ area we can follow the historic Route 9 further up the mountains and towards the Laos border gate where you can stop for a photo on an abandoned tank and then continue to Lao Bao. You can visit the local market in Lao Bao where all sorts of ‘questionable’ items are to be found making their way across the border.
Day 6 Lao Bao to Phong Nha (Approx. 250 km)
We’ll start the day with a visit to the Khe Sanh combat base. The longest battle of all the wars in Vietnam took place here and we can see tanks, helicopters, and planes still sitting on the runway as well as a small museum. Next, the road joins the Ho Chi Minh Trail West. One of the best roads in Asia for bikers, this road should be on everyone’s bucket list. We’ll ride through the coffee plantations and climb an 1,100 metre mountain pass in seemingly untouched jungle. In what seems like endless mountains and jungle, you can find small wooden stilt house villages where the tribes live a peaceful traditional style. As we come to the start of the giant limestone Karst formation mountains we can stop for lunch in a small hill tribe town before more mountains, more views, and more amazing riding are to come. Finally, we’ll enter Phong Nha National Park, a UNESCO Heritage area of natural beauty, where the historic Victory Road leads us down to the river to finish at the hotel.
Day 7 Phong Nha (Approx. 100 km)
Today is a full day to explore Phong Nha National Park, riding through magnificent limestone karst mountains and pristine jungle. You can explore the Khe Gat runway strip, hidden in the mountains and walk a whole kilometre through the Paradise Cave, one of the most beautiful underground environments in the world. This is a great chance to ride along the famous Victory Road which was so crucial to the Vietnamese war effort. Later, a boat trip takes us along the beautiful Con river into the Phong Nha Cave.
Day 8 Phong Nha to Hue (Approx. 200 km)
Heading down to the coastal city of Dong Hoi, we’ll pass the remains of the bombed out church. From there, the coast road will lead us right along the beach crossing small streams and fishing villages. Cutting through fields of black pepper and rows of rubber trees, we’ll make our way to Vinh Moc where we can see the incredible underground tunnel network at Vinh Moc village. The entire village lived underground for 8 years to escape the American bombing! A truly amazing place. Lunch will be local style at Vinh Moc before we continue down the coast through small fishing villages and aqua-farming ponds. After crossing the beautiful Tam Giang Lagoon we’ll take the small back roads into Hue city
Day 9 Hue to Da Nang (Approx. 120 km)
We’ll start the day with a visit to the Imperial Citadel of Hue, a UNESCO world heritage site and home to the last emperors of Vietnam.
Heading out of the city, you’ll quickly find yourself back in endless rice paddies riding small roads through the countryside where we can see the massive square fishing nets spread across the giant Tam Giang lagoon system. Then we’ll visit the City of Ghosts, Vietnam’s most luxurious cemetery before having lunch on the beach. Next is a real treat: a short ride down the beautiful Lang Co Bay that brings us to the incredible Hai Van Pass where 21 km of sweeping bends over 500m of jungle-covered mountain gives us the most amazing coastal views in central Vietnam.
2021 Tour dates being released soon
9 Days – The Best of Central Vietnam – Summary & Costs.
- Start: Da Nang
- Finish: Da Nang
- Distance: Approx. 1,600 km’s
- Motorcycle: Royal Enfield Himalayan (410cc)
- 1 Rider / 1 Bike / 1 Room: From USD 2,585.00 approx AUD 3,975.00 per person.
- 2 Riders / 2 Bikes / 1 Room: From USD 2,665.00 approx AUD 4,100.00 per person.
- Price for Pillion Passenger: From USD 1,885.00 approx AUD 2,900.00 per person.
Details and approximate conversion as at 23 February 2020.
- 8 Nights accommodation
- Experienced English-speaking tour guide
- Good quality, top condition motorbike
- All Meals while on tour
- Snacks, water & soft drinks while on tour
- First aid kit
- Accommodation fees during tour
- Entry fees, tolls and other ‘on the road’ fees
- Waterproof jacket & pants (if required)
- 15L dry bag (if required)
- Pick up & return to hotel (or airport)
- Adventure & excitement
- Groups of 6 or more include support van
- Groups of 8 or more include tour medic
What can be added to your tour: (Please contact us for pricing)
- Private room (our standard price is based on twin room)
- Support Van (if not already included)
- Helmet (EU or DOT Standard certified)
- Motorbike Jacket (Lightweight, mesh style – with back, elbow & shoulder protection)
- Lightweight motorbike gloves
- Pre & Post tour accommodation – we can assist with hotel recommendations
What you need to provide:
- Appropriate riding clothing (no open toe footwear)
- Alcoholic drinks (if you enjoy)
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Motorbike Licence
- International Driving Permit
- Personal expenses
- Visa – as required
- Smiles & laughs