Ho Chi Minh Road Motorbike Guide- 2 Ideal Travel Plans For You To Follow

Ho Chi Minh Road Motorbike Guide


If you are looking for an ideal road to challenge mixed terrain driving, the Ho Chi Minh road will certainly be an ideal choice to satisfy your passion. Due to its no specific “beginning” and “end” points, this road promises to bring you exciting experiences through interesting history and poetic scenery.

However, traveling on the road with mixed terrain without any specific route plan will make it difficult for inexperienced drivers. 

Luckily, this blog will provide you with a specific Ho Chi Minh road motorbike guide. Scroll down, and you will have the opportunity to explore the journey plan with the most comprehensive insight!

Ho Chi Minh Road Motorbike Guide- Overview

The Ho Chi Minh Road, winding along the Laos border, was once used for convoys transporting goods to the south during the Vietnam War. It has no definite starting and ending points, so it appeals to many experienced drivers to explore and challenge their driving skills.

Nowadays, Ho Chi Minh road has mostly been paved to serve the movement of motorbikes, bicycles, and even cars. Some slippery sections and bends still challenge the participants’ experience to experience this stretch.

Ho Chi Minh Road Motorbike Guide- Overview
Ho Chi Minh Road, Vietnam

If you are wondering about the best part of Ho Chi Minh trail for riding, then the route between the decent national park and the town of Prao is the answer. This road perfectly combines rugged mountainous terrain, majestic cliffs, dense ancient forest, and a beautiful river.

Detailed Ho Chi Minh Road Motorbike Guide To Follow

We will provide you with two different Ho Chi Minh Trail motorbike guides, and the choice of which one is completely depend on the time your vacation allows. Explore and decide which option best suits the time you can afford for the trip!

Plan 1: 5 Days For The Ho Chi Minh Road Motorbike Tour

This tour will give you the experience of discovering Ho Chi Minh trail by motorbike in five days.  The routes to travel in a day are quite long, so please try to keep the pace of the journey and save time to enjoy the scenery and immerse in the life of the local people.

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Day 1: Hoi An – Khe Sanh Town

Start your 5-day trip by riding Ho Chi Minh trail from Hoi An to Khe Sanh town along the Ho Chi Minh trail. This trip can take around 6 hours, traveling through the terrain mix, so be patient!

We appreciate the scenery along both sides of the road because it evokes an untapped hidden beauty of nature. If you arrive in Khe Sanh town earlier than expected, take the time to visit the Khe Sinh battle base – a heroic relic left over from Vietnam’s war against America.

Day 2: Khe Sanh – Phong Nha National Park

It will take about 8 hours to complete this trip, so prepare and leave early.

This road deserves the title of “the best road in Vietnam”, as it converges all the beauties of rivers, mountains, and majestic jungle. Besides, it will challenge your driving skills with straight open roads, tight corners, and even many bridges that are quite difficult to cross.

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Day 3: Phong Nha National Park

After two days of mostly driving, we think it’s time to take a break to recharge. Spend the third day of your journey exploring the mysterious caves in the Phong Nha National Park.

Day 3: Phong Nha National Park
Village near Phong Nha cave, Quang Binh, Vietnam

Day 4: Phong Nha – Northern Phong Nha

Although the decent north road is quite busy, it’s really hard to find an ideal hotel on your way. Go as far as you can to find an ideal place to stop on the way to Ho Chi Minh.

Today’s route cannot be specified, as you will move to a certain area north of Phong Nha. If you still do not have a specific idea, we recommend moving to Hanoi’s north and then to the rest.

Day 5: Northern Hanoi – Pu Luong/Mai Chau

On the last day of the tour, you can choose one of two destinations: Mai Chau or Pu Luong. Both are ideal destinations for enjoying the beautiful natural scenery, simple rows of stilt houses, and stopping at a beautiful homestay.

Northern Hanoi - Pu Luong/Mai Chau
Unique spot of Mai Chau, Hoa Binh

After spending a day touring interesting destinations and enjoying delicious local dishes, it’s time to head back to Hanoi. The commute to the inner city only takes about 45 minutes, so time yourself to get back before rush hour.

Plan 2: 2 Days For The Ho Chi Minh Road Motorbike Tour

The 5-day journey will be ideal for giving you enough time to enjoy the scenery and immerse yourself in local life along the way. If time doesn’t allow it, you can still go on a 2-day motorbike tour by following our specific schedule below!

2 Days For The Ho Chi Minh Road Motorbike Tour
A corner of Hai Van Pass from above ,Danang, Vietnam

Day 1: Hoi An – Khe Sanh combat base

The distance from Hoi An to Khe Sanh is quite long, and it will take a lot of your time and energy to drive. Try to complete today’s itinerary if you do not want to interrupt the rhythm of this excursion.

You must follow QL4B to reach Hoi An, then go back to QL14 to reach today’s stop – Khe Sinh. If you want to shorten this road, choose QL14G to get to Hoi An instead of QL14B.

Hoi An - Khe Sanh combat base
Scenic view in Khe Sanh along HCM trail

Day 2: Khe Sanh – Dong Hoi Train Station

This second-day journey will take you from Khe Sinh – Dong Hoi train station. Once there, complete the procedure to have your motorbike delivered to the train station address closest to your departure point.

Most flights departing from Dong Hoi take off in the early morning, but not all. Please check some airlines available to book and get back to Da Nang, Hanoi, or Ho Chi Minh City.

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The Ho Chi Minh Road From Phong Nha To Vinh- Another Section For Your Consideration

If you want to move from Hanoi to Phong Nha, you can choose this route to discover its hidden and interesting features. Although weaker than the beautiful Khe Sanh road – a decent national park, it is still outstanding in its natural beauty and many beautiful curves.

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QUANG TRI, VIETNAM – JUNE 16, 2020: Khe Sanh combat or Ta Con old airport, Quang Tri, Vietnam

Some Last Words

Choosing the Ho Chi Minh road to challenge your travel passion is an ideal decision while you can explore the beauty and history of Vietnam. 

However, the prerequisite to completing this journey without any problems is to prepare all the necessary equipment and always keep yourself in an ideal state to drive.

After this blog, we hope you are satisfied with our Ho chi Minh road motorbike guide and have a specific plan for yourself. Share this article with your friends to enjoy the ride together!

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