Book a tour: Plan A 16-Day Motorbike Trip Across Vietnam: From Hanoi To Saigon

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If you are an adventure rider, love adventure, and like to see many beautiful scenes of heaven and earth, the trip across Vietnam from Hanoi to Saigon in 16 days by motorbike will be an interesting and lifetime journey for you.

Tour Highlights 

A Vietnam motorbike tour is often chosen by many adventurers who love to explore. This trip is quite a long trip, lasting about 16 days. 

In 16 days of traveling on your motorbike in this motorbike tour, the rider will have many opportunities to experience different cultures in each province and city; you can also admire the beauty of nature, such as the sea, mountains, forests, ancient royal tombs, and beautiful flower gardens.

In addition, you can also immerse yourself in the pace of life of the people and enjoy delicious local dishes.

Tour Details 

Day 1: Hanoi - Phu Yen

The 16-day motorbike journey will begin with a trip from Hanoi to Phu Yen, lasting 180km. You need to pass through Son Tay and will rest briefly here before continuing your journey. 

You should have lunch at Son Tay to recharge for the trip. Your next journey is a rather difficult one as you will have to face zigzag roads along the mountainside. 

No matter how difficult it is, you can still breathe the fresh and wild mountain air. When you come to Phu Yen, you will spend the night here.

Day 1: Hanoi - Phu Yen
Dirtbiking Tour Northwest Vietnam

Day 2: Phu Yen To Mai Chau valley

You will start from Phu Yen to Mai Chau with an extremely interesting 155 km route on the second day. Running along the trail from Phu Yen to Mai Chau, you can see the natural beauty of villages and mountains. 

If you go the right way, you will have the opportunity to admire an old road, which was built during the French colonial period in Vietnam. In the afternoon, you can stop and visit some tribal villages and mingle with the local people. 

When you stop at Mai Chau at night, you will get an unforgettable experience of relaxation at the stilt house of the Mai Chau Thai people.

Day 2: Phu Yen To Mai Chau valley
Mai Chau Valley, Hoa Binh province, Northwest VietNam

Day 3: Mai Chau - Tan Ky 

After having breakfast at Mai Chau, you will continue the 285 km journey from Mai Chau to Tan Ky. The beauty of Ma River will appear on motorbike riders’ watch before going to Cam Thuy and having lunch there. 

You continue to follow the Ho Chi Minh trail after lunch and take a short rest in Cam Thuy; Then, stop at the final destination of the 3rd day. After a long day of motorbike riding, you can Rest at a hotel in Tan Ky town.

Day 3: Mai Chau - Tan Ky 
Wooden hanging bridge over the river in Pu Luong, Mai Chau area, Ho Chi Minh Trail, Vietnam.

Day 4: Tan Ky - Phong Nha 

Ending breakfast at Tan Ky, you will move to central Vietnam. It takes about 280 km. 

Along the way, there are a series of historical sites you might admire. Rest here for a while, and then continue your motorcycle trip, which visits the most beautiful cave in Vietnam called Phong Nha-Ke Bang. 

The cave is surrounded by coral reefs, sandy beaches, and underground rivers, creating a majestic natural picture. After visiting the cave, you check into your hotel room and stay overnight in Phong Nha.

Day 4: Tan Ky - Phong Nha 
Motorbike Tour HCM Trail Around Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park

Day 5: Phong Nha - Dong Hoi 

Coming to Phong Nha - Ke Bang ensures you will have a wonderful day. There are some fun activities like boating and sightseeing to make for an unforgettable moment. 

If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and history, you can visit historical sites here. In the afternoon, continue to Dong Hoi with 70 km, which has green sand and has countless historical sites attracting thousands of tourists.

When you return to your hotel in Dong Hoi, you will stay in a room with a balcony overlooking the beach. Relax and enjoy the breathtaking view here at night.

Day 5: Phong Nha - Dong Hoi 
Amazing scenery of paradise cave (Dong Thien Duong) with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites in Phong Nha - Ke Bang cave complex, the world natural heritage in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh Trail

Day 6: Dong Hoi - Khe Sanh 

Before coming to Khe Sanh, you will pass through Quang Binh and discover the historical vestiges associated with the bloody wars of the ancient Vietnamese. 

There are two places that you must definitely visit here, including the Hien Luong Bridge and Vinh Moc tunnel. You can choose the hotel in Khe Sanh to stay overnight.

Day 6: Dong Hoi - Khe Sanh 
Khe Sanh Combat Base ( Ho Chi Minh Trail )

Day 7: Khe Sanh - Hue City 

Your itinerary includes a 180 km trip from Khe Sanh to Hue. This is also a historic destination with two historical sites, Da Krong Bridge and A Shau valley, along the way. 

You cross Hamlet Hill and several mountains before reaching the mountainous district of A Luoi in Hue, known as the residence of the Bru people. You get on a motorbike to move through the green rice fields to Hue in the late afternoon. 

Day 7: Khe Sanh - Hue City 
Wonderful view of the “ Meridian Gate Hue “ to the Imperial City with the Purple Forbidden City within the Citadel in Hue, Vietnam. Imperial Royal Palace of Nguyen dynasty in Hue. Ho Chi Minh Trail

Day 8:  Hue - Hoi An 

You must travel 100 kilometers from Hue to Hoian to be able to see all of the beauty here. Continue following Highway 1 through Hai Van pass. 

Don’t stop! You need to pass and follow the Ho Chi Minh trail to come to the Hoian ancient. Immerse yourself in the nightlife of this lovely city before discovering the poetic beauty of Hoi An the next day.

Day 8:  Hue - Hoi An 
The Hai Van Pass, Da Nang, Vietnam. A beautiful road to drive by motorbike, very nice curves, turns and awesome view. Aerial view. Ho Chi Minh Trail by motorbike

Day 9: Hoi An Traveling

It will be a day to remember when you get the chance to explore all the ancient city of Hoi An, from the historic structures and beautiful beaches to the walking streets decorated with glowing lanterns.

For those who like selfies, you have to take some memorial pictures and buy some souvenirs. The next is to enjoy some famous dishes like Quang noodles. You can even cross the 20 km road to reach My Khe beach, Da Nang, for deep relaxation.

Day 9: Hoi An Traveling
Hoi An, Vietnam - Jul 19, 2018. Old buildings with the river in Hoi An, Vietnam. The historic old town of Hoi An is UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.

Day 10: Hoi An To Kon Tum

After the excursion in Hoi An, you drive to Phuoc Son. To move through some tribal villages of the Bahnar people, first, you will cross the Lo Su pass. When you reach the border with Laos, you turn into Kon Tum and stay overnight here.

This is quite a long trip, about 280km.

Day 10: Hoi An To Kon Tum
KON TUM, VIET NAM, November 24, 2015 simple suspension bridge, Central Highlands, Vietnam Kon Tum, tough, people go through! Ho Chi Minh Trail by motorbike.

Day 11: Kon Tum - Buon Ma Thuot 

A trip to the Central Highlands will bring you many interesting and memorable feelings. From Kon Tum, you start riding to Pleiku and go along the battlefield of the Ia Drang valley before arriving in Buon Ma Thuot. You will be satisfied because of a series of coffee farms and the fresh air to enjoy. 

Arriving at Buon Ma Thuot at night, so you’d better hire a room to stay here.

Day 11: Kon Tum - Buon Ma Thuot 
Red Beans of Arabica and Robusta tree in Coffee plantation, Buon Me Thuot, Dak Lak, Ho Chi Minh Trail, Vietnam.

Day 12: Buon Ma Thuot To Nha Trang 

You certainly want to spend a day enjoying the fun at Nha Trang beach with sea views and delicious and attractive seafood dishes. The motorcycle road from Buon Ma Thuot to Nha Trang is 190 km long and quite easy to conquer. Starting the trip to Buon Ma Thuot, you go through the Tay Son highlands and follow the coast before following Highway 1 to Nha Trang. 

During your motorbike trip, you will see a series of impressive landscapes with spectacular cliffs. After arriving in Nha Trang, this coastal city will give you a great night, and then you need to rest at the hotel.

Day 12: Buon Ma Thuot To Nha Trang 
Nha Trang bay, Ho Chi Minh Trail, Vietnam. North Of Nha Trang City. Taken From High Point

Day 13: Nha Trang - Da Lat 

From Nha Trang, we continue the 170km long journey to Da Lat - a highland city famous for its 4-season climate, scenic spots, coffee, red wine, and flowers…, thanks to its cool climate. 

Year-round and natural setting, it was once a summer retreat for French officials during colonial times; and DaLat was dubbed 'Little Paris', 'city of eternal spring', 'city of spring', or 'street of love'. You will fall in love and never forget when you visit this city.

Day 13: Nha Trang - Da Lat 
Khanh Hoa, Vietnam - April 14th, 2019: Khanh Le pass road dangerous winding mountain connecting strips from Nha Trang city to Da Lat, the road also attracts many conquerors in Khanh Hoa, Ho Chi Minh Trail, Vietnam

Day 14:  Da Lat Sightseeing

You also have one more day to experience the famous city of thousands of flowers with a 4-season climate with pine forests, architectural works, spectacular waterfalls, and colorful flower gardens. 

Therefore, this is likened to ''1 mini Paris''. Spend a day riding a motorbike to explore this wonderful city; it will feel like fresh air here.

Day 14:  Da Lat Sightseeing
Da Lat, Vietnam - April 17th, 2019: Motorcyclists driving on country road through pine forests with rays shining on the foggy beautiful road, this is a beautiful road in Da Lat, Hi Minh Trail Tours, Vietnam.

Day 15: Dalat To Cat Tien National Park 

The journey will continue, and the next location is Cat Tien. From Da Lat, you ride along road 20. You will have the opportunity to see the lush vegetation when crossing the forest. 

However, you will find some exhausted, devastated areas brought about by the war. And then to the sand fairy, you will check in to rest here and prepare for the trip at the end of the day.

Day 15: Dalat To Cat Tien National Park 
Sunset over jungle landscape in Cát Tiên National Park, Ho Chi Minh Trail, Vietnam.

Day 16: Cat Tien To Saigon 

The last day of the journey from Hanoi to Saigon will be the bus from Cat Tien National Park to Saigon. It will take you quite a long time to move because of the traffic jam on the outskirts of Saigon. 

When you arrive at the train station, then the journey has ended. Enjoy your days in Saigon after tiring days.

Day 16: Cat Tien To Saigon 
Aerial view of Ho Chi Minh City skyline and skyscrapers in center of heart business at Ho Chi Minh City downtown. Panorama of cityscape on Saigon river in Ho Chi Minh City at Vietnam at sunset scene

Conclusion

In recent years, traveling by motorbike seems to have become a trend, a passion of young people. As long as they have time, they do not hesitate to have spontaneous backpacking trips with friends and relatives. 

However, this type of entertainment contains quite a lot of dangers that not everyone has the skills and health to fight. No matter how fun it is to go on a road trip, the key is still safe. Hope you will get 16 interesting days for a from-Hanoi-to-Saigon trip by motorbike.

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