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Ride on the Wild Side: Motorcycling along Vietnam's Historic Ho Chi Minh Trail

The Ho Chi Minh Trail provides intriguing lore and intense terrain, sure to excite motorcycle riders of all levels of expertise. Once used as the supply line linking North and South Vietnam during the American-Vietnamese war, the Ho Chi Minh trail has returned to its origins as a dense jungle environment, though paved roads allow for motorcyclists to pass through. Journey through this stunning and exotic landscape, experiencing the beauty of Vietnam with visits to World Heritage Sites Phong Nha Cave and Khe Bang National Park. Explore the former imperial capital of Hue and trading center of Hoi An, and pass by sites of historical importance including the Demilitarized Zone and the Hien Luong Bridge.

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  • Taste the delicious Vietnamese dishes that inspired Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay
  • Ride along Vietnam’s most remote jungle trails Adventure into Phong Nha Cave on your own boat                                                                                        
  • Explore the ancient streets of beautiful Hue and Hoi An
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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

After an early arrival in Hanoi, explore the Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum before hopping on your bike to begin your trail exploration. Ride today’s 89 miles past a sea of paddy fields and sculptural limestone formations. After a satisfying lunch of local cuisine, journey over two mountain passes before descending into the valley settlement of Mai Chau, where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner praised by world-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay.

Day 2

Begin today’s 186-mile ride along the rolling banks of the Ma River until reaching the Ho Chi Minh Highway. Follow this road south through remote, jungle-covered backcountry. After a tasty local lunch, ride east, enjoying scenic coastal views until reaching the ocean-side city of Vinh. Spend a peaceful evening tasting local food and drink before tucking in for the night in the beautiful Muong Thanh Luxury Song Lam Hotel.

Day 3
Phong Nha

After a light breakfast, begin today’s 174-mile ride south along Highway One, continuing inland to the Lao border. Enjoy a piece of history while passing by the Dong Loc Intersection, the start of the Ho Chi Minh Trail; ride further into remote jungle and watch in awe as the scenery quickly fills with dramatic limestone rock formations. After lunch, explore Phong Nha Cave by boat; later, spend an elegant evening in the charming Phong Nha Lake House.

Day 4
Khe Sanh

After breakfast, continue south into the exotic primary forest of Khe Bang National Park. Classic villages and dense jungle surround you for miles in this remote portion of the trail. Spend the afternoon lunching on local cuisine and learning intriguing pieces of history that took place along this 143-mile stretch of trail passes. Later, explore the marine base of Khe Sanh and enjoy an evening in the Thai Ninh Hotel.

Day 5

After a relaxing hotel breakfast, explore the Khe Sanh museum before beginning today’s 99-mile journey down the coast. Adventure across areas of historical importance as you pass the former Demilitarized Zone, the Hien Luong Bridge and the Vinh Moc Tunnels. After lunch, continue riding into the beautiful city of Hue for a relaxing evening at La Residence Hotel.

Day 6

Spend the day off the road exploring the city streets of Hue, stopping in local stores and restaurants for shopping and lunch. Later, enjoy a tranquil boat cruise along the rolling Perfume River, opting to journey through the tombs of former emperors Minh Mang and Tu Duc or explore the remains of the Imperial Citadel, largely destroyed during the Tet Offensive.

Day 7

After a tasty breakfast, return to the road to complete your final 87 miles of trail. Ride across several stunning mountain vistas, and pass through Da Nang and China Beach, the location of the first American troop landing during the war. After a quick stop for lunch, journey into Hoi An to explore the charming UNESCO World Heritage Ancient Town and enjoy a peaceful night in the luxurious Four Seasons Nam Hai hotel.

Day 8

Spend the morning enjoying the beach before heading to the airport for your trip onward.


Suggested Accommodations

Mai Chau Lodge

Mai Chau Lodge

Nestled amongst the tribal villages in the rolling, green valley of Mai Chau you will find the remote Mai Chau Lodge. This entirely unique approach to cultural exploration and relaxation combined will satiate every one of your senses and adventurous expectations. A fantastic blend of modern comfort, breathtaking natural beauty, rich history and culture, will leave you with lasting memories of your stay in Vietnam. Your Mai Chau experience is sure to be memorable and action packed, with a full range of activities - from swimming to kayaking, to cycling and rock climbing - you will not have a dull moment during your stay. The Mai Chau Lodge offers guests comfortable accommodation with a choice of mountain or valley views, along with access to all of the hotel’s impressive facilities. Rooms are tastefully designed with a focus on textiles and traditional furnishings and are equipped with Western style bedding. High ceilings and large windows enhance your space giving the room a peaceful and uplifting feel. 

La Residence Hotel & Spa

La Residence Hotel & Spa

On the banks of the Perfume River, the boutique La Residence Hotel and Spa occupies the former residence of Hue's governor. The hotel is surrounded by lush lawns and looks towards the Imperial Citadel, a picturesque sight in hues of green, red and yellow. The 122 rooms and suites have the spacious feel of a colonial villa, with richly colored art-deco furniture and a river-view terrace. The lavish spa is equipped with Italian products from Comfort Zone. La Residence is only 10 miles from the airport (HUI) and is outfitted with a sauna, pool, fitness center, tennis court, and business center. Wi-fi is available everywhere in the hotel.

Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai

Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai

Stretching along the white sands of China Beach are Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai's villas and hotel, with unspoiled views of the South China Sea and the Cham Islands. There are 60 one-bedroom villas, and 40 pool villas with courtyard entrances and private pools. High ceilings and hardwood floors are complemented with lavish hues of brown and gray and softly draping canopies over four-poster beds. The Nam Hai Spa is set around a lagoon just off the beach, where you can have a customized spa treatment. Each of the eight private spa villas has an individual steam room. The gym is equipped with state-of-the-art treadmills and ellipticals. There are three pools on plateaus that lower away from the pool house and flow towards the beach, and the lowest disappears into the horizon that leads in to the South China Sea. The business center has up-to-the-minute audio/visual equipment, and there is wi-fi in each of the rooms. The property is located 30 minutes from Da Nang International Airport (DAD).

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Our General Manager Victoria Hilley lived in Hanoi for a year, where she enjoyed motorbiking through the villages & rice terraces of Vietnam's mountainous north.
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