North to south classic - Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh (14-day tour)

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Onyabike Adventures

The Experience

The Experience

Get off the tourist trail and on-ya-bike for a 14-day adventure. Cruising from the north to the south of Vietnam, this trip is exceptional all year round and the most popular ride in the country.
Our all-inclusive package is filled with plentiful stops for drinks, lunch sightseeing, and photo opportunities, making sure you never get too tired or too hungry!
We never ride after dark, so even with a jam-packed itinerary, we will have you back at your accommodation around 5 pm. Safe, sound and dreaming of your next adventure.

Detailed itinerary

Arrival Day

Our team will collect riders from the airport at a prearranged time and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. Around 5 pm we will meet at the hotel for a rider’s briefing and review your trusty bike for the adventure before heading out to a local restaurant where we can share a meal and get to know each other before you get started on your epic Vietnam adventure.

Day 1

Hanoi to Mai Chau
Approx. 200km

Although the traffic in Hanoi gets really busy, we'll start at the edge of the city and quickly leave the traffic behind and enter the countryside towns to the south.
After a couple of hours of small towns and farmland, we’ll be able to see the mountains ahead
As we enter the area of the White Thai tribe we’ll stop for some hill tribe style lunch in a traditional wooden-framed building.
As the road twists through the jungle-covered mountain, we’ll continue further into the mountains.
We’ll stop at the top of White Rock Mountain for a stunning view across the Mai Chau Valley, set amongst small villages of wooden stilt houses and traditional farming families. There, we can watch the sunset over the rice paddies and mountains.

Day 2

Mai Chau to Pu Mat National Park
Approx. 320km

Day two leads us down the valley cruising through small villages and farmlands, including Co Luong, where they make chopsticks.
Riding through the beautiful Pu Luong National Park you’ll be surrounded by rice field terraces and dense bamboo forests before joining the famous Ho Chi Minh Trail which takes us further south through peaceful farmlands rolling hills. We’ll take a break for another tasty local lunch at one of the many roadside rest areas before heading west towards one of Vietnam’s biggest national parks, Pu Mat National Park.

Day 3

Pu Mat to Vinh
Approx. 140km

Waking up to the sounds of nature, we’ll head off to Khe Kem waterfall with a refreshing swim in at the bottom of the 150m cascade before getting back on the bikes and leaving the park behind. As we head down to the coastline you’ll see endless beautiful beaches, as well as small shrimp farms and fishing villages before we reach Vinh City where we’ll end the day relaxing by the pool, cold beer in hand!

Day 4

Vinh to Phong Nha National Park
Approx. 210km

A bit of history is on the cards as we start the day with a trip to the Vinh museum where you can see military vehicles including tanks, planes and a few missiles left over from the war. Dong Loc junction, the official start of the Ho Chi Minh Trail is where we’re headed next, again passing many small villages as we cruise through the countryside before reaching the limestone karst mountains that signals the entrance into PhongNha National Park where we’ll spend the night at a local farmstay.

Day 5

Phong Nha to Lao Bao
Approx. 250km

Leaving Phong Nha National park, we’ll slowly make our way along the historic Victory Road towards the Laos border. A definite bucket list item for all bikers is where we’re headed next, the Ho Chi Minh Trail, known as one of the best roads for motorcycle rides in Asia! At the foot of giant Karst mountains lies a small hill tribe village where we’ll enjoy a local lunch before heading into the mountains with incredible views.
Cruising through coffee plantations we’ll traverse an 1100-meter mountain pass through the untouched jungle and small villages where ethnic tribes still live in traditional wooden stilt houses. Next, we’ll indulge in a bit of history when we visit the place where the longest battle in Vietnam took place. Khe Sanh combat base houses a small museum and original tanks, helicopters and planes can still be seen on the runway. The last stretch to Lao Bao is a short one and as always, a cold beer awaits!

Day 6

Lao Bao – Hue
Approx. 240km

We’ll start the day taking Route 9, passing the remains of many previous US military bases, and then head into the mountains to cross the DMZ itself. From here you can see the famous Hien Luong bridge which divided the north and south during the war and is situated at the 17th Parallel marker (the provisional military demarcation line). Fuel up on a local lunch at Vinh Moc and visit the underground tunnel network where the entire village lived for 8 years during the war!
Back on the bikes, we’ll follow the coastal roads through small fishing villages and aqua-farming ponds before crossing the Tam Giang lagoon, where, surrounded by endless rice paddies, we’ll take the lesser traveled, quiet country roads towards our hotel in Hue city.

Day 7

Hue to Danang / Hoi An
Approx. 120km

Step back in time with a visit to the imperial citadel, once the home of the last emperors of Vietnam, it’s now a UNESCO world heritage site. Back on the bikes, you’ll soon be surrounded by endless rice paddies, and the lesser traveled, quiet country roads where you’ll see giant fishing nets across Tam Giang lagoon. A visit to a cemetery might sound odd, but the City of Ghosts, known as Vietnam’s most luxurious cemetery, is a sight to behold! A relaxed lunch on a nearby beach is just the thing needed to fuel up for the next exciting part of our journey: passing the pristine Lang Co bay and ascending the famous Hai Van Pass with its 21km of sweeping bends and breathtaking coastal views. After that adrenaline rush, it’s finally time to head back to base for a well deserved cold beer!

Day 8

Danang / Hoi An
Approx. 0km

Today’s itinerary is completely up to you! You’re free to just rest or choose from a variety of activities such as exploring the ancient town of Hoi An, jumping on a ferry for a snorkel/scuba trip out to Cham Island, or you could just stay put in Danang and spend the day relaxing on one of the best beaches in Vietnam!

Day 9

Danang / Hoi An to Kon Tum
Approx. 320km

Following the coastal road, we’ll cruise past Marble Mountains and along the beautiful beaches of Hoi An before heading towards the mountains and slowly make our way through small villages and rice fields. Rice farms give way to dense jungle-covered landscapes with hidden waterfalls, and it’s time to stop for some lunch in a remote hill tribe village.

The next stretch of road is fairly new so we’ll mostly have it to ourselves which will allow us to appreciate the endless views of the untouched landscape as we climb up to 1800m. Passing through many ethnic minority villages, we’ll arrive at Dak To where we can take a great group photo with the army tanks in the square before taking our final ride or the day on the Ho Chi Minh Trail to Kon Tum where we’ll spend the night.

Day 10

Kon Tum to Quy Nhon
Approx. 200km

A bit of history to start the day as we pay a quick visit to the wooden church of Kon Tum, which was once the center of Catholicism in Vietnam before heading off to Se Dang tribal village where we’ll see the impressive traditional architecture of the hill tribe village halls. Rubber tree forests and pepper plantations take us east and we’re in for an adrenaline rush as the road starts to drop steeply with endless hairpin bends leading us down the mountain into rice paddies and corn fields. Great ocean views are in store when we pay a visit to the Banh It temple, built in the 12th century by the Cham people before heading to our hotel right on the beachfront for a swim and an ice cold beer to end the day.

Day 11

Quy Nhon to Nha Trang
Approx. 230km

We’ll start the day cruising along the coastline dotted with beaches and fishing villages before crossing a bamboo bridge heading towards Ganh Da Dia rock formation, the geometric shapes of the rocks formed by volcanic eruptions a fascinating sight to behold!
Zipping past the new and unused Tuy Hoa airport, you’ll be surrounded by stunning coastal views and the option to visit the old French lighthouse. From here the road leads us south into the countryside with a few more bends along the coastline before our first glimpse of the popular coastal city of Nha Trang. If the lively bars and nightclubs aren’t your scene, head off to the beach for a cold beer!

Day 12

Nha Trang to Dalat
Approx. 140km

Bidding farewell to the bustling city of Nha Trang, we head out towards our first stop, the Dien Khanh Citadel, which dates back to 1793. Our first climb for the day lies ahead as we tackle the Khanh Le mountain pass, a fun ride taking us over 1600 meters with endless hairpin bends and views.
Riding into Dalat we’ll pass plenty of fruit and vegetable farms including strawberry fields which thrive in Da Lat’s cooler climate. A tasty local lunch is on the menu before taking the afternoon to explore a few of Da Lat’s sights, which range from romantic to downright wacky!
Cruising between these spots on the small lanes is the perfect way to see the French colonial villas of the city before relaxing with a cold beer, or some local Da Lat wine for the night.

Day 13

Dalat to Cat Tien National Park
Approx 200km

Dalat is famous not only for it’s beautiful hills and coffee plantations but also for its many waterfalls and today we get to enjoy exploring a few of them. Next, we cruise over rolling green hills towards Cat Tien National Park which is one of the last and largest lowlands tropical forests left in Vietnam. A protected area since 1978 it harbors many rare animal species found only in this region and it will also be our home for the night.

Day 14

Cat Tien National Park to Ho Chi Minh
Approx. 150km.

Back on the bikes and we head out of Cat Tien, cruising the small countryside roads to avoid the heavy traffic on the highways for as long as we can. Look out for Tri An lake and we’ll also be doing a few river crossings while heading further south. The traffic will pick up slowly but if we have our timing right we should be able to avoid the worst of it and arrive in the city center early afternoon. Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City with its impressive skyscrapers and unique architecture. Let’s celebrate the end of our adventure with an ice cold beer!


All meals, beverage (except alcohol) while on tour and overnight accommodation are included.

Important notes

All riders must be licensed from their country of origin and hold an International Driving Permit (IDP) for visitors to Vietnam. Vietnamese guests who ride must have a current A2 license.
All customers must carry travel insurance with the activity of motorcycle tour or riding selected.

Cancellations & Refund conditions

Cancellation by Onyabike Adventures

Onyabike Adventures Vietnam tours are not subject to weather for cancellation, unless In extreme and unlikely events a tour is required to be cancelled completely and we are unable to arrange a replacement date a 100% refund will apply.

Cancellation by Guests

  • 1-3 day tours
    If the booking is cancelled within 24 hours of tour departure date or once the tour has departed: the fee is 100% of the tour price.
    The booking is cancelled within 7 days of the tour departure date the fee is 50% of the tour price.
  • 4 days and over tours
    The booking is cancelled within 30 days of tour departure date: no refund of deposit.
    The booking is cancelled within 14 days of tour departure date: the fee is 100% of the tour price.

Refund conditions

Refunds are not included for any unused services , If a customer terminates early in a city other than the departure city, the customer is responsible for the transport fee of the motorcycle to our Danang office. Early termination will not lead to a refund of the tour fees.

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