Day 1: Hoi An to Hue via Hai Van Pass
We leave Hoi An at 8.30 am and travel through the countryside to explore traditional villages. We will view marble carving at Marble Mountain because riding on to Danang, including a stop at Dragon Bridge. After lunch we head up and over the Hai Van Pass with many stops to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the pass, beaches, ocean and to learn more the rich history of Vietnam. We visit the spectacular Lang Co beach, enjoy the romantic beauty of Tam Giang lagoon, and arrive in the former imperial city of Hue around 4:00 pm. We stay overnight in Hue.
Day 2: Hue to Cua Tung Beach
We start by visiting all of the highlights in the ancient capital, including the Citadel, Linh Mu pagoda, Dong Ba market, and Nam Giao (Heaven Temple). After heading out of Hue we visit a conical hat making village, Long Hung Church, and Bo De School, which was a battlefield in 1972 between North and South Vietnam for 81 days and nights. We then ride along peaceful coastline to visit the Vinh Moc tunnels and explore the Demilitarized Zone and Doc Mieu Firebase. We stay overnight in Cua Tung beach.
We have a short stop at the Truong Son cemetery to pay our respects to the soldiers who fought and died on the HCM trail during the Civil War. Continuing west on Highway 9, we will climb into the Truong Son foothills, pass the Rock Pile and stop at some villages and beautiful natural springs and waterfalls near the highway. We visit a war village and explore the beautiful Nhat Le river before staying overnight in Dong Hoi.
Day 4: Dong Hoi to Phong Nha
We ride to the famous and stunning Phong Nha Cave, where we will take a boat trip into the cave. We spend all day exploring the stunning Phong Nha Cave system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was formed 400 million years ago. The cave system is the largest in Asia. We stay overnight in Phong Nha town.
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We start off by riding the west Ho Chi Minh trail, where you will have the chance to see the real trail with its mind-blowing, spectacular scenery – lots of jungle, mountains, waterfalls and the villages of the Paco and Van Kieu minorities. In the afternoon we will stop for a swim in the Suoi Nuoc Mooc Springs, and visit Tamco caves and Kilometre 0 of the west Ho Chi Minh Trail. We stay overnight in Huong Khe.
Day 6: Huong Khe to Vinh
We keep riding on the HCM trail to the historic location of Dong Loc, where you can see remnants of weapon from the civil war and a special monument dedicated to ten young ladies who were killed by a bomb in 1968. We then tour the home of the great poet Nguyen Du. We visit Ben Thuy battlefield and HCM square before staying overnight in Vinh.
We visit Sen Village, where Ho Chi Minh was born and Chua Village where he grew up, learning about Vietnamese history. We will visit the Ba Trieu temple and nearby small villages to see how locals make their traditional mats, stone carvings, and rolls of processed tobacco. We will tour the Ho Dynasty Citadel to learn more about the early history of Vietnam. Then we will head off and enjoy riding through the stunning scenery of the countryside surrounded by limestone hills. In the afternoon we see the mysterious Fish Stream, where you can play and see millions of fish and an incredible cave. We stay overnight in Cam Thuy.
Day 8: Cam Thuy to Hoa Binh
We start by riding along the Ma River to admire the imposing views of the area. Our ride gets a little more adventurous when we cross a local suspension bridge. We will tour a chopstick factory, learn how to make bamboo buckets when we visit a local family shop, and visit a Muong village to learn more about the culture of the ethnic minority. At night we stay at a home stay with the Thai minority in their tradition stilt house, share their traditional food and explore their traditional folk music.
We first watch traditional weaving of the Thai ethnic minority at Lat village. We will ride through the countryside to Cuc Phuong national park, where we will be trekking, relaxing and visiting the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre (a highlight of the park.) Then we will explore Tam Coc–Bich Dong, which is known as the “Halong Bay of the rice paddies.” We stay overnight in Ninh Binh.
Day 10: Ninh Binh to Halong bay
We tour the Trang An area to enjoy the perfect mix between rivers, limestone caves, rice paddies, and villages. We will see the Kenh Ga floating village, the Phat Diem Church, and the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. We arrive in Halong Bay by 3:00 pm, a perfect time to have a cool beer, relax, and enjoy the amazing bay.
We take a 4 hour long boat trip to explore the stunning limestone formations of Halong Bay. After lunch we head to famous Bat Trang ceramic village, then arrive in Hanoi old quarter around 4:00 pm. Hanoi is where we end our unforgettable trip.
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