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Ho Chi Minh to Cat Tien National Park
Cat Tien National Park to Dalat
Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau
Vung Tau to Mui Ne
Mui Ne to Dalat
Dalat to Nha Trang
Mui Ne to Phan Rang
Phan Rang to Nha Trang
Phan Rang to Dalat
Dalat to Buon Ma Thuot
Nha Trang to Buon Ma Thuot
Buon Ma Thuot to Pleiku
Nha Trang to Hoi An / Danang
Hoi An / Danang to Hue
Hoi An / Danang to A Luoi
Hue to Khe Sanh
Khe Sanh to Phong Nha
Phong Nha to Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh to Hanoi
Heading out of Ho Chi Minh is not the chaotic battle that people assume. If leaving from Tigit Motorbikes HCM office, or even the backpacker street of Bui Vien then heading through the Ham Thu Thiem Tunnel is a straight forward drive. After the tunnel leads into a nice open road the QL52. This gives a rider a chance to get familiar with their motorbike before the bulk of the traffic kicks in. Nothing overly dramatic though – just keep to the right hand lane and drive slowly. People will go around you.
It takes around four hours to properly get out of Ho Chi Minh.
Cat Tien is a beautiful place to rest where all the wild life of the national park can be heard. A huge change from the bustle of Ho Chi Minh city. In Cat Tien we recommend the Green Bamboo Lodge.
From Cat Tien National park head up the DT725. This road is truly spectacular and twists through beautiful scenery. The landscape continuously changes and keeps the driver on their toes in amazement. The road is open and in great condition allowing for speeds and freedom that are hard to come by in Vietnam. The north may narrowly trump this road for beauty, but when it comes to leaning corners and fast paced sweeping bends then this road is in a class of its own. When tackling this road it is hard to know if the priority should be marveling at the scenery, or to priorities the concentration needed for the never ending bends of perfection.
As Dalat nears the road becomes a mess of potholes and run down villages. Giving the traveler a view of some of the poorest areas of Vietnam.
If energy remains, turn off for DT725 and visit the magnificent elephant waterfall before finishing the route to Dalat.
Head through the Ham Thu Thiem tunnel and then shortly after turn right onto Dong Van Cong street. Here Cat Lai ferry port will cross Nha Be river. The ferry operates at regular intervals and the process is simple and straightforward. It costs around 3,000vnd. Find a way to the QL51 and then turn right to head towards Vung Tau.
This drive is all highway and not much to see, but it is the quickest way out of Ho Chi Minh to be setup and ready for the coast. For an optional extra it is possible to stop at Chua Hang Mai Pagoda which is built into the side of a mountain. Vung tau is a nice town on the sea front.
In Vung Tau we highly recommend the Gecko Hostel.
The route from Vung Tau to Mui Ne is straightforward. Follow the coast at all times!
La Gi and Coco Beach is a good stopping place instead of Vung Tau.
This drive is pleasant but not a mind blower. It teases the idea of a true coastal road but never manages to properly hit the sea front. The driver begs for the road to get that little bit closer to the sea, but it never really happens!
Phan Tiet is a struggle to navigate and a busier place than people expect.
The arrival in Mui Ne is a scene of tourists walking up and down the sea front.
In Mui Ne Tigit recommends the Sun and Sands beach resort.
A choice of the QL28 and the QL28B. Both are great roads but we prefer the QL28.
Admittedly several years have passed since driving these two roads and in the old days the QL28B was full of pot holes. The terrain is less beautiful that the QL28 that has some fairly steep mountain climbs.
As Dalat approaches car only highways appear which are shown in orange on googlemaps. They closely intertwine with the motorbike lane and it is a great opportunity to unleash the motorbike to its full potential. The road turns into a steep hill climb that is usually clustered of cars and trucks struggling to ascent the hill. Caution is needed here as the road is narrow and the build up of traffic and frustrated hill climbers can be a dangerous combination.
The final drive into Dalat comes in over the Dalat Xuan Huong Lake.
The DT652 is a customer favorite. Very often reported back as the favorite road in the country. The drive twists through the mountains with forests to each side. One of the shorter drives on the route between Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. In a short duration of around 5 hours, this road packs a bunch of beauty that sticks in the peoples minds!
In Nha Trang we recommend the Tabalo Hostel where Tigit riders get 10% off dorm rooms.
Leaving Mui Ne is a death trap of police. The police have already become famous hanging out at the sand dune locations to stop foreigners on motorbikes. At Tigit we give a full briefing on how to deal with this situation. Armed with the correct knowledge, this police situation shouldn’t intrude on the holiday too much. However it must be respected that getting stopped is a fairly likely event.
The knowledge that the police can be anywhere within the first hour of this days drive creates a tense situation even for the experienced Vietnam motorbiker!
Once through the sand dune police trap, a sigh of relief overcomes the driver which makes the rest of the journey that much greater. The road finally truly hits the sea front and begins to twist along the coast as if it was created only for the motorbike enthusiast to drive.
The feeling of leaving the tourist trail and civilization become apparent. Brand new highways that will at some point be over run with construction. For now, weep at the freedom of opening up the motorbike on perfect roads built through desert sand dunes.
Make sure to turn off into the town of Ca Na (Duong Ven Bien Ninh Thuan) and continue the coastal drive. The road serves no practical purpose other than to entertain motorbike enthusiasts by coming as close to the sea front as physically possible. Vietnam politely provides benches at spots of beauty as if this was some sort of amusement park attraction.
A continuation of the DT702 which is an amazing coastal road that opens right out onto the sea front. Mui Ne to Phan Rang was just an introduction, a quick taster of the day that is about to come. This road of Phan Rang to Nha Trang contains more of the same, but better and longer! By the time these two days of coastal driving are done a firm tick can be considered at the accomplishment of sea view driving.
As Nha Trang approaches the road turns into a highway connecting Nha Trang to the Airport. Although a little busier, this road has an interesting dynamic that feels like a race track full of side barriers. The road remains to be fun to drive and the beauty of this journey is that from beginning to end the roads are great!
In Nha Trang we recommend the Tabalo Hostel where Tigit riders get 10% off dorm rooms.
It is possible to squeeze in the DT702 which is a must do drive! However it does make this day a lengthy mission. Turn left at the QL1A and then take the small white road to “tap la” heading towards QL27B.
The small white road is a short cut on a half paved road that climbs the mountain. A great detour that sends the driver into the middle of nowhere.
The Ql27B opens to the Ql27. General Vietnamese farm land combined with an empty road lead to some great countryside driving. A commonly seen single track road that cuts through the Vietnamese countryside.
A long day of consistently good driving. Upon arriving in Dalat a well deserved rest at the achievement of fitting in both coastal roads and inland mountains.
Head back to the Ql27 and follow this up to Buon Ma Thuot. The road serves as a consistently pleasant drive that has a nice mix of straights and bends. A demonstration of countryside and farmland life.
The area is famous for coffee and it is worth taking advantage of the local coffee shops that are seen throughout this drive.
Leaving Nha Trang it is possible to use the highway Ql1A, but it is well worth keeping to the coast and using the Pham Van Dong. The road is empty and provides a great exit to Nha Trang city. Follow the QL1A and then turn left onto the DT5.
The DT5 heads straight out into the countryside and connects up with the Ql26. A beautiful drive that shows off open farm land with towering mountains as a back drop. A great experience knowing that before long it will be you that is up there!
The road opens into perfection of the classic modern highway that is nearly untouched.
As the Ql26 nears Buon Ma Thuot it turns into a brutal mess of trucks, pot holes and destroyed roads. It drags on, and the driver will beg for the day to end!
This drive is a 1/2 of great driving and 1/2 day of mess.
Last drive this around 5 years, the memory is hazy. Remember to be a flat road through uninteresting landscapes. The drive into Pleiku itself is an interesting one with a deceptive outline of a mountain city and lighting that made it incredibly difficult to judge distances.
Tigit recommends Hoang Ngoc Hotel.
This is a two day drive. The drive in itself is nothing but a highway cruise. However along this stretch of coastline are various foreigner owned restaurants and beach resorts. The idea is to choose accommodation that suits the needs for the occasion. Popular places include Jungle Beach which advertises itself as an eco friendly bamboo resort.
Bobs american cafe in Tuy Hoa is a favorite stop off point among expats who commute this journey on a regular basis.
Lifes a Beach near Quy Nhon city has a community feel in a small beach resort with an open style restaurant and bar area.
Or the newly built Lifes a beach for backpackers.
Quy Nhon city in itself is a beautiful city with a magnificent beach front. Few travelers bother to head into this city and there is not much there, but as far as sea front cities go, this must be one of the quietest places in the country.
Once arriving in Hoi An, Tigit Motorbikes recommends Thao hieu homestay where Tigit users get 10% off dorm rooms.
The Hai Van pass which was made famous by the Top Gear Vietnam Special. The Hai Van pass is a relatively short drive of beauty that is a tick box that must be achieved for any traveler in Vietnam. Rental companies use this opportunity to do one day rentals between Hoi An and Hue, which creates a fairly busy road full of travelers admiring the beauty. A great drive for sure, but the motorbike enthusiasts out there should probably be doing Hoi An to A Luoi instead.
Take the Ql14G towards the Laos border. The drive begins with a small countryside road that twists through small villages. Stop for lunch at the intersection of QL14G and QL14, ready for the beginning of the Ho Chi Minh Road.
The Ho Chi Minh road is a perfection single track empty road that cuts through the mountains. On this journey there are two impressive tunnels in the middle of nowhere that are pitch black and disorientating. This drive goes way off the tourist trail and is probably one of the most remote feelings that can be achieved in Vietnam. All thanks to the Hai Van Pass that sends backpackers down the highway instead!
Clouds can enclose on the road making visibility difficult!
It is possible to reach Khe Sanh in one massive day of driving. However most people will probably want to stop in the small town of A Luoi.
Head along the Ql49 which is a relatively new road. A great road that brings the traveler further and further from civilization. The Ql49 then connects to the Ql14 which is the first taster of the Ho Chi Minh Road. An incredible drive on a single track road that twists all the way through to Khe Sanh. Driving from South to North and it is difficult to imagine how this road can get any better. As the hours go on by, the road continues to impress and improve. An increasing scale of amazement as ground is covered.
If possible it is good to squeeze in the Khe Sanh combat base before dark, as the next day of Khe Sanh to Phong Nha is a long one!
Tigit recommends Hotel Hải Đăng in Khe Sanh.
This is probably the best all round drive in the country. The single track Ho Chi Minh road climbs deep into the mountains. Enormous ascents and descents over and over again with mind-blowing views. Curving bridges that cross over deep valleys and tower over the forest floors.
It is hard not to stop every 5 minutes to pull out a camera.
This road throws in hill climbs of countless twists and turns followed by bursts of open straights. On small 110cc-150cc motorbikes the skill of hitting the correct gears through corners and hill climbs is unbeatable fun in order to maximize the speed through to the next straight,
The variation of driving that this road is putting out is remarkable.
As Phong Nha becomes close, the Ho Chi Minh road opens out into huge open straights that follow rivers and cross through farm land. The turquoise lakes of Phong Nha come into view with western style church buildings. A great build up to the jem that is Phong Nha Nation Park.
In Phong Nha Tigit recommends Thuong Hai Hotel.
Continue up the Ql15 to through Phong Nha, then cut over to Vinh. From Vinh it is probably best to take a direct route along the Ql1a to Ninh Binh. This is a grind and a large distance is needed to be covered. This is one of the few occasions we recommend sticking to the high way.