Vietnam routes and maps by motorbike

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Vietnam routes and maps by motorbike

Vietnam routes and maps to travel by motorbike.

For routes in the North and above Hanoi please read the page Hanoi and the North by Motorbike.

For short day rentals around the Ho Chi Minh, read Saigon Motorbike loops.

Travel Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi by motorbike or Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh.
One way motorbike rentals with Vietnam routes and maps.

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 Me Thuot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nha Trang to Buon Ma Thuot

Buon Ma Thuot to Pleiku

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nha Trang to Da Nang

Da Nang to Hue

 

 

 

 

 

 

Da Nang to A Luoi

Hue to Khe Sanh

 

 

 

 

 

 

Khe Sanh to Phong Nha

Phong Nha to Ninh Binh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ninh Binh to Hanoi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ho Chi Minh to Cat Tien national park

Ho Chi Minh to Cat Tien national park

Ho Chi Minh to Cat Tien national park

    The drive from Ho Chi Minh to Cat Tien National Park is a great way to escape the bustle of the city and get into some relaxing nature. You can do the drive can quickly in a relaxing day, but keep in mind it takes about four hours to get out of Ho Chi Minh properly.

    If you start your trip off from our main Tigit Motorbikes office in HCM, or where you might be staying in the backpacker street of Bui Vien. Stay to the road that drives through the Ham Thu Thiem Tunnel, that will make things easy. Once you are through the tunnel, the road opens up to the QL52. Now is a great time to get yourself familiar with your motorbike before traffic gets congested. Overall the drive is not to difficult. If you stick to the right-hand lane and keep to a steady pace, traffic will go around you.

    Once out of the city, you’ll start to get to know the QL roads in Vietnam. Here you will make your way onto the QL51, a short drive before turning off up to the DT768 which is a nice river ride. Cut across the bottom of Dong Nai River and onto the QL20 which will take you all the way up to Cat Tien. The park is a great place to see some wildlife while driving or take the time to do a hike. When you get here and are looking for a place to say. We recommend the Green Bamboo Lodge.

Some of the top things to do in Cat Tien are:

  • Visit the Crocodile lake and its abundance of over 200 crocs.

  • Check out the Dao Tien endangered species center, and its host of primates. You can see animals like the golden-cheeked gibbon here.

  • Spend some time with the sun bears at the Cat Tien bear and wild cat rescue center.

    Overall, the Ho Chi Minh to Cat Tien national park route is an excellent way to begin to see Vietnam. For beginners, you’ll get a chance to experience city and highway driving at a reasonable pace. For adventure riders, the drive will bring you to a part of the country where you will have the option to choose more aggressive off road routes.

Cat Tien National park to Dalat

Cat Tien National park to Dalat

Cat Tien National park to Dalat

    When you are searching for beautiful routes to drive in Vietnams south. It doesn’t get much better than this drive of twists and turns from Cat Tien National Park to Dalat. When you are leaving from Cat Tien, take the DT725 route, and this is where you can expect to marvel at the scenery. The landscape here is continually changing, and you’ll probably want to stop many times to take photos.

    Unlike many areas, the road here is wide open and in overall good condition for driving. You’ll get the opportunity to enjoy some fast-paced sweeping-bends. Then, if you’re up for it, you can lean into a number of the corners. This route is a great Vietnam scenic drive. You can enjoy a vast stretch of highway, and enjoy some of the freedoms and higher speeds that are often difficult to find in Vietnam. You’ll often split between marveling at the beautiful scenery or keeping your eyes on the winding roads. It might be a good day to learn some tips on driving in Vietnam.

    Eventually, the excitement of the road will wind down, and things will start to change as you get closer to Dalat. The roads you were enjoying will begin to turn to potholes, and the scenery will turn to run-down villages. Here you will get the opportunity to view a different side of Vietnam. This area makes up some of the poorest places to live in Vietnam. Then, it all turns as you arrive into the more affluent city of Dalat.

    If the road hasn’t used up most of your energy, turn off to keep on the DT725. A short drive will take you up to view the magnificent elephant waterfalls before finishing up in Dalat. A spectacular trip that will have you smiling the whole way. With a bonus stop at the refreshing waterfalls before finishing up. Once in Dalat, the options of things to do can keep you busy for days. There are more waterfalls in the area, as well as many great attractions.

    Some of the top things to do in Dalat include:

  • Get wet on a canyoning tour! On an exhilarating canyoning tour you’ll get the chance to abseil right through a waterfall. An exciting and safe way to climb down an otherwise slippery slope.

  • Go for drinks at 100 Roof Bar. An eclectic stop that will make you wonder what they put in the drinks. The artwork resembles Hobbit homes and there’s a rooftop bar.

  • Lace up your boots and go hiking. There are many trails to explore around Dalat. Either ask around, or go with a guide and get to know the wilderness.

  • Take yourself on a waterfall tour. There are a dozen or more waterfalls to find around Dalat. Enough to spend a whole day splashing around.

    The drive from Cat Tien to Dalat should not be missed. Driving at a slow speed it’s great for beginners, and those with more advanced riding levels will be happy to turn up the speeds. Once you arrive in Dalat, you can explore the area for a few days. Alternatively, if you’re in a rush, quickly see some of the sights and get back on the road.

Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau

HCM to Vung Tau

Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau

    The route from Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau is very straightforward. Just stay on the QL51 towards the coast. The road can be a little challenging, make sure your comfortable on your motorcycle before taking the drive. That’s great if you choose to moped through Vietnam. When you are leaving Ho Chi Minh City, make your way through the Ham Thu Thiem tunnel. Shortly after you exit the tunnel, turn right onto Dong Van Cong street. It’s here you will find the Cat Lai ferry port, and the ferry to cross Nha Be river. This option will save you some time exiting the city. The ferry operates regularly and is simple to use, and inexpensive. The fee for the ferry is around 3,000vnd.

    Once across, find your way towards the QL51. Then turn right and make your way towards the city of Vung Tau. This route is the quickest way to get out of the city. Consider this your insiders’ tip to getting out of Ho Chi Minh. The rest of the drive follows the paved highway up the coast the entire way. With not a lot to see. However, there is one fun stop along the way, if you’d like a break from the road.

    The Chua Hang Mai Pagoda is excellent to explore. It was built directly into the side of the mountain and makes for some excellent photographs. You will need to make your way up the mountain, then hike up to the entrance. There are many steps to climb, but it’s worth the views. Especially being here to enjoy the sunset.

    Once you reach Vung Tau, you’ll be rewarded by it’s welcoming sea-front views. The area itself is a great place to both relax and explore. There are some great beaches here for swimming and sunning yourself. As well the area offers some excellent hikes you can do.

    Some of the top things to do in Vung Tau are:

  • Visit the Buddhist temple of Thích Ca Phật Đài. Here you can visit the popular statue that sits over 10-meters across. The views from here are impressive.

  • Check out Back Beach (Bai Sau ). It’s close to hotels, food, and a lot of the action

  • Alternatively, relax on Front Beach (Bai Truoc). Here it’s less crowded and more laid back.

  • Walk out to Woman’s Island (Hon Ba). There’s a temple built to the Goddess of the sea here. It’s only accessible at low tide, so plan accordingly.

  • Hike up to the Christ The King (Tuong Dai Chua Kito Vau) monument. A 32-meter high statue of Christ. There are lovely city and coastal views from here.

    The route from Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau is an easy road to drive in one day. You can use it to escape the city for a day or two. When in Vung Tau, we recommend staying at the Gecko Hostel. Just remember to pack your sunscreen and enjoy some time on the beach.

Vung Tau to Mui Ne

Vung Tau to Mui Ne

Vung Tau to Mui Ne

    Driving the route from Vung Tau to Mui Ne could not be any easier. If you have the sea to your right side, keep driving straight. The road is calm, and the views are lovely. It would be nicer if they built the road a little closer to the sea. The entire drive it feels as though you are going to get to the sea, but never do.

    When you start to look for something a bit different than the beaches of Vung Tau, try some of the ones up the road. Coco Beach in La Gi make for beautiful stop along the way. There are more than 28-kilometers of coastline to enjoy here, and it’s less touristy than nearby Vung Tau. You’ll also know just what to pack, as the coastal temperature doesn’t change much.  If you are genuinely looking to put your feet in the sand and relax, this is a good starting place.

    Once you reach Phan Thiet will warn you, it’s a busier place than people usually expect. As a result, it also makes it more difficult to navigate your way through. Take your time, and you should have few problems getting back to the open road.

    Once you arrive in Mui Ne, take a drive down the seafront or park and walk down it. The area is usually very busy with tourists enjoying the views and fresh air. It’s a great location to get out and explore the area.

   

    Here are some top things to do around Mui Ne:

  • Explore the white or red sand dunes close by. It’s beautiful, but you’ll want to do it by jeep tour. Here the police can get aggressive and you are likely to get hassled at the infamous “Police sand dune trap”.

  • Learn to kitesurf. If you don’t already know how this is a great place to learn to kitesurf. With many options to choose from to teach you how.

  • Go to the early-morning fish market. For a look into the local economy and some great photos, get here early when the fishermen bring their catch to shore.

    This drive has a lot to offer. With plenty of beach access, some options are to enjoy a quiet stop at La Gi. Or take in some busy days kitesurfing around Mui Ne. So take some time to see as much as you can. When you’re looking for an excellent place to stay in Mui Ne, we recommend Sun and Sands beach resort. Overall this drive is a straightforward adventure to enjoy while in Vietnam.

Mui Ne to Dalat

Mui Ne to Da Lat

Mui Ne to Dalat

    On your way from Mui Ne to Dalat, you have two options of roads to drive. You can take the QL28 or the QL28B. Either choice will be an enjoyable drive with beautiful scenery, but we recommend the QL28. A number of years ago the QL28B was known more for its potholes then its great scenery, and much of the road probably hasn’t changed. On the QL28 the overall terrain and backdrops are more beautiful. This, and you’ll get to enjoy some steep mountain climbs as you go through it

    As you begin to get closer to Dalat, google maps will show car only highways. These routes are highlighted in orange. This highway follows along with the motorbike lane, and you’ll have the chance to open the throttle and enjoy some of the power of the motorcycle. At one point the road will turn into a steep climb. Here you’ll want to use caution and keep an eye on those around you. The road becomes narrow, and the increase in traffic along with those frustrated with the slow climbing vehicles can lead to people driving more dangerously. Make sure you know how to pack the bags on your motorcycle correctly for this one.  

    The reward to getting over the hill climb will be the final drive into Dalat city, and the views of Dalat Xuan Huong lake. The lake rests in the middle of the city and makes for a pleasant combination of city and lake views. With Mui Ne as the starting point and Dalat as the finish line, there is plenty to do on both ends.

    Some of the top things to do in Dalat include:

  • Bao Dai’s summer palace. The palace is a twenty-five room home that was the summer residence of Vietnams last reigning king and queen.

  • Get wet on a canyoning tour! On an exhilarating canyoning tour you’ll get the chance to abseil right through a waterfall. An exciting and safe way to climb down an otherwise slippery slope.

  • Go for drinks at 100 Roof Bar. An eclectic stop that will make you wonder what they put in the drinks. The artwork resembles Hobbit homes and there’s a rooftop bar.

  • Lace up your boots and go hiking. There are many trails to explore around Dalat. Either ask around, or go with a guide and get to know the wilderness.

  • Take yourself on a waterfall tour. There are a dozen or more waterfalls to find around Dalat. Enough to spend a whole day splashing around.

    Starting from sea level, then working your way up into the hilly area of Dalat. This route will be a great addition to your Vietnam road trip itinerary and a great workout for the motorcycle! You will get the opportunity to see two different regions of Vietnam and choose from a wide variety of sightseeing options. The drive will be enjoyable now that you will have had some time to get comfortable riding your motorcycle. Overall an excellent route for exploring two popular parts of the country.  

Dalat to Nha Trang

Da Lat to Nha Trang

Da Lat to Nha Trang

   If we had to choose a road that is known as a customer favorite in Vietnam. It would probably be the DT652 road between Dalat and Nha Trang. The DT652 road twists its way through the beautiful mountain backdrop that surrounds it. With green forest covering hills to each side. A truly spectacular scene in Vietnam.

    The DT652 is one of the shorter routes you can take between Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. All together it takes about 5-hours, more if you stop to take some photos along the way. Despite what google maps might tell you, driving times are usually much longer than the information stated. You could easily double most distance times, and sometimes even triple them. We will help explain distance calculations on our site.

    After the breathtaking journey from Dalat, you will arrive in historical Nha Trang. A city overflowing with history from Vietnams past, and full of activities that are being constructed into Vietnams future. The city is full of options, and you’ll probably want to save a few days to take it all in. Will help get you started.

    Here are some of the top things to do in Nha Trang:

  • First and foremost is the Vinpearl Land amusement park. Full of rides, a waterpark, and an exciting cable car ride to get there.

  • Take a mud bath. Then take a real bath! There are several options to enjoy a mud bath in the city, and they all claim to have their health benefits.

  • Enjoy a four-island boat trip. These tours will take you island hopping with options to snorkel, visit an aquarium, stop at the beaches, and a few other add on’s.

    The Dalat to Nha Trang route is enjoyed by many. It’s beautiful and usually a joy to joy to drive. A great route with an activity-packed finish. Between the beaches, the mud baths and the motorbiking. You’ll be glad you packed a small variety of riding gear for Vietnam. When you are looking for a place to stay in Nha Trang, head to Tabalo Hostel where you’ll get 10% off dorm rooms when you show up on a Tigit motorcycle.

Mui Ne to Phan Rang

Mui ne to Phan Rang

Mui ne to Phan Rang

    If there is anywhere, you are likely to be pulled over by the police in Vietnam, its while leaving Mui Ne. The whole area within an hours drive of Mui Ne is usually a police trap, especially the areas around the sand dunes. Not to worry though, we’ve heard every scenario before and can help you with what to do. Before you leave from our offices, we can explain what to do here, and you shouldn’t have too many problems. Just be warned, it is very likely you will be pulled over as a foreigner on a motorcycle.

    After you’ve cleared the police zone, you’ll be much more relaxed and can enjoy the fantastic coastal drive. The road DT702 is part of the Vietnam highway 1 route, and this part is about as close to the water as you can get on the motorbike. Here you’ll feel like the Vietnamese designed this road just for motorbike enthusiasts. As it twists its way along the sea, you’ll see there are benches set up to enjoy the view. You might want to pack a lunch and stop to eat it along the way, or at least stop and take in a few moments along the sea.

    When on route to Phan Rang, remember to turn at the town of Ca Na (Duong Ven Bien Ninh Thuan). This turn will stay near the sea as you continue to drive the beautiful scenic route. During the drive, you’ll marvel at the perfect roads built through desert sand dunes. A true motorbike enthusiast riding dream come true. Then, It will all slowly start to come to an end once you hit the quiet town of Phan Rang. Not that many tourists come to Phan Rang, so you’ll be able to enjoy the few area sites relatively alone.

    Here are some of the top things to do in Phan Rang:

  • Climb the sand dunes. Unlike your stops around the policed area of Mui Ne, here you are likely to hike around the dunes alone.

  • Stop in to see one of the local pottery villages. Bau Truc Cham pottery village will give you a look at some locally handcrafted pottery. Here you can buy pieces right from the artists.

  • Visit some of the historical sites. Get the know the history of the town by visiting either Po Klong Garai Cham Tower or Po Ro Me Cham town. Historical sites that date back as far as the 13th century.

    The drive from Mui Ne to Phan Rang is an emotional mix of dodging police and awe at coastline views. You’ll want to start this route patiently, then finish it off in the peaceful city of Phan Rang. Here you won’t feel the tourist pressures anymore. To top off a night, enjoy dinner at the Cuban Bar and Grill. At this restaurant, Tigit riders get 10% off their bill! For sleeping, there are only a few options around. Try the Ho Phong Hotel or the Minh Duc Guesthouse.

Phan Rang to Nha Trang

phan rang to nha trang

phan rang to nha trang

    Sticking to the coast and making your way further north. You’ll leave Phan Rang on the same DT702 road you should have arrived into the city on. If you did the drive from Mui Ne to Phan Rang, you are in luck. That was just an introduction to what it’s like to enjoy a ride down the coast. Now back on the road, you’ll get to enjoy a similarly fantastic drive. The benefits are this part of the DT702 route is better and longer! Once you have finally wrapped up driving these two sections of the country, you can proudly check the box in your Vietnam driving itinerary that read; “Drive a beautiful coastline with stunning sea views.”

    As you start to come off the coastline and into Nha Trang, the road turns into a highway that connects Nha Trang with the airport. Driving here will quickly change from the relaxed sea-side drive to hectic city driving. The feeling of transitions is excellent though. You’ll feel like you’re on a racetrack, lined with barriers down the side. It’s an enjoyable change of dynamic out of the casual cost drive. One of the real pluses to this route is that the entire journey from start to finish, the roads are in great shape. The great condition of the highway allows you to spend less time concentrating on the road, and more time watching the landscapes. The whole drive is a real treat from start to finish.

    Here are some of the top things to do in Nha Trang

  • First and foremost is the Vinpearl Land amusement park. Full of rides, a waterpark, and an exciting cable car ride to get there.

  • Take a mud bath. Then take a real bath! There are several options to enjoy a mud bath in the city, and they all claim to have their health benefits.

  • Take in a four-island boat trip. It will take you island hopping with options to snorkel, visit an aquarium, stop at the beaches, and a few other add on’s.

    Riders will enjoy this coastline drive from Phan Rang to Nha Trang no matter what their skill level is. Those new to riding will appreciate the excellent roads and delightful views. Those more advanced riders will enjoy the warm air blowing on your face and the feeling of freedom on the open road. As far as coastal drives go, this is one of the best motorcycle routes in Asia. In Nha Trang, when you are looking for a place to stay, head to Tabalo Hostel where you’ll get 10% off dorm rooms when you show up on a Tigit motorcycle.

Phan Rang to Dalat

Phan Rang to Da Lat

Phan Rang to Da Lat

    If you are short on time but high on willpower, you have some options here. You could squeeze in driving the DT702 coastline drive, as well as the Phan Rang to Dalat route. You will however probably want to crawl immediately into bed and fall asleep. Well, after a celebratory beer that is. The full drive in one day is not for the faint of heart, but it is possible to do it. Break the journey up into two smaller drives if you can. It will probably be more enjoyable, with more time to stop and take a few photos.

    Trying to make the entire Phan Rang to Nah Trang drive in one day? Here are some tips. Turn left at the QL1A and then take the small white road to “Tap La” heading towards QL27B. This QL27B road as a shortcut. Here you’ll be able to enjoy an exciting drive on half paved road that climbs up the mountain. It’s a significant detour that will send you out into what seems like the middle of nowhere. Well, in a way it is the middle of nowhere.

    This QL27B road eventually comes to the QL27 road. Taking you through Vietnamese farmland, and tranquil countryside driving. The track will likely be empty, or if anything there will be a few local motorbikes. Here you will find one of the very common back road routes, where there will be nothing more than a small countryside road that cuts its way through the Vietnamese countryside. Once you arrive in Dalat, you’ll feel the tourism in full swing again. Here you’ll be able to choose from an abundance of local activities.

    Some of the top things to do in Dalat include:

  • Visit the “Crazy House.” Hang Nag art gallery as it’s also known, is bizarrely designed guest house and art gallery. The looks alone are intriguing.

  • Bao Dai’s summer palace. The palace is a twenty-five room home that was used by Vietnams last reigning king and queen.

  • Ride a swan at the Lake Of Sighs. Ho Than Tho, as its known locally, is a lovers lake where you can rent swan-style paddle boats and enjoy the lake.

  • Go canyoning! You’ll be treated to a day of adventure while you abseil down waterfalls, rock faces and explore nature hands on.

    If you do take on the full coastal and mountain drive, you’ll be proudly rewarded knowing you fit in such a diverse day of riding. From coastline and mountainous regions, through farmland, and back to the bustle of the city life in Dalat. An achievement not known to the average motorbike rider. You’ll now be in full swing of Vietnam motorcycling adventure!

Dalat to Buon Ma Thuot

Da Lat to Buon Me Thuot

Da Lat to Buon Me Thuot

    From Dalat, you might consider an enjoyable drive up through the area into the coffee regions and onto the city of Buon Ma Thuot. To do so make your way back to the QL27, then follow the road directly up to Buon Ma Thuot. You’ll feel far from home, so it’s a good thing you’re on a reliable motorbike & shouldn’t need to use a breakdown guarantee. This drive is consistently pleasant and has a good mix of straight sections and welcoming bends in the road. You’ll view Vietnam’s natural countryside and an extensive amount of farmland. This the perfect drive to view the agricultural side of Vietnam and see an area famous for its coffee.

    By now you will have likely tried one of the various forms of Vietnamese coffee. There is the popular drip-coffee with sweetened condensed milk. Then there are a few lesser known forms the country serves up, like yogurt coffee, egg coffee, and coffee in fruit smoothies. They might not all be your favorite way to enjoy a cup of brew, but on this drive, you can try some of the coffee right from the source.

    The city of Buon Ma Thuot itself isn’t much of a tourist draw. The lack of tourists is nice as you’ll be able to do most activities feeling like they are just for you. To enjoy what the area has to offer you’ll usually need to get outside of the city for a day trip and find some excitement. To help you to get to know the area will point out some of what it has to offer.

    Here are some of the top things to do around Buon Ma Thuot:

  • Take a local cooking class. Around the Yok Dok national park area, you can partake in a Buon Don cooking class with a local family. A great way to experience local culture.

  • Ride an elephant. The Mnong people that live in the national park are famous for their traditional elephant training. Riding these gentle giants will be a big contrast from riding around on your motorcycle.

  • Go on a coffee tour. With the region known as the coffee capital, you best enjoy it from the source. One of the best-known places to take a visit is the Coffee Tour Resort. It’s located just outside of the city.

    From the French-influenced city of well-known Dalat to the authentic Vietnamese city of Buon Ma Thuot. Here you’ll get to see two places that contrast each other in Vietnam. The drive is moderate, and the coffee breaks along the way will keep your excitement buzzing. Buon Ma Thuot is one stop you could easily skip. The town is more industrial than delightful and isn’t going to offer you much to write home about.  

Nha Trang to Buon Ma Thuot

Nha Trang to Buon Ma Thuot

Nha Trang to Buon Ma Thuot

    Driving out of the city from Nha Trang you have a couple of options to choose between taking. You can take the QL1A highway to get through, then out of the city. However, the drive is more enjoyable if you stay on the coast using the Pham Van Dong road. This road will have considerably less traffic and is a great way to exit from the city of Nha Trang. If your motorbiking Vietnam solo today will be a day to enjoy the coast, the mountains, and some time in city traffic.

    After you’re out of the city, follow the Pham Van Dong as it goes back onto the QL1A. Then, take the turn going left onto the DT5 road as it leads you off of the highway and into the countryside. The DT5 road will take you on a relaxing country drive, and eventually meet up with the QL26 route. Overall it’s a beautiful drive that shows off some open farmland with a backdrop of towering mountains. You can first picture yourself atop these beautiful mountains, and soon enough you will be there. A stunning place to drive through Vietnam, this road towards Nha Trang is the perfect example of a modern Vietnamese highway that is nearly untouched.

    Then things start to change from enjoyable to annoying, as the QL26 nears Buon Ma Thuot. Here the roads turn to  congestion of trucks, the road filled with potholes, and roads in terrible condition. The feeling goes from a pleasurable to one of agony that seems to drag on forever. The whole day is a mix of half enjoyable driving and the other half a total mess. You’ll be happy to have finally arrived at your destination in Buon Ma Thuot.

    Once you are finally settled into Buon Ma Thuot and looking for some things to do, you’ll find that most attractions happen outside of the cities core.

    Here are some of the top things to do around Buon Ma Thuot:

  • Take a cooking class. Around the Yok Dok national park area, you can partake in a Buon Don cooking class with a local family. A great way to experience the local culture.

  • Ride an elephant. The Mnong people that live in the national park are famous for their traditional elephant training. Riding these gentle giants will be a big contrast from riding around on your motorcycle.

  • Go on a coffee tour. With the region known as the coffee capital, you best enjoy it from the source. One of the best-known places to take a visit is the Coffee Tour Resort. It’s located just outside of the city.

    For those of you with a big V-twin or 650cc+ motorbike back home you’ll probably be enjoying the lightweight and easily maneuverable Asian bike your on. Especially if you rented something like the Honda XR, a bike you could pick up out of the mud without the help of your friends. Routes like this one from Nha Trang to Buon Ma Thuot will have you wondering what you you needed all those extra cc’s for in the first place!

 Buon Ma Thuot to Pleiku

Buon Ma Thuot to PLeiku

Buon Ma Thuot to PLeiku

    If you are looking to go to Pleiku, you are likely to be the only tourist you see along the way. The overall drive is flat with mainly farming landscapes to view while you make your way through. You can, however, add in a detour or two along the way to spice things up a little. At around the halfway point, you can take a turn on the DT687B road towards Ayun pa. The drive will wind you past an endless number of rice fields, along with a few other substance crops. Make sure to leave with plenty of time and a full tank of fuel. Distances seem hard to judge with the outline of a mountain city set far into the landscape, and a mix of hazy sunlight to through off your judgment.

    Along the detour, you have the option for a couple of things to do outside of watching the locals work away in the rice fields. If you arrange it in advance, you can take a boat tour of the man-made Ayun Ha Lake. Here you’ll see the untouched wilderness that surrounds most of the lake, with options to stop at the sand dunes, go swimming or do some fishing along the way. For a glimpse at some stunning waterfalls that you will likely be all alone to enjoy, stop at the Phu Cuong waterfalls. The falls aren’t well traveled, but they are on google maps about 6.5kms from where the QL25 turns back onto the QL14. Around Pleiku, you’ll have a few options of sights to see, despite the town itself not having very much to offer.

    Here are some of the top things to do around Pleiku.

  • Visit the volcanic crater lake. Bien Ho Lake, or Sea Lake, as it would translate in English. This flooded volcanic crater is about an 8km drive from the center. No swimming though, it’s the primary drinking water supply.

  • Stop by the Minh Tanh pagoda. A modern-day pagoda that’s dressed up for festivals, this is a nice added bit of architecture for the city.

  • Take in a local eco-tour. With heavy restrictions on some nearby sights, you’ll need a guide to visit most villages. A guide can take you trekking and visit some of the Vietnam war sites.

    The drive from Buon Ma Thuot to Pleiku can either be done in a straight shot or with a detour through the rice farming paddies of Ayun Pa to mix it up a little. If you are up for a trip that isn’t well traveled then this might be the road for you. The drive will feel somewhat remote, and you’ll be happy you chose a reliable Honda Blade and didn’t opt for buying a Minsk in Vietnam. Don’t expect pub crawls and party nights at your hotel when you get there though. If you are looking for a place to stay in Pleiku, we’d recommend staying at Hoang Ngoc Hotel.   

Nha Trang to Hoi An / Danang

Nha Trang to Da Nang

Nha Trang to Da Nang

    The drive from Nha to Hoi An / Da Nang is a two-day drive that will need to include a nights stopover along the way. The whole thing is a smooth highway cruise and you’ll probably be so relaxed you’ll be singing in your helmet. As far as rides go, this will have you enjoying your Vietnam motorcycle rental and smiling ear to ear.

           Along the drive you’ll find a variety accommodations and restaurants built to service those passing along. You’ll want to choose one in advance depending on what you’re looking for, and make that your driving goal for the day. Some of the places to stop include, Bob’s Café American in Tuy Hoa, one of the favorite stopping points for expats who use this route to commute on a regular basis. As well as Life’s A Beach, and the newly built Life’s A Beach for Backpackers. These are located near Quy Nhon city and feel like a small beach resort with an open style restaurant and bar.

    After the overnight stop along the way, you will eventually arrive in Hoi An. Once you’re here might want to spend a day or two, getting to know the area and enjoy some of the local cuisines. That and you might need a rest after that long drive up the coast.       

    Here are some of the top things to do around Hoi An/ Da Nang:

  • Explore Marble Mountain. A full day of hiking through Marble Mountain will take you over some of its peaks, down into some caves, and into a few tunnels. Pack a lunch and bring a flashlight or torch.

  • Travel the Top Gear Special route. The Top Gear boys were part of Vietnam road trip that included the Hoi An Pass. It was more like a comedy of errors than anything.  

  • Take a day trip to Ba Na Hills. Ba Na Hills is a theme park, sightseeing tour, and resort get away all rolled into one. The Guiness record holding cable car to get there is only the beginning.

  • See the Dragon Bridge at night. The Dragon Bridge is the longest bridge in Vietnam. Naturally, it looks like a dragon, and is accented with fire, water, and lights to bring it to life!

 

    The drive from Nha Trang to the areas of Hoi An and Da Nang is a great way to settle in for a long ride and just let the wind blow in your face. Plan an overnight stop, or maybe two so you can get the chance to enjoy everything. Once you’re here and looking for a place to stay, before venturing out around town. We recommend staying at Thao Hieu Homestay, where showing up on your Tigit motorcycle will get you 10% off dorm rooms.

Hoi An / Danang to Hue

Da Nang to Hue

Da Nang to Hue

    The road between Hoi An and Hue has always been beautiful, as it includes a beautiful drive through the now famous Hai Van pass. The pass has historically had military personnel posted here to help divide North and South Vietnam. It is also the point where the climate shifts from tropical to subtropical. This type of information suddenly became interesting to the general public when the pass launched into the mainstream media via the Top Gear Vietnam Special. Now it has become one of the top things to do in Vietnam, and you too can ride a motorbike over the Hai Van pass.

    The drive is stunning, and if you are in Vietnam on a motorbike, this drive must be driven. The side-effect to this is that you will see a large number of people on one-day rentals who are riding through the pass. They will often be under-experienced and not paying much attention, so take some extra caution around those tight corners and curves. There are many look-out points along the way where you can view the beautiful mountains on one side and the South China Sea on the other.

    The Hai Van pass as a whole is very short and is often hyped up to be more than it is. For the casual rider it will be a nice way to see the views. If however, you are a more experienced driver you will probably want to go inland along the QL14G. Both options will take you into the city of Hue. Hue is the place for the history buffs in your group, and if your not one you might learn something here. There is plenty to see, lots to do, and some interesting attractions to do while you are in the city.

    Here are some of the top things to do in Hue:

  • Visit the Imperial City. In the days of walled places surrounded by moats, this was a prominent place. Once home to the ruling emperors of Vietnam, it’s an exciting look into the past.

  • Boat down the Perfume River. In autumn flowers fall into the river upstream from Hue giving off its namesake floral scent. You can take a boat tour on the river, or take in one of the many restaurants near the river’s edge at night.

  • Stop by and see the tombs. Hue has some choices of tombs from long ago to go and visit. Some of the more popular are the Khai Dinh or Minh Mang tomb.

  • Take a DMZ tour. If you want to get to know more about the Vietnam war, you can take one of many DMZ tours around Hue. They’ll cover military sights, you’ll see some weapons, as well as some downed aircraft from the time. Do your research, not all tours are created equal.

    If you are in Vietnam this drive is a must do attraction, hundreds of thousands of visitors can’t be wrong, and Top Gear certainly helped! If you are looking for more of a full day’s excitement, you may want to do the route from Hoi An to A Luoi instead. To give you the heads up, if you consider yourself more of a seasoned biker. You’ll probably want to skip the tourist clogged pass and take the above mentioned A Luoi route for sure. Whatever you choose, make sure it includes the Hai Van pass, your eyes and camera will thank you.

Hoi An / Danang to A Luoi

Da Nang to A Luoi

Da Nang to A Luoi

    Now is your opportunity to get completely off the backpacker trail and up into some areas that will leave you feeling like you’ve gotten away from it all. As you leave Hoi An to take the QL14G towards the Laos border, this drive starts with a small countryside road that twists its way through some small villages. As you come to the end of the QL14G road that meets up with the QL14, you’ll be at the intersection of a great place to stop for lunch. The exact location is known as Prao. It’s gradually becoming more important as a stop along the way. This stop before you turn is a welcome break and pleasant place to ready yourself for the beginning of the Ho Chi Minh road.

    If you were looking for a bit of excitement, this is it. Here, you’ll start the Ho Chi Minh road, a perfect single-track that is likely to be without any other traffic on it. The route cuts through the mountain range and will take you through two dramatic tunnels along the way. Inside the tunnels, you will have surrounded yourself by complete darkness and be left feeling disorientated. In this part of Vietnam, the clouds can close in making driving difficult even in the daylight hours. The feeling of remoteness here is unlike any other place in Vietnam. This feeling is thanks to the Hai Van Pass that has funneled all of the tourists down that highway instead!

    The drive to A Luoi is likely enough to keep you entertained for this day trip. You could push on to Khe Sanh, but that might wear you out too much to enjoy the road. A Luoi will take a bit of effort to find entertaining activities, but there are a few.

    Here are some of the top things to do around A Luoi:

  • Visit the Hollywood-made-famous site of Hamburger Hill. This site was, in fact, the location of the famous Hamburger Hill battle, with a few artifacts and museum around to view.

  • Take a dip in the hot springs. The town has a site to visit some of the natural hot springs of the area. Remember your towel!

  • Splash around the Phong Chat waterfall. The falls are a bit tricky to find, but with the right-hand signals and water sound effects you’ll find someone to show you the way.

    The A Luoi area tried hard to make its place on the tourist trail, but all of the shiny brochures in Vietnam couldn’t attract a steady following of tourists quite yet. If you decide to stay the night here, the options are limited. Try out the Do Thanh Hotel or the Thanh Quang Guesthouse. Overall, all these routes are great fun. There is some variation on climate though, so make sure you know what to bring and wear.

Hue to Khe Sanh

Hue to Khe Sanh

Hue to Khe Sanh

    If you are looking for a route to bring you from the lights and sites of city life and into an area that feels bleak, this road will do it. As you leave Hue to take the relatively new QL49 road to get out of the city, you will start to feel further and further from civilization. This feeling is an incredible change from that of a bustling city you just left behind. The QL49 will eventually connect with the QL14 road, and here is the first taste you’ll get of the Ho Chi Minh road.

    The Ho Chi Minh road is an incredible drive on a single-track route that twists and turns all the through to Khe Sanh. If you are doing this drive from south to north, it’s difficult to imagine how the trip could get any better. During the ride, it will feel as though hours have melted away while the road continually impresses and improves. The drive is beautiful, inspiring, and a fantastic way to spend a day driving through Vietnam. Having a motorbike here is much more fun than making a Vietnam road trip by car.

    Then like a blink, it will all be over, and you’ll want to do it again. Instead, it’s best to stop and enjoy the surroundings of Khe Sanh. Here you’ll be able to enjoy a few local sights before heading off the next day. If you are looking for some pre-trip reading, read the book on the battle of Khe Sanh. It’s an informative look into some of the critical battles fought here during the Vietnam war.

    Here are some of the top things to do around Khe Sanh:

  • Before nightfall, visit the Khe Sanh combat base. Here you can see an impressive display of combat planes, helicopters, and an informative museum about the battle that took place here.

  • Take a trip to the Laos border. If you plan to be in town for more than just a night, maybe take a side trip up to the Laos border. The border is so close you can almost touch it.

  • Go for a swim in the river. It sounds simple, but if you go down to the river, you’ll be amazed at just how clean and clear it is. A refreshing stop an adventures drive.

    If you end up taking on this spectacular drive, you’ll probably want to plan your exit accordingly. The next day you’ll probably drive from here to Phong Nha, and that one is quite long, so start early to make the most of it. This trip from Hue to Sanh will be one of the more memorable drives of the trip, so put it near the top of your list and enjoy!

Khe Sanh to Phong Nha

Khe Sanh to Phong Nha

Khe Sanh to Phong Nha

    When it comes to diversity, the drive from Khe Sanh to Phong Nha is probably one of the best all-around-drives in the country. The journey starts on a single track section of the Ho Chi Minh road that takes you climbing deep into the surrounding mountains. You will drive over colossal mountain accents then descend back down towards the valley floor, over and over, and over again. Along the way, you’ll cross over curving bridges that cross deep valleys below, and tower over the forest floor. The views here are stunning, and you’ll find it difficult not to stop at every bend and take another photo. This drive is just one more reason why motorbiking Vietnam is so popular.

    The small 110cc-150cc motorbikes are incredible fun on this drive. As you go over the hills, then into the endless amount of twists and turns that are followed up by a quick burst of open straights. You’ll be laughing at just how much fun it is trying to negotiate the right gear to maximize the bikes potential and get enough speed to get over the next hill, then down the next straight section. There is a tremendous amount of variation on this drive, and you’ll come out the other side with a new set of motorbiking skills.

     Eventually, the rollercoaster drive makes its way closer to Phong Nha. Here the Ho Chi Minh road begins to open up into lengths of straight road that follow along the rivers and cross through farmland. The turquoise lake of Phong Nha that you have probably seen pictures of will begin to come into view. This drive will slowly tease its way into more of the beauty that is Phong Nha National Park, and the rest of the sights around Phong Nha.

    Here are some of the top things to do around Phong Nha:

  • Go caving! There are some caving options around like Dark cave, Phong Nha Cave, and Paradise Cave. There is also the stunning Hang Son Doong cave. Also, known as the largest cave in the world, it stretches approximately 5-kilometers and upwards of 200-meters in height. The entry fee can make it a bit prohibitive to see though.

  • Try an adventure zip-line. At Hang Toi (Dark Cave) cave you can zip-line across the water, then swim your way into cave exploration that’s as much mud as it is a cave.

  • Explore the Phong Nha national park. There is a 65-kilometer loop through the national park you can explore on your motorcycle. Any part of it could lead you to wildlife, waterfalls, or more caves.

    The drive from Khe Sanh to Phong Nha will lead to memories in the making. It will seem like you’ve left this world and entered into motorbike riding heaven. The drive is truly spectacular and is a highlight for many Tigit travelers. When you are looking for a place to stay in Phong Nha, we recommend Thuong Hai Hotel.

Phong Nha to Ninh Binh

Phong Nha to Ninh Binh

Phong Nha to Ninh Binh

    As you start to make your way further and further up North, you’ll end up doing some long days on the motorbike. The motorbiking Phong Nha to Ninh Binh journey is going to be one of those long days. You can start from Phong Nha using the QL15 route that cuts through the mountains. The drive is grueling, so eat a good breakfast and maybe pack some chocolate! On the road you’ll eventually want to make your way from the QL15 to the city of Vinh, then onto the highway for a smoother ride.

    Vinh is not the most exciting place in Vietnam, but if you don’t think you want to do the whole drive to Ninh Binh, you could make an overnight stop here. Vinh is the largest city in central Vietnam and the economic hub for the area. As a result, it was also the location of many bombing attacks during the Vietnam war.  That whole mess has all been cleaned up or rebuilt by now. Probably the most notable tourist draw of the area is Ho Chi Minh himself. He was born in a small village about 15-kilometers from here called Kim Lien. Outside of that, the town has the usual Pagodas to visit and boat tours to go on.

    After Vinh, you will want to stay on the highway for the rest of the drive. Take the direct route on the QL1A road that leads all the way to Ninh Binh. You have much ground to cover, so for this drive the more direct option you take, the better. Once you arrive in Ninh Binh though, it will all be worth it. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to an era of Ox-plowed fields and lush, untamed landscapes. This route would be one of the areas you’d drive through on a 7-12 day Peak to Peak tour.

    Here are some of the top things to do around Ninh Binh:

  • Explore the area. Having your motorbike to get around on is the best option for Ninh Binh. Drive the countryside and take in the majestic nature and the rural way of life around here.

  • Visit the caves and temples by rowboat. In nearby Trang An, you can take in a 2-hour journey through the surrounding temples, caves, and lakes by rowboat. A relaxing way to enjoy the sites.

  • Let your jaw drop at the Van Long nature reserve. Van Long is the largest wetland reserve in the Northern part of Vietnam, and the scenery will have you picking your jaw up off the floor. Indeed a place of beauty.

    Not every drive in Vietnam is going to be full of wandering twists and exciting descents. However, there is usually a pot of gold at the end of each rainbow. In this case, it’s going to be the surrounding areas of Ninh Binh. As you push further north, the landscape feels more and more like you’ve gone back in time. This part of Vietnam is sure to have you wanting to explore more of it.

Ninh Binh to Hanoi

Ninh Binh to Ha Noi

Ninh Binh to Ha Noi

    After the big push from Phong Nha to  Ninh Binh, you’ll be happy to do a shorter ride up to Hanoi. This stretch from Ninh Binh to Hanoi is a quick and direct route that will take you into the countries capital. Although most people think Ho Chi Minh is the countries capital, it is in fact Hanoi. The drive here doesn’t require much thought, get yourself out of Ninh Binh and onto the QL1A highway. From here you will drive directly into Hanoi.

    If you are looking to explore around the region, you won’t be disappointed. You can take your motorbike out and visit the Thung Khe pass to see the vast landscapes of the countryside. Alternatively, drive through the thick bamboo forests around the Pu Luong nature reserve. Then if you are feeling the need to get deep into the remote countryside, you can make your way towards the Laos border and stop by the Bo Cung cave. If you are up to the for the adventure, there’s a lot to see and do. For a complete overview of the area around Hanoi, check out the Limestone Loop Motorbike Guide.

    Hanoi itself has been growing for over 1000-years, and the activities here could keep you entertained for weeks. From shows and entertainment to historical landmarks and lively markets. Hanoi is a place that has something to offer anyone and everyone.

    Here are some of the top things to around Hanoi:

  • Stop and say “Hi” to uncle Ho! It sounds funny, but you can actually see Ho Chi Minh’s body on display at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. He is preserved on display forever in the Mausoleum. Well, except for October when the body gets sent to Russia for maintenance.

  • Go people watching in the Old Quarter. Ba Dinh District, or the Old Quarter as you might know it, is the city’s central business district. Here you’ll find old architecture, plenty of shopping and nightlife, and more scooters than you’ve seen since Saigon.

  • Puppet show anyone? The city has many puppet show experiences you can take in. The Thang Long Puppet Theater is the most popular and an excellent place to get in touch with your inner child.

    Ninh Binh to Hanoi will be your final push into the capital, and by now you should be a motorcycling expert around Vietnam. Once you are in the city, you take in the abundance of activities and tourist attractions. Alternatively, if you want to test your skills on the motorbike, you can explore deeper into rural Vietnams northern section. If you are heading back down south, this will be the kick off to your Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh cycle route. When you are looking to narrow down your hotel search, Tigit recommends the Flip Side Hostel or the Parkson Hotel.

 

Hotels nearby Tigit Motorbikes Ho Chi Minh office.
Party hostel – Vietnam Inn
Culture partyish hostel – Da Blend Hostel
Mid range – SunLand Riverside Hotel
High range – Hotel Nikko Saigon 

Hotels nearby Tigit Motorbikes Hanoi office.
Party hostel – Flip Side hostel
Mid range – Parkson Hotel

 

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  1. Harley Jones says:

    I am currently living in the Philippines. I own a Honda XR150L. I paid $950 for it. It has less than 5000km on it. I am planning to move to Vietnam in 3 months. I want to have a 150 in Vietnam. I see by the comments that there may be a wait to get one there. If so how long. Or would it be cheaper including import duties to bring my bike? Is it possible to import a used bike?
    How much would a new bike cost there? I am an avid rider and would travel all over Vietnam north of VungTau to Chinese border. Last time in Vietnam was 1972.

  2. Harvey says:

    Great blogs and I’m currently planning my route. When you say a long day (Hoi An / Danang to A Luoi etc) what does that mean? 6, 12, 18hrs?

    • Jon - TigitMotorbikes says:

      Honestly depends on the driver and motorbike type. Hoi An to A Luoi is fine.
      Maybe 5 hours.

      Hoi An to Khe Sanh is a push for most people.