Riding a motor bike is a great way experience the real Vietnam. There is a good network of paved roads, with little traffic, through beautiful coastal and mountain scenery. Motor Bikes: these will be Japanese models between 400 and 750cc. All fuel, maintenance and servicing included.
Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Met at airport and transferred to the hotel. Afternoon orientation. Ho Chi Minh City formerly Saigon Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnams largest city. Its architecture has been greatly influenced by the French colonization in the 1800's. It is renowned for its great shopping, friendly people and many outdoor restaurants.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City. Sightseeing tour in an air con bus to My Tho located in the Mekong River delta region. Have a river boat ride and cultural show. Upon returning to Ho Chi Minh City, the motor bikes will be available for you to select which one you want and to have a practice.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City. Sightseeing tour to Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi Tunnels were commenced in the 1940's and took 25 years to construct. They were used by the poorly equipped peasant army, firstly against the French and during the Vietnam War. They are hundreds of km. Long and were used by the Viet Cong to coordinate their war effort. They contain living areas, storage facilities, kitchens and command centers.
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Dalat (310 km). The day the riders have been waiting for - off we go. The days ride is along the highway out of Ho Chi Minh City before turning off and heading into the mountains. Dalat - This picturesque town is situated high in the mountains, with many lakes and waterfalls and is surrounded by evergreen forests. There are colorful markets, where the local villagers bring their produce.
Day 5: Dalat. Sightseeing tour to take in and enjoy this picturesque town.
Day 6: Dalat - Nha Trang (210 km). Ride down the mountains to seal level. Nha Trang - This is an attractive resort town with some of Vietnam's most stunning beaches and coastal scenery. A cruise to one of the many islands to swim, snorkel, relax and have a beach massage.
Day 7: Nha Trang. Sightseeing cruise to one of the many islands - swimming, snorkeling on the coral reefs and sunbathing.
Day 8: Nha Trang - Buon Ma Thuot (190 km). Great days ride from the coast back into the Central Highlands region. Buon Ma Thuot - this small town is in the Central Highlands and is the capital of Dac Lac province. There are many ethnic hill tribes living in the nearby forests and National Parks.
Day 9: Buon Ma Thuot. Sightseeing tour to one of the many ethnic tribes villages to have an elephant ride through the lake and village area. Afternoon sightseeing tour to the beautiful waterfalls nearby.
Day 10: Buon Ma Thuot - Pleiku (185 km). A great days ride through the beautiful Central Highlands. Pleiku - This town is situated in the Central Highlands and is a market town in the center of a vast, fertile valley. Many of its population are from the nearby hill tribes. An attack by the Viet Cong in 1965 against US military advisers stationed here, resulted in a rapid escalation and build up of American troops.
Day 11: Pleiku - Qui Nhon (200 km). Ride down the mountains back to the coast. Qui Nhon - This town is situated on Vietnams central coast and was an important U.S. base during the war. There are many fishing villages scattered along the beach.
Day 12: Qui Nhon - Hoi An (275 km). A beautiful ride along the coastal road passing through many fishing villages. Hoi An. Its geographical position made it one of S.E. Asias major ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Dutch, Portugese, Japanese and French influences, provide a vast array of architectural designs. Nearby is Danang, which was an important airbase and the infamous China Beach.
Day 13: Hoi An. Sightseeing tour. Boat ride along the Hoi An river and then walk through the town to see the many sights.
Day 14: Hoi An - Hue (140 km). A great days ride along the coastal road to Hue. Hue. This is the point that the U.S. forces first landed in 1965. Less well known is that in 1858, the French forces also began their campaign here. Hue was the imperial capital from 1802 to 1945 and is one of Vietnam's cultural, religious and educational centers. Say good bye to the bikes, mechanics and drivers.
Day 15: Hue. Sightseeing tour to see the many sights.
Day 16: Hue - Hanoi (Fly). Transfer to the airport for the mid morning flight to Hanoi. Met by local Hanoi guide and transferred to the hotel. Afternoon orientation. Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and is located in the heart of the Red River basin. It has beautiful parks, lakes, tree lined boulevards, fine buildings, museums and pagodas.
Day 17: Hanoi. Sightseeing tour. A full days tour in an air con bus taking in all the sights - also enjoy a cycle tour around the market area.
Day 18: Hanoi. Sightseeing tour to Halong Bay. Halong Bay - This spectacular bay has 3000 islands rising from the clear, emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. These islands are dotted with innumerable beaches and grottoes created by the wind and waves and is truly one of Vietnam's natural wonders. The name Halong means "where the dragon descends into the sea".
Day 19: Departing Hanoi. Last minute shopping before departing from Hanoi. Transfer to airport.
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