Taste of Ho Chi Minh Trail

Routing: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Khanh Village - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Hanoi

Trip Duration:

3 days 2 nights


Activity:

Culture Tour, SightSeeing, Motorcycling, Nature Explore, Homestay,


Physical Grading:


This trip offers a stunning motorcycling route with great exploration of nature and culture of northern Vietnam. The motorbiking adventure on very first part of Ho Chi Minh Trail is organized for first time rider and easy adventure. The legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail was the supply line used by North Vietnam to link North and South Vietnam during the American War. Soldiers, ammunition, weapons and supplies were carried by hand, bicycle and truck for hundreds of kilometers through the otherwise impenetrable jungle that covered Vietnam’s mountainous border with Laos. Recent road work that follow original sections of the trail have changed this.

Tour Highlights
  • Riding average about 150km/day on paved, good conditions with some winding mountain roads
  • Awesome scenery of valleys and terrace fields after defeating passes
  • Authentic homestay in villages with warm host
  • Beautiful quiet road offers pleasant rides on very first parts of the legendary Ho Chi Minh Trails
  • Good choice for riders with not much motorbike experiences and limited time in Vietnam

Day by Day Program:

Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau. Home stay in Thai village
Day 2: Mai Chau - Khanh Village. Home stay in Muong village
Day 3: Hoa Lu - Trang An - Ride back to Hanoi

Services and Activities included:

Semi-automatic Honda 125CC
Best Rated Hotel Accommodations
Unlimited Mileage
Helmets for the driver and passenger
Daily breakfast
Other meals as indicated in itinerary
Homestay permission
Professional English speaking tour leaders
Water & Snacks on driving days
First-aid kit
National Park and other Entrance Fees
Preparation and Orientation
All taxes, fees, and environmental surcharges
Mechanic & Support truck as in price option


Tour Exclusions:

Travel insurance
Tips and gratitude
Gasoline about average US$ 10/day
Transportation between hotel and check-point location (restrictions may apply at certain locations)
Personal expenses
Personal motorbike protection gears
Others not mentioned




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    Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau ~ 170km/105miles
    Our ActiveTravel Asia’s tour guide – expertise in motor biking – collects you at hotel at 08.00AM for our very first ride to the  Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum on the outskirts of Hanoi (if support truck requested, we will take taxi while the truck transfer bikes there in advance). The museum is a great place to learn about the historic trail which we are going to ride on. Then jump on our motors await outside and spend some time to get familiar with the bikes. Now, let’s begin our motorbiking adventure.
    You will have some time to get familiar with the bikes before we get on Highway 6 passing extensive farming lands. After a light lunch in Hoa Binh Town, we defeat some mountain passes to descent the mountainous valley settlement of Mai Chau. Overnight in a stilt house of the Thai people..
    Summary:
    Distance:  170 km
    Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Homestay in village

     
    Day 2: Mai Chau – Canh Nang – Cam Thuy – Khanh Village ~ 160km/100miles
    Say goodbye to the villagers in Mai Chau, we then head down to south on a beautiful winding road, following along the banks of the Ma River. About Two- hours riding along the river will take you to Cam Luong stream -– Fairy Fishing  Stream literally which is a great mystery of nature while thousands of big fish peacefully living in shallow water. 
    Take a turn into Ho Chi Minh Highway and head to Khanh village, home of Muong ethnic minority. Overnight in a home stay. 
    Summary:
    Distance:  160 km
    Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Homestay

     
    Day 3: Khanh Village – Trang An – Hanoi  ~ 175km/109miles
    After breakfast at the home stay we ride to Hoa Lu - Ninh Binh, the ancient capital on Vietnam which date back from 9th century. After here we ride shortly to Trang An, the well-known “Halong Bay on the rice field”. We will have a relaxing boat trip on river and going through mountain caves. Lunch in local restaurant. After lunch we ride back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi around 5.30pm.
    Summary:
    Distance:  175 km
    Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch
     

    Note on client safety
    We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.
    Group size Price guide (USD/person)
    WHAT ATA SUPPLIES?
    We use Future Neo 2009 125CC in this quotation by default. The reason is that the neat and very good design by Honda Vietnam is perfectly suitable for Vietnam road paths. The gear shift is changed easily and smoothly. This models can give you good experiences over almost motorcycling paths of Vietnam. Honda Future Neo is our choice in the quotation as its very affordable price, popular spare parts, easy-to-control even for motorcycling beginners
    Curb weight : 105 kg
    Overall length: 1890mm
    Overall width: 705mm
    Overall height: 1085 mm
    Wheel base: 1,240 mm
    Seat height : 767 mm
    Fuel tank capacity: 3.7l
    Engine oil capacity: 0.9 litre when dismantling machine; 0.7 litre when changing lubricant
    Engine type: Gasoline, 04-stroke, single, air-cooled
    Gear box: Mechanical, 4-step rotary system
    Starting system: Electric/kick starter
    For Upgrade Dirt Bikes options: our top picked Dirt Bike upgrade is YAMAHA ZTX 125. This is a real offroad bikes by the second player in Vietnam motor market - Yamaha. The company focuses on young customers with active lifestyle. Our model is 2015 with many improvement in performance and give you real motorbiking experience in Vietnam. The upgrade surcharge is very affordable while the experience brought back is far more.
    Overall length: 2090mm
    Overall width: 830mm
    Overall height: 1115mm
    Minimum ground clearance: 260mm
    Weight (with full fuel tank): 118kg
    Seat height: 840mm
    Maximum horse power: 12.5PS/8000r/min
    Fuel tank capacity: 11 liter
    Engine type single cylinder, cool air, 5 strokes
    High Quality Helmets - Manufacturer: Vietnam: Injection-molded thermoplastic shell construction. Full-face helmet, provided in long motorbiking trips, offers maximum protection during off-road use. Half face helmet will be provided for traversing inside the city.
    Saddle bags (roughly 7 kg each side)
    Extra rucksack or bag strapped 
    ATA first-aid kit: Available on any ATA trip
    If you pick the price option Incl. Mechanic and Support truck, we will supply:
    Support truck: Vietnam with various terrain and great scenery is an ideal place for adventure motorcycling. Although it is so fun and adventurous to ride in Vietnam it is surely a challenge for any foreign rider since the traffic is so different from the rest of the world. Moreover, we want everyone to enjoy their motorbiking experience on this trip and we recognize the importance of group members being allowed to ride at their own pace. At times there can be a fair distance between the front and rear riders in the group, with the support vehicle and tour leader out of sight. The support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from motorcycling at any time. 
    01 professional mechanic along the motorbiking trip who greatly understand the technical issues and fix our motorbikes as manufacturer's requirements. That will maximize your safety and the duration of our motorbikes usages.
    Spare parts of the motorbike such as: Tyres, Pump, Plastic tyre levers, Brake cable, Gear cable etc.
     
    WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING WITH?
    Original passport
    Good quality helmet (your own helmet is recommended)
    Wellington/riding boots
    Water waterproof gloves
    Summer gloves
    T-shirts/underwear/socks
    Balaclava to cover your face
    Turtleneck shirts
    Long-sleeved shirts
    A pair of extra jeans
    Goggles and sunglasses
    Bandannas
    Light waterproof jackets
    Basic toiletries, Sun block, anti-insect repellent, rain coat.
    GoPro Camera - optional
    Mobile phone with multi sockets - optional

    THIS ADVENTURE INFORMATION
    Depart from:   Hanoi - End at:   Hanoi
    When:    Year round
    Activities:   Motorcycling
    Transportation:  Honda Future neo 125CC (semi-automatic gear) 
    Accommodation:  2 nights homestay
    Tour guide:   English speaking guide
    Support crew:  support vehicle, mechanic

    MOTORBIKING GRADE
    Introductory Grade that means the tour involve up to 2-3 hours of active, physical-required activities per day at a slow but steady pace. Your track trails are predominately on good conditions and tracks and might include some easy pass crossings such as a mix of quiet paved roads, forestry tracks and easy double tracks. 
    Your muscles are going to relatively tense sometimes, especially for adventurous newcomers however there are some relax intervals helping you back to the phase. You should have an average level of fitness. No special notices required.
    *  Suggested preparation: having good routines of exercises, active lifestyle with physical-related activites, 2-3 times per week.
    Who suits:  Great for newcomers to active travel. 
    Activity: 2-3 hours most days 
    Distances: Hike average 5 miles (8km),  motorbiking 100-125miles (or 150– 200km) on paved, no or few twist road most days
    Surfaces: flat or rolling terrain with some possible steeps 
    Elevation change: up to 2,000 ft/day (about 600m)
    Altitude: up to 4,000 ft (about 1200m) 


    MEALS AND FOOD
    Day 1: Lunch, Dinner
    Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch
    All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. As we travel away from big towns, the emphasis will be on healthy and nutritious fresh local produce. Dinners will be cooked by family that we stay overnight with. Lunches will be at local restaurant on the way.

    HOMESTAYS
    Home stay in villages is basic in term of bedding condition and amenities. We stay overnight in the traditional house-on-stilt of the Thai and Muong people and, as the locals do, we will sleep on bamboo floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillows and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually steps away from the house and in western style.
     
    OUR MOTORBIKING TOUR GUIDE

    The tour will be led by one of our tour guides who are experienced in guiding motorcycling tours in Vietnam. He has been carefully selected and trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by the government. In addition, he has been trained in first-aid by SOS International and he knows how to deal with difficult situations. You will have a great time traveling with him.
     
    THE MOTORCYCLING DAYS
    A typical motorcycle riding day starts at about 8.30 am after breakfast. Lunch times can vary depending on the distance. We aim to reach the next overnight stop by 4.30 or 5. During the riding we will have short breaks for rest, snack and photographing.
     
    OUR MOTORBIKES & UPGRADE
    The upgrade to Dirt Bikes are always available and upon your request. We have many Dirt Bike models various from 125CC up to 650cc for wide range of riders' experience. They are very much suit to Vietnam roads.
    Due to the road conditions of Vietnam, big-size or big-engine motorbikes (such as: 1000cc up) are not popular and expensive. Such big-engine motorbikes may not maximize their power as well as technical specs while highway express in Vietnam is not good enough and the awareness of traffic attendants are relatively low. Moreover, the rental prices can be very high due to high imported taxes added into the price. We strongly encourage you contact to our team if you decided to take those ones.
     
    SUPPORT VEHICLE
    Vietnam with various terrain and great scenery is an ideal place for adventure motorcycling. Although it is so fun and adventurous to ride in Vietnam it is surely a challenge for any foreign rider since the traffic is so different from the rest of the world. Moreover, we want everyone to enjoy their motorbiking experience on this trip and we recognize the importance of group members being allowed to ride at their own pace. At times there can be a fair distance between the front and rear riders in the group, with the support vehicle and tour leader out of sight. The support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from motorcycling at any time. 
     
    Note on client safety
    We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.


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