5 Day Saigon Hoi An Motorbike Tour

This 5 Day Saigon Hoi An Motorbike Tour is the shortest program to explore the Central Highlands, the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the Ede tribe minority and the old battlefields...

TOUR PROGRAM

► Duration: 5 days - 4 nights
► Departure location: Saigon
► Route: Central Highlands - Hoi An
► Travel by the small back roads and off-roads
► See the places that not much tourist has seen
► We use the well-maintained Japanese motorcycles only. No cheap Chinese Lifan motorbikes or old Russian Minks

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1: SAIGON - CENTRAL HIGHLANDS - 200 km

If you’d like to get off the beaten track in Vietnam, this is the place to do it. The bulk of travellers shoot along the coast to the east, and even those who prefer mountains to beaches usually head to the larger, more spectacular ranges to the north of the country. The central highlands can’t quite match the northern mountains for scenic beauty, and its minority groups are far less colourful, but there’s a lot to see here – thundering waterfalls, mist-laden mountains, immense longhouses and barely a tourist in sight. 

Bounded to the west by the Cambodian border, and spreading out over the lofty peaks and broad plateaux of the Truong Son Mountains, the central highlands stretch from the base of Highway 1 right up to the bottleneck of land that squeezes past Da Nang towards Hanoi and the north. The region’s fertile red soils yield considerable natural resources – among them coffee, tea, rubber, silk and hardwood. Not all of the highlands, though, have been sacrificed to plantation-style economies of scale – pockets of primeval forest still thrive, where wildlife including elephants, bears and gibbons somehow survived the days when the region was a hunting ground for Saigon’s idle rich and Hue’s idle royalty.

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DAY 2: DAC LAK - 250 km

The Jarai and Bahnar are merely the major chunks of the highlands’ patchwork of ethnic minorities. Cocooned in woolly jumpers, scarves and bobble hats, the highlanders exude a warmth unsurpassed elsewhere in the country, and are the undoubted highlight of a trip through the area. 

Sensitive to the minority rights issue, the Vietnamese authorities only opened this region to foreigners in 1993, and while you’re free to travel independently between the major cities, visiting one of the highlands’ many minority villages independently can be difficult: in most cases you’ll need to go through a local tourist office (and pay handsomely for the privilege). 

During French colonial times, Dac Lak developed on the back of the coffee, tea, rubber and hardwood crops that grew in its fertile red soil, and was the focal point for the plantations that smothered the surrounding countryside: plantation owners and other colons would amuse themselves by picking off the elephants, leopards and tigers once prevalent in the area. 

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DAY 3: THE NEW HO CHI MINH TRAIL - 250 km

The Ho Chi Minh Trail was a military supply route running from North Vietnam through Laos and Cambodia to South Vietnam. The route sent weapons, manpower, ammunition and other supplies from communist-led North Vietnam to their supporters in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

The trail was named after Ho Chi Minh, the president of North Vietnam. During the 1960s, the Ho Chi Minh Trail (actually a network of trails, footpaths and roadways) moved several tons of supplies each day through rugged mountain ranges and dense jungle.

U.S. military forces—aware of the amount of weaponry that the trail supplied to the Viet Cong, its enemies in South Vietnam—had the Ho Chi Minh Trail in its sights as American involvement in Vietnam increased over the 1960s.

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DAY 4: THE OLD INDOCHINA - 180 km

The Bahnars are the majority ethnic group nearest to Kontum city. Their villages are easily recognizable, thanks to their trademark rong communal houses. Rong houses were once used to store rice and to protect villagers from dangerous animals. Today, these houses host village meetings and weddings as well as water buffalo sacrifices to celebrate plentiful harvests.

If you’ve any time and steam remaining in your tank, consider exploring Kon Jari, a Sedang village that factored highly in the actions of notorious French explorer Marie-Charles David de Mayrena. In the late-1880s, Mayrena left Saigon (then nicknamed ‘Paris of the East’) to negotiate treaties among the tribes of the Kon Jari region. However, he decided to go one step further and crown himself King Marie I – with the backing of Sedang chiefs – in 1888. The self-styled king and his cohorts set into the jungle to carve out the Kingdom of Sedang. After failing to gain official recognition for his kingdom, and fearing French reprisal, Mayrena fled to British Malaysia, where he mysteriously died in 1890.

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DAY 5: HOI AN - 130 km

Hoi An, a historical melting pot with influences from France, Japan, China, and Vietnam, is a well-preserved ancient town. With a population of only about 120,000, its artisan appeal has earned it a place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s name translates as “Peaceful Meeting Place”, and this small city has a long history of being just that. 

Many, travellers come to Hoi An to seek out the skills of the diverse artisans and to gaze at the serene yellow tones of the buildings in this waterfront town. The islands off the coast of Hoi An make great destinations for tranquil day-trips, while night time in the ancient town is perfect for visitors seeking romantic nights over fresh cuisine, surrounded by indigenous arts and crafts !

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PRICES: RESERVE TODAY

Tour includes:

- Motorcycles for clients (Self Drive Option)
- Motorcycles for our local drivers (Pillion Drive Option), tour guides
- Licensed and professional English speaking tour leader
- Helmets, bag covers (if needed)
- 4 nights x standard hotel, home stay (twin / double / private rooms)
- Transfer costs for all the bikes, guides, riding gears to return home after tour
- Company tax

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