Adventure: Vietnam.  

  • Tour Overview
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary 2019
  • Overview Map
  • What's Included?
  • Visas
  • Prices in GBP £
  • Prices in Euros €
  • Prices in US $
  • Previous Tour Video
  • Testimonials

Vietnam is a beautiful country with a long and sometimes turbulent past. It can trace its origins back 25,000 years and is one of the oldest countries in the world. Often occupied and fought over it has included Chinese and French occupation, but this time of conflict ended with the second Indochina war between the communist Soviet backed north and the capitalist US backed south. Since the late 1970's peace has largely settled on this land and as the communist state has reformed it has grown into the country we find today. Our tour visits key scenic sites, historic sites from the first and second Indochina wars and some of the most beautiful places the country has to offer. We also spend some time away from the "must see" sites to see the real Vietnam. To see this country properly we are taking three weeks to traverse almost from top to bottom.

Fly in to Bangkok and you will be met and transferred to our flight to Chiang Rai. From there a road transfer to Chiang Khong to meet the bikes, prepare and for our pre tour briefing and welcome dinner. We are heading out of Thailand on the very first day as we cross the border to Laos through villages and past rice paddies. From here we cross into Vietnam at the Tay Trang Border post to the Dien Bien Province, site of the battle to finally liberate the Vietnamese people from French occupation.

We head to Sapa over the mighty O Quy Ho Pass. one of the highest and most dangerous roads in Vietnam. In Sapa we have a day off to explore he Ancient Rock Fields, visit the Sapa Silber Waterfall or if you want more on bike time to ride the Tram Ton Pass. The next few days are running the border with China over the Dong Van Plateau and the iconic "Fairy Twin Mountain". We visit Vietnams most northerly point the Lung Cu Flag pole up 389 stone steps. We ride the road of Happiness over the Ma Pi Leng Pass and on past vertical stone cliffs.

Two special nights in the UNESCO listed Ha Long Bay are followed by two nights in Hanoi the capital. We have time to visit the Old Quarter - a maze of narrow streets dating back to the 13th century, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Ba Ðình Square, where Ho read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

Heading south from Hanoi we cross the old DMZ line and ride through the UNESCO listed Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park where massive tectonic movements have left miles of underground caves and rivers and a unique landscape on the surface. We also visit the Quang Tri Ancient Citadel which in 1972 was bombed for 80 days and nights by a rota of 140 B52 bombers. Only the front and rear gates remain. We also visit the UNESCO listed city of Hue touring the city on our bikes visiting the Forbidden City and UNESCO list Hoi An Ancient town.

Our route is heading south now along the coast visiting the twin Cham towers of Quy Nhon, Cliff of Stone Plates - Ganh Da Dia in Nhan Trang, the white beaches of Vietnams resort destinations as well as Mui Ne Habour. All this before we arrive at Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and some of the most challenging riding of the trip battling through thousands of scooters in the city! A day of here provides time to explore this most fascinating and vibrant of cities. We will visit the vast tunnels of Cu Chi dug by the Viet Cong to store weapons, hide in, treat their wounded and generally avoid the Southern army. You can also visit the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, the Ho Chi Minh Museum or enjoy the French colonial architecture of the Notre Dame and the old Saigon Post Office.

Leaving Ho Chi Minh City we are heading into the central Highlands. Da Lat is the City of Flowers and the mist resting almost permanently in the valleys that surround along with the flowers lead to its name the City of Eternal Spring. From Da Lat we are riding a section of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, now road, as we head to our last night in Vietnam. Across the border to Laos and the small provincial town of Attapeu, before heading back to Thailand and our farewell party at Ubon Ratchathani. From here we will transfer to you to the airport and onto our internal flight back to Bangkok for the international flights home.

Almost too many to list!

  • Museum of The Dien Bien Phu battle
  • The A1 Hills & *Muong Thanh Airfield
  • The Command Bunker of Dien Bien Phu
  • Him Lam & Doc Lap Hills
  • Ride the O Quy Ho Pass
  • Ride the Hoang Lien Son Pass
  • Ride the beautiful Muong Hoa Valley
  • Riding the Fansipan Mountain Range
  • The 100m high Sapa Silver Waterfall
  • Ride the Tram Ton Pass
  • Marvel at the Sapa Ancient Rock Field
  • Visit the China (Hekou) Boundry Post
  • Fairy Twin Mountain
  • Dong Van Karst Plauteau
  • Sung La Valley
  • Vietnams Most northerly point - Lung Cu Flag Tower
  • Ride the Ma Pi Leng Pass
  • The One Pillar Pagoda
  • The Old Quarter Hanoi
  • Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Hanoi Army Museum
  • Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park
  • Truong Son Marytrs’s Cemetery
  • Quang Tri Ancient Citadel
  • Imperial Citadel Dai Noi
  • Riding the Hai Van Pass
  • Ride a Xich Lo
  • Thap Doi Cham – Twin Cham Tower
  • Cliff of Stone Plates – Ganh Da Dia
  • Ponagar Cham Tower
  • Long Son Pagoda
  • Mui Ne Habor
  • Mui Ne Fairy Stream
  • Vung Tau City
  • Reunification Palace
  • Ho Chi Minh Museum
  • Notre Dame Catheral
  • Old Saigon Post Office
  • Jade Emperor Pagoda
  • Ben Thanh Market
  • Tunnels of Cu Chi
Date Day Location Mileage About the day
7 February 2019 Thursday Chiang Khong 0 Arrive in Chiang Rai during the morning for your transfer to Chiang Khong for pre tour briefing and welcome dinner
 
8 February 2019 Friday Oudom Xai 185 An early start as today we cross to Laos riding past ride fields stopping at Luang Namtha market for Lunch
 
9 February 2019 Saturday Dien Bien Phui 145 Another border crossing (which can be slow!) and a ride to Dien Bien Phu site of the final defeat of the French Colonial forces in 1954
 
10 February 2019 Sunday Sapa 175 The ride to Sapa takes us over the O Quy Ho Pass over 2,000 metres high in the Hoang Lien Son Mountains
 
11 February 2019 Monday Sapa 0 A day off in Sapa to explore the terraces of the Muong Hoa Valley, visit the 100m Sapa Silver Waterfall or ride "Heavens Gate" the 1,900m Tram Ton Pass
 
12 February 2019 Tuesday Ha Giang 145 Today we run along the border with China headed for the town of Ha Giang the highest in Vietnam
 
13 February 2019 Wednesday Dong Van 100 Continuing along the China border on the Dong Van Plateau we can enjoy the wild scenery and beautiful Yen Ninh Valley, before heading for the most northerly point of Vietnam Lung Cu Flag Tower
 
14 February 2019 Thursday Cau Bang 175 Ride the "Road of Happiness" and the Ma Pi Leng Pass to Cau Bag where we are staying in the "Official Government Tourism" hotel
 
15 February 2019 Friday Ha Long Son 205 An early start and a long day today as we ride to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay for two special nights in this incredible and memorable bay
 
16 February 2019 Saturday Ha Long Son 0 A day off the bikes to relax and soak up the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay
 
17 February 2019 Sunday Hanoi 90 After a late start we have a short day to negotiate the hustle and bustle of chaotic and iconic Hanoi
 
18 February 2019 Monday Hanoi 0 A day off here to explore this 1,000 year old city, the birthplace of modern Vietnam. Visit the Water Puppet Theatre, the One Pillar Pagoda or the heart of Hanoi the Hoan Kiem Lake
 
19 February 2019 Tuesday Vinh Cua Lo 185 Departing Hanoi early to avoid the rush hour traffic we are heading south down the spine of Vietnam to Vinh Cua Lo, once home to Ho Chi Minh with its long sandy beaches
 
20 February 2019 Wednesday Hue 275 Our longest riding day on tour as we continue down the coast south past some of the most significant battlefields of the America-Vietnam war en route to the Imperial city of Hue
 
21 February 2019 Thursday Hoi An 90 We will spend the morning in Hue to see this UNESCO World Heritage city and take a tour of the Forbidden City before departing after lunch for the short ride to Hoi An
 
22 February 2019 Friday Quy Nhon 185 Today we are heading for the small port of Quy Nhon, home to shipbuilders, cool beaches and the ancient Thap Doi Cham - Twin Cham Towers
 
23 February 2019 Saturday Nha Trang 135 Ride along one of the most beautiful beach road from Quy Nhon to Nha Trang and visit the Ganh Da Dia stone plates - a intriguing series of interlocking basalt columns
 
24 February 2019 Sunday Mui Ne 145 South along the coast with spectacular views of Mui Ne Harbour and the white sand dunes. Arrive early to relax in this amazing beach resort
 
25 February 2019 Monday Ho Chi Minh City 170 The beautiful peaceful countryside en route will contrast with the crazy traffic in Ho Chi Minh City. Be observant and don't hesitate - fortune favours the brave!
 
26 February 2019 Tuesday Ho Chi Minh City 0 A full day to explore the city including the tunnels of Cu Chi, the Old Saigon Post Office, the Jade Emperor Pagoda and much more in this charming, busy city
 
27 February 2019 Wednesday Da Lat 185 We ride through coffee and tea plantations as we head for the "City of Eternal Spring" as we climb back to the central highlands
 
28 February 2019 Thursday Pleiku 240 Today we are riding along the route of the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail though the bustling town of Boun Ma Thout to Pleiku and our last night in Vietnam
 
1 March 2019 Friday Attapeu 150 Today we are crossing back in Laos at the Ngoc Hoi Border point before riding to Attapeu. This provincial "capital" is off the tourist trail giving a brief taste of the real Laos
 
2 March 2019 Saturday Ubon Ratchathani 215 We cross from Laos to Thailand and head for Ubon Ratchathani and our farewell party at the end of this epic journey through Vietnam
 
3 March 2019 Sunday Head Home 0 Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Bangkok and your international flights home, with hearts and cameras full of enchanting Vietnam

Whats Included?

  • Pre tour pack including tour information, maps and GPS routes in Garmin/BMW format
  • Electronic copy of the World of BMW Touring Essentials Book
  • All accommodation as listed primarily in 4 star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Due the remote nature of many locations dinner is included on many tour nights (excludes beverages)
  • Entrance to all parks and attractions listed in the highlights
  • Motorrad Tours Tour Leader throughout the Tour
  • Local guide throughout the Tour
  • Option for Motorcycle rental for the duration of the trip
  • Comprehensive Insurance with £1,000 excess/deductible (If renting a bike)
  • Support vehicle and driver throughout the Tour
  • Carriage of one 60L soft bag per customer luggage in the support vehicle
  • Airport transfers to and from from Bangkok Airport
  • Expert advice and support throughout
  • The protection of booking with a fully bonded tour operator

 

Whats Not Included? 

  • Fuel
  • Flights
  • Lunches
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bike Freight (if using your own bike)
  • Anything not listed as included

Most people will require Visa's to undertake this Tour. Please check with the Vietnam, Laos and Thailand Embassies in your home country for your requirements.

UK residents currently do not require a Visa for Thailand unless you have previous frequent visits to Thailand in the past year. You can apply for a Laos Visa at the border, but will require a Visa for Vietnam as we are in the country for more than 15 days. You should also ensure that your passport has at least 6 blank pages prior to travel.

You can check your requirements at:

The Visa Machine

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have all the correct visas in place for travel.

You may also like to check for recommended Vaccinations for this trip. There are none currently legally required unless you are travelling from a country with Yellow Fever, in which case you must get a Yellow Fever Vaccination prior to the tour.

Motorcycles for Adventure Tours are supplied by our local BMW Travel Partner. They are current model BMW's under 24 months old and are equipped with ABS, top box and panniers. You are welcome to take your own GPS unit or you can rent one. We will provide complete GPS routes and GPS maps for the tour. For further details of hire bikes and terms and conditions please see the Hire Bikes page.

Tour Prices in GB£ Solo Rider
   Shared Room   
                              
Solo Rider
Single Room
                              
Rider and
Passenger *
                              
  Including an F700GS Hire Bike £9,795 £10,795 £14,795
  Including an F800GS Hire Bike   £9,995 £10,995 £14,995
  Including an R1200GS Hire Bike                                        £10,995 £11,995 £15,995

* Rider and Passenger price is for both people, not per person.

PLEASE NOTE: The BMW F700GS and F800GS for this tour are all low chassis models. This is the standard build for Thailand.

Motorcycles for Adventure Tours are supplied by our local BMW Travel Partner. They are current model BMW's under 24 months old and are equipped with ABS, top box and panniers. You are welcome to take your own GPS unit or you can rent one. We will provide complete GPS routes and GPS maps for the tour. For further details of hire bikes and terms and conditions please see the Hire Bikes page.

Tour Prices in €uro Solo Rider
   Shared Room   
                              
Solo Rider
Single Room
                              
Rider and
Passenger *
                              
  Including an F700GS Hire Bike €10,595 €11,595 €15,895
  Including an F800GS Hire Bike   €10,795 €11,795 €16,095
  Including an R1200GS Hire Bike                                        €11,995 €12,995 €17,295

* Rider and Passenger price is for both people, not per person.

PLEASE NOTE: The BMW F700GS and F800GS for this tour are all low chassis models. This is the standard build for Thailand.

US$ OR EURO PAYMENTS:  Currently our website will only take your 10% deposit payment in GB£ and your credit card company will convert this to your home currency. However your balance payment can be made in either US$ or Euro, directly by bank transfer with no currency conversion. Your balance payment will be 90% of the US$ or Euro Price shown.

Motorcycles for Adventure Tours are supplied by our local BMW Travel Partner. They are current model BMW's under 24 months old and are equipped with ABS, top box and panniers. You are welcome to take your own GPS unit or you can rent one. We will provide complete GPS routes and GPS maps for the tour. For further details of hire bikes and terms and conditions please see the Hire Bikes page.

Tour Prices in US$ Solo Rider
   Shared Room   
                              
Solo Rider
Single Room
                              
Rider and
Passenger *
                              
  Riding Your Own Motorcycle                                           $10,695 $11,995 $15,895
  Including an F700GS Hire Bike $12,795 $14,095 $17,995
  Including an F800GS Hire Bike   $12,995 $14,295 $18,195
  Including an R1200GS Hire Bike                                        $14,295 $15,595 $19,495

* Rider and Passenger price is for both people, not per person.

PLEASE NOTE: The BMW F700GS and F800GS for this tour are all low chassis models. This is the standard build for Thailand.

US$ OR EURO PAYMENTS:  Currently our website will only take your 10% deposit payment in GB£ and your credit card company will convert this to your home currency. However your balance payment can be made in either US$ or Euro, directly by bank transfer with no currency conversion. Your balance payment will be 90% of the US$ or Euro Price shown.