The 5 Best Roads for a Motorbike Tour in Vietnam

Road in Cao Bang with beautiful scenery

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Are you an adventurous traveler looking to explore Vietnam in a unique and exciting way? Look no further than a motorbike tour! In recent years, motorbike tours have become increasingly popular in Vietnam for their flexibility, affordability, and unparalleled access to the country’s stunning scenery and local culture.

Why Motorbike Touring in Vietnam is a Must-Do

Motorbike tours offer a one-of-a-kind travel experience that simply can’t be replicated by other forms of transportation. From the freedom to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations to the opportunity to connect with locals and immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture, a motorbike tour promises an unforgettable adventure.

The Ha Giang Loop

            This is also known as the Northern Loop, is one of the most popular and picturesque routes for motorbike touring in Vietnam. This 300-kilometer loop takes riders through the stunning Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark along Happiness Road and offers breathtaking mountain views at every turn. The route is known for its winding roads, hairpin turns, and challenging terrain, making it a thrilling adventure for experienced riders. Along the way, riders can stop at local markets, visit traditional villages, and experience the rich culture of Vietnam’s northern hill tribes. With its stunning scenery, rich cultural experiences, and challenging terrain, the Ha Giang Loop is a must-do for any motorbike enthusiast visiting Vietnam. 

The loop is just a part of many of our tour routes such as: The Great Loop . However, on our tours we will also introduce to you some other fantastic hidden gems to ride .

some cool mountain roads up in Ha Giang
The winding mountain passess of the Ha Giang Loop will mesmerize you

The Ho Chi Minh Highway

            This legendary road winds through the mountains of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Originally used as a supply route during the Vietnam War, today it is a popular destination for adventurous motorbike riders. The trail offers stunning scenery, from lush jungles to rugged mountain passes, and glimpses into the region’s fascinating history. Riding the Ho Chi Minh Trail on a motorbike is an incredible experience that allows you to immerse yourself in the culture and landscape of Southeast Asia. It’s a challenging and rewarding journey that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. We travel the Ho Chi Minh Highway on our Highland Flyer tour amongst others.

XR 125 on the Ho Chi Minh Highway
The Ho Chi Minh Trail takes you through some lush virgin forest.

The Hai Van Pass

           A well-known and iconic route in Vietnam, located in the central region of the country. This pass is a must-do for any motorbike enthusiast traveling through Vietnam. It offers stunning coastal views and is famous for its winding roads and hairpin turns that make it a thrilling ride for experienced riders. Along the way, riders can stop to take in the stunning views of the coastline and explore the ruins of ancient fortifications. The pass is also known for its rich history, as it was a strategic location during the Vietnam War. Riding the Hai Van Pass on a motorbike is an unforgettable experience that offers some of the most breathtaking views in all of Vietnam. You can ride the Hai Van Pass when taking our Coastal Cruise.

Marble Mountains, Da Nang
From the Hai Van Pass you can catch glimpses of Danang

Da Lat to Nha Trang

           This is a picturesque route that takes riders through the stunning Central Highlands of Vietnam. This 140-kilometer route is known for its winding roads, lush greenery, and stunning mountain views. The ride starts in the charming city of Da Lat, with its French colonial architecture, and takes riders through the rugged terrain of the Central Highlands. Along the way, riders can stop at scenic overlooks, visit local villages, and enjoy the fresh air and natural beauty of the Vietnamese countryside. The road from Da Lat to Nha Trang is a great road to drive on a motorbike because it offers a blend of challenging terrain and breathtaking scenery, making it a perfect adventure for experienced riders.

the view out over the hills
The hills of Dalat offer stunning views

Cao Bang to Ban Gioc Waterfall

            This is one of Northern Vietnam’s most scenic routes, and it’s a must-do for anyone traveling by motorbike in the region. The route takes riders through the rugged terrain of the far north, with stunning mountain views and lush greenery at every turn. The ride starts in the charming town of Cao Bang and finishes at the Ban Gioc waterfall, one of the most stunning natural sights in the country. Along the way, riders can stop at local villages, explore the region’s rich history, and take in the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The road from Cao Bang to Ban Gioc is a great road to drive on a motorbike because it offers a mix of challenging terrain and breathtaking scenery, making it an unforgettable adventure for experienced riders looking to explore the beauty of Northern Vietnam. What is more there is a back road that we take when we go on our Waterfall Run tour.

Ban Gioc waterfall in Cao Bang
The prize at the end this fantastic road is the majestic Ban Gioc Waterfall.

Tips for Planning a Motorbike Tour in Vietnam

Before setting off on your motorbike adventure, it’s important to plan and prepare carefully. Consider renting a motorbike from a reputable company and choosing a tour operator that offers support and guidance along the way. Remember to pack appropriately, including protective gear and first aid supplies. And always prioritize safety while on the road.

Choose the Right Time of Year

Vietnam’s climate can vary significantly depending on the region, so it’s important to choose the right time of year for your motorbike trip. The best time to travel is during the dry season, which runs from November to April. However, the weather varies greatly depending on the region.

Plan your Route

Vietnam is a vast country with many different regions to explore, so it’s important to plan your route carefully. Consider the distance you want to cover each day, as well as the types of terrain and scenery you want to experience. Use our route blogs to help with planning. You will find them a great resource.

Rent a Reliable Motorbike

Rent a reliable motorbike: Renting a motorbike is easy in Vietnam, but it’s important to choose a reliable and well-maintained bike. Take a test drive before renting, and make sure the bike is suited to the terrain you’ll be covering. Have a look at the bikes we offer.

Pack Smart

When packing for a motorbike trip, less is definitely more. Pack only the essentials, and make sure to bring protective gear like a helmet, gloves, and sturdy boots. Here you can find 10 essential items to pack for a motorbike tour in Vietnam.

Consider the Unexpected

While motorbiking through Vietnam can be an incredible adventure, it’s important to be prepared for unexpected challenges. Carry a basic first aid kit, bring extra cash, and make sure to have a plan in case of a breakdown or other emergency. Here are some ideas on what safety gear to have.

the view from the Hai Van Pass on a clear day
The Hai Van Pass is a historic and breathtaking adventure

With its stunning landscapes, rich culture, and friendly locals, Vietnam is the perfect destination for a motorbike tour. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a first-time adventurer, a motorbike tour promises an unforgettable experience that will stay with you long after you’ve returned home. 

So why wait? Start planning your next motorbike adventure in Vietnam today!

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Honda XR 150 motorcycle rental

Engine Type

air cooled, OHC, single cylinder

Displacement

149 cc

Bore X Stroke

57.3 mm x 57.8 mm

Ignition

CDI

Fuel System

20 mm piston valve carburettor

Compression Ratio

9.5:1

Starter

electric with kick starter backup

Gearbox

5-speed

Front Suspension

telescopic fork, 180 mm axle travel

Rear Suspension

single shock swing arm, 150 mm axle travel

Front Brakes

dual piston caliper, 240 mm disc

Rear Brakes

mechanical drum

Front Tyres

90/90 19

Rear Tyres

110/90 17

Wheelbase

1362 mm

Seat Height

825 mm

Ground Clearance

243 mm

Kerb Weight

129 kg

Fuel Capacity

12 litres

Dimensions

2091 mm (L) x 811 mm (W) x 1125 mm (H)

Honda CB 500X motorcycle rental

Engine Type

liquid cooled parallel-twin four stroke

Displacement

470 cc

Bore X Stroke

67 mm x 66.8 mm

Ignition

PGMI – FI

Fuel System

fuel injection

Compression Ratio

10.7:1

Starter

electric

Gearbox

6-speed

Front Suspension

41 mm SFF-BP USD Forks

Rear Suspension

Prolink Mono with 5 stage pre load adjuster

Front Brakes

dual 296 mm discs with 4 piston calipers; ABS

Rear Brakes

240 mm disc; ABS

Front Tyres

110/80R19M/C (59H)

Rear Tyres

160/60R17M/C

Wheelbase

1445 mm

Seat Height

830 mm

Ground Clearance

180 mm

Kerb Weight

199 kg

Fuel Capacity

17.7 litres

Dimensions

2,155 mm (L) x 830 mm (W) x 1,410 mm (H)

Honda CRF 300 motorcycle rental

Engine Type

single cylinder, DOHC, liquid cooled

Displacement

286 cc

Bore X Stroke

76 mm x 63 mm

Ignition

Full Transistor Digital

Fuel System

PGM-FI electronic fuel injection

Compression Ratio

10.7:1

Starter

electric

Gearbox

5-speed

Front Suspension

43 mm telescopic upside down

Rear Suspension

Prolink Mono with 5 stage pre load adjuster

Front Brakes

256 mm disc, 2 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

220 mm disc, single piston caliper

Front Tyres

80/100 21

Rear Tyres

120/80 18

Wheelbase

1455 mm

Seat Height

880 mm

Ground Clearance

285 mm

Kerb Weight

142 kg

Fuel Capacity

7.8 litres

Dimensions

2230 mm (L) x 820 mm (W) x 1200 mm (H)

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Total

Rider (XR 150)

$140

Rider (CRF 300)

$180

Rider (CB 500X)

$180

Pillion

$120

Damage Waiver

$20

Private Room

$40

Support Vehicle

$150

Tourist

One-Way

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Pricing

N/A

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Damage Waiver

$0/day

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Security Deposit

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Required Docs

passport

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Mileage Limit

unlimited

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