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Run to the Sun | 8 Days

Ba Na Hills, outside Danang

Tour Info

This tour takes us halfway down the country and past some of the most interesting Vietnam War sites as well as through some of the pristine jungle that is left on the old Ho Chi Minh Trail. This is a great tour for anyone who is interested in military history and also for those who are up for some fun in the caves of Phong Nha. We can spend time in historical Hue and then the majestic Hai Van Pass or opt for more jungle riding by way of P’Rao in the highlands. All in all, 8 days that you will never forget.

Highlights

Itinerary

a peaceful tarmac country road in Hoa Binh

We get out of Hanoi as quickly as possible so that we can spend time on the smaller roads enjoying the views and being out of the traffic. We can get off onto some of the smaller ATK roads for detours and wind our way over to the Pu Luong Valley before ending up at our secluded homestay. 

rice paddies in Pu Luong Nature Reserve

This is a long run southwards to where the Ho Chi Minh Trail starts at Km 0 in Tan Ky. We stay on the quieter roads but it is still quite busy with traffic dropping off the further South we get. We can make good time on this road and we start to get into the hills later in the day. 

a fun little dirt track in Pu Luong National Park

We now get into the quieter regions of Vietnam and begin to skirt the border with Laos. You will see a mixture of people here, due to the proximity of the border. Also, we get into the hill country and the views start to improve as we enter the thick jungle and have to take some very windy roads up and over the mountains.

the forests of Mu Cang Chai

There is plenty to see and do in Phong Nha. Take your pick from ziplining, caving, mud bathing or hanging in the homestay by the pool. If you want, you can take a ride around the area or even head to the coast for a dip in the ocean. Today is your day and the world is your oyster.

a road winds through the valley surround by huge mountains on either side

It’s back onto the HCM Trail today to head down to Khe Sanh. We drive on some pretty isolated road through the jungle but, luckily enough, it is pretty hard to take the wrong road. Here you can move at your own pace and we’ll meet up just on the outskirts of town. There should be plenty of time to visit the war memorial and airbase.

a tourist entering the temple in Hue

Another magnificent day of driving through the thick jungle as we continue on the HCM Trail southwards before heading to the coast and the Imperial Citadel in Hue.

looking through windows in Hue, Vietnam's old capital

There is plenty to see and do in Hue, not least the many citadels and tombs of the ancient kings. You can also head out to the beach or take a boat ride on the perfume river up to Thien Mu Pagoda, which was made famous by Thich Nhat Hanh.

It is here that we can choose to stay in A Luoi and then continue through the jungle to get to Danang, but this means missing out on the famous Hai Van Pass. It’s a tough call.

a girl driving a guy over the Hai Van Pass

Here we go over the famous Hai Van (Sea Cloud) Pass and enjoy some spectacular views out over the East Sea and see some of both the new and old military installations. This is still a very important strategic point for the Vietnamese military so it pays to be careful about where you do and don’t go.

Black Rock Beach in Danang

This is more back road jungle riding and means you stay out in the countryside for as long as possible. We can choose to take the 14g (shorter) or the 14b (longer) to get to Danang. Both routes are fun to ride and offer more of the same interesting jungle sights and sounds. Either way, we will be into Danang in time to get washed up and ready for our farewell meal and drinks.

Motorcycles

Inclusions

The cost of motorcycle rental for the duration of your tour is included. Each rider on your tour can choose any of our three bikes:

  • Honda CRF 250
  • Honda XR 150
  • Honda Future 125

 

See above section for images and specifications.

Your motorcycle is 3rd party insured. This is a legal requirement here in Vietnam, and protects you in the event that you injure another road user.

Additionally, we are responsible in the event your motorcycle breaks down or suffers a mechanical failure. However, if you damage your motorcycle by crashing it or through general misuse, you will be responsible for repair costs.

Naturally, you are also responsible for your own travel and medical insurance.

All the fuel you need for the duration of the trip is provided.

Your breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided and will be a mixture of European and Vietnamese food. Soft drinks and water are also provided and guides keep them stocked up at all times.

  • Breakfast will be in your homestay or hotel and will generally be a mix of fried eggs and bread, noodles, pancakes and sticky rice, accompanied by fruit and coffee. 
  • Lunch will be in roadside restaurants (small eateries offering clean and delicious local food), or we’ll stop for picnics (sandwiches with cold cuts and cheese) when appropriate.
  • Dinner will be in your hotel or homestay and will usually be a family cooked meal with a range of meat and vegetable dishes with some local specialties (all of which will be washed down with local fire water if requested!)

 

Vegetarian and vegan options may be limited in the countryside, but we always do our best to cater to our riders’ dietary requirements.

Beer in the evening is not included, but it’s cheap and in plentiful supply.

You will have one Western tour leader who will also act as translator, mechanic and route master. Larger groups will also be accompanied by an English speaking Vietnamese mechanic.

Your guide and support staff are all trained in first aid, and will be carrying first aid equipment.

We will arrange your visa invitation letter free of charge.

(Please note, though, that you will need to collect this take this to immigration yourself and pay a stamping fee of about $25 to receive your visa.)

We take it on ourselves to offer a covid guarantee. We offer a full refund/rescheduling of your tour should you be unable to fly due to having covid. All we ask is that you provide us with photo copies of a failed covid test taken less than 3 days prior to your flight departure date.

For every rider and pillion on the tour we donate 10 usd per day to our favourite charity: Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation. You can read more about the great work they do and why we’ve supported them for for so long here.

At the beginning and end of your tour, we’ll be happy to arrange transportation to and from the airport for you!

Extras

You are able to hire a support vehicle that will allow follow your group you to stow extra luggage that you do not want to carry on the bike, this is especially useful if you plan to take a pillion.

We will also have an extra pair of hands to help with the tour and back up in case of sickness / break down. we often put a spare bike on this vehicle. the charge fo rthis is 150$ per day, fuel included.

As stated above, accommodation is provided on a twin sharing basis. If you wish to have a single room we can arrange this at a small extra cost.

You can purchase this to exempt you from liability for any damage caused by accidents caused by you or a third party vehicle. we will cover the cost of repairs to your vehicle but not the third party. This is only 20usd per day per bike extra.

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