VIETNAM HO CHI MINH SAIGON  ADVENTURE TRAILS MOTORCYCLE TOUR

An exotic mix of hill tribe villages, stunning landscape scenery and endearing people can be found on this Vietnam Motorcycle Tour, not to mention the journey of a lifetime that will leave you in awe

UP TO £500.00 OFF – LIMITED TIME ONLY 


SUPPORT

4×4 Support Vehicle & Mechanic Included 

GROUP

Group size is between 10-14 riders maximum

ESCORTED

Fully escorted tour with English Speaking guides

 

BIKE INCLUDED

Honda XR200/CRF 250 Rental & Fuel Included

MEALS

Breakfast & 10 x Evening meals included

TOP GEAR ROUTE

Incredible scenery and very inspiring culture

A wonderful discovery of culture and hospitality. This all inclusive* motorcycle tour of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Trail is out of this world and has become even more popular over the years for quality of tour produced at a competitive price. GMT are pleased to offer this exclusive route to it’s clients, with smaller group sizes and attentive tour guides

Join us on a truly stunning once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the Ho Chi Minh Trail, experience the beauty and culture of Vietnam as we make our way through small villages staying overnight in hotels and the odd home stay. You will be riding a Honda XR200/CRF250 or similar motorcycle along Vietnam’s most spectacular trail as we ride along the coastal region following a similar route to that of Top Gear.

This is an incredible offer of an inclusive* 14 day motorcycle holiday to Vietnam to ride the Ho Chi Minh Trail (Similar to that seen on Top Gear) The sights, sounds, smells and culture is inspiring, beautiful and thought provoking. If you ever wanted to do a motorcycle tour that tops the rest then this is one of them, this really is fantastic value for money and an awesome experience.

ACCOMMODATION
Our accommodation is always of reasonable standard. The hotels and homestays are typically clean and friendly and would have a UK equivalent of a 2 or 3* hotel.

DINNER
During the homestay we sample the delicious food, cooked by the owners, this usually consists of chicken and pork, rice, omelette, noodles, spring rolls and greens followed by fruit for dessert. During the evening we may be treated to some traditional dance from the local women in the village.

When in Hanoi or other larger city we are likely to eat out and our guide will take you either to a street restaurant or an indoor restaurant that serves excellent freshly cooked food and plenty of Beer and rice wine!

BREAKFAST
Each morning for breakfast we are treated to yoghurt, fruit, pancakes, eggs and bread. It’s all very delicious topped with a drizzle of fresh honey!

DAILY ROUTINE
Every day we leave at around 8.30 – 9.00 and head off on the bikes once they have undergone some maintenance from our local tour guide and his assistant. The luggage is loaded onto the 4×4 and we spend the day stopping frequently to take photos, learn about the culture and told stories of the history that makes Vietnam so intriguing. You will get plenty of time off the bike, when we first arrive in Hanoi you have a free day to do as you please. Your local tour guide is on hand to advise and provide you with details on what you can do and see. We also have a day off in Sapa, in the mountains, also known as the adventure capital of Vietnam. When in Sapa, you can have your clothes laundered if you wish, grab a massage and explore the region. You can also get a pizza or burger and chips here if you begin missing the typical diet of the Brits!

LUNCHTIME
At lunchtime, around 12.00 – 13.00, we stop for about an hour and indulge in some noodle soup, rice, spring rolls, meat and other fine food, all freshly prepared for us. (this is the only cost, as well as alcohol that you need to cover). the food is clean and freshly prepared and as an IBS sufferer, I can honestly say I never need to take medication when eating in Vietnam!

After lunch, we head off again and may even take in some dirt tracks and narrow pathways, often crossing shallow streams and rivers or negotiating rope suspension bridges, it’s all brilliant fun.

CAMERAS
By the end of each day, your camera memory cards will be bulging with photos captured and memories that will last forever. Bring a small camera so you can carry it in a small backpack or hydration pack, even better. A small helmet camera is also a good option

COSTS
Vietnam is relatively cheap outside of the main cities, such as Hanoi. Lunch is approximately £3 – £5 each day and beer is around £1 a can. Fuel, breakfast and dinner is included, as is airport transfers and bike hire

BIKE INSURANCE 
We have an agreement with our business partner that if you break it, you pay for it. This simply means if you dropped your bike and snapped a wing mirror you would be expected to cover the cost ($10). For any engine or tyre damage you would not be expected to pay as this is wear and tear. We do advise you take out holiday insurance from our partner Holiday Safe

TRAVEL INSURANCE
We insist you take out suitable medical and travel insurance, we use HolidaySafe for this

VACCINATIONS 
There are risks of Malaria in Vietnam but they are limited. Mosquitos aren’t usually a problem in the locations we go to but they are present. A good insect repellent does help. See your GP for recommended vaccinations

VISAS
You do not need a Visa for this tour as Vietnamese Government have extended their entitlement to Uk visitors as long as your stay does not exceed 15 days, which it doesn’t (12 days)

MONEY
The vietnamese currency is Dong. However, Dollars is widely accepted. It is good practice to change around £200 – £300 into Dollars and then into Dong when we arrive at the airport. You will get more for your money using Dong than Dollars.

GETTING AROUND
Mopeds in Vietnam outnumber cars by approximately 300/1. This is due to zero rated tax on mopeds. As such it can seem hectic at first even crossing the road. The key is not to look and just walk slowly, seriously, they will move around you!!
Moped taxis are very common in the cities and charge around $5 for 15 – 20 mins journey

 

logo-tp-blogsDon’t forget to take out insurance for your trip. Guided Motorbike Tours Ltd work in partnership with Holiday Safe. Tried and tested 1st class insurance cover

 

WHATS INCLUDED?

Bike Hire Included
Flights Included
Hotel Accommodation Included
Home Stay Accommodation Included
Fuel Included
Breakfast & Dinner Included
Local Tour Guide Included
Support Vehicle Included*
Full UK Support Included
Lunch Included
Medical Insurance Included
Insurance Included

*international or connecting flights are not included and cost approx £500.00. Flights will need to be booked 12 weeks before departure, details of which, will be provided to you. Support vehicle is provided where there is more than 6 riders on the tour. Otherwise a dry bag is provided which is strapped to the bike. 

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Day 1 - Arrive in Hanoi

Welcome and transfer to your hotel from the airport to central Hanoi. You will meet shortly after checking in to the hotel and join our business partner to enjoy your first Vietnamese welcome dinner and get to know one another.
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Day 2 - Relax / Explore Hanoi City

You will have a free day to relax and overcome any jet lag by exploring the city of Hanoi. There are many tourist sights and makes a good opportunity to familiarise yourself with Vietnam. There may be the opportunity to meet our business partner later in the day as he will transport you to the garage to choose your bike for the tour. Later on you will arrive back at your hotel to relax or take a stroll for dinner , which is left up to you this evening to decide, you can eat as a group or explore the many options available. Plenty of nice restaurants available
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Day 3 - Hanoi – Mai Chau . 170km, 5hr ride.

After breakfast at your hotel, 8.00 AM, you will be transferred by bus to the starting point at the outskirt of Hanoi, from here you will take the bikes and start your first day ride to Mai Chau.

Leaving Hanoi and breaking out of the delta plains, we pass through endless limestone karst scenery as we travel up to the Northwestern region, the extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads. Lunch on route, arrive in Mai Chau in late afternoon, night on a stilt house of the Thais Minority peoples, dinner with the family, traditional music performance.

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Day 4 - Mai Chau – Tan Ky. 270km. 6hr ride

Ride on a small, spectacular and paved trail along the Ma river until Ngoc Lac town where we stop for lunch. Hit the Ho Chi Minh trail (now a newly built highway) all the way to Tan Ky town where we spend the night at a mini hotel
 
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Day 5 - Tan Ky – Phong Nha. 300km - 6 hr ride

Ride on Ho Chi Minh Highway until Pho Chau where we stop to visit the HCM Trail victory monument which is in fact the real starting point of our HCM Trail ride.

Ride all the way to Phong Nha – Ke Bang, the biggest and also the most beautiful cave in Vietnam and Indochina and is now a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. The karst formation of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has evolved since the Paleozoic (some 400 million years ago) and so is the oldest major karst area in Asia. Subject to massive tectonic changes, the park’s karst landscape is extremely complex with many geographic features of considerable significance. The vast area, extending to the border of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, contains spectacular formations including 65 km of caves and underground rivers. Lunch on route, dinner and overnight at hotel in Phong Nha

 
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Day 6 - Phong Nha – Khe Sanh. 240km 6 hr ride

We head south through the foothills, which were once sprayed heavily by Agent Orange towards the former DMZ (Demilitarised Zone). There is still much evidence of bombing on the mountain sides and from time to time we will see remnants of the original Trail. We take in the famous Western Ho Chi Minh Trail until Khe Sanh (former US Marine base). Diner and overnight at hotel in Khe Sanh.
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Day 7 - Khe Sanh - Hue. 190km.

In the morning we head south over the Da Krong Bridge (built by the Cubans in 1973) into the infamous A Shau valley, an area of intense wartime activity. Passing Carol Hill and mountains still barren due to the extended effects of Agent Orange, we head towards the former DMZ, the famous Hien Luong Bridge (former demarcation line between North and South Vietnam and finally at Vinh Moc tunnel, we continue the ride on the National road No.1 to the beautiful city of Hue which lies along the banks of the Perfume River. Diner and overnight in Hue.
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Day 8 - Hue - Hoi An, 150km, 4 hr ride. Relax in the morning, afternoon ride to Hoian

Today we Join the National Highway 1 and head up the Hai Van Pass (Cloudy Pass) making a stop in Đa Nang for lunch before getting to the World Heritage site of Hoi An, a major trading centre in SE Asia in the 16th and 17th centuries. Dinner and overnight in Hoi An.
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Day 9 - Hoi An, Relax.

Whole morning exploring the old town of Hoi An. Free time to relax or shopping.

The former harbour town of the Champa people at the estuary of the Thu Bon river was an important Vietnamese trading centre in the 16th and 17th centuries, where Chinese from various provinces as well as Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled down. During this period of the China trade, the town was called Hai Pho (Seaside Town) in Vietnamese. During the French colonial period (1883 – 1945), it was called Faifo. Originally Hai Pho was a divided town, because across the “Japanese Bridge”, it used to be the Japanese settlement (16th – 17th century). The bridge (Chua Cau) is a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist pagoda attached to one side.

The town is known to the French and Spanish as Faifo, and by similar names in Portuguese and Dutch. A number of theories have been put forth as to the origin of this name. Some scholars have suggested that it comes from the word “Hai pho” meaning “sea town”, while others have said that it seems more likely to simply be a shortening of Hoi An pho, “the town of Hoi An”, to “Hoi pho” which became “Faifo”.

In 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, whose buildings display a unique blend of local and foreign influences.

Today, Hoi An is still a small city, but it attracts a fair number of tourists, also being a well established place on the backpacker trail. Many visit for the numerous art and craft shops and tailors, who produce made-to-measure clothes for a fraction of the western price.

 
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Day 10 - Hoi An - Quy Nhon. 300km 6hr ride

Today we join the National Highway 1 and head down the beautiful coastline of Vietnam until Quy Nhon. Traffic is somewhat easier to handle than the Central Highlands of vietnam. Lunch today will be in a local establishment. Dinner and the evening spent in a beachfront hotel.
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Day 11 - Quy Nhon – Nha Trang, 210km, 6hr ride

Another day filled with beautiful coast line views. After a 30km riding on a spectacular road going along the coast line of Quy Nhon, we join the National 1, lunch in a local restaurant, we arrive in Nha Trang by 4.00pm, check-in to hotel, free time until dinner..
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Day 12 - Relax in Nha Trang. Flight to Sai Gon, connecting flight to get home

Whole morning to enjoy the beautiful beach of Nha Trang, free time until 12.00, lunch in a restaurant and transfer to the airport for the Connecting flight to get home. Return flight is left to the customer to organise as some prefer to fly direct, 1st class or stop overs. We can recommend flights which will fly from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh to London

Tour end.

Notes on flights:
GMT Ltd will recommend an outbound flight from London to Hanoi so that we can get everyone arriving at the same time for the transfer to the hotel. If you prefer to opt for a different flight or airline to that recommended, you will need to ensure you arrive at the airport in Hanoi in time for the transfer to hotel in Hanoi, if not you will need to get a taxi to the hotel in Hanoi to meet the others (details will be provided).

Return flights
Our business partner and local tour guide will arrange internal flights on the last day of the  tour to get us back to an international airport (Saigon or Hanoi – TBC) whereby we can get a return flight home to UK. The cost varies but is approx £80  – £140 payable directly to our business partner on the tour. From here you can make your own arrangements regarding return flight to the UK (details will be provided 3 months before departure) . GMT Ltd will recommend flights for those wanting to travel together (see below)

We can book the flights altogether as a group if you wish, but please bear in mind we will be booking on your behalf not via GMT, this is so we can insure we can get all passengers on one plane and better seating arrangements. If you prefer this option we will ask you to pay for the flight (cost price when your balance is due) and forward you the details of your flights. We shall all meet at the check in kiosks in the airport

Expected Flight Summary
Flight to Hanoi (17th March 2018 check in 6.30pm – arrive in Hanoi 6.50pm 18th March 2018)
Internal flight to Saigon or Hanoi (Check in Ho Chi Minh City 5.30pm)
Return flight to UK (Arrive in UK 30th March 2018 approx 06.00am via Hong Kong)

DATES:

  • 17th March 2018

PRICES:

Up to £500 off. Offer ends 22nd January 2018

Single rider: £2195.00 NOW £1895.00 

Single rider own room: £2895.00 NOW £2495.00

Rider & Pillion sharing double: £3895.00 NOW £3395.00

(Communal sleeping at home stay – large room with double mattresses separated by curtains and mosquito nets. Showers and toilets are available)

WHATS INCLUDED?

Bike Hire (Honda XR200 included in price, £300 supplement applies if you wish to ride a XR250/CB400 etc)
Fuel
Breakfast
Accommodation (Hotels and Home Stays)
Airport transfers
Local English speaking guide
Evening meals*
Support vehicle (for 6 or more bookings)
Mechanic

*Evening meals on rest days not included

NOT INCLUDED

Upgrade cost to XR250 or CB400 or similar (£300 supplement)
Drinks
Lunch
International or internal flights
Entry fees
Room service or mini bar
Tips
Repairs / damage

IS THIS SUITABLE FOR ME?
The surface we ride on is predominantly tarmac and dry compacted dirt roads. The bikes we use are lightweight Honda XR200/CRF250 or similar and carry no luggage (this all goes in the support vehicle). There are some some slightly challenging and muddy areas, for example we ride through the odd stream and river but there is always an alternative road/tarmac or bridge option if you aren’t confident or feel nervous or are riding with a pillion. All in all, this tour is suitable for all riders who have experience riding

DO I NEED A VISA?
No, the Vietnamese authorities have extended their Visa policy to allow all UK citizens unrestricted entry into Vietnam for up to 15 days. This applies up until June 2018 when we will provide updates as to whether the policy will be extended once again – see here for more info

DO I NEED A DRIVING PERMIT OR INTERNATIONAL LICENSE TO RIDE IN VIETNAM?
According to the Vietnam road traffic laws, all the car drivers and motorbike riders must have a permit while driving or riding. Since October 2015, Vietnam’s transport authorities has started issuing International Driving Permits (IDPs) to Vietnamese and Foreigners, allowing the holders to drive/ride in more than 80 countries that recognize the licenses. For temporary visitors to legally drive a car or ride a motorbike in Vietnam, it is preferred that you possess an international driving permit, which can easily be obtained from your main Post Office or applied online via the the AA.

While riding a motorbike in Vietnam, if you don’t have an international driving/riding permit, you can use your home country’s motorbike riding permit and it can be accepted by the police on the road. Traffic police generally don’t stop Westerners in Vietnam, simply because Vietnam is now implementing open policy to welcome more foreign tourists from all over the World, so nobody wants to disappoint the tourist!

The question of having a local riding permit mainly concerns the motorcycle insurance company (travel insurance or medical insurance may question it if you are involved in an accident), but it doesn’t pose a big problem, as our business partner always know’s how to fix it! If you are in doubt, simply apply for the international drivers licence from your post office for a small fee.

DO I NEED VACCINATIONS?
Yes, you will need to consult your pharmacist or doctor as to what they recommend is the best course of vaccines for you.
Please ensure you have comprehensive medical and travel insurance cover

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
Most of the tour dates we organise for Vietnam bring good weather as it is outside of the rainy season. The climate can be hot and humid. Typical temperatures are 22 – 30c

WHAT IS THE CURRENCY?
Currency is Vietnamese Dong but Dollars are widely accepted. Money can be changed at the airport and other than money for lunch (£3), souvenirs or beer and alcohol, refreshments etc you won’t need much money at all.

WIFI & PHONES
In most of the hotels and homestays there is WiFi available, although it may not have the speed to upload videos and photos. Some mobile users may want to purchase a prepaid SIM card once they are in the country depending on their contract and what package is available from their UK provider, as calls can be costly using a UK SIM card. The guide will assist with this if need be.

DO I HAVE TO EAT INSECTS?
No, not at all. In Thailand this cuisine is more common but in Vietnam the food is rather much more simpler. A typical evening meal consists of meat, such as pork, chicken, noodles, rice, spring rolls, omelette, greens and rice wine! Noodle soup is a very popular dish and is served both at breakfast time and other meal times as a tradition but breakfast for westerners consists of bread, eggs, yoghurt, sausages, croissants, fruit, pancakes etc

DO THEY EAT CATS & DOGS?
Not that we saw! Although the Vietnamese are known for eating what we consider pets it was not something we have seen on the menu! All our hotels and Home stays have been taught to cook the western way and as such you will not be served cat or dog meat

WHAT BIKES DO YOU USE?
We use Honda XR200/CRF250 Dirt Bikes or similar. There is a comfier option of a CB400 if you wish but this will limit you slightly when traversing more technical terrain (optional) or there is a XR250 or similar. The XR200 is included in the cost. Any other choices of bike may incur a supplement fee of £300.00, Please ask.

IS THIS ON OR OFF ROAD?
There is some hard surface dirt track riding on this tour and may be a small section of mud along with the option to ride across streams etc but it is mainly tarmac. Even without dirt road riding experience, as long as you are an experienced and competent rider you shouldn’t have any issues. All technical sections have a tarmac alternative that allow you to follow the support truck. All of the sections can be “tried out” and if you decide it’s not for you, you simply turn around and take the tarmac option.

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT FLIGHT TO BOOK?
We will provide all the details regarding flights 8 weeks prior to departure. The cost of the flight is approximately £600 GBP

WHAT RIDING GEAR SHOULD I BRING?
We always recommend wearing what you feel comfortable and safe in. Some wear cargo trousers and hiking boots with a jacket. Obviously a helmet and light summer gloves are a must. Personally I would recommend wearing boots that cover your ankles such as adventure boots. A lightweight waterproof motorcycle jacket and some motocross trousers, jeans or strong cargo trousers as a minimum. Whilst there is a minimum amount of off tarmac riding (dirt tracks) speeds in Vietnam are typically around 30 – 50 mph. We strongly recommend you bring a backpack style hydration pack with you and a helmet camera!

Do you have a question? Send us an email with the subject “HO CHI MINH TOUR” and we will get back to you within 24 hours or call us on 0330 111 0112 or use the website chat facility (orange comment icon bottom right corner)

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4.50 based on 2 reviews
10/10/2017

An amazing experience and one that I would recommend to anyone who wants the security and safety of a professional company that truly know what they are doing. A credit to the industry, well done.

10/10/2017

Other than a long flight the tour went brilliantly and as planned. The local tour guides were excellent, friendly, informative and very helpful every step of the way. The routes we encountered were challenging at times but there was the option to take the easier route! Overall, a very well run tour, well organised and the scenery and culture is an out of this world experience. I am currently looking at GMT’s other fly ride tours based on the wonderful service I have been fortunate to be part of on the Vietnam tour
Many thanks and good luck for the future
Adley

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