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MOTORCYCLE TOUR 2: SAIGON - PHAN THIET – NHATRANG - BUON ME THUOC – PLEIKU – KONTUM – QUANGNGAI - HO

Prpgram 2: SAIGON - PHAN THIET – NHATRANG - BUON ME THUOC – PLEIKU – KONTUM – QUANGNGAI - HOIAN/DANANG – HUE- VINH - NINH BINH – HANOI - HA LONG

Route:SAIGON - PHAN THIET – NHATRANG - BUON ME THUOC – PLEIKU – KONTUM – QUANGNGAI - HOIAN/DANANG – HUE- VINH - NINH BINH – HANOI - HA LONG 
Duration:17 days - 16 nights
With this itinerary, you will ride on the back bone highway # 1 from North to South or vice versa along the Vietnam shape of the letter “S.”. There are two days you will leave the plains to ride up to highland regions with mountains and forest. You can also combine this trip to visit Cambodia, the home of Angkor Wat, a world wonder. In this case, we suggest you arrive in Hanoi, north of Vietnam first, then end your trip to fly back home via Saigon, former capital of Vietnam or via Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. Such a trip with good selected stops certainly promises an interesting journey. Note: In case you don’t have enough time, there are two ways to shorten your trip :

 

1/ Travel in Vietnam only and reduce your days in Saigon, Nha Trang, Hanoi or three of them. So your trip may last 14, 15, or 16 days, instead of 17 days as below itinerary

2/ Combine Vietnam and Cambodia but reduce your days in Saigon, NhaTrang, Hanoi or three of them. Your trip now lasts only 17, 18 or 19 days, instead of 20 days as the itinerary should be when more days is added for Cambodia

Day 1:ARRIVE IN SAIGON (B,L,D)
Arrive in Saigon. Our staff will meet you at the airport or the border (if you come from Cambodia by road), or the seaport (if you arrive by cruise liner) and transfer you to your hotel. Free for leisure or city tour, if time permits. O/N in Saigon
Day 2:SAIGON - CU CHI - TOA THANH CAO DAI - SAIGON (B,L,D)
Day trip to Tay Ninh (by bus), visit Cao Dai temple, an unusual religion that combines different religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism, and Islam. They worship a number of saints including authors or scientists like Victor Hugo and Louis Pasteur... 
The noon ceremony is the highlight of a visit to this place. Afternoon continue to Cu Chi underground tunnels, constructed and used by the Viet Minh and Viet Cong during the French and American wars. The tunnels attest to the ingenuity of the Vietnamese insurgents during the war. O/N in Saigon. 

Day 3:SAIGON - MEKONG DELTA - SAIGON (B,L,D)
Day trip to Mekong delta (by bus). Boat cruise on Tien river (a branch of Mekong river) to visit Thoi Son and Phung...islands. You have the opportunity to row boats through small canals and orchards, or gardens of bonsai and tropical fruit. Enjoy tea, honey and fruit at a local farmer family. Late afternoon make yourselves familiar with the local bikes. O/N in Saigon. 
Day 4:SAIGON - PHAN THIET (220km) (B,L,D)
First ride on the highway # 1 to Mui Ne / Phan Thiet. The road is good and it takes about four hours including stops for sightseeing to arrive at Mui Ne. Your hotel is right at a very nice beach resort. O/N at Mui Ne / Phan Thiet. 

Day 5:PHAN THIET - NHATRANG (250km) (B,L,D)
Morning relax at the beach. After lunch ride to Nha Trang. Optional stops for photos Arrive in Nha Trang in late evening or around 6-7:00pm. O/N in Nha Trang. 

Day 6:NHATRANG (B,L,D)
Visits to Cham Ponagar towers, Oceangraphical Institute. Boat cruise to islands: Hon Mun, Hon Tam for swimming, snorkeling or optional scuba dive. O/N in Nha Trang.
 
Day 7:NHATRANG - BUON ME THUOC - KONTUM (420km) (B,L,D)
Early departure. Since this is the longest distance to ride for a day. We will leave the highway # 1 in Ninh Hoa, 30km north of Nha Trang to take the highway # 26 up to Buon Me Thuoc, then take the highway # 14 through Pleiku to Kon Tum. Three of these provinces are on the west highland, a largest mountainous and forest region in Vietnam. It's a nice riding day with pretty landscapes on the way. O/N in Kon Tum.. 

Day 8:KONTUM - QUANGNGAI (200km) (B,L,D)
Morning more visits to oldest wooden church and the orphanage. Then take the highway # 24 to Quang Ngai. We think this day is most interesting when you go through Violet pass, voted one of the nicest passes in Vietnam thanks to its romantic views. O/N in Quang Ngai. 

Day 9:QUANG NGAI - HOI AN (120km) (B,L,D)
Early departure in order to arrive in Hoi An by noon. Afternoon sightseeing in Hoi An ancient little town, a world cultural heritage, with centuries-old architectures of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, European. O/N in Hoi An. 
Day 10:HOI AN - HUE (140km) (B,L,D)
Again early ride in order to arrive in Hue by noon. Afternoon tour of Hue, a world cultural heritage: Imperial citadel, Tu Duc mausoleum, Thien Mu pagoda and boat cruise on the Perfume river. O/N in Hue.

Day 11:HUE - VINH (320km) (B,L,D)
If you like, we can arrange one more visit to Khai Dinh mausoleum in Hue. Then continue to Vinh city. O/N in Vinh.


Day 12:VINH - NINH BINH (240km) (B,L,D)
Ninh Binh has Hoa Lu as one of the oldest official capital of Vietnam in the 10th century. In here there are two ancient temples of Dinh and Le dynasties, which liberated Vietnam nation from the feudal Chinese domination. It's easy to see a saying written in Madarin language on the entrance gate that: "BE AWARE WITH THE ENEMY FROM THE NORTH" - the enemy from the north refers to the Chinese! O/N in Hoa Lu.

Day 13:NINH BINH - HANOI (90km) (B,L,D)
Morning visits to the mentioned Dinh and Le dynasty temples then take rowboat sail through rice paddies and Tam Coc, Bich Dong caves. Afternoon enjoy the last ride to Hanoi. Return the bikes. O/N in Hanoi.
 
Day 14:HANOI (B,L,D)
Full day tour of Hanoi by bus: Literature temple, part temple, part university (paying tribute to the scholars of Vietnam), History museum, Hoan Kiem lake with Ngoc Son temple, Old Quarter of Hanoi with narrow trade streets, Tran Quoc pagoda, One-pillar pagoda, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum. At night enjoy water puppet show. O/N in Hanoi.

Day 15:HANOI - HA LONG (178km) (B,L,D)
Morning free at leisure or city tour. Afternoon drive to Ha Long bay by bus. O/N in Ha Long.

Day 16:HA LONG - HANOI (B,L,D)
Morning boat cruise in Ha Long bay through thousands of exotic islands. Stopover to see Thien Cung and Dau Go grottos and caves. Lunch on the boat. Afternoon drive back to Hanoi. O/N in Hanoi.


Day 17DEPARTURE (B)
Free at leisure till transfer to airport for departure.
 
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