Having over 15 years experience in organizing off-road Vietnam motorbike routes. Loop Bike Tours has been leading biking crews on the best routes for motorbiking in Vietnam. What are they?
Ha Giang off-road tracks
Located in the Northeast part of Vietnam and sharing borderline with Yunnan of China, Ha Giang owns 300km winding road. It is well considered one of the best Vietnam motorbike routes and takes bikers around 4 days to fulfill. Due to its zigzags and mainly off-road tracks on mountain winding roads, the route is not ideal for beginners. Riding on the route, travelers will be totally surprised by stunning views of grand mountains leading to remote tribal villages of H’mong group and variously scattered spots in the global geological rock plateau.
O Quy Ho pass
Being the longest mountain pass in Vietnam with about 50km (31 miles) on National Highway 4D. O Quy Ho pass connects Lai Chau to Lao Cai along the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It is seen as Heaven’s Gate due to its peak at 1,999 meter (6,560 feet) altitude. This Northwest pass is famous for its abysses, gurgling streams and beautiful waterfalls, making views panoramic and stunning. Riding on the pass, riders will be challenged by its winding turns but get an overview when reach its top. Sa Pa motorbike tours from Ha Noi via Phu Yen. Than Uyen and Mu Cang Chai is to ride in this incredible pass. There are some local tents for travelers to drink and enjoy or take pictures among the views. O Quy Ho pass is also listed into one of the best Vietnam motorbike routes.
Road 34 – Cao Bang province
Nam Ma river route
Being a popular backpacker destination, Ninh Binh is famous for its spectacular scenery beauty that is viewed as “Ha Long Bay on Land”. Visiting the region, travelers will enjoy plenty of amazing things like mountains, rice paddies, rivers and caves. Nam Ma River Route provides similar scenery to Ninh Binh. Take Ho Chi Minh Highway south of Hanoi until road 217, follow this until Vinh Minh town. Then, keep riding on Ma river’s bank on the right until emerging back into road 1A. Sam Son Beach is the great last destination after long riding hours. Then, the whole route is one of the best Vietnam motorbike routes.
Khe Sanh – Phong Nha
The route from Khe Sanh to Phong Nha is incredible with around 200km of enormous descents and ascents combined with twists and turns, bursts of open straits and stunning views. The fantastic riding here is on western Ho Chi Minh legendary trail. It’s hard not to stop every five minutes for taking pictures. Being closer to Phong Nha, riders motorbike along Son river and cross through farmlands. The turquoise lakes of Phong Nha National Park come as raw and untouched scenery. Spending some hours to get off the beaten tracks around the park is totally worthy. Moreover, riding will lead bikers to discover Paradise or Tien Son cave while reach Phong Nha cave by a boat trip. Quang Binh is proud of having this UNESCO world heritage as well as beautiful beaches and Vo Nguyen Giap tomb.
Hai Van pass (Hue – Hoi An)
In BBC Top Gear Vietnam Special in 2008, Hai Van pass has become a must be tried route when ride from Hue to Da Nang although a beneath tunnel to cross mountains quicker and easier was opened in 2005. This scenic route is about 13 mile to challenge riders with its up and down twists along Lang Co Lagoon and beach for a refreshing swim. Ride up along mountain slopes and majestic ocean view under the blue sky. When reaching Hai Van peak, travelers can see an overview of Da Nang in one side and Hue back in the other side. Cool weather can get from height makes riders comfort, which is different from the heat in Hue.
Kon Tum – Hoi An
From Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang, there are 2 nice route options, coastal lines via Mui Ne, Quy Nhon and Nha Trang, or Viet – Laos borderline. However, there’s another choice that will leave riders a different side of Vietnam. Head to North by likely passing Pleiku on the way to Kon Tum. Emerge into road 24 to Quang Ngai then Quang Nam. Quang Nam is a favorite destination due to Da Nang and Hoi An. Da Nang attracts millions of visitors due to Hoi An ancient town – UNESCO world heritage, Cu Lao Cham islands, Golden bridge in Ba Na hill, special architecture of bridges and temples, and famous beaches. Hence, Kon Tum to Hoi An, Da Nang is not a mere destinations but a whole journey of riding.
Road 652: Nha Trang – Da Lat via mountain pass
Road 652 is another of the best Vietnam motorbike routes. Connecting two popular attractions, Nha Trang and Da Lat, the pass takes riders about five hours of riding. The ride is among twists through mountains and forests on each side will offer bikers awesome pitstops. Low-paced life in Da Lat with cool weather, amazing nature and cultural beauty will be left behind before reaching Nha Trang – beloved destination of fabulous beaches and islets, Vinpearl entertainment and other attractions.
Road 725: Da Lat – Nam Cat Tien
Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh city route owns a very long coastal line. Riders start to head down South in Hoi An via Quy Nhon, Tuy Hoa, Nha Trang, Cam Rang, Phan Rang, Mui Ne, La Gi then Ho Tram Beach before entering Ho Chi Minh city. This route is for bikers to enjoy the best of what the coastal line has to offer. Riding under the sunshine of dry season from November to April, travelers should use sun cream if don’t want to be sunburnt. Rainy season of South Vietnam is from May to November. Taking motorbike tours under the rain is an amazing experience.