March 13 - 20, 2020
THIS TRIP HAS SOLD OUT - STAY TUNED FOR MORE DATES IN MARCH
So many people have said they’d like to experience a Vietnam ride like the ones we show on our social media, so we’re planning our next one and taking everyone with us! 10 spots are available for our March ride through incredible Vietnam. We’ll ride the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the Hai Van Pass, plus little-known roads that are way better than any of the ones the tourists know! You’ll ride beaches, dirt roads through tiny villages and experience the real Vietnam as a small group of riders, not as a bus load of tourists.
We’ve done a number of rides with our partners Hoi An Motorbike Adventures over the years and they’ve all been amazing. Together we have planned a ride to show some of the best bits of the rides we’ve done before, with some exclusive changes and inclusions that we feel will make this trip even better.
Established in 2009 by Australian Mark Wyndham and his wife Simone, Hoi An Motorbike Adventures has grown to be the largest motorbike tour operator in Central Vietnam. HAMA is the only 100% legal internationally licensed motorbike company in central Vietnam.
Their bikes are all meticulously maintained, with a team of experienced mechanics who will be with us on tour. Fun and safety are one and the same thing to them and they take special care to only allow people to ride within their limits, adjusting the pace of a tour depending on both this and the conditions.
Our tour will be led by an English-speaking expat guide with years of experience and local knowledge who follows our mantra of “take the long way home”. These guys know we love to ride and are way more interested in bike time than sipping cocktails by the pool, so the itinerary we have planned together does away with some of the rest times they usually include. This means we can ride more of the insane roads available in Vietnam.
You must hold a valid motorcycle license, international drivers permit and carry personal travel insurance with coverage for riding motorcycles.
Starts and ends in Hoi An, Vietnam
Nearest International Airport - Danang (transfers to Hoi An arranged)
Cost - A$2050 per rider (Twin Share)
A$2250 per rider (Single Room)
A deposit of A$500 secures your place with final payment due prior to departure
Payments will be made to Iron and Resin Garage
Please note: prices are set according to current exchange rates. We reserve the right to amend the final cost either way in case of drastic rate fluctuations.
Bike insurance. You are responsible for damage to the bike but our tour company offers 2 options to cover this..
1) For US$15 per day you can have 100% walk away coverage (recommended)
2) Leave a US$200 refundable damage deposit (USD, AUD or VND accepted).
Almost everything is included in your tour cost. Bike, guides, fuel, hotel, food are all covered. Most days the only thing you’ll need cash for is beer at the end of the day. And an expensive beer is still only $3 there!
- Airport pick-up from Danang to hotel in Hoi An
- 8 nights accommodation
- Motorbike rental XR150
- Panniers and dry bags (if required)
- Wet weather gear
- English speaking expat guide
- Local mechanic
- Local guide in support van (for groups of 8 or more)
- Support van for luggage (for groups of 8 or more)
- 8 x breakfast, 8 x dinner, 7 x lunches
- Snacks and refreshments
Does not include:
- Visa (obtained on-line before departure)
- Accommodation before and after tour (only needed if you stay outside the dates below)
- Minibar Drinks
- Drinks after travel time on the road / during dinner
- Personal & Motorbike Insurance (for motorcycle accident)
- Personal Expenses
- Damages to Motorcycle or Tour Equipment (a deposit will be required)
- Tips (we tip our guides and mechanics at the end of the tour)
13th Arrival day - airport pick up, meet guide, check out bikes, first night dinner
14th Hoi An to Dak To
15th Dak To to Kham Duc
16th Kham Duc to Tay Giang including off-road
17th Tay Giang to Khe Sanh
18th Khe Sanh to Phong Nha (boat tour through caves)
19th Phong Nha to Hue via Vinh Moc Tunnels
20th Hue to Hoi An via Hai Van Pass, final night dinner
21st Departure day or stay on for R&R
All participants on our tours are required to have full travel, medical and evacuation insurance. You need to ensure that your travel insurance covers you with a licence from your home country, rather than Vietnam.
All of bikes are covered by compulsory third-party insurance in Vietnam.
You will need to book flights into and out of Danang International Airport (DAD) arriving March 13th and leaving from the 20th. Airport/hotel ransfers on your arrival and departure will be arranged for you.
Luckily our friend Krystal Fysh, who joins us on some rides, is a travel agent and willing to help everyone with flights if you’d like.
Email her on:
Fly with us, or you may choose to add some holiday time in Vietnam. Krystal can help you either way. Hoi An is a great family holiday location!
What to bring:
Safety is your personal choice. Helmets are mandatory, everything else is common sense. We are not doing high speeds and the XR 150’s are nimble and forgiving, but there are plenty of surprises around every corner on Vietnamese roads. Holiday road rash is avoidable.
- We highly recommend you bring your own helmet as you never get as good a fit as your own. An approved helmet can be supplied if you prefer. Our preference is with flip up visor as it’s hot and very likely to rain! It’s your choice though, so wear what you are comfortable and confident in.
- Gloves - we wear light summer gloves (but they don’t offer much protection - your call)
- Protective jacket and appropriate riding pants
- Riding boots or strong footwear
- Long-sleeved shirts can be useful as sun protection (as are gloves)
- Pack one light fleece even in summer, as it can get cool at altitude or after rain
- Goggles or sunglasses.
- Photos or postcards from home (these make better gifts for the local kids than pens, toys or candy)
- Socks and jocks! No one’s going to judge your fashion sense…
Pack lightly. You honestly won’t need half the stuff you think you might! A waterproof duffel bag its ideal. This can be strapped to your bike or carried in the support van (when provided). Waterproof camping style dry bags are a great idea no matter what luggage you bring.
Gear can also be left at HAMA HQ in Hoi An if you’re planning a longer trip and need to store anything.
Supplied if needed:
Rain gear (pants and poncho)
Saddle bags/Dry Bags
How we ride:
Riding in Vietnam will present many challenges to even the most experienced rider.
You’ll be riding unfamiliar bikes on unfamiliar roads, and many of you will not be used to riding on the right-hand side of the road. This ride is suitable for most riders. It will be hot and there’s a very good chance you’ll ride on the rain. It usually doesn’t last long though.
Riding conditions in Vietnam:
The Vietnamese drive on the right. (And the left. And the middle.) The roads are busy. Locals do not give way or yield.
There are animals and children everywhere.
Road surfaces can change quickly, without notice. Larger vehicles will overtake on blind corners. Local buses are death traps.
What you can do:
Ride defensively. Whatever happens in front of you, if you hit someone or something in Vietnam, it’s your fault.
Use your horn! Most locals rarely use their rear-view mirrors.
Keep a safe distance between you and other riders, especially the lead rider.
Don’t take corners wide. Assume there is a truck, water buffalo or parked vehicle just around the bend (or maybe all three).
Pull over whenever you want to admire the scenery, turn on your GoPro or check your phone.
Dress appropriately. It’ll be too hot for full leathers but a T-shirt doesn’t offer much protection from the sun (or the tarmac).
Always wear a helmet, covered shoes and gloves.
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A$500 deposit will secure your spot on this tour. Balance will be due prior to departure.
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You’ll have a great time on this trip. The riding is fun and not too difficult. The scenery is breathtaking and the people are amazing.
*If these dates are not suitable, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss other possible trip dates.
Hope you can join us!
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