10 day VIP Top MOTO Gear Tour
So you want to do the BBC Top Gear style show? but limited on time? So what would those car driving fools no!!!
NOT only do we retrace some of the Top Gear show, we also include the best roads missed by the presenters, the Real Vietnam touring the Central Highlands and war famous HCM Trail. stunning mountain roads. small remote villages. beaches and jungle its got the lot.
Day 1 Coastal Nha Trang loop
After a quick riders briefing you can familiarize yourself with the motorcycle and the Vietnamese style of negotiating the traffic with a leisurely cruise along the beautiful coastline of Nha trang down to a stunning stretch of sand called Long Beach. Here we stop for some swimming and surfing if your keen, before a cracker of a fresh seafood lunch Vietnam style! Then it's back to Nha trang for cold beers and more of the same! Keen riders can take the option of an earlier start with a hill climb to the top of Mt Bon Ha past some banana plantations and some epic scenery before hitting Long Beach . This option means an extra 3 hours in the saddle for day 1
Day2 Nha Trang to Dalat 160km
Ok let's get this adventure into full swing as you leave the coast, make a few rickety bridge crossings (hope you can swim!-just kidding) and enter the central highlands, THE BEST riding in Vietnam..it will be hard to keep your eyes on the road with so much to look at ( please try! ) as we make the climb to the beautiful city of Dalat, full of pine forests, French colonial villas and incidentally, one of the first stops on the BBC Top Gear tour. We even stay in the same hotel! (subject to availability )
Day3 Dalat to Lak Lake 160km
A spectacular day in the saddle as we descend the winding country roads, passing thru authentic rural villages where father time has waved his hand oh so gently over the minority tribes of the Mnong and Ede peoples, the caretakers of this beautiful land and our destination, the shimmering waters of Lak Lake. Here we will relax with a few cold beers and a sumptuous meal in the regions best resort. Traditional music and dancing will round out another great day
Day4 Lak Lake to Buon Me Thout 110 km
After breakfast it's a short ride to the eastern shores of the lake where you can indulge in an elephant ride ( option ) around and IN the lake itself! A good way for you and the local pachyderms to cool off. From here we head north to an amazing waterfall which cascades from a height of 20 meters high, sometimes for 100 meters across! Another chance to cool off before we enter Buon Me Thout. Home to over 44 different ethnic groups, this region is said to grow the best coffee in Vietnam.
Day5 rest day at Damson Hotel Buon Me Thout
Day6 Buon Me Thout to Kontom 230 km
One of the longer stretches today and it just keeps getting better, more awesome roads, lush jungle, rubber tree plantations, altitude changes , minority villages , you'll appreciate a cold beer and a comfortable bed after today's long haul which we will be happy to provide you with!
Day7 Kontom to Kam Duc 180km
This is the proper Ho Chi Minh trail in all it's twisting and undulating glory ! Steeped in history, crucial to the war effort, vital to the life blood of Vietnam, it virtually speaks to you as you negotiate each turn. This is where the bulk of the riding footage from that famous Top Gear special took place so soak it up and enjoy what will be one of the best days of your life!
Day8 Kam Duc to Hoi An 130 km
Time to farewell the cooler climes of the highlands and point the compass toward the eastern shores of the famous coastal resort town of Hoi An. This final leg is also a great ride and the excellent markets, the multitude of restaurants and bars and the warm ocean swells which await you in Hoi An are just what the doctor ordered after many hours in the saddle. As a major international port in the 16th and 17th century the Old Town has many original buildings and strong Chinese influences and the best tailors in the world, great place to order a new yet inexpensive suit!
Day 9 rest day Hoi An
Day 10 Hoi an to Danang 120km
We leave Hoi an and give highway 1 a big miss, doing a loop that takes us back into more rural areas, passing the Bang An temple and thru to the river town of Dai Loc before passing thru Danang and up the steep hill climb of Monkey Mountain , a spectacular peninsula , then down to famous china beach for a swim out the front of your resort. Some beers, some tall stories, a great adventure!
As with all our tours we like for you to feel the freedom of our private tours.(not some guided bus tour). you have the flexibility at your own pace and stop to check things out AS YOU PLEASE and enjoy this truly amazing country Vietnam with sense of freedom often forgotten by the many (push them through tour operators).