10 day Gear Tour

February 12th - February 21st
[$2,900 USD PER RIDER]

This action-packed tour is styled around the BBC TOP GEAR VIETNAM SPECIAL.
Join Like minded Riders on this truly amazing ride through the most spectacular roads of Vietnam. Vietnam offers the best road touring in Asia and if you ask us, the Top Gear show simply did not do it justice..! Not only do we retrace some of roads and sights of the Top Gear special, we also include the best roads that were missed by the presenters! Tour the Real Vietnam, adventuring through the Central Highlands and famous Ho Chi Minh Trail. Stunning Mountain Roads, Coastline, Small Remote Villages, Beaches and Jungle - it’s got the lot! This special event tour is well and truly packed full of adventure, but don’t worry, there will still be plenty of time to make spontaneous stops by the roadside in order to admire in the views, chat to hospitable locals and dine on the region’s famous fresh food.
Rated as the number 1 ride in Vietnam..!
The tour itinerary below gives you a flavour of what you’ll experience on this incredible ride.


Tour Highlights;
# Self-ride Motorcycle Adventure
# Central Highlands, Remote Villages
# Remote Hill Tribes, Old War History sites
# Ho Chi Minh Trail
# Central Highlands, Nha Trang, Hoi An
# China Beach 
# Hai Van Pass
# The Best Roads from the TOP GEAR VIETNAM SPECIAL
# The Best Roads NOT featured in the show
# A Taste of the REAL VIETNAM! This VMT Fully Supported Special Event Tour comes packed with extras! Including;
#1 Airport pick up & Transfers
#2 Flights & Transfers within Vietnam
#3 Quality Overnight Stays with western style bathrooms . Wifi
#4 Our famed VMT English Speaking guides & support crew
#5 Selection from our fully maintained fleet of Motorcycles (easy, comfy and perfect for touring Vietnam!),
#6 All Breakfasts & Lunches "Welcome Dinner” You will love the food . Special dietary request catered for .
#7 Detailed rider breifing & VMT T-shirt & touring map .
#8 Mercedes minivan baggage transfers , supplies " limited seats for non-riders” traveling with the tour
#9 Entrance Ticketing & Permits . Limited 3rd party & bike damage cover.
# 10 All Fuel, mechanical & spares . 24HR back to base support . Field medical kits

VMT tours are designed for riders seeking the ultimate adventure touring the very best of the real Vietnam Limited places, so book early!
Tour Price: $2,900 USD PER RIDER [40% Discount for Pillion Passengers]
TO BOOK THIS TOUR: Go to our ‘Contact Us’ Page by clicking HERE, or email us at the address below.

For more information regarding tour inclusions and price see the additional details listed at the end of this itinerary outline.

Exclusive to VMT riders . Local Temp Vietnamese License
If you require a local Vietnamese License . VMT can arrange this for you . We handle all the required paperwork . 
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February 12th
Day 1: Danang to Hue (120km)
Our first day is a stunner. From the clean and increasingly modern streets of Danang, Vietnam’s Rio de Janeiro, we skirt the coast along a lovely curving bay to the foothills of the Hai Van Pass. Famed for its dramatic switchbacks and majestic ocean views, the Hai Van Pass is probably the most famous stretch of scenic road in Vietnam. Most travellers know it from the BBC Top Gear Vietnam Special, but this spectacular pass has been famous for centuries in Vietnam. We’ll snake our way up, stop to take in the views, and curl back down the other side to the ancient imperial capital of Hue. Built along the banks of the Perfume River, Hue is one of the most enchanting cities in the country, dotted with temples, shrines, pagodas, tombs and palaces from the imperial age. We’ll check in to our comfy hotel and celebrate a fantastic first day with a few cold beers.

February 13th
Day 2: Hue to Khe Sanh (170km)
With a long but beautiful ride ahead of us, we get an early start and hit the road in time to see the haunting mists rising off the Perfume River as we roll out of Hue. Leaving the coastal plains behind, we ascend into the Truong Son Range, the legendary chain of mountains that forms the ‘spine’ of Vietnam. Twisting up through eucalyptus and cinnamon trees, we meet the Ho Chi Minh Road, which threads a meandering course through the steep slopes along the border with Laos. Once the wartime supply line from north to south Vietnam, today the Ho Chi Minh Road is known for its fabulous highland scenery and excellent riding. We weave along jungled river valleys, stopping to say ‘hello’ to the warm and friendly locals, who’ll offer us fresh tropical fruits from their plantations, until we follow the final pass of the day up to Khe Sanh, high in the mountains, near Laos.

February 14th
Day 3: Khe Sanh to Phong Nha (250km)
Just outside Khe Sanh town, Ta Con Air Base was the scene of a great siege during the war, in 1968. US forces were encircled by North Vietnamese troops who bombarded the base for days, and then in turn the US Air Force dropped thousands of tons of explosives on their positions. Today the site is a museum, which we’ll visit to learn more about the siege. Khe Sanh is the beginning of one of the most breath-taking roads in all of Southeast Asia: the Western Ho Chi Minh Road. For 250km all the way to Phong Nha, this ribbon of concrete-slab road rolls through a sublime landscape of misty mountains, thick jungle, blue rivers, and isolated ethnic minority hamlets. And what’s more, there’s hardly any other traffic at all. Bend after bend, pass after pass, it just gets better and better. Limestone pillars start to rise from the jungles as we approach Phong Nha, the site where, just a few years ago, the largest cave in the world was discovered. It’s like riding through the set of Jurassic Park. After an unforgettable day in the saddle, we’ll settle into our lodgings in Phong Nha.

February 15th
Day 4: Exploring Phong Nha
The town of Phong Nha enjoys a pretty setting on the banks of a blue river with limestone karsts looming all around. It’s a great place to relax for a day, taking a break after several long days in the saddle. However, if you’ve still got the energy, there’s plenty for us to do around Phong Nha. The area is famous for its multiple cave systems, including Paradise Cave and Dark Cave, which we’ll visit as part of our ‘Phong Nha Loop’, connecting the caves via some scenic back-roads. Inside, the caves are enormous – like cathedrals adorned with huge stalactites and stalagmites. It’s a beautiful area with a laid-back vibe, amazing landscape, and very hospitable locals, who are always willing to sit down for a chat (and a few shots of rice liquor) with foreign visitors.

February 16th
Day 5: Phong Nha to Tan Ky (270km)
Leaving Phong Nha to reconnect with the Ho Chi Minh Road heading north, we immediately plunge into yet more jaw-dropping landscape. The road threads through lush river valleys enclosed by a forest of limestone pinnacles as we plough on further and further north. Eventually, the mountains subside and we ride across the vast agricultural plains of Ha Tinh and Nghe An provinces, where tea plantations cover the undulating terrain all the way to the horizon. The riding is good and smooth, broken only by stops for delicious local meals and the occasional dip in a clear-flowing river to cool off in the midday sun. After clocking up some serious mileage, we roll into a nice hotel in the town of Tan Ky, which was the original starting point of the Ho Chi Minh Trail during the war years.

February 17th
Day 6: Tan Ky to Quan Son (240km)
Today we say goodbye to the Ho Chi Minh Road and head west into the mountains along the border with Laos. Each turn takes us further and further from the beaten path as we enter the borderlands where hamlets of wood-and-thatch huts nestle by streams under huge limestone mountains. Each time we stop, we’ll get a chance to meet the lovely locals, who’ll treat us to some hearty mountain food, a couple of tokes on their ‘Lao tobacco’ bamboo pipes, and lots of cups of delicious fresh leaf green tea, a speciality of the region. In the middle of nowhere, Quan Son is our night stop, by a river surrounded by jungled hills.

February 18th
Day 7: Quan Son to Mai Chau (110km)
We start the day with a local breakfast that will provide the fuel we need to ride over a series of lofty mountain passes through remote valleys and over limestone peaks covered in mysterious bamboo forests close to the Lao border. Today’s ride gives us a sense of what it’s like for many of the more than 50 different ethnic minority groups in Vietnam to live in such mountainous landscape, with most of their food and building materials coming from the immediate vicinity, just as it has done for centuries. After hours of great riding with plenty of stops to admire the scenery and meet the locals, we roll into Mai Chau, a pleasant valley of green rice paddies. Here, we settle into our comfortable, atmospheric lodgings for a peaceful night in the countryside.

February 19th
Day 8: Mai Chau to Son La (250km)
We leave the green embrace of Mai Chau valley in the morning. With the mists rising off the paddy fields, we hit the road and head higher into the northwest mountains. As we arrive on the Moc Chau plateau the trees fade away to reveal acres of tea plantations. This area is famous for its excellent brew, and we’ll stop to give it a try, as well as the local ‘milk cakes’ that go with the tea. The temperatures drop as we ride higher. The landscape becomes barren and bare, making it appear isolated and remote. Indeed, this part of Vietnam was a special semi-autonomous zone until the late 20th century. After a long and rewarding day, we hit the hay in our cosy hotel in Son La, a highland town with a real buzz.

February 20th
Day 9: Son La to Nghia Lo (240km)
Departing Son La in the morning, we head east over the Hoang Lien Son Range, Vietnam’s highest and most brooding mountains. Swerving through switchbacks and helter-skeltering our way across the rugged highlands we’ll see a region of Vietnam that very few travellers get the chance to. On our snaking descent to the town of Nghia Lo, there are stupendous views over the famous rice terraces of the northwest mountains, which cascade down the slopes in bright yellows and greens. Filled with fresh mountain air, we arrived at our friendly hotel for the night.

February 21st
Day 10: Nghia Lo to Hanoi (200km)
Our final day takes us on excellent meandering roads, down from the mountains via spectacular passes, and into the Red River valley, cradle of Vietnamese civilization. It was here, on the swelled banks of the large, mud-red river, that the first Vietnamese kings ruled thousands of years ago. We wind through crops fields, along river dykes, through old towns, until we arrive at the capital, Hanoi. After 10 days in the mountains, the frenetic pace and energy of Hanoi will come as a shock at first. But it won’t take long before we settle into the intoxicating rhythm of urban life and start to see the considerable charms of this ancient city. To top it all off, we’ll sit down together at a cool bar and enjoy some ice-cold beverages and reflect of our great adventure through Vietnam.

This tour also features post-tour accommodation in Hanoi for this final evening, along with post-tour transfer flights to either Hanoi or HCMC.

Tour inclusions: 
- VIP private transfers
- Flights within Vietnam
- Guides and VMT Support crew
- Lifan Motorcycle, All Fuels & oils
- Full mechanical support
- Mini Van & Luggage Transfers
- Quality Overnight stays in Twin-share rooms
- All Breakfasts & Lunches, one Welcome Dinner
- VMT T-shirt and VN touring map
- Endless flow of bottled water, fruits and snacks
- Field medical kit & back to base support
- Return Motorcycle Freight to VMT HQ
 Not included:
# Motorcycle riding gear 
 # International flights and Visa
 # Personal travel insurance (must include motorcycling)
# Dinner meals (except for ‘Welcome Dinner’)
VMT GoldStar Reviewed Tour. 
This tour is suitable to all experienced riders seeking the ultimate motorcycling holiday. 
Limited places, so book early!


Tour Price:
TO BOOK THIS TOUR: Go to our ‘Contact Us’ Page by clicking HERE, or email us at the address below.

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