We’ll head down the coast past the Marble Mountains and along the beaches of Hoi An. Leaving the coast, we can see the mountains ahead as we slowly climb through small villages and rice farming areas.
The rice farming turns to acacia tree plantations and later to jungle as we head further up the hills
In the dense jungle, you’ll find waterfalls and we can stop for a local-style lunch in a remote hill tribe town.
The road from here is only a few years old and we’ll often have it all to ourselves as we climb up to about 1800m. You can catch amazing views of untouched jungle as we ride through small ethnic minority hill tribe villages.
We’ll come to Dak To with time to pose for a photo on the army tanks in the town square and finish the day with a ride along the runway at the old US Airbase.
As always, a cold beer awaits us at the hotel!
Dak To to Kham Duc
We’ll head out through the small hill tribe villages via small roads and see the most rural areas.
This day is a ride through one of central Vietnam’s most beautiful valleys. Few people know about this route as it’s been open to foreigners for just a few years. With dense jungle, hill tribe villages and stepped rice paddy terraces, this area is like a small version of Sapa.
We’ll stop for lunch in the middle of the valley with some local tribespeople. Here, we can see the rare types of ginseng being collected, dried, and sent off to the wealthier, urban Vietnamese areas.
Next, we’ll come out of the valley to meet with the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Finally, a short ride into the sleepy town of Kham Duc brings us to our hotel, where we can get a cold beer.
Kham Duc to Danang / Hoi An
A quick ride along the runway of the former US air base will bring us out of town and we’ll pass by the huge reservoir with giant hydroelectric dams. You’ll see lots of small villages, rice farming & rubber plantations. Following the less well-known sections of the Ho Chi Minh trail, we’ll come into the mountains behind the My Son temples. There’s an opportunity for an optional visit to the My Son Temples – a UNESCO world heritage site with beautiful temples set amongst the jungle.
Continuing down to the coast, we’ll ride through small fishing villages and may have time to see the famous painted village of Tam Thanh. Then we’ll head up the coast we pass by the Marble Mountains and the former US marine base at Nuoc Man.
Finally, it’s back to base for a cold beer!
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