The Ho Chi Minh Trail is a truly legendary route that Stretchs from the north of Vietnam and travelling right down to what was then Saigon – now Ho Chi Minh City – in the south of the country. Its collection of seemingly thousands of back roads and trails that scythe through the beautiful landscapes of neighboring Laos and Cambodia, passing through everything from deep valleys lined with rice paddies to dense jungles far from civilisation. It’s a truly epic route and for motorcycle riders, it’s a true bucket list motorcycle tour.
IMPORTANT NOTE : All riders to have a minimum of 2 years riding experience.
The cost for the below options is additional. Please enquire at the time of booking for details
Mostly off-road with a huge variety of riding terrain available, from tight jungle singletrack to fast open sandy tracks
The new fleet of fuel injected Kawasaki KLX’s has been modified with 300cc big bore kits, aftermarket exhausts, electronic fuel controllers, strong handlebars and guards. Or if you’re keen for some extra horsepower you can request for the awesome KTM EXC 450’s.
A western medic will be riding with the group. He carries an extensive trauma kit with him on the bike and has a larger medical kit in the support vehicle;
professional guides/mechanics and a support vehicle to carry your luggage, spare parts and a spare motorcycle;
Full Amount + Booking deposit has to be made 30 days prior to the tour date. This deposit is held as a security deposit for motorcycle damages – it will be returned to you at the end of the tour minus any motorcycle damage costs (if any).
In the event of cancellation, the booking deposit amount is non refundable.
Any applicable refund amount will be processed within 15 business days. Please check with us to confirm if refund is applicable..
An invoice will be issued for full tour payment, 2 months prior to the start of the tour and the amount has to be paid within 30 days.
Feb 21st to March 9th 2018
On the first day you will tour of the capital city and it’s surrounding areas,. Visiting the S21 Genocide Museum, the Killing Fields, the bustling Russian Market or even test your aim at the shooting range. In the afternoon you will receive a full briefing of the trip ahead followed by a meal at a quality riverfront restaurant.
Overnight in Phonm Penh quality hotel with a pool.
Leaving the chaos of Phnom Penh behind its time to cross the mighty Mekong river on a local ferry proceeding north towards the riverside town of Kampong Cham. Get ready for mix of tarmac & dirt roads and trails, ride across a river island and Finally an 800m long bridge made entirely out of bamboo
Overnight Accommodation will be in a riverside hotel
Riding north alongside Mekong river, passing through small villages and fishing communities. You will finally leave behond the mighty Mekong until you reach the Laos border! Lying ahead is great mix of easy riverside trails, bumpy dirt roads and smooth highway through rubber plantations.
Overnight Accommodation will be in a town hotel with AC.
Choose between some technical off road riding on the old ‘King’s Highway’ or cruise the winding roads up into the mountains. The King’s highway offers an exciting mix of open sandy trails and tighter singletrack up into the hills. In the afternoon you’ll have the option to visit the elephant sanctuary or the stunning 3-stage Bou Sra waterfall.
Overnight Accommodation will be in wooden bungalows on a hillside.
Passing through the Mondulkiri province you will ride along parts of the old ‘Death Highway’ – offering a mix of dirt tracks, sandy & muddy trails, bamboo forests and rivers finally landing at the beautiful Ratanakiri province.
Overnight Accommodation will be in a hillside bungalow resort with a pool.
The capital of Ratanakiri, Banlung, is home to the spectacular Yeak Laom volcanic lake. Placed in the midst of dense tropical forest, the turquoise coloured water will be a refreshing break before another day on the bikes tomorrow. Banlung also has some greatwaterfalls and hill tribe communities for those that wish to explore the area.
The day starts with winding dirt road until we reach our first boat crossing of the day. On the other side is 35km of amazing trail that wind through the jungle, cross through rivers and pass through remote villages. Another 2 river crossing and you will cruise back towards the Mekong River. The last 15 Minute boat ride will take you to Preah Rumkel where our campsite and BBQ awaits!
Overnight Accommodation will be in tents on our private river island.
Waking up on a river island, you can start your day with a refreshing swim followed by a delicious breakfast of egg-fried rice and strong Lao coffee, and then a special boat trip awaits you to spot the incredibly rare Irrawaddy Dolphins.
After visa check you will then cross over to Laos to visit the staggering Khone waterfalls – the widest set falls on the planet and an unmissable sight. The day continues with a gentle sweeping trail up to the impressive sounding Kong Island, and then onto ferry to Mounlaphamok where you will take a dirt road along the Mekong up to Champassak town, to spend our first night in Laos at a gorgeous riverside resort.
Overnight Accommodation will be in a luxury resort with a swimming pool beside the Mekong River.
After a riverside breakfast, you will ride north alongside the Mekong before crossing on another local ferry. We then follow a small dirt track that will lead you through Xe Pian National Park before branching off onto a series of delightfully narrow ox-cart and single-track trails that wind through thick forest. There’s plenty of creek crossings to master so you’ll need to have your wits about you to keep everything but you feet dry!
Overnight Accommodation will be in a quality guest house.
The day Starts with a short ride out of Attapue to take a look at a huge old Russian missile, a remnant of the Vietnam War and then moving onto some great dirt roads that climb into the hills where you can stop for photos at a long abandoned Russian tank rusting alongside the track before continuing along the trail, enjoying fantastic panoramic views over the forests and Xe Kaman Lake.
Lunch will be in the in Chaleunxai village, and then you will continue to ride upwards, climbing up to almost 1,300 meters and passing through hill tribe villages only found in the south of Laos. After crossing a wide river on an old and battered metal barge, you will continue your journey on the main road towards the Bolaven Plateau on the top of a long-extinct volcano before arriving at a beautiful & luxurious garden resort.
Overnight Accommodation will be in a luxury resort with a pool.
After breakfast at the resort with coffee grown in the surrounding plantations, yo head out on a dirt road to meet the people of the A-Lak tribe who are indigenous to this region and who still live a life largely unchanged over centuries. This region is peppered with bomb craters from the Vietnam War, though with a pragmatic approach, the local people have now put them to use as fishing lakes and swimming pools for the water buffalo and small children.
The first river crossing we encounter on this day’s riding was the site of one of countless bridges targeted in American bombing raids the trails would be tough with a series of climbs, descents, creek crossings, rocky sections and sand to test the best of the rider’s ability also passing through dense woodlands, small villages and valleys, finishing this epic day with a river crossing on tiny wooden boats!
Overnight Accommodation will be in a quality town hotel.
After breakfast you will travel a short distance out of the town to visit the Laos-Vietnam War Museum and then head towards the longest bamboo bridge in the country, an incredible if slightly scary construction to ride across. The area on the other side of the water is still littered with unexploded ordinance from the war, where you will follow completely safe and guided routes
Overnight Accommodation will be in the same hotel as the previous night.
Today’s riding will take you on a rough and winding road to Vilabouly, home to Laos’ largest gold mining operationand then on the rocky dirt tracks that take us through Hin Nam No National Park and onto an area that Ride Expeditions has unofficially Christened – ‘Swiss Cheese Valley’.
Before lunch there’s a river crossing on tiny wooden canoes and finally find some smooth and fast tarmac to cruise up to our next campsite at Nam Thern Lake.
Overnight Accommodation will be in tents.
The day will be a relaxed one, with a morning run up a winding dirt road towards the valley that forms the entrance to the Konglor Cave. Your support vehicle meets you there for lunch and then its time to cruise through the vast seven and a half kilometre long cave on an individual wooden boat with your bike at your side.
On the other side your chance to swim in the deep blue lagoon awaits you an then you head over to a stunning riverside resort, where dinner and another roaring fire awaits.
Overnight Accommodation will be in a stunningly beautiful riverside resort.
The day starts with the climb up the Nam Kading mountain range. The morning will be on the blacktop, but after lunch you’ll hit the dirt tracks and travel through the remotest of villages like Hmong and Khmu that few tourists ever get to experience.
The day ends in the small town of Muang Mok perched high in the mountains that will be our home for the night.
Overnight Accommodation will be in a local guesthouse.
Heading towards Phonsavanh, if time permits, you will have the chance to visit Mine Advisory Group (MAG) Information Centre to learn more about the history of the region during the Indochina War.
Overnight Accommodation will be in beautiful hilltop cottages – each equipped with open wood fires and surrounded by pine tree forest, overlooking the town of Phonsavanh.
After a delicious breakfast in the hillside restaurant you will saddle up for our final day of riding on this epic Ho Chi Minh Trail motorcycle tour. Your route snakes alongside the Nam Kham River, taking in the stunning views as we approach the World Heritage town of Luang Prabang.
After arriving at our luxury hotel there’s a chance to lose the riding kit and have a shower before heading into the fantastically vibrant town for a drink along side the Mekong, the same one we’ve tracked and crossed for the whole incredible seventeen days and 2700 kilometres of this epic trip. Now that’s an achievement you’ll never forget!
Overnight Accommodation will be in a luxurious hotel with a pool.