1. Motorbiking Northern Vietnam

    Motorbiking Northern Vietnam | 13 Routes

    In the north, the mountains are higher, the passes loftier & the scenery is more majestic than anywhere else in Vietnam….

  2. The Ha Giang Loop: Extreme North Motorbike Guide

    Ha Giang Loop: Extreme North Motorbike Guide

    Hà Giang is a mystical borderland that’s home to a legendary motorbike loop through otherworldly landscapes…

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  4. The Trans-Northern Belt Road: QL279

    Trans-Northern Belt Road: QL279

    Traversing the breadth of the nation from east to west at its widest & most mountainous point, QL279 is an historic 937km route…

  5. The Muong Long Loop, Nghe An, Motorbike Guide

    The Muong Long Loop | Nghe An Motorbike Guide

    A spectacular circuit of the nation’s biggest province, the Muong Long Loop is a motorbike route to rival any other in Vietnam for scenery & adventure…

  6. Lam Son Loop, Motorbike Guide, Vietnam

    Lam Son Loop | Motorbike Guide

    Empty backroads through the lush landscapes of Lê Lợi’s homeland, one of the greatest warriors in Vietnamese history…

  7. Tuyen Quang Magic 8 Loop, Motorbike Guide

    Tuyen Quang Magic ‘8’ Loop | Motorbike Guide

    A figure-of-eight loop on back-roads through quintessential northern landscapes not far from Hanoi…

  8. The Northeast Loop

    The Northeast by Motorbike: 5 Routes & Loops

    A bucolic corner of Vietnam, the Northeast is a garden of rice fields, forests, lakes & rivers ambling through limestone corridors. This guide focuses on 5 motorbike loops on meandering back-roads & freshly-sealed highways through three provinces: Cao Bang, Lang Son & Bac Kan…

  9. Sapa to Sin Ho Scenic Motorbike Loop, Vietnam

    Sapa-Sin Ho Scenic Motorbike Loop

    Sapa and Sin Ho are two towns high up on the slopes of the Tonkinese Alps. They are connected by lofty mountain passes, offering grand scenery on a scale not seen anywhere else in Vietnam. This is an ideal scenic loop by motorbike…

  10. Binh Lieu Border Loop, Motorbike Guide, Quang Ninh, Vietnam

    Binh Lieu Border Loop | Motorbike Guide

    Extraordinary roads & mountain scenery in a seldom-explored region bordering China…

  11. Sapa to Ha Giang by motorbike on borders & back-roads, Vietnam

    Borders & Back-Roads: Sapa to Ha Giang by Motorbike

    Connecting two of the most mountainous provinces in Vietnam, this motorbike route straddles the Chinese border, passing through some of the remotest parts of the country…

  12. Ha Giang-Ba Be Lake-Cao Bang, road trip, Vietnam

    High Roads: Ha Giang→Ba Be Lake→Cao Bang | 3 Routes

    The roads between the northern provinces of Ha Giang & Cao Bang travel through some of the most spectacular & remote regions of Vietnam. Here are three highly scenic (but not always easy) motorbike routes linking Ha Giang, Ba Be Lake & Cao Bang….

  13. The Limestone Loop, Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam

    The Limestone Loop: Motorbike Guide

    Thanh Hoa is a province of limestone pinnacles, rivers & rice paddies. Quiet roads meander through steep valleys cloaked in bamboo forests, & mountain passes twist skyward toward remote Lao border crossings. This motorbike loop is easily accessible from Hanoi, but travels through remote & beautiful landscapes….

  14. The Extreme Northwest Motorbike Loop, Lai Chau & Dien Bien, Vietnam

    The Extreme Northwest Loop: Motorbike Guide

    Straddling the Chinese & Lao borders, the extreme northwest of Vietnam is one of the least travelled & most remote regions of the entire country. Mountain roads carve a circuitous course between Lao Cai, Sapa, and Dien Bien Phu, running perilously close to the infamous Golden Triangle….

  15. Sapa-Y Ty Scenic Motorbike Loop, Vietnam

    Sapa-Y Ty Scenic Motorbike Loop

    Sapa’s dramatic mountainous landscape continues north of town, via Y Ty Village, all the way to the Chinese border. Several small roads penetrate deep into steep, terraced valleys & climb high above ferocious rivers creating a scenic loop….

  16. Rice harvest, Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam

    The Harvest Route: Mù Cang Chải

    Every year, between September & October, the terraced rice fields of Mù Cang Chải, a rural district in northern Vietnam, put on a luminous show of picturesque harvest colours. I spectacular road runs through this region: I call it ‘The Harvest Route’….

  17. The Northeast Motorbike Loop, Vietnam

    VIDEO: The Northeast Motorbike Loop

    One of my favourite corners of Vietnam, this is my film of riding the Northeast Loop by motorbike…

  1. The Hai Van Pass, Motorbike Guide, Vietnam

    Hai Van Pass | Motorbike Guide

    One of the most famous roads in Vietnam, the Hải Vân Pass curls around a mountainous spur above the sea, linking Da Nang & Hue…

  2. Dalat by Motorbike: 5 Routes & Loops

    Dalat by Motorbike: 5 Routes & Loops

    Many of Dalat’s most famous & impressive attractions lie within a 10-40km radius of the city centre. Linked by good roads through pretty scenery, these sights are best visited by motorbike…

  3. The Golden Loop, Motorbike Guide, Central Vietnam

    The Golden Loop | Motorbike Guide

    Nowhere in Vietnam is there such variety of landscape & richness of culture as in the central provinces, a region best explored by motorbike…

  4. Phong Nha by Motorbike: 5 Routes & Loops

    Phong Nha by Motorbike: 5 Routes & Loops

    Phong Nha has some of the most sublime landscape in Vietnam. These motorbike routes & loops explore all corners of the area’s extraordinary natural beauty….

  5. Dak Nong Geopark↔Dong Nai River Motorbike Loop

    A meandering road trip in the cool, clear air & vivid ‘HD’ colours of the Western Highlands, the Dak Nong Geopark↔Dong Nai River Motorbike Loop is a sensory route, full of smells, sounds, sights & tastes: coffee blossom, blue skies, damp earth, wood smoke, rain, birdsong, spices & hot cups of locally-grown coffee.

  6. The Road East of the Long Mountains (Đường Trường Sơn Đông), Vietnam

    The Road East of the Long Mountains (Đường Trường Sơn Đông)

    A romp through the Central Highlands, the Truong Son Dong Road is a ride to be savoured. With mystical overtones & military undercurrents, the name in Vietnamese translates as ‘The Road East of the Long Mountains’. It’s one of the best riding roads in Vietnam…

  7. The Muong Long Loop, Nghe An, Motorbike Guide

    The Muong Long Loop | Nghe An Motorbike Guide

    A spectacular circuit of the nation’s biggest province, the Muong Long Loop is a motorbike route to rival any other in Vietnam for scenery & adventure…

  8. Hoi An-Danang-Hue by Motorbike

    Hoi An→Danang→Hue by Motorbike: 3 Routes & Loops

    There are now four different routes between these three cities in Central Vietnam. Each route has something different to offer: choose between The Coast, The River, The Mountains, or The Tunnel…..

  9. Son Tra Peninsular, Danang, Vietnam

    Son Tra Peninsula, Danang | Motorbike Guide

    A rugged headland at the northern tip of Danang’s municipal beach, Son Tra offers mountains & forests, cliffs & coves, wildlife & centuries-old banyan trees, lofty mountain passes with majestic views & sandy beaches untainted by concrete high-rises….

  10. Motocamping in south-central Vietnam in the dry season

    Motocamping South-Central Vietnam in the Dry Season

    One of the most rewarding & deeply satisfying travel experiences I’ve had in over a decade of travelling in Vietnam, motocamping (‘motorbike-camping’) is thrilling, challenging, fulfilling & still a fairly niche activity…

  11. Tomb Rider: Hue to Dong Hoi on Back-Roads by motorbike, Vietnam

    Tomb Rider: Hue to Dong Hoi on Back-Roads

    Covering nearly 200km of completely empty beach, coastal back-roads lead from the old imperial capital of Hue to the beach city of Dong Hoi. Scattered with thousands of traditional-style tombs, this coastal region is rarely explored by foreign visitors…

  12. Binh Thuan Back-Roads: Inland Loop

    Binh Thuan Province is known for its beaches, but inland there’s a rich and varied landscape waiting to be explored. A network of rarely used, rural back-roads takes you on an inland loop – over arid plains, through forests, and across rivers….

  13. The Cả Pass, Vietnam

    The Cả Pass | Motorbike Guide

    Traversing a jungle-clad, mountainous spur as it meets the ocean, the Cả Pass is an historic, scenic & underhyped route with light traffic…

  1. Nui Chua Coast Road

    Nui Chua Coast Road | Phan Rang to Cam Ranh

    Probably the most scenic coastal route in Vietnam, this is a meandering ocean road skirting the edges of a green & rugged peninsula…

  2. Dragons' Graveyard Coast Road, Cà Ná to Phan Rang, Vietnam

    Dragons’ Graveyard Coast Road | Cà Ná to Phan Rang

    Chiseled into the cliffside high above the sea, this stunning coast road negotiates a boulder-strewn promontory where people say dragons come to die…

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  4. The Cả Pass, Vietnam

    The Cả Pass | Motorbike Guide

    Traversing a jungle-clad, mountainous spur as it meets the ocean, the Cả Pass is an historic, scenic & underhyped route with light traffic…

  5. The Sand Dune Highway: Mui Ne to Ca Na Coast Road

    Sand Dune Highway: Mui Ne to Ca Na Coast Road

    A short, scenic, easily navigable & rewarding road trip through desert-like landscape on excellent coast roads between Mũi Né & Cà Ná…

  6. Son Tra Peninsular, Danang, Vietnam

    Son Tra Peninsula, Danang | Motorbike Guide

    A rugged headland at the northern tip of Danang’s municipal beach, Son Tra offers mountains & forests, cliffs & coves, wildlife & centuries-old banyan trees, lofty mountain passes with majestic views & sandy beaches untainted by concrete high-rises….

  7. The Coast Road: Saigon to Hoi An & Dong Hoi

    The Coast Road: Saigon to Hoi An & Beyond

    Thanks to new coastal roads, it’s now possible to ride from Saigon to Hoi An, and beyond to Dong Hoi, following the coast all the way & avoiding the busy main artery of Highway 1 for the vast majority of the route. This is a salty, sunny, sandy & scenic road trip….

  8. The Hai Van Pass, Motorbike Guide, Vietnam

    Hai Van Pass | Motorbike Guide

    One of the most famous roads in Vietnam, the Hải Vân Pass curls around a mountainous spur above the sea, linking Da Nang & Hue…

  9. Tomb Rider: Hue to Dong Hoi on Back-Roads by motorbike, Vietnam

    Tomb Rider: Hue to Dong Hoi on Back-Roads

    Covering nearly 200km of completely empty beach, coastal back-roads lead from the old imperial capital of Hue to the beach city of Dong Hoi. Scattered with thousands of traditional-style tombs, this coastal region is rarely explored by foreign visitors…

  10. The Ocean Road: Saigon to Mui Ne, Vietnam

    The Ocean Road: Saigon to Mui Ne

    The scenic route between Saigon and Mui Ne, the Ocean Road is an easy, feel-good road trip, with a great balance of off-the-beaten-track experiences & creature comforts. Ride it in a day or linger for a week soaking up all it has to offer…

  11. Camping the Ocean Road: Saigon to Nha Trang

    Camping the Ocean Road: Saigon to Nha Trang

    Pitch your tent under a coconut palm just metres from the surf & enjoy Vietnam’s south coast sleeping in the open air: This is my guide to camping on the beaches along the Ocean Road from Saigon to Nha Trang….

Southern Routes

  1. Khmer Temple-Hopping Motorbike Loop, Tra Vinh Province, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

    Khmer Temple-Hopping Motorbike Loop | Tra Vinh

    Connecting over 50 fascinating Khmer Buddhist temples via quiet back-roads through lush scenery in the seldom visited Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh, this motorbike loop is rich in culture & off the beaten path…

  2. The Spring-Hopping Loop, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Spring Hopping Loop | Phu Quoc Island

    Several refreshing streams run cool & clear off the spine of jungled mountains along Phu Quoc Island’s eastern flank, all linked by quiet back-roads…

  3. Mountains in the Mekong, motorbike road trip, Vietnam

    Mountains in the Mekong: Motorbike Loop

    Most of the Mekong Delta is as flat as a sheet of rice paper. But my favourite corner of the region, the western edge along the Cambodian border, is blessed with some high ground, in the form of a mini mountain range, which rises from the plains of An Giang Province. These mountains are connected by beautiful back-roads, perfect for a road trip…

  4. Saigon Midnight Motorbike Loop, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Saigon Midnight Motorbike Loop

    At night, Saigon is at its best: temperatures are cool, humidity is low, and traffic is light – it’s the perfect time to see the city. The Midnight Loop is an urban motorbike route designed specifically for riding after dark: a night out on two wheels…

  5. The Deep South: Riding the Dragon's Tail

    The Deep South: Riding the Dragon’s Tail

    After 9 years travelling in Vietnam, the last four provinces that I have yet to visit are all in the Mekong Delta. These are the southernmost provinces in the country: the Deep South or, as I like to call it, the Dragon’s Tail. I thought it was about time I made it to all Vietnam’s 63 provinces, so I finally set out to travel as far south as roads go…

  6. Saigon Escape Loop: motorbike guide

    Southeast Loop: Motorbike Guide

    If you’re looking for a road trip within reach of Saigon that takes you to beaches & mountains, but stays off busy main roads; this is it. Saigon, Mui Ne, & Dalat are all connected by quiet, scenic back-roads: this motorbike guide shows you how to do it.

  7. Riding red dirt roads, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Saigon to Phu Quoc Island Motorbike Loop

    Flying to Phu Quoc is easy, but if you want a real adventure, riding there by motorbike is much more fun. This road trip takes you from Vietnam’s biggest city to some its best beaches, via the waterways & back-roads of the Mekong Delta…

  1. How to Send a Motorbike on a Train in Vietnam

    How to Send a Motorbike on the Train

    Put your motorbike on the train & send it from one destination to another. This is a convenient, reliable & efficient service for riders in Vietnam…

  2. Guide to expenses for a motorbike road trip in Vietnam

    Expenses for a Motorbike Road Trip in Vietnam

    A guide to essential daily costs & how much to budget for your road trip in Vietnam…

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  4. 30 Great Motorbiking Roads in Vietnam

    30 Great Motorbiking Roads in Vietnam

    Vietnam has some of the best, most scenic & enjoyable riding roads in the world…

  5. 101 Images to Inspire a Road Trip by Motorbike in Vietnam

    101 Images to Inspire a Road Trip by Motorbike in Vietnam

    An independent motorbike road trip in Vietnam is one of the most exhilarating & memorable travel experiences available anywhere in the world today…

  6. Maps for a motorbike road trip in Vietnam

    Which Map to Use for a Motorbike Road Trip?

    A good map is essential for an independent motorbike road trip in Vietnam, but no map is 100% reliable. However, by cross-referencing certain printed maps, online maps, local knowledge & online advice, you’re sure to find the best roads & routes.

  7. Weather Guide to Vietnam: When & Where to Go

    Vietnam Weather Guide: When & Where to Go

    Weather is an important consideration when planning a trip to Vietnam. Here’s a month-by-month guide to weather conditions across the nation, including recommendations of where to go (and where to avoid) at different times of year…

  8. Lonely Planet Experience Vietnam

    Lonely Planet Article

    For the new Lonely Planet ‘Experience Vietnam’ book, I explore the joys, history & practicality of motorbiking Vietnam…

  9. Ode to Hammock Cafes in Vietnam: Cà Phê Võng

    Cà Phê Võng: Ode to Hammock Cafes

    Places to rest, drink, sleep, eat & take shelter when on the road, hammock cafes are a valuable resource for long-distance travellers in Vietnam…

  10. Best times of day to ride in/out of Saigon & Hanoi by motorbike, Vietnam

    Best Times of Day to Ride In/Out of Saigon & Hanoi by Motorbike

    Riding a motorbike in/out of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) & Hanoi can be congested & polluted, but some times of the day are better than others…

  11. 250,000km on my motorbike, Stavros

    250,000km on My Motorbike, Stavros

    After 17 years on the road together, my motorbike & I have ridden a quarter of a million kilometres around Vietnam…

  12. Son Homestay on the Western Ho Chi Minh Road, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam

    Son Homestay on the Western Ho Chi Minh Road

    A community-based project offering rustic yet cosy accommodation in a minority village on a great riding road…

  13. Long Son: Hotel and Gas Station on the Western Ho Chi Minh Road

    Hotel & Gas Station on the Western Ho Chi Minh Road

    Two essential conveniences for riders on one of the most spectacular & isolated roads in Vietnam…

  14. My GIVI Bike Box, Vietnam Coracle

    My GIVI Bike Box

    This is the story of my GIVI bike box, bearer of my baggage on all my road trips. Convenient, secure, durable and stylish, my bike box has allowed me the freedom to go anywhere and see everything, which is what motorbiking is all about….

  15. Thien Thanh Limousine bus, Saigon to Rach Gia, Vietnam

    Beach Bus: Saigon↔Rach Gia Limousine | Passengers & Motorbikes

    Thien Thanh Limousine runs luxury buses between Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) & Rach Gia in the Mekong Delta, gateway to Vietnam’s islands in the Gulf of Thailand. This is a great service for passengers & motorbikes…

  16. Saigon to Phan Thiet by Train: Passengers & Motorbikes

    Saigon to Phan Thiet by Train: Passengers & Motorbikes

    The daily, non-stop express train between Saigon & Phan Thiet/Mui Ne is a cheap, easy, fun, fast & efficient way to get from the city to the beach. Put your motorbike on the train with you & let the rails carry your wheels….

  17. Fanxipan Express, sleeper train, Hanoi to Lao Cai, Vietnam

    The Fanxipan Express: Hanoi to Lao Cai by Train (Passengers & Motorbikes)

    Rattling through the night from the capital city, along the Red River Valley, and into the northwest mountains surrounding Lao Cai on the Chinese border, the Fanxipan Express is a romantic rail journey that’s cheap, comfortable & easy to organize….

  18. Hanoi→Lang Son→Dong Dang by Train: Passengers & Motorbikes

    A train runs once daily in both directions between Hanoi, Lang Son & Dong Dang, on the Chinese border. Linking Vietnam’s capital with its mountainous northeastern provinces, this is a scenic rail journey & passengers can carry their motorbikes on board

  19. Hanoi to Hai Phong by Train: Passengers & Motorbikes

    The Hanoi↔Hai Phong train is a brilliant option for travellers with motorbikes looking to get from the capital city to Cat Ba Island (or vice-versa), without having to negotiate the horrible highways….

  20. Guest houses: nhà nghỉ

    Local Guest Houses: Nhà Nghỉ

    Essential knowledge for the adventurous or budget traveller in Vietnam, ‘nhà nghỉ’ means ‘guest house’ in Vietnamese. However, this form of cheap accommodation often goes unnoticed by foreign travellers & suffers from a bad reputation among local people…

  21. Car Ferry from Cần Giờ (Ho Chi Minh) to Cần Giuộc (Long An)

    The Can Gio→Can Giuoc Car Ferry

    This ferry enables travellers with their own wheels to bypass Saigon completely when travelling between the southeast coast & the Mekong Delta…

  22. The New Can Gio-Vung Tau Car Ferry

    The Can Gio→Vung Tau Car Ferry

    A great boon to travellers, this new ferry connects two of the most popular destinations near Ho Chi Minh City: Can Gio mangrove forest and Vung Tau beach…

Ha Giang

  1. The Ha Giang Loop: Extreme North Motorbike Guide

    Ha Giang Loop: Extreme North Motorbike Guide

    Hà Giang is a mystical borderland that’s home to a legendary motorbike loop through otherworldly landscapes…

  2. Ha Giang, Vietnam: A Picture Book

    Ha Giang Province | Picture Book

    One of the most visually arresting regions in the nation, Ha Giang is Vietnam’s northern-most province. This gallery features 50 images showcasing the beauty of Ha Giang in order to inspire wanderlust…

  3. Sapa to Ha Giang by motorbike on borders & back-roads, Vietnam

    Borders & Back-Roads: Sapa to Ha Giang by Motorbike

    Connecting two of the most mountainous provinces in Vietnam, this motorbike route straddles the Chinese border, passing through some of the remotest parts of the country…

  4. Sky Path Hike, Ha Giang, Vietnam

    Sky Path Hike | Ha Giang

    A soaring walkway clinging to the cliffs hundreds of metres above the legendary Mã Pí Lèng Pass in Hà Giang…

  5. Ha Giang-Ba Be Lake-Cao Bang, road trip, Vietnam

    High Roads: Ha Giang→Ba Be Lake→Cao Bang | 3 Routes

    The roads between the northern provinces of Ha Giang & Cao Bang travel through some of the most spectacular & remote regions of Vietnam. Here are three highly scenic (but not always easy) motorbike routes linking Ha Giang, Ba Be Lake & Cao Bang….

  6. Auberge de Meo Vac Mountain Lodge, Chung Pua, Ha Giang

    Auberge de Meo Vac Mountain Lodge, Ha Giang

    A timber, tile & rammed-earth structure encircling a stone courtyard surrounded by a stone wall with haunting limestone peaks looming all around, the Auberge de Meo Vac is a remarkably atmospheric place to stay in Vietnam’s northernmost province, Ha Giang….

  7. Pan Hou Village Ecolodge, Ha Giang, Vietnam

    Panhou Village Ecolodge, Ha Giang

    Deep within the folds of steep mountains & plunging valleys, Panhou Village Ecolodge is set in the middle of a remote & seldom-visited part of Ha Giang, Vietnam’s northernmost province….

  8. Breakfast in Ha Giang

    When I had breakfast at a noodle house in Ha Giang, Vietnam’s northernmost frontier, it was one of those occasions when food, people and place come together perfectly…

Central Highlands Routes

  1. The Pine Tree Road, North of Dalat by Motorbike, Vietnam

    The Pine Tree Road | Motorbike Guide

    North of Dalat, an enticing road plunges deep into the pine forests of the Central Highlands before dead-ending in the beautiful Krông Nô River Valley…

  2. Saigon to Dalat, back roads, Vietnam

    Saigon to Dalat: the ‘Back Ways’

    There are many ways to ride from Saigon to Dalat, but if you want a relatively direct route that avoids highways, there are several great options. These ‘back ways’ to Dalat utilize new, quiet & scenic roads to make the journey as fun as possible…

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  4. Dak Nong Geopark↔Dong Nai River Motorbike Loop

    A meandering road trip in the cool, clear air & vivid ‘HD’ colours of the Western Highlands, the Dak Nong Geopark↔Dong Nai River Motorbike Loop is a sensory route, full of smells, sounds, sights & tastes: coffee blossom, blue skies, damp earth, wood smoke, rain, birdsong, spices & hot cups of locally-grown coffee.

  5. Motocamping in south-central Vietnam in the dry season

    Motocamping South-Central Vietnam in the Dry Season

    One of the most rewarding & deeply satisfying travel experiences I’ve had in over a decade of travelling in Vietnam, motocamping (‘motorbike-camping’) is thrilling, challenging, fulfilling & still a fairly niche activity…

  6. Dalat by Motorbike: 5 Routes & Loops

    Dalat by Motorbike: 5 Routes & Loops

    Many of Dalat’s most famous & impressive attractions lie within a 10-40km radius of the city centre. Linked by good roads through pretty scenery, these sights are best visited by motorbike…

  7. The Road East of the Long Mountains (Đường Trường Sơn Đông), Vietnam

    The Road East of the Long Mountains (Đường Trường Sơn Đông)

    A romp through the Central Highlands, the Truong Son Dong Road is a ride to be savoured. With mystical overtones & military undercurrents, the name in Vietnamese translates as ‘The Road East of the Long Mountains’. It’s one of the best riding roads in Vietnam…

  8. The Ho Chi Minh Road, Vietnam

    Ho Chi Minh Road: Motorbike Guide

    Stretching almost 2,000km along the mountainous spine of Vietnam, the Ho Chi Minh Road is fast becoming famous as one of the finest motorbike rides in Asia. Now fully paved from Saigon all the way to Hanoi, this is my updated and extended guide to the entire Ho Chi Minh Road….

  9. The Tet Classic: Lunar New Year Motorbike Loop

    The Tết Classic: Lunar New Year Motorbike Loop

    Tết (Lunar New Year) is the biggest festival of them all in Vietnam, but travel can be very difficult at this time of year. That’s why, every year, I take a meandering road trip that bypasses popular tourist spots & makes the most of the dry season weather…

  10. La Nga River & Thac Ba Waterfall

    The La Nga River and Thac Ba Waterfall offer freshwater bathing, lush jungle, mountain scenery and opportunities for wild camping, all within a few hours’ drive of Saigon. It’s a great inland escape for city-dwellers with their own wheels….

  11. Tet Lunar New Year, 2018, Vietnam

    On the Road & Under the Sky: Lunar New Year, 2018

    Lunar New Year (Tết) is a time of gathering: of family & friends; of people & parties. But this year, I undertook to spend my Tết holiday in peace & solitude: I took my motorbike, my tent & my guitar & set off for 11 days on the road & under the sky…

Off-Beaten-Path Routes

  1. Tuyen Quang Magic 8 Loop, Motorbike Guide

    Tuyen Quang Magic ‘8’ Loop | Motorbike Guide

    A figure-of-eight loop on back-roads through quintessential northern landscapes not far from Hanoi…

  2. Khmer Temple-Hopping Motorbike Loop, Tra Vinh Province, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

    Khmer Temple-Hopping Motorbike Loop | Tra Vinh

    Connecting over 50 fascinating Khmer Buddhist temples via quiet back-roads through lush scenery in the seldom visited Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh, this motorbike loop is rich in culture & off the beaten path…

  3. The Muong Long Loop, Nghe An, Motorbike Guide

    The Muong Long Loop | Nghe An Motorbike Guide

    A spectacular circuit of the nation’s biggest province, the Muong Long Loop is a motorbike route to rival any other in Vietnam for scenery & adventure…

  4. The Extreme Northwest Motorbike Loop, Lai Chau & Dien Bien, Vietnam

    The Extreme Northwest Loop: Motorbike Guide

    Straddling the Chinese & Lao borders, the extreme northwest of Vietnam is one of the least travelled & most remote regions of the entire country. Mountain roads carve a circuitous course between Lao Cai, Sapa, and Dien Bien Phu, running perilously close to the infamous Golden Triangle….

  5. Lam Son Loop, Motorbike Guide, Vietnam

    Lam Son Loop | Motorbike Guide

    Empty backroads through the lush landscapes of Lê Lợi’s homeland, one of the greatest warriors in Vietnamese history…

  6. The Road East of the Long Mountains (Đường Trường Sơn Đông), Vietnam

    The Road East of the Long Mountains (Đường Trường Sơn Đông)

    A romp through the Central Highlands, the Truong Son Dong Road is a ride to be savoured. With mystical overtones & military undercurrents, the name in Vietnamese translates as ‘The Road East of the Long Mountains’. It’s one of the best riding roads in Vietnam…

  7. Tomb Rider: Hue to Dong Hoi on Back-Roads by motorbike, Vietnam

    Tomb Rider: Hue to Dong Hoi on Back-Roads

    Covering nearly 200km of completely empty beach, coastal back-roads lead from the old imperial capital of Hue to the beach city of Dong Hoi. Scattered with thousands of traditional-style tombs, this coastal region is rarely explored by foreign visitors…

  8. Sapa to Sin Ho Scenic Motorbike Loop, Vietnam

    Sapa-Sin Ho Scenic Motorbike Loop

    Sapa and Sin Ho are two towns high up on the slopes of the Tonkinese Alps. They are connected by lofty mountain passes, offering grand scenery on a scale not seen anywhere else in Vietnam. This is an ideal scenic loop by motorbike…

  9. Dak Nong Geopark↔Dong Nai River Motorbike Loop

    A meandering road trip in the cool, clear air & vivid ‘HD’ colours of the Western Highlands, the Dak Nong Geopark↔Dong Nai River Motorbike Loop is a sensory route, full of smells, sounds, sights & tastes: coffee blossom, blue skies, damp earth, wood smoke, rain, birdsong, spices & hot cups of locally-grown coffee.

  10. Motocamping in south-central Vietnam in the dry season

    Motocamping South-Central Vietnam in the Dry Season

    One of the most rewarding & deeply satisfying travel experiences I’ve had in over a decade of travelling in Vietnam, motocamping (‘motorbike-camping’) is thrilling, challenging, fulfilling & still a fairly niche activity…

  11. The Northeast Loop

    The Northeast by Motorbike: 5 Routes & Loops

    A bucolic corner of Vietnam, the Northeast is a garden of rice fields, forests, lakes & rivers ambling through limestone corridors. This guide focuses on 5 motorbike loops on meandering back-roads & freshly-sealed highways through three provinces: Cao Bang, Lang Son & Bac Kan…

  12. Dragons' Graveyard Coast Road, Cà Ná to Phan Rang, Vietnam

    Dragons’ Graveyard Coast Road | Cà Ná to Phan Rang

    Chiseled into the cliffside high above the sea, this stunning coast road negotiates a boulder-strewn promontory where people say dragons come to die…

  13. The Pine Tree Road, North of Dalat by Motorbike, Vietnam

    The Pine Tree Road | Motorbike Guide

    North of Dalat, an enticing road plunges deep into the pine forests of the Central Highlands before dead-ending in the beautiful Krông Nô River Valley…

  14. Mountains in the Mekong, motorbike road trip, Vietnam

    Mountains in the Mekong: Motorbike Loop

    Most of the Mekong Delta is as flat as a sheet of rice paper. But my favourite corner of the region, the western edge along the Cambodian border, is blessed with some high ground, in the form of a mini mountain range, which rises from the plains of An Giang Province. These mountains are connected by beautiful back-roads, perfect for a road trip…

Motorbike Guides Map

This is a map of all my Motorbike Routes. Zoom in, click a marker, then click the link in the description to go directly to the guide.