Category Archives: MOTORBIKE GUIDES

23 Differences from South to North Vietnam

One of the most interesting aspects of travelling through Vietnam is observing & experiencing the changes that occur from one region to the next. Whether serious or superficial, significant or frivolous, I’ve jotted down some of the differences I notice when travelling south to north… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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Saigon Midnight Motorbike Loop

Saigon is just too darn hot, humid, busy and polluted to enjoy during the daytime. At night, however, temperatures are cool, humidity is low and traffic is light: it’s the perfect time to see the city. I’ve put together an urban motorbike route designed specifically for riding after dark: I call it the Saigon Midnight Loop… Continue reading

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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…. Continue reading

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River Road: The Cai Valley

A silver seam of glistening water, the Cai River meanders through a beautiful valley between Dalat and Phang Rang. A new road follows the course of the Cai River – from its source in the high, forested hills to its mouth on the eastern seaboard – making an excellent, scenic road trip… Continue reading

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The Pine Tree Road

An enticing road leads north from Dalat and into the remote forests and mountains of deepest Lam Dong Province. Coniferous forests stretch to the horizon making this route great for camping or picnicking. The road is in excellent condition and the riding is easy: it’s the perfect day trip from Dalat… Continue reading

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The Golden Loop: Central Vietnam by Motorbike

Many people choose to travel by motorbike between Hoi An and Hue, via the scenic Hai Van Pass. The popularity of this route is largely thanks to the 2008 Top Gear Vietnam Special episode. But there is an extension of this road trip which takes the ride, quite literally, to another level. I call it The Golden Loop… Continue reading

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Motorbike on the Train: Saigon to Phan Thiet

Put your motorbike on the train and let the rails carry your wheels between Saigon and Phan Thiet/Mui Ne. It’s cheap, easy, fun, fast, efficient and relaxing. Even if you’re not taking your motorbike with you, the train is a much better option than taking one of the buses along Highway 1…. Continue reading

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Desert, Sea, Sky: The Ninh Thuan Loop

Located between the two most popular beach towns in Vietnam – Mui Ne and Nha Trang – Ninh Thuan Province boasts coastal scenery to rival its famous neighbours. One of the most sparsely populated, least developed, and driest regions in southern Vietnam, ambitious new roads have opened up access to Ninh Thuan’s captivating scenery… Continue reading

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Weather in Vietnam: When & Where to Go

Many people assume that Vietnam is bathed in tropical sunshine year-round. But Vietnam’s climate is complex, variable, and very local. Having travelled to all of Vietnam’s 63 provinces, I’ve put together this personal guide to where in Vietnam I would most want to be at different times of the year… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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ROUTE MAP: Two Month Motorbike Road Trip

During the autumn of 2014, I spent two months travelling over 9,000km by motorbike across Vietnam. This annotated and illustrated map of my road trip is designed as a resource for other riders. On it I’ve included links to relevant motorbike guides for specific regions; all of my overnight stops; and my exact route… Continue reading

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Ha Giang Extreme North Motorbike Loop

Ha Giang, Vietnam’s northern-most province, is home to a mythical landscape of conical limestone peaks & craterous valleys. Considered the last frontier for adventurous travel in Vietnam, this motorbike loop offers perhaps the most thrilling road trip in the country… Continue reading

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Two Months on a Motorbike

In 2014, I embarked on a 9,000km, two-month motorbike road trip through Vietnam. During my time on the road, I kept a full and illustrated diary of my travels, an annotated map of my route, and made a short film of the journey… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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My Motorbike, Stavros

My motorbike turned 8 and a half years old last month. In that time it’s taken me all over Vietnam, clocking up over 120,000km in the process. Mountains, rivers, cities, beaches; my motorbike has seem them all. Affectionately known to me as ‘Stavros’, I’ve grown very attached to my motorbike over the years… Continue reading

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Saigon to Phu Quoc Island Motorbike Loop

Flying to Phu Quoc Island is cheap & easy, but if you want a real adventure, driving there by motorbike from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is much more fun. This road trip takes you from Vietnam’s biggest city to some of the country’s best tropical beaches, via the waterways & highways of the Mekong Delta. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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…. Continue reading

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Hòn Gốm Sandbar: Motorbike Guide

Vietnam’s most easterly point, Hòn Gốm Sandbar stretches 30km into the South China Sea. Deserted, wild beaches line both sides, and a couple of tiny fishing villages shelter in calm coves. A new road runs along almost the entire length of the sandbar, making a great road trip from Nha Trang. Continue reading

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Núi Chúa Coastal Road

Núi Chúa is a beautiful promontory that juts into the ocean between Phan Rang City and Cam Ranh Bay, on Vietnam’s south-central coast. A new road has opened up access to spectacular beaches, forests, mountain springs and fishing villages. It’s great for a road trip! Continue reading

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The Ocean Road: Part 1

A quiet road runs 150km along the southeastern coast of Vietnam, linking the two beach towns of Vũng Tàu and Mũi Né. Skirting the deserted coastline for much of its length, occasionally ducking inland through fruit plantations and dusty villages where ox-drawn carts full of hay linger in the heat; I call it the Ocean Road. Continue reading

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The Limestone Loop: Motorbike Guide

Thanh Hóa is a province of limestone pinnacles, rivers and rice paddies. Quiet roads meander through steep valleys cloaked in bamboo forests, and mountain passes twist skyward towards remote Lao border crossings. New highways and upgraded roads have cut travel time between Thanh Hóa Province and Hanoi to within 2 or 3 hours. Continue reading

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