ROUTE MAP: Two Month Motorbike Road Trip

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First published June 2015 | Words and map by Vietnam Coracle

During the autumn of 2014, I spent two months riding through Vietnam on my motorbike, Stavros. I travelled over 9,000km: from Saigon and the southern beaches to Hanoi and the northern mountains and back again. This annotated map of my road trip is designed so that other riders may use it as a reference: Yellow Stars contain links to relevant Vietnam Coracle guides for specific regions; Red Pins show my overnight stops; Blue Lines mark my exact route. All markers are illustrated with photos. For more about my two month road trip see related content.

Map Key:

  • Yellow Stars: Links to relevant Vietnam Coracle guides
  • Red Pins: Overnight stops
  • Blue Lines: My route by motorbike

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23 Responses to ROUTE MAP: Two Month Motorbike Road Trip

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  2. Kai says:

    Hi Tom

    Which would you recommend.
    Going from Kon Tum to Nha Trang via Buon Ma Thuot through the central highlands..
    Or going from Kon Tum to Nha Trang via Quy Nhon stopping via the sandbar and Vung Ro bay? Would this mean a lot of travelling on highway 1 though.. Bit worried about the highway 1 from what everyone says sounds pretty hazardous.

    Cheers, Kai

  3. ian blyde says:

    Hi Tom,
    great site. Question, what do you know about riding the Ho Chi Minh trail & why you did not ride it?
    Which mouth you think is best to ride, me thinking April [or Nov 2016] as getting a bike in Hanoi to ride down south [Ho Chi Minh city] & back poping into Cambodia/laos plus north Hanoi
    open to your suggestions
    thanks Ian

  4. Terry says:

    My trip is only weeks away now! I’m wondering about a couple more things I hope you can help me with.
    -Did you carry tools to change a flat tire, and fix other problems? But even if I bought the tools, I don’t know how to use them, so I’m hoping to just push the bike to a mechanic if something goes wrong.
    -What about oiling the chain?
    -How often did you change the oil?
    -A place to buy waterproof bags for my packs?
    I think that’s about all I’m worried about. I can’t wait to hit the road!

  5. Neil Youngman says:

    Hi Tom. I’m wondering if you can help me please. I’m in Ho Chi Minh City right now and just purchased a motorbike. I plan on travelling up to Hanoi. With a 3 month visa, I have no time scale so was wondering if you have a route that’ll take me from south to North, following the coast road, staying over night in nice places/towns and experiencing the great roads and views that Vietnam has to offer. I have looked at your detailed map that you’ve put up but seems like it leads away from the coast. Any advice, tips and recommendations would be greatly appreciated.


  6. Oh, something I wrestling with is weather to get a tent or not. For a trip like this into remote places, is a tent needed, or can guesthouses always be found? Thanks again for all the info!

  7. Thank, this is great! I hope to do something similar.

  8. Ed Cobb says:

    Awesome post Tom! You’re good man for sharing the info you do. I did a guided 9 day motorbike tour up north with a mate last April. I’m now psyched up to have a crack at a bigger trip on my own. This info will come in very handy. Thanks, Ed.

  9. Gene says:

    thats a badass little route.
    i recently returned from a mere 1,700km, 10-day trip in the north

  10. Jim Ellis says:

    I enjoy reading these. Months ago I asked if you had been through Vung Ro Bay where my unit, IUWG 1 unit 5 was at. We lost good friends there and set up a marble memorial. You mentioned if you got by there you would try and locate it. We heard different stories that it was destroyed. I see this route took you through there. Any luck. It was locate above a point we called charlie beach. There is a village along the shoreline there now. The south end of the village starts at Charlie beach. The memorial would have been between the village and the pipeline upon the finger point pointing east.

    Jim Ellis

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