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Ho Chi Minh Trail on Jeep

Tour in North Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh trail on JEEP vehicles is our exclusive adventure because various highlights of nature, history, and riding experience are included in this very short tour and the unique experience of JEEP vehicles that are originally used since Vietnamese - US war during 1950s-1960s. You first start on mountainous roads to Mai Chau with stunning Thung Khe pass and terrace fields. Then ride to Pu Luong Nature reserve before changing into the smooth rides on Ho Chi Minh trail and starting the historical stories. Visiting President Ho Chi Minh homeland, Dong Loc intersection, Huong Khe etc will show you how important the road was in wartime and why it is our legend. The fantastic ride via plenty plantations of tea, dragon fruits, and rubbers will end at Phong Nha awesome caves.
*** Disclaimer: photos of this tour credit to our exculsive partner on Jeep tour - VJT company.
Depart at: Hanoi
Finish at: Dong Hoi
Tour destinations: Hanoi - Mai Chau valley - Pu Luong nature reserve - Tan Ky - President Ho Chi Minh homeland - Phong Nha - Hanoi

TOUR BRIEFING

Day 01: Hanoi - Mai Chau (160km)
Day 02: Mai Chau – Pu Luong Nature reserve – Tan Ky ( 280 km)
Day 03: Tan Ky - Phong Nha ( 290 km)
Day 04: Phong Nha cave – Dong hoi – night train to Hanoi (50 km)
 

Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau

Being greeted by our tour guide at your hotel. Our guide will brief about the Vietnam traffic, law and driving habit here then we will leave Hanoi at around 08.00AM.
Start riding up to the famous Mai Chau valley that is about 170km from Hanoi. The road is paved but twisting around mountains and you are expected to climb up then down several passes. One of the most notable passes is Thung Khe where you can stop to watch over a local fair of Muong ethics. You can even try some local products if interested. 

Do you know? - All our JEEPs are Jeep M151 A2, that was produced from 1959 through 1982 and served in the Vietnam War. Our Jeeps were originaly used for military purposes. 

Before arriving in Mai Chau about 7km, there is a flagpole where you will have an overview to Mai Chau valley with vast terrace fields dotted by lovely, tiny stilted houses. That is the great chance for photos.
We reach to Mai Chau then check in our homestay. Leaving your things and bikes at the house, we take a short walk into the Thai village whose costume is the most charming and beautiful. You can join dinner with the host, taste the local wine if you are fancy. Our suggestion for wrapping this day is a music performance by local artists (expenses excluded). You can join and... sing and.... dance. That’s so much fun.
Overnight in a stilt house of the Thai people.
Summary:
Distance:  170 km
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Homestay in Mai Chau village

Day 2: Mai Chau – Pu Luong Nature reserve – Tan Ky ( 280 km)

Breakfast at the homestay then we say goodbye to our nice host. After 15km driving on national road No15, we reach to a bamboo chopstick making factory then take a turn into a small road to pass Pu Luong Nature Reserve. “Pù Luông” in Thai ethnic language is “big mountain” then you can definitely expect for awesome twisting, up and down hill ride along beautiful terrace fields, stilt houses by Thai and Muong people. After that, we will ride along Ma River to Ngoc Lac where we meet the first part of Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Stop en route for lunch after 30km commencing ride on Ho Chi Minh trail.
After lunch, we are into a nice ride for about 130km to Tan Ky Town. Our road is fantastic with the views of rubber plantations and especially the 370000ha grass farm – the biggest in Asia by TH True Milk Company, at 40km prior to Tan Ky town. We arrive in Tan Ky, check in the hotel and overnight.
Summary:
Distance:  280 km
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: hotel in Tan Ky

Day 3 : Tan Ky - Phong Nha (290 km)

Today is a day for historical and wartime stories. Breakfast at a local shop, we start our JEEPs to Do Luong with en route stop at Truong Bon – a strategic intersection for North to South logistic. The next stop is the highlight of the day when we visit President Ho Chi Minh homeland to admire his humble family and his great life. 
Stop for lunch after taking a turn to road No1 – that is parallel with Ho Chi Minh trail with heavier traffic - and passing Ben Thuy bridge about 10km.
After that, we keep our riding along National road No1 for more 15km and turn right to get back to Ho Chi Minh trail again. We will visit Dong Loc intersection where the story of 10 volunteer girls sacrificed their youth heroically is admired by next generations ever. Then we drive the JEEPs along Ho Chi Minh trail passing Huong Khe, Tan Ap etc. to Phong Nha. On the way, we may take some stops at tea, rubber plantations. 
Check in hotel in Phong Nha and relax.
Summary:
Distance:  290 km
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: hotel in Phong Nha

Day 4: Phong Nha cave – Dong hoi – night train to Hanoi (50 km)

After breakfast, this morning we will take a boat trip and visit one of Phong Nha caves. So leave all your items at the hotels, just bring with a camera and really necessary things, we will get in a boat along Son river to Uot (Wet) cave in Phong Nha. The visit takes place for about 2-3 hours then you walk back to the hotel for checking out.
In this trip, we manage a night train ride back to Hanoi at around 5pm then you will have the afternoon for awesome swimming at the white sand and absolutely quiet beach, Nhat Le. Refreshing after a few days of JEEPs riding, we back to Dong Hoi station, say goodbye to our drivers/mechanic and take the overnight train with tour guide back to Hanoi. 
If you connect your trip from Dong Hoi to Danang or Ho Chi Minh City, get ready for the flight after we finishing the cave visit. Airport transfer is excluded.

Cheaper but more challenging adventure? - we also offer motorcycling tour on this rout that certainly gives you more adventurous experiences. Take a look of Motorcycling on Ho Chi Minh trail at ActiveTravel ASIA - our active adventure website.

You are supposed to arrive in Hanoi railway station around 4.00 - 5.00AM next morning. The taxi is very easy to catch at the station for a short drive to your hotel.
Services for our "Ho Chi Minh Trail on Jeep" ends up here.
Summary:
Distance:  50 km
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: night train to Hanoi

 

Why this Tour?

  • Terrace fields at Mai Chau.
  • Mountainous roads at Pu Luong.
  • Visit homeland of President Ho Chi Minh.
  • Boat trip and cave at Phong Nha.
  • Memories recalled while riding on JEEPs


Rate Valid Dec 2017
(5% OFF in May-Sep)

1 person: US$ 2230 pp
2 persons: US$ 2170 pp
3-4 persons: US$ 1340 pp
5-6 persons: US$ 1190 pp
Single Stay: Not Available
Note: PP = per person.
 

What is Included

  • 01 English speaking guide/group
  • 01 mechanic/group
  • 01 licensed driver/vehicle
  • Vehicle rentals:
    • Group of 1: 01 Jeep
    • Group of 2: 01 Jeep + a 7 seater car
    • Group of 3-4: 02 Jeeps
    • Group of 5-6: 03 Jeeps
  • Best Rooms at each stop
  • Train ticket at 4 soft-berth sharing cabin
  • Boat trip where needed
  • Daily breakfast & meals 
  • Homestay permission
  • Water & Snacks
  • First-aid kit
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Taxes & service charges

What is NOT Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratitude
  • All airport transfer/pick-up
  • Driving license convert 150$/person
  • Personal expenses
  • Others not mentioned

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