Motorbiking Hue to Hoi an – The ultimate thrill seekers tour

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Vietnam is known for its motorbikes. You will see not only a person on a bike but the whole family, the contents of their entire house and the pet dog on there- altogether. Hopping on one of these babies really is the best way to get around and travel between locations. My absolute favourite thing about my time in Southeast Asia was riding a motorbike from Hue to Hoi An. The roads are amazing, the countryside is stunning and it just made me feel as free as a bird.

Vietnam is full of Motorbikes, so if you can't beat em' then join em'! The roads between Hue and Hoi An are perfect for a 2 wheeler road trip so check out my guide of what you'll see along the way!

If, however, like me, working your way round Vietnamese traffic is not your forte then go for a motorbike tour. I went with Le Family Riders and I would definitely recommend them. It actually came about it a strange way when Jess and I were sitting in a park in Hue and a guy comes up to us and mentions his tour. At first we were a bit like ‘pah yeah right we’re blatantly being done over here’, but then we googled the company from his business card and thought we have GOT to do this! And I am so glad we did. Doing a tour meant we had the fun and freedom of the bikes without feeling like we were going to kill ourselves on the road.

Le Family Riders is a family run business and they are all incredibly friendly. Uy (the guy who approached us) and his family took us to all the sights on the way and we had plenty of time to chill out at each. It’s a long day but it’s not rushed and totally worth it!

 

A GLIMPSE OF THE COUNTRYSIDE

Between Hue and our first official stop, we swung into a beautiful bit of the countryside. When you ride through these areas of Vietnam you see rice everywhere drying on the road and our stop meant we had a better look at what goes on in that harvesting process. I don’t know where we were but it was a great place to just chill out a bit after getting used to the motorbikes.

 

ELEPHANT SPRINGS

So Elephant Springs was the first proper stop on the trip and believe me, a refreshing dip in the cool water here is exactly what you’ll fancy after being in the sticky heat of Vietnam. It’s not too busy with people coming and going and there are a lot of locals enjoying the spot as well.

 

LUNCH

After a few hours into the trip, it was time for some food. We parked up the motorbikes at the fishing village of Lap An and had lunch on a floating restaurant. As you would expect from a fishing village, the seafood here was amazing. And of course the views of the lagoon is stunning from the restaurant.

 

HAI VAN PASS

This road is just amazing on a motorbike! It stretches over 20km, sits about 500m about sea level and weaves through the mountains. The hair pin turns are brilliant to ride on a motorbike, you just have to relax and go with the bike. in 2005 a tunnel opened making it easier for lorries and larger vehicles to travel between the north and south without using this twisting roads, but this means the Pass is now perfectly clear for motorbikes! You get amazing views of Danang on the way as well.

 

DANANG

Danang is one of Vietnam’s fastest growing cities and sits right on the coast. Many people visit here rather than pass through it like we were but it was still nice to see. We had time to have a swim in the sea and we could see the famous Lady Buddha across the water and also got a glimpse of the Dragon Bridge on our way  as well.

 

THE MARBLE MOUNTAINS

This was our final stop before reaching Hoi An. Made from a group of 5 mountains next to each other, and are said to represent the 5 elements – metal, wood, fire, water and earth. It’s a bit of a tough walk up the mountains on cobbles but once you get to the caves it is well worth it. They are stunning inside and there are many Pagodas and Buddhist sanctuaries inside. We were told by our guide that people hid in them during the war and that there was even a hospital inside!

Vietnam is full of Motorbikes, so if you can't beat em' then join em'! The roads between Hue and Hoi An are perfect for a 2 wheeler road trip so check out my guide of what you'll see along the way!

Vietnam is full of Motorbikes, so if you can't beat em' then join em'! The roads between Hue and Hoi An are perfect for a 2 wheeler road trip so check out my guide of what you'll see along the way!

 

SOME HANDY BITS

  • You don’t have to wear your backpack on the motorbike. Your bag will either be strapped to the back of your bike or strapped onto another bike who rides with the group purely to carry the luggage. If you can, I would recommend having your bag on your own bike as it’s comfy to have something to lean back on.
  • Wear light fast drying clothes so it’s easy to get changed after swimming.
  • Have a small bag on you with money, a light towel and other essentials – it’s way too much faff to keep getting your backpack on and off the bike.
  • Make sure you wear suncream still. It feels cooler when you’re on the bike, but those rays will still get ya!
When you go to Vietnam you will see motorbikes everywhere you look. So what better place to take a road trip on one and explore this fabulous country at the same time? Find out about the great Hue to Hoi An road trip here.

21 Comments

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  2. What an adventure! I was tempted to rent a motorbike, but I’m so clumsy that I didn’t. Maybe another time. 🙂 Love your photos.

  3. A bike ride does seem like perfect for Vietnam. EAsy to access those small lanes and places. Do they have gearless ones? Coz I really cant manage a geared one.

    • It’s a great place for it! To be honest I know nothing about motorbikes so I don’t know about the gears I’m afraid. I was on the back of the bike so saved myself the worry of that haha

  4. Vietnam was my first Country to travel with a Backpack… the country is so beautiful! We did everything on public transport, but I can imagine that doing it by motorbike must be one hell of an adventure! Your trip truly looks amazing!

  5. Vietnam is such a beautiful country. Motorbiking through the countryside seems so much fun. Especially when you are in the crossing the bends in the mountains. Some great handy tips at the end.

  6. Roads and Pages on

    I really enjoyed your post about Hoi An. I am actually having a confusion on where it is better to go, Hanoi or Hoi An. It seems that you had a great stay in Hoi An. I will consider these places in my future trip with my boyfriend.

    • Thank you! Well I loved Hanoi as well so it’s definitely a tough decision! I’m sure you will have an amazing time whichever you choose though.

  7. I would love to do this. I sure love motorcycle trips but on this road, I be stopping off quite often totake in the views 🙂

  8. Hue – Hoi Ann is a great motorbike trip, but nothing compared to the Ha Giang Motorbike loop. If you ever get a chance to go up North to Ha Giang it’s honestly the nicest landscapes I’ve seen in my life.

  9. Sounds like a wonderfull trip. I thinking I am going to get my drivers licence. And Elephant springs looks like a wonderfull place for a refreshing stop.

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