Beyond the mountainous landscapes in the Northwestern part of Vietnam, Central Vietnam also captivates tourists with its beautiful beaches and prominent attractions such as the ancient capital Hue, the charming Hoi An ancient town, and Da Nang – often regarded as the most livable city in Vietnam.
For an extended journey lasting more than 10 days, consider the following two suggested itineraries. Both routes start in Hanoi and conclude in Da Nang. The famous Hoi An ancient town is a highlight in both itineraries, situated near Da Nang and undoubtedly deserving mention in both routes.
10+ DAYS: SEA motorbike ROUTE
This itinerary follows the provinces along the East Sea and traverses many famous tourist destinations in the Central region. At each stop, travelers can easily find beautiful beaches for relaxation.
After departing from Hanoi for approximately 2 hours, you will reach Ninh Binh, one of the most attractive tourist destinations with various places of interest such as the Trang An Eco-tourism Complex, Bai Dinh Pagoda, and the Tam Coc – Bich Dong Tourist Area. The route also passes through Hue, with its ancient city and historic temples, offering a window into Vietnam’s historical past. Hoi An, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, captivates visitors with its preserved architecture, lantern-lit streets, and bustling markets. Da Nang, a dynamic coastal city, seamlessly blends modernity with nature.
The route of this itinerary mostly consists of easily navigable roads as it passes through most provinces and cities. It is ideal for beginners who want an enjoyable driving experience without too much difficulty.
12+ Days: THe Ho Chi Minh Trail
This route follows the Ho Chi Minh Trail, starting from Hanoi and extending to Hue. Also known as the Truong Son Road, the Ho Chi Minh Trail is a vast network of routes used during the Vietnam War. Stretching across Southeast Asia, it connects Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. It played a crucial role in transporting supplies and military personnel from North Vietnam to the South, supporting military campaigns and maintaining control. Today, the Ho Chi Minh Trail is preserved as a historical site, attracting international tourists and locals to explore its history and culture.
Although the road has been paved and is much easier to traverse today, it still presents challenges with continuous twists and turns, offering panoramic views of majestic mountains. This stretch of road promises a range of emotions and memorable experiences for those seeking speed, a bit of adventure, and a sense of freedom in their journey.