Going to Nha Trang, Da Nang or Saigon is too simple and familiar. But what would you think if you were traveling on the off-road and single-track roads from one place to another? These7 favoured riding roads in Vietnam are not new but not old places because you may have heard or visited but have not really reached them. Why you don’t experience once to know more and to love the land under your foot more. And it is the time for you to admire the beautiful scenery that is simple but majestic of parts in Vietnam? Then you should take your motorbike up and go. The popular arcades are ideal for any connoisseur who wants to conquer and experience the majestic slopes and mountains. According to the information posted on many tourist channels, and due to several years of being the tour guide for many off-road riders, the most popular riding roads in Vietnam are quite rugged terrain, has many bends but brings in beautiful and majestic nature. Let’s together with Vietnam Motorbike Tours to take a look at the greatest riding roads are being favoured on the journey to conquer the lands of the country.
Top 7 favored riding roads in Vietnam
- NATIONAL HIGHWAY QL55/55B: (Lagi to Bao Loc) 140km
- NINH THUAN COAST ROAD (Ca Na to Ninh Chu) 40km
- NATIONAL HIGHWAY AH13/QL6/QL279 (Son La to Dien Bien Phu) 155km
- THE HAI VAN PASS (Cu De River to Lang Co) 25km
- THE MA PI LENG PASS (QL4C) (Dong Van to Meo Vac) 20km
- CON SON ISLAND COAST ROAD (Ben Dam to Dam Trau) 25km
- TRUONG SON DONG ROAD (DT669/669B): (Dak Po to Xa Hieu) 105km
NATIONAL HIGHWAY QL55/55B:
- Route: Lagi to Bao Loc
- Distance: 140km
- Province: Binh Thuan & Lam Dong
- Scenery: arid lowlands, wooded midlands, agricultural highlands, coffee farms, rivers
- Road conditions: excellent two-lane asphalt road, light traffic
- Best time of year: December to April
For an off-road tour to Lam Dong from Ho Chi Minh City, people usually follow the National Highway No 20 (turn from Dau Giay – Dong Nai junction). But there is another way, more absent, in return, the scene is quite wild with many beautiful passes. It is worth to explore, that is the road through Highway 55. Highway 55 starts in town in Ba Ria, through Long Dien, Dat Do and Xuyen Moc districts (Ba Ria – Vung Tau), Ham Tan district, La Gi town, Tanh Linh district, Ham Thuan Bac district, Bao Lam district and in Bao Loc city (Lam Dong province).
Thus, to ride to Lam Dong from Ho Chi Minh on the Highway No 55, you will have to go to Dong Nai, Ba Ria town, then on national highway No 55, through Lagi town (Binh Thuan). Tan Nghia commune in Ham Tan district (Binh Thuan province) there will have a signboard to going to Lam Dong. To ride to Bao Loc from Ho Chi Minh City on this road is estimated to be about 140 km further than the national highway 20. However, the deserted and unspoiled road with much beautiful scenery will make your Lagi – Bao Loc Motorbike Tour more exciting. Especially, the Phan Pass and Loc Nam Pass along the road surely will give a chance you to experience and conquer hard riding roads.
THE HAI VAN PASS:
- Route: Cu De River to Lang Co
- Distance: 25 km
- Province: Danang & Thua Thien Hue
- Scenery: stunning coastal views, beaches, coves, lush mountains, city skylines
- Road conditions: good two-lane tarmac road, light traffic
- Best time of year: April to September
Hai Van Pass is located on the high mountain of Truong Son Range. This mountain crosses the border of the country from the western border to the coast, which is considered to be the natural border between Thua Thien Hue Province and Da Nang City. The length of the pass is more than 20 km. It is winding pass while many sections is extremely dangerous. For the landscape here, there is rarely place like Hai Van Pass whose one side is immense blue sea at the foot of the mountain and the other side is high mountain sores. The scene is extremely breathtaking. More than five centuries before, since the first time passing through Hai Van, King Le Thanh Tong was amazed by its beauty and called this place as a great scene of the country.
When Hai Van tunnel was put into operation, the means of transport from Da Nang to Thua Thien-Hue became favorable, from which it was invested to develop into a tourist route. Since Hai Van tunnel does not allow motorbikes, if you want to cross the tunnel, you must send your motorbike at the transfer station. So most tourists who have chosen a motorbike to travel will climb the Hai Van pass to take more active time and enjoy beautiful scenery.
THE MA PI LENG PASS (QL4C):
- Route: Dong Van to Meo Vac
- Distance: 20km
- Province: Ha Giang
- Scenery: stunning limestone landscape of peaks and troughs, steep river valleys and gorges
- Road conditions: reasonably good one-lane tarmac road, very light traffic
- Traveling time: March to October
The Pass is not long but is the most dangerous mountain pass in the northern border. It is like the “king” of the Vietnam Pass. With the length of 20 km, around the mountain peak, Ma Pí Leng is 2,000 meters high, connecting Meo Vac town with Dong Van. To make this way, there were tens of thousands of workers from all over the northern provinces. They worked day and night hardly to chisel stones. Especially the passage of Pi Leng have constructed thanks to the young people climbing on the mountain wall to make the road.
After completing the pass, you can see the Ma Li Leng pass with nine curved bends along the cliffs upright, under below is the deep abyss. This has become a feat like a “Great Wall” of Vietnam. At the top of the pass, there is a stone inscription marking the road, which is also a place of remembrance of those who have sacrificed their lives to make this pass road.
NINH THUAN COASTAL ROAD:
- Route: Ca Na to Ninh Chu
- Distance: 40km
- Province: Ninh Thuan
- Scenery: sheer cliffs, rocky, arid headlands, sand dunes, beaches, big seascapes
- Road conditions: good two-lane tarmac road, some potholes, very light traffic
- Best time of year: January to October
Not to mention, this is probably the most beautiful coastal road in Vietnam is only 40 km long but you will spend a lot of time stopping by, taking pictures and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the land of Ninh Thuan. Because you will be able to overlook the beautiful sea Mui Dinh, the fishing village of Son Hai, muddy sand dunes, Thai An Thousand vineyards, romantic Vinh Hy Bay, fantasy Cave, and a series of unspoiled beaches that have no stops.
Having a night out to camp on any beach, enjoying the sea, watching the stars, grilling food on the sand or watching the sunrise on the sea, you will definitely feel life is too great that you do not dare to try. Whether traveling alone, with your lover or friends, touring with Vietnam Motorbike Tours on this Ninh Thuan coastal road will also bring you a memorable experience and best memories.
CON SON ISLAND COAST ROAD:
- Route: Ben Dam to Dam Trau
- Distance: 25 km
- Province: Ba Ria-Vung Tau
- Scenery: wild, empty beaches, rocky cliffs, dramatic coastline, forests, a colonial-era town
- Road conditions: mostly good, (wide) single-lane tarmac road, strong winds, no traffic
- Best time of year: March to August
Riding out in the East Sea, 80 km off the coast of the Mekong Delta, Con Son is a remote and beautiful island in the Con Dao Archipelago. Con Son Coast Road is winding around it. If you are about to ride motorcycles with Vietnam Motorcycle Tours crew on Con Son coast road, you will cross Dam Trau. Dam Trau beach is considered to be the most beautiful beach of Con Dao with soft foam stretches of white sand, pristine forest with green trees and cliffs with a unique shape. To get to Dam Trau beach, you have to move on the road. In which it can not be more beautiful when the two sides are forest. There is a piece of forest on the side of the sea, the other side are beautiful flowers. At Dam Trau beach, you can enjoy the beach and get yourself relaxed with the beautiful scenery or dive into the coral.
NATIONAL HIGHWAY AH13/QL6/QL279:
- Route: Son La to Dien Bien Phu
- Distance: 155 km
- Province: Son La & Dien Bien
- Scenery: high mountains, jungles, rivers, rice fields, limestone karsts, rural communities
- Road conditions: good two-lane tarmac road, fairly light traffic
- Best time of year: April to October
To northwest Vietnam, there is a beautiful way to Dien Bien. On this single trackway, our Vietnam Motorcycle Tours also crosses Pha Din Pass which is one of the four famous mountain passes of North Vietnam. An off-road motorcycle trip is a great idea, but when riding you should be careful because the road here is quite vicious and dangerous. From Hanoi, we ride along Highway 6 through Son La, passing Pha Nam to Tuan Giao and then turn to Highway 279 to Dien Bien.
Coming to Dien Bien, Pha Din is also known as the interference between heaven and earth. This is also an indispensable checkpoint for many off-road riders when coming to Dien Bien. Standing on top of Pha Din, you will be captivated by the majestic mountains of clouds. This pass is about 32 km long and has a rugged terrain and features typical North West lanes where one side is cliffs, the other side is the deep abyss.
It is a land of great historical victories, coming Dien Bien is worth riding. You must visit the Dien Bien Phu Victory Museum. It is located in the heart of the city. The museum is a famous and important historical work of Dien Bien. It is quite impressive with architecture based on the simulation of the hat of Vietnamese soldiers. Inside is a space displaying thousands of documents, artifacts, models, and statues of the heroic battle of Dien Bien Phu campaign in 1954.
TRUONG SON DONG ROAD (DT669/669B):
- Route: Dak Po to Xa Hieu
- Distance: 105km
- Province: Gia Lai & Quang Ngai
- Scenery: extensive farmland, plateaus, mountains, jungle, minority villages
- Road conditions: good two-lane tarmac road, no traffic
- Best time of year: April to September
Starting at the intersection near the Victory Monument, the road passes through several villages of An Thanh commune (Dak Po district) and leads to To Tung commune, Kong Lang Hoi, Dak Ha before leading into the center of Kbang town. Riding on this route, you will able to see the peaceful village of Bahnar embracing the two sides of the roads or the villages of Thai, Tay, Muong migrated from the Northwestern provinces to settle here. Bright red roofs glitter behind the long yards of sugarcane, rice, and maize. If you and your Vietnam Motorcycle Tours crew ride here in May, you will have the chance to observe Kbang people harvesting sugarcane and rice.
After passing Kbang town, you will ride to Son Pai and Son Lang, connecting to Xa Hieu (Kon Plong district, Kon Tum province). This will be the most exciting part of the Truong Son Dong route with vast majestic forests. The route is like a soft silk crossing through the villages and the old forest. If you pay attention enough, it will not be hard for you to see the forest orchids hanging on the big trees on the roadside. There are big wooden trees that live for a hundred years. You will enjoy the feeling of cool air and fresh atmosphere of the jungle here.
Hopefully, the article provides you with enough information about tracks and roads when you are going to participate in a Vietnam Motorcycle Tours. If you have any concerns or desire to know other great off-road riding roads, you can access to the website of Vietnam Motorcycle Tours Club Team at https://vietnammotorbiketoursclub.com.