‘A country that has been through as much as Vietnam has to have some crazy music somewhere.’ – Henry Rollins
‘From splendid green terraced fields carpeting the mountains to the thrilling winding roads to the biggest caves in the world to kitesurfing on the beaches – Vietnam is a total package if you love traveling and being outdoors’.
‘I can’t say what made me fall in love with Vietnam… that everything is so intense. The colors, the taste, even the rain.’ – Graham Greene
‘They say whatever you’re looking for, you will find here. They say you come to Vietnam and you understand a lot in a few minutes, but the rest has got to be lived… promising everything in exchange for your soul. You can hardly remember your name, or what you came to escape from.’ – Graham Greene
Discover golden rice fields, tropical beaches, fascinating history, exotic culture and world renowned cuisine with us on the ultimate Adventure Motorcycling tour of Vietnam. The majority of Vietnam’s tourists visit the big cities, Halong bay, and a few other towns along the coast often travelling by train, plane or bus along the horrible highway 1. The Overlanders tour often deliberately avoids some of these commercial tourist areas in favour of the REAL Vietnam – a Vietnam that can only be experienced on a motorcycle. Prepare for the ultimate assault on the senses – the sights, smells and sounds are like nothing we’ve ever experienced.
There’s motorcycle adventures, expeditions, holidays and RTW trips. THIS Vietnam motorcycle tour is without doubt a motorcycle adventure of the very best calibre. Starting in the Mekong Delta our route takes us north along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, while zig-zagging in and out to the coast, as we meander our way ever north before making a loop around the northern provinces to the China border, before finishing in Hanoi. A land of war and history, having been under attack for centuries by some of the world’s superpowers, Vietnam offers ultimate adventure travel, stunning scenery and a very warm welcome, from what is arguably one of the worlds most resilient nations. There is so much more to see and experience in this dynamic, diverse country which has been shaped by periods of imperial rule, French colonialism and the Communist regime under the nation’s iconic leader, Ho Chi Minh.
Our Vietnam motorcycle tour visits key scenic sites, historic sites from the first and second Indochina wars and some of the most beautiful places the country has to offer. We also spend quite some time away from the “must see” touristy sites to see the REAL Vietnam. To see this country properly we are taking three weeks to traverse the entire length of it from the Mekong Delta in the south to it’s border with China in the north.
Difficult to describe in words we hope the photos from our previous personal tours and recce missions give some insight into this amazing, intriguing and wonderful country. Don’t mind the off-road photos and videos!
Why Vietnam? Pre – Overlanders we threw darts at the world map in order to determine where our next adventurous bike trip would be. These annual trips would be in addition to our usual summer biking holidays. This dart throwing method had seen us travel to Albania & The Balkans 2008, Baltics, Russia & Ukraine 2009, Morocco 2010 (Overlanders 1st year in business), Georgia & around the Black Sea 2012, South America 2014, Northern Thailand 2015, Southern Africa 2017 and so on. In 2013 however the dart landed on Vietnam and we concocted a plan to ride the Ho Chi Minh Trail from Saigon to Hanoi. Trip planning and preparation amounted to obtaining a visa plus a few dodgy bikes from a what seemed like a shady rental company. Early January 2013 three (of the 4 original amigos) flew to Ho Chi Minh and embarked on a 3 week adventure north through Vietnam. One paper map and no GPS.
A challenge that adventure motorcyclists regularly face is finding subsequent trips to better the last, and this is something we are always conscious of personally. It needs to be better. Vietnam 2013 delivered and then some. We had one of the most fantastic adventure bike trips we’ve ever had to date. In December 2017, three of the Rynharts returned for a 3 week trail riding tour of the northern provinces close to the Laos and China borders – the scenery remains some of the best we’ve ever seen.
We’ve been contemplating running a tour in Vietnam for many years and it was always left on the long finger for a number of reasons. We’re absolutely delighted to be running it towards the end of 2023. It’s a big country and you could easily spend months here but we believe our 3 week itinerary, from the Mekong Delta, north along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and around the northern provinces to the China border, is simply top class.
Blue Dragon? Vietnam has a long coast line, a rich aquatic system and beautiful scenery – therefore is called the blue dragon country, while China is called the red dragon, North Korea is the white dragon, and Japan is the black dragon.