Hue – DMZ Tour – Phong Nha Caves .Phong Nha Cave was designated a Unesco World Heritage site in 2003 The Ho Chi Minh Road (not to be confused with the Ho Chi Minh Trail, most of which is in Laos) runs along the mountainous spine of Vietnam, known as the Trường Sơn Range. For much of its length, the road is a quiet, well-made, easily accessible, two-lane highway which sees very little traffic compared to the other major north-south road, Highway 1. In this comprehensive guide.
Day 1: Hue to DMZ Area
Departing from Hue we ride along highway 1 to Quang Tri town, visiting Long Hung Church and Quang Tri Old Citadel which was a battlefield in 1972 between North and South Vietnam for 81 days and nights.
Then, we will ride along the coast from Cua Viet Beach to Cua Tung Beach a long stretch of beautiful and peaceful coastline. Next we visit the Vinh Moc tunnels and explore the Demilitarised Zone, stop for lunch at the Doc Mieu Firebase.
In the afternoon we will have short stop at Truong Son cemetary to pay respects to the soldiers who fought and died on the trail during the American War. Continuing west on highway 9, we will climb into the Truong Son foothills, pass the Rock Pile and stop at some villages and beautiful natural springs and waterfalls near the highway.
Approx 5pm we arrive in Khe Sanh which was established as a forward base by General Westmoreland near Laos to secure highway 9. Check in to hotel, free time at night.
Day 2: Khe Sanh to Phong Nha Caves
After breakfast visit the Khe Sanh combat base, then we ride the west Ho Chi Minh trail, today you have the chance to see the real trail with its mind-blowing, spectacular scenery – lots of jungle, mountains, waterfalls and villages of the Paco and Van Kieu Minorities.
We will ride through the Sa Mu pass, se pang heng river, Lang Ho village, U bo pass, areas made famous in the American war.
Tonight we stay in Son Trach village near the entrance to the Phong Na-Ke Bang National Park
Day 3: Phong Nha to Dong Hoi or Hue
This morning we will take a boat approx 5km along the Son River to tour the Phong Nha Cave (river cave), followed by Tien Son Cave (dry cave).
In the afternoon we will stop for a swim in the Suoi Nuoc Mooc Springs, and visit Tamco caves and Kilometre 0 or the west Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Later we ride along the east Ho Chi Minh trail to the town of Dong Hoi, from here there are easy connections by train or open tour bus to Hanoi or Back to Hue
Price : $ 85 per / per day
Day 1 Start time: approx 8am
Day 3 Finish time: approx 4-5pm
Includes: Motorbike private tour with English speaking guides, 2 nights hotel accommodation in a private twin/double room with ensuite bathroom, entrance fees to all listed sites, transport, petrol, water .