The importance of planning well ahead
I will never forget the level of excitement when I first decided to go to Vietnam and the closer I was to stepping to the airplane, the more excited I was.
Quality over Quantity
There is one thing that immediately comes to my mind when I think of planning – Vietnam is much bigger than it looks on the map. As this fact can eventually make you change your plans or even ruin them, this is the most important thing to start with.
It seems like the ultimate goal to ride a motorcycle from north (Hanoi) to south (Ho Chi Minh City) or in the opposite direction. And I am sure that if you have ever heard of anyone taking a road trip across Vietnam, they bought a motorcycle in one of these cities and sold it in the other. It sure is a wonderful trip as there are so many amazing places to see along the way and it is very tempting to complete this trip at all cost. But in order to really enjoy such trip, you will seriously need a lot of time. Vietnam really is a big country.
How much time am I thinking for such road trip? 4 weeks. But…
The thing that really gets me about Vietnam is that every single region is special for something. That means that you can very easily take a 10 day or even a 7 day road trip and still bring back home memories that you will never forget. So, if you don’t have those four weeks to spend behind the handlebars and ride from one tip of the country to another, do not worry. There are plenty of amazing options for you. And you can always come back, like I did. And believe me, you will want to come back.
Beach or Mountains?
While some people love the feeling of being by the ocean, others enjoy looking at steep hills in front of them. This country offers both. Some of the best in the world, I would say. And in less than 10 days, you can enjoy both. The nature is so rich and diverse that it is possible to enjoy a white sand beach in the morning and a pine tree mountain hike in the evening.
On the other hand, lots of people would love to simply enjoy one of these and that is also fine. You could ride some of the best roads for an entire week and not leave high mountains once and same goes for the ocean. And same goes for coffee farms, for little friendly towns, for national parks with waterfalls…
My point is that it is wise to plan well ahead. Unfortunately, time is usually limited for travels and it would be a shame to miss some of the routes and places you might enjoy the most.
Keep reading to learn where to begin your journey.