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Hue to Hoi An Motorbike Tour

Hue Adventures Motorbike Tour

This was probably the most impromptu thing we did in our entire Vietnam trip. We emailed Hue Adventures at 2AM the day before and only confirmed near 11PM the night before our motorbike tour.

We woke up feeling rather apprehensive, not knowing if the motorbikes will come at 8AM.

Hue Adventures Motorbike Tour

BUUUT they DID!

Our luggages were pretty big but they managed to slim it down and tied them securely to each of the bikes. In case it wasn’t evident in the photo, the luggage was super secured.

Fishing Village 02 Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An

This is one of the fishing lagoons we saw while having a brief stopover for coffee (included in the tour).

Elephant Waterfall (Suol Voi)

BBQ Frog Elephant Waterfall Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An

To be honest, we didn’t do much research on the places we were visiting. They drove us past dirt roads and weaved between the trees in the mountains. Could have caused a mini panic attack (paranoia striked!) but we spotted people after a while, which kinda put us slightly at ease). Heard from our tour guides that the people in the photo above were grilling frogs. 😖

It was a pleasant surprise (and relief) when we finally arrived at our first stop – Elephant Waterfall. A water park built around the natural landscape, it was a favourite local haunt for families and friends. It is not uncommon to see families lugging picnic mats and boxes of food to enjoy the day out at the springs.

Elephant Waterfall Springs Suol Voi Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An

Elephant Springs Suol Voi Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An

Elephant Waterfall Springs Suol Voi 01 Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An

The waters were clean and absolutely refreshing to dip into on a hot day. Too bad we didn’t prepare swimsuits or extra clothing. I would absolutely return here if I get the chance to!

Elephant Waterfall Springs Suol Voi 02 Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An

Hai Van Pass

Next, we tackled the Hai Van Pass, which can be translated as Sea Cloud pass. A 20+ km highway that winds and weaves into the mountains, though dangerous, presents one of the most breathtaking views of the trip. On the way up, it literally was fog and mist around the pass but thankfully the visibility on the roads was clear.

On the way up Hai Van Pass Deer Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An

Spotted this deer on the way up to the peak☝

And here we are, finally at the peak:

Hai Van Pass

Yes, it was really foggy.

It was fortunate that visibility improved as we rode down and we were able to catch these breathtaking views:

Hai Van Pass Ocean Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An

Hai Van Pass Scenery Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An
White Flowers Hai Van Pass Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An

China Beach (My Khe) in Da Nang

We crossed the Han River Bridge on our way into Da Nang…

Cau Song Han Han Bridge Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An

And arrived at China Beach.

Danang China Beach Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An R & R Beach

The beach and waters were relatively clean and there was hardly anyone around. It would have been a great place to hang around if we were in beach-appropriate outfits and if the sun wasn’t so blinding.

My Khe Beach Danang Vietnam

Marble Mountains

Warning: Ridiculous amount of stairs

We had a brief stopover for lunch before we arrived at Marble Mountains, which was our last stop in the tour. Before we even saw the mountains, we were welcomed by an overwhelming amount of marble structures.

And the first sight of the Marble Mountains while our guides purchased the tickets, was this see-through elevator.

Lift - Danang Ngu Hanh Son Marble Mountains Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An

Yes, you read that right – an elevator leading you right up the mountains. As much as I wanted to be more sporting and climb up the mountains, my jelly legs were really grateful for this lift.

After the lift at - Danang Ngu Hanh Son Marble Mountains Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An

The elevator brings you up about 5 storeys high and you start exploring from there. You go downwards most of the time but occasionally there are observation spots to climb up. This view below was taken off the highest observation point.

Top View - Danang Ngu Hanh Son Marble Mountains Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An

We had to climb up a ridiculous amount of steep steep stairs to get to this point. Along the way, hordes of people gave up and of course there were people who reached the peak and returned, encouraging us with phrases like “almost there, almost there!”. Mostly lies I feel.

Scenary - Danang Ngu Hanh Son Marble Mountains Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An

I wish I could convey the extent of steepness with photos.

Steep Steps - Danang Ngu Hanh Son Marble Mountains Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An

We continued exploring the mountains and its various religious buildings.

Danang Marble Mountains Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An

Most of the architecture was vibrant and intricate and was simply amazing.

Temple - Danang Ngu Hanh Son Marble Mountains Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An

Temple 02 - Danang Ngu Hanh Son Marble Mountains Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An
Dragon Relief - Danang Ngu Hanh Son Marble Mountains Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An

My thoughts on the motorbike tour

Motorbike View Hue Adventure Motorbike Tour Vietnam Hoi An
Remember to wear long pants!

Before I even delve into how good or bad the experience was, I have to, have to, have to emphasize to you to wear long pants. I received an irrevocable sun tan/burn from wearing shorts and went around looking like I wore thigh-high leggings for months.

Putting aside that horrible tan, I think the motorbike tour was a great, cost AND time-effective way to travel from Hue to Hoi An. Sure you could cover the distance at a lower cost, but paying USD50 per person to cover a significant number of attractions and locations along the way and not having to plan them was really bang for buck. It was a major plus point that I enjoyed all the places they brought us to and there was no hard-sell stopovers. Plus entrance tickets were all covered. Plus again, prices seem to have lowered now with Hue Adventures.

My verdict: Try it!

Ending this post with an interesting tidbit: Vietnamese actually dry their rice on roads. So always wash your rice cleanly before you cook them! 👇

Rice Hue Vietnam

Author: Eunice

Hedonist-wannabe enjoying life’s pleasures on a realistic budget.

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