The vast plains with small villages nestled amidst large fields, the long winding coastal roads following white sandy beaches, the high mountain passes with breathtaking scenery… these are what many adventure enthusiasts often share when reviewing motorbike trips in Central Vietnam.
Due to the influence of the sea advancing and erosion, many roads in Central Vietnam are situated between the mountains and the sea. Along the South Central Coast, there are many wide fishing grounds and winding bends that require the skills of experienced riders, always creating a great excitement for those with a thirst for exploration.
The best time to visit Central Vietnam is from January to August each year. It is advisable to avoid motorbike trips in Central Vietnam during September, October, November, and December as these are the months with many dangerous storms.
Vung Tau to Phan Thiet (171km)
The coastal motorcycle journey from Vung Tau to Phan Thiet (171km) takes you through the city of Vung Tau, Highway 55, La Gi town, and Phan Thiet.
You can conquer the Vung Tau-Phan Thiet route at any time of the year since the climate in these provinces is mainly dry with little rain. However, most motorcycle adventure enthusiasts who have reviewed this route agree that its beauty is most prominent during the sunny season (around December to September of the following year) when you can see the sparkling sunlight on the sandy beaches and coastlines.
This is a very beautiful coastal route and a journey that satisfies the passion of oceanholics because you can experience two extremely beautiful beach regions.
From Vung Tau to Phan Thiet, you will pass through the Binh Chau forest, and the motorcycle journey along the Central region always has the ocean accompanying you. However, upon completing the route, you will notice a significant difference and change in the scenery of the sea. Sometimes it’s a beach with pure white sand, sometimes it’s a sea behind rows of sand dunes, and other times it’s hidden far away behind pristine fishing villages or bustling tourist areas.
Phan Thiet-Mui Ne route (10km).
The ideal time to visit is in June-July or from December to February when the weather is relatively cool, and the sea is calm and blue.
Although it’s only 10km long, the motorcycle adventure route from Phan Thiet to Mui Ne in the Central region is enough to conquer the hearts of adventurers. This route is peaceful and not too crowded. You and your motorcycle will pass through small sand dunes until reaching the peaceful fishing village scenery.
The experience and reviews of motorcycle adventures along this route are also diverse. Explorers can surf on the sand, drive off-road motorcycles to conquer the undulating sand dunes in Phan Thiet, dive to admire coral reefs in Hon Ghenh, watch the sunset in Mui Ne fishing village – where there are hundreds of anchored boats, go fishing with the fishermen of Hon Rom, explore Co Thach beach with its moss-covered rocks and seven-colored rock formations.
The most beautiful coastal road in Vietnam, Mui Ne – Bau Trang – Phan Ri Cua (60km).
This 60km road connects three districts that were established in 2015, starting from Mui Ne, and following the DT 706/DT 716 road is the beginning of the adventure on the motorbike trip in Central Vietnam.
The best time to go is during the dry season, around July-August, when there is not too much rain and the weather is mild.
Adventurers voted this the most impressive and worthwhile motorbike trip in Central Vietnam, where the sea and desert landscape are combined. The characteristic feature of this road is the long stretches of sandy hills. The scenery on both sides of the road complements the pictures with the theme of wandering in the land of sand dunes, full of wildness and allure.
There are many winding bends that enhance the rugged beauty of the drivers, especially during the late afternoon when the sky lights up in a reddish-orange color, with a tropical and strong character, full of personality.
Cà Ná – Phan Rang coastal road (35km).
The coastal journey begins at the intersection of National Highway 1 in Thuan Nam district, Ninh Thuan province.
This area boasts a stunning landscape of high mountains and blue water, with one side featuring tall, rolling mountain passes and the other a long coastline. The winding Cà Ná – Phan Rang motorbike adventure route follows the coastline, and is considered unique and special by the Central Vietnam motorbike touring community due to its parallel position to both a railway and a road.
At the starting point, the road is like a silk ribbon crossing vast salt fields covering tens of hectares. Travelers will have a hard time forgetting the image of friendly salt workers next to sparkling salt fields and shimmering water under the bright sun. Cà Ná Beach features many beautiful and impressive underwater rock formations.
Next is a leisurely journey to the Mui Dinh area, where there are many peaceful fishing villages and flocks of sheep grazing at the foot of rocky mountains.
You can visit here at any time of the year, but it is best to avoid the last three months of the year, which is the rainy season.
The coastal road from Phan Rang to Vinh Hy and Cam Ranh is 88km long.
This is a motorbike adventure route in Central Vietnam with many beautiful beaches and bays that are sure to leave you enchanted.
There are many places to conquer, starting from Phan Rang and taking DT702 to Vinh Hy Bay, passing by Tay Sa Cape, Dang Lagoon, Da Vach Cape, Ca Tien Cape, Sop Cape, and Cam Ranh Bay before reaching National Highway 1A. Continuing on, turn right onto DT6571 to travel along the long beach in Nha Trang.
Starting from Phan Rang, you will pass by Dam Nai, where there are 12 tropical dry lagoons along the coast. Next is Hang Rai, which used to be a gathering place for many sea urchins and is now known for the beautiful “table-like” coral formations that rise and fall with each tide. The Phan Rang – Cam Ranh route also includes the hidden Lồ Ồ stream among the green leaves, flowing through the ecosystem of Nui Chua National Park.
The most impressive point when completing this journey and reviewing the Central Vietnam motorbike adventure will surely be Vinh Hy Bay – a famous and ideal destination known as the “combination of mountains and water” in Ninh Thuan. Here, you can take a glass-bottomed boat to admire the coral, stop by the roadside to enjoy the beautiful bay and deep forest.
And especially the experience of passing through the beautiful grape vineyards, full of fruit, and the sturdy cactus plants, reaching out in the scorching sun.
The end of the journey is a segment that gives you the feeling of being a traveler in the Binh Tien plateau, a remote destination with dry and barren mountains.
The best time to visit and experience this route is from around May to August when the sea water is clear enough to see the bottom and from July to August, when the grapes are ripe.
Nha Trang – Tuy Hoa Route (118km)
The Nha Trang – Tuy Hoa motorcycle adventure route in Central Vietnam is unforgettable. Some of the places you can explore along the way are the Nha Trang Bay, Nha Phu Lagoon, the towns of Van Gia – Van Ninh – Khanh Hoa, and Diep Son Island.
From this route, you can also go to Diep Son Island, where you can travel on a unique road in the middle of the sea or watch the sunrise at the Dai Lanh Lighthouse, the place that welcomes the earliest sunrise in the country.
The best time to experience this route is from January to August, when the rainy season has not yet started, the sea is calm, and it’s easy to participate in water activities.
Tuy Hoa – Quy Nhon Route (95.9km)
The route connecting Tuy Hoa (in Phu Yen province) and Quy Nhon (in Binh Dinh province) is a perfect combination, an unbeatable duo on the Central Vietnam motorcycle adventure route.
The scenic beauty from the “golden flowers – green grass” land will impress conquerors, such as Ghenh Da Dia with rock formations shaped like columns and circles, Bai Xep with rocky outcrops and artistic dragon fruit gardens, Mang Lang Church, etc.
The “Nau” land is no less attractive with Ky Co, Eo Gio, Cu Lao Xanh, Hon Kho, Dam Thi Nai, and the Nhơn Hội Bridge – the longest sea-crossing bridge in Southeast Asia. Try riding a motorcycle and admiring the sunset on the bridge to feel the sea breeze and review the Central Vietnam motorcycle adventure route on the waves at your feet, which is an indescribable experience.
The best time to explore this route is in the dry season from March to September.
Explore the My Son sanctuary
My Son sanctuary is a complex of Cham temple relics located in Duy Phu commune, Duy Xuyen district, Quang Nam province. The site is surrounded by majestic hills and is 68km southwest of Danang city. My Son was once the site of religious ceremonies and the tombs of the kings of the Champa dynasty.
You can visit My Son at any time of the year, but it is best to avoid the months of September to November due to heavy rain, slippery roads, and mud.
The motorbike adventure in the Central region to visit My Son sanctuary will begin with a visit to the traditional pottery village along the banks of the Thieng Champa River. Adventurers will travel through winding roads, passing by countryside houses, peaceful rice fields, and arrive at My Son sanctuary with over 70 temples and towers, including a main tower and many smaller ones surrounding it. The decorative motifs on the towers are closely associated with historical periods, traditional customs, and spiritual beliefs of different eras.
Explore the My Son Sanctuary by motorbike tour from Hoi An with Danang Motorbike Adventure in a day.
Conquer the Hai Van Pass.
This motorbike adventure in the Central region is one of the most challenging routes in Vietnam. The Hai Van Pass is also known as the Ai Van Pass or the Cloudy Pass due to frequent cloud cover.
The pass is over 20km long, and motorbike reviews of the Central region on this pass are quite scarce, mainly consisting of adventurous bikers, as trucks and larger vehicles usually go through the Hai Van Tunnel.
The best time to explore the pass is early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the mist still lingers throughout the pass. This is also the perfect moment for cloud hunters to achieve their goals.
The tour from Hue to Da Nang and crossing the Hai Van Pass by motorbike is one of the most beautiful routes that you must explore.
The Hai Van Pass has many beautiful spots, such as the lonely pine tree and the Turtle Rock. At the start of the motorbike adventure, riders will travel along the coastal road of My Khe Beach, admiring the Linh Ung Pagoda from afar. Next, a visit to the Nam O village – a fish sauce-making village – is in order. Then, adventurers will reach the top of the pass, where they can enjoy the panoramic views of the majestic mountain range and the sea, marvel at Danang city, and experience the difference when arriving at Lang Co Bay – one of the world’s most beautiful bays.