One of the things that make motorbiking in Vietnam so worth trying is the scenic roads throughout the country. Just like the legendary Route 66 in America, Vietnam also has its symbolic roads with stories which are remembered in history, culture and arts. Some roads are famous about how hard they were to make; some roads are attached with danger or the war history. But above all, when you ride on these roads, you will see a beautiful and peaceful Vietnam.
Ba Vi National Park
Ba Vi National Park has the highest point of Hanoi with three mountains of which King mountain is the top with height of 1296m while other two Ngoc Hoa and Tan Vien are 1131m high and 1227m high. The park is located at Ba Vi district, about 50km away from the city center of Hanoi. Ba Vi National Park is not only famous for its cool air, greenish scenery, beautiful wild sunflowers in October but also for spiritual values – Ho Chi Minh president temple, two famous temple are built here.
Trees along the way to the mountains are mostly evergreen kinds. The thick layers of trees here along with high altitude make the air so cool even in hot summer. The scenery is serene, especially in a summer morning. Along the way, you will see mountains, valleys and lakes before entering deep into the forest. The major road in good condition; however, it’s quite narrow and winding and steep with a lot of turns. Small cars and motorbikes are allowed in the park so you should be careful at the some sharp turns.
Da Nang – Lang Co
This route is rather shorter than the others but its beauty is no less alluring. Lang Co is proudly presented in the collection of best beaches in Vietnam and located just 30km away from Da Nang. The beach is often included in tours to the surroundings of Da Nang. To reach Lang Co, you have to conquer a part of Hai Van pass, one of the most dangerous pass in Vietnam. However, the reward will please your eyes to no end. Just when the Lang Co bay comes into views, from a distance you already see its blue water and silver waves quietly touch the white-sandy shores. And as the closer you reach it, the harder it is for you to distinguish the sky and the blue ocean.
The best time to visit Lang Co is between April and July when the water is bluest and warm enough to swim. On the way, do not drive too fast if you don’t want to miss some beautiful sites such as Chan May beach or Vong Hai Dai (Sea Watch Tower). Bach Ma (White Horse) National Park is also located very near. In Lang Co, it will be a pity if you don’t have chance to enjoy the peaceful sight of Lap An Lagoon. The seafood in Lang Co is not only delicious but also very cheap and healthy.
Hai Van pass
Sai Gon – Da Lat
The total length of this route is about 320km which means you will need around 7-8 hours to arrive in Da Lat from Ho Chi Minh city. The shortest way to reach Da Lat is to take on the national highway 20: HCMC – Dong Nai – Bao Loc – Da Lat. However, this road is not so easy when it has two passes – Bao Loc pass and Prenn pass. Bao Loc would be a real challenge for those who are not experienced while the 10km Prenn pass will lead you to Prenn water fall. Good news for travelers is the highway is ungraded and it would make your travelling time easier and safer.
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