Motor-trip Hué to Hoi An

Motor-trip from Hué to Hoi An

Motor-trip Hué to Hoi An, fill the engine and go - GO PRO

Motor-trip Hué to Hoi An, fill the engine and go – GO PRO

Motor-trip to explore Vietnam, an absolute must-do!

Want to fully enjoy the Vietnamese lifestyle? Then go cruising with a motorbike true Vietnam.
Don’t feel that comfortable to go from the top of Vietnam to the bottom of Vietnam? Then try from city to city yourself or hire a easyrider.
For ‘easyriding’ see our new blog: easyrider from Dalat to Mui Né (coming soon). 

We have chosen to go by bike from Hué to Hoi An with an English friend we have met there, Tom. It was one of the best tours and experience of the whole Vietnam trip.
A nice ride of 134 km true mountains, near waterfalls, hordes of water-buffalo’s and most of all, beautiful scenery of water! 🙂
Pics can be found at the bottom of this blog.

One way rental motorscooter

We have rented a motorscooter in Hué at our hotel Hong Thien Hotel 1. It was a perfect service to select a ‘one way rental‘.
In the morning they will arrive at your hotel to deliver the motorscooters and to pick up your luggage. This is great cause you don’t have to carry your heavy backpacks on the scooter. The costs were also incredibly low, just about €20,-. After that you just have to fill up the tank (also very cheap) and you’re set to go riding the bike.

Motor-trip route from Hué to Hoi An by bikeHai Van Pass

This very populair route (also reviewed by Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson) was recommended by the staff of Hong Thien Hotel 1. And yes, it was indeed, one of the best.. Lots of turns, great views and spectaculair drops and rises on the road.

If you start your trip in Hué then you can choose between the short and long route. Go by the coast and you will have the long route. We have chosen for the shorter route because we wanted to stay a bit longer at Elephant Springs (more about the waterfall in this blog). At the day we have ride the route it was about 35° Celsius, so we were happy to have a nice cooling and long swim in Elephant Springs.

“One of the best coastroads…. in the world!” thus Jeremy Clarkson

Motor-trip view on Da NangDa Nang

When you go to Hoi An you will pass Da Nang too. For Vietnam this is a more cosmopolitan city, one of the view cities with skyscrapers. Its more modern and you will find the more educated Vietnamese people over here. We didn’t like the atmosphere, it was quite busy, lots of traffic and you will find less charismatic buildings as in ancient Hué or Hoi An. We have skipped Da Nang and followed the road next to the shore, that view was great!


Check the weather forecast before you choose to take a motor-trip route true Vietnam. The whole ride from Hué to Hoi An will take about 5-6 hours (without stops). We were in September in Vietnam, in the middle of the rainy season. Of course it won’t be much joy if you will get soaked on the motorbike for 5 hours long. 🙂

Hoi An

Once arrived in Hoi An we have turned in the motorscooter and picked up our luggage at the pick up point. Also one tip for this, make sure you will have your valuable belongings removed from your backpack before you let it be dropped of.  The Vietnamese people really throw about with your luggage, but for the rest it is a perfect service!

Want to know what you can do in Hoi An? Read the blog : What to do in Hoi An (coming soon!)


Beautiful buddha on top of a hill nearby Elephant springs - Vietnam

Magical Elephant springs in Vietnam

Elephant Springs,
a must-see while backpacking Vietnam.

If you ever have the chance to explore Vietnam by motorcycle, don’t miss out Elephant Springs!

A beautiful and scenic place in the middle of the ‘bush bush’ which will really give you a ‘wow-moment’ once you have found the place.

Yes, it is a fantastic place but it is a bit hard to find. We were lucky that we were with three persons on just two bikes, so I had the change to have a good look around to search for the ‘White sign‘ along the side of the road. The sign to Suối Voi (Suối: springs, Voi: elephant) where you had to go off road to head to the waterfalls. We nearly missed it…

So here are just some travel-tips for you so you would be able to find the Elephant Springs and don’t miss it out.

Catholic Church - Nhà thờ Thừa Lưu near Elephant Springs

Catholic Church – Nhà thờ Thừa Lưu near Elephant Springs

The surroundings are really gorgeous, especially if you can see the view  when riding a motorcycle. We were almost wandering off to much to notice that we have already seen the white signboard. The sign is also located on a spot where you don’t expect it to be. You can find the sign just a bit above a sort of Vietnamese snackcorner in that little town which is situated along the road. Also, we had more eyes for the beautiful grey and white church which stoot out in the back of this village.

So, long story short, where you will least expect it, there you can find the signboard. So once you have spotted it, don’t hesitate and take that turn!

Google location for the right Elephant Springs-turn

If you have google maps available during your trip, please copy paste below address to find the exact location of the turn.
Thôn Trung Kiền, Xã Lộc Tiến, Huyện Phú Lộc, Trung Kiên, Lộc Tiễn, Phú Lộc, Thừa Thiên Huế, Vietnam

Ok, so now you won’t miss the turn. Lucky you!
But, we are not there yet. Of course. 🙂

Once you have decided to drive towards the Catholic Church you will notice that the roads will get a bit bumpy. I think it was about 30-45 minutes more driving from the Church to Elephant springs. But during that ‘bumpy ride’ you will see also many beautiful and magical places. Sure worthwhile to take that ride.

I could talk a lot more about, but just have a look at these pics below and see it for yourself.
(Or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us)

Happy waterfollowing!


p.s. want to learn where we have booked our bikes and arranged our motor-trip route from Hué to Hoi An? Please read our next blog: Motor-trip from Hué to Hoi An