Sundown in the hills
Sundown in the hills
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For all abilities
For all abilities
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Dong Van karst plateau
Dong Van karst plateau
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Ha Giang roads
Ha Giang roads
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Ho Chi Minh Trail Laos 2018

During the Vietnam War the Ho Chi Minh Trail was a labyrinth of trails, tracks and roads hidden in the Laotian jungle.

Luckily, many sections, especially those which were cobblestoned, still exist in the forest.

We have made 24 exploratory rides down the Trail over the last 12 years, slowly piecing together the sections that are still navigable.

The result is a challenging and extremely rewarding ride especially suitable for strong and experienced dirt bike riders.

Much of the war remains, and it is fascinating to get a ground view perspective of the air war which was fought against the Vietnamese armies that travelled down the Trail.

Along the way we pass tanks, APCs, SAAM missiles, bomb craters in their thousands, bombs, mine clearance teams, plane crash sites, villages made of bombs, boats made of jettisoned jet fuel canisters, caves with 45-year old Vietnamese graffiti, aircraft parts and AAA bunkers.

Have a look at this link to see a great collection of 'before and now photos' taken from the Trail.

The adventure starts in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, takes 12 days, and is on 250cc Hondas. At the ride’s conclusion in southern Laos, we fly back to Vientiane rather than riding back.

Have a look at this link to see some pictures of this incredible adventure.

It is only possible from mid December through to mid April, as rain plays havoc with the trails and river crossings during other months.

In 2017 we organised four rides down the Trail.

Please get in contact if you are interested in this remarkable adventure!

 

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