I will be taking the train from Hanoi to Saigon later this month. I was hoping to stop before Saigon, buy a motorbike, relax for a week, then bike to Saigon. Where might I be interested in staying during this time? I was thinking Nha Trang or Phan Thiet as that is where I'm told the train stops. I'm looking to do this economically.
#1 rrockwell has been a member since 14/1/2012. Posts: 5
Most of the tourist hotspots are along the coast / train line so I suggest you have a look at the information on this site and see what takes your fancy. It really depends what you're looking for.
Da Nang is an ample enough town to purchase a bike in - but the ride down to HCMC will be a lot longer than if you were originally thinking Nha Trang. Stopping at Da Nang will give you the opportunity to bike down to Hoi'an and around Marble Mountains and such. Then you could take the coast road down or head through the Central Highlands.
If you do buy and ride that bike, PLEASE STAY OFF OF HIGHWAY #1 - this is also known as DEATH HIGHWAY!!! Take the Central Highlands route and live.
#4 daawgon has been a member since 17/4/2007. Posts: 1,111
If you are looking for a good bike ride, as well as a relaxing place to stay, I'd recommend getting off in Nha Trang and staying there for some time. They have some great restaurants, scuba, beach, and the scenery on the outskirts becomes really majestic. If you rent a motorbike in Nha Trang and drive to Dalat for a couple nights, you won't be let down by the ride.
#6 ZenTraveler has been a member since 6/5/2012. Posts: 1