Lonely Planet - the best travel guide book in the world has selected the seven best road trips in Vietnam, Ha Giang Loop is one of these road trips

1. Ha Giang Loop - Ma Pi Leng pass

Ma Pi Leng Pass, meanwhile, is widely regarded as the most scenic stretch of the 350km Ha Giang Loop in northern Ha Giang province, with emerald Nho Que River cutting through a landscape of jagged mountains. Visitors are reminded to factor in half a day to enjoy a quiet boat trip along the river and a spot of swimming.

2. Ha Van Pass

Heading the list is the 20km Hai Van Pass, which connects the central province of Thua Thien-Hue and the central city of Da Nang, with jungle-clad mountains on one side and cliffs plunging down to the East Sea on the other. The pass offers visitors a trip amid a dramatic setting, which makes it one of the most widely Instagrammed places in the world.

Statistics from Pentagon Motor Group (PMG) put the Hai Van Pass at fourth out of the 10 most checked-in destinations in the world, with more than 52,000 photos.

3. Cao Bang city - Ban Gioc waterfall

Also among the best road trips in Vietnam is the 80km drive between Cao Bang and the cascading Ban Gioc Waterfall on the border with China. The route takes adventurers through some of the most pristine pastoral land found in the country’s north. Lush farmlands, villages of stilt-houses, and crystal-clear lakes all feature on the itinerary.

4. Da Lat - Nha Trang

Fourth on the list goes to the 134km drive between Da Lat in the Central Highlands and Nha Trang on the south-central coast. From the cool climes of the highlands down to sunny beaches, this short road trip is known for its changing scenery and various microclimates.

5. Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho

At the fifth place is the 70km trip from Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho in the Mekong Delta’s Tien Giang province. The drive typically allows visitors to lose themselves down tiny riverside laneways and byways. Here, life moves at a very different place compared to the buzzing streets of Ho Chi Minh City.

6. Con Dao islands

Isolated from the mainland for many years, the Con Dao islands are one of the country’s most impressive natural wonders. Con Son, the largest and only inhabited island in the archipelago, has just one main road, which stretches along its spine, making a motorbike trip both the best way to take in the rural splendor and the best way to “beach hop” between gorgeous deserted sands. Dam Trau is the only beach in Vietnam among the world’s top 25 beaches, as selected by Travel+Leisure magazine.

7. Ho Chi Minh Highway (Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City)

And finally, the Ho Chi Minh Highway connects Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and is one of the best road trips the country has to offer. Driving a motorbike along the 1,880km route takes about two weeks and is an exciting experience for adventurers of all stripes.