Cycling Tour In Ho Chi Minh Trail – 16 Days

Explore the Ho Chi Minh Trail by bicycle tour, one of the most renowned legends of the American War on our bike tour. The complicated road system winds along the Truong Son Mountain Range, which facilitated the movement of soldiers and war supplies…

Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (Kayaking Tour) ( L , D )
Pick up at your hotel at 7 :30 Am . Heading out of city we make our way towards Halong Bay, truly one of Vietnam ‘s most scenic impressive sights. On arrival in Halong we embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. Along the trip we learn some kayak orientation and instruction in paddling technique. We begin our first kayaking experience to discover the limestone karst formations which are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves, and visit one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. At the end of afternoon we return to our escorted boat for relaxation and seafood dinner. The night paddle is available for kayaking fervor. O/N on board.

Accommodation : Bai Tu Long Deluxe Junk Cruise

Meals :  Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance : None , Kayaking  distance : 2 km

Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi  ( B , L  )
The views of sailing junks navigating past over 3,000 limestone islands and outcrops jutting out of the clear and emerald water of the bay are nothing short of spectacular. After breakfast on board we continue cruising and make stop for second paddle. We circumnavigate the island, observing some secluded lagoons and enjoying last swimming opportunity. In late morning we regroup at our escorted boat for two hour cruise to Halong Pier. Here we meet up with out waiting for vehicle for return journey to Pha Lai and starting cycling along Duong river banks to visit Dong Ho and But Thap pagoda. Transfer by van to Hanoi . Overnight in Hanoi.

Accommodation : ATS hotel 3*

Meals :  Breakfast ,Lunch

Cycling distance : None

Day 3: Hanoi-Mai Chau ( B , L , D )
We leave for Mai Chau very early. Arriving at lunchtime, enjoy a cooked lunch at a local Thai village house before setting off along a spectacularly beautiful river valley towards Hoi Xuan along an undulating tarmac road. (Old highway 15A) The road follows the flow of River Song Ma. This is an old supply route of the HCM Trail that fed the main trail with ammunitions during the American War with Vietnam. Overnight at the edge of Pu Luong Nature Reserve in a traditional Thai village homestay, part of an ecotourist community project set up by Fauna and Flora International in 2003. Overnight village house on stilts. 25 km.

Accommodation : Home – Stay

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance : 35 km

Day 4: Pu Luong Nature Reserve-Ngoc Lac ( B , L , D )
An early morning start to beat the heat of the day. The route takes us away from the river and appears to contour through the same range of mountains that stretch from Mai Chau to Cuc Phuong to Hoa Lu. The road gets more beautiful the closer you ride to Ngoc Lac with looming karst limestone cliffs and lush vegetation. The route is tarmac all the way, but quite hard riding due to the undulating terrain. Overnight in local hotel Ngoc Lac. 70 km.

Accommodation : Ngoc Lac hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance : 70 km

Day 5: Ngoc Lac-Thai Hoa ( B , L , D )
Ride for the first time on the newly built two lane Ho Chi Minh Highway. It hardly warrants two lanes as there is no traffic! The road makes for smooth fast riding, and for those who prefer there is always the old highway dirt and gravel – that weaves around the new highway allowing for plenty of exploring possibilities along the way.
Ride to Muc Son, on the banks of River Song Chu. On the outskirts of this small town are the famous Kan Linh historical relics – a pagoda where the first king of the Ly dynasty, Le Thai To, ruled, in 1428. Continue riding on the trail to Yen Cat. The distance covered today is quite long and there will be the chance to transfer some sections by the back-up vehicle to rest weary legs.There are fewer villages today as the route cuts through forests and jungle. Picnic lunch en route. Overnight Thai Hoa guesthouse. 80+ km.

Accommodation : Giao Te hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance : 80 km

Day 6: Thai Hoa-Nghe An ( B , L , D )
Continue riding the incredible Ho Chi Minh Trail. Have lunch in Lat town. In Kim Lean visit the famous museum and birthplace of Ho Chi Minh in 1890. This province has a reputation for producing charismatic revolutionary leaders; not only Ho Chi Minh but also Phan Boi Chau – another fervent anti colonialist -was born here. Overnight in Nghe An Town. 100 km

Accommodation : Hoa Phuong Do hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance : 80 km

Day 7: Nghe An – Huong Khe ( B , L , D )
After a relaxing breakfast continue riding on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The trail is still a dream to ride on. Again there is virtually no traffic. Transfer if tired in the afternoon to Huong Khe for overnight in a local guesthouse. 80 km.

Accommodation : Duc Tai hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance : 80 km

Day 8: Huong Khe – Phong Nha National Park ( B , L , D )
From Huong Khe the mountains rise and the road winds up, down and along the hillsides. The scenery is spectacular, the road tranquil. Ride up to 80km then transfer the last few km to Phong Nha National Park. The park contains one of the most spectacular caves in Vietnam, It is a true speleological wonder. Visit the cave by boat then wander through the cavern, past the foundations of ancient Cham ruins. Pause to admire the incredible formation of stalactites and stalagmites. Formed approximately 250 million years ago Phong Nha was used as a hospital and ammunition depot during the war, the entrance still showing evidence of fighter aircraft attacks. There are community projects underway with Flora and Fauna International and it may be possible to visit village initiatives and learn more about the forests of the National Park. Overnight at the National Park. 80 km.

Accommodation : Song Son hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance : 80 km

Day 9: Phong Nha National Park – Hue ( B , L , D )
Explore Phong Nha Cave in the early morning. Continue riding on the Ho Chi Minh Trail across the DMZ (better known as the 17th Parallel,) to Cam Lo. The road is now quite flat and makes for good cruising! Stop en route to visit Truong Son Cemetary, a memorial to the tens of thousands of North Vietnamese soldiers who were killed in the Truong Son Mountains along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Fourteen miles further on is the town of Cam Lo – the Trail here intersects a strategic feeder road (H9) from Dong Ha and at this junction part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail heads across country into Laos. We finish our exploration of the Ho Chi Minh trail here. This is where we end the cycling section of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Transfer to Hue visiting war relics en route. Overnight Hotel in Hue. 60 km.

Accommodation : DMZ hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance : 80 km

Day 10: Hue – Hoi An (135 km) ( B , L )
Hue was the capital of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty of emperors from 1802 till 1945. In the morning cycle to the elaborate mausoleums of Emperor Tu Duc and Khai Dinh along the banks of the Perfume River . Leave Hue in the afternoon for the ancient trading port of Hoi An 120km to the south via the spectacular Pass of Ocean Clouds . Cycle to the sacred Marble Mountains where caves contain dozens of Buddhist shrines  at Da Nang to visit the famous China Beach , once a ‘rest and recreation’ resort for American servicemen. Arrive in Hoi An late afternoon and transfer to hotel. Explore dinner by your own . Overnight in Hoi An.

Accommodation : Thanh Van 1 hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch

Cycling distance : 70 km

Day 11: Hoi An ( B  )
After breakfast all day discovering the delights of Hoi An’s historic town centre or perhaps cycle to Cua Dai Beach 5km away or shopping around the town . Overnight in Hoi An.

Accommodation : Thanh Van 1 hotel

Meals :  Breakfast

Cycling distance : None.

Day 12: Hoi An – Qui Nhon (280 km) ( B , L , D )
It is just under 300km down Highway One to Qui Nhon. Travel by bus and bike as the scenic highway follows the coast southwards. Transfer to hotel on arrival in Qui Nhon. Overnight in Qui Nhon.

Accommodation : Quy Nhon hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance : 50 km

Day 13: Qui Nhon – Nha Trang (240 km) ( B , L  )
Cycling from your hotel to old highway 1 along the coast and continue down Highway one by bus and bike to Vietnam ‘s premier beach destination, Nha Trang. Free time to explore the beach and dinner by your own . Overnight in Nha Trang.

Accommodation : The Lion hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch

Cycling distance : 50 km

Day 14: Nha Trang ( B , L  )
In the morning take a cruise on Nha Trang Bay to visit some of the offshore islands with time for swimming and snorkeling. Return to shore after a seafood lunch. Afternoon free for shopping , swimming or visit the 9th century Po Nagar Cham Towers, Long Son Pagoda with its enormous Buddha statue and the interesting Dam Market. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Accommodation : The Lion hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch

Cycling distance : None

Day 15: Nha Trang – Phan Thiet (250 km) ( B , L , D )
Leave after breakfast by bus and bike for Phan Thiet breaking the 250km journey at Phan Rang to visit the spectacular Po Klong Garai Cham Temple. The landscape between Phan Rang and Phan Thiet changes to an arid semi-desert with sandy soil and prickly pear cactus. In Phan Thiet turn off to the Mui Ne Peninsula with its sandy white beaches and swaying coconut palms. Overnight in Phan Thiet.

Accommodation : Hon Rom 1  hotel & resort

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance : 50 km

Day 16: Phan Thiet – Ho Chi Minh City (200 km) ( B , L  )
A morning free to relax at the beach or perhaps explore Mui Ne and its spectacular sand dunes. Leave to Ho Chi Minh city for the final 200km passing through dense rubber plantations before reaching Bien Hoa and the outer suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City . Transfer to central hotel on arrival. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City .Good bye your team to back to Hanoi . End The Tour .

Accommodation : Le Le  hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch

Cycling distance : 65 km

Tour Price In USD Per Person =

Single Room Surcharge =

Tour Package Includes

  •  Accommodation based on twin sharing occupancy at hotel, guesthouse and Home stay.etc…
  • Meals as indicated in program,B=Breakfast , L=Lunches ,D=Dinner
  •  Professional English speaking guide
  •  A/C transfers and transportation.
  •  Boat trip mention in itinerary
  •  Pump, bike tools, spares tubes, Spare bike , Helmet ,Mountain Bicycle ( Trek bicycle )
  •  Cold water box, small fresh towel , Mineral water , Fruits
  •  All entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated in the program
  •  Service charges, rooms tax and handling fees

Tour Package Excludes

  •  Visa stamping fee
  •  Travel assurance
  •  Accommodation before day 1 and afterday 16 in Saigon
  •  Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  •  Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
  •  Tips and gratuites
  •  Personal expenses and other services which are not mentioned in the program.
  •  International air tickets and airport departure taxes
  •  Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program
  •  Optional excursions

Special offers :

  •  Mineral water drinking.
  •  Seasonal fruits.
  •  Snacks
  •  Fresh tissue and some fruits while touring !

What to bring :

  • Sun Block , Wide brim hat, Camera + Film, Comfortable shoes, Rain Gear , Warm clothes in winter, Original Passport, Bike Helmet ( compulsory ), Small backpack , Shoes and shorts for cycling ,Sunglasses , Gloves , Professional Pedal ,Insect repellent ,Wide brim hat ,Bike water bottle (if you don’t want to use ours’bottle)

Highlights :

  • Glide down hills, through villages and fields to experience the north’s wilderness.

Notes:

  • Minor program changes are sometime necessary, depending on road conditions and weather.
  • This itinerary allows for 16 days on the cycling section. You will be able to decide for yourself at any time during each of these days how far you want to cycle. Average daily cycling distances are approximately 40 -100 km. These distances may vary according to weather, road conditions and group fitness and preferences. This is a sightseeing cycle tour, not a marathon or time trial.



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