Cycling Through Vietnam – 13 Days

Bicycle is the best way to travel from Saigon to Hanoi, if you have the right guide to show you the hidden back roads. Known to many as simply the site of the French and American wars, this is actually a beautiful country, with many kilometers of stunning beaches, dramatic coastal roads and spectacular scenery stretching from the South to the North. This trips is never far from a beach and we stay in comfortable hotels to make this one of our most cushy adventure tours. Join to discover the real Vietnam, by bicycle!

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – Short City Tour ( D ) – 8th Sep 2014
Our tour guide will pick you  up at the airport or your hotel . Transfer to Hanoi hotel. spend a few hours exploring Hanoi by bus and on foot visiting Ho Chi Minh’s complex , his former residence and the famed one pillar pagoda. Then enjoy a cyclo tour through the vibrant street scene of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. This afternoon, finalize your trip preparation with a full briefing trip. Dinner at the restaurant . Overnight in Hanoi.

Accommodation : AST Hotel 3 *

Meals :Dinner

Cycling distance  : None

Day 2: Hanoi-Mai Chau ( B , L , D ) – 9th  Sep 2014
Pick up at your hotel at 7:30 Am .Transfer out of Hanoi city to Luong Son – picturesque landscapes. Stop to  cycle to Mai chau village via Kim Boi hot spring  and Bai Chao villages .Lunch at local restaurant.cycling to Cao Phong and Man Duc villages . Arrive Mai Chau  villages and overnight in the home stay of  white Thai ethnic.

Accommodation : Home – Stay

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  :80 Km

Day 3: Mai Chau – Cam Thuy ( B , L , D ) – 10th  Sep 2014

Breakfast in Thai village house before setting off along a spectacularly beautiful river valley towards Hoi Xuan along an undulating tarmac road. 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.. just passing scenes of local village life and rice paddies. ( If time permit we will visit spirit fish  stream in Cam Thuy – Thanh hoa province ) .Dinner at the hotel .

Accommodation : Cam Thuy hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 80 Km

Day 4: Cam Thuy -Ngoc Lac – Thai Hoa ( B , L , D ) – 11st  Sep 2014
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 Cam Thuy to Thai Hoa on Ho Chi Minh trails . 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. We 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 : Thai Hoa guest house

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 80 Km

Day 5: Thai Hoa-Nghe An ( B , L , D ) – 12nd  Sep 2014
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 : Vinh Hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 80 Km

Day 6 : Nghe An-  Phong Nha National Park ( B , L , D ) – 13rd  Sep 2014
From Nghe An to 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. 70 km.

Accommodation : Phong Nha National  Guest House .

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 70 Km

Day 7 : Phong Nha National Park-Hue ( B , L , D ) – 14th Sep 2014
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 : Hue Hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 60 Km

Day 8 : Hue – Hoi An (135 km) ( B , L , D ) – 15th  Sep 2014
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 . Arrive in Hoi An late afternoon and transfer to hotel. Visit Hoi An’s historic town centre or perhaps cycle to Cua Dai Beach 5km away. Overnight in Hoi An.

Accommodation : Hoi An Hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 60 Km

Day 9: Hoi An  – Qui Nhon (280 km) ( B , L , D ) – 16th  Sep 2014
Leave Hoi An after breakfast and cycle to the sacred Marble Mountains where caves contain dozens of Buddhist shrines. Stop off at Da Nang to visit the famous China Beach , once a ‘rest and recreation’ resort for American servicemen.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 ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 50 Km

Day 10 : Qui Nhon – Nha Trang (240 km)  ( B , L , D ) – 17th  Sep 2014
Continue down Highway one by bus and bike to Vietnam ‘s premier beach destination, Nha Trang.,Cycling around Nha Trang to visit the 9th century Po Nagar Cham Towers, Long Son Pagoda with its enormous Buddha statue and the interesting Dam Market. It’s time for swimming on beach . Overnight in Nha Trang.

Accommodation : Nha Trang Hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 50 Km

Day 11: Nha Trang – Phan Thiet – Mui Be beach  (250 km) ( B , L , D ) – 18th  Sep 2014
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 : Mui Ne Beach Resort

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 70 Km

Day 12: Mui Be beach – Beach relaxing   ( B  ) – 19th  Sep 2014
Breakfast all day on sandy white beaches , swimming and swaying coconut palms. Overnight in Mui Ne .

Accommodation : Mui Ne Beach Resort

Meals : Breakfast

Cycling distance  : None

Day 13: Phan Thiet – Ho Chi Minh City (200 km)  ( B , L ) – 20th  Sep 2014
Early swimming and breakfast , check out hotel and today last cycling day from hotel and passing through dense rubber plantations before reaching Bien Hoa and the outer suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City . Transfer to hotel on arrival. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City .Say good bye your team and End The Tour in Saigon Hotel .

Accommodation : Saigon hotel 2 *

Meals : Breakfast

Cycling distance  : 70 km

Tour price in USD per person for group from 2-8 persons= 1.992 Usd / pax

Single room surcharge = 285 Usd / pax

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
–  Support van or bus , truck for group
–  Boat trip mention in itinerary
–  Pump, bike tools, spares tubes, Spare bike , Helmet ,Mountain Bicycle ( Trek bike 4500 )
–  Cold water box, small fresh towel ,snacks and 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
– Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
– Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
–  Tips and gratuities
–  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 , Accommodation after day 13 . 

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 our’bottle)

Highlights :
Glide down hills, through villages and fields to experience Vietnam’s wilderness.

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