Vietnam Biking Explorations Tour – 20 days

Discover the changing face of Vietnam while cycling from Northern Vietnam to Saigon within 20 days . So come with us and our local guide will  show you the hidden back roads. This tour provides you  opportunities to meet the locals and experience the culture in a way that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Visiting rural villages, working pagodas, rice paddies, local markets, and more ,Vietnam’s rice paddies, jungles, and stunning  beaches …

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival.
Our driver will pick you  up at the airport to your hotel for check in , free time to explore city by your own .

Summary

Accommodation : ATS Hotel

Airport pick up .

Meals : None .

Day 2 : Hanoi cycle to Yen Bai ( B ,L ,D )

Pick up at your hotel at 7;00 and  transfer by vehicle to Trung Ha and start cycling to Yen Bai on the banks of Red River .  Arrive late afternoon. Stay 1 night.

Summary

Accommodation : Hao Gia  Hotel

Cycling distance : 90 km

Meals : Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Yen Bai cycle to Sapa ( B ,L ,D ) 

After breakfast. A demanding, hilly, day along the mountain and river range culminating with the ascent of the spectacular , visiting the Vietnam & China border gate if time permitting.  Stay 2 nights.

Summary

Accommodation : Sapa Hostel

Cycling distance : 80 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Sapa Cycling and Trekking to Village  ( B )

Start from your hotel at 8 Am , bikes to explore Sa Pa an old French hill-station, in a spectacular location close to the Chinese border. This morning we will cycling to Village , Lao Chai and Ta Van village ( Red Dzao and H’mong people ) . car pick you back to Sapa ,lunch and dinner by your self.

Summary

Accommodation : Sapa Hostel

Meals : Breakfast

Biking Distance: 20 km

Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 : Sapa Cycle to Lai Chau  ( B ,L ,D )

Retrace our route back over the Tram Ton pass to Binh Lu junction and follow the road 4D north west to Tam Duong and to Lai Chau . O / N in Muong Thanh hotel .

Summary

Distance: 90   km

Ride: 90 km on good quality asphalt road

Meal: Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = dinner

Accommodation: Muong Thanh Hotel -3 *

Day 6 : Lai Chau Cycle to Muong Lay ( Old Lai Chau ) ( B,L ,D)

Cycle to old Lai Chau via the Hang Tom suspension bridge, following the Nam Na through spectacular gorges and Black Dao villages.  A long day with some climbs.  Stay 1 night. Hoang Long Hotel ,

Summary

Distance: 110 km

Ride: 70 km on good quality asphalt road, transfer 40 km.

Meal: Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = dinner

Accommodation: Hoang Long Hotel

Day 7 :Muong Lay Cycle to Dien Bien Phu ( B, L , D )

Our  full day in Vietnam.  Cycle to Dien Bien Phu – 104 kms.  Dien Bien Phu was the scene of the historic French defeat in 1954.  Stay 1 night. O / N in Him Lam Hotel & resort .

Summary

Distance: 150 km

Ride: 80 km on good quality asphalt road, transfer 70 km.

Meal: Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = dinner

Accommodation: Him Lam resort

Day 8 :Dien Bien Phu Cycle to Son La ( B ,L ,D )

Cycle to Son La 150 km  , along the mountain and river range culminating with the ascent of the spectacular , visiting the Son La prison . O / N in Son La .

Summary

Distance: 150 km

Ride: 80 km on good quality asphalt road, transfer 70 km.

Meal: Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = dinner

Accommodation: Cong Doan  Hotel.1*

Day 9 :Son La – Mai Chau ( B , L , D )

Cycle to Mai Chau village around 120 km  , along the mountain range culminating , Arrival in Mai Chau village . Homestay in Thai house . O / N in Mai Chau .

Summary

Accommodation : Home-stay

Meals : Breakfast ,  Lunch , Dinner

Biking :80 Km

Day 10 : Mai Chau – Cam Thuy ( B , L , D )

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 .

Summary

Accommodation : Thanh Nhan  hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 80 Km

Day 11 : Cam Thuy -Ngoc Lac – Thai Hoa ( 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 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.

Summary

Accommodation : Quoc te hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 80 Km

Day 12 : 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.

Summary

Accommodation : Hoa Phuong Do Hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 80 Km

Day 13 : Nghe An-  Phong Nha National Park ( B , L , D )
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.

Summary

Accommodation : Song Son hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 70 Km

Day 14 : 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.

Summary

Accommodation : Hue DMZ Hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 60 Km

Day 15 : Hue – Hoi An (135 km) ( B , L , D )
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.

Summary

Accommodation : Thien Trung Hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 60 Km

Day 16: Hoi An  – Qui Nhon (280 km) ( B , L , D )
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.

Summary

Accommodation : Quy Nhon Hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 50 Km

Day 17 : Qui Nhon – Nha Trang (240 km)  ( B , L , D )
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.

Summary

Accommodation : Quoc Te Hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 50 Km

Day 18: Nha Trang – Phan Thiet – Mui Be beach  (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.

Summary

Accommodation : Mui Ne – Hon Rom 1 Beach Resort

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 70 Km

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

Summary

Accommodation : Mui Ne – Hon Rom 1 Beach Resort

Meals : Breakfast

Cycling distance  : None

Day 20 : Phan Thiet – Ho Chi Minh City (200 km)  ( B , L )
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 Le Le hotel

Meals : Breakfast

Cycling distance  : 70 km

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TOUR INFORMATION  

  • Total Distance  1.345  km
  • Number of cycling days 17 full days and 1 half days
  • Road Surface This tour follows a mix of asphalt roads, broken roads, vehicle-width dirt roads, and rough tracks, so some off-road riding skills are an advantage. You should be confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills.
  • Support Minivan and bus for group ( rider can stop any time you want )
  • Staff  Groups of 8 plus a Vietnamese leader cycling guide and truck  and assistants, doctor
  • Food all meals are included ( B = Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner )

Tour Cost includes:

  • * Bike ( Trek 4,300 or Giant ) and helmet
  • • All hotels (twin share ) and meals specified
  • • Cycle support by a/c vehicles ( to take care bike & rider and luggages)
  • • Permit tickets to villages and home stay
  • • All water, fruits and snacks whilst riding
  • • All entrances fee and sites mentioned
  • • Vietnamese English speaking guide
  • • All meals mentioned ( B = Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner )

Tour Cost excludes:

  • International Flights
  • Departure Tax
  • Visa Fees
  • Alcoholic, and other beverages in the evenings
  • Tips for guides and driver
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any services not mentioned in itinerary

Things to be prepared:
1. Hat
2. Small backpack
3. Shoes and shorts for cycling
4. Sunglasses
5. Gloves

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