Biking Saigon - Hue - Hanoi 13D/12N

Tour code VBT: VCT13B - SGN - HAN Road surfaces Mixed dirty track, concrete path, country back road
Tour lenth 13 days/ 12 nights Cycling distance 450 - 510km
No. of cycling days 6 full days, 2 half days Group size Mi: 02 - Max: 12
Tour meets in HCM Tour ends in Ha Noi
What's included What's not included

- A/C van/bus takes up all cyclists and luggage
- Truck to carry all bikes …
- 2017 Giant MTB, wheel size: 27.5”, hydraulic brake
- Helmets, new bottles of water, tools kit
- All entrance fees, boat rides
- All ferry tickets in countryside 
- Flight from HCM to Dalat
- Flight from Dong Hoi to Ha Noi
- B= 12 Breakfasts, L= 13 Lunches, D= 4 Dinners
- Daily cold mineral water, soft drinks
- Daily snacks, fresh fruits, facial tissues
- 10 nights, double/win rooms
- 1 night on Cruise in Ha Long
- 1 night on train from Hue to Hanoi
- An experienced English speaking bike guide
- Pick up at/drop off at hotels

​- Visa to Vietnam
- Personal travel insurance
- Other personal expenses
- Single accommodation
- International Flight in/out
- Drinks are not included with any meal


Make your own hotel arrangements

If you wish to arrange accommodations by your own on entir trip ! Then we'll revise the tour's cost.

3 star hotels
US$2250 per person (2 persons)
US$2180 per person (3 persons)
US$2120 per person (4 persons)
US$2080 per person (5 - 7 persons)
US$2050 per person (8 - 12 persons)
US$ 290 single supplement

3 - 4 star hotels
US$2380 per person (2 persons)
US$2130 per person (3 persons)
US$2250 per person (4 persons)
US$2210 per person (5 - 7 persons)
US$2180 per person (8 - 12 persons)
US$ 415 single supplement


Day 01: Saigon - Cu Chi 
Half-day biking to Cu Chi tunnel in the morning. Then we spend a hour and half to explore tunnel network before we going back to HCM by vehicle.

  • 25km, easy
  • Lunch

Day 02: Saigon - Dalat 
Today you will have an early morning flight from HCM to Lien Khuong airport. By arriving at Lien Khuong airport, the team already and wait to meet you there. We stop at local restaurant for breakfast before the ride starts. We will reach to peak by van/bus then we ride down to Nam Bang before we continue cycling on gentle hilly back road to Ta Nung and Camly water. 

  • 25 - 40km, easy/moderate/hard
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 03: Dalat - Nha Trang 
The second day\' ride is divided into different levels. The morning is a real challenge ride rolling hills but easy bicycling on flat land in the afternoon. After your breakfast at hotel, we check out for an hour driving by van/bus to rural pine forset, the particular mountain scenery with nice tempreture could be a mental stimulation to help you to challenge your cycling skill. After a coffee break and photo taken at Hon Giao peak, you will have a wonderful riding downhills on 30 km to Suoi Loi.  In the afternoon, we ride on the back roads, we bike into countryside past sugar cane fields, rice-paddy, thatch houses, local markets to Dien Khanh. We get on van/bus right here for a transfer to Nha Trang city.

  • 30 - 90km, easy/moderate/hard
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 04: Nha Trang - boat ride to Island
Nha Trang is knew with warm weather all year rounds with many atractive sandy beaches in central provinces. Its also owned many small islands which are fantactis places to enjoy swimming, snorkerling and geting suntan. Leaving city for a boat trip and to relaxing time on beach after 2 days having beaten up by bikes. We first stop at coral Island so you enjoy swimming and seeing corals. Second, we\'ll have lunch at mini beach and continue relaxing on beach until we return to the dock. Free time to have your own dinners in the evening.

  • Boat trip to Island
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 05: Nha Trang – Qui Nhon 
Today we start the ride earlier because from Nha Trang to Quy Nhon is a very long way. Biking paths are flat and beautiful, going through countryside mountain rice fields, fishing villages salt farms. We \'ll enjoy a deliciuos meal at seafoot restaurants by Dai Lanh beach. In the afternoon, beautiful rural countryside road with some hilly paths  across sweet potato plantations, fishing villages and many huge lakes connected to ocean giving you a really nice ride. The rest of the today is a single track by the ocean. Our guide\'ll lead you cycling into tiny fishing villages, riding over small wood bridges, cycling past shelter building with simple materials by salt fields. We\'ll get on van/bus for Quy Nhon city in late afternoon.

  • 30 - 80km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 06: Quy Nhon - Quang Ngai 
Quy Nhon and and Quang Ngai provinces owned beautiful coastal back roads in central part, Vietnam. Many quiet asphalt countryside back roads through mountainous areas, some are hilly, flat single tracks by the sea and country paths through rice paddy and the rest are mountain passes. We check out and leave hotel at 7:30 am. It takes about 20 minutes by van/bus to fishing villages. We start a morning ride by the lake of Thi Nai and riding on smooth hilly coastal road, passing white sand dunes, tiny fishing villages, and some little seaside towns. Stop for lunch at seafood restaurant at small town on the way. In the sunny afternoon, peaceful country roads through the countryside and magnificent mountain views, we’ll pass shrimp farms and local farms. Then we ride across coconut plantation amongst villages in Tam Quang Dist before we get on A/C van/bus for an hour driving you to Quang Ngai in late afternoon.

  • 30 - 90km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 07: Quang Ngai – Tam Ky - Hoi An
Quang Ngai is known to foreign tourists because of My Lai Massacre which was in Vietnam War. After our visiting this memorial then we start our bike riding. A morning ride is 35 km but it allows us to explore some hamlets of Son My, Son Tinh and Sa Ky fishing port. We’ll continue cycling, we bicycling through cassava root farms, corn farms on hily single tracks. Our lunch today is at famous chicken rice restaurant in Quang Ngai city. It’s a local specialty chicken rice is well-knows in central provinces. After lunch, an easy bike riding on unique country rural back roads, across ride fields, agricultural villages give you so much time to see buffaloes on rice paddies, bamboo bridges across rivers and they are shortcuts connecting both sides of the river, small lakes. In the late afternoon, we ride past some local factories building wooden boats and ride over Cua Dai bridge to Hoi An town. 

  • 30 - 80km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 08: Hoi An - My Son 
Today is free day so you can explore Hoian by your own and enjoy swimming at hotel. Another option is to ride to My Son, mingle with kids on bicycle to school, see activities of local markets, and experience ancient history of My Son and its history before return to Hoi An by vehicle.

  • 30km, easy
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 09: Hoi An - Hue 
After an hour driving by van/bus Da Nang city, then you can choose an option; ride rolling hills, challenge Hai Van Pass yourself as you conquer this Pass OR van/bus driving you to the peak of Hai Van Pass. From the Hai Van’ Pass, you could see the big difference of weather between Da Nang and Hue. You are also can see many old American bunkers on the peak of Hai Van Pass. After a coffee break and spending time taking photo of particular scenery, we continue cycling down to Lang Co beach.  Enjoy seafood lunch at local by the beach. Then we continue the afternoon cycling onward to Hue. We will do some mountainous riding before we ride off roads to the oceanic countryside into small fishing villages, benefit from spectacular views by the sea. There will be many well-earned breaks along the way to take in the views, experience local life styles.

  • 30 - 80km, easy/moderate/hard
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 10: Hue country Bike Tour – night train to Hanoi 
Hue was the capital of Vietnam before 1945. It holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past including; tombs, pagodas, typical blend of French and Vietnam’ architectures and historical relics. Before your cycle you will visit the Imperial Citadel, including the Forbidden Purple City. The latter was almost totally destroyed in Vietnam War during the Tet Offensive. Your ride is about 30km through some traditional villages, rice fields, countryside of Hue, stop at some sites; pagoda, bunkers, tombs. Your guide will arrange good restaurant so you try some of the local specialties that graced the Nguyen emperors' banquet tables. Then we get back hotel to have a shower before your guide take you to train station. Sleep a night on Reunification Train to Ha Noi. 

  • 25km, easy
  • Breakfast/ Lunch
  • Night train to Ha Noi

Day 11: Ha Noi city tour
The train will arrived at station around 6:30 am. You are welcomed and will be taken to hotel for breakfast. Today you'll continue your trip without cycling. You will enjoy your pleasure time seeing/visiting the highlights of Hanoi with a full-day tour of the city. We pay a vist Ho Chi Minh' mausoleum (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/ Saturday/Sunday), see the Uncle Ho’s resting place, the Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda - all must see landmarks. Then we continue to see the Temple of Literature Hoa Lo Prison before a cycle ride through the Old Quarter. Free to discover Ha Noi city by your own in the evening. 

  • No cycling
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 12: Ha Noi - HaLong Bay 
Halong Bay is one of the most amazing natural wonders and its natural beauty with thousands of islands including; beaches, caves, fishing villages on the bay. You are picked up at your hotels at 7:20 am then you enjoy 3 hours on driving by vehicle to Ha Long. Get on board at 11:30 am. Get on board and enjoy welcome drinks. Your guide will make a cruise briefing before we check in cabin then the cruise will start it journey by this time you having a delicious Vietnamese lunch. The cruise will sail to Bai Tu Long Bay, passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Monster Head and Teapot Islets and Thien Canh Son Cave.  you will visit and explore the well-hidden Co Cave (known as  Thien Canh Son Cave) where you can  hiking to the middle of the mountain to see the wild and mysterious beautiful cave, contemplate numerous  sparkling  stalactites  appear  like 'hanging  lamps’  inside  the  Cave. After you explore of the cave, you return to the boat and enjoy sunset party on board. The cruise will drop an anchor in the calm water surrounded by islets in Cong Dam. Your diner will be served shortly. There are many activities on boat, entertainments, live music and dancing bar that you can join with another travelers.

  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 13: Halong Bay - Ha Noi 
Today is the special an opportunity you could admire sunrise on the Sundeck with complimentary tea & coffee are served before you have breakfast. You will have a bamboo sampan rowing boat taking you to Vung Vieng floating fishing village. You are also visit to Pearl Farm to see how natural pearls are created. Then return to Paloma Cruise for your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage etc. Your lunch is on board while the cruise coming back to Hon Gai dock around 11:45 am. You will return to Hanoi by van/bus around 4:30pm. Tour End!

  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Reviews

Birgitte and Fiona from Australia

- It was really well organised and the route taking us through different landscapes and settings was great - Dat was great. Very good guide, knowledgeable, easy to get on with, looked after us extremely well and made sure we enjoyed ourselves and tried lots of local food. Patient (especially with me taking photo's, and trying to make it up the pass!) and very good at setting the right pace - Cuong (I have likely spelt his name incorrectly - sorry). We felt very safe with him at the wheel, and I am trying to adopt his patience with driving now I am back behind the wheel - Very happy with the accommodation. I think I chose the two stars when I booked, but the majority of the accommodation was four stars. If this is normal practice than you should advertise that, as that makes the tour better value for money - Bikes - would have liked to have been able to adjust the handle bars (higher) - The boat trip in Nha Trang was not our cup of tea (party boat). It would have been good to know beforehand what kind of trip it was so we could have chosen to do that, or something else on our own that day. 8 - 19 Dec 2015

Elle and Matt from Australia

Thank you Quang, We are home now unfortunately, having just spent our first week back at work. Matt and I thoroughly enjoyed our Vietnam Backroads trip, despite my feedback. Our tour guide Dat and Mr Van were fantastic in immediately recognizing my limitations and adjusted the cycling routes and distances accordingly to more closely suit my abilities. The tour itself was good value for money and extremely well organised with high quality, centrally located hotels and a never ending supply of delicious local food! We loved our time in Vietnam and agree that cycling Vietnam Backroads is definitely the best way to see the country. We would certainly consider another trip with you (at a shorter distance!) and recommend Vietnam Backroads to friends and family. 16th - 29th Mar 2014

Sarah Harrington and Mike from the UK

Hi Vietnam Backroads, Yes - now safely back in the UK. Although there was some snow on the ground when we arrived home last weekend the temperature has just warmed up here and it is now slightly warmer than it was on our first day in Hanoi (17 degrees)!! We continued to have a great time on our Halong Bay cruise and were looked after well by your guide in Hanoi who also organised a final airport transfer for us. Mike and I have now reflected on the holiday and both of us were profoundly moved by the whole experience of Vietnam and Cambodia. In particular we found Vietnamese people to be very friendly and welcoming, the food amazing and the scenery spectacular and varied. We were delighted with the service we received from Vietnam Backroads right from the first contact with you through to the biking trip and the end in Hanoi. It is hard to be critical because we know how much effort you all put in and we feel the trip was really good value for money. Mike and I both think that the trip was even better because Van was with us. As the owner he was able to decide to give us even more out of the trip (e.g food stops) than perhaps Harry could decide on his own on a set budget. The bikes were great, well maintained and the team did everything for us including lending us gloves/sleeves! We went to some wonderful restaurants which we would never have found on our own and were amazed at the quality and quantity of food we were able to order within the package price (and more importantly Van/Harry would order for us which made life really easy and ensured we got to try local specialties). Similarly the drink stops were well organised and much more frequent than we anticipated and the unexpected fruit stops were great. The biking routes were brilliant and we felt we really got a chance to see the 'real' Vietnam. Finally, the team were very flexible in changing itinerary/hotels (e.g Hanoi) at short notice. It is very difficult to find areas for improvement....on a minor point the hotel we moved to in Hanoi, although set in a spectacular location, was a bit run down and unfortunately they had drained the swimming pool for the season. However this had no impact on the trip as the weather continued cloudy until we left! We cant think of anything else we would change!! All in all a brilliant trip and we hope to come back and do Laos at some time with you. Please give our regards to Van and Harry and show them the attached pictures. We would recommend Vietnam Backroads to anyone travelling to Vietnam and if you are able to send us some of your new cycling shirts we would happily wear them as an advert for the company. 1st - 14th April 2013

Jos & Monique from Netherlands

Hello Hue, We are back in the flatland, in Holland. We have wonderful memories of our trip in Vietnam, we are very happy about the holiday. This was the first time we were on a biking holiday and we were very impressed by the smooth organisation of Vietnam Backroads. We are very happy about every aspect of the holiday and don't know anything we are not happy - not even when we think very hard on it. To be specific we are very happy about: - the information before the trip (website, e-mails, adjustments on standard program). - the bikes were of high quality and well maintained. To be honest we were a bit worried about it in advance as it is so important for the quality of the trip. Even when the bike size was not correct for me on the first day it was solved the next day with a larger frame size. - the mechanical skills of Van and Trang. They continuously optimized the bikes for us. - the routes and the maps by Van - they were really the backroads of Vietnam and we never had to bike on the busy and dangerous highways. The routes were easily adapted to the circumstances (longer or shorter trip). Combined with the mechanical skills this is for us the most unique features of this company. - the chosen hotels. The only hotel which fell al little out of tune was the one in Hanoi. - the information Trang gave to us about the history and culture of Vietnam. - the safe driving of Mr. Huang. In a way we were always happy to see him as we knew that he would have fresh water and fruits for us ready. During transfers we felt always very safe. One advice for booking the flight tickets: ask for the names as given in the passports, since a change can cause problems at in checking for the flights. Another thing is that one request for not taking any more pictures of your guests should have been enough, and three requests is too many. We're happy to recommend your company to anyone who wants to cycle in Vietnam. We're certainly to return to your company one day to have another trip in Vietnam or Cambodia Best regards, 23 May 2012

Christina and Don from the US

Hi Van, The trip was fantastic, Van. Your choice of places to buy fruit, see sights and people, to eat in restaurants, and to interact with local population was exceptional. We appreciated your flexibility about length of rides and changing agendas to see sights or eat at more interesting restaurants. We enjoyed learning about the country and culture your perspective. The bike maintenance was impeccable, as were the bike refreshments. The bike equipment was high quality. We love the jerseys. Fantastic! Cycling Vietnam Backroads 13 Jan 2012. Happy New Year. Don and I hope we can ride with you again someday!

Graham Bridge from Australia

Hello Van, Well now I am back home, unpacked and have sorted myself out. My return trip from Hanoi was smooth sailing and I had no problems. I want to say that I had a most excellent trip and it went far beyond my expectations. In fact, I can confidently say that it was the best value, best organised and best run bicycle tour I have been on, and I have been on a few. I will have no hesitation in recommending most highly Vietnam Backroads to any of my friends and acquaintances. And I shall certainly tell them how flexible you are in meeting peoples' specific needs. I agree that to get a better Vietnam experience a three star hotel is better than a four star, and certainly most of the hotels you booked us into were very satisfactory. 13 Jan 2012

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