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|Tour code||VBA: 12D - HAN - SGN||Bike hire||
12 days/11 nights
dirt track, concrete paths and countride back roads
|Days of cycling||
Mi: 02 - Max: 12
in Ha Noi
in Ho Chi Minh
480 - 590 km
|Ages to ride||
14 years old
|Tour Inclusive of||Tour Exclusive of|
- Fully support A/C vans, minibus on the whole trip
- Travel insurance
|Services for daily cycling|
Day 01: Ha Noi – Ha Long ( L/D)
Natural World Wonder of Halong Bay, dotted with jagged limestone pinnacles, is one of Vietnam’s biggest attractions. The most popular way to experience the bay is on a cruise. Depending on your travel schedule ! If you really would love to enjoy the bay! 2 days/1 nights trip is recommendation. On the first day of the trip! You should be already at lobby at 7:30 am to be picked up for Ha Long bay. You will arrive at the dock around 11:30
- 12.00 Enjoy welcome drink. Receive cruise briefing, check in cabin and start the cruise.
- 13.30 Have lunch – a delicious Vietnamese set menu (Massage service is available after lunch and throughout the cruise).
- 15:15 - 15:40 : Head to Bai Tu Long Bay. Pass the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Monster Head and Teapot Islets and Thien Canh Son Cave. Explore the well- hidden Thien Canh Son cave.
- 15:45 - 18:00 : Enjoy relaxing on a white sandy beach at Hon Co island, swimming or kayaking.
- 18:00 Drop anchor in the calm water surrounded by islets in Cong Dam. Happy Hour (sunset party).
- 18:30 Vietnamese cooking demonstration on boat.
- 19.15 Sumptuous set-dinner on board.
- 21.00 Relaxing on your cabin or join the on board activities: film entertainment, light music for dancing in the dining room (please book in advance with your tour guide), board games and playing cards are available, and massage services are available. Passengers may also try their luck at squid fishing from the boat.
Day 02: Ha Long - Ha Noi – take a night train to Hue (B/LD)
- 06.15 Starting your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea & coffee are served.
- 07.00 Have breakfast
- 07:45 - 09.00 Visit the Vung Vieng floating fishing village by bamboo sampan for an hour in to the village. Short visit to the Pearl Farm to learn how natural pearls are grown. Then, return to Paloma Cruise for your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, swimming etc.
- 09.45 You have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing.
Please remove all of your belongings from your cabin, you may leave heavy luggage outside of the cabin (staff will transfer directly to the pier).
- 10:00: Check out cabin
- 10:30 Enjoy Set Menu for lunch in the dining room. We will settle bills after lunch. Relaxing on the sundeck or in the dining room, enjoying the rest of Halong bay before getting back to harbor.
- 11.45 Arrive at Hon Gai Harbour. Transfer by tender to the pier. Get on a van or a car back to Hanoi.
- Arrive in Hanoi at around 4:30 PM. After dinner, take a night train of Reunification Express to Hue.
Day 03: Bike trip in Hue. (B/L/D) (25 -45 km)
By the train arriving at its station in Hue, then you will be taking to local restaurant for breakfast. Then visit the Purple Citadel before spending a whole day on exploring some traditional villages of Hue, stopping at one of the Nguyen Tomb, and some historical sites before riding through rice paddy to Thanh Toan wooden Bridge. Then continue cycling cross rice field to city of Hue.
Day 04: Hue - Hoi An ancient town (B/L) (25 - 90 km)
To avoid cycling on main roads, a short driving by our vam taking you back roads where the morning ride starts. Bike through countryside back roads, over rolling hills to villages in Thuan An, Tu Hien, passing huge lack connecting ocean. Your lunch today serves by Lang Co beach. In the afternoon, you can pick up an option to ride over the spectacular Hai Van Pass or ride down the Hai Van Pass to Da Nang. All will ride on A/C van to Hoi An town then.
Day 05: Hoi An - My Son (B/L) (35 km)
An half day cycling to My Son site, after lunch, return to Hoi An by vehicle. Explore the town by your own.
Day 06: Hoi An - Quang Ngai (B/LD) (35 -90 km)
The highlights of today are countryside back roads through farming hemlets, fishing villgaes and ride over bamboo bridge, pass water bufaloes on ride paddy fields. After lunch in Tam Ky town, the ride will continue on back roads of Cgau O, we follow hilly back roads though jungle and villages to Son My memorial.
Day 07: Quang Ngai - Qui Nhon (B/L/D) (25 - 90 km)
The long countryside paths from Quang Ngai to Quy Nhon is too far for you to ride all the way. Your guide will choose the best to meet your requirement and cycling ability. After an hour and half driving south from Quang Ngai. The the ride will start from here. We ride pass fishing villages, ride paddy fields, sea food farming and salt fields to Quy Nhon.
Day 08: Quy Nhon - Nha Trang (B/L/) (40 - 85 km)
To avoid being heavy traffic jam from city by an hour transfer you to outskirt of Qui Nhon city. We get back on the bike and cross ocean lake on wooden bridges to fishing villages where the morning ride enable you to touch, smell the real of local on the way, ride through tapioca, sweet potato fields on hilly country roads to Tuy Hoa. The bike ride after lunch is on single track that led you to removed area, pass local markets, hamlets before an hour by vehicles to Nha Trang city.
Day 09: Nha Trang boat trip to Island (B/L)
A short transfer you to Cau Da port for boarding. An hour boat ride will take you to Mun Island. It is the best island for snorkeling where you can see lots of lives colorful corals and fish. Then relaxing, swimming & doing water sports or other activities at mini beach, Tranh Beach Island or on a small island calling “Mini beach”. Taking a fresh lunch at the island. On the way back you will visit a fishing village before the boat ride ends at Cau Da port
Day 10: Nha Trang – Dalat (B/L/) (30 - 100 km)
In the morning, We start to pedal easily on back roads after a short transfer from hotel, start to ride pass brick factories, rice fields, and have lunch en route. In the afternoon, you will have a transfer to the peak of Hon Giao Pass, then continue biking to Dalat.
Day 11: Dalat - Nam Cat Tien Park (B/L/D) (30 -60 km)
Cycle ride in morning is very easy, ride downhill 20 km on smooth back road from rural area of Dalat, we ride past strawberry, coffee plantation and pine forest to Ta Nung. Then, riding on back road to highway 20 for lunch. Then relax on A/C van to MaDagui for the afternoon biking, we ride on paths through cashew plantation and corn fields before we cross river to Nam Cat Tien Park center.
Day 12: Dalat - Ho Chi Minh (B/L/) (no cycling)
After breakfast at hotel, Spend two hours and half on trekking deeply into forest with local guide. Then return to hotel for check out. Lunch will served at local on the way driving to Ho Chi Minh.
|Stay in 2 - 3 star hotels||Stay in 3 - 4 star hotels|
USD 2100 per person (2 persons)
USD 2230 per person (2 persons)
|Stay in 2 - 3 star hotels||Stay in 3 - 4 star hotels|
Hi Vietnam Backroads team,
What a great holiday! As a family group, parents in their late 50’s and two kids in late 20’s, this was a great experience for all of us. After 14 days, 10 days on bikes, 650 kilometres of cycling, we weren’t ready for it to end. That is the strongest endorsement you can get.
Vietnam Backroads does an amazing job of providing a varied agenda of sightseeing, boat trips and cycling. The cycling itself is varied and just so much fun that each day was a new treat for all the senses. We traveled dirt paths, narrow cement roads, dikes and irrigation bridges in rice paddies, secondary highways with deep potholes and lovely rolling terrain on smooth new pavement. We traveled through villages, where daily life was happening at our fingertips. Dogs slept in the sun, chickens crossed our path, elderly women cycled along with incredible loads, cows were herded, food and laundry dried as we pedalled past doorsteps. We rode over the straw that was laid out to dry on the road, as did all the other traffic as well. We rode by many weddings, a funeral and a murder trial.
My favourite areas were what I called the HelloHello trail. The kids all ride bikes, adult size, to school. If we went by the kids on their way to or from school, they would call out Hello. As we got strung out, me at the end, I would hear the Hello – Hello – Hello – Hello echoing along the way as school kids called out from their bikes, and younger kids ran towards the road to say Hello. In one town, again with me at the back, I happened to look down a side road to see a 3-year old boy running towards me, but still 50 metres back. I debated stopping and turning around, but it was just one of many roadside vignettes that a person could stop and suddenly be totally off track and way behind. Instead, this little boy and I called back and forth for a good 4 or 5 rounds. Our son, 26 years old and 6’3”, was who he really wanted to see.
Adults engaged as well, some of them obviously thinking that we were crazy – why ride a bike when you are a rich foreigner? When we rode by the older generation, I called out xin chao, hello in Vietnamese. This always raised a smile or a glance and sometimes a hello back. Several times we had motorbikes come up beside us and join our pace, while they and their passengers checked us out. We were on mountain bikes and the villagers were on the gearless regular “old fashioned low tech” bikes, resulting in us moving faster than the local bikes and slower than the motorbikes. Several times some of the pre-teen boys would try to keep up. During one attempt the kid’s two bikes knocked into each other, but balance was maintained and all carried on – lesson learned.
Several days of the trip we did not see any other tourists until we arrived at our hotel. The routes were diverse and through very rural areas, and occasionally in more populated zones. Riding down the center of a busy market with no open pavement visible, was a bit nerve racking, until we were right in the midst of the chaos – then it was fun and energizing. Tackling a busy intersection with a traffic circle was intimidating, but we could see that the locals were aware that we were beginners. The respect shown all other traffic is quite amazing and allows the traffic to flow in magical ways. Our daughter rides in Vancouver and reported feeling safer in Vietnam.
We generally avoid “tours” but I have to say that Mr. Van may change our future travel. Backroads supplies new bikes, with shocks (better than my own bike) breaks every 15 kilometers or so with water, energy drinks, fruit and junk food according to tastes. We tried many different fruits from local markets, custom cut as we waited – all we had to do was eat. Mangos have never tasted this great. After Harry, our guide, found out that we were hooked on banana fritters, he would show up at the snack stop with a bag of fresh fritters. I have never eaten or craved so much great greasy food! We always felt very well cared for.
Breakfasts are all hotel buffets of varying greatness, all far better than any buffet I have ever had included in a Canadian hotel stay. Lunch was sometimes in a tiny local restaurant, and other times in the huge, built for bus tours establishments. We enjoyed the tiny local, and had some great pho soup at one. Another one served up squid, a bit too complete in its anatomy for my squeamish western taste, but again, all part of the experience. Dinners were sometimes included and for the others we tried to find something local. We enjoyed many very good meals. As other folks have noted, you probably won’t be losing weight on this trip! Our guides were always wanting to make sure that we ate enough at lunch on our big kilometre days. When we ordered our own off the menu, they were always encouraging us to add another dish. The “set menus” usually had spring rolls, one squid, one shrimp, one beef, one chicken, one pork, one vegetable dish, rice and sometime dessert. We were then waddling back to the bikes.
Our group of four did not have any others join in, so we ended up truly spoiled. Mr. Van also joined the group to assist Harry with some route changes. Mr. Van is a true guide and host and manages to take on the tasks that make a difference on a trip. Our son brought a GoPro camera; Mr. Van procured the necessary items to attach it to his own helmet, because it worked better with his, and then gave our son his helmet for the duration of the trip. As we were transferring into a town, I mentioned that I needed to try to get a picture of one of the bicycles with the little cooking fires on the side. He spoke to the driver, took my camera, jumped out and ran after the bike crouching down as he did so the fire would show. It is a great picture, all 4 of them, with the bike rider looking back and laughing at crazy Mr. Van.
The van is new and very comfortable and the driver very skilled. I am one of those folks who kind of worries about the drives on holidays, and that was never an issue with our driver. He also orchestrated our cycle breaks and was often the person custom cutting our fruit. He also acted as bike tech, water man and navigator. We were dissuaded from assisting in the morning set up; the guides and driver had a system all figured out. His amazing driving skill really showed itself when we drove into Saigon. We entered a huge intersection, with at least 50 trucks and probably 100 motorcycles and undoubtedly a few bikes. The entire time we traversed the intersection our view was blocked by other vehicles larger than the van. We were flanked on all sides by other vehicles, never more than 6 inches away. I fully expected a crunch or scrape or a full and complete grid lock. Nothing but slow gradual flow. This is driving you have to be born into.
Wondering if it is for you? You do not need to be a cyclist to enjoy this trip. It helps if you love bikes, but the summer before the trip, I was doing a couple of 30 or 40 kilometre days per week. I switched to a stationary bike when fall set in, but seldom did more than 45 minutes. I was able to enjoyably bike 600 kms, stopping a bit short on some of the longer days and skipping a hill that was reported to be 1500 metres and 17 kms. It was actually 1500 feet and 17 kms. That was fine though, I went with the van and was able to enjoy the great downhill glide. Harry and Mr. Van were always keeping track of me, at the back of the line, letting the rest of my family fly ahead as they are want to do. If you do the full distance, I suggest some hill climbing practice. There were plenty of lowest gear hills, some of them long. There was always so much going on and so much to look at and contemplate that the kilometres flew by quickly. I just saw on the Backroads website that Mr. Van has another route mapped out to try – it is tempting!
On top of this the pre-trip emails and question response is not only very prompt but fun and encouraging. No worries! The trip information was great, and the itinerary matched our days very closely. (I have been on trips where this is not the case.)
A great trip. Great value. Great care and attention. Perfect in my books. October 26th to November 8, 2013