Vietnam Countryside Discovery - Saigon to Ha Noi

Introduction

Discover Vietnam's countryside by bicycle with Vietnam Cycling Tours. Commence the trip in Ho Chi Minh down to the Mekong Delta region, where the local life is slow. See the fighting tunnels of Cu Chi before you explore central highlands, Dalat city, known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its distinctive temperate climate. Challenge mountain pass, enjoy the spectacular mountain views, bike down the mountain pass, descend the seaside villages, stunning coastal roads in Qui Nhon, Quang Ngai, explore colourful fishing villages along the trails. Stay two nights in Hoi An, and the ancient town was the former trading port in Southeast Asia with old merchant houses, Chinese temples and warehouses, colourful lanterns lined narrow streets. Explore the Imperial Citadel of Hue, the royal past of Nguyen Lords, where the last Vietnamese Feudalism ended in 1945. Take the dragon boat ride on the Perfume River, travel through Nam Dinh's countryside, explore beautiful Cat Ba island and cruise around Ha Bay. Cycling from Ho Chi Minh to Ha Noi

Tour details

Price
USD $2775.00 2775.00
Tour code
VBR: VCT16A - SGN - HAN
Duration
Number Of cycling days
10 days
Single supplement
485.00$
Average distance per day
45Km
Bike Hire
US$145
Total cycling distance
510km
Destination
Ages to ride
18 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
02
Large Group
14
What's included
Private A/C vehicle takes up all cyclists, luggage
Truck to carry all bikes
New Giant MTB, wheel size: 27.5" hydraulic brake
Helmets, new bottles of water
All entrance fees and boat rides
Flight: Ho Chi Minh to Dalat
B= 15 Breakfasts, L= 14 Lunches, D= 8 Dinners
14 nights: double room/ twin room
1 night train Hue to Nam Dinh
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
All airport in/out
Pick up/ drop off at hotels
Bike mechanic
English speaking guide throughout the tour
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
International flight
Visa to Vietnam
Single supplement
Drinks are not included with any meal

Full Itinerary

Day
1
Ho Chi Minh on Arrival

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. It used to be the "Pearl of the Far East" in the last centuries as it was an important trading centre for Asian traders and Western merchants. Meet your tour guide and driver from Vietnam Backroads Travel, and have a transfer into the elegant Saigon. Check-in the hotel and take a rest after a long journey by air to Saigon—Welcome dinner at one of the most famous restaurants in the city center, with the trip briefing.

Northern hotel ****
Dinner
Day
2
Biking Saigon - Can Tho Mekong Delta

Be met at 8:00 am and prepare for the first-day ride to the Mekong Delta countryside. After 2 hours, transfers to Ngu Hiep village in Cay Lay, pick up the bikes, adjust saddle and cycle on the new bridge to Ngu Hiep island. Explore local life on the island, ride through lush orchards, a small market full of fresh tropical fruits, taste fresh fruits before you have a ferry crossing to Tan Phong island. The routes on Tan Phong island are nice, narrow ways through rustic villages and a tiny town. Then you enjoy the last ferry take you to Cai Be township and continue cycling into small villages by a canal, visit one of the most beautiful typical ancient houses- Ba Kiet house in Cai Be.


After the visit, you will have a delicious local meal cooked by the house's owner, then carry on our ride to the Mekong River. Take a published ferry to An Binh Island and keep on the ride to discover local life across this island An Binh Island and finally enjoy the last ferry crossing to Vinh Long. Have an hour vehicle transfer to Can Tho.

TTC Premium Can Tho ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 45 km
Flat/ easy
Day
3
Can Tho - Vinh Long - Saigon

The highlight site you are going to see is the colourful Cai Rang floating market in action. There are plenty of wooden boats from the neighbouring countryside and provinces coming here to do business. Locals from villages nearby come to market by small boat to buy and sell all different farm products. It's the best time for locals to come here to do business; people try to bargain over the price to do purchasing from boat to boat. It's easy to recognize what kinds of products are to be sold on their wholesale boats—each boat hanging the item for trading on a vertical bamboo pole.


Afterwards, we disembark from the boat for a 20-minutes for a vehicle transfer to Binh Minh' countryside to enjoy a half-day ride to Vinh Long. The routes are through the incredible countryside, Khmer villages, past colourful pagodas and Khmer temples. We will top at local homes, learn more about Khmer culture. Ride through rice paddy fields, cross the rivers on the narrow bridges. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving back to Ho Chi Minh.

Northen hotel ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
30 km
Flat/ easy
Day
4
Cycle to Cu Chi tunnels

The tunnels of Cu Chi are an incredible underground network of 250km that Vietnamese guerilla soldiers against the South Vietnam Government and American soldiers. It's the tunnels not only for flighting but also for living.  We depart at 7:30 am from the hotel and drive a vehicle out of bustling Saigon City for half-day cycling through several hamlets and rubber plantations to Cu Chi Tunnels. See workers harvest natural latex rubber and stop at a local home to see how rice paper is made? Arrival at tunnels,


We enjoy lunch at a nice restaurant by the Saigon River. Then we watch the documentary film about tunnels during Vietnam War. Following are booby traps, secret entrances, fighting bunkers, air-holes before we explore 3 levels of the tunnels. Finally, we stop at the weapon gallery and shooting range before returning to Saigon in the afternoon.

Northern hotel ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
25 km
Flat
Day
5
Fly to Dalat

You'll have a morning flight to Lien Khuong Airport. On arrival, be met by the team for 30 minutes drives on freeways to Dalat city. Dalat called is the "City of Eternal Spring" for its distinctive temperate climate. The other name called by locals is the "Honeymoon City". The French developed it in the early 1900s, the first wooden hotel built in 1907, and much colonial heritage remains. Da Lat is a famous tourist destination and one of Vietnam central highland's agricultural growth. Most local's Vietnam markets are filled with local specialities such as strawberries, cauliflowers, and artichokes.


Today we will explore Dalat City by car. Visit Crazy House, Bao Dai Summer Palace, then the Valley of Love before we make a stop at XQ Headquarters - Dalat Historical Village. Visit XQ Hand Embroidery workshop. Next, enjoy lunch at a famous restaurant. We will take the old train trip through farmland, greenhouse to Trai Mat village in the afternoon. Experience the local lives and visit the beautiful Linh Phuoc pagoda. Finally, we return to the hotel, explore Dalat city on foot in the evening by your own.

Hôtel Colline ****
Breakfast/Lunch
Vietnam airline
Day
6
Dalat - Khanh Le Pass - Dien Khanh - Nha Trang

The climate in Dalat is perfect for both relaxing and adventures. The average temperature is 14 to 23 °C (57 to 73 °F). The highest temperature ever in Da Lat was 31.5 °C (88.7 °F). Depart at 8:00 am, have an hour vehicle transfer to Bidoup National Park, northeast of Dalat, where your adventurous ride through spectacular scenery.


Ride rolling hills through pine forests, past valleys, and lush farmlands. The area offers incredible landscapes, mountain biking roads. Ride rolling hills, pine forest, green farmlands on the winding road through the tropical rainforest. The ride allows you to undulate through lush farmlands, admire the dreamy landscape and comfortable climate. Some hills are real challenges for you with beautiful valleys surround and numerous tropical rainforests. One of the most exciting mountain challenge lovers is the last hills to the top; as you conquer the mountain top of Khanh Le (called Hon Giao) it's not a long way. It's just a couple of km, as it short distance but a little bit vertical.


It's better to take a support vehicle to the mountain top. Khanh Le mountain top is about 1500m above sea level, where you enjoy the most spectacular mountain scenery in central Vietnam. This is your endless opportunity for photos and enjoys every minute through valleys, waterfalls, with lush rainforest.


Enjoy more snacks, cold drinks, and fresh fruits before riding downhill for 29 km. It's a fabulous ride of the day, and you have a delicious lunch at the local restaurant by the River, right at the foot of the pass. The ride in the afternoon is entirely different from the morning's adventures, and it's effortless. Your guide will lead you to ride on narrow paths to explore hamlets, meet locals in farmlands of sugar cane, rice paddy, enjoy the beautiful countryside of Khanh Vinh, stop at the local market for coffee, snack, fresh fruits. Then we continue biking onwards onward to the ancient Dien Khanh citadel before you have a short transfer to the city of Nha Trang in the late afternoon.

Nha Trang Horizon Hotel ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 75km
Hilly- easy/moderate/ hard
Day
7
Nha Trang - Quy Nhon by Bicycle

The distance between Nha Trang to Quy Nhon is a really long way, and you can't explore them all even for a whole day. So you will have 1-hour vehicle transfers at midday to shorten the time for the best trails in the afternoon. The ride will divide into 2 sections—25 km in the morning and 30 km in the afternoon.


Depart at 7: 30 am for 1.5 hours of vehicle transfers to a bit of town and start to ride. The bike route in the morning takes us through a small seaside town, the farmlands of rice paddies, mountain hills. Then we follow a small trail to a tiny fishing village before cycling through salt and seafood farms to Co Ma Pass, and you will have lunch in Dai Lanh Beach. 


After lunch, you rest on the vehicle for 1-hour transfers to a small village to enjoy 30 km charming villages. You will cycle on the beautiful road along the lagoon. View the colour fishing boats and lush farmlands along the routes. It's fantastic bike routes through the fascinating countryside and lively lagoon with several fishing sampans. Further, the back road undulates across farmlands of rice, vegetable, and before cross the River wooden bridge to the highway. Finally, we have a transfer to Qui Nhon City.

Royal Hotel & Healthcare Resort ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 60km
Hilly- easy/moderate
Day
8
Ride Quy Nhon - Quang Ngai

Quang Ngai is 180 km north of Quy Nhon and one of the most famous historic sites in Son My village is Sơn My Memorial. The My Lai Massacre in 1968 where the U.S. soldiers killed at least 504 Vietnamese in this area. Today gives you is fantastic adventures.


Quy Nhon is located in central, famous for its stunning coast, seaside villages, and picturesque lagoon! So it creates particular scenery along the coastline with islands, many beautiful sandy beaches, scenic spots. We check out and transfer out of Quy Nhon city; it takes about 20 minutes to drive on the sea suspension bridge, and we will enjoy a morning ride along Thi Nai lake and the seaside coast to Phu My.


The ride is on a mixe of small roads on gentle hills and undulating coast, seaside villages, with great views looking over the small bay and mountains. Then continue the ride deeper into the flat seaside farmlands on rural paths. Pass many villages that people live mainly on agriculture, and some growing seafood Savour fresh seafood in the finest local restaurant. Explore the culture and life of villagers on smooth and undulating paths along the Tra O lagoon, waving kids on pushbikes from school, and make some stops at local homes with peaceful views over the lagoon. Finish with a couple of hours transfer to Quang Ngai City
 

Cam Thanh/ Hamya hot springs ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Hilly- easy/moderate/ hard
Day
9
Quang Ngai - Chau O - Tam Ky - Hoi An

Hoi An is a great place for relaxing for a couple of days in central Vietnam. It is also charming has narrow streets with plenty of lanterns hanging along. Hoi An was the trading port of the Cham Kingdom, which major international port in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Cham people were Hindu, and by the 10th century, the impact of Arab traders to Hoi An resulted in some converting to become Muslims.


The morning starts with a short transfer to the My Lai Massacre Memorial,  pay a visit, visit the gallery room, and learn more about the war and its history from your guide. We cycle through rice fields and removed villages, discover hidden gems in the countryside. The paths are flat, give you a more leisurely ride at your own pace, past many houses with stacks of straw for buffalos and cows. Past some markets open few hours in the morning only. This is a chance you learn more about local culture and meet friendly people at their homes. Afterwards, We continue travelling by bicycle, past some tiny markets and vast lush green farmlands of sugar cane, tapioca, and vegetable before the 1-hour transfer to Tam Ky for lunch. It is a good choice to avoid the heat at midday.


After lunch, another 30 minutes transfer to Ha Lam where you take a pleasure ride to explore the idyllic countryside along Truong Giang River when the weather is cooler. The highlight of today is unique routes and amazing landscapes. We ride past quaint villages and rice paddy and money bridges linking canal to canal in Cam Kim island before you cross the short Cam Kim bridge to Hoi An.

Ann Retreat Spa & Reosrt ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 65 km
Flat - easy/moderate
Day
10
A half-day biking to My Son

My Son Hindu Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a great sample of the ancient Champa civilization located in the southern part of Vietnam. It was Champa independent state from around the 2nd to the 17th century and became a part of Vietnam. The impressive Hindu-themed ruins feature many beautiful stone sculptures, temples and towers in tropical jungle surroundings.


A short support vehicle takes us out of Hoi An Town to cycle to My Son. Many small islands are connecting to mainlands by new bridges, so we have a chance to explore tiny villages on islands. We cross Thu Bon River on the old bridge-now use for bicycle moped only before we turn right and keep on biking along the river, past many local furniture factories and small markets before green farms along the way. Then we carry on biking to the mainland on a rural road, ride past sugar canes plantation along foothills before spending an hour and a half exploring the ruined My Son Sanctuary. Lunch en route before we return to Hoi An by support vehicle.


Option: Take a rest day, and spend the whole day on swimming pool to relax your legs after many days off the beaten tracks. OR you explore Hoi An ancient town on your own.

Ann Retreat Spa & Reosrt ****
Breakfast/ lunch
30 km
Flat/ easy
Day
11
Hoi An - Ha Van Pass - Hue

After an hour of vehicle drives to Da Nang city, then you can choose an option; ride rolling hills, challenge Hai Van Pass yourself as you conquer 12km to the peak OR drive on the vehicle to the top. Look over the bay of Da Nang; enjoy spectacular mountain views and photos taken at the Hai Van Gate- a national relic.


After a break, we continue cycling down to Lang Co beach. Enjoy seafood lunch at local by the beach. In the afternoon, we ride rolling hills before we cross Tu Hien bridge. Take a leisurely ride on shade paths through the peninsula, enjoy the natural countryside on dirt tracks along the sea—a great time to enjoy easy off the beaten track biking. Then turn left and keep on, and ride the bridge to another side of the lagoon.


Here we are to explore many beautiful villages that not many tourists are coming to. We will stop at some small markets and fishing villages by the lagoon. Then we continue cycling toward Hue. Ride through the rustic countryside to the outskirts of Hue, and finally, have a transfer to City Center.

Moon Light ****
Breakfast/Lunch
25 - 65km
Hilly- easy/moderate/ hard
Day
12
Dragon Boat Trip – night train to Nam Dinh

Imperial Citadel of Hue built-in 1802 by Nguyen Dynasty, and it was the feudal political and cultural capital until 1945. It is situated by perfume River which winds through the capital city. Many buildings were destroyed in Vietnam War during the Tet Offensive 1968. There are many traditional and modern landmark relics to discover.


First, we visit the Forbidden Purple Citadel, where only the emperor and his eunuchs, servants, and concubines were allowed. We take a dragon cruise trip upstream or downstream of the river. It is a fantastic way to soak up some of the air of Hue City, enjoy gentle sightseeing away from the roads.


The cruise will stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, Ho Chem Temple, then we disembark the boat and continue today's tour by car. Follow as the planned to visit some family workshops producing conical hats and handicrafts, in incense sticks before we travel to Khai Dinh tomb, then to Minh Mang. Finally, we return to Hue by vehicle, take a shower, relax until dinner with the team before a night sleep on a luxury train to Nam Dinh City.

Violet Train ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Violette Express Train
Kiwi standing on oval
Dragon Boat
Day
13
Nam Dinh - Hai Phong

Nam Dinh is a city in the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam. It's about 90 km South-East of Hanoi. The province is famous for the general martial mandarin Tran Hung Dao's yearly festival, which defeated the Mongolian in 13 the century. The festival occurs from August 18 – 20. Be met at the train station in the city of Nam Dinh. Enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant in town before a vehicle transfer to a rural village in Thai Binh for today's ride. First, we ride through rice paddies, vegetable fields, ferry crossings the river, and then follow the country road along the river. We ride across through the rich fertile soil farmlands, tobacco fields to Vinh Bao. Enjoy lunch in town before cycling to Tien Lang. Finally, we'll get on the vehicle to transfer to Hai Phong.

Mercure Hai Phong ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Flat/ easy
Day
14
Hai Phong - Cat Ba Island

After breakfast at the hotel, we have a vehicle transfer to Dinh Vu ferry station, board a ferry to Cat Hai Island, cycle through the vibrant island, pass some fishing villages, and reach Cat Ba Island's next ferry. After the second ferry, we arrive on Cat Ba Island and continue biking toward Cat Ba township. We challenge some small hills, mostly on hilly ocean roads, an excellent opportunity to view the spectacular natural scenery of ocean bay and national park,  rainforest undulating to Cat Ba city. Check-in, enjoy lunch and spend time exploring the town on your own until dinner in town with the group.

Sea Pearl Hotel Cat Ba ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
28 km
Hilly/moderate
Day
15
Cat Ba Island - Ha Long - Ha Noi

After breakfast, check out, and we cycle from the hotel, cross the national park of Cat Ba with some small hills to Ga Luan. Cat Ba National Park is the largest of the 367 islands and represents the Bat Ba Archipelago. The national park covers 102 square miles, and the park is also the home to fauna and flora. It's a great time to explore the island in the morning, challenge small hills, undulate the rainforest with fantastic views before boarding the boat to cruise through La Long Bay. 


Halong Bay is one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world. The ocean karst landscapes of Halong, the Bay of Descending Dragons, have been capturing imagination for centuries, and it's one of Vietnam's most popular destinations. Enjoy a couple of hours of a boat cruise through hundreds of limestone karsts that rise dramatically from the bay's emerald waters, admire rocky mountains, incredible landscapes, with seafood lunch on board. Then take a private transfer from Harbour to Ha Noi in the afternoon.

The Light ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
Kiwi standing on oval
Boat trip Cat Ba to Ha Long
Day
16
Ha Noi - Departure

After breakfast at hotel, spend time doing shopping until a transfer to International airport to catch your flight home.

Breakfast

More Info

Road Condition

We have been making many inspection trips before the company operating and picked up all different terrains, rural paths, single tracks, and beautiful country back roads to design our unique bike tours as per your expectation. Our team, support vehicles always standby as nearest riders and are on hands with a phone call. If the riders, who love leisurely ride with short routes or distance and will hop on the support vehicles, take a rest when the other riders in the group keep exploring the beautiful countryside as long routes as they wish. We ensure that all riders are satisfied with how Vietnam Backroads organizes cycling trips without worry.


Every morning, you will transfer out of the bustling towns and ride into rustic villages and country farms and retransfer in the late afternoon through heavy traffic into the city.


Central Coast and in Central Provinces

Our hand-picked up routes with the unique tailor-make programme will please your ride. Our bicycle tours are on small roads and rural paths from Ha Noi and begin the ride in Dong Hoi down the coast to Ho Chi Minh. Another way around from Saigon to Ha Noi, and start the ride in Dalat, then down to shore, from the southern coast to the central provinces: Phan Thiet to Phan Rang, Nha Trang, Tuy Hoa, Quy Nhon, Quang Ngai, Hoi An, Hue and Dong Ha, Dong Hoi (DMZ) and Phong Nha where the ride ends or begins depending on the trip's destinations. Throughout the ride, enjoy descending the mountain from Dalat to Nha Trang, enjoy breathtaking views of Khanh Le/ Hon Giao Passes, ride along the stunning coastal routes in Quy Nhon, immerse yourself in seaside villages along the dirt tracks, meet the farmers in the vast agricultural farmlands in Hoi An before looking over the spectacular views of Hai Van Mountain Pass, vast agricultural farmlands in Hoi An, and networks of canals in rivers, and colourful lanterns lining the tiny streets in Hoi An, discover the Hue Purple City, and Quang Tri ancient town all the ways to Phong Nha through DMZ.


Stunning coast & Beaches & Seaside villages

Many small country roads are smooth and small, with less traffic, long sandy local beaches, peninsula, lagoon, mountains along the coast, and small towns; however, some roads are rolling mountains, hills, and stunning bays that the minor roads are the best choice.


Mountains, Hills and Tropical forests and Jungles

Depend on the trips you booked and where it travels through mountain climbs throughout the route, rainforest, and jungles far from the coast where the rural infrastructures are underdeveloped, or paths through deeply remote hamlets and closed to traffic. In this case, your guide will avoid riding on many undeveloped rural villages, and dirt tracks are unsafe, bumpy and very rocky, slippery and landslide when it rains, and lead you depending on the minor roads.


We ride mostly on small paths along fishing villages, seafood farms, and lush flat rural farmlands, small villages for support vehicles to go along with the riders. But the support vehicle will be on minor roads running parallel and driving along as close to riders as possible. The networks of small paths crisscross rural, and this will be easy for riders to meet the support vehicles at corners, forks on country roads after approximately 15 km, 20 km, or 25 to 30 km on a daily bike ride.

Weather

The rainy season in Central Vietnam is usually around September until early last January, which coincides with the best humidity and temperature of the entire year, with the high levels of rainfall from September to November. Sometimes, typhoons from the sea affect Hoi An, and flooding might occur in Hoi An's old town from October to December. October until February is the peak season for tourism in the country. The dry season between January & August with temperatures ranging in the mid 30°C, and humidity. In general, the weather in central is divided into two seasons, and the rainy season and the dry season do not coincide with the two climatic regions of North and South. It's hot and humid from May to August, so it's the best time to do bicycle tours from September to April.

Vehicles

Private Support Vehicles

2 to 4 riders in a group


There is only one A/C 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases, and bikes. There are four rows of seating for passengers on the A/C 16 seater van. Two people sit on each row. The third row is for luggage and suitcases. The last row of seats will be folded up, so all bikes will be uploaded here.



A medium group tour: from 5 to 7 people


There will be two vehicles to support riders on the entire trip. One 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases. Another truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, tool kits, icebox to keep cold drinks, and so on



A large group tour: 8 to 14 people


One minibus to take up all riders, including luggage & suitcases, and one truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, water, cold drinks, and snacks...Iceboxes




A group has more than 15 riders and more than 20 people


We provide two vans and one minibus, and one truck to escort large groups of riders and help ensure their safety. Our pro guide will motivate a team with support vehicles to bring the best services to riders.


27.5 Giant MTB bikes & Trek Hybrid Touring Bikes

1. There are 60 pro MTB bikes and hybrid MTB bikes and available in store and they are ready for all cycling tours


MTB Bikes for kids: wheel size 20", 24" with  suspension seatpost. Kid heights: 120cm, 130cm, 145cm


Pro Giant Mountain Bike - 650B/ 27.5" wheel size


27.5" Pro mountain bikes are use for off-road cycling; on dirt track and hilly single track narrow paths and also country back roads.


27.5" wheel size and MTB tires 27.5" x 1.95 is the best choice and suitable and good for challenge and technical mountain biking. 


1 - Good quality and lightweight Alloy MTB 27.5" frames 


2 - 27.5" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout


3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable for riding


4 - Deore Shimano Group set


5 - Shimano hydraulic disc brake


6 - Shimano Deore hubs - 32 holes


7 - 27.5" Alexrims disc brake rims - 32 holes


8 - Maxxis Cross Mark 27.5 x 1.95 - Good quality and suitable for both on road and off-road riding


9 - Soft grips


10 - FSA sealed bearing headset


11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings


12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team




2. There are 25 Trek hybrid mountain bikes available in our store.  Hybrid bike tires 700 x 38- Good choice for a long trip: Saigon to Hanoi and Hanoi to Saigon


Hybrid bikes are use for an off-road cycling through countryside, dirt track and but working on muddy road. Its really good for touring a long trip, it moves faster and easier. Hybrid bike gives you an easy to pedal uphills, smooth bicycle riding on quiet concrete paths and country back roads. The best choice to challenge mountain and serious hills


1 - Good quality and lightweight alloy hybrid frame


2 - 29" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout


3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable saddle


4 - Deore Shimano Group set


5 - Shimano hydraulic disc brake


6 - Shimano Deore hubs - 32 holes


7 - 29" Alexrims touring rims, disc brake - 32 holes


8 - Schwalbe CX Comp 700 x 38 - Good quality and suitable for both off-road cycling and touring a long trip


9 - Soft grips


10 - FSA sealed bearing headset


11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings


12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team




 

 
 

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Reviews

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 Birgitte and Fiona from Australia Biking Saigon - Hue - Hanoi 13D/12N 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

Elle and Matt …

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 was 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 can’t 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

Sarah Harringt…

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

Jos & Monique …

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

Don and I hope…

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

Graham Bridge …

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 specialities). 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.

Sarah Harringt…

Mr Nghi is an excellent guide. He meets us every day with a smile and was available at all times. He’s an excellent cyclist and always ready for a hard & challenging ride. He was attentive to our needs and accommodating to special requests. Our driver Thao is also a very good driver, very safe and always prompt. He also kept the van very clean and supplied with drinks. The quality of the food choice overall was excellent. Some of our very best meals were arranged by Mr Nghi in small villages for our lunches and gave us a great insight into the culture. If we had any constructive feedback, maybe the van could sometimes be closer on long rides and maybe the guides could be supplied with modem mapping technology like GPS or smart phones, for the most efferent routing and use of time. This is one of the best trip we have ever taken and our first bike tour, and we are extremely happy with experience. We have many wonderful memories and photos. We would highly recommend Vietnam Backroads to our friends. We are already looking forward to our next trip with Vietnam Backroads. 24 Dec 2012 - 04 Jan 2013.

Aaron and Laur…

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!

Christina and …

I was very happy with the trip. Vien was a great guide and excellent company. He looked after us well. Nghia was an excellent driver and he also looked after us very well. I had a great time. 02 - 14 Nov, 2018

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