See four UNESCO World Heritage Sites - HCM to HANOI

Introduction

Son Doong cave is the World’s largest cave, located in Son Trach, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh province, Vietnam. Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. spreads out over 2,000 square km in central Vietnam. Vietnam Backroads designed this tour for those who want to combine back roads biking adventure with visits to many of Vietnam's most important sites. The time visits four of the seven Vietnamese UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Hoi An Ancient Town, the Hue Citadel, and Phong Nha and Son Doong Caves are on the nine-day biking portion of the tour, which begins in Ho Chi Minh, then to Dalat. From there, it rolls down to the coastal plain and then meanders up, down and along roads, paths and trails to Phong Nha. Visits to the beautiful Paradise and Dark caves in this area show why UNESCO chose to add it to its list. An overnight cruise on the fifth site, Ha Long Bay, is an excursion that all visitors to Vietnam should experience. This tour will give a broad cross-section of Vietnam's culture, geography, and ancient and modern history. Cycling trips Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

Tour details

Price
USD $2915.00 2915.00
Tour code
VBR: VCT14A - HCM - HAN
Duration
Number Of cycling days
9 days
Single supplement
545.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$80
Total cycling distance
480 - 540km
Destination
Ages to ride
18 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
04
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
All ferry tickets in countryside
Domestic flight from HCM to Dalat + airport In/Out
Domestic flight from Ha Noi to Dong Hoi + airport In/Out
1 night on cruise in Ha Long bay
13 nights: double room/ twin room
B = 13 Breakfasts, L = 13 Lunches, D = 7 Dinners
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
English speaking guide throughout the tour
Airport transfer in/ out
Pick up & drop off at hotels
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Single accommodation
Other personal expenses
Visa to Vietnam
Drinks are not included with any meal
Tips to bike guide and driver

Full Itinerary

Day
1
Biking to Cai Be - Mekong Delta

Vietnam Backroads Team will meet you at the hotel for our first-day trip biking to Mekong Delta. Arrive in Ngu Hiep village of Cay Lay after 2 hours drives. First, we take a ferry boat to Ngu Hiep Island when we experience the local life as we ride across this Island. The following little ferry takes us to Tan Phong Island. We continue riding through fruit orchards, past the local market and kindergarten before the last ferry takes us to the mainland- riverside Cai Be town. We ride to one of the most ancient houses in a rural village, visit the house and learn about the home and it's detailed traditional decoration and Mekong Delta culture. Enjoy delicious lunch at this house. After lunch, ride on track along a small river, stop at some local family workshop that produces sweets, rice paper and popcorns. Then continue biking through villages and lush coconut trees. Immerse yourself in the beautiful backwaters scenery. at last, we return to Saigon by vehicle.

Northern Hotel Saigon
Breakfast/ Lunch/
20 - 35km
Easy
Day
2
Fly to Dalat - Dalat Discovery

We'll have an early flight to Lien Khuong Airport. It's about an hour drives south of Dalat City. 

Dalat Hotel Du Parc hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Saigon - Lien Khuong
Day
3
Dalat - Bidoup National Park - Nha Trang

Begin today bike adventure with an hour vehicle drives us northeast of Dalat. 

Michelle hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 80km
Easy/moderate/ hard
Kiwi standing on oval
Boat ride to Island
Day
4
Nha Trang – Dai Lanh - Tuy Hoa - Qui Nhon

Quy Nhon is well known for its beautiful countrysides, long beautiful coastal routes and Cham temples. 

Royal Hotel & Healthcare resort
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 65km
Easy/moderate
Day
5
Quy Nhon - De Ghi - Tra O Lagoon - Quang Ngai

Quy Nhon province has along the coastline and many beautiful sea lakes and lagoons. 

Thien An Riverside hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80km
Easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
6
Quang Ngai - Chau O - Ha Lam - Hoi An

The morning starts with the support vehicles take us to the My Lai Massacre Memorial for an hour visit. 

Hoi An Riverside resort
Breakfast/ Lunch
30 - 65km
Easy/ moderate
Day
7
Free day in Hoi An

Breakfast at the n hotel, and enjoy a free day as your own to explore Hoi An Town. 

Hoi An Riverside resort
Breakfast
Day
8
Hoi An - Hai Van Pass - Tu Hien - Lagoon - Hue

After breakfast, we check out the hotel for the support vehicle transfer to Da Nang. 

Imperial Hotel Hue
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 60km
Easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
9
Hue - Quang Tri - Dong Ha

We'll start early in the morning at 7:30 with a visit to the Imperial Purple Citadel. 

Saigon Dong Ha
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 60km
Easy/ moderate
Day
10
DMZ- Hien Luong Bridge- Vinh Moc Tunnels- Phong Nha

Followed by breakfast at the hotel, we check out and travel by support vehicle to Hien Luong Bridge,- Ben Hai River was the border between North and South Vietnam was 76.1 km in length and crossed from east to west near the Dong Ha City, Quang Tri Province. 

Saigon Phong Nha
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 km
Easy/ moderate
Day
11
Paradise & Dark Caves Discovery - Mud Bathing

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park was a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

Saigon Phong Nha hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Day
12
Phong Nha - Dong Hoi - fly to Ha Noi

After breakfast at the hotel, we enjoy shopping around the town until a transfer takes us to Dong Hoi to fly to Ha Noi. 

The Light hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch
Fly to Ha Noi
Day
13
Ha Noi - Ha Long bay

Halong Bay is one of the most amazing natural wonders with thousands of islands, including; beaches, caves, and fishing villages. You are picked up at your hotels at 7:20 am then you enjoy 3 hours of 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 the cabin, then the cruise will start it journey as you having a delicious Vietnamese lunch. Next, 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. Next, you will explore the well-hidden Co Cave, where you can hike to the middle of the mountain to see the wild and mysterious beautiful Cave and contemplate numerous sparkling stalactites that appear like 'hanging lamps’ inside the Cave. After you explore the cave, you return to the boat and enjoy a sunset party on board. Finally, the cruise will drop an anchor in the calm water surrounded by islets in Cong Dam. Dinner on board with many activities on the boat, entertainment, live music, and a dancing bar that you can join with other travelers—overnight n cruise.

Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Kiwi standing on oval
Paloma cruise
Day
14
Ha Long bay - Ha Noi

Enjoy sunrise with the peaceful atmosphere of the bay. Have hot tea, Vietnamese coffee, then a big breakfast on board. After that, you will have a bamboo sampan rowing boat taking you to Vung Vieng floating fishing village and Pearl Farm. 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 4:30 pm. 

The Light
Breakfast/ Lunch
Day
15
Ha Noi Departure

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then spend time shopping and relaxing until the pick up for transfer to the International Airport to fly home. Tour End!

Breakfast

More Info

Road Condition

We select all different terrains; rural paths, single tracks, and beautiful country back roads to design all our unique bike tours. Mostly, routes are too small for vehicles, but every 20 to 30km, there are many small roads connecting paths where you enjoy riding. These are also the places where your support vehicles standby in case you wanting to get on an A/C van. All tracks allow you to admire the fascinating countryside in a diverse country. A great team with local knowledge in different regions and route navigation will make bike riding more accessible.

Weather
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


Guaranteed to depart

Currently, this tour have no schedule, yet.

Reviews

It was a great trip, a great way to see Vietnam, experience the culture and learn about its history. We saw so many things we would not have seen driving by car. The trails and back roads we took helped us to see so much of the way of life of the people of Vietnam. We enjoyed the food so much, got to try many new things and specialties of the country. Loc was an excellent guide, took great care of us, his English was excellent and he was very knowledgeable the history of the country. Cuong was an excellent driver in the crazy traffic of Vietnam. He was also very helpful with bike set up and helping us with picnics. Great tour, great itinerary with lots of diversity. Everyday was an adventure! 01 - 14 April, 2016

Dave and Wendy…

See 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Overall, I thought this trip was great! Dat was fantastic guide, friendly, helpful, professional – and did a great job of introducing us to Vietnamese culture through some legends, food and explaining about agriculture.. What would have been nice is if we had more days with definite goals (I like cycling from one landmark to another landmark) even though it is difficult to balance with showing us the variety in the country personally. I would have like to learn more about how to say words properly(sh) in Vietnamese and maybe more still about the culture/history but I think that the balance was probably good. 10 - 23 Feb, 2016

Calvin Scott D…

The tour was very good – an excellent way to see many parts of the country in a two week period. Dat was an exceptional guide. It is hard to think that that someone else could be better. He was very helpful in many ways, often doing more to help us than we would expect. The biggest problem we faced was arriving at the hotel and finding it closed during the Tet holiday. It was nice that things worked out as well as they did. If we were American, the tour value would be exceptional, but our Canadian dollar has fallen a lot in the last few months so I can only say good. For what we received, it was certainly reasonable. If someone else, asks me, I will recommend your company – especially it Dat is the guide. 10 - 23 Feb, 2016

Edmund Peter D…

On behalf of myself and my family I would like to say thank you to you and your crew for making our holiday in Vietnam a success. The itinerary you planned for this trip, both the types of riding that we did and the activities involved, fit our needs perfectly - and Dat was an absolutely excellent guide - friendly, energetic, and both very knowledgeable and very helpful. When things didn't go quite perfectly (like when the hotel we were booked into in Nha Trang was closed) we correctly had complete confidence that things would work out. Overall, your support team took great care of us. Because of the ages and commitments of our boys, this was the trip of a lifetime - it will very probably be the last time we will ever have to be together on a holiday excursion like this. I am happy to say that we picked the right country, the right company to help us, and the right tour! As I said in my written evaluation, if anyone asks, it will be easy for me to recommend Vietnam as a destination and Vietnam Backroads as a tour company. I hope that it is alright to add a couple of thoughts. On your website I see that there are some pictures and videos of various tours. I have many pictures to go through from our trip. If you are interested, after I go through them I can send you five or six of ours that you can add to your collection if you wish. A year and a half ago, Nancy and I did a bike trip in Albania that was advertised as a UN World Heritage Site tour. (also an excellent adventure) In reflecting on your tour, I wonder whether you might wish to consider using a similar title to describe the tour we took. As we visited five UN world heritage sites (more than we saw in Albania), it would be a very accurate description and perhaps would draw more attention to the tour, at least for certain people. 10 - 23 Feb, 2016

Ed Dick Nancy …

Cannot think of a better way to get a taste of Vietnam. Our tour, the one which visits a number of UN World Heritage sites, offers a diversity of both riding and cultural experiences. The riding is fairly rated as a 3 out of 5, so it is designed for recreational riders who are in decent shape. The riding is quite diverse, from mountainous roadways (mostly going down), to trails of dirt, asphalt or concrete along seaside trails and trails through rice paddies, villages, and forested areas. Along the coastal plain, the term backroads is very fitting.

Aside from biking, the tour also caters to historical, cultural and recreational interests. Among others, the tour includes time at the ancient sanctuary at My Son, the Vietnam War Memorial at My Lai, and the Citadel at Hue. The stops during the day and the evening meals focused on Vietnamese fare. More “touristy” activities like the mud bath at Dark Cave and an overnight cruise at Ha Long Bay add to a great holiday.

A lot of work went into putting this package together. Depending upon what one is used to, the accommodations range from adequate to very good. (one of the hotels was the nicest we have ever stayed at) Because the tour covers a long distance, quite a bit of time is spent in the van during transfers from the centre of a city to the tour departure point, or taking us to our hotel at the end of the day. It was nice that there was internet access in the van during these trips.

Finally, a word has to be said about the guide team. A van to carry us and a truck to haul the bikes followed us wherever that was possible (and met up with us when the trails didn't allow it) There was always a guide behind the last rider to ensure that no one ever got lost. And our main guide, Dat, was fabulous, both in leading the group, or letting keener riders ride ahead when the way ahead was straight forward. He was also great at giving us advice when we got to our destination at the end of the day. And he was an excellent guide at the historic sites we visited, providing the background necessary to make the visit worthwhile.

Like a few other bike adventures we have been on, there were one or two “misadventures”. Our own view is that “misadventures” become part of the adventure when the tour operator puts in the work to overcome them with minimal inconvenience to participants.

So, if you are going to Vietnam, do some bike riding, and want to experience a variety of the flavours which the country offers, you should seriously consider what Vietnam Backroads has to offer.

Medicine Hat, Canada

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 recognising 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 Vietnams 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 …

We are back in the flatlands, 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 framesize.
- the mechanical skills of Van and Trang. They continously 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 pasports, 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 recommand 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 …
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