Grand Vietnam Cycling Tour 17 days

Introduction

On this cycling adventure, we will discover some parts of Ho Chi Minh trails and the incredible Phong Nha Cave- the fascinating caves in Sout East Asia. Vietnam's Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is home to the world's largest cave -a place few people have visited. Phong Nha Cave lived on Ho Chi Minh trails that are not far from the Laos border. Ho Chi Minh Trail was a military supply route running from North Vietnam through Laos and Cambodia to South Vietnam. The path sent weapons, workforce, ammunition, and other supplies from communist-led North Vietnam to their supporters in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The trails were named after Ho Chi Minh, the president of North Vietnam. During the 1960s, the Ho Chi Minh Trail (actually a network of trails, footpaths, and roadways) moved several tons of supplies each day through rugged mountain ranges and dense jungle. Cycling Ha Noi to Ho Chi Minh

Tour details

Price
USD $2975.00 2975.00
Tour code
VBR: VCT17B - HAN - SGN
Duration
Number Of cycling days
10 days
Single supplement
645.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$145
Total cycling distance
645km
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 MTBs, wheel size 27.5, hydraulic brake
Helmets, bottles of water, tools kit
All entrance fees, ferry tickets in countryside
B= 16 Breakfasts, L= 14 Lunches, D= 11 Dinners
Daily snack, cold water, soft drinks, facial tissues
14 nights, double room/ twin room
1 night on cruise in Ha Long
Night train Ha Noi to Dong Hoi
Speed boat Vung Tau - Ho Chi Minh
Pick up & drop off at hotels
Airport in/out
Bike mechanic
English speaking guide throughout the tour
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Visa to Vietnam
International flight
Single supplement
Drinks are not included with any meal

Full Itinerary

Day
1
Ha Noi on Arrival

You are welcome to Ha Noi, Vietnam's capital city and political centre.  Meet your guide and driver with a private car, take you to your hotel in the Old Quarter of Ha Noi. Take a rest and be ready for a leisure walk tour in the afternoon; visit Ha Noi's highlights; the Opera House, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. In the evening, join us for a special welcoming dinner at one of the famous in town.

The Light ****
Dinner
Day
2
Ha Noi - Ha Long bay

We depart from the Hanoi capital at 8:00 am for Halong Bay, and it takes 3 hours drives. There are some stops at the Sao Dao center for a coffee break. Sao Dao is a handicapped workshop. With a short break at this workshop, we could see how different patient job is upon arrival at Halong Bay, welcomed by captain and cruisers to check-in. Enjoy seafood lunch when the cruise is starting its journey—views the spectacular World Heritage site of Ha Long, which located in the Gulf of Tonkin. There are thousands of Islands with many famous caves, grottos and sandy coves. Board a boat and cruise the bay, exploring island caves, enjoy swimming. Dinner on board, enjoy live music and at the dancing bar and spend a peaceful night on cruise. 

Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Kiwi standing on oval
Oriental Sails ****
Day
3
Ha Long - Ha Noi - Night train - Dong Hoi

Enjoy sunrise with tea, coffee before a breakfast serving. Then we will discover locals' daily lives at Vung Vieng fishing village and Pearl farm by bamboo boat before returning to the cruise. Your lunch is on board while the cruise moves slowly back to Habour. The cruise trip will finish its journey at 11:45 am. You will relax on vehicle transfer returning to Hanoi city in the afternoon, check in the hotel, have a rest  until having dinner, and take a night train to Dong Hoi.

Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Violet Train ****
Day
4
Cycling Dong Hoi - Phong Nha

The train arrives at Dong Hoi around 6:30 am. Your guide and driver will take you to a nice restaurant in town for coffee, tea and breakfast, and get ready for the first-day ride of the trip. Then, we pick up the bikes, make saddle adjustments for a fantastic way to see the countryside of Dong Hoi and Phong Nha. We cycle on beautiful coastal routes with a few km, and we turn left onto the rice farms, cycle on open rural roads, beautiful green countryside, and scenic before we ride through the jungle. Enjoy cycling on dirt tracks until we leave the jungle and ride intensely into farmland along the mountain on narrow pathways—lunch en route. Have a great view of the spectacular cliffs and stunning mountains on west Ho Chi Minh. Next, we ride across the rubber plantation to Ho Chi Minh trails, but they are asphalt today. Pass some small towns before we follow a small track cross through lush farmlands, and cycle along River to Phong Nha

Karst Villas Phong Nha ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
5
Discover Paradise Cave & Dark Cave

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park was a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Paradise Cave is one of the most beautiful Caves in Phong Nha. However, it's an incredible home to the 360-million-years-old rock formations, the 31km long, the longest and the most beautiful in Asia. The countryside and surroundings in Phong Nha are fantastic with some colonist buildings ring by limestone mountain ranges, lush foothill farms, rice paddies, rivers, and tiny villages make it more rustic and spectacular. We have a full-day guided tour to explore the most beautiful Caves of Paradise with 3 hours to discover so many places inside. Next is the Dark cave with combined adventures;  zipline to Dark cave, enjoy mud bathing, swimming, and kayaking. Finally, we return to Phong Nha town on Ho Chi Minh road, through mountain ranges, valleys, and tropical rainforests. Dine with the team and stay one more night in the town.

Karst Villas Phong Nha ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Day
6
Biking Phong Nha - Khe Sanh

Today is a challenge for us to cross Truong Son Mountain Ranges and west Ho Chi Minh trails along the border with Laos. It is a too long way for us to enjoy our day adventure biking. So there will be 2 sections; a 35 km ride in the morning and a 35 km ride in the afternoon. We will relax on a vehicle transfer at noontime before and after lunch. It is also good timing to avoid many serious hills. After early breakfast, we jump back on the bikes and start a cycling adventure from the hotel. Explore many breathtaking views; limestone mountains, fascinating valleys, spectacular mountain scenery, ancient rainforests, and a small village. There is big picnic lunch rather than lunch locally. The afternoon ride is pleasant biking and allows you to bike downhills more than up when the weather temperature is calm down. View the farm, green farmland, lakes and past many Ethnic villages before the hotel to check-in—diner in the town of Khe Sanh with the team.

Khanh Phuong/Green Hotel **
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 70 km
Hilly - moderate/ hard
Day
7
Cycling Khe Sanh - Ethnic Villages - A Luoi

The one is many things related to Vietnam War; the airstrip used to transport troops and supplies, many US tanks, helicopters, weapons are still there. We visit the old Ta Con Airport, the former South Vietnam Army before 1975- Knows as the Khe Sanh combat base where relics of the war are exhibited and opens for tourists. Then the support vehicle takes us to Dak Rong bridge which is the friendship bridge built by Cuban. Then we start cycling through spectacular scenery, mainly downhill along the Laos border and the Dak Rong River, primarily on highway 14 but with significantly less traffic.  The scenic ride is through spectacular mountain landscapes, tropical jungle up and down the quiet roads along the river. We will pass many tribe villages, small towns—lunch en route before we challenge Pe Ke Pass. Then we enjoy a downhill ride to A Lin then A Luoi.

Thanh Quang/ Do Thanh Hotel **
Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 85 km
Hilly- easy/moderate/hard
Day
8
A Luoi - Hamburger Hill - Royal Tomb - Hue

A Luoi was an Ethnic village controlled by the former French colonial. It is a township today, and it attracts many tourists every year because of its historic hill bases. Hamburger Hill was a battle of the Vietnam War fought by the U.S Army and controlled by the South Vietnam Army. The action was primarily an infantry engagement, with the U.S Airborne troops moving up the steeply-sloped hill well-entrenched soldiers in 1969. After 10 days of fighting, U.S Army controlled the hill base. Have early breakfast, trek 5 km to the peak of Hamburger Hill, visit the museum, gallery rooms, explore the hill bases, look over the Laos border before we are rewinding. Back to the hotel for check out and cycle to Hue. The roads are hilly through the jungle and some gentle Passes. Enjoy dirt tracks cycling through the jungle, pass lush green farmlands, pedal along the quiet river. Stopping to visit Minh Mang Tomb,  then continue biking on a pleasant route through the charming countryside on a scenic country road alongside the Perfume River to Hue City.

Moon Light ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/
25 - 55 km
Hilly- easly/ moderate
Day
9
Hue - Hai van Pass - Hoi An

The former capital of Vietnam is Hue City today. The Feudalism of Nguyen Lords from 1802 to 1945. It holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past, including; tombs, pagodas, a typical blend of French and Vietnam's architectures and historical relics. First, you will visit the Imperial Citadel, including the Forbidden Purple City, which nearly destroyed the Vietnam War during the Tet Offensive. Then a short transfer takes you out of Hue. In the morning, your easy ride is to explore villages, local lifestyle, ancient houses, and traditional old living style of the older generation from Thuan An beach to Tu Hien rural Dist. In the afternoon, we begin to challenge our ride on hilly back roads to Lang Co beach. After lunch, we continue to ride up to Hai Van Pass then ride downhill to the town of Da Nang. The rest of the day is on the support vehicle to Hoi An.

Ann Retreat Spa & Reosrt ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
30 - 65km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
10
Free day in Hoi An

Enjoy your own time after many days of challenging mountain hills, explore the charming town on foot through narrow streets with plenty of lanterns, and along rivers and canals. The culture & heritage is predominantly from the Cham people whose kingdom originally stretched from Hue South to Phan Thiet (South of Nha Trang) - the Champa's most likely originally from Java. The original Cham political capital was Tra Kieu, the commercial capital was Hoi An, and the spiritual capital was My Son (Hindu). With more than 2,000 years of history, Hoi An was the principal port of the Cham Kingdom, which controlled the strategic spice trade with Indonesia from the 7th to the 10th century and was a major international port in the 16th and 17th centuries - and the foreign influences are discernible to this day. The Cham people were Hindu, and by the 10th century, the influence of Arab traders to Hoi An resulted in some converting to become Muslims.

Ann Retreat Spa & Reosrt ****
Breakfast
Day
11
Cycle Hoi An - Quang Ngai

Begin with a short transfer to a small fishing village, the other side of Thu Bon River. Next, we bike on shaded roads, enjoy the scenery of rice paddies, bamboo bridges, and country villages surrounded by bamboo trees before we reach Truong Giang River. Great opportunity to see the daily lives of locals living in the area for generations; two to three generations live together in the same house along the river. The paths are mostly flat with smooth concrete surfaces. Enjoy most lovely rural landscape with experience culture. There is plenty of coffee breaks, stops along rural villages to find your ways like a local. We then cycle along the countryside paths, view the small fishing boats, see buffaloes help farmers working on farmland. Then we ride past white dunes, cross the River to Tam Ky township. After a late lunch today, we have a vehicle transfer to Son My village. Visit the Memorial village- My Lai massacre was one of the most horrific incidents of violence committed against unarmed civilians during the Vietnam War. Finally, we go to the hotel by vehicle to check in. 

Cam Thanh/ Hamya hot springs ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 75km
Flat - easy/moderate
Day
12
Cycling Quang Ngai to Quy Nhon

Enjoy a scenic drive to Tam Quang- a small town in Binh Dinh Province for countryside adventures. Bike along some of the country's most picturesque beaches and explore people lives with their traditional fishing villages. Binh Dinh province has the most beautiful scenery, from tiny towns to the spectacular coastline. Most of it is easily accessible along narrow leafy roads and an extensive network of the dirt track. We travel through villages among coconut trees, past fishing villages, lagoons, rolling some small hills in the morning. So you get a chance to see the exciting places that only the locals know. After seafood lunch in My Tho township, then an hour vehicle transfer takes us to De Nghi- a small fishing village where the afternoon adventure continues. We cut off some routes and choose the best for today adventures. Take a leisurely bicycle ride easy along picturesque country roads and witness the way of life of the rural area along the coast. We make many stops to capture stunning photos that will be a treasure for your lifetime. we carry bicycling onward to Quy Nhon, past local markets, schools on coastal routes to Cat Tien. Finally, we turn left and keep on an undulating road along Thi Mai Lagoon. Have a short transfer over the Thi Nai bridge to Quy Nhon City.

Royal Hotel & Healthcare Resort ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 75km
Hilly - easy/ moderate
Day
13
Biking Quy Nhon to Nha Trang

We commence ride today after an hour of vehicle driving on the beautiful coast road. Upon arrival by the River, we bike 1km on the small wooden bridge connecting to tiny villages among coconut trees. Enjoy ocean views, see colourful circular bamboo boats at small fishing villages, then explore rustic farms to Da Dia Reefs. The seashore area is about 100 meters wide and 250 meters long, composed of an estimated 35,000 columns of basalt rocks. The rocks are dark lava columns with roughly flat surfaces of different shapes - round, pentagon, hexagon, polygon etc. Stopp to take a walk down the areas for a short break and photo taken. Followed as planned, we cycle on narrow pathways along the local beaches, pass by some little markets to the lively lagoon. There is another opportunity for us to admire hundreds of floating fish farmings on the lagoon. Afterwards, the ride continues, cross the rivers and explore idyllic villages on undulating paths, pass colourful ancient temples and pagodas. View the landscapes of nature through sweet potato fields, tapioca fields, rice paddy to Tuy Hoa city. After lunch in Tuy Hoa city, we enjoy 2.5 hours transfer to Nha Trang.

Nha Trang Horizon Hotel ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
30 - 50 km
Easy/ moderate
Day
14
Cycle Nha Trang - Vinh Hy - Ca Na Beach

Begin today's ride with 1-hour transfer south of Nha Trang to Cam Ranh. Then, take the left turn, drives further down the coast to start the day ride. Morning ride allows us to explore the most breathtaking views of Nui Chua National pristine forest. The seaside coast is gentle winding roads, pass fishing hamlets, picturesque white-sand beaches and turquoise water. It's fantastic to roll some small hills, through the rainforest, with views overlooking the hundreds of seafood farms from the coast, stopping at Vinh Hy local beach to refresh fresh fruits and Vietnamese coffee. Enjoy the stunning views of Vinh Hy Bay, and carry the ride to Phan Rang, pass many lush villages that growing grapefruit, take a stop off at grapefruit orchards, taste fresh fruit and grape wine, and experience the methods of making wine.


Afterwards, continue rolling on the beautiful coast, past the vast salt fields and Ninh Chu Beach, where we have lunch. The afternoon is easier and more enjoyable after crossing the big river, the small seaside town, before we follow coastal paths through hamlets, stop to view the seaweed field—a lovely place for endless photos. Explore some tiny crouching markets along the hamlets. Then return to the undulate coastal road along the tropical forest to Ca Na Beach.

Hon Co Resort - Ca Na ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80 km
Easy/ moderate/
Day
15
Ride Ca Na - Phan Ri - Sand Hills - Phan Thiet

Phan Thiet is where we stay tonight. The city has the famous Mui Ne beach has long been considered the "Hawaii" of Vietnam. The beach is shallow and sloped, the water is clean and blue, and the sun is always shining. Sand Hills are red, yellow, and white, which have long been a creative subject of artistic photographs and paintings. Besides beaches and dunes, beautiful landscapes such as Fairy Spring and the Poshanu Cham Tower. 


Depart at 7:30 am for less than 1-hour transfer to Co Trach beach. Pick up the bikes and continue your cycling journey on the beautiful shore. The quiet coastal bac roads are gentle, pass the small town, enjoy magnificent natural scenery on the long sandy beach to Phan Ri township. The town is famous for fish souses. Continue your leisurely ride as the winds push you forwards to the white dune as it's the desert areas- one of the top beautiful destinations in Mui Ne.


We will enjoy lunch here at sand dune restaurant. Take a walk through a dune for photos OR have a rest on hammocks for 30 minutes to relax your legs for the afternoon ride. Followed as planned, we ride down the stunning coast and pass many secluded beaches, enjoy spectacular seaside views on the smooth road as you can race to the red sandhills. Great place to view the romantic landscape when the sun is going down. Afterwards, we take a rural road, through idyllic villages and dragon fruit farmlands to the outskirts of Phan Thiet and transfer to the hotel.

TTC Premium Phan Thiet ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 55 km
Flat/ undulate
Day
16
Phan Thiet - Vung Tau - Ho Chi Minh

After breakfast, check out for a 3.5-hour transfer to Vung Tau. Visit Worldwide Arms Museum in Vung Tau and enjoy the pizza lunch at one of the most famous runnings by English men in town before we board on a speed boat to Ho Chi Minh.


The boat journey takes 1 hour and 15 minutes on a modern speed boat. It is the opportunity to enjoy a peaceful seaside getaway and admire the Can Gio mangrove forest landscape, river life, views Saigon ports, shipyards and many new bridges and an elegant city of Saigon. The boat arrives at the Bach Dang Harbour around 4:30 am, have transferred to the hotel, with dinner in Saigon.

Northern Hotel ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
Kiwi standing on oval
Greenlines Luxury Boat
Day
17
Ho Chi Minh Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, relax on your time shopping until the Vietnam Backroads Team picks you up to take you to International Tan Son Nhat Airport. Boarding on an International flight to depart home. Tour End!

Breakfast

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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

The best cycle tour in Vietnam - "Van the man"

Five girlfriends of mine, three from Bunbury, one from Perth and one from Rockingham Western Australia and I, just completed our cycle tours with Vietnam Backroads on March 8 2016. It was the most enjoyable and memorable cycle tours we ever experienced.

My first contact with Mr Van was around 18 months ago when I was searching a reputable cycle tour company in Viet Nam. I wanted to be an off beaten track cycle tour because I wanted to see the beauty of the country, see how local people live, see the rice field etc, etc. So, I started my search with the help of TripAdvisor on the topic. To my surprise many people mentioned 'Van The Man', as the best of man to provide cycle tours I was searching for. It helped me made an informed decision when I read positive comments from fellow travelers in TripAdvisor about Mr Van, and for this reason I would like to thank those who contributed their comments on Vietnam Backroads Cycle Tours.

Mr Van is a man with integrity. During my correspondence through emails, he patiently answered all my questions about safety, routes, bikes, point of interests and other matters related to the tours. If he was not able to give me his answers straight away, he would come back to me as soon as possible. Mr Van is very professional, honest, kind, friendly and very helpful. He always assured me that everything would be ok and I trusted him. Mr Van honoured everything he has said during our correspondence and I would like to say 'thank you' Mr Van.

Our cycle tours started from Dong Hoi after spending one night with Paloma cruise in Ha Long Bay. When we arrived at Dong Hoi Airport Mr Van's two guides, Mr Dat and Mr Loc were there to greet us. They both were very polite and helped us carry our luggage to the van and we were introduced to Mr Cuong our 'cool' driver and off we went for lunch. After lunch Mr Dat and Mr Loc introduced us to another 'cool' driver Mr Vu who drove a truck where our bicycles were kept.
Thank you Mr Vu for keeping our bikes cleaned everyday.

What can I say about Mr Dat? He was very professional indeed, from the start to the finish. He excelled himself in all ways. His attention to details has amazed me. In my group, one was completely vegetarian, one is a part vegetarian and I don't eat pork and from day one we met Mr Dat remembered all of our needs and he made sure that we had the right food to eat. He also sterilized our chopsticks, spoons and forks in hot water and reminded us whether it was safe for us to have ice cubes with our drinks. His knowledge about history of Viet Nam and all places we visited were just amazing and informative. Mr Dat was very proud of his country. To make our journey in the van much more interesting, he always told us stories after stories. We started our new day with Mr Dat by saying ' are you ready?' and we all have to say 'always ready!!!' He faced each morning with a big smile on his face which made our days brighter. Thank you, Mr Dat. You are a gem. We will never forget you.

Now, Mr Loc. He is very witty, funny, and it was fun to be with and he had great sense of humor. He has made our 'challenged' days on the bike a bit lighter especially when the uphill seemed had no end every time we turned around the corner. Mr Loc was always there for us especially for the five of us who sometimes struggled to push a bit more up hills. He sang us songs 'Hallo Vietnam' which encouraged us to ride to the finishing line of that day. One of Mr Loc passions in life is photography. He took beautiful photos along the way and shared his photos with us. I hope someday he will pursue his gifted talent in photography. Thank you, Mr Loc. I will treasure the experience to cycle with you and Mr Dat for a long time to come. A big personal thank you for those wonderful experience you've captured on videos and photos for me to share with my family and friends back in Australia.

Finally, I would like to show my appreciation to Mr Van who had worked so hard to provide us with the most memorable and educating cycling trips for my group. It was so awesome to ride along the Ho Chi Minh trail (west). The scenery was just breathtaking and magic. Camera did capture the beauty of the jungles, rivers, valley, people, rice paddy, etc. but you need to be there to experience it. It was liberating.

When the tours came to an end, we all wished it never ends. We were so saddened that it ended so quickly. The four staff members and my group shared jokes and stories, and we became one big happy family for the duration of our tours. It was just magic.

I would highly recommend Vietnam Backroads to those who would like to see beautiful Vietnam from off beaten tracks... the real beauty of the country.

A huge thank you to our team - Mr Dat, Mr Loc, Mr Cuong and Mr Vu. You are just so awesome!!!! You excelled yourself beyond anyone's expectation. Well done and thank you!!!
Until we meet again soon for another tour, I hope .. 24 Feb - 12 Mar, 2016

Swie Land part…

We really appreciated the extremely well organized tour. Everything from 1st contact to the last day of our tour was perfectly organized and we felt in very good hands at all times. The bikes have been in good condition and have been adjusted individually to each one of us. The layout of the tour has been well chosen. We enjoyed crossing rice fields and riding through backroads of beautiful Vietnam as much as climbing mountains within the rainforest. The variety of each single day of the tour gave a great taste of how diverse the country really is. Supplies throughout the tour have been perfect. Whenever a break was needed, everything was there: drinks, snacks, fresh fruits, warm lunch and even for us Germans, plenty of cold beer to enjoy after each stage of the tour!!!
Accommodation on the tour was also well organized. Outside the main cities options have been rather limited and therefore basic but we always found a place to have a shower and bed to sleep. Van and Tho always did a fantastic job by selecting places and food for lunch and/or dinner. The variety and taste have been amazing.
Besides the tour itself, Backroads also did a great job by choosing “must-see” stops in Vietnam like the Amazing Cave, Khe Sanh, Da Krong Bridge, Imperial City or My Son. Our guide Tho was always well prepared to give us huge background information on all the sites. This has been a great chance for all of us to learn more about the history of Vietnam.
Thank you very very much Tho for the tour and the extra time and effort you took to keep us happy at all times.
Van, thank you for the overall organization and support. We can clearly recommend to use Backroads for any tour in Vietnam. Great job! From February 23, 2015
Ps: We also hope to see (and get) all the pictures that have been taken on the tour!!

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