Bike trips from Saigon to Ha Noi with Vietnam Cycling Tours. Vietnam has long and lovely coastal routes with iconic beaches, ancient Cham ruins, and fascinating royal tombs and pagodas. The following days are in Mekong Delta, Dalat city and ride down the mountain to Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Quang Ngai, Hoi An, Hue through Dong Ha to Dong Hoi. The region's highlights are Hoi An and Hue, the battle of DMZ and Phong Nha Ke Bang with incredible karst formations and caves. 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 ride through DMZ, Quang Tri, Dong Hoi on 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. Bike trips from Saigon to Ha Noi
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh is known as Saigon formerly, and today locals often called it the city centre. It's one of the country's leading commercial city centres with plenty of changes. Formally, Saigon was well-known with Independence Palace or Norodom Palace, Vietnam's most significant historical site. Vietnam Backroads team will meet you at the airport, take you to Saigon centre, check in the hotel, and have a rest of the day. Welcome dinner at a famous restaurant in town.
You commence your cycling journey on the first day with 1.5 hours transfer to the rural villages of Cay Lay Dist. Arrives in Ngu Hiep village, you take a ferry boat to Ngu Hiep island where you experience the local life, ride through lush orchards, a small market full of fresh tropical fruits. Taste fresh fruits before you take the second ferry, 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 special local meal offers by the host at this house. Afterwards, you ride to a village where many family businesses produce local snacks, sweets, rice papers, popcorns, and some handy crafts. Taste some and experience local livings before cycling along the river to Cay Lay, returning to Saigon by vehicle.
You'll have a morning flight to Lien Khuong Airport. On arrival, be met by the team for 30 minutes drive 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". It was developed as a resort by the French in the early 1900s, the first wooden hotel built in 1907, and many reminders of its colonial heritage remain. 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, enjoy Vietnamese coffee and tea at the beautiful shop by Xuan Huong Lake.
Depart at 8:00 am, have an hour vehicle transfer to Bidoup National Park, northeast of Dalat, where your adventurous ride through spectacular scenery. You cycle on a new road, 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 romantic landscape and comfortable climate. Some hills are real challenges for you with beautiful valleys surround and numerous tropical forests.
One of the most interesting for 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.
Quy Nhon is well known for its beautiful countrysides, long beautiful coastal routes and Cham temples. It creates terrific views along the coastline, islands, many beautiful sandy beaches, scenic spots that attract many mountain bike lovers. Your guide divides today's ride into 2 sections because the distance from Nha Trang to Quy Nhon is a very long way for us to challenge within a day.
After your breakfast, take an early start from Nha Trang with 1.5 hours vehicle transfers to the tiny town of Van Ninh. The small town is running along the coast with stunning views and lively little markets along. The small road gets through town, then to rice paddies, rustic rural areas before we follow a small trail to a tiny fishing village before cycling through salt and seafood farms. As we reach Co Ma Pass, we get on vehicle drive to Dai Lanh Beach for Lunch.
We'll have 1-hour transfer drive us to the O Loan Lagoon. We 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 boats. Further, the back road undulates across farmlands of a sweet potato field and tapioca fields before cross the River wooden bridge to the highway. Finally, we have a transfer to Qui Nhon City.
Quy Nhon province has many beautiful sea lakes, lagoons, rustic countrysides, and authentic villages along the stunning coast. You will immerse yourself into nature today. We commence with a short vehicle transfer to the outskirts and cross the peninsula's longest sea bridge.
Explore life along Thi Nai lagoon, undulate the roads, past sand dune, tiny villages, small towns. Followed by the beautiful coast to De Ghi, the routes run along with mountains, some quaint fishing villages, with incredible landscapes—great places for mountain bike and nature lovers. You continue to explore the rustic countrysides and authentic villages before having lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, take a rest on vehicle transfer 1- hour to the next destination where you ride to the lovely fishing village hidden tiny town. There are many little circular boats, fishing boats in different colours on sand beaches. Most people live mainly on fishing, but they could not afford big ships. Afterwards, carry on biking to experience the local culture, the life of people along the villages to lake/lagoon, enjoy the lovely scenery of the largest lagoon in the afternoon. The landscape along the lake is beautiful, with gentle mountain views and lush cultivating lands before the ride down to the coast, past shrimp farms along the way. Your guide will figure out the last transfer to Quang Ngai in the late afternoon.
The morning starts with a short drive to the My Lai Massacre Memorial for 30 minutes visit. 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 ride to Chau O, ride through lush green farmlands of sugar cane, tapioca, and vegetable before 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.
Breakfast at the n hotel, and enjoy a free day as your own to explore Hoi An Town. Hoi An is a small quaint town, and it was a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Spend your entire day exploring the town, relaxing, swimming at the pool after many days off the beaten tracks.
After breakfast, we check out the hotel for the support vehicle transfer to Da Nang. Warm-up our body to challenge the Pass. Today adventure ride will be divided into 2 sections. In the morning, a mountain top challenge is 12 km of Hai Van Pass and rides downhill another 12 km to Lang Co beach for lunch. It's an opportunity for mountain bike lovers. The option for whose love to reach the mountain pass is to sit on the support vehicle instead of riding up.
From the top, you view spectacular scenery, the ocean bay of Da Nang. The last section is after lunch, and we continue our ride from Tu Hien Bridge- a seaside village. The routes are undulating, rising more down than up in the peninsula, along lakes and lagoons. Ride past colourful quaint huge cemeteries, ancient pagodas, and lush farms of vegetables and smaller towns.
It is your leisurely ride, past colourful quaint huge cemeteries, ancient pagodas, lush farms of vegetables, and smaller towns. Enjoy the most significant landscapes, past tiny roof fishing sampans, and hundreds of small fishing alongside. Explore some small markets that sell fresh fish, then rice fields in lower lands by the lake. Finally, You get a vehicle in the outskirts of Hue for a short transfer to the city center.
Quang Tri and DMZ area is the most dangerous battle in Vietnam War. The one well-known historic site is Hien Luong Bridge - over the Ben Hai River. The river location is the 17 parallel and was the divided line between North and South Vietnam. Quang Tri citadel was built in 1809, but most was destroyed during the Vietnam War. The most dangerous battle began on 28 June 1972 and lasted 81 days until 16 September 1972. It became the tomb of thousands of Vietnamese soldiers.
We'll start early in the morning at 7:30 with a visit to the Imperial Purple Citadel. Hue became the capital city of feudalism Vietnam after Nguyen Anh Lord reunified the country. He built up the Imperial Citadel in 1802, and the feudalism society ended in 1945. After an hour visiting the Imperial, take a short vehicle drive to the seaside village, where you explore various scenery; quaint hamlets and beautiful shore. The routes are unpaved trails, Past old village gates, colourful traditional temples and pagodas along the coast.
Today you will have a seafood lunch at the local beach before the ride continues to Quang Ancient Citadel. The route to Citadel is quite flat concrete paths, cross the vast rice paddy fields, past many old pretty houses with internal courtyards. Some of the lanes are a bit bumpy but short. Arrives at the Quang Tri citadel, take a short break, and explore the remains of Citadel with well-informed about the battle that happened here in 1972. Afterwards, take a rest on vehicle drive 30 minutes to Dong Ha, check-in the hotel and dine in town.
Followed by breakfast at the hotel, we check out and travel by support vehicle to Hien Luong Bridge,- Ben Hai River was the boundary 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. The DMZ- Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone was established as the borderline between North and South Vietnam from July 1954 to 1976. With 81 fierce days and nights at Quang Tri.
We walk on the historic bridge to another side, take some photos, view the peaceful Ben Hai River, and visit its History Museum before starting the morning ride from this museum to Vinh Moc Tunnels. We cycle on tranquil back roads along this river, past lotus fields and several hamlets. We will stop at Cua Tung fishing Town to get an excellent opportunity to explore the live fishing market, walk the fishing port, and ride to Cua Tung Bridge to view beautiful beaches and the town. Enjoy the Vietnamese coffee, snacks, fresh fruits at a local restaurant faced to the sea. Then we pick up the bikes and continue biking on a coastal route to Vinh Moc Tunnels, and we pass by sandy beaches along the ways.
Vinh Moc tunnels were the bomb shelter for locals hiding during Vietnam War. The American forces believed the villagers of Vinh Moc were supplying food and armaments to the North Vietnamese Army in DMZ - Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. The short guided tour explores the surroundings and the tunnels with many entrances small doors to the seas. There is only a half-day ride for today, but the ride is fabulous, and we visit many famous historical sites and relics. Lunch en route before 2 hours and a half vehicle drives to Phong Nha in the late afternoon.
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 central province of Quang Binh. The countryside and surroundings in Phong Nha are fantastic. The small town and it's surroundings have 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, Dark with zipline adventures to mud bathing, swimming. After breakfast, we travel by bus on Ho Chi Minh road to Paradise Cave, spend 3 hours exploring this cave, and travel by bus to a restaurant for lunch. After we take zip line cable to Dark Cave, then take mud bathing and enjoy swimming. 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
After breakfast at the hotel, a private transfer you to Dong Hoi Airport for an internal flight to Ha Noi. On arriving at Noi Bai Airport, greet your guide and driver, and transfer you to the city centre to check-in hotel. Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, and is situated in northern Vietnam on the western Red Riverbank. The capital city offers a charming blend of ancient and colonial buildings. It would be best if you undoubtedly missed many things in Hanoi, with its rich culture and history of ancient Thang Long capital, and colonial' historic influenced sites, and modern historic achievements.
Enjoy a guided tour walking through Ha Noi's Old Quarter, with 36 narrow streets named what product for sales. Enjoy beautiful Hoa Kiem lake, visit Ngoc Son temple. Overnight in Ha Noi.
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 8:00 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. Lunch on board. Enjoy the beauty of the limestone islands of Bai Tu Long Bay, heading to Vung Vieng fishing village – one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay to see the life of local fishermen. Visit Vung Vieng Fishing Village by kayak or circular boats.
Return to Oriental Sails and have a bath, then relax as the sun starts to set. Enjoy the Happy Hour at the bar and on the sun deck while the cooking demonstration is organizing. Dinner on board, and start socializing with other guests, night squid fishing, or laze around. Singing and dancing activities are available till 22h00.
The morning is a great time to enjoy the beauty of Ha Long, especially at sunrise. Admire over rocky mountains, the various shape of the karst landscape in the bay. Enjoy sunrise with Tai Chi demonstration on the sun deck. Enjoy tea, coffee, and breakfast, admire fantastic landscapes, the breath-taking beauty of limestone islands, explore the Thien Canh Son Cave in Bai Tu Long.
Have lunch, check out at noon, and have a private transfer to Noi Bai Airport to catch your international flight home. Tour End!
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.
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.
Private Support Vehicles
We organize cycling holidays, cycling adventure trips and mountain biking tours. All are flexible with luxury, fully air-conditioned vehicles to support riders on the entire journey. It depends on how many riders are in the group, and the vehicle support services will be well-arranged to satisfy your travels. There are air-conditioned 16-seat van/minibuses to take up all riders, luggage, and a truck to hold all bikes during the trip.
Every morning, the vehicles will transfer you out of the bustling city, and then you will ride to explore the stunning countryside, and you will back on the vehicles to avoid traffic in town when the daily's ride ends in the late afternoon.
Every 20 - 25 km, the support vehicles will be waiting at the high road if you are tired and really would love to ride on A/C van. Your guide will escort you to vehicles easily because many country back roads are linked to the main roadways where keeping vehicles are on standby.
Then you can relax on a support vehicle when others in the group can continue cycling as long as they wish! You will meet the others at the next point/ destination where you love to re-join the group and continue to ride.
All your luggage/ suitcase and day bags are safe on the vehicles and well kept by the company's drivers and its team.
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