Ho Chi Minh is the country's largest city. The primary economic centre of Vietnam, it is also an emerging international destination, with famous landmarks related to remnants of its history showcased through its architecture. A central transportation hub, the city hosts the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, the busiest airport in Vietnam. We should depart from hotels at 7:00 am to avoid traffic jams. As we are leaving HCM as earlier, the weather is fantastic for us to explore the stunning scenery. So you will spend more time exploring the stunning countryside, beautiful villages on the back roads, after 1.5 hours by vehicle towards to Trang Bom Dist, Dong Nai province. The morning ride is lovely cycling as you riding through different rural areas, through a rubber plantation, ride paddy fields, teak tree plantation, tapioca plant fields, and passing tiny rural villages along the way to Gia Kiem Dist. By cycling in the afternoon, we will be along the Dong Nai River, visit locals families on the tracks, pass Ta Lai village, and take a ferry to Nam Cat Tien. An early departure at 7:00am for the smoothest journey without traffic jams. After two hours, the vehicle drives, we will pick up the bikes in the countryside village in Trang Bom, and ready for off-road. We ride through the beautiful landscape; villages, farmlands, foothills, a small beautiful lake, jungle, and view Tri An lake before a big stop at Pilgrimage Center Immaculate Conception Mountain Bend. Visit the large area by bicycle and enjoy mountainous lake views before we bike to highway 1A, Phu Cuong, where we transfer for lunch. After lunch, we will enjoy today's best mountain biking routes. We pedal along the river, foothill rice paddy, beautiful countryside of Ta Lai, the Ethnic Village, and you will explore the history and tradition of the Ma, Stieng, and Tay ethnic groups. Then, ride a quiet back road along Dong Nai River. Check-in, the hotel
Nam Cat Tien is the largest park of lowland tropical rainforests in southern Vietnam. This is a great place to get back to nature to enjoy peaceful landscapes and relax for a couple of days. Breakfast at the hotel in the morning, we have a boat ride on Dong Nai River to Dao Tien, the Monkey Island. It's the Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Center, where you can find many naturally releasing primates. Many of them had been victims of unlawful wildlife trades but now protected carefully in the forest. Then we go back to the hotel to do check out. Then we carry on our bike adventure; from the park, we ride on the dirt track to sub-Nam Cat Tien forest via Dak-Lua, the lush eco-system of a semi-evergreen forest and wetland-flooded evergreen forest. We will stop to bike in the rural village of Ma Da Gui for a transfer to the next town for late lunch today. After lunch, we relax in our vehicle driving to Dalat in the late afternoon. Dalat, the capital of Lam Dong Province in southern Vietnam’s Central Highlands, is centered around a lake and golf course, and surrounded by hills, pine forests, lakes and waterfalls. Known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its distinctive temperate climate, Đà Lạt was developed as a resort by the French in the early 1900s, and many reminders of its colonial heritage remain.
Phan Rang is famous with Thap Cham towers, and a part of the Champa Kingdom dates back to the 11 century. Champa people is best known for the many brick sanctuaries- Cham towers. They constructed throughout the south. The most incredible collection of Cham art is in the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Danang. The town located by the sea and well-known with Ninh Chu beach where we stay tonight. This is a long day of the spectacular challenge mountain passes, hills in central highland down to farmland in the seaside province of Phan Rang. We start from a rural area of Dalat, after an hour of vehicle transfer. We ride on country back roads, passing greenhouse, flower garden, ride through pine forest, challenge some gentle hills, stopping at Da Nhim Lake- a hydroelectric power station, on the way, you can enjoy nature and beauty of central part of Vietnam. Views the impressive beauty of mountain ranges before we ride down the beautiful descent. Ride through grapefruit plantation, rice paddy fields, farming villages, local workshops producing grape wine. Visit one of Cham Tower – Thap Cham before a short transfer takes us to a hotel by the beach.
Today’s morning ride will start from the hotel. We cycle on the beautiful coastal route, and we ride past salt fields and rustic villages that considered the homeland of grapes in Vietnam. We stop at lush green farmlands and ocean villages, visit grape orchards, try fresh fruits and see the locals making grape wine. Then we passed salt fields before we challenge some small hills and ride through Nui Chua forest, feeling with break taking views, enjoy spectacular mountain scenery on the ocean back road to Vinh Hy Bay. It's a beautiful road for us to ride rolling hills, rainforests and stop at a Binh Hung fishing village for a seafood lunch. There is vehicle transfer in the afternoon, and we ride intensely into rural areas that grow mango fruits and other fruit orchards before we ride down on quiet ocean routes to Nha Trang.
Nha Trang is well known for its sandy beaches, boat trips, and scuba diving; with the beautiful Bay widely considered among the world's most beautiful bays, it attracts many tourists every year. It depends on your travel schedule! You can stay in here a couple of days before fly home OR continue travelling up north of Vietnam. After breakfast, enjoy your own time for shopping until the airport transfer. 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.