Cycling on Ho Chi Minh Trails

Tour details

Price
USD $3125.00 3125.00
Tour code
VBR: VCT16B - HAN - HCM
Number Of cycling days
9 days
Single supplement
545.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$110
Total cycling distance
635km
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 MTBs, wheel size 27.5, hydraulic brake
Helmets, bottles of water, tools kit
All entrance fees, ferry tickets in countryside
B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner
Daily snack, cold water, soft drinks, facial tissues
14 nights, double room/ twin room
Domestic flight Ha Noi to Dong Hoi
English speaking guide throughout the tour
Pick up & drop off at hotels
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Drinks are not included with any meal
Visa to Vietnam
Tips to bike guide and driver

Full Itinerary

Bike route Ho Chi Minh Trails Vietnam
Day
1
Ha Noi - Ha Long bay

We depart from the Hanoi capital at 8:30 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. 

Lunch/ Dinner
Kiwi standing on oval
Paloma Cruise
Day
2
Ha Long - Ha Noi

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 Hon Gai dock. The cruise trip will finish its journey at 11:45 am. You will relax on vehicle transfer returning to Hanoi city around 4:30 pm. Free on your own time to explore Ha Noi in the evening. 

The Light
Breakfast/ Lunch
Day
3
Ha Noi - Dong Hoi

After an early breakfast, we take an early domestic flight to Dong Hoi. After picking up at Dong Hoi airport, we will have a seafood lunch at a floating restaurant. Then, we pick up the bikes, make saddle adjustment and check gear before we rock and roll. We explore a short distance on beautiful coastal routes, and next, we turn left onto rural farm villages. You can ride at your own pace on flat rustic trails, past small towns and jungle before we hit the undulating asphalt bac roads to foothill villages. Next, we ride across the rubber plantation to Ho Chi Minh trails, but they were asphalt today. Finally, the small track along River to Phong Nha. 

Saigon Phong Nha
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Flight
Day
4
Phong Nha Cave Discovery

We spend a whole day discovering the Paradise Cave, Dark Cave, Phong Nha surroundings. The most beautiful Cave of Phong Nha is Dong Son Doong Caves, and We can not locate it with a day trip. So there is no cycling at all today, but we travel by bus. The first Cave we explore is Paradise.  It lengths 31.4 km and is the longest dry Cave in Asia. Then we travel by bus to Dark Cave, enjoy the stunning scenery with thousands of limestone mountains along the west Ho Chi Chi trails, and stop for lunch at a lovely restaurant by Chay River. Finally, you will explore the fantastic Dark Cave with some adventures; zipline, mud bathing, kayaking, and swimming by River. Return to the hotel. Enjoy our own time until we dine with a tour leader.

Saigon Phong Nha
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Day
5
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 down hills more than up when the weather temperature is calm down. View the farm, green farmland, lakes and past many Ethnic villages before to the hotel to check-in—diner in the town of Khe Sanh with the team.

Khanh Phuong hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 10km
Hilly - moderate/ hard
Day
6
Khe Sanh - Ethnic Villages - A Luoi

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. 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. Then the support vehicle takes us to DakRong bridge which is the friendship bridge built by Cuban. We bike through spectacular scenery, mainly downhill, from the Laos border to Dak Rong River. Mostly on highway 14 but significantly less traffic. We cross the bridge and ride along the river and what was considered the southern part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. We depend on hilly back roads along the river, passing many tribe villages and little towns before having lunch locally at a small town. 

Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80km
Hilly- easy/moderate/hard
Day
7
A Luoi - Hamburger Hill - Royal Tomb - Hue

A Luoi was a small village controlled by the former French colonial capital and Hue coastal city. It is a township today, and it attracts many tourists every year. Why is it? 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 troops in 1969. The Viet Cong repeatedly repelled attacks.

- Option to pedal up the Hamburger Hill or taking a vehicle to the top.
In the morning, we have an opportunity to explore Hamburger Hill, and we challenge some small passes to the peak. Next, we explore Hamburger Hill on foot, see many hill bases and gallery photo room and view the beautiful scenery. Then we have a vehicle transfer to Minh Mang Mausoleum. After we pay a visit and learn the history of the Nguyen Dynasty, we carry on our bicycle ride to explore the charming countryside of Hue. Past many mandarin houses, old pagodas on the back road, ride along with some parts of Perfume River to Hue City.

Imperial Hue hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 60km
Hilly- easly/ moderate
Day
8
Hue - 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.

Hoi An Riverside Resort
Breakfast/ Lunch
30 - 65km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
9
Free day in Hoi An

Enjoy your own time after many days of challenging mountain hills, explore the charming town on feet through narrow streets with plenty of lanterns, and along rivers and canals.

With more than 2,000 years 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 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). 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.

Hoi An Riverside Resort
Breakfast
Day
10
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 break, stops along rural villages to find your ways like a local. We then continue cycling 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. 

Thien An Riverside hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80km
Flat - easy/moderate
Day
11
Quang Ngai - 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, 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. 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.

Saigon Quy Nhon
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 90km
Hilly - easy/ moderate
Day
12
Quy Nhon - 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. Keep on cycling on dirt tracks through hamlets, see the villagers fishing on round bamboo boats. These combined routes smooth back roads through green farmland, rice paddies and easy ways along with fishing villages. There are regular stops along the way, with a big coffee break at a floating cafe by the river mouth. Then we continue biking on undulating paths; view the landscapes of nature through sweet potato field, tapioca fields, rice paddy, past the idyllic lakes, foothills to Tuy Hoa city. We will enjoy lunch a bit late in town before a vehicle transfer takes us to Nha Trang in the late afternoon.

TTC Hotel Premium – Michelia
Breakfast/ Lunch
30 - 55km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
13
Nha Trang - Dalat

Dalat is one of Vietnam Southern's most delightful cities and it was the former Resort City of French in Indochina, and it is the Honey-Moon City of Vietnamese today. It's about 1500m above the level sea. Today, our mountain biking is around 60km on a new road through Truong Son Mountain Ranges, up to Bidoup- Nui Ba Pass where the cooler climate. The lovely morning is biking on some flat and undulating paths, through foothills rice paddies, and farmlands of sugar cane, tapioca before pedal up some small passes. Finally, have lunch at a local restaurant by the river. After lunch, we enjoy vehicle driving on a winding road- 30km to the peak. Along the route, we will get some great views of valleys, waterfall, and spectacular scenery to capture many photos before we ride up and down through the tropical rainforest to Bidoup- Nui Ba. We get on support vehicle transfers to Dalat.

Muong Thanh Dalat
Breakfast/ Lunch
30 - 60km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
14
Dalat - City Tour

Hongkong and Thailand were the vacation locations that Indochina French Army officers often travelled to, but they were too far after the French found Dalat city. French started to build resort city with plenty of wooden houses, following infrastructure; roads, railways station, power station, etc. The pretty Crémaillère Railway Station designed by French architects and opened in 1938. Da Lat is a famous tourist destination and one of Vietnam central highland's agricultural growth. Every local in Vietnam markets filled with local specialities such as strawberries, cauliflowers, and artichokes. Today we will explore Dalat City by bus. Visit Crazy House, Bao Dai Summer Palace, then the Valley of Love before we make a stop at XQ Headquarter - 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.

Moung Thanh Hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch
Day
15
Dalat - fly to Ho Chi Minh - Saigon City Tour

Enjoy early breakfast, do check out for an hour domestic airport transfer to Lien Khuong. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport,  and will be taken to the hotel for check-in. After delicious lunch in city center, we will visit the former Independent Palace - Reunification Palace site today. Then War Remnant Museum and finally walk down the Notre Dame Cathedral, Post office, and Dong Khoi St for shopping. 

Breakfast/ Lunch
Day
16
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!

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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

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 - 08 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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