Discover Vietnam's countryside by bicycle with Vietnam Cycling Tours. Commence the trip in Ho Chi Minh down to the Mekong Delta region, where the local life is slow. See the fighting tunnels of Cu Chi before you explore central highlands, Dalat city, known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its distinctive temperate climate. Challenge mountain pass, enjoy the spectacular mountain views, bike down the mountain pass, descend the seaside villages, stunning coastal roads in Qui Nhon, Quang Ngai, explore colourful fishing villages along the trails. Stay two nights in Hoi An, and the ancient town was the former trading port in Southeast Asia with old merchant houses, Chinese temples and warehouses, colourful lanterns lined narrow streets. Explore the Imperial Citadel of Hue, the royal past of Nguyen Lords, where the last Vietnamese Feudalism ended in 1945. Take the dragon boat ride on the Perfume River, travel through Nam Dinh's countryside, explore beautiful Cat Ba island and cruise around Ha Bay. Cycling from Ho Chi Minh to Ha Noi
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. It used to be the "Pearl of the Far East" in the last centuries as it was an important trading centre for Asian traders and Western merchants. Meet your tour guide and driver from Vietnam Backroads Travel, and have a transfer into the elegant Saigon. Check-in the hotel and take a rest after a long journey by air to Saigon—Welcome dinner at one of the most famous restaurants in the city center, with the trip briefing.
Be met at 8:00 am and prepare for the first-day ride to the Mekong Delta countryside. After 2 hours, transfers to Ngu Hiep village in Cay Lay, pick up the bikes, adjust saddle and cycle on the new bridge to Ngu Hiep island. Explore local life on the island, ride through lush orchards, a small market full of fresh tropical fruits, taste fresh fruits before you have a ferry crossing to 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 a delicious local meal cooked by the house's owner, then carry on our ride to the Mekong River. Take a published ferry to An Binh Island and keep on the ride to discover local life across this island An Binh Island and finally enjoy the last ferry crossing to Vinh Long. Have an hour vehicle transfer to Can Tho.
The highlight site you are going to see is the colourful Cai Rang floating market in action. There are plenty of wooden boats from the neighbouring countryside and provinces coming here to do business. Locals from villages nearby come to market by small boat to buy and sell all different farm products. It's the best time for locals to come here to do business; people try to bargain over the price to do purchasing from boat to boat. It's easy to recognize what kinds of products are to be sold on their wholesale boats—each boat hanging the item for trading on a vertical bamboo pole.
Afterwards, we disembark from the boat for a 20-minutes for a vehicle transfer to Binh Minh' countryside to enjoy a half-day ride to Vinh Long. The routes are through the incredible countryside, Khmer villages, past colourful pagodas and Khmer temples. We will top at local homes, learn more about Khmer culture. Ride through rice paddy fields, cross the rivers on the narrow bridges. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving back to Ho Chi Minh.
The tunnels of Cu Chi are an incredible underground network of 250km that Vietnamese guerilla soldiers against the South Vietnam Government and American soldiers. It's the tunnels not only for flighting but also for living. We depart at 7:30 am from the hotel and drive a vehicle out of bustling Saigon City for half-day cycling through several hamlets and rubber plantations to Cu Chi Tunnels. See workers harvest natural latex rubber and stop at a local home to see how rice paper is made? Arrival at tunnels,
We enjoy lunch at a nice restaurant by the Saigon River. Then we watch the documentary film about tunnels during Vietnam War. Following are booby traps, secret entrances, fighting bunkers, air-holes before we explore 3 levels of the tunnels. Finally, we stop at the weapon gallery and shooting range before returning to Saigon in the afternoon.
You'll have a morning flight to Lien Khuong Airport. On arrival, be met by the team for 30 minutes drives 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". The French developed it in the early 1900s, the first wooden hotel built in 1907, and much colonial heritage remains. 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 by your own.
The climate in Dalat is perfect for both relaxing and adventures. The average temperature is 14 to 23 °C (57 to 73 °F). The highest temperature ever in Da Lat was 31.5 °C (88.7 °F). Depart at 8:00 am, have an hour vehicle transfer to Bidoup National Park, northeast of Dalat, where your adventurous ride through spectacular scenery.
Ride rolling hills through pine forests, past valleys, and lush farmlands. The area offers incredible landscapes, mountain biking roads. Ride 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 dreamy landscape and comfortable climate. Some hills are real challenges for you with beautiful valleys surround and numerous tropical rainforests. One of the most exciting 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.
The distance between Nha Trang to Quy Nhon is a really long way, and you can't explore them all even for a whole day. So you will have 1-hour vehicle transfers at midday to shorten the time for the best trails in the afternoon. The ride will divide into 2 sections—25 km in the morning and 30 km in the afternoon.
Depart at 7: 30 am for 1.5 hours of vehicle transfers to a bit of town and start to ride. The bike route in the morning takes us through a small seaside town, the farmlands of rice paddies, mountain hills. Then we follow a small trail to a tiny fishing village before cycling through salt and seafood farms to Co Ma Pass, and you will have lunch in Dai Lanh Beach.
After lunch, you rest on the vehicle for 1-hour transfers to a small village to enjoy 30 km charming villages. You will 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 sampans. Further, the back road undulates across farmlands of rice, vegetable, and before cross the River wooden bridge to the highway. Finally, we have a transfer to Qui Nhon City.
Quang Ngai is 180 km north of Quy Nhon and one of the most famous historic sites in Son My village is Sơn My Memorial. The My Lai Massacre in 1968 where the U.S. soldiers killed at least 504 Vietnamese in this area. Today gives you is fantastic adventures.
Quy Nhon is located in central, famous for its stunning coast, seaside villages, and picturesque lagoon! So it creates particular scenery along the coastline with islands, many beautiful sandy beaches, scenic spots. We check out and transfer out of Quy Nhon city; it takes about 20 minutes to drive on the sea suspension bridge, and we will enjoy a morning ride along Thi Nai lake and the seaside coast to Phu My.
The ride is on a mixe of small roads on gentle hills and undulating coast, seaside villages, with great views looking over the small bay and mountains. Then continue the ride deeper into the flat seaside farmlands on rural paths. Pass many villages that people live mainly on agriculture, and some growing seafood Savour fresh seafood in the finest local restaurant. Explore the culture and life of villagers on smooth and undulating paths along the Tra O lagoon, waving kids on pushbikes from school, and make some stops at local homes with peaceful views over the lagoon. Finish with a couple of hours transfer to Quang Ngai City
Hoi An is a great place for relaxing for a couple of days in central Vietnam. It is also charming has narrow streets with plenty of lanterns hanging along. Hoi An was the trading port of the Cham Kingdom, which major international port in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Cham people were Hindu, and by the 10th century, the impact of Arab traders to Hoi An resulted in some converting to become Muslims.
The morning starts with a short transfer to the My Lai Massacre Memorial, pay a visit, visit the gallery room, and learn more about the war and its history from your guide. 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 continue travelling by bicycle, past some tiny markets and vast lush green farmlands of sugar cane, tapioca, and vegetable before the 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.
My Son Hindu Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a great sample of the ancient Champa civilization located in the southern part of Vietnam. It was Champa independent state from around the 2nd to the 17th century and became a part of Vietnam. The impressive Hindu-themed ruins feature many beautiful stone sculptures, temples and towers in tropical jungle surroundings.
A short support vehicle takes us out of Hoi An Town to cycle to My Son. Many small islands are connecting to mainlands by new bridges, so we have a chance to explore tiny villages on islands. We cross Thu Bon River on the old bridge-now use for bicycle moped only before we turn right and keep on biking along the river, past many local furniture factories and small markets before green farms along the way. Then we carry on biking to the mainland on a rural road, ride past sugar canes plantation along foothills before spending an hour and a half exploring the ruined My Son Sanctuary. Lunch en route before we return to Hoi An by support vehicle.
Option: Take a rest day, and spend the whole day on swimming pool to relax your legs after many days off the beaten tracks. OR you explore Hoi An ancient town on your own.
After an hour of vehicle drives to Da Nang city, then you can choose an option; ride rolling hills, challenge Hai Van Pass yourself as you conquer 12km to the peak OR drive on the vehicle to the top. Look over the bay of Da Nang; enjoy spectacular mountain views and photos taken at the Hai Van Gate- a national relic.
After a break, we continue cycling down to Lang Co beach. Enjoy seafood lunch at local by the beach. In the afternoon, we ride rolling hills before we cross Tu Hien bridge. Take a leisurely ride on shade paths through the peninsula, enjoy the natural countryside on dirt tracks along the sea—a great time to enjoy easy off the beaten track biking. Then turn left and keep on, and ride the bridge to another side of the lagoon.
Here we are to explore many beautiful villages that not many tourists are coming to. We will stop at some small markets and fishing villages by the lagoon. Then we continue cycling toward Hue. Ride through the rustic countryside to the outskirts of Hue, and finally, have a transfer to City Center.
Imperial Citadel of Hue built-in 1802 by Nguyen Dynasty, and it was the feudal political and cultural capital until 1945. It is situated by perfume River which winds through the capital city. Many buildings were destroyed in Vietnam War during the Tet Offensive 1968. There are many traditional and modern landmark relics to discover.
First, we visit the Forbidden Purple Citadel, where only the emperor and his eunuchs, servants, and concubines were allowed. We take a dragon cruise trip upstream or downstream of the river. It is a fantastic way to soak up some of the air of Hue City, enjoy gentle sightseeing away from the roads.
The cruise will stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, Ho Chem Temple, then we disembark the boat and continue today's tour by car. Follow as the planned to visit some family workshops producing conical hats and handicrafts, in incense sticks before we travel to Khai Dinh tomb, then to Minh Mang. Finally, we return to Hue by vehicle, take a shower, relax until dinner with the team before a night sleep on a luxury train to Nam Dinh City.
Nam Dinh is a city in the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam. It's about 90 km South-East of Hanoi. The province is famous for the general martial mandarin Tran Hung Dao's yearly festival, which defeated the Mongolian in 13 the century. The festival occurs from August 18 – 20. Be met at the train station in the city of Nam Dinh. Enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant in town before a vehicle transfer to a rural village in Thai Binh for today's ride. First, we ride through rice paddies, vegetable fields, ferry crossings the river, and then follow the country road along the river. We ride across through the rich fertile soil farmlands, tobacco fields to Vinh Bao. Enjoy lunch in town before cycling to Tien Lang. Finally, we'll get on the vehicle to transfer to Hai Phong.
After breakfast at the hotel, we have a vehicle transfer to Dinh Vu ferry station, board a ferry to Cat Hai Island, cycle through the vibrant island, pass some fishing villages, and reach Cat Ba Island's next ferry. After the second ferry, we arrive on Cat Ba Island and continue biking toward Cat Ba township. We challenge some small hills, mostly on hilly ocean roads, an excellent opportunity to view the spectacular natural scenery of ocean bay and national park, rainforest undulating to Cat Ba city. Check-in, enjoy lunch and spend time exploring the town on your own until dinner in town with the group.
After breakfast, check out, and we cycle from the hotel, cross the national park of Cat Ba with some small hills to Ga Luan. Cat Ba National Park is the largest of the 367 islands and represents the Bat Ba Archipelago. The national park covers 102 square miles, and the park is also the home to fauna and flora. It's a great time to explore the island in the morning, challenge small hills, undulate the rainforest with fantastic views before boarding the boat to cruise through La Long Bay.
Halong Bay is one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world. The ocean karst landscapes of Halong, the Bay of Descending Dragons, have been capturing imagination for centuries, and it's one of Vietnam's most popular destinations. Enjoy a couple of hours of a boat cruise through hundreds of limestone karsts that rise dramatically from the bay's emerald waters, admire rocky mountains, incredible landscapes, with seafood lunch on board. Then take a private transfer from Harbour to Ha Noi in the afternoon.
After breakfast at hotel, spend time doing shopping until a transfer to International airport to catch your flight home.
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