Cycling from - Saigon - Mekong Delta - Hue

Tour details

Price
USD $2525.00 2525.00
Tour code
VBR: VCT12A - HCM - HAN - 1
Number Of cycling days
7 days + half
Single supplement
375.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$80
Total cycling distance
530km
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 MTB, wheel size: 27.5" hydraulic brake
Helmets, new bottles of water
All entrance fees and ferry tickets in countryside
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
1 night on cruise in Ha Long bay
10 nights: double room/ twin room
1 night on Viollete Express Train
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
Tips to bike guide & driver

Full Itinerary

Bike route Vietnam Saigon to Hue
Day
1
Mekong Delta Discovery

Our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you about 2 hours through the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City, and heads towards the Mekong Delta, arrive in Cay Lay rural District. Begin our first day with a short ride on the beautiful path to Cai Be, enjoy scenic landscapes. The ride will take you through lush green, along the River, to the ancient house located by a natural creek. Enjoy local speciality lunch,  and 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.

Muong Thanh Can Tho
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
2
See the floating market in action - Ho Chi Minh City

We will get a boat ride along the lively river to the busiest floating market, where hundreds of small boats exchange farm products, from boat to boat. Each product for sale is easy to recognize because it's hung up with a bamboo pole. Commerce the second day of Mekong adventure by weaving kids along the countryside, views pictures landscape, and follows a narrow lane through the hidden backwaters of Phong Dien. We’ll stop along the way at some local markets and fruit orchards before visiting the Binh Thuy ancient house. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Saigon in the late afternoon.

Golden Central Saigon Hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch
25- 40km
Flat - easy
Day
3
Fly to Dalat - Sightseeing Tour

Dalat is a romantic city or Honeymoon city by locals famous for the french and unique colonist architectures. Railways Station, Colonist villas, wooden houses and Cathedral Church etc...With the cooler climate compared to the rest of the country, Dalat has gained the name “Honeymoon City or Resort City” It also creates the perfect environment to grow a wide of farm products; cauliflower, artichokes, strawberries, many flowers. Let discover Dalat City today. Our team will pick you up at the hotel for the domestic fly to Dalat. Upon arrival at Lien Khuong Airport, meet the team and stop at a local restaurant for breakfast before the vehicle drives on a winding road the Frenn Pass through pine forest to Dalat city. After lunch in city center, we take a guided excursion to discover the City of Eternal Spring. Visit Crazy House, Bao Dai Summer Palace, then the Valley of Love before we make a stop at XQ Headquarter - Dalat Historical Village. Finally, visit XQ Hand Embroidery workshop before we are returning the hotel. Explore Dalat city on foot in the evening and find a café for a cup of artichoke tea, a regional speciality on your ways.

Dalat Hotel Du Parc Hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch
An early flight to Dalat
Day
4
Dalat - Bidoup - Dien Khanh - Nha Trang

Begin the morning with an hour vehicle transfer to Bidoup National Park. Then, we will find the perfect adventure mountain biking from central highland to seaside coastal city-Nha Trang. This road offers incredibly spectacular mountain views, so we use cycling skills on a challenging climb through the pine forest, then tropical rainforests of Bidoup-Nui Ba Pass to Hon Giao Pass. Then we have a vehicle transfer to the peak to avoid the mountain route with serious hills. After a coffee break with snacks, we enjoy a fantastic bike downhill 29 km to a small village with delicious lunch by the river. Remember to make some stops where you can capture the beautiful natural scenery.  In the afternoon, we pedal into countryside villages near foothills and along the river, past sugar cane fields and a small suspension bridge to local markets to Dien Khanh. Finally, we get on a support vehicle to have a transfer to Nha Trang city.

TTC Hotel Premium - Michelia
Breakfast/ Lunch/
30 - 80km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
5
Nha Trang - Tuy Hoa - Quy Nhon

Today we start the ride earlier because from Nha Trang to Quy Nhon is a very long way. Biking paths are flat and beautiful, going through countryside mountain rice fields, fishing village, and salt farms. We'll enjoy a delicious meal at seafood restaurants by Dai Lanh beach. In the afternoon, beautiful rural country back road with some hilly paths across sweet potato plantations, fishing villages and many huge lakes connected to ocean giving you a really nice ride. The rest of the today is a single track by the ocean. Our guides will lead you cycling into tiny fishing villages, riding over small wood bridges, cycling past shelter building with simple materials by salt fields. We'll get on van/bus for Quy Nhon city in late afternoon.

Royal Hotel & Healthcare Resort
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80km
Hilly - easy/ moderate
Day
6
Quy Nhon - Tam Quang - Quang Ngai

Quy Nhon and Quang Ngai provinces owned beautiful coastal back roads in central part, Vietnam. Many quiet asphalt countryside back roads through mountainous areas, some are hilly, flat single tracks by the sea and country paths through rice paddy and the rest are mountain passes. We check out and leave hotel at 7:30 am. It takes about 20 minutes by van/bus to fishing villages. We start a morning ride by the lake of Thi Nai and riding on smooth hilly coastal road, passing white sand dunes, tiny fishing villages, and some little seaside towns. Stop for lunch at seafood restaurant at small town on the way. In the sunny afternoon, peaceful country roads through the countryside and magnificent mountain views, we’ll pass shrimp farms and local farms. Then we ride across coconut plantation amongst villages in Tam Quang Dist before we get on A/C van/bus for an hour driving you to Quang Ngai in late afternoon.

Thien An hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 90 km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
7
Quang Ngai - Hoi An

Quang Ngai is known to foreign tourists because of My Lai Massacre which was in Vietnam War. After our visiting this memorial then we start our bike riding. A morning ride is 35 km but it allows us to explore some hamlets of Son My, Son Tinh and Sa Ky fishing port. We’ll continue cycling, we bicycling through cassava root farms, corn farms on hily single tracks. Our lunch today is at famous chicken rice restaurant in Quang Ngai city. It’s a local specialty chicken rice is well-knows in central provinces.  After lunch, an easy bike riding on unique country rural back roads, across ride fields, agricultural villages give you so much time to see buffaloes on rice paddies, bamboo bridges across rivers and they are shortcuts connecting both sides of the river, small lakes. In the late afternoon, we ride past some local factories building wooden boats and ride over Cua Dai Bridge to Hoi An town.

Hoi An Riverside resort
Breakfast/ Lunch
30 - 80km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
8
A free day in Hoi An

Today is free day so you can explore Hoian by your own and enjoy swimming at hotel

Hoi An Riverside resort
Breakfast
Day
9
Hoi An - Lang Co - Tu Hien - Hue

After an hour driving by van/bus Da Nang city, then you can choose an option; ride rolling hills, challenge Hai Van Pass yourself as you conquer this Pass OR van/bus driving you to the peak of Hai Van Pass. From the Hai Van’ Pass, you could see the big difference of weather between Da Nang and Hue. You are also can see many old American bunkers on the peak of Hai Van Pass. After a coffee break and spending time taking photo of particular scenery, we continue cycling down to Lang Co beach.  Enjoy seafood lunch at local by the beach. Then we continue the afternoon cycling onward to Hue. We will do some mountainous riding before we ride off roads to the oceanic countryside into small fishing villages, benefit from spectacular views by the sea. There will be many well-earned breaks along the way to take in the views, experience local life styles.

Hue Imperial hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
10
Hue countryside bike tour - Train to Ha Noi

HHue was the capital of Vietnam before 1945. It holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past including; tombs, pagodas, typical blend of French and Vietnam’ architectures and historical relics. Before your cycle you will visit the Imperial Citadel, including the Forbidden Purple City. The latter was almost totally destroyed in Vietnam War during the Tet Offensive. Your ride is about 30km through some traditional villages, rice fields, countryside of Hue, stop at some sites; pagoda, bunkers, tombs. Your guide will arrange good restaurant so you try some of the local specialties that graced the Nguyen emperors' banquet tables. Then we get back hotel to have a shower before your guide take you to train station. Sleep a night on Reunification train to Ha Noi.

The Light
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25km
Flat - easy
Night train to Ha Noi
Day
11
Ha Noi - Ha Long

Halong Bay is one of the most amazing natural wonders and its natural beauty with thousands of islands including; beaches, caves, fishing villages on the bay. You are picked up at your hotels at 7:20 am then you enjoy 3 hours on driving by vehicle to Ha Long. Get on board at 11:30 am. Get on board and enjoy welcome drinks. Your guide will make a cruise briefing before we check in cabin then the cruise will start it journey by this time you having a delicious Vietnamese lunch. The cruise will sail to Bai Tu Long Bay, passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Monster Head and Teapot Islets and Thien Canh Son Cave.  you will visit and explore the well-hidden Co Cave (known as  Thien Canh Son Cave) where you can  hiking to the middle of the mountain to see the wild and mysterious beautiful cave, contemplate numerous  sparkling  stalactites  appear  like 'hanging  lamps’  inside  the  Cave. After you explore of the cave, you return to the boat and enjoy sunset party on board. The cruise will drop an anchor in the calm water surrounded by islets in Cong Dam. Your diner will be served shortly. There are many activities on boat, entertainments, live music and dancing bar that you can join with another travelers. Overnight n cruise

Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Kiwi standing on oval
Paloma Cruise
Day
12
Ha Long - Ha Noi

Today is the special an opportunity you could admire sunrise on the Sundeck with complimentary tea & coffee are served before you have breakfast. You will have a bamboo sampan rowing boat taking you to Vung Vieng floating fishing village. You are also visit to Pearl Farm to see how natural pearls are created. Then return to Paloma Cruise for your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage etc. Your lunch is on board while the cruise coming back to Hon Gai Dock around 11:45 am. You will return to Hanoi by van/bus around 4:30pm. Tour End!

Breakfast/ Lunch

More Info

Road Condition

We select all different terrains; rural paths, single tracks, and beautiful country back roads to design all our unique bike tours. Mostly, routes are too small for vehicles, but every 20 to 30km, there are many small roads connecting paths where you enjoy riding. These are also the places where your support vehicles standby in case you wanting to get on an A/C van. All tracks allow you to admire the fascinating countryside in a diverse country. A great team with local knowledge in different regions and route navigation will make bike riding more accessible.

Weather

Southern Vietnam
There are 2 main seasons; dry and wet. The dry season in south of Vietnam  from Nov to late April or May. The wet season is from  from May through to Oct. 

Central Seaside Provinces of Vietnam 
With two sub-regions, coastal lowlands and central highlands as east coastal provinces and west central highland. The coastal area is usually dry and hotter than the rest in the summer from April to October.

Central Higland in Vietnam
The Central Highlands in particular enjoys nearly double the average rainfall of the country. Two biggest towns in this plateau, Dalat and Pleiku, are ideally cool throughout the year. 

North Vietnam

East west & North West Vietnam

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

Duration
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Note
2 Booked - special off$2105

Reviews

Overall we have very, very positive feelings about our trip to Vietnam. Here are the things that we were very happy with through Vietnam Backroads: * Above all, we feel truly lucky that we had Loc Dang as our guide. He was WONDERFUL. We told him that a hundred times, but you can tell him again for us. ;-) * The bikes were in good shape, the van was in good shape, and the driver was good. * We did not feel pressured to "stick to the agenda" with Loc. If a particular route was too difficult or if it was too rainy, Loc was fine letting us ride in the van for a while. Most of the bike routes were very interesting. * Overall we were happy with the food provided by Vietnam Backroads. * The arrangements with Vietnam Airlines and the Paloma Cruise company in Halong Bay were very good. We were happy with those arrangements. Here are the things that we felt could have been better with Backroads Vietnam: * The floating market at Cai Rang near Can Tho was a BIG letdown/disappointment. I had expected to see LOTS of floating boats with people selling produce and flowers. Instead there were just a few boats actually selling, and it seemed very, very touristy (there were more tour boats than boats with people selling/buying things). We felt cheated not getting to see something better/bigger. * For US $4,798, some of the 11 nights spent in hotels could have been much better. We booked our own hotels in Saigon (before the trip began) and Hanoi (after the trip ended) ourselves, so we know that it is so very easy to get a great hotel at a very good price (US $80 or so is enough to get a very nice hotel). The hotels chosen by Vietnam Backroads in Saigon and Quang Ngai were especially bad; we should have stayed at much nicer hotels after spending so much money for the tour. We want your company to make a profit and we felt happy with some of the hotels (Hoi An, Hanoi, etc.), but we are unsure whether we could recommend Vietnam Backroads to our friends due to some of the hotels chosen for us. This definitely needs to be improved. * We did not like having to ride through the heavy traffic of Hue city on the last day of riding bikes. It was SCARY for Americans to be riding through Vietnamese traffic. We would have preferred having the van pick us up out in the countryside. Also, the route around Hue probably could have been better. It seemed to be not really planned well. So, overall there are good points and less good points about our experience. Even though it rained a lot we are glad we chose to go to Vietnam. Due to the reasons outlined above, though, we would have to talk very carefully with our friends here in the US before we could actually recommend using Vietnam Backroads as a touring company. 03 -14 Dec, 2016

Ronald Wilson …

Hi Van,
we've just finished our a wonderful trip, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thai and Mr Hoang looked after us beautifully, and the scenery was fantastic. It was a great way to experience Vietnam.
Now, we are now keen to do a cycle tour (4 days/3 nights) in the Mekong Delta from 18 January to 21 January 2012.

Jessie Harman …

I was just looking at our photos and everything from the bike trip from Saigon to Hanoi. The pictures are awesome and we keep talking about how great it was to see Vietnam on bicycle. Everyone is very impressed with our stories and experiences. We really had a wonderful trip! Thank you so much. Vietnam Backroads 03 Mar 2011

Randy & Yaacov…

We had an absolutely fantastic cycling experience with Vietnam Backroads. Our guides, Dat and Happy were superb. The trip ran without a hitch and we were really looked after, brilliant cycling tailored to our needs. Highly recommend. 4 happy UK. 14 - 25 October 2018

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