Cycling DMZ- Ho Chi Minh Trails- Coast of Vietnam

Introduction

Vietnam Backroads designed this unique cycling tour with a combined all-terrain of roads and different types and levels of cyclists. The first day is to tour the capital city Ha Noi, and the second day is to explore Phong Nha Paradise Cave - the most beautiful and long cave in Aisa. Following, we cycle through DMZ and the 17th parallel divided line Vietnam from 1954 to 19975. Then cross spectacular Truong Song mountain range on Ho Chi Minh trails, stay a night Khe Sanh- the serious battlefield during Vietnam War before cycling along the Laos border to Al Luoi. Stop at Hamburger Hill, then ride down to Hue,  Hoi An- World Heritage Sites then spends plenty of time exploring the beautiful central coast to Nha Trang. Stay a night in Dalat City and finally, fly to Ho Chi Minh for the International flight home.

Tour details

Price
USD $2775.00 2775.00
Tour code
VBR: VCT16B - HAN - SGN
Duration
Number Of cycling days
10 days
Single supplement
475.00$
Average distance per day
40Km
Bike Hire
US$145
Total cycling distance
525 - 640 km, totally flexible
Destination
Ages to ride
18 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
02
Large Group
14
What's included
Private A/C vehicle takes up all cyclists, luggage
Truck to carry all bikes and spare bikes, tool kits
New Giant MTBs, wheel size 27.5, hydraulic brake
Helmets, bottles of water, tools kit
All entrance fees, ferry tickets in countryside
Night train Ha Noi to Dong Hoi
Flight Dalat to Ho Chi Minh
14 nights, double & twin share
B= 15 Breakfasts, L= 15 Lunches, D= 11 Dinners
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
All airport in/out
Pick up/ drop off at hotels
Bike mechanic
English speaking guide throughout the tour
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Single supplement
Visa to Vietnam
International Flight
Drinks are not included with any meal

Full Itinerary

Day
1
Meet in Ha Noi - Night train to Dong Hoi

Meet at the hotel for a full day to tour Ha Noi by bus before a night train to Dong Hoi City. Noi Bai Airport connects with more than 100 cities in different countries where you have a direct flight. Who travels to Ha Noi by internal flight! Vietnam Backroads could arrange airport transfers to pick you up. Those who come late today will dine with the group in the evening. If you are already in Ha Noi, join the city tour with the team. 

In the morning, we visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, which King Ly Thai founded in 1049, then to Hoa Lo Prison before lunch in town. After lunch, we visit the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam and see Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 - then to the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. The rest of the day to walk to Hoan Kiem Lake, then through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where you’ll then have a chance for some shopping and exploration. Enjoy Water Puppet Show, have dinner with the tour leader, tour-briefing before boarding a night train to Dong Hoi.

Lunch/ Dinner
Violet Train ****
Day
2
Paradise Cave - Mud Baths

The train arrives at Dong Hoi Station at 7:00 am, welcome by Vietnam Backroads Team, stop in town for breakfast, coffee and tea before a transfer to Paradise Cave. The journey by bus takes about an hour and a half to the cave through the mountain scenery through sub-national park forest, passing lakes, valleys on winding road rolling limestone mountains. Explore Paradise Cave, one of the most beautiful caves globally, for many reasons: for its longest underground river, for its most beautiful underground lake. It's the World beautiful with a length of 31.4 km and the longest dry Cave in Asia. Then we continue our journey by vehicle through the limestone mountain range to a nice restaurant by the River to enjoy delicious lunch. After lunch, coffee and tea, we will discover the Dark Cave. It is located on the west Ho Chi Minh trail and by the peaceful River. Here is another adventure for you is the Zip-line to Dark Cave. This is a great opportunity to discover the inner cavern with mud bathing and swimming on the clear freshwater River. Return to Phong Nha township to check in the hotel and dine with the team.

Karst Villas Phong Nha ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Day
3
Amazing Countryside - Dong Hoi

After breakfast, We check out, commence the fantastic ride to Dong Hoi. Phong Nha rural villages and surroundings are natural, fabulous countryside to explore by bike. The paths are almost flat, though natural landscapes; mountain karst mountain, lush rice paddy fields, peaceful rivers, and tropical forest. There will be many stops along the path side to experience local life, farming activities. Lunch en route. The rural to cross through in the afternoon is vast farmland, and some fishing villages along the coast. We check in the hotel in Dong Hoi City

Vinpearl Hotel Quang Binh ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50 km
Easy/ moderate
Day
4
Dong Hoi - Khe Sanh

Today, we start early at 7:00 am with 2 hours transfer to a rural village where we cycle through the vibrant countryside to famous tunnels on the central coast of Vietnam. The road is mixed of country roads and paths through rustic farmlands and authentic villages to the coast. Most of the rural roads are flat and some undulating countryside. Then we stay on the smooth coast, pass many small blue sandy beaches until we reach the historic tunnels. The tunnels were under bombardment during Vietnam War from 1966 to 1972. The locals began to dig tunnels in 1965 and finished in 1967 with simple tools in 18,000 days. The total length of the tunnels is nearly 2,000 m long, with six entrances to the tops of hills and seven gates to the sea. We have a local guide accompanied to explore the tunnels. Afterwards, we ride to Cua Tung beach, have lunch at the seafood restaurant, enjoy Vietnamese coffee. Then visit the local fish market, look over the fishing port, and enjoy landscapes and ocean views from Cua Tung long bridge before we continue to bike through rustic villages tranquil river to other historical sites of DMZ.  We visit the Hien Luong Museum, then walk on the historic Hien Luong Bridge. It is time to get plenty of photos before we have a transfer to Khe Sanh. On the way, we make a stop at Cam Lo Cemetery for a short visit. Then the vehicle transfer continues to Khe Sanh, passing the Rockpile Hill.

Khanh Phuong/Green Hotel **
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 55 km
Easy/ moderate
Day
5
Khe Sanh - A Luoi

After breakfast, we check out and travel by bus to Historic Ta Con Airport. 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. 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. After the visit, the bus ride continues to the south of the town to Dak Rong Bridge, about 4 km north of Khe Sanh. Dak Rong is the friendship bridge built by Cuban engineers. Then we start to rock and roll the trails of Ho Chi Minh (asphalt road today) The scenic ride is through spectacular scenery, mountain and jungle up and down the quiet roads along the river. We will pass many tribe villages, small towns—lunch en route before we challenge Pe Ke Pass. Then we enjoy downhill ride to A Lin then A Luoi.

Thanh Quang/ Do Thanh Hotel **
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 85 km
Day
6
A Luoi - Hambuger Hill - Hue

A Luoi is a small town and closes to the Laos border. It was a small village controlled by the former French colonial capital and Hue coastal city. It is a township today, and it attracts many veteran tourists every year.  "A Bia" was the hill's name and a small base located on the Ho Chi Minh trail. The flooded battle was a ten days on May 1969 between North Vietnamese Army and U.S Army. Finally, U.S Army took over and controlled the A Bia Hill base, and A Bia was called the Hamburger Hill by U.S Army. Later it had become a movie. We have an early breakfast and trek 5 km to Hamburger Hill, see many hill bases and gallery photo rooms, remains of weapons, helicopter fall,  and view the beautiful scenery and a break before rewinding. Return to hotel, check out and cycle to Minh Mang tomb. After we climb up small hills, then we enjoy the off the beaten track biking. The routes are mixed with concrete paths, dirt tracks through the forest, tapioca farmlands, and some parts along the sleepy river to Minh Mang tomb. 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 some parts of Perfume River to Hue City.

Moon Light ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 55 km
Easy/ moderate/
Day
7
Hue - Hai van Pass - Hoi An

After breakfast, we take a short vehicle transfer out of the bustling traffic city to a peaceful village. Ride on the fantastic route through the scenic countryside lane and enjoy some of the most impressive landscapes. The rural villages are quiet, charming, beautiful lagoons and stunning coast with the mix of dirt tracks, narrow concrete paths and asphalt back roads. Lunch en route before we challenge Hai Van Pass, enjoy the breathtaking views and beautiful Bay of Da Nang. Then we ride downhill to Da Nang, and all get on vehicle transfer to Hoi An.

Ann Retreat Resort & Spa ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/
25 - 65 km
Easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
8
Hoi An - Free day

Breakfast at the n hotel, and enjoy a free day as your own to explore Hoi An Town. It was a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century, and there are several exciting places to visit and explore. More than 800 traditional wooden buildings have European and Oriental architecture styles blending such as Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, and European- Colonist Villas. The people are so friendly, and the bustling riverside market is lovely to spend time wandering around. The town will be crowded, and the best time to stay is a couple of days when the lantern festival occurs.

Ann Retreat Resort & Spa ****
Breakfast/ Dinner
Day
9
Hoi An - Quang Ngai

Leave the hotel early with a short vehicle transfer across the Thu Bon River. We pick up the bikes and cycle through lush farmlands of vegetables, rice paddies, and old villages with plenty of bamboo trees along the country roads. Enjoy the peace, bird songs, breeze and lush trees with waving kids, saying "hello...." The rural areas we bike through has buffalos working on farmlands and monkey bridges over the natural creeks connecting the village to villages. Lunch en route before the ride carries on through villages on unique paths toward Quang Ngai. The tour leader will figure it out, and we will reach the high road where we get on a support vehicle to transfer to Son My village. Visit Son My Memorial before we go to Quang Ngai. My Lai massacre was one of the most horrific incidents of violence committed against unarmed civilians during the Vietnam War. A company of American soldiers brutally killed most people—women, children and older men—in the village of My Lai on March 16, 1968.

Cam Thanh hotel/Hamya hot springs ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 70 km
Easy/ Moderate
Day
10
Quang Ngai -Beautiful Coast - Quy Nhon

We set off in the early morning with an hour and a half on a scenic drive to Tam Quang- a small town in Binh Dinh Province. We cycle along some of the country's most picturesque beaches and explore people's 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 dirt tracks along laggons. 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's 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.

Royal Hotel & Healthcare Resort ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80 km
Easy/ moderate
Day
11
Quy Nhon - Tuy Hoa

The morning's cycle begins the morning with an hour of vehicle transfer on the coastal road to a small town where we rock small mountains and through the forests. The roads are smooth, undulating and roll small hills, then undulate along the river to a small town for lunch. In the afternoon, we follow the country road, through lush farmlands and peaceful rivers. The routes are flat and smooth, through small towns, seafood farms to the coast, pass fishing villages, pedal along the lagoons, experience authentic attractions along the way! Stop at one of the most beautiful pagodas, and ride through the sweet potato, corn and tapioca farmlands, paddy fields, view beautiful countryside to the outskirts of Tuy Hoa city. Have a transfer to City Center. 

Sala Tuy Hoa Beach Hotel ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 70 km
Easy/ moderate
Day
12
Tuy Hoa - Nha Trang

We depart at 8:00 am from the hotel with a 20-minute vehicle drive us out of the city. The ride will start near the Phu Yen domestic airport. We explore vibrant villages, farmlands. Sometimes we ride on a dirt track along railways and stop at some small local markets on the way. Say hello to kids going to school by little pushbikes. Ride passes, primary schools, some railway station points and enjoys lovely scenery along country paths before we turn to the coastal line, pass many small fishing villages, seafood farms along the coast to Vung Ro Bay. We end up our ride here and have a vehicle transfer to Dai Lanh Beach for lunch. After lunch, we have a vehicle transfer for 2 hours to Nha Trang City.

Nha Trang Horizon Hotel ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
45 km
Easy/ moderate
Day
13
Nha Trang - Dalat

Da Lat's specific sights are pine woods and twisting roads full of marigold and mimosa blossom in the winter. The city's temperate weather contrasts with Vietnam's otherwise tropical climate that no other city in the country has. Mist covering the valleys almost year-round leads to its name "City of Eternal Spring". After breakfast, a vehicle transfer takes us to Dien Khanh's countryside. We take a leisurely bike ride to explore villages along the river and farmlands of sugar cane, rice paddies. The beautiful road takes us through beautiful countryside along the mountain to Khanh Vinh. Khanh Le Pass is 1500m above the level sea and it about 29 km to the peak. To avoid climbing up the Pass, we have a vehicle drive up the top after lunch. There are many good stops on winding roads so that we could admire the breathtaking views of mountain ranges, valleys and tropical forests. We cycle toward Dalat on undulating roads that pass through pine forests, lush farmlands to Dalat from the peak.

Hôtel Colline ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 65 km
Easy/moderate
Day
14
Dalal City Tour

Dalat is called the "City of Eternal Spring" for its distinctive temperate climate. The other name called by locals is "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's central highland's agricultural growth. Every local in Vietnam markets filled with local specialties 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 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 in the surrounding area, 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 lovely shop by Xuan Huong Lake.

Hôtel Colline ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
Day
15
Dalat - fly to HCM - City Tour

After early breakfast, check out for an airport transfer to Lien Khuong Airport fly to Ho Chi Minh. On arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, meet the team and transfer to Hotel to check-in. Enjoy lunch in a famous restaurant in the city center. We explore Saigon by bus, visit Reunification Palace, War Remnant Museum, then to Saigon General Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, before walking down Dong Khoi Street. Enjoy your own time explore Saigon City Center on foot in the evening.

Northern Hotel ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
Vietnam Airlines
Day
16
Ho Chi Minh - Departure

Enjoy breakfast, Vietnamese coffee- Cafe Sua Da, spend time shopping until the airport transfer is picked up for the international flight to depart. Tour End!

Breakfast/

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Road Condition

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.

Weather

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.

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




 

 
 

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