Depart from Hue at 7:00 am for a short vehicle transfer to Pha Tam Giang to begin the morning ride 35 km. We cycle on a quiet country road along the Tam Giang lagoon. Enjoy the stunning landscape along the peninsula, views several tiny fishing boats on the lagoon, see water buffalos working on rustic farmlands, and pass some vibrant local markets. Take a right turn on the dirt track to the coast, through tiny hamlets with thatch houses, colourful temples, farmlands of many vegetables and sand dunes. From the south coast of Quang Tri, we have a transfer to Vinh Moc tunnels on the coast route via Cua Viet & Cua Tung. Lunch en route before exploring Vinh Moc tunnels. After we visit the tunnels, the temperature is cool, so that we will bike 20 km along the Cua Tung beach, then the tranquil Ben Hai River to the historic Hien Luong bridge. The landmark river was the 17 parallel-divided line of North and South Vietnam from 1954 to 1975. Visit the Hien Luong Museum and enjoy the walk on Hien Luong Bridge. Finally, have a transfer to Dong Ha city to check in the hotel and have dinner in town.
We commence today's tour with Quang Tri Museum and Mine Action Visitor Center. The Mine Action Visitor Center is a joint venture between the international NGO–operated Project RENEW and the Department of Foreign Affairs, providing visitors with constantly updated information on the devastation caused and heart-warming stories of recovery and survival. Afterwards, the ride will start outside Dong Ha town, just about 10 minutes drives. Today's ride is about 30 km on small asphalt back roads through rice paddy fields, lush hilly farmlands and the jungles. The routes are primarily undulating, and some are flat and smooth. There will be many stops to experience farmer life along the road and finish today's ride in Cam Lo District. Have a transfer to Ke Sanh township with stopping on the sideroad near Rockpile Hill for photo captures.
After breakfast, We travel by car to visit the well-known Khe Sanh Combat Base- Ta Con Military Airport. It opens for tourists with a museum. Many remains of weapons, warplanes, the airship used to transport troops and supplies, many US tanks, helicopters, guns, and military land and air transportations are displayed. Afterward, take a short drive to Dak Rong Bridge, the friendship bridge built by Cuban engineers. We cycle on west Ho Chi Minh, along the borders of Laos, toward A Luoi. The scenic ride is through spectacular mountain landscapes, tropical 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 a downhill ride to A Lin then A Luoi.
A Luoi is a small town and closed to the Laos border. There were many small Viet Cong bases located alongside the fence and Ho Chi Minh trails. A Bia was a little base with a significant location, and then it was called the Hamburger Hill after ten days attacked by U.S Army troop soldiers, and supported by helicopters and artilery Finally, U.S soldiers controlled the A Bia bases. It happened in 1969, Tet Offensive. After breakfast, we trek 6 km to the peak of Hamburger Hill. See many hill bases and gallery photo rooms, where helicopters fall and view the beautiful scenery before rewinding down to transfer to Minh Mang tomb. Visit the beautiful mausoleum and its surroundings, lunch en-route before we cycle through 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.
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.