Introduction

The highlights of the tour are Cat Tien archaeological site, Pongour waterfall and colorful sandunes.

Cat Tien archaeological site is located between the two sectors of Cat Tien National Park, Cát Tiên District, Lam Dong Province, southern Central Highlands. Accidentally discovered in 1985, the site has been subjected to debate among historians about its origin. The highly Indianized civilization which developed this site inhabited it between the 4th century and 9th centuries AD. The hill temple 1A of Cat Tien features the largest stone lingam ever found in Southeast Asia.


Pongour Waterfall, located in Duc Trong, Da Lat Vietnam, is one of the most beautiful terraced waterfalls, in the valleys in the Lam Dong province. With 40 meters high and 100-meter-wide waterfall, the region is celebrated for its huge romantic landscape amidst rich valleys, lakes, springs and pine hills surrounding;  25,000 square meters of diversified flora's primeval forest, 7 terraced rocks, and lush green landscaped gardens! it has become one of the most daily sightseeing destinations.


Coloufull sandune - Mui Ne sand dunes are the most attractive places in Phan Thiet, White, Yellow, and Red sandunes. These are natural artfull creations of sun and wind. They have been  creative subjects of artistic photographs, paintings, and hand embroidery that have been sold everywhere in Vietnam.

Destination
Duration
Tour code
VCT: HCM-7D-HCM
Travel style
Tour meets
Tour ends
Accommodation
3 - 4 star hotels & Homestay
Single supplement
275.00$
Number Of cycling days
6 days
Ages to ride
18 years old
Average distance per day
40 km
MTB Bike hire
included
Total cycling distance
315 km
E-Bike hire
Small group
02
Large Group
14
Price in US$
USD $1365.00 1365.00
Price in VND
What's included
Private A/C vehicle takes up all cyclists, luggage
Truck to carry all bikes
Helmets, bottles of water, tools kit
B = 6 Breakfasts, L = 7 Lunches, D = 4 Dinners
7 nights: 3 -4-star hotels & homestay, double/ twin room
All entrance fees, speedy ferry tickets, boat trip
Greenline speedy ferry Vung Tau to Can Gio
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
Canoe trip through Vam Sat forest
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
Drinks are not included with any meal
Day
1
Ho Chi Minh - Nam Cat Tien Park

We should depart from hotels at 7:00 am to avoid traffic jams. As we are leaving HCM as earlier, the weather is fantastic for us to explore the stunning scenery. So you will spend more time exploring the stunning countryside, beautiful villages on the back roads, after 1.5 hours by vehicle towards to Trang Bom Dist, Dong Nai province.


We will pick up the bikes in the countryside village- Trang Bom, and ready for off-road. We ride through the beautiful landscape; villages, farmlands, foothills, a small beautiful lake, jungle, and view Tri An lake before a big stop at Pilgrimage Center Immaculate Conception Mountain Bend. Visit the large area by bicycle and enjoy mountainous lake views before we bike to highway 1A, Phu Cuong, where we transfer for lunch.


By cycling in the afternoon, we will enjoy today's best mountain biking routes. We pedal along the river, foothill rice paddy, beautiful countryside of Ta Lai, the Ethnic Village, and you will explore the history and tradition of the Ma, Stieng, and Tay ethnic groups. Then, ride a quiet back road along Dong Nai River. Check-in, the hotel.

Cat Tien Jungle Lodge
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
easy/ moderate
support vehicles
cold water, snacks, fruits
Day
2
Boat ride & cycling sub forest-Cat Tien Archaeological Site

Nam Cat Tien is the largest park of lowland tropical rainforests in southern Vietnam. This is a great place to get back to nature to enjoy peaceful landscapes and relax for a couple of days. Breakfast at the hotel in the morning, we have a boat ride on Dong Nai River to Dao Tien, the Monkey Island. It's the Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Center, where you can find many naturally releasing primates. Many of them had been victims of unlawful wildlife trades but now protected carefully in the forest. Then we go back to the hotel.


Check out for off the beaten tracks bicycle riding, cycle on dirt track through lush forest, pedal on the trails along the river, then turn left, through sub-Nam cat Tien forest to Dak-Lua, the lush eco-system of a semi-evergreen forest and wetland-flooded evergreen forest. There are many stops along the trails to meet local, visit farmlands small villages. Then ride to Cat Tien Archaeological Site for an opportunity learns more and visit it museum. After lunch, relax on support vehicle transfers to Dalat.

Hôtel Colline ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25km
trails, easy/moderate
support vehicles
cold water, snacks, fruits
Day
3
Dalat Sightseeing Tour

Dalat 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 central highland's agricultural growths. Every local in Vietnam markets filled with local specialties such as strawberries, cauliflowers, and artichokes. The fruits and other farm products are sold in cafes, at street food markets and in specialty shops in town that are easy to see at many shops more than anywhere else in Vietnam.


Spend a full day city bu van, visit the palace of the last Nguyen Dynasty Emperor –called the Summer King Palace of Bao Dai – where you can enjoy the airy space and view the panorama beauty of the city. Then to Crazy House, the building's overall design resembles a giant tree, incorporating sculptured design elements representing natural forms such as animals, mushrooms, spider webs and caves. Following are the “Valley of Love”, XQ Headquarters - Dalat Historical Village, and Visit XQ Hand Embroidery workshop.


After lunch, 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.

Hôtel Colline ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
support vehicles
Day
4
Mountain Biking trails- Pongour Water Falls- Duc Trong

After a leisurely breakfast, we start with a transfer to a rural village for an amazing ride.The hilly landscape offers incredible views, and the weather is lovely to inspire you to get more dirt. With many hand-picked routes, you can enjoy different levels from easy, moderate, and hard OR either selects smooth back roads: past greenhouse, farmlands of flowers, coffee, pine forest, and vegetation villages along the back roads. Then we start to ride downhill on the asphalt quiet back road to Ta Nung and Nam Ban, riding past the valley, vegetable plantation, and greenhouses on the way. After we ride downhill about 25 km, make a stop at the cricket farms and a family produce weasel coffee before we ride up gentle hills to Elephant Waterfall. Then we challenge some small hills, passing greenhouses then through farmlands to Ta Nung village, then to Nam Ban. stopping at cricket farm, and weasel coffee-a home of locals. Afterwards, continue cycling to Linh An pagoda, then following the country back roads, we undulate on the small roads, and travel through some tiny villages, and tranquil vegetable farmlands. It's lovely to observe these beautiful rural villages on the way to Lam Ha where we break for lunch.


In the afternoon, we continue biking on trails, down to the Pongour Water Falls. It is a wild and spectacular landscape known as "The greatest waterfall of the South." Spend time enjoying scenery rounds, swimming, listening to birds singing and admiring the most beautiful scenery around water falls. Then have a transfer to Duc Trong, and check in at the homestay by the lake.

Lighthouse coffee and homestay
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 60km
easy/ moderate
support vehicles
cold water, snacks, fruits
Day
5
Lo Xo Pass - White/Red Dunes - Mui Ne Beach

Mui Ne is home to hidden emerald, blue sandy beaches lined with curve coats. Here you can find excellent dining, a wide variety of places to stay along it's coats, lots of fun water activities, and entertainment for tourists. Mui Ne beach has long been considered the "Hawaii" of Vietnam. The beach is shallow and sloped, the water is clean and blue, and the sun is always shining. Sand Hills are red, yellow, and white, which have long been a creative subject of artistic photographs and paintings. Besides beaches and dunes, beautiful landscapes such as Fairy Spring and the Poshanu Cham Tower. It’s also the home to hidden emerald, blue sandy beaches.


After your breakfast, coffee and tea then start cycling from the homestay. We will undulate on quiet back roads; enjoy vibrant green rolling hills riding, through lush coffee, and pepper few km before cycling downhill’s to ethnic group villages, past the hydroelectric power station and coffee plantations. A great opportunity to admire magnificent mountain ranges, tropical forests and mountain lakes.


In the afternoon, continue biking on opened air back roads and cycle past cashew plantation, lotus lakes, and challenge some gentle hills to White Sand dunes. Break for coffee and spend more time at White Sand dunes before we continue cycling down to coastal roads, keep pedaling to the Red Sand dunes in Mui Ne. This is great chance for you to enjoy sunset and endless photo opportunity. Have a transfer to hotel.

Bamboo Village resort
Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 85km
easy/moderate/hard
support vehicles
cold water, snacks, fruits
Day
6
Phan Thiet – La Ghi - Vung Tau

An early breakfast then check out, have a-30 minute transfer through Phan Thiet City, unload the bikes, follow small country road though outskirt of the town. We undulate through villages; stop at the old military airport of South Vietnam army before 1975. Continue to explore the homelands of dragon fruits. Travel through the fields where local’s farm dragon fruits, and rice’s. Continue riding through small hamlets to the coast, then to La Gi. After lunch, we hop on the support vehicles for a transfer to Vung Tau city, visit the Worldwide Arms Museum in town. Then go to hotel for check in.

Muong Thanh Vung Tau
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30km
easy/ moderate
support vehicles
cold water, snacks, fruits
Day
7
Vung Tau – Monkey Island - Can Gio Forest – Ho Chi Minh

Can Gio Biosphere Reserve is located in the coastal district southeast of Ho Chi Minh City. The forest is about 75,740 hectares and is occupied by mangrove trees, saltwater, and an extensive river network. The mangrove forests have more than 200 species of fauna and 52 species of flora; monkeys and gibbons, crocodiles, bats, birds, fish and shellfish species etc. The forest hosts the highest diversity of mangrove plant species, mangrove-dwelling invertebrates and mangrove-associated fish and shellfish species in the sub-region and is regarded as the ‘green lungs of the city. Since the mangroves received the tourism development, including the buffer zone of the Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve and infrastructures for the areas, the ecotourism of Vam Sat had become one of the most tourist attractions in Southern Vietnam. It’s an idea to explore the forest, experience local life on waterways, taking sampan through water palms, mangroves on water channels, enjoying a walk through the jungle, and learning more about flora and fauna.


Following breakfast, take a speedy ferry to cross the Gulf of Ganh Rai to Can Tho town. A good time we get Panorama Views, the sunrise, and the ocean landscape. Take a morning ride Monkey Island, walk through the park, imagine ourselves in nature with monkeys around us, and visit Rung Sat Musuem before we continue biking Dan xay Bridge. Have a private canoe trip, admire the river scenery, deeply into the mangrove forest- the lung of Ho Chi Minh City. An opportunity for us to see the surrounding landscape from lush riverside water palms to dusky mangrove swamps along river banks. Have a tasty lunch as you arrive at the head quarter of Vam Sat Ecotourism forest. After lunch, we explore the jungle, see thousands of bats hanging themselves on trees, see monkeys in their natural habitat and enjoy crab fishing and bird-watching for exotic local and migratory species. Afterwards, we return by boat and hop on the support vehicle for a transfer to Ho Chi Minh.

Breafast/ Lunch
25km
easy
Canoe trip to Vam Sat forest
support vehicles
cold water, snacks, fruits
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

Giant MTB & Trek Hybrid MTB Bikes & Gears

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Giant MTB Bikes - Wheelsize 27.5 x 1.95








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Hi Vietnam Backroads team,
We are a week back from our vacation in Vietnam and three weeks after finishing the bike tour.
It was a nice bike trip. Heavier than the Mekong delta tour in 2014.
Did you receive my survey? I gave it to Vien on the day we were dropped at the airport.
I hope you could read my handwriting.
Thanks for everything you organize for us. 02-08 November 2022

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