Vietnam Cycling Tours designed this 12-day biking tour for those who have limited time and want to travel through the country from Saigon landmark to Ha Noi capital city. The trip offers you an excellent opportunity to ride along stunning beaches in Quy Nhon, experience the rustic countryside in Quang Ngai, and stay a couple of nights in Hoi An. The ancient town is an enchanting and lively town that offers a glimpse of the former south-east Asia trading port. All traditional wooden houses, bridges and temples surviving in their original form and have been exceptionally well preserved. Then conquer the Hai Van Pass to the former capital city of Vietnam, which is set on the banks of the Perfume River. Ride to explore the charming countryside of Hue, visit the royal tombs of Nguyen Lors, spend a night train to Ha Noi, discover the significant Ha Noi landmark of colonial-influenced architecture. Ends your bike trip in Ha Noi capital city before boarding on an International flight home with a memorable experience. Biking from Ha Noi to Ho Chi Minh

Tour code
Travel style
Tour meets
Tour ends
3 - 4 star hotels
Single supplement
Number Of cycling days
8 days
Ages to ride
18 years old
Average distance per day
MTB Bike hire
Total cycling distance
455 km
E-Bike hire
Small group
Large Group
Price in US$
USD $2205.00 2205.00
Price in VND
What's included
Private A/C vehicle takes up all cyclists, luggage
Truck to carry all bikes
Helmets, new bottles of water
All entrance fees and ferry tickets in countryside
10 nights: double room/ twin room
B = Breakfasts, L = Lunches, D = Dinners
1 night on train to Ha Noi
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
Pick up/ drop off at hotels
All airport in/out
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
Ho Chi Minh on Arrival

On arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, you are welcomed by your guide and the driver and taken to the city centre to check-in at the hotel. Ho Chi Minh is the country's most important commercial centre and is known as Saigon formerly, and today locals often called it the city centre. It's one of the country's leading economic centres. Welcome lunch at one of the famous restaurant in town before spending the rest of the day exploring the Saigon dynamic city with your guide. The city offers tourists so much to see and do with entertainment, terrific foods,  day trips to enjoy livelily streets, historic sightseeing; Reunification Palace, General Post Office, War Museum, ancient pagodas and endless short trips from Saigon.

Northern Hotel ****
Airport in
Cycling Saigon - Nam Cat Tien Park

Nam Cat Tien is the largest park of lowland tropical rainforests in southern Vietnam, and it is also the home to flora and fauna. The Javan rhinoceros still exists in the Cat Loc area, the last remaining population of this species on the Asian mainland. Other mammals include several primate species, including the endemic golden-cheeked gibbon, elephant, gaur and tiger.

Ho Chi Minh City is the country's largest city, and it creates plenty of works, so the town has been the most nationwide labour forces attraction. The traffic is bustling almost all day. Today's ride begins with an early start at 7:00 am to avoid traffic to save time for an adventure ride in the beautiful countryside. The areas we cycle through in the morning are lush farms and fewer rice paddy fields. This is a chance we experience people life and culture. The routes are tranquil and have different terrains.

Arrives at 8:30 am in a rural village, Trang Bom, Dong Nai. We cycle through a rubber plantation, ride paddy fields, and small jungle until we hit the Tri An lake. Then we continue cycling on small back roads along the lake and cross some lush farmlands before we reach Doc Mo, high way 1A. Take a transfer to the next La Nga town for lunch. Have 30 minutes transfer to Dinh Quan's rural village for the afternoon ride.

We follow small back roads through chilli paper, coffee plantations, and volcanic rocks down to Dong Nai River in the afternoon. The countryside is quiet and lush farmlands, small tracks alongside the river,  rice paddies and avocado orchards in Ta Lai village. Your guide will figure out the transfer to Nam Cat Tien before dark, check-in at the hotel. Join the night spotting tour by jeep to see wildlife that people rarely see. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight in the park.

Forest Floor Jungle ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25- 45 km
Easy/ moderate
Support vehicles
Cold water, snacks, fruits
Nam Cat Tien - Trekking & Cycling - Dalat

In the early morning, take a walk on footpaths, experience wildlife, and spend a perfect time immersing in nature, enjoy stunning natural landscapes, and listen to birds singing. After your breakfast at the hotel in the morning, take s very short boat ride on Dong Nai River to Monkey Island- 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 are now protected carefully in the forest. Then we back to center of the park and join a 2 hours trekking tour to learn more about flora and fauna. An experienced & knowledgeable local guide will accompany you with a well-informed of flora and fauna.

We return to the park and carry on our bike adventure; we ride on the dirt track to sub-Nam Cat Tien forest via Dak-Lua, the lush eco-system of a semi-evergreen forest and wetland-flooded evergreen forest. We will stop to bike in the rural village of Ma Da Gui for a transfer to the next town for late lunch today. After lunch, we relax in our vehicle driving to Dalat in the late afternoon.

Hôtel Colline ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 45 km
Support vehicles
Cold water, snacks, fruits
Biking Dalat - Nha Trang

The new road undulates through spectacular mountain ranges stretching from central highlands to the seaside city, with 29 km down the Khanh Le Pass is incredible. This is your opportunity to views the breathtaking views, mountain landscapes,  deep valleys, waterfall, and lush tropical forests with endless photos.

Begin the morning with 1-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 ancient Citadel. Finally, we get on a support vehicle to have a transfer to Nha Trang city.

Nha Trang Horizon Hotel ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/
30 - 80 km
Easy/ moderate/ hard
Support vehicles
Cold water, snacks, fruits
Cycle Nha Trang - Quy Nhon

Today’s ride is on flat and undulating paths, with rural fishing villages of Van Ninh and idyllic scenery of farmland hills, sea lake, lagoon with a memorable day. We start the lovely morning ride with an hour and a half transfer by support vehicle to Van Ninh. We bike on the city back road through a small charming town to the rural area. Then we ride onward, past rice fields, salt fields, make some stop at a local market, a tiny hamlet to experience the daily villagers by the seashore. Continue our way through fish farmings, cross the railway to jungle and beautiful views of Co Ma Pass. Get on a support vehicle driving down to Dai Lanh beach, enjoy a seafood lunch locally by the beach.

Next, the support vehicle takes us to a rural village in Tuy An to explore the people's lives along Tra O lagoon. It used to be the lagoon a hundred years ago, and it became the lake until now. Enjoy the leisurely way of biking, ride on concrete back roads, and make some stops at villages by the peaceful Tro O lagoon. Enjoy your own pace on a fabulous ride as much as you wish. Following on dirt tracks along the local beach and finally cross the river on a long wooden bridge. Relax your legs on a vehicle driving on a beautiful coastal road to Qui Nhon.

Royal Hotel & Healthcare Resort ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 60 km
Easy/ moderate
Support vehicles
Cold water, snacks, fruits
Cycling Quy Nhon - Phu My - Tam Quan - Quang Ngai

Quy Nhon and Quang Ngai provinces owned beautiful seaside back roads in central Vietnam. The well-maintained paths and minor roads along sand dunes and tiny villages along Thi Nai's sea lake allow your ride more leisure, to get close to people and to experience their livings. The seaside coasts are stunning with mountains views, local sandy beaches, and fishing villages. Mostly are flat, and some are undulating, with baby hills.

After breakfast at the hotel, have a support vehicle that takes us to the peninsula of Nhon Hoi. We cycle on undulate roads, past sand dunes, tiny villages, small towns until Cat Tien. Followed by the beautiful coast to De Ghi, the routes run along with mountains, some quaint fishing villages,  with incredible landscapes—great places for mountain bike and nature lovers. We continue to explore the rustic countrysides and authentic villages before having lunch at a local restaurant.

Take a 1-hour rest on the vehicle to shorten the routes to the next town, where you ride to the lovely fishing village hidden town. There are many little circular boats, fishing boats in different colors on sand beaches. Most people live mainly on fishing, but they could not afford big ships. Afterward, carry on biking to experience the local culture, the life of people along the villages to lake/lagoon, enjoy the lovely scenery of the largest lagoon in the afternoon. The landscape along the lake is beautiful, with gentle mountain views and lush cultivating lands before the ride down to the coast,  past shrimp farms along the way. Your guide will figure out the last transfer to Quang Ngai in the late afternoon.

Cam Thanh/ Hamya hot springs ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 75 km
Easy/ moderate
Support vehicles
Cold water, snacks, fruits
Biking Quang Ngai - Chau O - Tam Ky - Hoi An

Today's tour will start with a short transfer to the My Lai Massacre Memorial. The My Lai massacre was one of the most incredible histories during Vietnam War. There were more than 500 people died here in 1968. We 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 and 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. Afterward, we travel by bicycle, past some tiny markets and vast lush green farmlands of sugar cane, tapioca, and vegetables before the 1-hour transfer to Tam Ky for lunch.

It is the best choice at midday to avoid heat. 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.

Ann Retreat Spa & Reosrt ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
30 - 65 km
Easy/ moderate
Support vehicles
Cold water, snacks, fruits
Rest Day in Hoi An

Hoi An is an ancient town located in central Quang Nam Province and is on the north bank near the mouth of the Thu Bon River. The inscribed property comprises 30 ha, and it has a buffer zone of 280 ha.  It is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a small-scale trading port active in the 15th to 19th centuries, which traded widely, both with Southeast and East Asia countries and the rest of the world. Enjoy your free day on your own time in Hoi An, walk to discover its culture, have a conversation with locals, and relax for the rest of the day at the resort's swimming pool.

Ann Retreat Spa & Reosrt ****
Cycle Hoi An - Hai Van Pass - Hue

Depart from Hoi An today, and journey across the fantastic Hai van Pass, the fortified gateway from Hue Imperial Citadel to the south during the Vietnam Feudalism society ends in 1945. After an hour of vehicle drives to Da Nang city, we can choose an option; to conquer Hai van Pass or take a visit on vehicle transfer to the Hai Van mountain top.

Enjoy riding on a winding mountain road to the peak and view the incredibly scenic scenery over Lang Co beach and south Da Nang city. Make some photo stop en route, then enjoy downhill riding to Lang Co beach, where our selected seafood lunch is arranged at a restaurant by the beach.

In the afternoon, we keep on this journey onward to Hue. Pedal on the beautiful coastal route, and lagoon, we ride off roads to the oceanic countryside into small fishing villages, past colorful pagodas and green farmlands. Some fruit stops along the way and the chance to take in the sights and experience local lifestyles. Lastly, the support vehicle takes us to Hue City.

Moon Light ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/
30 - 65km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/ hard
Support vehicles
Cold water, snacks, fruits
Discover Purple Citadel - train to Ha Noi

Imperial Citadel was established as the feudal capital of unified Vietnam in 1802. Hue was the political and cultural, and religious center under the Nguyen dynasty that ended in 1945. The South Vietnamese was celebrating Tet Holiday in 1968, and the capture also began by Viet Cong. Later the Imperial Citadel was almost destroyed during the Tet Offensive. We take a half-day to explore the Forbidden Purple City and Thien Mu Pagoda. The rest is the countryside bike trip to discover the tombs, pagodas, typical blend of French and Vietnam’s architectures and historical relics. 

After visiting Imperial Citadel and the beautiful pagoda by Perfume River, we enjoy a relatively easy cycle on back roads, through lush countryside and along Rivers. Ride past Mandarin houses, rice paddy fields, visit some family workshops produce conical hats, handicrafts before visiting Khai Dinh Tomb. Then we continue the ride through charming villages and spends an hour exploring Minh Mang Tomb. We return to the hotel by a support vehicle. Relax until diner with the team before we board the Reunification Express for the overnight train to Hanoi.

Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
20 km
Violet Train ****
Support vehicles
Cold water, snacks, fruits
Ha Noi - Sightseeing Tour

The train will arrive at Ha Noi Railway station in the morning. Meet your guide and driver for a transfer to the hotel for breakfast, enjoy tea, coffee, and be ready to explore Ha Noi city's sights at your leisure. The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was the ancient capital and a relic of Vietnam’s history and culture. Spend a full day to explore Ha Noi city with beginning at 8.00 am from the hotel. We begin with a visit to Ho Chi Minh complex, included Uncle Ho’s stilt house. Then we travel to the Temple of Literature – the first University and temple for Confucius in Vietnam.

The afternoon city tour includes the Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi Hilton Prison. Explore the Old Quarter of Ha Noi, take a walk through some of the 36 tree-shaded streets of these historic districts, See how busy people are! Have a chance to take plenty of photos of women on conical hats carrying bamboo baskets to sell fruits, bananas, peanuts, sweet potatoes, and so on. The tour will finish around 5:00 pm. 

The Light ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
support vehicles
Ha Noi - Departure

After your breakfast, spend your time shopping until a transfer takes you to Noi Bai airport to catch your international flight home. Tour End!

Airport out
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.


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.

Giant MTB & Trek Hybrid MTB Bikes & Gears

Trek Hybrid MTB Bikes - Wheelsize 700c x45/1.95 - Gravel tires



Giant MTB Bikes - Wheelsize 27.5 x 1.95

2 Booked - special off$2105

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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