We believe cycling vacation is the best travelling way to explore Vietnam. This biking trip is designed by Vietnam Cycling Tours that offers incredible adventure holidays. A special Occasion to travel DMZ or demilitarized zone, and we stay a night in Dong Ha, Quang Tri province where 17 parallel was the dividing line north and south Vietnam due to the Geneva Agreements on Vietnam signed in 1954. This is the perfect adventure trip for any cyclists who want to discover the outstanding natural beauty of Vietnam. There are plenty of cycling paths through rural villages, mountainous road rolling hills, and stunning coastal routes that directly allow you to learn about Vietnam's culture and history. Throughout this biking tour, you explore the scenic countryside and discover World Heritage Sites; Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha Cave, Imperial Citadel of Hue, and Hoi An Charming Ancient Town.
Welcome to Hanoi, Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi, Vietnam Backroads Team will meet you outside the terminal gate of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city centre. In the afternoon, take a walking tour of the atmospheric and bustling Old Quarter, Opera House, Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake. Dine at one of the famous restaurants in Ha Noi city centre.
Depart from Ha Noi in the morning and travel by vehicle through numerous beautiful landscape, rustic villages, green paddy fields, glorious mountains with break stop on the way. The journey takes 3 hours and a half to get to Ha Long Harbor. Begin the cruise journey to explore Ha Long Bay on 2 days/1-night itineraries. The outstanding value of the property is centred around the drowned limestone karst landforms, displaying spectacular pillars with a variety of coastal erosional features such as arches and caves, which form majestic natural scenery. Board a boat and cruise the bay on its journey as planed. The cruise moves further along with the limestone islands of Bai Tu Long Bay, heading to Vung Vieng fishing village – one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay to see the life of local fishers. Experience a bamboo rowing boat trip around Vung Vieng fishing village, and enjoy kayaking. Overnight on board.
The morning is a great time to enjoy the beauty of Ha Long, especially at sunrise. Admire over rocky mountains, the various shape of the karst landscape in the bay. Enjoy sunrise with Tai Chi demonstration on the sun deck. Enjoy tea, coffee, and breakfast, admire fantastic landscapes, breath-taking beauty of limestone islands, explore the amazing cave, swimming and relax until having lunch. Check out, and return to Ha Noi in the afternoon. Have dinner in town before boarding on the night train of Reunification Express to Dong Hoi.
The train arrives in Dong Hoi around 6:00 am. You are welcome by your guide and driver and have warm tea, coffee in town before an hour private transfer to Phong Nha for breakfast and shower, and will start to explore Phong Nha at 8:30 am. There is no cycling today, and we travel to Paradise Cave, through the mountain scenery through sub-national park forest, passing lakes, valleys on winding road rolling limestone mountains. The Paradise Cave is the destination must-see on your trip to Vietnam. Located in the spectacular Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Paradise Cave is home to 360-million-years-old rock formations. It's the World beautiful with a length of 31.4 km and the longest dry Cave in Asia. It offers the most natural landscapes in South East 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 fresh, clear river. Here is another adventure for you is the Zip-line to Dark Cave. Here is an excellent 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.
After breakfast, we do check out and will commence the morning adventure from the hotel. Phong Nha rural villages and surroundings are natural, peaceful countryside. We first ride through the most beautiful natural landscapes; mountain karst landscapes and tropical forest. Next, continue cycling on concrete paths, passing lush foothill farmlands, and making some stops to view the peaceful villages. Enjoy riding down the small trails through rice paddy fields. Followed by cross Ho Chi Minh trails, the routes are narrow pathways through rubber plantations, vibrant villages along the mountain's foot, and small local markets before we get to the high road where we stop to ride for a transfer 2.5 hours Vinh Moc tunnels. Vinh Moc tunnel was built and located by the sea in Quang Tri province and not far from Ben Hai River- Hien Luong Bridge. The boundary between North and South Vietnam from 1954 to 1975. The divided line was 76.1 km long and crossed from east to west near the Dong Ha City, Quang Tri Province. Upon arrival at the Vinh Moc, take a locally guided tour to visit the living tunnels. Then take a pleasure ride, 20 km on the coast from the tunnels, pass stunning Cua Tung beach, then pedal on a rural road along the famous Ben Hai River to Hien Luong Bridge. Visit Hien Luong Museum before a walk on Hien Luong Bridge. The bridge over Ben Hai River, located on the 17th Parallel, was a boundary during Vietnam. Finally, take the last transfer to Dong Ha City to check in at the hotel in the late afternoon.
After breakfast, the short vehicle transfer takes us to a rural village, and we commence adventure biking with a full day of biking. The routes scenery are fabulous. Explore many villages to the east coastline with vast rice paddies and river networks, lotus fields like the flat land of Mekong Delta. We stop to explore a lively local market—a chance to walk and meet friendly people where few people see foreigners. Visit beautiful pagodas and churches on and backwater. We continue biking inland on some back road, but minor traffic—past serval small towns and small markets along with villages. Lunch en route. We follow the tracks to fishing villages, pedal along sandy beaches, then along the peninsula and Pha Tam Giang Lagoon on coastal trails. Finally, enjoy the lovely landscape on the back road along the Lagoon to the outskirts of Hue and have a short vehicle transfer to Hue City.
Enjoy a tour to explore the Imperial City of Hue, Vietnam's former capital of the last Nguyen Dynasty. Constructed in 1804 and the Imperial Palace faced the Perfume River. It had recognized UNESCO Heritage Site in 1993. The Forbidden Purple City is where the eunuchs, concubines, and royal servants are allowed. We will learn about the history of the feudal royal Nguyen Dynasty of 12 Lords and the modern history of Indochina and the Vietnam Wars. Then we have a short vehicle transfer to Thuan An local beach to bike toward Hoi An. This fantastic biking offers fantastic scenery, endless charms of local culture and a tremendous spectacular mountain photo opportunity. Ride on the undulating back roads, past the colourful temples, pagodas, traditional ground graveyard, and small villages on coast routes, view the peaceful landscapes of the lagoon, tiny fishing sampans alongside the road. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch at Lang Co Beach and have a transfer to Hoi An with a stop at Hai Van Pass.
Hoi An- the Ancient Charming Town located on the central coast, the best travel location is a haven for photographers, foodies, architecture lovers and adventure travellers. It offers a self-guided tour opportunity with narrow streets, several colourful lanterns lighted up, and local specialities finding your way. We will attend a cooking class in the morning, and the rest is free time for you to explore the town. Be met at the hotel for a van transfer to Hoi An market. Visit this colourful and busy market with an excellent opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. Next, we board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. The ride slowly moved toward the Red Bridge, so we got a chance to view local life on the river. On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb garden before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – the Red Bridge chefs first demonstrate each dish before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat what we have cooked. Return to the hotel by vehicle.
We will have a 30-minute vehicle transfer that takes us to the other side of Thu Bon River. We unload all bikes right the tiny fishing village; we will ride through the lively countryside, water palms stops at removed fishing villages along rivers. This is a chance to meet locals and experience culture when we ride into the surrounding countryside, past rice paddies, bananas, and corns. We explore most rustic countryside settings rivers. The routes are lined with bamboo trees, ass some un-modernized villages with thatch houses, old brick temples, bullock carts. Afterwards, we ride to cross the farmlands to coastal routes, cycling to Tam Thanh beach, where our lunch is setting. After lunch, continue the scenic ride through tranquil villages and smaller towns and cross the river network with some ferry crossings. Continue the ride on a rural road to highway 1A. Finally, we get on the support vehicle driving to Quang Ngai City.
There is another fantastic day! As the wind is pushing you forward to Quy Nhon! Enjoy stunning coastal routes, peaceful life along the lagoons, and breathtaking views of mountain passes. Depart early at 7:00 am for 1.5 hours drives south on highway 1A to a small village, where the morning ride starts. Ride through a hamlet with coconut trees, down the seaside trails, cycle past along sleepy beaches and local seafood restaurants and admire morning ocean views. Then we follow the smooth undulating back road with magnificent landscapes and a little hill and down to vibrant town. After we ride through the town, we cycle through many hamlets of thousand coconut trees and challenge small hills to a stunning coast. It's fantastic to see local sandy beaches with small long and circular bamboo boats on the sand while another side is fertile farmlands. Next, carry on this adventure ride on the coast routes further, and follow minor roads to the Tra O lagoon, where many fishing sampans are. Take your ride easy to experience local life, enjoy mountain views, cross rice paddies to a small town—lunch en route. After lunch, we get on the vehicle for a transfer to avid the heat at midday. In the afternoon ride, it continues in the countryside of De Ghi. Ride on hilly route leads mostly away from road traffic through the rustic countryside covering flat and hilly terrain, with some narrow pathways, pass san dune along the Thi Nai lagoon.
We start in the morning with an hour of vehicle transfer on the south coast of Quy Nhon. Arrive at the small village and waterfront, we pick up the bikes, cross the river on the narrow wooden bridge, enjoy ocean views, see colourful circular bamboo boats at small fishing villages. Then continue biking through rustic farms, small-town across lush farmland on the undulating back road to Da Dia Reefs. The seashore area is about 100 meters wide and 250 meters long, composed of an estimated 35,000 columns of basalt rocks. The rocks are dark lava columns with roughly flat surfaces of different shapes - round, pentagon, hexagon, polygon etc. Stopp to take a walk down the areas for a short break and photo taken. Followed as planned, we cycle on narrow pathways along the local beaches, pass by some little markets to the lively lagoon. There is another opportunity for us to admire hundreds of floating fish farmings on the lagoon. Afterwards, the ride continues, cross the rivers and explore idyllic villages on undulating paths, pass colourful ancient temples and pagodas. View the landscapes of nature through sweet potato fields, tapioca fields, rice paddy to Tuy Hoa city. After lunch in Tuy Hoa city, we enjoy 2.5 hours transfer to Nha Trang.
Da Lat is a small town in the Central Highlands region. The city is well known for its variety of delicious food, sweets, cauliflowers, artichoke, thousands of flowers, etc. Located 1,500 m (4,900 ft) above sea level on the Langbian Plateau. The French started to build the resort with the first wooden hotel in 1907. Later the railway station, power station, church and so on were constructed. After breakfast, the support vehicles take us to the countryside of Dien Khanh. We take a leisurely bike ride to explore villages along the river, past sugar cane farms, rice paddy fields, foothill farmland, and old French Villas. Make some stops at the sites and coffee breaks at markets along bike routes. Next, we carry on this on paths through beautiful countryside along the mountain to Khanh Vinh. After lunch, we enjoy vehicle drive 29 km on a winding road, through the mountain range with the views of valleys, tropical rainforest to the peak. Follow the mountain road up and down with some small hills to Bidoup - Nui Ba National Park. Finally, we have a transfer to Dalat -Honeymoon City.
Cat Tien National Park is a vast lowland tropical forest and biosphere reserve in southern Vietnam. It’s home to centuries-old trees, botanical gardens and recreational trails. The park also shelters diverse wildlife, from reptiles at Crocodile Lake to endangered primates and rare birds. 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 select smooth back roads: past greenhouse, farmlands of flowers, coffee, and pine forest along. Then we start to ride downhill on asphalt quiet back road to Ta Nung and Nam Ban, ride pass valley, vegetable plantation, greenhouses on the way. After we ride downhill about 25 km, Visit the cricket farm before we ride up gentle hills to Elephant Waterfall. After a late lunch, take rest on A/C van, transfer to Nam Cat Tien Park.
Cat Tien National Park is a treasure trove of biodiversity and tropical forests of southern Vietnam. Its a peaceful place and a home of thousands of birds and many exotic plants and animals. Get up early, take a walk along the river, enjoy the sunrise, and listen to birds singing. After your breakfast at the hotel, we take a boat trip to Dao Tien Island. The centre specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of endangered primates, all victims of the illegal wildlife trade and naturally found in the region, including golden-cheeked gibbons, black shanked douc, silvered langur and pygmy loris. It is about 10 minutes boat ride from the park center; watch gibbons swinging in the trees and play together to practice their skills. Then return to the Lodge for breakfast and ready for hiking to crocodile lake and learn more about flora and fauna.You will have a jeep transfer of about 9km, where you hike on jungle trails to crocodile swamp. This wetland is a beautiful lake surrounded by the jungle and home to many crocodiles. You will immerse yourself in the beauty of the diverse flora species found around the area. Take a break, and view the peaceful natural landscapes. Finally, return to the hotel for lunch before you check out for a-3.5 hours transfer to Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is the country's largest city. The name "Saigon" is indicated the city centre by locals today. What to do and see by your way in Saigon? Reunification Palace, General Post Office, War Museum and shopping on Dong Khoi St, and Ben Thanh Market. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then spend time shopping and relaxing until the pick up for transfer to the International Airport to fly home. Tour End!
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.