Vietnam By Bike- Cycling Ha Noi to Ho Chi Minh

Introduction

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.

Tour details

Price
USD $2595.00 2595.00
Tour code
VBR: VCT15B - HAN - SGN
Duration
Number Of cycling days
11 days
Single supplement
545.00$
Average distance per day
45Km
Bike Hire
US$145
Total cycling distance
495 km
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
New Giant MTB, wheel size: 27.5" hydraulic brake
Helmets, new bottles of water
All entrance fees, ferry tickets in countryside
Night train Ha Noi to Dong Hoi
1 night on cruise in Ha Long bay
B= 14 Breakfasts, L= 13 Lunches, D= 8 Dinners
12 nights: double room/ twin room
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
All airport In/Out
Pick up at/ drop off at hotels
Bike mechanic
English speaking guide throughout the tour
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Visa to Vietnam
International flight
Single supplement
Drinks are not included with any meal

Full Itinerary

Day
1
Arrival Ha Noi City

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi, you will be greeted by Vietnam Backroads Team and transfer to your hotel. Welcome to Hanoi, the capital city with a lively Old Quarter of 36 narrow streets. 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. 

The Light ****
Dinner
Day
2
Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay

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.

Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Kiwi standing on oval
Oriental Sails ****
Day
3
Ha Long - Ha Noi - Night Train - Dong Hoi

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. 

Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Violet Train ****
Day
4
Paradise & Dark Caves Discovery

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.

Karst Villas Phong Nha ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Day
5
Phong Nha Countryside - Vinh Moc Tunnels - DMZ

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.

Vinpearl Hotel Quang Binh ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50 km
Easy/ moderate
Day
6
Dong Ha - Untouched Villages - Hue

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.

Moon Light ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
20 - 75 km
Easy/ moderate
Day
7
Imperial Purple City - Lang Co Beach - Hoi An

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.

Ann Retreat Spa & Reosrt ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 50 km
Easy/moderate
Day
8
Half-Day Cookking Class

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. 

Ann Retreat Spa & Reosrt ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
Day
9
Hoi An - Tam Ky - Quang Ngai

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. 

Cam Thanh/Hamya hot springs ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 65km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
10
Quang Ngai - untouched hamlets - Quy Nhon

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.

Royal Hotel & Healthcare Resort ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Hilly - easy/moderate/ hard
Day
11
Quy Nhon - Tuy Hoa - Nha Trang

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.

Nha Trang Horizon Hotel ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
23 - 50 km
Easy/moderate
Day
12
Nha Trang - Dalat

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.

Hôtel Colline ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 60km
Easy/moderate/ hard
Day
13
Dalat - Ta Nung - Nam Cat Tien Park

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. Today's ride is divided into 2 sections; In the morning, it is about 30 km through the lush countryside in Dalat and mostly ride downhills through valleys, greenhouses, pine forests, and coffee and chilli pepper plantations. There is a vehicle transfer from rural District to Madagui town with lunch en route. In the afternoon ride is about 20km. From a rural area of Madagui, we cross the rice fields, small villages, then cashew plantation along foothills toward Cat Tien Park. We cross Da Oai River on a suspension bridge to the park. 

Forest Floor Lodge ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 45km
Easy/moderate
Day
14
Nam Cat Tien - Ho Chi Minh

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.

Northern hotel ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/
Trek 10 km
Day
15
Ho Chi Minh Depart

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!

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More Info

Road Condition

We select all different terrains; rural paths, single tracks, and beautiful country back roads to design all our unique bike tours. Mostly, routes are too small for vehicles, but every 20 to 30km, there are many small roads connecting paths where you enjoy riding. These are also the places where your support vehicles standby in case you wanting to get on an A/C van. All tracks allow you to admire the fascinating countryside in a diverse country. A great team with local knowledge in different regions and route navigation will make bike riding more accessible.

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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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Reviews

Hi Van
Thank you so much for the best holiday. The food was fantastic, probably a little too much at times I haven't lost any weight after cycling 700 kms. The accommodation was above the standard I expected especially for the one night stays.

The organisational side of things was excellent running like clockwork. The staff you employed went out of their way to help and make sure we had water, food, were comfortable on our bikes, we were very spoilt.

Our truck driver was there all the time filling water bottles getting us food. Our bus driver (Hi - not sure how to spell it) was running after us making sure we had everything we needed and his driving was exceptional. Ican't praise Bobby and Nghi enough they made the trip a wonderful experience, it was hard to leave we felt they were part of our group. 11 - 24 Nov 2012

*FOR NEXT YEAR*
I would like to organise another trip for 2013, doing the Mekong Delta/ Phu Quoc Island area because that would be completely different to what we have seen. Just a couple of questions - what month do you think we should do the Mekong Delta - I will aim to get about 12 people again and we would look at flying in on the Saturday to Ho Chi Min and starting the trip on the Sunday - then flying out 14 days later on the Saturday Night, I think that was a great way to see everything and the flights were easy from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh.
On this trip we wouldn't do the guided tours of temples etc and would be looking more at country side and villages. Any help and advice you can give me would be great. Not sure if anyone found a bike seat left in the bus, not a problem if they haven't but Debbie thinks she left it behind. Thanks again and please thank your wonderful guides and drivers for us - maybe they can all do the next trip with us, that would be good.

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