You are welcome to Ha Noi, Vietnam's capital city and political center. Ha Noi is the capital city and the second-largest city after Ho Chi Minh but central political. Hanoi city center is a lovely place to explore on foot. It offers French-colonial architecture, rich culture, and long history. The Old Quarter of Ha Noi has 36 ancient commercial streets, which are named after the products. Meet your guide and driver with a private car, take you to your hotel in the Old Quarter of Ha Noi. Take a rest of the days after a long journey flight. In the evening, join a special welcoming dinner at one of the famous in town.
The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was the ancient capital and a relic of Vietnam's history and culture. Spend a full day exploring Ha Noi city beginning at 8.00 am from the hotel; we start with a visit to Ho Chi Minh complex, learning a lot about his extraordinary life comprising the Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, and his residential place. We then visit the Temple of Literature – the first University of Vietnam and Confucius's temple in Vietnam.
In the afternoon city tour, including the Museum of Ethnology and Hoa Lo Prison used by the French colonists in French Indochina for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for the US Army, the following stops are Opera House and Ngoc Son temple Hoa Kiem Lake. Watch Water Puppet Show at Thang Long Theather, and enjoy dinner before boarding on Violet Train for a night in the air-conditioned cabin to Hue
The Vietnam backroads team is awaiting as the train arrives in Hue in the morning with its private vehicles. Have a transfer to the hotel for breakfast, enjoy tea, coffee, and be ready for your first day of adventures. Visit the Imperial Forbidden City was the feudalism center of the Nguyen Emperor with its 13 generations from 1804 until 1945. The Imperial Citadel was badly damaged during the Vietnam War. Afterward, have a short transfer to another side of the Perfume River to explore the rural villages of Hue.
Ride along the Perfume River, explore the daily life of villagers, ride past ancient pagoda, make a stop at Tiger Arena and beautiful ancient Long Chau Temple. Then we continue the ride through the lively villages and stop at some families still earning mainly on traditional works, makes conical hats, handicrafts, incense sticks, and so on. The routes are well-maintained and through many traditional houses, temples, and lush rice paddy fields. Next, visit the colorful tomb of Khai Dinh. It took 11 years to complete the burial with a beautiful mixture of western and eastern architecture styles.
We will have lunch in the countryside village before the ride continues to the most traditional royal tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty. Finally, we return to Hue city by car. Enjoy dinner at one of the most famous Hue traditional-styled restaurants in town.
We commence today's ride with a 10-minute drive out of the city for a fabulous day ride. Pick up the bikes, cycle on smooth snack concrete paths, cross rice fields to Thanh Toan tile roof bridge. It is considered the most beautiful ancient wooden bridge in Hue. The bridge itself is traditionally detailed designed and located in beautiful rural with rustic landscapes. It's your great time to learn the culture of locals about the villages directly from English spoken villagers. Capture some photos of the beautiful bridge, and we continue to explore lush agricultural lands and small nostalgic villages to the lagoons.
The lagoons are where local fishermen catch natural fish and raise many kinds of fish under shallow water. We can admire and look over many small fishing sampans in long, circular shapes and fish shelters alongside roads. There will be many stops at small villages so that your guide will tell you about the daily life of villagers. Followed as the itinerary planned, we ride down to coastal trails past colorful ancient cemeteries. We turn on a small path and ride flat terrain along ocean Vinh Hien before challenging some slight hills to Phuoc Tuong Pass, and we enjoy lunch at a seafood restaurant by Lang Co beach.
Hai Van Pass is the most challenging mountain pass for cycling on the central coast of Vietnam. It's a favorite mountain pass for bicycle lovers to conquer.
- To challenge the mountain pass, enjoy ocean views, ride on the road winding up, fewer traffic roads because of vehicle tunnels. Ride down the to Da Nang coast, take rest on support vehicle to Hoi An.
- An option is to sit on a support vehicle that drives to the top.
My Son Hindu Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a great sample of the ancient Champa civilization located in the southern part of Vietnam. It was an independent state from around the 2nd to the 17th century, when Vietnam took over. The impressive Hindu-themed ruins feature many beautiful stone sculptures, temples, and towers in tropical jungle surroundings.
We start cycling from the hotel, cross Thu Bon River on Cam Kim on Cam Kim Bridge, and ride across the island to agricultural lands, experience rural life, enjoy rural scenery, ride through paddies with ancient agriculture system canals. Then we escape the island on another bridge to the mainland and continue cycling along the country road, seeing buffalos help farmers working on farms. Ride past sugar canes plantation along foothills before we spend an hour and a half exploring the ruined My Son Sanctuary. Lunch en route before we return to Hoi An by support vehicle.
After breakfast, check out, and we start cycling from the hotel on the small Cam Kim bridge, which is for mopeds and bicycles only. Admire amazing scenery on Thu Bon River and look over Hoi An's charming town before we explore Cam Kim island- one of the most natural rural beauty islands on the central coast of Vietnam.
Cam Kim village is surrounded by lush vegetation, rice paddy fields with nostalgic hamlets. Famers still use water buffalos to help them cultivate the crops and as bullock carts in the harvest season. The villagers are perfect in the carpentry and sampan wooden boat industry. You will immerse yourself in local culture and natural scenery in the rural.
Then we continue to explore the backwaters of Thu Bon River, with small bridges, bike on shaded roads, enjoy the scenery of rice paddies, bamboo bridges, and country villages surrounded by bamboo trees before we reach Truong Giang River. Great opportunity to see the daily lives of locals living in the area for generations; two to three generations live together in the same house along the river. The paths are mostly flat with smooth concrete surfaces. Enjoy most lovely rural landscape with experience culture. There is plenty of coffee breaks, stops along rural villages to find your ways like a local. We then cycle along the countryside paths, view the small fishing boats, see buffaloes help farmers working on farmland. Break for lunch at local restautant then, continue cycling to Island where we have some ferry crossings in and out of the island. We end up today's cycling and take transfer to Son My village. Visit the Memorial village- The My Lai massacre was one of the most incredible histories during Vietnam War. There were more than 500 people died here in 1968. Have a short transfer to Quang Ngai city to check in the hotel.
Depart at 7:00 am for a scenic transfer to a rural village in Tam Quan- a small seaside town. Arrives in town at 8:30 am, and it is a great time to explore rustic countryside bikes. In the morning, your ride at leisure to relax through farm villages to the coastal trails, enjoy lush coconut farmlands to Tam Quan township. Then we cross through the small town and ride through the small country farms and villages with coconut trees. Admire fantastic views on various terrains of roads to the stunning coasts. The coasts are undulate through gentle mountainous passes, blue sandy beaches, and seafood farms alongside fishing villages—lunch en route.
After lunch, we have vehicle transfers southwards to De Ghi- a small fishing village where most of the country roads are easily accessible to explore the vast country farmlands, past local markets, schools on coastal routes to Cat Tien. We turn left and keep on an undulating road along Thi Mai Lagoon. Finally, take a short transfer over the Thi Nai Bridge to Quy Nhon City.
Today's ride is split into two sections. The morning's cycle begins with an hour of vehicle transfer to a rural village in Song Cau. The road leads us to ride rolling hills, challenge some small jungle hills, and pedal along the river. In the afternoon, the ride is on the country back road, through lush farmlands, rice paddies, a small market on the undulating paths through eucalyptus, a tiny town, and rice paddy fields to Da Dia reef. The area is about 100 meters wide and 250 meters long, with 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. Ghenh Da Dia looks like a gigantic beehive or a pile of dinner plates, hence Ghenh Da Dia's name (The Sea Cliff of Stone Plates). These rock columns were created from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago; when the molten basalt flows met cold water, they solidified and shaped these rare polygonal formations due to thermal contraction effects. Then we bike to seaside villages in the afternoon and continue cycling on undulating paths through the sweet potato tapioca plantation to Tuy Hoa city.
After breakfast, we'll transfer out of the city, and your guide will choose the best routes through lively rural villages, farmlands, rice fields, and small local markets. You hardly have the opportunity to see such beautiful rice paddies in the areas, see many little tractors preparing the soils for rice crops. Say hello to locals on pushbikes. Ride passes, primary schools and some railway station points enjoy lovely scenery along country paths before we turn to the coastal line and keep biking to Vung Ro Bay.
Enjoy a seafood lunch at Dai Lanh Beach. After lunch, enjoy a fantastic ride of 30km on paths, passing salt fields, pleasant countryside, and mountainous scenery along the way to Van Gia town. Have a two hours transfer to Nha Trang city.
Today is a relaxing day after we explore the central coasts. We take a boat to stunning coral islands for swimming and snorkeling and then stop at the sandy beach for lunch before returning to the harbor. We'll visit Pa Na Gar Cham towers. Built between the 7th and 12th centuries, four of the original eight buildings are still actively used for worship by Cham people. Free to explore Nha Trang City on your own with your dinner arranged.
After your breakfast, check out and have a private transfer to Cam Ranh Airport to catch an internal flight to Ho Chi Minh. Ho Chi Minh is the most extensive and commercial center of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh is known as Saigon formerly, and today locals often called it the city center. It's one of the country's leading commercial city centers. On arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, meet your guide and driver, transfer you to the hotel to check-in. Enjoy lunch at one of the well-known restaurants in town, and take a walking tour of the Saigon landmark.
Spend the rest of the day exploring the Saigon dynamic city with your guide. Visit the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, General Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, then walk down Dong Khoi street, stop at Opera House and the Town Halls. Return to the hotel, explore Saigon in the evening on your own.
After breakfast at the hotel, relax on your time shopping until the Vietnam Backroads Team picks you up to take you to International Tan Son Nhat Airport, boarding on an International flight to depart home. Tour End!