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 luxury 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. Finally, 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.
The island 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.
We will have lunch a bit late in Tam Ky town and transfer 2 hours 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.
The morning's cycle begins with an hour of vehicle transfer to a rural village in Song Cau. The roads are through mountains, rolling hills, and jungles, then along the river to La Hai. Next, we turn left and ride down on tarmac road. The road is parallels the river and train line. We undulate the road and ride more down than up to Chi Thanh. We have lunch at a picked-up restaurant in town.
In the afternoon, we follow quiet back roads along the peaceful river, and ride down on small paths, pass some small towns before we bike through country farms 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. Stop 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. Afterward, the ride continues, cross the rivers and explore idyllic villages on undulating paths, visit the beautiful hidden temples and pagodas. We carry on the ride southwards to Tuy Hoa city and enjoy nature's landscapes through sweet potato fields, tapioca fields, and rice paddies. Check-in the hotel and have dinner in town.
We depart at 8:00 am from the hotel with a 20-minute vehicle drive us out of the city. The ride will start near the Phu Yen domestic airport. We explore vibrant villages, farmlands. Sometimes we ride on a dirt track along railways and stop at some small local markets on the way. Say hello to kids going to school by little pushbikes. Ride passes, primary schools, some railway station points, and enjoys lovely scenery along country paths before we turn to the coastal line, pass many small fishing villages, seafood farms along the coast to Vung Ro Bay. We have 20 minutes transfer on highway 1 A to Dai Lanh Beach for lunch.
The afternoon ride is 25 km through beautiful countryside. After lunch, we pick up the bike, challenge a baby hill, 2.5 km, then ride down on dirt tracks to the coast, pass salt fields, fish farms, small seaside towns. We will have a transfer from Van Ninh to Nha Trang.
Amiana Resort Nha Trang is the best beach in-land resort of your choice with a good location, and the beach is tranquil as it is too far from the city. It's is about 8km from Nha Trang City Center. It allows you to explore the city by yourself within a 10-minute taxi drive. Enjoy breakfast, and relax on the beach.
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!
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.