SEE VIETNAMW'S FOUR UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES - 15 DAYS

Introduction

Son Doong cave is the World’s largest Cave, located in Son Trach, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh province, Vietnam. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. spreads out over 2,000 square km in central Vietnam. Vietnam Backroads designed this tour for those who want to combine back roads biking adventure with visits to many of Vietnam's most important sites. The time visits four of the seven Vietnamese UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Hoi An Ancient Town, the Hue Citadel, and Phong Nha and Son Doong Caves are on the nine-day biking portion of the tour, which begins in Ho Chi Minh, then to Dalat. From there, it rolls down to the coastal plain and then meanders up, down and along roads, paths and, ride through DMZ, Quang Tri,DOng hoi on trails to Phong Nha. Visits to the beautiful Paradise and Dark caves in this area show why UNESCO chose to add it to its list. An overnight cruise on the fifth site, Ha Long Bay, is an excursion that all visitors to Vietnam should experience. This tour will give a broad cross-section of Vietnam's culture, geography, and ancient and modern history. Cycling trips Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

Tour details

Price
USD $2695.00 2695.00
Tour code
VBR: VCT14A - SGN - HAN
Duration
Number Of cycling days
8 days
Single supplement
545.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$120
Total cycling distance
480 - 540km
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 and boat rides
All ferry tickets in countryside
Flight: Ho Chi minh to Dalat
Flight: Dong Hoi to Ha Noi
1 night on cruise in Ha Long bay
13 nights: double room/ twin room
B = 14 Breakfasts, L = 13 Lunches, D = 9 Dinners
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
All airport in/ out
Pick up & 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
01
Ho Chi Minh on Arrival

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh is known as Saigon formerly, and today locals often called it the city centre. It's one of the country's leading commercial city centres with plenty of changes. Formally, Saigon was well-known with Independence Palace or Norodom Palace, Vietnam's most significant historical site. Vietnam Backroads team will meet you at the airport, take you to Saigon centre, check in the hotel, and have a rest of the day. Welcome dinner at a famous restaurant in town. 

Northern hotel ****
Dinner
Day
2
Biking to Cai Be - Mekong Delta

You commence your cycling journey on the first day with 1.5 hours transfer to the rural villages of Cay Lay Dist. Arrives in Ngu Hiep village, you take a ferry boat to Ngu Hiep island where you experience the local life, ride through lush orchards, a small market full of fresh tropical fruits. Taste fresh fruits before you take the second ferry, Tan Phong island.


The routes on Tan Phong island are nice, narrow ways through rustic villages and a tiny town. Then you enjoy the last ferry take you to Cai Be township and continue cycling into small villages by a canal, visit one of the most beautiful typical ancient houses- Ba Kiet house in Cai Be. After the visit, you will have special local meal offers by the host at this house. Afterwards, you ride to a village where many family businesses produce local snacks, sweets, rice papers, popcorns, and some handy crafts. Taste some and experience local livings before cycling along the river to Cay Lay, returning to Saigon by vehicle.

Norther hotel ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/
20 - 45km
Easy/moderate
Day
3
Fly to Dalat - Dalat Discovery

You'll have a morning flight to Lien Khuong Airport. On arrival, be met by the team for 30 minutes drive on freeways to Dalat city. Dalat called is the "City of Eternal Spring" for its distinctive temperate climate. The other name called by locals is the "Honeymoon City". It was developed as a resort by the French in the early 1900s, the first wooden hotel built in 1907, and many reminders of its colonial heritage remain. Da Lat is a famous tourist destination and one of Vietnam central highland's agricultural growth. Most local's Vietnam markets are filled with local specialities such as strawberries, cauliflowers, and artichokes.


Today we will explore Dalat City by car. Visit Crazy House, Bao Dai Summer Palace, then the Valley of Love before we make a stop at XQ Headquarters - Dalat Historical Village. Visit XQ Hand Embroidery workshop. Next, enjoy lunch at a famous restaurant. We will take the old train trip through farmland, greenhouse to Trai Mat village in the afternoon. Experience the local lives and visit the beautiful Linh Phuoc pagoda. Finally, we return to the hotel, explore Dalat city on foot in the evening, enjoy Vietnamese coffee and tea at the beautiful shop by Xuan Huong Lake.

Hôtel Colline ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Vietnam Airline
Day
4
Adventurous Ride Dalat to Nha Trang

Depart at 8:00 am, have an hour vehicle transfer to Bidoup National Park, northeast of Dalat, where your adventurous ride through spectacular scenery. You cycle on a new road, rolling hills, pine forest, green farmlands, on the winding road through the tropical rainforest. The ride allows you to undulate through lush farmlands, admire the romantic landscape and comfortable climate. Some hills are real challenges for you with beautiful valleys surround and numerous tropical forests.


One of the most interesting for mountain challenge lovers is the last hills to the top as you conquer the mountain top of Khanh Le (called Hon Giao) it's not a long way. It's just a couple of km, as it short distance but a little bit vertical. It's better to take a support vehicle to the mountain top. Khanh Le mountain top is about 1500m above sea level, where you enjoy the most spectacular mountain scenery in central Vietnam. This is your endless opportunity for photos and enjoys every minute through valleys, waterfalls, with lush rainforest. Enjoy more snacks, cold drinks, and fresh fruits before riding downhill for 29 km. It's a fabulous ride of the day, and you have a delicious lunch at the local restaurant by the River, right at the foot of the pass.


The ride in the afternoon is entirely different from the morning's adventures, and it's effortless. Your guide will lead you to ride on narrow paths to explore hamlets, meet locals in farmlands of sugar cane, rice paddy, enjoy the beautiful countryside of Khanh Vinh, stop at the local market for coffee, snack, fresh fruits. Then we continue biking onwards onward to the ancient Dien Khanh citadel before you have a short transfer to the city of Nha Trang in the late afternoon.

Nha Trang Horizon Hotel ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 80km
Easy/moderate/ hard
Kiwi standing on oval
Boat ride to Island
Day
5
Ride Nha Trang to Qui Nhon

Quy Nhon is well known for its beautiful countrysides, long beautiful coastal routes and Cham temples. It creates terrific views along the coastline, islands, many beautiful sandy beaches, scenic spots that attract many mountain bike lovers. Your guide divides today's ride into 2 sections because the distance from Nha Trang to Quy Nhon is a very long way for us to challenge within a day.


After your breakfast, take an early start from Nha Trang with 1.5 hours vehicle transfers to the tiny town of Van Ninh. The small town is running along the coast with stunning views and lively little markets along. The small road gets through town, then to rice paddies, rustic rural areas before we follow a small trail to a tiny fishing village before cycling through salt and seafood farms.  As we reach Co Ma Pass, we get on vehicle drive to Dai Lanh Beach for Lunch.


We'll have 1-hour transfer drive us to the O Loan Lagoon. We cycle on the beautiful road along the lagoon. View the colour fishing boats and lush farmlands along the routes. It's fantastic bike routes through the fascinating countryside and lively lagoon with several fishing boats. Further, the back road undulates across farmlands of a sweet potato field and tapioca fields before cross the River wooden bridge to the highway. Finally, we have a transfer to Qui Nhon City. 

Royal Hotel & Healthcare resort ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 60km
Easy/moderate
Day
6
Quy Nhon - Tra O Lagoon - Quang Ngai

Quy Nhon province has many beautiful sea lakes, lagoons, rustic countrysides, and authentic villages along the stunning coast. You will immerse yourself into nature today. We commence with a short vehicle transfer to the outskirts and cross the peninsula's longest sea bridge.


Explore life along Thi Nai lagoon, undulate the roads, past sand dune, tiny villages, small towns. 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. You continue to explore the rustic countrysides and authentic villages before having lunch at a local restaurant.


After lunch, take a rest on vehicle transfer 1- hour to the next destination where you ride to the lovely fishing village hidden tiny town. There are many little circular boats, fishing boats in different colours on sand beaches. Most people live mainly on fishing, but they could not afford big ships. Afterwards, 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 - 80km
Easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
7
Quang Ngai - Chau O - Ha Lam - Hoi An

The morning starts with a short drive to the My Lai Massacre Memorial for 30 minutes visit. We cycle through rice fields and removed villages, discover hidden gems in the countryside. The paths are flat, 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. Afterwards, we ride to Chau O, ride through lush green farmlands of sugar cane, tapioca, and vegetable before 1-hour transfer to Tam Ky for lunch. It is a good choice to avoid the heat at midday.


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 - 60km
Easy/ moderate
Day
8
Free day in Hoi An

Breakfast at the n hotel, and enjoy a free day as your own to explore Hoi An Town. Hoi An is a small quaint town, and it was a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Spend your entire day exploring the town, relaxing, swimming at the pool after many days off the beaten tracks.

Ann Retreat Spa & Reosrt ****
Breakfast
Day
9
Hoi An - Hai Van Pass - Lang Co - Hue

After breakfast, we check out the hotel for the support vehicle transfer to Da Nang. Warm-up our body to challenge the Pass. Today adventure ride will be divided into 2 sections. In the morning, a mountain top challenge is 12 km of Hai Van Pass and rides downhill another 12 km to Lang Co beach for lunch. It's an opportunity for mountain bike lovers. The option for whose love to reach the mountain pass is to sit on the support vehicle instead of riding up.


From the top, you view spectacular scenery, the ocean bay of Da Nang. The last section is after lunch, and we continue our ride from Tu Hien Bridge- a seaside village. The routes are undulating, rising more down than up in the peninsula, along lakes and lagoons. Ride past colourful quaint huge cemeteries, ancient pagodas, and lush farms of vegetables and smaller towns.


It is your leisurely ride, past colourful quaint huge cemeteries, ancient pagodas, lush farms of vegetables, and smaller towns. Enjoy the most significant landscapes, past tiny roof fishing sampans, and hundreds of small fishing alongside. Explore some small markets that sell fresh fish, then rice fields in lower lands by the lake. Finally, You get a vehicle in the outskirts of Hue for a short transfer to the city center.

Moon Light ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 65km
Easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
10
Biking Hue - Quang Tri - Dong Ha

Quang Tri and DMZ area is the most dangerous battle in Vietnam War. The one well-known historic site is Hien Luong Bridge - over the Ben Hai River. The river location is the 17 parallel and was the divided line between North and South Vietnam. Quang Tri citadel was built in 1809, but most was destroyed during the Vietnam War. The most dangerous battle began on 28 June 1972 and lasted 81 days until 16 September 1972. It became the tomb of thousands of Vietnamese soldiers.


We'll start early in the morning at 7:30 with a visit to the Imperial Purple Citadel. Hue became the capital city of feudalism Vietnam after Nguyen Anh Lord reunified the country. He built up the Imperial Citadel in 1802, and the feudalism society ended in 1945. After an hour visiting the Imperial, take a short vehicle drive to the seaside village, where you explore various scenery; quaint hamlets and beautiful shore. The routes are unpaved trails, Past old village gates, colourful traditional temples and pagodas along the coast.


Today you will have a seafood lunch at the local beach before the ride continues to Quang Ancient Citadel. The route to Citadel is quite flat concrete paths, cross the vast rice paddy fields, past many old pretty houses with internal courtyards. Some of the lanes are a bit bumpy but short. Arrives at the Quang Tri citadel, take a short break, and explore the remains of Citadel with well-informed about the battle that happened here in 1972. Afterwards, take a rest on vehicle drive 30 minutes to Dong Ha, check-in the hotel and dine in town. 

Saigon Dong Ha ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 60km
Easy/ moderate
Day
11
Biking Dong Ha - DMZ - Phong Nha

Followed by breakfast at the hotel, we check out and travel by support vehicle to Hien Luong Bridge,- Ben Hai River was the boundary between North and South Vietnam was 76.1 km in length and crossed from east to west near the Dong Ha City, Quang Tri Province. The DMZ- Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone was established as the borderline between North and South Vietnam from July 1954 to 1976. With 81 fierce days and nights at Quang Tri.


We walk on the historic bridge to another side, take some photos, view the peaceful Ben Hai River, and visit its History Museum before starting the morning ride from this museum to Vinh Moc Tunnels. We cycle on tranquil back roads along this river, past lotus fields and several hamlets. We will stop at Cua Tung fishing Town to get an excellent opportunity to explore the live fishing market, walk the fishing port, and ride to Cua Tung Bridge to view beautiful beaches and the town. Enjoy the Vietnamese coffee, snacks, fresh fruits at a local restaurant faced to the sea. Then we pick up the bikes and continue biking on a coastal route to Vinh Moc Tunnels, and we pass by sandy beaches along the ways.


Vinh Moc tunnels were the bomb shelter for locals hiding during Vietnam War. The American forces believed the villagers of Vinh Moc were supplying food and armaments to the North Vietnamese Army in DMZ - Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. The short guided tour explores the surroundings and the tunnels with many entrances small doors to the seas. There is only a half-day ride for today, but the ride is fabulous, and we visit many famous historical sites and relics. Lunch en route before 2 hours and a half vehicle drives to Phong Nha in the late afternoon. 

Karst Villas Phong Nha ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
35 km
Easy/ moderate
Day
12
Paradise & Dark Caves Discovery - Mud Bathing

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park was a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Paradise Cave is one of the most beautiful Caves in Phong Nha. However, it's an incredible home to the 360-million-years-old rock formations, the 31km long, the longest and the most beautiful in Asia, the central province of Quang Binh. The countryside and surroundings in Phong Nha are fantastic. The small town and it's surroundings have some colonist buildings ring by limestone mountain ranges, lush foothill farms, rice paddies, rivers, and tiny villages make it more rustic and spectacular.


We have a full-day guided tour to explore the most beautiful Caves of Paradise, Dark with zipline adventures to mud bathing, swimming. After breakfast, we travel by bus on Ho Chi Minh road to Paradise Cave, spend 3 hours exploring this cave, and travel by bus to a restaurant for lunch. After we take zip line cable to Dark Cave, then take mud bathing and enjoy swimming. Finally, we return to Phong Nha town on Ho Chi Minh road, through mountain ranges, valleys, and tropical rainforests. Dine with the team and stay one more night in the town

Karst Villas Phong Nha ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Day
13
Phong Nha - Dong Hoi - fly to Ha Noi

After breakfast at the hotel, a private transfer you to Dong Hoi Airport for an internal flight to Ha Noi. On arriving at Noi Bai Airport, greet your guide and driver, and transfer you to the city centre to check-in hotel. Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, and is situated in northern Vietnam on the western Red Riverbank. The capital city offers a charming blend of ancient and colonial buildings. It would be best if you undoubtedly missed many things in Hanoi, with its rich culture and history of ancient Thang Long capital, and colonial' historic influenced sites, and modern historic achievements.


Enjoy a guided tour walking through Ha Noi's Old Quarter, with 36 narrow streets named what product for sales. Enjoy beautiful Hoa Kiem lake, visit Ngoc Son temple. Overnight in Ha Noi. 

The Light hotel ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
Vietnam Airline
Day
14
Ha Noi - Ha Long bay

Halong Bay is one of the most amazing natural wonders with thousands of islands, including; beaches, caves, and fishing villages. You are picked up at your hotels at 8:00 am, then you enjoy 3 hours of driving by vehicle to Ha Long.


Get on board at 11:30 am. Get on board and enjoy welcome drinks. Lunch on board. Enjoy the beauty of 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 fishermen. Visit  Vung Vieng Fishing Village by kayak or circular boats.


Return to Oriental Sails and have a bath, then relax as the sun starts to set. Enjoy the Happy Hour at the bar and on the sun deck while the cooking demonstration is organizing. Dinner on board, and start socializing with other guests, night squid fishing, or laze around. Singing and dancing activities are available till 22h00.

Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Kiwi standing on oval
Oriental Sails ****
Day
15
Ha Long bay - Ha Noi - Departure

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, the breath-taking beauty of limestone islands, explore the Thien Canh Son Cave in Bai Tu Long.


Have lunch, check out at noon, and have a private transfer to Noi Bai Airport to catch your international flight home. Tour End!

Breakfast/ Lunch

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.

Weather
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

It was a great trip, a great way to see Vietnam, experience the culture and learn about its history. We saw so many things we would not have seen driving by car. The trails and back roads we took helped us to see so much of the way of life of the people of Vietnam. We enjoyed the food so much, got to try many new things and specialties of the country. Loc was an excellent guide, took great care of us, his English was excellent and he was very knowledgeable the history of the country. Cuong was an excellent driver in the crazy traffic of Vietnam. He was also very helpful with bike set up and helping us with picnics. Great tour, great itinerary with lots of diversity. Everyday was an adventure! 01 - 14 April, 2016

Dave and Wendy…

See 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Overall, I thought this trip was great! Dat was fantastic guide, friendly, helpful, professional – and did a great job of introducing us to Vietnamese culture through some legends, food and explaining about agriculture.. What would have been nice is if we had more days with definite goals (I like cycling from one landmark to another landmark) even though it is difficult to balance with showing us the variety in the country personally. I would have like to learn more about how to say words properly(sh) in Vietnamese and maybe more still about the culture/history but I think that the balance was probably good. 10 - 23 Feb, 2016

Calvin Scott D…

The tour was very good – an excellent way to see many parts of the country in a two week period. Dat was an exceptional guide. It is hard to think that that someone else could be better. He was very helpful in many ways, often doing more to help us than we would expect. The biggest problem we faced was arriving at the hotel and finding it closed during the Tet holiday. It was nice that things worked out as well as they did. If we were American, the tour value would be exceptional, but our Canadian dollar has fallen a lot in the last few months so I can only say good. For what we received, it was certainly reasonable. If someone else, asks me, I will recommend your company – especially it Dat is the guide. 10 - 23 Feb, 2016

Edmund Peter D…

On behalf of myself and my family I would like to say thank you to you and your crew for making our holiday in Vietnam a success. The itinerary you planned for this trip, both the types of riding that we did and the activities involved, fit our needs perfectly - and Dat was an absolutely excellent guide - friendly, energetic, and both very knowledgeable and very helpful. When things didn't go quite perfectly (like when the hotel we were booked into in Nha Trang was closed) we correctly had complete confidence that things would work out. Overall, your support team took great care of us. Because of the ages and commitments of our boys, this was the trip of a lifetime - it will very probably be the last time we will ever have to be together on a holiday excursion like this. I am happy to say that we picked the right country, the right company to help us, and the right tour! As I said in my written evaluation, if anyone asks, it will be easy for me to recommend Vietnam as a destination and Vietnam Backroads as a tour company. I hope that it is alright to add a couple of thoughts. On your website I see that there are some pictures and videos of various tours. I have many pictures to go through from our trip. If you are interested, after I go through them I can send you five or six of ours that you can add to your collection if you wish. A year and a half ago, Nancy and I did a bike trip in Albania that was advertised as a UN World Heritage Site tour. (also an excellent adventure) In reflecting on your tour, I wonder whether you might wish to consider using a similar title to describe the tour we took. As we visited five UN world heritage sites (more than we saw in Albania), it would be a very accurate description and perhaps would draw more attention to the tour, at least for certain people. 10 - 23 Feb, 2016

Ed Dick Nancy …

Cannot think of a better way to get a taste of Vietnam. Our tour, the one which visits a number of UN World Heritage sites, offers a diversity of both riding and cultural experiences. The riding is fairly rated as a 3 out of 5, so it is designed for recreational riders who are in decent shape. The riding is quite diverse, from mountainous roadways (mostly going down), to trails of dirt, asphalt or concrete along seaside trails and trails through rice paddies, villages, and forested areas. Along the coastal plain, the term backroads is very fitting.

Aside from biking, the tour also caters to historical, cultural and recreational interests. Among others, the tour includes time at the ancient sanctuary at My Son, the Vietnam War Memorial at My Lai, and the Citadel at Hue. The stops during the day and the evening meals focused on Vietnamese fare. More “touristy” activities like the mud bath at Dark Cave and an overnight cruise at Ha Long Bay add to a great holiday.

A lot of work went into putting this package together. Depending upon what one is used to, the accommodations range from adequate to very good. (one of the hotels was the nicest we have ever stayed at) Because the tour covers a long distance, quite a bit of time is spent in the van during transfers from the centre of a city to the tour departure point, or taking us to our hotel at the end of the day. It was nice that there was internet access in the van during these trips.

Finally, a word has to be said about the guide team. A van to carry us and a truck to haul the bikes followed us wherever that was possible (and met up with us when the trails didn't allow it) There was always a guide behind the last rider to ensure that no one ever got lost. And our main guide, Dat, was fabulous, both in leading the group, or letting keener riders ride ahead when the way ahead was straight forward. He was also great at giving us advice when we got to our destination at the end of the day. And he was an excellent guide at the historic sites we visited, providing the background necessary to make the visit worthwhile.

Like a few other bike adventures we have been on, there were one or two “misadventures”. Our own view is that “misadventures” become part of the adventure when the tour operator puts in the work to overcome them with minimal inconvenience to participants.

So, if you are going to Vietnam, do some bike riding, and want to experience a variety of the flavours which the country offers, you should seriously consider what Vietnam Backroads has to offer.

Medicine Hat, Canada

We are home now unfortunately, having just spent our first week back at work.
Matt and I thoroughly enjoyed our Vietnam Backroads trip, despite my feedback. Our tour guide Dat and Mr Van were fantastic in immediately recognising my limitations and adjusted the cycling routes and distances accordingly to more closely suit my abilities. The tour itself was good value for money and extremely well organised with high quality, centrally located hotels and a never ending supply of delicious local food!
We loved our time in Vietnam and agree that cycling Vietnams Backroads is definitely the best way to see the country. We would certainly consider another trip with you (at a shorter distance!) and recommend Vietnam Backroads to friends and family. 16th - 29th Mar 2014

Elle and Matt …

We are back in the flatlands, in Holland. We have wonderful memories of our trip in Vietnam, we are very happy about the holiday. This was the first time we were on a biking holiday and we were very impressed by the smooth organisation of Vietnam Backroads. We are very happy about every aspect of the holiday and don't know anything we are not happy - not even when we think very hard on it.

To be specific we are very happy about:
- the information before the trip (website, e-mails, adjustments on standard program).
- the bikes were of high quality and well maintained.

To be honest we were a bit worried about it in advance as it is so important for the quality of the trip. Even when the bike size was not correct for me on the first day it was solved the next day with a larger framesize.
- the mechanical skills of Van and Trang. They continously optimized the bikes for us.
- the routes and the maps by Van - they were really the backroads of Vietnam and we never had to bike on the busy and dangerous highways. The routes were easily adapted to the circumstances (longer or shorter trip). Combined with the mechanical skills this is for us the most unique features of this company.
- the chosen hotels. The only hotel which fell al little out of tune was the one in Hanoi.
- the information Trang gave to us about the history and culture of Vietnam.
- the safe driving of Mr. Huang. In a way we were always happy to see him as we knew that he would have fresh water and fruits for us ready. During transfers we felt always very safe.

One advice for booking the flight tickets: ask for the names as given in the pasports, since a change can cause problems at in checking for the flights. Another thing is that one request for not taking any more pictures of your guests should have been enough, and three requests is too many. We're happy to recommand your company to anyone who wants to cycle in Vietnam. We're certainly to return to your company one day to have another trip in Vietnam or Cambodia

Best regards, 23 May 2012

Jos & Monique …
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