Cycling Ho Chi Minh to Hoi An 8 Days

Introduction

We offer this biking adventure on different terrain types for those who can confidently ride a bike to explore the rural countryside and experience cultures. You will ride on unique routes that taking you close to locals. Ride to central provinces of Vietnam then ride down major part on a coastal country road and end up adventure ride in Hue before a night train taking you to Ha Noi.

Tour details

Price
USD $1595.00 1595.00
Tour code
VCT- HCM-8A - HCM - HOIAN
Duration
Number Of cycling days
6 days
Single supplement
275.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$90
Total cycling distance
425km
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 MTBs, wheel size 27.5, hydraulic brake
Helmets, bottles of water, tools kit
B= 8 Breakfasts, L= 7 Lunches, D= 6 Dinners
7 nights: 3 -4-star hotels, double/ twin room
1 flight: Ho Chi Minh to Dalat
All entrance fees, ferry tickets in countryside
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
Pick up/drop off at hotels
All airport in/ out
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
Ho Chi Minh Arrival

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. It used to be the "Pearl of the Far East" in the last centuries as it was an important trading centre for Asian traders and Western merchants. Meet your guide and driver at the Tan Son Nhat Airport and transfer you to Saigon downtown to check in the hotel. Take a rest of the day until welcome dinner at one of the famous restaurants in town with a trip briefing.

Northern hotel ****
Dinner
Day
2
Fly to Dalat – Bike ride in the afternoon

You will be picked up and taken to Tan Son Nhat Airport to catch a domestic flight to Dalat. On arrival, be met by the team for a 30-minute transfer to Dalat. Check-in, the hotel, have a rest until lunch in the town.


Then pick up the bike, make saddle adjustments, handlebar etc. Enjoy a half-day bike ride in the countryside of Dalat. The ride allows you to double-check your bikes for the following days. Finally, we return to the hotel, explore Dalat city on foot in the evening, and be prepared for the next amazing days.

Hôtel Colline ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 km
Moderate
Day
3
Dalat - Nha Trang

Commence with an hour vehicle transfer to Bidoup National Park, northeast of Dalat, for a whole day of cycling adventure. 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) os not the long way. It's just a couple of km, as it short distance but a little bit vertical. No worry at all because the support vehicles are always on standby and near you.


Khanh Le mountain top is about 1500m above sea level, where you enjoy the most spectacular mountain scenery in central Vietnam. This is your limitless opportunity for stoppings along, to admire 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. We take an easy ride 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/ Dinner
25 - 60km
Hilly - moderate
Day
4
Nha Trang - Tuy Hoa - Quy Nhon

Leave Nha Trang at 7:30 am, enjoy an hour of vehicle drives to Van Ninh township- a small fishing port. The ride will start at Van Gia township, follow the cost route through the quiet little town, enjoy ocean freeze and look over many small colour fishing boats alongside. Ride past the tiny fishing port with a small bridge where local fishing boats, tourist boats come back from the sea, and fishing islands. Then escape the small town and ride into rural villages, past small markets along the pathways, rice fields stretching to mountain's foot, waving kids when cycling past primary schools. Stop to visit a vibrant market so that you could experience the life of locals. It's a small market with little lined-shop holders sell fresh fish, fruits and varied commodities. Here is the way you taste and smell the real life of locals. 


Afterwards, the ride takes you more deeply into the rural area, through fish farms, fruit orchards, on dirt tracks to Co Ma Mountain. It's an excellent way to challenge your body, mind, and physical strength after the morning on flat routes. Co Ma Mountain is small, a couple of km to the top, and it is an excellent place to view Dai Lanh Beach and Vung Ro Bay. The vehicle tunnels emptied the Co Ma Pass. Enjoy a seafood lunch at Dai Lanh, followed by a 15-minute transfer to Vung Ro Bay to explore the stunning coast and rustic countryside the rest of the day.


Continue undulating on the coast route of Tuy Hoa's most accessible and spectacular coastal scenery. After more than 10 km on the coast, turn left and rolling into the beautiful countryside, experience local culture, pass by schools, tiny markets, cross the railways and stay on quiet country lanes to the outskirts of Tuy Hoa's Airport. Take a rest on vehicle transfer 2.5 hours to Quy Nhon in the late afternoon.

Royal Hotel & Healthcare Resort ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 70km
Moderate
Day
5
Quy Nhon - Sa Huynh

We start the day ride with a vehicle transfer out of the city. Just a 20-minute drive over Thi Ngai, the longest sea bridge to in Vietnam. Pick up the bike and be ready for a long day to explore beautiful lagoons and sand dune along the peninsula. The scenery along the routes is so beautiful, with tiny villages in the lowland as you gaze down from the ways and colourful temples and pagodas. Then, ride past sand dunes, undulating concrete roads, most on narrow pathways through agricultural lands running alongside the river to Cat Tien. Take the right turn on the coast, where you can see the giant Buddha statue on the mountain, next to Viet Cong cemetery. It's a nice place to have a water stop with plenty of photos. 


Continue your adventurous ride on the coast, climb up some minor hills, enjoy mountainous scenery, and ride down to lush farmlands. Keep cycling past many fishing villages and sandy beaches, stop at the village for a coffee break, have fruits, snacks, and get more water for the next stop. Follow a small concrete road, ride through many rustic villages and farms where you stop off some, learn more about rural life, and experience fish farming. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant at the small fishing village.


Afterwards, you continue the authentic way on the coastal route, cross through salt fields and crouching markets that sell fresh fish directly from the sea. Carry on the ride to another colourful fishing village with hundreds of fishing sampans and circular boats around. It is perfect for walking around for photos taken and meet villagers. Then continue cycling biking on the coast route, pass many farms of shrimp, fish before following the small concrete paths that lead you to a beautiful lagoon. Enjoy cycling on the lakeside, views the peaceful landscape, with mountains around. Leave the lagoon behind and continue onwards to Tam Quan. Ride through the countryside and magnificent mountain views, climb up a small hills before exploring the homeland of coconut plantations. The last part allows you to get more pictures, meet friendly locals, and cross through rustic villages on the way to Tam Quan.


Finally, take a rest on vehicle transfer 20 minutes to Sa Huynh beach resort.

Sa Huynh Resort ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 90 km
Moderate
Day
6
Sa Huynh - Quang Ngai - Binh Dong

Sa Huynh is a small village with a long sandy beach and large salt field in its surroundings, and the gorgeous lagoons open to the sea. It's an ideal location to relax for a couple of days. Get up early, take a walk to the beach, enjoy the most peaceful time of the day. Back to the hotel for breakfast and prepare for today's adventurous ride. 


There is a short transfer from the hotel, and take a quick stop at the salt fields for the photo taken before the ride. You follow the small concrete road, ride into the picturesque rural villages Duc Pho. The seaside countryside is quiet with some smaller towns, and lush farms have stunning scenery. Take a nice stop at the beautiful shallow lake that is the home to fresh fish. The villagers do a lot of fishing on this lake by fish strap and net in the rainy season but more crops of rice, vegetable in the dry season. Continue crossing the rivers to coastal villages that offer an incredible diversity of farmlands, stunning scenery along the villages.—lunch en route.


After lunch, continue the pleasure ride toward Quang Ngai, explore the backwaters that make your adventures striking and more enjoyable. The area offers incredible views through the river network and stunning scenery along old villages with lined bamboo trees. The varied bike routes also take you through nostalgic villages, ancient temples, and pagodas. We end up today's ride and visit My Son Memorial of My Lai massacre in 1968. Have a Transfer to the hotel in the late afternoon.

The Harmonia Hotel ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 75 km
Moderate
Day
7
Binh Dong - Hoi An

The next destination is an ancient town- Hoi An, the first central Southeast Asian trading post in the 16th and 17th centuries, where many Chinese and Japanese immigrants settled. Hoi An is one of the fantastic places to stay and learn Vietnamese, Chinese, and Cham's old-age culture and spend your own as a pleasure time. The town where your trip will end up, and you can keep staying there a couple of days before your travel schedule continues onwards.


Enjoy breakfast, and you commence your last day cycling adventure from the hotel. We follow the narrow street running along the River to the sea, cross the River on Tra Bong bridge, take a left-right turn on a short route to the coast of Dung Quat, and continue riding on a 9 km stunning ocean road before we off the main road. Then you undulate on the narrow road, past lush agricultural lands to a small town by the sea. Enjoy two ferry boats cross the river mounts with short cycling through the Tam Hai tiny island. See numerous colourful fishing boats when you are on a ferry crossing river. Most locals here live mainly on fishing and seafood farmings. 


Then you continue the ride, enjoy the dirt road biking along the Truong Giang River. The River and its branches offer terrific views of bamboo boats, wooden boats, and small fishing villages. The family members are very busy when fishing boats coming back. Fishermen's wives help them hang the fish to dry some, mostly fresh are for sales. We have lunch in Tam Thanh- a local beach. We spend more time exploring the lush farmland, rice paddies and less time on coastal fishing routes, spend more time enjoy the idyllic scenery of rustic villages along the Truong Giang River. In the late afternoon, you explore the backwaters of Thu Bon River, particular the Cam Kim island that the iconic carpentry and traditional woodcarving. The island is famous for old villages, old-fashioned agricultural irrigation canals, and small fishing villages with colourful fishing sampans amongst water palms. It's a terrific chance for you to explore the hidden charm villages, thatch houses, buffaloes on rice fields, bamboo bridges and removed villages. Finally, we cross Thu Bon River on Cam Kim Bridge to Hoi An. Your hotel is Ann Retreat Resort & Spa, and just about 250m from the bridge.

Ann Retreat Resort & Spa ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/
30 - 75 km
Moderate
Day
8
Hoi An - Departure

It depends on your scheduled travel! Where is your next destination, and the ways to travel? Please inform us of this information, and we will arrange a transfer you to Da Nang to connect your onwards
 

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Road Condition

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.

Weather

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.

Vehicles

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.


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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