Vietnam Cycling Adventures - Central Coast - Hue to Saigon

Introduction

This is one of the cycling journeys giving you a unique way of exploring the countryside of the middle part of Vietnam. The country has thousands of kilometers of stunning beaches and mountainous landscapes along the coastal line. You will find the most beautiful scenery and local culture on your adventure biking trip. Travel deeply into a scenic fishing village, stop at beautiful local beaches, ride rolling hills mountain areas, pedaling on smooth oceanic back roads, enjoy technical skills on a single track through tiny fishing villages. 

Tour details

Price
USD $2250.00 2250.00
Tour code
VBR: VCT12C - HUE - SGN
Duration
Number Of cycling days
10 days
Single supplement
435.00$
Average distance per day
50 km
Bike Hire
US$150
Total cycling distance
52 0- 645 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/Trek MTB 27.5" & hybrid MTB 700 x 38, hydraulic brake
Helmets, new bottles of water
All entrance fees and ferry tickets in countryside
11 nights: double room/ twin room
B = 11 Breakfasts, L = 11 Lunches, D = 7 Dinners
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
Pick up & drop off at hotels
Bicycle mechanic
English speaking guide throughout the tour
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Visa to Vietnam
Single supplement
Domestic flight
International Flight
Drinks are not included with any meal

Full Itinerary

Day
1
See charming village and hue citadel

Meet our team at your hotel for a full day with activities; visit the Purple Citadel, Royal tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty, and stop at Thuy Xuan village to see a local family making incense sticks before the afternoon ride to explore traditional handicraft villages in the countryside of Hue. 

Moon Light ****
Lunch/ Dinner
25km+
Flat - easy
Day
2
Cycle Hue to Hoi An

After breakfast, we take a short vehicle transfer out of the bustling traffic city to a peaceful village. The morning's ride begins with fantastic routes that take us through the scenic countryside, the stunning landscapes along the coastal paths. We will immerse ourselves in rustic farmlands and ancient colourful pagoda and temples. Pedalling along the lagoon, pass many small fishing villages. Then we turn into a concrete way that leads us to a local beach- Vinh Hien. It's beautiful views of the river mouths and fishing port by the sea. Enjoy seafood lunch in Lang Co Beach before we challenge Hai Van Pass. Lang Co Beach and its fishing villages are located right at the foot of Hai Van Pass's mountain. It's about 12 km on a winding road up to the peak but less traffic because there are vehicle tunnels. Hai Van Pass's spectacular mountain scenery, jungle and scenic beauty of Da Nang Bay and Lang Co Beach are among the country's most stunning landscapes. After half an hour for coffee, snacks, fresh fruit and enjoy the scenery, taking photos, then we ride down the Pass, turn left and follow the coat, take a transfer to Hoi An.

Ann Retreat Spa & Reosrt ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
30 - 65 km
Easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
3
A half-day biking to My Son

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 Champa independent state from around the 2nd to the 17th century and became a part of Vietnam. The impressive Hindu-themed ruins feature many beautiful stone sculptures, temples and towers in tropical jungle surroundings. A short support vehicle takes us out of Hoi An Town to cycle to My Son. Many small islands are connecting to mainlands by new bridges, so we have a chance to explore tiny villages on islands. We cross Thu Bon River on the old bridge-now use for bicycle moped only before we turn right and keep on biking along the river, past many local furniture factories and small markets before green farms along the way. Then we carry on biking to the mainland on a rural road, ride past sugar canes plantation along foothills before spending an hour and a half exploring the ruined My Son Sanctuary. Lunch en route before we return to Hoi An by support vehicle.

Ann Retreat Spa & Reosrt ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
30km+
Flat - easy/ undulating
Day
4
Hoi An Amazing Countryside - Tam Tien

We commence cycling from Hoi An, just a short route to get out of Hoi An town, and continue cycling on the bridge to Cam Kim village. The village is small as it is an Island and famous for its natural countryside, and old hamlets. Cycle across lush vegetable farmlands, rice paddy fields and old agriculture canals. Make many stop along the way, see how locals build wooden ships, colourful temples. Next, we explore the network of Truong Giang River with branches that crisscrossed the islands, so there are plenty of small bridges; some are concrete, and many are bamboo bridges liking village to village. The rustic rural hamlets and rivers offer tiny fishing villages, thatched houses, rice paddy fields, and lovely rural landscapes. This morning give us a chance to experience local life, enjoy peaceful rural villages along the rivers. Explore many un-modernized towns; thatch houses, buffaloes on rice fields, bamboo bridges and removed villages. Many local homes make fishing nets alongside fishing villages that we could stop and get photos. We have lunch at a local restaurant. Following, we view the dunes and cross the river through smaller towns before we ride down the coast, past lovely local beaches, smaller towns until we reach Tam Tien village.

Tui Blue Nam Hoi An *****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 55 km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
5
Tam Tien - Quang Ngai

Wake up in the early morning to enjoy the sunrise, then have some Vietnamese coffee before we explore local markets, see how locals begin preparing for the entire trading day. Back to the hotel for breakfast, check out for another fantastic day as it's a tremendous opportunity for us to explore the untouched- fishing villages and natural countryside, beautiful islands and lively rivers that criss-cross the farmlands and fishing ports. We cycle on a coastal route, and we will stop at the vibrant fishing market before we have some ferry boat crossing rivers. Visit some family businesses which build wooden ships. Afterwards,  we carry on biking on the coast, ppass Chu Lai Airport. Following, we keep on the ride on countryside roads, farmlands, hills, led to coast road with scenic beaches, enjoy the sea breeze with the sound of gentle waves along Chu Lai Aiport. We will stop at a nice restaurant by the local beach for lunch. We cross the Tra Bong River and turn right on rustic rural roads, experience local life and culture, past many small markets, then rice paddy fields, undulate beautiful bacK road. Visit Som My Memorial- My Lai Massacre before check-in the hotel in Quang Ngai.

Cam Thanh/ Hamya hot springs ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 70 km
Easy/ moderate
Day
6
Quang Ngai - Sa Huynh - Tam Quan

Today, we begin with a short vehicle that takes us to untouched backwaters areas to explore. This is an opportunity to enjoy both rural landscapes and entire villages. We cycle small open roads through water palm, admires ancient temples and simple houses built with local materials, stopping to explore the old house with betel lined trees, ride over many irrigation bridges and cross many small rivers. The routes are nice and smooth, through green farmlands, rice paddies, lush vegetable fields and give you chances to meet friendly people in rustic rural and at the local markets along the countryside. Afterwards, we ride to coastal routes, pass fish farms, pass beaches, little fishing villages, take a break by the beach. We might lucky see a small local market that fresh fishes come directly from the ocean. Lunch en route, and we continue our fabulous ride to Sa Huynh beach with river crossings on beautiful bridges and Dams. We have a transfer to Tam Quan in the late afternoon with a quick stop at Sa Huynh salt fields before check in the hotel.

Lavender Tan Thanh hotel **
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 65km
Easy/ moderate
Day
7
Tam Quan - Discover Lagoons - Quy Nhon

After breakfast, we start cycling from the hotel; we cycle through Tam Quan's countryside- a homeland of coconut trees. Enjoy slowly ride on small paths, past kindergarten, a vibrant market, and meet friendly people in the beautiful rural. We view the rural scenery, cross some narrow bridges, and cross Lai Giang River and have a break before we speed up small hills and down to the coast. We can view some of the country's most picturesque beaches and explore people's lives with their traditional fishing villages from the peak. Tam Quan, Binh Dinh province has the most beautiful scenery, from tiny towns to the spectacular coastline. Most of it is easily accessible along narrow leafy roads and an extensive network of dirt tracks. We travel through villages among coconut trees, past fishing villages, rolling some small hills in the morning. So you get a chance to see the exciting places that only the locals know. Lunch en route, and we carry on cycling, discover people who live along the lagoon, take a leisurely bicycle ride easy along picturesque country roads and witness the way of life of the rural area. We make many stops to capture stunning photos that will be a treasure for your lifetime. we carry bicycling onward to Quy Nhon, past local markets, schools on coastal routes to Cat Tien. Finally, we turn left and keep on an undulating road along Thi Mai Lagoon. Have a short transfer over the Thi Nai bridge to Quy Nhon City.

Royal Hotel & Healthcare Resort ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80 km
Hilly - easy/moderate/ hard
Day
8
Cycling Qui Nhon to Nha Trang

The morning cycle begins with an hour of vehicle transfer on the coastal road to Xuan Tho, near Song Cau market for the morning mountain biking - 35 km. The roads are small paved roads, pass lush fields, country farms, then undulate through mountains, jungles, rolling small hills, and then go along the sleepy river to La Hai. Enjoy a snack, fresh fruits, and look over the French colonial railways running north to south. 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 where is your lunch setting. 


The afternoon ride is from Chi Thanh, we follow the country road, through lush farmlands, peaceful river, and we make at agriculture Dam. We continue to enjoy the ride on the gentle roads through eucalyptus, tiny town, and rice paddy fields to Da Dia reef. Ganh Da Dia is a natural rock reef - a geological wonder of interlocking basalt rocks. The area is about 100 meters wide and 250 meters long, composed of an estimated 35,000 columns of basalt rocks. The stones are in different sizes and shapes - some are round, some have sharp angles forming polygons.


Then we get back on the bikes and ride to a local beach nearby to enjoy coffee and get some fresh fruits, coffee, and bike on narrow paths to fishing hamlets. View the coastal countryside scene, looking over a hundred floating fish farms, and we will explore the O Loan lagoon. With brackish water all year round, locals farm many oysters, shrimp, seaweed, scallops, and so on. A lagoon is also an excellent place for storks and birds to hunt for food. 


Take your fantastic ride at leisure, explore the life of villagers along the water, look over vast green farmlands, pass some small markets, and get through a tiny town until we leave the lagoon behind. Explore the idyllic village, and end up today's ride at the high road for 2.5 hours transfer to Nha Trang in the late afternoon.

Nha Trang Horizon Hotel ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 65km
Easy/ moderate/
Day
9
Challenge ride 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. 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. The new road from Dalat to Nha Trang throughs the spectacular mountain ranges, the tropical forest offers incredible scenery. One of the most breathtaking mountain scenery for cycling lovers is Khanh Le Pass, with 29 km down hills. 


Today's ride is the opposite way, starting in Nha Trang, a seaside city, and finishes in Dalat, central highlands 1500 meters above sea levels. It is challenging for us to conquer 29 km up only. 


We will challenge some small hills and rustic countryside by bicycle and admire the spectacular mountain views of Khanh Le by the support vehicle to Khanh Le mountain top. Stop at some nice place for looking over the valleys, waterfall, rainforests, and lush country farms.


After breakfast, the support vehicles take us to Dien Khanh Citadel. 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
30 - 65 km
Moderate/ hard
Day
10
Biking Dalat - Sand Hills - Phan Phiet

After a hearty breakfast, we depart early in the morning at 7:30 km, enjoy 1.5 hours scenic drive south of Dalat, down the Prenn Pass, through pine forest and greenhouses on the road to Duc Trong town, and take the left turn to Highway 28B. We continue our cycling journey at a small market and head to Mui Ne, Phan Phan Thiet, where we overnight in town.


The roads are undulate farmlands of avocado, coffee plantations, and some tiny villages before we pedal up minor hills to the peak. Enjoy an overlooking green valley, tropical forests in a beautiful setting amongst mountain ranges. Then prepare for a fabulous mountainous biking descent through Lo Xo Pass scenery. We continue cycling past the hydroelectric power station and small villages of Ethnic groups. Next, we off the road, ride on track through farmlands, rice paddy fields, tiny villages, and back to Highway 28B, which our ride of today depends mostly on.


Continue riding through the cashew plantation to Luong Son with lunch en route before we ride on opened air back roads, pass lotus fields, cross the vast cashew and cassava plantations stretch down to White dune. It seems to be a leisurely ride as the winds push you forwards to the white dune as it's the desert areas- one of the top beautiful destinations in Mui Ne. Afterward, we ride down the stunning coast, past many secluded beaches, and enjoy spectacular seaside views on the smooth road as you can speed up the red sand hills—a great place to view the red hilly landscape in the afternoon. Here is your opportunity for endless photos, and continue with a short ride through idyllic villages and dragon fruit farmlands to the outskirts of Phan Thiet and transfer to City. Check-in the hotel, and dine at seafood by the beach.

TTC Premium Phan Thiet ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 85 km
Easy/ moderate
Day
11
Phan Thiet - Vung Tau - Ho Chi Minh

After leisurely breakfast at the hotel, check out for a short transfer out of Phan Thiet city. Your last adventurous biking day is 30 km in the morning through the rural farmlands and beautiful coastal roads. The routes are mainly on the stunning beach, rural roads, rustic villages, past rice paddies, and dragon fruit orchards. Lunch en-route then takes a rest on vehicles for 2.5 hours to Vung Tau city to join a speed boat journey to Saigon.


It's a real experience to see the life of fishermen and lively activities in the seaside gateway and spectacular scenic ocean views. Following the route, the boat gets deeper into the mainland through Mangrove Biosphere Reserve Forest, Saigon ports, shipyards, new suspension bridges. The boat ride takes 1 hour and 15 minutes on a modern speed boat. Arrives at the Bach Dang Harbour around 5:00 am, have a private transfer to the hotel.

Northern hotel ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
30 km
Easy
Kiwi standing on oval
Greenlines DP
Day
12
Ho Chi Minh - Departure

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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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

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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