These cycling adventures connect four of the nation's most important places - the Mekong Delta region, Saigon city, former capital city, ancient town of Hoi An and Hanoi capital by bicycles. Our adventurous trips are a great and economical way to see the country and its people. Meet friendly locals and witness first-hand how they earn a living—Exchange cultural differences face-to-face at the home of locals. Please, book your trip with an experienced adventure organizer.
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 city centre 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.
Begins your bike trip with a an hour transfer that takes you to the Mekong Delta to see Vietnam's agriculture, rice bowl. Explore the Mekong Delta region and its people by bicycle, visit a local family workshop, colourful Khmer temples, and daily life before a boat ride to a floating market.
Arrives in a rural village in Tan An, pick up the bikes, adjust the saddle to fix your heights. A morning countryside biking takes you along scenic paths through the picturesque farming season; rice paddies, dragon fruit, and vegetable plantations, and, we will stop for lunch in My Tho city.
Our cycling adventure starts in the rural village of Mo Cay rural Dist, Ben Tre province, in the afternoon. Your guide will choose shady pathways to cycle through the jungle-like plantations on smaller foot paths of banana's coconuts. It has bike paths criss-cross its land, and these paths link village to village. We will ride on the track through water palm, village, and sharing space for locals on little ferries that too small for a group of 8. Relax your legs on the last ferry taking you to the other side of Tra Vinh city.
Tra Vinh province is the homeland of the Khmer minority, where most of them follow original Buddhism- Theravada. Khmer people lives rely on agriculture and gardening. Today, you take your time to visit family at villages, take the photo, and see pagodas on the pathway through lovely green rice paddy field and peaceful scenery. Today allows you to get close to Khmer farmers and understand the difference between Theravada and Mahayana.
In the afternoon, we cycle on the back road through fruit orchards, vegetable fields and cross some mall natural creeks with locals on ferries. These ferries are the daily means of transport in rural areas. Have a short transfer to Can Tho city in the late afternoon.
The famous floating market of Cai Rang has yearly attracted millions of tourist because of a real floating market. After breakfast at the hotel, we check out for a boat ride to Cai Rang floating market. Locals from rural villages usually take their farm products to this market by boat in the early morning. This is an opportunity you can activities surroundings are in action; sellers and buyers are exchange goods from boat to boat. You could see many little wooden boats move up and down and try to find good dealers for business.
Our private vehicle with the team will take you to Binh Minh town, where a half-day ride through lovely vegetable farms, with a ferry crossing river from village to village. Visit a non-tourist workshop that locals use water hyacinth to make hats, handbags. Have lunch in town and we'll transfer 1.hour to Vinh Long town, take take a ferry to An Binh Island and contine the day experience the people lives on the Island.
Our private vehicle with the team will take you to Binh Minh town, where a half-day ride through lovely vegetable farms, with a ferry crossing river from village to village. Visit a non-tourist workshop where locals use water hyacinth to make hats and handbags. Have delicious lunch at the local home. We'll transfer 1. hour to Vinh Long town, take a ferry to An Binh Island and continue the day experiencing the people's lives in Binh Hoa Phuong, Dong Phu villages before a second ferry takes us to Cai Be township, where we will ride to visit Ba Kiet, the ancient house. Taste seasonal fresh fruits and coffee and learn more about the Mekong Delta's typical traditional house and how to preserve the house after many generations
Ho Chi Minh is the country's largest city, and its traffic is too busy almost all day. we should depart from the hotels at 7:00 am, so we save time for the countryside. As we are leaving HCM as earlier, the weather is fantastic for us to explore the stunning scenery. So you will spend more time exploring the stunning countryside, beautiful villages on the back roads, after 1.5 hours by vehicle towards to Trang Bom Dist, Dong Nai province. The morning ride is lovely cycling as you riding through different rural areas, through a rubber plantation, ride paddy fields, teak tree plantation, tapioca plant fields, and passing tiny rural villages along the way to Doc Mo, highway 1A.
Take a transfer to the next La Nga town for lunch. Have 30 minutes transfer to Dinh Quan's rural village for the afternoon ride. We follow small back roads through chili paper, coffee plantations, and volcanic rocks down to Dong Nai River in the afternoon. The countryside is quiet and lush farmlands, small tracks alongside the river, rice paddies, and avocado orchards in Ta Lai village. Your guide will figure out the transfer to Nam Cat Tien before dark, check-in at the hotel. Join the night spotting tour by jeep to see wildlife that people rarely see. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight in the park.
Nam Cat Tien is the largest park of lowland tropical rainforests in southern Vietnam, and it is also the home to flora and fauna. The Javan rhinoceros still exists in the Cat Loc area, the last remaining population of this species on the Asian mainland. Other mammals include several primate species, including the endemic golden-cheeked gibbon, elephant, gaur, and tiger.
Cat Tien Part is an ideal location to enjoy nature. Birds' singing wakes you up in the morning, then take a 1-hour boat ride on the Dong Nai River, and it is the right time to learn more about the wildlife of animals; monkeys, peacocks, snacks, and many types of birds go for food. Return to the hotel for breakfast, check out, load your luggage on vehicles, and be ready for the ride through the jungle. Your guide will lead you to ride at your own pace, stopping at some points where you will see the giant trees and learn more about flora and fauna.
We follow the dirt track through canopy trees, corn fields, and cashew plantations, then to sub Nam Cat Tien Park, fruit orchards, to Dak Lua. Have a water and fruit stop before we ride to Cat Tien Archaeological Site, and your guide will tell you more about it. Lunch is a bit late today in Madagui town after 1-hour transfer. Following lunch, we rest on the vehicle to Dalat, stopping in Bao Loc town.
We do check out the hotel and an hour vehicle transfer to the northeast of Dalat. Our bike challenge is to start in Bidoup National park. We ride rolling hills through pine forest, green farms and valleys, and tropical forest before we have a vehicle transfer to the peak to avoid the short route but most challenging pass. Enjoy spectacular scenery, and then we ride down on 29km. Khanh Le (hon Giao) Pass offers fantastic biking through spectacular mountain ranges and breathtaking views down to the coast. After riding down the pass, we stop for a lunch restaurant by the River.
In the afternoon, we pedal into countryside villages near foothills and along the river, past sugar cane fields and a small suspension bridge to local markets to Dien Khanh. Finally, we get on a support vehicle to have a transfer to Nha Trang city.
Quy Nhon is well known for its beautiful countrysides, long beautiful coastal routes and lovely landscape along the lagoon. It creates terrific views along the coastline, lagoons, beautiful sandy beaches, and scenic spots that attract bicycle lovers all year round. The distance between Nha Trang to Quy Nhon is a really long way, with varied terrain routes through rustic villages and stunning coats. So your bike guide will cut off some and choose the best for our best adventure of today. Today ride will divide into 2 sections—25 km in the morning and 45 km in the afternoon with an hour transfer at midday.
Leave the hotel at 7: 30 am for 1.5 hours vehicle transfers to a bit of town and start to ride. The bike route in the morning takes us through a small seaside town, the farmlands of rice paddies, mountain hills. Then we follow a small trail to a tiny fishing village before cycling through salt and seafood farms to Co Ma Pass. Challenge small hill- Co Ma Pass, and ride down to Da Lanh beach for lunch. The pass is less traffic because there is vehicle tunnels.
After lunch, to avoid the heat, you rest on the vehicle for 1 hour transfers to a small village to enjoy 45 km charming villages. You will 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 sampans. Further, the back road undulates across farmlands of rice, vegetable, and before cross the River on Tiger wooden bridge to the high road where we, end up the day, and hop on vehicle and will transfer to Qui Nhon City in the late afternoon.
Today, we begin with a short transfer from the city to Phuong Mai peninsula on Thi Nai Bridge. The longest sea bridge in Vietnam. Quy Nhon and Quang Ngai provinces, located in the middle of Vietnam, offers beautiful seaside landscapes, lush green farmland, fantastic local beaches and stunning coasts. The ride will divide into two sections. In the morning is 35 km and 30 km in the afternoon. There is an hour transfer at midday to avoid the heat and cut off some routes to choose the most beautiful countryside to ride.
In the morning, the ride starts on smooth undulate roads along the Thi Nai lagoon, view the vast lake, particularly alongside the lagoon, the colourful Linh Son Pagoda in the lowland where we gaze down the lagoon. The lagoon and it's lake offer a chance of exploring tiny villages along small paths to Cat Tien. Then we follow the coast route, pass the War Memorial state and a giant buddha state, great for the photo taken.
Ride rolling small hill with magnificent mountain views, through rice paddy fields and peanut farmlands and break before cycling through removed villages with lunch before a transfer to next destination for the afternoon's ride. Continue cycling just a few km, and we will stop at a small village with hundreds of colourful small sampans and circular bamboo boats. Then we carry on cycling through poplar jungle to coast route and follow concrete path to Tra O lagoon. We end today's ride at My Duc village and spend the rest on vehicle transfer to Quang Ngai.
The morning starts with a short drive to the My Lai Massacre Memorial for 30 minutes visit. We cycle through rice fields and authentic villages, and beautiful countryside. The paths are flat, giving you a more leisurely ride at your own pace, past many houses with stacks of straw for buffalos and cows. You can learn more about local culture and meet friendly people in their homes before we head to the coast and have some ferry crossing to little fishing villages along rivers. This is your endless photo opportunity with many little sampan and bamboo basket fishing boats alongside the river and on local beaches. Lunch en route to Hoi An.
After some ferries to and out of the Islands, we stay on small paths by the River, passing tiny fishing hamlets with numerous fishing boats along the 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 come back. Fishermen's wives help them hang the fish to dry some, primarily fresh, are for sale. We have lunch at a local beach. We spend more time exploring the lush farmland rice paddies and less time on coastal fishing routes, enjoying the idyllic scenery of rustic villages along the Truong Giang River. In the late afternoon, you explore the backwaters of Thu Bon River, particularly the Cam Kim island that the iconic carpentry and traditional woodcarving. The island is famous for charming villages, old-fashioned agricultural irrigation canals, and small fishing villages with colorful fishing sampans amongst water palms. It's a terrific chance to explore the hidden charm villages: thatch houses, buffaloes on rice fields, bamboo bridges. We speed up Cam Kim Bridge over Thu Bon River, directly to the hotel resort where we stay two nights in Hoi An.
Enjoy your own time after many days of challenging mountain hills, explore the charming town on foot through narrow streets with plenty of lanterns, and along rivers and canals. Hoi An was the principal port of the Cham Kingdom, which controlled the strategic spice trade with Indonesia from the 7th to the 10th century and was a major international port in the 16th and 17th centuries - and the foreign influences are discernible to this day. The Cham people were Hindu, and by the 10th century, the influence of Arab traders to Hoi An resulted in some converting to become Muslims.
You commence the day with an hour of vehicle drives to Da Nang city, where you warm up your body with a few km on the road before you challenge Hai Van Pass yourself, conquer 12km to the mountain tops. Hai Van Pass or Sea Clouds Pass offers spectacular landscapes on the Truong Son mountain range. The road winding up the mountain Pass to peak.
Don't worry, your support vehicles are alway behind you.
In the afternoon, we ride rolling hills before we cross Tu Hien bridge. Take a leisurely ride on shade paths through the peninsula, enjoy the natural countryside on dirt tracks along the sea—a great time to enjoy easy off the beaten track biking. This allows you to get away from the crowds and cycle through some of Hue's most stunning scenery. Then turn left and keep on, and ride the bridge to another side of the lagoon. Here we are to explore many beautiful villages that not many tourists are coming to. We will stop at some small markets and fishing villages by the lagoon. Then we continue cycling toward Hue. Ride through the rustic countryside to the outskirts of Hue, and have a transfer to City Center.
Hue was the former capital of Vietnam before 1945. It was almost totally destroyed in Vietnam War during the Tet Offensive. It holds Vietnam's Royal past treasures, including; tombs, pagodas, a typical blend of Western and Oriental architectures. You first visit Purple Citadel and learn more about Vietnam's ancient and modern history. The Purple City is where only the emperor and his eunuchs, servants, and concubines were allowed.
Then continue travel on the vehicle to Thien Mu Pagoda. We take a dragon cruise trip upstream or downstream of the river. It is a fantastic way to soak up some of the air of Hue City, enjoy gentle sightseeing away from the roads. Enjoy the peaceful landscape of the Perfume River, taste tea, fresh fruits, and experience local life along the waterways. Stop to visit Ho Chem Temple- Riverside temple complex dedicated to a goddess, with an associated folk legend & biannual festival in Hue.
Then you disembark the dragon boat and continue travel by vehicle to Khai Dinh Tomb, following the Minh Mang tomb. Finally, we enjoy a bike ride on small tracks and countryside routes to Hue. The ride is short, 15 km, with unique ways through traditional villages, charming countryside, and Perfume River. Stopping at some family workshop, see how locals are making conical hats and incense sticks. You are passing old mandarin houses, colourful ancient temples and pagoda. Return to the hotel with late checkout, take a shower, enjoy dinner before a night sleep on a luxury train to Ha Noi.
The train will arrive in Ha Noi around 6:30 am. You are welcome by your guide and driver and will be taken to a famous hotel restaurant for tea, coffee, and breakfast. 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 a prison used by the French colonists in French Indochina for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for US Army, the following stops are Opera House and Ngoc Son temple Hoa Kiem Lake.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then spend time shopping and relaxing until the pick up for transfer to the Noi Bai International Airport to fly home. Tour End!
14 days Saigon to Ha Noi - 14 April 2019
This was the first time undersigned enrolled into a guided tour. The experience was very positive.
A - The days are well structured and start and end at impactful and meaningful times.
B - A dedicated guide overcomesall cultural and language obstancles any that travellers encounter
C - The all -inclusive farmula removes any burden on planning and orentation allowing thus the client to submerge him- & herself in the experence and culture
D - The flexible nature of the travel plan makes the experience very customised and exepceptionally personalised
+ This trip because of its physical nature (cycling + physical experience & activity) is not a sightseeing experience but a cultural awakoning very differenet from any ordinary from of tourism (classical tourism). It is living the natural region of culture
+ As the guide took well care of comfortable and stress free.
+ The back roads experience is a privileges experience and without guide culturally essential layer of the Vietnamese society.
Cycling trip of lifetime
The cycling tour from Saigon (HCM) and the Mekong Delta to Hué and (with the AC sleeper train) to Hà Nội was an outstanding experience. It was a real surprise and went far beyond my experienced expectations. The seamless interaction between guide and driver were an astounding feat of logistics that no traveller could hope to achieve or plan. Having such reliable, punctual and knowledgeable guide eliminates burdens. From the traveller who now does not have to look for roads, signs and directions and -instead- can entirely immerse in the experience that Vietnam is: cycling in the mellow heat along orchards where all the fruits and spices of the world grow, rambutans, ridiculously large jackfruit, exotic durians, and fresh pepper and be absorbed in the Intricate networks of small paths between rice paddies as far as the eye goes, cross by ferry majestic rivers that ridicule our European “large rivers”, tiny, tidy hamlets where fresh sugar cane juice materialises right there and then when the craving comes, road-side lunch parlours that serve fresh local foods. very comfortable hotels to spend the night, and the discovery of many things that the traveller would not so easily visit or identify, such as Caudai temples, local markets, harvest folklores, flower greenhouses, huge coffee and mulberry plantations, cricket farms (the proteins of the future) and weasel (aka crap) coffee. Each day brought its particular vistas and interesting itineraries, inviting me to take over a thousand pictures to be able to linger a bit longer in the delights that this tour procured. 14 - 27 April 2019