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... Enjoy lunch before we get on our private vehicle for driving back to Saigon
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.
Dalat was developed as a resort by the French in the early 1900s. It's also called a honeymoon city called by locals. After your breakfast, you will have an hour and a half trekking into the green forest with a local guide. Then we return to the park's centre to check out before we ride to Ma Da Gui.
We depend on a dirty track through cornfield, valley, ride pass cashew plantation, where there is no traffic from the park. Keep cycling onward and passing cashew plantation to Da Oai village. After that, we continue the ride on the dirt track, trails through the forest to Ma Da Gui town for lunch. The afternoon's cycling allows you to enjoy mountainous areas through pine forest and coffee plantation on back roads to Dalat city if time permitted.
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 30 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 30 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 wooden bridge to the highway. Finally, we have a transfer to Qui Nhon City.
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.
After breakfast, we travel on a support vehicle to My Son relic- My Lai Massacre in 1968, Quang Ngai, happened in a small village outside of the city, and where you will visit it before picking up the bikes for the morning with 30 km. The routes allow you to explore some hamlets of Son My, Son Tinh, and tiny hamlets in Chau O. The ways are various terrain roads, pathways, country back roads through peaceful villages, rural farms, cassava, corn farms, and sugar canes. This gives us a chance to learn more about local culture and farming techniques.
Afterwards, you have a transfer to Tam Ky for lunch. The afternoon's ride is about 35 km. This unique cycling takes you from Tam Ky to Hoi An, with many tiny villages, lush farmland along the rivers. Ride at our own pace in beautiful countryside away from the towns. Ride across rice fields, agricultural canals, see buffalo working on farms. Finally, you get on a support vehicle for a cross over Cua Dai Bridge to 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, less traffic because there are vehicle tunnels.
(Option for those who love to sit on the vehicle to mountain top) The mountain top is a great place to view the bay of Da Nang and Lang Co Beach with a break stop. There are many remains of the U.S hill base on the top and some bunkers. After a break, you ride down to Lang Co beach.
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 finally, 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!
We have been making many inspection trips before the company operating and picked up all different terrains, rural paths, single tracks, and beautiful country back roads to design our unique bike tours as per your expectation. Our team, support vehicles always standby as nearest riders and are on hands with a phone call. If the riders, who love leisurely ride with short routes or distance and will hop on the support vehicles, take a rest when the other riders in the group keep exploring the beautiful countryside as long routes as they wish. We ensure that all riders are satisfied with how Vietnam Backroads organizes cycling trips without worry.
Every morning, you will transfer out of the bustling towns and ride into rustic villages and country farms and retransfer in the late afternoon through heavy traffic into the city.
Central Coast and in Central Provinces
Our hand-picked up routes with the unique tailor-make programme will please your ride. Our bicycle tours are on small roads and rural paths from Ha Noi and begin the ride in Dong Hoi down the coast to Ho Chi Minh. Another way around from Saigon to Ha Noi, and start the ride in Dalat, then down to shore, from the southern coast to the central provinces: Phan Thiet to Phan Rang, Nha Trang, Tuy Hoa, Quy Nhon, Quang Ngai, Hoi An, Hue and Dong Ha, Dong Hoi (DMZ) and Phong Nha where the ride ends or begins depending on the trip's destinations. Throughout the ride, enjoy descending the mountain from Dalat to Nha Trang, enjoy breathtaking views of Khanh Le/ Hon Giao Passes, ride along the stunning coastal routes in Quy Nhon, immerse yourself in seaside villages along the dirt tracks, meet the farmers in the vast agricultural farmlands in Hoi An before looking over the spectacular views of Hai Van Mountain Pass, vast agricultural farmlands in Hoi An, and networks of canals in rivers, and colourful lanterns lining the tiny streets in Hoi An, discover the Hue Purple City, and Quang Tri ancient town all the ways to Phong Nha through DMZ.
Stunning coast & Beaches & Seaside villages
Many small country roads are smooth and small, with less traffic, long sandy local beaches, peninsula, lagoon, mountains along the coast, and small towns; however, some roads are rolling mountains, hills, and stunning bays that the minor roads are the best choice.
Mountains, Hills and Tropical forests and Jungles
Depend on the trips you booked and where it travels through mountain climbs throughout the route, rainforest, and jungles far from the coast where the rural infrastructures are underdeveloped, or paths through deeply remote hamlets and closed to traffic. In this case, your guide will avoid riding on many undeveloped rural villages, and dirt tracks are unsafe, bumpy and very rocky, slippery and landslide when it rains, and lead you depending on the minor roads.
We ride mostly on small paths along fishing villages, seafood farms, and lush flat rural farmlands, small villages for support vehicles to go along with the riders. But the support vehicle will be on minor roads running parallel and driving along as close to riders as possible. The networks of small paths crisscross rural, and this will be easy for riders to meet the support vehicles at corners, forks on country roads after approximately 15 km, 20 km, or 25 to 30 km on a daily bike ride.
The rainy season in Central Vietnam is usually around September until early last January, which coincides with the best humidity and temperature of the entire year, with the high levels of rainfall from September to November. Sometimes, typhoons from the sea affect Hoi An, and flooding might occur in Hoi An's old town from October to December. October until February is the peak season for tourism in the country. The dry season between January & August with temperatures ranging in the mid 30°C, and humidity. In general, the weather in central is divided into two seasons, and the rainy season and the dry season do not coincide with the two climatic regions of North and South. It's hot and humid from May to August, so it's the best time to do bicycle tours from September to April.
Private Support Vehicles
We organize cycling holidays, cycling adventure trips and mountain biking tours. All are flexible with luxury, fully air-conditioned vehicles to support riders on the entire journey. It depends on how many riders are in the group, and the vehicle support services will be well-arranged to satisfy your travels. There are air-conditioned 16-seat van/minibuses to take up all riders, luggage, and a truck to hold all bikes during the trip.
Every morning, the vehicles will transfer you out of the bustling city, and then you will ride to explore the stunning countryside, and you will back on the vehicles to avoid traffic in town when the daily's ride ends in the late afternoon.
Every 20 - 25 km, the support vehicles will be waiting at the high road if you are tired and really would love to ride on A/C van. Your guide will escort you to vehicles easily because many country back roads are linked to the main roadways where keeping vehicles are on standby.
Then you can relax on a support vehicle when others in the group can continue cycling as long as they wish! You will meet the others at the next point/ destination where you love to re-join the group and continue to ride.
All your luggage/ suitcase and day bags are safe on the vehicles and well kept by the company's drivers and its team.
2 to 4 riders in a group
There is only one A/C 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases, and bikes. There are four rows of seating for passengers on the A/C 16 seater van. Two people sit on each row. The third row is for luggage and suitcases. The last row of seats will be folded up, so all bikes will be uploaded here.
A medium group tour: from 5 to 7 people
There will be two vehicles to support riders on the entire trip. One 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases. Another truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, tool kits, icebox to keep cold drinks, and so on
A large group tour: 8 to 14 people
One minibus to take up all riders, including luggage & suitcases, and one truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, water, cold drinks, and snacks...Iceboxes
A group has more than 15 riders and more than 20 people
We provide two vans and one minibus, and one truck to escort large groups of riders and help ensure their safety. Our pro guide will motivate a team with support vehicles to bring the best services to riders.