Depart at 7:30 as we set off early in the morning, drive on the coast to Van Gia township, and set off on the bike in town, where we start our bike riding and enjoy views of tiny fishing villages before we bike through the rustic countryside. We venture into farming villages through small markets, then tho the salt fields, view the mountainous hillside along the railway, cross the railways and speed up a little pass of Dai Lanh, where we stop and look over the bay of Dai Lanh. We ride downhills to Dai Lanh Beach and break for lunch at a seafood restaurant.
Following lunch, we continue riding the main roads for a few km, but it less traffic since the Co Ma Pass has vehicle tunnels. We turn right to Vung Ro, waving locals at fishing villages along the coast as we make our way closer to the coast. Challenge a gentle hill through tropical forest, cross Dong Ha Bridge, and we'll immerse ourselves into the wast rice paddies and leave the busy coastal roads behind. We follow the smooth paths through cultivated lands, sometimes racing with Reunification trains along the way. The zig-zag routes travel through many little villages but will crowd a bit as we reach Tuy Hoa Airport. We ride down the coast, speed up the Hung Vuong Bridge over the Da Rang River, and keep cycling to the hotel in town facing the beach.
We start to ride from the hotel on a tranquil coastal route. After a few km, we turn right onto the narrow road to lead us through sweet potato farms, tapioca and rice paddy fields, and small fishing villages. There are many stops on the way; meet locals at small markets selling fish and prawns. Enjoy the lovely ride on gentle hilly to a big fishing village. Stop for a break at a floating coffee shop by the sea. Then we carry on this adventure on the countryside track to Da Dia Reef. Dia Reef is a seashore area of uniformly interlocking basalt rock columns situated on the coast of An Ninh Dong Commune, Tuy An District, Phu Yen. It was created from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago; when the molten basalt flows met cold water, they solidified and shaped these rare polygonal formations due to thermal contraction effects. Afterward, we take small dirt tracks through small fishing farms and villages, where we observe plenty of bamboo basket boats and continue biking to Chi Thanh for lunch in town.
The roads in the afternoon are along sleepy rivers and rolling hills to the west of Quy Nhon. Racing along the Vietnam National Railways, we see many old colonial steel bridges as we bike through La Hai, remote hamlets, mountainous villages, and Van Canh small town. The roads have less traffic, undulating hillsides, rivers, and ethnic tribe villages. Stopping along the ways, see ethnic people raising cows, buffalos, and goats on farmlands and forested jungle hills. We will hop on the support vehicle as we finish the day's ride in a rural village near Dieu Tri Railway station for a- 30-minute transfer to Quy Nhon City.
After breakfast at the hotel, we have a support vehicle that takes us to the peninsula of Nhon Hoi. We cycle on undulate roads, past dunes, tiny villages, and small towns until Cat Tien. 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. We continue to explore the rustic countryside and authentic villages before having lunch at a local restaurant in De Ghi Fishing Village.
Following lunch, we rest on the vehicle to shorten the routes to My An village, where you ride to experience the local culture and the life of people along the villages to the lake/lagoon and 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. Speed up gentle hills, ride down the verdant farmlands, and through the homelands of coconut trees in Tam Quan before we take 1.5 hours to transfer to Quang Ngai.
Depart at 7:30 am. We'll transfer to My Lai's village and visit the Memorial and its Museum. Then we hop on a support vehicle for a transfer to a seaside village as we pick up the fantastic route for the day. We ride on the lovely tranquil back road, get through a small town, then green rice fields, and follow the concrete ways through several vibrant villages, kindergartens, and high schools until we reach the fishing village. Enjoy a ferry boat to Tam Hai Island, then carry on the ride across this Island. We can see wooden ships in many colors on a ferry crossing river. Most locals here live mainly on fishing and seafood farming. The Island is small, but it is worth for us to explore. Westerners rarely see on this Island. We take another ferry to the mainland, enjoying 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 come back. Fishermen's wives help them hang the fish on nets to dry some, primarily for sale. 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 in the afternoon. It's also a terrific chance to see many un-modernized villages, thatch houses buffalo on rice fields, bamboo bridges, and remote villages, ride on the Cam Kim bridge, and cross Thu Bon River to Hoi An ancient town.