Rock & roll on Ho Chi Minh trails - See Phong Nha cave

Overview

Price from
USD $2715.00 2715.00
Tour code
VBT: 15A - HAN - SGN
Number Of cycling days
11 days
Single supplement
450.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$110
Total cycling distance
695km

Full Itinerary

bike route ho chi minh trails
Day
1
Ha Noi - Ha Long bay

Set-off an early morning and travel by van/bus to spectacular World Heritage site of Ha Long located in the Gulf of Tonkin. It takes about three hours and half. There is thousands of Islands with many famous caves, grottos and sandy coves. Board a boat and cruise the bay, exploring island caves, enjoy swimming. Dinner on board, enjoy live music and at dancing bar and spend a peaceful night on cruise. 

Lunch/ Dinner
Kiwi standing on oval
Paloma Cruise
Day
2
Ha Long - Ha Noi

Enjoy sunrise with tea, coffee before a breakfast serving. A visit floating villages by bamboo boat, stop at some Pearl Farm before returning to the cruise. Your lunch is on board while the cruise move slowly back to Hon Gai dock. The cruise trip will finish it journey 11:45 am. You will relax on van/bus driving back to Hanoi city around 4:30pm. Check in hotel. Free on your own time to explore Ha Noi in the evening. 2 days/ 1 night Paloma cruise itinerary.

The Light
Breakfast/ Lunch
Day
3
Ha Noi - Dong Hoi

Leave Ha Noi early for Dong Hoi by air.Our guide will pick up you and take you to airport. You are met by our cycling team in Dong Hoi and your lunch will be served at seafood restaurant. We start the afternoon with riding on some coastal roads before we turn left into rural villages; pedal on dirt track, passing tiny villages, through jungle before we ride on hilly back roads along mountain areas to west Ho Chi Minh trails through rubber plantation. Then we follow small track by river to Phong Nha.

Saigon Phong Nha
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Flight
Day
4
Explore Phong Nha Cave

The most beautiful cave of Phong Nha is Paradise and Phong Nha and Dong Son Doong caves. We will explore Paradise cave including mud bathing and zip lines to another cave. Enjoy delicious lunch at local before we return to hotel. Enjoy your own time until you dine with guide

Saigon Phong Nha
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Day
5
Phong Nha - Khe Sanh

Depart from hotel at 6:30AM, Starting riding from Phong Nha, cycle on back roads through Phong Nha national park before we stay on Ho Chi Minh trails along border of Laos all the ways Khe Sanh. The smooth marrow road through jungle surrounding with mountain ranges of Truong Son. Challenge many serious hills and see breathtaking views through jungle along mountains and valley. Stop at old Ta Con airport before checking in the hotel

Khanh Phuong hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 10km
Hilly - moderate/ hard
Day
6
Khe Sanh - A Luoi

We start the morning with a visit to the airport of Ta Con, Khe Sanh combat base, the where relics of the war are exhibited, and see the airstrip used to transport troops and supplies, and where to this day nothing will grow. We ride through spectacular scenery, mainly downhill, from the Laos border to Dak Rong River. We cross the bridge and ride along the river and what was considered the southern part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. We ride on hilly back roads along river; passing many small villages of tribal and little towns before we reach to A Luoi.

Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80km
Hilly- easy/moderate/hard
Day
7
A Luoi - Hue

Today’ ride is not very long distance but some trails through jungle, rivers and small hamlets are the ways to enjoy the most beautiful scenery. We stop for lunch at local before we ride to Minh Mang tomb. After we pay a visit and learning history of Nguyen Dynasty, we carry on our ride through countryside of Hue; passing many ancient houses, old pagodas, see old style of Hue before private vehicle taking you hotel for checking.

inperial Hue hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 60km
Hilly- easly/ moderate
Day
8
Hue - Hoi An

The former capital of Vietnam is Hue today. It holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past including; tombs, pagodas, typical blend of French and Vietnam’ architectures and historical relics. You will visit the Imperial Citadel including the Forbidden Purple City which was almost nearly destroyed in Vietnam War during the Tet Offensive. Then a short transfer takes you out of Hue. In the morning, your easy ride is to explore villages, local life style, ancient houses, and traditional old living style of older generation all the way from Thuan An beach to Tu Hien rural Dist. In the afternoon, we begin to challenge our ride on hilly back roads to Lang Co beach. After lunch, we continue to ride up to Hai Van Pass then ride downhill to town of Da Nang. The rest of the day is on private vehicle to Hoi An.

Hoi An Riverside Resort
Breakfast/ Lunch
30 - 75km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
9
Free day in Hoi An

Free day to explore Hoi An by your own.

Hoi An Riverside Resort
Breakfast
Day
10
Hoi An - Quang Ngai

On your cycling adventures is such a beautiful day. The ride divided into two sections. In the morning, you will have a pleasure biking on countryside back roads, through farm land, see working buffaloes and cows on rice paddies, riding over small wood bridges, see thatch house along rivers. Your lunch is in town of Tam Ky. In the afternoon, the ride will continue from Chau O, we follow hilly back roads though jungle and villages to Son My memorial.

Thien An Riverside hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80km
Flat - easy/moderate
Day
11
Quang Ngai - Quy Nhon

Quang Ngai and Quy Nhon have many challenged hilly back roads and mixed single tracks through fishing villages, mountainous countryside rice paddy fields, salt fields and many sandy beaches. Many back roads are hilly and flat and some are little hills so you could challenge yourself by pedaling up. After your breakfast at hotel, a transfer by van/bus fishing village by the sea where you will rock and roll on quiet coastal back roads to Quy Nhon

Saigon Quy Nhon
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 90km
Hilly - easy/ moderate
Day
12
Quy Nhon - Nha Trang

The distance between Quy Nhon to Nha Trang is very far and it is very hard for you to ride all the ways. Your bike guide will cut off some and choose the best for the ride of today. Check out the hotel at 7:00 am and enjoy scenery on vehicles for an hour to Ganh Do, Ganh Hao where the ride begins today. Ride on long wooden bridge to cross huge lack before we ride on trails through fishing villages, pass sweet potato field, tapioca fields, rice paddy and fishing villages to Tuy Hoa city. Depending on your cycling ability and time, our guide could figure out and would tailor make a short route or long routes as to be at the hotel before dark.

TTC Hotel Premium – Michelia
Breakfast/ Lunch
30 - 70km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
13
Nha Trang - Dalat

After breakfast, a transfer by vehicle takes you to countryside of Dien Khanh. We take an easy bike ride to explore villages by river, ride pass sugar cane farms, rice paddy fields on paths through beautiful countryside along mountain to Khanh Vinh. After lunch, we ride 30 km on A/C van uphill to the peak of Hon Giao. Then we cycle back roads through valley, pine forests, breathtaking views to the peak which is about 1500m above the level sea allow you to conquer many hills.

Muong Thanh Dalat
Breakfast/ Lunch
30 - 80km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
14
Dalat - Nam Cat Tien

The highlight of morning biking is ride down hill on 20 km from Suoi Vang to Lam Ha via Ta Nung. Stop for coffee break after we ride downhill. Then we turn right cycling on gentle hilly back roads pass coffee plantation before we ride down another hill for lunch. After lunch, we go Nam Cat Tien by vehicles. If time permitted, we ride in the afternoon, ride cross vegetable, cashew fields then cross Dong Nai River on suspension bridge to the park.

Forest Lodge
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 60km
Hilly - easy/ moderate
Day
15
Nam Cat Tien - Dalat

Cat Tien comprises an area of lowland tropical rain forest. The 72,000-hectare park is one of the outstanding natural treasures in Vietnam, a true jungle, and the hiking, mountain biking and bird watching here are the best in the south of the country. At weekends and public holidays it gets busy with domestic tourists – it's worth calling ahead to book the most popular excursions. After having breakfast, we start to trek into green forest with local guide for 2 hours and half then we check out for heading to HCM city by vehicles. Stop for lunch on the ways to HCM. Tour End!

Breakfast/ Lunch

Tour details

Destination
Ages to ride
18 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
02 - 04
Large Group
05 - 14
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Drinks are not included with any meal
Tips to bike guide and driver
Road Condition

We select the best paths, single track and country back roads for our cycling tours. Mostly, routes are paths, single track that are too small for vehicles. Country back roads are less traffic which A/C van could support riders. Vietnam Backroads offers fascinating cycling tours to discover this diverse country. Bicycle touring from the capital of Ha Noi or Ho Chi Minh City to central coastal provinces and west Chi Minh trails along mountain ranges are our top bike tours in Vietnam. Its the best way to meet locals, to enjoy breathtaking views and to receive an extremely warm welcome from the hospitable locals. You will travel through colourful fishing villages, green rice paddy fields, across mountain ranges and through the jungle, ride rolling hills and pedal up the the peak of Ha Van Pass. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long and exlpore Hue Citadel and Hoi An ancient town. In general, mixed of roads; single track, dirt track are rough and but asphalt country back roads and coastal back roads with smooth surface allows you touring the Charm of Vietnam.

 

Weather

Southern Vietnam
There are 2 main seasons; dry and wet. The dry season in south of Vietnam  from Nov to late April or May. The wet season is from  from May through to Oct. 

Central Seaside Provinces of Vietnam 
With two sub-regions, coastal lowlands and central highlands as east coastal provinces and west central highland. The coastal area is usually dry and hotter than the rest in the summer from April to October.

Central Higland in Vietnam
The Central Highlands in particular enjoys nearly double the average rainfall of the country. Two biggest towns in this plateau, Dalat and Pleiku, are ideally cool throughout the year. 

North Vietnam

East west & North West Vietnam

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Reviews

The best cycle tour in Vietnam - "Van the man"

Five girlfriends of mine, three from Bunbury, one from Perth and one from Rockingham Western Australia and I, just completed our cycle tours with Vietnam Backroads on March 8 2016. It was the most enjoyable and memorable cycle tours we ever experienced.

My first contact with Mr Van was around 18 months ago when I was searching a reputable cycle tour company in Viet Nam. I wanted to be an off beaten track cycle tour because I wanted to see the beauty of the country, see how local people live, see the rice field etc, etc. So, I started my search with the help of TripAdvisor on the topic. To my surprise many people mentioned 'Van The Man', as the best of man to provide cycle tours I was searching for. It helped me made an informed decision when I read positive comments from fellow travelers in TripAdvisor about Mr Van, and for this reason I would like to thank those who contributed their comments on Vietnam Backroads Cycle Tours.

Mr Van is a man with integrity. During my correspondence through emails, he patiently answered all my questions about safety, routes, bikes, point of interests and other matters related to the tours. If he was not able to give me his answers straight away, he would come back to me as soon as possible. Mr Van is very professional, honest, kind, friendly and very helpful. He always assured me that everything would be ok and I trusted him. Mr Van honoured everything he has said during our correspondence and I would like to say 'thank you' Mr Van.

Our cycle tours started from Dong Hoi after spending one night with Paloma cruise in Ha Long Bay. When we arrived at Dong Hoi Airport Mr Van's two guides, Mr Dat and Mr Loc were there to greet us. They both were very polite and helped us carry our luggage to the van and we were introduced to Mr Cuong our 'cool' driver and off we went for lunch. After lunch Mr Dat and Mr Loc introduced us to another 'cool' driver Mr Vu who drove a truck where our bicycles were kept.
Thank you Mr Vu for keeping our bikes cleaned everyday.

What can I say about Mr Dat? He was very professional indeed, from the start to the finish. He excelled himself in all ways. His attention to details has amazed me. In my group, one was completely vegetarian, one is a part vegetarian and I don't eat pork and from day one we met Mr Dat remembered all of our needs and he made sure that we had the right food to eat. He also sterilized our chopsticks, spoons and forks in hot water and reminded us whether it was safe for us to have ice cubes with our drinks. His knowledge about history of Viet Nam and all places we visited were just amazing and informative. Mr Dat was very proud of his country. To make our journey in the van much more interesting, he always told us stories after stories. We started our new day with Mr Dat by saying ' are you ready?' and we all have to say 'always ready!!!' He faced each morning with a big smile on his face which made our days brighter. Thank you, Mr Dat. You are a gem. We will never forget you.

Now, Mr Loc. He is very witty, funny, and it was fun to be with and he had great sense of humor. He has made our 'challenged' days on the bike a bit lighter especially when the uphill seemed had no end every time we turned around the corner. Mr Loc was always there for us especially for the five of us who sometimes struggled to push a bit more up hills. He sang us songs 'Hallo Vietnam' which encouraged us to ride to the finishing line of that day. One of Mr Loc passions in life is photography. He took beautiful photos along the way and shared his photos with us. I hope someday he will pursue his gifted talent in photography. Thank you, Mr Loc. I will treasure the experience to cycle with you and Mr Dat for a long time to come. A big personal thank you for those wonderful experience you've captured on videos and photos for me to share with my family and friends back in Australia.

Finally, I would like to show my appreciation to Mr Van who had worked so hard to provide us with the most memorable and educating cycling trips for my group. It was so awesome to ride along the Ho Chi Minh trail (west). The scenery was just breathtaking and magic. Camera did capture the beauty of the jungles, rivers, valley, people, rice paddy, etc. but you need to be there to experience it. It was liberating.

When the tours came to an end, we all wished it never ends. We were so saddened that it ended so quickly. The four staff members and my group shared jokes and stories, and we became one big happy family for the duration of our tours. It was just magic.

I would highly recommend Vietnam Backroads to those who would like to see beautiful Vietnam from off beaten tracks... the real beauty of the country.

A huge thank you to our team - Mr Dat, Mr Loc, Mr Cuong and Mr Vu. You are just so awesome!!!! You excelled yourself beyond anyone's expectation. Well done and thank you!!!
Until we meet again soon for another tour, I hope .. 24 Feb - 08 Mar, 2016

Swie Land part…

We really appreciated the extremely well organized tour. Everything from 1st contact to the last day of our tour was perfectly organized and we felt in very good hands at all times. The bikes have been in good condition and have been adjusted individually to each one of us. The layout of the tour has been well chosen. We enjoyed crossing rice fields and riding through backroads of beautiful Vietnam as much as climbing mountains within the rainforest. The variety of each single day of the tour gave a great taste of how diverse the country really is. Supplies throughout the tour have been perfect. Whenever a break was needed, everything was there: drinks, snacks, fresh fruits, warm lunch and even for us Germans, plenty of cold beer to enjoy after each stage of the tour!!!
Accommodation on the tour was also well organized. Outside the main cities options have been rather limited and therefore basic but we always found a place to have a shower and bed to sleep. Van and Tho always did a fantastic job by selecting places and food for lunch and/or dinner. The variety and taste have been amazing.
Besides the tour itself, Backroads also did a great job by choosing “must-see” stops in Vietnam like the Amazing Cave, Khe Sanh, Da Krong Bridge, Imperial City or My Son. Our guide Tho was always well prepared to give us huge background information on all the sites. This has been a great chance for all of us to learn more about the history of Vietnam.
Thank you very very much Tho for the tour and the extra time and effort you took to keep us happy at all times.
Van, thank you for the overall organization and support. We can clearly recommend to use Backroads for any tour in Vietnam. Great job! From February 23, 2015
Ps: We also hope to see (and get) all the pictures that have been taken on the tour!!

David, Kai, Da…

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