See four Unesco World Heritage Sites

Overview

Price
USD $2915.00 2915.00
Tour code
VBR: VCT14A - HCM - HAN
Number Of cycling days
9 days
Single supplement
475.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$80
Total cycling distance
480 - 540km
Introduction

Son Doong cave is world’s largest cave, located in Son Trach, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh province, Vietnam. Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. spreads out over 2,000 square kilometers in central Vietnam. Noted for its unspoiled jungle terrain and its sprawling cave and grotto systems (over 300 at last count), the Park is home to hundreds of plant and animal species, dozens of as-yet unexplored mountain peaks, and a number of archeological and historical sites -– including the Hồ Chí Minh trail. Vietnam Backroads designed this tour for those who want to combine a back roads biking adventure with visits to many of Vietnam' most noteworthy sites. The tour visits four of the seven Vietnamese UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Hoi An Ancient Town, the Hue Citadel, and Phong Nha and Son Doong Caves are on the nine day biking portion of the tour, which begins in Ho Chi Minh, then to Dalat. From there, it rolls down to the coastal plain, and then meanders up, down and along roads, paths and trails to Phong Nha. Visits to the beautiful Paradise and Dark caves in this area show why UNESCO chose to add it to its list. An overnight cruise on the fifth site, Ha Long Bay, is an excursion which all visitors to Vietnam should experience. This tour will give a broad cross-section of the culture, geography, and ancient and modern history of Vietnam. Cycling trips Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

Full Itinerary

Biking trips to Phong Nha Cave
Day
1
Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnel

Depart from HCMC: 7:30 am and a transfer by vehicle out Saigon as to avoid the heavily traffic of Saigon. The ride will begins in rural villages. We start cycling on through rice paddy before we cross river to ride dirt track along river and passing fruit gardens and rubber plantation. Especially, we ride pass a villages making rice paper in countryside far way from Cu Chi tunnels. Enjoy lunch at nice restaurant in rural village before we explore Cu Chi tunnels. Have a transfer back to Saigon in the afternoon. 

Northern Hotel Saigon
Breakfast/ Lunch/
25km+
Easy
Day
2
Saigon - Dalat by air and by bike

You will have an early morning flight to Dalat, our team will meet you at Lien Khuong airport for first day of cycling. Then a 20 minute by vehicle will take you rural village. We will bike along back roads through rural villages, ride past real countryside of the highlands, pepper and rubber plantations, pine forest.

Dalat Hotel Du Parc hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Moderate/hard
Saigon - Lien Khuong
Day
3
Dalat - Nha Trang

After breakfast, a transfer takes you to countryside for today cycling. The back roads through valley, pine forests, breathtaking views to the peak which is about 1500m above the level sea allow you to challenge yourself. Then we ride 29 km down the pass of Hon Giao. Stop for lunch at restaurant by river at Suoi Loi village. In the afternoon, we take easy bike ride to explore villages by river, ride pass sugar cane farms, rice paddy fields on paths through beautiful countryside of Khanh Vinh and keep cycling onward to Dien Khanh village before you have a short transfer to city of Nha Trang in late afternoon.

Michelle hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 80km
Easy/moderate/ hard
Kiwi standing on oval
Boat ride to Island
Day
4
Nha Trang – Dai Lanh - Tuy Hoa - Qui Nhon

The distance between Nha Trang to Quy Nhon is very far and there is not enough time for you to ride all the ways. Our bike guide will cut off some and choose the best for your riding today. Check out the hotel at 7:00 am, then relax on vehicles for an hour to Van Gia town ship where you start biking on back roads through local hamlets and fishing villages, ride pass school, local markets before you bike on trails to Co Ma Pass. Your lunch will be served at local restaurant by the beach. Another transfer by vehicles to Tuy Hoa’ countryside after lunch gives you a nap. Then you can ride you bicycle on your own space pass sweet potato field, tapioca fields, rice paddy and fishing villages. 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. 

Royal Hotel & Healthcare resort
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80km
Easy/moderate
Day
5
Quy Nhon - De Ghi - Tam Quang - Quang Ngai

In the morning, we will have a 30 minutes transfer by vehicle to back roads by the lake near fishing village as to avoid heavily traffic in town. Ride on small concrete country roads by the lake to Cat Tien. Then we continue cycling on coastal roads to De Ghi. In the afternoon, we ride pass shrimp farms along coastal roads, and travel the homeland of coconut of Tam Quang before an hour and half to go by vehicles to Quang Ngai city.

Thien An Riverside hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80km
Easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
6
Quang Ngai - Chau O - Tam Ky - Hoi An

We check out the hotel and go to My Lai memorial by our vehicles. Right here, our team will set up and double check all bikes. After your visit the memorial, just jump back to bikes to explore villages of My Lai before we reach to Sa Ky, then Chau O. Transfer to Tam Ky town for lunch. The highlight of today is unique routes in the afternoon. Explore traditional villages, see water buffaloes on rice paddy, money bridges and wooden boat factories and have a ferry crossing with local to Hoi An.

Hoi An Riverside resort
Breakfast/ Lunch
30 - 80km
Easy/ moderate
Day
7
Free day in Hoi An

There is no cycling today so you could spend your own time on swimming at your hotel, explore Hoi An acient town, doing some shopping.

Hoi An Riverside resort
Breakfast
Day
8
Hoi An - Lang Co - Phuoc Tuong - Thuan An - Hue

Option 1: An opportunity for you to challenges the Hai Van Pas after an hour driving from Hoi An. Take a little time to warm up your body before we bike uphill to the peak of Hai Van Pass. Right here you could see the big difference of condition of weather. You are also can see many old American bunkers on the peak of Hai Van Pass. Then cycle down hills to restaurant by the Lang Co beach for lunch. Then travel by off roads to the oceanic country roads. Keep riding onward through fishing villages, traditional residential architecture of houses and the ancient burial-ground of Hue.
Option 2: Our vehicles take you to the peak of Hai Van Pass, after taking photos and admire particular scenery with different weather at the peak. Then we ride down the pass to Lang Co beach. In the afternoon, we ride on small concrete paths through fishing villages by huge lake, rice fields, and removed villages of Tu Hien, Thuan An seaside rural dist before we ride on A/C van to Hue city.
 

Imperial Hotel Hue
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80km
Easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
9
Hue - Quang Tri - Dong Hoi

The distance from Hue to Dong Hoi is too far to bike all the ways. So we leave hotel a bit earlier at 7:00 am for a visit the Purple citadel of Hue. Then a very short transfers you by van/bus to rural village to start the ride. Today’ ride is very easy because we ride on flat smooth country back roads and some parts are opened air and some parts through villages, passing vegetable fields, remote villages with many old pagodas and temples. We will have lunch at Cua Viet beach. In the afternoon, we continue cycling to on beautiful coastal roads to Cua Tung. We end up our today’ ride here for 2 hours driving on A/C van to Dong Hoi.

Saigon Quang Binh hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 60km
Easy/ moderate
Day
10
Dong Hoi - Phong Nha

Biking distance from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha is not very long but many single tracks through young forest, smooth country road along mountainous areas are unique and particular scenery. We can leave hotel a little bit late. In the morning we explore fishing villages of local on paths along ocean, and some paths of the jungle near mountain range. In the afternoon, we ride on hilly back roads through rubber plantation and ride paddy of west Ho Chi Minh trails before we reach to river. Then we enjoy mountain views and riding on footpaths along river to Phong Nha.

Saigon Phong Nha
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Easy/ moderate
Day
11
Visit Paradise cave - Zip lines to enjoy mud bath

In the morning our team will accompany with you by vehicle to Paradise cave. Spend an hour and half to explore this cave before lunch serving by river. Then we jump off the zip lines to enjoy mud bath, return by kayaking for another exploration of Phong Nha cave by boat.

Saigon Phong Nha hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Day
12
Phong Nha - Dong Hoi - fly to Ha Noi

After having breakfast, we depart at 7:00 am from Phong Nha by vehicles to airport of Dong Hoi. It takes around an hour and half to get to the airport by shortcut. Our guide will meet at Noi Bai airport and you will be taken to hotel for check in. Relax and explore Ha Noi city by your own in the evening.

The Light hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch
Fly to Ha Noi
Day
13
Ha Noi - Ha Long bay

Halong Bay is one of the most amazing natural wonders and its natural beauty with thousands of islands including; beaches, caves, fishing villages on the bay. You are picked up at your hotels at 7:20 am then you enjoy 3 hours on driving by vehicle to Ha Long. Get on board at 11:30 am. Get on board and enjoy welcome drinks. Your guide will make a cruise briefing before we check in cabin then the cruise will start it journey by this time you having a delicious Vietnamese lunch. The cruise will sail to Bai Tu Long Bay, passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Monster Head and Teapot Islets and Thien Canh Son Cave.  you will visit and explore the well-hidden Co Cave (known as  Thien Canh Son Cave) where you can  hiking to the middle of the mountain to see the wild and mysterious beautiful cave, contemplate numerous  sparkling  stalactites  appear  like 'hanging  lamps’  inside  the  Cave. After you explore of the cave, you return to the boat and enjoy sunset party on board. The cruise will drop an anchor in the calm water surrounded by islets in Cong Dam. Your diner will be served shortly. There are many activities on boat, entertainments, live music and dancing bar that you can join with another travelers. Overnight n cruise.

Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Kiwi standing on oval
Paloma cruise
Day
14
Ha Long bay - Ha Noi

Today is the special an opportunity you could admire sunrise on the Sundeck with complimentary tea & coffee are served before you have breakfast. You will have a bamboo sampan rowing boat taking you to Vung Vieng floating fishing village. You are also visit to Pearl Farm to see how natural pearls are created. Then return to Paloma Cruise for your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage etc. Your lunch is on board while the cruise coming back to Hon Gai Dock around 11:45 am. You will return to Hanoi by van/bus around 4:30pm. Tour End!

Breakfast/ Lunch

Tour details

Destination
Ages to ride
18 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
04
Large Group
14
What's included
Private A/C vehicle takes up all cyclists, luggage
Truck to carry all bikes
New Giant MTB, wheel size: 27.5" hydraulic brake
Helmets, new bottles of water
All entrance fees and boat rides
All ferry tickets in countryside
Domestic flight from HCM to Dalat + airport In/Out
Domestic flight from Ha Noi to Dong Hoi + airport In/Out
1 night on cruise in Ha Long bay
13 nights: double room/ twin room
B = 13 Breakfasts, L = 13 Lunches, D = 7 Dinners
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
English speaking guide throughout the tour
Airport transfer in/ out
Pick up & drop off at hotels
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Single accommodation
Other personal expenses
Visa to Vietnam
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
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 A/C 16 seater van.Two people seat on each row. The third row is for luggage and suitcases. The last row of seat will be fold up so all bikes will be uploaded here.


 


 


A medium group tour: from 5 to 7 people

There will be 2 vehicles to support riders on entire trip. One 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases. Another truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, tool kits, ice box to keep cold drinks....


 


 



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...Ice box


 


 


Truck to carry bicycles



A group has more than 15 riders and more than 20 people

We provide 2 vans and 1 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.


 

truck to carry bicycle on tour

 

minibus to support bicycle trip

27.5 Giant MTB bikes & Trek Hybrid Touring Bikes

1. There are 45 mtb bikes available in store and they are ready for all cycling tours

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



Guaranteed to depart

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Reviews

We are back in the flatlands, in Holland. We have wonderful memories of our trip in Vietnam, we are very happy about the holiday. This was the first time we were on a biking holiday and we were very impressed by the smooth organisation of Vietnam Backroads. We are very happy about every aspect of the holiday and don't know anything we are not happy - not even when we think very hard on it.

To be specific we are very happy about:
- the information before the trip (website, e-mails, adjustments on standard program).
- the bikes were of high quality and well maintained.

To be honest we were a bit worried about it in advance as it is so important for the quality of the trip. Even when the bike size was not correct for me on the first day it was solved the next day with a larger framesize.
- the mechanical skills of Van and Trang. They continously optimized the bikes for us.
- the routes and the maps by Van - they were really the backroads of Vietnam and we never had to bike on the busy and dangerous highways. The routes were easily adapted to the circumstances (longer or shorter trip). Combined with the mechanical skills this is for us the most unique features of this company.
- the chosen hotels. The only hotel which fell al little out of tune was the one in Hanoi.
- the information Trang gave to us about the history and culture of Vietnam.
- the safe driving of Mr. Huang. In a way we were always happy to see him as we knew that he would have fresh water and fruits for us ready. During transfers we felt always very safe.

One advice for booking the flight tickets: ask for the names as given in the pasports, since a change can cause problems at in checking for the flights. Another thing is that one request for not taking any more pictures of your guests should have been enough, and three requests is too many. We're happy to recommand your company to anyone who wants to cycle in Vietnam. We're certainly to return to your company one day to have another trip in Vietnam or Cambodia

Best regards, 23 May 2012

Jos & Monique …

We are home now unfortunately, having just spent our first week back at work.
Matt and I thoroughly enjoyed our Vietnam Backroads trip, despite my feedback. Our tour guide Dat and Mr Van were fantastic in immediately recognising my limitations and adjusted the cycling routes and distances accordingly to more closely suit my abilities. The tour itself was good value for money and extremely well organised with high quality, centrally located hotels and a never ending supply of delicious local food!
We loved our time in Vietnam and agree that cycling Vietnams Backroads is definitely the best way to see the country. We would certainly consider another trip with you (at a shorter distance!) and recommend Vietnam Backroads to friends and family. 16th - 29th Mar 2014

Elle and Matt …

Cannot think of a better way to get a taste of Vietnam. Our tour, the one which visits a number of UN World Heritage sites, offers a diversity of both riding and cultural experiences. The riding is fairly rated as a 3 out of 5, so it is designed for recreational riders who are in decent shape. The riding is quite diverse, from mountainous roadways (mostly going down), to trails of dirt, asphalt or concrete along seaside trails and trails through rice paddies, villages, and forested areas. Along the coastal plain, the term backroads is very fitting.

Aside from biking, the tour also caters to historical, cultural and recreational interests. Among others, the tour includes time at the ancient sanctuary at My Son, the Vietnam War Memorial at My Lai, and the Citadel at Hue. The stops during the day and the evening meals focused on Vietnamese fare. More “touristy” activities like the mud bath at Dark Cave and an overnight cruise at Ha Long Bay add to a great holiday.

A lot of work went into putting this package together. Depending upon what one is used to, the accommodations range from adequate to very good. (one of the hotels was the nicest we have ever stayed at) Because the tour covers a long distance, quite a bit of time is spent in the van during transfers from the centre of a city to the tour departure point, or taking us to our hotel at the end of the day. It was nice that there was internet access in the van during these trips.

Finally, a word has to be said about the guide team. A van to carry us and a truck to haul the bikes followed us wherever that was possible (and met up with us when the trails didn't allow it) There was always a guide behind the last rider to ensure that no one ever got lost. And our main guide, Dat, was fabulous, both in leading the group, or letting keener riders ride ahead when the way ahead was straight forward. He was also great at giving us advice when we got to our destination at the end of the day. And he was an excellent guide at the historic sites we visited, providing the background necessary to make the visit worthwhile.

Like a few other bike adventures we have been on, there were one or two “misadventures”. Our own view is that “misadventures” become part of the adventure when the tour operator puts in the work to overcome them with minimal inconvenience to participants.

So, if you are going to Vietnam, do some bike riding, and want to experience a variety of the flavours which the country offers, you should seriously consider what Vietnam Backroads has to offer.

Medicine Hat, Canada

On behalf of myself and my family I would like to say thank you to you and your crew for making our holiday in Vietnam a success. The itinerary you planned for this trip, both the types of riding that we did and the activities involved, fit our needs perfectly - and Dat was an absolutely excellent guide - friendly, energetic, and both very knowledgeable and very helpful. When things didn't go quite perfectly (like when the hotel we were booked into in Nha Trang was closed) we correctly had complete confidence that things would work out. Overall, your support team took great care of us. Because of the ages and commitments of our boys, this was the trip of a lifetime - it will very probably be the last time we will ever have to be together on a holiday excursion like this. I am happy to say that we picked the right country, the right company to help us, and the right tour! As I said in my written evaluation, if anyone asks, it will be easy for me to recommend Vietnam as a destination and Vietnam Backroads as a tour company. I hope that it is alright to add a couple of thoughts. On your website I see that there are some pictures and videos of various tours. I have many pictures to go through from our trip. If you are interested, after I go through them I can send you five or six of ours that you can add to your collection if you wish. A year and a half ago, Nancy and I did a bike trip in Albania that was advertised as a UN World Heritage Site tour. (also an excellent adventure) In reflecting on your tour, I wonder whether you might wish to consider using a similar title to describe the tour we took. As we visited five UN world heritage sites (more than we saw in Albania), it would be a very accurate description and perhaps would draw more attention to the tour, at least for certain people. 10 - 23 Feb, 2016

Ed Dick Nancy …

The tour was very good – an excellent way to see many parts of the country in a two week period. Dat was an exceptional guide. It is hard to think that that someone else could be better. He was very helpful in many ways, often doing more to help us than we would expect. The biggest problem we faced was arriving at the hotel and finding it closed during the Tet holiday. It was nice that things worked out as well as they did. If we were American, the tour value would be exceptional, but our Canadian dollar has fallen a lot in the last few months so I can only say good. For what we received, it was certainly reasonable. If someone else, asks me, I will recommend your company – especially it Dat is the guide. 10 - 23 Feb, 2016

Edmund Peter D…

See 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Overall, I thought this trip was great! Dat was fantastic guide, friendly, helpful, professional – and did a great job of introducing us to Vietnamese culture through some legends, food and explaining about agriculture.. What would have been nice is if we had more days with definite goals (I like cycling from one landmark to another landmark) even though it is difficult to balance with showing us the variety in the country personally. I would have like to learn more about how to say words properly(sh) in Vietnamese and maybe more still about the culture/history but I think that the balance was probably good. 10 - 23 Feb, 2016

Calvin Scott D…

It was a great trip, a great way to see Vietnam, experience the culture and learn about its history. We saw so many things we would not have seen driving by car. The trails and back roads we took helped us to see so much of the way of life of the people of Vietnam. We enjoyed the food so much, got to try many new things and specialties of the country. Loc was an excellent guide, took great care of us, his English was excellent and he was very knowledgeable the history of the country. Cuong was an excellent driver in the crazy traffic of Vietnam. He was also very helpful with bike set up and helping us with picnics. Great tour, great itinerary with lots of diversity. Everyday was an adventure! 01 - 14 April, 2016

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