Mekong Delta - Saigon - Hue - Ha Noi

Overview

Price from
USD $2240.00 2240.00
Tour code
VBT: VCT12B- SGN- HAN
Number Of cycling days
7 days + half
Single supplement
350.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$80
Total cycling distance
530km

Full Itinerary

Bike route Saigon to Hue
Day
1
Ho Chi Minh – Cai Be - Vinh Long - CanTho

The first day ride is to ride from Cai Be to Vinh Long to Can Tho city. You should be ready at lobby at 7:45. After you are met, an hour and half transfer you to rural Cay Lay Dist. Your first day of cycle trip is to cycle and cross through countryside of Cai Be, Island of An Binh and Mekong River to Vinh Long town. Discover local life along villages on bike, Have many ferry crossings with locals, see the main transport as the water way in rural villages along river bank. From Vinh Long town, you will have an hour transfer to Can Tho.

Muong Thanh Can Tho
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
2
CanTho – Cai Rang floating market - Ho Chi Minh

After breakfast, we check out for boat trip to famous Cai Rang floating market. It cannot be missed because it’s a really floating market which locals doing their business every day in the morning. This is a chance you witness farmers bargain over price and trying to make more profit. Then we spend a morning cycle through countryside of Phong Dien and end up at Binh Thuy ancient house. Enjoy lunch before 3 hours driving back to Saigon in late afternoon.

Golden Central Saigon Hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch
25- 40km
Flat - easy
Day
3
Saigon - Dalat

Today you will have an early morning flight from HCM to Lien Khuong airport. By arriving at Lien Khuong airport, your guide is already there and waiting to meet you there. We stop at local restaurant for breakfast before the ride starts. We will reach to peak by van/bus then we ride down to Nam Bang before we continue cycling on gentle hilly back road to Ta Nung and Camly waterfalls.

Dalat Hotel Du Parc Hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Hilly - moderate/ hard
An early flight to Dalat
Day
4
Dalat - Khanh Vinh - Dien Khanh - Nha Trang

The third day' ride is divided into different levels. The morning is a real challenge ride rolling hills but easy bicycling on flat land in the afternoon. After your breakfast at hotel, we check out for an hour driving by van/bus to rural pine forest, the particular mountain scenery with nice temperature could be a mental stimulation to help you to challenge your cycling skill. After a coffee break and photo taken at Hon Giao peak, you will have a wonderful riding downhill on 30 km to Suoi Loi. In the afternoon, we bike into countryside past sugar cane fields, rice-paddy, thatch houses, local markets to Dien Khanh. We get on van/bus right here for a transfer to Nha Trang city

TTC Hotel Premium - Michelia
Breakfast/ Lunch/
30 - 80km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
5
Nha Trang - Tuy Hoa - Quy Nhon

Today we start the ride earlier because from Nha Trang to Quy Nhon is a very long way. Biking paths are flat and beautiful, going through countryside mountain rice fields, fishing village, and salt farms. We'll enjoy a delicious meal at seafood restaurants by Dai Lanh beach. In the afternoon, beautiful rural country back road with some hilly paths across sweet potato plantations, fishing villages and many huge lakes connected to ocean giving you a really nice ride. The rest of the today is a single track by the ocean. Our guides will lead you cycling into tiny fishing villages, riding over small wood bridges, cycling past shelter building with simple materials by salt fields. We'll get on van/bus for Quy Nhon city in late afternoon.

Seagull hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 90km
Hilly - easy - moderate
Day
6
Quy Nhon - Tam Quang - Quang Ngai

Quy Nhon and Quang Ngai provinces owned beautiful coastal back roads in central part, Vietnam. Many quiet asphalt countryside back roads through mountainous areas, some are hilly, flat single tracks by the sea and country paths through rice paddy and the rest are mountain passes. We check out and leave hotel at 7:30 am. It takes about 20 minutes by van/bus to fishing villages. We start a morning ride by the lake of Thi Nai and riding on smooth hilly coastal road, passing white sand dunes, tiny fishing villages, and some little seaside towns. Stop for lunch at seafood restaurant at small town on the way. In the sunny afternoon, peaceful country roads through the countryside and magnificent mountain views, we’ll pass shrimp farms and local farms. Then we ride across coconut plantation amongst villages in Tam Quang Dist before we get on A/C van/bus for an hour driving you to Quang Ngai in late afternoon.

Thien An hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 90 km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
7
Quang Ngai - Hoi An

Quang Ngai is known to foreign tourists because of My Lai Massacre which was in Vietnam War. After our visiting this memorial then we start our bike riding. A morning ride is 35 km but it allows us to explore some hamlets of Son My, Son Tinh and Sa Ky fishing port. We’ll continue cycling, we bicycling through cassava root farms, corn farms on hily single tracks. Our lunch today is at famous chicken rice restaurant in Quang Ngai city. It’s a local specialty chicken rice is well-knows in central provinces.  After lunch, an easy bike riding on unique country rural back roads, across ride fields, agricultural villages give you so much time to see buffaloes on rice paddies, bamboo bridges across rivers and they are shortcuts connecting both sides of the river, small lakes. In the late afternoon, we ride past some local factories building wooden boats and ride over Cua Dai Bridge to Hoi An town.

Hoi An Riverside resort
Breakfast/ Lunch
30 - 80km
Flat - easy/ moderate
Day
8
A free day in Hoi An

Today is free day so you can explore Hoian by your own and enjoy swimming at hotel

Hoi An Riverside resort
Breakfast
Day
9
Hoi An - Lang Co - Tu Hien - Hue

After an hour driving by van/bus Da Nang city, then you can choose an option; ride rolling hills, challenge Hai Van Pass yourself as you conquer this Pass OR van/bus driving you to the peak of Hai Van Pass. From the Hai Van’ Pass, you could see the big difference of weather between Da Nang and Hue. You are also can see many old American bunkers on the peak of Hai Van Pass. After a coffee break and spending time taking photo of particular scenery, we continue cycling down to Lang Co beach.  Enjoy seafood lunch at local by the beach. Then we continue the afternoon cycling onward to Hue. We will do some mountainous riding before we ride off roads to the oceanic countryside into small fishing villages, benefit from spectacular views by the sea. There will be many well-earned breaks along the way to take in the views, experience local life styles.

Hue Imperial hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
10
Hue countryside bike tour - Train to Ha Noi

HHue was the capital of Vietnam before 1945. It holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past including; tombs, pagodas, typical blend of French and Vietnam’ architectures and historical relics. Before your cycle you will visit the Imperial Citadel, including the Forbidden Purple City. The latter was almost totally destroyed in Vietnam War during the Tet Offensive. Your ride is about 30km through some traditional villages, rice fields, countryside of Hue, stop at some sites; pagoda, bunkers, tombs. Your guide will arrange good restaurant so you try some of the local specialties that graced the Nguyen emperors' banquet tables. Then we get back hotel to have a shower before your guide take you to train station. Sleep a night on Reunification train to Ha Noi.

The Light
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25km
Flat - easy
Night train to Ha Noi
Day
11
Ha Noi - Ha Long

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
Paloma Cruise
Day
12
Ha Long - 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
14.00year old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
02 - 04
Large Group
05 - 14
What's included
Private vehicles
New Giant MTB, wheel size: 27.5" hydraulic brake
Helmets, new bottles of water
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
1 night on cruise in Ha Long bay
10 nights: double room & twin share
1 night on Viollete Express Train
Experienced English speaking bike guides
Pick up/ drop off at hotels
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Drinks are not included with any meal
Tips to bike guide & driver
Road Condition

Our team have been travelling by motorcycle to update and find new routes in very year. We select the best paths and  country back roads with less traffic which A/C van could go on and support all riders during the trip. Touring Vietnam by bike from Ho Chi Minh to Hue and vice versa is not only the way you see Vietnamese lives on back roads but also the better ways to enjoy particular scenery of mountain rangs, dirt track, single track villages, laggon, to challenge some hills but not serious hills. Many routes are flat. Beautiful coastal back roads, single track and gentle hills rolling mountainous areas, fishing villages and rice paddy fields will make your cycling holidays more interesting. In general, mixed of roads; single track, dirt track are rough and but asphalt country back roads and coastal back roads with smooth surface allow you touring the 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

Guaranteed to depart

Currently, this tour have no schedule, yet.

Reviews

Overall we have very, very positive feelings about our trip to Vietnam. Here are the things that we were very happy with through Vietnam Backroads: * Above all, we feel truly lucky that we had Loc Dang as our guide. He was WONDERFUL. We told him that a hundred times, but you can tell him again for us. ;-) * The bikes were in good shape, the van was in good shape, and the driver was good. * We did not feel pressured to "stick to the agenda" with Loc. If a particular route was too difficult or if it was too rainy, Loc was fine letting us ride in the van for a while. Most of the bike routes were very interesting. * Overall we were happy with the food provided by Vietnam Backroads. * The arrangements with Vietnam Airlines and the Paloma Cruise company in Halong Bay were very good. We were happy with those arrangements. Here are the things that we felt could have been better with Backroads Vietnam: * The floating market at Cai Rang near Can Tho was a BIG letdown/disappointment. I had expected to see LOTS of floating boats with people selling produce and flowers. Instead there were just a few boats actually selling, and it seemed very, very touristy (there were more tour boats than boats with people selling/buying things). We felt cheated not getting to see something better/bigger. * For US $4,798, some of the 11 nights spent in hotels could have been much better. We booked our own hotels in Saigon (before the trip began) and Hanoi (after the trip ended) ourselves, so we know that it is so very easy to get a great hotel at a very good price (US $80 or so is enough to get a very nice hotel). The hotels chosen by Vietnam Backroads in Saigon and Quang Ngai were especially bad; we should have stayed at much nicer hotels after spending so much money for the tour. We want your company to make a profit and we felt happy with some of the hotels (Hoi An, Hanoi, etc.), but we are unsure whether we could recommend Vietnam Backroads to our friends due to some of the hotels chosen for us. This definitely needs to be improved. * We did not like having to ride through the heavy traffic of Hue city on the last day of riding bikes. It was SCARY for Americans to be riding through Vietnamese traffic. We would have preferred having the van pick us up out in the countryside. Also, the route around Hue probably could have been better. It seemed to be not really planned well. So, overall there are good points and less good points about our experience. Even though it rained a lot we are glad we chose to go to Vietnam. Due to the reasons outlined above, though, we would have to talk very carefully with our friends here in the US before we could actually recommend using Vietnam Backroads as a touring company. 03 -14 Dec, 2016

Ronald Wilson …
07 Nov 2018