Vietnam offers cyclists a host of remarkable riding opportunities, and this tour takes full advantage of that. As you make your way from the energetic city of Ho Chi Minh along the coast to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and stunning natural wonders, through mountains and countryside to Hoi An, you’ll experience everything from historic monuments and citadels to small fishing villages, the caves of Phong Nha, and countless rice fields. Explore Hue’s Imperial City, cycle the scenic Hai Van Pass, and check out the ruins of My Son as you visit these must-see locations as well as authentic off-the-beaten-track spots. You’ll see all the beauty and learn much of the history of Vietnam. Hop on your bikes and join us for this ultimate Vietnam experience.
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Day 1: Welcome to Saigon
Welcome to the fascinating city of Ho Chi Minh, also known by its former name Saigon, famous for ending the Vietnam War when it fell to the North Vietnamese in 1975. In addition to its historical significance, Saigon is Vietnam’s most populated city, full of activity and home to classic examples of French colonial architecture and an innovative culinary scene.
We will meet in our hotel at 3 pm for a briefing and introduction before heading out on a special nighttime tour of the best food Saigon has to offer. This night will delight foodies and skeptics alike, with a stop for drinks at a local cafe, tasting of a variety of specialties at two different restaurants, a visit to a coffee shop with live music, and a taste of Vietnamese nightlife at a local bar. Don’t forget to bring your appetite!
Day 2: Flight & Ride to Chay Lap
Riding: 35km cycling – This morning we’ll head to the airport for a short flight to Dong Hoi before we take to our bikes. Dong Hoi is a pleasant seaside port town with hardly a tourist in sight, and we’ll spend our morning pedaling through its bright river valley. After lunch, we’ll ride to Chay Lap where we’ll stay in the night at a farm homestay amidst towering hills and lush greenery. This is a unique opportunity to delve into Vietnamese culture in this rural setting of untouched farming land.
Day 3: Caving & Free Afternoon in Phong Nha
Head underground into the mysterious Phong Nha cave and underground rivers that make up this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The day’s cave exploration requires an hour of trekking, but the unique rock formations of the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park are ample reward for your efforts. We’ll make our way along the stalagmites and stalactites, past the beautiful reef and sandbank, to the spectacular underground lake.
The afternoon and evening are free for you to enjoy a drink by the pool at our farmstay, or explore this incredibly fertile and unspoiled area nestled far from the bustling cities and crazy tourist scenes of much of this Southeast Asian country.
Day 4: Cycle & Train to Hue
Riding: 30km cycling – Once we’ve taken a train ride to Hue, we’ll warm up our legs with a scenic bike ride through the countryside. We’ll pass friendly locals hard at work, a variety of animals grazing in their pastures, and the peaceful surroundings of this rural area. Pedal past the peaceful Lap An lagoon tucked into the landscape like something out of a movie! Tonight make your own way around the historical city of Hue.
Day 5: Cycle Hue
Riding: 30km cycling – A day of historical exploration awaits as we hop on our bikes and cycle to some of the highlights of this ancient city. We’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Imperial City for a tour of its citadel and grounds, then head to the sacred tombs of former Vietnamese emperors, such as the opulent 19th century Tu Duc tomb along the river. This evening we will enjoy dinner in a private home, with the chance to taste proper Vietnamese cooking and hear the stories of this delightful family.
Day 6: Cycle Hai Van Pass to Hoi An
Riding: 50km cycling – Today we’ll transfer out of Hue to the starting point of our ride. Make sure to get a good stretch before you pedal along the Hai Van Pass. This 21 kilometer stretch of road, with 10 kilometers of steady, achievable climbing, traverses part of the Truong Son mountain range of Vietnam, and as it winds its way through the mountains, the route provides spectacular views of the coast down below.
Have your camera at the ready to snap some pictures of this idyllic blue and green scenery as you rest along this climb. We’ll pedal to an ancient Buddha statue set on a headland near Da Nang City before transferring the rest of the way to Hoi An. Once in the city, we’ll take to the streets for a walking tour of the Old Town and a wonderful dinner together there.
Day 7: Hoi An Countryside Ride
Riding: 25-45km cycling – Early this morning you’ll have the option to kayak along the Thu Bon river as the sun rises above the city of Hoi An. If you can get yourself up, the experience is totally worth it! Later we’ll pedal across the river into the countryside, passing through small traditional villages, onto dirt pathways past family farms and rice fields, exchanging smiles with workers along the way.
After renewing our energy with a snack, we’ll cycle on towards the ruins of My Son: another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once we’ve arrived, we’ll have the chance to wander through these ruins built by the Cham people who were originally Hindu and later evolved to practice Islam. The Cham kingdom was eventually conquered by the Vietnamese and then the Khmer, but the ruins of this sacred sanctuary remain in good shape, though covered in moss. We will transfer from My Son back to Hoi An.
Day 8: Cycle Tam Ky
Riding: 50km cycling – This morning we will transfer an hour to the small, provincial city of Tam Ky before beginning our bike route that brings us back along the coast towards Hoi An. Take a peek above the handlebars, and catch a glimpse of headstones and graves that dot the landscape along the sand dunes and waterways. Once we’ve reached the Cua Dai bridge that spans the Thu Bon River, we’ll take a boat back to ancient Hoi An. Tonight let’s make the most of our last Vietnamese meal together at our farewell dinner.
Day 9: Tour Concludes
Our tour concludes today with a transfer back to the Da Nang Airport.
2020 Dates & Prices
2021 Dates & Prices
July: 03, 31
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8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Cannondale CX3 mountain bikes
Support Vehicle :
An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
8 nights accommodation
Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:
Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking. * Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.