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Cycling from Hanoi via Ho Chi Minh Trails to Hoi An in 14 Days

Price from
1750 USD
Duration
14 Days
Distance
580 KM
Difficulty
Active Cycling Holiday
Tour Code
Trip start in
Ha Noi
Trip ends in
Danang City
Trip type
Active Cycling Holiday
Group size
Min:02 -Max: 12
Bike hired
Included
Biking Level:
Moderate

OVERVIEW

Briefing Activities:

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Biking to Buoc Village(20KM)

Day 3: Buoc Village – Biking to Hang Village (40KM)

Day 4: Hang Village – Biking to Hin Village(30KM)

Day 5: Hin Village – Cam Thuy – Tan Ky(60KM)

Day 6: Tan Ky – Huong Khe(70KM)

Day 7: Huong Khe – Phong Nha – Dong Hoi(60KM)

Day 8: Dong Hoi – Dong Ha – DMZ(60KM)

Day 9: Dong Ha – Khe Sanh – Aluoi(70KM)

Day 10: Aluoi – biking to Thanh My(70KM)

Day 11: Thanh My – biking to Hoi An(80KM)

Day 12: Hoian City Tour

Day 13: Hoi An  Free day

Day 14: Hoian – Danang – Departure flight

HIGHLIGHTS

Ho Chi Minh Trail, a complicated road system, winds along the Truong Son Range, facilitated a huge movement of soldiers and war supplies from North Vietnam to battlefields in the South. The route is incredibly beautiful with new mountain views around every corner, very little traffic, and virtually no tourists. Our cycling on Ho Chi Minh Trail brings you a great challenge physical while give your opportunities to learn about Vietnamese history while enjoying wonderful nature. The bikes startup at the stunning valley Mai Chau and concludes in Hoian, a charming ancient town in central Vietnam.

 

Cycling from Hanoi via Ho Chi Minh Trails to Hoi An in 14 Days
Cycling from Hanoi via Ho Chi Minh Trails to Hoi An in 14 Days
Cycling from Hanoi via Ho Chi Minh Trails to Hoi An in 14 Days
Cycling from Hanoi via Ho Chi Minh Trails to Hoi An in 14 Days
Cycling from Hanoi via Ho Chi Minh Trails to Hoi An in 14 Days
Cycling from Hanoi via Ho Chi Minh Trails to Hoi An in 14 Days
Cycling from Hanoi via Ho Chi Minh Trails to Hoi An in 14 Days
Cycling from Hanoi via Ho Chi Minh Trails to Hoi An in 14 Days
Cycling from Hanoi via Ho Chi Minh Trails to Hoi An in 14 Days
Cycling from Hanoi via Ho Chi Minh Trails to Hoi An in 14 Days
Cycling from Hanoi via Ho Chi Minh Trails to Hoi An in 14 Days
Cycling from Hanoi via Ho Chi Minh Trails to Hoi An in 14 Days

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Upon arrival at Hanoi airport, you will be met by our Vietnam adventure tour guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Hanoi. On the way to Hanoi, in addition to a brief introduction about our biking tour and Hanoi information, our guide will help you with some orientation about the bikes as well as the road, traffic conditions in Vietnam. If time permits, we can have a riding test in the afternoon so that you can get along well with the bikes.
Check in our room then enjoy a welcome dinner with local delicacies. Overnight in Hanoi.
Summary
Airport transfer: 1 hour by private AC car
Meal: Welcome dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi


Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Buoc Village ~ 20km/12miles biking
Kick start our adventure with a drive to the well-known and beautiful valley Mai Chau at 8 am. You will be provided with professional bikes and a good quality helmet.
We drive for about 4 hours to reach Mai Chau, the gateway to the impressive mountainous area of northern Vietnam. The drive is very nice with a stunning view of mountains, valleys, sugarcane farms, and rice paddies. We would have a stop en route for refreshment and/or photo hunts.
Upon arrival in Mai Chau, we have a lunch stop in Pom Coong, a village of Thai ethnic minority where we will have lunch in a local house. After lunch, we embark on a Mai Chau biking on the village road to Buoc, a village of Thai minority group. You will be provided a professional bike and helmets. Our start-up biking segment today is on a small, less tourist village road. We arrive at Buoc Village late afternoon where we will have dinner and overnight in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai family.
Summary
Transfer to Mai Chau: 170km with 4 hrs driving
Biking:   20km on the undulating village road
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay


Day 3: Buoc – Hang Village (Pu Luong Nature Reserve) ~ 40km/25miles biking
With this biking day, we will upgrade the challenging level a bit to yesterday. The bike will be longer and on bumpy road for the very last part. Enjoy the breakfast then we embark on a beautiful ride following shaded village roads to Van Mai Village where we have lunch in a local house.
After lunch we ride southward to Pu Luong Nature Reserve. We will first bike on beautiful road through Mai Chau valley before jumping into bumpy village road the last 15km. We will reach Hang Village around 5 pm. Here we take another homestay at a Thai family. The dinner is included at the house.
Summary
Biking:   40km – unpaved bumpy road – Moderate grade
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay


Day 4: Hang Village – Hin Village ~ 30km/18miles biking
Today is a tough day with a long climb on a mix of dirt paths and village roads. This road is an original part of the historic Ho Chi Minh Trail, which runs through the Pu Luong Nature Reserve. In the morning we cycle ascending mainly. In the afternoon we enjoy an easier ride slightly downhill to Hin, a village of the Thai minority. Great mountain view and scenic villages. Lunch in local house en route. Dinner and overnight in Hin village.
Summary
Biking:   30km – unpaved bumpy road – Challenging grade
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay


Day 5: Hin Village – Tan Ky ~ 60km/37miles biking
In the morning, we say goodbye to the villagers and ride toward Ma River passing expansive maize fields. Near the river, we would see many water wheels used by the locals to water their farms. We cross the river on the bridge and have lunch in Canh Nang town.
Treat your stomach with our well-prepared lunch, we continue biking toward the Fairy Fish Stream in Cam Luong where you see thousands of fish in a shallow stream. You can feed and touch them. After that, you keep cycling southward on Ho Chi Minh Highway. In the afternoon we will use the van for over 100km transfer to Tan Ky Town, where we will stay overnight in a small hotel and have dinner in a local restaurant.
Summary
Biking:  60km – 40% unpaved bumpy road, 60% paved road – Moderate grade
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch,
Accommodation: Hotel in Tan Ky


Day 6: Tan Ky – Huong Khe ~ 70km/44miles biking
Breakfast in Tan Ky and ride on Ho Chi Minh Highway to Pho Chau, a small town 87km south of Tan Ky. We will tackle around 40km in the morning. The ride is on a smooth road and passing peaceful villages and stunning mountain range. We take the bus ride the last 40km to Pho Chau for lunch. After lunch, we jump into a branch of Ho Chi Minh Trail, a smaller road leading to Dong Loc T-junction. This was a hot spot, which was bombed heavily during the Vietnam War. Continue riding for 1 hour then we meet the Ho Chi Minh Highway again. Bus transfer to Huong Khe. Dinner and overnight on Huong Khe.
Summary
Biking distance: 70-80km – 60% quiet highway, 40% smaller paved road
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Accommodation: Hotel in Huong Khe


Day 7: Huong Khe – Phong Nha – Dong Hoi ~ 60km/37miles biking
After breakfast bus drives 20km and then we begin our ride today toward Phong Nha National Park. The biking today is on the pave highway. Lunch stop in Liem Phu. We take a bus ride to Phong Nha Cave, which is a World Heritage Site. Upon arrival in Phong Nha we take a boat cruise on the river to explore the cave.
The cave exploration often lasts for 2 hours with amazing limestone formation inside the cave. We are back to the boat pier then take a bus ride to Dong Hoi to check in the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Dong Hoi.
Summary
Biking distance: 60km – highway
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Hoi


Day 8: Dong Hoi – Dong Ha – DMZ ~ 60km/37miles biking
Breakfast in the hotel. We have a short bus ride before beginning biking today. The ride is totally on Ho Chi Minh Highway. We will have a stop at the Truong Son Cemetery where some hundred of thousand soldiers who served in the army during the Vietnam War are resting in peace.
Bus transfer to Dong Ha for hotel check-in. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we have a DMZ tour by bus. Here you will listen to our guide to explain the importance, as well as the violence of this, is during the war time. We do not judge right or wrong, just stay here to tribute the fallen soldiers and value our present peaceful life. Dinner and overnight in Dong Ha.
Summary
Biking distance: 60km – quiet highway
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Ha


Day 9: Dong Ha – Khe Sanh – A Luoi ~ 60km/37miles biking
Breakfast in the hotel and take a bus ride to Khe Sanh. Visit the old military base before beginning the biking along Da Krong River. The ride is so beautiful with river and tribal villages along the road. We will have a lunch stop on the way. In the afternoon, we continue riding to A Luoi. The last 20km can be done by bus.
The biking segment today gets you to pass through one of the most brutal battlefields. The historical stories blending with awesome scenery give us mixed feelings of enjoyment and sadness. They also make you understand how Ho Chi Minh trail becomes a legend in this painful part of our history.
Dinner and overnight in A Luoi.
Summary
Biking distance: 60-70km – quiet highway
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Aluoi


Day 10: A Luoi – Thanh My ~ 70km/43miles biking
Breakfast in town. We will have a bus transfer to the summit of a long, high pass. Begin the beautiful ride downhill 40km to Prao. Lunch in Prao. In the afternoon, continue riding to Thanh My. Dinner and overnight in Thanh My.
Summary
Biking distance: 70km – Challenging grade
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Thanh My


Day 11: Thanh My – Hoi An ~ 80km/50miles biking
Enjoy breakfast in Thanh My and get excited about our target today, Hoi a town – the World Heritage site. Startup with a ride-along Vu Gia River to Hoian for the next 80km from Thanh My. We will have a lunch stop in Dai Loc before getting back to our bike and cycling to Hoian. The biking segment today is pleasant since we ride mainly downhill and on flat terrain.
We reach Hoian at around 5pm. Check-in hotel and have dinner in the Old Quarter of Hoian. Overnight in Hoian.
Summary
Biking distance: 80km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian


Day 12: Hoian Half-day Ancient Tour
This morning, we take a half-day guided tour to get to know about Hoian Ancient town. The afternoon is free on your own to explore the town. Overnight in Hoian.
Summary
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.


Day 13: Free on your own.

Today is a free and easy day for your shopping or relaxing day., The best option for today is swimming at Cua Dai beach which is 04 KM away from the town. Overnight in Hoian


Day 14: Hoian – Danang – Departure flight
Free morning until time to transfer to the Danang airport for flight to onward destination.
Summary
Airport transfer: 35 minutes driving
Meals: Breakfast


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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Upon arrival at Hanoi airport, you will be met by our Vietnam adventure tour guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Hanoi. On the way to Hanoi, in addition to a brief introduction about our biking tour and Hanoi information, our guide will help you with some orientation about the bikes as well as the road, traffic conditions in Vietnam. If time permits, we can have a riding test in the afternoon so that you can get along well with the bikes.
Check in our room then enjoy a welcome dinner with local delicacies. Overnight in Hanoi.
Summary
Airport transfer: 1 hour by private AC car
Meal: Welcome dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi


Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Buoc Village ~ 20km/12miles biking
Kick start our adventure with a drive to the well-known and beautiful valley Mai Chau at 8 am. You will be provided with professional bikes and a good quality helmet.
We drive for about 4 hours to reach Mai Chau, the gateway to the impressive mountainous area of northern Vietnam. The drive is very nice with a stunning view of mountains, valleys, sugarcane farms, and rice paddies. We would have a stop en route for refreshment and/or photo hunts.
Upon arrival in Mai Chau, we have a lunch stop in Pom Coong, a village of Thai ethnic minority where we will have lunch in a local house. After lunch, we embark on a Mai Chau biking on the village road to Buoc, a village of Thai minority group. You will be provided a professional bike and helmets. Our start-up biking segment today is on a small, less tourist village road. We arrive at Buoc Village late afternoon where we will have dinner and overnight in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai family.
Summary
Transfer to Mai Chau: 170km with 4 hrs driving
Biking:   20km on the undulating village road
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay


Day 3: Buoc – Hang Village (Pu Luong Nature Reserve) ~ 40km/25miles biking
With this biking day, we will upgrade the challenging level a bit to yesterday. The bike will be longer and on bumpy road for the very last part. Enjoy the breakfast then we embark on a beautiful ride following shaded village roads to Van Mai Village where we have lunch in a local house.
After lunch we ride southward to Pu Luong Nature Reserve. We will first bike on beautiful road through Mai Chau valley before jumping into bumpy village road the last 15km. We will reach Hang Village around 5 pm. Here we take another homestay at a Thai family. The dinner is included at the house.
Summary
Biking:   40km – unpaved bumpy road – Moderate grade
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay


Day 4: Hang Village – Hin Village ~ 30km/18miles biking
Today is a tough day with a long climb on a mix of dirt paths and village roads. This road is an original part of the historic Ho Chi Minh Trail, which runs through the Pu Luong Nature Reserve. In the morning we cycle ascending mainly. In the afternoon we enjoy an easier ride slightly downhill to Hin, a village of the Thai minority. Great mountain view and scenic villages. Lunch in local house en route. Dinner and overnight in Hin village.
Summary
Biking:   30km – unpaved bumpy road – Challenging grade
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay


Day 5: Hin Village – Tan Ky ~ 60km/37miles biking
In the morning, we say goodbye to the villagers and ride toward Ma River passing expansive maize fields. Near the river, we would see many water wheels used by the locals to water their farms. We cross the river on the bridge and have lunch in Canh Nang town.
Treat your stomach with our well-prepared lunch, we continue biking toward the Fairy Fish Stream in Cam Luong where you see thousands of fish in a shallow stream. You can feed and touch them. After that, you keep cycling southward on Ho Chi Minh Highway. In the afternoon we will use the van for over 100km transfer to Tan Ky Town, where we will stay overnight in a small hotel and have dinner in a local restaurant.
Summary
Biking:  60km – 40% unpaved bumpy road, 60% paved road – Moderate grade
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch,
Accommodation: Hotel in Tan Ky


Day 6: Tan Ky – Huong Khe ~ 70km/44miles biking
Breakfast in Tan Ky and ride on Ho Chi Minh Highway to Pho Chau, a small town 87km south of Tan Ky. We will tackle around 40km in the morning. The ride is on a smooth road and passing peaceful villages and stunning mountain range. We take the bus ride the last 40km to Pho Chau for lunch. After lunch, we jump into a branch of Ho Chi Minh Trail, a smaller road leading to Dong Loc T-junction. This was a hot spot, which was bombed heavily during the Vietnam War. Continue riding for 1 hour then we meet the Ho Chi Minh Highway again. Bus transfer to Huong Khe. Dinner and overnight on Huong Khe.
Summary
Biking distance: 70-80km – 60% quiet highway, 40% smaller paved road
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Accommodation: Hotel in Huong Khe


Day 7: Huong Khe – Phong Nha – Dong Hoi ~ 60km/37miles biking
After breakfast bus drives 20km and then we begin our ride today toward Phong Nha National Park. The biking today is on the pave highway. Lunch stop in Liem Phu. We take a bus ride to Phong Nha Cave, which is a World Heritage Site. Upon arrival in Phong Nha we take a boat cruise on the river to explore the cave.
The cave exploration often lasts for 2 hours with amazing limestone formation inside the cave. We are back to the boat pier then take a bus ride to Dong Hoi to check in the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Dong Hoi.
Summary
Biking distance: 60km – highway
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Hoi


Day 8: Dong Hoi – Dong Ha – DMZ ~ 60km/37miles biking
Breakfast in the hotel. We have a short bus ride before beginning biking today. The ride is totally on Ho Chi Minh Highway. We will have a stop at the Truong Son Cemetery where some hundred of thousand soldiers who served in the army during the Vietnam War are resting in peace.
Bus transfer to Dong Ha for hotel check-in. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we have a DMZ tour by bus. Here you will listen to our guide to explain the importance, as well as the violence of this, is during the war time. We do not judge right or wrong, just stay here to tribute the fallen soldiers and value our present peaceful life. Dinner and overnight in Dong Ha.
Summary
Biking distance: 60km – quiet highway
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Ha


Day 9: Dong Ha – Khe Sanh – A Luoi ~ 60km/37miles biking
Breakfast in the hotel and take a bus ride to Khe Sanh. Visit the old military base before beginning the biking along Da Krong River. The ride is so beautiful with river and tribal villages along the road. We will have a lunch stop on the way. In the afternoon, we continue riding to A Luoi. The last 20km can be done by bus.
The biking segment today gets you to pass through one of the most brutal battlefields. The historical stories blending with awesome scenery give us mixed feelings of enjoyment and sadness. They also make you understand how Ho Chi Minh trail becomes a legend in this painful part of our history.
Dinner and overnight in A Luoi.
Summary
Biking distance: 60-70km – quiet highway
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Aluoi


Day 10: A Luoi – Thanh My ~ 70km/43miles biking
Breakfast in town. We will have a bus transfer to the summit of a long, high pass. Begin the beautiful ride downhill 40km to Prao. Lunch in Prao. In the afternoon, continue riding to Thanh My. Dinner and overnight in Thanh My.
Summary
Biking distance: 70km – Challenging grade
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Thanh My


Day 11: Thanh My – Hoi An ~ 80km/50miles biking
Enjoy breakfast in Thanh My and get excited about our target today, Hoi a town – the World Heritage site. Startup with a ride-along Vu Gia River to Hoian for the next 80km from Thanh My. We will have a lunch stop in Dai Loc before getting back to our bike and cycling to Hoian. The biking segment today is pleasant since we ride mainly downhill and on flat terrain.
We reach Hoian at around 5pm. Check-in hotel and have dinner in the Old Quarter of Hoian. Overnight in Hoian.
Summary
Biking distance: 80km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian


Day 12: Hoian Half-day Ancient Tour
This morning, we take a half-day guided tour to get to know about Hoian Ancient town. The afternoon is free on your own to explore the town. Overnight in Hoian.
Summary
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.


Day 13: Free on your own.

Today is a free and easy day for your shopping or relaxing day., The best option for today is swimming at Cua Dai beach which is 04 KM away from the town. Overnight in Hoian


Day 14: Hoian – Danang – Departure flight
Free morning until time to transfer to the Danang airport for flight to onward destination.
Summary
Airport transfer: 35 minutes driving
Meals: Breakfast


Countryside Adventures

WHAT IS INCLUDED
Private A/C vehicle to transfer and carry the bikes
Good quality helmets
High-end Mountain bikes rental
Professional biking English speaking guide
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Homestay permission
Accommodation in twin share basis as listed
Boat trip in Phong nha
Water and snack on every biking segment
First-aid kit
Entrance & Sightseeing fees
Service charges and taxes


WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Travel insurance
All flights and other accommodation
Visa process and stamp fee
Tips and gratitude
Personal expenses
Others not mentioned

Please contact us for the best-updated prices.

info@countrysidediscovery.com


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TRIP PROFILE

Road conditions: Most of the roads in the Northeast inclusive of Ho Chi Minh trails are hilly and passes, mountainous terrain, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descent and uneven trails.

The total cycling distance for 14 days is around 580 km, as a group size of 02 -05 riders, we will arrange 01 experienced cycle guides setting an even pace and stop often to visit points of interest and sample some of the local food. Our support vehicle follows close behind with plenty of refreshments. For a group size from 06 -12 riders, we will arrange 02 Cycling guides or 01 mechanics


BIKING GRADE
Moderate Grade means these tours involve active, physically required activities up to 03 – 06 hours per day, under variable weather conditions or quick attitude changes. You should be at a good level of fitness.

Who suits: Recommended for fit travelers

Activity: 4-6 hours most days

Distances:  Cycle 40 – 55 miles (or 65 – 88km) most days

Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day (about 1200m)

Altitude: up to 12,000 ft. (about 3600m))


Bikes

The bikes you will be riding are well-known such as Trek/ Giant or Cannondale makes of hybrid or mountain bikes (depending on the tour) with lightweight alloy frames, 27- 29 speed gearing, Disc-brakes, and Shimano components, and front suspension.


Bike Repairs

Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though we cannot guarantee to have spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube, and a pump while riding is recommended.


Safety

Wearing a helmet is required on all our biking adventures and is nonnegotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you will not be allowed to cycle. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree, you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour.


Guides

You will be led by a local English-speaking guide and if the group is 9 people or more we will add another guide to the tour. All our guides are well informed in the history, culture, and religions of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Your guide is also medically trained and an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.


THE BIKING DAYS
A typical biking day starts at about 7.30 am after breakfast. Lunchtimes can vary depending on the distance. We aim to reach the next overnight stop by 4.30 or 5:00 pm. During the biking, we will have short breaks for rest, snack,s and photographs.
Depending on the distance and the terrain the biking day can be part-drive part-ride or riding the whole way.


WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING WITH?

  • Original passport – compulsory
  • Suitable, familiar shoes/ a pair of string back sandals or slippers. *
  • A small backpack with rain cover. *
  • Cycling shoes *
  • Regular cycling gloves *
  • Helmet best fitting your head size – often give more comfort
  • Personal knee and elbow protections *
  • Clothes:
  • Base-layers, short sleeve cycling jerseys *
  • Long-sleeved Cycling jerseys *
  • Padded cycling shorts x 2, incl. 1 pair of baggies
  • Cycling tights or tricksters
  • 100% cotton, comfortable underwear (top/bottom).
  • A light sweater or jacket.
  • Sleeping clothes (top/bottom).
  • Several pairs of socks.
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. 
  • Light raincoats.
  • Toiletries – woman’s sanitary products.
  • Anti-insect repellent.
  • Common medicines in your personal first-aid kits.
  • GoPro Camera – optional – to record details of your journey.
  • GPS mobile phone with multi sockets – optional – to entertain and keep contact with your family or fellow passengers.

THE NITTY GRITTY


Health

We recommend that you visit a travel medical doctor and ask about the following vaccinations: typhoid, polio, tetanus, and hepatitis A. A certificate for Yellow Fever is required when arriving from an infected area within six days.


Weather

The weather in Vietnam is split into two distinct weather patterns Tropical and temperate zone.  The average temperature ranges from 22 to 27 degrees all year round but in the South, temperatures can stay almost the same.  The Southern part of Vietnam has 2 distinct seasons.  The cold season is from November to April and the hot season from May to October. Whilst in the North there are 4 seasons with a distinct difference between them.  It can get cool in the winter but very warm in the summer.

The best months to travel in the north-east is during the dry season, from October to April,  although December and January can get very cold. We recommend avoiding traveling during the rainy season (May to September).


Food

Most meals are included in your trip price apart from noncycling days and some other exclusions. Please check the itinerary for full details. If you have a special dietary request, please advise us at the time of booking. Most diets can be catered for, but it is always important to advise us in advance.
Rice is the staple food in Vietnam. Soup with rice noodles is a national dish. Recipes for main meals make use of vegetables, meat, and fish. Herbs and spices used in food preparation include basil, coriander, lemongrass, mint, and black pepper. Other ingredients are garlic, onions, ginger, and lime juice. There are numerous types of noodles eaten at all times of the day and noodle and rice-based snacks wrapped in rice paper or leaves are available.  Desserts include a variety of cakes and fresh fruit (bananas, durians, guavas, jackfruit, mangoes, oranges, persimmons, and pineapples).  Popular drinks are tea, coffee, and beer. The local spirit is rice wine.


Drink

Keeping you completely hydrated is a job we take very seriously. Coldwater, some energy-restoring local fruit, and soft drinks are included in the tour price while riding. Soft drinks and other beverages during meals are not included. Beer is freely available everywhere but is NOT included in the price.


Solo Travelers

Countryside Adventures does not require you to pay a surcharge for traveling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveler of the same gender and if we can not match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.


 HOTELS AND HOMESTAY
In big towns, we use the finest 3-star with the central location. Please contact us if you prefer a higher hotel category. In remote areas, we use the best hotels or guest houses available.
Homestay in villages is basic in terms of bedding conditions and amenities. We will sleep on a bed or floor with a mattress, clean sheet, pillows, and mosquito nets. The toilet is usually a western style.


GENERAL BOOKING INFO


Booking

If this is the tour for you here’s what you need to do to confirm your place: Read our Booking Conditions.


Deposit

When booking your tour, you’ll be required to pay a deposit to guarantee your place. For tours less than 7 days, the deposit amount is 100% of the tour price, per rider. For tours 7 days or longer, the deposit amount is 30% of the tour price, per rider.


Balance

Day tours and tours shorter than 7 days require full payment at the time of booking. For tours 7 days or longer, full payment must be paid 45 days before the departure date with fees for any bicycle rental(s), single supplement(s) and extra hotel nights. Our confirmation will include personal details you provided us (including your flight information), visa application advice, a packing suggestion list, and a detailed tour itinerary. It will also include a checklist to ensure you get everything ready for your holiday.


Cancellation Policy

On the rare occasions when we, Countryside Adventures, must cancel a trip, all payments received to date will be 100% refunded, which constitutes full settlement. There will be absolutely no deductions. If you, the client, must cancel your reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined according to when you cancel. For full details, please read our cancellation policy.


Countryside Adventures Team