Highlight of the Trip
Between the contrasting cosmopolitan cities of Saigon and Hanoi, Vietnam boasts spectacular beaches, forest dappled mountains and a wealth of modern and ancient history.
Our cycling adventure begins in the vibrant city of Saigon, better known as Ho Chi Minh City.
Despite the vibrant bustle, Saigon’s timeless temples sit peacefully amongst modern architecture and traditional street vendors.
Heading out of the city we visit the famous ‘Cu-Chi Tunnels’, where the North Vietnam Army resided in a subterranean world, tormenting their enemies for many years.
The following day we take a short domestic flight to the charming hill town of Dalat. Over the next two days we seek out quiet country lanes and tackle the Hon Giao Pass (2062m) before enjoying a rest day on the soft sands of Nha Trang Bay, famous for its junk boat journeys. Combining a balance of private vehicle transfers and cycling, we continue northwards as we ride through friendly Viet villages and take in stunning coastal views.
The ancient UNESCO trading port of Hoi-An, with its delicious cuisine and colourful market vendors, is worthy of a two night stopover and a visit to the nearby My-Son Cham ruins. With our cycling legs in good shape, we ride onwards to the historic Nguyen Dynasty town of Hue via the sensational Hai Van Pass and explore the banks of the Perfume River.
An overnight train transports us North, where we intermingle boat and bicycles to experience the best of the North. Cycling across Cat-Ba Island is followed by an unforgettable day of cruising as we discover the limestone pinnacles of the UNESCO listed Halong Bay.
With our last night in sophisticated Hanoi, provides a show stopping finale to this Vietnamese cycling adventure.
Day 1: Saigon Arrival.
Upon your arrival in Saigon City,pick up by Countryside Adventures guide and transfer to your hotel.
In the late afternoon we meet our guide and fellow group members for a briefing and having welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Saigon City.
Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels
Morning short transfer out of the city to a peaceful countryside where we will cycle to the famous historival site ‘Cu-Chi Tunnels’, home for many years to the Southern Liberation Vietnam Army during the Vietnam War.
The tunnels provided the perfect underground world to evade enemy attacks.
Lunch en route after our visit to the tunnel network.
Returning to Saigon by vehicle transfer, we enjoy another night in this superb city.
Cycling distance: Approx Ride Distance 35km.
Road Conditions: Flat,Countryside Roads
Day 3: Saigon flight Dalat
We take an early morning transfer for our short domestic flight to the highland town of Dalat! Also known as ‘Le Petit Paris’, due to its popularity during the French-Colonial period,
Dalat is a charming hill station with superb quiet country lanes and villages to explored by bike.
Riding from the airport to enjoy spectacular view of its location 1,000 meters above the sea level.
Cycling Distance 35 – 50km.
Road condition: Hilly
Day 4: Dalat – Nha Trang Beach City.
Our departure from Dalat begins with gentle ride via the lakes of Xuan Huong through flower and fruit plantations.
Our destination today is the vibrant resort of Nha Trang, via the spectacular Hon Giao pass (2062M). Famed for its junk boats and turquoise waters Nha Trang ends our day with a touch of paradise!
Approx Ride Distance 100km.
Road Condition: Hilly, With up and down..
Day 5: Nha Trang relaxing day.
This free day at Vietnam’s popular coastal hang-out of Nha Trang is yours to recharge and relax! Kick back and chill out on the beach or take to the waters on a junk boat,
today you can do as little or as much activity as you want. overnight in Nha Trang
Day 6: Nha Trang – Tuy Hoa
From Nha Trang we cycle onwards to the traditional fishing village of Vung Ro and have time to make the most of the quiet Dai Lanh beach.
Our afternoon riding follows a beautiful rolling route through hillside villages and friendly encounters.
Approx Ride Distance 80km.
Day 7: Tuy Hoa – Quy Nhon
From Tuy Hoa we transfer to peaceful back roads, as we follow rail tracks through Viet settlements framed by classic views of terraced farms, pot-bellied pigs and the familiar sight of conical hats bobbing around in the distance.
Rounding the day off we finish at the lagoons and lakes of Quinhon.
Approx Ride Distance 65km.
Day 8: Quy Nhon – Quang Ngai
Riding the coastal road to the Tra O Lagoon, we cycle through the Bing Dinh province following quiet farmers’ lanes as we cycle from village to village.
After refuelling with a traditional lunch we continue onwards to our accommodation at Quang Ngai for the night.
Approx Ride Distance 70km.
Day 9: Quang Ngai – Hoi An
This morning we take a guided tour of the nearby My Lai war memorial site.
Sadly one of the worst massacres of Vietnam War, My Lai has become a poignant reminder in conveying the horrors of war.
After our tour, we transfer by private bus, and start riding at Tam Ky as we pedal onto possible the most charming coastal town in Vietnam, Hoi-An.
Approx Ride Distance 70km.
Day 10: Hoi An – My son hollyland
We leave the delights of Hoi-An and cycle west to the impressive archaeological site of My Son. Once the ancient centre of the Cham civilisation, this scenic ride to the ruins is just as impressive as the ruins themselves.
Returning to Hoi-An by private transfer, the evening is free to discover the historic UNESCO listed streets of Hoi An.
Ride Distance 54km.
Day 11: Hoi An – Hue Citadel
With our cycling legs in good shape we tackle the historic Hai Van Pass. In years gone by, Hai Van was a natural division between the two kingdoms of Da Nang and Dai Viet.
As we take a steady cycle, our climb opens up to present us with spectacular views of the South China Sea. Having earned our descent, we head for the ancient attractions of Hue.
Ride Distance 100km.
Day 12: Hue countryside by bike
Cycling out to the banks of the Perfume River, we swap bikes for a boat ride enabling us to reach the best vantage points of this former capital of the Nguyen Dynasty.
Its the back to dry land as we ride back to Hue for a quick freshen before boarding our overnight sleeper train to Ninh Binh.
Approx Ride Distance 30km.
Day 13: Ninh Binh
Arriving in the buzz of the morning we refresh and refuel before cycling out into an incredible change of scenery.
Conical hats bob around rice paddies as stunning limestone towers make up the stunning Karst Mountain skyline.
Cycling onwards, we head for Vietnam’s largest nature reserve, Cuc Phoung National Park.
Approx Ride Distance 60km.
Day 14: Cuc Phuong national park
Covered in lush vegetation, Cuc Phoung is a unique cycling experience as we ride amongst some of Vietnam’s rarest plant and mammal life.
Beyond the biodiversity, we pass through traditional Muong village life with their picturesque stilted houses. We end the day with a short transfer to one of Vietnams major ports, Haipoig. Approx Ride Distance: 60km.
Day 15: Hai Phong – Cat Ba
After a short ferry hop to the rugged, jungle clad island of Cat-Ba we start todays ride on the islands only road!
On this largest of Halong Bay islands, Cat Ba has an incredible wealth of bio-diversity, including the endangered Cat Ba, Lungur monkey and over 220 plant species. A day of paradise island riding! Approx Ride Distance 27km.
Day 16: Cat Ba
Our final ride leads us through the lanes of Cat Ba and onto the waterfront where we meet our cruise boat for the day.
Cruising amongst the limestone pinnacles of the UNESCO listed Halong Bay, is a superb finale to our Vietnamese cyclo-cultural experience!
Transferring to Hanoi in the late afternoon we enjoy a farewell dinner in Hanoi City. Approx Ride Distance 25km
Day 17: Home Onwards
Depending on your flight departure time, you may wish to explore Hanoi.
If you prefer, you may wish to book extra hotel nights. Countryside Adventures package services end after breakfast.
Departure: On your request.
Package cost per rider for Group size:
02 -04 Riders : US$ 2450
05 -08 Riders: US$ 2120
09 -12 Riders: US$ 1980