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15 Days Adventure Cycling Holidays in Vietnam

Flower Hotel, 55 Nguyen Truong To Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Exciting Cycling Holidays Vietnam

Join Journey Expedition Travel in this exciting cycling holidays in Vietnam! It will be a unique and outstanding way to experience the daily life of the Vietnamese people. In this holiday, you will discover the longstanding culture and colorful tribal people, uncover the world’s cultural and natural heritage sites, meet a lot of friendly and hospitable people, and enjoy one of the most delicious foods in the world!

key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Undulated road and some relatively descend and steep pass (mixed of falling road, tarmac road, dirt road, off the beaten track, and single track)
  • Difficulty level: Challenging (cyclist needs to have a high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs / or 46 to 80 or more miles per day)
  • Total distance: 935 kilometers / 581 miles
  • Vacation type: mountain biking, adventure cycling
  • Type of bike: mountain bike, touring bike, cyclocross / gravel bike, hybrid bike

Highlights

  • 12-day guided bike tour
  • 1 boat trip to Hon Mun islands
  • Service of a professional English speaking guide
  • Sightseeing tour along the hills, villages, fields, and islands
  • Support vehicle throughout the cycling tour
  • Daily meals, snacks, and drinks
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


13 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 16
Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport
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Accommodation

On the first night, you will stay at Flower Hotel in Hanoi. You will spend the following night in transit on a train to Hue. On the third night, you will stay in Hue. On the fourth night, accommodation will be at the Lang Co beach. On the fifth and sixth night, you will stay in Hoian city.

On the seventh night, you will stay in Quang Ngai, then in Quy Nhon, and in Tuy Hoa. On the tenth and eleventh nights, you will stay in Nha Trang. Moreover, the following nights will be spent at Dalat, Mui Ne beach, and Binh Chau Long Hai respectively.

There is no surcharge for single travelers, you will be matched with another same-sex single traveler. You will stay in friendly hotels, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places you will be staying in are not on the standard tourist trail. In larger cities and towns, the hotels are generally more western style and are three or four-star hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would in your home.

Moreover, homestay in the villages is in a simple term of bedding condition and amenities. You will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow, and mosquito nets. The toilet is usually western style. Accommodations are based on double / twin occupancy. Please note that the hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case, an equivalent accommodation will be chosen.

Program

Day 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

Welcome to Vietnam! Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), Journey Expedition Travel guide and driver will greet and transfer you to the hotel at the heart of Hanoi. Hanoi, the antique and dynamic city of Vietnam, reserves a unique old world charm and several of the most striking colonial architecture of Asia.

After checking-in, relax on your own and do a brief discussion of your itinerary with the guide for the coming days. Enjoy a cyclo ride through the bustling streets in the Old Quarter to discover the ancient and modern beauty of Hanoi. After the tour, you will be welcomed warmly with a special welcoming dinner in a typical Vietnamese food restaurant. Then you will stay overnight in Hanoi.

  • Included meals: dinner
  • Accommodation: Flower Hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: HANOI – BAT TRANG – TRAIN TO HUE

After hearty breakfast in the hotel, the shuttle bus will take you to the left bank of Red River Delta in Long Bien. Arriving at the cycling point, you will spend a few minutes to master how to control the bike and the road to make sure everything is going on smoothly. You will start paddling on an unsealed road trail along the bank of Red River. Enjoy the impressive views of the Hanoi City.

You will be impressed with the stunning banana farm, bonsai gardens or guava fruits garden. Your ride will continue to Bat Trang ceramic village, a place that has been well known for their high-quality ceramic products since the 11th century. You will also have time to explore skillful productions or take some amazing pictures of the villages.

After visiting Bat Trang ceramic village, you will keep on riding to Kim Lan and Van Giang villages through the traditional vegetable villages, botanical, and kumquat trees. Meet the friendly people working on the farm, or the school kids on the way back to their home. You will have lunch en route. After lunch, you will continue to ride in Khoai Chau where you can explore the botanical garden and the skillful-shaped bonsai.

Keep riding to Chu Dong Tu and Tien Dung temple. This temple is worshiped and praised because of the loyal love and hospitality between father, son, daughter in law (following the code of Confucianism). Then you will finish cycling today. The shuttle bus will take you back to Hanoi city for you to take a shower and have an early dinner before catching the night train to Hue. You will stay overnight on the train.

  • Cycling distance: 50 kilometers
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: train to Hue

Day 3: HUE CITY TOUR

The express train will take you to Hue city. By midday, the driver will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for breakfast. Following breakfast, you will fix the bike and cycle leisurely to explore Hue city, the citadel, royal to imperial citadel, and the tomb architecture.

Hue is one of the main cultural, religious, and educational centers of Vietnam. So far, Hue remains to be the only original historical vestige city in Vietnam. Many of Hue’s attractions are found along the banks of the romantically named Perfume River with a length of 11 kilometers.

This valuable construction includes more than 100 architectural works, which are the reflection of the life of emperors and mandarins under Nguyen’s reign. The architecture in Hue is the combination of royal architect, folk, religious ones, traditional, and modern sides. On December 11, 1993, it was classified by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage.

On the north bank of the river, you will find the Imperial Citadel, built along the line of Peking’s forbidden city, enclosed by a ten-meter thick wall and surrounded by a moat. A few kilometers further up the river are perhaps Hue’s best-known religious site. Inside the citadel, there are still wonders.

Like the seat of the Nguyen emperors occupying a large, walled area on the north side of the river. Inside the citadel was a forbidden city where only the concubines, emperors, and those close enough to them were granted access. The punishment for trespassing was the death penalty.

You will also ride to visit the tombs of the ancient kings. Situated in the middle of the hills in the southern bank of Perfume river are the very beautiful tombs of Nguyen kings. Among these tombs are the four famous ones with the name and the arrangements of the tomb reflecting each emperor’s points of view, personality, and tastes.

These are the majestic Gia Long tomb, imposing Minh Mang tomb, poetic Tu Duc tomb, and the magnificent Khai Dinh tomb. No architects who would like to discover the ancient architecture of Vietnam could ignore Hue’s old citadel vestiges. You will then cycle back to the hotel in the late afternoon. You will have free until dinner in a local restaurant. Stay overnight in Hue.

  • Cycling distance: 45 kilometers
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Hue city

Day 4: HUE – LANG CO BEACH

After a hearty breakfast in the hotel, you will start the day by cycling to Thanh Toan that is covered with roof bridge. On the way, you will be impressed by the different view of rural villages and imperial city. You will be interested as well in the typical image of Vietnam traditional houses, communal houses, and local markets.

You will have a good chance to interact with friendly people. Upon arrival at Thanh Toan village, you will spend the time to visit and take pictures one of the incredible covered roof bridge that was built in 1776 by a kind-hearted woman. The cycling tours will continue as you ride through the peaceful villages and lagoon to Thuan An beach.

Have a short break for a cold water and tropical fruits. You will also ride through the fascinating village where you can admire a hundred magnificent museums. Ride on the tarmac road to Tu Hien lagoon, cross a bridge and climb short pass before descending to a t-junction high way number one.

You will then transfer to a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch, you will ride on a newly-paved road leading to Lang Co beach. Upon arrival, check in front of the beach resort, relax with a cold beer in the swimming pool. Have dinner and stay overnight at Lang Co beach.

  • Cycling distance: 87 kilometers
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Lang Co beach

Day 5: LANG CO – HAI VAN PASS – HOI AN

Today will be a great and amazing day with everyone. Fill up with a full energy and water before challenging the incredible Hai Van pass. Start cycling from the hotel, turn left on high way number one, and ascend to the summit with a 13-kilometer long climb.

On the way, you will be rewarded by the breathtaking scenery, clouds, and ocean. Enjoy the picturesque panoramas on the summit in both sides of Lang Co and Da Nang city. Upon arrival at the summit, snacks, cold water, and tropical fruit will be provided to you.

Take pictures and refresh well before descending 12 kilometers to Da Nang city. Cycle along the coast, passing resorts complex and the alluring sand beaches to Hoi An town. Arrive at Hoi An late in the afternoon, check in, and have a cold beer break. Have dinner and stay overnight in Hoian.

  • Cycling distance: 85 kilometers
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Hoian city

Day 6: HOI AN BACK ROAD

Hoi An, which is a world heritage of Vietnam, has long been a cultural crossroad but still remains such an ancient beauty even after nearly 300 circles of the four seasons. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both of the indigenous and foreign culture, and have combined to produce this unique heritage site.

Cycling both in this ancient town and the rural village will be interesting challenging. The trip will start in the hotel, ride a single track, paved road through the peaceful villages, water coconut palm trees, and canals to vibrant Hoi An town. Take the time to capture remarkable images of Japanese covered roof bridge and communal houses.

Then commence to Thanh Ha traditional ceramic villages, Tra Que herb village, and Thuy Linh Lantern lamp shades workshops. Go back to Hoi An for lunch. After lunch, ride to Cua Dai for swimming in their imposing sand beach. Have dinner and stay overnight in Hoian.

  • Cycling distance: 45 kilometers
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Hoian city

Day 7: HOI AN - QUANG NGAI

Have breakfast in the hotel, clear the bill, and check out. You will then start cycling from the hotel back to the town. Take a boat trip along Thu Bon river to Duy Nghia where you will continue to ride along the coast to Tam Ky. The fascinating view will let you take your paddle slowly. Have lunch en route. After lunch, ride and take the boat to Chu Lai and Dung Quat.

Turn right to the tarmac road to My Lai Massacre. Spend time to visit My Lai Memorial and watch a short video about the brutal crime of US troops against civilians. Take a short transfer back to the hotel or keep riding to the hotel. Arriving in the hotel, take shower, have a cold beer break and dinner in the local restaurant. Stay overnight in Quang Ngai.

  • Cycling distance: 87 kilometers
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Quang Ngai

Day 8: QUANG NGAI – QUY NHON

Upon arrival at the cycling point, commence riding along the coast through picturesque scenery. Discover the imposing villages, lagoons, and fishing farms, capture the pristine fresh nature and the remarkable hillside as well. Have lunch en route.

After lunch, keep going on the paved road through the rural villages. Meet hospitable people and say hello to the school kids on the way. Arriving Quy Nhon in the late afternoon, check in and relax by yourself. Stay overnight in Quy Nhon.

  • Cycling distance: 82 kilometers
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Quy Nhon

Day 9: QUY NHON – TUY HOA

Following to breakfast in the hotel, escape the bustling city by riding on the tarmac road up to the national highway number on, turn left, and then keep riding on the undulated way along the coastline. The emerald sea water and the pristine fresh nature are the highlights today. Before heading to highway number one, turn left to Xuan Hoa and ride through the rual village and enjoy the peaceful coastal scenery.

Cross over the wood bridge back to the highway in Xuan Canh, Song Cau. Have lunch en route and take a short transfer to Tuy An where you will commence to Gheng Da Dia and follow the coastline to Tuy Hoa city. Upon arrival at Tuy Hoa, relax and drink a cold beer by the swimming pool. Stay overnight in Tuy Hoa.

  • Cycling distance: 83 kilometers
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Tuy Hoa

Day 10: TUY HOA – NHA TRANG

Start cycling from the hotel, crossing the bridge to another side of Tuy Hoa city, following the coast turn off the countryside road where you will discover the fascinating sea views, stunning lagoons, and challenge some passes before going to Vung Ro bay.

Climb the last pass to highway number one before transferring to Dai Lanh beach for lunch. After lunch, continue to ride along the coast to Nha Trang city. Upon arrival at the hotel, relax and do check in. Have dinner in a local grilled seafood restaurant and stay overnight in Nha Trang.

  • Cycling distance: 85 kilometers
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Nha Trang

Day 11: NHA TRANG – BOAT TRIP

Today is a relaxation day without cycling. You will spend the time to explore the incredible bay in the morning. The boat will take you to Hon Tam and Hon Mun islands, Tri Nguyen Aquarium, coral island, and fishing islands.

You can swim and snorkel to experience the diversity of the colorful coral. Take the boat back to the city for lunch. Discover the city and the beach on your own. Have dinner in a local restaurant and stay overnight in the hotel.

  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Nha Trang

Day 12: NHA TRANG – DALAT

Today is an amazing day with great challenging climb uphill to Dalat. You will head inland from the hotel to the newly-upgraded road west of Nha Trang to Khanh Vinh that is approximately 30 kilometers flat road before the mountain begins.

This is a fascinating narrow piece of tarmac through the lush pine jungle to highland, 50 kilometers ascend to Hon Giao and 50 kilometers fuelling over a couple more passes to Dalat city. You will visit coffee plantations, pristine nature, marvelous hill tribal villages, vibrant flower, vegatable farms, and seductive lakes. Have dinner and stay overnight in Dalat.

  • Cycling distance: 96 kilometers
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Dalat

Day 13: DALAT – PHAN THIET – MUI NE – KE GA

Begin the day with a twisting eight-kilometer descent from Dalat through the pine forest to the rolling and gradually falling road to Di Linh. You will pass numerous coffee, tea banana, and rubber plantations planted in the rich red earth that marks the central highlands as the place where

Vietnam’s finest tea and coffee are grown. Turn off highway 20 for a small road, rolling through the tropical forest to Gia Velbac then downhill to sea level at Phan Thiet and Mui Ne Beach where you will stay overnight.

  • Cycling distance: 100 kilometers
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Mui Ne beach

Day 14: KE GA – BINH CHAU – LONG HAI

Start this new beautiful day by pedaling along the coastline, capturing the incredible moment of sunrise and the pristine nature. Meet and chat with the local fishermen in the market village.

Discover the capital of "Vietnam resort” along the emerald sand beach. Have lunch en route. After lunch, you will continue to ride along the coast to Binh Chau – Long hai where you will stay overnight. Have a farewell dinner with the team and support in a local restaurant.

  • Cycling distance: 87 kilometers
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Long Hai

Day 15: VUNG TAU – HOCHIMINH DEPARTURE

Have breakfast in the hotel. You will be free by yourself until you depart to Ho Chi Minh to take the flight back home. You may spend your free time exploring Hochiminh city. This is the day where you will finish your cycling holidays.

  • Included meals: breakfast

Bicycle advice

It is advisable that you use your own bike. The bike on which you feel at home and comfortable is the finest way to enjoy a cycling adventure. Most kinds of bicycle, except light-weight racing bikes, are suitable for this tour: touring bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids or cyclocross bikes are all fine.

Road conditions vary from asphalt to gravel and some hard packed dirt tracks. Tyres from 35 millimeters in width upwards will be fine but 40 millimeters on 700c and 2-inch on 26 inch-wheels as a minimum is recommended. Please make sure that your bicycle is in perfect condition before you leave home. If in doubt, please consult your local bike shop.

Rental Bicycles

If you wish to hire a bicycle for the duration of your holiday with Journey Expedition Travel, they can arrange for the hire of good quality cycles from their in-country agent. Typically these bikes are mountain bikes, often trek four series or similar. Please request a hire bike at the time of booking. Although the hire bikes come equipped with a saddle, if you have a saddle you are comfortable to use with, it is strongly recommended that you use it on his tour.

Guide

An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well-spoken, very well-informed, and charming. The leaders of Journey Expedition Travel are often cited as the main highlight of the tour.

They hire local leaders who have a passion for their country and are always well-informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine, and importantly local customs and cultures. The leaders take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country and will help you to connect with the villagers you meet along the way.

support team

An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding. The support team will carry your luggage and will provide a nice place for tea and coffee break on the route (20 to 25 kilometers for each stage). The staff will make any running repairs on your bikes. They will clean and prepare your bikes for the next days.

For groups of more than five people, a bike mechanic will join the group. Whilst not a master of linguistics, the technical team will always make an effort to form a bond with the group and provide not just mechanical support, but additional encouragement to those who may find themselves at the back of the group. The drivers will also support the group by ensuring that the freshest fruit and tastiest snacks are picked up along the way.

Included excursions

  • Enjoy a cyclo ride through the bustling streets in the Old Quarter on your first day
  • Explore the Ceramic village and the botanical garden on your second day
  • Discover Hue city, the Imperial Citadel, and the ancient architecture of Vietnam on your third day
  • Interact with the friendly people of the Thanh Toan village on your fourth day
  • Enjoy the picturesque panoramas in both sides of Lang Co and Da Nang city on your fifth day
  • Take the time to capture the remarkable images of Japanese covered roof bridge on your sixth day
  • Ride to Cua Dai for swimming in the imposing sand beach on your sixth day
  • Take a boat trip along Thu Bon River to Duy Nghia on your seventh day
  • Visit My Lai Memorial and watch a short video about the brutal crime of US troops against civilian
  • Discover villages, lagoons, and fishing farms on your eighth day
  • Take a boat trip to Hon Tam and Hon Mun Islands on your eleventh day
  • Visit coffee plantations, tribal villages, farms, and lakes on your twelfth day
  • Discover the capital of “Vietnam resort” along the emerald sand beach on your fourteenth day

Location

This cycling holidays will take place in Vietnam, a country of breathtaking natural beauty and landscapes, friendly people, incredible heritage, and well-documented history that quickly becomes a “must see” place in Asia. Today, many westerners still imagine Vietnam through the lens of war, but in reality, it is a country filled with captivating natural beauty and tranquil village life.

From the rugged northern mountains to emerald rice terraces in the south and picturesque tropical beaches that hug its curvaceous coastline. Cycling in Vietnam is a unique and outstanding way to experience the daily life of Vietnamese people, discover the longstanding culture and colorful tribal people, uncover the world’s cultural and natural heritage sites, meet with friendly and hospitable people.

Enjoy one of the most delicious foods in the world. Vietnam beaches cycling tours offers for highlighted landmarks such as Hanoi, Hue, Hoi an, My son, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang Sai Gon, and a lot more. You have a great opportunity in experiencing stunning scenic beauty, admire seductively emerald beaches, and enjoy the rich traditional cuisine and stay in front beach resorts.

Food

Your leaders are passionate about their food and look forward to taking you on a culinary adventure in unison with your cycling adventure. The international profile of local traditional food has increased over the last two decades for a very good reason.

A cuisine that has evolved with the culture and landscape of Vietnam provides for an astounding level of variety from south to north. Each town and city has its own subtle twist on iconic dishes and some of their own creations.

Included meals are listed in the day to day itinerary, and drinking water is always included with meals. Any soft or alcoholic drinks are not included and will be at your own expense. The support team will make sure you will get a nice cold drink with a cold towel as well.

They will also prepare picnic lunch en route for cyclists at the end of the cycling day and make sure you will enjoy a good meal. Energy bars and local snacks are provided to keep your energy levels up for the riding, and clean water and electrolyte drinks are always available to keep you well hydrated.

If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies), please inform Journey Expedition Travel in advance so that they can provide notice to the restaurant, tour guide, and partners to serve you better. If you are a food lover, they can also be your culinary guide and provide you an opportunity to savor tempting local food and world-famous dishes.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 12-day guided bike tour
  • 1 boat trip to Hon Mun islands
  • Sightseeing excursions as outlined in the itineraries
  • Service of a professional English speaking guide
  • Supporting van or bus during the cycling times
  • Truck supported for the group of six persons and above
  • Bike tour pump, bike tools, spares tubes, spare bikes
  • First aid kit
  • Cold water box, small fresh towel
  • Daily meals, snacks, and mineral drinking water
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers from Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) and to Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)

What's not included

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of personal nature
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Additional mineral water
  • Optional excursions
  • Additional transport required due to an emergency situation
  • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
  • Visa fee
  • Departure tax
  • Tip for the team and guide
  • Room upgrade

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Transfer from this airport is included. Journey Expedition Travel will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Noi Bai International Airport Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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