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10 Days Guided Active Cycling Holiday from Hue to Nha Trang in Vietnam

Emm Hotel, Hue, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam

Central Coast Vietnam Cycling Holiday

Capture an unforgettable snapshot of Vietnam’s shoreline with SpiceRoads' tour of the Central Coast. Cycle iconic sandy-white beaches framed by coconut palms, with the sails of junks and sampans floating on the emerald green horizon of the South China Sea. The narrowest section of this unconditionally friendly country holds an incredible number of sights to feast your eyes on, making the ride worth all the effort involved!

Key Information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Mainly on good quality tarmac roads and some vehicle-width dirt roads. Day 4 has an off-road trail (can be rocky) but an easier alternative is available if required.
  • Starts in: Hue
  • Ends in: Nha Trang
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, the terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but you will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31 to 45 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 292 Miles / 470 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 380 USD for the whole trip
  • Minimum of 2 participants

Highlights

  • 8 days of cycling
  • Services of English-speaking guide/s
  • Receive a SpiceRoads jersey and a water bottle
  • Most meals, snacks, and drinks are included
  • A support vehicle is available
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


8 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
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Accommodation

SpiceRoads does not require you to pay a surcharge for traveling alone. They will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveler of the same gender and if they cannot match you up, they 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.

Program

Tackle the twists and turns of the Hai Van Pass and reward yourself with a view of the Marble Mountains, a haunting spot created by a cluster of five elemental rocks. Bike past the paddy fields of Hoi An to encounter scenes of Vietnamese rural life; planting and harvesting techniques passed down through generations that are nearly as old as the Truong Son peaks of the area flowing down into the sea.

Remote, scenic backroads snake you through tribal and Viet villages before throwing you out onto the Hon Gom peninsular road. Here, the dazzling shore is broken up by wild sand dunes and beautiful rocky promontories jutting out into the water. Get away from it all to unwind and enjoy the seclusion of Whale Island for a well-deserved rest at journey’s end.

Trip Profile

The biking adventure takes you from Hue to Nha Trang by bus, boat, and bike. Lots of time on this tour is spent sightseeing and exploring Vietnam. The cycling is on a mixture of well-surfaced roads and good quality, wide dirt tracks. Away from the main roads, cycling in Vietnam is often a wonderful experience; the bicycle is still the most common form of transport and you will share the road with girls in flowing ao dais, school children, and farmers.

The rest days are at the end of this tour where you will have time to relax at Whale Island before heading to Nha Trang for onward connections. By the end of the tour, SpiceRoads hopes you will really feel you have come to know and perhaps even understand Vietnam and the Vietnamese.

Itinerary

Day 1: Meet in Hue

The tour will start by meeting in Hue. Hue is the old capital of the Ngu Yen Dynasty. It is worth arriving in the morning so you will have time to explore this wonderfully historic city. If you arrive in time, SpiceRoads offers a city tour by bike. Alternatively, you can fly into Danang and transfer up to Hue.

  • Accommodation: Emm Hotel
  • Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Hue - Lang Co

The group will leave Hue and follow the coast as you pass roads shaded by coconut palms and dunes scattered with mini mausoleums, pagodas, and war memorials. Ride to Phuoc Tuong Hill and then transfer the final 40 kilometers to Lang Co Beach. You will have lunch and the rest of the day will be free for you to enjoy the resort and beach.

  • Accommodation: Lang Co Beach Resort
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Ride: 65 kilometers
  • Elevation: +190 meters / -194 meters

Day 3: Lang Co - Hoi An

Today will be a tough start as you will have Hai Van Pass to climb, which is a 10-kilometer climb and ascends 550 meters. It is a gradual climb with many switchbacks and once at the top, you will get superb views, well worth the ride; the reward is downhill to Danang, your destination for lunch.

After lunch. you will have a flat and very scenic ride to Hoi An. It is just a short distance to the Marble Mountains, an outcrop of five rocks said to represent the five elements (Wood, Water, Metal, Fire, and Earth). You will then visit China Beach, made famous by an American TV series of the same name.

After a brief stop at the beach, you will continue down this country road to Hoi An. The town was known as Faifo to early western traders and was one of Southeast Asia’s major trading ports during the 17th and 18th centuries. It was an important point of call for Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese traders and the architecture reflects its cosmopolitan past.

More than anywhere in Vietnam, Hoi An retains the feel of the past; there are over 844 structures of historical significance and most people spend the day wandering around and enjoying the sights and atmosphere.

  • Accommodation: Pho Hoi Riverside
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Ride: 55 kilometers
  • Elevation: +791 meters / -788 meters

Day 4: Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An

Staying another night in Hoi An, you will ride out on small village roads on your way to visit My Son, the ancient center of the Cham civilization. The ride is worth the effort and is arguably one of the best of the trip. You will cycle along scenic country backroads past paddy fields, passing many pretty villages.

Eventually, you will arrive at My Son, which was once Champa’s greatest city. Although many of the temples were destroyed by American bombs, there is still enough of the archaeological site to impress most visitors. You will take lunch before spending the afternoon visiting the site. In the afternoon, transfer by bus back to Hoi An or you can ride. Dinner will be of your choice.

  • Accommodation: Pho Hoi Riverside
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Ride: 80 kilometers
  • Elevation: +432 meters / -428 meters

Day 5: Hoi An - Quang Ngai

In the morning, transfer from Hoi An to Quang Ngai (about 2.5 hours). After check in, ride to My Lai, the site of one of the worst massacres of the American War, as it is known in Vietnam. Have a small climb up to an old temple before visiting the memorial and have a guided tour of the site and museum.

You will then continue cycling out into the Vietnamese countryside, passing through quiet, rural villages before eventually arriving back at Highway 1, where you will transfer back to the hotel.

  • Accommodation: Central Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Ride: 46 kilometers
  • Elevation: +207 meters / -208 meters

Day 6: Quang Ngai - Qui Nhon

Leave early for the journey to Qui Nhon, the capital city of Binh Dinh province, an American port and supply center during the Vietnam War and refuge for thousands of Vietnamese fleeing the vicious bombing of the countryside. You will be transfered 30 kilometers out of town, past the busy and dusty section of Highway 1.

Turn off the main road and cycle a loop to Ba To Town, heading southwest; the road is extremely quiet and people are unaccustomed to the sight of western cyclists. Looping back to Highway 1 at Duc Pho, you will then be transferred the rest of the way in the afternoon to Qui Nhon. Upon arrival, there may be time to visit the leper hospital where visitors are welcome to make a small donation.

  • Accommodation: Royal Hotel Quy Nhon
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Ride: 73 kilometers
  • Elevation: +766 meters / -764 meters

Day 7: Dieu Tri - Tuy Hoa

You will be transferred out of town to avoid the main highway. Start riding at Dieu Tri along a remote but well-surfaced road running alongside the railway. The terrain is gently rolling with beautiful views of the highland foothills; you will pass a mix of tribal and Viet villages. Ubiquitous potbellied pigs and barefoot children will trot across your trail, soon, you will loop back to the main highway with a small climb and descent to finish the ride. You will then be transferred about one hour to Tuy Hoa, one of the most rural regions in Vietnam.

  • Accommodation: Cen Deluxe Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Ride: 80 kilometers
  • Elevation: +415 meters / -412 meters

Day 8: Tuy Hoa - Whale Island

Today is the last cycling day and is perhaps the most memorable. Ride from the hotel and after 20 kilometers, the riding will be very beautiful, with looming mountains on both sides and a network of lush rice fields across the valley. You will ride four kilometers up over a pass and down to the stunning Dai Lanh Beach, where you will stop for refreshments and a swim for those who don’t mind getting their bike shorts wet!

You will continue riding for three kilometers before turning off on the Hon Gom peninsular road that extends for 20 kilometers; the scenery here is like a moonscape and unlike anything else seen on the tour. Here, you will swap bikes for boats and head to Whale Island for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. The boat journey will take about 10 minutes and you will stay at the secluded Whale Island resort for two nights.

  • Accommodation: Whale Island Resort
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Ride: 58 kilometers
  • Elevation: +636 meters / -643 meters

Day 9: Whale Island Rest Day

Today is a free day for you on Whale Island; you can take the opportunity to relax by the beach or perhaps do some snorkeling or scuba diving. The group will all meet in the evening for a farewell dinner.

  • Accommodation: Whale Island Resort
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Whale Island - Nha Trang

Transfer back to the mainland and then onto Nha Trang for any onward connections.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Bikes

Because some people can't imagine going on a trip without their own beloved bicycle, SpiceRoads does not provide them as part of this tour. However, you can hire bikes locally for 170 USD. The bikes are well-known makes of mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24 to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes, and Shimano components and front suspension. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is a mountain bike, preferably with front suspension, in good mechanical order.

You can also hire an electric bike (or an E-Bike) for 380 USD. SpiceRoads has two sizes available, small (155 centimeters - 170 centimeters) and medium (171 centimeters - 180 centimeters). The E-Bikes are GIANT brand with SHIMANO Alivio1,9 speed, disc brakes, and adjustable suspension fork.

Bike Repairs

Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though SpiceRoads 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 SpiceRoads' biking adventures and is non-negotiable. 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 made up of nine people or more, SpiceRoads will add another guide to the tour. All 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.

Support vehicle

An air-conditioned support bus travels behind the group. On the occasions when it is impossible for the bus to follow, the guide follows behind on a motorcycle. Participants can cycle as much or as little as they like and still enjoy the same views as the rest of the group.

Skill level

This trip is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. This trip is not too arduous so riders with less experience are more than welcome, although the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it.

Intermediate:

  • can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Location

Food

Food

Meals are included as per the itinerary. Most meals are Vietnamese food and features noodles, rice curries, and soups. Vietnamese cuisine is world famous and SpiceRoads makes sure you sample as much variety as possible. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well.

Drink

Keeping you completely hydrated is a job SpiceRoads takes very seriously. Cold water, 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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • 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

  • 8-day cycling program
  • Services of guide/s
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 8 dinners
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Snacks and drinks
  • A SpiceRoads jersey
  • Water bottle
  • Support vehicle

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Other meals
  • Visa fees
  • Alcohol
  • Tips

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Phu Bai International Airport (HUI) and your departure flight to leave at Cam Ranh International Airport (CXR). No airport transfers are included.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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.
10 days / 9 nights
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Special discount

For those who have been on several long tours with SpiceRoads, you are offered a special discount off the tour price (excludes single supplement and bike rental). If this is your fourth scheduled tour or more, you will receive a 5% discount. If this is your eighth scheduled tour or more, SpiceRoads will extend a 10% discount. For more information, please send SpiceRoads an inquiry.

Tour information

The tour on November 3 to 12, 2019 is for women only. While the December 1 to 10, 2019 date is only available for solo travelers.

Tuesday September 22, 2020
(10 days / 9 nights)

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