Ultimate Vietnam Bike Tour - 17 Days
This trip offers a complete Vietnamese experience as we ride from North to South covering Hanoi and Halong Bay, Coastal Vietnam, Central Highlands and Mekong Delta.
- Duration17 days
- Group Size2 to 10
We start our journey through Red River Delta in Northern Vietnam and then kayak the best of Halong Bay. Arrive at Hue and bike through classic coastal route of central Vietnam, country’s most popular one. A spectacular mountainous ride takes us to Da Lat, jewel of the central highlands. From here, we arrive at Saigon and meander through the tranquil Mekong Delta, looping back to Saigon.
Along the way, explore temples, pagodas, imperial citadels, seek out some some of the world’s best warm water beaches, and enjoy awesome Vietnamese food.
- Kayak through the islands of Halong Bay
- Discover why Hoi An is considered to be an outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Bike through coastal trails of Central Vietnam and swim in the azure blue sea in Vietnam’s top beach destination
- Admire spectacular views during the whole ride
- Ride through the interior trails of Mekong Delta and live the life around it.
- Meals as mentioned in the Itinerary.
- Support Vehicle will be provided.
- Safety measures will be taken.
- Accommodations as per Itinerary.
- All the activities mentioned in the Itinerary.
- Everything which is not mentioned in the Inclusion.
Day 1: HanoiClick here to expand
Arrive and settle into your hotel. Post-lunch, walk the busy streets of Hanoi visiting some of the cultural and historical highlights of Hanoi. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, which was constructed nearly a millennium ago, and is delicately elevated in a pond. Also visit the Temple of Literature, dating back close to a thousand years, is a wonderfully preserved piece of ancient Vietnamese architecture and stands to honour the scholarly achievements of the country’s academics and philosophers. Continue exploring the area around Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake, old quarter including Ngoc Son Temple, which sits perched on a little island in the lake. In the evening, we convene over dinner.
Day 2: Halong City – Red river delta trailClick here to expand
Ride past the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta before taking a shuttle to Halong City. The river rises in Yunnan province, and flows across the Tonkin region, through Hanoi, and enters into Gulf of Tonkin. We criss-cross the rivers, and ride over multitude of bridges.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance cycled: 50km / 30mi
Day 3: Halong Bay: Cat Ba Island – boat & Island loopClick here to expand
A quick ferry journey amidst spectacular limestone mountain scenery brings us to Cat Ba Island. After lunch, get on the bike for a loop around the island. Enjoy the stunning sunset over the limestone mountains.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance cycled: 30km / 18mi
Day 4: Hanoi – kayak and overnight train to HueClick here to expand
After hearty breakfast, get onboard a smaller boat and take a journey to the more remote and secluded parts of the Lan Ha Bay waters and islands. Trade your boat with a kayak and explore the lagoons, the coral reef, beaches and limestone peaks.
Ferry back at Hai Phong and shuttle to Hanoi. Later take an overnight train to Hue.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Distance cycled: 30km / 18mi
Day 5: Hué – Hue LoopClick here to expand
The UNESCO World Heritage town of Hué is your gateway to Vietnam. Our guide meets at station and then transfered to your hotel for check in (check in time 2:00pm, early check in is available depends on hotel’s availability). Today take your bicycle out for a leisurely loop around the imperial town of Hué. Ride past the Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, Mausoleums and the merchant’s houses along the banks of the Perfume River and through quiet lanes with lush gardens. This is your first tryst with Vietnamese way of life.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance cycled: ~ 25km / 15mi
Day 6: Hoi An – Hai Van PassClick here to expand
After a hearty breakfast, we take a short transfer out of Hue to the coast. Begin riding off the beaten track along a picturesque, narrow peninsular road. Cross the estuary of the Perfume River and from here, challenge yourself by cycling up the Phuoc Tuong Pass then take a short transfer to Lang Co and have lunch by the gorgeous lagoon.
Later, ride along the Lang Co Bay with spectacular views of winding paths, wooden fishing boats, waterfalls, mountains and forests and bike on over gradual hills to climb Hai Van pass for views of this splendid bay. This rugged pass is the final section of the Truong Son Range stretching to the sea. From the pass, go downhill to the base and shuttle to Hoi An, a delightful old trading town and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi
Day 7: Hoi An – Rest DayClick here to expand
Enjoy the day at leisure and plan the day as per your own interest. Provides ample of shopping opportunities.
Day 8: Quang Ngai – My Lai and rural trailClick here to expand
Ride past network of lush rice fields and narrow interior rural trails. Break for lunch at Tam Ky and then transfer for about 1hr. Ride from here through corn and vegetables plantations with our first true view of cow herds. We end the ride with a visit to My Lai Massacre Memorial. During the Vietnam War, a company of American soldiers brutally killed the majority of population of My Lai. Transfer from here and end the day at Sa Huynh. The Sa Huỳnh culture, flourished between 1000 BC and 200 AD, were most likely the predecessors of the Cham.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance Cycled: 65km / 40mi
Day 9: Quy Nhon – Tropical trailClick here to expand
Today bike in the tropical countryside, past tree-canopied rice farms and lush green mountains. The ride is largely flat with mountains looming in the backdrop all throughout. Stop off at a Cham tower – built by the Champa civilisation who ruled the southern Vietnamese area for over a millennium up until the early 1800s. Later take a short transfer to Qui Nhon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance Cycled: 70km / 42mi*
Day 10: Tuy Hoa – Mountain views trailClick here to expand
Today is a beautiful rolling route. A short transfer takes us off the highway and to the remote area where we start biking with the view of gorgeous forests and hills. The biking is through undulating terrain past beautiful villages and mountain views. After lunch, continue riding towards the main highway and then transfer to Tuy Hoa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance Cycled: 50km / 30mi
Day 11: Nha Trang – Delightful coastal trailClick here to expand
Another good day at saddle. Ride past network of lush rice fields which blanket the valley. Admire the ocean view around the Vung Ro bay before meeting the pass which is natural border between the provinces. Descend down to stunning Dai Lanh beach and take a break for swim and lunch.
After lunch, continue riding along the coast and then turn on to the Hon Gom peninsular road for the final leg. This is our last day of riding along Vietnamese coast and it’s a long ride. Enjoy it to the fullest.
Before arriving at Nha Trang, visit the famous Po Ngar Cham Towers, built between the 7th and 12th centuries and still actively used for worship.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Distance Cycled: 50km / 30mi
Day 12: Da Lat – Mountain trailClick here to expand
A long mountainous ride today takes us to Da Lat, jewel of the central highlands. The region is dotted with lakes, waterfalls, pine trees and infinite flowers, making for a picturesque cycling adventure. Take in some spectacular views as we ride along Da Lat’s pine-forested hills and picturesque flower farms.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance Cycled: 60km / 36mi
Day 13: Da LatClick here to expand
Enjoy the day at leisure. Da Lat is a beautiful town to walk around, known for its cool climate. If you have a flair for vegetables, do try tasty local produce here, including strawberries, avocados and artichokes.
Day 14: SaigonClick here to expand
Get up early today for a short flight to Saigon.
The morning is free for you to explore the city. Post-lunch, 2:00pm, our guide meets you at your hotel for a walking tour to explore some of the most popular sites (Ben Thanh Market, Saigon Opera House, Continental Hotel, The Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Post Office, The War Remnants Museum). This walking tour gives an excellent introduction to the city’s history and provide you with plenty of opportunities to soak up the unique mix of chaos and tranquility that is modern-day Saigon.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15: Tra VinhClick here to expand
A short shuttle transfer brings us to Ben Tre province, outskirts of Saigon.
Ride past the pristine hamlets nestled in the orchards and coconut plantations to the culturally diverse Tra Vinh, most pretty town in Mekong. Along the way, see farmers working in nursery fruit tree gardens.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi
Day 16: Can ThoClick here to expand
We go more deeper into the delta. We ride past numerous rice fields, rivers and canals, and over multitude of bridges that may offer views of floating villages. It’s long ride today through the interior parts of Mekong Delta as we try to ride all the way to Can Tho. Set on the southern bank of the Hau River, it’s known for its network of canals and nearby floating markets.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance cycled: ~ 70km / 42mi
Day 17: DepartureClick here to expand
Experience early morning Cai Rang floating market on a boat ride and later ride to Phong Dien floating market. The life here is brimming with hustle and bustle of local vendors selling agricultural produce, household and working tools, and various other products including some awesome Vietnamese food.
Later shuttle to Saigon for extension here or for your onward flight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi Transfer: ~ 3.5-4hrs
Life is unpredictable and we understand that sometimes you have to cancel or change your trip dates and it is our endeavor to make it as easy as possible for you. However, please understand that we plan everything including guide fees, permits, accommodation and ration in advance. Therefore, any cancellation means inconvenience and certain losses to the people involved in various stages of the program. Keeping that in mind, our cancellation charges are as below –
Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the event: Full refund as cash Cancellations between 30 days and 15 days to the start of the event: 50 % refund as cash. Cancellations less than 15 days to the start of the event: No refund. Cancellations will be accepted only by email. Note: Western Mountains reserves the right to cancel a program before departure in the event of logistical problems arising due to natural calamities, strikes, wars or any other circumstances that make the event inadvisable. In this case, we will refund 50% of the event fees.
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