Biking 14D/13N Hanoi - Phong Nha - Hue - Hoian - HCM

Tour code VBT: VCT14A-HAN-SGN Road surfaces Mixed dirty track, concrete path, country back road
Tour lenth 14 days/ 13 nights Cycling distance 550 - 630
No. of cycling days 7 full days, 2 half days Group size Mi: 02 - Max: 12
Tour meets in Ha Noi Tour ends in HCM
What's included What's not included

- A/C van/bus takes up all cyclists and luggage
- Truck to carry all bikes …
- 2017 Giant MTB, wheel size: 27.5”, hydraulic brake
- Helmets, new bottles of water, tools kit
- All entrance fees, boat rides
- All ferry tickets in countryside 
- Flight from Ha Noi to Dong Hoi
- B= 13 Breakfasts, L= 14 Lunches, D= 6 Dinners
- Daily cold mineral water, soft drinks
- Daily snacks, fresh fruits, facial tissues
- 12 nights, double/win rooms
- 1 night on Cruise in Ha Long
- Experienced English speaking bike guides
- Pick up at/drop off at hotels

- Visa to Vietnam
- Personal travel insurance
- Other personal expenses
- Single accommodation
- International Flight in/out
- Drinks are not included with any meal



Day 01: Ha Noi – Halong Bay
Set-off an early morning and travel by van/bus to spectacular World Heritage site of Ha Long located in the Gulf of Tonkin. It takes about three hours and half. There are thousands of Island with many famous caves, grottos and sandy coves. Board a boat and cruise the bay, exploring island caves, enjoy swimming. Dinner on board, enjoy live music and at dancing bar and spend a peaceful night on cruise. 

  • Lunch/ Dinner

Day 02: Halong - Ha Noi 
Enjoy sunrise with tea, coffee before a breakfast serving. A visit floating villages by bamboo boat, stop at some Pearl Farm before returning to the cruise. Your lunch is on board while the cruise move slowly back to Hon Gai dock. The cruise trip will finish it journey 11:45am. You will relax on van/bus driving back to Hanoi city around 4:30pm. Check in hotel. Free on your own time to explore Ha Noi in the evening. 

  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 03: Ha Noi fly to Dong Hoi – Phong Nha 
Breakfast is takes away for an early flight to Dong Hoi today. You will be picked up and taken to Noi Bai airport. After you are met at Dong Hoi airport, we spend an hour driving on van/bus to Phong Nha. Check in hotel and enjoy lunch before we explore Paradise Cave and enjoy mud bathing at Dark Cave. It is hot springs inside Dark Caves. Then we come back hotel in late afternoon. 

  • Explore Phong Nha Caves
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 04: Phong Nha - Dong Hoi 
After breakfast at hotel, check out and your cycle starts from hotel. Your ride in on country back road through tiny villages, local markets before you heading on single track to riverside, your bike guide will lead you cycling on single by river, passing Ethnic villages, countryside rice paddies, and you can see buffaloes, cows on farm land. Ride cross the west Truong Son high way (former HCM trails) and keep cycling through rubber plantation into many small mountain villages, countryside mountain rice fields. There will be many stops for photo taken and coffee break on the ways. Then we ride deeply into mountainous villages and forest and continue cycling to fishing villages via tapioca field. The rest of today is a gentle riding on coastal road to Dong Hoi. 

  • 30 - 60km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 05: Dong Hoi – Quang Tri - Hue 
On your cycling adventures today is a very long way and you can’t ride all the ways. You guide will cut off some so you can see the best of stunning coastal back roads and beaches. Quang Tri’ seaside countryside is still untouched place to cyclists/travelers. An early start for an hour and half transfer you to to Vinh Moc tunnel. Explore the tunnel of Vinh Moc before your ride starts. Explore coastal countryside roads, passing Vinh Thach village to Cua Tung. Your lunch is well-prepared at local seafood restaurant by the beach. After lunch, your ride continues cycling onward on gentle routes, passing stunning beaches to Cua Tung and crossing Thach Han River to enjoy beautiful bike rides on country and coastal lanes, past colorful old fishing villages.  Keep biking deeply to ancient colorful pagodas, and continue rocking and rolling on single track into green vegetable plantation, peaceful, undiscovered rural villages with panoramic view all the way to Hue city. 

  • 30 - 90km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 06: Hue – Hoi An 
The former capital of Vietnam is Hue today. It holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past including; tombs, pagodas, typical blend of French and Vietnam’ architectures and historical relics. You will visit the Imperial Citadel including the Forbidden Purple City which was almost nearly destroyed in Vietnam War during the Tet Offensive. Visit the Purple city of Hue before we ride to Hoi An. The ride of today is divided into two different levels. In the morning, your easy ride is to explore villages, local life style, ancient houses, and traditional old living style of older generation all the way from Thuan An beach to Tu Hien rural Dist. In the afternoon, we begin to challenge our ride on hilly back roads to Lang Co beach. After lunch, we continue to ride up to Hai Van Pass. From the stop, you could see and feel two different weather as one site is warm and other is cold. One side in the south is warm and sunshine clear as it is really hot but other side in the north is cold and foggy. An option: you can ride to the peak of Hai Van Pass on A/C van instead of pedaling up. The rest time of the day is to relax on A/C van/bus on coastal road to Hoi An

  • 30 - 80km, easy/moderate/hard
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 07: Hoi An - My Son
Today we will ride in the morning. Its about 30km on country rural roads. Then we spend an hour and to explore My Son site on foot before we return to Hoi An by van/bus.

  • 30km, easy
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 08: Hoi An – Quang Ngai
On your cycling adventures is such a beautiful day. The ride divided into two sections. In the morning, you will have a pleasure biking on countryside back roads, through farm land, see working buffaloes and cows on rice paddies, riding over small wood bridges, see thatch house along rivers. Your lunch is in town of Tam Ky. In the afternoon, the ride will continue from Chau O, we follow hilly back roads though jungle and villages to Son My memorial.

  • 40 - 80km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 09: Quang Ngai - Quy Nhon
Quang Ngai and Quy Nhon have many challenged hilly back roads and mixed single tracks through fishing villages, mountainous countryside rice paddy fields, salt fields and many sandy beaches. Many back roads are hilly and flat and some are little hills so you could challenge yourself by pedaling up. After your breakfast at hotel, a transfer by van/bus fishing village by the sea where you will rock and roll on quiet coastal back roads to Quy Nhon.

  • 30 - 90km, easy/moderate/hard
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 10: Quy Nhon - Nha Trang
The distance between Quy Nhon to Nha Trang is very far and it is very hard for you to ride all the ways. Your guide will choose the best routes with beautiful scenery to meet your cycling requirements. Check out the hotel at 7:00 am and enjoy scenery on van/bus for an hour to fishing village where the ride begins. We ride on long country back roads, ride over wooden bridge to cross huge lack before we ride on trails through shrimp farms, fishing villages, pass sweet potato field, tapioca fields, rice paddy and fishing villages to Tuy Hoa city. Depending on your cycling ability and time, our guide could figure out and would tailor make a short route or long routes as to be at the hotel before dark.

  • 30 - 80km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 11: Boat trip to Island
With warm weather all year rounds and many atractive sandy beaches! Nha Trang has become a famous places for tourists relaxing on beach. Its also owned many small islands which are fantactis places to enjoy swimming, snorkerling and geting suntan. Leaving city for a boat trip and to relaxing time on beach after 2 days having beaten up by bikes. We first stop at coral Island so you enjoy swimming and seeing corals. Second, we\'ll have lunch at mini beach and continue relaxing on beach until we return to the dock. Free time to have your own dinners in the evening.
Boat trip to Island
Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 12: Nha Trang - Dalat 
After breakfast, a transfer by vehicle takes you to countryside of Dien Khanh. We take an easy bike ride to explore villages by river, ride pass sugar cane farms, rice paddy fields on paths through beautiful countryside along mountain to Khanh Vinh. After lunch, we ride 30 km on A/C van uphill to the peak of Hon Giao. Then we cycle back roads through valley, pine forests, breathtaking views to the peak which is about 1500m above the level sea allow you to conquer many hills to Dalat city.

  • 30 - 80km,easy/moderate/hard
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 13: Dalat half day mountain Biking 
We will start half day ride is a little bit late. After breakfast at hotel, you’re A/C van with guide will take you to rural area of Suoi Van, then we start to ride on downhill on asphalt quiet back road to Ta Nung and Nam Ban, ride pass valley, vegetable plantation, green houses on the way. After we ride downhill about 25 km, we will have a break before we ride up gentle hills then we ride down hill another pass. We end up today’ ride at noon time and enjoy lunch before we return to Dalat city be vehicles.

  • 25 - 45km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 14: Dalat - HCM
After your breakfast at hotel, we check out and spend pleasure time on van/bus driving to HCM.

  • No cycling
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Reviews

Dave and Wendy from Canada

It was a great trip, a great way to see Vietnam, experience the culture and learn about its history. We saw so many things we would not have seen driving by car. The trails and back roads we took helped us to see so much of the way of life of the people of Vietnam. We enjoyed the food so much, got to try many new things and specialties of the country. Loc was an excellent guide, took great care of us, his English was excellent and he was very knowledgeable the history of the country. Cuong was an excellent driver in the crazy traffic of Vietnam. He was also very helpful with bike set up and helping us with picnics. Great tour, great itinerary with lots of diversity. Everyday was an adventure! 01 - 14 April, 2016

Swie Lan Wiggins from Bunbury Western Australia

Five girlfriends of mine, three from Bunbury, one from Perth and one from Rockingham Western Australia and I, just completed our cycle tours with Vietnam Backroads on March 8 2016. It was the most enjoyable and memorable cycle tours we ever experienced. My first contact with Mr Van was around 18 months ago when I was searching a reputable cycle tour company in Viet Nam. I wanted to be an off beaten track cycle tour because I wanted to see the beauty of the country, see how local people live, see the rice field etc, etc. So, I started my search with the help of TripAdvisor on the topic. To my surprise many people mentioned 'Van The Man', as the best of man to provide cycle tours I was searching for. It helped me made an informed decision when I read positive comments from fellow travelers in TripAdvisor about Mr Van, and for this reason I would like to thank those who contributed their comments on Vietnam Backroads Cycle Tours. Mr Van is a man with integrity. During my correspondence through emails, he patiently answered all my questions about safety, routes, bikes, point of interests and other matters related to the tours. If he was not able to give me his answers straight away, he would come back to me as soon as possible. Mr Van is very professional, honest, kind, friendly and very helpful. He always assured me that everything would be ok and I trusted him. Mr Van honoured everything he has said during our correspondence and I would like to say 'thank you' Mr Van. Our cycle tours started from Dong Hoi after spending one night with Paloma cruise in Ha Long Bay. When we arrived at Dong Hoi Airport Mr Van's two guides, Mr Dat and Mr Loc were there to greet us. They both were very polite and helped us carry our luggage to the van and we were introduced to Mr Cuong our 'cool' driver and off we went for lunch. After lunch Mr Dat and Mr Loc introduced us to another 'cool' driver Mr Vu who drove a truck where our bicycles were kept. Thank you Mr Vu for keeping our bikes cleaned everyday. What can I say about Mr Dat? He was very professional indeed, from the start to the finish. He excelled himself in all ways. His attention to details has amazed me. In my group, one was completely vegetarian, one is a part vegetarian and I don't eat pork and from day one we met Mr Dat remembered all of our needs and he made sure that we had the right food to eat. He also sterilized our chopsticks, spoons and forks in hot water and reminded us whether it was safe for us to have ice cubes with our drinks. His knowledge about history of Viet Nam and all places we visited were just amazing and informative. Mr Dat was very proud of his country. To make our journey in the van much more interesting, he always told us stories after stories. We started our new day with Mr Dat by saying ' are you ready?' and we all have to say 'always ready!!!' He faced each morning with a big smile on his face which made our days brighter. Thank you, Mr Dat. You are a gem. We will never forget you. Now, Mr Loc. He is very witty, funny, and it was fun to be with and he had great sense of humor. He has made our 'challenged' days on the bike a bit lighter especially when the uphill seemed had no end every time we turned around the corner. Mr Loc was always there for us especially for the five of us who sometimes struggled to push a bit more up hills. He sang us songs 'Hallo Vietnam' which encouraged us to ride to the finishing line of that day. One of Mr Loc passions in life is photography. He took beautiful photos along the way and shared his photos with us. I hope someday he will pursue his gifted talent in photography. Thank you, Mr Loc. I will treasure the experience to cycle with you and Mr Dat for a long time to come. A big personal thank you for those wonderful experience you've captured on videos and photos for me to share with my family and friends back in Australia. Finally, I would like to show my appreciation to Mr Van who had worked so hard to provide us with the most memorable and educating cycling trips for my group. It was so awesome to ride along the Ho Chi Minh trail (west). The scenery was just breathtaking and magic. Camera did capture the beauty of the jungles, rivers, valley, people, rice paddy, etc. but you need to be there to experience it. It was liberating. When the tours came to an end, we all wished it never ends. We were so saddened that it ended so quickly. The four staff members and my group shared jokes and stories, and we became one big happy family for the duration of our tours. It was just magic. I would highly recommend Vietnam Backroads to those who would like to see beautiful Vietnam from off beaten tracks... the real beauty of the country. A huge thank you to our team - Mr Dat, Mr Loc, Mr Cuong and Mr Vu. You are just so awesome!!!! You excelled yourself beyond anyone's expectation. Well done and thank you!!! Until we meet again soon for another tour, I hope .. 24 Feb - 08 Mar, 2016

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