Biking 12D/11N - HCM to MEKONG DELTA to Ha Noi

Tour code VBT: VCT12B - SGN - HAN Road surfaces Mixed dirty track, concrete path, country back road
Tour lenth 12 days/ 11 nights Cycling distance 490 - 580km
No. of cycling days 8 full days Group size Mi: 02 - Max: 12
Tour meets in HCM Tour ends in Ha Noi
What's included What's not included

- A/C van/bus takes up all cyclists and luggage
- Truck to carry all bikes … so on
- 2017 Giant MTB, wheel size: 27.5”, hydraulic brake
- Helmets, new bottles of water, tools kit
- All entrance fees, boat rides
- Ferry tickets in countryside
- Flight from HCM to Dalat
- Night train from Hue to Hanoi
- B= 11 Breakfasts, L= 11 Lunches, D= 6 Dinners
- Daily cold mineral water, soft drinks
- Daily snacks, fresh fruits, facial tissues
- 11 nights, double & twin rooms
- Experienced English speaking bike guides
- Mechanic support on entire trip
- Pick up at/drop off at hotels

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



Day 01: Saigon - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Can Tho
After an hour driving by vehicle to countryside village fir a morning ride. Explore scenery along river. Your guide will take you through the canal trails and orchard paths, across ferries that sometimes only fit a fews people and into charming villages. In the afternoon, we bike through islet of An Binh and cross Mekong River to Vinh Long town. Then we will have a 30 minute transfer by vehicle to Can Tho city.

  • 25 - 45km easy/moderate
  • Lunch/ Dinner

Day 02: Mekong Delta - Saigon
A boat ride taking you to watch brilliant floating market of Cai Be before continue our adventures. We bike on rural paths along natural creeks, roadsisde of fruit gardens, share the paths with local taking fram products to market. Return to Saigon by vehicle in late afternoon.

  • 30 - 45km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 03: Saigon - Dalat 
Our team will take you to Tan Son Nhat airport for an early flight to Dalat for a full day of challenge a mountain biking on back roads. Benifit from local cultures in central highland, coffee, pepper growing techniques. Then we continue to hit the back roads of pine forest and vegetable fields on hilly coutry road to Cam Ly water falls.

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

Day 04: Dalat - Nha Trang
To avoid traffic in Dalat city, we will drive on A/C van/bus to rural Dist to start the ride. We ride on back roads to the peak of Hon Giao Pass. It is a real challenge that we ride rolling hills, passing valley, through particular scenery in mountainous areas before we enjoy 29 km down hills to Suoi Loi. After lunch in restaurant by river, we continue an easy in the afternoon scenic adventure is to ride deep into rural villages, passing surgar cane fields, enjoy picturesque countryside and learning their daily routine on dirt paths and concrete countryside roads to outskirt of Nha Trang.

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

Day 05: Nha Trang - Quy Nhon
Leaving hotel at 7:30 am, enjoy an hour driving through spectacular coastal cliff road to starting point of cycling. Sharing dirt paths with cow carts, transports of local motorcycle, cycling through beautiful scenery among, rice-paddy and mountainous areas. Enjoy delicious lunch by beautiful beach of Dai Lanh. In the afternoon, ride on coastal road passing fish farms, fishing village  and ride on foot paths through local villages, rice fields and vegetable farms.

  • 25 - 80km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 06: Quy Nhon - Quang Ngai
Leaving hotel for half an hour transfer toward to East sea to hit a cycling adventure of this morning. Ride on best coastal cycling routes along back roads with hugs the cliffs of mountain range. In the afternoon, continue mingling with locals on bike through beautiful rice-paddy by quite local beaches, fisinhing villages, fishing boat making and fish farming. Have a transfer to Quang Ngai in late afteroon.

  • 40 - 100km, easy/moderate/hard
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 07: Quang Ngai - Hoi An 
Pay a visit to memorial of victim of massacre in 1968 before an off road biking adventure through My Son hemlet to Tam Ky fishing port. Then continue enjoy easy ride to Chau O. Stopping at restaurant in Tam Ky to enjoy chicken rice. The highligh of today is an afternoon exploring hemlets on concret paths through beautiful scenery; monkey bridges, worked buffalos on rice paddy and typical houses of local. Share room with local on ferries and stopping at wooden boat factory.

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

Day 08 : Free to explore the ancient town of Hoi An  
Spend a whole day to explore the ancient town of Hoi An and to do the shoping by your own.

  • No cycling
  • Breakfast

Day 09: Hoi An - Hue
The route passes over the spectacular Hai Van Pass the 'Pass of the Ocean Clouds'; the views are stunning though those who prefer to avoid the 580m climb can always take a lift in the support van. You can see the remains of US Army bunkers at the top of Hai Van Pass. Then ride down to Lang Co beach, enjoy lunch and continue riding through small villages, ancient burial-ground of Hue and rural scenes to the outskirts of Hue city.

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

Day 10: Hue - Hanoi by night train
After  your breakfast at hotel, we explore the Forbidden Purple City of Hue. Its the capital of Vietnam from 17-20 century, Then following dirt track to the Tombs of Nguyen Dynasty, and enjoy boat trip on Perfume River back to before a flight to Ha Noi 

  • 25 km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

Day 11: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay
After you are pick up at hotel at 7:20 am  for 3 hours driving to Ha Long. Get on board at 11:00am and Enjoy your stay a night on Halong Paloam Cruise. Halong is the world Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. During your cruise trip, you will enjoy kayaking and visiting may natrural beautiful sites of Halong bay.

  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 12: Halong Bay – Hanoi 
The cruise will be finished back to the dock at 11:30 am. Our team will meet you and all will return to Hanoi by vehicle. Tour End!

  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Reviews

Ronald Wilson Jones party from US

Overall we have very, very positive feelings about our trip to Vietnam. Here are the things that we were very happy with through Vietnam Backroads: * Above all, we feel truly lucky that we had Loc Dang as our guide. He was WONDERFUL. We told him that a hundred times, but you can tell him again for us. ;-) * The bikes were in good shape, the van was in good shape, and the driver was good. * We did not feel pressured to "stick to the agenda" with Loc. If a particular route was too difficult or if it was too rainy, Loc was fine letting us ride in the van for a while. Most of the bike routes were very interesting. * Overall we were happy with the food provided by Vietnam Backroads. * The arrangements with Vietnam Airlines and the Paloma Cruise company in Halong Bay were very good. We were happy with those arrangements. Here are the things that we w felt could have been better with Backroads Vietnam: * The floating market at Cai Rang near Can Tho was a BIG letdown/disappointment. I had expected to see LOTS of floating boats with people selling produce and flowers. Instead there were just a few boats actually selling, and it seemed very, very touristy (there were more tour boats than boats with people selling/buying things). We felt cheated not getting to see something better/bigger. * For US $4,798, some of the 11 nights spent in hotels could have been much better. We booked our own hotels in Saigon (before the trip began) and Hanoi (after the trip ended) ourselves, so we know that it is so very easy to get a great hotel at a very good price (US $80 or so is enough to get a very nice hotel). The hotels chosen by Vietnam Backroads in Saigon and Quang Ngai were especially bad; we should have stayed at much nicer hotels after spending so much money for the tour. We want your company to make a profit and we felt happy with some of the hotels (Hoi An, Hanoi, etc.), but we are unsure whether we could recommend Vietnam Backroads to our friends due to some of the hotels chosen for us. This definitely needs to be improved. * We did not like having to ride through the heavy traffic of Hue city on the last day of riding bikes. It was SCARY for Americans to be riding through Vietnamese traffic. We would have preferred having the van pick us up out in the countryside. Also, the route around Hue probably could have been better. It seemed to be not really planned well. So, overall there are good points and less good points about our experience. Even though it rained a lot we are glad we chose to go to Vietnam. Due to the reasons outlined above, though, we would have to talk very carefully with our friends here in the US before we could actually recommend using Vietnam Backroads as a touring company. 03 -14 Dec, 2016

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