Cycling From Saigon To Luang Prabang 18 Days


Day 1 : Hochiminh city –Arrival .
Driver pick up at the airport , Transfer to hotel for check in . Free to explore city by your own . O/ N in Ho Chi Minh city .

Accommodation: Le Le Hotel ( Central Hotel )

Day 2 : Hochiminh city – VinhLong – Biking 60 km [B ,L,D] 
Tour guide pick up 8:00 AM from your hotel and transfer to VinhLong, is the capital of the province and is a medium-sized town along the banks of the Mekong River about midway between My Tho and Can Tho., Crossing the ferry. Ride from  Tra On to An Binh islands along the tree lined roads, there are many of these beautiful small islands in the river, totally given over to agriculture, especially the growing of tropical fruits, which are shipped to Saigon. Some of the most popular islands to visit include An Binh Island with their ‘monkey bridges’, or makeshift footbridges built of uneven logs above the canals. Overnight at home stay in An Binh island – VinhLong .


Distance: 110 km
Ride: 60 km on flat terrain , transfer 50 km.
Meals : L = Lunch , D = dinner
Accommodation: Home –Stay

Day 3 : Vinh Long – Tra Vinh – Hochiminh city -Biking 50 km [B,L]
Am : After the breakfast. Taking a boat to visit Caibe floating market. a bustling market where wholesalers on big boats moor, each specializing in one or two types of fruit or vegetables. Customers cruise the market in smaller boats, and can easily find what they are looking for as the larger boats hang samples of their goods from tall wooden poles. There are also good views of the huge Catholic cathedral on the riverside. Ride  back to Tieu Can to visit old Khmer temple and lotus pond. Drive back to Hochiminh city.Dinner by your own .


Distance: 120 km
Ride: 50 km on flat terrain , transfer 70 km.
Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch
Accommodation: Le Le Hotel

Day 4: Saigon – Dalat (B ,L,D)
Pick up at your hotel in Saigon .Enjoy 2 hours driving to Dong Nai province. Ride through coffee plantation, pepper on hilly country roads in surounding area of Nam Cat Tien park. Have in Madagui and have another stop at Bao Loc, the homeland of coffee and green tea. Enjoy delicious speciality snack, coffee and tea. Then have a transfer to Dalat.


Distance: 280 km
Ride: 50 km on flat terrain some uphill and downhill , transfer 230 km.
Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner
Accommodation: Thang Loi Hotel

Day 5 : Dalat – Nha Trang (B,L )
Start to ride from your hotel in Dalat. Ride through majestic mountains and valleys. Have a picnic lunch in Khank Vinh town. In the afternoon, we ride on backroads through villages to Dien Khanh where we get on a van/bus for a short trip to Nha Trang. Overnight in Nha Trang.


Distance: 120 km
Ride: 60 km and transfer 60 km.
Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch
Accommodation: Quoc Te Hotel

Day 6 : Nha Trang – Qui Nhon (B,L,D)
Visit the Po Nagar Cham tower in city of Nha Trang and have a transfer out of Nha Trang city, pedal on quiet country roads through rice paddies and beautiful village coastal roads. Enjoy lunch on the way,then continue pedaling on back roads through fishing farms and villages to Tuy Hoa. Transfer 2 hours to Qui Nhon city.


Distance: 210 km
Ride: 50 km and ransfer 160 km.
Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner
Accommodation: Quy Nhon Hotel

Day 7 : Qui Nhon – Quang Ngai (B,L,D)
Transfer 30 minutes of out busy city of Qui Nhon. Begin with cycling through rice-paddy to mountain areas . Cycle past many little villages to ocean roads. Today you will have the opportunity to admire beautiful coastal roads. In the afternoon, cycle uphill through mountains, rice fields, and coconut plantations. Transfer by bus/van in the late afternoon to Quang Ngai.


Distance: 160 km
Ride: 70 km and transfer 90 km
Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner
Accommodation: My Tra Hotel

Day 8 : Quang Ngai – Hoi An (B,L)
Have breakfast at the hotel start to ride to My Lai village from the hotel. Have a short visit and talk to locals about the massacre of more than 504 locals in 1968.  Continue riding 35 km on hilly roads before having lunch in town. After lunch, ride on back roads, passing by white sand dunes.  Cycle on broken track trails along the ocean to fish farms. Then continue biking to Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.


Distance: 170 km
Ride: 70 km and transfer 100 km.
Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch
Accommodation: Thanh Van Hotel

Day 9: Hoi An – Hue (B,L )
Van/bus takes you out Hoi An, have a little time to warm up your body before pedaling uphill to the peak of Hai Van pass. Then travel by back roads to the ocean, cycling through fishing villages and an ancient burial-ground of Hue (called a “ghost city” by the locals), to Hue city. Another option, keep biking on a little country roads to Hue city.


Distance: 130 km
Ride: 70 km ,transfer 60 km.
Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch
Accommodation: Hue DMZ Hotel

Day 10 : Hue – Hanoi (B,L)
Ride to visit the forbidden city, the capital of Vietnam from the 17th to 20th centuries, continue riding on single track trails to the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty. Visit the Tu Duc tomb and Khai Dinh tomb before having lunch. Say good bye your team and Fly to Hanoi in the afternoon. Pick up at the airport to Hanoi hotel for check in .


Distance: 630 km
Ride: 25 km on flat terrain
Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch
Accommodation: May De Villa Hotel

Day 11: Hanoi city tours (B/L/) (no cycling)
Spend a whole day exploring Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Visit the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, the old town of Ha Noi, and Ho Chi Minh complex. See the Water Puppet Show in the evening. Overnight in Hanoi.


Distance: 40 km
Ride: None

Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch
Accommodation: Mayde Villa Hotel

Day 12: Hanoi – Mai Chau ( 50 km cycling) (B ,L,D)

Pick up at your hotel at 7:30 Am .Transfer out of Hanoi city to Luong Son – picturesque landscapes,starting cycling via Bai Chao village and Kim Boi hot spring until Doc Cun pass and then loading bike to local restaurant for lunch in An Lac town end then transfer by van to the top of Thong Khe pass to down hill to Mai Chau . Arrival in the late afternoon and overnight in the home stay of white Thai ethnic.


Distance: 150 km
Ride: 80 km ,transfer 70 km.

Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner
Accommodation: Home- Stay

Day 13 : Mai Chau to Son La ( B , L , D )

We rose early to have another brief cycle before commencing our five hour drive to Son La. As we moved further from major population centres, the drives became more spectacular. Moc Chau is a major tea growing region along the way and definitely worth a stop though not as exciting as it was written up in our itinerary.

The most enjoyable parts of this entire trip were the improvised stops to walk down into villages and commune with minority communities. Those experiences were unforgettable.

We were especially fortunate to encounter a White Thai “cho coc” – a leaping market – as we neared Son La. “Cho coc” refers to a mobile market that sets up on a side road for a day and moves on to another location the following day. We spent close to an hour chatting, laughing and buying fruits from sellers who were incredibly hospitable.

We arrived in Son La at our hotel, The Cong Doan or Trade Union Hotel in the late afternoon. Rooms were as you would expect from a Trade Union Hotel in remote Vietnam – or perhaps a little better. Perfectly adequate in any case.


Distance: 140 km
Ride: 70 km ,transfer 70 km.

Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner
Accommodation: Cong Doan Hotel

Day 14 : Son La to Dien Bien Phu ( B , L , D )
Son La was once a very small mountain outpost. The French used it as a garrison and then  decided that its harsh climate and remoteness made it a suitable location for a prison. These days Son La is expanding rapidly as Vietnam tries to bolster its population across the far north. Tourist arrivals are still tiny though. The town itself has little to recommend it except that it is a convenient stop between Mai Chau and Dien Bien Phu. The simple streetside market not far from the Cong Doan Hotel is friendly and colourful and an early morning visit is a nice way to start the day.
The French era prison is the most well known tourist sight in Son La. In the 1930s, French colonial authorities decided to use the prison for the incarceration of some of the country’s most militant revolutionary leaders.
Like its counterparts in Hanoi and on Con Dao Island in the south, the prison is a timely reminder for travellers overcome with Indochine nostalgia of the brutality of the French rule in Vietnam. It’s also a lesson in how not to quell an insurgency. Many of Vietnam’s most celebrated communist leaders did time in these barbaric prisons. I’ve often wondered whether these prisons in part shaped the harshness of Vietnam’s post 1975 national government – most of the country’s leaders at the end of the war were the alumni of French era prisons.
The prison at Son La is in ruins and features a small museum that celebrates the great achievements of its former prisoners and remembers those who never made it out.


Distance: 180 km
Ride: 80 km ,transfer 100 km.

Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner
Accommodation: Him Lam Resort and Hotel

Day 15 : Dien Bien Phu to Muang Khua, Laos  ( B ,L ,D )
We depart Dien Bien and cross into Northeast Laos at Tay Trang. This is the least populated section of Laos. We continue on to Muang Khua on the banks of the Nam Ou river.

Distance: 160 km
Ride: 60 km on dirt road, transfer 100 km.
Meals: Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = dinner
Accommodation: local guest house

Day 16 : Muang Khua to Odomxai  ( B ,L ,D )
This is a scenic lightly traveled road to bustling Odomxai. Odomxai seems to be undergoing a rennaisance. Lots of construction and activity in the town these days. They have an airport here also (with less than daily service). We stay at the nicest place in town.

Distance: 110 km
Ride: 60 km on dirt  road, transfer 50 km.
Meals: Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = dinner
Accommodation: local guest house

Day 17 : Odomxai to Pak Mong  ( B ,L ,D )
A tough climbing day at the start and then rolling hills with magnificent scenery before a 29 k Descent to Pak Mong.

Distance: 100 km
Ride: 60 km on good quality asphalt road, transfer 40 km.
Meals: Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = dinner
Accommodation: local guest house

Day 18 : Pak Mong to Luang Prabang  ( B ,L  )
On to the historic and enchanting city of Luang Prabang. We follow the banks of the Mekong before entering the city proper. It’s also possible, with advance planning, to bike the 20k in the opposite direction to Nong Khiaw and then take a boat down the Nam Ou River. This will take you right by the Pak Ou caves at the confluence of the Nam Ou and Mekong Rivers. End The Tour.

Distance: 100 km
Ride: 40 km on good quality asphalt road, transfer 60 km.
Meals: Breakfast , L = Lunch
Accommodation: Maonuok Hotel – 3

Rate in USD per person for group tour = 3.299 Usd / pax

( Single surcharge = 435 Usd / pax )


  • Total Distance  955 km
  • Number of cycling days 16 full days
  • Road Surface This tour follows a mix of asphalt roads, broken roads, vehicle-width dirt roads, and rough tracks, so some off-road riding skills are an advantage. You should be confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills.
  • Support Minivan and bus for group ( rider can stop any time you want )
  • Staff  Groups of 8 plus a Vietnamese leader cycling guide and truck  and assistants, doctor
  • Food all meals are included ( B = Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner )

Tour Cost includes:

  • * Bike ( Trek 4,300 or Giant ) and helmet
  • • All hotels (twin share ) and meals specified
  • • Cycle support by a/c vehicles ( to take care bike & rider and luggages)
  • • Permit tickets to villages and home stay
  • • All water, fruits and snacks whilst riding
  • • All entrances fee and sites mentioned
  • • Vietnamese English speaking guide
  • • All meals mentioned ( B = Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner )

Tour Cost excludes:

  • International Flights
  • Departure Tax
  • Visa Fees
  • Alcoholic, and other beverages in the evenings
  • Tips for guides and driver
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any services not mentioned in itinerary

Things to be prepared:
1. Hat
2. Small backpack
3. Shoes and shorts for cycling
4. Sunglasses
5. Gloves

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