Cycling Through Vietnam – 21 days

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Hanoi Cycling To Saigon and Mekong delta is the most spectacular along the beautiful coast and Mekong delta is for cyclists seeking a biking easy, enjoy beach and mixing it up with some trails. Starting in Hanoi, We cycle to the World heritage of Halong Bay , Cat Ba island and ride the amazing Ho Chi Minh mountain trails to Hue , Hoian untill Mui Ne beach. This tour goes to a part of Vietnam where amazed beach s as you ride through sandy road ..

Day 1: Hanoi-Arrival
Pick up at the airport and transfer to hotel for check in ,If time permit we will short visiting Hanoi before dinner at the restaurant .

Accommodation : Mayde Villages Hotel 3*+ ( Or similar )

Meals : Dinner

Day 2: Ha noi – But Thap Pagoda – Ha Long Bay
Pick up from your hotel at 8
AM and transfer out of the city off the main busy roads to a peaceful land of Duong river . Today we will cycling to visit But Thap pagoda beside the banks of Duong river and then cycling to Ho village , ( Painting village ) and then cycling along Duong river banks to Pha Lai town . Unload the bike to the historical Tonkin sea. Lunch on the way to Ha Long Bay. Overnight in Ha Long.

Biking distance : 35 km

Meals : Breakfast ,Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation : Ha Long Bay Hotel 3*

Day 3: Ha Long Bay Cruise Tour – Cat Ba Island
Breakfast, boating to visit Thien Cung cave , Fishing villages and cruising around the island . Seafood lunch served on boat . Enjoy the cruise facility and scenery of the Bay. Transfer to Cat Ba island and cycling from Gia Luan whart to Cat Ba town .Overnight in Cat Ba Island.

Biking distance : 30 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch ,Dinner

Accommodation : Cat Ba Holiday View Hotel 3*

Day 4: Cat Ba – Hai Phong – Ninh Binh (45km cycling)
Sunrise welcome, leave hotel for biking day around the island and other landscape surroundings. Cycling to Cat Hai island and take ferry to Hai Phong port city for lunch before transfer to Tam Coc – Ninh Binh for overnight .

Biking distance : 35 km

Meals : Breakfast ,Lunch,Dinner

Accommodation : Yen Nhi Hotel 2*+

Day 5 : Ninh Binh  – Cuc Phuong National Park
Following breakfast we start cycle from here to the the gate of Cuc Phuong Park to recharge your energy for 19km cycling to the centre of the park. We will start again and make a couple of stops along the way to visit the Cave of Ancient Man. Transfer back to Cuc Phuong gate to visit the rescue central before check in Cuc Phuong National guesthouse .

Summary
Biking:   70km
Meals:   Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation: Cuc Phuong National Park Guest house.

Day 6 : Cuc Phuong -Mai Chau
Breakfast and start cycling to Mai Chau a picturesque landscapes. To VuBan villages for lunch at local restaurant.cycling to Cao Phong and Man Duc villages . Arrive Mai Chau villages and overnight in the home stay of  white Thai ethnic.

Accommodation : Home – Stay

Meals : Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance :80 Km

Day 7 : Mai Chau – Cam Thuy

Breakfast in Thai village house before setting off along a spectacularly beautiful river valley towards Hoi Xuan along an undulating tarmac road. The road follows the flow of River Song Ma. This is an old supply route of the HCM Trail that fed the main trail with ammunitions during the American War with Vietnam.. just passing scenes of local village life and rice paddies. ( If time permit we will visit spirit fish stream in Cam Thuy – Thanh hoa province ) .Dinner at the hotel .

Accommodation : Thanh Nhan minihotel

Meals : Breakfast ,Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance: 80 Km

Day 8 : Cam Thuy -Ngoc Lac – Thai Hoa
An early morning start to beat the heat of the day. The route takes us away from the river and appears to contour through the same range of mountains that stretch from Cam Thuy to Thai Hoa on Ho Chi Minh trails . The road gets more beautiful the closer you ride to Ngoc Lac with looming karst limestone cliffs and lush vegetation. The route is tarmac all the way, but quite hard riding due to the undulating terrain. We ride for the first time on the newly built two lane Ho Chi Minh Highway. It hardly warrants two lanes as there is no traffic! The road makes for smooth fast riding, and for those who prefer there is always the old highway dirt and gravel – that weaves around the new highway allowing for plenty of exploring possibilities along the way. Ride to Muc Son, on the banks of River Song Chu. On the outskirts of this small town are the famous Kan Linh historical relics – a pagoda where the first king of the Ly dynasty, Le Thai To, ruled, in 1428. Continue riding on the trail to Yen Cat. The distance covered today is quite long and there will be the chance to transfer some sections by the back-up vehicle to rest weary legs.There are fewer villages today as the route cuts through forests and jungle. Picnic lunch en route. Overnight Thai Hoa guesthouse. 80+ km.

Accommodation : GiaoTe guest house

Meals : Breakfast ,Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance : 80 Km

Day 9 : Thai Hoa-Nghe An
Continue riding the incredible Ho Chi Minh Trail. Have lunch in Lat town. In Kim Lean visit the famous museum and birthplace of Ho Chi Minh in 1890. This province has a reputation for producing charismatic revolutionary leaders; not only Ho Chi Minh but also Phan Boi Chau – another fervent anti colonialist -was born here. Overnight in Nghe An Town. 100 km.

Accommodation : Bac Kinh Hotel 3*

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance : 80 Km

Day 10 : Nghe An- Phong Nha National Park
From Nghe An to Huong Khe the mountains rise and the road winds up, down and along the hillsides. The scenery is spectacular, the road tranquil. Ride up to 80km then transfer the last few km to Phong Nha National Park. The park contains one of the most spectacular caves in Vietnam, It is a true speleological wonder. Visit the cave by boat then wander through the cavern, past the foundations of ancient Cham ruins. Pause to admire the incredible formation of stalactites and stalagmites. Formed approximately 250 million years ago Phong Nha was used as a hospital and ammunition depot during the war, the entrance still showing evidence of fighter aircraft attacks. There are community projects underway with Flora and Fauna International and it may be possible to visit village initiatives and learn more about the forests of the National Park. Overnight at the National Park. 70 km.

Accommodation : Saigon Phong Nha Hotel 3*

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance: 70 Km

Day 11 : Phong Nha National Park-Hue
Explore Phong Nha Cave in the early morning. Continue riding on the Ho Chi Minh Trail across the DMZ  (better known as the 17th Parallel,) to Cam Lo. The road is now quite flat and makes for good cruising! Stop en route to visit Truong Son Cemetary, a memorial to the tens of thousands of North Vietnamese soldiers who were killed in
the Truong Son Mountains along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.  Fourteen miles further on is the town of Cam Lo – the Trail here intersects a strategic feeder road (H9) from Dong Ha and at this junction part of  the Ho Chi Minh Trail heads across country into Laos. We finish our exploration of the Ho Chi Minh trail here. This is where we end the cycling section of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Transfer to Hue visiting war relics en route. Overnight Hotel in Hue. 60 km.

Accommodation : Muong Thanh Hotel 4*

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch

Cycling distance : 60 Km

Day 12 : Hue – Hoi An (135 km)
Hue was the capital of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty of emperors from 1802 till 1945. In the morning cycle to the elaborate mausoleums of Emperor Tu Duc and Khai Dinh along the banks of the Perfume River . Leave Hue in the afternoon for the ancient trading port of Hoi An 120km to the south via the spectacular Pass of Ocean Clouds . Arrive in Hoi An late afternoon and transfer to hotel. Visit Hoi An’s historic town centre or perhaps cycle to Cua Dai Beach 5km away. Explore dinner by your own . Overnight in Hoi An.

Accommodation : Indochine Hotel 4*

Meals : Breakfast ,Break , Lunch

Cycling distance : 60 Km

Day 13 : Hoi An – Qui Nhon (280 km)
Leave Hoi An after breakfast and cycle to the sacred Marble Mountains where caves contain dozens of Buddhist shrines. Stop off at Da Nang to visit the famous China Beach , once a ‘rest and recreation’ resort for American servicemen.Down Highway One to Qui Nhon. Travel by bus and bike as the scenic highway follows the coast southwards. Transfer to hotel on arrival in Qui Nhon. Overnight in Qui Nhon.

Accommodation : Seagull Hotel 4*

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance: 50 Km

Day 14 : Qui Nhon – Nha Trang (240 km)
Continue down Highway one by bus and bike to Vietnam ‘s premier beach destination, Nha Trang.,Cycling around Nha Trang to visit the 9th century Po Nagar Cham Towers, Long Son Pagoda with its enormous Buddha statue and the interesting Dam Market. It’s time for swimming on beach . Overnight in Nha Trang.

Accommodation : Sunflower Hotel 3*

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch

Cycling distance: 60 Km

Day 15 : Nha Trang – Phan Thiet – Mui Be beach (250 km)
Leave after breakfast by bus and bike for Phan Thiet breaking the 250km journey at Phan Rang to visit the spectacular Po Klong Garai Cham Temple. The landscape between Phan Rang and Phan Thiet changes to an arid semi-desert with sandy soil and prickly pear cactus. In Phan Thiet turn off to the Mui Ne Peninsula with its sandy white beaches and swaying coconut palms. Overnight in Phan Thiet.

Accommodation : Seahorse Beach Resort 4*

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch

Cycling distance : 65 Km

Day 16 : Phan Thiet – Ho Chi Minh City (200 km)
Early swimming and breakfast , check out hotel and today last cycling day from hotel and passing through dense rubber plantations before reaching Bien Hoa and the outer suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City . Transfer to hotel on arrival. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City .

Accommodation : Saigon Lyberty hotel 3*

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch

Cycling distance: 65 km

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City – Cau Ke – Tra Vinh ( Biking 60 – 80 km) ( L , D )

8:00 Am pick up from your hotel drive to Vinh Long with a stop at the Bonsai garden to have a coffee. After lunch at Phuong Thuy restaurant, we bike out of the town on HW53 to Cau Vi (or Bung Truong bridge) with the distance of 27 km. Off the bridge, veer right to go straight to Cau Ke and reach Ta Thieu pagoda (Khmer’s), another 29 km. After visiting the pagoda, shuttle to Tra Vinh. Overnight in Cu Long hotel 3* .

Day 18 : Tra Vinh – Vinh Long – Can Tho ( Biking 50 – 70km) ( B , L , D )
After breakfast, ride & shuttle to visit the Ba Om pond and some Khmer pagodas before leaving Tra Vinh for Vinh Long. On arrival, have lunch and head onto the village of Ba Ke where we turn into the country road and enjoy the cool air and breeze along the road; there are a lot of photo moments of the smiles of Mekong people and working farmers at the velvet green rice fields and fruit tree garden, the peaceful scenery of the rivers and villages. At about 3 pm, we get back to the busy road and shuttle to our hotel for a cool drink at the poolside. Tonight dinner is at the hotel.
Overnight in Ninh Kieu Hotel 3*.

Day 19 : Can Tho ( Biking 60 km) ( B , L , D )
Shuttle out of Can Tho to the village of Tam Vu , start the loop of 140Km. Biking today along the paved road toward Vi Thanh. Turn off the road and keep riding on a dirt road along the Rach Ngoi canal. After riding through the busy market, Khmer community, get back to the pavement at Vi Thanh at lunch time, followed by a shuttle back to Can Tho. Stay overnight in Can Tho.

Day 20 : Can Tho – Thot Not – Chau Doc (50 Km Biking) ( B , L , D )

Morning take a 2 hour boat cruise (bikes are left in our shuttle) along the lower part of the Mekong River (Hau Giang) visiting the busy floating markets of Cai Rang and one fruit garden. Leave the boat and pedal from this garden taking the Vong Cung well-paved countryside road with Arch-shape (My Khanh area) for about 30 km. The road is really shady with banana and green bamboo trees growing all the way long on 2 sides of the road, especially the Mekong River is blending its way on the left hand side along with this road until we reach the National Highway 91. From here, shuttle to Chau Doc with a short hike of 25 minutes into the Bang Lang Stock sanctuary to watch the lively activities of stocks coming back home for the night. After that, drive directly to Chau Doc and enjoy the sunset on the top of Sam Mountain . Overnight in Chau Pho hotel 3*

Day 21 : Chau Doc – Vinh Long – Ho Chi Minh City (50 Km Biking) ( B , L )
Shuttle and bike the loop of 50 to 90 km around Nui Sam and from there to Tri Ton Ba Chuc with visit to the Cavern Pagoda en route. The main views are hills, mountains, rivers and Cambodian pagodas along the way. Then from Ba Chuc, shuttle and bike to Sadec via Vam Cong ferry, visiting Rose Garden en route. Lunch in Vinh Long before driving back to Ho Chi Minh City . On arrival transfer to your hotel. Overnight in the City. END THE TOUR.

 Accommodation : Saigon Lyberty hotel 3*

  

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Tour Package Includes
– Accommodation based on twin sharing occupancy at hotel, guesthouse and Home stay.etc…
– Meals as indicated in program,B=Breakfast , L=Lunches ,D=Dinner
– Professional English speaking guide
– Support van or bus , truck for group
– Boat and cruise trip mention in itinerary
– Pump, bike tools, spares tubes, Spare bike , Mountain Bicycle ( Trek bike )
– Cold water box, mineral water ,small fresh towel , bike helmet
– All entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated in the program
– Service charges, rooms tax and handling fees

Tour Package Excludes

– Travel assurance ,Visa stamping fee
– Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
– Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
– Tips and gratuity
– Personal expenses and other services which are not mentioned in the program.
– International air tickets and airport departure taxes
– Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program
– Optional excursions

Special offers :
– Mineral water drinking.
– Seasonal fruits.
– Snacks
– Fresh tissue and some fruits while touring !

What to bring :
Sun Block , Wide brim hat, Camera + Film, Comfortable shoes, Rain Gear , Warm clothes in winter, Original Passport, Small backpack , Shoes and shorts for cycling ,Sunglasses , Gloves , Professional Pedal ,Insect repellent ,Wide brim hat ,Bike water bottle (if you don’t want to use ours’bottle)

Highlights :
Glide down hills, through villages and fields to experience the north’s wilderness.

Notes:
Minor program changes are sometime necessary, depending on road conditions and weather.
This itinerary allows for 21 days on the cycling section. You will be able to decide for yourself at any time during each of these days how far you want to cycle. Average daily cycling distances are approximately 40 -100 km. These distances may vary according to weather, road conditions and group fitness and preferences. This is a sightseeing cycle tour, not a marathon or time trial.

January :  8th – 28th

February 8th – 28th

March :

April 8th – 28th

May :

June : 8th – 28th

July :

August : 8th – 28th

September :

October: 8th – 28th

November : 8th – 28th

December :

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About Indochina Bike Tours

Cycling Through Vietnam –  21 days
Indochina Bike Tours was first established in 1994, we have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to cycle with a wealth of great people from all over the world. They have come to experience and see Southeast Asia in a truly remarkable way – by bicycle.