Ho Chi Minh Trails Cycle Tour -20 days

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This mountain biking cycle exploration of Ho Chi Minh Trails ,starts in Hanoi Capital and ends in the Hochiminh city in the south of Vietnam . Along the way we pause to visit the main sites in HoaBinh, Hoi An, Hue… and finally Hochiminh city. What makes this tour special is our route hardly touches the frenetic Highway One, as we ride along quiet or little used roads to discover the real Vietnam. Taking time out of the saddle we have excursions by boat in Halong, Hue . After cycling through the incredible limestone karst scenery of HoaBinh and Halong bay. We spend a night aboard the Reunification Express Train to Hue then passing the HaiVan pass to Hoian Old commercial town from 17century. On reaching Hochiminh city, we have time to ride to Mekong delta and overnight in Vietnamese homes and try to be the vietnamese one time…

Day1: Hanoi – Mai Chau ( L ,D )
Have breakfast at your hotel, check out and pick up at 7:30 Am and drive to Luong Son and cycling through  Bai Chao villages to Cao Phong – Hoa Binh province. Cycling to Thong Khe Pass . Have lunch on the way then riding on single track through Thai minority villages. Ride past terraced fields and beautiful valleys. Overnight in a stilt-house of Thai-tribe village . O/N in Poom Coong Village .

Summary
Cycling Distance : 65 km
Meals : Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation : Home-stay

Day 2: Mai Chau – Pu Luong Nature Reserve ( B , L , D )
An early morning start walking around Mai Chau villages and 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 Mai Chau to Pu Luong Nature Reserve . The road gets more beautiful the closer you ride to Pu Luong with looming karst limestone cliffs and lush vegetation. The route is tarmac all the way, but quite hard riding due to the undulating terrain. Overnight in Home -Stay in Kho Muong .

Summary
Cycling Distance : 55 km , Trekking 2 hours
Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation : Kho Muong Villages – Home-stay

Day 3 : Pu Luong Nature Reserve – Cam Thuy ( B , L , D )

Breakfast in Thai village house before trekking 3 km to the main road and setting off along a spectacularly beautiful river valley ,terraced fields towards Canh Nang twon 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 .

Summary

Accommodation : Thanh Nhan  hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 80 Km

Day 4 : Cam Thuy -Ngoc Lac – Thai Hoa ( B , L , D )
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.

Summary

Accommodation : Quoc te hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 80 Km

Day 5 : Thai Hoa- Huong Khe ( B , L , D )
Continue riding the incredible Ho Chi Minh Trail. Have lunch in Pho Chau town , on the way stop to  visit some villages or market. Transfer to Huong Khe town for check in Hotel . Overnight in Huong Khe .

Summary

Accommodation : Duc Tai Hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 80 Km

Day 6 : Huong Khe –  Phong Nha National Park ( B , L , D )
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.

Summary

Accommodation : Song Son hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 70 Km

Day 7 : Phong Nha National Park-Khe Sanh ( B , L , D )
Explore Phong Nha Cave in the early morning by boat . 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. Transfer to Khe Sanh visiting war relics en route. Overnight Hotel in Khe Sanh .

Summary

Accommodation : Thai  Ninh Hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,  Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 60 Km

Day 8 : Khe Sanh – Aluoi ( B , L , D )
In the morning we head south over the Da Krong Bridge (built by the Cubans in 1973) then jump into back roads and keep riding through remote villages to a A Luoi. Overnight in A Luoi

Summary
Cycling Distance : 80 km
Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation : Guest House .

Day 9 : Aluoi – Hue City  ( B , L , D )
The bike ride of today is easy, the terrain is flat. The distance of biking is 60 km. We will have a bus transfer for the last 14 km to the former capital of Vietnam. Overnight in Hue city

Summary
Cycling Distance : 75 km
Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation : DMZ Hotel

Day 10 : Hue City and Cycle to Villages ( B , L  )
Spend a whole day on visiting, explore the Forbidden Citadel,  Royal Tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty ( Tu Duc Tomb ) and  by bicycle in the morning. Ride on hilly country roads to Thanh Toan tile-roofed Bridge crosses a canal flowing from the beginning to the end of Thanh Toan village, Thuy Thanh Commune, Huong Thuy District.

Summary
Cycling Distance : 35 km
Meals : Breakfast , Lunch
Accommodation : DMZ Hotel

Day 11: Hue – Hoi An  ( B , L )
Have breakfast and transfer to the outskirts of Hue, Thuan An Dist. Start riding on the coast roads to Phuoc Tuong Pass. Pedal past colorful ancient burial-grounds, rice farming land, and fishing villages. Have lunch in Lang Co beach, after lunch, pedal uphill to the top of Hai Van Pass, then downhill to the Pass of Hai Van. Transfer by van to Hoi An in the late afternoon .

Summary
Cycling Distance : 85 km
Meals : Breakfast , Lunch
Accommodation : Thanh Van Hotel

Day 12: Hoi An Free Day ( B )
Free time to discover Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural site, shopping or Swimming …

Summary
Cycling Distance : None
Meals : Breakfast
Accommodation : Thanh Van Hotel

Day 13: Hoi An – Kon Tum ( Central highland )  (B ,L,D)
This morning we start early to cycle through stunning countryside off the beaten track where we will see much more real life of minority group settle here in remote area, this group is very friendly people. We will get cooler up the highland central in Kon Tum. Overnight in hotel in Kon Tum.

Summary

Cycling Distance : 75 km
Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation :  Kom Tum Hotel

Day 14: Kon Tum – Buon Me Thuot (B,L,D)
Our biking today is absolutely scenic road passing many coffee and tea plantations and over many hilly road and past which is stunning views. Our destination today is Buon Me Thuot city the capital of Coffee in Vietnam. This is an opportunity for us to try to taste some with condense milk and buy some for family at home. Overnight in Buon Me Thuot.

Summary

Cycling Distance : 80 km
Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation : Buon Me Thuat Hotel

Day 15: Buon Me Thuot – Da Lat (B ,L,D )
Today we will have another exciting cycling trip through breathtaking scenic road, we enjoy first 70 km biking along the valley floor before turning onto route 27 which take us up to Da Lat city. The scenery and terrain along the way is stunning. We will arrive Da Lat in the late afternoon. Overnight in Da Lat.

Summary

Cycling Distance : 80 km
Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation : Thang Loi Hotel

Day 16:  Da Lat (B)
After breakfast we cycle to visit former Emperor Bao Dai Summer Palace, Crazy House, Thien Vien Truc Lam, Old railway station, and cycling to visit market to try some fresh fruit and dry fruit as well. Rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Da Lat.

Summary

Accommodation : Thang Loi  hotel

Meals :  Breakfast

Cycling distance : 25 km

Day 17: Da Lat – Nha Trang (B ,L)
Today we cycle down the hill on quiet country road to Nha Trang seaside city, on the way there are plenty opportunity for taking great pictures. We arrive Nha Trang city is also the end of cycling challenge. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Summary

Accommodation : Quoc Te hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch

Cycling distance : 90 km

Day 18 : Nha Trang Cruise Tour ( B , L  )
In the morning take a group cruise tour on Nha Trang Bay to visit some of the offshore islands with time for swimming and snorkeling. Lunch on boat , Swimming on beach ( All tickets and another water activities not included ) .Late afternoon if time permit we will 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. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Summary
Cycling Distance : 15 km
Meals : Breakfast , Lunch
Accommodation : Quoc Te Hotel

Day 19 : Nha Trang – Phan Thiet  – Mui Ne beach (250 km) ( B , L , D )
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.

Summary
Cycling Distance : 50 km
Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation : Hon Rom 1 resort

Day 20 : Phan Thiet – Ho Chi Minh City (220 km)  ( B , L  )
A morning free to relax at the beach or perhaps explore Mui Ne and its spectacular sand dunes. Leave Mui Ne for the final 200km 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 .Check in hotel ,Say good bye your team . End The Tour .

Summary
Cycling Distance : None
Meals : Breakfast , Lunch
Accommodation : Le Le Hotel .

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Tour Cost includes:
* Bike ( Trek 4,300 or Giant ) and helmet
• All accommodation (twin share ) and meals specified
• Support by a/c vehicles or bus ,truck for group

• All water,fruits and snacks whilst riding
• All entrances fee and sites mentioned
• English speaking guide
• All meals mentioned ( B = Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner )

Tour Cost excludes:
• International Flights tickets ,Departure Tax
• Accommodation after day 20 .
• Visa Fees
• Alcoholic, and other beverages in the evenings
• Tips for guides and  drivers
• 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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October: 8th to 27th

November :

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