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Vietnam: Bicycle Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (TourzPlus™)
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Bicycle Tours in Vietnam: Vietnam: Bicycle Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (TourzPlus™)

This is your chance to bicycle through Vietnam alongside friendly locals. Ride your bike past rice fields, visit local ethnic villages and explore imperial cities.

We'll Visit the Imperial City of Hue, historic Hoi An, the beach resort of Nha Trang, Dalat - an old French spa resort, and cosmopolitan Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).

This trip combines Beaches and Highlands and Ancient Vietnam tours.

Learn more about our TourzPlus™ partner tours and how they differ from regular ExperiencePlus! bicycle tours.

Day 1: Hanoi

Highlights: Hanoi

You will met at the Hanoi airport. Today is designed to allow you settle in and relax after your journey. The Old Quarter, with its narrow streets where trades peole can be seen working on the pavement, is well worth exploring. The Water Puppet show is also highly recommended - it is best to prebook on arrival in Hanoi. We also recommend that you add a few extra days in Hanoi and the World Heritage Park of Halong Bay before the tour.

Day 2: Hanoi to Hue

Highlights: Bike fitting and exploration of Hue, traditional music show

We take the morning flight from Hanoi to Hue (c.1hr 15 mins). Hue, (pop.286,000) built on the banks of the Perfume River, is steeped in 3,000 years of history. Here we will meet our cycling guide and fit you to your rental bike, or unpack your own and then explore the Citadel and Forbidden City by bicycle. At dinner tonight we will be entertained with traditional music in the garden courtyard.

Day 3: Hue to - Hoi An (population 76,000)

Highlights: Coastal riding, Hai Van Pass

We bicycle from town along a flat coastal road, through various fishing and agricultural villages. You will have your first experience of the friendliness of the locals, especially the children. Lunch is at Long Co Beach, which is an hour's drive. From here we tackle the Hai Van Pass - the view from the top, and on the descent, is outstanding and well worth the effort. (The support vehicle will be there, of course, should you prefer to take a ride) After a fabulous descent we reach Danang, where you can board our support vehicle to drive to Hoi An (you can also continue riding if you prefer). You may like to visit China Beach where American servicemen went for their R&R during the Vietnam /American War or a marble factory and view the exquisite workmanship.

Bicycling Options:

Morning ride: 40 km / 25 mi

Afternoon ride: 21 km / 13 mi over Hai Van Pass, or 66 km / 41 mi to Hoi An

Day 4: Hoi An

Highlights: Rest day in Hoi An

Today is a day at leisure to explore this delightful town (dating back to 200BC) with its street side cafes, artists and markets. Explore the historic architecture of Japanese and French origin, take in the morning concert of traditional music or take a gentle ride (c.10km return) to fabulous Hoi An beach. There is much to see and do and there are also wonderful pastry shops in the old town and excellent tailors who will make any garment to measure, including cycling jerseys, in a few hours. Let your guide know if you would like an an extra ride.

Day 5: Hoi An to Quang Ngai (pop.108,000): 118 km or 74 mi

Highlights: Visit an ethnic village

We leave Hoi An on a delightful little road into the countryside where we will sample a slice of rural Vietnamese life. Approaching Quang Ngai we take another lovely side road, passing a fishing village and a lively local market. The route includes 12 kilometers of dirt road; it is very manageable but the support vehicle will never be far away. The ride finishes at My Lai; you may wish to visit the memorial site.

Bicycling Options:

Morning Ride 41 km / 25 mi

Afternoon Ride 31 km / 19 mi

Day 6: Quang Ngai to Qui Nhon(pop 260,000): 178 km / 111 mi

Highlights: Seaside resort

We drive to Tam Quan to commence cycling on an attractive minor road. It includes 2 steep (c. 10%) climbs, and excellent coastal views. We drive the final 32km to our seaside resort.

Bicycling section: 80 km / 50 mi

Day 7: Qui Nhon to Nha Trang (pop.315,000): 241 km / 148 miles

Highlights: Wonderful valley and coastal ride

You may wish to shuttle the first 15 km of today's ride. From there we take a delightful quiet road up a gentle valley and then down to Chi Thanh; the route includes 17 km of dirt road. The afternoon's ride includes great coastal route before we meet the highway again and drive into the city.

Bicyling Options:

Dieu to Tri to Chi Thanh: 73 km / 45 mi

Tuy Hoa to Ca Pass: 40 km / 25 mi

Day 8: Nha Trang

Highlights: Rest day

Today there is the option of a boat trip to the islands. You will visit a fishing village and be rowed ashore in Vietnamese round boats. There will be time to swim and snorkel, so bring your 'togs'. A stop will be made at the Oceanographic Institute and Tri Nguyen Aquarium; lunch will be at a lovely bamboo restaurant on an offshore island, returning to Nha Trang mid afternoon. You may like to visit an ancient Cham Tower, a relic from the ethnic people who once ruled this part of Vietnam.

Day 9: Nha Trang to Buon Ma Thout (pop 187,000): 184 km / 115 mi

Highlights: Central highlands, long houses

Today we cycle through the mountainous Central Highlands. A feature is the long houses of the Edeh and M'Nong people (the two main ethnic groups in the Central Highlands).

Bicycling Options:

50 km / 37 mi (or further if you wish)

Day 10: Buon Ma Thout to Dalat (pop. 130,000): 199 km / 124 mi

Highlights: Wonderful route, ethnic village, anyone up for an elephant ride?

We cycle on a very attractive road through a wonderful variety of scenery - through hills and broad valleys we head for Lien Son, the summer palace of the late Emperor, with its sweeping views of Ho Lak and the surrounding countryside. We also stop at an ethnic village, with its long houses and may have the opportunity to have a ride on working elephants.

Bicycling Options:

Buon Ma to Lien Son: 75 km / 47 mi (An uphill but good cycling day)

Day 11: Dalat

Highlights: Rest day

We will sample a slice of rural Vietnamese life as we take a lovely side road out of Quang Ngai. On the wDa Lat, at 1,475 metres (4,839 ft) above sea level, is a temperate region dotted with lakes and waterfalls and surrounded by evergreen forests. Once known as "Little Paris", this was once a French hill station. The surrounding hills provide South Vietnam with the more temperately grown flowers, fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, carrots and apples.

In the morning we visit a silk embroidery village, the "Crazy House", with its weird architecture, and the Art Deco summer palace built for former emperor Bao Dai in 1933. The afternoon is free for you to explore: Dalat is an excellent area to explore by foot or bicycle. You may wish to ride around Xuan Huong Lake, or take the cable-car to the Zen Pagoda. A half day tour to an ethnic village is an optional extra - please ask your guide to arrange this.

Day 12: Dalat to Mui Ne (near Phan Tiet, pop. 169,000): 164 km / 103 mi

Highlights: Wonderful descent, bamboo village resort, ethnic village of K'Ho

We descend the Prenn Pass, then take a minor road, with superb views, through isolated country, to a K'Ho, an ethnic minority village where we'll have lunch. From here we continue our descent gently to the coast and our overnight stay at beautiful Bamboo Village resort on the golden sand Mui Ne.

Bicycling Options:

Ta In to Mui Ne 118 km / 74 mi (mostly downhill)

Or from our picnic lunch to Mui Ne: 57 km / 35 mi

Day 13: Mui Ne to Loc An: 101 km / 63 mi

Highlights: Desert reserve at Phuoc Buu

Quiet roads take us to the coastal desert reserve at Phuoc Buu. Lunch will be at La Gi. In the afternoon there will be more coastal riding as we cycle beside large sand dunes and plantations of the bizarre looking Dragon fruit. You decide how much you'd like to ride.

Day 14: Loc An Beach to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Highlights: Ho Chi Minh City

We cycle by rubber, cashew nut and black pepper plantations. On reaching a road side temple we load up to avoid the busy highway into Ho Chi Minh City and take the Cat Lai car ferry across one of the many branches of the Mekong. There is the option of not cycling today in order to spend more time in Saigon.

Day 15: Tour ends

Highlights: Enjoy the rest of your travels

The tour finishes after breakfast this morning. We will gladly take you to the airport should you depart this morning. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and wish you a safe journey home.
  • Highlights
    Saigon, Hue, Fishing villages and quiet roads
  • Includes
    Use of a 27-speed quality hybrid bike, 14 breakfast, 9 lunches, 10 dinners and accommodatons in three and four star French colonial hotels.
  • Countries
    Vietnam
  • Begin/End
    Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
  • Arrive/Depart
    Hanoi Airport (Noi Bai) (HAN) / Ho Chi Minh City Airport (SGN)
  • Total Distance
    1073 km (Much less actual riding due to shuttling on some stretches)
  • Daily Distance
    0-118 km
  • What to Expect
    Most days the cycling distances between places are too great to ride the entire way so expect a combination of cycling, sightseeing, and exploring.
  • Rating
    301-401
    Most roads are paved (exceptions are noted in the itinerary) but the road surface is sometimes rough. We only offer hybrid bikes for this reason.
  • Notes
    *TourzPlus™ Program
    *Visas are required for entry into Vietnam. Click here for information on obtaining visas.
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*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

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I was expecting a good trip, but what I got was a 5-fold of all my expectations.
Tim A. Washington
I just wanted to tell you what an amazing trip I had on the Vietnam tour. The entire trip was so special, but I really want to emphasize how hard the guides and drivers worked to make us happy. I would recommend that tour to anyone!
Brian K. Washington
Our hotel accommodations throughout the trip were very comfortable, and most were in beautiful settings. We also got outstanding service from the hotel staff each night. Part of our daily routine included bountiful, freshly prepared seven-course lunches and even more impressive dinner spreads. Those of us who enjoy Asian and spicy cooking raved about the food as being some of the best they had ever experienced on a bicycle tour, or anywhere. Our cycling was dramatic in places. Among the most memorable for me were the climbs through spectacular landscapes on the way to Da Lat and Hue (and several long, stunning descents), a surprising coastal desert environment with impressive sand dunes, and the days we spent deep in rural areas.
Jonathan F. Washington
Loved HaLong Bay. Our guide spoke fluent English and knew his Vietnamese history. Our hotel in the Old Quarter was fabulous: right on the street with the locals, very colorful.
Barbara C. Colorado
Many thanks for a wonderful tour! Hard to believe I cycled all those miles and still came home heavier! Guides, accommodations and meals were exceptional. The drivers couldn't have been more attentive! Each time I stopped, there they were with a cold water bottle. The experience exceeded my expectations!
Barb L. Colorado