We'll start in the beach resort Nha Trang and ends in cosmopolitan Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Along the way we'll explore Dalatan old French spa resort. See this captivating country alongside the friendly locals, as you pedal past rice fields, visit local ethnic villages and explore imperial cities.
Take our post-tour extension to explore the Mekong Delta.
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Day 1: Nha Trang (population 315,000)
Highlights: Fit bicycles and explore this lovely beach resortWelcome to Vietnam. You may like to visit an ancient Cham Tower, a relic from the ethnic people who once ruled this part of Vietnam.
Day 2: Nha Trang
Highlights: Explore the islands of Nha Trang BayWe have a day to explore the islands of Nha Trang Bay by private boat with time for snorkelling and to visit a fishing village and an aquarium.
Day 3: 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 miles (or further if you wish)
Day 4: 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 Thout to Lien Son: 75 km / 47 mi (An uphill but good bicycling day).
Day 5: 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 Da 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 6: 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 OptionsTa In to Mui Ne 118 km / 74 mi (mostly downhill)
From our picnic lunch to Mui Ne: 57 km / 35 mi
Day 7: 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.
Bicycling Options: You decide how much you'd like to ride.
Day 8: 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.
Bicycling Option:60 km / 37 mi
Day 9: Tour ends
Highlights: Join us for our Mekong Delta Extension or enjoy the rest of your travelsThe tour finishes after breakfast this morning. If you aren't joning us in for the Mekong Delta Extension 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.
HighlightsEthnic villages, Saigon and Nha Trang, Quiet roads and beautiful scenery
IncludesUse of a quality 27-speed hybrid bike, 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners. Accommodations in 3 and 4 start French colonial hotels.
Begin/EndNha Trang / Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Arrive/DepartNha Trang Airport (NHA) / Ho Chi Minh City Airport (SGN)
Total Distance708 km (Much less actual riding due to shuttling on some stretches)
Daily Distance0-118 km
What to ExpectDistances between places are too long to cover by bike so prepare for a wonderful trip that combines riding, sightseeing and exploring.
Most roads are paved but the road surface is sometimes rough. For this reason we only offer hybrid bikes.
|Jan 19 - 27, 2014||$2185||$495||Book It|
|Feb 16 - 24, 2014||$2185||$495||Book It|
|*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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