Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi

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Visiting: Vietnam

Hotel & Bike

16 nights from £2699 to £3253pp
Guiding Guided i
Level Moderate i
Standard Superior i
Code VN003
Good For Coasts and Islands, Riverside Routes, Solo
Distance 489mi/787km !
Runs Jan, Feb, Mar, May, Jun, Oct, Nov, Dec
Departs Sunday
Fly to Ho Chi Minh
Return from Hanoi

Overview

What to expect

Journey south to north through Vietnam, from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi and Halong Bay. Travelling more than 1000 miles by bike, plane, boat, train and bus, you’ll cycle for around 500 miles either side of Vietnam’s north-south highway. A hugely varied tour, you’ll also have the chance to snorkel around the coral islands at Nha Trang, and meet primates in Cuc Phuong National Park.

You’ll experience more than 4000 years of Vietnamese history, from war tunnels to colonial villas. Pedalling past the central highlands, you’ll visit Hoi An’s old town, the ruins of My Son and the imperial city of Hue. The jungle-topped islands of Halong Bay are an astounding place to spend your last few days, and you’ll cycle through Cat Ba National Park before finishing-up in the country’s capital.

Although some of the days are quite long, the cycling is not too arduous and is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness, especially as you have an air-conditioned bus travelling behind for support. 

  • Fascinating cities of Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An and Hanoi
  • Swim and snorkel off the tropical islands at Nha Trang
  • Cruise and cycle around the islands of Halong Bay
  • Ride at your own pace with a support vehicle, and travel by boat, airplane, train and bus

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1 (Sun): Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City

    Check-in to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. After a bike fitting and trip briefing, you’re free to explore the city before dinner at the Temple Club – a fantastic Vietnamese restaurant in a colonial-era hotel.
    Meals: Dinner

  • Day 2 (Mon): Cu Chi Tunnels 16 miles (25 km)

    Transfer out of the city and cycle to Cu Chi city and its network of underground tunnels – a stronghold of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA), these were also used for POW torture during the Indochina War. Return to Ho Chi Minh via transfer bus and visit the Museum of War Crimes.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 3 (Tue): Ho Chi Minh City – Dalat 22 miles (35 km)

    Take a morning flight to Dalat. Known as ‘Petit Paris,’ this historic royal summer retreat is popular with Vietnamese newlyweds. Enjoy an easy ride around Dalat, passing Xuan Huong lake, colourful flower plantations and an old French railway station. Return to Dalat and explore the city on foot before dinner.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

  • Day 4 (Wed): Dalat – Nha Trang 62 miles (100 km)

    Expect some challenging hills including the the Hon Giao pass (1,650 m) before descending for 30 km to Da Chay for lunch by the river. In the afternoon after a flat cycle ride, transfer to the coastal resort of Nha Trang. If time, visit the 8th-century Po Na Gar Cham Tower.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5 (Thu): Nha Trang (rest day)

    Relax with a boat trip to Nha Trang’s stunning coral islands and spend your day swimming and snorkeling. Alternatively, stay and relax on the beach at Nha Trang. 
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 6 (Fri): Nha Trang – Tuy Hoa 53 miles (85 km)

    Cycle out of Nha Trang and take a short transfer before cycling to swim at Dai Lanh Beach. After lunch, continue along a paved coastal road near Da Bia Mountain. There will be a few gentle climbs before cyling along quiet country lanes through rice paddies to Tuy Hoa.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7 (Sat): Tuy Hoa – Quinhon 43 miles (70 km)

    Transfer out of town and away from the highway to a remote, well-surfaced road that runs parallel to the railway. Continue on rolling terrain, riding through local villages where potbellied pigs often trot across the trail. Return to the highway and transfer to the coastal city of Quinhon.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 8 (Sun): Quinhon – Quang Ngai 43 miles (70 km)

    Follow the coast road to Tra O Lagoon – the largest wetland in Binh Dinh Province and an important source of local food. Enjoy the sea breeze as you pedal past tranquil fishing villages, then continue to the highway and transfer to the coastal city of Quang Ngai.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 9 (Mon): Quang Ngai –My Lai - Hoi An 31 miles (50 km)

    Visit the 17th-century Thien An Pagoda and the site of the My Lai massacre. Cycle through the countryside and towards the coast, then transfer to the historic port city of Hoi An.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 10 (Tue): Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An 34 miles (54 km)

    Transfer past the highway, then set off along scenic backroads flanked by rice paddies and eucalyptus trees. Enjoy stunning ocean views as you continue to the ruined temples of My Son – the ancient centre of the Cham civilization. Return to Hoi An by bus.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch. 

  • Day 11 (Wed): Hoi An – Hue 62 miles (100 km)

    Transfer out of Hoi An to the booming coastal city of Danang. Cycle up the challenging Hai Van Pass and take in the exhilarating coastal views before descending on a smooth road. After lunch, follow a coastal road to the ancient city of Hue.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 12 (Thu): Hue – Ninh Binh (overnight train) 19 miles (30 km)

    Discover the cultural relics of the Nguyen Dynasty as you tour this historic region. Ride to the pier and take a boat cruise along the Perfume River, stopping at Vietnam’s tallest religious building, the Thien Mu Pagoda. Continue through the countryside to the Ming Mang Mausoleum, then cycle back over the river to Hue. Take an overnight train to Ninh Binh.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 13 (Fri): Ninh Binh – Cuc Phuong National Park 37 miles (60 km)

    Arrive at Ninh Binh at around 10 in the morning. After breakfast, get your new bikes, then ride past karst mountains and rice paddies en route to the ancient city and temples of Hoa Lu. Continue to Vietnam's first and largest natural reserve, Cuc Phuong National Park. Visit the primate rescue centre, then check-in to your accommodation at the park.

  • Day 14 (Sat): Cuc Phuong National Park – Hai Phong 37 miles (60 km)

    After a morning ride in the park, follow tranquil backroads through pineapple plantations. Enjoy the vibrant scenes of South Vietnam as you ride past lush fields and colourful villages. Bypass the highway with a transfer to the port city of Haipong. 
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 15 (Sun): Haipong – Cat Ba Island 16 miles (26 km)

    Take a ferry to Cat Ba Island, at the southern end of Halong Bay. Cycle along the island’s only road and eat lunch in Cat Ba Town. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the island’s magnificent national park.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 16 (Mon): Halong Bay – Hanoi 14 miles (22 km)

    After a short morning ride, take a sightseeing cruise through Halong Bay for a close-up view of its incredible emerald waters and limestone karts. Transfer to Hanoi and explore the capital at your leisure. Enjoy a farewell meal at one of Hanoi’s excellent restaurants.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

  • Day 17 (Tue): Depart from Hanoi

    Enjoy a free morning to do some last-minute souvenir shopping, or take a short tour around Hanoi before catching your onward flight. 
    Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation

3* & 4* Hotels

We use a good mix of 3* & 4* hotels (and an overnight train). The accommodation will mostly be the best of what is available while maintaining a lovely local charm. Sometimes in isolated areas the accommodation may be more ‘authentic’, but it will always be clean and comfortable.

  • 3* & 4* hotels with one overnight train
  • Full board (apart from 5 meals)
  • Air conditioned support vehicle
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

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Price includes

  • 16 nights accommodation (15 hotels & 1 overnight train)
  • Board basis: Full board (apart from five meals)
  • ​Domestic flight
  • ​Bus and train transfers during the tour
  • Boat trips as per the itinerary
  • Service of a local English-speaking guide
  • Air-conditioned support vehicle available for assistance
  • Luggage transportation
  • Water, fruit and soft drinks while cycling

Price excludes

  • International flights and arrival & departure transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Visas
  • Cycle helmets
  • Drinks during meals
  • Tips

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle. A water bottle is provided. 

Bike hire
£169

24-27 gear hybrid or mountain bike with a lightweight alloy frame, front suspension, v-brakes and Shimano components

E-Bike hire
£510

Giant Explorer E+

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Ho Chi Minh  

Getting back

Fly from Hanoi

News, Reviews & FAQs

FAQs

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What will the group size be?

This tour will run with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 16 guests. If the group is 9 people or more you will have two guides. 

Will I have a local guide?

Yes, your guides in each country will be English speaking and local. The local guides will be a highlight of your tour as they are experienced and will pass on their knowledge and passion for their country. They will show you the best places to eat, help you meet local people along the way and give you a real feel for the local culture. 

Can I take a break from the cycling?

Yes, if you want to take a break, jump into the the air conditioned support vehicle that is always available.    

Is there a single supplement?

No, there is no extra charge for single travellers if you share a room with another same sex single guest. If you want your own room you can pay a supplement. 

Can you arrange my flights?

Flights are not included with our tours. However, we are more than happy to offer advice on long haul and regional flights, based on our extensive experience of travel in Asia.

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A fairly challenging introduction to the coast, fishing villages and farming communities of Vietnam. We had two excellent guides who saw us through any difficulties that had been added to the trip by recent Typhoon weather. We were a small group of 8, a number of whom were very keen cyclists (one couple had crossed the United States twice so we took up the rear portion on most days. This was not a problem and we all got on well. It was definitely an adventure rather than a holiday!

Annie Marsh, UK, November 2017

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