What to expect
Journey south to north through Vietnam, from Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta, to Hanoi and Halong Bay. Travelling more than 1000 miles by bike, 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.
Riding on gentle terrain with occasional climbs, 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.
At a glance
- Fascinating cities of Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An and Hanoi
- Swim and snorkel off the tropical islands at Nha Trange
- Cruise and cycle around the islands of Halong Bay
- Ride at your own pace, and travel on boats, trains and buses
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.
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.
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. Cycle out of town on quiet country lanes, riding in the shadow of Mount Langbian. Return to Dalat and explore the city on foot before dinner.
Day 4 (Wed):
Dalat – Nha Trang
62 miles (100 km)
Enjoy an easy ride around Dalat, passing Xuan Huong and Than Tho lakes, colourful flower plantations and an old French railway station. Expect a few hills before descending to Da Chay for lunch. Climb the Hon Giao pass (2,062 m) and transfer to the coastal resort of Nha Trang. If time, visit the 8th-century Po Na Gar Cham Tower.
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 on the beach at Nha Trang or go scuba diving.
Day 6 (Fri):
Nha Trang – Tuy Hoa
50 miles (80 km)
Cycle out of Nha Trang and transfer to the fishing village of Vung Ro, stopping to swim at Dai Lanh Beach. Continue along a paved coastal road with gentle climbs near Da Bia Mountain. After lunch, transfer to My Thanh and ride on quiet lanes past rice paddies and villages. Take a short transfer to Tuy Hoa town.
Day 7 (Sat):
Tuy Hoa – Quinhon
39 miles (62 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 Qui Nhon.
Day 8 (Sun):
Qui Nhon – Quang Ngai
44 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.
Day 9 (Mon):
Quang Ngai – Hoi An
44 miles (70 km)
Visit the 17th-century Thien An Pagoda and the site of the My Lai massacre, then transfer 1.5 hours to Tam Ky – the main base for US troops during the Indochina war. Cycle through the countryside and towards the coast, then transfer to the historic port city of Hoi An.
Day 10 (Tue):
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.
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.
Day 12 (Thu):
Hue – Ninh Binh
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.
Day 13 (Fri):
Ninh Binh – Cuc Phuong National Park
37 miles (60 km)
Arrive at Ninh Binh in the morning. After breakfast, 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 – Haipong
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, near Halong Bay.
Day 15 (Sun):
Haipong – Cat Ba Island
17 miles (27 km)
Take a speedboat 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.
Day 16 (Mon):
Halong Bay – Hanoi
16 miles (25 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.
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.
3* & 4* hotels
We use a pool of 3* & 4* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.
- 3* & 4* hotels with
- Full board (apart from 4 meals)
- Support vehicle
- Luggage transferred each day
Dates & Prices
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- 16 nights accommodation
- Board basis: Full board (apart from four 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
- International flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- Drinks during meals
Bike Hire & Extras
Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle. A water bottle is provided.
24-27 gear hybrid or mountain bike with a lightweight alloy frame, front suspension, v-brakes and Shimano components
How to Get There
Fly to Ho Chi Minh
Fly from Hanoi
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