Cycling Tour of Vietnam – Saigon to Hanoi

Discover Timeless Charms of a Vibrant Nation

December 2017

At a glance

Duration: 15 days

Destination: Vietnam – Saigon to Hanoi cycling tour

Getting there: Fly into Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), Fly out from Hanoi

Be prepared for: A incredible cycling and an immersive cultural experience. The best possible way to explore the beautiful Vietnam. You’ll remember this for a lifetime.

What is this all about?

Vietnam is a nation of enduring timeless charms. There is immense natural beauty, charming culture, endearing people and maddening vibrant street scapes. This cycling trip begins at Ho Chi Minh city, popularly known as Saigon. As the cycling group travels up north, almost hugging the coastline, you will cross major landmarks, cities and towns, which will reveal the spirit and essence of Vietnam. The enchanting history, culture, cuisine of the country reveals itself as you ride along the route that ends with a memorable cruise in the Halong Bay. What are you waiting for? Book this trip as it’s time to say ‘Xin Chào Vietnam’!

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Pictures from our Vietnam Cycling trips

Trip itinerary

We pick you from the Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh popularly known as Saigon. Your trip begins with half day city tour of vibrant Saigon that includes Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace. It was here on the morning of April 30, 1975 that North Vietnamese resistance fighters tanks rolled on the morning of as Saigon fell. This fascinating history soaked building is a symbol of nation’s pride. Your next stops will be the Old Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Jade Emperor Pagoda, Chinatown (Cholon) and, if time permits, a stop at Binh Tay Market —one of Saigon’s liveliest and most colorful areas.
Overnight at Saigon

Today we cycle around the town and visit the world famous Cu Chi Tunnels. The incredible underground tunnel network was constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during their long struggle for independence.
Later in the day we will fit out the bikes and have a debrief on the trip ahead.
Over night at Hotel in Saigon

Today we have an early start. We drive to Da Lat with our bikes in tow. Da Lat is a charming hill resort built by French colonizers who were attracted to its cool climes, waterfalls, springs and pine forests. From Dalat the fertile plateau of the Central High land stretches northwards for hundreds of kilometers
We will spend the day cycling around picturesque country lanes and back roads in the shadow of Langbian mountain. Soak in the beauty of the salubrious hill resort town, popular with honeymooners and tourists alike. Ride past hundreds of European style villas, chalets and other buildings still standing around town and visit famous landmarks. We will see charming cream-colored art deco villa once the summer home of Vietnam’s last emperor,BAO DAI. We will also see superbly restored Da Lat Palace Hotel overlooking the central Xuan Huong lake. The place provides an excellent vantage point to recently restored Vietnam’s golf course, originally built for Emperor Bao Dai.
Da Lat is recognized for its market gardens full of fresh vegetables and farm produce. The rugged country around Mount Lang offers some great off road and on road biking opportunities. A short distance from Da Lat reside Lat ethnic minority from whom Da Lat takes its name.
Over night at Dalat Hotel Du Parc

Cycling distance: 29km

Today’s the ride is predominantly downhill through pine forests ,villages and tea plantations as we descend nearly 1500m from Dalat to the Po Klong Galai Cham Tower, near the coastal town of Phan Rang. These are four brick towers built in the 13th century, during the reign of the Cham monarch Java Simhavarman III ,as Hindu Shiva temples. They are among some of the best preserved temples in the region and are often compared with other historical temple complexes in Southeast Asia, such asBorobudur of Java in Indonesia, AngkorWat of Cambodia, Bagan of Myanmar and Ayutthaya of Thailand. After visitingthe temples we drive to Nha Trang in the afternoon. Here we would visit another ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Mahishasurmardini called the Ponagar Temple.
Overnight in Nha Trang Lodge/Hotel

Cycling distance: 81km

Today we drive in the morning to HON GOM peninsula, some 80km north of Nha Trang. Unloading the bikes we ride a short way past shrimp farms along the peninsula. We board a Sampan (boat) that will ferry us to Whale island, an eco resort owned by a Frenchman and his Vietnamese wife. The island is small but there are plenty of activities to do such as catamaran sailing, snorkeling, hiking the short nature trail around the island, diving or relaxing. The charming hosts serve fusion of French and Viet cuisines.
Overnight in simple and very comfortable villa of Whale island.

Cycling distance: 20 Km

After a leisurely morning on the island, we return to the mainland and drive northwards a short distance to avoid heavy vehicular traffic. From here we would begin cycling to head to the coastal town of QuiNhon. Enroute we meet friendly people and see countryside of Vietnam.
Overnight at Hai Au Hotel or Hoang Yen Hotel

Cycling distance: 65 Km

After breakfast we drive along Vietnam’s only coastal road to our next biking spot near the Quang Ngai town. Here we unload our bikes at a comfortable hotel, have lunch before beginning our wonderful afternoon ride again on quiet country roads. The ride starts with a short steady 2 km climb to the top of Thien An mountain where we enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. We visit an an ancient pagoda. Our next stop is the site of the My Lai massacre, now a shrine and memorial museum dedicated to the families who lost their lives. After a guided tour of the site and museum, we continue on quiet roads to the beach for a chance to swim and relax. We continue looping round through fishing villages back to the hotel.
Overnight in Quang Ngai at Petro Song Tra Hotel

Cycling distance: 45 km

Today we head to Hoi An, a living museum, once known as Faifo. This was one of orient’s major trading ports in the 16th-17th centuries. The place remains suspended in time and remains much the same as it was in its heydays. A walking tour is the best way to see the wooden –fronted houses that once belonged to the town’s prosperous merchants. Japanese Bridge and Hoi An’s wonderful markets are charming reminder of its splendid past. Hoi An is one of the best places in Vietnam to shop for souvenirs at bargain prices including silk, handicrafts, antiques and paintings.
Five kilometers from here is Cua Dai beach, popular for its sandy beach, warm sea and tasty seafood stalls. Hoi An boasts its own unique seafood dishes such as Cao Lau, a delicious combination of noodles, port bean sprouts, mint and croutons.
Overnight at Ancient House Resort

It’s a day of rest for those who want to take it easy. We can also take a bike ride to My Son Cham Tower located 70km from Hoi An or charter a local boat to the beautiful Cham island set in pristine seas. It’s gorgeous deserted beaches are something few tourists have visited!
Overnight at Ancient House Resort

Brace yourself for a long ride today. After breakfast, we head to north for the town of Hue(the route passes over the spectacular Hai Van pass, which is known as ‘Pass of the ocean clouds’. We have a scenic lunch at Lang Co Beach and enjoy the amazing ride along the penisula all the way to Hue.
Overnight at Hue Queen 1 & 2

Cycling distance: 100 km

Hue is one of the main cultural, religious and educational centers of Vietnam. Hue was the nation’s capital under the Nguyen Dynasty in 1802.The city remained Vietnam’s capital until 1945, when Bao Dai,the last of the Nguyen Emperors abdicated. Many of Hue’s attractions are found along the banks of the romantically named Perfume river that flows through the town. Its citadel is akin to Peking’s Forbidden City and is surrounded by 10 meter thick walls and a moat. The historical town has plenty of masusoleums, palaces and tombs. The mausoleums of Emperor Tu Duc and Khai Dinh are particulary impressive being extravagant complexes of pavilions, temples, courtyards and lakes. Hue is also known for Non La or conical hats- most recognizable icon of Vietnam. The best place to buy these is the enormous Dong Ba Market.
You can spend the morning cycling to some of these top sights, have lunch in town and be ready to board the train to Hanoi in the afternoon.
Overnight on train

We arrive in Ha Noi in the morning, check in and relax until after lunch. In the afternoon, we will join cyclo tour around Old Quarter. The tour will take us to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. A walking tour in the old quarter is the best way to experience this ancient town.
Over night in Ha Noi at a hotel.

After breakfast, we head to the magical Ha Long Bay. The trip will take you on a journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta. Here you get to observe everyday life of Vietnamese villages, as farmers work on their rice fields, take pigs to market on bicycles and plough the fields with large water buffaloes. Upon arrival in Halong, we embark on one of the most beautiful parts of the trip-the marvelous cruise.
Overnight in Ha Long.

We wake up early today to see the Ha Long bay in its glorious beauty. We will cruise along the river while having breakfast and head to Surprise Caves- a natural marvel of stalactites that hang overhead like chandeliers. We head back to quay and have brunch on the boat. As we reach the quay, we disembark and head to Hanoi.
Ovenight at Hanoi

Today, you can spend the day shopping around old quarters. Hanoi is famous for handicrafts, hand made products, silks. There are lots of souvenirs and art pieces that you can take home with you. Our team representative drops you back to the airport. Tour ends.

Trip Price

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Price includes

  • Experienced trip leader– Chief Experience Officer accompanying the group
  • A/C car for whole trip
  • Boats at Whale Island and Halong Bay
  • Express train tickets from Hue To Hanoi
  • Snacks, water, fruits for the cycling days
  • Meals as mentioned in the itineraries
  • All sightseeing entrance fees
  • Accommodations for whole trip
  • Bikes (Giant or equivalent MTBs), helmets for the cycling days
  • Rickshaw rides in Ha Noi
  • Mechanic to fix bikes
  • First aid kits

Price does not include

  • International air tickets to and from your city to Vietnam, airport taxes etc
  • Visa to Vietnam. Please ensure to obtain visa before you arrive
  • Any expenses of personal nature like shopping, phone calls, eatables, laundry, etc.
  • Any customizations/changes to the tour itinerary
  • Meals & Accommodation apart from what is included
  • Personal expenses and insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks/ aerated beverages/ bottled water
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances (landslides/ road blocks/ bad weather conditions etc)

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