CYCLING ADVENTURE OF VIETNAM

DURATION : 14 days
GROUP SIZE : 02 (Minimum) – 14 (maximum)
Trip grading : Cycling trip

14 day tour in South Vietnam   Group of 2  people

Group of 3 to 6 people

Group of 7 to 14 people
Tour Fare 3.099 USD 2.799 USD 2.399 USD
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Description

  • Discover the unique French architecture and culture of Hochiminh city former name Saigon, the Pearl of Far East city during 1960-1970s
  • Explore the Mekong Delta with boat trip a long the Mekong river as well as its canal system and experience the vibrant scenes and rural villages of Vietnam’s rice basket
  • Enjoy the little Paris city which is 1500m elevation , it called Le Petit Paris, this hill used to be the summer holiday for French and the high ranking officers of South Vietnam during the Civil war.
  • Enjoy the turquoise waters around Nhatrang are almost transparent, making for excellent fishing, swimming and snorkeling, the service on the beach is incredible – massage, lunch, cold beer, manicure, beauty treatments…
  • Be charmed by Hoi An, with its antiquated streets and unique insight into traditional Vietnamese life
  • Take in the stunning coastal vistas and lush countryside scenery on your drive from Hoi to An Hue
  • Discover the unique history and culture of Hanoi, Vietnam‘s Capital as you walk the busy streets and alleyways of the Old Quarter.
  • your biking trip will be operated with professional English speaking leader and cycling Mechanic and the total biking distance will be 465 km / 290 miles this will be more or less due to the weather of the trip, because your safety is first.

 Itinerary :

Day 1 : Welcome to Vietnam.

On arrival in Saigon, meet your tour guide and transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing and welcome drinks with your travel mates . Stay the next three nights at The Hotel in Saigon.

 Day 2: Saigon – Cuchi – Saigon city tour (B, L)

Riding Distance : 40 Kms / 25 miles / flat riding

Cuchi tunnels is known as “Iron Triangle” during Vietnam war 1960s on account of the strength of the communist insurgency. The tunnels network was established in 1948 as a mean of waging guerilla war against superior French and later American fire power. The tunnels system stretches over 250 km and extends to three levels underground providing a remarkable insight into the method and determination of communist forces during Vietnam war.

This morning, after breakfast we drive 30 kms Northwest of Saigon to the suburban area where traffic is much less than the city. We  drop our bikes for checking and cycling through the village paths to see countryside landscapes, rice paddies and rubber plantation. The riding is about an hour and thirty minutes to get to the tunnels complex. Then we spend less 2 hours to visit the tunnels system. Take  our bus and drive back to Saigon to visit the highlights of the city, French Post-office, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera house, a long Dong Khoi street known as route Cantina during colonial time. You have a chance to see the famous section where they made a movie “The Quiet American”.

Day 3 : Saigon – Mytho – Saigon ( Mekong Delta) (B, L)

No biking today  

This morning  we drive 70 km Southwest of Saigon to Mekong Delta the biggest rice bowl of Vietnam. After an hour and thirty minute drive we get to the Mekong river dock for embarkation  and spend the day exploring the longest river in the South to learn the local how they make Coconut candy in the  workshop. Then take the sampans travel through  many palm fringed canals, Enjoy a delicious home  made lunch from locally harvested produce, during your lunch we have chance to interact with local people about their daily life. After Lunch we have a boat cruising back to the main dock and  return back to Saigon, in the evening enjoying your last chance to have a taste of Vietnamese coffee or strolling around the bustle city before repacking up your luggage for next day journey.

Day 4: Saigon – Mui Ne  (B, L)

Riding Distance : 60 Kms / 37 miles / Hilly riding

This morning  after breakfast,  we drive 50 km East of Saigon to Longthanh, where we try to flee away from Saigon busy traffic to a lovely country side, so the village paths will be a great challenge for a nice ride today, we have a chance to ride through the rubber plantation where the French introduced to Vietnam in early 20th century nowadays the farmers are still working with this plantation to improve their own life, we also see the black pepper farm as well as the Cashew nut trees along the riding today. This trip today also brings you to the farm land where we can stop to interact to local farmers how they farm and work on their land with Dragon Fruits business. This kind of fruits are very high value for export. We have a beef noodles soup as our lunch today at a local restaurant on the way. After lunch we keep riding  to the highway no 1, so we stop biking to take our bus and transfer to Mui Ne.

Day 5: Mui Ne – Dalat (B, L)

Riding Distance : 60 Kms / 37 miles / Hilly riding

Mui Ne beach, famous for its enormous sand dunes, is 22 km east of Phan Thiet near a fishing village at a tip of Mui Ne Peninsula. There are plans to build a hotels and resorts for tourism over-here.

This morning ride is so fantastic one a long the coast line where we will see lovely sandy beaches a long the way, we will make a good stop to see the fishing market on the beach, where local they have been trading for long years. It makes for charming photography. So we keep riding to the Northwest where the Dalat central highland is,

Dalat (elevation 1475 meters) situated in a temperate region dotted lakes, water-falls, evergreen forests and gardens, the cool climate and the park-like environment  make this, in some respect, one of the most delightful cities in all of Vietnam. Dalat is by far Vietnam’s most popular honeymoon spot. Its also the favorite haunt of Vietnamese artists and avant-garde types who have made this their permanent home. After lunch in local restaurant we have a couple hours driving to Dalat, as we arrive in Dalat we pay a visit to Baodai’ summer palace, (Baodai is a last Emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty of Vietnam) this 25 room villa or palace constructed in 1933 that served as the summer palace for the emperor to retreat the heat in Imperial citadel during the summer season. After Palace visiting we drive to the hotel for check in.

Day 6: Dalat – Nhatrang (B, L)

Riding Distance : 60 Kms / 37 miles / Hilly riding

This morning after breakfast we drive 60 kms west of Da Lat to Khanh Le Pass where we drop our bikes and we start on down hill riding, from 1500 m above sea level to the bottom of the pass the distance is 30 kms after we have done  the pass, we stop in local restaurant where we have lunch before cycling to the west of the pass to high way 1 this cycling is so fantastic one through the forests, farm land and the rice paddies. As we get to the high way 1 we stop our biking and taking the bus for going to the hotel.

Nhatrang, the capital of Khanh Hoa Province 430 km north of Saigon is the best bay of the central of Vietnam. Nhatrang has what is probably the nicest municipal beach in all Vietnam. This area has the potential to become another flashy resort like Thailand’s Pattaya Beach (dread the thought), but that will probably take a few more years. The turquoise waters around Nhatrang almost transparent, making for excellent fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving. The service on the beach is incredible massage, lunch, cold beer, manicure, beauty treatments…, you name it. Of late, lots of “massage” signs have been popping up around town, a sure sign that more visitors are expected.

Day 7: Nhatrang boat trip to the Island  (B, L)

No biking today

This morning after breakfast we drive to the local dock where we do embarkation to cruise offshore to Mieu island where you can row the bamboo basket boat, those odd doughnut-shaped boats you see bobbing around fishing ports, and paddle around the bay with local fishermen. This first stop includes a visit to some large floating fishing farms and the guide will inform you the growing industry in the central of Vietnam, then we hit the Island we have chance to keep walking through the island to interact with the locals how do they survive during the storming season without food, water… However some of the houses, which face to the water front, are the most incredible architecture and the most expensive ones in the island. Then we head back to our boat and keep cruising to the Mun island where we find the best place, quiet sea, clean water for snorkeling to see coral on the sea bed. (we have arranged the snorkeling equipment’s for our trip on boat). You can enjoy swimming and snorkeling and floating bar with full of cold beers and soft drinks will be available on the water, then Seafood lunch will be served on boat…

In late afternoon we are going back to the local dock for disembarkation before we are heading back to the hotel.

 Day 8: Nhatrang – Quinhon  (B, L)

Riding Distance : 70 Kms / 43 miles / hilly riding

After breakfast we hop on our bikes again and keep riding along the ocean, this is one of the most beautiful sea and lovely beaches first ride is around 20 kms we make a stop to see the local fishing village as well as the fishing market where the locals do trade daily, this is a good opportunity place to have great photos. Then we take the bus trip to Tuy Hoa Town, Chi Thanh village where we have lunch in local restaurant. After lunch we have a great cycling to go through the Ear Leaf Acacia woods where we ride 45 more kms before transfer to the hotel for checking.

 

Qui Nhon is a capital of Binh Dinh Province and one of the Vietnam’s more active second-string seaports. The beaches in the immediate vicinity of the city are nothing to write home about, but Qui Nhon is a convenient though somewhat disappointing place to break the journey from Nhatrang to Hoi An. By provincial standards, however, Qui Nhon is hopping, happening place on Sunday nights. The standard of living is fairly high, and the town is said to owe much of this prosperity to the smuggling of imported goods.

Day 9: Quinhon – Hoian (B, L)

Riding Distance : 50 Kms / 31 miles / hilly and windy riding

This morning we have a great cycling from your hotel to the longest sea bridge in Vietnam, connecting the city of Qui Nhon to Phuong Mai peninsula. The bridge constructed in 2006 and 2,5 km long Bridge as you ride a long the bridge as if you are biking on the surface of the ocean. The trip today to Hoian is 300 kms. So we try to cycle  between 40kms – 50 kms along the peninsula to Cat Tien Village, Phu Cat District before we take our bus to drive to Hoian by later afternoon.

 

Hoian is a riverside town 30 km South of Danang. Known as Faifo to early Western traders, it was one of the South-East Asia’s major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. In its heyday, Hoian, a contemporary of Macau and Malacca, was an important port of call for Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and other trading vessels. Vietnamese ships and sailors based in Hoian sailed to Thailand and Indonesia as well as to all section of Vietnam. Most of active trading center over many centuries has been largely preserved. The architecture of the town reflects the influence of Asia and Europe. Hoian is also the town where French Missionary Alexandre De Rhodes introduces Catholicism to Vietnam as well as the Romanized script that has become the standard Vietnamese script today.

Day 10: Hoian  riding around  (B)

Riding Distance : 30 Kms / 19 miles / flat riding

This morning we make our bike trip around Hoian town before explore the ancient town. We are heading 7 km East of Hoian town to Cua Dai to see the fishing village, right there we make another back road to see the countryside and outskirt of Hoian city where we have a chance to see Tra Que Village where the farmers plant the organic vegetable such as basil herbs, cabbages, sesame … which supply to most of the hotels and restaurant in Hoian for their tourists. Right here we can learn from the farmers how do they farm their basil herbs, sesame… and seaweeds will be as healthy as organic fertilizer for their crops, then we keep riding along the beach of Cua Dai before we get back to town to see the ancient spots.

We ride through the local market of Hoian to see hundreds of people they have been doing their own business daily, then we ride along Thu Bon river where used to very busy port back to many centuries ago, then we make our stop to see the Chinese Assembly Hall which belongs to the Fujian Chinese Congregation, this was founded as a place to hold community meetings. Later it was transformed into a temple for a worship of Thien Hau, the Goddess of the Sea and protector of the fishermen and sailors, who was born in Fujian province. After visiting the temple we move to the Japanese Covered  Bridge. The first bridge on this site was constructed 1593 by Japanese community of Hoian to link their neighborhood  with Chinese quarters across the stream. The bridge was provided with a roof so it could be used as a shelter as a shelter from both the rain and the sun. we have a chance to walk through the bridge to see the ancient house which is about three centuries old. There are some especially fine carving on the wooden walls of the rooms around the courtyard, on the roof beams and under the crab shell roof. After this house we have a chance to see the silk making workshop before you are free for your own shopping …

Day 11: Hoian – Hue (B, L)

Riding Distance : 70 Kms / 43 miles / hilly riding / 497m Pass

This morning after breakfast we have the most beautiful ride of your journey, we are heading 30 km North-east of Hoian to Da Nang which is the fourth biggest city in Vietnam. We  make a challenge to conquer the spectacular  pass of Vietnam, Haivan is 497 m above sea level,  one side of the pass leans on the Long range Mountain and another side over looks to the East sea, there are lot of photo opportunities on the way,  the length of the pass is 10 kms going up and 10 kms going down. After the pass we hit the beautiful Lang Co beach where we stop our biking for resting and having lunch before driving to Hue city.

 

 

Day 12: Hue city tour (B, L)

          Riding Distance : 35 Kms / 22 miles / hilly riding

Hue has a lovely location on the banks of Perfume river. As Vietnam’s capital throughout the Nguyen Dynasty, as a center of Vietnamese Buddhism, scholarship and finally as the setting for some of Vietnamese war’s bloodiest  battle of the 1968 Tet Offensive, Hue provides a unique window into Vietnam and its complex past.

This tour you will visit the impressive home of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), the Citadel, much of citadel was destroyed during the war in 1968 but  it gradually being restored. Continue on to the much revered Thien Mu pagoda, Hue oldest and the most beautiful religious monument, before enjoying a dragon boat cruise on the Perfume river back to town where our bus transfers you to local restaurant for lunch, after lunch we ride to the countryside road to see the fourth Emperor’s tomb Tu Duc and following by the second last Emperor’s Tomb Khai Dinh before riding back to the hotel.

This is the last riding for your journey and tonight we make a  bid  our team (mechanic and truck, bus drivers) farewell, they will say good-bye to all of you after 12 day supporting our riding group from Sai Gon to Hue. And we have no longer riding as you know Hanoi’s traffic is so busy so we can not make your riding on that traffic risk.

Day 13: Hue – Hanoi (B, D)

No Riding today  

Today after checking out  we transfer 16 kms to South of Hue to Phu Bai airport where we flight to Hanoi. As arrival Hanoi we continue your tour experience and walking along lovely tree-lined boulevards until we get to Badinh Square, the site of Hochiminh mausoleum where Hochiminh first declared the independence from French rule in 1945. Hochiminh is without question one of the great figures of twenty century history and this morning we will take time to visit “Hochiminh Quarter” for a look at the life of the father of the modern Vietnam. You have a visit to humble house on stilts from which “Uncle Ho” as he is affectionately known, ruled Vietnam until his death 1969. You will also view the Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda.

Tonight we have a chance to see the best of North Vietnam calls Water puppet Show the show lasts an hour but you can see the history as well as the culture of Red Delta River. After the show we take a walk around the old quarters where 36 ancients streets where the vendors have been doing their own business for centuries. Your dinner tonight will be local restaurant where we serve the best food in North of Vietnam for a fare-well party

Day 14: Hanoi Departure (B)

Today we will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Thank you very much for your biking trip with us we wish you a good flight home.

What’s included

  • 13 night 4 star-hotel accommodation
  • Traveling Bell Boy and Luggage Handling
  • All domestic flights as specified in the itinerary
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicles, truck for your bikes,
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes, and all Gratuities.
  • Your own bike for the whole trip with daily care.
  • Return arrival and departure transfers (conditions apply)
  • Meals as indicated (B = Daily breakfast, L = 10 Lunches, D = 01 Dinner)
  • Drinks on tour (cold soft drinks, mineral waters, coffee, fruits on biking days)
  • Guaranteed Departure with just Two Guests.

What’s excluded

  • Meals other than those specified
  • English-speaking Tour Leader and Drivers
  • Visa fees
  • Insurance and personal expenses such as laundry, mini-bar, telephone and drinks.
  • International flight tickets.

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