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Vietnam by Bike

Without a doubt cycling is one of the finest ways to discover a country where hospitality comes as second nature. Our complete service includes comfortable geared bikes, a support crew and backup vehicle, and nights spent in well appointed and reliable hotels. This journey will offer a true insight into the local cuisine and friendly culture that will be sure to delight. Leaving Hanoi, where better than spectacular Ninh Binh and Halong Bay to start this amazing adventure, before heading south to Hue. Pedalling at a steady pace we explore an ever-changing landscape of tranquil highlands, palm fringed beaches and country roads that lead through mango and coconut groves. Stopping at wayside tea stalls, the villagers' curiosity often translates into invitations to visit their homes. We also savour the bustling, cosmopolitan caf culture of Ho Chi Minh City on this unforgettable adventure.

Inclusions

13 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 6 dinners
Comfortable hotel and boat accommodation on a twin-share basis
English speaking guide
Airport transfers (on first day and last day of the trip)
All transport throughout including train sector on the Reunification Express
Internal flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City valued at US$95
Private air conditioned vehicles
Modern mountain bikes on cycling days
Support vehicle with spare parts and bike mechanic on cycling days
Group medical kit
Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in the itinerary
Hightlights
Historic monuments and the colourful Old Quarter in Hanoi
Stunning rice terraces & quiet country lanes in Pu Luong Nature Reserve
Lush paddies, rivers and karst outcrops of the Red River Delta's Ninh Binh
Emerald waters and limestone islands of majestic Halong Bay
Imperial history on the banks of the Perfume River in Hue
Ancient architecture and laid-back atmosphere in Hoi An
Bustling streets and markets in Ho Chi Minh City
Eye-opening wartime history at the Cu Chi tunnels
Support vehicle carrying spare parts will back you up whilst cycling through some of Vietnam's most spectacular landscapes
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
14
Price From
AUD $3,290
Start Location
Hanoi, Vietnam
End Location
Vietnam
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
4 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
25 Nov 201808 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
09 Dec 201822 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
18 Dec 201831 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
30 Dec 201812 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
13 Jan 201926 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
27 Jan 201909 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
10 Feb 201923 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
24 Feb 201909 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
10 Mar 201923 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
24 Mar 201906 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
07 Apr 201920 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
21 Apr 201904 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
05 May 201918 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
19 May 201901 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
02 Jun 201915 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
16 Jun 201929 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
30 Jun 201913 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
14 Jul 201927 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
28 Jul 201910 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
11 Aug 201924 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
25 Aug 201907 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
08 Sep 201921 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
24 Sep 201907 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
06 Oct 201919 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
20 Oct 201902 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
03 Nov 201916 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
17 Nov 201930 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
01 Dec 201914 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
15 Dec 201928 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
29 Dec 201911 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $3,290
12 Jan 202025 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
26 Jan 202008 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
09 Feb 202022 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
16 Feb 202029 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
01 Mar 202014 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
15 Mar 202028 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
29 Mar 202011 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
12 Apr 202025 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
26 Apr 202009 May 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
10 May 202023 May 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
07 Jun 202020 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
21 Jun 202004 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
05 Jul 202018 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
19 Jul 202001 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
02 Aug 202015 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
16 Aug 202029 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
30 Aug 202012 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
13 Sep 202026 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
27 Sep 202010 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
11 Oct 202024 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
25 Oct 202007 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
08 Nov 202021 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
22 Nov 202005 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
06 Dec 202019 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $3,380
27 Dec 202009 Jan 2021AvailableAUD $3,380
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
If you're flying into Hanoi today you will be met by your driver outside Gate A1 as you exit the arrivals hall. Please look for the WORLD EXPEDITIONS welcome sign. If you cannot find the sign, please call the emergency number provided. You will have time to relax at your hotel and adjust to the pace of Hanoi. The capital of Vietnam is one of Asia's most enchanting cities, full of culture, history and the engaging contradictions of a rapidly developing and deeply traditional society. In the late afternoon we will have a group meeting being held in the hotel foyer (time indicated in your final documents). You are then invited for a warm and hospitable meal with a Hanoian family. On arrival, the friendly host will give you a big welcome and introduce their household. You'll sip some tea and share insights about Vietnamese culture, customs and habits. Around the dining table the host will tell us more about Vietnamese cuisine which emphasises freshness of produce - vegetables, herbs and spices. Your meal will include authentic local dishes which are popular among the locals. Here, you can eat, chat, and learn some basic Vietnamese phrases like: xin ch o (hello), ngon (delicious), and cam on (thank you). Overnight: Skylark Hotel - Deluxe Total cycling distance: no cycling today
Day 2
After an early breakfast, we spend the morning enjoying a brief sightseeing tour of Hanoi's major landmarks including the gardens of the Presidential Palace within the Ho Chi Minh complex and the Temple of literature. We then have lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the bike depo where we will be equipped to start our ride. We depart directly from the depo along the dyke road out of Hanoi. We head North along the Red River, quickly exiting the urban jungle and the road changes into a quaint rural route. The ride takes us through cultivated areas and carpenter's villages. The ride is about 50km until we reach Duong Lam ancient village. From there we continue another 10km on flat road and end up with a 600-meter elevation climb to the heights of Ba Vi National Park. Check-in to our beautiful resort for the night and spend some resting time by the swimming pool. Overnight: Ba Vi Resort - Standard Total driving distance: 0km Total cycling distance: 70km / sealed road / flat with a 10km ascent
Day 3
After a greedy breakfast, we hop in the vehicle for a 20km transfer to our starting point. From here we descend down Mount Ba Vi then ride through the National Park to its most western edge where the Da River flows. Our ride today is a total of 75km, first across the National Park and then along the Da River for about 25km. There we hop on a local ferry to cross the river. Lunch will be arranged en-route at a local restaurant. After the river crossing, the following 40km takes us slowly up a scenic road in the mountains of Hoa Binh Province before the 10km descent to the huge Da Reservoir. Welcome to the wild and remote Muong ethnic lands, a natural haven providing an edge of the world atmosphere. We are welcomed in to a traditional Muong house by the host family. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the lake before sitting down for a home cooked dinner. Overnight: Traditional Muong homestay Total driving distance: 20km Total cycling distance: 75km / sealed road / 25km rather flat 35km uphill 15km downhill
Day 4
We bid farewell to our hosts and load our bikes on a local boat to set sail across this beautiful blue reservoir surrounded by towering jungle covered mountains. Sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery as the crossing takes around an hour. From the pier, we start with a fairly steep 4km ride uphill to exit the foothills of the reservoir and get back on the road. We continue for another 20kms along flat roads before reaching the Mai Chau mountainous region. Enter the territory of the White Thai, a large valley carpeted in rice fields, hamlets of stilted houses and surrounded by limestone mountains. We cycle to a traditional guesthouse on stilts where we break for lunch. In the afternoon, we have a 40km ride to our lodge. We continue cycling towards the Laos border before veering off to the east to enter the Pu Luong Nature Reserve. The sceneries change, the road tracks the mountainside with overviews down deep and tight valleys of terraced rice fields. The changes in elevation are insignificant for the initial 15 km before we start a 15km ascent before being rewarded with a 10km downhill. We arrive at a beautiful lodge perched on the mountainside. Enjoy a dip in the swimming pool with the most spectacular views. Overnight: Pu Luong Retreat - stilt house Total driving distance: 0km Total cycling distance: 65km / sealed road / 35km rather flat 20km uphill 10km downhill
Day 5
Today we complete our journey across the reserve. It starts with a 10km ride downhill to Pho Doan Village and the gates of the nature reserve. From here we take a hidden route that very few know which leads us towards the historical Ho Chi Minh trail. This stretch is particularly scenic and the local people living here are renowned for being incredibly friendly. The following 60km are along gently undulating terrain before we get the bikes in the truck and hop on the bus to transfer to our resort at the doorstep of Van Long Nature Reserve. Check-in the room before gathering at the pier nearby to enjoy a traditional sampan ride on the waters of the largest wetland reserve in the country. This area is famous for the abundance of waterfowl. Overnight: Emeralda Resort - Superior Total driving distance: 70km Total cycling distance: 70km / sealed road / 60km rather flat 10km downhill
Day 6
After 280km riding across some of the most beautiful landscapes of Northern Vietnam, we take a break from riding and indulge in two days of rest. Early breakfast for an early departure to Ha Long Bay. We drive across the Red River delta and reach the coast little before noon where we embark on a beautifully crafted wooden junk for a 1 night cruise in the legendary turquoise seascape of Ha Long Bay. Once aboard, we are served a delicious seafood buffet lunch as we cruise between the soaring limestone karsts. In the afternoon we reach a less traveled area and will devote ourselves to relaxation, sunbathing and visiting of a cave if you wish. The program is not fixed and depends on the time of the year and weather. We end the day with sundowners and will hopefully be treated to a spectacular sunset. It is time for an aperitif or to attend a cooking demonstration before dinner. Overnight: Bhaya Classic Cruise Total driving distance: 190km Total cycling distance: 0km
Day 7
Rise early to catch the sunrise and enjoy a Tai Chi session on deck or just relax with a tea or coffee. We have the chance to visit a floating village before making our way back to land. While cruising back to the pier brunch is served on deck for your last opportunity to take in the amazing scenery. Upon disembarkation we drive to Hanoi, where you will have time to refresh and have dinner before heading to the train station. The night train has long been a staple in long distance travel in Vietnam and to visit without experiencing this as the locals do is definitely missing out. After trundling through the Tam Diep Mountain range of the north we pass through the Annamite range of central Vietnam before reaching our destination, Hue. Overnight: Soft sleeper 4-berth cabin with A/C Total driving distance: 150km Total cycling distance: 0km
Day 8
The train arrives at about 9am. Hue is a cradle of culture and the last imperial capital of Vietnam. This morning we visit the major landmark of Hue's heritage, the Imperial Citadel. It offers us an interesting insight into Hue's recent feudality and helps us to understand the changes which occurred in just a few decades in Vietnam. After lunch we hop back on our bikes to cycle around 45km on flat roads. We head northeast on the impressive "road of the tombs" to the shore of the Tam Giang Lagoon. Here we hop on a local boat and journey across the lagoon, the longest of the country at 70km from north to south, and learn about the ancestral fishing techniques of the locals. Once we bid farewell to our boatman and ride south along the barrier beach road to Phu Thuan and a lovely boutique resort located on the beach. Check-in then enjoy the remainder of the day relaxing. Choose from the sea or the swimming pool for a refreshing dip. Overnight: Villa Louise Hotel - Ancient Hue Style Total driving distance: 5km Total cycling distance: 45km / sealed road / 45km flat
Day 9
Enjoy a breakfast on the beach to start the day in the best possible way. Then get ready for our 70km ride today. This is easy going, mostly flat with some small climbs toward the end. The whole day takes us along the lagoon and its different pools. We follow a small road with very little traffic, bordered in some stretches by pine forest. We reach the buffer zone of Bach Ma National Park and then ride along the Chan May and Lang Co Bays to reach a resort right at the foot of the famous Hai Van Pass. Drop the bikes and relax on the beach or by the swimming pool. Overnight: Lang Co Beach Resort - Superior Total driving distance: 0km Total cycling distance: 70km / sealed road / 70km flat
Day 10
Today will be the day we remember for having conquered the legendary Hai Van Pass. This massive coastal mountain serves as the major climatic barrier in Vietnam. 11 kilometers up and 11 kilometers down on "one of the best coastal road in the world" as described by Jeremy Clarkson from the television show Top Gear. We will celebrate our conquering of this mountain by enjoying ice creams on the summit before enjoying the descent all the way down to to Da Nang, the fastest growing city in Vietnam. From Da Nang, we have a further 30km to ride before reaching the beautiful ancient port town of Hoi An. Check-in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in this atmospheric riverside town. Overnight: Vinh Hung Emerald Resort - Deluxe Total driving distance: 0km Total cycling distance: 65km / sealed road / 43km flat 11km uphill 11km downhill
Day 11
Following yesterday's conquest, enjoy a whole day at leisure in this picturesque town. Wander it's ancient alleys of the famous Old Quarter or venture down to the beach just 4km away. Overnight: Vinh Hung Emerald Resort - Deluxe
Day 12
This morning we transfer by car to Da Nang Airport for our flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh, we drive to the hotel. Ho Chi Minh City, also known by its former name, Saigon is the largest city in the Vietnam. Modern with a huge density of people and some truly crazy traffic which follows its own rules. This city is not the place for cyclist and so in the afternoon we will walk, a gentle stroll around the city center to unveil some very well preserved colonial buildings that give the city an interesting contrasting atmosphere. The walk ends on Pasteur Street where we will visit the taproom of the craft beer pioneers in Vietnam. Enjoy a beer tasting session before returning to the hotel. Overnight: Le Duy Grand - Grand
Day 13
This morning we transfer by bus to Hoc Mon Town. From here we commence our 20km ride through rubber plantations and rice fields to the historic Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi Tunnels were of significant importance to the Viet Cong forces during the Vietnam/ American war. Visiting the tunnels we learn about the history of the site and also have the opportunity to explore some of the expansive underground system ourselves. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant before continuing another 10km before hopping back on the bus and transferring back to the city. Overnight: Le Duy Grand - Grand Total driving distance: 70km Total cycling distance: 30km / sealed road / 30km flat
Day 14
The day is free at your leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your departure flight. We wish you a pleasant onward journey. End of services.