15 Days
Duration
Moderate
Physicality
Hanoi, Hoi an, Hue, My son, Nha Trang, Quy nhon, Sai Gon..
Location
Year-round
Dates

15 Days Cycling Holidays Hanoi to Saigon

Trip Overview:

Vietnam is a country of breathtaking natural beauty and landscapes, friendly people, incredible heritage and well documented history that quickly becomes a “must see” place in Asia. Today, many westerners still imagine Vietnam through the lens of war, but in reality it is a country filled with captivating natural beauty and tranquil village life. From the rugged northern mountains to emerald rice terraces in the south and picturesque tropical beaches that hug its curvaceous coastline.

Cycling in Vietnam is unique and outstanding way to experience the daily life of Vietnamese people, discover longstanding culture and colorful tribal people, uncover the world’ cultural and natural heritage sites, meet with friendly and hospitable people. enjoy one of the most delicious foods in the world. Vietnam Beaches cycling tours offers for highlighted landmarks such as Hanoi , Hue, Hoi an, My son, Quy nhon, Nha Trang Sai Gon.. you have great opportunity in experiencing stunning scenic beauty, admire seductively emerald beaches and enjoy rich traditional cuisine and stay in front beach resorts.

AVAILABLE DEPARTURE DATES

10 Jan 2017 – Guaranteed departure
20 Feb 2017 – Seats Available …
15 Mar 2017 – Seats Available …
06 Apr 2017 – Seats Available …
11 May 2017 – Guaranteed departure
03 Jun 2017 – Seats Available …
20 Aug 2017 – Seats Available …
27 Sep 2017 – Guaranteed departure
09 Oct 2017 – Seats Available …
02 Nov 2017 – Guaranteed departure
01 Dec 2017 – Seats Available …
05 Jan 2018 – Seats Available …
09 Feb 2018 – Seats Available …
17 Mar 2018 – Seats Available …

Bike Hire USd120/person

Brief Itinerary

Tour Duration 15 Days
Start in Hanoi
Finish in Ho Chi Minh
Support Fully Support by Vehicle
Suitability Moderator
Total Cycling Distance 935km
Terrain Flat Paved road and Dirt Paths, Some hill in Hai Van Pass, Nha Trang – Da Lat
Road condition Good road, Mixed off and paved road, tarmac road, dirt road, single track trail, off the beaten track
No of day cycling 13 Days

Day by Day Cycling

Day Destination Cycling Distance Included in Meals
Day1 Hanoi Arrival No D
Day2 Hanoi – City – Hue 50 km B/L/D
Day3 Hue City 45 km B/L/D
Day4 Hue – Lang Co beach 87 km B/L/D
Day5 Lang Co Beach – Hoian 85 km B/L/D
Day6 Hoian back Road 45 km B/L/D
Day7 Hoian – Quang Ngai 87 km B/L/D
Day8 Quang Ngai – Quy Nhon 82 km B/L/D
Dau9 Quy Nhon – Tuy Hoa 83 km B/L/D
Day10 Tuy Hoa – Nha Trang 85 km B/L/D
Day11 Nha Trang Boat Trip 4 hours B/L/D
Day12 Nha Trang – Da lat 96 km B/L/D
Day13 Da Lat – Phan Thiet – Kega 100 km B/L/D
Day14 Phan Thiet – Binh Chau 87 km B/L/D
Day15 Binh Chau – Ho Chi Minh – Departure transfer B

Additional information

DestinationVietnam

DAY1: HANOI ARRIVAL
Welcome to Vietnam. Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport, Indochina Explore Tours guide and driver will greet and pick you up to the hotel at the heart of Hanoi capital. Hanoi, the antique and dynamic city of Vietnam, reserves a unique old world charm and several of the most striking colonial architecture of Asia. After the checking-in,Take relax by your own and do briefing itinerary with our guide for coming days. enjoy a cyclo ride through the bustling streets in the Old Quarter to discover the ancient and modern beauty of Hanoi. After the tour, you will be warmly welcome with a special welcoming dinner in a typical Vietnamese food restaurant. Stay overnight in Hanoi

DAY 2: HANOI – BAT TRANG – TRAIN TO HUE
After hearty breakfast in hotel, our shuttle bus take us to left bank of Red River Detla, In Long Bien, Arriving cycling point , we spend few minute to master how control the bike and the rude of the road.for cycling days in Vietnam. making sure everything is going on smoothly, we start paddling on the trail, unsealed road, along the bank of Red River, You have first different sight and vision about Hanoi city , you are also impressive on stunning banana farm, bonsai gardens or guava fruits garden, Our ride continue to Bat Trang Ceramic village, place has been well known high quality ceramic produces since11 centuries. You have time to explore skillful productions or take some amazing pictures of this villages
After visiting BatTrang Ceramic village, we keep riding to Kim Lan and Van Giang villages, through traditional vegetable villages, botanical and kumquat trees. Meeting friendly people working on their farm, or school kids on the way back their home. We have lunch en route After Lunch , we continue to ride in Khoai Chau where you can explore the botanical garden and skillful shaped bonsai. We keep riding to Chu Dong Tu and Tien Dung Temple. This temple is woshiped and praised about the loyal love and hospitality between father, son, daughter in law( following the code of cofucianism)
We finish cycling today, the shuttle bus take us back Hanoi city for taking shower and have early dinner before catching night train to Hue. You stay overnight on the Train

DAY 3: HUE CITY TOUR
The Express Train take us to Hue city at Midday, our driver pick you up and transfer to Hotel for breakfast . Following to breakfast, you will fix the bike and cycle leisurely to explore Hue city and citadel and royal to Imperial Citadel and & tomb Architecture
Hue is one of the main cultural, religious and educational centers of Vietnam. So far, Hue remains to be the only originally historical vestige city in Vietnam. Many of Hue’s attractions are found along the banks of the romantically named Perfume River with 11km length. This valuable construction includes more than 100 architectural works, which are the reflection of the life of Emperors and mandarins under Nguyen’s reign. Architecture in Hue is the combination of royal architect, folk, religious ones, traditional and modern sides. On December 11th, 1993, it was classified by UNESCO as the world cultural heritage. On the north bank of the river is the Imperial Citadel, built along the line of Peking’s Forbidden City, enclosed by 10-metre thick walls and surrounded by a moat. A few kilometers further up the river are perhaps Hue’s best-known religious site. Inside the citadel, there are still wonders. For example, the seat of the Nguyen emperors occupying a large, walled area on the north side of the river. Inside the citadel was a forbidden city where only the concubines, emperors, and those close enough to them were granted access, the punishment for trespassing was death penalty. We also ride to visit to the tombs of ancient Kings. Situated in the middle of the hills on the Southern bank of Perfume River are very beautiful tombs of Nguyen Kings. Among these tombs are the four famous ones with the name and the arrangements of the tomb reflecting each Emperor’s points of view, personality, and tastes. This is majestic Gia Long tomb, imposing Minh Mang tomb, poetic Tu Duc tomb and magnificent Khai Dinh tomb. No architects who would like to discover ancient architecture of Vietnam could ignore Hue’s old citadel vestiges. We cycle back to hotel in late afternoon, free until dinner time Have dinner in Local restaurant , Stay overnight in Hue

DAY 4: HUE – LANG CO BEACH
After hearty breakfast in hotel, we start new day by cycling to Thanh Toan covered roof bridge, on the way you will be impressive on different view in rural villages and imperial city. You will be interesting in typical image of Vietnam traditional houses, communal houses and local markets. You have good chance to interact with friendly people. Arriving Thanh Toan Village, you spend the time to visit and take picture one of incredible covered roof bridge that built in 1776 by kind – hearted woman.
Our cycling tours continue to ride through peaceful village and villages, lagoon to Thuan An Beach. Have short break for cold water and tropical fruits. We also ride through fascinating village, where you can admire hundred magnificent museums. We ride on tarmac road to Tu Hien Lagoon, crossing bridge and climb short pass before descending to T junction high way no1. Transfer to local restaurant for lunch.
After lunch we ride on newly paved road lead to Lang Co Beach. Arriving Lang Co beach check in front beach resort , relax with cold beer in swimming pool. Have dinner and Stay overnight in Lang Co Beach

Day 5: LANG CO – HAI VAN PASS – HOI AN
Today is great and amazing day with us, we fill up full energy and water before challenging incredible Hai Van Pass. Start cycling from Hotel, turn left on high way No1 and ascend to summit with 13 km long climb. On the way you will rewarded by breathtaking scenery, cloud and ocean. You enjoy picturesque panoramas on summit in both side Lang Co and Da Nang city.
Upon arriving summit. Snack, cold water and tropical fruit are available for you. Taking picture and refreshing before descending 12 km to Da Nang City, cycling along the coast , passing resorts complex alluring sand beaches to Hoi An Town. Arriving Hoi An late afternoon, do check in and cold beer break
Have dinner and Stay overnight in Hoian

DAY 6: HOI AN BACK ROAD
Hoi An, which is a world heritage of Vietnam, has long been a cultural crossroad and remains such a ancient beauty after nearly 300 circles of the four seasons. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. Cycling both in ancient town and rural villages, offer for you interesting challenging. Our trip start in Hotel ride single track, paved road through peaceful villages, water coconut falm trees, canals to vibrant Hoi An Town. take the time to capture remarkable image of Japanese covered roof bridge, Communal houses. then commence to Thanh Ha traditional Ceramic villages, Tra Que herb village and Thuy Linh Lattern lamp shades workshops, back Hoi An for lunch/ After lunch . we ride to Cua Dai for swimming in imposing sand beach. Have dinner and Stay overnight in Hoian

DAY 7: HOI AN- QUANG NGAI
Breakfast in hotel, clear the bill and check out. We start cycling from Hotel back to the town, take boat trip along Thu Bon River to Duy Nghia where we continue to ride along the coast to Tam Ky. The fascinating view take your paddle slowly.have lunch en route. After lunch ,we ride and take the boat to chu Lai and Dung Quat turn right to tarmac road to My lai Massacre. Spend the time to visit My Lai Memorial and watch short Video about the brutal crime of US troops against civilian.take a short transfer back to Hotel or keep ride to Hotel.( option) . Arriving in hotel, take shower, cold beer break and dinner in Local restaurant. Stay overnight in Quang Ngai

DAY 8 : QUANG NGAI – QUY NHON
Upon arriving cycling point, we commence to ride along the coast, through picturesque scenery. Discover imposing villages, lagoons and fishing farms, capture pristine fresh nature and remarkable hillside.have lunch en route.after lunch, we keep going on paved road through rural villages. Meeting hopistable people and Hello -school kids on the way. Arriving Quy Nhon Late afternoon. Check in and relax by yourself. Stay overnight in Quy Nhon

DAY 9: QUY NHON – TUY HOA
Following to breakfast in hotel, escape bustling city by riding on tarmac road up to National way No1 D, turn left and then keep riding on undulated way along the coastline, the emerald sea water and pristine fresh nature is highlight today. Before heading to high way N01, turn left to Xuan Hoa and ride through rual village and enjoy peaceful coastal scenery,crossing over wood bridge back to high way in Xuan Canh, Song Cau. Have lunch enroute, taking short transfer to Tuy An where we commence to Gheng Da Dia and follow the coastline to Tuy Hoa city. Upon arriving in Tuy Hoa, taking relax and cold beer in swimming pool. Stay overnight in Tuy Hoa

DAY 10: TUY HOA – NHA TRANG
Start cycling from hotel, crossing the bridge to another side of Tuy Hoa city, following the coast turn off the countryside road where you discover the fascinating seaview,stunning langoons and challenge some passes before going to Vung Ro bay. Climb the last pass to High way 1 before transfering to Dai Lanh beach for lunch. After lunch, we continue to ride along the coast to Nha trang City. Upon arriving hotel, relax and do check in Have dinner in local grilled seafood restaurant. Stay overnight in Nha Trang.

DAY 11: NHA TRANG – BOAT TRIP
Today is relax day without cycling. We spend the time to explore incredible bay in the morning. The boat take us to Hon Tam and Hon Mun Islands, Tri Nguyen Aquarium, coral island and fishing islands. Swimming and snorking to experience the diversity of colorful coral. Taking the boat back to city for lunch . Discovery city and beach by your own. Have dinner in local restaurant/ stay overnight in Hotel

DAY 12: NHA TRANG – DA LAT
Today is amazing day with great challenging climb up hill toDalat. We head inland from Hotel. This is newedly upgraded road west ofNha Trang to Khanh Vinh of approximately 30 km og flat road before the mountain begin. This is fascinated narrow piece of tarmac through the lush pine jungle to highland, 50 km escend to Hon Giao and 50 km fuelling us over a couple more passes to Dalat city. There is fascinating day of coffee plantations, pristine fes nature, maverlous hill tribal villages, virdant flower and vegatable farms and seductive lakes. Have dinner and stay overnight in Dalat

DAY 13: DA LAT – PHAN THIET – MUI NE – KE GA
We begin this day with a twisting eight km descent from Dalat,through pine forest to the rolling and gradually falling road to Di Linh. We will pass numerous coffee, tea banana and rubber plantations planed in rich red earth that marks the Central Highlands as the place where Vietnam’s finest tea and coffee is grown. We turn off high way 20 for a small road, rolling through the tropical forest to Gia velBac then down hill to sea level at Phan thiet and Mui Ne Beach where we will stay overnight.

DAY 14: KE GA – BINH CHAU – LONG HAI
Starting new beautiful day by pedaling along the coastline, capture incredible moment of sunrise and Pristine nature . meet and chat with local fishmen in market village . discover the capital of “ Vietnam Resort” along emerald sand beach. Have lunch en route. After lunch we continue to ride along the coast to Binh Chau – Long hai where we stay overnight. Have farewell dinner with our team and support in local restaurant.

DAY 15 VUNG TAU – HOCHIMINH DEPARTURE
Have breakfast in Hotel, free by yourself until we departure to Hochiminh to take the flight onwards or spending time to explore Hochiminh city. We finish our cycling memorable life time. Thanks for joing with us

Inclusions
English speaking cycling guide ( other languages upon requests)
Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy at 3 & 4*
Meals details in itineraries ( B = breakfast, L = lunches, D = dinners)
A/C transfer/ and transportation
Van or bus supported during the cycling times.
Truck supported for the group size from 6 and above.
Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
Bike tour pump, bike tools, spares tubes, spare bikes
First aid kit
Cold water box, small fresh towel.
Mineral water for drinking
Fruit and snack for cycling days

Exclusion
International airfare
Travel insurance
Items of personal nature
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
Trek mountain bikes – 4300 with disc brake and helmets
Mineral water beyond that supplied
Optional excursions
Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
Visa fee
Departure tax
Tip for team and guide

Note: Hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose equivalent accommodation

Meals: if you have any specific food requirements ( vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide, our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, IET can be your culinary guide and provide you opportunity to savor tempting local food and world famous – dishes.

Tour information

Bikes: we use the new 4300/4500 trek and Cannondale Trail 5, Tango 5 Mountain bikes for all most cycling trip with different size from

13.5’’ – 23, 5’’.We generally use 2012 /2013 models of TREK mountain bikes because they are high quality, durable pieces of equipment. Besides,

We like the versatility and durability of the mountain bike as it has been designed to cope with different types of terrain and riding. Our trips can be on asphalt and can often be broken or potholed, and there are usually unsurfaced sections included, so mountain bikes are the most suitable. They also have the range of gears to cope with the hills.

Each bike comes with a single water bottle cage, if you prefer more you are welcome to bring your own. Bikes also have gel seat cover slips if you prefer a softer ride. If you have your own saddle that you are comfortable with seat, you are welcome to bring it and we’ll fit it. On long tours women specific seats are recommended and we have some available, but we cannot guarantee we will available for every tour. These bikes also are available for rent in case you want to go it alone or just need a bike for a day.

Bikes repairs: basic spares and tools kid are generally carried by guide and on the support vehicle, although we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kids, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.

we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carring a basic tool kids, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.

Safety: wearing a helmet is compulsory on all our biking adventures. Your tour guide are trained in first aid and emergency rescure, tour guide often carry first aid box with their bikes while riding

Support: we often used mini bus and bus with air condition for transfer and back up as itineraries

We use van Support bikes and cyclist

( 1 – 4 pax) we use Van to support and carry out bikes)

( 5 – 8 pax) we use one Van and one truck to supports

Accommodation: When cycling we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.

Our guides: the tour will be led by one of English – speaking guides. All our guides have great knowledge of history, local culture, and religions of the area where you are cycling and introduce that experiences for you. Our guides have been trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by Vietnam National Tourism. Our guides are also medically skilled in first Aid by SOS and they know how to deal with hard situations.\

Grading definition: To assist you visualize how our trip is difficult, we have graded our adventure tours into three categories, easy, moderate, and challenging, we group many factors into consideration into this grading, including distant covered, terrain, altitude, weather conditions and vehicle support

Easy: suitable for most people in good health. These trips generally include short days, on good paths and at low attitudes

Moderate: A reasonable level of fitness is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels, hill longer days and altitude. All of our moderate trips have a support vehicle following closely, and weary travellers can hitch a ride and take a rest for a while.

Challenging: these trips are physically demanding and best suited for fit people with high endurance level. Day can be longer, often at altitude, in remoted regions and sometimes without supports vehicle nearby.. travellers may be required  to carry a backpacks.

Terrain: Distances on full cycling days average around 50 – 80km. Our route is mainly on tarmac roads of varying quality with are some more like hard – packed dirt, Terrain is generally flat or undulating with a few notable climbs.

Distance for second days and half of third day is around 60- 80 km. Our routes are mainly on single track, dirt road and trail, we cycle around villages and villages, through rice paddy terraces.

Food: All the meals which, are mentioned in itinerary, are included in the price of this tour. Most of meals are Vietnamese local food in Homestays. While in towns, we will enjoy Vietnamese cuisine in delicious restaurants

Meals consist of a variety of balanced dishes and aim for universal appeal, we avoid highly spiced foods.

Vegetarians are certainly welcome and are always accommodated, please let us know of any dietary concerns at time of booking.

Beverage and alcoholic drink are not included at mealtime or in restaurants

Snack/ Water: when we transfer, ride by minibus ( no cycling day),  our bottled waters are always available  for you ( two little for one day for person with wet tissue)

When we have cycling days, we will offer cold water and wet tissue in box plus fresh tropical fruits, soft – drink, energy – drinking, ( five little water for cycling day/ person).

Beer is freely available everywhere in Vietnam, but not include in our trip.

The Homestays: Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and amenities. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.

Weather: Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate. Broadly speaking, the weather in Vietnam is dictated by two seasons – the southwest monsoon from April to September and the Northeast monsoon from October to late march or early April.

Due to regional climate differences, there are no right or wrong seasons to visit Vietnam. The North Vietnam is cool, damp in winters between November and December and February with temperature in Hanoi falling to around 15oC. The summer months from April to October are hot and dry.the best time visit Vietnam is spring (February – April) or Autumn ( late September – December) when it is not so humid. The weather turns quite cold and wet in January and this continues to march. The humidity can prove oppressive from May to the early September.

Money:  the official national currency is the Vietnamese Dong ( VND), but the US dollar is widely accepted in almost tourist centers. However, small towns and the villages the VND is preferred, ATM are available in all major cities and towns, tourist destinations, Vietcombank, Agriculture banks are the best networks with  a limit a single withdraw limit of 2000,000 d ( 95 USD). Most major currencies can be exchanged in leading in Vietnam, but th USD is preferred away from the tourist centers. Changing 100 USD wil make you to be a millionaire. You cannot legally take the dong out of Vietnam but you can reconvert reasonable amounts of it into USD on departure,.

Clothing:  comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. The dress code is fairly casual as it is in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evening against biting insects. A light weight raincoat or rain cape is a good ideal in the raining season. For on the bike you will need to bring a couple of pairs of cycling shorts and short leeve jerseys, a pairs of cycling glove and if you use them, your clip in cycling shoes/ sandals.. when travel in the North Vietnam during winter months ( late November – March) warm clothe is needed. Visitors to Buddhist countries should not to wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious centers and shoes should be removed before entering private homes.

Passport and visa: All visitors are required to have a valid visa to enter Vietnam. A one month tourist visa is usually sufficient for most visitors, though it is possible to arrange three months or six month – multiple entry visa for regular visitors. The Travelo Vietnam company  is authorized to issue visa on arrival at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, Danang International Airport in Danang,  and Tan San Nhat in Ho chi Minh city.The same authorization procedure  and a minimum mof 5 days working  notice is required. In emergency case they can arrange a visa o arrival if notice of 2 working days is given

Tipping: Tipping for good services is always appreciated in these developing countries. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of the tour. Hotels and station porters should also be tipped a small amount for . We recommend 5 US Dollar / person/per day for cycling tour guides.. 2 USD/ person/ day for driver and 1 USD/ person/ day for doorbell when checking in and out.

Responsible tourism: we strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes, positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural environment. We recognize that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.

Environment: we have been turning environmentally responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re – usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.

Community:  Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.

Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, moto taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that  the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 6 reviews
October 27, 2016

We had a wonderful holiday in Vietnam with your Tour “Hanoi to Saigon”. We found the tour well balanced which allowed us to cycle through spectacular rural scenery and to experience the adventure of dealing with the urban traffic in the major cities. To experience the culture and learn of the history of Vietnam from the grass roots perspective on a bicycle was truly an experience that we will never forget. It is difficult to name a section of the tour that stands out because it was the whole experience put together that was special. The 24hrs sailing on Halong Bay was amazing, the experience of Dalat and the Central Highlands was great and the coastal areas had their own touch of beauty. The accommodation provided was of a very high standard and better than expected. The food provided certainly provided us with a broad taste of the local cuisine. We wanted to make special mention of Tuyen who was a fantastic guide and certainly showed his obvious experience . He not only had an extensive knowledge of the local customs and history but he also displayed excellent people skills and always had the interest and the safety of those of us on his tour foremost in his thoughts. From the moment he met us at the airport, we felt comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed all the days we had with him as our guide! All Drivers were excellent in the provision of their services to the tour. Dzung, we also felt privileged to have you on the tour with us. We appreciated your assistance (particularly Tuyen who benefited from your help when climbing the mountains!) and your attention to detail in making sure all of our needs were being met throughout the tour. Over all, we congratulate you on the excellent tour services that you provide and we hope that our circumstances in the future will allow us the opportunity to take part in one of your other tours. Best Wishes Warren & Kym Hubner

October 27, 2016

We booked a 15 day tour with IET and had a wonderful time. The hotels and our two guides were exceptional and we were able to see experience different aspects of Vietnamese life. We were met at the airport by Tony and taken to our hotel. Once we had some time to rest, Tony spent the first evening and the following of day showing us some interesting sites around Hanoi. After an overnight train journey from Hanoi, we were met by our guide Tuyen and driver Hung in Hue. Hung is a really safe and considerate driver and despite the fact that the roads (and other drivers) at times could be fairly scary, we felt totally safe with Hung. He was patient, polite and thoughtful and always ready with a cooling drink or snack served with a smile. Although a few urban roads were busy it only took a few minutes to relax and we now cannot believe we tackled them all with total confidence. The hard-tail bikes were first class and ideally suited to the variable road surfaces across Vietnam. Tuyen cycled with us at a suitable pace for us. He configured each days cycling to suit our capabilities and we could take breaks whenever we wished. The transport was never far away if we started flagging or time was pressing. As well as dining in some conventional restaurants, we also experienced eating in many traditional road side cafes and although we initially had some reservations, the food was always totally delicious and the people very welcoming. We chose IET because they appeared to get good reviews and their responses to our emails were fast, accurate and confidence inspiring. This was not true of any of the other companies we approached. The Itinerary emailed to us by IET was extremely comprehensive and very helpful. Although we later found it had a few mistakes it was considerably better than anything provided by the opposition. The accommodation suggested by IET proved to be ideal for us but we had the opportunity to change the choices if we felt they were unsuitable. Both guides had an extensive knowledge of Vietnam and its history and were able to fully answer all our questions. Tuyen in particular has a wonderful sense of humour and fun –nothing was too much trouble for him and he went out of his way to ensure that we were well looked after. Indeed our whole trip was everything and more than we expected and we would thoroughly recommend touring with Vietnam Bike Tours. It was brilliant! Visited Jun 2016 Yantodave, Salisbury, United Kingdom

October 27, 2016

It was a great trip, a great way to see Vietnam, experience the culture and learn about its history. We saw so many things we would not have seen driving by car. The trails and back roads we took helped us to see so much of the way of life of the people of Vietnam. We enjoyed the food so much, got to try many new things and specialties of the country. Tuyen was an excellent guide, took great care of us, his English was excellent and he was very knowledgeable the history of the country. Huong was an excellent driver in the crazy traffic of Vietnam. He was also very helpful with bike set up and helping us with picnics. Great tour, great itinerary with lots of diversity. Everyday was an adventure! 01 – 15 April, 2016

October 27, 2016

Hi Hung Thank you so much for the best holiday. The food was fantastic, probably a little too much at times I haven’t lost any weight after cycling 935 kms. The accommodation was above the standard I expected especially for the one night stays. The organizational side of things was excellent running like clockwork. The staff you employed went out of their way to help and make sure we had water, food, were comfortable on our bikes, we were very spoilt. Our truck driver was there all the time filling water bottles getting us food. Our bus driver (Hi – not sure how to spell it) was running after us making sure we had everything we needed and his driving was exceptional. Ican’t praise Tony and Thanh enough they made the trip a wonderful experience, it was hard to leave we felt they were part of our group. *FOR NEXT YEAR* I would like to organise another trip for 2017, doing the Mekong Delta/ Phu Quoc Island area because that would be completely different to what we have seen. Just a couple of questions – what month do you think we should do the Mekong Delta – I will aim to get about 12 people again and we would look at flying in on the Saturday to Ho Chi Min and starting the trip on the Sunday – then flying out 14 days later on the Saturday Night, I think that was a great way to see everything and the flights were easy from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh. On this trip we wouldn’t do the guided tours of temples etc and would be looking more at country side and villages. Any help and advice you can give me would be great. Not sure if anyone found a bike seat left in the bus, not a problem if they haven’t but Debbie thinks she left it behind. Thanks again and please thank your wonderful guides and drivers for us – maybe they can all do the next trip with us, that would be good.

October 27, 2016

Dear Dzung, We really appreciated the extremely well organized tour. Everything from 1st contact to the last day of our tour was perfectly organized and we felt in very good hands at all times. The bikes have been in good condition and have been adjusted individually to each one of us. The layout of the tour has been well chosen. We enjoyed crossing rice fields and riding through IET of beautiful Vietnam as much as climbing mountains within the rainforest. The variety of each single day of the tour gave a great taste of how diverse the country really is. Supplies throughout the tour have been perfect. Whenever a break was needed, everything was there: drinks, snacks, fresh fruits, warm lunch and even for us Germans, plenty of cold beer to enjoy after each stage of the tour!!! Accommodation on the tour was also well organized. Outside the main cities options have been rather limited and therefore basic but we always found a place to have a shower and bed to sleep. Tony and Thanh always did a fantastic job by selecting places and food for lunch and/or dinner. The variety and taste have been amazing. Besides the tour itself, IET also did a great job by choosing “must-see” stops in Vietnam like the Imperial City or My Son. Our guide Tony was always well prepared to give us huge background information on all the sites. This has been a great chance for all of us to learn more about the history of Vietnam. Thank you very very much Tho for the tour and the extra time and effort you took to keep us happy at all times. Dzung, thank you for the overall organization and support. We can clearly recommend to use IET for any tour in Vietnam. Great job! From May 23, 2016 Ps: We also hope to see (and get) all the pictures that have been taken on the tour!!

October 27, 2016

The support from Indochina Explore Tours tour guide, back up mechanic and bus drivers was amazing. Looked after our every need and dealt with any issues immediately. e.g. changing position of handle bars, stopping for extra drinks

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