Ho Chi Minh to Hoi An Cycling Expedition 10 days
Enjoy ten day Vietnam Adventure tours to explore fascinating country by your own way. Without a doubt, cycling is definitely one of the brilliant way to explore the alluring country, experiencing excited activities, and enjoy outstanding natural scenery. Admire picturesque outcrops limestone mountains in the south central Vietnam or swimming in emerald water on crystal sand beach. Tasting fresh seafood in oriental architecture restaurant. In addition, the cyclist have unique experience in exploring the Cu Chi Tunnel – the steel triangle area, contemplating stunning scenic beauty. On the way to Da lat, admire magnificent rugged limestone mountains and lush flower farm to Nha Trang, cycling along the coastline to admire breathtaking scenery, meet and talk with fiendly people on the way. Finally, the cyclist have good opportunity in exploring heritage sites such as Hoi An, Mys on , Hue citadel..
DAY 1: HOCHIMINH – CU CHI TUNNEL – HCM
Meet with our cycling guide at your hotel. Tour briefing and bike fitting. Transfer out of the bustling city Ho Chi Minh to Tan Phu Trung village; ride through rubber plantation to Cuchi tunnels site and visit the most famous tunnels in the world, dug by Vietnamese during American war. Overnight in Saigon.
DAY 2: HOCHIMINH – VUNG TAU – PHAN THIET
After hearty breakfast in hotel,we will start new cycling trip for 10 days to explore the fascinating country with full of highlights includes, stunning scenery, sublime sand beaches , quaint villages and lush green rice fields. having breakfast in hotel,we leave bustle and hustle city behind.. Our shuttle bus take us to Vung Tau on new high way. upon arriving cycling point, we commence riding on back road and tarmac road to Vung Tau city, we ride through rubber and dragon fruit plantations . we also pass some small fishing villages as we make our way to close coast. we will finish the first cycling day in Mui Ne, wonderful and tranquil white sand beach where we can enjoy a swim after a day’ riding and enjoy our first sunset by the sea.
DAY 3: PHAN THIET- DA LAT
Wake up early to admire sunrise over the beach and enjoy hot coffee in swimming pool for new challenging day. We set our way from the coast and begin our ascent into the Central Highland. Along the way we pass an abundance of coffee and tea plantations as well as flower gardens and pine forests, as we reach higher attitude. Dalat is one of Vietnam’s most amazing city. The influence of the French is prevalentn as Dalat was founded as hill station to enable the colonials to escape the heat and chaos of Saigon. The city set around the lake and surrounded by forests, waterfalls and rolling countryside and flower gardens.
DAY 4: DALAT – NHA TRANG
Enjoy perfect weather in the morning in Highland City whilst cyling around the lake and turn off on the way to Nha Trang. Our cycling today is mainly downhill as we ride through new Bu Dop and Nui Ba National Park. Here we descend through some rare pine forests as well as some hill tribes villages, which are home some of the ethnic minority poeple who inhabit the highlands of Vietnam. We also ride through fishing village on sealed road and village road to Nha Trang City. On arrival we have time to enjoy a swim and to relaxon the beach, which is just cross the road from hotel. In the evening we can enjoy and taste fresh seafood which is grilled on charcoal in local restaurant.
DAY 5: 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 colourful coral. Taking the boat back to city for lunch . Discovery city and beach by your own. Have dinner in local restautant/ stayovernight in Hotel
DAY 6: NHA TRANG – TUY HOA – QUY NHON 135km
After having breakfast in hotel, our shuttle bus will transfer us to Vung Ro for cycling day, we commence riding on sealed road and tarmac road to Phu yen city, on the way we enjoy pristine nature and white gold sands as well as fishing farms. We cycle through fishing village, meet and talk with friendly people or say Hello with school kid on the way back to their home. Have lunch in Phu yen. After lunch, we continue riding on scenic route, passing many peacefull villages to Quy Nhon. On arrival we do check in and have relax on the beach.
DAY 7: QUY NHON – QUANG NGAI 120km
Start cycling from hotel, we head to the North on the new paved road along the coast. Today is one of the most beautiful day in our cycling trip whilst cyling on scenic route, passing quaint and peaceful village, fishing farms and admire emerald sea water, enjoy fresh seafood for lunch. After lunch meal we keep riding along the coast and fishing village to Tam Quan Bac. Take two hours transfer to hotel in Quang ngai city
DAY 8: QUANG NGAI – MY LAI MASSACRE– HOI AN 120km
Leave bustling city behind, our shuttle bus will take us to Son Tinh Town where we commcence riding through the villages to one of the darkest pages in American War against Vietnam in 1968 –My Lai Massacre. American troops stormed the little hamlets of Quang Ngai Province in the area of Son My and killed over 500 villagers. Most of them were elderly,women, children. Nowadays, a crime war memorial was built to commemorate the victims on 16th’ march 1968. Spending the time to visit and pay tribute to 504 civilians and learn about Vietnamese people history. After visiting this memorial site, we continue to round through Son My villages to Dung Quat industrial area,. Take short transfer to Tam ky for lunch. After lunch we set our way in the North to Hoi AN ancient town. We cylce on paved road, through quaint villages and off the beaten track to Duy Hai district and take boat trip along Thu Bon River to Hoi An. Upon arrving Hoi An , we ride through local market to hotel.
DAY 9: 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, cannals 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 sandbeach. Have dinner and stay in Hoi An Riverside Resort
DAY 10: HOI AN – DEPARTURE
Have breakfast in hotel and free shopping until departure time to airport. We finish our service and thank you very much for joining cycling tour with us.
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