7 Days
Duration
Difficulty
Physicality
Hanoi, Mai Chau, Pu Luong, Ngoc Lac, Thai Hoa, Nghe An, Huong Khe, Phong Nha, Hue
Location
Year-round
Dates

Ho Chi Minh Trails Biking Tour 7Days

The Ho Chi Minh Trail was an elaborate system of mountain and jungle trails linking North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos during the Vietnam War against the United States. Today, the many paths of the Ho Chi Minh trail criss-cross the newly built Ho Chi Minh Highway. On this tour we explore the northern section of the Ho Chi Minh trail, which was previously inaccessible, from Ngoc Lac to the Hai Van Pass in Danang. This wide, smooth undulating highway is a bikers dream as there is little traffic on the road. And it conveniently will take us through farms, orchards, tribal villages and offers us easy access to some of the country’s top attractions — one of Vietnam’s most spectacular caves, the ancient royal seat of Hue, the picturesque trading port of Hoi An and South China Sea beaches.
Cycle in the beautiful, quiet Vietnamese countryside, through lush fields, down jungle paths and past stunning limestone cliffs along the famous Ho Chi Minh Trail; which was once used to carry supplies during the war. Enjoy real local, cultural and natural experiences along the way.
Tour busy city streets on a cyclo (a pedal-powered trishaw). Ride along a route which was used to carry ammunition and supplies during the war. Spend the night at a Thai Village home stay, a great way to experience the nature and culture of the area. Cycle through a mountain range passing stunning limestone cliffs and lush fields. Roll along on the smooth tarmac of the Ho Chi Minh highway, stopping off at the birthplace of Ho Chi Minh. Go through scenic villages with limestone karst formations.
See Phong Nha National Park, an area of tunnels and underground rivers formed 250 million years ago. Cycle across the 17th Parallel and end the day in the former US Marine base of Khe Sahn. Explore the back roads of Hue and the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled 1200 years ago. Complete a challenging climb to the top of Hai Van pass then cruise down to the beach for a cooling swim. Pedal through eucalyptus forest, paddy fields and small villages to the ancient centre of Cham civilization.

Inclusive:
* English Speaking tour leader (other languages upon requests)
* All accommodations base on twin-share at hotel, guesthouse and Home stay.etc…
* Meals detailed in the itinerary (B = Breakfast , L = Lunches ,D = Dinners)
* A/C transfers and transportation.
* Sightseeing excursions as outlined in itinerary
* Pump, bike tools, spares tubes.
* Spare bike
* Mineral water drinking.
* Seasonal fruits.
* Snacks
Exclusive:
* International airfares
* Travel insurance and bike helmet (compulsory)
* Items of a personal nature
* Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
* Mineral water beyond that supplied
* Single Supplement
* Optional excursions
* Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
* Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
* Mountain bicycle (Bike Hire US$10/per day)
* Visa fees
* Departure taxes
* Tipping for guiding

Additional information

DestinationVietnam
Day 1:Ha Noi-Mai Chau
Depart from ha noi early this morning ,transfer by our support vehicle to mai chau. Arriving at lunchtime, enjoy a cooked lunch at a local Tai village house before setting off along a spectacularly beautiful river valley towards Hoi Xuan along an undulating tarmac road. (Old highway 15A) The road follows the flow of River Song Ma. This is an old supply route of the HCM Trail that fed the main trail with ammunitions during the American War with Vietnam. Overnight at the edge of Pu Luong Nature Reserve in a traditional Thai village homestay, part of an ecotourist community project set up by Fauna and Flora International in 2003. Overnight village house on stilts.(25km cycling)
Day2:Pu Luong Nature Reserve-Ngoc Lac
An early morning start to beat the heat of the day. The route takes us away from the river and appears to contour through the same range of mountains that stretch from Mai Chau to Cuc Phuong to Hoa Lu. The road gets more beautiful the closer you ride to Ngoc Lac with looming karst limestone cliffs and lush vegetation. The route is tarmac all the way, but quite hard riding due to the undulating terrain. Overnight in local hotel Ngoc Lac. (70km cycling)
Day 3:Ngoc Lac-Thai Hoa
Ride for the first time on the newly built two lane Ho Chi Minh Highway. It hardly warrants two lanes as there is no traffic! The road makes for smooth fast riding, and for those who prefer there is always the old highway dirt and gravel – that weaves around the new highway allowing for plenty of exploring possibilities along the way.
Ride to Muc Son, on the banks of River Song Chu. On the outskirts of this small town are the famous Kan Linh historical relics – a pagoda where the first king of the Ly dynasty, Le Thai To, ruled, in 1428. Continue riding on the trail to Yen Cat. The distance covered today is quite long and there will be the chance to transfer some sections by the back-up vehicle to rest weary legs.There are fewer villages today as the route cuts through forests and jungle. Picnic lunch en route. Overnight Thai Hoa guesthouse. (80km cycling)
Day 4:Thai Hoa-Nghe An
Continue riding the incredible Ho Chi Minh Trail. Have lunch in Lat town. In Kim Lien visit the famous museum and birthplace of Ho Chi Minh in 1890. This province has a reputation for producing charismatic revolutionary leaders; not only Ho Chi Minh but also Phan Boi Chau another fervent anti colonialist -was born here. Overnight in Nghe An Town.(100km cycling)
Day 5:Nghe An-Huong Khe
After a relaxing breakfast continue riding on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The trail is still a dream to ride on. Again there is virtually no traffic. Transfer if tired in the afternoon to Huong Khe for overnight in a local guesthouse.(80km cycling)
Day 6:Huong Khe-Phong Nha National Park
From Huong Khe the mountains rise and the road winds up, down and along the hillsides. The scenery is spectacular, the road tranquil. Ride up to 80km then transfer the last few km to Phong Nha National Park. The park contains one of the most spectacular caves in Vietnam, It is a true speleological wonder. Visit the cave by boat then wander through the cavern, past the foundations of ancient Cham ruins. Pause to admire the incredible formation of stalactites and stalagmites. Formed approximately 250 million years ago and during the American war ,the north Vietnam army had used Phong Nha cave as a hospital and ammunition depot . the entrance still showing evidence of fighter aircraft attacks. There are community projects underway with Flora and Fauna International and it may be possible to visit village initiatives and learn more about the forests of the National Park. Overnight at the National Park.(80km cycling)
Day 7:Phong Nha-Hue City
Explore Phong Nha Cave in the early morning. Continue riding on the Ho Chi Minh Trail across the DMZ (better known as the 17th Parallel,) to Cam Lo. The road is now quite flat and makes for good cruising! Stop en route to visit Truong Son Cemetery, a memorial to the tens of thousands of North Vietnamese soldiers who were killed in the Truong Son Mountains along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Fourteen miles further on is the town of Cam Lo “ the Trail here intersects a strategic feeder road (H9) from Dong Ha and at this junction part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail heads across country into Laos. We finish our exploration of the Ho Chi Minh trail here. This is where we end the cycling section of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Transfer to Hue visiting war relics en route. Overnight Hotel in Hue. End of services (60km cycling)

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