Viet Nam Veteran Cycling Expedition Tour 11 days
Exploring the Demilitarized Zone can today be comfortably achieved by joining one of various organised tours starting daily from Hue . Together with a local guide the most famous war settings, as khe Sanh Combat Base, The Rockpie , Ho-Chi-Minh-Trail, Doc-Mieu-Station or the Vinh Moc Tunnel are visited on a full-day trip. On the way from Doc-Mieu to Vinh Moc on the route 1A, you’re crossing Ben Hai River next to a bridge that was frequently bombed during the Vietnam War.but which still exists today.
Although the Vietnam War ended decades ago, walking outside marked tracks can still be dangerous because of numerous unexploded ordnance devices…
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 cliff limestone mountains in the north Vietnam or swimming in emerald water on crystal sand beach. Tasting fresh seafood in oriental architecture restaurant.Inaddition to, the cyclist have unique experience in exploring world Heritage roads such as Phong Nha natural Haritage, Hue Cultural, Hoi An and My Son Cultural Heritage sites. Cycling and visiting countryside of Hue and Hoi An former trade port is brilliant way to disclose the scenic beauty and quaint villages. Cycling along the coast to admire stunning scenery, meet and talk with school kid on the way from and to school with big sound hello you.
Tour included in:
English speaking cycling guide ( other languages upon requests)
Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
Meals details in itineraries ( 10 breakfast, 10 lunches, 10 dinners)
A/C transfer/ and transporttion
Domestic flight from Hanoi – Dang Nang , Hue – Hanoi.
Van or bus supported during the cycling times.
Truck supported for the group size from 6 and above.
Trek mountain bikes – 4300 with disc brake and helmets
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
Tour excluded in:
Items of personal nature
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
Mineral water beyond that supplied
Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
Tip for team and guide
Note: Hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose aquivalent 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, TLV Bike tours can be your culinary guide and provide you opportunity to savor tempting local food and world famous – dishes.
Day 1: Hanoi –Arrival
Welcome to Vietnam. Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport,TLV Bike Tour 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 – Da Nang city – Ride to Hoi An.
A short morning flight takes us north to the busy port of Danang. We transfer to our hotel, assemble our bikes and set off along the coast on a warm-up ride. We ride via the Marble Mountains, home to caves and Buddhist shrines. Moving on, we reach My Khe Beach – thought to be the famous China Beach, which was used as ‘R&R’ by US troops. Continuing south, we ride on to Hoi An, beautiful well-preserved ancient trading port which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its temples and architecture show the different cultural influences of its time. Luckily for Hoi An, its importance waned long before the Vietnam War and it was left isolated and untouched. It’s a lovely place to wander and explore, and we spend the night here. Night in hotel; Cycle approx. 25km/15 miles
Day 3: 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 Trail hotel
Day 4: Hoa An – Da Nang – Hai Van Pass – Lang Co Beach – Hue Imperial city
Our second full day of cycling beckons! After a hearty breakfast, we cycle back towards Danang and head further north. We visit Red Beach, the site where American Marines first landed in 1965. We then ride over Nam O Bridge, a crucial bridge in the fight for Danang, and over the steep Hai Van Pass. This is our first major climb and if it’s a humid day will be hard work! Hai Van Pass has been a vital military strategic foothold for centuries, and was used by French and American armies in the Indochina War and Vietnam War; bunkers and fortifications dot the hillsides. Continuing north, roughly parallel to the coast, we reach the imperial city of Hué. We have a short drive for part of this route, to avoid a very busy stretch of road. Night in hotel; Cycle approx. 120km/75 miles
Day 5: Hue – Hamburger Hill – Aluoi – Khe Sanh.
Leaving the coast behind us, we head inland into rural countryside. Vietnam is a very long, thin country, and we traverse it today from the coast almost all the way to its border with Laos, and then ride north. Today is tough day and the first section out of Hue is driven to avoid the traffic. This is an area of beautiful dense jungled hills, and it’s easy to imagine how supplies coming via the Ho Chi Minh trail travelled undetected. This area – around the A Shau Valley and A Luoi – saw some fierce fighting in the late 1960s. One of the most famous is the Battle of Hamburger Hill (1969) which saw many casualties on both sides where we will have a short stop. Riding north, roughly parallel to the border, the road we will follow was part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail.We continue to Khe Sanh, where we spend the night. Night hotel; Cycle approx. 80-100km/62 miles; Drive approx. 1.5 – 2 hours
Day 6: Khe sanh – DMZ – Dong Ha.
Our day starts with a visit to three major historical points Khe Sanh Combat Base, Ta Con airfield and Lang Vei. All of which were scenes of major battles in 1968 and your guide will be to hand to talk to you about it. We then ride east, leaving the Laos border behind us, cycling through forested hills, coffee and banana plantations. The De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) lay along the 17th Parallel, which marked the divide between North and South Vietnam. Situated along the DMZ were a string of combat bases, observation posts and air fields, remnants of which we can still see as we ride towards the town of Dong Ha. Night hotel; Cycle approx. 70km/43 miles
Day 7: Dong Ha – Vinh Moc – Dong Ha.
Today also focuses on the DMZ, but our route takes us north of Dong Ha, crossing the Ben Hai River and the 17th Parallel. We ride to the Vinh Moc Tunnels, an incredible complex of tunnels that were dug by local people to evade the constant US bombing of the area. The tunnels are still in very good condition and saved the villagers’ lives. After visiting them, we ride south again, returning over the Hien Luong bridge (also known as the Peace Bridge), where there is a striking memorial to the victims of the War. Back on the southern side, we proceed to the Truong SonNational Cemetery, a vast burial-ground with over 10,000 Vietnamese graves – many of them nameless – for the soldiers and civilians who died protecting the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Before returning to Dong Ha for the night, we visit other sites including the US bases at Con Thien and Base Fuller. Night hotel; Cycle approx. 90km/56 miles
Day 8: Dong Ha – Quang Tri – Hue
Leaving Dong Ha, we ride south on flatter roads again, passing more towns and villages than we have seen over the past few days. We stop to visit Ai Tu airfield and Quang Tri; the 1972 ‘Battle of 81 Days and Nights’ for the Citadel here is famous for the huge amount of ordnance dropped by the US. We also visit Long Hung Church, a Catholic Church in which American troops sought refuge as part of the battle, to no avail. It has been left as it stood after the battle, with scars from grenades and bullet-holes, and is a poignant place to hold our ceremony. Continuing south, we head towards Hué on the section of road known as the ‘Highway of Horror.’ Thousands of local refugees – most of which were old people, women and children – were cut down by communist NVA troops when they were trying to flee south. We stop at Truong Phuoc Bridge, where the worst of the slaughter occurred, and pay our respects to mark the atrocity. Continuing south, we return to Hué. The Battle of Hué (1968) was one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the War, and we spend the remainder of the day visiting strategic sites around the city before hopping off our bikes one last time. Night hotel; Cycle approx. 85km/53 miles
Day 9: Hue city tours
Following to breakfast, you will cycle leizurely to explore Hue city and citadel and royal toImperial 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 vestiged 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.
Day 10: Hue – morning flight to Hanoi
A short morning flight up to the bustling northern city of Hanoi. The rest of the day is free to relax and recover from the challenge either by wandering the tangled streets that make up the Old Quarter, visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum or watch the world go by in one of the many cafes! We meet again in the evening for dinner to celebrate our achievements. Night hotel
Day 11: Hanoi Departure
Having hearty breakfast in hotel. Relax by your own untill transfer to Noi Bai Air port to take international flight back to your home. Our service will be finishedl right after you have been check in. Thanks for your joining a life time cycling holiday 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