Cycling route: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Cuc phuong – Phu luong – Yen Cat – Thai Hoa – Dien lam – Pho Chau – Huong Khe – Phong Nha – Khe sanh – Aluoi – Hue – Hai Van Pass – Da Nang – Hoi An.
The Ho Chi Minh trail, known within Vietnam as the “Truong Son Strategic Supply Route,” was an elaborate system of mountain and jungle trails linking North Vietnam to its allies in the South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. During the Vietnam War, it served as the primary artery for moving troops, vehicles, and supplies. Comprising more than twelve thousand miles of roads and paths through some of the world’s harshest geography, it was a vital gateway linking a divided nation.
The road network extended from Mu Gia Pass in the north, southward along the heavily forested western slopes of Laos, before entering South Vietnam at the northwestern end of the Plei Trap Valley — the “Valley of Tears” — and points south. It was kept in good condition by 300,000 full-time workers and almost as many part-time farmers, many of whose bodies fill the 72 Vietnamese military cemeteries that testify to the trail’s devastating human toll.
The trail’s history as a line of communication dates back to World War II, when Viet Minh bands trekked the same paths. During the war against the United States, the existing footpaths developed into a highly organized infiltration route for men and supplies. Although the North Vietnamese made limited use of waterways and pipelines, this labyrinth of roads and trails remained throughout the war the heart of their logistic system. As military historian John Prados has pointed out, whereas supplies, ammunition, and weapons could be sent South by boat, “only overland was it possible for men and women to head South and join in combat.”
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival & fitting bike & city tours
Welcome to Vietnam. Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport, Snail adventure 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 :
Accommodations: The Light Hotel****
Cycling distance: No
Day 2: Hanoi – Ninh Binh
After hearty breakfast in hotel. Our cycling guide and shuttle bus will pick you up at 7:30 a.m in hotel. Leaving the hustle and bustle of city behind. The shuttle bus transfer us to Xuan Mai, southwest of Hanoi. Upon arriving in Cycling point. We learn how to control the bike and gear, the rule on the road and safety ride in this trip. We commence to ride on tarmac road, passing many peaceful villages, local market, temples and pagodas, vast green rice paddies. Arriving in Duc Khe, Stop for lunch meal and take some awesome pictures of Huong Son scenic beauty. After lunch meal. We continue riding back road cross the bridge and cycle on paved road , passing rice paddy and countryside village to Van Long Wet land Nature Reserve. Admire magnificent limestone mountains and quaint villages in afternoon. Transfer the rest of distance to Cuc Phuong National Park. Have dinner and stay overnight in Tam Coc Hidden Charm Hotel
Activities:Transferring and cycling
Accommodations: Hidden Charm Hotel
Cycling distance: 75 km
Day 3: Ninh Binh – Cuc Phuong National Park
Another full day cycling will expose all highlight of sightseeing, landscape and natural heritage on Ninh Binh “ Halong on Land” before riding to Cuc Phuong National Park. Breakfast in Hotel. We commence to Dinh and Le Temple, pay visit and learn about great contribution of two geat men who led Vietnamese people revolted against rebel forces and united country in Nine century. Another king has been known as great National Hero and clear- minded king, who had reinforced his reign and built country powerfully.Our journey continue through rural villages, picturesque ranges of limestone mountain dotted with rice paddies. Take two hours boat trip to explore Trang An Natural beauty complex – newly designated Natural World heritage site. Having enroute. Afterlunch, we keep riding along Hoang Long river bank to Cuc Phuong – National Park. . upon arriving, check in and relax by your own. Have dinner and stay overnight in Cuc Phuong Resort and spa .
Accommodations: Cuc Phuong Resort
Cycling distance: 65 km
Day 4: Cuc Phuong N/P – Phu Luong Nature Reserve
Following to breakfast in Hotel,the shuttle bus take to bottom of National Park, you will enjoy peaceful atmosphere and discover the biodiversity values of national park, We starting new cycling day by pedaling back road to Central Gate where you leave the bike and visit the Endangered primates Rescued Center.
The endangered Primates Rescued Centre is a perfect place to see many kinds of rare primates such as Langur, Gibbon and Loris all over Vietnam, many of them are under threat of extinction. After visiting in Centre, we continue our journey to Phu Luong Nature Reserve, you will be capivated by pristine natural beauty, magnificient rugged mountain ranges, breathtaking rice terraces and simple hill tribal villages. Have lunch enroute, after lunch we keep riding through the core of Phu Luong Nature Reserver, through sugar cain fields,cassava farm and rice terrace paddies. Upon arriving in Nua Village, we do check in and stayover night in homestay with Thai hill tribal village.
Activities: Transferring and cycling
Accommodations: Phu Luong Retreat
Cycling distance: 90 Km
Day 5: Phu Luong – Yen Cat:
Having breakfast with Thai family, check out and say good bye friendly people, we start new cycling day on tarmac road , passing numerous hill tribal villages, school, clinic to Pho Doan , spend the time to visit and take picture colorful Local market. Keep riding along the river and turn left to Ho Chi Minh trail. Have lunch en route. After hearty lunch, we ride on undulating road Ho Chi Minh trail to Yen Cat where we stay overnight. Have dinner and stay overnight in Yen Cat
Activities: Cycing Only
Accommodations: Dai Lam Hotel
Cycling distance: 90 Km
Day 6: Yen Cat – Thai Hoa – Dien Lam 110km
Today is great day, when we ride on undulating tarmac road via Ben En National park lead to Tan Ky. You will rewarded by stunning scenic beauty, virdant tea farm, sugar cain fields, have lunch enroute. After Lunch, we continue to new paved road to Tan ky. Tan ky is the starting point of the historical Hochiminh trial in the war time .it used to be the main junction of the supply line during the war. American aircraft heavily bombarded the area in repeated efforts to destroy the junction. Upon arriving Hotel late afternoon. Have dinner and stay overnight in Dien Lam
Accommodations: Muong Thanh Dien lam
Cycling distance: 134 Km
Transfer distance: no
Day 7: Dien Lam - Pho Chau – Huong Khe
Setting off our way from hotel, we cycle through scenic area and quaint villages to Hochiminh trial. You will be rewared by peacefull countryside and stunning rice paddy fields as we cycle through villages and rice fields. Sometimes, we meet local people and schooling kids from schools to greet you with big sound “ Hello”. Stop on sideroad to join in local markets in early morning to learn their daily life.
Have lunch enroute. Following to lunch meals, we keep our pedals to cycle on tarmac road lead to Huong khe Town.stay overnight and have dinner in Huong Khe Town.
Accommodations: Duc Tai Hotel****
Cycling distance: 135 Km
Transfer distance: no
Day 8: Huong Khe – Phong Nha
Following to breakfast in hotel, we commence to pedal on legendary Hochiminh Trail, passing many historical relics on the way, you will inturn explore the main junction of the supply lines, cycle through the Native of Hochiminh , and Dong Loc T junction where used to main target of American aircraft dropped bombarded . they want to destroyed and cut off supply lines of Viet nam communist force in 1967 –1972. However, you will forget bad memmory the war soon, while cycling through peaceful villages, virdant rice paddies, meet with friendly people. Or chat with school kid on the way to from school. Arriving in Huong khe Town, we check in and relax. Have dinner and stayover night in Duc Tai Hotel
Activities: Cycling from hotel - Hotel
Accommodations: Phong Nha Lake house
Cycling distance:134 Km
Day 9: Phong Nha Boat trip and cave exploring
Breakfasst in hotel, today is the rest day for our legs. we will explore the kingdom of Caves. Take part in boat trip to explore Phong Nha Wet Cave or rent motocycle to visit paradise caves . Lunch and dinner will be arranged by yourself.
Activities: Free day
Accommodations: Phong Nha Lake House***
Cycling distance: No
Day 10: Phong Nha – Khe sanh. 168 km
Following to breakfast in hotel, we take short transfer back to section, where we start new cycling day in West of Hochiminh trail lead to Ta Con Air base of US.
You will contemplating stunning scenery and landscape of PhongNha national park, admire majestic Truong Son mountain ranges where becomes iconic legend in Vietnam asisstance war against American.
Enjoy first few km on tarmac and flat roaf before gearing up our pedals to cycle ascendingly through National Park and hill tribes villages. Have lunch enroute, after lunch, we commence cycling Ta Con – One of US Air Base to learn about the history of battle fields in bothside. Cycling the last distance to Hotel for relax and stay overnights.
Activities: Transferring from hotel to cycling point.
Accommodations: Thai Ninh Hotel***
Cycling distance: 97 Km
Day 11: Khe Sanh – Aluoi
Khe Sanh is strategic and important location, so the US military has established besieged (at Khe Sanh) in the hope of preventing the hospitalization expenses from the North to the South of the People's Liberation Army Vietnam and will cut the Ho Chi Minh trail. Khe Sanh is located in a red ground valley above 400 m. elevation. In 1965-1966, the US Army and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam Khe Sanh has developed into the largest base defenses in line 9. This is one of three "magic eye" (Khe Sanh, Lang Vay and Ta Con ) of the McNamara Line. At Khe Sanh took out the major battles in the campaign Route 9 - Khe Sanh 1968 campaign Route 9 - Southern Laos in 1971. Khe Sanh was a place mentioned in several songs Vietnam and also the title of a song about the bitterness that Australian troops had suffered in the military zone of rock band Cold Chisel (despite very few soldiers to war in this country Khe Sanh during their time in Vietnam). In a speech at the inauguration date of 01/20/2009, President Obama also mentioned Khe Sanh as an act of honor Americans who sacrificed for the country.
After breakfast in hotel, we ride Ta Con to visit one of US Airbase then turn off the road descend to Dakrong bridge. Enjoy undulating cycling road along the river, breathtaking scenery and hill tribes. Have lunch in TaRut Township. After lunch, we continue to cycle long up hill before descending to Aluoi town. Arriving in Aluoi, take the room and have relax. Dinner and stay over night in Aluoi
Activities: Cycling and Transferring
Accommodations: Thanh Do Hotel
Cycling distance: 108 Km
Day 12: A Luoi – Hue
Kick off our pedal from hotel, we cycle through Aluoi to T junction, turn off the National way 49 lead to Hue city. We enjoy cycling with the wind down hill, exposing picturesque scenery. We will conquer stiff pass in midway then down to Binh Dien for Lunch. after filling energy, we keep riding along Perfume River . stop to visit some Tombs and temples onthe way. Enjoy dreamlike riverside and peaceful villages .Arriving in Hue, check in and explore city by yourself. Have dinner and stay overnight in Emperial Hotel
Activities: Cycling only
Accommodations: Romance Hotel****
Cycling distance: 79 Km
Day 13: Hue City Tour 52 km
Following to breakfast, you will cycle leizurely 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 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.
Activities: cycling and Taking Boat Trip
Accommodations: Romance Hotel****
Cycling distance: 52 Km
Day 14: Hue – Hai Van Pass – Danang – Hoi An ( 134 Km)
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 temples 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 mauseums. We ride on tarmac road to Tu Hien Lagoon, crossing brigde and climb short pass before descenting to T junction high way no1. Transfer to Lang Co beach for lunch. after lunch meal, we conquer incredible Hai Van Pass, 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 bothside Lang Co and Da Nang city. Down hill to Danang city and transfer to Hoi an.
Activities: Cycling and Transferring
Accommodations: Hoi An Trail Hotel
Cycling distance: 87 Km
Day 15: 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 sand beach. Have dinner and stay in Hoi An Riverside Resort
Activities:Cycling and Visiting
Accommodations: Hoi An Trail hotel
Cycling distance: 45 km
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, Snail Adventure tours can be your culinary guide and provide you opportunity to savor tempting local food and world famous – dishes.
Tour included in:
- English speaking cycling guide ( other languages upon requests)
- Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
- Meals details in itineraries (14 breakfast, 14 lunches, 14 dinners)
- A/C transfer/ and transportation
- 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:
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
- Items of personal nature
- Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
- 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