Cycling route: Hanoi – Halong – Hai phong – Nam Dinh – Ninh Binh – Yen Cat – Thai Hoa – Tan Ky – Pho Chau – Huong Khe – Phong nha –Dong Ha – hue – Hai Van pass – Da Nang – Hoi an.
Highlights: 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. Enjoy two weeks 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 north Vietnam or swimming in emerald water on crystal sand beach. Tasting fresh seafood in oriental architecture restaurant.
Start from Hanoi the fascinating city in Indochina, cycling on scenic route to Halong Bay to contemplate scenic beauty, admire thousand of incredible islets and islands floating on the bay or discover the labyrinth caves.
Cycling through the Red Delta from Hai Phong – Thai Binh – Nam Dinh – Ninh Binh to look lush scenery and stunning rice paddy fields.
Moreover, The cyclist have great chance to learn about Vietnam asisstance war against American or “ Vietnam War” whilst we cycle on landmarks of Ho chi minh Trail. Stop on the way to learn history in some places that come in the Vietnam History for heroic fighting against American.
Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival
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
Accommodation: The Light Hotel ****
Cycling distance: No
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay:
The shutte bus take us to Halong Bay via Hai Duong, on the way you have good chance to explore and admire the vast rice paddies in Northern Vietnam. Upon arrival in cycling point, fix your bike and check the gear, learn the safety codes on the road of Vietnam. We kick off our pedal to ride through countryside, passing many peaceful villages, along the bank of River, meeting school kid on the way with big sound Hello you. Or you can stop in local market to meet friendly people and learn about their daily life, local productions. We ride to Phu Lang Traditional Ceramic Village where you can capture skillful hand made paitings, pottery, vase.. especially, you are captivated by ceramic painting with different motif and subjects.. Our cycling tour continue to ride along the bank of the river and turn off to village road to break point. We meet again bus and transfer to Halong Bay. Upon arriving in checking point, we meet our cruise team to check in .This exciting five hour cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3, 000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. Stay overnight on the Junk Cruise.
Activities: Transfer 1 hours, Cycling and Boat Trip
Accommodation: Pelican Cruise ****
Cycling distance: 45 km
Day 3: Halong Bay - Hai Phong
Waking up and having breakfast served onboard. Continue cruising around the bay. Take sampan to visit Luon Cave and come back to the boat. Having brunch before disembarking and van will pick you up at the pier .
Our support team will meet you again . we take short transfer to Vinh Bao Town Via National Way No10. Upon arriving cycling point, we commence cycling on tiny road and single track through village and rice paddy field. You will be fascinated by stunning scenery and lush Tobaco farm. You will also be witnessed how they make Vietnam Cigar in this village. Visiting and interacting with local people to learn about their traditional Water Puppet villages. our journey continues to Hai Phong through rice paddy field. You will cycle on through Hai Phong city to Hotel. Do check in and relax your self. Dinner in Local Restaurant.
Activities: Boat Trip and Cycling
Accommodation: Huu Nghi Hotel****
Cycling distance: 65 Km
Day 4: Hai Phong – Nam Dinh
Having hearty breakfast in Hotel, we take short transfer out of city to avoid busy traffic in morning. Upon arriving in cycling point, we cycle on paved road through the Heart of Red River Delta. You will admire endless rice paddy fields, rustic village life and tranquil buddhist temples on the way .Having en route, after lunch meal, we continues out trip to Ninh Binh Via Phat Diem Catholic Church. Spending your time to visit and admire one of griant Church in North Vietnam which has been built since 1865 . It boasts the beauty of traditonal architecture and European Ones. We keep our pedal on concrete road along the canal to main road. Take transfer the last distance to avoiding busy traffic.
Activities: Short Transfer and Cycling
Accommodation: Hidden Charm Hotel****
Cycling distance: 65 km
Day 5: Nam Dinh - Phat Diem – Tam Coc - Cuc Phuong
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 or guesthouse.
Activities: Cycing and Boat Trip
Accommodation: Cuc phuong Resort and Spa****
Cycling distance: 78 km
Day 6: Cuc Phuong – Ngoc Lac - Yen Cat
Enjoy breathtaking scenery and peacefull atmosphere in Cuc Phuong Resort, picturesque limestone mountain. After having breakfast in hotel. We start our new cycling day from hotel, we ride through rustic village and village to admire the loving scenery friendly people. You also visit Bamboo factories along side the road to study how they make chopsticks from bamboo. Today we start cycling on Hochiminh Trail to the south. Firstly, we cycling along Ma river and bamboo forest to Phu Luong Nature Reserve to contemplate outstanding scenery, magnificent rice terrace and limestone panoramas . have lunch en route, after lunch we keep riding on Hochiminh trail to Yen Cat Town.
Activities:Cycling from Hotel - Hotel
Accommodations: Dai Lam Hotel***
Cycling distance: 89 Km
Day 7: Yen Cat – Thai Hoa – Dien Lam
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 Tan Ky
Accommodations: Muong Thanh Dien lam
Cycling distance: 110Km
Transfer distance: no
Day 8: 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: 125 Km
Transfer distance: no
Day 9: 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 10: 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 11: Phong Nha – Dong Ha
Wake up early morning in homestay to explore the daily life of host and villagers around and joining to make pan cake, banana cake with the Host, or sipping hot coffee to enjoy fresh nature while observing scenery, jugged mountain range. After hearty breakfast. We kick off our pedal to Dong Ha Town.admire lush rice terrace and breathtaking scenery. We cycle on tarmac road, passing endless rubber tree forest .have lunch enroute. After lunch we keep riding to visit Truong Son National Cemetery where are collected over 10,000 graves and martyrs in American War 1972. To learn about Vietnamese people sacrificed their life for freedom and unification against American troop. Sit again our saddle to ride in Dong Ha city for stay overnight.
Activities:Cycling from Hotel
Accommodations: Sai Gon Don Ha Hotel****
Cycling distance:135 Km
Transfer distance: No
Day 12: Dong Ha – A Luoi
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: 90 Km
Day 13: Aluoi - Hue – City
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: Park View Hotel
Cycling distance: 79 Km
Day 14: Hue – Hai Van Pass – Hoi An
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: Belle Maison Hadana Hoi An Resort
Cycling distance: 87 Km
Day 15: Hoi An – Danang – see off
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.
Activities: Transfer to Airport
Cycling distance: No
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
- Boat Trip in Halong Bay
- 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