Day 1 Saigon (Dinner)
For your first day in Ho Chi Minh City also known as Saigon, you will meet the team of mechanics, drivers and guides that will accompany you throughout your journey from Saigon to Hanoi. Additionally, a bike fitting will be organized followed by a tour briefing and a welcome dinner.
Option A Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels – Saigon 25 km (Breakfast, Lunch)
After a short transfer away from the busy city, you will cycle around 30km through small communities, rubber trees and village industries where you will get the chance to observe locals working in the field and taking care of their livestock. In Cu Chi, you will be accompanied through the historical and technical aspects of the tunnels used by the North Vietnamese Army during the Vietnam War. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant. You will then be transferred back to the City and visit the must-see Museum of War Crimes in the afternoon.
Option B Ma Da Jungle Ride 30 km (Breakfast, Lunch)
Early departure where you will be transferred by bus to the jungle. A breakfast stop will be made on the way in Bien Hoa city. Total drive will take about 2 and a half hours. At your arrival, you will start cycling on enjoyable roads around Tri An Lake for 12km. After this relaxing ride, you will be transferred (30 minutes) for an 8km ride on dirt tracks in the jungle. You will get to take a break at the forest rangers station where they will be more than happy to answer all your questions. Our team will also take you to a local bee farm. After this rather easy ride, the adventure will start with 10km of cycling through the jungle! You will meet roots, bamboo forests, streams, and if you are lucky some animals too! Around 12:30 will be time for an amazing lunch at the forest rangers’ station. After lunch, the most courageous ones can also go for a short hike through the jungle before resting, taking a shower and going back to Ho Chi Minh City by private van (arrival at 3pm).
Day 3 Saigon – Pleiku 50 km (Breakfast, Lunch)
This third day will start with an early flight to Pleiku in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. This region is known for its mountainous landscape, its coffee and pepper plantations as well as its ethnic groups proud of their culture, language, ways of living and traditional clothes. The region is not touristy at all which will enable you to see the Real Vietnam by Bicycle including local encounters, authentic food and a unique glimpse of how natives live. After arrival, you will go with our team for a half-day ride in Gia Lai Province.
Day 4 Pleiku – Kon Tum 60 km (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
You will first be transferred by bus (1h) to the Ia Ly Pass, a breathtaking area between stunning green mountains and a vast man-made Lake. From there, you will cycle 60km to Kon Tum City. Your journey will be filled with dirt roads through cassava, sugar cane plantations and rice paddies, a great day for mountain bike lovers! Throughout the day, you will experience 1300m of climb and 1090m of descent on rolling hills to Sa Tay. The day will finish by an hour-long bus transfer to your hotel in Kon Tum City.
Day 5 Kon Tum 50 km (B, L)
This day will be entirely about discovery the unknown Kon Tum and its surroundings! Your guide will introduce you to different ethnic minorities present in the province and will even take you to authentic villages where you will be able to admire the magnificent 15m high traditional community halls, the Rong Houses. This 5th day’s 50km ride will go so fast as you experience the Kon Klor Bridge, Dak Bla River, the traditional gong music, try the Central Highland’s gastronomy, taste the local coffee and maybe the local rice wine?
Day 6 Kon Tum - Quang Ngai 80km (B,L,D)
Our team will drive you up to the Mang Den Pass (1h), get your camera ready for the splendid view! Offering an amazing panorama from its high altitude, Mang Den is also famously known by both the Buddhist and Christian religious community for its worship sites. Once in Mang Den, you will hop on your bikes and start cycling 80km downhill in the direction of Quang Nhai. On the way, you will meet 1718m of climbs and will enjoy 2520m of descend. You will then be picked up by our driver for 1.5 hours transfer to Quang Ngai.
Day 7 Quang Ngai - My Lai - Hoi An 50 km (B,L)
In the morning, you start cycling with a first stop at My Lai where "the most shocking episode of the Vietnam War" took place with hundreds of civilians massacred. You will get a guided visit of the historical site and museum before getting back on your bike to continue the journey. You will cycle mainly on smooth roads through small authentic fishing villages filled with colorful boats. After lunch, our bus will pick you up to get directly to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its preserved architecture reminding its time as a trading port between the 15th and 19th century. In addition to its unique atmosphere and inimitable buildings, the city is nowadays famous for its colorful lanterns enlightening the Old Town at night. The end of the day will be yours to explore this amazing city.
Day 8 Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An 54 km (B,L)
My Son, ancient center of the Cham civilization destroyed by American bombs, will be visited on this 8th day. Thus, you will cycle on small village roads, it will not be the easiest part of the journey but one of the best as it offers a stunning picture of rice paddies and charming authentic villages. Lunch will be taken in My Son and the archaeological site will be visited in the afternoon. You will then be given the choice to cycle back to Hoi An or be transferred by bus.
Day 9 Hoi An - Hue 100 km (B,L,D)
We hope that you will be ready for some challenges because this ride is not going to be easy but it will be the most rewarding one of the entire trip! You will commence the day with a short transfer out of the city. You will then go on your bike and ride along the coast up to Danang and its China Beach popular from soldiers during the Vietnam War to sunbathers nowadays. Then, it is time to climb the renown Hai Van Pass. The climb goes gradually up to 480m with many switchbacks and offers a stunning view on nature overlooking the South China Sea followed by an extensive smooth descent to your reward: Lunch! In the afternoon, our team will take you to the seaside for 44km before getting to Hue, the old capital of the Nguyen Dynasty.
Day 10 Hue - Ninh Binh 30 km (B,L,D)
This day will be all about getting to know more about Hue’s history by visiting its must-see sites namely the An Cuu (Perfume) River, the tombs of Khai Dinh, the 12th king of the Nguyen dynasty and the Vong Canh hill, this 43 m high hill offer a stunning panorama of the Perfume River. Furthermore, you will cycle you to the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda, the highest religious building of the nation and the symbol of the city. Finally, you will be able to enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Perfume River back to Hue before packing up, eating dinner with our team and boarding an overnight train to Ninh Binh, “Halong Bay on earth”.
Day 11 Ninh Binh - Cuc Phuong National Park 60 km (B,L,D)
You will get to Ninh Binh in the morning before being transferred to a local restaurant for an early lunch. In the afternoon, you will bike across the region’s breathtaking landscape of karst mountains and rice paddies. Our guide will take you to Hoa Lu, former capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries where you will visit splendid ancient temples. Then, you will continue cycling to the Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam's first and largest natural reserve. You will spend the night in the National Park.
Day 12 Cuc Phuong National Park - Hai Phong 60 km (B,L,D)
You will begin the day by cycling around this preserved environment before visiting the primate rescue center. On the way out of the park, you will be able to cycle through pineapple plantations before traveling across local villages and farmlands. At this point, you will be able to differentiate the Northern and Southern landscape, houses, people and even clothing. Our bus will be waiting for you at the Highway 1 for a transfer to Hai Phong, one of Vietnam’s major harbors.
Day 13 Hai Phong - Cat Ba Island 26 km (B,L,D)
You will board a ferry to Fulong on Cat Ba Island, south of Halong Bay. On the island is one of Vietnam most wonderful natural resources: Cat Ba National Park. Once on Cat Ba Island, you will hop back on your bike for a 26km ride on the island’s only road. After lunch in town, you will be free to discover the rest of the island. You will spend the night on the island.
Day 14 Halong Bay – Hanoi 22 km (B,D)
For your last day with our team, you will go for a short ride in the morning before boarding on an unforgettable cruise throughout Halong Bay. The UNESCO site is made of 1,600 islands and islets mainly uninhabited due to its spectacular fauna and limestone karsts. It is said that Halong Bay was created by a powerful dragon traveling from the mountain into the sea. At the end of the cruise, you will get transferred to Hanoi for some free time. For this last evening together, our team will invite you for a farewell dinner, a lovely time to remind ourselves about everything we have done on this amazing trip! We hope to see you again soon!
Accommodation, Mentioned Meals,
Water and snack, all transportation, English Biking guide, Good quality of mountain bikes with a full range of sizes (Cannondale, Trek, Giant, GT), Truck to carry bikes and mechanic for group 6pax +
Tips for the local team
Please note that this is our standard tour offering 3-star hotels or similar establishments. Budget as well as luxury options are available as well, do not hesitate to contact us directly by email for more information.