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Saigon to Hanoi Bike Tour, 17 Days, Cycling Vietnam

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Our Saigon to Hanoi bike tour will take us by bus, boat, train and bike across 1,700 km of beautiful Vietnam. We’ll enjoy a few rest days as well as loads of time spent sightseeing and exploring the local wonders with 14 cycling days, riding 787 km. We’ll be cycling over good surfaced roads as well as some good quality dirt tracks.

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Saigon to Hanoi by Bicycle

Our Saigon to Hanoi bike tour will take us by bus, boat, train and bike across 1,700 km of beautiful Vietnam. We’ll enjoy a few rest days as well as loads of time spent sightseeing and exploring the local wonders with 14 cycling days, riding 787 km. We’ll be cycling over good surfaced roads as well as some good quality dirt tracks.

To make the most of this cycling adventure tour we recommend stopping and exploring the photographing the fascinating sights along the way. However, some of the days have relatively long rides and most experienced riders find it sufficiently challenging and rewarding. Faster riders can consult with our guide and usually ride on ahead enjoying their own pace.

We avoid the busy Highway 1 most of the time, only joining it when we must, which is no more than 20 km. We’ve designed this route to explore the Vietnamese countryside away from the main roads where the bicycle is the most common form of transport. You’ll share the back roads and tracks with school children, farmers and beautiful girls in flowing ao dais. In fact you may well lose your voice saying so many greetings along the way!

You won’t miss any of the fascinating main attractions and places of interest along the way, as we have allocated rest days for just this opportunity. So you can enjoy the best of Vietnam at your own pace. For example you’ll have this time in Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, and Halong Bay so that you can really immerse yourself in the Vietnamese culture and landscape.

Is This Tour Suitable for Me?

Our Saigon to Hanoi bike tour is suitable for anyone with a average level of fitness. The tour is not too arduous, so riders with less experience are definitely welcome, although the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it. An air-conditioned bus travels behind the group for support. On some occasions, if it is impossible for the bus to follow us on the dirt tracks, we arrange for motorcycle back up with snacks and water.

Biking Conditions

The bike tour is mainly on good-quality tarmac roads and some vehicle-width dirt roads. A support truck is always available to help whenever required, and participants can cycle as much or as little as they like and still enjoy the same views as the rest of the group.

The Bikes

Many people can’t imagine going on a bike tour without their own bike, for that reason we don’t provide them as part of this tour. However, you can hire bikes locally for the price listed in the FAQ section. The bikes are trusted brands of mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed, v-brakes, and Shimano components as well as front suspension. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it’s a mountain bike, preferably with front suspension, in good mechanical condition.

You can also hire an electric bike (or an E-Bike). We have 2 sizes available: S = 155 cm – 170 cm and M = 171cm – 180 cm. The E-Bikes are GIANT brand bikes with SHIMANO Alivio1,9 speed, disc brakes and adjustable suspension forks.

Bike Repairs

Your support vehicle carries basic spares and tools , though we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.

Safety

Wearing a helmet is required on all our biking adventures and is non negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you will not be allowed to cycle. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. It is therefore compulsory that you have travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour.

Guides

You’ll be led by a local English-speaking guide and if the group is 9 people or more we’ll add another guide as well. All of our guides are knowledgeable in the history, culture and religions of the area where you are biking and love passing that knowledge on to you. Your guide is also medically trained and an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.

Health

Recommended vaccinations are typhoid, polio, tetanus and hepatitis A. Vietnam is a malarial area so you may want to take anti-malarial tablets. Please speak to your doctor for the most up to date information.

Weather

Weather in Vietnam is divided into 4 main regions – the far north, north, central and south.

The far north can get very cold in December and January while the dry season runs from October to late March and the wet season between April to September.

In Hanoi & the north, it is hot, wet and humid from May to October while November to April is cooler and dry.

Central Vietnam experiences hot, dry weather between January & August with temperatures ranging in the mid 30°C. High levels of rainfall are during September – November.

Southern Vietnam is dry and hot from November to April, and warm and wet between May & October, with the highest rainfall in June, July & August.

Food

Meals are included as per the itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner. Most meals are Vietnamese food and features noodles, rice curries and soups. Vietnamese cuisine is world famous and we make sure you sample as much variety as possible. Any special dietary requirements can be catered for, please just let us know when booking.

Drink

We know how important it is to keep you well hydrated. That’s why cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit, and soft drinks are included in the tour price while riding. Beer is freely available everywhere in Vietnam but is NOT included in the price.

Solo Travelers

SpiceRoads does not require you to pay a surcharge for traveling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveler of the same gender and if we can’t match you up we’ll provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share, you can pay a single supplement to guarantee your own room.

Extra Expenses

We recommend that you tuck away a few extra pounds, perhaps 10, for incidentals. It is customary to tip local tour guides and drivers, however, the amount you give should depend on the level of service you receive. As a general guide, we suggest £2-3 per person per day.

Money

The official national currency is the Vietnam dong (d). ATMs are available in all major tourist destinations and big cities. Vietcombank has the best network with a single withdrawal limit of 2,000,000d (about £100). Most major currencies can be exchanged at leading banks in Vietnam, but the US dollar is preferred away from the tourist centers. Changing US$100 will make you an instant millionaire! You cannot legally take the dong out of Vietnam but you can reconvert reasonable amounts of it on departure.

 

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Tour riding jersey
  • Water bottle
  • Support vehicle
  • Guide(s)
  • Meals (as indicated)
  • Accommodation
  • Snacks and drinks
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport pick up
  • Airport drop off
  • Visa fees
  • Alcohol
  • Tips
  1. Overview Overview

    DAY 1
    Saigon Arrival
    DAY 2
    Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels – Saigon
    DAY 3
    Saigon – Dalat
    DAY 4
    Dalat – Nha Trang
    DAY 5
    Nha Trang Rest Day
    DAY 6
    Nha Trang – Tuy Hoa
    DAY 7
    Tuy Hoa – Quinhon
    DAY 8
    Quinhon – Quang Ngai
    DAY 9
    Quang Ngai – My Lai – Hoi An
    DAY 10
    Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An
    DAY 11
    Hoi An – Hue
    DAY 12
    Hue – Ninh Binh
    DAY 13
    Ninh Binh – Cuc Phuong National Park
    DAY 14
    Cuc Phuong National Park – Hai Phong
    DAY 15
    Hai Phong – Cat Ba Island
    DAY 16
    Halong Bay – Hanoi
    DAY 17
    Onward Travel

  2. Day 1 Saigon Arrival

    Upon arrival we meet at Northern Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City, aka Saigon. After bike fitting and trip briefing you are free to explore the city before returning for a welcome dinner at the renowned Temple Club Restaurant.

    Northern Hotel
    Dinner
  3. Day 2 Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels - Saigon

    Today we transfer a short distance out of bustling Saigon and start riding to the haunting Cu Chi Tunnels, which the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) used during the Indochina War as their stronghold and torture site of foreign POWs for decades. After witnessing the war’s devastating consequences, we return to Saigon by bus just in time for a visit to the notorious Museum of War Crimes. Dinner is your choice.

    Northern Hotel
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Ride 25km
  4. Day 3 Saigon - Dalat

    We rise very early this morning and transfer to the airport for a short flight to Dalat, once a favourite summer retreat among the French and Vietnamese royal families. Dubbed “Le Petit Paris”, the city is now a popular honeymoon destination for Vietnamese newlyweds. Upon arrival, we’ll hop on our bikes, start off with a relatively easy ride around Dalat past Xuan Huong Lake, colourful flower plantations, the Old French Railway station and cycle out of town on picturesque and nearly traffic-free country lanes and back roads. After cycling in the shadow of Mount Langbian, we return to Dalat for dinner and you are free to take a walk to explore this lovely city.

    Dalat Hotel Du Parc
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ride 35km
  5. Day 4 Dalat - Nha Trang

    As we head towards Nha Trang, a famous seaside getaway, we’ll tackle some challenging hills before being rewarded by smooth descents with lush mountains as our backdrop. Our first break will be at the community house of highland hill tribe people, then we muscle up again to conquer Hon Giao pass (1,650 m) before a 30 km downhill to have lunch at the local restaurant by the river. In the afternoon it is back on the bikes for 28 km on a flat road. A short transfer takes us to the resort for a lively evening.

    The Light Hotel
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ride 100km
  6. Day 5 Nha Trang Rest Day

    For a rest day off the saddle we take a boat trip to stunning coral islands for swimming and snorkeling. On the way back we’ll have a cultural stop at Pa Na Gar Cham towers. Built between the 7th and 12th centuries, four of the original eight towers are still actively used for worship by Cham, Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhists. Alternatively, those who would like to take it easy can lie down and soak up the sun by the beach.

    The Light Hotel
    Breakfast
  7. Day 6 Nha Trang - Tuy Hoa

    Following breakfast, we cycle out of Nha Trang and then take a short transfer to avoid busy Highway 1. Back on the bikes we cycle on to Dai Lanh Beach where we’ll have a beach side lunch with time for a swim in the blue waters. To avoid another busy section of road a 20 minute transfer takes us to the start of our afternoon ride on a coastal road snaking along the base of Da Bia Mountain. There will be some gentle climbs before we drop to the flats and finish our day on quiet countryside lanes that are a mix of tarmac and dirt, passing soothing rice paddies and peaceful villages.

    Cen Deluxe
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ride 85km
  8. Day 7 Tuy Hoa - Quinhon

    After transferring out of town to avoid the main highway we start biking along a remote, but well-surfaced road running parallel with the railway. The terrain rolls gently with breathtaking views of the highland hills. As we cycle through tribal and Viet villages we’ll also spot potbellied pigs and barefooted children trotting across the trail. We then return to the highway and transfer a short distance to Quinhon.

    Seagull Hotel
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ride 70km
  9. Day 8 Quinhon - Quang Ngai

    Today we follow the coastal road to Tra O Lagoon, the largest wetland in Binh Dinh Province and also a principal food source for the locals. While rolling we also take in the sea breeze and spot tranquil fishing villages lined along the coastline. After lunch at a local restaurant, the ride continues to Highway 1, where we transfer to Quang Ngai for the night.

    Central Hotel
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ride 70km
  10. Day 9 Quang Ngai - My Lai - Hoi An

    In the morning we start cycling from the hotel to have the first stop at My Lai, the site of one of the deadliest massacres during the Indochina War. After a guided tour we continue cycling along the coast, passing many picturesque fishing villages with their colourful boats. We stop riding at lunch and transfer on to Hoi An so we can have the afternoon free to explore this historic town. A major trading port during the 17th and 18th centuries there are 844 structures of historical significance and many vibrant shopping streets, the city is a must for you to wander around and absorb the atmosphere.

    Pho Hoi Riverside
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ride 50km
  11. Day 10 Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An

    This morning we have a short transfer to avoid the highway and start riding to My Son, the ancient centre of the Cham Civilization dating back to the 4th century. We then cycle along scenic country back roads flanked by rice paddies, eucalyptus plantations and relaxing villages. Later the road stretches away from the coast, offering stunning views of the ocean as we head to My Son, once Champa’s most important city. After lunch we spend the afternoon visiting the site, and although many of the temples were destroyed from heavy bombing, enough have survived the war to impress most visitors. After the historical tour, we take the bus back to Hoi An. Dinner is your choice.

    Pho Hoi Riverside
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Ride 54km
  12. Day 11 Hoi An - Hue

    This is probably the toughest ride of the tour, yet it is also one of the most rewarding. A short transfer out of Hoi An brings us to the start of our ride along the beach to Danang, known to some as China Beach, an R&R destination for American troops during the Vietnam War. It will be quickly time to change your gears and start the climb up Hai Van Pass, a steady and moderately challenging uphill with exhilarating views of the coast. From sea level we climb up to 480 m before flying down a long and smooth descent After lunch we venture away from the main highway and cruise on a coastal road for 44 km to Hue, the old capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty.

    Emm Hotel
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ride 100km
  13. Day 12 Hue - Ninh Binh

    Today we explore by bicycle and boat the rich history left behind by the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. We start by cycling directly from our hotel along the An Cuu (Perfume) River and head up to the tombs of Khai Dinh, the 12th king of the Nguyen dynasty, which were built from 1920-1931. After our visit, we continue to bike on a quiet route to Vong Canh hill, which is just 43 m high, but is the best place to catch a panoramic view of the Perfume River. We finish the ride today at the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda, the tallest religious building in Vietnam. Built in 1601, it has become the symbol of the city, and be sure to get a photo with the marble turtle! We then walk to the boat pier nearby the pagoda to take a cruise on the Perfume River back to Hue. After refreshing ourselves and packing up we have a dinner at a local restaurant before boarding an overnight train to Ninh Binh.

    Overnight Train
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ride 30km
  14. Day 13 Ninh Binh - Cuc Phuong National Park

    We arrive in Ninh Binh around 10 am (arrival time may vary). Following a short transfer to the local restaurant for washing up, bike fitting (we have new fleet of bikes in the north) and an early lunch, we start cycling through spectacular karst mountains towering over a blanket of rice paddies to the ancient city of Hoa Lu, the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries. After touring the temples we continue to Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam’s first and largest natural reserve to check into our accommodation at the park.

    Cuc Phuong National Park
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ride 60km
  15. Day 14 Cuc Phuong National Park - Hai Phong

    We enjoy another ride to appreciate the park’s beauty, visit the primate rescue centre and head east on serene back roads through a sea of pineapple plantations. Today while riding you’ll notice the differences between North and South Vietnam ranging from crops, villages, to clothing as we pass through countless lush greenery, lovely villages and friendly locals. Today’s ride finishes just before we reach Highway 1 and our transfer to Hai Phong, one of Vietnam’s major ports.

    Huu Nghi Hotel
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ride 60km
  16. Day 15 Hai Phong - Cat Ba Island

    We transfer to the pier to catch a ferry to Fulong on Cat Ba Island. Located at the southern end of picturesque Halong Bay, the island is home to one of Vietnam’s most exquisite natural treasures, Cat Ba National Park. Once we get off the boat we cycle 26 km on the island’s only road before enjoying lunch in town. In the afternoon you are free to explore the surroundings before spending the night on this heavenly island.

    Princess Hotel
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ride 26km
  17. Day 16 Halong Bay - Hanoi

    We have a short ride in the morning and head for a memorable cruise through majestic Halong Bay. With its towering limestone karts protruding from the emerald sea, Halong Bay is truly one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world. Legend has it that it was formed by a great dragon that descended from the mountain into the sea. The boat trip is definitely rewarding after the long biking expedition. We then transfer to Hanoi and meet again in the evening for our farewell dinner at one of the many fine restaurants in the city.

    Church Boutique Hang Gai
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Ride 22km
  18. Day 17 Onward Travel

    In the morning you are free to do last-minute shopping or take a short tour around the Vietnamese capital before catching your onward flight. If you would like to extend your stay in Hanoi, please contact us for the best hotel deals and rates.

    Breakfast

Activity Level: Moderate

Average fitness required, but OK for most people.

Our Saigon to Hanoi bike tour is suitable for anyone with a average level of fitness. The tour is not too arduous, so riders with less experience are definitely welcome, although the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it. An air-conditioned bus travels behind the group for support. On some occasions, if it is impossible for the bus to follow us on the dirt tracks, we arrange for motorcycle back up with snacks and water.

Biking Conditions

The bike tour is mainly on good-quality tarmac roads and some vehicle-width dirt roads. A support truck is always available to help whenever required, and participants can cycle as much or as little as they like and still enjoy the same views as the rest of the group.

Bike Hire

Mountain Bike: £148
E-Bike: £367

Cycling Distance

Number of Cycling Days: 14
Total Cycling Distance: 787 km
Average Distance Per Day: 57 km
Overall Rating
5/5
Richard Albert Wolf
Reviewed On 10/06/2018
5/5

Great trip. Best way to see the backroads. Excellent, knowledgeable guide, good accommodations, excellent food. Certainly exceeded expectations.

Martin Frei
Reviewed On 15/04/2018
5/5

We saw a lot of the country and we enjoyed the local food very much. The whole trip was very well organized - so we passed a great time in Vietnam! Our guide did a great job.

Paul Alcantra
Reviewed On 11/01/2018
5/5

Our guides were phenomenal! They were professional, knowledgeable about the Vietnamese culture and environment, and demonstrated true customer care.

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