Big challenge of cycling tour from Hanoi to Hoi an

Cycling Tour on Ho Chi Minh Trail

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Hanoi – Mai Chau – Pu Luong Nature Reserve – Tan Ky – Huong Khe – Dong Hoi – Dong Ha – A Luoi – Thanh My – Hoian – Danang  
12-day trip with 10-day cycling on the legendary HCM Trails
Biking grade: Moderate. View grading definition here.

Cycling in Ho Chi Minh Trail is one of our top challenging adventure tour in Vietnam (besides with motorcycling on Ho Chi Minh trail). You may know Ho Chi Minh Trail is one of the most renowned legends during American War. The complicated road system winds along the Truong Son Range, which that facilitated movement of soldiers and war supplies from North Vietnam to battlefields in South Vietnam. Now the historic trail is being turned into a highway and hotels and towns are springing up speedily beside it. The route is incredibly beautiful with new mountain views around every corner, very little traffic, and virtually no tourists. We start our great adventure with overnight train to Vinh then head south following the new highway. This trip brings you a great chance to learn about the Vietnamese modern history and see it beautiful nature. The trip concludes in Hoian, a charming ancient town in centre Vietnam

Tour Highlights
  • Top challenging biking trails
  • Pu Luong Nature Reserve
  • Phong Nha Cave
  • Vinh Moc tunnel & DMZ
  • Hoian charming town
  • Cycling Tour on Ho Chi Minh Trail route map

    TOUR AT A GLANCE

    Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi.
    Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Biking to Buoc Village
    Day 3: Buoc Village – Biking to Hang Village (Pu Luong Nature Reserve)
    Day 4: Hang Village – Biking to Hin Village
    Day 5: Hin Village – Canh Nang Town – Tan Ky
    Day 6: Tan Ky – Huong Khe
    Day 7: Huong Khe – Phong Nha – Dong Hoi
    Day 8: Dong Hoi – Dong Ha – DMZ
    Day 9: Dong Ha – Khe Sanh – Aluoi
    Day 10: Aluoi – biking to Thanh My
    Day 11: Thanh My – biking to Hoi An
    Day 12: Hoian - Danang – Departure

    TOUR PRICE (Per person)
    (Valid to 31st December 2017)

    PRIVATE W/O SUPPORT TRUCK & MECHANIC
    (awesome for professional bikers)

    Group of 1 cyclist: US$ 2,525
    Group of 2 cyclists: US$ 1,440
    Group of 3 cyclists: US$ 1,155
    Group of 4 cyclists: US$ 1,245
    Group of 5-6 cyclists: US$ 1,105
    Group of 7 cyclists upon request
    Single Supplement: US$ 240

    PRIVATE INCL. SUPPORT TRUCK & MECHANIC
    (great for most of bikers)

    Group of 1 cyclist: US$ 3,558
    Group of 2 cyclists: US$ 2,075
    Group of 3 cyclists: US$ 1,580
    Group of 4 cyclists: US$ 1,315
    Group of 5-6 cyclists: US$ 1,165
    Group of 7 cyclists upon request
    Single Supplement: US$ 240

    TOUR INCLUSIONS:

    - AC support vehicle along the tour
    - Biking English speaking tour guide
    - Road bike/ professional bike types
    - Meals as indicated in the itinerary
    - Homestay permission
    - Best room at twin shared
    - Domestic flight Saigon-Dalat
    - Boat trip in Phong nha
    - First-aid kit
    - Water & Snacks
    - Entrance & Sightseeing fees
    - Service charges and taxes

    TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

    - Travel insurance
    - Visa process and stamp fee
    - Tips and gratitude
    - Personal expenses
    - Others not mentioned

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    Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi

    Upon arrival in Hanoi airport, you will be met by our Vietnam adventure tour guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Hanoi. On the way to Hanoi, in addition to a brief introduction about our biking tour and Hanoi information, our guide will help you with some orientation about the bikes as well as the road, traffic condition in Vietnam. If time permits, we can have riding test in the afternoon so that you can get along well with the bikes.
    Check in our room then enjoy welcome dinner with local delicacies. Overnight in Hanoi.
    Airport transfer: 1 hour by private AC car
    Meal: Welcome dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

    Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Buoc Village ~ 20km/12miles biking

    Kick start our adventure with a drive to well known and beautiful valley Mai Chau at 8 am. You will be provided professional bikes and good quality helmet.
    We drive for about 4 hours to reach to Mai Chau, the gateway to the impressive mountainous area of northern Vietnam. The drive is very nice with a stunning view of mountains, valleys, sugarcane farms and rice paddies. We would have a stop en route for refreshment and/or photo hunts.
    Upon arrival in Mai Chau, we have a lunch stop in Pom Coong, a village of Thai ethnic minority where we will have lunch in a local house. After lunch, we embark on a Mai Chau biking on village road to Buoc, a village of Thai minority group. You will be provided a professional bike and helmets. Our start up biking segment today is on small, less tourist village road. We arrive Buoc Village late afternoon where we will have dinner and overnight in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai family.
    Transfer to Mai Chau: 170km with 4 hrs driving
    Biking:   20km on undulating village road
    Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Homestay

    Day 3: Buoc – Hang Village (Pu Luong Nature Reserve) ~ 40km/25miles biking

    With this biking day, we will upgrade the challenging level a bit to yesterday. The bike will be longer and on a bumpy road for the very last part. Enjoy the breakfast then we embark on a beautiful ride following shaded village roads to Van Mai Village where we have lunch in a local house.
    After lunch, we ride southward to Pu Luong Nature Reserve. We will first bike on the beautiful road through Mai Chau valley before jumping into bumpy village road the last 15km. We will reach Hang Village around 5 pm. Here we take another homestay of a Thai family. The dinner is included in the house.
    Biking:   40km – unpaved bumpy road – Moderate grade
    Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Home stay

    Day 4: Hang – Hin Village ~ 30km/18miles biking

    Today is a tough day with a long climb on the mix of dirt paths and village roads. This road is an original part of the historic Ho Chi Minh Trail, which runs through the Pu Luong Nature Reserve. In the morning we cycle ascending mainly. In the afternoon we enjoy easier ride slightly downhill to Hin, a village of Thai minority. Great mountain views and scenic villages. Lunch in local house en route. Dinner and overnight in Hin village.
    Biking:   30km – unpaved bumpy road – Challenging grade
    Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Home stay

    Day 5: Hin Village – Tan Ky ~ 60km/37miles biking

    In the morning, we say goodbye to the villagers and ride toward Ma River passing expansive maize fields. Near the river, we would see many water wheels which used by the local to water their farms. We cross the river on a bridge and have lunch in Canh Nang town.
    Treat your stomach with our well-prepared lunch, we continue biking toward the Fairy Fish Stream in Cam Luong where you see thousands of fish in a shallow stream. You can feed and touch them. After that, you keep cycling southward on Ho Chi Minh Highway. In the afternoon we will use the van for over 100km transfer to Tan Ky Town, where we will stay overnight in a small hotel and have dinner in local restaurant.
    Biking:  60km – 40% unpaved bumpy road, 60% paved road – Moderate grade
    Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch,
    Accommodation: Hotel in Tan Ky

    Day 6: Tan Ky – Huong Khe ~ 70km/44miles biking

    Breakfast in Tan Ky and ride on Ho Chi Minh Highway to Pho Chau, a small town 87km south of Tan Ky. We will tackle around 40km in the morning. The ride is on a smooth road and passing peaceful villages and stunning mountain range. We take bus ride the last 40km to Pho Chau for lunch. After lunch, we jump into a branch of Ho Chi Minh Trail, a smaller road leading to Dong Loc T-junction. This was a hot spot, which was bombed heavily during the Vietnam War. Continue riding for 1 hour then we meet the Ho Chi Minh Highway again. Bus transfer to Huong Khe. Dinner and overnight on Huong Khe.
    Biking distance: 70-80km – 60% highway, 40% smaller paved road
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
    Accommodation: Hotel in Huong Khe

    Day 7: Huong Khe – Phong Nha – Dong Hoi ~ 60km/37miles biking

    After breakfast bus drive 20km and then we begin our ride today toward Phong Nha National Park. The biking today is on pave the highway. Lunch stop in Liem Phu. We take a bus ride to Phong Nha Cave, which is a World Heritage Site. Upon arrival in Phong Nha, we take a boat cruise on the river to explore the cave.
    The cave exploration often lasts for 2 hours with amazing limestone formation inside the cave. We are back to the boat pier then take a bus ride to Dong Hoi to check in hotel. Dinner and overnight in Dong Hoi.
    Biking distance: 60km – highway
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Hoi

    Day 8: Dong Hoi – Dong Ha – DMZ ~ 60km/37miles biking

    Breakfast in the hotel. We have a short bus ride before beginning the biking today. The ride is totally on Ho Chi Minh Highway. We will have a stop at the Truong Son Cemetery where some hundred of thousand soldiers who served in the army during Vietnam War are resting in peace.
    Bus transfer to Dong Ha for hotel check in. Lunch in local restaurant. In the afternoon we have a DMZ tour by bus. Here you will listen to our guide explain the importance, as well as the violence of this, is during the war time. We do not judge right or wrong, just stay here to tribute the fallen soldiers and value our present peaceful life. Dinner and overnight in Dong Ha.
    Biking distance: 60km – quiet highway
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Ha

    Day 9: Dong Ha – Khe Sanh – A Luoi ~ 60km/37miles biking

    Breakfast in hotel and take a bus ride to Khe Sanh. Visit old military base before beginning the biking along Da Krong River. The ride is so beautiful with river and tribal villages along the road. We will have a lunch stop on the way. In the afternoon, we continue riding to A Luoi. The last 20km can be done by bus.
    The biking segment today get you pass through one of the most brutal battlefields. The historical stories blending with awesome scenery give us the mixed feelings of enjoyment and sadness. They also make you understand how Ho Chi Minh trail becomes a legend in this painful part of our history. Overnight in A Luoi.  
    Biking distance: 60-70km – quiet highway
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in A Luoi

    Day 10: A Luoi – Thanh My ~ 70km/43miles biking

    Breakfast in town. We will have a bus transfer to the summit of a long, high pass. Begin the beautiful ride downhill 40km to Prao. Lunch in Prao. In the afternoon, continue riding to Thanh My. Dinner and overnight in Thanh My. 
    Biking distance: 70km – Challenging grade
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Thanh My

    Day 11: Thanh My – Hoi An ~ 80km/50miles biking

    Enjoy breakfast in Thanh My and get excited about our target today, Hoi An town - the World Heritage site. Start up with a ride along Vu Gia River to Hoian for next 80km from Thanh My. We will have a lunch stop in Dai Loc before getting back to our bike and cycling to Hoian. The biking segment today is pleasant since we ride mainly downhill and on flat terrain.
    We reach Hoian around 5 pm. Check in hotel and have dinner in the Old Quarter of Hoian. Overnight in Hoian.
    Biking distance: 80km
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

    Day 12: Hoian free time ~ Danang departure

    Free day for relaxing or shopping in the ancient town. Hoi an is a very lovely town to self-explore with many types of activities such as cooking class, handicraft villages: pottery, vegetable or wood carving, enjoying a sunset cruise with cocktail over Thu Bon river or just leisure tea/coffee time at a very styled shop in the town center.
    Another option for today is swimming at Cua Dai beach before we transfer to the Danang airport for flight to onward destination. Our biking adventure for the first half of Ho Chi Minh trail ends up at the airport see off.
    Airport transfer: 35 minutes driving
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Not available


    Note on client safety
    We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, the frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.