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Biking Ho Chi Minh Trails

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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  
Biking grade: Moderate. View grading definition here.
13-day trip with 10-day cycling on the legendary HCM Trails

The so-called Ho Chi Minh Trail is one of the most renowned legends of the 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
  • Biking Ho Chi Minh Trails  route map

    TOUR AT A GLANCE:
    Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi.
    Day 2: Hanoi Mai Chau Buoc Village
    Day 3: Buoc Village Hang Village (Pu Luong Nature Reserve)
    Day 4: Hang Village Hin Village
    Day 5: Hin Village Canh Nang Town Cam Thuy 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 Thanh My
    Day 11: Thanh My Hoi An
    Day 12: Hoian free
    Day 13: Hoian Danang Departure flight

    PRICE (Per person)
    (Valid to 31st December 2016)

    PRIVATE TOUR WITHOUT SUPPORT TRUCK & MECHANIC

    1 person: US$ 2,525
    2 persons: US$ 1,440
    3-4 persons: US$ 1,245
    5-6 persons: US$ 1,105
    From 7 persons: price on request
    Single Supplement: US$ 240


    PRIVATE TOUR INCL. SUPPORT TRUCK & MECHANIC

    1 person: US$ 3,558
    2 persons: US$ 2,075
    3-4 persons: US$ 1,580
    5-6 persons: US$ 1,165
    From 7 persons: price on request
    Single Supplement: US$ 240

    Inclusions:

    • Private A/C vehicle to transfer the bikes
    • Good quality helmets
    • High-end Mountain bikes rental  
    • Professional biking English speaking guide  
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary  
    • Boat trips where indicated
    • Homestay permission
    • Accommodation in twin share basis as listed
    • Boat trip in Phong nha
    • Water and snack on every biking segment
    • First-aid kit
    • Entrance & Sightseeing fees
    • Support truck and mechanic as in price options
    • Service charges and taxes

    Exclusions:

  • Air tickets
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses (beverage, excluded meals - 10$ per person per meal...)
  • Note: These prices are subject to change without prior notice.

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    Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi.

    Upon arrival in Hanoi, you meet our guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Hanoi.If time permits we can have riding test in the afternoon. Welcome dinner with local delicacies. Tour briefing at the dinner time. Overnight in Hanoi.

    Summary
    Airport transfer: private AC car
    Meal: Welcome dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

    Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Buoc Village

    Leave Hanoi at 8am. We drive southwest to Ma Chau, the gateway to the impressive mountainous area of northern Vietnam. The drive is very nice with stunning view of mountains, valleys, sugarcane farms and rice paddies. We would have a stop en route for refreshment. Upon arrival in Mai Chau we have a lunch stop in Pom Coong, a village of Thai ethnic minority. We will have lunch in a local house. After lunch we embark on a biking on village road to Buoc, a village of Thai minority group. We will have dinner and overnight in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai family.

    Summary
    Transfer to Mai Chau: 4 hrs
    Biking:   30km – Moderate grade
    Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch,
    Accommodation: Home stay

    Day 3: Buoc Village – Hang Village (Pu Luong Nature Reserve)

    After breakfast 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 beautiful tar road through Mai Chau valley before jumping into bumpy village road the last 15km. We will reach Hang Village around 5 pm where we will have dinner and overnight in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai family.

    Summary
    Biking:   40km – unpaved bumpy road – Moderate grade
    Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch,
    Accommodation: Home stay

    Day 4: Hang Village – Hin Village

    Today is a tough day with long climb on mix of dirt paths and village roads. This road is an original part of the historic Ho Chi Minh Trails, which run through the Pu Luong Nature Reserve. In the morning we climb mainly. In the afternoon we enjoy easier ride slightly downhill to Hin, a village of Thai minority. Great mountain view and scenic villages. Lunch in local house en route. Dinner and overnight in Hin village.

    Summary
    Biking:   30km – unpaved bumpy road – Challenging grade
    Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch,
    Accommodation: Home stay

    Day 5: Hin Village – Canh Nang Town – Cam Thuy – Tan Ky

    After breakfast we say good bye 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 bridge and have lunch in Canh Nang town. After 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 continue riding southward on Ho Chi Minh Highway. In the afternoon we will use support van for over 100km transfer to Tan Ky Town, where we will stay overnight in a small hotel and have dinner in local restaurant.

    Summary
    Biking:  60km – 40% unpaved bumpy road, 60% paved road – Moderate grade
    Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch,
    Accommodation: Hotel
     
    Day 6: Tan Ky – Huong Khe

    Breakfast in Tan Ky and ride on HCM Highway to Pho Chau, a small town 87km south of Tan Ky. We will tackle around 40km in the morning. The ride is on 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 HCM Trails, 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 1hr we meet the HCM Highway again. Bus transfer to Huong Khe. Dinner and overnight on Huong Khe.

    Summary
    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

    After breakfast bus drive 20km and then we begin our ride today toward Phong Nha National Park. Lunch stop in Liem Phu. After lunch we take bus ride to Phong Nha Cave, which is a World Heritage Site. Upon arrival in Phong Nha we take a boat cruise on river to explore the cave. After the cave exploration we take bus ride to Dong Hoi to check in hotel. Dinner and Overnight in Dong Hoi.

    Summary
    Biking distance: 60km – highway
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
    Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Hoi

    Day 8: Dong Hoi – Dong Ha – DMZ

    Breakfast in the hotel. We have a short bus ride before beginning the biking today. The ride is totally on HCM Highway. We will have a stop at the Truong Son Cemetery where some hundred of thousand soldiers who served in 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. Dinner and overnight in Dong Ha.

    Summary
    Biking distance: 60km – quiet highway
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
    Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Ha

    Day 9: Dong Ha – Khe Sanh – Aluoi

    Breakfast in hotel and take bus ride to Khe Sanh. Visit to 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 Aluoi. The last 20km can be done by bus. Dinner and overnight in Aluoi.  

    Summary
    Biking distance: 60-70km – quiet highway
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
    Accommodation: Hotel in Aluoi

    Day 10: Aluoi – Thanh My

    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.  

    Summary
    Biking distance: 70km – Challenging grade
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
    Accommodation: Hotel in Thanh My

    Day 11: Thanh My – Hoi An

    Breakfast and begin to ride along Vu Gia River to Hoian, the World Heritage Site 80km from Thanh My. Lunch stop in Dai Loc. Continue riding to Hoian. The ride today is pleasant since we ride mainly downhill and on flat terrain. We reach Hoian around 5pm. Check in hotel and have dinner in the Old Quarter of Hoian. Overnight in Hoian.

    Summary
    Biking distance: 80km – Easy grade
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

    Day 12: Hoian

    Free day for relaxing or shopping in the Old Quarter. Overnight in Hoian.

    Summary
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

    * Note: You can also book an optional tour with us for this day. Please contact our travel consultant for a suggestion.

    Day 13: Hoian – Danang – Departure flight

    Breakfast and free at leisure. Our guide and driver are at your disposal until we transfer you to the airport for your flight home or connect to another adventures in Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar with ActiveTravel.Asia.

    Summary
    Airport transfer
    Meals: Breakfast

     

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

     


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