Viva Velo Vietnam
An all encompassing biking holiday that takes you from the Mekong Delta, up into the hills, along the coast and rounds it all off in happening Hanoi. This trip runs Saigon to Hanoi.
If you want to see everything that Vietnam offers, this is the trip for you. We took months to map out our route, so that you can take just seventeen days to see the Mekong Delta, the highlands and the central coast of this amazing country.
Starting in the commercial capital of Ho Chi Minh City, ride to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels before experiencing the vibrant Mekong Delta with its wealth of small trails, endless waterways and abundant produce. The cycling here on the small trails is fun and surprising.
The next part of your journey takes you up to the highlights, back down to the lowlands and along our famous coastal route all the way to Hue, the capital of old Imperial Vietnam. Finishing off in Hanoi you have the satisfaction of having seen Vietnam in a unique and fresh way.
We meet in the bustling commercial capital of Vietnam. We'll head out and explore the culinary side to the city this evening and have a group briefing on the trip ahead. Meals: D
We start our trip off with a thrilling ride up the Saigon River on a very comfortable speed boat. We then take a ride through the rubber plantations east of Saigon where villages are scattered at intervals, with elderly ladies drying rice paper for making spring rolls and preparing the daily meals while the younger family members are off in the plantations or toiling in the air-conditioning of Saigon. We finish our ride at the quieter of two Cu Chi Tunnels sites, an example of one of the greatest advantages the Viet Cong held over the Americans in the war, extensive underground bases. From here we drive into the Delta where we stay a night in the small town of Ben Tre. Meals: BLD
We set out on a boat along the canals, then take to the bikes and find ourselves riding on small trails that could almost be called cycleways along the irrigation channels and through small clusters of houses. We visit a brick kiln that is running in much the same way that it has through generations of brick-makers. We pass through rice fields, orchards and stop for a delicious lunch before pushing on to Tra On. Here we meet our hosts for the night, a local family who have made an area in their house specifically available for your to experience life firsthand in the Delta. Meals: BLD
An early morning visit to the floating markets shows where the incredible amount of food produced in the region goes. As vegetables and fruit are hurled from boat to boat and a small row boat delivers coffee to its customers, we have a moment to enjoy the picture of intense activity unfolding before us. After a little more riding to explore the area around Tra On, we drive back to Saigon and then fly to Dalat in the highlands. As soon as you set foot out of the plane, you will notice immediate difference as the temperature drops. Meals: BLD
The character of Dalat is still very much intact. It was a popular place with the French during colonial times due to the climate, but has since become even more popular among middle class Saigon folk, heading for the romantic cool of the hills. The area is known for some of the best coffee in Asia. We take an exploration ride of Dalat cycling on sealed roads and unsealed trails to see pine forests, flower gardens and coffee plantations. Meals: BLD
Today we are in for a great ride as we descend from the highlands all the way down to sea level on a quiet secondary road. We drive some of the distance to ensure we arrive into Nha Trang with a little time to spare for the beach. Meals: BLD
It's a day off the bikes today as we take a very early train up the coast. Some lovely scenery awaits us from the train which never moves so fast as to spoil the view. The train makes a number of stops, enabling us to sample the snacks from the vendors who peddle their steamed corn, sticky rice and various fruits at the windows of the train. We arrive into Quy Nhon late morning and can then spend the afternoon exploring town or visiting the beach. We can also pay a visit to Nga's centre for vocational training for the disabled, a great project, driven by a lady who cares a great deal about her cause. Meals: BLD
The coastal cycling journey begins today as we leave Quy Nhon on a quiet back road along a sand dune peninsula with great views back over the bay and the mountains. We see lots of coast today as we undulate along the well made road with friendly villagers waving and cheering us on. We take a short drive at the end of the day to get us into the tiny village of Tam Quan. Meals: BLD
A varied and highly enjoyable day lies ahead of us. We spend the morning riding along the coast then head inland to see a great new level of variety. We have some hills today as we cross rivers on small wooden bridges and pass farmers tending to rice fields and water buffalo. Our home for the night is Quang Ngai, a small city of little note, but a comfortable hotel, a pleasant river view and an abundance of cold drinks make up for any lack of notoriety. Meals: BLD
We start today with a visit to one of Vietnam's more sobering sites, the My Lai Massacre Memorial. It was here that the a tragic event occurred, that once exposed, became a turning point in American public opinion to the American-Vietnam war. We continue on along the coast and along the way visit a rice paper maker and a mat weaver. Both are traditional forms of village industry that are becoming less common in cities, but here in the village, the skills are still alive. We enjoy a lunch of the freshest seafood possible and stay this evening in a pleasant small scale hotel. Meals: BLD
This is possibly the best days riding on the whole trip. We start with a visit to a fresh market where the fish come straight out of the South China Sea and into the baskets of this small market. As you are interested in their fish, the vendors will be just as interested in you and will be more than happy to pose for a photo, a real novelty in this well off the beaten path location. We ride dirt roads through sleepy fishing villages with friendly faces popping out to say hello. We then take a boat ride to reach Hoi An, a fitting way to enter this ancient port town. Meals: BLD
Today is a free day for you to enjoy Hoi An. We offer an optional morning ride of the town and the surrounding countryside, but you might prefer a sleep in. Hoi An has a long history dating back as far as the first century, but is known mostly for its role as a trading port for Chinese and Japanese sea merchants during the 17th and 18th centuries. The beauty of the town was miraculously spared the damage that many towns suffered during the American-Vietnam war and today Hoi An is a UNESCO world heritage listed town that cannot be compared to anywhere else in Indochina. It is an intriguing, photogenic old town, located just a short distance from a beautiful beach where you can sit and sip a coconut. Meals: B
Today is the most scenic day of the ride as we ride through Danang and then climb Hai Van Pass, a 10km long, winding road on a gradient averaging 5.8%. At the top we enjoy some amazing views over the coast before we take the thrilling descent into the charming beachside town of Lang Co. Our resort this evening is right on the long beach with white powder sand. Meals: BLD
Cycle through small back roads to the last Imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue. Along the way, we pass many cemeteries as this is considered a suitable place for burial by the ocean with a mountain backdrop. In addition to graves, there are a number of memorials for those who in attempting to flee after the fall of Southern Vietnam, were taken by the ocean. Relatives who resettled in other countries have since returned to construct these memorials. Meals: BLD
We explore Hue by bike and aside from the most well known sites of the Forbidden City and Tu Duc's Tomb, we will take in some lesser known ones, to get a full picture of this much visited, but under explored city. Meals: BL
We take a morning flight to Hanoi. In the afternoon we walk the streets of this buzzing city with its constant clash of new and old and the continuing theme of delicious, plentiful food. We then celebrate the end of our adventure over dinner. Meals: BLD
There are no activities planned today and you can depart any time you wish. Should you wish to travel to Halong Bay, please inquire with our staff at the time of booking and we can assist you to arrange this. Meals: B
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