Highlands & Coast of Vietnam
Short Break Cycle tour in Vietnam
A trip that takes in the charming highlands where coffee is grown, to the fishing villages of the coast and ending in the ancient trade town of Hoi An. This trip runs Saigon to Hoi An.
Take in the majestic highland town of Dalat, the misty pine forests, and then descend to the coast where fishing villages exist in the same manner that they have done for generations. Ride the picturesque coast all the way to the heritage listed town of Hoi An and see a side of Vietnam that not every traveler will get to experience. All this in seven days with minimal time if any in the car.
A short flight takes us to Dalat where we explore the colonial-era architecture and the more recent additions. After enjoying the temperate highlands, we descend to the sub-tropical environment of the coast, where we ride from the most famous beach town all the way up through the farming and fishing towns along the coast to Hoi An.
For the most part, this is a coastal ride, but there is no better way to start a coastal ride than with a fun downhill. The coastline itself is a picturesque variety of windy roads around headlands and sand dunes where colorful fishing boats bob at their moorings. Hoi An is the perfect place to finish a ride and features not only a historically significant, world heritage listed town, but also a lovely beach and some amazing food.
Merida hardtail (front suspension only) mountain bikes in a full range of sizes with hybrid tires fitted for touring. Lockable suspension forks for the smoother surfaces. A comfortable saddle with a women's specific version is available and we provide handlebar bags for your personal effects.
The hotels on this tour have been selected for their location, comfort, character and style. The first two nights are in supremely comfortable properties that are sure to be lasting memories of the trip. We spend three in well run, 3 star properties and just one night in a simpler hotel. You will still have a private bathroom and air-conditioning, but it just lacks the frills of the other locations. For more information on hotels, please enquire.
TWO TO TEN
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 10 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
This tour is 100% operated by Grasshopper Adventures. The guides are our full time employees, the hotels booked by our local office staff, and the bikes are part of our fleet of over 300 bikes. We are not outsourcing any element of this tour so you can be assured of 100% Grasshopper quality.
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip. Well spoken, very well informed, and charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local leaders who have a passion for their country and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country and will help you to connect with the villagers you meet along the way.
For groups of 5+ people a bike mechanic will join the group.
An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage. This vehicle also serves as our mode of transport when we are not on the bike.
The international profile of Vietnamese food has increased over the last two decades with very good reason. A cuisine that has evolved with the culture and landscape of Vietnam provides for an astounding level of variety from south to north. Each town and city has its own subtle twist on iconic dishes and some of their own creations. Our leaders are passionate about their food and look forward to taking you on a culinary adventure in unison with your cycling adventure.
Organic energy bars and electrolyte drinks as well as delicious local snacks are provided to keep your energy up for the riding.
No surcharge for single travelers - we will match you with another same sex single traveller. If you want a single room there is a an optional upgrade that you can book.
Fly to Dalat, Day Ride 40km
We start off with a morning flight from Saigon to Dalat. After lunch and a briefing, we take to our bikes to explore. 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: LD
Cycle to Nha Trang 95km
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
Train to Quy Nhon
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
Cycle to Tam Quan 80km
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
Cycle to Quang Ngai 95km
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
Cycle to Tam Ky 98km
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
Cycle & Boat to Hoi An 60km
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 and to conclude our adventure. Meals: BL
What's The Riding Like?
ON THE ROAD
This tour is rated a three out of five stars for difficulty. Apart from the existence of a couple of days that are just a touch short of 100km, the riding is achievable for anyone who rides regularly as a commuter or recreationally on the weekends. Most of the roads are paved back roads with minimal traffic. We encounter only a couple of dirt roads and these are not hard riding at all. There are often sea breezes to keep the temperature down a little. There are a few other small hills, but we always return to sea level, so the up is a nice trade off for the down. There is a support vehicle on hand at all times so if you need a break or a lift up the hill just jump in the van and relax.
Extend Your Holiday
The rapidly expanding city of Saigon is an exciting place. If you wish to arrive a day earlier there are at least a couple of activities such as a motor scooter tour that are worth considering. Should you require accommodation, please let us know and we can arrange this, or you can find a huge range of hotels online through our friends at agoda.com:
Ho Chi Minh City Hotels
Create Your Own Date
Don't see the date for this tour to suit your schedule? No problems, Create Your Own Date. Choose the dates that you want to travel and as long as you happy to open the tour to other people joining we will charge you the standard tour price - no markups!
1. You must have booked and paid your deposit for travel dates that are at least 3 months in the future. This just gives us time to promote the trip and find other people to join you.
2. Create Your Own Date for this tour applies for bookings of two or more people only. If you are a solo traveller we can do our best to get a group for the dates you choose but we cannot guarantee standard pricing until we achieve a minimum of 2 people.
3. This offer is subject to availability. In peak season we may not have the capability to add tour dates to our already busy schedule.
Peak Season Surcharge
For tours commencing from Dec 18 to Jan 4 there is a peak season surcharge of 10% on the price of this tour due to hotel rate increases at this time of year.
Feedback & Reviews
"A great way to explore all aspects of Vietnam; a real sensory experience."
"A great way to see Vietnam, great tour guide (Thang), great food and great locations."
"The trip was fantastic - had an amazing time and am raving about it to everyone. It's one of the best things I've ever done. Thang was an exceptional guide - he made sure everything was taken care of and most importantly, made sure we ate very well. He accommodated my vegetarian diet very well. I can't believe that the trip actually exceeded my expectations. I'm now dreaming of future rides!!" Jen
"Best adventure for me so far!! Great riding, fantastic scenery, fabulous (& healthy) food, loved the local people, very friendly and loved to joke." Marrianne