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Cycling Vietnam’s Back roads 14 Days


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Mr. Phan Duc Son

Haivenu Tours

A Tailor-made specialist offering private tours and travel throughout Vietnam

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Cycling Vietnam’s Back roads 14 Days

Taking the best of cycling routes and transferring in between to cross the country, the Cycling Backroads of Vietnam tour offers an ideal way to experience Vietnam on two wheels. In Hanoi, visit the picturesque Tran Quoc Pagoda by West Lake, and explore the bustling Old Quarter. Ride the train to Hue, where you’ll begin cycling with a quiet jaunt on rural roads to visit one of the imperial tombs and a scenic riverside pagoda. Enjoy the distinctive Hue cuisine and visit several of the city’s pleasant Garden Houses. Cycle small coastal roads south from Hue, and cross the scenic Hai Van Pass. From the UNESCO Heritage ancient town of Hoi An, you’ll cycle to view the ancient My Son Sanctuary of the Cham Kingdom. Continuing south, you will visit My Lai, the site of an infamous massacre by American forces in 1968. You’ll be transferred to beautiful rural and coastal routes heading on through the country’s beach capital of Nha Trang, and on to Mui Ne. Upon reaching Ho Chi Minh City, visit the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the lively Ben Thanh Market. A fully supported cycling tour, this is one you won’t want to sit out on.

Arrival at Hanoi

Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. You’ll have time to relax after your journey. You’ll spend the night in Hanoi.

Hanoi for 1 night

Hanoi Orientation/Overnight train to Hue

You’ll have the whole day to explore Vietnam’s capital city. Your guide will take you to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century, and a popular attraction, as is Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (outside only). You’ll be driven to the excellent Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam’s 54 distinct ethnic groups After lunch, you’ll call in at the serene Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest in Hanoi, on the banks of Hanoi’s Ho Tay (West) Lake. The bustling Old Quarter is a magnet for visitors. It’s a maze of shopping streets and restaurants with a hotchpotch of architecture - traditional tube houses, religious buildings, artisans’ workshops and cottages, colonial houses and modern concrete edifices. It’s noisy and hectic, but definitely a ‘must-see’ attraction. You will then be back to your hotel to pick up your luggage to the railway station for the overnight train to Hue. Read more

Overnight train to Hue

Imperial Hue Cycling (30km)

You’ll arrive in Hue at around 8.50am – 9.00am, where your car and driver will be waiting for you and transfer you to have breakfast at a local restaurant before arriving at your hotel to drop your luggage. You will then be transferred to a quiet spot where your bikes are ready set. Check your bikes and you will start your cycling to the Royal tomb of Emperor Minh Mang and Emperor Khai Dinh. After lunch, you will cycle along quiet roads to Hue’s best-known religious site, Thien Mu Pagoda, then back to the city by car. Check-in your hotel for relaxation. In the evening, you’ll sit down for dinner in the pleasant surroundings and a comfortable atmosphere of the garden house. The owner will prepare and serve a traditional meal based on the distinctive characteristics of classic Hue cuisine. You’ll spend the night in Hue. Read more

Hue for 2 nights

Cycling to get closer to Hue’s life

In the morning, your bicycles will be at your hotel ready for you to ride through Dong Ba market to Ngoc Son Princess “garden houses" It has an attractive family altar and the owner is an expert on Hue’s culture and history – he will be pleased to explain the geomantic principles underpinning the building and garden’s construction. Then your route will take you back city center to visit the Imperial Citadel. After lunch, you will visit some of the garden houses in Phu Mong Kim Long village if you wish, then have a boat crossing perfume river to Thuy Bieu village, one of the handicraft villages in Hue’s hinterland that specialises in a single product range of ‘Huong Tram’ (incense sticks) village. Here you will also visit the Hue Tiger Arena and can try some local traditional cakes - ‘banh it’ and ‘banh phu the’ before looping back to your hotel for overnight accommodation. You’ll spend the night in Hue. Read more

Hue for 2 nights

Cycling Hue to Hoi An (80km cycling)

In the morning, your bicycles will be at your hotel ready for you to ride through Hue’s rural villages towards the Thanh Toan Bridge (roofed in Chinese style through green paddy fields. Stop for a look at one of the numerous village communal houses on the way. Leaving the ornate bridge, you’ll ride toward Truong Ha Bridge that spans the scenic Tam Giang lagoon, stop en route at a village specializing in mushroom growing. This part of our today’s ride is known to offer the most spectacular rural landscape of the whole Vietnam. Crossing Truong Ha bridge to the other side of Tam Giang lagoon, you ride along the coastal road on through local fishing villages for a visit to its well-known fantastic huge cemetery, so called the City of Ghosts and a fish sauce making village. Keep riding to Vinh Hien, then Tu Hien estuary and cross Tu Hien bridge on a scenic road winding between hills on one side and Cau Hai lagoon on the other side. At the intersection of this village road and Highway, you will meet your van and get rest while driving to Lang Co beach for lunch. After a break to relax, sunbathe, splash in the azure waters of Lang Co beach and seafood lunch, you’ll be ready for the Hai Van Pass. You’ll ignore the tunnel, full of commercial traffic and noxious gasses, in favour of the 11km mountain road. Since the tunnel was built, it’s very quiet - the gradient is manageable and the views breathtaking! Finally, you’ll then be transferred the rest of the way to Hoi An Ancient Town, a historic old port and trading post where you’ll spend the night. Read more

Hoi An for 2 nights

Cycling Hoi An - My Son (50km cycling)

A gentle ride westward to the World Heritage My Son Sanctuary, mostly on quiet level roads following the banks of the Thu Bon River! Seven kilometres after setting off, you’ll cross the river to visit a fishing village. After remounting and dropping in at a local market, a further 11km takes you to Bara bridge for a break and refreshments. Revitalized, you’ll soon need to push your cycles across a couple of major roads, then it’s more back roads until you reach My Son. Your guide will show you the remains of the remarkable towers constructed by the Cham builders, many centuries ago - their origins and purpose have yet to be fully explained. In the afternoon, you’ll return to your hotel via your support vehicle rest of the day to do what like. Read more

Hoi An for 2 nights

Cycling day (47km) - Hoi An to My Lai

After a hearty breakfast, you’ll drive along Highway 1 to Quang Ngai and My Tra Hotel, your overnight accommodation. Your bicycles will be waiting for you. The first stage is gentle - quiet country lanes leading to the coast and fishing villages. A short 2km ascent to the top of Thien An Mountain offers striking views of the surrounding countryside with time to visit an ancient Pagoda dating back to 1650 and still an active place of worship. The monks living in the pagoda are always welcoming - have a small donation ready! The gradient is now downhill towards the site of the infamous My Lai massacre, now a shrine dedicated to the unarmed 550 villagers, mainly women and children, slaughtered by the Americans in March, 1968. Many were raped, beaten, tortured, or maimed before they were killed. A museum and gardens commemorate the event, but the silence broken only by the sighing of the breeze in the trees is its own memorial. After a guided tour to reflect on the war, the quiet roads take you to the beach for relaxation and perhaps a swim. After a picnic lunch, you can loop round through the fishing villages to return to Quang Ngai or, if you’re tired, take the direct route back to your hotel. Read more

Quang Ngai for 1 night

Cycling day (73km) - My Lai to Quy Nhon

Today, the serious cycling begins, hence an early breakfast! A drive takes you to the start point, 99km south of My Lai. The first section meanders alongside the coast from Binh Duong, Tung Giang and Tuy Phuoc on a small provincial road passing many villages, far from the main highway. There’ll be plenty of time to dismount to experience the warmth and friendliness of Vietnamese people. The surface varies from reasonable to rough, so the support vehicle may have to detour to avoid hazards. Eventually, you’ll arrive at Tuy Phuoc, 9km to Quy Nhon City, your destination and accommodation. You can cycle this last stage if you wish, but you may prefer to be driven as this the section of the road is quite busy. Read more

Quy Nhon for 1 night

Cycling (70km) - Quy Nhon to Nha Trang

Another early start and a transfer well away from the main highway! The day’s route mostly follows the lanes and tracks alongside the Reunification Express railway. The first stage will be on an isolated but well-surfaced road. The gently rolling terrain and views of the Highland foothills make a splendid backdrop for the potbellied pigs and barefooted children dashing across your trail as you pass ethnic minority and Vietnamese communities’ en-route. You’ll be quite a spectacle for the villagers, so expect plenty of offers of hospitality. As your ‘off the beaten track’ route begins to converge with the highway, you’ll transfer to four-wheel transport and head to Nha Trang where you’ll spent the night, stopping at Dai Lanh Beach for a dip and refreshments on the way. Read more

Nha Trang for 1 night

Cycling day (70km) - Nha Trang to Mui Ne

As usual, you’ll drive to the outskirt of the city to avoid the traffic. Once on your cycles, the route continues southward towards Cam Ranh (32 kilometres, about two hours) until you join Highway 1 and dismount. After driving to Ca Na for lunch, you’ll drive to Luong Son, where you re-mount. At 48km, (about one and a half hours) the last stage is the longest. Although the terrain undulates from time to time, the road is good quality so you can make good time. As you near Mui Ne and your hotel, the last section is hilly with high sand dunes and ocean views. Read more

Mui Ne for 3 nights

Free day in Mui Ne

Your time will be your own.

Mui Ne for 3 nights

Free day in Mui Ne

Your time will be your own.

Mui Ne for 3 nights

Mui Ne/Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, you’ll be free for leisure until 12.00 your driver and tour guide arrives to take you to Ho Chi Minh City (approx. 4.5 hours). Arriving Ho Chi Minh City around 5pm, you’ll be free for your own activities. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City for 1 night

Ho Chi Minh City Tour/Departure

After breakfast, your tour guide will show you around Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll visit the Museum of War Remnants provides a very partial, but riveting, perspective of the ‘American War’: not for the squeamish! You will also visit Notre Dame Catholic Church and the Main Post Office (adjacent to Notre Dame) nearby. After lunch, you’ll also call in at the Jade Emperor Temple. It’s one of the best Taoist temples in Vietnam, with superb effigies, remarkable carved panels of the descent to Hell and somewhat incongruous terrapin and tortoise sanctuaries. You will then wander around the huge Ben Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh City, is packed with every conceivable commodity for last minute shopping. The tour today will ends at around 4pm then you will return to your hotel for free at leisure before being picked up to drive to Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight. Read more


Day in trip
Day 1
Location Hanoi
Day 3
Location Hue
Day 5
Location Hoi An
Day 7
Location Quang Ngai
Day 8
Location Quy Nhon
Day 9
Location Nha Trang
Day 10
Location Mui Ne
Day 13
Location Ho Chi Minh City


Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee
  • One way train ticket: Hanoi – Hue (air-conditioned soft four-berth cabin, local standard)
  • Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the best local restaurants
  • Good quality touring cycles for all cycling days in the programme
  • Drinking water for cycling days as itinerary.
  • Snack, soft drink and local fruits for cycling days.
  • Simple first aid kit.
  • VAT and other taxes.

Package excludes

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Visas.
  • Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Insurance
  • Surcharges for peak season (if any)
  • Compulsory meals (if any)


6 Reviews

Tina, United States

Was awesome. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and definitely made sure things ran smoothly. The travel agents were especially helpful for getting my friends and I approved for our updated visas on such a short notice. Overall great trip and will def recommend it.

Seth, United States

The trip went smoothly and the women who organized the trip, was extremely responsive by email and was able to make numerous changes to the proposed itinerary without issue. Overall the trip was moderately priced and there were no major snags. I have two main complaints. First was that we spent two nights sleeping on a train. I have spent many nights on a train and do not have issue with this in itself. However, when my brother and I arrived to the train, I was surprised to see that instead of having a private cabin, we were booked into a small cabin that slept 4 people and we had both an upper and lower bunk. This is a mode of travel usually reserved for back-packers and that constituted the other 98% of people on the train. Fortunately, the people who we shared the train with on both legs of the trip were nice but this does not constitute "luxury" travel which is what I expect when booking on this site and is what I specified to our agent when I set up the trip with her. Although my brother and I are in our early 40s and can easily hop up and down from the top bunk in the middle of the night, this may be a major issue with many people. In retrospect, this information was buried in the fine print, but I would have been more than happy to spend the extra $75-$100 each way for a private cabin if I was given that option. In addition, when were arriving to Lo Cai, we were told that we had an area to shower and refresh. To do so, we were directed to a room just above the restaurant in which we were having breakfast. The room that we were sent to was filthy and dingy. I have travelled to many parts of the world and have showered in many places but this was truly nasty. In addition, the towels that we were provided were little more than falling apart rags, but at least they were dry. My brother, who is relatively adventurous, refused to use the facilities. Again, this would have been fine when I was 20 and backpacking, but when I book a luxury vacation, this is not acceptable. The kicker is that Hanoi to Sapa is only 3.5 hours by car and I would have been much happier to sleep in a nice hotel and drive instead of taking the train. Other than that, the tour was fine. I was happy that I booked my own hotel rooms. Read more

Amy, United States

Our tour operator was very responsive and accommodating throughout the entire planning process. She incorporated our requests flawlessly into the itinerary and worked with us on changes until we were satisfied with the final itinerary. She was also available to assist us with last minute flight changes/delays/cancellations by contacting our tour guide to inform of changes and make sure that we had someone waiting for us at the airport when we arrived. She made sure we had all the information needed before the trip including the names and contact numbers of the tour guides assigned to our trip and the names and addresses of the hotel we would be staying. Our tour operator also contacted us after the trip to inquire about our trip and to make sure that everything went as expected and planned. She was very responsive to our comments and suggestions and worked expeditiously to resolve our concerns. We look forward to working with her again to plan our next trip. Read more


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