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CONNECTING VIETNAM

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Kim Nguyen

INDOTREK

Indotrek offers a wide selection of adventure travel options in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand.

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CONNECTING VIETNAM

Hit all the highlights along this stunning coastal route, from the ancient cities of Hue and Hoi An to the stunning beaches of the coast and everything in between. Vietnam will not fail amaze and thrill along the way. Both the natural beauty and the friendliness of the locals will make the experience unforgettable.

DAY 1

SAIGON ARRIVAL

Rendezvous at your hotel in Saigon in time for a pre-trip group meeting at 18:00. You can arrive at the joining hotel any time today as no activities are planned. But please remember that hotel check-in times are after midday – unless the hotel has some rooms already available. If you do arrive early, you can leave your luggage at reception and we would encourage you to get out and explore Saigon city. Before leaving the hotel, please look in the reception area for a notice advising your tour leader’s name, mobile phone number and other helpful local information. Your leader will be happy to escort you to a local restaurant to sample the delights of Vietnamese cuisine and toast the start of what will be an unforgettable journey. Read more

Silverland Yen hotel
DAY 2

SAIGON CITY TOUR

Saigon is the country’s commercial center and, with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, it’s a city that never sleeps. Despite the well-documented hustle and bustle, Saigon retains its connections with the past. A walking tour to admire Saigon’s historic landmarks is a must. Transfer to Dong Khoi street, or Rue Catinat as it was known in the time of the French occupation, to discover some of the beautiful French colonial buildings built in the late 19th and early 20th century. Appreciate the splendidly restored exteriors of the Opera House and the former Hotel de Ville which are still two of the finest buildings in Saigon. Wander up to the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires based on the original construction from Paris (it is only possible to visit inside when no service is being performed). Then head across the square to the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustave Eiffel, before he had risen to fame for the Eiffel Tower. The former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war, is a short drive away and reveals the history of Saigon during its turbulent recent past. Continue to the City Hall (the former Hotel de Ville) which was completed in 1908 by the French. It remains as one of the most stunning colonial monuments especially when floodlit at night (outside visit). Then sit down at a street coffee shop for a break and observe the daily life of the locals, and have a little personal interaction with your guide over a cup of coffee. Your guide will give you some interesting tips such as how to cross the road without breaking a sweat or say a few simple words in Vietnamese as well as offer an insight of the local’s daily lives. Lunch is at local restaurant. In the afternoon, drive to the War Remnants Museum for a vivid glimpse of the American war through a local’s eyes (Please note that some of the photos are very graphic). Head to China town to visit Thien Hau temple, built by the Cantonese congregation in the early 19th century to honor the Goddess of the Sea. The temple’s ornate interior courtyard is always full of life as worshippers from the local Chinese community come to offer their prayers. Take time to make a wish, write it on a small card and attach it to one of the incense coils in the local custom. Continue your visit to FITO, the first museum of traditional medicine in Vietnam, offering an insight into how traditional medicine was used in the past. Read more

Silverland Yen hotel
DAY 3

SAIGON - MUI NE

After breakfast, enjoy 4 hours transfer to the beach town of Phan Thiet. Check in the hotel and enjoy half a day riding along the coast. Your ride begins at your hotel on a relatively flat route passing through desert-like scenery with sand dunes and coastal views. There are great photo opportunities along this stretch of the route. Overnight at a beach resort in Mui Ne. Read more

Terracotta Resort
DAY 4

MUI NE - BAO LOC

Drive out of town, cycle to Bao Loc (500 metres above sea level), following highway 28 where there is less traffic and fantastic views. You will see amazing rice fields, an ethnic village (K’Ho minority), and the national forest of Ma Lam, Da Mi Lake, banana and tea plantations. Finish cycling in Di Linh, and transfer to the unique city of Da Lat. At 1,475 Metres above sea level, Dalat is a temperate region dotted with lakes and waterfalls and surrounded by evergreen forests. This French Hill Station was once known as `Little Paris`. The surrounding hills provide South Vietnam with a more temperate climate to grow flowers and vegetables such as apples and carrots. Read more

Dalat Plaza Best Western Hot
DAY 5

DALAT - BUON ME THUOT

Departing Dalat, enjoy a full day in the saddle exploring the region’s amazing hillside scenery. The first 17 kilometres is downhill to Tanung, continue to ride on flat roads and rolling hills to Thanh Binh. You are now on larger roads with a couple of passes to tackle. The road between Dalat and Lak Lake winds over two mountain passes and the riding is quite challenging, but worth the effort. The road may seem almost vertical but the views over the coffee plantations are spectacular. After a slow uphill ride of less than 10km (remember the support vehicle is on hand) you will reach the summit and then coast down the other side. The second Chuoi (Banana) pass begins soon after, but is less challenging and mostly downhill. Ride past many examples of beautiful wooden houses with piles of coffee beans drying in the sun. As you approach Lak province to explore Jun ethnic minority villages. The village is located by the Lak Lake and home to the M'nong Rlam People who live in long houses. Enjoy an optional elephant ride through Lak Lake where you will have a great view of the town and the lake and take the opportunity to rest here and admire the view, after which you can transfer in the support van to Buon Me Thuot. Read more

Dakruco Hotel
DAY 6

BUON ME THUOT - NHA TRANG

Following breakfast, head out on Road 26 to the coastal town of Nha Trang. The ride is over undulating hills with some stunning scenery; take plenty of stops to absorb the beauty of coffee plantations, Earkrong Buk River and mountains. Stop for lunch at Ea Knop before descending towards the coast. When you arrive at HW1 at Ninh Hoa, the shuttle will take you the last 30km to Nha Trang. After driving this scenic coastal stretch past turquoise waters and scarlet fishing boats, you will arrive in Nha Trang holiday town. Overnight in Nha Trang. Read more

Starlet hotel
DAY 7

NHA TRANG

Enjoy a half-day cycling into the countryside on a 30km loop. Starting with a short drive and cycle through villages on tiny roads and quiet lanes, stopping off at points of interest en-route. There are plenty of sights, sounds and smells to absorb. Afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the beaches of Nha Trang where you spend the night. Read more

Starlet hotel
DAY 8

NHA TRANG - QUY NHON

The gentle ride today takes you to the coastal resort of Doc Let. There will be time to relax on the beach before transferring away from Highway 1 to Dai Lanh Beach. From here the ride is along the coastal road passing rice fields, shrimp farms, salt farms, and coconut palms. Few tourists stop on this stretch of road, so you will be a novelty to the local people - it is a great experience. Vietnamese are some of the friendliest people imaginable, and choosing to see their country by cycle will delight them. On arrival at Tuy Hoa, take the air-conditioned bus to Quy Nhon. Overnight in Quy Nhon. Read more

Royal Quy Nhon
DAY 9

QUY NHON - HOI AN

Cycling the back-roads through several little villages and a range of scenery you will find the road is mostly flat with just two small climbs. On reaching Highway 1 we will drive to Quang Ngai, passing the small town of Sa Huynh, a pleasant fishing backwater perched on a broad curve of palm fringed, golden sand. Speckled with blue fishing boats, this sleepy village is a convenient and relaxing place to rest en-route to points north. Continue the transfer to the site of the My Lai massacre. The My Lai site is in a small rural settlement, surrounded by simple thatched huts, quilted rice paddies and farmers with conical hats going about their day-to-day routines. The mood set by these surroundings is one of peace and tranquility despite the deep scars of the past. After a guided tour of the museum, we continue cycling on quiet roads passing My Khe Beach, local villages, a school and a lively local market. Then we will transfer Hoi An. Read more

Kim An hotel
DAY 10

HOI AN COUNTRYSIDE

After breakfast, start cycling along the Thu Bon River where you have a chance to take photographs of many fishing boats and small houses. Continue biking through Thuan Tinh Ecological village and take the opportunity to see areca-nut gardens, family shrines and local villagers going about daily life. Keep on cycling along quiet inland trails, passing water-coconut palm trees, fishing farms and rice paddies to reach Cua Dai Beach. Cam Thanh is a local fishing village with charming ocean views, many kumquat gardens and corn fields. On your return to Hoi An town, you may wish to stop by Tra Que village where many farmers cultivate herbs and vegetables. Help water the plants or fertilize the land if you have no problem getting your hands dirty and then enjoy lunch with your host. Return to Hoi An after lunch and then enjoy walking tour in the afternoon. Between the 17th and 19th centuries, Hoi An was a prosperous trading port. Today, this World Heritage-listed ancient town boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianized streets and unique cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse of its illustrious past. The narrow lanes are ideal for a guided walking tour. There is plenty to visit including the old merchant’s houses with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture; the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge; the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wood carvings; and the colorful market with stalls brimming with local specialties including silk, which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day or two. Read more

Kim An hotel
DAY 11

HOI AN - HUE

Today you travel north again for the drive/cycle to Hue. Leaving Danang, commence cycling on a flat road by the beach before tackling the Hai Van Pass (also known as the ‘Pass of the Ocean Clouds’). The views here are stunning and worth the 580 meter climb. If you prefer to avoid this you can always take a lift in the support vehicle. Once at the top, it will have been worth every moment as you effortlessly glide back toward the coast. Lunch break is at Lang Co Beach, then after a short transfer continue cycling along coastal the road passing through small villages and timeless rural scenes to Thuan An. Here you transfer to our city center hotel, and overnight in Hue. Read more

Romance hotel
DAY 12

HUE CITY TOUR

Hue served as an imperial capital to the Nguyen Lords, a feudal dynasty which reigned from the 17th to the 19th century. With splendid emperors’ tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the Citadel, the city retains its royal charm. Start from your hotel with a 10-minute ride from your hotel to the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO listed site. Enter through the towering main gate and you will appreciate the magnificent architecture and gardens while your guide explains the events and the intrigue of the former royal court. Despite being bombed heavily, there are some incredibly well preserved sections still intact and others which are being lovingly restored. From there, the vehicle will take you to visit Thien Mu pagoda, Hue’s best-preserved religious monument. Standing on the riverbank with its seven-storey tower, the pagoda is a sight to behold. In the afternoon, hop on your bike ride approx. 30 km to the elaborate Khai Dinh Royal Tomb. Its architecture and atmosphere showcase elements of eastern art and western designs. Continue to the serene Tu Duc Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of Feng-shui. Transfer back to your hotel with an optional stop en route at an incense stick making house if time permitted. Read more

Romance hotel
DAY 13

HUE - HANOI

After breakfast, transfer you to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, transfer you to the hotel for your check-in and enjoy half day city tour. With ochre-colored colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Hanoi is full of charm. Commence the tour at the historic Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” resides. (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every Monday & Friday, all afternoons and from early September until mid November). After that, you can visit One Pillar Pagoda which is a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It is regarded alongside the Perfume Temple, as one of Vietnam's two most iconic temples. Behind the Mausoleum, you can see Ho Chi Minh's House where he lived and worked. It is made of wood and enjoys a tranquil setting, with a view of a lotus pond. Ho Chi Minh’s belongings are on display and you can walk up the steps of his house to see his bedroom. Wind your way afterwards to the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins, for an overview about Hanoian culture and appreciation for ancient Vietnamese architecture. Drive back to central Hanoi for a walking tour through the Old Quarter to enjoy the bustling local life, then cap off the day with a show at the water puppet theatre - a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes of rural life and episodes of national history. Read more

Golden Rice hotel
DAY 14

HANOI - HALONG BAY

Depart for a 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay with a quick rest stop at Dai Viet Center – the best place to stop and stretch your legs en route. On arrival in Tuan Chau wharf, break time for photo taken before register and welcome drink will be served on board of Glory Legend. As you settle into your cabin and cruising through the bay, lunch will be served on deck. You will have the opportunity admire famous Perfume Rock, Fighting Cock, Lonely Cock, Saddle rock before arriving at Vung Vieng village. It was once the fishing village, however most of them have moved on land for their children’s future due to the lack of education system and access to vital information. This will allow a closer look into the lives of local fishermen before you transfer to the place for relaxing on sundeck or enjoy kayaking or swimming (if the weather permits). In the evening, take part in a cooking class demonstration organized on sundeck, learn how to make spring rolls and enjoy Happy Hour on board. Deluxe dinner will be served afterwards. The rest of the evening will be your leisure time. Overnight on junk (joined boat – private cabin, 2 persons per cabin). Read more

Glory Legend Cruise
DAY 15

HALONG BAY - HANOI

Wake up early to catch the sunrise on the upper deck with a cup of tea or coffee. Take part in Tai Chi class on the sundeck. Then you will visit Sung Sot grotto where stalactites hanging from the high ceiling takes on numerous shapes and forms before having brunch while cruising back to Tuan Chau Wharf. Arrive at the jetty late morning and transfer back to Hanoi. Opt to visit a traditional pottery workshop en route. Farewell dinner at local restaurant. Read more

Golden Rice hotel
DAY 16

HANOI DEPARTURE

Free time at leisure until transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Saigon
Day 3
Location Mui Ne
Day 4
Location Dalat
Day 5
Location Buon Me Thuot
Day 6
Location Nha Trang
Hotel Starlet
Day 8
Location Royal Quy Nhon
Day 9
Location Hoi An
Hotel Kim An hotel
Day 11
Location Hue
Day 13
Location Hanoi
Day 14
Location Halong Bay
Day 15
Location Hanoi

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • • Experienced English speaking guide throughout.
  • • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and support truck for bikes along the way from 05 pax up
  • • 1 biking mechanic support from 7 pax up
  • • Share boat Halong cruise (private 2 person/ cabin) – guide on board with clients
  • • Flight Hue – Hanoi (economy class/ airport tax is included)
  • • Bicycle rental and helmet for cycling days.
  • • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • • Healthy snack, fresh local fruits and drink for biking days.
  • • Bottled drinking water for sightseeing.
  • • All sightseeing entrance fee where required in the itinerary.
  • • Accommodation in twin shared room in hotel with daily breakfast.
  • • International flight reconfirmation.

Package excludes

  • • International flight to/from Vietnam
  • • Vietnam visa
  • • Travel Insurance. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance from home.
  • • Personal expenditure (telephone, laundry, shopping and so on…)
  • • Tips for guide, driver, porters. We recommend 5 USD/person/day for guide, 3 USD/person/day for driver and 3 USD/person/hotel when you check in/out.
  • • Beverage and alcoholic drinks.
  • • Any other services not clearly mentioned on itinerary and trip inclusive portion.

More information

  • Hotels and services in the itinerary are proposed for your review only. We will book services once we receive your official booking requirement and payment. Booking status will be advised afterward. In case we cannot book hotel as we initially proposed due to their unavailability, we will choose the similar hotels at same category and discuss with you for final approval.
  • Hotel check out is normally 12:00pm but sometimes earlier. Check in is after 14.00. Early check in and late checkout is subject to availability only.
  • Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed in the proposal, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes made as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to flight schedules or other operational factors.

REVIEWS

5 Reviews

Chris Eckett, United States

Went on a day cycle trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels, opting for something different rather than the run-of-the-mill coach tours from central Saigon. This tour left the city in a premium van and stopped on the outskirts of the city in a lovely village setting, and we rode all the way to the tunnels, stopping at various scenic points along the way. A fab lunch was served for us after visiting the tunnels too. Awesome operator and a great day out! Recommended! Read more

Deborah, United Kingdom

When I booked this I couldn't find much on the internet about Indotrek. However, their service was so fantastic during the inquiry/booking process that I went for it anyway. We were a group of 4, different level of cycling skills. The whole trip was excellent. From the start, Kim and Richard in the office gave us a wonderful service. Emails were replied to quickly and spot on. All the pre-travel arrangements were excellent. On arrival, we were met by our guide, Thang, who stayed with us up to Hue. Our driver was excellent. Both friendly and knowledgeable. We could cycle as much or little as we wanted each day which was great for our different skill levels. Hotels, on the whole, were better than we expected. From Hue we flew to Hanoi and finished the trip with an overnight on a boat in Ha Long Bay - that is a must do! Overall, brilliant service, brilliant value for money. Read more

Jenny, Spain

Just back from a trip organised by Indotrek. We cycled South to North Vietnam. From start to finish Indotrek provided an excellent service. Prompt reply to emails, good information. The guides and drivers were great - the guides spoke good English. We had some wonderful days cycling off the beaten track. Just what we wanted. We were not interested in just main roads and high mileage. The trip they organized for us was perfect - we did what we wanted and saw some lovely villages and had great interaction with local people. Hotels were on the whole better than we expected. Value for money was excellent. Definitely, would recommend this company. Read more

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