Portrayal of Vietnam Luxury Easygoing Bike Tour
This tour provides a fantastic opportunity to get acquainted with Vietnam by bike, as it encompasses key destinations in the northern, central, and southern parts of the country, capturing the highlights of each region. It takes you on a journey through various iconic attractions, starting from Hanoi and Lan Ha Bay, then continuing along the coastline and into the enchanting Mekong Delta. Immerse yourself in the vibrant essence of Vietnam, where traditional values harmonize with modern influences, and where picturesque countryside and pristine beaches coexist alongside bustling markets, historic towns, and dynamic urban centers.
Hanoi | 13:00hrs
40km or 24mi
Wholesome ExperienceIndulge in the history, culture and cuisine of Vietnam
|DAY 1||Hanoi||Hotel de L’Opera||D||walking|
|DAY 2||Lan Ha Bay||Paradise Grand||B,L,D|
|DAY 3||Fly to Hué||La Residence||B,L|
|DAY 4||Hue||La Residence||B,L,D||25-50km / 15-30mi||cycling|
|DAY 5||Hoi An||Anantara||B,L,D||60km / 36mi||cycling|
|DAY 6||Hoi An||Anantara||B,L||40km / 24mi||cycling|
|DAY 7||Fly to Saigon||Hôtel des Arts Saigon||B,L||walking|
|DAY 8||Can Tho||Victoria Can Tho||B,L||40km / 24mi||cycling|
|DAY 9||Can Tho||Victoria Can Tho||B,L,D||25km / 15mi||cycling|
Day 1: Hanoi
Arrive and settle into your hotel. Our guide meets you at your hotel at 13:00hrs.
Today walk the busy streets of Hanoi visiting some of the cultural and historical highlights of Hanoi. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, which was constructed nearly a millennium ago, and is delicately elevated in a pond. Also visit the Temple of Literature, dating back close to a thousand years, is a wonderfully preserved piece of ancient Vietnamese architecture and stands to honor the scholarly achievements of the country’s academics and philosophers. Continue exploring the area around Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake, old quarter including Ngoc Son Temple, which sits perched on a little island in the lake. In the evening, we convene over dinner.
Day 2: Lan Ha Bay
Today we transfer you to one of the greatest sites in Asia – the spectacular Limestone strewn massif of Lan Ha Bay.
Lan Ha Bay is located just to the south of Halong Bay and is often considered a hidden gem. It offers similar limestone karst scenery but is less touristy and more pristine compared to Halong Bay. Lan Ha Bay is known for its calm and clear waters, making it a great destination for water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. The bay is also dotted with small, untouched sandy beaches and secluded coves, providing a more tranquil and private experience.
The first’s trip stop is the magnificent Dark and Bright Cave; you will be transported there by locals rowing bamboo boats. It is a poetic and stunning location that acts as an accessway to a beautiful and tranquil lake, surrounded by walls of stone in different scales and sizes.
At sundown, Paradise Grand will anchor overnight. It is the perfect time for you to a cooking class on the notable Vietnamese dish at L'Odyssée Sundeck or Piano Lounge.
Day 3: Fly to Hué
If you rise early, we recommend a Tai Chi session on the sun deck. Tai Chi helps focus the mind and condition the body and there is no better environment to practice this than amongst the limestone peaks and islands.
Your last trip stop is Ao Ech - a place famous for its unspoiled beauty and tranquillity. Admire rocky mountains surrounding clear water and small pristine sandy beaches.
Check out the cabin and cruise back to Tuan Chau Marina for disembarkation. We shuttle back to Hanoi for a flight to Hue. Arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hué, the gateway to Central Vietnam. Our guide meets at the airport and then transfers to your hotel for check-in.
Day 4: Hue
Today take your bicycle out for an early morning leisurely loop around the imperial town of Hué. Ride past the Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, Mausoleums, and the merchant’s houses along the banks of the Perfume River and through quiet lanes with lush gardens.
If you're up for more riding, explore the ‘purple city’ on a short countryside loop on a bike, swerving to unthreaded nooks and corners through the beautiful rural countryside and absorbing this historic capital city of Vietnam at your own pace. Take a short transfer out of Hue to visit the Thanh Toan Bridge, an ancient architectural monument extremely valuable in terms of its history and culture. This is one of two bridges remaining in Vietnam today that retains its unique architectural style. We then cycle on to Dam Chuon Lagoon, a part of the Tam Giang Lagoon system. This is a must-see spot for all those who are lovers of beautiful scenery and keen photographers.
We continue riding to Thuan An beach, an ideal place for relaxation. On the way to the beach, there will be many houses, temples, pagodas, rice fields, and beautiful gardens to see and explore. Upon arrival at the beach, enjoy a swim and then jump back on the bikes and head to Con Te Islet.
Loopback to Hue, and stop at Sinh Village – an ancient village well known for its artists and beautiful, traditional, craft woodblock paintings.
Day 5: Hoi An
After a hearty breakfast, we take a short transfer out of Hue to the coast. Begin riding off the beaten track along a picturesque, narrow peninsular road. Cross the estuary of the Perfume River and from here, challenge yourself by cycling up the Phuoc Tuong Pass then take a short transfer to Lang Co and have lunch by the gorgeous lagoon.
Later, ride along the Lang Co Bay with spectacular views of winding paths, wooden fishing boats, waterfalls, mountains, and forests, and bike on over gradual hills to climb Hai Van pass for views of this splendid bay. This rugged pass is the final section of the Truong Son Range stretching to the sea. From the pass, go downhill to the base and shuttle to Hoi An, a delightful old trading town and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 6: Hoi An
The architectural beauty of Hoi An will captivate you as this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a melange of Vietnamese, European, Chinese, and Japanese monuments in an unhurried, timeless setting. Here, we ride to My Son, a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and 14th century AD by the kings of Champa. Regarded as one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. The initial ride is through the hinterland and the last leg has a bit of traffic, so ride carefully.
Day 7: Fly to Saigon
Transfer to Da Nang Airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive in Saigon and settle into your hotel. Our guide meets you at your hotel for a walking tour to explore some of the most popular sites (Ben Thanh Market, Saigon Opera House, Continental Hotel, The Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Post Office, The War Remnants Museum). This walking tour gives an excellent introduction to the city’s history and provides you with plenty of opportunities to soak up the unique mix of chaos and tranquility that is modern-day Saigon.
Alternatively, we can also today bike to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels. A shuttle transfer of about 90min brings us to the Tan Phu Trung village. After a short ride through narrow rural trails, take a ferry to a nearby island and bike past typical rural hamlets, rubber plantations, and paddy fields. Another ferry brings us closer to Cu Chi Tunnels. Our guide takes us on a walk through the tunnels and shares anecdotes along the way. Try the famous Cassava with green tea and peanut dip, the food of soldiers living in the tunnels during the war. After lunch at a local restaurant by the Saigon River, shuttle back to the city.
Day 8: Can Tho
A shuttle transfer brings us to Cai Lay, the outskirts of Saigon. Ride along a small creek to the Mekong estuary past gorgeous paddy fields and dragon fruit farms. Arrive at Cai Be and take a boat trip along the mighty Mekong River and its tributaries to experience the daily lives of people who work and play on the waterways of the Mekong Delta. We also visit the floating market at Cai Be, and a family-run business producing rice paper – a key ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine. Break for lunch on an island at a local house, set amongst fruit orchards and bonsai trees.
After lunch, transfer to our hotel in Can Tho where we spend the night. Seasonally, on the way to the Mekong Delta, we can enjoy the peaceful scenes of farmers seeding, ploughing, and harvesting rice crops.
Please note, today's day include a shuttle transfer of about 2:30hrs.
Day 9: Can Tho
Experience early morning Cai Rang floating market on a boat ride and then cycle to Phong Dien floating market. Weave through the teeming early morning market bustle along the banks of an active riverfront. Absorb the sights of the endless cottage industries, timber merchants, coconuts shredders, dock loading/unloading rice, and vibrant markets. Continue by bike on the narrow lane and loop back to the main road.
Day 10: Saigon
We shuttle back to Saigon. Extend here or depart as per your onward travel plans.
For those with additional days to spare, we offer the option to extend the trip further by continuing the cycling adventure into Cambodia, culminating at the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat. This extension serves as a perfect memento for your unforgettable cycling holiday.
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Each hotel has been thoughtfully selected to ensure an exceptional and memorable experience for guests.
Sofitel MetropoleLocated in the heart of the old city, and is an iconic award-winning luxury Hanoi old quarter hotel. Blending a heritage colonial style with neo-classical luxury and a dash of modernity, you'll find an elegance during your stay you're unlikely to experience anywhere else.
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All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).
Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.
Immaculately maintained bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.
A Van support follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.
Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.
Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.
Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.
E-bikes are available on this trip at a surcharge. Please send a note to your tour consultant to book one.
Airport pickup and drop
We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.
Some meals may not be included. Please check your itinerary.
Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.
When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Our fleet majorly consist of the below bikes as a part of this tour. However, sometimes due to height or availability constraints, we may provide a different but similar quality bike.
Trek Marlin 5
Included in your trip price
Included in your trip price
Like most tropical regions, Vietnam has hot summers, mild pleasant winters, and an extremely wet rainy season. Being located in the northern hemisphere, the best season for cycling in Vietnam is generally from September to May, with regional variations as described below:
North Vietnam – Hanoi and Halong Bay: The cycling tour season in this region runs from October to May. December and January can be cold with occasional rainfall. May to October is hot, with heavy rain in the months of August and September.
Coastal Vietnam – Hue to Nha Trang: Coastal Vietnam is a narrow crescent-like coastal strip that is at times only 60 km wide. As a result, it experiences coastal weather phenomena such as high rainfall and occasional typhoons during the wet season that runs from September to December. Travelers during this season should be prepared for last-minute changes to the itinerary. The Best season to visit this region is from January to September with the average temperature hovering around 30°C.
South Vietnam – Saigon and Mekong Delta: South Vietnam is a year-round cycling destination because of its pleasant tropical climate. April and May can be hot, but for the rest of the year, the temperature hovers around 30°C. There is moderate rainfall from May to early November but it settles soon, leaving the weather cool and the countryside lush. November to February is the best time for cycling in South Vietnam with warm weather, clear blue skies, and a light ocean breeze blowing in from the Pacific.
Residents from a number of countries have visa exemption status for tourist visits to Vietnam. For a full list of up-to-date visa-exempt countries, see the Vietnam Foreign Affairs website.
Starting August 15, 2023, the Vietnam government will start offering an e-visa valid for up to 90 days with multiple entries, replacing the current 30-day, single-entry option. Furthermore, passport holders from Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom will benefit from an extended visa exemption period of 45 days, up from the current 15 days. Eligible foreign nationals will either benefit from a longer duration of stay and greater flexibility with the extended e-visa validity of up to 90 days and multiple entries, or enjoy an extended visa exemption period of 45 days.
e-Visa – You can apply for an e-visa through the government website, then, once approved, simply print it out and present it upon arrival in Vietnam. The additional benefit of the e-visa is that it's valid at land borders, not just airports. The processing time ranges from 2 to 7 working days. We recommend applying 2 weeks in advance to avoid unexpected delays. Read more about tourist e-visas for Vietnam at the Vietnam Immigration portal and apply there.
While applying online for an approval letter, please ensure that you have the following documents:
- Passport scanned copy: A scanned copy of your passport - front (main) page. It shouldn't be a mobile photo or a photo taken from a laptop. Strictly scanned copy done through a computer scanner.
- Passport size photo: portrait photo (4*6 size, colored photo, white background, straight looking without glasses). A photo taken from a mobile or laptop may or may not work, so I would strictly advise getting one made through a nearby photo studio (retail shop) that specializes in taking photos for visas.
Here is an excellent resource on Vietnam visas that may be worth looking at.
Reviews from our friends
Kathryn H from UK5.0
We really enjoyed the trip!
We really enjoyed the trip. We combined two trips so we did an extended tour of Vietnam and Cambodia with a few different guides -each time they were local people with good English and excellent knowledge of the areas we were cycling through. The main sites were covered well but it is the cycling through rural areas with local guides that were by far the best part of the trip- we saw some amazing things that are not on the tourist trail. We always felt very well supported and looked after by the guides and the drivers and the hotels were very good. Excellent. Thank you.
Susan Cadenhead from NZ5.0
The guides were exceptional. Saw things I know most tourists don’t. Very organised. Tony was was so considerate and aware of our capabilities. Jock our driver was so very capable and made us feel safe. It seemed he was always just around the corner. Highly recommend.
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