Itinerary for Vietnam cycling tours – Ultimate adventure experience

Journey on an exhilarating journey through the heart of Vietnam with our suggestion for the ultimate Itinerary for your cross-country Vietnam Cycling Tours. Immerse yourself in the rhythm of the country, as we unveil a meticulously crafted itinerary that promises not just a tour, but a transformative communion with nature. The Vietnam cycling tours will be your passport to discovering the unexplored beauty of this enchanting land. From the lush landscapes of the Mekong Delta to the rugged terrains of the Central Highlands, pedal your way through a tapestry of scenic wonders. 

Join us as we guide you through an adventure that seamlessly blends the thrill of cycling with the serenity of nature, providing a unique and unforgettable perspective on Vietnam. Get ready to pedal into the soul of Vietnam, where every turn of the wheel unfolds a new chapter in the story of your discovery.

Your nature healing adventure – The ultimate cross-country Vietnam Cycling Tours

Undoubtedly, cycling stands out as a premier way to immerse oneself in a country where hospitality is ingrained. The itinerary we present below serves as a prime example, promising a genuine encounter with local cuisine and a warm culture that is bound to enchant. 

Commencing the journey in Hanoi, what better way to start this extraordinary adventure than amidst the breathtaking mountains of North Vietnam and the wonders of Halong Bay? Progressing southward to Hue, our pedals set a steady rhythm through an ever-evolving terrain, unveiling serene highlands, palm-fringed beaches, and meandering country roads weaving through mango and coconut groves. As we pause at charming wayside tea stalls, the villagers’ curiosity often transforms into heartfelt invitations to their homes. The expedition culminates in the vibrant, cosmopolitan café culture of Ho Chi Minh City, marking this journey as an indelible experience.

Day 1: Hanoi

Ha Noi old street
Ha Noi old street

Nestled at the heart of the picturesque Red River delta, Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, effortlessly marries timeless allure with contemporary vitality, serving as the perfect launchpad for your Vietnam cycling tours escapade.

As you touch down at Noi Bai International Airport, a seamless transition awaits, guiding you through immigration procedures to your Hanoi hotel. Take a leisurely stroll, meandering past the historic Ly Thai To square, the founding figure of Hanoi, and along the scenic Hoan Kiem Lake, eventually arriving at the lively old quarter. A warm welcome dinner at a local eatery introduces you to the iconic flavors of North Vietnam. Wrapped in the delightful ambiance of Hanoi, your overnight stay signals the beginning of an extraordinary journey, promising exploration across this captivating city and beyond.

Day 2: Hoa Binh

Following an early morning meal, our cycling adventure commences at the bike depot, where we prepare for the day’s ride. Our destination is the mountainous expanse of Hoa Binh, home to the Muong ethnic people. Navigating towards the breathtaking Da River reservoir, ensconced by towering, jungle-clad mountains, we revel in the scenery during a serene one-hour crossing. 

After disembarking, a delightful lunch at a local eatery precedes our cycling journey toward Mai Hich. Beginning with a moderately steep 4km ascent from the pier, we exit the reservoir foothills, followed by a 20km stretch along level roads leading to the mountainous landscape of Mai Chau. Venturing into the realm of the White Thai community, characterized by rice fields, stilted houses, and encircled by limestone peaks, our pedal-powered exploration concludes at a traditional stilted guesthouse in Mai Hich, where a savory dinner awaits. The cycling route spans 40km on sealed roads, 

Day 3: Pu Luong

Pu Luong trekking trail

After your breakfast, our cycling adventure commences as we head toward the Laos border. Eventually, we veer eastward, immersing ourselves in the breathtaking Pu Luong Nature Reserve. The scenery transforms as the road gracefully follows the mountainside, offering panoramic views of terraced rice fields nestled in deep valleys. 

The initial 15km presents gentle changes in elevation, setting the stage for a 15km ascent. Subsequently, a thrilling descent awaits, guiding us down mostly flat roads to our cozy guesthouse. Nestled near two cascading streams, complete with natural pools, it’s the idyllic spot to conclude the day with a rejuvenating swim. Our cycling route spans 60km on sealed roads, encompassing 35km of flat terrain, a 15km uphill stretch, and a delightful 10km downhill ride. Elevations reach a peak at +865m and gracefully descend to -807m, promising both challenge and reward along the journey.

Day 4: Van Long

Embark on our journey with a 10km cycling expedition to Pho Doan village, navigating a hidden route known to only a few, leading to the historic Ho Chi Minh road. This picturesque stretch offers encounters with friendly locals. 

Following a delightful lunch, we’ll load the bikes onto the bus for a transfer to our exquisite resort, nestled at the doorstep of Van Long Nature Reserve. After checking into our rooms, gather at the nearby pier for a traditional sampan ride on the waters of the country’s largest wetland reserve. Renowned for its abundance of waterfowl, this area promises a serene and nature-rich experience. Arrived in Hanoi on the same day. The day’s cycling adventure covers 70 km on sealed roads with a terrain change of +403m and -527m, while the driving distance is 60km. Join us for a day of exploration and immersion in the natural wonders of Vietnam.

Day 5: Hue

Indulging in a brief tour of Hanoi key landmarks, including the Presidential Palace’s gardens in the Ho Chi Minh complex and the venerable Temple of Literature. Following a delightful dinner, we proceed to the train station. The night train, an integral part of Vietnam’s long-distance travel culture, offers a unique local experience not to be missed. Traversing the scenic Tam Diep Mountain range in the north and the Annamite range in central Vietnam, our nocturnal journey leads us to the enchanting destination of Hue.

Day 6: Tam Giang & Phu Thuan

At approximately 9 am, the train gracefully pulls into the station, marking the beginning of our exploration in Hue, the cradle of Vietnamese culture and the last imperial capital. Our morning is dedicated to uncovering the richness of Hue’s heritage at the Imperial Citadel, a pivotal symbol reflecting the city’s feudal history. 

After a delightful lunch, we resume our journey on bikes, covering around 45 km along flat roads. Following the impressive “road of the tombs” northeast, we reach the Tam Giang Lagoon. A local boat ride across the 70 km-long lagoon introduces us to the traditional fishing methods of the locals. As we bid farewell to our boatman, a southward cycling venture along the barrier beach road leads us to the serene Phu Thuan. Here, a charming boutique resort awaits on the beachfront. Check-in and spend the rest of the day unwinding—take a refreshing dip in the sea or the inviting swimming pool. The cycling route encompasses 50km of sealed roads, predominantly flat and providing a picturesque backdrop for our exploration.

Day 7: Lang Co

Begin your day on a delightful note with a beachfront breakfast, setting the perfect tone for what lies ahead. Today’s cycling adventure spans 80km, offering an easygoing route, predominantly flat with slight ascents toward the conclusion. Traverse the scenic expanse along the lagoon, meandering through various pools. 

Our route follows a tranquil road with minimal traffic, occasionally adorned by pine forests. Progressing into the buffer zone of Bach Ma National Park, the journey unfolds along the enchanting Chan May and Lang Co Bays, leading to a resort nestled at the base of the renowned Hai Van Pass. Conclude the ride and unwind on the beach or beside the inviting swimming pool. Cycling specifics: 80 km distance, predominantly sealed road, encompassing a flat stretch of 70km.

Day 8: Hoi An

Today marks our triumphant ascent of the legendary Hai Van Pass, a colossal coastal mountain and a climatic frontier in Vietnam. Conquering its 11 kilometers of ascent and descent is a feat on “one of the best coastal roads in the world,” praised by Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear. 

At the summit, we’ll savor celebratory ice creams before descending to Da Nang, Vietnam’s fastest-growing city. The 30-kilometer ride from Da Nang leads us to the enchanting ancient port town of Hoi An. After checking in, immerse yourself in the charm of this riverside town. The cycling adventure covers 65 kilometers on sealed roads, with 43 kilometers of flat terrain, an 11-kilometer ascent, and an exhilarating 11-kilometer descent, navigating elevations of +500m and -505m.

Day 9: Hoi An

After yesterday’s exploration, indulge in a leisurely day in this charming town. Roam through the historic pathways of the renowned Old Quarter or take a stroll down to the nearby beach, just 4 km away. Join in a relaxed afternoon cycling tour, utilizing traditional local bicycles, to explore the Hoi An countryside. Conclude the day with a serene sunset river cruise back to the hotel. It’s a perfect blend of cultural discovery and natural beauty, promising a delightful experience in this picturesque Vietnamese setting.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh city Notre Dame Cathedral
Ho Chi Minh city Notre Dame Cathedral

This morning, transfer to Da Nang Airport for our flight bound for Ho Chi Minh City. Upon landing, our journey continues with a drive to the hotel. Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, stands as Vietnam’s largest city, characterized by modernity, high population density, and a bustling traffic scene governed by its own unique rules. Given the city’s dynamic nature, cycling might not be the preferred mode of exploration. Instead, in the afternoon, we’ll take a leisurely stroll through the city center. This gentle walk will unveil the charm of well-preserved colonial buildings, creating a captivating contrast that adds to the city’s vibrant atmosphere.

Day 11: Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta

Embark on a morning adventure with a bus transfer to Hoc Mon Town, where a 20km cycling journey unfolds through scenic rubber plantations and rice fields, culminating at the historic Cu Chi Tunnels. These tunnels played a pivotal role in the Vietnam/American War, and our visit provides insights into their historical significance. 

Following a local restaurant lunch, resume your journey by bus to Cai Be in the heart of the Mekong Delta, a scenic three-hour drive. In the late afternoon, the cycling adventure resumes with a relaxed 10 km ride along the charming lanes of An Binh Island, leading to our welcoming local guesthouse. As the sun sets, painting the surroundings with a warm glow, savor the tranquility of the delta during this idyllic cycling stretch. The day’s cycling totals 30km on sealed roads with flat terrain, promising a delightful exploration of Vietnam’s diverse landscapes.

Day 12: Mekong Delta

Commence your day with a scenic boat voyage around Cai Be, observing local merchants aboard sampans laden with indigenous goods. Embark on an exploration by cycling along less-traveled roads and pathways, offering insights into the Delta’s cultural nuances. Each pause provides a chance for your tour leader to illuminate aspects of local life and traditions. 

Contrasting the initial days in the Northern mountains, the landscape transforms into what feels like a distinct country. After concluding the ride in the afternoon, relish lunch at a nearby eatery before a bus transfer covering the final 50 kilometers to our Ho Chi Minh City hotel. As dusk descends, join your guide for a brief stroll to Ly Tu Trong street, visiting the taproom of Vietnam’s craft beer trailblazers. Delight in a beer tasting, bidding adieu to your guide. Cycling distance is 50km with predominantly flat terrain.

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City

After savoring a delightful final breakfast in Ho Chi Minh City, take a leisurely morning to relax and explore independently. Following this, you will be smoothly transferred to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your departure flight, bringing a fulfilling end to your Vietnam cycling tours.

Final thoughts

Delve into an unforgettable odyssey with our meticulously crafted itinerary for Vietnam cycling tours, designed to offer the ultimate “one-touch to nature” experience. Viland Travel’s customized tours elevate your journey, ensuring a seamless blend of adventure and tranquility. From the vibrant streets of Hanoi to the serene landscapes of Halong Bay and the historic trails of Hoi An, each pedal stroke unveils a new facet of Vietnam’s beauty. 

Traverse through lush countryside, interact with warm locals, and savor the authenticity of this enchanting land. Our cycling tours not only provide a unique perspective but also let you forge a deep connection with nature. It’s not just a tour; it’s a symphony of exploration and immersion. 

Book your Vietnam cycling tour with Viland Travel and let the rhythm of the journey echo in your memories.