Hanoi cycling to visit Halong bay on land and from the coast from the bustling city of Hue City cycling to Saigon as Ho Chi Minh city his epic tour showcases all aspects of Vietnam; including the poignant aspects of its war-torn history. Indulge in the fragrant and unforgettable Vietnamese cuisine. Cycle through beautiful wetlands, backed by jagged peaks from Mekong delta to Cambodia and Thailans. Travel vast stretches of stunning beaches and sample the freshest seafood available, straight from ocean-to-table.

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival 

Welcome to Vietnam. Your adventure officially begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm tonigh at your hotel. You can arrive at any time during the day, as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place to see your leader.

Before the meeting you need to assemble your bicycle to check for any damage in transit (if you have brought your own bike)

If you arrive with some time to spare then work your legs with a walk around Hanoi’s charming shaded boulevards and a squat on a short street-corner stools for a bia hoi (freshly brewed draught beer) in the Old Quarter.

Notes: If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you’re able to attend. We are happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you’re going to be late, please inform the hotel reception or your travel agent in advance.

Riding distance: none

Accommodation : Hotel ( 1 night )

Meals Included : There are no meals included on this day.

Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau

7:30 after breakfast – Pick up and transfer to Luong Son . Saddle up this morning as your cycling adventure kicks into first gear. Leave Hanoi behind and travel by bus to Hoa Binh (approximately 2 hours). When you arrive you’ll jump on your bike and cycle 40 kilometres to Cao Phong, through small ethnic Thai villages, enjoying the tranquility of the paddy fields and interacting with the local people. Limestone peaks climb in the background and banks of green line the road, and you’ll take regular stops to admire the view across the lush valleys. After arriving you’ll take a short 30-minute bus ride for the next section, stopping for lunch at Man Duc.  After you fuel up, the bus will take you to the Da River Reservoir. Stretch your legs again cycling along the Da River, passing spectacular karst cliffs, through paddy fields, and admiring the lush panorama of the Mai Chau valley on the way (approximately 20 kilometres). The peaceful town of Mai Chau is situated in a stunningly beautiful valley surrounded by verdant green mountains and is famed for its breathtaking scenery and friendly hilltribe peoples. Tonight you’ll enjoy local hospitality in a simple stilt-house homestay in the village of Poom Coong. Your amicable hosts will cook up a fabulous home-cooked meal, and there may even be a chance to sample some of the local rice wine produced in the region.

Riding distance: approx. 40kms & approx. 30kms

Accommodation : Homestay (1 night )

Included Activities : Mai Chau – Pom Coong Village visit & traditional dinner

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Mai Chau – Cuc Phuong National Park

Breakfast in the home-stay stilt-house,Walk down hill again and start cycling on a beautiful country road through scenic Thai villages across the stream and visit a local family  in the morning. Transfer to Cho Lo market and starting for cycling on beautiful single road via Thai and Muong villages to Ho Chi Minh Trails for lunch and then continue cycle from Ho Chi Minh trails to Cuc Phuong National park in the late afternoon. Over night in the park.


Cycling distance : 80 Km

Meals : Breakfast ,Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation : Cuc Phuong National Guest House

Day 4: Cuc Phuong – Ninh Binh

This morning cycling from Cuc Phuong gate to visit rescure central and continue cycle to visit Historival Man caves and you’ll ride through more paddy fields and test you riding skills (or suspension) with the shallow potholes that can be found on the road. Pass farmers riding atop their load drawn by lumbering water buffalo, ride through small towns and wave to friendly locals on your way through picture-perfect Vietnam – lush green fields, towering limestone mountains, tranquil waterways and charming historic sites. Lunch in Hoa Lu and cycle around the surrounding area. This is a wonderful chance to see everyday rural life in action as well as take in the beautiful countryside to Tam Coc to visit Thaivi temple and Bich Dong pagodas before check in hotel .

Riding distance: approx. 50 kms & approx. 25kms

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner

Day 5: Ninh Binh – Overnight train to Hue

This morning you’ll take a boat trip to visit Tam Coc caves, when you’ll really have the opportunity to soak up one of Vietnam’s most spectacular views – limestone karst peaks thrusting out of serene rice paddies, the sounds and views of the river, which winds through the fields and has boats parading up and down its length. You will also cycle to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam under the 10th-century Dinh Dynasty, the remains of which can be seen in the lasting beautiful archways and temples. Here you’ll take a lunch break at the Dinh or the Le Temple. Today’s cycling is approximately 40 kilometres. Then it’s back on the bus to return to your hotel, where you can use the day room to take a shower and freshen up. After an early dinner you’ll transfer to Ninh Binh for an overnight train to Hue.

Notes: On the overnight train to Hue (approximately 11 hours) conditions are basic, but it is a true Intrepid experience and the best way to travel long distances like a local. Sleeper trains typically have four berth compartments (occasionally six berth depending on seasonal variations and group configuration), which have bench seats that convert into sleeping bunks. A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although some travellers prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. On occasion, passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and there will be occasions where you’ll be sharing with local travellers or travellers who are not part of your group. Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food, but some travellers take the opportunity to stock up on fresh bread, cheese and fruit prior to departure.

Riding distance: approx. 40 kms

Accommodation: Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Included Activities: Tam Coc caves - Hoa Lu – Dinh and Le King Temple

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner

Day 6: Hue arrival

Arrive in Hue and hop back in the saddle to begin your exploration of the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Hue holds the treasures of Vietnam’s royal past and is a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil settings. Today you will ride (approximately 25 kilometres) through the fields to visit many of Hue’s remarkable sites, including temples, bunkers, tombs, ruins, pagodas and spectacular scenery. On your cycle you will visit the Imperial Citadel, including the Forbidden Purple City. The latter was almost totally destroyed during the Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive, but the foliage-covered ruins are still atmospheric and the gaping holes left by bombs give an idea of the destruction wreaked upon the country during the war. The itinerary is flexible and you have ample time for stops along the way to admire the sites. Later, kick back in a cafe or restaurant. Hue’s cuisine is considered by many Vietnamese as the best in the country, and is influenced both by its imperial heritage (small dishes and a focus on aesthetic presentation) as well as its strong Buddhist heritage, reflected in the high proportion of vegetarian restaurants in the region. The bustling Dong Ba Market offers a wealth of goods and foods to see and snack on. It’s a good place to try some of the local specialities that graced the Nguyen emperors’ banquet tables, such as the ‘banh khoai’, Hue’s answer to the pancake.

Riding distance: approx. 25 kms

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities: Hue – Imperial City Full Day Tour Urban Adventure, Hue – Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc

Meals included: Lunch

Day 7: Hue - Hoi An 

Today will be big on riding and big on spectacular views. Leaving Hue, you will do some mountainous riding (approximately 80 kilometres in total) as you conquer the Hai Van (Ocean Cloud) Pass on the way to the tropical south and the laidback town of Hoi An. The pass is a stunning stretch of highway the winds through the Truong Son mountain range for about 20 kilometres (10 kilometres each way), with views across the Bay of Denang to the south. It is 500 metres about sea level and the up/down slope ranges from 5-10%, and there will be plenty of well-earned breaks along the way to take in the views, snap some photos, and rehydrate. After the rewarding vistas on the cycle in, you’ll also be spoiled with the town of Hoi An – with lantern-lit streets, vibrant markets, skilled tailors, artisan shops, ancient houses, colourful temples and beautiful smiles, it’s a Vietnamese wonderland. Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An is being beautifully restored and preserved, with parts of the town looking exactly like they did more than a century ago. This makes its streets of low tiled buildings perfect for strolling. Take the evening to soak up the atmosphere, or just rest your legs at a local restaurant after a day’s riding.

Riding distance: approx. 80 kms,

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Hoi An

This morning your leader will take you on a walking tour of the town, which used to be a busy port for the Cham people before the river silted up. There’s also a strong Chinese influence, and you’ll see it as you walk past the pagodas and assembly halls. On your tour you’ll take in a historic house (formerly home to a prominent trader), the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall and a museum. The afternoon is free for you to do whatever takes your fancy. For those who love to shop then Hoi An is a mecca, with much to browse and buy. There are original paintings, handcrafted woodwork, ceramics, embroidery, lanterns and more. If you want to get some new threads then the town is also famous for its tailoring – pick a fabric and a design and it’ll be ready the same day. If you feel like keeping active then there are the options to take a 15-20 kilometre ride into the surrounding countryside, to cycle to nearby Cua Dai Beach, or to take a stroll through fields of rice, sesame, banana and peanuts.

Riding distance: none

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities: Hoi An – Old Town walking tour

Optional Activities: Hoi An – Food Adventure Urban Adventure – USD31, Hoi An – Thu Bon river boat trip – VND100.000, Hoi An – My Son Cham tour (entrance fee, guide and transport included) – USD35

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9: Hoian - Quy Nhon

Continue cycling from your hotel passing Cua Dai bridge and cycle along the coastline to Tam Ky for lunch before transfer to the south, down scenic Highway One on the road to Quy Nhom, one of the routes that is less visited by travellers. (total cycling today is approximately 60 kilometres). The city is filled with long stretches of beach and relaxed boulevards, and as it’s pretty undiscovered by visitors, is a great place to get an authentic slice of coastal life.

Riding distance: approx. 60 kms

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Quy Nhon - Nha Trang

Today’s cycle is approximately 80 kilometres, but it is one of the most breathtaking stretches of road you’ll ride – the highway hugs huge granite cliffs and looks out across the deep blue sea. Following parts of the Reunification railway, you’ll enjoy scenery of islands, lagoons and sand dunes. Join the scooter riders on the waterfront promenade as you arrive in the idyllic coastal town of Nha Trang, once referred to as the ‘Cannes of the Orient’, and whose sandy palm-lined beach and island-dotted bay still make a pretty idyllic picture. Here there’s consistently good weather, a vibrant nightlife and excellent diving.,,

Riding distance: approx. 80 kms,

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Nha Trang Visiting Island .

Today you’ll swap your bike for a boat as you head out to explore the nearby islands. This excursion is often the highlight of the trip for many travellers, as you’ll get to know some of the locals and indulge in the beauty of the place. Starting on the main boat, you’ll then take a small basket boat to shore and visit a fishing village, snorkel in the turquoise waters and lunch ob boat. You can enjoy this rest day by lazing in a deck chair, going for another swim or perhaps taking a mud baths to soothe away sore muscles. ( Noted : Sharing boat , water sports , drinks and some optional entrance fees to visit the island not included )

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities: Hon Mun Island – Snorkelling, Nha Trang – Basket boat ride, Nha Trang – Boat trip

Optional Activities: Nha Trang – Bao Dai Villa – VND120000, Nha Trang – Mud baths – VND280000,,

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch,,

Day 12: Nha Trang - Dalat

Head up through the Bidoup-Nui Ba Pass into the cooler climes of the South Central Highlands (approximately 65 kilometres), where some of the country’s best fruits, flowers and coffee beans are grown. The road is winding and steep but if you’re fit and ready for a challenge, you may want to conquer the whole mountain on your bike. If you’re not so physically inclined, take it easy and flag a lift from the bus. Whichever way you choose to get to the top, you’ll still be treated to magnificent views once you reach the summit. After a short photo stop here, you will descend to Dalat. One of Vietnam’s most delightful cities, Dalat is a perfect base to explore this pleasant region. With an appealing Swiss-French feel, along with pleasant lakes, palaces, pine tree-covered hills, flower gardens and pagodas, Dalat is often called the ‘city of eternal spring’ for its temperate climate.

Riding distance: approx. 65 kms

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Dalat - Mui Ne ( Phan Thiet )

This morning you’ll take a city tour of Dalat, making the journey to Bao Dai’s striking regal summer palace. He was the final emperor of the Nguyen dynasty, and the last to rule Vietnam until 1945. You’ll then discover the wacky and weird architecture of Hang Nga Crazy House. Echoing Gaudi’s unconventional designs, and described as a ‘fairytale house’, explore the twisted tree roots, cave shaped hallways and animal themed rooms of this surreal guesthouse. Drop by the train station and the central market before continuing to Di Linh, where tea is the main industry and there are large plantations in the surrounding hills. After lunch, pedal down the forest-lined Gia Bac Pass, then cycle along from Malam to Phan Thiet and it’s beautiful beaches.

Riding distance: approx. 60 kms

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities: Dalat – Hang Nga Crazy House

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14: Mui Ne  - Ho Chi Minh City

Before heading for the big city, take in the views along the beach from your resort in Mui Ne beach. After a picnic lunch, keep cycling (approximately 60 kilometres) cycling along beach to reach highway one to  transfer to Ho Chi Minh city . From there it’s goodbye to your two-wheeled friend for a few days as you take the support bus on the final leg to Ho Chi Minh City. Here daily life plays out on the streets and the dynamic atmosphere is a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West. Maybe the evening exploring the food stalls at Cho Ben Thanh market or cheers to yourself and your new friends with a few glasses of street-side beer hoi.

Riding distance: approx. 60 kms

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Optional Activities: Ho Chi Minh City – Reunification Palace – VND40000, Ho Chi Minh City – War Remnants Museum – VND40000

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City

Your adventure continues with a welcome meeting for new cyclists at 6 pm today – there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please check with hotel reception or look on the reception noticeboard for where and when the meeting will take place.,,Ho Chi Minh City has a dynamic atmosphere and a French influence. Perhaps head to Pham Ngu Lao Street to see the local open-aired market, visit Vinh Nghiem Pagoda or one of the amusements parks.

Riding distance: none,

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals included: there are no meals included on this day.

Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Tra Vinh

Take a three-hour bus ride to the Mekong Delta. Known as the ‘Rice Bowl of Vietnam’, the fertile delta is famous for its harvest of tropical fruit, flowers and rice, as well as the views over the canals. When you arrive in the region, get on your bike for the first full day of cycling. Ride along quiet backroads, past farms and villages and make a stop for lunch. You’ll also get to visit orchards and some local cottage industries. You’ll cycle for around 45 kilometres in total today. Around sunset, make your way up one of the canals by boat and reach your homestay. Stay with a family for the night and enjoy a wonderful meal of local specialties.

Notes: At your homestay, you’ll be sleeping on simple camp beds in a dorm-style arrangement. You’ll share a toilet and bathroom facilities with cold water only. Bedding and mosquito nets will be provided.

Riding distance: approx. 45kms/28 miles, flat with approx. 70m/230ft of elevation gain.

Accommodation: Homestay (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Tra Vinh - Chau Doc

Start the day early by boat then bus to riverside Sadec where you start today’s ride, shaking out your sea legs with a cycle (approx. 48 kms) through the bustling settlements along the river. Here you’ll see more of local life dependent on this vital and beautiful river, including lunch at a local community.

Cycle on (approx. 27 kms) and then take a ferry and bus to Chau Doc which is right next to the Cambodian border. Head out in search of the city’s famous hot noodles and cold beer, then stay the night in your hotel.

Riding distance: approx. 75kms/47 miles, flat with approx. 120m/395ft of elevation gain.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast , Lunch

Day 18: Chau Doc - Cross Border To Phnom Penh

Cycle to your last destination within Vietnam, the border town of Tinh Bien (about 32 kilometres) and stop for lunch. You’ll then go through visa formalities and cross into Phnom Den, Cambodia. Meet your new support team and hop on your bike again on your way to Phnom Penh (about 33 kilometres). You’ll be cycling along dusty and bumpy roads for a while, and then along a paved highway which leads to Cambodia’s capital. Once you arrive, you’ll have a free evening to enjoy your first delicious Cambodian meal for the trip. Phnom Penh is quickly becoming a hot destination among foodies, so load up on grilled seafood, fish curry and green mango salad.

Riding distance:

Ride 1 – Tinh Bien ride – approx. 32kms/20 miles, mostly flat with approx. 115m/380ft of elevation gain.,

Ride 2 – Cambodian border ride – approx. 33kms/20 miles, flat with approx. 30m/100ft of elevation gain.,

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast , Lunch

Day 19: Phnom Penh

Spend the day enjoying a leisurely ride around Mekong Island. Visit local artisans selling quality silks, and cycle past temples and pagodas. Stop for a refreshing drink at a roadside food stall.

Riding distance: approx. 27kms/17 miles, flat with approx. 35m/115ft of elevation gain.,

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 20: Phnom Penh

Today you’ll confront Cambodia’s tragic past with visits to several historical sites. First stop is the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school which served as a Khmer Rouge torture centre. You’ll take a guided tour of the museum where over 20,000 people were once incarcerated and tortured. Next you’ll visit the Choeung Ek Memorial, where a stupa made up of some 8,000 human skulls marks the site of the infamous Killing Fields. This was where the prisoners of Tuol Sleng were executed and nearly 9,000 corpses have been exhumed from the area. Finally, learn about a brighter period in Cambodian history with a visit to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

Riding distance: none

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities: Phnom Penh – Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) & Choeung Ek, Phnom Penh – Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 21: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Settle in for a long day of driving as we travel to Siem Reap. The bus ride will take about seven hours but will be full of stunning rural views of tiny towns, and it also gives you the chance to catch up on some shut-eye.

Riding distance: none

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 22: Siem Reap

The name Angkor always captures the imagination, conjuring up images of soaring temples set in deep jungle hidden from the world for generations, and there is simply no better way to experience the allure of Cambodia’s legendary Angkor temple complex than by bicycle. Faster than walking yet able to go places that the big tour buses just can’t go, cycling at your own pace along quiet, secluded small roads and jungle trails gives you the feeling that you are the first person to discover Angkor as you visit many small temples hidden from everyday view.,,That’s not to say you miss out on the icons, with visits to Angkor Wat, the greatest Buddhist temple in the world, as well as guided visits to the iconic jungle-covered ‘Tomb Raider’ favourite Ta Prohm, and the sheer majesty of Angkor Thom all included.,,Seeing this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site in such an environmentally friendly way, with no pollution or strain on the environment also helps to preserve this magnificent icon for future generations.

Riding distance: approx. 29kms/18 miles, flat with approx. 65m/215ft of elevation gain.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities: Siem Reap – Three Day Angkor Pass, Angkor – Full day temple cycling tour

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 23: Siem Reap - Banteay Srei

Today you’ll cover around 70 kilometres by bicycle on your visit to Banteay Srei, the 10th century temple dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva. The temple was rediscovered in 1914 and has some of the most intricate carvings in the world. It was restored shortly after discovery using traditional techniques and materials.

Riding distance: approx. 70kms/43 miles, gentle uphill with approx. 220m/720ft of elevation gain.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast , Lunch

Day 24: Banteay Srei - Sa Kaew ( Thailand )

Leave early in the morning and head for the border. Our crossing at Poipet/Aranyaprathet should take around 4 hours including the driving and processing time. From the border we transfer to the Tha Kabark Dam. We can have a quick swim and lunch before our next cycling leg – approx 40km to Sa Kaew where we will stay for the night.

Riding distance: approx. 40kms/25 miles, mostly flat with approx. 155 m/510ft of elevation gain.

Accommodation: Resort (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast , Lunch

Day 25: Tha Kabark Dam - Kabinburi

Wake up at sunrise and make your way to the local market. Here you’ll see the Buddhist monks from nearby temples who come to receive food from the villagers in exchange for blessings. Perhaps offer the monks some alms before continuing on your way. Spend the rest of the day cycling along mostly flat terrain towards the small district of Kabinburi. You’ll pass rubber tree and tapioca plantations as well as lush rice fields.

Riding distance: approx. 70kms/43 miles, undulating with approx. 300m/985ft of elevation gain.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities: Kabinburi – Alms giving at morning market

Meals Included: Breakfast , Lunch

Day 26: Kabinburi - Bangkok

Make your way to Khun Dan Dam, Thailand’s largest dam, for your last full day of cycling. You’ll ride past small villages, paddy fields, farms and shops. Stop for lunch along the way, then enjoy a quick swim. After cycling for around 50 kilometres, pack up the bikes before transferring to Bangkok, your final destination.

Riding distance: approx. 50kms/31 miles, undulating with small uphill, approx. 400m/1315ft of elevation gain.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast , Lunch

Day 27: Bangkok - Departure

There are no activities planned for today and you’re able to depart the accommodation at any time. However, as we don’t spend much time in Bangkok, why not stay a few days extra to make the most of your time here? We’ll be happy to assist with booking accommodation. Perhaps take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road or pay a visit to Wat Pho, home to the country’s largest reclining Buddha. Explore the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, or travel by long tail boat down the Chao Phraya River to explore Bangkok’s famous khlongs (canals). Consider doing one of our day tours of Bangkok, see urbanadventures.com for more information.

Riding distance: none

Meals Included: there are no meals included on this day.

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