Cycle Vietnam

15 Days | See Vietnam like the locals do and cycle through rice paddies, limestone karsts and small villages

4.9 out of 5 based on 214 reviews submitted.
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ZAR  32,363
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More than 30 million Vietnamese can't be wrong – handle-bar height gives you the best view of vibrant Vietnam! This 15-day cycling trip take you through unique country landscapes, rice paddies, small villages, bustling cities and beside seas dotted with islands. Meet the friendly locals and experience the culture in a way that wouldn't otherwise be possible. You’ll indulge in delicious Vietnamese cuisine (Bahn mi, anyone?), cycle through the ancient sites of Hue, hop on a snorkelling boat to the islands near Nah Trang, chill out on palm-lined coasts, immerse yourself in traditional culture at a homestay and get your blood pumping on challenging, full day rides. It’s time to saddle up!

Trip overview

Map of Cycle Vietnam including Vietnam
Start
Hanoi, Vietnam
Finish
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Theme
Cycling
Destinations
Vietnam
Physical rating
Indicates how physically exerting a trip is, and how fit you will need to be to enjoy it. More info on physical ratings
Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
TVXB
This trip generates 84 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Cycle from Ninh Binh to Tam Coc and soak up one of Vietnam’s most spectacular views – the towering limestone karsts that rise over the rice paddies.
  • Ride one of Vietnam’ most spectacular highways to Nha Trang, hugging the granite cliffs and looking out across the sea to the many islands and lagoons. Then, chill out in the coastal town once referred to as the 'Cannes of the Orient'.
  • Discover Mai Chau – a town in a beautiful valley surrounded by green mountains – and enjoy the local hospitality and homecooked meals in your stilt-house homestay in the village of Poom Coong.
  • Make the most of your time in Hue, Hanoi, Hoi An and Ninh Binh with your expert local leader, their unmatched guidance and the super friendly locals!
  • Swap your bike for a boat and explore the nearby islands from Nah Trang. Starting on the main boat, you’ll then take a small basket boat to shore and visit a fishing village, go snorkelling in the turquoise waters and feast on a fresh seafood buffet.

Is this trip right for you?
  • To complete this trip, it’s important that you’re both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
  • This trip covers quite a distance – you’ll be cycling for up to 85 km a day on varied terrain, so you’ll need an adequate level of fitness.
  • You'll be spending one night in a homestay and another on an overnight sleeper train. While the accommodation is shared and basic, this is a great opportunity to interact with the locals and get a real sense of Vietnamese daily life.
  • If you feel like doing all the riding but with less effort, you'll have the option of hiring an electric bike.

Itinerary

Map of Cycle Vietnam including Vietnam

Inclusions

Meals

13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Bicycle (e-bike option available, subject to availability), Support vehicle, Boat, Overnight sleeper train, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (12 nights), homestay (1 night), overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Activities
  • Hanoi - KOTO dinner
  • Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology
  • Mai Chau - Pom Coong Village visit & traditional lunch
  • Hoa Lu - Temple of King Dinh and King Le
  • Hue - Imperial City Full Day Tour
  • Hue - Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
  • Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
  • Nha Trang - Po Nagar Cham Tower
  • Hon Mun Island - Snorkelling
  • Nha Trang - Basket boat ride
  • Nha Trang - Boat trip
  • Dalat - Hang Nga Crazy House
Add on activities
  • Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda - Free
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex - VND80000
  • Hanoi - Fine Arts Museum - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature - VND70000
  • Hanoi - Women's Museum - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Hoa Lo 'Hanoi Hilton' Prison - VND50000
  • Hanoi - Army Museum - VND20000
  • Hanoi - Street Food Experience Urban Adventure - USD40
  • Hoi An - Food Adventure Urban Adventure - USD44
  • Hoi An - Thu Bon river boat trip - VND100000
  • Hoi An - Private Hoi An: My Son Discovery - USD77
  • Nha Trang - Bao Dai Villa - VND120000
  • Nha Trang - Mud baths - VND280000
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace - VND40000
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum - VND40000
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel Experience Urban Adventure - USD45
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Discovery Urban Adventure - USD73
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon Street Food by Night Urban Adventure - USD36

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Important notes

1. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for train tickets. Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets.
2..A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 3 (Homestay) and Day 5 (Overnight Train) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can organise a suitable sized bike.
4. Bike helmets & closed toed shoes are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
5. An e-bike option (at additional cost) may be available on this trip. We have limited numbers of these bikes available and they are an 'on request' basis only. A request does not guarantee an e-bike, only a confirmed bookiing. Please ask your agent for more details at the time of booking.
6. Please see your Trip Notes if your departure takes place during Tet, usually in late January/early February. Although we do our best to run trips during Tet as per the scheduled itinerary, it is likely that there will be some changes to transport, accommodation or order of destinations visited.
7.  During the group meeting, your trip leader will ask you if you would like to contribute to the snack kitty. This is $30USD per person and would be used to purchase extra supplies of snacks, including nuts and other energy packed goodies. It is not a compulsory kitty, although will make the purchasing of snacks easier and more convenient for you. You can find out more information from your leader upon arrival.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 214 reviews submitted.
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david · Traveled April 2024
The leadership and logistics were faultless. Accomodation was good and supplied meal were satisfactory. It was HOT and HUMID and the motorcycle traffic was chaotic. This is not a tour for the faint hearted. But it was the experience of a lifetime with great people from across the world.
Review submitted 19 May 2024

Monique · Traveled April 2024
We had a fantastic guide and team care for us during our cycling tour. Everyone supported each other and we had a lot of fun and met a great bunch of people. Highly recommend.
Review submitted 15 May 2024

Louise · Traveled April 2024
April/ May is not a good time to go. At 45 degrees it is far too hot to cycle or do walking tours (often done in the middle of the day). Scenery on the whole was a lot of wastelands, with big stretches of rubbish tips. No food choice. All ordered in advance in bulk. Sanitation poor in the country, but also the guide actively encouraged bushes for toilets. No-one cleaned their hands. Then everyone shared cups. Very long bus transfers. Everyone got covid.
Review submitted 13 May 2024

kerin · Traveled April 2024
As an experienced cyclist I really enjoyed cycling Vietnam with Intrepid. The organisation was superb and we experienced so many sights. I gained a real insight into the wonderful country and its industrious people. Most of the locals are on motor bikes and it is a wonderful contrast for westerners to cycle. Interaction amongst our group was another highlight. A truly memorable experience.
Review submitted 07 May 2024

Deleece · Traveled April 2024
Cycle Vietnam was the most wonderful trip. You get to see the real Vietnam . Excellent leadership always felt safe and looked after
Review submitted 06 May 2024
Cycle Vietnam
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ZAR  32,363