Cycling the Back roads of Vietnam 14 Days

Embark on a captivating 14-day cycling adventure through Vietnam, a journey that promises an exhilarating blend of culture, history, and breathtaking landscapes. Start in the bustling capital, Hanoi, where the rich scent of street food fills the air and ancient temples offer silent testimony to centuries of history. Here, the vibrant street scenes set the stage for the adventure that lies ahead.

Your journey continues as you board the Orchid Trendy Cruise to traverse the emerald waters of Lan Ha Bay. Here, amidst the dramatic limestone cliffs, you’ll explore hidden caves and cool off in the serene waters of Tra Bau, enjoying the luxurious amenities of your cruise.

Next, the historic city of Hue awaits, where you’ll delve into the imperial past of Vietnam. Wander through age-old citadels and peaceful garden houses, each echoing the stories of ancient dynasties. The serene ambiance of Hue’s historical sites provides a profound contrast to the lively streets of Hanoi.

As you pedal towards Hoi An, the landscape transforms. The charming town greets you with lantern-lit streets and vibrant markets that seem to transport you back in time. Here, the past comes alive in the architecture and the bustling activity of its markets.

The journey takes a rural turn as you cycle through the Vietnamese countryside, passing verdant rice paddies and traditional villages. The path leads to the awe-inspiring My Son Sanctuary, a cluster of ancient ruins that stand as a testament to a bygone era. The experience is enriched by the local cuisine and the genuine hospitality of the villagers you meet along the way.

Your adventure continues along the coastal roads to Quy Nhon, where each pedal stroke offers spectacular views of the ocean and access to secluded beaches. Historical reflections at the My Lai massacre memorial add depth to your understanding of Vietnam’s complex past.

In Nha Trang and Mui Ne, the journey shifts to relaxation and leisure. Here, you can unwind on sun-kissed beaches, dive into turquoise waters, or seek the thrill of sandboarding down vast dunes. Each day is a new opportunity to indulge in coastal pleasures or explore the vibrant marine life.

The final leg of your tour brings you to the dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, a place where traditional markets collide with modern skyscrapers, creating an electrifying atmosphere. This city’s vibrant pulse is a fitting conclusion to your journey, encapsulating the spirit of Vietnam—a blend of old and new that resonates deeply with every traveler.

From the serene beauty of Lan Ha Bay to the energetic pulse of Ho Chi Minh City, this cycling tour is not just a trip but a profound journey through the heart of Vietnam, offering an unforgettable tapestry of experiences that will captivate your heart and enrich your spirit.


Day 1: Arrival at Hanoi (D, GP)

Upon landing at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, a friendly driver will greet you and escort you to your hotel, setting the tone for a journey of relaxation and exploration. After settling in, you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at a renowned Vietnamese restaurant, offering a delightful first taste of the local cuisine. Your first night will be spent in the comfort of your Hanoi accommodation, preparing you for the adventures ahead.

Day 2: Hanoi to Hai Phong/Lan Ha Bay Overnight on Orchid Trendy Cruise (B in Hanoi, L, D, G on Board)

Following breakfast, your private car and driver will take you to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated for its immense marine limestone ‘karst’ formations.

Upon arrival at Lot 32 – Tuan Chau Marina, check-in procedures will be conducted in the waiting lounge. Then, you’ll transfer to Orchid Cruises by tender boat, where you’ll receive a warm welcome with drinks and a cruise briefing.

While cruising through Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay, enjoy a delectable onboard lunch. Later, explore Trung Trang Cave on Cat Ba Island, marveling at its natural wonders.

Orchid Cruises will navigate to the tranquil Tra Bau area of Lan Ha Bay, inviting you for a refreshing swim. Evening activities include a cooking demonstration, Happy Hour specials, and the option for massage services.

Indulge in a fusion dinner crafted with the freshest ingredients, served in an elegant setting. As night descends, revel in the bay’s beauty from the sundeck or restaurant bar, with activities like squid fishing and games available.

You’ll spend the night aboard the Orchid Trendy cruise, featuring contemporary cabins with bay-facing windows and optional personal balconies. Throughout your journey, enjoy fresh seafood-based meals provided on board.

Day 3: Lan Ha Bay to Hanoi then Fly to Hue (B, Brunch, G on Board, DP to Hanoi & Hue)

After a restful night, take in the tranquil beauty of the bay with a tai chi session on the sundeck. For early risers, there’s the option to catch the dawn with guidance from our sailors.

Enjoy breakfast in the restaurant as the cruise progresses.

Explore the hidden charms of Ha Long – Lan Ha Bay through kayaking adventures in the Ao Ech area.

Return to Orchid Cruises for check-out procedures.

Savour a delightful brunch on board while cruising back.

Disembark from Orchid Cruises at Tuan Chau Marina, bidding farewell to your cruise experience. Your awaiting car will transport you back to Hanoi, with a direct flight to Hue.

You’ll spend the night in Hue, continuing your journey.

Day 4: Imperial Hue Cycling Adventure (35km) (B, L, D, G)

Biking route: Hotel – Ngoc Son garden house and temple – Imperial Citadel – Phu Mong Kim Long – Thien Mu Pagoda – Hotel (20 km)

Your day in Hue starts with a cycling tour after breakfast. Starting from your hotel, you’ll explore significant landmarks including the atmospheric Dong Ba Market and the iconic Imperial Citadel. Visit the elegant Ngoc Son Princess garden house, where you’ll gain insights into Hue’s unique heritage and geomancy.

The route then leads you through the serene countryside to Phu Mong Kim Long village, famous for its beautiful garden houses linked to the old royal court. If time allows, you’ll also stop at the Thien Mu Pagoda, a historic and spiritual icon of Hue.

In the evening, dine in the tranquil setting of a local garden house restaurant, enjoying traditional Hue cuisine. Your overnight stay will be in Hue, nestled among its rich history and tranquil landscapes.

Day 5: Hue to Hoi An Cycling (81km) (B, L, G)

Biking route: Hotel – Thanh Toan – Truong Ha Bridge – along the beach to Vinh Hien (60km). transfer Lang Co for lunch – bike Hai Van Pass (21km) – transfer to Hoi An

Today’s journey is a scenic 81km cycle from Hue to Hoi An, traversing coastal and rural landscapes. Depart from Hue, passing through Thanh Toan and alongside the beautiful Tam Giang Lagoon. You’ll experience the vibrant local life and stunning vistas, stopping for a lunch break in Lang Co, known for its pristine beaches and spectacular views.

Post-lunch, tackle the Hai Van Pass, a picturesque but challenging climb offering panoramic views of the Central Coast. Upon descending, continue to Hoi An, where the ancient town welcomes you with its well-preserved architecture, reflective of its multicultural history.

In Hoi An, check into your hotel and spend the evening at leisure, perhaps exploring the lantern-lit streets and riverside setting. Overnight in Hoi An, a perfect end to a day of active exploration and breathtaking scenery.

Day 6: Hoi An to My Son Sanctuary Cycling (48km) (B, L, G)

Biking route: Hotel – ancient town Hoi An – boat – Kim Bong – Go Noi – Duy Chau – Kiem Lam – Homestay Lunch (48km) – visit My Son – Hotel.

Embark on a cycling trip to My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an ancient centre of spiritual and political power of the Champa Kingdom. The ride through rural landscapes is both tranquil and enriching, offering a deeper connection with Vietnam’s countryside.

Visit local villages along the way, engaging with the community and learning about traditional crafts such as rice paper making. Enjoy a local lunch in a homely setting before exploring the majestic ruins of My Son, surrounded by lush forest and mystic silence.

Return to Hoi An by the late afternoon, giving you time to reflect on the day’s historical insights or relax in the quaint ambience of the town. Overnight in Hoi An, nestled in its rich tapestry of history and culture.

Day 7: Hoi An Free Day (B)

Enjoy a leisurely day in the enchanting town of Hoi An. This day is yours to relax or explore at your own pace. Wander through the vibrant streets lined with historic houses, tailor shops, and art galleries. Consider a visit to the local tailor to have custom clothing made, or take a cooking class to learn about the regional cuisine. Alternatively, you might want to relax at one of the town’s many cafes or take a short trip to the nearby beach. Overnight in Hoi An, soaking up the relaxed atmosphere and charm of this historic town.

Day 8: Cycling Hoi An to Quang Ngai (70km) (B, L, G)

Bike route: Hotel – Tam Ky – Tam Thanh beach – Tam Hai island – Ky Ha port – My Lai masare – Quang Ngai – transfer to Hotel

Set off early from Hoi An to cycle south towards Quang Ngai, a journey filled with coastal scenery and cultural encounters. Begin your ride passing through rural landscapes and traditional villages, stopping to interact with locals and experience their daily life. Lunch will be at Tam Thanh beach where you can enjoy fresh seafood and take a quick swim.

Post-lunch, continue cycling through the unique landscapes of Tam Hai Island and eventually reach Quang Ngai. Visit the poignant My Lai Massacre Memorial, which commemorates the tragic events of 1968. This visit offers a deep reflection on the darker periods of history. End the day by checking into your hotel in Quang Ngai for the night.

Day 9: Quang Ngai to Quy Nhon Cycling (70km) (B, L, G)

Today’s route from Quang Ngai to Quy Nhon promises more scenic vistas and cultural interactions. Start with a hearty breakfast before cycling through the coastal provinces.

Today marks the start of some serious cycling, so it’s an early breakfast for you! You’ll be driving to the starting point, which is 99 kilometres south of My Lai. The first leg of the journey takes you along the coast from Binh Duong, through Tung Giang, and onto Tuy Phuoc via a charming provincial road that winds past many villages, far from the main highways. Along the way, you’ll have plenty of chances to stop and enjoy the warmth and friendliness of the Vietnamese people. The road surface varies from decent to rough, so the support vehicle might need to take detours to avoid any hazards. Eventually, you’ll reach Tuy Phuoc, just 9 kilometres from your destination and accommodation in Quy Nhon City. You can choose to cycle this final stretch if you like, but bear in mind that this part of the road can be quite busy, so you might prefer to be driven. Your overnight stay awaits you in Quy Nhon City.

Lunch will be served in a picturesque location, offering you flavours of the coastal cuisine. Post lunch, continue your journey to Quy Nhon, a coastal city known for its beautiful beaches and Buddhist temples. Check into your hotel upon arrival and relax for the remainder of the evening.

Day 10: Cycling Quy Nhon to Nha Trang (70km) (B, L, G)

After breakfast the cycling continues on a stunning route from Quy Nhon to Nha Trang, cycling alongside the coast and enjoying the refreshing ocean breeze. The route includes a mix of flat roads and challenging hills, providing spectacular views of the sea and surrounding hillsides.

Another early transfer from Quy Nhon to a spot which is 20km North of Tuy Hoa city. Bikes will be ready for the ride along the coast toward South.

Going through Tuy Hoa city then cross the Da Rang river via the old bridge which limits all vans or Buses from 16 seats. This is great for biking through. Then you’ll bike through number of villages with gardens of vegetable and flowers.

The final stage is beautiful and quite tough with some hills. And you’re deserved to have fantastic view of Sea on your left, mountain on your right. End up in Vung Ro which was secret port for ZERO vessels which were used to transfer food, weapons and ammunitions supported from the North via Ho Chi Minh trails on sea.

A short transfer will take you through the huge and busy pass to Dai Lanh Beach for swim and lunch. Another transfer to Nha Trang city by dawn and you will spend the night in Nha Trang.

Stop at Dai Lanh Beach for a refreshing swim and a picnic lunch by the sea. Continue your journey towards Nha Trang, one of Vietnam’s most famous seaside resorts known for its pristine beaches and vibrant nightlife. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and spend the evening exploring the bustling night markets or enjoying a seaside dinner.

Day 11: Cycling Nha Trang to Mui Ne (60km) (B, L, G)

Today, leave Nha Trang and head towards Mui Ne, known for its stunning sand dunes and windsurfing scenes. The cycling route takes you through coastal villages and past salt farms, with several climbs that reward you with panoramic views.

Transfer early to My Thanh (south Cam Ranh) to start the ride – Vinh Hy bay (couple 10% hills) – Phan Rang (40km – lunch) – transfer to Luong Son or Bau Trang – bike to Mui Ne hotel (30-40km)

As usual, you’ll have transfer to the border of Ninh Thuan and Khanh Hoa to start the ride. Once on your cycles, the route continues southward towards Vinh Hy (30 kilometres, about two hours) with some hills. Have lunch in Vinh Hy bay, after lunch, there’s still be some hills to climb with 11%.

Keep riding south through Grape fruit plantation, sheep’s and Salt field.

Finish the ride of 60km and a transfer to Mui Ne where you’ll check in. You will spend the night in Mui Ne

Arrive in Mui Ne and check into your resort. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or exploring the famous sand dunes. Enjoy a sunset view over the dunes as a perfect end to the day.

Day 12: Mui Ne Free Day (B)

Spend your day in Mui Ne at leisure. Relax on the beach, visit the Fairy Stream, or engage in water sports such as kitesurfing or windsurfing. Mui Ne is also known for its dramatic sand dunes where you can try sandboarding.

Day 13: Mui Ne to Ho Chi Minh City (B, GP)

After breakfast, enjoy some free time before your transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. The drive will take approximately 3.5 hours. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and spend your last evening shopping in the bustling markets or enjoying a farewell dinner at one of the city’s many superb restaurants.

Day 14: Departure from Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G)

After breakfast, enjoy some free time until your transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your departure flight. Reflect on the rich experiences and beautiful landscapes of Vietnam as you prepare to say goodbye to this vibrant country.


B = Breakfast

L = Lunch

D = Dinner

G = Guide

GP = Guide pick-up

DP = Driver pick-up

Guide Price

The prices for this group tour for a minimum of 7 travellers and priced per person in US dollars:

These prices are valid until November 30, 2024.

Please note that bank transfer fees are not included.

Hotel Standard





*Supplement for single occupancy

(three stars)

2,220 2,128 1,932 1,778 675

(four stars)

2,400 2,309 2,127 1,943 850

Price is not valid for the Peak season, please contact us again for price checking and availability

Peak season: Dec 20th, 2023- Jan 07, 2024, and TET (Feb 05 – 18, 2024)

***‘Single room occupancy’ refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself.


  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing twin or double rooms.
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above. Road travel in an appropriate private vehicle for transfer and back up when cycling as itinerary (accompanied with luggage van to carry bike and baggage).
  • Domestic Flight ticket: Hanoi – Hue (Economy standard)
  • Boat and ferry cruise as program.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
  • Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the best local restaurants, picnics where suitable restaurants are not available.
  • Good quality touring cycles for all cycling days in the programme.
  • Drinking water for cycling days as itinerary.
  • Snack, soft drink and local fruits for cycling days.
  • Simple first aid kit.
  • VAT and other taxes


  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Visas
  • Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Insurance
  • Surcharges for peak season (if any)
  • Compulsory meals (if any)

Hotel List

Hotel list for Mid-range standard (3* class):

  • Hanoi: Babylon Grand Hotel (modern international-style hotel located in the city centre about ten minutes’ walk from Hoan Kiem Lake – Deluxe room)
  • Ha Long Bay: Poeny Cruises (is a well-mixed between a charming of Vietnamese traditional culture and a charming of European break – through stylish – Premium Deluxe Balcony)
  • Hue: EMM Hotel Hue (central location, contemporary décor, swimming pool – ROH room)
  • Hoi An: La Senta Hoi An (**** nice boutique hotel, well-appointed in Hoi An town – Deluxe City view)
  • Quang Ngai: Thien An Riverside (centrally location – Deluxe room)
  • Quy Nhon: Saigon Quy Nhon Hotel (local standard, convenient location in the City centre – Superior room)
  • Nha Trang : Asia Paradise Hotel (convenient location in the city centre, walking distance the beach – Superior room)
  • Mui Ne: Novela Resort (medium rise, beach front resort – Deluxe Sea view room)
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Silverland Central Hotel (***, very good location, few step to Ben Thanh market – Deluxe room)

Hotel list for Superior standard (4* class):

  • Hanoi: MK Premier Boutique Hotel (a vietnamese style hotel, located in the Hanoi Old quarter – Luxury City View room)
  • Lan Ha Bay: Orchid Trendy Cruise (**** Deluxe quality boat with elegant design – Deluxe Balcony cabin)
  • Hue: Eldora hotel (****Located  in the heart of the city within walking distance to many tourist attractions, exquisite style, spacious room – Deluxe Premium View)
  • Hoi An: La Pavillion Hoi An Paradise hotel (traditional Vietnamese style with Hoi An architecture design – Deluxe Balcony)
  • Quang Ngai: Thien An Riverside (centrally location – Deluxe room)
  • Quy Nhon: Saigon Quy Nhon Hotel (local standard, convenient location in the City centre – Deluxe room)
  • Nha Trang : Asia Paradise Hotel (convenient location in the city centre, walking distance the beach – Deluxe room)
  • Mui Ne: Novela Resort (medium rise, beach front resort – Deluxe Sea view room)
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Eden Star Saigon hotel (city centre location, nice rooftop swimming pool – Premium Deluxe room)
Please note that Vietnam hotels do not recognise provisional reservations, so specific hotels cannot be guaranteed until you have booked your chosen tour. As many of the better hotels are often full during the October to April peak season, early booking is advisable.

Tour FAQ's

1. What is the fitness level required for the Cycling the Back Roads of Vietnam tour?

This tour requires a moderate to high level of fitness, as it includes multiple days of cycling varying distances, often in hilly or mountainous terrain. Participants should be comfortable riding a bicycle for extended periods.

2. What type of bicycles are used, and can I bring my own bike?

The tour typically uses well-maintained mountain bikes suited for the varied terrain. You are welcome to bring your own bicycle, but please inform us in advance so we can ensure proper transportation and storage throughout the tour.

3. What are the accommodations like on the tour?

Accommodations range from comfortable hotels in major cities to homestays in rural areas. This provides a balanced experience of both comfort and cultural immersion.

4. What meals are included, and how are dietary restrictions handled?

Most meals during the tour are included. We aim to offer a taste of local cuisine and ensure that meals are nutritious and varied. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions or allergies well in advance, and we will strive to accommodate them.

5. What should I pack for the tour?

It is recommended to pack light, breathable clothing suitable for cycling, a good pair of cycling shoes, sun protection, a waterproof jacket, and a helmet. Personal medicine and a basic first aid kit are also advisable.

6. How large are the tour groups, and who guides them?

Group sizes can vary, but we aim to keep the number small for a more personalized experience. Each tour is led by an experienced, English-speaking guide knowledgeable in the local area and cycling routes.

7. Is there a support vehicle available during the tour?

Yes, there is a support vehicle that follows the group to carry supplies, handle bike repairs if needed, and offer a lift to any participant who needs a break from cycling.

8. What happens in case of bad weather?

The tour is scheduled during months with typically favorable weather; however, if inclement weather occurs, adjustments may be made to the itinerary for the safety and comfort of all participants.

9. Are there any cultural visits included in the itinerary?

Yes, the tour includes several cultural visits to historical sites, local villages, and markets. These are designed to provide an enriching experience of Vietnam’s rich history and vibrant culture.

10. What are the payment and cancellation policies?

A deposit is required upon booking, with the full payment due 30 days before the tour starts. Cancellations made up to 30 days before the tour are generally refundable, excluding the deposit. Cancellations made closer to the tour date may be subject to partial refunds depending on incurred costs.

For any further questions or specific concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support team.

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