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Biking North-Central-South Vietnam 20Days
Cycle from Hotel to challenging the very straight down hill in the wellknown Pren. Stop at chicken viilage of K’ Ho ethnic minortiy. Get in the bus for a drive to Ta In town and then Luong Son town. Set the bicycle again for cycling to hotel in coastal route. This offers wonderful ocean views with a climb up some quiet roads through rolling hills and remote minority villages. Have lunch in a local restaurant. Continue cycling to Mui Ne.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI
Arrive in Hanoi, upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Free to explore the town. This Evening, our guide will present with a a trip briefing, answering your questions, as well as giving you some traveling tips in Vietnam. We then head out for some local delicacies at Top local Restaurant. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 2: HANOI- HALONG BAY-HANOI
At 7.30 in the morning, Leave Hanoi. Today’s trip is Halong bay, some 165 km away from Hanoi. One of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. we drive along the second largest rice delta in Vietnam named the Red river delta, enjoy our three and half hour driving and sightseeing the delta scenery, rice fields ,villages and people’s daily activities. On arrival. Embark on our wooden boat for an exploration of the Bay. This exciting 4-hour cruise will provide you a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 1,969 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and very beautiful caves. We will visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave, Alternatively journey to Dau Go Cave and Thien Cung Cave. Along the way, we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. After seafood lunch on board we return back to the dock, car pick up and drive for Ha Noi, you will be arrival Hanoi at 7.00 PM. Overnight Hanoi
DAY 3: HANOI- MAI CHAU MOUNTAINS
Leave Hanoi at 8am and heading for Mai Chau Mountains, some 170km away from Hanoi, the gateway to the impressive mountainous area of northern Vietnam. The drive is very nice with stunning view of mountains, valleys, sugarcane farms and rice paddies. We would have a stop en route for refreshment. Upon arrival in Mai Chau we have a lunch stop in Pom Coong, a village of Thai ethnic minority. Start our biking down to Xo Village of Thai minority group, some 15km away from the Poong Coong, We will have dinner and overnight in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai family.(Biking distance: 15 km)
DAY 4: XO-VAN- POONG COONG
Breakfast in the home stay before start our biking on beautiful country road through scenic villages of Thai minority. We will have lunch in a local house in Van village. After lunch we continue riding to Pom Coong village. On arrival, free time for walking to visit the surrounding ethnic villages. Dinner and Overnight in Pom Coong Village (biking distance: 45km)
DAY 5: MAI CHAU-NINH BINH
After breakfast, we will start to drive for Ninh Binh, stop on the way for a beautiful ride through country side. On arrival Ninh Binh, check in and have dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Ninh Binh (biking distance: 40km)
DAY 6: NINH BINH- HANOI
Biking from the hotel to Hoa Lu, the first capital of Vietnam date back from 8th century. Visit the temples and climb some hundred steps to the top of a mountain for a great view over the “Halong Bay on the rice field”. After here we bike through an amazing area of limestone mountains uprising on rice paddies. Our next stop will be the Tam Coc. Lunch in local restaurant and then enjoy an interesting rowing boat trip on river to explore the Halong Bay on the rice paddies. Drive back to Hanoi this afternoon, transfer to your hotel and overnight in Hanoi
DAY 7: HANOI- HUE (Night Train)
In the morning, you will visit Hochiminh’s Mausoleum, His House on Stilt, Hochiminh’s Museum, One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc pagoda and Quan Thanh temple. Lunch at local restaurant and Free time this afternoon for night train heading to Hue(central Vietnam)
DAY 8: HUE BIKING CITY
On arrival Hue, transfer to your hotel for fresh up and after a short briefing on Vietnam traffic and some rules of the road, we will warm up our muscles with a short ride to visit Hue Imperial City, Forbidden Purple City. Return to Hue for lunch. In the afternoon, we cycle to Tu Duc Tomb. Time permitting, we can further the ride to Thien Mu pagoda which is on the other side of Perfume River. Cycling distance: 35km (warm up with bus assistance)
DAY 9: HUE- CYCLE HOI AN
We drive out of the city then start cycling along the Highway No 1 to Lang Co beach. Have lunch in Lang Co. After lunch, we drive to the top of the Hai Van Pass, admiring the wonderful views as we ride to Danang, then by bus to of Hoi An. Arrive Hoi An in mid afternoon. We enjoy an orientation walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Assembly Hall, the 200 year old Tam Ky House, and the Japanese covered bridge. Hoi An is the perfect place to have some clothes tailor-made. There are many tailors, who vary greatly in quality and price. Silks are a good buy here. You may also want to join one of the many cooking classes available to learn how to prepare authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Distance: 140km Cycling distance: 70km
DAY 10: HOI AN CYCLING
Full day at leisure in Hoi An. With Cua Dai beach a close 5km from town it is a perfect place to spend the day. Half day option: You can follow your tour leader for a ride along the paths and lanes to smaller villages near the town. (Breakfast) Cycling distance: 30 km (Optional)
DAY 11: HOI AN- CYCLE KOM TUM (CENTRAL HIGHLAND)
Today is a more challenging day as we leave Highway 1 and head inland towards Kon Tum. We will cycle only part of the day, along undulating roads with stunning photographic opportunities. We will ride past many remote villages, tropical forests, over bridges and along quiet but scenic roads. Arrive Kontum late in the afternoon. Overnight in Kon Tum.
DAY 12: KOM TUM -CYCLE PLEIKU
We leave Kon Tum by bus to get out into the countryside and start another spectacular day of cycling. Today we have gentle rolling hills all day making the cycling easy. We have time to observe the simple daily life of local people as we pass numerous small villages and rubber plantations. Arrive Pleiku mid-afternoon. Free for personal exploration. Overnight in Pleiku. Distance: 60km Cycling distance: 60km
DAY 13: PLEIKU- CYCLE BUON MA THUAT
Our ride today is on an excellent road. We part cycle along Highway 14, take in 197 kms of undulating and scenic highlands. We pass by coffee plantations and national parks on our way to the largest coffee city in the Central Highlands, and the capital of Dac Lac Province. Overnight Buon Me Thuot. Distance: 235km Cycling distance: 70-80km
DAY 14: BUON MA THUAT- CYCLE DALAT
Drive out of town. Start our cycling on fine roads with little traffic. The road is narrow but quite good, the view, with its vast coffee and rubber plantations, will take your breath away. It a bit of workout as we slowly climb up to Dalat, a mountain-top town, long favoured as a destination of travellers. We leave the warmer temperature behind as we pedal into the cooler climates of Dalat. Distance: 204km Cycling distance: 70-80km
DAY 15: DALAT CYCLING
Today there is a cycle tour round Dalat visiting: Dalat Botanical Park: 2 km from the center, a collection of a good number of flowers, orchids and plants. Dalat Railway Station: 3 km from Dalat Botanical Park, the oldest and probably the nicest railway station of the Indochina. Chinese Pagoda: 2 km from the Museum, located on a hilltop, famous for its 3 big wooden statues originated from the museum, located on a hilltop, famous for its 3 big wooden statues originated from Hong Kong. It is also possible to visit the Magic table (which can turn itself when people put their hands on and concentrate) Bao Dai’s Summer Palace: 3 km from Chinese Pagoda, where the last Emperor of Vietnam – Bao Dai stayed and and ruled his Vietnam from 1949 to 1954. A good place to learn more of Vietnam history. Crazy House: 1 km from the Palace, an architecture that can not be explained nor described, just come and see! We then cycle into the countryside for a bit of local life. Distance: 40km Cycling distance: 40km (with bus assistance)
DAY 16: DALAT- CYCLE MUI NE BEACH CITY
Cycle from Hotel to challenging the very straight down hill in the wellknown Pren. Stop at chicken viilage of K’ Ho ethnic minortiy. Get in the bus for a drive to Ta In town and then Luong Son town. Set the bicycle again for cycling to hotel in coastal route. This offers wonderful ocean views with a climb up some quiet roads through rolling hills and remote minority villages. Have lunch in a local restaurant. Continue cycling to Mui Ne. Arrive Mui Ne mid-afternoon. We say goodbye to our support crew and bicycles. Free to relax on the white sandy beaches of Muine. Overnight at Mui Ne beach. Distance: 155km Cycling distance: 70-80km
DAY 17: MUI NE BEACH RELAXING
Mui Ne is a palm – shaded bay boasting a booming hub of beach resorts in Viet Nam. The best season lasts all year round (Sunshine and blue sky) Full day free at leisure in the resort or on the beach. For the more active, golf is available nearby. (Breakfast)
DAY 18: MUI NE- SAIGON CITY
Morning free at leisure. 13 00 pm pick up and drive to Ho Chi Minh (250 km, 4 ½ hours) Free upon arrival. Have our farewell dinner together at one of many famous restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 19: SAIGON -CU CHI TUNNELS
Early in the morning, we pick you up at your hotel and depart for cu chi tunnels. By 1965, 250 km of tunnels criss-crossed Cu Chi and surrounding areas -just across the Saigon River was the notorious guerrilla power base known as the IRON TRIANGLE. The Cu Chi tunnels played a vital part in the American war in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 km from Saigon. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border. The network, parts of which were several levels deep, included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and feel of what underground life in the American War must have been like. The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!) For those interested there’s even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range. Allegedly the old wooden targets resembled US Marines! Return back to Saigon for lunch, next will be visiting the Reunification Palace, war Museum, China Town and Notre Dame Cathedral. At early this afternoon, tour will be finished at your hotel.Overnight Saigon
DAY 20: SAIGON- DEPARTURE
The trip concludes this morning in Ho Chi Minh. A transfer to the airport will be arranged if your flight is leaving today.
All transportation and transfers Train tickets from Hanoi-Hue (4berth cabin, soft sleeper) Private room on boat trip in Halong bay English speaking guide and group medical kit All accommodation based on twin share basis with daily breakfast Professional Mountain bicycles Sightseeing excursions as outlined in itinerary Spare bikes & equipments vietnam vacations Reasonable supply of drinking water, small fresh towel Seasonal fruits while cycling Snacks while cycling Meals as indicated in the tour itinerary Relevant permits and fees.
International airfares & International departure tax Visas and visa fees Meals & beverages not mentioned in the itinerary Personal travel insurance (compulsory) Other meals not indicated in the tour Personal expenses Tips and gratuities
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