Tu Duc Tomb in Hue
Tu Duc Tomb in Hue

Cycling The Central Region of Vietnam - 10 Days

Visited places: Hanoi, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Hue, Hoi An, Da Nang
Tour Activity/Theme: Adventure, Cycling, Train, National Park, Ecotourism, Old village/Culture, Bucolic countryside, Off the beaten track

Cycling Holiday in Vietnam's Central Region is a bicycle tour through the Central Region of Vietnam for 10 days, 9 nights.

Khe Sanh Combat BaseOur biking adventure starts in Dong Hoi and Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. The tour concludes in Hoi An Old Town. On the tour, we cycle through 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Vietnam which are Phong Nhe – Ke Bang National Park, Hue Imperial Citadel and Hoi An Old Town.

All cycling on the tour is on country back roads with fresh atmosphere and spectacular scenery. You will definitely be charmed cycling on the former legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail, in the idyllic villages around Hue, and the scenic coastal road between Hue and Hoi An. The best time to do the trip is from January through April. All hotels are clean with basic facilities. Luxury accommodations are available only in major towns. Most meals are included on the trip.

On the first day, you take the overnight train journey from Hanoi for Dong Hoi.

On the second day, the train arrives at Dong Hoi in the morning. Our bikes are ready for you to take on the challenge. We ride along the scenic mountains on the former Ho Chi Minh Trail to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Arriving at the park, have time to take a boat trip and visit the caves.

Dakrong Bridge on Ho Chi Minh TrailOn the third day, we cycle amid forested mountains on the Tay Truong Son Road (western legs of Ho Chi Minh Trail). The road is in good condition and almost traffic free, the atmosphere is just fresh. Our destination is Khe Sanh, located on the historical Route 9, famous with the battles in 1968 between People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) and US Troops.

On the fourth day, we have a visit to Khe Sanh Combat Base in the morning. Then cycle our way to Dakrong Bridge and back on Ho Chi Minh Trail. Dakrong was an important point of transferring ammunition on Ho Chi Minh Trail earlier. Our destination is A Luoi, in Ashau Valley which was famous with the battles on Hamburger Hill in 1969.

On the fifth day, more visits of A Luoi, then cycle downhill towards Hue which was the capital city of Vietnam in 1802-1945. Hue is known with the ancient Imperial Citadel, the Royal Tombs, the idyllic countryside, and the Royal Cuisine.

Lang Co BeachOn the sixth day, we have full day exploring Hue by bicycle. Sites to be visited today include: the Imperial Citadel, the Thien Mu Pagoda, the Royal Tombs.

On the seventh day, we cycle through the scenic countryside of Hue towards to coast, then turn into the spectacular ocean road for further cycling towards Lang Co Beach and Hai Van Pass (the Pass of Sea Clouds). Our support vehicle is ready to transfer us to the top of the pass while the bikes are transferred to Da Nang. Descending Hai Van Pass, we take our bicycle again on another great ocean road for further ride towards Hoi An.

On the eighth day, we cycle through the peaceful countryside outside of Hoi An to My Son, the Holy-land of the former Champa Kingdom. The terrain is flat and the scene includes villages and rice fields. Our cycling concludes at My Son. We visits My Son Cham Ruins in the afternoon and road trip back to Hoi An by car in late afternoon.Da Nang Non Nuoc Beach

You have full day at your own pace soaking in the old atmosphere of Hoi An on the ninth day and we see you off to Da Nang airport for your departure on the tenth day. Your great cycling holiday in the Central Region of Vietnam concludes.

Day-to-day Itinerary
Day1    Hanoi/Nigh Train for Dong Hoi (no meal included)
Day2    Arrive at Dong Hoi/Dong Hoi – Ho Chi Minh Trail (Dong Truong Son) – Phong Nha Ke Bang (Cycling 50km)/Visit the National Park (B/L/D)
Day3    Phong Nha Ke Bang – Khe Sanh  (220km, Tay Truong Son: Cycling 100km) (B/L/D)
Day4    Visit Khe Sanh Combat Base/Ho Chi Minh Trail: Khe Sanh – Dakrong Bridge - A Luoi (Cycling: 105km) (B/L/D)
Day5    Visit A Luoi/ A Luoi – Hue (Cycling 70km) (B/L/D)
Day6    Hue Full Day Cycling (40km) (B/L/D)
Day7    Hue – Coastal Back Road – Da Nang – Hoi An (130km, cycling 100km) (B/L/D)
Day8    Hoi An – My Son (50km Cycling/Visit My Son Cham Ruins/Car Trip to Hoi An (B/L/D)
Day9    Hoi An free time (B)
Day10    Depart Hoi An (B)

Accommodations
Guest houses with basic facilities throughout the adventure.

The tour price includes

  • English-speaking guide;
  • Bike as indicated on the tour itinerary;
  • Accommodations in twin-shared rooms as indicated on the tour itinerary;
  • Meals as indicated as indicated on the tour itinerary: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner;
  • All admission fees as indicated on the tour itinerary;

The tour price doesn’t include

  • Insurance of any type;
  • Drinks or personal expenses;
  • Others not specified in the inclusions;