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  • Cycling Vietnam

    Chart your own path through Vietnam on this epic cycling adventure spanning north to south. Visit some of the country’s main tourist attractions while also veering far off the beaten path. From the labyrinthine streets of the capital Hanoi, to the bright lights and sky scrapers of Ho Chi Minh City, your customized ride will offer a slow-paced portrait of a country on the move.


    HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE

    • Discover the Hanoi Capital in depth
    • Climb inside the narrow passageways utilized during the war in Cu Chi
    • Relax seaside on the soft white-sand beaches in Nha Trang
    • See the last of the Nguyen Dynasty as you visit the beautiful, well-preserved Citadel
    • Climb inside the narrow passageways utilized during the war in Cu Chi
    • Soak in the local cultures of the ethnic tribes in Highland Central of Vietnam

    DETAILED PROGRAM

    Day 1

    Hanoi Arrival

    You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, with the rest of the day at leisure.

    Recommended Hotels in Ha Noi:

    - Essence Palace Hotel
    - Oriental Suites Hotel


    Day 2

    Hanoi - Hue

    Your Cycle Vietnam tour begins in Hanoi, where you will visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the 11th century Temple of Literature and the city’s famous old quarter. You will then be driven from your hotel to Hanoi’s train station for an overnight train journey to the central city of Hue. The Soviet-style rail cars are a throwback to a time when Vietnam had a closer relationship with the Soviet Union.

    Main Hanoi Attraction(s): Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature


    Day 3

    Hue

    In the morning, your train rolls into Hue, Vietnam’s former Imperial capital and a great place to learn about the powerful Nguyen Dynasty. The tour includes stops at an imperial citadel, an emperor’s mausoleum and Thien Mu Pagoda, the tallest such structure in Vietnam. It was here, on the banks of Hue’s Perfume River, that the Nguyens surveyed their kingdom.

    Recommended Huei Hotels:

    - Moonlight Hotel Hue
    Romance Hue Hotel

    Today's destination(s): Imperial Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda


    Day 4

    Hue - Hoi An

    Challenge yourself by cycling to the top of the Hai Van Pass, which peaks at about 500 metres above sea level. Either way, you will arrive by late afternoon in Hoi An, a restored ancient fishing town. Many of Hoi An’s colourful old buildings have been lovingly refurbished, and the town now has a vintage vibe.

    Recommended Hotels in Hoi An:

    - Ancient House Hoi An
    - Vinh Hung 1 Heritage Hotel


    Day 5

    Hoi An

    Today, the choice is yours! Pop into the tailors and have a new outfit whipped up, take part in a cooking class or spend the day relaxing on the beach working on your tan.


    Day 6

    Hoi An - Quang Ngai

    Board a mid-morning bus, and after arriving in a village, cycle to the village of My Lai. Here you will find a stark, concrete memorial for villagers who died in a 1968 massacre by American troops. After an American journalist uncovered the massacre, it reverberated through American society and aided the anti-war movement.


    Day 7

    Quang Ngai - Kon Tum

    Today you will cycle inland past villages, bridges and forests. The road grows steeper as you near Vietnam’s Central Highlands, the centre of the country’s coffee industry and the home of several ethnic minority groups. The cooler air and mountainous scenery is a sharp contrast to flatter, hotter provinces.


    Day 8

    Kon Tum - Buon Ma Thuot

    This day of cycling passes tea plantations and ethnic minority villages. After climbing a few hills, rest in Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam’s coffee capital. Vietnam is among the largest coffee exports in the world by volume, and the country’s signature robusta beans are notoriously strong. Beware the caffeine rush!

    Kon Tum & Buon Ma Thuot Hotels:

    - Konklor Hotel
    - Dakruco Hotel


    Day 9

    Buon Ma Thuot – Da Lat

    Ride through mountain scenery toward Dalat, a hill town and a favourite destination of many Vietnamese honeymooners. The scenery along the way is simply breathtaking as you arrive in Da Lat in the late afternoon.

    Recommended Hotels in Da Lat City:

    - Dalat Hotel Du Parc
    Muong Thanh Hotel Dalat


    Day 10

    Da Lat

    Cycle around Da Lat and visit Emperor Bao Dai’s Summer Palace, Xuan Huong Lake and a vibrant local market. The emperor came here to escape the heat of Hue, and it’s easy to see why. Take in the sights and sounds of this relaxed mountain retreat.

    Today's attraction(s): Bao Dai's Summer Palace, Xuan Huong Lake


    Day 11

    Da Lat - Nha Trang

    Cruise downhill to coastal Nha Trang, one of Vietnam’s most popular beach destinations. Pass through minority villages before you reach kilometres of pristine beaches. Once a base and air training centre for troops during the Vietnam War, the city is now full of glittering hotels and weekenders from Ho Chi Minh City.

    Recommended Nha Trang City Hotels:

    - Liberty Central Nha Trang Hotel
    Sunrise Nha Trang Hotel


    Day 12

    Nha Trang

    Take a complete break from cycling! Nha Trang is an ideal spot for swimming, snorkelling or just reading a book. Your tired limbs will thank you.


    Day 13

    Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City

    Hop a morning flight to Vietnam’s commercial hub, Ho Chi Minh City. Spend the afternoon visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, a colonial-era post office, the presidential palace and a museum about the Vietnam War. The city, formerly called Saigon, reflects the pulse of a changing Vietnam. Trendy cocktail lounges are found alongside ramshackle noodle stands, and Rolls Royces share the road with hundreds of scooters whizzing by.

    Recommended Saigon Hotels:

    - Lavender Saigon Hotel
    - Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel


    Day 14

    Cu Chi Tunnels

    Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground complex that sheltered Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War. The cramped tunnels were central to a few of the war’s strategic operations, including the famous 1968 Tet Offensive. Discover the remains of an American tank and some craters left by American B52 bombers. This tour can be emotionally draining for some visitors, but it offers a fascinating window into the hardship and traumas of war.

    Today's journey: Cu Chi Tunnels


    Day 15

    Depart Ho Chi Minh City

    Today is yours to plan. Savour a few last hours in Ho Chi Minh City before boarding your onward flight.

    Please note this is a sample itinerary. All of our cycling trips can be tailored to suit any fitness level. Kindly call one of our destination experts to discuss your requirements in more detail.

     

     

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    NOTES:

    • Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. At Vietnam Senses Travel, we carefully select all hotels to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.
    • Prices include the following:
      . All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
      . Internal economy flights as stated with airport taxes
      . All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle
      . Private services of local guides
      . All special events & private tours, guest experts
      . All entrance fees into historical sights & museums
      . Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
      . 24/7 support from the Vietnam Senses Travel Team

     

    Location
    Accommodation

    HANOI
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    Essence Palace Hotel

    • Tucked away on a quiet street, yet slap bang in the centre of Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter, the hotel provides a welcome oasis of peace and calm.
    • A vast array of local eateries to choose from on the doorstep.
    • The rooms feel instantly homely and cosy: wooden floors and neutral coloured walls are balanced with rich coloured cushions and tasteful floral art.
    • In-house restaurant is also well worth a visit.

    HUE
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    Moonlight Hotel Hue

    • Accommodation is well proportioned and nicely presented in a regal style, with a classic Indochinese aesthetic infusing its contemporary decor and furniture. Colour schemes are rich - dark polished wooden floors, deep mahogany and gold textiles, painted baroque furniture, and cream or marble walls.
    • All rooms benefit from floor to ceiling windows, and many boast good views from their balconies - one suite even has its own private garden overlooking the river. Bathrooms are spacious, typically decorated in calm neutrals and well-equipped with the latest fixtures.
    • The restaurant offers pretty river views to enjoy along with its international menu, while a number of private dining rooms accommodate more intimate meals. Both bars also serve light snacks along with signature cocktails and a decent selection of wine.
    • For any leisure time not spent exploring the city, the mildly kitsch but thoroughly enjoyable pool area boasts further views of Hue’s skyline and the river, there’s a small fitness room, and the hotel’s welcoming spa contains a jacuzzi and sauna.

    HOI AN DA NANG
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    Ancient House Hoi An

    • The hotel is named for the ancient (well - 200 years old) Vietnamese house located to the rear of the property. This traditional building is now home to five generations of noodle-makers, who you can watch in action before strolling off to enjoy views of the nearby De Vong River.
    • There’s a sweet, peaceful spa, specialising in natural beauty treatments, and a restaurant which offers Asian, Western and barbecue menus, and even cookery classes to anyone willing to get up early enough to visit the market for ingredients first! Our preferred poolside rooms are all well-sized and the attentive staff always work hard to ensure a pleasant stay.

    KON TUM
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    Konklor Hotel

    • Konklor Hotel is located in Kon Tum. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a minibar.
    • Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with free toiletries and slippers. Extras include a seating area and cable channels.
    • At Konklor Hotel you will find a 24-hour front desk and a garden. The property offers free parking. Guests can explore the surrounding using chargeable motorbike or bicycle rental service.
    • Pleiku Airport is 38 km away.

    DA LAT
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    Dalat Hotel Du Parc

    • The hotel was originally built in 1932 and has been elegantly restored to its original Colonial grandeur. The rooms are well sized and tastefully finished, the lobby area is very pleasant and you are just a few minutes by foot from the lakeside.
    • Whilst it's fair to say the Dalat Hotel Du Parc lacks the class of its sister hotel, the Sofitel, as a guest you get to share many of the hotels facilities and benefits.

    NHA TRANG
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    Liberty Central Nha Trang Hotel

    • Conveniently located, Liberty Central Nha Trang Hotel offers luxurious and elegant accommodation with free WiFi access throughout the property. It features an outdoor pool, sauna, fitness centre and meeting/banquet facilities on site.
    • The hotel is just 200 m from Nha Trang Beach and 300 m from Vietnam Sailing Centre. Nha Trang Airport is approximately 27 km away.
    • Tastefully furnished, air-conditioned rooms and suites come equipped with a wardrobe, personal safe, a flat-screen cable TV and seating area. Minibar and electric kettle are also included. Offering shower facility, the en suite bathroom has slippers and bathrobes.
    • At Liberty Central Nha Trang Hotel, guests can indulge in a pampering massage at the spa, or enjoy a karaoke session on site. Operating a 24-hour front desk, the friendly staff can assist with laundry, airport transfers and concierge services.
    • The in-house restaurant serves an appetising selection of local and Continental dishes. After-meal drinks can be enjoyed at the bar.

    SAIGON
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    Lavender Saigon

    • The décor throughout is sleek, fresh and bright, and the rooms are simply furnished but feature everything required for a comfortable stay.
    • In terms of hotel facilities, the in-house restaurant offers a varied menu of Asian and western cuisine (although there’s a good choice of alternative restaurants within walking distance), there’s a small fitness room and, rather uniquely, a foot massage area which is ideal for soothing weary feet at the end of the day.