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Southern and Central Vietnam by Bike

This exciting journey is perfect for the avid biker looking to explore the beautiful countryside of Vietnam. Full of culture, history and picturesque landscapes - this is the ride of a lifetime. The 15-day itinerary begins in Saigon and travels through Cu Chi, Go Cong, My Tho, Can Cuoic, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Vinh Long, Sa Dec, Bao Lac, Dalat, Nha Trang, Qui Nhon, Hoi An and Hue. See a variety of small towns and cities, many of which were ravaged by the recent war. Enjoy a cultural, culinary, historical and definitely active adventure.

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  • Explore Ben Tre Town - where the Vietnam War began
  • Climb inside the narrow passageways utilized during the war in Cu Chi
  • Relax seaside on the soft white-sand beaches in Hoi An
  • See the last of the Nguyen Dynasty as you visit the beautiful, well-preserved Citadel
 
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

Put on your biking gear and get ready for an active day! Your driver will take you northwest to the Cu Chi District. From there, you will begin cycling until you reach the Cu Chi tunnels. Walk through the tunnels and learn about the passageways’ history. Imagine during the Vietnam war when soldiers fought and lived in dark, narrow alleys. After your tour, enjoy hot green tea beneath the forests’ shade. Bike to Ho Chi Minh city. Pay a visit to Hoc Mon before retiring to your lush hotel - the Park Hyatt Saigon or the Intercontinental Asiana Saigon.

Day 2
Saigon - Go Cong - My Tho - Ben Tre
After breakfast in your hotel, take a car to Can Giuoc town. From here, you will begin your 38-mile ride. Explore the area, and visit the beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda. Spend the evening in Ben Tre Town - where the Vietnam War began. The town is where the first large scale military action occurred. 
Day 3
Ben Tre - Tra Vinh

Take a short, scenic boat ride down the Ham Luong River. Chat with the locals before beginning your 18.5-mile ride for the day. See the Cho Lach District, a rural area just outside Ben Tre, from your bike. Peruse through the Cho Thom Market for a break. Take a private boat to Tra Vinh. Cycle to your resting place for the evening - the Hotel Palace. The hotel is in classic Vietnamese style - set in a courtyard, with high ceilings and private balconies.

Day 4
Tra Vinh - Can Tho

Today’s ride is 45-miles long. Cycle to the Khmer village near Tra Vinh town to visit the stunning Hang Pagoda. This translates directly to “cave pagoda.” Gaze over Ba Om Lake before you continue to the Vinh Long Province. Continue along to the town of Can Tho and stay at the Victoria Resort.

Day 5
Vinh Long - Sa Dec - Saigon

It’s another 38-mile biking day. Travel towards Saigon and stop to visit the famous, historic house of Marguerite Duras. The house was used in the film based on the real life woman - Marguerite Duras. The film tells the story of an early 20th century French girl who falls in love with a local Vietnamese-Chinese man. After a dose of unrequited romance, travel to the ancient Cung Buddhist temple. Next, stop and smell the fragrant lotuses as you visit the colorful Sa Dec flower village. Finish the journey to Saigon by car (around 4 hours). 

Day 6
Saigon - Bao Loc - Dalat

You’re Dalat bound as you take a 5-hour car ride to the Bao Loc Highland. Start the day off right by cycling to the rushing Dambri Waterfall. Continue onto Din Linh - a green, sparsely-populated area in Lien Khuong. After a full day of riding, transfer to Dalat, where you will overnight at the Dalat Palace Hotel - an extravagant upscale hotel where you are sure to feel like royalty. The hotel was a favorite among French colonials for decades. 

Day 7

Take the charming city on by bike! The city is also known as the “City of Flowers.” Pay a visit to the famous “Crazy House,” a hotel with extremely interesting architecture unlike any other in the world. Next visit the gorgeous, grandiose, once summer place of Bao Dai - the last king of Vietnam. Bike to the ancient Trai Mat Village to visit the exquisite Linh Phuoc Temple. Return to your hotel for some well-earned shut-eye. 

Day 8

Breathe in the fresh countryside air as you bike 38-miles through Bi Dop National Park. Climb back into the car for a short transfer to Suoi Tien, onto the Suoi Dau Area and finishing the day in the beautiful beach town of Nha Trang. Stretch your legs out on the white sand before calling it a night at the stunning Amanoi or Six Senses hotel. 

Day 9
Nha Trang - Qui Nhon

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before beginning your 38-mile seaside cycle. Follow the coastal road of Tran Phu to Vung Ro. Pause and enjoy the sand at Dai Lanh beach before climbing back on your bike and cycling to Tuy Hoa town. The beautiful seaside town was once an air force base. Continue by car to Qui Nhon (2 hours), where you will spend the night. 

Day 10
Qui Nhon - Hoi An

Begin the day by driving to the Quang Ngai Province. Begin your 12.5-mile bike ride at Tra Khuc Bridge. Continue to My Lai Son My village. This is where what was considered the most horrific massacre during the Vietnam War took place. After visiting the historic site, spend the evening at The Nam Hai resort in Hoi An. 

Day 11

Give your legs a rest today and relax in Hoi An. Revel in the soft white sand as you soak in the sun’s warm rays on the beach. Enjoy the welcoming, eclectic vibe of the little town. Try some of the famous Vietnamese barbeque or local fresh seafood pulled straight from sea.  

Day 12

Begin your 31-mile ride in Danang. Start cycling at the Hai Van Pass. Stop for lunch in the sleepy seaside town before finishing your cycle to Phuoc Tuong Pass. The pass is considered one of the top ten roads in the world. Reach Hue by car. Spend the night relaxing at La Residence Hue. 

Day 13
Hue-King Tombs and Thanh Toan Bridge

Enjoy a boat trip to visit the Thien Mu Temple and the King Tomb of Tu Duc. Begin cycling at the local pagoda. Stop for a vegetarian meal prepared special by the area’s nuns. Visit the nearby orphanage and spend time with the children. Continue onto Thanh Toan Bridge where you will be transferred back to the hotel La Residence in Hue. You will bike 31 miles throughout the day. 

Day 14
Hue - Nguyen Dynasty - Saigon

Travel by a local vehicle called “cyclo,” today. The vehicle is a bike in the back with a cart in the front for the customer. The driver bikes the customer to their destination. This is a typical small Vietnamese town type of transportation. Visit the citadel of the Nguyen Dynasty - the last ruling family of Vietnam. Take an evening flight to Saigon, where you can relax at your hotel.

Day 15
Departure

Travel by a local vehicle called “cyclo,” today. The vehicle is a bike in the back with a cart in the front for the customer. The driver bikes the customer to their destination. This is a typical small Vietnamese town type of transportation. Visit the citadel of the Nguyen Dynasty - the last ruling family of Vietnam. Take an evening flight to Saigon, where you can relax at your hotel.

 

Suggested Accommodations

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Accommodation
SAIGON
Intercontinental Asiana Saigon, Park Hyatt Saigon

Intercontinental Asiana Saigon

Saigon's newest five-star hotel takes the pride of the place in the Kumho Plaza development, also home to the Hard Rock Cafe and Restaurant Bobby Chinn amongst others. Its 305 rooms and suites come with free WiFi, LCD cable TV, an iPod dock, DVD player, iron, safe and fridge, and there is also a club floor with a welcoming club lounge. The hotel has 3 restaurants offering local/international buffet, Cantonese and Italian, whilst Purple Jade is one of the city's most stylish nightspots. Facilities include a pool and gym.
 

Park Hyatt Saigon

Inspired by the colonial traditions of the French, this stylishly chic 259-room hotel built in 2005 is the premier address in Saigon, centrally located near the Opera House. High standards of service, elegant decor and fine amenities are the trademarks of this hotel. The large and well-equipped fitness center covers 397 square feet and features modern Life Fitness cardio equipment with personal LCD television screens and headphones. A 66-foot outdoor swimming pool with a special water feature is located next to a beautifully landscaped tropical garden. Fitness classes are also available. All public areas have wi-fi, and there are wired Internet connections in the guest rooms.

 
 
BEN TRE
Viet Uc Hotel

Viet Uc Hotel


The Viet Uc hotel offers bright, fresh, elegantly designed, spacious rooms, each with a scenic river view. Its central location makes it a perfect jumping-off-point for curious visitors eager to explore the surrounding city. Near by trails, markets, restaurants, shopping centers and museums are easy to access for guests. Constant, in hotel review forums, is mention of the kindness and helpful willingness of staff. The hotel’s Sunny Bar has a fantastic cocktail list, worth sampling, and the friendly. The friendly, expert chef at Viet Uc’s Cuu Long Restaurant specializes in catch-of-the-day seafood and is happy to meet guests’ special requests.  The 2nd floor health center is the perfect place for guests to refresh and relax after a long eventful day of sightseeing. 


 
 
TRA VINH
Tra Vinh Palace Hotel

Tra Vinh Palace Hotel


The Palace Hotel is situated perfectly for travellers who want to explore the beautiful city of Tra Vinh and its cultural, historic and natural sites. This beautifully renovated, well-equipped hotel is known for its hospitality. Guest’s experiences are enhanced by the warm, friendly and caring atmosphere created by the hotel’s dedicated staff. Set on a sleepy back street, this locally-rated 4-star hotel achieves its palatial aspirations with intricate plasterwork, pink columns, terracotta tiling and embellished balconies. The spacious rooms are traditionally decorated with ornate mother-of-pearl-inlaid wooden furniture and high ceilings. 


 
 
CAN THO
Victoria Can Tho Resort

Victoria Can Tho Resort

Surrounded by gardens full of vivid flowers, including many indigenous species, the Victoria Can Tho sits right on the banks of the Hau river and is the only luxury resort in the lush heart of Vietnam's Mekong Delta. The colonial-style building has a breezy, open-air lobby and is arranged around a central courtyard with a lovely pool. There are 92 rooms and eight suites, each featuring authentic Vietnamese decor and equipped with a balcony. The hotel's Spices restaurant is helmed by a French chef and overlooks the river; there is also an open-air bar, and a floating restaurant aboard a converted antique rice barge, the Lady Hau, which is open for special occasions. The Victoria has excellent amenities, with wi-fi in all rooms and public places, a fitness center, and an elegant spa with seven treatment rooms.

 
 
NHA TRANG
Amanoi, Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay

Amanoi

Amanoi, open in September 2013, is located in the stunning conservation area of Vinh Hy Bay, one of Vietnam’s most sought-after coasts. Its contemporary rooms, suites, and villas, are extremely well-appointed, providing not only stunning coastal views, but also modern comforts effortlessly blended with traditional Vietnamese touches to lend the entire resort a strong sense of place amidst luxurious surroundings. The restaurant, bar, and beach club, serve up some of Vietnam’s finest and freshest foods, along with a tempting selection of cocktails and other refreshments. Guests can spend some time in the resort’s breathtaking spa, in its state-of-the-art-gym, and enjoying a languid swim in its pools and ocean to feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and best of all, totally relaxed. Snorkeling is a crowd favorite in Vinh Hy Bay, and the resort is fully-equipped for those who wish to partake.

 

Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay

Set on Ninh Van Bay and overlooking the South China Sea, the Six Senses Hideaway, an Ana Mandara property, is one of Vietnam's most beautiful resorts. With its white sand beach and towering mountains behind, the Six Senses offers visitors amazing scenery in the lap of luxury. Accessible only by water, the 58 pool villas are situated on the beach front, on the hillside and over rock formations in which private swimming pools have been crafted. Several hilltop villas located near the Six Senses Spa have personal Spa Suites. Dining options abound; you may dine in the property's three restaurants or privately in your villa, on the beach, or anywhere on the grounds and even on secluded islands nearby. Seafood is locally caught and all produce is organic and grown in Dalat, a 3-hour drive away. On-site amenities include the Six Senses Spa, a fitness center, tennis, volleyball and badminton courts and a library with Internet access. The Six Senses is ideal for water sport enthusiasts as there is a PADI dive center on the grounds that operates from February to October (from November to January, diving can be done through outfitters not directly affiliated with the Six Senses), and windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling and fishing are also possible. From Nha Trang's airport, it takes 60-minutes by car to the Six Senses Hideaway Lounge in Nha Trang City. It is then a short 20-minute boat ride to Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay.
 
 
QUY NHON
Avani Quy Nhon Resort and Spa (Life resorts)

Avani Quy Nhon Resort and Spa (Life resorts)


This secluded hideaway is a surprisingly luxurious retreat for such an underdeveloped locale, and the only internationally managed resort in the region. Nestled between palm-fringed beach and majestic mountain range it is a picture-perfect escape. Sunbathe on a private beach with soft sand or explore the undisturbed crystal clear waters and the nearby islands. Avani Quy Nhon’s international restaurant offers a fantastic menu and panoramic cliffside views. The hotel’s award winning spa is the perfect place to pamper yourself or take a fitness class before cooling off with a dip in one of the pools. Expect a stylish blend of Vietnamese culture, ancient Champa architecture, modern amenities, total comfort and a private balcony with sunrise views in your room. 


 
 
HOI AN & DANANG
Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai

Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai

Stretching along the white sands of China Beach are Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai's villas and hotel, with unspoiled views of the South China Sea and the Cham Islands. There are 60 one-bedroom villas, and 40 pool villas with courtyard entrances and private pools. High ceilings and hardwood floors are complemented with lavish hues of brown and gray and softly draping canopies over four-poster beds. The Nam Hai Spa is set around a lagoon just off the beach, where you can have a customized spa treatment. Each of the eight private spa villas has an individual steam room. The gym is equipped with state-of-the-art treadmills and ellipticals. There are three pools on plateaus that lower away from the pool house and flow towards the beach, and the lowest disappears into the horizon that leads in to the South China Sea. The business center has up-to-the-minute audio/visual equipment, and there is wi-fi in each of the rooms. The property is located 30 minutes from Da Nang International Airport (DAD).

 
 
HUE
La Residence Hotel & Spa

La Residence Hotel & Spa

On the banks of the Perfume River, the boutique La Residence Hotel and Spa occupies the former residence of Hue's governor. The hotel is surrounded by lush lawns and looks towards the Imperial Citadel, a picturesque sight in hues of green, red and yellow. The 122 rooms and suites have the spacious feel of a colonial villa, with richly colored art-deco furniture and a river-view terrace. The lavish spa is equipped with Italian products from Comfort Zone. La Residence is only 10 miles from the airport (HUI) and is outfitted with a sauna, pool, fitness center, tennis court, and business center. Wi-fi is available everywhere in the hotel.

 
 
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