Vietnam on Wheels: Bike from North to South 16 days

Departure Date

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Duration

16 days

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Maximum Seats

5

What's Included?

Accommodation
All Transport
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Summary

Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Tan Phong Island – Thuy Bieu Village

An extraordinary way to discover Vietnam’s breathtaking beauty is through a bike journey. Our 16-day excursion, “Vietnam on Wheels from North to South,” invites you on an exhilarating adventure from towering mountains to stunning coastlines and islands.

Engage your sense of wonder by scaling the peaks of Indochina, pedaling through the landscapes of Hanoi, Hue, and Hoi An, cruising amidst the captivating panoramas of Halong Bay or the intricate water passages of the Mekong Delta. Explore remarkable destinations like Ho Chi Minh City and the Cu Chi tunnels. For adventurous souls seeking an unconventional travel experience, don’t hesitate. Join us on this thrilling odyssey!

 

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Morning Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, proceed to Pole No.10 (Outside the Terminal Gate) and connect with us for easy identification. Direct transfer to the Hanoi hotel. Although standard check-in is at 14:00, early check-in is available for an additional charge. Enjoy leisure time until lunch. Afternoon/ Night Delve into optional cultural experiences like the Water Puppet Show or Vietnamese Cooking Class, detailed in the links provided below: Water Puppet Show: Explore Hanoi's delectable street food including Banh Mi, Bun Cha, Banh Cuon, Egg Coffee, and more. Discover unique spots not found in guidebooks. Vietnamese Cooking Class Half Day: Hone your bargaining skills at the market while selecting fresh ingredients. Engage in cooking both non-vegetarian and vegetarian Vietnamese dishes under the guidance of our tour expert. Meals: Not included Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 2

Day 2: Hanoi Biking Full Day - Night Train to Lao Cai

Morning Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel. Our tour guide will meet you at the hotel around 7:30 to head to the bike shop, where you'll choose your bike for today’s tour. Traverse the bustling streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarters and cross the Red River via Long Bien Bridge. Follow the dyke path along the Red River and explore the Ancient House in Bat Trang Pottery Village. Visit a local pottery workshop, discovering the origins of Bat Trang Village and the process of crafting ceramic products. Create your own pottery piece in the workshop! Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant situated in the new urban area of Eco Park. Explore an intriguing Bonsai Garden, renowned for its intricate tree sculpting. Visit the Red River Pottery Market of Quang Ba, witnessing stacks of ceramics awaiting transportation into Hanoi by bicycle. Pass by the Red River’s floating houses and vibrant fields of flowers. Afternoon Return the bikes at the shop, where our guide will arrange a taxi to escort you back to the hotel near the railway station. Relax and unwind before boarding the night train. Night Our team will pick you up at the hotel to transfer you to Hanoi train station for the night train to Lao Cai around 20:00. Note: The tour guide won't accompany you on the train journey. Private compartments are available upon request for an extra charge. Train schedules might change. The overnight train trip to Lao Cai consists of shared sleeping compartments (sharing with other passengers in 2 lower & 2 upper berths per compartment). The train departs at approximately 21:15. Note: Train travel offers an authentic local experience, with shared cabins unless a private cabin is requested and paid for separately. Restrooms at each end of the carriages complete the local experience. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 3

Day 3: Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van

Morning/Afternoon Arrive at Lao Cai train station between 5:30 - 6:00. Our driver will be waiting to transfer you to Sapa via a shared bus for tourists from the station. Note: Early check-in in Sapa is possible, subject to room availability and an additional charge. Relax and enjoy breakfast at the hotel until the local guide arrives for today's tour. Around 9:30, the local guide will pick you up to begin the trek. Trek to Y Linh Ho village nestled by the Muong Hoa River, followed by a visit to the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai. Explore these two villages. Continue the trek to Ta Van village, home to the Zay people, a relatively small minority group of approximately 38,000 residing mainly in the Northwestern Vietnamese mountains. Return to Sapa by car. Night Enjoy free time for leisure for the remainder of the day. Stay overnight at Sapa Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
Day 4

Day 4: Cat Cat - Sin Chai - Lao Cai - Hanoi

Morning Start the day with breakfast at the hotel and complete the check-out process. Our tour guide will pick you up around 9:00 for the day's tour. Begin by strolling southwest to Cat Cat Village, a renowned ethnic village of the Black H’mong, known for its cultural significance in Sapa. Marvel at the impressive waterfall, a vestige of a hydroelectric power station built during the French colonial period in Vietnam. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the riverside. Afternoon Trek onward for 3 kilometers to Sin Chai Village, nestled at the base of Fansipan Mountain, relishing the breathtaking mountain landscapes. Return to the main road and take a 3-kilometer jeep ride back to Sapa town. Night Transfer to Hanoi via a shared limousine. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 5

Day 5: Halong Bay - Overnight On Board

Morning Begin the day with breakfast at the Hanoi hotel. Our driver will pick you up for the journey to Halong Bay. Upon arrival, receive a warm welcome from the boat crew and complete the check-in process. Indulge in a delectable seafood lunch served on board. Afternoon Engage in various activities exploring the bay, such as cave visits, kayaking, or swimming (depending on the specific itinerary of the cruise). Night Return to the junk, unwind, and relish dinner. Spend the night on board. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Cruise in Halong Bay
Day 6

Day 6: Discover Ha Long Bay

Enjoy breakfast while aboard the cruise. Participate in additional explorations via a small boat, encompassing cave visits, kayaking, swimming, biking, and more. Note: Further specifics about the itinerary will be shared upon confirmation of your Cruise. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Cruise in Ha Long Bay
Day 7

Day 7: Hanoi - Flight to Hue

In the morning: Rise early to join a Tai Chi session or admire the mesmerizing sunrise over the bay. Indulge in breakfast while aboard the cruise. Discover the most enchanting caves of Halong. Enjoy an early lunch as the cruise heads back to the main dock. In the afternoon: Return to the main dock and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue. Upon arrival, our tour guide will be there to greet you. At night: Check into the hotel in Hue. Relax for the remainder of the day. Meals: Breakfast, Brunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Day 8

Day 8: Half-day Cycling to Thuy Bieu Village

Morning and Afternoon: Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel. At 8:00, our tour guide will pick you up for a transfer to Toa Kham wharf, commencing a cruise along the Perfume River. Pause at Thien Mu Pagoda, a historic temple symbolizing the romantic essence of Hue. Continue the cruise towards Hue Ecolodge, exploring Thuy Bieu Eco-village, a genuine representation of Hue's countryside. Explore the village on bicycles, visiting local handicraft families involved in incense-making, joss paper production, and paper painting, gaining insight into their daily lives. Unwind by immersing your feet in medicinal herb water, a traditional therapeutic practice. Night: Return to the hotel in the City Center to unwind and relax. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Day 9

Day 9: Motorbiking to Hoi An via Hai Van Pass

Morning Begin the day with a delightful breakfast at the accommodation. At 8:00, our designated guide will pick you up from your lodgings to commence the journey to Hoi An. Embark on a thrilling motorcycle ride along the renowned Highway 1A, traversing from Hue to Hoi An. Pause at the fishing village and picturesque paddy fields bordering the lagoon. Explore the enchanting Elephant Waterfall, offering opportunities for a refreshing swim and moments of relaxation. Halt at Lang Co Beach for a picturesque break, perfect for capturing memorable photos, and savor a delightful lunch. Afternoon At 13:30, traverse the captivating Hai Van Pass. As you ascend the Pass, witness ethereal clouds on one side, contrasting with breathtaking ocean panoramas on the other. The Hai Van Pass serves as the demarcation between Hue and Da Nang city. Arrive in Hoi An during the early evening. Meals: Breakfast, Enjoy a Picnic Lunch Accommodation: Overnight stay at a Hoi An hotel
Day 10

Day 10: Half-day Cycling Tour in Hoi An

Morning Commence the day with a satisfying breakfast at your lodgings. At 8:00, our chauffeur will collect you from your hotel, leading you over the bridge to the serene countryside of Cam Kim Island. Embark on a cycling adventure through the verdant landscapes of rice paddies and farmlands as you make your way across the island. Take breaks along the route to engage in conversations with local farmers. Pay a visit to a Duy Vinh family, delving into the intricacies of their traditional craft of sedge mattress weaving. Continue your cycling expedition to a local residence where a delectable lunch awaits. Afternoon/Night Return to your hotel via our provided transportation. Utilize your free time to unwind and explore the charming surroundings of Hoi An independently. Meals: Breakfast, Midday Meal Accommodation: Overnight stay at a Hoi An hotel
Day 11

Day 11: Hoi An Foodie Tour

Morning/Afternoon Utilize your free time to unwind and explore Hoi An independently. Consider attending optional shows such as: Hoi An Memories Show: This program skillfully incorporates Vietnam's iconic Ao Dai into a captivating artistic display through five breathtaking performances. Teh Dar Show: Immerse yourself in a concert that takes you on a cultural journey through the captivating traditions of the Central Highlands people. Get ready for an epicurean adventure with a foodie tour in the late afternoon. Night Participate in a guided walking foodie tour to uncover the rich culinary delights and cultural gems of Hoi An. The tour kicks off around sunset, leading you to local cafes, food stalls, markets, and restaurants. Indulge in a variety of Hoi An's traditional dishes during the tour, including Banh Mi, Cao Lau, Banh Beo, Banh Khot, Balut, and local coffee, among others. Enjoy free time to explore the Ancient Town at night or return to the comfort of your hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Evening Meal Accommodation: Overnight stay at a Hoi An hotel
Day 12

Day 12: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City

Morning Begin your day with a satisfying breakfast provided at your accommodation. Our designated driver will be at your service for the transfer to Da Nang airport. Board a domestic flight bound for Ho Chi Minh City, and upon arrival, transition to your selected hotel. Afternoon Immerse yourself in the vibrant lifestyle of Ho Chi Minh City through a unique experience on a scooter motorbike. At 13:00, our tour guide will pick you up on a meticulously restored vintage Vespa scooter. Embark on a journey along the less-traveled paths of Saigon. While comfortably seated on the back of the scooter, you will navigate through bustling streets, discovering hidden gems that might elude solo exploration. Gain insights into the operations of small family enterprises in the metropolis, exploring the Chinese community's impact on medicine, Vietnamese customs, religion, and more. Make a stop at a serene Buddhist Pagoda, a hidden haven yet to be discovered by mainstream tourists. Night At approximately 18:30, our service will drop you off at your hotel. Enjoy an evening meal at your leisure. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Overnight stay at a Ho Chi Minh City hotel
Day 13

Day 13: Cu chi Tunnel Tour by Speedboat

Morning Uncover the secrets of the Cu Chi tunnels via a speedboat excursion. Our guide will greet you in the hotel lobby and facilitate your transfer to Bach Dang Pier in District 1 at 7:00. Set sail from Saigon by boat at 7:20. Indulge in a light breakfast featuring sandwiches or pastries, along with fresh tropical fruits and Vietnamese iced coffee (Ca phe sua da). While cruising, the guide will share insights into rural traditions and riverbank life. Reach the Cu Chi Tunnels site by 8:50, a less frequented destination. Take the opportunity to watch a concise introductory 'propaganda' video about the Cu Chi area. Commence exploration of the Cu Chi at 9:00, including exhibits on weaponry and booby traps. Navigate the authentic Viet Cong tunnels, and visit various subterranean bunkers such as kitchens, meeting rooms, ammunition stores, etc. Taste the local cassava root, a staple sustaining Viet Cong fighters for years. Relish a delectable traditional Vietnamese lunch by the river, featuring authentic fried spring rolls, chicken and beef dishes, and soup. Afternoon Depart from Cu Chi and return to Ho Chi Minh City. Night Enjoy the remainder of the day at your own pace. Meals: Breakfast, Midday Meal Accommodation: Overnight stay at a Ho Chi Minh City hotel
Day 14

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh - Tan Phong Island - Mekong Eco-lodge

Morning Commence your day with a delightful breakfast provided at your accommodation. Be ready for pickup at your hotel, scheduled for the transfer to Cai Be at 8:00. Upon arrival, our local guide will extend a warm welcome, and you'll have the opportunity to savor some fresh fruits. Embark on a boat journey to explore the rice-filled floating market in An Cu commune, Cai Be district, renowned as the primary hub for rice trading in the Southwest region of Vietnam. Visit the ancient village of Dong Hoa Hiep commune and the bustling Cai Be floating market. Continue the exploration to Tan Phong islet and Hai Yen Bee Farm. Explore a sizable flower garden where bees diligently produce honey. Delight in a refreshing honey tea and gain insights into the fascinating life of bees. Enjoy freshly picked fruits from the garden while immersing yourself in the enchanting melodies of Vietnamese folk music, known as "Tai Tu Music." Board a rowing boat to navigate through serene small canals. Arrive at the Mekong Eco-lodge, check-in, and relish a satisfying lunch at the on-site restaurant. Afternoon Engage with locals in their daily activities, such as participating in "ditch fishing hook." Join in the process of catching fish from the Mekong, which will later be served for your dinner. Assist our local chefs in preparing dishes for the evening meal. Night Indulge in a delightful dinner and settle in for an overnight stay at Tan Phong homestay. Meals: Breakfast, Midday Meal, Evening Repast Accommodation: Private Bungalow on Tan Phong Island
Day 15

Day 15: Tan Phong Island - Ho Chi Minh

Morning Begin your day with an early awakening at Mekong Ecolodge, relishing the crisp morning air and the harmonious sounds of birds and rural activities. Stroll through the village, observing local farmers engrossed in their morning tasks. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the homestay and embark on a cycling adventure around Tan Phong Island. Explore traditional handicraft workshops, actively participating in activities alongside local residents, including crafting rice paper, fashioning roofs from nipa leaves and water hyacinth products, creating jackfruit leaf cakes, and weaving banana hammocks. Cycle back to the homestay and complete the checkout process. Board the ferry to the harbor. Our driver will facilitate your direct transfer to the hotel. Savor a delicious lunch at a local restaurant on the journey back to Ho Chi Minh City. Afternoon/Night: Dedicate your afternoon and evening to leisurely activities in the vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh. Meals: Breakfast, Midday Meal Accommodation: Overnight stay at a Ho Chi Minh City hotel
Day 16

Day 16: Departure

Enjoy your free time until our designated driver arrives for your transfer to the airport. Note: Kindly be aware that the hotel's standard check-out time is 12:00. If you wish to extend your stay, it can be accommodated based on room availability, and an additional fee will be applicable. Your tour concludes upon reaching the airport. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Not Applicable

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 2308 USD 1908 USD 3star
Deluxe 2508 USD 2108 USD 4star
INCLUDES:

* All nights hotel accommodation.
* Meals as mentioned in the program.
* All transfers and transport in
modern air-conditioned vehicles.

*Boat trips on the Mekong Delta and Halong Bay

* Domestic flight
* Sightseeing as specified .
* Expert Vietnamese local guides
throughout.
* Boat trips as specified.

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Entry permit or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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