Print this page | Visit Geckos

Tour de Pho (Cycle Vietnam)

Trip Length

Trip Code

15 days FSEA

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited

Vietnam

Start City

End City

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Hanoi, Vietnam
Tour de Pho (Cycle Vietnam)

Vietnam and cycling go together like spring rolls and chilli sauce, so in partnership with Reid Cycles, we’ve set up a little date! This wheely great cycling adventure takes you from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.

Cruise on past Nha Trang’s beaches, Hue’s Perfume River, Hoi An’s countryside and experience the road to Halong Bay as millions of Vietnamese do - from the humble bike seat. Pack your cycling shorts; you’re in for a treat!

Book on the trip and score a $100 Reid Cycles voucher!

 

  Reid logo

Tour de Pho (Cycle Vietnam)


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Welcome to a place where two-wheel locomotion is king – Ho Chi Minh City. We have arranged transfers for you from the airport to your hotel. No activities are planned until your evening meeting, so you may arrive at any time. Please check the welcome board or reception desk, located on the ground floor of the hotel for information. 
Nip out for a wander, check out the street stalls and get friendly with pho before you meet your cycling buddies in the evening. 
 
Accommodation: Hong Thien Loc 2 Hotel or similar

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City (cycling approximately 40km)

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Get familiar with your wheels, the roads and the atmos on a cycle through the countryside. If jetlag kicks in, a support truck will be right behind you. Check out the Cu Chi Tunnels,a bunch of underground passageways used during the Vietnam War. Claustrophobics might wanna sit this one out.


Accommodation: Hong Thien Loc 2 Hotel or similar
 
Cycling approximately: 40 km
Type of riding: Easy ride
Type of bike: Giant ALUXX 6000 Butted tubing

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Get your pedal on again and check out some more rad Ho Chi Minh sights – museums, markets, pagodas – or ask your leader about their favourite haunts. When night falls, hopaboard an overnight train bound for the beach town NhaTrang.


Accommodation: 4 berth sleeper on local train / Soft sleeper

Day 4: Nha Trang (cycling approximately 15-20km)

Right, so you’re in a beach town on a cycling trip –a shoreline ride is pretty much mandatory. The ride’s nice, short and easy… i.e. you can admire the ocean vistas without taking a tumble.


Accommodation Oriole Hotel or similar

Cycling approximately: 15-20 km
Type of riding: Easy ride
Type of bike: Local bike

Day 5: Nha Trang

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

There’s a bunch of islands just off Nha Trang, so jump on a boat and get amongst it. Typical Asian ocean rules apply: the water’s warm, the reef’s ripe for snorkeling and your onboard seafood lunch was probably swimming next to you an hour ago. Nha Trang’s also known for its nightlife, so pack your party pants.


Accommodation Oriole Hotel or similar

Day 6: Nha Trang

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Spend a free day in Nha Trang doing whatever you do best, shopping, feasting, building sandcastles… we don’t judge. Then it’s all aboard for an overnight train ride to Danang.


Accommodation: 4 berth sleeper on local train / Soft sleeper

Day 7: Hoi An (cycling approximately 40km)

From Danang it’s a short trip to Hoi An. After lunch, you’ll hit the road for a cycle through Hoi An’s surrounds. Ride highways and dirt roads… probably with a gaggle of locals cheering you on. Marble Mountain and China Beach (aka My Khe Beach) are two top pit stops.


Accommodation: Golf Hoi An hotel or similar

Cycling approximately: 40 km
Type of riding: Easy ride
Type of bike: Specialize or Giant

Day 8: Hoi An

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Free day – woo-hoo! And what a place to enjoy it in.At your disposal: colonial architecture, French-inspired food, a sweet riverside market and army of savvy tailors who can whip you up something special in no time. You can test out your mad Masterchef skills at a Vietnamese cooking class or visit the Kingdom of Champa or some ancient ruins if you fancy. 

 
 

Accommodation: Golf Hoi An Hotel or similar

Day 9: Hue

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Onwards and upwards we go, zooming through the gasp-worthy Hai Van Pass, and on to Hue (sounds like chewy, well, kinda).

Accommodation: Duy Tan 1 hotel or similar

Day 10: Hue (cycling approximately 15-20km)

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Knock it back to cruise control for a leisurely ride along the Perfume River to one of Hue’s hottest landmarks –the Thien Mu Pagoda. Then head off-road to the tomb of Emperor TuDuc. Rest your weary legs on the return to Hue by jumping aboard a dragon boat.


Accommodation: Duy Tan 1 hotel or similar

Cycling approximately: 15-20 km
Type of riding: Easy ride
Type of bike: Giant

Day 11: Hue

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Getting to know Hue? Take it to the next level – minx around the city’s citadel walls, enter the ‘Forbidden’ Purple Palace or hunt downthe city’s best banh mi. Mmmm, bahn mi. Come late afternoon, jump on the Reunification Express for an overnight train to Hanoi.


Accommodation: 4 berth sleeper on local train / Soft sleeper

Day 12: Hanoi (cycling approximately 15-20km)

Hang out in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Dong Xuan Market this morning – or just snuggle in bed and snooze. Following lunch, you’ll skip town with a cycle out to West Lake. Muchos temples and pagodas along the way.


Accommodation: Legacy Hoan Kiem Hotel or similar

Cycling approximately: 15-20 km
Type of riding: Easy ride
Type of bike: Giant GX-02

Day 13: Halong Bay - Cat Ba

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Today’s the big one – a 4-hour ride through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay. On the way you’ll visit an ace handicraft workshop run by people with disabilities (save your pennies!). Spend the rest of the day cruising the waters of World Heritage-listed Halong Bay on a junk boat. Hidden caves, swimming, feasting, ahhhhhh boat life. Spend the night on solid ground at Cat Ba Island.


Accommodation: Sun & Sea hotel or similar

Day 14: Cat Ba - Hanoi

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Return by bus to Hanoi and spend the rest of the day getting friendly with Vietnam’s capital. Choose to visit the One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum or the Temple of Literature – or go crazy and squeeze in all three.


Accommodation: Legacy Hoan Kiem Hotel or Similar

Day 15: Hanoi

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Got the ‘last day’ blues? Head to HoanKiem Lake and get your giggle on watching ‘Laughing Yoga’. Then you and your svelte cycling legs are ready for home. A transfer to the airport will be organized for you.

 

The trip ends in this morning. You are transfer to airport for your fight home.


Your Trip

What to know

Explore by bike with plenty of time to see the sights along the way. Physical preparation is required as we are cycling in humid conditions, up to 40 kilometres per day, sometimes on hilly terrain. Bike hire is included.

Nuts and Bolts

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals

Transport

Accommodation

Meals

Not Included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

Please note that you should bring along your own bike helmet.

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


Entrance

Optional Extras

 ·        Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum - Free

 ·        Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh’s Museum - US$1.30

 ·        Hanoi - Taxi to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum - US$5

 ·        Hanoi - Taxi to Ho Chi Minh’s Museum - US$5

 ·        Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace - US1.50

 ·        Ho Chi Minh City - Taxi to Reunification Palace - US$4

 ·        Ho Chi Minh City - Taxi to War Remnants Museum - US$4

 ·        Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum - US$1

 ·        Hoi An - Bicycle Hire – Per day - US$2

 ·        Hoi An - Car to My Son Cham ruins - US$25

 ·        Hoi An - My Son Cham ruins - US$5

 ·        Hoi An - Tu Bon River boat trip - US$10

 ·        Hue - Bicycle Hire – Per day - US$2

 ·        Hue - DMZ tour (time permitting) - US$15

 ·        Nha Trang - Bao Dai’s Villa - US$1

 ·        Nha Trang - Boat Excursion - US$60

 ·        Nha Trang - Mud Baths - From US$5

 ·        Nha Trang - Return Taxi to Bao Dai’s Villa - US$8

 ·        Nha Trang - Return taxi to Mud Baths - US$12

 


About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

7 October 2014


General Contact Details

Geckos AdventuresPhone: 855-832-4853
E-mail: sales@geckosadventures.com
Web: Visit Geckos