Tour de Pho (Cycle Vietnam)

'Junk' boat cruise among the limestone karsts of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Halong Bay
Cu Chi Tunnels - the underground network of the Viet Minh and Viet Cong
Learn new road rules in Vietnam
Perfume River cruise to the Thien Mu Pagoda and royal mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc
The bustling streets and cyclos of Saigon
The tailors and market traders of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An
Vietnam's northern capital Hanoi
  • 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!


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    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)

    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

    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

    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

    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 6 - Nha Trang

    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

    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

    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)

    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

    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

    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

    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 14 - Cat Ba - Hanoi

    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

    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.

  • What's Included

    • Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour.
    • Day cruise on Halong Bay and overnight on Cat Ba Island.
    • Free time to explore Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Lang Co Beach, Hue and Hanoi.
    • Overnight ‘Reunification Express’ sleeper trains from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang, Nha Trang to Danang and Hue to Hanoi.
    • Perfume River cruise in Hue.
    • Accommodation: 3 nights Sleeper train, 3 nights Sleeper train, 1 night Homestay
    • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.
    • Bike hire included

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Arrival and departure transfers,
    • International and domestic departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Travel Insurance
    • Other meals
    • All optional tours or activities during free time
    • Transfers outside of the tour program,
    • Items of a personal nature.
    • Tips

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your tour leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your tour leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your tour leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    FIRE PRECAUTIONS: Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS: Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY: While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    SWIMMING POOLS: You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    BALCONIES: Some hotel balconies don't meet western standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

    SEAT BELTS: Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

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10 - 16
Bicycle, Boat, Ferry, Public bus, Sleeper train
3 night nights Overnight train, 10 nights Hotel, 1 night Homestay
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

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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.

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