Vietnam Biking Ho Chi Minh Trails Tour

Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Trails - 13 Day Biking Tour

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Key Details
Duration
13 days
Mobile Voucher Accepted
Live Guide
English

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What You'll Do
  • See the Pu Luong Nature Reserve
  • Meet the Mai Chau Hill Tribes
  • Visit Phong Nha Cave
  • Ride along the Vinh Moc Tunnel & DMZ
  • Discover Phong Nha National Park
  • Visit the old military site at Khe Sahn
  • Explore Hoian, the World Heritage Site
Overview
Explore the Ho Chi Minh Trail, one of the most renowned legends of the American War on this 13-Day bike tour. The complicated road system winds along the Truong Son Range, which facilitated the movement of soldiers and war supplies.
What to Expect
Overview

The so-called Ho Chi Minh Trail is one of the most renowned legends of the American War. The complicated road system winds along the Truong Son Range, which facilitated the movement of soldiers and war supplies from North Vietnam to battlefields in South Vietnam. Now the historic trail is being turned into a highway and hotels and towns are springing up speedily beside it. The route is incredibly beautiful with new mountain views around every corner, very little traffic, and virtually no tourists.

Start your great Ho Chi Minh Trail adventure with overnight train to Vinh then head south following the new highway. This trip gives you the chance to learn about Vietnamese modern history and to see the country's beautiful nature. The trip concludes in Hoian, a charming ancient town in central Vietnam.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi.

Upon arrival in Hanoi, you meet our guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Hanoi. If time permits you can have a riding test in the afternoon. Enjoy a welcome dinner with local delicacies. There is also a tour briefing at dinner time. Overnight in Hanoi.
Summary
Airport transfer: private air-conditioned car
Meal: Welcome dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Buoc Village

Leave Hanoi at 8am. Drive southwest to Ma Chau, the gateway to the impressive mountainous area of northern Vietnam. The drive is very nice and provides stunning views of mountains, valleys, sugarcane farms and rice paddies. Stop en route for refreshment. Upon arrival in Mai Chau make a lunch stop at a house in Pom Coong, a village with a Thai ethnic minority. After lunch you will embark by bike on the village road to Buoc. Have dinner and overnight in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai family.
Summary
Transfer to Mai Chau: 4 hrs
Biking: 30km – Moderate grade
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home stay

Day 3: Buoc Village – Hang Village (Pu Luong Nature Reserve)

After breakfast embark on a beautiful ride along shaded village roads to Van Mai Village where you will have lunch in a local house. After lunch you will ride southward to Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Travel by bike on a beautiful tar road through Mai Chau Valley before following the bumpy village road the last 15 kilometers. You will reach Hang Village around 17:00 pm. Have dinner and overnight in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai family.
Summary
Biking: 40km – unpaved bumpy road – Moderate grade
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home stay

Day 4: Hang Village – Hin Village

Today is a tough day with long climbs on a mix of dirt paths and village roads. This road is an original part of the historic Ho Chi Minh Trails, which run through the Pu Luong Nature Reserve. After a morning of climbing enjoy an easier ride slightly downhill to Hin, a village with a Thai minority. Enjoy great mountain views and scenic villages as well as lunch in local house en route. Dinner and overnight in Hin village.
Summary
Biking: 30km – unpaved bumpy road – Challenging grade
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home stay

Day 5: Hin Village – Canh Nang Town – Cam Thuy – Tan Ky

After breakfast say goodbye to the villagers and ride toward Ma River passing expansive maize fields. Near the river you will see many water wheels, which are used by locals to water their farms. Cross the river by bridge and have lunch in Canh Nang town. After lunch continue biking toward the Fairy Fish Stream in Cam Luong where you will see thousands of fish in a shallow stream. You can feed and touch them. After that you continue riding southward on Ho Chi Minh Highway. In the afternoon you will transfer by support van for over 100 kilometers to Tan Ky Town, where you will stay overnight in a small hotel and have dinner in local restaurant.
Summary
Biking: 60km – 40% unpaved bumpy road, 60% paved road – Moderate grade
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6: Tan Ky – Huong Khe

After breakfast in Tan Ky you will ride on the HCM Highway to Pho Chau, a small town 87 kilometers south of Tan Ky. The tour will tackle around 40 kilometers in the morning. The ride is on a smooth road and passes peaceful villages and a stunning mountain range. Ride by bus the last 40 kilometers to Pho Chau for lunch. After lunch jump onto a branch of HCM Trails, a smaller road leading to Dong Loc T-junction. This was a hot spot, which was bombed heavily during the Vietnam War. Continue riding for 1 hour to the HCM Highway. Bus transfer to Huong Khe. Dinner and overnight on Huong Khe.
Summary
Biking distance: 70-80km – 60% highway, 40% smaller paved road
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Huong Khe

Day 7: Huong Khe – Phong Nha – Dong Hoi

After breakfast take the bus 20 kilometers and then begin your ride toward Phong Nha National Park. Lunch stop in Liem Phu. After lunch take the bus to Phong Nha Cave, which is a World Heritage Site. Upon arrival in Phong Nha, take a boat cruise along the river to explore the cave. After the cave exploration the tour proceeds by bus to Dong Hoi. Check in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Dong Hoi.
Summary
Biking distance: 60km – highway
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Hoi

Day 8: Dong Hoi – Dong Ha – DMZ

Breakfast in the hotel. After a short bus ride proceed by bike along the HCM Highway. Make a stop at the Truong Son Cemetery where hundreds of thousands of soldiers who served in the army during Vietnam War are resting in peace. Bus transfer to Dong Ha for hotel check-in. Lunch in local restaurant. In the afternoon enjoy a DMZ tour by bus. Dinner and overnight in Dong Ha.
Summary
Biking distance: 60km – quiet highway
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Ha

Day 9: Dong Ha – Khe Sanh – Aluoi

Breakfast in the hotel is followed by a bus ride to Khe Sanh. Visit an old military base before beginning to bike along Da Krong River. The beautiful ride features views of the river and tribal villages along the road. Enjoy a lunch stop on the way. In the afternoon, you will continue riding to Aluoi. The last 20 kilometers can be done by bus. Dinner and overnight in Aluoi.
Summary
Biking distance: 60-70km – quiet highway
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Aluoi

Day 10: Aluoi – Thanh My

After breakfast in town transfer by bus to the summit of a long, high pass. Begin the beautiful ride downhill 40 kilometers to Prao. Lunch in Prao. In the afternoon, continue riding to Thanh My. Dinner and overnight in Thanh My.
Summary
Biking distance: 70km – Challenging grade
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Thanh My

Day 11: Thanh My – Hoi An

Following breakfast you will ride along Vu Gia River to Hoian, a World Heritage Site 80 kilometers from Thanh My. Make a lunch stop in Dai Loc. Continue riding to Hoian. The ride is pleasant and mainly downhill on flat terrain. Reach Hoian at around 17:00 pm. Check in to the hotel and have dinner in the Old Quarter of Hoian. Overnight in Hoian.
Summary
Biking distance: 80km – Easy grade
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Day 12: Hoian

Enjoy a free day for relaxing or shopping in the Old Quarter. Overnight in Hoian.
Summary
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian
* Note: You can also book an optional tour with us for this day. Please contact our travel consultant for a suggestion.

Day 13: Hoian – Danang – Departure flight

Have breakfast and enjoy free time until you transfer to the airport for a flight to your onward destination.
Summary
Airport transfer
Meals: Breakfast
What's Included
  • English Speaking tour leader (other languages upon requests)
  • All accommodations based on twin-share at hotel, guesthouse and home stay
  • Meals detailed in the itinerary (B = Breakfast , L = Lunches ,D = Dinners)
  • A/C transfers and transportation.
  • Boat trip mentioned in itinerary
  • Sightseeing excursions as outlined in itinerary
  • Pump, bike tools, helmet, spares tubes
  • Spare bike
  • Mineral water
  • Seasonal fruits
  • Snacks
What's Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Travel insurance and bike helmet (compulsory)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Mineral water beyond that supplied
  • Single Supplement
  • Optional excursions
  • Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
  • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
  • Mountain bicycle (Bike Hire US$15/per day)
  • Visa fees
  • Departure taxes
  • Tipping for guiding
Meeting Point

Meeting point: at airport Drop-off location: at airport (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
Note on client safety: we reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

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