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Cycling HCM Trails

Ride o­n today’s Ho Chi Minh trail from Hanoi pass Mai Chau, Vinh, Huong Khe Dong Ha to Hue o­n brand-new mountain bikes. Share discussions with a guide who was part of the war and spent much time fighting and recovering from wounds along the trail. This is a trip like no other – part o­n a new highway, part o­n a dirt road, part in towns, and part in hill tribe villages (Thai, Muong, Bru, Paco, and others), part in the present, and part recorded forever in history. If you wish to take the Motorcycling this trip, please inform our Travel Consultant. The addition fuel fee will be added to the cost.

Start city: Hanoi

End city: Danang

Durations 13 Days 12 Nights

Departure: Daily, upon your request.

Cities to visit: Hanoi, Mai Chau, Thanh Hoa, Vinh, Huong Khe, Phong Nha, Dong Hoi, Khe Sanh, Hue, Hoian

Extendable with optional tours from Danang

Cycling HCM Trails

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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival.
Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau.
Day 3: Mai Chau – Thanh Hoa – Yen Cat.
Day 4: Nhu Xuan – Tan Ky – Kim Lien – Vinh.
Day 5: Vinh – Pho Chau – Huong Khe.
Day 6: Huong Khe – Phong Nha National Park.
Day 7: Phong Nha – Dong Hoi – Quang Tri DMZ.
Day 8: Dong Hoi – Khe Sanh.
Day 9: Khe Sanh – Asau – Aluoi.
Day 10: Aluoi – Hue.
Day 11: Hue City Tour – Hai Van Pass – Danang – Hoian.
Day 12: Hoian – City Tour & Leisure.
Day 13: Hoian – Transfer to Danang Airport for departure.

 

Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person, double occupancy.

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival.
Arrive at Hanoi airport and be me by our guide, transfer to your hotel. Dependent on your flight, we can take an optional guided stroll through Hanoi's bustling Old Quarter. In the evening, enjoy some traditional Vietnamese cuisine at one of the city's finest restaurants. Overnight in Hanoi.
Meals: Welcome Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
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Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau.
We depart Hanoi early for Mai Chau village. An early lunch will be served at Poom Coong village before we jump on our bikes and cycle on a mixture of good single-track paths and undulating rough jeep trails to the Thai Village of Cun Pheo. The views are remarkable as we pass through village, hot springs, suspension bridges and across rice paddies.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation:
Homestay.

Day 3: Mai Chau – Thanh Hoa – Yen Cat.
Our early morning journey takes us away from the river and through the range of mountains that stretch from Mai Chau to Cuc Phuong to Hoa Lu. Although we have tarmac all the way, the riding can get a bit tough due to the undulating terrain. At Ngoc Lac, we get on a bus and transfer our weary legs to Nhu Xuan. Overnight at a local hotel in Nhu Xuan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: Local Guest House.


Day 4: Nhu Xuan – Tan Ky – Kim Lien – Vinh
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Today the ride will be on the newly built two-lane Ho Chi Minh Highway. There is not a lot of traffic however, and the road makes for smooth fast riding. A must-see enroute is the birthplace of Uncle Ho at Kim Lien village. From Kim Lien, we'll most likely transfer by bus or car to Vinh City. (Note due to the total distance some sections you will be transferred by vehicle, depending on the strength of the group and cycling conditions).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Vinh.


Day 5: Vinh – Pho Chau – Huong Khe.
After breakfast, the shuttle will bring us back to Ho Chi Minh Highway. We disembark at Pho Chau, where our cycling begins. The roads today wind their way through lush jungle and beautiful villages nestled in the shadow of the historic Truong Son Mountain range. We reach Huong Khe at the end of the day, a remote town in Nghe An province.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Huong Khe.


Day 6: Huong Khe – Phong Nha National Park.
After breakfast, we continue riding on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. From Huong Khe, the landscape is amazing, the road tranquil. We ride up to 80km and then transfer to Phong Nha National Park. Overnight in a standard National Park Guest House.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Phong Nha.


Day 7: Phong Nha – Dong Hoi – Quang Tri DMZ.
Moderate After breakfast we'll vist the spectacular Phong Nha cave by boat and then wander through the cavern. Exploring the cave generally takes a few hours and then we return to the hotel. Here we get back on the bikes and travel toward the small town of Dong Hoi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Hoi.
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Day 8: Dong Hoi – Khe Sanh.
Branching temporarily from the Ho Chi Minh highway, we visit the Vinh Moc Tunnels; a 2.8km labyrinth where the Vietnamese hid from American troops during the War. 30km from Dong Ha we start cycling again across the DMZ. The road is quite flat and makes for good cruising! Enroute we will pass relics left over from the war and end up in the Vietnam/Laos border town of Khe Sanh, where some of the bloodiest battles took place.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel un Khe Sanh.


Day 9: Khe Sanh – Asau – Aluoi.
After exploring the former marine base of Khe Sanh, we start to pedal to the Dakrong Bridge and then turn off into the Southern section of the HCM Trail. We begin our ascent back into the mountains along an extaordinary remote road to the tiny town of A Luoi. The route passes through dense forests and some wild landscapes. A Luoi is home to a multitude of ethnic minorities and the infamous Hamburger Hill.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Aluoi.


Day 10: Aluoi – Hue.
Moderate After breakfast, we leave the HCM Trails for good and pedal 60km for Hue. The ride is relatively easy as the terrain is flat. The landscape is dotted with quaint villages, jungles and rivers. We finish our ride at the Bach Ho Bridge and hop on a bus to transfer the last.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue.


Day 11: Hue City Tour – Hai Van Pass – Danang – Hoian.
Today cycle via Lang Co beach before hitting the beautiful coastal roads and climb the Hai Van Pass on the way to Hoi An. The centre of Hoi An remains much the same as it was in its heyday. We take a walking tour to see the wooden-fronted houses that belonged to the town's prosperous merchants, the Japanese-covered Bridge and the wonderful market. Five kilometers from the centre of town is Cua Dai Beach, popular with both locals and visitors alike for its warm sea and beachfront seafood restaurants. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.


Day 12: Hoian – City Tour & Leisure.
Take a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the ancient quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tam Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or your own shopping.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.
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Day 13: Hoian – Transfer to Danang Airport for departure.
Spend a relaxing morning at your leisure before driving to Da Nang for the departure flight or other optional tour with Travel Vietnam.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: N/A.

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1. Are tour dates of flexible?

Yes, this tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.

2. Can I extend or change my stay?

Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).

3. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?

The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.

4. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?

The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.

5. Are there any discounts available?

We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.

6. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?

We accept payment by debit/ credit card (Visa, Master, Amex), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.

7. Are meals included?

We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler's interest & budget.

8. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?

Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.

9. What if I have a special request on food?

You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.

10. What are the accommodations like?

Vietnam Tours only recommends good hotels rated from 3 stars to luxurious resorts. They are located within walking distance of the town center and the reception generally speaks English. For more information, check with your travel consultants to view pictures of our suggestion on standard hotels/ lodges/ resorts. Don't forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.

11. What type of transportation is used?

Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.

12. Is this tour suitable for kids?

Yes! If you have children traveling with, ask your travel consultants to customize the tour program to fit a variety of interests and ages. We also focus on family friendly vacations with less travel and minimum drive times and maximum in-country activity that will keep younger minds engaged.

13. How many people are typically on your tours?

We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.

14. Is this trip a good choice for solo travelers?

Yes, it is. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, transportations because no-one shares cost with.

15. Do tour rates include international flights?

This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.

16. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?

When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide's welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.

17. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?

Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately.

18. How much should I budget for tips?

Tips are not compulsory on any of our tours. However, it is customary to offer a small tip for exceptional service. Other travelers opt to bring small souvenirs from their home to give to tour guides and drivers along the way.

19. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?

Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend you to contact with your local agent in your country to buy travel insurance before you go.

20. How to change or cancel my reservation?

- You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link: https://asiatravelandleisure.com/terms-conditions.html

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Price Included

  • Accommodations.
  • Breakfast & meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Support Van & Mechanic.
  • Mountain Bikes.
  • Transport by private car.
  • English-speaking guide.
  • Drinking water.
  • Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions.

Price Excluded

  • Travel insurance.
  • Vietnam Visa.
  • Gratuities for tour guides/ drivers.
  • Other personal expenses.
Did you know? All of our tours are private and daily depart. TRAVEL VIETNAM can organize any additional accommodations, domestic and regional flights. Call us on +84982 661 133 to speak to one of our experts.

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