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Dates: Year round departures available
Host: Local guides
Cost: From US$1,950 per person
Trip Type: Hosted Small Groups, Active Adventures

Take in the majestic highland town of Dalat from your bike, see the misty pine forest and then descend to the coast where life in the fishing villages goes on as it has for generations. Ride the picturesque coastline all the way to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Hoi An and experience a side of Vietnam unknown to most travelers. All of this active fun is packed into a seven day cycling holiday with minimal time in the car.

A short flight takes us to Dalat where we check out the colonial-era architecture as well as more modern additions. After cycling through the temperate highlands, we descend to the subtropical environment of the coast, where we ride through the farming and fishing towns to Hoi An.

The Vietnamese coastline is made up of a picturesque variety of windy roads around headlands and sand dunes where colorful fishing boats bob at their moorings. Finish your ride in the world heritage listed town of Hoi An, full of historical significance, amazing food, and a lovely beach- the perfect reward for your active adventure.

Apart from a couple of days that are just a touch short of 100km, the riding is achievable for anyone who cycles regularly as a commuter or recreationally on weekends. Most of the roads are paved back roads with minimal traffic. We encounter only a couple of dirt roads and these are not hard riding at all. There are often sea breezes to keep the temperature down a little. There are a few other small hills, but we always return to sea level, so the up is a nice trade-off for the down.

Highlights:

  • Explore the mystical town of Dalat by bike as you pedal past waterfalls and through the pine forest shrouded in mist.
  • Visit local village industries such as mat weaving and rice paper making for a cultural experience.
  • Pedal through small fishing villages filled with fresh fish markets and friendly locals before taking a boat to Hoi An.
  • Enjoy the fresh flavors of Vietnamese cuisine along the way, including tasty fish straight from the sea.

Questions? Please contact one of the Civilized Adventures’ Adventure Travel Specialists at info@civilizedadv.com

Day 1 - Dalat Day Ride

We start off with a morning flight from Saigon to Dalat. After lunch and a briefing, we take to our bikes to explore. Dalat is a town full of character, and a great place to start our adventure. This hilltown was popular with the French during colonial times due to the climate but has since become even more well-known among middle-class Saigon folk who head for the romantic cool of the hills. The area is also known for some of the best coffee in Asia, a great way to fuel the day’s ride. We’ll start with an exploration of Dalat, cycling on sealed roads and unsealed trails through beautiful pine forests, flower gardens and coffee plantations.

25km ride (L,D) 

Day 2 - Highlands to Nha Trang

Today we are in for a great ride as we pedal our way from the highlands to the sea. Enjoy cycling both ascents and descents along quiet secondary roads that eventually lead all the way to sea level. We drive some of the distance to ensure we arrive in Nha Trang with time to spare for lounging on the beach or perhaps sampling excellent craft beer at local brew pubs that have popped up.

75km ride (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Quy Nhon

It’s a day off the bikes today to rest our legs, with the morning free to explore Nha Trang, relax by the pool or along the beach, or to try your hand at one of the many activities along the waterfront.

After lunch, we board the train for a fun, easy-going journey by rail up the coast. This is a much more relaxed way to travel than by road. Make sure you look out the window to catch the beaches, villages, rice fields and mountains we pass slowly by! Most of the other passengers are Vietnamese and the buffet car is a good place to strike up some conversations with the locals. We arrive in Quy Nhon in the early evening, transfer to our hotel and then enjoy dinner in town.

(B,L,D)

Day 4 - Tam Quan

The coastal section of the cycling journey begins today as we leave Quy Nhon on a quiet back road along a sand dune peninsula with great views back over the bay and the mountains. We see lots of coast today as we undulate along the well-made road with friendly villagers waving and cheering us on as we pedal by. We take a short drive at the end of the day to get us into the tiny village of Tam Quan.

75km ride (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Quang Ngai

A varied and highly enjoyable day lies ahead of us. We spend the morning riding along the coast then head inland to see an array of new scenes. Challenge yourself by climbing some hills today as we cross rivers on small wooden bridges and pass farmers tending to rice fields and water buffalo. Our home for the night is Quang Ngai, a small city of little note. Even so, the comfortable hotel, nice river view and an abundance of cold drinks make Quang Ngai a pleasant place to stay.

85km ride (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Tam Ky

We start today with a visit to one of Vietnam’s more sobering sites, the My Lai Massacre Memorial. It was here that the tragic massacre occurred that, once exposed, caused a turning point in American public opinion to the American-Vietnam war. From here we continue on two wheels along the coast and visit a rice paper maker and a mat weaver along the way. Both are traditional forms of industry that are harder to find in cities, but here in the village, the skills are still very much in use. We enjoy a lunch of the freshest seafood possible and stay in the town of Tam Ky.

96km ride (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Villages & Hoi An

Today’s ride is one of the highlights of the trip. We start with a visit to a fresh market where the fish come straight out of the South China Sea and into the baskets at these stands. The vendors will be just as interested in you as you are in their products and will be more than happy to pose for a photo, a real novelty in this well off-the-beaten-path location. We ride dirt roads through sleepy fishing villages with friendly faces popping out to say hello. Next comes a boat ride to reach Hoi An, a fitting way to enter this ancient port town and to conclude our adventure.

55km ride (B,L)

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411 Km riding. This tour is rated ‘Moderate’ for difficulty. Apart from a couple of days that are just a touch short of 100km, the riding is achievable for anyone who rides regularly as a commuter or recreationally on the weekends. Most of the roads are paved back roads with minimal traffic. We encounter only a couple of dirt roads and these are not hard riding at all. There are often sea breezes to keep the temperature down a little. There are a few other small hills, but we always return to sea level, so the up is a nice trade-off for the down.

This trip includes:

  • An air-conditioned backup support vehicle
  • Light weight, Cannondale CX3 bicycles
  • Experienced English speaking guides
  • Accommodation
  • Meals (as indicated in day-by-day)

Price does not include:

  • International Flights
  • Visa fees
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Drinks and meals other than those specified
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Any increases due to circumstances beyond our control (i.e. park fee increases, fuel surcharges, currency fluctuations)

Cost

  • October 25-31, 2020 – US$1,950 per person
  • December 13-19, 2020 – US$1,950 per person
  • December 23-29, 2020 – US$2,242 per person
  • January 04 – 10, 2021 – US$2,242 per person
  • January 31 – February 06, 2021 – US$1,950 per person
  • March 14 – 20, 2021 – US$1,950 per person
  • April 11 – 17, 2021 – US$1,950 per person
  • May 16 – 22, 2021 – US$1,950 per person
  • July 18 – 24, 2021 – US$1,950 per person
  • August 08 – 14, 2021 – US$1,950 per person
  • October 24 – 30, 2021 – US$1,950 per person
  • December 23 – 29, 2021 – US$2,242 per person

There is no surcharge for single travelers – we will match you with another same-sex single traveler. If you want a single room there is an optional upgrade that you can book, at additional cost.

Accommodation and tour are subject to availability. Please contact us for more information and pricing based on your dates and customizations.