Da Lat to Hoi An by Bike 6 Days

$ 798

Discover the beauty of Vietnam on a 6-day cycling tour from Da Lat to Hoi An. Explore stunning countryside, visit local villages, and witness the rich cultural heritage of Vietnam. This tour offers a mix of exciting downhill sections and more relaxed, scenic stretches of riding, with opportunities for light trekking and sightseeing. Enjoy delicious picnic-style lunches and stay in comfortable accommodation throughout the trip. Book your adventure now with Vietnam Cycling.



Get ready for an exhilarating 6-day adventure as you cycle from the charming hill station of Da Lat to the stunning World Heritage site of Hoi An. This one-of-a-kind journey provides an amazing opportunity to explore Vietnam’s natural beauty, rich culture, and history on a bicycle. If you’re starting from Hoi An and heading north, the itinerary can also be done in reverse.

Map of Da Lat to Hoi An by bike

Itinerary of Da Lat to Hoi An by bike

Day 1: Da Lat to Lak Lake

At 7:00 am, our team will pick you up from your hotel in Da Lat and take you to the starting point of the ride, which is about 20 minutes outside of the city. The first part of the journey is an exhilarating downhill stretch of approximately 17 kilometers, leading to Ta Nung. From there, the terrain becomes flatter with rolling hills.

Next, the group will be transported by vehicle (or they can ride part of the way) to the top of Phu Son Pass. Here, they’ll enjoy an early lunch at 11:30 am before embarking on the bike ride down Phu Son Pass. The journey will eventually lead to Lak Lake, where the group will spend the night at Lak Resort. Dinner and breakfast will be provided at the resort.

Overall, this bike tour offers a great mix of thrilling downhill sections and more leisurely, scenic stretches of riding. You’ll also have the chance to experience the stunning beauty of Phu Son Pass and soak in the tranquil atmosphere of Lak Lake.

Day 2: Lak Lake – Buon Me Thuot

After breakfast, we’ll visit one of Emperor Bao Dai’s old summer retreats, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the country’s rich history. Then, we’ll hop on a boat and head to a remote village on the far side of Lak Lake. This journey includes the opportunity for some light trekking.

Once we return to Lak Lake, we’ll have lunch and some rest before embarking on a 50 km bike ride to Buon Me Thuot. The ride is mostly flat, providing an excellent chance to take in the region’s scenic beauty. We should arrive in Buon Me Thuot around 4:30 pm.

The evening is yours to explore the city at your leisure, with plenty of options for food, entertainment, and shopping available.

Day 3: Buon Me Thuot – Pleiku

We’ll start the day by transferring from the hotel, located about 6.5 km outside of the city, to the beginning of the bike ride. The first 10 km of the journey take us on a beautiful country road that eventually narrows and passes through small farms and villages for about 15 km. This stretch of terrain is mostly flat, providing picturesque views of the local countryside.

Next, we’ll enter a stunning rubber tree plantation that extends for 25 km, with some rolling hills and small inclines. We’ll stop for a picnic-style lunch along the way. After lunch, you have the option to bike an additional 30 km before a transfer takes you the rest of the way to the hotel in the heart of Pleiku town.

You’ll be staying overnight in a hotel located in the heart of the town, giving you the chance to explore the local area and soak up the culture.

Day 4: Pleiku – Ngoc Hoi

We will depart from the hotel at around 8:00 or 8:30 am to start our biking adventure. Our first stop will be a visit to a “Sea Lake,” which offers a stunning backdrop for our journey. We will take some time to enjoy the scenery before moving on to the next destination.

Next, we will visit a local minority village called Ba Na, where we will have the chance to see a scenic suspension bridge and a traditional wooden church. This stop offers a unique glimpse into the local culture and way of life. From there, we will continue our journey to Russian Tanks and Charlie Hill, where we can learn about the country’s history from a different perspective.

We will stop for lunch in Kon Tum, a lively town in the region. After lunch, we will continue our biking journey, covering approximately 69 km through rolling hills until we reach our hotel in Ngoc Hoi. Along the way, we will have plenty of opportunities to take in the breathtaking scenery of the region and immerse ourselves in the local culture.

Day 5: Ngoc Hoi – Phuoc Son

After breakfast at 8:30 am, we will depart for the highlight of the trip, an incredible 80-kilometer journey through a dense jungle forest that runs along the border of Ngoc Linh National Park and Ngoc Linh Mountain. The towering peak of Ngoc Linh Mountain, located in the Truong Son mountain range, reaches 2400 meters, and you will be traveling along the famous Ho Chi Minh Trail.

During the ride, we will pass through local villages where the Ba Na and Sedang minorities reside. A lunch stop is planned at a local restaurant along the way.

In the afternoon, a vehicle transfer will take us to Phuoc Son, with an estimated arrival time of 5:00 pm. We will enjoy dinner organized in Phuoc Son and spend the night in a local guest house.

Day 6: Phuoc Son – Hoi An

After breakfast at 7:00 am at the hotel, we will depart at 8:00 am for an exciting day of biking through 60 kilometers of stunning jungle scenery, featuring incredible waterfalls and landscapes along the way.

During the ride, we will take a break for a picnic-style lunch, providing a chance to recharge before continuing the adventure.

After lunch, we will travel by vehicle towards the Hoi An World Heritage Site, located approximately 70 kilometers away. We expect to arrive at Hoi An by 3:00 pm. This historic site is a must-see for travelers interested in Vietnam’s rich cultural heritage.

Tailor-made trip

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Additional Information

Depart from

End at

Hoi An

Start time

7.30 AM

Finish time

16.00 PM



Activity level


Mountain Bike

Places to visit

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Travel style

Trip duration



Accommodation, English-speaking guide, Lunch, Sightseeing entrance fees, Some snacks provided during the ride, Support truck


Beverage, Dinner, Drinks at mealtimes, Personal expenditure, Tips, Travel insurance


Tours and services may not be available on public holidays, or may be available at an additional surcharge.

Pick-up location

Most of our trips begin from our bike garage (both private and group tours), so transportation from your hotel to our bike shop (or v.v) is not included in the quote. We can arrange the service (with extra charge), and reservation needs to be made in advance.


Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary prior to travel. If you have any queries, please contact us.

Please note that while we operate successful cycling holidays in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.


Negotiating prices is a common practice in Vietnam, particularly in open-air markets, street shops, and rural areas. However, we are not good at bargaining and do not prefer this practice. Instead, we focus our time and efforts on tour arrangements, and our prices are fixed.


Depending on the type of the bicycle tour as well as the proposed option, the following services may be included in the trip price.

  • English-speaking guide.
  • Transportation.
  • Bike hire.
  • Lunch.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees.
  • Some snacks and bottled water provided while cycling.

Please bear in mind Vietnam Cycling specializes in tailor-made trips, so the price varies depending on the size of your group, date of tour as well as other details. Please contact us for more details.


Unless required most of the following services are not included in the tour price.

  • Visa.
  • Flight/Train tickets.
  • Accommodation.
  • Bicycle rental (option).
  • Bike mechanic (option).
  • Meals (option).
  • Drinks.
  • Travel insurance (required).
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.


Visitors are required to have a valid visa to Vietnam. A one month tourist visa is usually sufficient for most visitors, though it is possible to arrange three months or six month – multiple entry visa for regular visitors.


The official national currency is the Vietnamese Dong (VND), but the US dollar is widely accepted in Vietnam. However, small towns and the villages the VND is preferred, ATM are available in all major cities and towns, tourist destinations, Vietcombank, Agriculture banks are the two largest networks with a limit a single withdraw limit. Most major currencies can be exchanged in Vietnam, but the USD is the most preferred. The exchange rate 1 USD = 23,280 VND. Please visit local bank’s website for updated information.


Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate. Broadly speaking, the weather in Vietnam is dictated by two seasons – the southwest monsoon from April to September and the Northeast monsoon from October to late march or early April.

Due to regional climate differences, there are no right or wrong seasons to visit Vietnam. The north Vietnam is cool, damp in winters between November and December and February with temperature in Hanoi falling to around 15oC. The summer months from April to October are hot and dry. The best time visit Vietnam is spring (February – April) or Autumn (late September – December) when it is not so humid. The weather turns quite cold and wet in January and this continues to march. The humidity can prove oppressive from May to the early September.


Wearing a helmet is compulsory on all our biking adventures. Our tour guide often carry first aid kit while riding. Please follow your guide while biking, and much attention is required while you cross streets.

Difficulty levels

To assist you visualize how our bike trip is difficult, we have graded our Vietnam cycling tours into three categories, easy, moderate, and challenging. We group many factors into consideration into this grading, including distant covered, terrain, altitude, and vehicle support.


Involves cycling for up to two to three hours a day at easy pace and usually, less than 3 days in duration. The cycling distances is around 15 – 30 km per day. There are likely to be no steep and sustained descents as well as demand for technical riding. We will normally ride on flat roads. Suitable for bikers who enjoy occasional weekend riding on trails at home. Push bikes are sometimes used for these itineraries.


Involves biking for up to six hours a day at a steady pace and are usually between three to five days in duration. The cycling distance is about 35 – 55 km per day. Sometimes it can be long flat rides or medium ride with few up and downhill climbs. The support vehicle will not always be available. We will need a good level of fitness. We use either mountain bikes or road bikes for these itineraries.


Involves biking in mountainous areas with big climbs for up to seven or eight hours a day and usually more than a week in duration. Cycling distance is about 60 – 80 km per day. There will be steep and sustained ascents and descents. The support vehicle will not always be available. These trips will provide a real sustained workout even for fit and experienced mountain bikers.


When cycling we mostly stay in small hotel, guesthouse or homestay. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail. In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four star hotels (price option).

Camping is not available on cycling tours in Vietnam unless it is required and this should be booked months in advance. Camping is only available in a limited number of places such as Cat Ba island beach, Cuc Phuong national park…Please see the details on the quote.

Tour guide

Most of our tour guides speak English. Some other speak French. Few speak other language such as German, Russian, Spanish. All our guides have great knowledge of history, local culture, and religions of the area where you are cycling. Our guides have been trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding.

Bike mechanic

We arrange a bike mechanic only for large groups or when it is required (with surcharge). When there is no mechanic, our guide will take care of problem which may occur during the bike ride.


Depending on the nature of the tour, our cycle journeys will be accompanied by an air-conditioned car/minibus cover the larger overland sections. We often use mini bus or bus for transfer and back up (guided tours).

  • 1 – 2 travelers: we use minivan to support and carry bikes. Sometimes we use a car for passengers and a truck for transport of the bikes.
  • 3 – 6 people: we use one minivan for passengers and one truck for the bikes.
  • 7 – 12 people: we use one bus (coach) for passengers and one truck for the bikes.

We provide bike rental and truck for self-guided bike tours.

We sometimes use local push-bikes (single-speed bicycles) where possible or when it is required. In this case, our cars will be arranged as follows.

  • 1 – 2 passengers (with a tour guide): 4 seat car.
  • 3 – 6 passengers (with a tour guide): 15/16 seat minivan.
  • 7 – 12 passengers (with a tour guide): 29 seat coach/bus.

Bikes repairs

Basic spares and tools kit are generally carried by our guide or bike mechanic or on the support vehicle, although we can not guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem.

Food and drinks

All the meals which, are mentioned in itinerary (B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner), are included in the tour price. Most of meals are Vietnamese local food. Vegetarians are certainly welcome and are always accommodated, please let us know of any dietary concerns at time of booking. Beverage and alcoholic drinks are not included at mealtime or in restaurants.

Snacks and water

When we transfer, ride by minibus (no cycling day), our bottled waters are always available for you in the car/van. When we have cycling days, we will offer cold water (summer) plus fresh tropical fruits, soft drinks are also available in the car/van. Please take a look at the “Inclusions” section on our our service proposal to see whether the service is included in the price. Please note drinks are not included at mealtime or in restaurant.


Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for traveling in Vietnam. The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings such as pagoda, temple and shoes should be removed before entering a private home.

What you take will naturally depend upon where you are traveling and the style of journey you are undertaking, and it can often be difficult to decide what to pack. Nevertheless, the following should act as a useful checklist of essential items worth thinking about taking.


  • 2 pairs of riding shorts
  • 2 riding jerseys (quick-dry)
  • 2 pairs of quick dry socks for cycling
  • Comfortable shoes for biking and walking
  • Riding gloves
  • 2-3 t-shirts or casual shirts
  • Trousers or jeans
  • 1-2 pairs of casual socks for non-cycling activities
  • 3-5 sets of underwear (quick-dry)
  • Cool-weather jacket or rain jacket
  • Extra layers and gloves for cooler season or climate (thin, thermal, water-wicking)
  • Bathing suit
  • Sandals


  • Tooth brush and tooth paste
  • Razor
  • Hair brush
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Hand sanitizer


  • Passport, wallet and ID
  • Health insurance card
  • Travel insurance card
  • Cash and/or credit cards
  • Camera (with spare battery)
  • Plastic bags (for dirty laundry, wet clothes)
  • Electronic chargers (for camera, e-reader, cell phone)
  • Adaptors or convertors


Tipping for good services is always appreciated. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of the tour. Hotels and station porters should also be tipped a small amount for.

We recommend about 4-6 USD/traveler/day for the tour guide, about 2-3 USD/traveler/day for the driver (or the mechanic). Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality, the length and the difficulty of your trip.


Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.

Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, motor-taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.

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