Saigon to Hanoi Bike Tour 16 Days

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Saigon to Hanoi Bike Tour 16 Days is one of our long cycling holidays offering you the chance to travel Vietnam south to north by bicycle, to experience the scenery, the culture and people. From Saigon, the most dynamic city of Vietnam, we then eventually cycle…


Saigon to Hanoi Bike Tour 16 Days is one of our long cycling holidays offering you the chance to travel Vietnam south to north by bicycle, to experience the scenery, the culture and people. From Saigon, the most dynamic city of Vietnam, we then eventually cycle to the central highland city of Da Lat, Buon Me Thuot. The beautiful ride down to the central region on the country including the festive beach town of Nha Trang, Tuy Hoa, Quy Nhon, Quang Ngai, Hoian and Hue. Heading to the north of Vietnam, cycle through Ninh Binh Province and the verdant mountain of Pu Luong Nature Reserve in the north of Vietnam. Experience staying in the traditional house of minority people is one of the highlights of the epic adventure. The tour concludes in Hanoi, the modern capital of Vietnam.

Saigon to Hanoi bike tour itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Arrive in Tan Son Nhat airport. Greeted by our guide and driver, then we drive to hotel. Depends on the flight, we will take in a stroll around the city. This is a great chance to visit the biggest market in town – Ben Thanh market. Inside is a tightly organized grid of aisles, arranged according to product. Clothes, shoes and fabric dominate the front, before giving over to kitchenware, cooked food, fresh vegetables and a somewhat alarming display of seafood and meat (some of it still alive). There is plenty for the visitor to buy, but the main attraction is the way in which the bustling market is still very much part of the city’s life and economy. On the first day of this Saigon to Hanoi Bike Tour, a trip briefing and bike fitting will be carried out by our adventure guide. In the evening, we enjoy a welcome Vietnamese dinner in one of Saigon’s top restaurants. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Dalat.

We leave HCMC around 7 a.m after breakfast by bus on Highway 1 to the junction of Highway 20 for a scenic journey through rubber and tea plantations en route to Dalat. The morning transfer takes us to Bao Loc. After having lunch, pick up our bicycle and enjoy warm up loop ride on undulating road passing through pine forested hills, and tea plantation. Enjoy the spectacular view of Lang Bian Mountain’s backdrop. We stop at Elephant Waterfall for a quick break before hop in bus and transfer our weary legs to Dalat.

Day 3: Dalat – Lak Lake – Buon Me Thuot.

On the 3rd day of Saigon to Hanoi Bike Tour, we enjoy our full day in the saddle exploring the regions hilly beauty. The first 17 km is downhill to Tanung, we then continue to ride on flat or rolling hills to Thanh Binh where we hit larger roads and a couple of passes to tackle. The road between Dalat and Lak Lake winds over two mountain passes, the first of which we reach on our second day after leaving Dalat. The riding is quite challenging, but worth the effort. The road may seem almost vertical but the views over the coffee plantations are spectacular. After a slow uphill of less than 10km we reach the peak and coast down the other side. The second Chuoi (Banana) pass begins soon after but seems to consist of mostly downhill. We ride past loads of beautiful wooden houses with piles of coffee beans drying in the sun and as we ride down towards Lak we have a great view of the town and the lake. Take the opportunity to rest and admire the view and then jump into our support van to transfer to Buon Me Thuot.

Day 4: Buon Ma Thuot – Nha Trang.

Following breakfast, we begin to cycle from our hotel, we head out on road 26 to the coastal town of Nha Trang. The ride is a mixture of ups and downs throughout the day. Along the way, there is some stunning scenery, we will stop regularly to absorb the beauty of coffee plantations, Earkrong Buk River and mountains. A stop for lunch at Ea Knop will give us a quick break before we descend to the coast. We hit HW1 at Ninh Hoa, where the shuttle will take us the last 30km to Nha Trang. Driving this scenic coastal stretch past turquoise waters and scarlet fishing boats, we arrive in the bright lights of Nha Trang with its relaxing holiday options. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 5: Nha Trang.

Enjoy a half day, cycling into the countryside on a 30km loop. Starting with a short drive and a boat trip we then cycle through villages on tiny roads and quiet lanes, stopping off at points of interest en route, there’s plenty of sights, sounds and smells to absorb. Lunch will be a picnic and there will be options to sample local restaurant food if your wish. Afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the beaches of Nha Trang. Tonight we sleep in Nha Trang.

Day 6: Nha Trang – Tuy Hoa.

An early start takes us on a wonderfully scenic drive to the beautiful fishing village of Dai Lanh. Relax by the beach before we pick up our bikes and ride along the coastal road to Tuy Hoa. Along the way we ride through picturesque countryside, fish farms and a salt farm. Great photo opportunities of farmers and fisherman working in their fields. Tonight is spent in Tuy Hoa.

Day 7: Tuy Hoa – Quy Nhon.

We start riding along a remote but well surfaced road running alongside the railway. The terrain is gently rolling, with beautiful views of the foothills of the highlands. We pass a mix of tribal and Viet villages. Ubiquitous potbellied pigs and bare foot children trot across your trail. Eventually we loop back to the main highway and transfer up the highway to Quy Nhon. Overnight in Quy Nhon.

Day 8: Quy Nhon – Quang Ngai.

We will cycle on the great back-road through several little villages and a range of scenery. The road is mostly flat with two small climbs. On reaching the highway One we will drive to Quang Ngai, on the way passing the small town of Sa Huynh, a pleasant fishing backwater perched on a broad curve of palm fringed, golden sand. Speckled with blue fishing boats, sleepy Sa Huynh is a convenient and relaxing place to rest en route to points north. Overnight in Quang Ngai.

Day 9: Quang Ngai – Hoi An.

After early breakfast, we start with a short steady 2km climb to the top of Thien An Mountain where we enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and visit an ancient working Pagoda. From here we ride to the site of the My Lai massacre, The My Lai site is in a small rural settlement, surrounded by simple thatched huts, quilted rice paddies and farmers with conical hats going about their day to day routines. The mood set by these surroundings is one of peace and tranquility despite the deep scars of the past. After visiting the simple memorial and museum we ride back to our buses and then and after a guided tour around the site and museum. After museum, we continue on quiet roads passing through My Khe Beach, local villages, school and a lively local market. After 35km cycling, we hop in bus at Chau O, and shuttle out of HW 1 to Tam Ky. Having lunch then branch off left at Dan Ha and enjoy cycling along Tam Ky River to Thang Binh, hop in bus and transfer our weary legs to Hoian.

Day 10: Hoian Countryside.

After breakfast, we take our bicycle and cycling through the quiet countryside of Hoian. We ride to Tra Que village, which is a charming little village located on the edge of Hoi An. The village is named after the sweet scented vegetables that spice up the everyday meals of the Hoi An people. Here a new spirit for traditional Hoi An dishes like Cao Lau, Quang noodles, the local ‘Tam huu’ spring roll (made from Tra Que vegetables) and cake with meat (Banh xeo) has been enlivened. Experience a day of living and working with the local people in the village and enjoy a cookery class for lunch with your host. Return to Hoi An after lunch. The rest day is at your leisure. You can relax by Cua Dai Beach or experience shopping in ancient town of Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 11: Hoi An – Hue.

Saigon to Hanoi Bike Tour continues as we turn north again for the drive/cycle to Hue. In the morning we visit a marble factory and view the exquisite workmanship. We will also visit Da Nang Beach where American servicemen went for their R&R during the Vietnam /American War. Leaving Danang we start cycling on a flat road by the beach before tacking Hai Van Pass. ‘Pass of the Ocean Clouds’. The views are stunning though those who prefer to avoid the 580m climb can always take a lift in the support vehicle. Once at the top it will all seem worth it as you plummet back to the ocean. Lunch break at Lang Co Beach. Then take short transfer out of HW 1, then continue cycling along coastal road passing through small villages and timeless rural scenes to the Thuan An, from where we transfer to our city centre hotel. In the evening, we enjoy the Royal dinner style in An Dinh Cung restaurant. Overnight in Hue.

Day 12: Hue – Nam Dinh .

After a leisurely breakfast, we cycle a back-roads loop of Hue through lush countryside on a mix of footpaths and quiet country lanes. Cycle from the hotel to the Imperial Citadel. After exploring the ruins of this wonderful monument, ride out through backstreets and out along the banks of the Perfume River to Thien Mu pagoda. Continue to Ming Manh mausoleum and loop back across the perfume river to Hue via the mausoleum of Khai Dinh. Then take the afternoon train for Nam Dinh.

Day 13: Nam Dinh – Tam Coc – Hoa Lu – Cuc Phuong National Park.

Our train arrives in Nam Dinh station in early morning, transfer to Tam Coc. Take day room for resting and showering. Breakfast in Tam Coc. The area around Tam Toc is famed for its spectacular karst scenery. The soaring limestones mountains jut straight out of the paddy fields are wonderful. We begin our day with a peaceful cruise by local sampan to explore the picturesque Tam Coc (dry Halong Bay), the canal running through three caves. Return to hotel for check out and start cycling on quiet country lanes which twist through mountains leading to Hoa Lu. We stop to visit to the ancient city of Hoa Lu since 9th century, where the remarkable remnants are King Dinh and Le Temple. After lunch, we continue on country roads to the National Park at Cuc Phuong where we visit the primate rescue centre. Tonight we will stay in beautiful resort, which is located 3.5 km away from the park.

Day 14: Cuc Phuong National Park – Pu Luong Nature Reserve – Du Village.

After breakfast, we start to ride from Cuc Phuong. Enjoy the undulating road as we ride passing through pineapple plantation, and rice paddies. Enjoy lunch en route, then we continue cycling across La Han bridge. From here the road is a mix of hardpack clay and gravel. The road is a jeep trail – once built by the French over 100 years ago. Cycle to Du village nestled at the base of limestone hills. Overnight in local minority Thai home stay.

Day 15: Du Village – Mai Chau – Hanoi

After breakfast we say our farewells and cycle through the Reserve on the rough jeep track. It is smooth and fast in parts but hard-pack gravel in others with some large stoney sections and some hill climbs. The terrain is undulating, but there are no steep hills over 4km to climb. Rest in Hang village before continuing to the exit of the reserve. Hit road 15A, a newer French road now tarmac. It was once an old supply route to the Ho Chi Minh Trail. There is still virtually no traffic on this section of road and contrasts to the valley ride, as you now cycle alongside the stunning Ma River. Saigon to Hanoi Bike Tour ends in Pom Coong village. Late lunch will be served and there is the chance to grab a quick shower before the afternoon drive to Hanoi.

Day 16: Departure

At your leisure until transfer to the airport for onward flight home. Saigon to Hanoi Bike Tour 16 Days is completed.

Tailor-made trip

Vietnam Cycling is a Hanoi bike tour operator housing an experienced team of biking guide, bike mechanic, driver, cycling tour consultant and bicycle specialists. We can create a unique, custom-designed independent itinerary that is fully adapted to your needs, whether you are traveling solo, with family and friends, or as a group.

The itinerary above is only a sample that can be re-designed to better fit your needs and/or budget. Please click here to let us know what you are interested in adding or excluding to customize a selected itinerary or to design a completely new program just for you.

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English-speaking guide, Some snacks provided during the ride, Support truck


Accommodation, Beverage, Bike hire, Boat trips, Drinks at mealtimes, Meals, Personal expenditure, Sightseeing entrance fees, 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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