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Cycling Vietnam 's Back Roads
14 Days

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Fourteen days travelling from the north to the south of Vietnam including eight days of cycling and visits to four World Heritage sites

This is an example of one of our tailor-made cycling holidays in Vietnam - we'll be pleased to design similar Vietnam vacations with dates and itinerary customised to your personal preferences. For example, you may wish to spend more or less time at any destination, or deviate from this itinerary, just contact us.

The 'Cycling Vietnam's Back Roads' tour has been designed for leisure cyclists seeking a pleasurable means of discovering the best of the country's rich cultural and natural heritage. The route doesn't require a high level of skill - a regular cyclist with good stamina should find it straightforward. For a detailed itinerary and more information about cycles, gradients, safety precautions and so on, just send an enquiry to us at our Enquiry Form page or send an email to

This adventure holiday includes Hanoi's unique atmosphere; overnight on Ha Long Bay in a traditional junk; cycling along little-used back roads through attractive rural scenery; visiting villages; meeting local people; World Heritage Hue's Imperial Citadel; World Heritage Hoi An ancient town; World Heritage My Son Sanctuary; My Lai; Quy Nhon City; Nha Trang City; Mui Ne beach with (water sports and golf available).

Our back roads cycling adventures tours begin with ....

..... time to recover and a night in Hanoi . Once you've settled in and rested after your flight, we'll meet you over dinner to say "hello", and provide you with some gentle entertainment in the form of Vietnam's unique 'Water Puppets'.

Meals: one dinner
Escort/guide: transfer from airport to hotel and evening

World Heritage Ha Long Bay :
2 days on the worlds most remarkable seascape

Overnight on a wooden junk (with all modern conveniences); exploring caves and caverns; seafood meals plucked fresh from the bay, then back to Hanoi to board the evening flight to Hue .

Meals: two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner
Escort/guide: journey to Ha Long Bay and return

Central Vietnam - Hue , Hoi An and My Son:
3 days, mostly cycling

After cycling through Hue 's rural villages towards the Thanh Toan Bridge and a local market you'll be ready for lunch. Next you pass the Imperial Citadel, explore a couple of 'garden houses', visit Thien Mu Pagoda, cross the river by boat to ride Hue's hinterland before looping back to your hotel in time for a traditional meal based on classic Hue cuisine.

On the following morning, you'll cycle along picturesque peninsula shaded by coconut palms to cross the Perfume River ferry to the coast. Then, after splashing in the azure waters of Lang Co beach and seafood lunch, you'll be ready for the views from Hai Van Pass and the route to Ancient Town of Hoi An.

The next day is based around Hoi An, the Thu Bon River and the My Son Sanctuary with plenty to see and time to laze on the beach or shop in the quaint streets of the Ancient Town

Meals: four breakfasts, three lunches and one dinner
Escort/guide: from pick-up and return to your hotel each day

Down the coast from My Lai to Nha Trang:
3 days, nearly all cycling

The latter part of the route mostly runs alongside the East Sea through small communities and striking views of the surrounding countryside passing My Lai , the site of the infamous massacre during the war. From there, the roads meander through fishing villages, small towns and Quy Nhon and Thu Yen, the only cities of any size but seldom visited. Much of the route runs beside the Reunification Express railway with the inland backgrounds of the gently rolling hills of the Highland foothills.

Eventually, the 'off the beaten track' route begins to converge with the highway as Nha Trang , Vietnam 's busiest coastal resort. From there, the final destination looms ahead with the prospect of a well-deserved rest!

Meals: three breakfasts and three lunches
Escort/guide: from pick-up and return to your hotel each day

Phan Thiet Town and Mui Ne Beach: 3 Days

Relaxing on a palm-fringed coral sand beach with good restaurants, rolling dunes is your reward. There's even a good golf course available in nearby Phan Thiet. Plenty of time to reminiscence about your experiences as you wind down.

Meals: three breakfasts
Escort/guide: from pick-up and return to your hotel each day


After breakfast, you'll be anticipating your flight home. The journey to Ho Chi Minh City is quite lengthy, about four hours, but the road has enough interest to avoid boredom.

Meals: one breakfast
Escort/guide: from pick-up to arrival at the airport in time for you flight.

Enquiry for a tailor-made Vietnam holiday

The prices for this sample tour are per person in US$:
These prices are valid until October 31, 2015. Please note: bank transfer fees are not included.

Number in group
3 - 4
5 - 8
9 - 12
13 - 16
*Supplement for single occupancy

Please note that all our tours are priced in United States Dollars, in accordance with the established trading practices for tourism products within Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Equivalent quotations in £, Euro, Australian AUD are obtainable on request calculated at our prevailing exchange rate.

At the time of quotation, Haivenu reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

* 'Single room occupancy' refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself. Single traveller prices are available on request.

Our price includes:

•  Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.

•  Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above. For description, see below

•  Domestic flight tickets: Hanoi - Hue, including domestic airport taxes.

•  Boat cruise as programme. For Ha Long Bay, you'll cruise on a high quality private wooden boat good facilities and an experienced crew. The boat will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.

•  Road travel in an appropriate private vehicle for transfer and back up when cycling as itinerary (supplement luggage van to carry bike and baggage)

•  The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary.

•  Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.

•  Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the best local restaurants, picnics where suitable restaurants are not available, and full board on the boat in Ha Long Bay.

•  Good quality touring cycles for all cycling days in the programme

•  Motorbike support for cycling backroads in Hue as itinerary

•  Drinking water for cycling days as itinerary

•  Snack, soft drink and local fruits for cycling days

•  Simple first aid kit.

•  VAT and other taxes

Our price excludes:

•  International flight tickets and airport tax.

•  Local bike hire and spares: US$120 per bike with helmet, water bottle

•  Visas

•  Dinners, except as specified above.

•  Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.

•  Insurance.

Hotel list for Superior standard:

•  Hanoi: Silk Path Hotel (**** conveniently located in Hanoi’s ‘Old Quarter’, about a ten-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake - Deluxe room)

•  Ha Long Bay: Indochina Sails (Traditional Junk, Deluxe quality wooden junks modelled on Imperial Court vessels - Superior cabin)

•  Hue: Saigon Morin Hotel (**** colonial building overlooking the Perfume River - Colonial Deluxe)

•  Hoi An: Boutique Resort Hoi An (**** beach front boutique styled resort - ideally located on Hoi An beach, only 5 minute drive from Hoi An Ancient town - Superior room)

•  Quang Ngai: Petro Song Tra Hotel (city centre - Deluxe room)

•  Quy Nhon: Life Wellness Resort (**** featured resort located on a secluded bay about a 20-minute drive from the town centre - an eco-friendly Vietnam hotel/resort - Deluxe room)

•  Nha Trang: Novotel Nha Trang (**** high-rise building in the city centre and overlooks the bay - Superior room)

•  Mui Ne: Coco Beach Resort (**** thatched wooden bungalow resort on Mui Ne Beach, 12km east of Phan Thiet Town - Bungalow)

Hotel list for Mid-range standard:

•  Hanoi: Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel (*** boutique hotel in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, stylish furnishings and decoration art - Lotus Deluxe room)

•  Ha Long Bay: Huong Hai traditional junk (Superior quality wooden junks modelled on Imperial Court vessels)

•  Hue: Moonlight Hotel (*** central location, contemporary décor, swimming pool - Deluxe River View room)

•  Hoi An: Ancient House Resort [Featured Hotel] (*** special resort hotel with traditional architecture and authentic ancient house inside the complex - Superior garden view room)

•  Quang Ngai: Petro Song Tra Hotel (city centre - Deluxe room)

•  Quy Nhon: Saigon Quy Nhon Hotel (**** near the city centre - Deluxe room)

•  Nha Trang: Asia Paradise Hotel (*** city centre with swimming pool - Superior room)

•  Mui Ne: Mia Mui Ne Resort [former Sailing Club] (**** delightful small resort with a good Spa - an offshoot of the famous Nha Trang Sailing Club - Sapa room)

Please note that Vietnam hotels do not recognise provisional reservations, so specific hotels cannot be guaranteed until you have booked your chosen tour. As many of the better hotels are often full during the October to April peak season, early booking is advisable.

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