Vietnam Lifestyle Bicycle Tour – 12 days

12 Day Lifestyle Bicycle Tour Vietnam from $6564 NZD
(5/5) from 1 review

Treat yourself! The emphasis of this 12 day bike tour in diverse and cultural Vietnam is on high quality accommodation and leisurely cycling.

See the charming French-influenced capital of Hanoi, cycle through tiny fishing and mountain villages, and kayak in idyllic HaLong Bay.

Visit the historical cities of Hué and HoiAn, a remarkable cave at CatBa National Park, and a colourful floating village. Mingle with the friendly local people and indulge in the fantastic food (most meals included) during this memorable tour.

Please Note: We also offer an 8 Day Vietnam Lifestyle Bicycle Tour, ending in Hanoi.

12 Days
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • Best time to travel: April-May / September-October
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Reviews for Vietnam Lifestyle Bicycle Tour – 12 days - Tour

Fantastic trip. Cycling the HCM trail was superb. We understand many of the cycling trips are only down the southern coastal route but the northern sector from HaNoi down the HCM trail is a must. Highly recommend Global Adventure.

Ross New Zealand February 14, 2015

Hanoi to Saigon

Hanoi
  • Lifestyle
  • Grade
  • Tour price is for group size 4-12
  • Surcharge applies for group size of 2-3
  • Accommodation is 4 to 5 star
  • USD980 single room surcharge
  • This tour is invoiced in USD
  • We can customise this tour to suit your group. Call us for details!
The biking is easy on our 12 day Vietnam Lifestyle Bicycle Tour with an average daily distance of less than 30 km. Your support van will be close at hand. You'll stay at beautiful hotels and resorts throughout, and at HaLong, a real highlight: 2 nights on a comfortable floating hotel.

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival Day: Hanoi

No cycling

Welcome to Vietnam! On your arrival at the airport you'll be met and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi (check in any time from 2 pm). Later this afternoon you'll meet the other tour members and be treated to a traditional water puppet show (a pool of water forms the puppets' stage), and dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2

Hanoi to MaiChau

Cycling: 30 km

We leave the hotel bright and early at around 8am and drive south for about an hour and a half before hopping on our bikes for the first time. Our picturesque ride takes us on back-roads through rice paddies and small villages. There's time for a picnic lunch along the way before we continue to MaiChau, located in a beautiful valley filled with rice paddies and surrounded by limestone mountains. This region is home to the Thai and Muong people. We will stay here for the next 2 nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3

MaiChau to MocChau to MaiChau

Cycling: up to 60 km

After breakfast its an hour's drive to the MocChau plateau, where we'll stop at HuaTat. From there we start a beautiful and leisurely mountainside ride along the old colonial road No. 6. It's 25km to MocChau town, and the journey is at your own pace (usually about 3 hours). Then we arrive in a beautiful Thai village at the foot of a limestone mountain, where lunch is waiting. Next, we'll visit a tea factory and discover how best to make excellent local Vietnamese tea. We continue on a quiet road through plum orchards, trading ‘hellos’ with locals, before cycling (or driving) back to MaiChau.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4

MaiChau to Hanoi

Cycling: approx. 20 km

In the morning cycle through tiny mountain villages alongside rice fields at the foot of the mountains. Maybe chat with the friendly locals while observing their lifestyle which is simple and serene. You may see people weaving brocade and on our journey we can visit one of the families for a cup of tea. After a circuit of the village, we return to MaiChau for lunch before a 4 hour transfer back to Hanoi, where we'll stay tonight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5

Hanoi to HaiPhong to CatBa

Cycling: 30 km

We have an action-packed travelling day ahead, with plenty of changes of scenery. After breakfast, we'll drive 2 hours to Hai Phong City, Vietnam's 3rd largest, through the Red River Delta for an early morning ferry to Cai Vieng. From there, cycle past karst formations until Hien Hao village. We'll make a stop there and chat with local people about their daily life. After lunch, hop on your bike and head to Tran Chau fishing village, with its blend of coastal and jungle scenery. You'll stay overnight in the Cat Ba Sunrise Resort.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6

CatBa to GiaLuan to HaLong

Cycling: 15 km

This morning we'll cycle to GiaLuan where your small transfer boat is waiting to take you for a cruise into mythical HaLong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then you'll board a stylish 'Treasure Junk' equipped with 15 ensuite cabins plus comfortable and modern amenities. During lunch, including fresh seafood we'll cruise to more remote parts of the Bay, passing majestic limestone rock formations on the way. This afternoon there will be the opportunity to kayak or swim before a relaxing dinner on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7

HaLong Bay kayaking

No cycling — but as much kayaking as you wish!

Have an early morning swim, or relax on the upper deck with a cup of tea or coffee, fresh fruit and cake. Soak up the beautiful HaLong Bay views of rocky islands rising from crystal-clear waters. At 8 am there's a brief paddling and safety introduction by our guide. Then, explore the bay by kayak at your own pace in peace and serenity, and head towards some hidden lagoons if tidal conditions permit. After lunch, we'll kayak to a lively floating village with floating houses, fish farms, and a primary school. We'll have dinner and stay another night on our beautiful boat.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8

HaLong to Hanoi to Hué

No cycling

After a light breakfast we'll visit one of the nicest caves in HaLong bay. There'll be more time for another swim before we cruise back to the harbour and transfer to the airport for our flight to Hué this evening. A city of nearly a million people, Hué is known for its monuments and architecture.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9

Hué to HoiAn

Cycling: 22 km

This morning we'll cycle to the former royal palace of Hué (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). There's time for a thorough visit of the extensive complex and outlying citadel. Our route will lead us to the famous royal mausoleums of Ming Mang. The unique fusion of the majestic architecture and gentle landscape is breathtakingly beautiful. After lunch, a comfortable tour bus will bring us to Hoi An via the Hai Van Pass, also known as the 'Cloud Pass'. We'll stay overnight at a comfortable hotel in HoiAn, a city of about 120,000 people. Tomorrow we'll explore its fascinating Old Town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10

HoiAn

Cycling: 22 km

In the morning we'll ride into the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An's Old Town, an ancient trading centre and former seaport on the banks of the ThuBon River. The local architecture reflects the influence of trade with the Portuguese, French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese as far back as the 16th Century. After a tour around, our path leads through unspoiled nature to a fishing village where time seems to have stopped 100 years ago. A small boat will bring us along the ThuBon to a traditional ceramics studio.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11

HoiAn and surrounds

Cycling: 25 km

This morning, we'll take a local ferry to the DuyHai fishing hub. It's the most isolated and colourful fishing village in HoiAn, and is filled with boats and sampans. You'll ride a narrow dirt road, chatting with locals off to school or the raucous NoiRang market. After a restaurant lunch, enjoy 2 hours cycling through rice fields to Kim Bong craft village. We'll visit families producing sleeping mats and bowl-shaped coracle boats, and visit a ship-building yard. Next, a boat back to HoiAn. It's a photogenic view, with old houses, busy local docks and street-life along the river bank.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12

Departure Day: HoiAn to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

No cycling

Today marks the end of your unforgettable Vietnam Lifestyle Bicycle Tour. After a final delicious breakfast, we'll drive you to the airport for a flight to Saigon where your tour will end.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation (twin share):9 nights: 4 to 5 star hotels, 2 nights: 4 star boat
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers days 1 and 12
  • English speaking tourguide
  • Support vehicle
  • Bike Hire
  • Domestic flights (Hanoi-Hue and DaNang-Saigon) including transfers
  • Bottled drinking water while cycling
  • Kayaking in Halong Bay (guided)
  • Entrance fees & sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing boat trip in HoiAn

Tour Excludes:

  • International flights and airport Taxes
  • Passport and travel visas (Vietnam visa required prior to arrival)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guide and support crew
  • Drinks and personal expenses