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Cycle Vietnam

Trip Length

Trip Code

16 days PACV

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited

Vietnam

Start City

End City

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Hanoi, Vietnam
Cycle Vietnam

This trip is designed for those who are fit, energetic and enjoy cycling. We are each supplied with a mountain bike as we travel from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), via the central highlands and the stunning coastline, on to Hanoi, visiting the fascinating attractions of this beautiful country along the way. This is neither an endurance test nor a marathon survival race from one point to another and we try to avoid the busy, major highways. We ride instead on the back roads and, supported by a back-up vehicle, experience the best that Vietnam has to offer in a most interesting way! There are some days where there is no cycling involved. On the cycling days, we tend to ride anywhere from two to six hours, however the support vehicle and bus are always on hand if you decided that you would like to rest instead of cycle.

Please note that this itinerary may vary slightly, depending on the cycling capabilities of your group.
 

Why we love it:

Cycle Vietnam


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Accommodation: Asian Ruby Hotel or similar, HCMC

Activities:

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City (cycling approximately 40km)

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Asian Ruby Hotel or similar, HCMC

Activities:

Day 3: Mui Ne (cycling approximately 60km)

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Dynasty Resort or similar

Activities:

Day 4: Dalat (cycling approximately 50km)

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Dalat Du Parc Hotel or similar, Dalat

Activities:

Day 5: Nha Trang (cycling approximately 80km)

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Asia Paradise Hotel or similar, Nha Trang

Activities:

Day 6: Nha Trang

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Asia Paradise Hotel or similar, Nha Trang

Activities:

Day 7: Quy Nhon (cycling approximately 80km)

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Seagull Hotel or similar

Activities:

Day 8-9: Hoi An (cycling approximately 60km)

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Hoi An Hotel or similar, Hoi An

Activities:

Day 10: Hoi An (cycling approximately 35km)

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hoi An Hotel or similar, Hoi An

Activities:

Day 11: Hue (cycling approximately 50-60km)

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Mondial Hotel or similar, Hue

Activities:

Day 12-13: Hue - overnight train - Hanoi (cycling around Hue approximately 10-20km)

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Lan Vien Hotel or similar, Hanoi

Activities:

Day 14-15: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Lan Vien Hotel or similar, Hanoi

Activities:

Day 16: Hanoi

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Lan Vien Hotel or similar, Hanoi

Activities:


Your Trip

What to know

Explore by bike with plenty of time to see the sights along the way. Physical preparation is required as we are cycling in humid conditions, up to 80 kilometres per day, sometimes on hilly terrain.

What's Included

Transport

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


What to know

Fitness

If you don’t own a bicycle or have one but seldom ride it, you will certainly find it beneficial to do some training in preparation for your trip. Regular commuter and recreational cyclists will cope with the daily distance and pace without any difficulty. If you don’t fit into this category, then may we suggest that you start cycling a little each weekend during the month leading up to your trip. You’ll be surprised by how much distance you can cover in just an hour of leisurely paced cycling. We will be providing you with a full size mountain bike and although it is not essential that you practice on the same type of bike, we do recommend you at least ride a multi-geared bicycle and get used to changing gears. It’s not vital that non-cyclists prepare for this trip, but those who don’t prepare usually find it particularly difficult for the first two or three days.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Vietnam
You will need to obtain your Vietnam visa in advance. When obtaining your visa for Vietnam you should allow 3 weeks for processing, the cost is approx USD$60 to USD$100.00 (subject to change). Some nationalities are exempt from requiring a visa if their stay is less than 15 days, but if you are planning on staying in Vietnam for longer than 15 days you will need to obtain a visa extension in advance.

Keep the customs and immigration form you receive on arrival, as you need it to complete exit formalities on departure.

If your visa application asks for a point of contact, please write: PEAK Vietnam 57A Nguyen Khac Hieu St, Hanoi, Vietnam Ph +84 4 3715 0996.

The above information has been put together as a guide. We do endeavor to update this information as much as possible but it’s also important that you check for yourself as visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Vietnam

There are a number of books which make interesting reading and provide insight in the history, politics and culture of the country. Suggestions are: The Quiet American- Graham Greene The Sacred Willow-Duong Van Mai Elliot Paradise of the Blind-Duong Thu Huong Vietnam: Yesterday & Today -Ellen Hammer One Crowded Hour- Tim Bowden Catfish and Mandala-Andrew X Pham Hitchhiking Vietnam-Karin Muller Vietnam- Lonely Planet A Bright Shining Lie-Neil Sheehan (on the Vietnam-American War)


Important Information

Optional Hue - Hanoi flight
If you have pre-booked an optional Hue-Hanoi flight package, you will spend the night of Day 12 in Hue. In the late afternoon your tour leader will join the group travelling on the overnight train to Hanoi, so you will be unaccompanied for the evening. On the morning of Day 13, you are transferred to the airport for a flight to Hanoi (details of this transfer will be given to you by your leader prior to his departure on the train). There you are met and taken to our hotel where you are re-united with your group and leader.

Local Tour Leaders
By employing and training local guides to lead our group holidays, there is a two-fold benefit. Firstly, we provide employment opportunities for the local community. Just as importantly is the benefit to you, the traveller. Your tour leader’s friendship, humour, passion and intimate knowledge of the region will be key factors in making your holiday a success.

Infrastructure and Tet Holiday Period
Please note that Vietnam is a developing country whose infrastructure may differ from what you expect in your homeland. Expect poor road conditions and be prepared for some inconveniences due to such things as restaurants or tourist sites being closed and our regular transport services not always being available, especially so during the Tet holiday period (Vietnamese New Year).

During Tet, most businesses will be closed as Vietnamese people usually spend this period returning to their homes and celebrating with their families. This will involve a major burden on all forms of transport, and despite booking in advance, tickets for planes and trains especially are extremely difficult to obtain. Even if bookings are obtained, transport services during this period will be overcrowded and heavy delays are to be expected, so you will need to make sure that you pack your sense of humour. In order to facilitate your travels during the Tet period, we may need to substitute your train/plane journey with a private bus trip, if required.

Single Supplements
If you have booked a single supplement for this trip please note it will not be applicable for the following night:
Day 12 - Overnight train
Day 14 - Halong Bay
To enquire about booking a single supplement please contact your sales agent.

Bike Helmets & Road Conditions
Whilst bicycle helmets are not compulsory in Vietnam, we insist that all travellers wear a good quality helmet at all times while riding in Vietnam. Good quality helmets are not available in Vietnam, so make sure you bring yours from home.

Please note that due to poor road conditions and certain local driving styles, some people may perceive an element of danger in riding bicycles on the busy parts of Vietnam’s highways. However, some of our more experienced cyclists regard this as an integral part of a 'Cycle Vietnam' tour. The route chosen for this particular tour keeps away from Highway 1 and other main roads as much as possible, Most of the cycling will be completed on the back roads.

IMPORTANT: If you do not feel comfortable about riding on any sectors of your journey, please advise your tour leader and alternative plans can be made for you to travel on the tour vehicle. Please note that this vehicle is for your use at any time that you do not wish to cycle, between Saigon and Hue.

Local Emergency Contacts
In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, the Peregrine Vietnam office can be reached on Tel: +84 903 117 770

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

15 April 2014


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