Experience Vietnam in all its glory on this cycling holiday from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi
Between the contrasting cosmopolitan cities of Saigon and Hanoi, Vietnam boasts spectacular beaches, forest dappled mountains and a wealth of modern and ancient history. Our cycling adventure begins in the vibrant city of Saigon, better known as Ho Chi Minh City. Despite the vibrant bustle, Saigon's timeless temples sit peacefully amongst modern architecture and traditional street vendors. Heading out of the city we visit the famous ‘Cu-Chi Tunnels', where the North Vietnam Army resided in a subterranean world, tormenting their enemies for many years.
The following day we take a short domestic flight to the charming hill town of Dalat. Over the next two days we seek out quiet country lanes and tackle the Hon Giao Pass (2062m) before enjoying a rest day on the soft sands of Nha Trang Bay, famous for its junk boat journeys. Combining a balance of private vehicle transfers and cycling, we continue northwards as we ride through friendly Viet villages and take in stunning coastal views. The ancient UNESCO trading port of Hoi-An, with its delicious cuisine and colourful market vendors, is worthy of a two night stopover and a visit to the nearby My-Son Cham ruins. With our cycling legs in good shape, we ride onwards to the historic Nguyen Dynasty town of Hue via the sensational Hai Van Pass and explore the banks of the Perfume River. An overnight train transports us North, where we intermingle boat and bicycles to experience the best of the North. Cycling across Cat-Ba Island is followed by an unforgettable day of cruising as we discover the limestone pinnacles of the UNESCO listed Halong Bay. With our last night in sophisticated Hanoi, provides a show stopping finale to this Vietnamese cycling adventure.