Cycle Saigon to Hanoi - Apr 16 - May 1, 2011

Join us as we bike from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to
Hanoi from fertile, green paddy fields of the pancake-flat Mekong Delta in the south, to long stretches of sandy beaches along the coastal area, with highlands and mountains in the north. Warm and friendly people will welcome us as we explore quiet villages and bustling cities and experience a unique blend of rich heritage and modern tourist facilities.

We will have a local Vietnamese guides, who call themselves adventure managers. They speak English and Vietnamese, so we don't have to worry about the language barrier.

We will start the bike tour in Saigon and travel to Da Lat, Nha Trang, Tuy Hoa, Quang Ngai, Hoi An, Hue, ending the trip in Hanoi. We will bike most of the trip with the longest day being 63 miles and the shortest day being 16 miles, which is in Hanoi, and 26 miles in Saigon. Those are the only days where we are in very big cities, at the beginning and end of the trip.


The hilliest part of the trip goes from Da Lat to Nha Trang, from Nha Trang to Tuy Hoa and from Hoi An to Hue. The longest climb goes from Hoi An to Hue and is called Hai Van Pass. Hai Van Pass is a 1,640 foot climb over 6.2 miles. This bike tour will go deep into rural areas where a classic trip can't be reached. 

Some villages have never see foreigners before, so the bike adventure is really adventurous. A hybrid bike, helmet, gel seat-cover slip and a single water-bottle cage is provided, in Ho Chi Minh City, for the trip. Of course, you can bring anything you want to make your ride more comfortable.

Yes, you do need a passport and a visa. The visa application is provided with the trip application. The second step to getting the Vietnam visa is taking the acceptance letter to the airport with a passport photo and $25. I will provide you with the acceptance letter.

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Included in Cost of Trip
• English/Vietnamese speaking multilingual biking guide
• Visa application and fee (info. supplied to Vietnamese Embassy by leader)
• All Accommodations and almost all meals as stated on itinerary
• Picnic lunches
• Land transport as itinerary (one bus/van to carry bikes & bikers)
• One-way plane ticket from Hanoi to Hồ Chí Minh City (Saigon)
• Train ticket from Hué to Hanoi
• Hybrid bike and bike helmet to use for tour
• Water, snacks, fresh fruits, cool towel for cycling days
• All entrance fees and boat trip along Perfume River in Hué
• First aids care and bike mechanic
• All airport transfers in Vietnam

Not Included in Cost of Trip

• Round-trip plane ticket from home to Hồ Chí Minh City (Saigon)
• Travel insurance (recommend to have your own travel insurance)
• Personal expenses (telephone, laundry, alcoholic drinks)
• Passport with room for visa exit/entry stamps, and at least 6 mos validity remaining
• Visa fee of $25 paid at airport along with passport photo
• Anything else not mentioned on itinerary

• Gratuities for Vietnamese bike guides, (~$30)




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M-Wave Bicycle Saddle Bag (Small)
X-Socks Men's Biking Ultralight Sock,White/Black,Large
CEP Women's Compression Allsport Sleeve Socks (Black, 12.5 - 15- Inch)




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