A captivating landscape of endless rice paddies and mountains
This natural wonder bears witness to a dark past - the Vietnam war. Despite of that grim era the cave will surely take your breath away with its majestic beauty
Phong Nha cave is considered to be the longest wet cave (river cave) in the world
This citadel was the house of the Nguyen dynasty and the former imperial capital of Vietnam

Cycling the Ho Chi Minh Trails

7 days
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$1,264 USD

Discover the historic Ho Chi Minh Trail on a road bike adventure. The tour route coincides with Ho Chi Minh trails, a complex maze of truck routes, foot and bicycle paths, and river transport system which was used as a logistical tool by the North Vietnamese. During the Vietnam War, the route was used to transport soldiers, goods and medical supplies from the north of Vietnam to the south.

  • Category
    Road Cycling
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    4 - Advanced
  • Activity Level
    4 - Challenging
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    462.9 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    65.9 miles
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This complex trail system will take you back in time and make you wonder how troops managed during the Vietnam War. You'll also be riding through the astounding Vietnamese countryside filled with lush forests and rice paddies. From urban to rural setting, you’ll always look forward to an exciting day of riding.

The route takes you to a road along the Ma river with majestic limestone cliffs and thick bamboo forests in the background. You will be fully supported by the tour’s back up vehicle as you go on the newly built Ho Chi Minh Trail highway. Pass by modest villages for a quick break and get the chance to interact with locals and know more about them.

Go on a steady cadence along the Chu river also known as the Nam Sam River, the largest water tributary of Ma river. On multiple occasions you can expect green scenery since the route will be mostly in rural settings.

Explore Phong Nha cave, a world class natural wonder. It is the longest underground river and voted as one of the worlds most wonderful cave. The cave also stood witness to the horrors of the Vietnam war, when it was discovered as a hiding place for floating bridges, a hospital and hide out of the North Vietnamese Army. US forces bombed the cave heavily leaving scars that you can still see up to now.

Towards the end of the tour, visit another landmark with a dark past. The DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), specifically the Truong Son National Cemetery and the Vinh Moc tunnels, are places where there are reminders of the horrors of war. Visiting these places lets you reflect on lessons learned from the past that would hopefully never be experienced again.

Wrap up the tour in Hue City where you will have your farewell dinner with the group to cap off a great journey on the Ho Chi Minh trails.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

This tour is a near-complete package, including gear, support, accommodations, and thoughtful extra touches.

  • English speaking tour guide
  • Accommodations
  • Meals (as indicated in itinerary)
  • Breakfast daily
  • Support vehicle
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • Basic medical
  • Free bike rental is included in the price of this tour.
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

There are a few things left to you, from flights to visas, although the tour operator will be happy to offer advice for the latter.

  • International / Domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Medical Immunization
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Insurance

Tour options and upgrades:

3 equipment options available
1 tour add-on available