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Mountains and Beaches: Ha Giang to the Coast
Soaring past stunning mountains and breezing down the coastline of Vietnam, this incredible cycling adventure combines two contrasting sides of Vietnam and enables you to pedal into uncharted territory, while soaking up the beautiful sights. Packing in a fascinating history, traditional villages, beaches and fishing communities, Vietnam offers so much while the kindness and welcoming culture of locals will have you leafing through your photographs for years to come.
- Duration13 days
- Culture LevelOut There
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level4 - Challenging
- Elevation4 - Challenging
- Distance363.5 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance40.4 miles
Few countries can combine majestic mountains and unspoilt coastlines quite like Vietnam does. To explore the contrasting sides of this Southeast Asian magical land is a magnificent opportunity. But to do it while gazing out from your bicycle, chasing sunsets and swooping views is something few other people will ever get to do.
Both the mountains and coastline are synonymous with the beauty of Vietnam and your journey begins in earnest after departing the bustling capital of Hanoi and head for the unique landscape of Ha Giang Province. Situated close to the border with China, this area is quite literally the final frontier and is seemingly untouched by tourism with numerous hill-tribes living along the route.
This could very well be the most stunning mountain bike riding you can imagine, as you tackle epic climbs to reach passes such as Heaven’s Gate - so called because it provides the most sensational panoramic views.
It's a transformative ride with the first half conducted high up in the mountains making it more challenging, particularly when you climb the seemingly never-ending Ha Giang Plateau. You'll certainly reach the top and enjoy a feast as a reward.
Your biking adventure is unique in so many ways, particularly as it combines mountain riding in the remote regions of Vietnam and breezy rides along the coastline from historic Hue to the port town of Hoi An. To reach the sprawling coast you will take a flight to Hue before clambering back on your trusty bikes. This region is in stark contrast to the mountains you have departed and provides a different sense of beauty and a fresh atmosphere.
Diving into Hue’s deep history, ride off into picturesque fishing villages and waving locals. Picture-perfect moments crop up regularly as you stop at the mesmerizing Lang Co beach.
Squeeze in one last day trip of riding to My Son, the ancient center of Cham Civilization and home to the fascinating ruins of Hindu temples, before wrapping up this incredible adventure back in the pretty town of Hoi An.
Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:
Giant AnyRoad (2017)To help you enjoy the more challenging terrain of Northern Vietnam we use Giant 'Anyroad' bicycles on this tour. These are more suited than our regular touring bikes for tackling some of the climbs we will encounter on the journey. As with all our bikes they are well maintained but also feature a lighter overall weight, a taller headtube and increased toptube stand-over distance for confident handling, wide range of gears and are suited to varied riding surfaces.
Bring Your Own Bike
Trek Conduit+Simple and a joy to ride, the Trek Conduit+ pedal-assist bikes enhance bike touring possibilities for people of all ages and abilities. All e-bikes are of the highest quality, fitted with dependable all-weather hydraulic disc brakes and are as lovingly maintained as the regular bike fleet. E-bike upgrade availability is limited.