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Road Biking the Ho Chi Minh Highway
Wind through the fertile mountains and lush valleys, passing tribal villages and historical sites, discovering the cultural delights that this route follows. Our tour covers 922 km (572 mi) along the Ho Chi Minh Highway, with its atmospheric and rich history, spectacular landscapes, and warm, friendly people.
- CategoryRoad Cycling
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration11 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level4 - Challenging
- Elevation4 - Challenging
- Distance572.9 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance63.4 miles
How long is the tour? How many days riding?
The tour is 11 days long. There are 9 days riding.
Where does the tour start and finish?
The tour starts in Hanoi and ends in Hue.
How many riders will be in the group?
Groups can be from 2 to 16. For groups of 9 or more, a second guide joins the tour.
Is there a minimum age for this tour?
Yes. Riders must be 18 years old by the time the tour starts.
Can I rent a bike for the tour?
Yes, if you do not wish to bring your own you can hire a bike for $200 USD. The bikes are road bikes (Giant Anyroad 2 with Shimano 2x9-speed shifting and TRP disc brakes).
What's the tour like?
The wide, smooth undulating highway is a biker’s dream as there is little traffic on the road. The route of 922 km (570 mi) will take you through farms, orchards, and tribal villages and offers easy access to spectacular scenery, one of Vietnam’s most spectacular caves, war sites, and the ancient royal seat of Hue.
Suitability: This trip is suitable for those with a sport-level of fitness. Fitness will be a huge asset during those long days and on the undulating hills. The tour is fully supported, and the bus is always close at hand for those that find the riding too difficult.
Biking Conditions: You'll ride between 50 km and 150 km (31-93 mi) a day for a total of 922 km (570 mi) in 9 cycling days. Though the distances may not be that long, the climbs will be tough and challenging. The roads are 100% tarmac in good condition, and the traffic will be light.
Are helmets required?
A helmet is required to be worn on all biking activities and is non-negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you won't be allowed to cycle.
Am I safe?
The tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue. But to a large degree, riders must be responsible for their own safety during the tour. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a cycling tour.
Please see a message from the tour operator about policies relating to COVID-19
The Tour Operator is committed to ensuring all trips are safe and that they travel responsibly with the safety of riders, staff and local communities paramount, always.
Their health and safety policies follow recommendations from the World Health Organisation and the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators and they have worked with all their suppliers to undergo a comprehensive risk assessment and safety audit for every trip. As every country is different with varying and fast-changing requirements for entry, they require for every trip tocommit to the following basic requirements:
- All participants must be double vaccinated by a recognised vaccine and will need to show evidence upon booking and on arrival.
- All Tour Operator tour leaders and support staff will have completed a COVID-19 health and safety training course and will all have been double vaccinated prior to a tour starting. For 2021 departures onwards, they are planning to have our leaders tested within 72 hours of meeting the group.
- The Tour Operator follows the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels protocol and has received the stamp of approval, which provides travellers with an assurance that they have adopted the health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
Are helmets included when hiring a bike?
Yes, if you're hiring a bike from the operator, a complimentary helmet is provided, although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.