Take pleasure in the serene surroundings of the Vietnamese countryside
Visit historical monuments that stand as reminders of Vietnam's colorful past.
You'll never know who or what you'll encounter on the road
Go around Vietnam in the best way possible – on bicycles!
The sea views will pull you into a trance
Friendly kids are a welcome sight especially when they cheer you on

Cycling Vietnam's Central Coast

10 days
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$2,037 USD

Seize every moment on this adventure full of sandy coastlines, picturesque rice paddy fields and ever-welcoming local people. You'll traverse challenging mountains but will always be rewarded with dreamy views and brisk downhill rides. You will have a lot of time to go sight-seeing, especially in the well-preserved town of Hoi An. At the end of it all you can hide away from civilization in a paradise named Whale Island.

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Culture Level
    Out There
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    269.1 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    36.7 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    10 days
  • Main Destination
    Central Coast
  • Distance
    269.1 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    36.7 miles
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain

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Route map

Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Meet in Hue

    The tour starts by meeting up in Hue, which is the old capital of the Ngu Yen Dynasty.  You can fly in to Hue from Saigon or Hanoi – the tour operator can arrange these internal flights for you.

    It's worth arriving in the morning, so you have time to explore this wonderfully historic city. If you arrive in time, the tour operator can offer a city bike tour.

    Alternatively, you can fly into Danang and transfer up to Hue (transfer can be arranged at an additional cost by the tour operator).

    • Emm Hotel
    • Dinner
  2. Day 2Hue – Lang Co

    Leave Hue today and follow the coast as you pass roads shaded by coconut palms, dunes scattered with mini mausoleums, pagodas, and war memorials. Ride until Phuoc Tuong Hill and then transfer the final 40 km (25 mi) to Lang Co Beach.

    Take your lunch break after which the rest of the day is free to enjoy the resort and beach.

    • 40.4 miles
    • -13.1 ft
      623.4 ft
      636.5 ft
    • Lang Co Beach Resort
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  3. Day 3Lang Co – Hoi An

    Today is a tough start; you have Hai Van Pass to climb. It's 10 km (6 mi) to the top and ascends 550 m (1,804 ft). It is a gradual climb with many switchbacks, but once at the top you get superb views that are well worth the ride. The reward is a downhill to Danang, your destination for lunch.

    After lunch, you will have a flat and very scenic ride to Hoi An. It is just a short distance to the Marble Mountains, an outcrop of five rocks said to represent the five elements (Wood, Water, Metal, Fire, and Earth). You'll visit China Beach, made famous by an American TV series of the same name. After a brief stop at the beach, continue down the same country road to Hoi An. This town was known as Faifo to early western traders and was one of Southeast Asia’s major trading ports during the 17th and 18th centuries. It was an important point of call for Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese traders, and the architecture reflects its cosmopolitan past. More than anywhere else in Vietnam, Hoi An retains the feel of the past. There are over 844 structures of historical significance, and most people spend the day wandering around and enjoying the sights and atmosphere.

    • 34.2 miles
    • 9.8 ft
      2,595.1 ft
      2,585.3 ft
    • Pho Hoi Riverside
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  4. Day 4Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An

    Before spending another night in Hoi An, ride on small village roads on your way to visit My Son, the ancient centre of the Cham civilisation. The ride is worth the effort and is arguably one of the best of the trip. You'll cycle along scenic country backroads, past paddy fields and many pretty villages.

    At midday you'll arrive at My Son, which was once Champa’s greatest city. Although many of the temples were destroyed by American bombs, there is still enough of the archaeological site to impress most visitors. Have some lunch before spending the afternoon visiting the site. In the afternoon, you can either transfer by bus back to Hoi An or ride the rest of the way. Dinner is your choice.

    • 49.7 miles
    • 13.1 ft
      1,417.3 ft
      1,404.2 ft
    • Pho Hoi Riverside
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  5. Day 5Hoi An – Quang Ngai

    In the morning, you'll transfer from Hoi An to Quang Ngai (about 2.5 hours). After checking in, you'll ride to My Lai, the site of one of the worst massacres of the American War, as it is known in Vietnam.

    There will be a small climb up to an old temple before your visit to the memorial and guided tour of the site and museum. You'll then continue cycling out into the Vietnamese countryside, passing through quiet rural villages before eventually arriving back at Highway 1, where you'll transfer back to the hotel.

    • 28.6 miles
    • -3.3 ft
      679.1 ft
      682.4 ft
    • Central Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  6. Day 6Quang Ngai – Qui Nhon

    Leave early for the journey to Qui Nhon, the capital city of Binh Dinh province. It used to be an American port and supply center during the Vietnam War and a refuge for thousands of Vietnamese fleeing the vicious bombing of the countryside. First off will be a transfer 30 km (19 mi) out of town, past the busy and dusty section of Highway 1. After turning off the main road, cycle a loop to Ba To Town and  head southwest. The road is extremely quiet, and people are unaccustomed to the sight of western cyclists.

    Looping back to Highway 1 at Duc Pho, you'll then transfer the rest of the way in the afternoon to Qui Nhon. Upon arrival, there may be time to visit the leper hospital where visitors are welcome to make a small donation.

    • 45.4 miles
    • 6.6 ft
      2,513.1 ft
      2,506.6 ft
    • Royal Hotel Quy Nhon
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  7. Day 7Dieu Tri – Tuy Hoa

    To avoid the main highway, you'll be transferred out of town. The riding will start at Dieu Tri along a remote but well surfaced road running alongside the railway. The terrain is gently rolling, with beautiful views of the highland foothills.

    Along the way you'll pass by a  mix of tribal and Viet villages, ubiquitous potbellied pigs and barefoot children will trot across your trail. Soon, you'll loop back to the main highway with a small climb and descent to finish the ride. You'll then transfer about one hour to Tuy Hoa, one of the most rural regions in Vietnam.

    • 49.7 miles
    • 9.8 ft
      1,361.5 ft
      1,351.7 ft
    • Cen Deluxe Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  8. Day 8Tuy Hoa – Whale Island

    Today is the last cycling day and is perhaps the most memorable. You'll ride from the hotel and after 20 km (12 mi), beautiful vistas emerge with looming mountains on both sides and a network of lush rice fields across the valley. The ride will continue on for 4 km  (2.4 mi) up over a pass and down to the stunning Dai Lanh Beach. It's the perfect stop for refreshments and a swim for those who don’t mind getting their bike shorts wet!

    You'll continue riding for 3 km (2 mi) before turning off on the Hon Gom peninsular road that extends for 20 km (12.4 mi). The scenery here is like a moonscape and unlike anything else seen on the tour. At this point, you'll swap bikes for boats and head to Whale Island for some well-deserved R&R. The boat journey will take about 10 minutes. You'll be staying at the secluded Whale Island resort for two nights.

    • 36 miles
    • -23 ft
      2,086.6 ft
      2,109.6 ft
    • Whale Island Resort
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  9. Day 9Whale Island Rest Day

    Today is a free day on Whale Island. You can take the opportunity to relax by the beach or perhaps do some snorkelling or scuba diving.

    At the end of the day, you'll meet with the group again for a farewell dinner.

    • Whale Island Resort
    • Breakfast and Dinner
  10. Day 10Whale Island – Nha Trang

    You'll be transferred back to the mainland and then onto Nha Trang for any onward connections. Let the tour operator know if you would like to stay longer on Whale Island or in Nha Trang.

    • Breakfast