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

Duration
7 days
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$26
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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
    Adventurous
  • Skill Level
    4 - Advanced
  • Activity Level
    4 - Challenging
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Mixed
  • Distance
    462.9 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    65.9 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    7 days
  • Main Destination
    Hanoi
  • Distance
    462.9 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    65.9 miles
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Mixed

Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Hanoi to Ngoc Lac

    You’ll start the day with a quick transfer from your hotel to Xuan Mai – Hoa Binh province. Pedal along smooth asphalt road towards the south, as you ride along the scenery changes from urban to rural setting. Ride along the Ma river and as you approach Cam Thuy with views of magnificent limestone cliffs and lush bamboo forests as your backdrop. 

    • 71.5 miles
    • 3 Star hotel accommodation in Ngoc Lac
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  2. Day 2Ngoc Lac to Tan Ky

    Today you will cover approximately 110 kilometers (69 miles) of the newly built Ho Chi Minh Trail highway. Though this is a major highway in Vietnam vehicle traffic is minimal. Cruise along the banks of Chu river or Nam Sam river, this massive water system is also the largest tributary of Ma river.

    The ride today will cut through thick forests and jungles with few tranquil villages along the way. You can opt to rest in the back up vehicle along the way.

    • 68.4 miles
    • 3 Star hotel accommodation in Tan Ky
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  3. Day 3Tan Ky to Huong Khe

    After a hearty breakfast you ride off in one of the longest for this tour, a total of 120 kilometers (75 miles) on smooth asphalt road and stunning mountain range. As the scenery transitions from mountain ranges to forests and rice fields there are small villages along the way where you can take a short break from riding and re-energize for the rest of the ride.

    • 74.6 miles
    • 3 Star hotel accommodation in Huong Khe
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  4. Day 4Huong Khe to Phong Nha

    Your ride today leads you to the town of Phong Nha where one of the world’s longest dry cave is located. This is the longest route of the tour at 170 kilometers (106 miles), enjoy the ride as you switch from mountain range backdrop to valleys and villages (the support vehicle is on standby to provide 100% support).

    • 105.6 miles
    • 3 Star hotel accommodation in Phong Nha
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  5. Day 5Phong Nha to Dong Hoi

    It’s a short 50-kilometer (30 miles) ride for today. You’ll have a short side trip via boat to Phong Nha Cave. This pristine landmark is truly a natural wonder. This cave also stands as an artifact of the historic Ho Chi Minh trail which served as a hiding place for floating bridges used by the Vietnamese to transport supplies from the north to the south. The cave also served as a hospital for the wounded, after it was discovered US troops bombed the cave with its scars still visible today.

    After lunch, you continue riding to Dong Hoi. This coastal city has a lot to offer, from historical landmarks to natural attraction. One of the iconic structures in the city is the Tam Toa church which was built late 19th century. It now stands as a war relic after it was destroyed by bombing during the Vietnam war.

    • 31.1 miles
    • 3 Star hotel accommodation in Dong Hoi
    • Breakfast and Dinner
  6. Day 6Dong Hoi to Dong Ha

    One of the darkest moments in history was the Vietnam war, today your riding will take you to the “DMZ” or Demilitarized Zone. This area is the former border between North and South Vietnam. Today rice paddies and green fields surround this place. There are a few remnants of the war that can still be seen today like the Truong Son National Cemetery and Vinh Moc Tunnels (optional side trip).

    • 55.9 miles
    • 3 Star hotel accommodation in Dong Ha
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  7. Day 7Dong Ha to Hue City

    The last day of the tour will stretch from Dong ha to Hue City. It’ll be passing though old military installations/bases and quaint villages.

    Hue city is once known as the seat of the Nguyen dynasty from 1802 – 1945. One of the landmarks in this city is the Dai Noi Citadel, it is surrounded by trenches and thick stone walls that encompass the Imperial City.

    The tour concludes with a farewell dinner at a local hotel.

    • 55.9 miles
    • 3 Star hotel accommodation in Hue City
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner