Ha Giang by Mark Haughton

Vietnam

Bustling cities, the mountainous north and the colourful Mekong Delta


Vietnam Map

Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting and diverse cycling destinations with foods and flavours to equal the stunning rural, river and mountain landscapes.

Having burst onto the world economic scene in recent years, Vietnam has shedded its image of tragic, war-torn destination, replacing it with a modern and forward-moving vibe great for riding.

From the Mekong Delta in the south, to the dramatic mountains of the north, Vietnam also boasts two emerging world-class cities, a coastline dotted with spectacular beaches and some wonderful historical sites to pedal through.

The country is blessed with diverse and picturesque landscapes, warm, friendly people, a rich cultural heritage, and an appealing, tasty and varied cuisine - all best taken in on two wheels.


Quick Facts

Currency: Dong

Highest Point: 3,143 m

Capital City: Hanoi

Time Zone: GMT +7

Main International Airports:
Hanoi (HAN)
Saigon (SGN)
Danang (DAD)

Population: Approx. 92.5 million

Land Area: 331,210 sq km

Main Religion: Buddhism

Language: Vietnamese


Climate & Weather

Coolest time: November to February, Hottest time: March to June

Wettest time: Varies regionally - see more information below

Our favourite time: Any time!

Being 1650km from north to south, Vietnam's seasons vary across the country, making it a year round destination for bike tours. This also means that you will probably encounter some rain if you are travelling extensively, regardless of your month of travel.

Northern Vietnam (Hanoi, Ha Giang and Sapa) is cold in the winter months (Nov-Mar), and can be damp and misty, although there are also beautifully sunny days at this time of year.

The central region (Hoi An, Hue & Nha Trang) is wettest from September to December with occasional typhoons, which can occasionally disrupt travel.

The south experiences the regular Southeast Asian monsoon between June and October, with dry sunny weather from November to April. December and January are the coolest months with temperatures rising during April and May leading to the onset of the rains.

Hanoi

Grasshopper Adventures - Hanoi temperature chart
Grasshopper Adventures - Hanoi rainfall chart

Saigon

Grasshopper Adventures - Saigon temperature chart
Grasshopper Adventures - Saigon rainfall chart

Danang

(Hoi An & Hue)

Grasshopper Adventures - Danang temperature chart
Grasshopper Adventures - Danang rainfall chart

Highlights for Visitors

The Big Cities: Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City

It’s not easy choosing which end of Vietnam to cycle in, so we recommend both! Hanoi in the north has protected most of its historic, French colonial past and tends towards modest commercial development, while in the south Saigon embraces more of a highrise style of modern construction with towering new buildings now dotting the landscape. Both cities exude charm, showcase their history well and retain pride in their wonderful culinary traditions. We recommend spending additional time in the cities before and/or after your bicycle adventures; feel free to ask us for recommendations of things to do and places to stay!

Hoi An with Grasshopper Adventures

Historical Hoi An

Hoi An is Vietnam’s most talked about destination, now recognized internationally for its food, architecture and spectacular scenery. No wonder most of our our multi-day bike trip routes pass through this town! The ancient city center is a UNESCO protected site and throughout the region, gentle landscapes and friendly locals make this a paradise for tourists, and cyclists. With a beautiful beach nearby where you can relax after your ride, this is truly a destination for travelers of all ages and with all interests.

Cycling the Mekong Delta with Grasshopper Adventures

The Mekong Delta

With its flat though stunningly beautiful landscapes, the Mekong Delta is a biking paradise. Fields of rice paddies, fruit orchards, flocks of ducks and endless vegetable farms are the backdrop to shady paved roadways and canal paths. The Delta is also known for its floating markets and handcrafted arts, with foods and flavours to tempt young and old alike.

Visiting the far north of Vietnam with Grasshopper Adventures

Northern Highlands and Villages

Steep, verdant hillsides and numerous ethnic tribes create a colourful backdrop for a ride in the north of Vietnam. Sapa has traditionally been the destination for visiting hill-tribe villages, with its colourful markets and spectacular setting in the shadow of Fansipan, Vietnam's highest mountain. The region of the Ha Giang Plateau is becoming an increasingly popular cycling holiday destination with its stunning scenery and off-the-beaten-track feel.

Halong Bay

With emerald seas studded with towering limestone, jungle-clad cliffs, Ha Long Bay rightfully deserves its reputation as one of the world’s most spectacular seascapes. Cruising around the islands and exploring their many caves is one of the highlights of any visit to Vietnam, a perfect way to end your biking excursion. Although we don't visit Halong Bay as part of our cycling itineraries, we are happy to recommend trip extensions to this UNESCO protected region with the best boat overnight boat companies.


See Vietnam with Grasshopper Adventures

We have an exciting range of full and multi-day bicycle tours in Vietnam. Explore the tunnels of Cu Chi by bike or boat, ride through mountains of the north, swim off beautiful sandy beaches, or pedal through the beautiful landscapes of the Mekong Delta.

Day Tours

Cu Chi Tunnel Bike & Boat

Cu Chi Tunnel Bike & Boat

Full day bike tour from Saigon, Vietnam
Escape bustling Saigon with an exciting speedboat ride upriver and into the fertile countryside surrounds, then tra...

Mekong Delta in a Day

Mekong Delta in a Day

Full day bike tour from Saigon, Vietnam (previously $134 USD)

Hoi An Food Tour by Bike

Hoi An Food Tour by Bike

Evening bike & food tour from Hoi An, Vietnam
A culinary cycling adventure tour through Hoi An's quaint alleyways and beautiful countryside. Discover an exciting...

Hoi An Countryside

Hoi An Countryside

Cycle the alleyways, waterways and small village paths of Hoi An on a ride that offers the best of ancient city, local v...

Cycle My Son

Cycle My Son

Cycle the scenic countryside from Hoi An to the UNESCO World Heritage site of My Son on this half-day biking adventure.....


Multi Day Tours

Cycle Angkor to Saigon

Cycle Angkor to Saigon

A biking adventure from Cambodia to Vietnam
Few bike tours contain as much variety as this one. Discover ancient temples, friendly villages, two rapidly mode...

Cycle Angkor to Hoi An

Cycle Angkor to Hoi An

Bike Cambodia to central Vietnam
An unforgettable overland adventure by bike from the famous ruins of Angkor in the heart of the former Khmer Kingdo...

The Bangkok to Saigon Explorer

The Bangkok to Saigon Explorer

Explore Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam by bike
An epic multi-country journey, achievable for bike riders of all ages and abilities. Start and finish this unforg...

Saigon to Hanoi

Saigon to Hanoi

Cycle Vietnam enjoying highlights from Saigon to Hanoi
The classic bike tour through Vietnam past beautiful beaches, rice fields, and villages; it's so beautiful it's alm...

Vietnam Heritage Cycle - Hoi An to Phong Nha

Vietnam Heritage Cycle - Hoi An to Phong Nha

Cycle tour central Vietnam's best highlights
Cycle and tour fascinating central Vietnam and it's awe-inspiring limestone cave formations that truly are a wonder...

Mekong Delta in Style

Mekong Delta in Style

Bike Vietnam's Delta Region in comfort
This adventurous bicycle tour combines delicious food, stunning scenery and the gentle bike paths of the Mekong Del...

Vietnam for Families

Vietnam for Families

Biking and fun for everyone in Vietnam
A cycling trip full of fun for people of all ages in the family-friendly country of Vietnam. This active adventur...

Highlands & Coast of Vietnam

Highlands & Coast of Vietnam

Cycle Vietnam's beautiful beaches and coffee region
An unforgettable bike tour that takes you through the charming highlands and coffee plantations of central Vietna...

Hilltribes of Ha Giang Plateau

Hilltribes of Ha Giang Plateau

Conquer Vietnam's breathtaking northern region
A challenging, yet highly rewarding, compact expedition by bike into the remote lands of Ha Giang. Here the geogr...