Biking and fun for everyone in Vietnam
A family friendly trip in a family friendly country. An exciting variety of experiences, activities and amazing riding await you as we explore the back paths, canals and stand-out highlights of Vietnam. There is something to keep everyone engaged from young to old on the cycle trip tailor made for active families.
This family cycle tour runs Saigon to Hoi An or Danang.
This tour is well-suited to using our optional Pedal-assist E-bikes, perfect for cyclists looking for a boost up the hills or more casual riders. Find out more in the 'Trip Features' section below.
This is a family trip to remember. Suitable for all ages. It is made up of very achievable rides, interspersed with other activities off the bike, like boating, exploring ruins and former military hideouts, and even helping to cook a meal at a home-stay. It's the kind of trip that immerses you in the cultural experience while keeping the whole family active and involved.
Vietnam is often mentioned as a place of booming economic growth and while this is true of its main cities, there are many areas in rural and coastal Vietnam that still offer a genuine picture of Vietnamese traditional lifestyles and customs. Friendly, engaging people are encountered at every turn and are sure to be one of the lasting memories of this great experience.
This is a country where one could spend a month and still not have seen everything, but in seven days you can certainly get a great taste of the Mekong Delta and central coast regions.There is always the option to extend your stay to take in Hue, Hanoi, and the mountains of the north.
Pedal assist E-bikes are an available option on this tour - Find out more.
Please Note - This tour is intended for families only. It is possible for us to schedule a private session of the same tour for adults, on request, at a nominal surcharge.
Peak Season Surcharge
Please note that for tours commencing from Dec 18 to Jan 4 there is a peak season surcharge of 5% on the price of this tour due to hotel rate increases at this time of year. Tours operating during Vietnam's New Years, (Tet) will also include a surcharge.
7 days duration
88 km distance
E-Bike option: $220
Trip Features & Tour Inclusions
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For our Family Tours in Vietnam we provide GT hardtail (front suspension) mountain bikes in a full range of sizes with hybrid tires fitted for touring. A comfortable saddle with a women's specific version is available and we provide handlebar bags for your personal effects. Child seats, tag-along bikes and kids bikes in all sizes are available.
Simple to use and a pleasure to ride the Trek Conduit+ pedal-assist bike expands touring possibilities for all riders, and anything that enables people to explore more of the world by bike is a great thing in our books! Find out more about our E-Bikes here.
Always striving to deliver a premium tour experience Grasshopper Adventures are the first (and currently only) to offer pedal-assist e-bikes as a tour option in Southeast Asia. An upgrade can be purchased for this trip, availability is limited and on a first-in basis. After making your online booking our support team will follow-up requesting your bicycle preference (E-bike or regular).
The hotels on this tour have been selected for their location, comfort, character and style. We spend four nights in two of Vietnam's most acclaimed four star hotels and one night in a more modest hotel that is still clean and comfortable, and the best available in that location. The most memorable evening however, is the night on which we lodge at the home of a local family in the Mekong Delta, where you can see first hand why these are some of the most contended villagers in the country.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very well informed, and charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local leaders who have a passion for their country and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country and will help you to connect with the villagers you meet along the way.
For groups of 5+ people a bike mechanic will join the group. Whilst not a master of linguistics, our technical team always make an effort to form a bond with the group and provide not just mechanical support, but additional encouragement to those who may find themselves at the back of the group. Our drivers support the group by ensuring that the freshest fruit and tastiest snacks are picked up along the way.
Kids are well catered for on Grasshopper tours with a range of bike options to choose from. We have quality children's frames ranging down to XX-Small for those comfortable on a bike. For the less experienced tag-alongs are available that hook to the rear of an adult bike and allow kids to pedal along if they want, and for the youngest kids we have children's seats, so no one misses out on the fun.
An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage. In the Mekong Delta, we are on narrow bike and pedestrian style paths and trails where the support vehicle cannot follow. It will however, meet us at intervals of 5km or so and can meet us at closer intervals if there is an urgent need.
The international profile of Vietnamese food has increased over the last two decades with very good reason. A cuisine that has evolved with the culture and landscape of Vietnam provides for an astounding level of variety from south to north. Each town and city has its own subtle twist on iconic dishes and some of their own creations. Our leaders are passionate about their food and look forward to taking you on a culinary adventure in unison with your cycling adventure. Included meals are listed in the day by day itinerary, and drinking water is always included with meals. Any soft or alcoholic drinks are not included and will be at your own expense.
Energy bars and local snacks are provided to keep your energy levels up for the riding, and clean water and electrolyte drinks are always available to keep you well hydrated.
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We even have mini ones for the younger kids. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
3 to 14
The tour is guaranteed to depart at a minimum of just one family numbering at least three members. We apply a maximum group size of fourteen, so you could expect to be traveling with one or two like-minded families.
Kids 12 years and under get a 20% discount. Kids 12 and under sharing a room with parents or 2 other siblings get a 30% discount.
This tour is 100% operated by Grasshopper Adventures. The guides are our full time employees, the hotels booked by our local office staff, and the bikes are part of our fleet of over 300 bikes. We are not outsourcing any element of this tour so you can be assured of 100% Grasshopper quality.
for Vietnam for Families
Arrival into Saigon
You can arrive any time today. A driver will meet you at the airport and will deliver you to your comfortable, family friendly hotel in the former French quarter. After meeting your guide in the mid-afternoon, take a walking tour of the surrounding area, taking in sights such as the Opera House and former Presidential Palace before finishing up at Ben Thanh Market. A meal at a traditional Vietnamese restaurant is a great culinary welcome to Vietnam.
Boat and Bike to Cu Chi Tunnels. Transfer to the Mekong Delta
We start our first full day off with a boat up the Saigon River to the start point for our first ride. The bikes are waiting, so we get straight into the riding and pedal our way through rubber plantations and small villages in what makes up the western edge of the country. We reach the Cu Chi Tunnels around lunchtime, so before exploring this maze of tunnels, a bite to eat is in order. These tunnels are just one of many underground bases of the resistance army known as the Viet Cong. This particular one has been widened and preserved as a museum of sorts. It is an intriguing experience for those that aren't afraid of close spaces. For those who are, there is a nice shady spot where you can enjoy a cool drink. In the mid afternoon, we drive into the Mekong Delta to the first stop, a small town called Ben Tre where a modest but clean and comfortable hotel awaits.
Bike, Boat & Transfer to Tra On
The Delta has been developed into a network of canals ranging in size from those big enough to fit a small row boat, all the way up to multi-lane canals used to ship produce. Many of these canals are accompanied by paths, both paved and unpaved. These are in effect bike lanes, although much of the traffic is made up of motor scooters. Everyone travels at low speed and is considerate of each other’s movements. We will explore these paths today and discover why the Mekong Delta is so vital to Vietnam's prosperity. It is the food bowl of the country, and in every direction you will see the planting, harvesting, processing or eating of food. We do some of the eating ourselves and you may be tempted to wonder if this really is a bike tour or a food tour. The ride concludes as the day heats up and we then drive and boat onto Tra On, a village where your hosts eagerly await you. Tonight we stay in the home of a local family. It has naturally been adapted to provide adequate space and bedding, but you do get a good feel for village life and you will have the opportunity to get involved.
Floating Markets. Transfer & Fly to Hoi An
An early start is called for today as we head out on a boat to see the floating markets. There are a diminishing number of these trading gatherings, but the one nearby our accommodation is one of the most genuine. As boatmen knuckle sleepy eyes, vendors and purchasers exchange fresh and packed produce by hurling it from boat to boat. The smaller craft bob around in the wake of the larger passing craft which gives the whole scene a rather unstable appearance, but the reality is that this has been happening for more than a hundred years, so the actors are well practiced at their daily performance to net the best deals.
We return to the house for breakfast and then bid our hosts farewell. It is a drive of around 2.5 hours to reach the airport in Can Tho, then a flight of an hour to reach DaNang and the central coast area of Hoi An.
Old Town to the Countryside, Families, Artisans and Age-old Traditions
Our half-day cycling itinerary will immerse you in the culture, history, and commerce of the countryside just south of Hoi An. The scenery is sublimely rural and the experience so very Vietnamese. As one family remarked, "It's like riding back in time compared to the modern amenities of our hotel." Yet it's only a stone's throw from Hoi An.
We begin our bike trip from the hotel, exploring hidden passageways and winding alleyways, stopping to photograph the iconic Japanese bridge. Crossing the bridge near the night market we visit a local family making Banh Dap using the traditional method. These small savoury rice flour bowls are a common breakfast staple in the countryside. We continue cycling to one of the area’s most beautiful villages, stopping at a family home to learn about the tradition of family chapels. Our host is nearly 90 and fought in the American war.
We continue past rice fields and vegetable farms along small canals and waterways towards a boat building site. Fishing is still the lifeblood of the province and the construction of these boat-works is quite amazing to witness and photograph. Our final stops include a traditional mat weaving shop and a family distillery where rice wine has been produced in the same manner for generations.
If the timing is right, we'll also have an opportunity to see families gathering to clean the fishing nets between journeys at sea. It's a short ride from here to where we board a local ferry for a trip back to town. Have your cameras ready for great views of the Hoi An waterfront. Once dockside, we enjoy lunch in Old town along the river then a quick ride to get back to your hotel. There’s time for a swim at the pool or a dip in the ocean. Dinner tonight is on your own with your guide assisting in restaurant suggestions.
The Waterways and Organic Farming Villages of Hoi An
Hoi An has a long history dating back as far as the first century, but is known mostly for its role as a trading port for Chinese and Japanese sea merchants during the 17th and 18th centuries. The beauty of the town was miraculously spared the damage that many towns suffered during the American-Vietnam war and today Hoi An is a UNESCO world heritage listed town that cannot be compared to anywhere else in Indochina. It is an intriguing, photogenic old town, located just a short distance from a beautiful beach where you can sit and sip a coconut.
Today we explore the waterways, coconut palm plantations and the famous Tra Que organic vegetable village. We begin with kayaking from near the hotel through Hoi An's fascinating waterways surrounded by coconut plantations and villages where age old traditions have been preserved. Following this we switch back to bikes where a beautiful ride through rice fields ends at Hoi An’s organic vegetable village where a family welcomes us to their home. It’s a fun family event to help pick fresh herbs and prepare a delicious traditional Vietnamese lunch. Our private van will speed us back to the hotel early afternoon. There’s time for a swim at the pool or a dip in the ocean.
Conclusion of Tour in Hoi An
The tour concludes after breakfast. We will have a car take you onto the Danang Airport. Alternatively, stay on in this lovely, world heritage listed town with its pleasant beach. Much more awaits north of here for those that have the available time. Feel free to discuss ideas with our team at the time of booking your tour.
What's the Riding Like?
Almost all flat terrain
4 days riding
The riding is always away from busy roads. Mostly we use only small paths through villagers and farmland. Some are paved, some are hard packed dirt. We aim for shaded areas, but this is not always possible. The ride is almost entirely flat, except for a slight incline on day 6. The ride is designed for families of all ages, but would be just as enjoyable for adults without kids. In the Mekong Delta, we are on narrow bike and pedestrian style paths and trails where the support vehicle cannot follow. It will however, meet us at intervals of 10km or so and can meet us at closer intervals if there is an urgent need.
Being 1650km from north to south Vietnam's seasons vary across the country, making it a year round destination. 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) 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.
Extend Your Stay
The finish point of this tour is a great place to spend a little extra time. Should you require accommodation, please let us know and we can arrange this.
Create Your Own Date
Don't see the date for this tour to suite your schedule? No problem - create your own date. Chose the dates that you would like to travel and as long as you are happy to open the tour to other people joining we will charge the standard tour price - no markups!
1. You must have booked and paid your deposit for travel dates that are at least 3 months in the future. This just gives us time to promote the trip and find other people to join you.
2. Create Your Own Date for this tour applies for bookings of two or more people only. If you are a solo traveller we can do our best to get a group for the dates you choose but we cannot guarantee standard pricing until we achieve a minimum of 2 people.
3. This offer is subject to availability. In peak season we may not have the capability to add tour dates to our already busy schedule.
What our guests tell us...
Don't take our word for it, listen to what guests say about our tours!
Our kids' eyes have been opened to another culture and we have loved the mix of cycling and downtime to hang out as a family. We would 100% recommend this to any family wanting a different kind of holiday experience. We will miss you Bao...but will be booking another Grasshopper Adventure soon!
We took our 14 year old son on a seven day family bike trip in Vietnam … Our local guide was very attentive, had a sense of humor and was proud of his country in a realistic way … I would use Grasshopper again. It was a great adventure and I would recommend this tour company to everyone!
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