A three day bike tour challenge, enabling you to push yourself for a good cause during the day and take in some great back-country scenery. In the evening, kick back with like minded business friends and share the experience. Total program duration is 3 days, not inclusive of international travel days.
This is a great way to spend time among a crowd of regional business leaders and entrepreneurs, to exchange ideas and make new contacts. Riders come mostly from the SE Asian cities of Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong, but there are sure to be others from further afield.
This ride is not intended as a race, it is signature responsible tourism experience & fundraising event designed to be enjoyed, where you can test your own ability during the day on the bike and link it with the opportunity to network on the journey. Our trip starts in Quy Nhon and concludes in Hoi An with some terrific cycling and scenery in between. Put your bike riding ability to the test for three days and join this inaugural Corporate Bike Tour Challenge, sponsored by Grasshopper Adventures and also YAANA Ventures, our partners in success.
For less experienced cyclists or those who wish to take it more relaxed there is full time vehicle support during the journey so you can jump in and rest the legs if needed.
FUNDRAISING & SUSTAINABILITY
Operation Smile is a fantastic organization providing top quality surgery free of charge to children afflicted with cleft lip or palate disorder. The corporate challenge is a fundraising and networking event designed as a biking event to promote health and fitness and to raise awareness about sustainability in the region.
Tour program costs cover the actual cost of the trip. Additionally, we are asking each rider to get either corporate sponsorship or conduct an individual fundraising campaign for the trip. We are offering 3 corporate sponsorship packages for the event, all of which include complimentary rider slots. See link to YAANA Ventures website for detailed descriptions of the corporate packages. For individual fundraising a good way to get started would be to ask friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you on a per-kilometer basis. Many online platforms are available, we recommend GoGetFunding, here is a quick video on How to Get Started and an FAQ for further information on the site.
100% of all funds raised, apart from direct tour program costs, will be donated to Operation Smile, Thailand and Vietnam.
Grasshopper Adventures, a leading bike tour specialist in Asia, will provide full technical, equipment and guide support including the following: International standard helmets, well maintained bikes fitted for the conditions, support vehicles, English speaking guide, bicycle mechanic, meals listed in the itinerary as well as all water and snacks during the rides.
3 days duration
226-271 km distance
'Single room option'- Added cost for those who wish to secure a private single room.
Trip Features & Tour Inclusions
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We use GT Mountain Bikes with 27.5 inch rims. We've modified the bikes to suit longer distance rides, by fitting hybrid tires and comfortable saddles. The bikes enable us to ride the back-country trails and paths, but make good speed on the paved bits.
The accommodation on the ride can best be described as cheap and cheerful. The truth is you won't spend a whole lot of time in your room because you'll be having so much fun, but all the same the rooms will be clean, air conditioned and will have an ensuite bathroom. In the minor locations, we can safely say that we are in the best available property, but in the start and end locations, we will be staying in a property that has a pool and is well located.
The ride will be led by one of our most experienced leaders who can weave an engaging narrative for you as you take the scenery of this fascinating country in.
A bike mechanic will join the group and whilst not a master of linguistics, our technical team always make an effort to form a bond, providing not just mechanical support, but additional encouragement to those who may find themselves at the back of the group. Our drivers also offer support by ensuring the freshest fruit and tastiest snacks are picked up along the way.
An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case your legs require a break from riding. It is also on hand to transport your luggage.
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.
Take It Home
Two custom souvenir cycling jerseys are yours to wear for the journey and take home after. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
There is no surcharge for single travellers - we will match you with another same sex single traveller. If you want a single room there is a an optional upgrade that you can book.
For the Corporate Bike Tour Challenge - Vietnam
Meet in Quy Nhon - Briefing, Cycle & Transfer to Quang Ngai
Beginning day one we will be on on the bikes early, so participants will have arrived in town the night before or flown in early that morning (flight & accommodation recommendations can be found below), then following a short briefing and bike fitting we'll be ready to take to the road.
Our route stretches out along the coast as we leave Quy Nhon on a quiet back road along a sand dune peninsula with great views back over the bay and the mountains. We see lots of coast on today's ride as we undulate along some ups and downs on the well made surface with friendly villagers waving and cheering us on. At this point in the journey there is the option for some to transfer the remainder of the distance to Quang Ngai, for the stronger riders they can push on to Tam Quan before moving to the vehicle.
Our destination is just over an hour and a half drive away and after a solid but very enjoyable day in the saddle we'll arrive into the town of Quang Ngai, our home for the night. It's a small city of little note and a university town. The hotel is good enough and has a pleasant river view. Some refreshing cold drinks make up for any lack of notoriety.
Cycle to Tam Ky
The distance covered today probably makes this the second most testing leg of the journey for most. To offset a little of the riding our day starts with a short cycle before stopping to visit one of Vietnam's more sobering sites, the My Lai Massacre Memorial. A tragic event occurred here, that once exposed, became a turning point in American public opinion towards the American-Vietnam war. We'll continue pressing along the coast for a while, then head inland again to enjoy more fantastic riding through the villages. We'll stop to savor a lunch of the freshest seafood possible about two thirds of the way through our journey before reembarking on the final section of today's ambitious ride. Rolling into Tam Ky we stay this evening in a pleasant small scale hotel.
Cycle & Boat to Hoi An
A slightly more moderate ride today. Our trip begins with a visit to the hero mother statue which offers an insight into the past. The hero mother in question was a lady who lost 11 sons, her husband and her grandson to the American-Vietnam conflict. This story underscores the terrible losses suffered by all people involved in war.
From here, we ride dirt roads through sleepy fishing villages with friendly faces popping out to say hello and inspire you for the final push towards our finishing point. Duck and chicken farms are also present through today, so we can stop and learn a little about this particular means of income generation. Our riding comes to an end as we stop to take a boat trip into Hoi An, a fitting way to enter this ancient port town and mark the finishing point of this expedition.
We can expect to arrive into Hoi An around 2pm. From here you can explore this quaint heritage city, relax on the beach, have some clothes tailored (a local specialty) or just rest your legs at a local cafe. In the evening we'll enjoy a celebratory dinner together, care of YAANA Ventures and Grasshopper Adventures, to mark the end of a great journey. and this will conclude the tour.
Participants are free to leave the next day via Da Nang Airport which is 20 minutes drive away. Those who are not in a hurry should stick around and enjoy everything Hoi An has to offer! (Flight & Accommodation recommendations are provided below for the final evening)
There & Back
Flights To & From Bangkok and Hotel Recommendations
For those flying in from Bangkok we suggest the following flights & accommodation:
- Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh-Flight VJ806 with Vietjet Air, departs 19:55 and lands 21:25. Park Royal Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City is a convenient choice for an overnight stay.
- Then if you want to fly in and start riding as soon as you arrive on day 1 of the challenge we recommend - Ho Chi Minh City to Quy Nhon- flight VJ380 with Vietjet Air, which departs 06:50am and lands 08:00am
- If you plan to arrive into Quy Nhon the day before the ride, Vietjet Air has a range of time options on both Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City route and Ho Chi Minh City to Quy Nhon route.
- To return from Hoi An back to Bangkok we recommend - Bangkok Airways flight PG948, departing at 13:35, landing at 15:15
- For hotels, we suggest the Saigon Quy Nhon hotel in Quy Nhon and the Emm Hotel in Hoi An. Both are bookable on Agoda
What's the Riding Like?
3 days riding
This tour is rated 'Moderate' for difficulty as their are a couple of days around 100km. This said, the journey is achievable for anyone who cycles regularly as a commuter or recreationally on the weekends. Most roads are paved back roads with minimal traffic. We encounter only a couple of dirt roads and these are not hard riding at all. There are often sea breezes to keep the temperature down a little. There are a few other hills, but we always return to sea level, so the up is a nice challenge for the rewarding down. There is a support vehicle on hand at all times so if you need a break or a lift up the hill just jump in the van and relax.
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 charming town of Hoi An is a great hit with visitors and you will almost certainly want to spend a few days here after your tour has ended. Try one of our recently launched Day Tours for an in-depth exploration of the city & surrounds, stroll through the pretty streets or spend some time on the beach. We can assist in booking accommodation for you, or you can find a wide range of hotels at agoda.com
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