A self-guided bike tour along Vietnam's coast.
With varied terrain to keep the ride interesting, quiet back roads through charming village communities, ancient towns and bustling cities, all within sight of the beach - As far as amazing riding goes, it's hard to beat the coast of Vietnam.
This self-guided cycle tour departs from Hue, Vietnam.
Interested in how Grasshopper Self-guided bike tours work? See our introduction video below or read more about self-guided tours in detail.
This classic cycle route will introduce you to the cultural, scenic and culinary tour de force that is coastal Vietnam. You will explore the rich history and diverse architecture of Hue and Hoi An, ride through seaside villages past bustling fishing ports and cruise the fertile coastal plains. With minimal traffic plus friendly and inquisitive locals at every turn, this is a ride to truly savour and enjoy.
This tour starts in Hue, takes you as far south as Quang Ngai and ends in Hoi An. It is possible to shorten this tour or extend this tour even further to Nha Trang or Dalat. Contact our Travel Experience team directly for a bespoke itinerary that fits your needs.
Peak Season: For tours commencing from December 23 through January 3 there is a peak season surcharge of 15% on the price of this tour due to hotel rate increases at this time of year.
7 days duration
377-405 km distance
Difficulty: Somewhat challenging
Solo rider option: $1100
Trip Features & Tour Inclusions
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Our dedicated Grasshopper Self-guided Adventures app combines navigating technology with visual and audio descriptions of points of interest along your routes, and can be hosted on all Android and iOS devices. The app contains your detailed tour route, podcasts with background information on the regions you will pass through, plus an audio commentary describing points of interest along the way. It also provides dining suggestions along your routes as well in destination locations, with translated menu recommendations. Furthermore, it will provide a and voiced glossaries of common phrases and words, which you can use to find rapport with locals.
On request we can provide iPads if you don’t wish to use your own mobile device.
Grasshopper Self-guided tours are run with our reliable fleet of all-purpose hybrids and mountain bikes, but depending on availability, and for an additional fee, our Premium Self-guided offering in Thailand includes handmade Lynskey Cooper titanium bikes.
Recognized worldwide for their quality, Lynskey's have been chosen for Grasshopper's Self-guided tours for their all-round reliability and lightweight but 'bomb-proof' titanium frames. They are built to go anywhere and on any terrain with confidence. For those who are accustomed to riding on drop bars, these bikes will be a lasting memory of the experience.
Upgrade availability is limited, after making your online booking our support team will follow-up requesting your bicycle preference (Lynskey Titanium or regular).
We choose hotels not just based on star ratings, but for their character, comfort, charm and their ability to work with us to make your journey as seamless and enjoyable as possible. Self Guided gives us booking flexibility that we don’t usually have with large group tours, so this offer is expanded with some really unique venues. In prominent locations or cities, we generally use hotels in the 3-4 star range. In the minor towns we use the best available accommodation. At the bare minimum you can expect air conditioning, a private bathroom and a comfortable bed.
Exclusively to self-guided tours our bikes come fitted with top of the range GPS navigation units. These biking computers have remarkable customisation capabilities and can easily be ported with all major biking software, such as Strava, RidewithGPS or Kamoot, for all fans of cycling data. Never fear if you are not technically minded, as we've made them accessible to all riders. The device will be customised for you and we will upload the most accurate maps and routes. Furthermore, you will be well briefed on putting it to good use. You can download a free companion app and play around with its setup, download results of a day’s ride, or set yourself daily workout goals.
Before you ride out on your Self-guided adventure, you will be given a set of essential tools to handle all of possible minor repairs, or you can turn to local mechanics for help. However, in an unlikely event of a breakdown you just need to reach out to our representative who will either talk you through basic repairs or organize support in your location, or will help you handle transfer to your destination.
On request, and for additional fee, we provide a premium transfer service, to pick you up anywhere on the road, if you feel you can’t make it to your ride’s destination.
We provide the technology, travel planning and attention to detail so that you can just focus on enjoying the ride. You'll have your pick of great places to eat plus endless opportunities for local interaction as you cycle through regional communities. This is true independent touring without the hassle. It will take you to places you'd never reach any other way and allow you to explore new locations at your own pace.
We provide secure luggage transfers between each of your hotels. This way you can enjoy the ride knowing that when you arrive, your bags will already be waiting in your room. We will also call ahead to ensure that everything is ready for your arrival.
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
for Ride the Vietnam Ocean Road self-guided bike tour
Arrive and Cycle Hue
You will commence your tour in the historic city of Hue, the last seat of Imperial power in Vietnam. A Grasshopper Self-guided representative will meet with you at your hotel to deliver your equipment, conduct a briefing on the road and travel conditions in Vietnam and explain how to use the technology provided. You will then try out your new wheels on a loop ride exploring the many faces of this tranquil city with its crumbling citadel walls, atmospheric Perfume River and colonial French architecture.
Cycle Hue to Lang Co
Once clear of the city limits you will find yourself on country roads with only the occasional vehicle passing by. Rice fields will give way to low sand dunes and farmers’ homes begin to transition into fishing cottages as the ocean finally comes into view. You’ll then enjoy some rolling hills weaving in and out of the coastline throughout the day, with plenty of delicious Vietnamese food along the way to fuel your ride.
Reaching the vast Cau Hai Lagoon, nested against a dramatic mountain backdrop, this is the ideal location to catch your first glimpse of the ocean. Expect to encounter very few other people here aside from local Vietnamese families.
Cycle Lang Co to Hoi An
Today, you start on small hills that will prepare you well for the challenging but scenic climb up Hai Van Pass. A well-made road snakes its way up the mountain, offering views over the ocean and lagoon below. The majority of traffic goes through an alternative tunnel, so you can expect to enjoy a quiet road with a relaxed gradient.
The wind-in-your-hair descent down the other side is of equal distance and will lead you along a coastal road into Da Nang, a bustling financial capital of the province. There you will meet our representative to transfer you to the ancient trade town of Hoi An that has withstood regular floods and multiple wars to remain wonderfully intact and charming as ever.
Rest Day, Optional Countryside Ride
A day of rest will help prepare you for the riding ahead and allow you to explore the rich history and diverse architecture of this ancient town. There’s an excellent mix of modern and traditional food to enjoy, plus the beach is just a short ride away. Alternatively, if you feel your lust for cycling has not been satiated enough to take a rest, you can take on our curated 28km ride of the city and surrounding countryside.
Cycle My Son
Today you will have a loop ride that takes you from historic Hoi An to the enchanting My Son ruins, a cluster of ancient remains of Hindu tower-temples set amidst a leafy jungle valley. Once the primary intellectual and religious centre of the kingdom of Champa, My Son was re-discovered by French archaeologists in the 19th century and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The cycle route will take you across rivers and through picturesque countryside, along rural back roads accessible only by bike and hidden from most tourist routes. Passing small villages and rice fields, inquisitive locals will greet you along the way, it will be a day of smiles, history and tranquillity, before returning to lovely Hoi An for the evening.
Cycle Hoi An to Tam Ky
As you leave Hoi An, you'll likely see many of the market vendors bringing in their produce from the surrounding farms. Today's ride takes a gravel road through a collection of small fishing villages on another peninsula, where fish are farmed in ponds and ocean-winds whip around the homes dotted along the shoreline.
With a push from the sea breeze you continue south towards the next stop, Tam Ky, the capital city of Quảng Nam Province. After a visit to it's notable sights, you will go back towards the ocean and take a ferry to the small Tam Hai Island where your Vietnamese hosts await at a delightful resort.
Cycle Tam Ky to Quang Ngai
Today is one of the few days where you will need to spend some of your ride along a major road. Whilst you can expect to encounter more traffic, the road is very well made and the ride will be smooth. You’ll pass through some manufacturing districts before returning to small coastal roads and quaint villages, where seafood is pulled straight from the ocean and cooked for lunch.
Once your belly is full, you have a short distance remaining to the university town of Quang Nai. Along the way you pass the solemn but poignant Son My Memorial, the site of one of the most infamous crimes committed by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War – the My Lai Massacre. The memorial site contains a war history museum, gallery and an assembly of sculptures constructed in memory of the multiple civilian victims.
This is where you will meet with our representative who will transfer you back to Hoi An. If you have plans to stay in Quang Ngai or continue south, our representative will help relieve you of the equipment. Alternatively, if you are ready to leave, there are daily flights from Da Nang airport to Ho Chi Minh city. If you wish to travel further south to Nha Trang then a vehicle can be arranged to take you to this dynamic seaside resort town, approximately 3 hours away.
If required, the Grasshopper Self-guided team can assist with booking further accommodation or transport for you.
What's the Riding Like?
Some Hilly Terrain
7-8 days riding
377 - 405km distance
Whilst there are a few days on this bike tour with manageable rolling hills, this route is achievable for anyone who cycles regularly as a commuter or recreationally. Most of the ride will be on well-made roads with minimal traffic, or rural back-roads that are off the beaten path.
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.
Solo Rider & Single Room Options...
When do these apply?
Solo rider? Self-guided bike tours cater perfectly to the solo cyclist who wants to explore at their own pace. If you wish to tour like this please include the Solo Rider Option when completing your booking.
Like a little privacy? If you like the privacy of your own room or are travelling as a group with an odd number of adults (prices are based on twin share rooms) please select the Single Room Option for each private room required.
Single room charges do not apply to those selecting the Solo Rider option.
Why the extra cost? Our carefully calculated pricing is based on twin share rooms and a minimum of two people. Fixed operating costs and hotel pricing require these surcharges.
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