A trip that takes in the charming highlands where
coffee is grown, to the fishing villages of the coast and ending in the
ancient trade town of Hoi An. This trip runs Saigon to Hoi An.
Take in the majestic highland town of Dalat, the misty pine forests, and
then descend to the coast where fishing villages exist in the same
manner that they have done for generations. Ride the picturesque coast
all the way to the heritage listed town of Hoi An and see a side of
Vietnam that not every traveller will get to experience. All this in
seven days with minimal time if any in the car.
A short flight takes us to Dalat where we explore the colonial-era architecture and the more recent additions. After enjoying the temperate highlands, we descend to the sub-tropical environment of the coast, where we ride from the most famous beach town all the way up through the farming and fishing towns along the coast to Hoi An.
For the most part, this is a coastal ride, but there is no better way to start a coastal ride than with a fun downhill. The coastline itself is a picturesque variety of windy roads around headlands and sand dunes where colourful fishing boats bob at their moorings. Hoi An is the perfect place to finish a ride and features not only a historically significant, world heritage listed town, but also a lovely beach and some amazing food.
Peak Season Surcharge
For tours commencing from Dec 18 to Jan 4 there is a peak season surcharge of 10% on the price of this tour due to hotel rate increases at this time of year.
7 days duration
468 km distance
Trip Features & Tour Inclusions
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Top quality, well maintained Merida mountain bikes in a full range of sizes are included in your tour, fitted with hybrid tyres for touring. Handlebar bags for your personal possessions and a comfortable saddle are also provided, with a women's specific version available.
The hotels we use are a great, and sometimes unexpected, part of this tour. In the larger cities and established tourist centres we use stylish and supremely comfortable hotels and resorts, while in the smaller and more out of the way areas we stay in the best available accommodation, which is often simple yet always well run, clean and comes with air-conditioning and a private bathroom.
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.
An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry 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
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
2 to 10
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 10 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
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.
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 Highlands & Coast of Vietnam
Fly to Dalat, Day Ride
We start off with a morning flight from Saigon to Dalat. After lunch and a briefing, we take to our bikes to explore. The character of Dalat is still very much intact. It was a popular place with the French during colonial times due to the climate, but has since become even more popular among middle class Saigon folk, heading for the romantic cool of the hills. The area is known for some of the best coffee in Asia. We take an exploration ride of Dalat cycling on sealed roads and unsealed trails to see pine forests, flower gardens and coffee plantations. Meals: LD
Cycle to Nha Trang
Today we are in for a great ride as we cycle from the highlands to the sea. Our journey has both ascents and descents eventually leading all the way to sea level, along quiet secondary roads. We drive some of the distance to ensure we arrive in Nha Trang with time to spare for the beach and perhaps the brew pubs that have popped up, serving excellent craft beer. Meals: BLD
Train to Quy Nhon
It's a day off the bikes today with the morning free to explore Nha Trang, relax by the pool, along beach, or to try your hand at one of the many activities along the water front.
After lunch we board the train for a fun, slow journey by rail up the coast. This is a much more relaxed way to travel than by road and the scenery includes beaches, villages, rice fields and mountains. Most of the other passengers are Vietnamese and the buffet car is a good place to strike up some conversations with the locals. We arrive Quy Nhon early evening, transfer to our hotel and then enjoy dinner in town. Meals: BLD
Cycle to Tam Quan
The coastal cycling journey begins today 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 today as we undulate along the well made road with friendly villagers waving and cheering us on. We take a short drive at the end of the day to get us into the tiny village of Tam Quan. Meals: BLD
Cycle to Quang Ngai
A varied and highly enjoyable day lies ahead of us. We spend the morning riding along the coast then head inland to see a great new level of variety. We cross rivers on small bamboo bridges and pass farmers tending to rice fields and water buffalo. Our home for the night is Quang Ngai, a small city of little note, but a comfortable hotel, a pleasant river view and an abundance of cold drinks make up for any lack of notoriety. Meals: BLD
Cycle to Tam Ky
We start today with a visit to 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 continue along the coast for a while, then head inland again and enjoy more fantastic riding through the villages. We enjoy a lunch of the freshest seafood possible and stay this evening in a pleasant small scale hotel. Meals: BLD
Cycle & Boat to Hoi An
A visit to the hero mother statue is 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. Duck and chicken farms are also present through today, so we can stop and learn a little about this particular means of income generation. We then take a boat ride to reach Hoi An, a fitting way to enter this ancient port town and to conclude our adventure. Meals: BL
What's the Riding Like?
Mostly flat terrain
6 days riding
This tour is rated 'Moderate' for difficulty. Apart from the existence of a couple of days that are just a touch short of 100km, the riding is achievable for anyone who rides regularly as a commuter or recreationally on the weekends. Most of the 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 small hills, but we always return to sea level, so the up is a nice trade off for the 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 rapidly expanding city of Saigon is an exciting place. If you wish to arrive a day earlier there are at least a couple of activities such as a motor scooter tour that are worth considering. Should you require accommodation, please let us know and we can arrange this, or you can find a huge range of hotels online through our friends at agoda.com:
> Find hotels in Saigon
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. Stroll through the pretty streets, visit some near-by historical sites or just 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:
> Find hotels in Hoi An
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...
Just a selection of our great reviews!
The ride was absolutely fantastic. Easily the best part of my 3 week trip to Vietnam. It was my third ride I have done with Grasshopper and the first multi day ride. I was looking forward to it after my previous experiences with the company and I definitely was not disappointed. We had a fantastic group of people, the staff looked after us so well and we saw parts of Vietnam that we wouldn't have seen otherwise.
The support from Grasshopper tour guide, back up mechanic and bus/truck drivers was amazing. Looked after our every need and dealt with any issues immediately. The absolute best way to get close to Vietnam culture and see the real Vietnam, not the tourist version
This is my second Grasshopper Tour and it has well and truly exceeded all of my expectations.
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