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Ride the Vietnam Ocean Road – Classic

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Ride the Vietnam Ocean Road - Classic

Self-Guided Tour

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1690 USD


10 Days | 9 Nights



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A Self-Guided Bike Tour Along Vietnam’s Coast

Explore the coast of Vietnam on a self-guided cycling adventure. Pedal quiet back roads through charming village communities, ancient towns and bustling cities- all within sight of the beach. Not only does this tour provide amazing riding, but also plenty of opportunities and recommendations for cultural experiences and delicious food.

Quality Bikes
GT Avalanche Sport

Your Guide

Group Size

Comfortable hotels & guesthouses


Minimum Age


This classic cycle route will introduce you to the cultural, scenic and culinary tour de force that is coastal Vietnam while allowing you to pick and choose your stops along the way and travel at your own pace. You will explore the rich history and diverse architecture of Hue before cycling the ancient UNESCO World Heritage ruins of My Son outside Hoi An. You’ll get a rest day in Hoi An to explore this culturally rich city before riding through seaside villages past bustling fishing ports and cruising the fertile coastal plains.

With minimal traffic plus friendly and inquisitive locals at every turn, this is a ride to truly savor and enjoy. Take our expertise and knowledge in your pocket to better inform your independent cycling adventure.

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773 Km riding. This self-guided bike tour involves some hill climbs and covers quite some distance with a few long days in the saddle, so it is recommended for fit riders looking for a rewarding adventure. The majority of the route is on paved back roads with minimal traffic and the occasional dirt road.

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.


Cycle from rice paddies to small sand dunes and fishing communities as you make your way to the coast and the peninsula of Lang Co

Conquer the scenic Hai Van Pass on your way to the old town of Hoi An.

Visit the ancient ruins of My Son, an impressive UNESCO World Heritage site.

Pedal along canal paths and across small bridges through friendly local communities towards the off-the-beaten-path town of Tam Quan.

Day to Day

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 have the remainder of the day free to try out your new wheels and explore this tranquil city with its crumbling citadel walls, the atmospheric Perfume River and colonial French architecture.


Once you clear the city limits, you will find yourself cycling country roads with only the occasional vehicle. 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 pedaling some rolling hills weaving in and out of the coastline throughout the day, there will also be plenty of delicious Vietnamese food along the way to fuel your ride. Lang Co sits on a slim, sandy peninsula between a lagoon and the ocean with a dramatic mountain backdrop. You can expect to encounter very few other people here aside from local Vietnamese families for an authentic experience.


Today you will have a challenging but scenic climb up the 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 cycling a quiet road with a relaxed gradient. The descent down the other side is of equal distance and will lead you along a coastal road into Hoi An, an ancient trade town that has withstood regular floods and multiple wars to remain wonderfully intact and charming as ever.


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 center of the kingdom of Champa, My Son was 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.


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. Take our recommendations for the best sites to visit and eateries to try.


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 pedaling south towards the next stop, Tam Ky, the capital city of Quảng Nam Province where a delightful hotel and your friendly Vietnamese hosts await.


Today is one of the few days where you will need to spend some of your ride along a major road. While 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 and the comforts of your hotel. 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.


Arguably one of the best days of the bike tour, today you’ll leave the coast for part of the ride, enjoying some cycling through the hinterland. The route is an intricate set of turns, forks and bends; but the Self-Guided app and notes will keep you on track. Expect to ride along canal paths and across rickety bridges, passing plenty of friendly locals working in the fields. For the final leg of the journey, you return to the coastline, cycling towards the town of Tam Quan, where you’ll spend the night at a cozy and comfortable beachfront hotel that is well and truly off the beaten path.


The coastline today provides some great scenery, as you encounter a couple of steep but relatively short hill climbs. Villages are quite sparse in the early part of the day, but the latter part of the ride showcases some modern-day Vietnamese engineering, passing over an immense bridge spanning a huge lagoon, delivering you into the city of Quy Nhon. Quy Nhon is a prosperous coastal city that sits on a headland with a harbor full of colorful squid boats. It is then just a short ride to your accommodation on the beachfront of Bai Xep, a traditional fishing village surrounded by lush mountains. This is a wonderful and picturesque place to complete your ride.


Should you wish to relax in Quy Nhon, a Grasshopper representative will meet you at your hotel and take receipt of the equipment. Alternatively, if you are ready to leave, there are daily flights from Quy Nhon 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.



With our experience crafting premium cycling tour itineraries in Vietnam, we’ve created the route for this Self-Guided tour to highlight two impressive cities and countless off-the-beaten-track gems. The Vietnam Ocean Road is spectacularly scenic, with brilliant beaches and bright aquamarine water and provides some excellent cycling. We’ve worked out all the details of your accommodation and luggage transfer, and you’ll find all the additional recommendations and information you need on our Self-Guided app in order to fully enjoy your active Vietnam adventure.


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