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Discover the culture and sights of Vietnam on a cycling trip full of family fun for people of all ages. Explore the back paths, canals and stand-out highlights of Vietnam with some activities along the way to keep everyone engaged as you make your way from Saigon to Hoi An on a bike tour tailor-made for active families.
Cannondale CX3, Trek E-bike
Friendly Vietnamese Leader
3 to 14
Comfortable, family-friendly hotels
This is a Southeast Asia family trip to remember. Suitable for all ages, this tour 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 homestay. It's the kind of trip that immerses you in the cultural experience while keeping the whole family interested and active.
Vietnam is often known for its bustling cities and economic growth, but 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 you could spend a month and still not have seen everything, but in seven days on a bike, 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. Get the whole family pedaling through Vietnam for a trip they’ll never forget!
Pedal-assist E-bikes are an available option on this tour for $140.
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.
88 Km riding. The riding is always away from busy roads. Mostly we use only small paths through villages 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.
Cycle through rubber plantations and small villages to the incredible network of underground Cu Chi Tunnels.
Stay the night in the home of a local family for a glimpse at authentic Vietnamese life.
Pedal hidden passageways through the Old Town of Hoi An, then some traditional village craftsmen.
Kayak the waterways of Hoi An before riding to an organic vegetable village in the countryside where you’ll help make lunch.
Today we’ll meet in the hotel at 3 pm for a briefing before we head into the city by foot to take in sights such as the Opera House and former Presidential Palace and finish up at Ben Thanh Market. This is a great introduction to Vietnam, then we’ll enjoy a culinary welcome at a traditional Vietnamese restaurant.
We begin our first full day off with a boat up the Saigon River to the starting point for our first ride. The bikes are waiting, so we get straight into the cycling 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.
Cu Chi Tunnels were 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, and it is an intriguing experience for those who aren't afraid of close spaces and fun for kids to run through. For those who get claustrophobic, 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.
The Mekong Delta has been developed into a network of canals ranging in size from those big enough to fit a small rowboat, all the way up to multi-lane canals used to ship produce. Many of these canals are lined by paths, both paved and unpaved. These are ideal 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 pedal these paths today and discover why the Mekong Delta is so vital to Vietnam's prosperity. This 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 on to Tra On, a village where the hosts eagerly await you. Tonight we stay in the home of a local family that has been adapted to provide adequate space and bedding, but you do get a good feel for village life.
Get the kids up early today, so we can head out on a boat to see the lively 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 crafts bob around in the wake of the larger passing crafts 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 villagers are well practiced at their daily performance to get 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.
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, with a stop to photograph the iconic Japanese bridge. After crossing the bridge near the night market, we visit a local family making Banh Dap using the traditional method. These small, savory 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.
Continuing on, we pedal 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 the old town along the river then a quick ride to get back to your hotel. There’s time for the kids to swim in the pool or a dip in the ocean. Dinner tonight is on your own with your guide assisting in restaurant suggestions.
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 city 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. After a short stint on the water, we switch back to bikes for a beautiful ride through rice fields that ends at Hoi An’s organic vegetable village where a family welcomes us into their home. Enjoy the fun family event of helping to 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.
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.
For our Family Tours in Vietnam, we provide Cannondale CX3 mountain bikes in a full range of sizes with hybrid tires fitted for touring. A comfortable saddle with a women- specific version is available and we provide handlebar bags for your personal belongings. 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 contented villagers in the country.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very knowledgeable, and charming. For tours of 7+ people, an assistant guide will accompany the group to allow for flexibility and ensure attention to service & detail.
Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local guides 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. They will also look out for your safety and comfort at all times.
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. They take care of all fussy eaters and dietary requirements. 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.
You’re sure to have an unforgettable stay in this historic 5-star luxury hotel in Ho Chi Minh city. Colonial French architecture gives you a peek into the city’s past, while luxurious rooms and a beautiful outdoor swimming pool are great for families.
This 4-star hotel on a quiet riverbank has comfortable family rooms complete with modern amenities and a nice outdoor swimming pool with river views. Kids and adults alike will feel at home here during their stay.
Take in sweeping views of the Thu Bon River from this 5-star luxury hotel in the fascinating city of Hoi An. Enjoy a restful sleep in stylish, spacious rooms, then dive into the hotel’s gorgeous pool or enjoy a drink at the rooftop bar or riverfront lounge.
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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With our years of experience providing premium-quality cycling tours in Southeast Asia, we have specially crafted this itinerary with families in mind. This means shorter, easier cycling distances, plenty of engaging activities, and family-friendly accommodations, many with pools. Rest assured knowing we’ve taken care of every detail to make sure you are safe and comfortable at all times and everything runs smoothly. Now grab the whole family and hop on the bikes!
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