Vietnam - Coastal Exploration
Vietnam Coastal Bike Tour Overview
Whereas the Vietnam untouched tour is geared to get you off the beaten track this tour is designed to get you firmly back on course where you can enjoy a relaxing centre based tour. Using just two 4* hotels – one in Huế and the other in Hội An (both UNESCO world heritage sites) – this tour is geared as much to the cycling as it is to relaxing and exploring the local environment.
Huế is the old imperial capital and it was only in 1945 that the communist government established Hà Nội in the north as the new capital. With its central location it was hard hit during the Vietnam war (indeed the demilitarized zone (DMZ) is only 70 km to the north) but still a number of its historic monuments remain classified as UNESCO sites. Hội An on the other hand is situated on the coast and is arguably Vietnams most delightful and atmospheric town. The ancient town is a wonder behold and the beaches are among the finest in the country; a great spot to kick back and relax.
Each day we offer a morning ride (70 -100km) with the aim of being back at the hotel in time for lunch. As such we think this tour will appeal to families and non-riders. Indeed, as well having a full program for riders, we are also able to provide a full itinerary for non-riders too. With easy international access, this tour provides for a convenient and rich Vietnam experience.
Vietnam Coastal Bike Tour Highlights
> Explore the Imperial city of Huế and marvel at the numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites of which Vietnam it is rightfully proud
> Enjoy the centre based feel of the trip, that enables us to to unpack and relax - we use just 2 great hotels
> Ride daily loops geared for exploration and a challenge, but also timed to get back to the hotel to enjoy the plethora of other experiences in the afternoons.
> Kick back on the stunning beaches of Hội An and take in the delights of Vietnam's most atmospheric town
> Take a trip up to the DMZ from Huế and among other sites visit the Vịnh Mốc tunnels
> Exploit the opportunity to travel on a cycling holiday with your partner and/or family! Non rider activities daily, and cycling only forms the morning of each days experience
> Sample the central Vietnam cuisine which is renowned for its spicy flavours
> Ride through the incredibly bio diverse Bach Ma National Park with it 1400 plants and 132 species of mammals
The view from the pool at our hotel in Hoi An
Vietnam Coastal Bike Tour Dates & Prices
|Tour||Start Date 2016||End Date 2016||Days||Cost|
|Vietnam - Coastal||Sun March 20th||Sat March 26th||7 days (6 nights)||US$2995|
The tour is priced in US$ as that is currency that we pay our suppliers in. The tour cost is invoiced in AU$ though with the currency conversion made once the deposit is received. To reserve your place on this tour you need to pay AU$600. Please get in contact for further details.
Matt and Neth crusing along - photo by Philip Le Masurier
Vietnam Coastal Bike Tour Food and Wine
Outside cultures have had a strong influence, from the Chinese and Khmer dynasties and the Indian empire to the (short lived) Japanese occupation and, in particular, the French colonial rulers. A classic example of a Vietnamese dish that mixes historical cultural influences with the native cuisine is the ever-popular bánh mì or bánh mỳ, a crusty baguette filled with thinly sliced pickled carrots and daikon, cucumbers, cilantro, chillies, pate, mayonnaise and various meat fillings or tofu. The contrasting flavours and textures of this sandwich combined with its low cost make this a popular everyday dish.
Another classic Vietnamese dish is the much-loved pho, which is found all over Vietnam and, indeed, anywhere in the world with a Vietnamese immigrant population. It is a fragrant, rich rice noodle soup typically made with beef or chicken and served with Vietnamese basil, lime, bean sprouts and chillies. Although it is a quintessentially Vietnamese dish it has Chinese and French influences in its use of spices and stock technique.
Vietnam is made up of over 50 provinces. In terms of food, there are three distinct areas – the North, the Central Highlands and the South – each of which has its own climate, culture and food traditions. Broadly speaking, the North is more influenced by neighbouring China and the food tends to reflect it’s colder climate; the South draws more upon Khmer and Thai influences and its hotter climate means more emphasis on salads, grilled meats and so-called "cooling foods"; whereas Central Vietnam is more of a blend of the two styles.
The key ingredients used in Vietnamese cooking (along them fish sauce, sugar and rice) are very similar to its closest neighbours, Thailand and Cambodia; yet Vietnamese cooking has a distinct style all of its own. It tends to be less spicy, lighter, fragrant and fresh. Meals are leisurely affairs, with many shared dishes served all at once. A typical meal may include a soup, rice, grilled or steamed meats, a vegetable dish, fresh fruit and salad, all placed on the table at once. (courtesy of SBS food)
Vietnam Coastal Bike Tour Essentials
Pre Tour information pack
Who am I? Fitness is a central part of my life. I ride my bike on a weekly basis and am comfortable with rides of 2 hours or more at a relatively strong tempo. I like a physical challenge and like to get my heart pumping.
Distance: 70-115km (43-71 miles)
Altitude gain: 1000-2000m
Time in saddle: 3-5hours
Terrain: All terrain, with hills averaging 3-4km, but up to 10km in length
Getting there and away
Flights – There is an airport in Huế. International flights arrrive into both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City - from either of these gateways it is possible to get to Huế.
Departure - Our tour ends in Hội An. The nearest airport is Danang from where there are regular flights to both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
Frequently Asked Questions
Our Vietnamese guide Thang showing a very favourable elevation profile
Vietnam has a history as rich and evocative as anywhere on the planet. Sure, the American War in Vietnam captured the attention of the West, but centuries before that Vietnam was scrapping with the Chinese, the Khmers, the Chams and the Mongols. Vietnamese civilisation is as sophisticated as that of its mighty northern neighbour China, from where it drew many of its influences under a thousand-year occupation. Later came the French and the humbling period of colonialism from which Vietnam was not to emerge until the second half of the 20th century. The Americans were simply the last in a long line of invaders who had come and gone through the centuries and, no matter what was required or how long it took, they too would be vanquished. If only the planners back in Washington had paid just a little more attention to the history of this very proud nation, then Vietnam might have avoided the trauma and tragedy of a horribly brutal war. (courtesy of Lonely planet)
The Imperial place in Huế
The Stages at-a-glance
- Trip Difficulty
- 3 'espressi' cups
- Day 1 - Meet and greet in Hue
- Day 2 - DMZ loop ride
- Distance: 90km
- Day 3 - Rural loop
- Distance: 90km
- Day 4 - Da Nang & Hai Van pass
- Distance: 105km
- Day 5 - My Son loop
- Distance: 90km
- Day 6 - Tam Hai loop
- Distance: 90km
- Day 7 - Departure