Itinerary
21 Day Hochiminh Trail Bicycle holiday  - Cycling Route: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Pu Luong – Yen Cat Ben Sung – Tan Ky – Huong Khe – Phong Nha – Dong Hoi – DMZ – Dong Ha – Khe sanh – A Luoi – Hue – Lang Co Beach – Hai Van Pass – Da Nang – Non Nuoc Beach – Hoi An – Phuoc Son – Ngoc Hoi – Pleiku – Le Thanh Border – Cambodia.

The Ho Chi Minh trail, known within Vietnam as the “Truong Son Strategic Supply Route,” was an elaborate system of mountain and jungle trails linking North Vietnam to its allies in the South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. During the Vietnam War, it served as the primary artery for moving troops, vehicles, and supplies. Comprising more than twelve thousand miles of roads and paths through some of the world’s harshest geography, it was a vital gateway linking a divided nation.
The road network extended from Mu Gia Pass in the north, southward along the heavily forested western slopes of Laos, before entering South Vietnam at the northwestern end of the Plei Trap Valley — the “Valley of Tears” — and points south. It was kept in good condition by 300,000 full-time workers and almost as many part-time farmers, many of whose bodies fill the 72 Vietnamese military cemeteries that testify to the trail’s devastating human toll.
The trail’s history as a line of communication dates back to World War II, when Viet Minh bands trekked the same paths. During the war against the United States, the existing footpaths developed into a highly organized infiltration route for men and supplies. Although the North Vietnamese made limited use of waterways and pipelines, this labyrinth of roads and trails remained throughout the war the heart of their logistic system. As military historian John Prados has pointed out, whereas supplies, ammunition, and weapons could be sent South by boat, “only overland was it possible for men and women to head South and join in combat.”

21 Days Bicycle holiday from Hanoi to Pleiku and cross border to Cambodia has been inspected and carefully arranged by our experienced cycling team, offered for those who are looking for both historical, cultural interest and outdoor activities.
Our trip will start from Hanoi, we cycle to Mai Chau and Pu luong on original Hochiminh trail then keep on newly upgrated tarmac road lead to the south Vietnam. 
Joining in this trip, the riders have great opportunity in exploring well known historical relics in each place, contemplating stunning scenery and captivated landscapes in Mai Chau, Pu Luong, Phong Nha natural heritage site, lush coffee farm and hill tribe people.

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Welcome to Vietnam. Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport,Snail Adventure Tour guide and driver will greet and pick you up to the hotel at the heart of Hanoi capital. Hanoi, the antique and dynamic city of Vietnam, reserves a unique old world charm and several of the most striking colonial architecture of Asia. After the checking-in,Take relax by your own and do briefing itinerary with our guide for coming days. enjoy a cyclo ride through the bustling streets in the Old Quarter to discover the ancient and modern beauty of Hanoi. After the tour, you will be warmly welcome with a special welcoming dinner in a typical Vietnamese food restaurant. Stay overnight in Hanoi 
Summary:
Activity: Pick up and Transfer hotel
Accommodation: The Light Hotel****
Meals: D
Transfer distance: 45 Km

Day 2; Hanoi – Ha Long bay. 

having breakfast in hotel,  we commence to Halong Bay. enjoy two and half hours on bus to experience stunning scenery of the Red river delta. Stop on the way for refreshment. Our journey continue to Halong Bay. upon arrival, we do check in on cruise and explore nearly two thousand different islands on bay. you also have a chance to visit incredible cave to learn about the history of tectonic age, the process of earth formation.. have lunch and dinner on boat. Glory cruise
Activities:
Taking 2h:30 transfer from Hanoi to Tuan Chau Whalf)
Visiting Halong bay, Taking Bamboo boat or Do kayaking in Cai Vieng Village)
(  Lunch and Dinner include)
Stay overnight on Cruise: Deluxe Ocean View Cabin: Double Berth: 
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Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi

Get up early to enjoy outstanding scenery and pristine nature, join in morning Thai Chi on sundesk for 30 minutes. Have hearty  breakfast on boat , we commence visiting mazing Cave for 45 minutes. Enjoy legendary world with full of stalagmite and stalagtide inside. You are also impressive on story related on each image. After exploring cave, we come back to boat for check out and clear the bill whilst our boat set the way come back to port. Our diver will meet you again and pick you up to Hanoi. Stop on the way for refreshment .  Arrving in Hanoi aftenoon. Check in Hotel and relax by yourself. Have dinner in local restaurant
Activites:
Visiting Halong bay & Bai Tu Long
Accommodation;  The Light Hotel****
Meals; B/L/D
Transferring distance; 180 Km

Day 4: Hanoi – Mai Chau

After recharging energy from Hotel, and Leaving the hustling and bustling city behind, we jumb on bus to move in southwest to Luong Son. The gateway to the outstsanding mountainous area of northern Vietnam, upon arrival Luong son, we start  riding through on undulating tarmac road with stunning  view of mountain, valleys, sugarcane farms and rice paddies. We would have a stop enroute for refresment, and lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch, we hop up our bike to bottomhill of Thung Khe pass, Enjoy undulating riding 34 km  along the shoreline of Da River, you enjoy spectacular scenery dotted with Muong and Thai people villages under shaded trees, you are very impressive with  little school boys and girls or buffalor, cowboy say Hello with you on the way back to their home. We take shortbreak for Kodak momment or refreshment before descent to Mai Chau village. Arriving Mai Chau at late afternoon, we cycle to Resort. Taking shower, having dinner with traditional Thai food and enjoy Thai dance music performance. 
Summary: 
Activity: Transfer 1h:30 and warm up cycling
Accommodation: Mai Chau Sunrise Village resort***
Meals: B/L/D.
Cycling distance: 75 Km

Day 5: Mai Chau – Pu Luong

Enjoy breathtaking scenery and peacefull atmosphere in Mai Chau village,  picturesque limestone mountain. After having breakfrast in hotel or homestay. We start our new cycling day from hotel, we ride through rustic village and village to admire the loving scenery friendly people. You also visit Bamboo factories along side the road to study how they make chopsticks from bamboo. Today we start cycling on Hochiminh Trail to the south. Firstly, we cycling along  Ma river and bamboo forest to Pu Luong Nature Reserve to contemplate outstanding scenery, magnificent rice terrace and limestone panoramas .arriving hotel for relax .check in and stay overnight in Pu Luong
Summary:
Activities: Cycling from Hotel - Hotel
Accommodations: Pu Luong Retreat***
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 76 Km
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29638615

Day 6: Pu Luong – Yen Cat

Enjoy breathtaking scenery and peacefull atmosphere in Pu Luong,  picturesque limestone mountain. After having breakfast in hotel. We start our new cycling day from Retreat, we ride through rustic village and village to admire the loving scenery friendly people. 
After 45 km cycling through Pu Luong Nature Reserve, we will turn off on single track and village to admire peacefull village and stunning scenenry. Stop on the way for picnic lunch. Following to lunch meal, we continue our trip on Ho chi minh trail lead to Yen Cat Town. Stay overnight in small town of Yen Cat.
Summary:
Activities:  Cycling from Hotel - Hotel
Accommodations: Nhu Xuan Hotel***
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 125.8 Km
Transfer distance:no
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29638575

 Day 7: Yen Cat – Tan Ky –  Dien Lam

Today is great day, when we ride on undulating tarmac road via Ben En National park  lead to Tan Ky. You will rewarded by stunning  scenic beauty, virdant tea farm, sugar cain fields,  have lunch enroute. After Lunch, we continue to new paved road to Tan ky. Tan ky is the starting point of the historical Hochiminh trial in the war time .it used to be the main junction of the supply line during the war. American aircraft heavily bombarded the area in repeated efforts to destroy the junction. Upon arriving Hotel late afternoon. Have dinner and stay overnight in Dien Lam
Summary:
Activities: Cycling
Accommodations: Muong Thanh Dien lam Hotel****
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 110 Km
Transfer distance: no

Day 8:  Diem Lam – Thai Hoa – Pho Chau – Huong Khe

We start our amazing cycling day from Hotel, cycle along Hieu River to contemplate stunning rice paddy field. Then we turn off on single track link from village to village to witness the changing of local people before reaching the Zezo  Km on Hochiminh trail in Tan Ky.
Tan ky is the starting point of the historical Hochiminh trial in the war time .it used to be the main junction of the supply line during the war. American aircraft heavily bombarded the area in repeated efforts to destroy the junction.
 After learning history about Hochiminh legend road, we hold on our pedal to cycle through the Native of Hochiminh , and Dong Loc T junction where used to main target of American aircraft dropped bombarded . they want to destroyed and cut off supply lines of Viet nam communist force in 1967 –1972. However, you will forget bad memmory the war soon, while cycling through peaceful villages, virdant rice paddies, meet with friendly people. Or chat with school kid on the way to from school
Summary:
Activities:Cycling from Hotel - Hotel
Accommodations: Duc Tai Hotel****
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 155 Km
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/new

Day 9: Huong Khe – Phong Nha

Breakfast in hotel, we commence our new cycling day from hotel, cycle on  Ho Chi Minh Highway today to Phong Nha. The route is still a dream to ride on and you’ll appreciate the smooth tarmac as the mountains rise and the road winds up, dow and along the hillsides. The scenery is spectacular and the road is tranquil.
After cycling around 65 km, our journey to Phong Nha National Park. The park contains one of the most spectacular caves in Vietnam – a true natural wonder with 65 kilometers of tunnels and underground rivers. Formed approximately 250 million years ago Phong Nha was used as a hospital and ammunition depot during the war, and the entrance still shows evidence of attacks from fighter aircraft. There are also community projects underway with Flora and Fauna International and it may be possible to visit village initiatives and learn more about the forests of the national park before the end of today. Overnight in Phong Nha. 
Summary:
Activities:Cycling from Hotel - Hotel
Accommodations: Phong Nha Lake house Resort****
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 134 Km

Day10; Phong Nha – Bike and boat

Experience cycling through local villages along the Son river to Phong Nha with an English speaking guide to let you know about the culture and history of the area as you cycle quality mountain bikes on paved and unpaved roads.Take in the wonders of Phong Nha cave as you are rowed through this fabulous river cave on a traditional dragon boat. The journey is enhanced by the opportunity to see local life on the river during the 40 minute ride from the boat station to the cave.
After a hearty lunch in Phong Nha, jump back on the bikes to head back to the Resort through the rice paddies and local villages. If you feel like some fresh air and some light exercise, but still to have a relaxing but interesting day out, jump onto one of our bike tours  back road to Paradise Cave. You are rewarded by stunning scenery and maverlous stalagmilte and stalagtile in side the cave. 
Summary:
Activities: Bike and Boat
Accommodations: Phong Nha Lake House Resort***
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 47 Km

Day 11: Phong Nha - DMZ – Dong Ha.

Wake up early morning in homestay to explore the daily life of host and villagers around and joining to make pan cake, banana cake with the Host, or sipping hot coffee to enjoy fresh nature while observing scenery, jugged mountain range. After hearty breakfast. We kick off our pedal to Dong Ha Town.admire lush rice terrace and breathtaking scenery. We cycle on tarmac road, passing endless rubber tree forest .have lunch enroute. After lunch we keep riding to visit  Truong Son National Cemetery where are collected  over 10,000 graves and martyrs in  American War 1972. To learn about Vietnamese people sacrificed their life for freedom and unification  against American troop. Sit again our saddle to ride in Dong Ha city for stay overnight. 
Summary:
Activities: Cycing from Hotel - Hotel
Accommodations: Sai Gon Dong Ha Hotel 
Meals:B/l/D
Cycling distance: 86 Km

Day 12: Dong Ha – Vinh Moc – Dong Ha – Khe Sanh

Today also focuses on the DMZ, but our route takes us north of Dong Ha, crossing the Ben Hai River and the 17th Parallel. We ride to the Vinh Moc Tunnels, an incredible complex of tunnels that were dug by local people to evade the constant US bombing of the area. The tunnels are still in very good condition and saved the villagers’ lives. After visiting them, we ride south again, returning over the Hien Luong bridge (also known as the Peace Bridge), where there is a striking memorial to the victims of the War.  Leaving Dong Ha
Have lunch enroute, after lunch, we commence cycling   Ta Con – One of  US Air Base to learn about the history of battle fields in bothside.  Cycling the last distance to Hotel for relax and stay overnights.
Summary:
Activities: Transferring from hotel to cycling point.
Accommodations: Thai Ninh Hotel***
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 85 Km

Day 13: Khe Sanh – Aluoi 

Khe Sanh is strategic and important location, so the US military has established besieged (at Khe Sanh) in the hope of preventing the hospitalization expenses from the North to the South of the People's Liberation Army Vietnam and will cut the Ho Chi Minh trail. Khe Sanh is located in a  red ground valley above 400 m.  elevation. In 1965-1966, the US Army and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam Khe Sanh has developed into the largest base defenses in line 9. This is one of three "magic eye" (Khe Sanh, Lang Vay and Ta Con ) of the McNamara Line. At Khe Sanh took out the major battles in the campaign Route 9 - Khe Sanh 1968 campaign Route 9 - Southern Laos in 1971. Khe Sanh was a place mentioned in several songs Vietnam and also the title of a song about the bitterness that Australian troops had suffered in the military zone of rock band Cold Chisel (despite very few soldiers to war in this country Khe Sanh during their time in Vietnam). In a speech at the inauguration date of 01/20/2009, President Obama also mentioned Khe Sanh as an act of honor Americans who sacrificed for the country.
After breakfast in hotel, we ride  Ta Con  to  visit one of US Airbase then turn off the road descend to Dakrong  bridge. Enjoy undulating cycling road along the river, br
eathtaking scenery and hill tribes. Have lunch in TaRut Township. After lunch, we continue to cycle long up hill before descending to  Aluoi town. Arriving in Aluoi, take the room and have relax. Dinner and stay over night in Aluoi
Summary:
Activities: Cycling and Transferring
Accommodations: Thanh Do Hotel
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 102 Km

Day14:  A Luoi – Hue 

Kick off our pedal from hotel, we cycle  through Aluoi to T junction, turn off the National way 49  lead to Hue city. This area – around the A Shau Valley and A Luoi – saw some fierce fighting in the late 1960s. One of the most famous is the Battle of Hamburger Hill (1969) which saw many casualties on both sides where we will have a short stop. Riding north, roughly parallel to the border, the road we will follow was part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
We enjoy cycling with the wind  down hill, exposing picturesque scenery. We will conquer stiff pass in midway then down to Binh Dien for Lunch. after filling energy, we keep riding along  Perfume River . stop to visit some Tombs and temples onthe way.  Enjoy dreamlike riverside and peaceful villages .Arriving in Hue, check in and explore city by yourself. Have dinner and stay overnight in Emperial Hotel
Summary:
Activities: Cycling  and Visiting
Accommodations: Romance Hotel****
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 79 Km

 Day 15: Hue City Tour 

Following to breakfast, you will cycle leizurely  to explore Hue city and citadel and royal to Imperial Citadel and & tomb Architecture
Hue is one of the main cultural, religious and educational centers of Vietnam. So far, Hue remains to be the only originally historical vestiged city in Vietnam. Many of Hue’s attractions are found along the banks of the romantically named Perfume River with 11km length. This valuable construction includes more than 100 architectural works, which are the reflection of the life of Emperors and mandarins under Nguyen’s reign.
Summary:
Activities: cycling and Taking Boat Trip
Accommodations: Romance Hotel****
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 52 Km

Day 16: Hue – Hai Van Pass – Danang – Hoi An ( 170 Km)

After hearty breakfast in hotel, we start new day by cycling to Thanh Toan covered roof bridge, on the way you will  be impressive on different view in rural villages and imperial city. You will be interesting in typical image of  Vietnam traditional houses, communal temples and local markets. You have good chance to interact with friendly people. Arriving Thanh Toan Village, you spend the time  to visit and take picture one of incredible covered roof bridge that built in 1776 by  kind – hearted woman. Our cycling tours continue to ride through  peaceful village and villages,lagoon to Thuan An Beach. Have short break for cold water and tropical fruits.  We also ride through fascinating village, where you can admire hundred magnificent mauseums. We ride on tarmac road to Tu Hien Lagoon, crossing brigde and climb short pass before descenting to T junction high way no1. Transfer to Lang Co beach  for lunch. after lunch meal, we conquer incredible Hai Van Pass,  ascend to summit with 13 km long climb. On the way you will rewarded by breathtaking scenery, cloud and ocean. You enjoy picturesque panoramas on summit in bothside Lang Co and Da Nang city. Down hill to Danang city and transfer to Hoi an.
Summary:
Activities: Cycling and Transferring
Accommodations: Hoi An Ancient House Resort****
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 87 Km

Day 17;  Hoi An Back Road; 

Hoi An, which is a world heritage of Vietnam, has long been a cultural crossroad and remains such a  ancient beauty after nearly 300 circles of the four seasons. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.Cycling both in ancient town and rural villages, offer for you interesting challenging. Our trip start in Hotel  ride single track, paved road through peaceful villages, water coconut falm trees, cannals to vibrant Hoi An Town.take the time to capture remarkable image of Japanese covered roof bridge, Communal houses. then  commence to Thanh Ha traditional Ceramic villages, Tra Que herb village and Thuy Linh Lattern lamp shades workshops, back Hoi An for lunch/ After lunch . we ride to Cua Dai  for swimming in imposing sand beach.  Have dinner and stay in  Hoi An Riverside Resort
Summary:
Activities: Cycling and Visiting 
Accommodations: Hoi An Ancient House Resort****
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 35 km

Day 18: Hoi An to Phuoc Son

8:00 am departure by vehicle from Hoi An World Heritage site (70 km) approximately before we get far enough out of town to start biking. 60 km biking through great sections of jungle, nice landscapes and waterfalls. Lunch is served on the way (picnic style). After lunch, continue to bike to Phuoc Son with an estimated arrival at 3:00 pm. Dinner will be organized in Phuoc Son with an overnight in a comfortable local guest house.
Summary:
Activities: Transferring and cycli
ng
Accommodations: Be Chau  Giang Hotel
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 85 km/ 130k

Day 19:  Phuoc Son to Ngoc Hoi, 

Breakfast at the hotel and an early departure at 7:00 am. This is the best riding day of the trip with a fantastic 70 kilometer section of deep jungle forest on both sides of the road. The ride is also very hilly and runs along the border of  Ngoc Linh National Park and Ngoc Linh Mtn.(2400 meters) through the Truong Son mountain range. This is also the day that we travel along the famous Ho Chi Minh Trail. The Ba Na and Sedang minorities reside in this jungle area. You have short break for lunch in a local restaurant. Biking in the afternoon to hotel in Ngoc Hoi with estimated arrival time around 4:00 pm.
Summary:
Activities: Cycling and Transferrring
Accommodations: BMC Hotel
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 80 Km/ 120 Km

Day 20: Ngoc Hoi  -  Pleiku

Departure by bike from the hotel at around 8:00 or 8:30 am. The first section, you'll visit a local minority village (Ba Na), a scenic suspension bridge and a traditional wooden church. Then, you'll continue to cycle to Russian Tanks and Charlie Hill. We’ll stop at Dak To Base Camp to learn about historical Vietnam War.(the battle Dak To war a series of major engagements of Vietnam War, During the summer of 1967, heavy contact with People’s Army of Vietnam forces in the area prompted the launching of Operation Greeley, a combined search and destroy effort be elements of the U.S Army’s 4th infantry Divison and 173rd Airbome Brigade. Phonenix Airfield, aslo know as Dak To Base Camp and Dac To 2 Airfield, is now a bare patch of asphalt used by local to dry cassava. Beyond it is Charlie Hill, the affects of chemical defoliant Agent Orange still clearly visible as the surface is avoid of any growth. People in the region still suffer from the water and soil). Lunch is served in a local restaurant. After that, you’ll  visit a "Sea Lake" in Pleiku. You'll arrival into Pleiku at around 3:00 – 4:00 pm and spent overnight in Pleiku.
Summary:
Activities: Cycling and Transferring
Accommodations: Hoang Anh Hotel 
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 86 Km/ 130 Km

Day 21: Pleiku - Banlung via Cambodian Border ( Hello Cambodia team)

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Cambodian border by car which takes approximately 2 hours. At this point it is time to say goodbye to the Vietnamese team. After the immigration formalities at the Le Thanh border check point, you meet your Cambodian cycling crew.  Our service will be ended. Thank for your joing brilliant bicycle holiday with us.
Summary:
Activities: Transferring and processing immigration formality, Cycling in Cambodia
Accommodations: By Your self
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 54 Km

Note: Hotels  are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose equivalent  accommodation
Meals: if you have any specific food requirements ( vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide, our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, Snail Adventure tours can be your culinary guide and provide you opportunity to savor tempting local food and world famous – dishes.
 

Tour included in:

English speaking cycling guide ( other languages upon requests)

Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy with three or four stars in central town or city. Including western breakfast.

Meals details in itineraries ( 19 breakfast, 19 lunches, 18 dinners)

A/C transfer/ and transportation

Van or bus supported during the cycling times.

Truck supported for the group size from 6 and above.

Trek mountain bikes – 4300  with dist brake and  helmets

Night Cruise on Halong Bay, Phong Nha Boat

Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries

Bike tour pump, bike tools, spares tubes, spare bikes

First aid kit

Cold water box, small fresh towel.

Mineral water for drinking

Fruit and snack for cycling days

Tour excluded in:

International airfare

Travel insurance

Items of personal nature

Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals

Mineral water beyond that supplied

Optional excursions

Additional transport required due to any emergency situation

Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.

Visa fee in Vietnam and Combodia

Departure  tax

Tip for team and guide


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Hành trình: Vietnam Bicycle Tours - Snail Adventure Tours Co.td

Tours Name;  21 Day - The Legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail Bicycle Trip
Tours Start: in Hanoi. Finish in Pleiku
Tours Styles: Multi Countries - Cycling Tours
Vehicle Support: Car, Van, Pick Up Truck, Boat, 
Cycling distance:  1,738 km
Tour cost from: $ 3, 865 USD/ person ( Apply for two)

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