From Saigon to Halong Bay: the best of Vietnam on two wheels
This superb trip combines some of the best cycling routes in Vietnam with time for rest and exploration.
Travelling on two wheels gets us closer to life in Vietnam and to the outgoing and welcoming Vietnamese who share our love affair with the bicycle. Over-laden bicycles and motorbikes typify Vietnamese life and passing encounters with local cyclists may leave us with some of our strongest memories.
Vietnam is a beautiful country, with a long coastline of broad, sandy beaches, shimmering paddy fields and mountains cloaked in forests. Our route takes us from the vibrant streets of Saigon northwards to the more conservative capital Hanoi.
Out of the saddle we have time to relax in the lively beachside town of Nha Trang, enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and great shopping of Hoi An with its wooden merchant houses, pagodas, bustling market crowded with conical hats and women in the bright colours of their national dress, and also cruise around the incredible seascape of limestone towers in Halong Bay with its peaks rising directly from the sea.
Client comments on our Cycling Vietnam holiday ...
Straight.com (Vancouver, Canada): Andrew Tzembelicos, a client who travelled with Exodus to Vietnam shares his experience: Guided bike tour of Vietnam brings joy — and hills (November 2011).
What makes this trip responsible?
Local restaurants are used for lunch stops, and shops are used to purchase items for the snacks kitty throughout the week benefiting the local community. On the drive from Hanoi to Halong bay we stop at the Hong Ngoc Humanity Centre an NGO where disabled children and adults are taught simple skills such as embroidery and woodcarving. This is an incredible success story where people who were once considered burdens are able to support and sustain both their families and themselves. There will be the opportunity to eat for a good cause at KOTO restaurants in Hanoi or Saigon, which trains under-privileged young Vietnamese and provide street children with vocational training and general education to allow them to find a job in the tourism industry.