MOV Cycling Vietnam

Hi.........Just saying "hello" to anyone doing this trip starting on 20th April 2019.  We are Andy and Laurene and have done two cycling trips with Exodus before - Mysore to Goa and Morocco.  Both in 2018.  Enjoyed them very much and looking forward to this one in Vietnam.  Another exciting adventure !!

I am doing this trip with my friend Sarah. We have also cycled in Morocco & several walking holidays really enjoyed all our adventures. Will you be flying from Heathrow? Hope you've enjoyed the festivities time to get training soon!

Nice to hear from you and looking forward to sharing this adventure.  I wonder how many are booked in up until now?  Hopefully it will be a full group by the time we go.  Yes.....we are flying from Heathrow.......T4.......MH3.......1100h departure.  Same for you?  We have also done several walking holidays with Exodus.  Great fun in a group.

Me (Jess) and my mum (Debbie) have signed up for April. We're looking forward to the adventure and meeting you all! We are new to this, it is our first cycle trip and whilst we're most excited, it is also a little daunting too! We're flying out slightly earlier so will meet you all in Vietnam. Any tips from folk ahead of the adventure would be most welcomed.

Hope you all had a lovely festive time, the new year will bring training and less relaxing I guess!

Hi Jess & Debbie good to hear from you. I'm on this trip with my friend Sarah we've been on a cycling trip in Morocco & walking trips before really enjoyed them looking forward to meeting you. Don't worry it will be fun! Best wishes Linda

Hi yes the same flight from Heathrow. When I asked there were 6 people in the group I'm sure there will be more join in it looks such an interesting trip not sure I'll do the 62 mile ride but we have back up if necessary. We've met some really fine fellow travellers & the guides have been great.

Hi Jess and Debbie

A few names known already.  That's great.

As Linda says.......don't worry it will be such fun !!   The itinerary looks really good and it should give plenty of time in the day for both cycling and sightseeing.  It will be very manageable I am sure.  I did a very similar trip in India (Mysore to Goa) and it worked very well indeed.

Although we have always cycled India and Morocco are the only two group trips we have done so far.  I read a few things before our first trip which did help.  I bought a gel seat cover and a handlebar bag (for passport, money, wipes etc) and found both to be extremely useful.  I stopped wearing knickers and used Chamois Butter.  Maybe you know of it already.  It's great.  I do so recommend it.  I wear fingerless cycling gloves and cyling tops which wash and dry quickly.  I see we have a few two-night stops where things can be washed through.  There is never enough time to get it dry otherwise.  If you have not been to Asia before I would recommend lightweight comfy clothes for when not cycling.  We have an Asian daughter in law (an Engineer like our son.....they met through work) and we have gradually got used to trying not to wear the wrong thing.  We are hoping the hotels on this trip will provide some toiletries as they can weight heavy in the suitcase.  Didn't get any in Morocco !!!   Best take some Immodium etc........although nobody has got ill of either of our trips.

Reading the reviews are good for picking up a few ideas but if there is anything specific you want to know then please do ask.  Maybe we might have a clue....ha ha !!!

It's ski season for us at the moment but we will still try to get out on the bikes as much as we can.  It is the best preparation but you will find the friendliness of the group cycling together keeps you going.  

Linda........I guess we may see each other at the airport then.  Only us 6 so far then.....ha ha !!!!!     Yes.....I am sure more will gradually book.  14/16'ish works well I think.  But, we shall see.


We have another friend joining us - Jackie, so I think that will be 11 of us to date. Not good cycling weather here today as we have snow in Derbyshire.

Great news.  Looks like we will be a good size group . Excellent. 


Hi All,

My wife and i have just finished this trip. I have a few tips and notes about the trip for you.

The trip is fantastic. you get to see rural Vietnam at it's finest. The journey. The 90km day was the best. Start from hotel, cycle 25km, get on the coach for an hour and drrive up to the top of a mountain then cycle downhill for 30 km!! absolutly stunning views. The only day we had bad weather was on the 10km uphill climb with a 10km downhill the other side and a 10km dash to the fish restaurant for lunch. The veggies were well catered fo and our guide Tung was on hand all the time to help them order food.

The overnight train trip was great. You order pizza to eat on the train and buy snacks ad drinks on the platform of the station. People did take a thin snugpack sleeping bag with them but we got on fine with the blanket provided on the train. THERE ARE COCKROACHES IN THE SLEEPING COMPARTMENT but we only saw 2.

The Island stay and the overinght boat trip at the end was really nice. take lots of pics.  you can swim in the sea at both but it was a bit cold.

You also stay in a 5* hotel with pools but we never had tme to use them.

Tipping and food kitty everybody put in and everybody gave our guide $30 each at the end.

Tips (in no order)

you only get one chance to do a big clothes wash (by the kilo) and we found that by doing a wash every night was ok. Clothes were dry by next morning. Take a travel washing line to string up on he balconies or bath room. (sea to summit line from Cotswold outdoor)

If you are taking a camera a small compact with a neck strap was the best. I took my big Nikon DSLR and a compact and prefered the compact when on the bike. The compact can be worn round the neck or in the back pocket of your cycling jersey or in a bike bag.

some of us had  handlebar bags, cross bar bags like a topeak fueltank bag (.75ltr) and saddle post bags. I also rolled up my wetproof jacket and used electricians tape to tape it to the cross bag so it was handy if I needed it. I did this for a few people.

Padded cycle shorts are a must we took 2 bibs and 3 jerseys each (we bought a vietnam cycling jersey from Tung so be aware you could take 2 and buy a 3rd or just wear tshirts)

I took 2 long trousers,3 shorts,2 long sleeves, 2 short sleeves (Shirts) 2 long sleeve and 2 short sleeve quick dry sports shirts, 2 sports shorts, 1 pr track suit trousers, 2 light weight fleeces (1 hooded), 5 tee shirts, 2 prs trainers (1 for bike 1 for going out)

Cycling gear.

I took my ow saddle. IMHO there is no need to tak your clip in peddles and shoes but it's up to you. gloves x2, jerseys, bibshorts for my preference, cycle socks, handlebar bag and crossbar bag, rear and front light (used both on rainy day), Helmet, Sunnies. I'm bald so i wear a cycle cap under my helmet to soak up sweat and stop sunburn, arm warmers (thin ones mainly to protect from sunburn) wetproof jacket.

hope this has been of help. if you have any questions feel free to ask.


Hello Pete.

Thank you so much for taking the time to write & pass on useful tips. It's much appreciated I'm glad you & your wife enjoyed it.

Best wishes


We're doing this trip, starting on Feb 27.  Your tips and notes are excellent.  Thanks for taking the time to write them down.  Cheers, Jess

Wow.......thanks Pete.  Your comments are very much appreciated.  Very helpful.  Thanks for taking the time.  Laurene and Andy.

In the main "tourist street" by the hotel there are loads of shops selling outdoor clothing. Knock off waterproofs, fleeces and lightwight puffa jackets (North Face £20 - £25) so here would be an oppertunity to buy something warm for up north. But you may have one already used for getting to the UK airport.

Plug adaptors are the 2 round pin type.

Tung made sure that the 3 vegatarians in our group were well catered for in all the meals.

Vietnamese dong (currency) takes a bit of getting used to. About 30,000 to the £1.


Bibs are shorts and a vest combined. They are more comfy in my opinion and stop the shorts from drooping in the crotch area. We took 19kg each in our case,bags I have a mountain equipment 120ltr soft bag which i carry as a rucksack and Alex has a Berghaus 120ltr mule bag on wheels. I had my DSLR and electronics (if you have a lot of electrics try using double adaptors as in 2 uk plugs in 1 Viet plug) in my day sac which was 7 kg. It's hard to pack I know as you have to take warm, cool, wet gear. We took waterproof trousers but did not wear them even in the rain. 


Also if you have a bike computer or GPS watch do take that and link it to strava to get the profiles of your rides. If you try and send me an email addy I'll try and send you the profiles of the rides in Vietnam. Most of the days riding is split because you are on and off the coach.


Dont take a lot of toiletries as usual buy them over there.


As i'm a paramedic I also took loads of medications with me to deal with everything. We had 8 days in Cambodia first and I had a blocked up nose but I'm sure that was to do with the air con on the plane. For cycling in the cities some people had surgical masks to wear as it did get a bit smelly from exhaust fumes.


1 chap had a nasty cough and on the last day another chap had a sore belly. No one was ill due to the food. 

The tourist street I refer to is in Hoi An when you can also get your washing done by the kg.

Hi I've been recommended to have a rabies vaccine by my Medical practice has anyone else had this advice?

I don't believe this jab is obligatory but we had to have it for other places we have been. are still covered. 

Dogs do wander around lots in Asia and they never look particularly healthy ha ha. Guess the jab buys you a bit of time and therefore gives you peace of mind. An individual choice .

We didn't get any side affects from the jab. 

Sorry can't help more specifically with your question. 


Pete and Alex 

Do you have to leave large holdall at hotel on mainland whilst doing the boat trip? 

Do we need much on the boat? 

Will the day pack be big enough or should we have something larger like a lightweight smaller holdall that folds small into our luggage the rest of the time? 

Laurene and Andy. 

hi Laurene and Andy,

when you go over to Whale Island you leave your big case on the coach and take stuff for overnight (incl swimming  gear, clothes suitable for the weather, it was chilly on the island) in a daysack or similar bag. You should also have an exodus  shopping bag to carry stuff in as well. We both had a 40ltr day sac for clothes and  the exodus bag for electronics and books etc.

the same for the boat trip to Halong bay but big bags, cases are stored in a hotel in Hanoi.

everything goes with you on the train to Hanoi but there is under bed storage and storage above the door.

we already had a rabies jab so did not have one especially for this trip. Just follow this golden rule, if it cannot speak, don’t touch it. That goes for dogs, cats, monkeys, insects etc............

This is really really useful to know. I'd been wondering exactly how things work when not on the bike. Once again thank you very much for taking the time to comment. 

Laurene and Andrew 

If you do not already use them you may like to try using packing pods/bags especially if you are using a soft bag. I use one for each type of clothing and they just slot into the bag/case. On this trip I used different coloured ones (x2) for my cycling kit so I could tell them apart. You can buy them from Mountain Warehouse or from Ebay or Amazon quite easily.

Also a tip I got from an airline stewardess was to laminate an A4 size sheet of paper with your name and address on and leave on the top of your clothes in your bag/case just incase the luggage tag comes off your bag/case (as the well made Exodus tag was broken on my wifes bag)  

I too have found packing bag a good idea and have used them on many touring trips.  Makes things a lots easier.  

Your name/mobile number inside the case is also something we have done for years..........just in case.  Luckily for us it has not had to come into use.......yet.  Fingers crossed !!!

Thanks Pete.  More great tips.


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