Bun Cha & Biking in Vietnam

10 days
from
£1,249
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Suitable for:
Age 30s and 40s
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
EMV
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cycling
Group size:
6–16

Take to two wheels and explore northern and central Vietnam by bike. This ten-day cycling trip guides you around some of Vietnam’s celebrated locations, including the well known centres of Hanoi, Hue and Hoi An. You’ll kayak around the limestone karsts of Halong Bay and row through the sublime scenery of Trang An. But you’ll get away from the tourist trails too, with the chance to cycle through rural Vietnam  and its picturesque rice terraces and verdant landscape. And for good measure, you’ll return home knowing how to rustle up a fragrant Vietnamese meal.

Highlights

  • Cruise and kayak through enchantingly beautiful Halong Bay
  • Cycle the winding Ocean Cloud Pass, the thousand-metre high barrier that divides the climates of north and south Vietnam
  • Sample an array of traditional Vietnamese dishes and sip on locally brewed beer

Key information

  • Eight nights in comfortable resorts and boutique hotels
  • One night afloat in twin-share cabins (limited single cabins available)
  • Travel by bike and some private air-conditioned mini-bus transfers plus one domestic flight
  • Countries visited: Vietnam

What's included

  • All breakfasts, six lunches and five dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Arrival and departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Tips for leaders and staff
  • International flights
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3837
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

Hanoi
to
Hoi An
  • Day 1

    Welcome dinner in Hanoi

    You’ll arrive in the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. We love this busy and full-on place, where scooters precariously weave their way through narrow streets to a continual soundtrack of honking horns.

    Tonight, you’ll get to know your group at KOTO (Know One, Teach One). This training restaurant for disadvantaged youths serves excellent food and you’ll have the opportunity to try some local flavours as well as dishes from wider south-east Asia.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Cycle around glorious West Lake

    At dawn, you’ll head to Hoan Kiem Lake for a Tai Chi and Laughing Yoga session. Feeling revitalised, you’ll feast on pho, a Vietnamese soup, for breakfast. Next, there’s a walk around the labyrinth streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, stopping to sample egg coffee. There’s bun cha for lunch, a local dish of noodles, broth and meat served alongside some greens.

    After lunch, you’ll pick up bikes before cycling to Ho Tay, the city’s largest lake, to bike 15 miles around its circumference.  The ride provides a glimpse into modern and traditional Vietnamese life as fishermen wait for a catch and luxury rooftop restaurants compete for space. You’ll stop at one of the many cafes to sip on delicious Vietnamese coffee and enjoy the lakeside views.

    Dinner tonight is at Tam Vi, a restaurant serving traditional northern cuisine. Then it’s on to a popular cocktail bar, Mojito Bar & Lounge, to try their legendary pho cocktail.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 3

    Bike it to Ninh Binh

    Today you’ll leave Hanoi behind, heading an hour-or-so outside of the city to Cho Tia railway station. You’ll cycle through pagoda and temple-filled villages, then join the riverside path beside the Chau Giang River and Day River, one of the four longest rivers in North Vietnam. Today’s 43-mile ride finishes at Thanh Nghi, where a bus transfers you to the hotel in Ninh Binh.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Boating and biking

    After breakfast, you’ll cycle from the hotel to Trang An in Ninh Binh province for a boating adventure. You’ll spend over two hours journeying through the spectacular scenery along the Sao Khe River, exploring the intriguing limestone caves (and understanding why this area has been granted UNESCO Heritage status).

    Afterwards, it’s back in the saddle to cycle along the Day River, following its banks to Hai Hau in Nam Dinh. There’s a stop along the way to visit the covered bridge, Pham Phao Church, and a locally celebrated chap who makes beautiful brass instruments.

    With another 40 miles under your belt today, it’s back to Nam Dinh for a rest.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Cruising and kayaking

    There’s an exhilarating two-hour ride to start the day, cycling 25 miles from the hotel to Thai Binh before a bus takes you to idyllic Halong Bay. Easily one of the most beautiful sights in south-east Asia, Halong Bay is a captivating place where 3000-odd limestone peaks rise directly from the emerald sea. You’ll cruise amongst this phenomenal karst scenery, stopping to swim and kayak, allowing you to explore places inaccessible by your cruise boat. You’ll sleep onboard overnight in twin-share cabins with en suite facilities.

    Please be aware that the boat trip on Halong Bay can be subject to short notice change if certain adverse weather conditions develop during your trip.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Fly to Hue

    After returning to port, you’ll transfer to Noi Bai airport to board the short flight to Hue. There’ll be time to refresh in the hotel before dinner at a local home where you’ll help prepare the evening meal and chat to your host about Vietnamese life.

    Afterwards, you’ll head back to the centre of Hue to experience its colourful nightlife.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Culture and cuisine

    Often considered the cultural and historical centre of Vietnam, there is plenty to see in Hue and a full day of activities lies ahead. You’ll take a morning tour of the city and surrounding tombs, including a visit to the Imperial City of Hue. Although much was lost in the French and American wars, the city is undergoing restoration and reconstruction. It’s a fascinating place to visit and admire the atmospheric emperor’s residence, temples and palaces.

    After, you’ll explore the Perfume River by boat, passing the renowned Thien Mu Pagoda, an imposing Buddhist temple sitting on a hill.  Further on, set among beautiful riverside gardens, lies the Tomb of Tu Doc, an expansive and elaborate royal mausoleum.

    Lunch is served at the Peaceful Bamboo Village, a centre that provides vocational training for young people with disabilities.  Later in the afternoon, you’ll take a cyclo around Hue for a street food experience. You’ll sample an array of food including Banh Beo, water fern cakes, Bun Bo Hue, a spicy broth and noodles,and salty coffee.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Cycle to sensational Hoi An

    The calories from yesterday’s food fest will serve you well today as you embark on a 52-mile ride. Leaving Hue, you’ll cycle uphill, conquering the Ocean Cloud Pass, a stretch of highway that winds through the Truong Son mountain range with views across the Bay of Da Nang to the south. There will be plenty of breaks along the way to enjoy the scenery before you reach the atmospheric town of Hoi An with its lantern-lit streets, vibrant markets and artisan shops.

    After dinner, you’ll recover from the long cycle by sipping the best craft beer in town at a local small brewery.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

    Villages and vegetables

    This morning there’s a guided walking tour of Hoi An to explore the historical sights of the Old Town. Alternatively, you can cycle to Cua Dai beach for some downtime, or bike further afield to the Marble Mountains.

    In the afternoon, you’ll cycle 15 miles to Tra Que Village, famed for its avenues of herbs, so fragrant that you can smell them before you see them. You’ll stop at a Cao Lau noodle maker, a bean sprout grower’s home and the local market. En route you should see water buffaloes and wonderful birdlife. Later, you’ll visit a chef’s house where there’s a cooking demonstration before having a go yourself, learning all about central Vietnamese cuisine, this time.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 10

    Time to rest tired legs

    After breakfast, you’ll part with your faithful bike, ready to return home (and rest your weary legs!). 

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vietnam

A visa is no longer needed for British, German, French, Spanish and Italian citizens travelling to Vietnam (for all purposes) for a period of up to 15 days, and on the basis of meeting all conditions prescribed by Vietnamese laws. The visa exemption period will end on 30 June 2021. All other nationalities require a visa to enter Vietnam and this must be obtained prior to departure.

For further information please check the FCO site and check under Vietnam / 'Entry Requirements'. If you have any questions about whether you need a visa for your trip please contact the Customer Operations department.

Vaccinations

Vietnam

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Diphtheria. The risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

  • All breakfast, six lunches and five dinners are included
  • Vegetarian food is widely available, however the offering will be similar in most places
  • There are plenty of opportunities to try Vietnam’s excellent and distinctive food

Is this trip for you?

  • This is a busy itinerary that includes some moderate cycling, so experience of biking and moderate fitness is required

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3837
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Accommodation

Hotels

The Q Hotel, Hanoi

A contemporary boutique hotel with stylish guestrooms located in the heart of Hanoi city.

Nam Cuong Hotel Nam Dinh Hotel

A modern hotel centrally located with swimming pool and fitness centre. Rooms are well appointed with polished wooden floors.

Syrena Cruise, Halong Bay

A 34-cabin ship styled in Vietnamese hardwood. Each cabin has a large, picture window. There’s a restaurant on board and a sundeck that’s a prime spot for sunset.

Thanh Lich Royal Boutique Hotel, Hue

A smart hotel with lovely rooms, ideally positioned for adventures through Hue. You can see the city skyline from the hotel’s pool.

Le Pavillon Hoi An Paradis, Hoi An

A stylish boutique hotel in the centre of the ancient town, with bags of facilities including a rooftop pool and spa.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3837
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