Vietnam Heritage by Bicycle

Day 1 Meet in Hue

We start this tour by meeting in Hue, the old capital of the Ngu Yen Dynasty. It is worth arriving in the morning, so you have time to explore this wonderfully historic city. You can fly to Hue from Saigon or Hanoi, or alternatively you can fly into Danang and transfer up to Hue (transfer can be arranged at an additional cost). SpiceRoads can arrange these internal flights. We meet in the early afternoon for an introduction to the Ngu Yen Dynasty at the Imperial Citadel, modelled after the Forbidden City in China. While much of this site was destroyed during the Tet Offensive, you will nevertheless gain a clear understanding of how the royal family lived during the peak of their rule. We then end our day with a traditional Vietnamese dinner.

Emm Hotel
Dinner

Day 2 Hue's Tombs

We explore by bicycle and boat the rich heritage left behind by the emperors of the Ngu Yen Dynasty. We ride to a pier where we meet our boat for a cruise on the Perfume River to the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda that has become the symbol of the city. Be sure to get a photo with the marble turtle! Then it's back on the bikes for a ride through the rolling countryside to Ming Mang mausoleum. After a walk through this extensive complex, we cycle back across the Perfume River to Hue via the mausoleum of Khai Dinh. After our undulating ride, we will have earned our dinner of Vietnamese specialties.

Emm Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 30km
+179m
-179m

Day 3 Hue Countryside

This morning, we cycle a loop of Hue’s lush countryside on a mix of footpaths and quiet country lanes to the traditional village of Phuoc Tich. The route follows backroads passing through many untouched villages and local markets. Along the way, we'll come across a Catholic village, perhaps see locals making colourful incense or cutting bamboo into useful items. A highlight of Phouc Tich are the many homes that date back 200 years and follow traditional feng shui design. Enjoy a traditional lunch with Uncle Ho Van Te and learn more about this rich and culturally significant village. In the afternoon, loop back toward Hue along quiet country lanes. Dinner is on your own tonight to experience some authentic Vietnamese dishes.

Emm Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch
Ride 50km
+144m
-145m

Day 4 Hue - Lang Co

We leave Hue and follow the coast south. During our cycle, we'll pass roads shaded by coconut palms, and dunes scattered with mini mausoleums. These colourful graveyards are comprised of inlaid broken tiles and dishes creating symbols of the afterlife with lotus flowers, dragons, and cranes. We ride to Phuoc Tuong Hill and then transfer the final 40 km to Lang Co Beach. Here we have lunch, and the rest of the day is free to enjoy the resort and beach.

Lang Co Beach Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 65km
+122m
-125m

Day 5 Lang Co - Hoi An

Our hardest cycling day lies ahead, with a 11-km climb and an ascent of 550 m to the top of Hai Van Pass. It is a gradual gradient with many switchbacks, and the superb views at the top make it well worth the effort. The reward is a downhill to Danang, our destination for lunch. After lunch, we have a flat and very scenic ride to Hoi An. It is just a short distance to the Marble Mountains, an outcrop of five rocks said to represent the five elements, (Wood, Water, Metal, Fire, and Earth). We then visit China Beach, made famous by an American TV series of the same name. After a brief stop at the beach, we continue down this country road to Hoi An. The town was known as Faifo to early western traders and was one of Southeast Asia’s major trading ports during the 17th and 18th centuries. It was an important point of call for Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese traders, and the architecture reflects its cosmopolitan past. More than anywhere in Vietnam, Hoi An retains the feel of the past. There are over 844 structures of historical significance, and most people spend the afternoon wandering around and enjoying the sights and atmosphere.

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 55km
+791m
-788m

Day 6 Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An

We ride to out on small village roads on our way to visit My Son, the ancient centre of the Cham civilisation. The ride is worth the effort, as we cycle along scenic country backroads past paddy fields and many pretty villages. Eventually, we arrive at My Son, which was once Champa’s greatest city from the 4th to 14th centuries. Although many of the temples were destroyed by American bombs, there is still enough of the archaeological site to impress visitors. We take lunch before spending the afternoon visiting the site. Then, we can transfer by bus back to Hoi An, or we can ride. Dinner is your choice, though the decision may be difficult with so many choices!

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort
Breakfast, Lunch
Ride 50km
+179m
-179m

Day 7 Hoi An Departure

We'll go for a walk through the wet market this morning with your guide there to tell you what the many different fruits and vegetables are and how they are used in Vietnamese dishes. This will be also a perfect opportunity for you to try some more local foods. Then, we can assist with arranging transport to the airport or with hotel arrangements if you'd like to stay in Hoi An longer.

Breakfast