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Overview

Take a two-wheeled, family-friendly adventure through Central Vietnam. Follow the historic trails of Hue, exploring monuments from once-mighty dynasties and farming villages untouched by time. Cruise along the scenic coast to reach charming Hoi An and the ancient ruins of My Son. 

Trip Highlights

Family Cycling Hue and Hoi An

Step back in time in Hue

Pedal through UNESCO-heritage sites dating back to the 1800s then head to Hue’s outskirts to see traditional farming villages.

Explore life on the Thu Bon River

Cycle out of Hoi An along the Thu Bon River, to see cottage industries and paddle a typical basket boat.

Cycle the My Son ruins

Feel like genuine explorers while biking through the forest and paddies to the crumbling, ancient Cham ruins.

Itinerary

1

Full day cycling exploration in Hue

Cycling distance up to: 30km Difficulty: Easy

The cycling tour begins in Hue, one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam, which served as the political capital from 1802 to 1945 under the Nguyen Dynasty. To this day the city remains one of Vietnam's most important cultural, religious, and educational centers, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1993.

Today the cycle begins with a departure from the hotel, exploring some of Hue’s most important cultural sites. The first stop is at the Imperial Citadel, which is modelled after the Forbidden City in China. While much of this site was destroyed during the ‘Tet Offensive’, it is still possible to gain insights into how the Royal family lived in the peak of their rule. After exploring the ruins, take a cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu pagoda. Continue from the pagoda to Ming Mang mausoleum, making a loop across the perfume river to Hue via the mausoleum of Khai Dinh.

Overnight in Hue

2

Hue Garden Ride

Transfer from Phuoc Tich to hotel: 1 hours Cycling distance for short option: 20 km Cycling distance for long option: 40 km Difficulty: Easy

Today the cycle heads out in a countryside loop along back roads to visit the traditional village of Phuoc Tich.

Passing through many untouched villages and local markets, we'll come across a Catholic village, an incense making village, and also a village where they make bamboo into many useful items.  

A highlight of Phuoc Tich are the many homes that date back 200 years and follow traditional feng shui designs.

Enjoy a traditional lunch with Uncle Ho Van Te and spend some time learning about the history of the village. In the afternoon, transfer back to Hue. Dinner can be had independently (at own expense.)

Overnight in Hue  

3

Hue - Hoi An

Transfer from Hotel in Hue to Hoi an: 3hrs Cycling distance for short option: 20km Cycling distance for long option: 35 km (adds an additional 15 km in Hoian) Difficulty: Easy

Today the cycle departs Hue for Hoi An, a well-preserved major Asian trading port of the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. The scenic route passes through the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over the “Pass of Ocean Clouds.”  

Continuing on through the city of Danang, there’s a short break planned for a visit to the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. After reaching Hoi An and taking a short break, hop on a bicycle in the afternoon for a country loop around town. Starting from Hoi An city centre, ride through an array of back roads in peaceful villages with lots of vegetable farms. Stop at a pagoda, enjoy a cup of tea, and have a conversation with the monks (subject to availability). Alternatively, join the farmers nearby in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed.

Continue by crossing into Cam Thanh islet, discovering how locals turn coconut leaves into roofing for houses. Keep cycling along the Thu Bon River and seize the opportunity to paddle in a local basket boat before arriving at a fishing village. Settle down beside a water coconut palm plantation and watch the sun setting over the horizon.

Overnight in Hoi An 

4

Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An

Transfer from My Son to Hoi An: 1 hr 30 mins Cycling distance for short option: 20km Difficulty: Easy Cycling distance for long option: 54 km Difficulty: Medium

After breakfast, transfer out of town to begin the cycle south to the My Son Sanctuary. The ride is arguably one of the best of the trip, cruising along scenic country roads surrounded by rice paddies, through eucalyptus forest, and passing many scenic villages. The road climbs away from the coast and provides some amazing panoramas from the nearby mountain top.

Riding along, the road cuts through a gorge to the lush jungle alongside the Song Tranh River. After a short while longer, we arrive to My Son, which was once the Champa Kingdom’s religious centre. Although many of the temples were destroyed during the war, the remaining structures are still extremely impressive.

Before entering the complex, enjoy a local lunch. Following the afternoon visit, transfer back by bus to Hoi An. Spend  the rest of the day wandering around and enjoying the charm of Hoi An’s old town or relax at the hotel.

Overnight in Hoi An 

5

Hoi An - Departure

Transfer from Hoi An to Danang Airport: 1 hr

Enjoy free time in the morning to discover more of Hoi An’s ancient town. Transport will be provided to Da Nang International Airport for the departing or connecting flight.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as itinerary.
  • Bike, helmet, 1 biking water bottle per person
  • Plenty of water provided throughout the day when cycling
  • Snacks and local fruits
  • 1 Exo Adventure Certified English Speaking Guide
  • 1 assistant guide for 8-15 cyclists, 2 assistant guides for 16+ cyclists
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Each guide will have a full set of travel bike tools
  • Main support vehicle will have spare parts
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Sightseeing tickets where mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation as listed above.
  • Flight reconfirmations

Our services don’t include:

  • Visa arrangement
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water – we can add this into costs at agents request
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
  • Tips
  • Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatorade, Powerbars, Gu, Isostar, etc)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (Laundry, telephone)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion.
  • Other language speaking guides

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