Along the Coast of Vietnam
Along the Coast of Vietnam

Bike and Beaches of the Vietnam Coast

11 nights

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Explore the stunning beaches and cultural highlights of coastal Vietnam

This is a wonderful, 12-day guided tour along the coast and waterways of Vietnam, exploring some of the best parts of Vietnam, as well as places that few tourists visit.

Journey by bike along the central coast past intriguing coastal towns, and peaceful bays full of bobbing fishing boats. There are plenty of beaches, where you’re just as likely to see a group of Vietnamese kids playing football as you are other travellers. Welcome to the real Vietnam!

With four days of cycling, this tour has a nice balance of activity and relaxation. When you’re not on your bike you can relax and unwind on quiet beaches, and on a boat trip around the iconic Ha Long Bay. There are opportunities to explore traditional Vietnamese culture during a trip to the Mekong Delta and an ethnic minority village. The trip is bookended with visits to the two great metropolises of Vietnam – Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Highlights of the Bike and Beaches of the Vietnam Coast

Cycle along Vietnam’s scenic central coast, an area of the country few tourists visit
Discover authentic coastal cities and relax on deserted sandy beaches
Explore the plains of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s fertile ‘rice bowl’
Cruise through the enchanting limestone islands of Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay

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12 days / 11 nights
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Bike and Beaches of the Vietnam Coast Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Hanoi

Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your flight, you’ll have time to explore Hanoi, Vietnam’s busy capital city, with its charismatic old quarter, coffee culture, and tantalising street food.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Hanoi
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Cruise & Kayak on Ha Long Bay

This morning you will depart Hanoi for Ha Long Bay to commence your cruise. Once onboard, you’ll head to quieter Bai Tu Long Bay, where you can marvel at the spectacular limestone towers without dozens of other tourist boats. Explore the stalactite filled caves, swim, and kayak to a secluded beach. Later, return to the boat in time to watch the sunset from the top deck and enjoy a fresh seafood dinner.
Overnight Location: Cruise to Ha Long Bay
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Ha Long Bay by Bamboo Boat

Get up early this morning to enjoy the view as the bay is bathed in the warm morning sunlight. After breakfast, you’ll board a sampan, a traditional flat-bottomed bamboo boat, row around the limestone karsts. Back on board, lunch will be served as you return to the pier. You’ll disembark and be driven back to Hanoi, arriving in the early evening.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Hanoi
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 Hanoi Tour

Be prepared for an early start this morning as you embark on a tour of early-morning Hanoi. You’ll visit two of the city's most colorful early morning markets, Quang Ba, a famous flower market where hundreds of different kinds of flowers are sold to flower shops, and Long Bien, one of the biggest and busiest fruit markets in the country. Next, you’ll wander to the Old Quarter where the shops and markets are beginning to open. At Hoan Kiem Lake watch as the citizens of Hanoi go about their morning routines, practising tai chi, and jogging. Then enjoy a typical Hanoi breakfast of pho bo and Vietnamese coffee. In the afternoon you’ll hop on a local flight to Da Nang and then transfer to Hoi An.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Hoi An
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Explore Hoi An

Today you’ll take a deep dive into Vietnam’s culture with a visit to Bho Hoong on the banks of the Kon River. This is a typical village of the Co Tu minority ethnic group who are known for traditional dancing, bamboo and rattan weaving, brocade textiles and folk songs. Meet the village patriarch and see his house where many objects relevant to the cultural and spiritual life of the Co Tu are on display. After lunch in the village, walk with a local guide to visit the Moongs, the traditional thatched roofed stilt houses. You’ll also have the chance to participate in a handicraft workshop and learn traditional weaving techniques.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Hoi An
Distance: None
Meals: Lunch

Day 6 Cycle through Rice Paddies to Tam Ky

If you’ve been keen to hop on your bike, then you can officially start getting excited. Today is the first of four days cycling through the Vietnamese countryside, following rivers and the coastline south from Hoi An to Tuy Hoa. You’ll begin today cycling south from Hoi An. The road meanders through rice paddy fields, fruit tree gardens, Casuarina and pine forests. After stopping for a picnic lunch, you’ll continue to the attractive coastal city of Tam Ky. Enjoy dinner this evening in a local restaurant – and make sure to try the seafood!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Tam Ky City
Distance: 58 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Bike Through Fishing Villages to Quang Ngai

Today you’ll have the chance to learn a little more about Vietnam’s turbulent history. You’ll cycle on country roads through quiet fishing villages, stopping for lunch along the way. The ride finishes at Mai Lai. One of the most notorious locations in Vietnam, Mai Lai was the scene of a massacre during the Vietnam war where hundreds of unarmed South Vietnam civilians were killed – an event that provoked global condemnation. In the afternoon, the ride continues along quiet roads to Quang Ngai. Your hotel has a swimming pool and is located on a lovely golden sand beach – perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sun after all that cycling!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Quang Ngai
Distance: 41 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Cycle to Quy Nhon

This morning’s ride from Quang Ngai is idyllic, taking you among mountains, rice paddy fields, salt flats, and through sleepy fishing villages. Lunch is in a local restaurant on the way before you arrive at Tuy Phuoc, where you will hop back into the vehicle and transfer to Quy Nhon City. Quy Nhon is an unspoiled coastal city with an attractive waterfront that sees few foreign tourists. You’ll have the evening to explore on your own and find a nice spot for dinner.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Quy Nhon
Distance: 60 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Bike beside the Sea to Tuy Hoa

Today is your final day of cycling, and it is an epic one! Follow the coast through rolling hills, forest, cassava and sugar cane plantations, with the sparkling blue sea on one side and lush green mountains on the other. If you fancy an easier ride, the transport vehicle is on hand to pick you up. At Chi Thanh the vehicle will collect you and take you to see Ganh Da Dia, a spectacular natural rock formation that juts out into the sea, created by volcanic activity millions of years ago. Afterwards, you’ll transfer to Tuy Hoa, a typical Vietnamese coastal city surrounded by miles of quiet sand.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Phu Yen
Distance: 60 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Flight to Ho Chi Minh City

Today you will hop on a local flight south to Ho Chi Minh City. Depending on the flight, there may be time to visit a beach before departing. You’ll arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s energetic southern metropolis, in the early evening.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 Cruise and Bike the Mekong Delta

This morning you’ll journey from Ho Chi Minh into the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s ‘rice bowl’, for another day delving deep into the culture of this country. Cruise along a tributary of the Mekong, visit a market, and several workshops making products including woven sedge mats and coconut-candy. Then, immerse yourself even more in the life of the Mekong during a bike ride around the bitter melon and cucumber farms to a farmer’s house for lunch. In the afternoon, explore the village with its farms and fruit orchards and drift down the canals and under a canopy of water coconut palms in a traditional sampan boat. You’ll travel back to Ho Chi Minh City in the evening.
Overnight Location: Sunrise Central Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Distance: None
Meals: Lunch

Day 12 Departure

Depending on the time of your flight, there will be some free time to explore Ho Chi Minh City before you transfer to the airport.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Bike and Beaches of the Vietnam Coast Prices and Dates

This guided tour along the coast of Vietnam is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the price depends on the size of your group.

The best time to travel in Vietnam on this tour is between September and April. The temperatures are more comfortable in this period and you will avoid the summer rainy season.

Prices of Private Guided Bike and Beaches of the Vietnam Coast Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Solo traveller: $3,395 USD
  • Guided Groups of 2: $1,895 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3: $1,795 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 4-5: $1,695 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6+: $1,650 USD per person
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Accommodation on Bike and Beaches of the Vietnam Coast Tour

Hotels on this tour are 2 and 3-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this tour more pleasant. Rooms may have fireplaces or access to amenities such as hot tubs, steam rooms, or private decks to lounge on. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement.

The cabins aboard the boat are twin. An upgrade is available at your request.

In some cases, accommodations listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $425 USD to have a private room in a hotel while traveling with your group.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Hanoi Boutique Hotel in Hanoi

Centrally located hotel in the heart of the old town with Wi-Fi, air-conditioned rooms, laundry facilities, restaurant, spa, and health club.

White Dolphin Cruise to Ha Long Bay

Cruise ship with sun deck, comfortable cabins, bar, and dining room serving Vietnamese and Western food.

Hanoi Boutique Hotel in Hanoi

Centrally located hotel in the heart of the old town with Wi-Fi, air-conditioned rooms, laundry facilities, restaurant, spa, and health club.

Lantana Riverside Boutique Hotel and Spa in Hoi An

Attractive riverside boutique hotel with a swimming pool, restaurant, bar, and spa

Le Dung Hotel in Tam Ky City

Centrally located boutique hotel with rooms with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, refrigerator, air conditioning, sauna, and lounge.

Sa Huynh Beach Resort in Quang Ngai

A hotel close to Sa Huynh Beach with swimming pool, restaurant and spacious rooms with air conditioning, Wi-Fi and television.

Royal Hotel in Quy Nhon

Large luxury seafront hotel in the centre of Quy Non with a swimming pool.

Sai Gon - Phu Yen Hotel in Phu Yen

Basic hotel with swimming pool and restaurant. Rooms have Wi-Fi, air conditioning and minibar.

Sunrise Central Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

Modern hotel in downtown Ho Chi Minh City close to Ben Thanh Market, with a restaurant and bar.

What is included in the Bike and Beaches of the Vietnam Coast Tour?

Meals

9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 11 nights along the tour is included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation is included for you and your luggage.

Also Included

  • English speaking tour guide
  • Porters for your luggage during the tour

Not included

  • Getting to and from starting and ending points of the tour
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not stated as ‘included’

Optional Extras

  • Additional night in Hanoi before the tour
  • Additional night in Ho Chi Minh after the tour

Frequently Asked Questions about Bike and Beaches of the Vietnam Coast

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Footprint Vietnam is a boutique tour operator running adventure-based tours in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.  Footprint have been showing the best of adventure, culture and food since 2001, and have been featured in Frommers, Lonely Planet and Footprint Guides.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. There will be a couple of days where you will be biking up to 60 km. If that distance is too long, there are options for shorter days cycling.

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