Cycle Vietnam holiday
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 16.
Late availability on these dates: 27 Jan, 24 Feb, 02 Mar
Description of Cycle Vietnam holiday
This two week cycling tour of Vietnam invites you on a journey through picturesque pagodas, delightful cities and wild landscapes as we discover this vibrant country from behind the handlebars. Travelling as a small, guided group, we’ll spend 10 days of the trip in the saddle, covering between and eight and 35km each day on easy, mostly tarmac terrain.
From north to south, we’ll cycle through lush rural scenery, where boat building and straw mat making can be seen from the road, and along coastal roads, stopping to visit temples and tombs. Cultural headliners include the Citadel of Hué, the old merchant houses of Hoi An, the ancient ruins at UNESCO-protected My Son and the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels at Saigon.
Some of the longer distances will be covered by coach and we’ll take an internal flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City, but the real transport highlight of this tour will be an overnight ride on the historic Reunification Express train.
Rest days, and days with shorter rides, offer the opportunity for city sightseeing or swapping pedal power for a set of sails. We’ll have the chance to board a charter boat for a cruise through the jade waters of Halong Bay, where we’ll navigate the traditional junks and sampan boats in this iconic island waterscape and, later on, we’ll explore the amazing maze of waterways in the Mekong Delta, with its floating markets and green gardens.
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1 Reviews of Cycle Vietnam holiday
Reviewed on 01 Mar 2020 by Helen Clatworthy
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Cycling through the
Vietnamese countryside was
awesome - such a varied
landscape and super friendly
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
We booked e bikes but we had
to cycle with non electric bikes.
I would suggest a separate
group for ebikes, covering more
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I think the visits to local villages
benefitted the local economy
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Excellent, except for comment
re ebikes above.
Our guide, Bình was superb
PlanetVietnam is a cultural treasure trove, offering up several UNESCO World Heritage sites like the ancient traders town of Hoi An and the turquoise waters of Halong Bay. When we visit these fascinating sights not only do we learn about Vietnam’s rich history and diverse culture, but our entrance fees help to contribute to the upkeep of these special places, ensuring they are looked after for generations to come.
We manage water consumption and reduce waste on this trip by encouraging people to bring along re-usable bottles and by supplying a large tank of fresh drinking water available for refills.
Cycling holidays are a relatively sustainable way to travel as they have less negative impact on the local infrastructure, environment and people while encouraging positive interaction with local people. We cycle on routes that are removed from mass tourism, creating less pollution, noise and traffic. When
using motorised transport we work with small, locally owned transport companies.
As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.
PeopleIn order to really be a benefit to the local people in the areas we travel to, we use an entirely local crew, the hotels we use are locally owned and we eat out at a variety of small restaurants and street stalls, thus spreading their spending wealth. We also think this gives you a better experience as you get more personal service, get that bit closer to local life and are able to sample the best of the fantastic local cuisine.
We like to support communities through business and often that helps the more vulnerable in Vietnam. On our journey to Halong Bay we visit the Huong Ngoc Humanities Centre. This is a project where disabled people are trained in various crafts such as embroidery and painting. Their works are on sale with profits going to support the centre. Hoi An is known for the beautiful lanterns that traverse its narrow streets, glowing a multitude of colours by night. In our free time here we have the option to visit a local lantern factory, where we learn about the skills involved in making lanterns by hand, skills that have been passed down over generations. We even have the chance to buy and make our own, supporting the local artisans and their beautiful craftwork right at the source.
As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.