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This trip is Guided allowing you to explore the area with the benefit of a knowledgeable ride leader and support.
This trip is ideal for Cycling Breaks with Friends and Seasoned Cyclists.
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Tailor-Made Experiences

We can tailor this trip to meet your requirements. If you are looking for a different duration, itinerary or other services please enquire today and get a truly unique experience.

from £1745.00 per person


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It's easy to describe the Ho Chi Minh Highway as a cyclists paradise. With little traffic, effortless roads and plenty of open spaces not to mention the stunning scenery. The route has a strong history, due to it's original purpose of transporting troops, weapons and essentials during the Vietnam War. The beauty of Vietnam shines through, as you pass rivers, rigged valley and luscious greenery.

Departure dates:
2 September 2018 - 12 September 2018
11 November 2018 - 21 November 2018
23 December 2018 - 2 January 2019
6 January 2019 - 16 January 2019
3 March 2019 - 13 March 2019
31 March 2019 - 10 April 2019
1 September 2019 - 11 September 2019
10 November 2019 - 20 November 2019
22 December 2019 - 1 January 2020
DAY 1Arrival

You will meet your fellow cyclists and tour guide in Hanoi, Vietnam's capital where you can bond over tonight's welcome dinner.

DAY 2Hanoi - Phu Luong

Swap the buzzing and atmospheric streets of Hanoi to quiet country lanes. You'll get a true feel for Vietnamese life cycling though vibrant rice paddies and small villages. Spend the night in a house on stilts in Mai Chau Valley.  

Today's cycling is approximately 70km.

DAY 3Mai Chau - Ngoc Lac

Today's ride takes you though the sensational valley of the Song Ma River. A historic route, it was used during the war to transport weapons. You'll catch a glimpse of mountains as the road links to the main area of the Ho Chi Minh Highway. The closer you get to Ngoc Lac, the better the views get.

Today's cycling is approximately 120km.

DAY 4Ngoc Lac - Thai Hoa

Today's cycling will take place on the newly built part of the Ho Chi Minh highway. The wide lanes and smooth tarmac make it ideal for a faster pace, but don't forget to take in the luscious scenery. Look out for the coffee, rubber and tea plantations.  

Today's cycling is up to 100km. 

DAY 5Thai Hoa - Pho Chau

It's another cycle along the Ho Chi Minh Highway today. The diverse scenery may make you feel like you've stepped into a fairy tale land, with mystifying jungle leading into stunning villages surrounded by the majestic Truong Son mountain range.  

Today's cycling is approximately 130km. 

DAY 6Pho Chau - Phong Nha

Cycle the highway to Phong Nha National Park and see some of the most mesmerising caves Vietnam has to offer. The 65km of caves were still shows evidence of the damage from the war, when it was bombed. This stunning area has rivers that flow through them that are dated to 250 million years ago.

Today's cycling is approximately 150km.

DAY 7Phong Nha - Dong Hoi

Today you'll hop on a boat to explore Phong Nha Cave. When you first see the cave's entrance, you will be immersed in this alternate world as you paddle through enchanted caves. Those who wish can climb the 330 steps up to Tien Son Cave, a dry cave bombed during the war whilst it was used as a hospital. This afternoon's cycle will lead you to Dong Hoi where you can relax on the stunning white sand beach.

Today's cycling is approximately 50km.

DAY 8Dong Hoi - Khe Sanh

The Vietnam War was a dark time in history and the effects still lie engraved in everyday life. It was the war which created the need for the Ho Chi Mih Highway and today you'll see the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone)otherwise known as the 17th Parallel en route to Ca Lo. The DMZ served as the border diving North and South Vietnam.   

Today's cycling will be approximately 129km.

DAY 9Khe Sanh - A Luoi

After a trip to the Khe Sanh combat base formally used to transport troops and supplies, it will be time to cycle though more stunning scenery, in the direction of Laos. Make the most of the traffic free road and contrasting views.

Today's cycling is approximately 103km. 

DAY 10A Luoi - Hue

For the last day's riding you'll cycle along Hue, Vietnam's Imperial City and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll cycle along quiet lanes back to the hotel to enjoy a final dinner.

Today's cycling is approximately 70km.

DAY 11Departure

Today it's time to say goodbye after an incredible 10 days.

Map of a cycling holiday down the Ho Chi Minh highway in Vietnam


Exploring the length of Vietnam gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself in different and varying regions. From century old Hanoi, you will visit Hue, Vietnam's old capital city, the ancient town of Hoi An and roads and passes to take your breath away.
From the battle scarred landscapes of central Vietnam to the glistening beaches of the south, this is a trip that showcases all Vietnam has to offer.


Vietnam’s vertical geography gives it a number of weather patterns. The north is best cycled in the cool dry months of November to April or during the summer between May to July. Central Vietnam is hot and dry between January to late August making it the ideal time to explore the area by bicycle, whilst  South Vietnam has relatively constant year round temperatures. The south’s dry season begins in November and ends in May with late February to May being slightly hotter and with higher humidity. The wet season lasts from May to early November with June to August receiving the highest rainfall of the year. 


You can choose your level of comfort and luxury on this holiday by choosing where you would like to stay. We use a variety of hotels so please let us know if you are looking for a rustic adventure or looking for luxury.  
You will be met and collected at Phu Bai International Airport before being whisked away to the hotel in the city. On the final day of the holiday, you can join the transfer from the hotel to Cam Ranh International Airport, just outside Nha Trang or make separate arrangements to stay in Asia. 
Your trip will include all meals which consist of fresh, local cuisine but arrangements can be made if you have any particular dietary requirements. Bottled water as well as local fruits and refreshments are provided on all cycling days.  
The holiday is guided by English speaking, knowledgeable, friendly guides. Your ride will be followed by a support van equipped with plenty of refreshments as well as a comprehensive first-aid kit. Alternatively, if you would like to do this tour privately, this can be arranged, just ask our cycling experts.     
You will have a well trained and knowledgeable guide who will carry a comprehensive first-aid kit. In the unlikely case of any medical emergency that requires a hospital, there is ground transportation on hand to provide assistance and a local speaking support team.  
The bike you will hire will give you a comfortable ride as you cruise through south east Asia and it is equipped with  water bottle holders and an area to keep a small day bag. If you would like to bring your own bike instead, please let our cycling experience team know.  
The air conditioned support van will be equipped with essentials such as bottled mineral water and local fruit and snacks during each day's ride. The guide will have a travel set of bike tools for emergency repairs and the support van will be equipped with spare parts and other tools.  
Your bags will be collected each morning and taken from your accommodation to the next night’s accommodation. We suggest you keep a day bag with you for all your essentials. 
Travel to Vietnam is not included but please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to book flights for you.   
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.   
Bicycle helmet hire is not included in the price but we can include this for you at a very small charge. Love Velo recommends the use of a bicycle helmet on all rides. Please click here for advice on wearing helmets from our partner, British Cycling.