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ROAD CYCLING IN HOCHIMINH TRAIL - 9DAYS

The Ho Chi Minh trail was a logistical system that ran from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) to the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) through the neighboring kingdoms of Laos and Cambodia. The system provided support, in the form of manpower and materiel, to the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam, or derogatively, Vietcong, and the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN), or North Vietnamese Army, during the Vietnam War (1955–1975).

The trail was not a single route, but rather a complex maze of truck routes, paths for foot and bicycle traffic, and river transportation systems. The name, taken from North Vietnamese president Ho Chi Minh. Now day Ho Chi Minh Road or Ho Chi Minh Highway (Vietnamese language: Đường Hồ Chí Minh) is a highway in Vietnam. It runs from the north to the south of Vietnam, west of National Road 1A. The highway was named after Hồ Chí Minh. The route roughly coincides with the Ho Chi Minh Trail during the Vietnam War. It is a two-lane highway and is planned for 8-lane highway and will connect Cao Bang Province by the Sino-Vietnamese border to Ca Mau Province with the total length of 3,167 km. As of 2007, this road runs from Hoa Lac in Ha Tay Province to Ngoc Hoi in Kon Tum Province with a total length of 1,234.5 km. ( from Wikipidia )

 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Riding on quiet roads through traditional villages, this exciting new biking holiday explores the remote and previously inaccessible northern part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. En route, we visit the spectacular scenery and caves of the Phong Nha National Park and see numerous fascinating relics of the Vietnam War, such as the combat base at Khe Sanh. Other highlights extension tour  include the ‘Imperial City’ of Hue and the beach at Hoi An, a perfect place to relax at the end of this great rid

Itinerary

Day 1: Meeting in airport, transfer to hotel in Hanoi. Group meeting in afternoon . Overnight in Hanoi

Day2: Hanoi - Cam Thuy (+- 115km  asphalt road )

 After breakfast in hotel .We transfer southwest to  Xuan Mai- Hoa Binh Province and then we cycling to  Cam Thuy. Cycling belong of  Ma river.  The road gets more beautiful the closer you ride to  CamThuy with looming karst limestone cliffs and lush bamboo forest .

Overnight in a small hotel of  Cam Thuy. (B,L,D)

Day3: Cam Thuy- Thai Hoa( +- 120 km asphalt road )

Ride  on the newly built two lane Ho Chi Minhtrails Highway there is very few traffic! The road makes for smooth fast riding,  plenty of exploring possibilities along the way.
Ride  on the banks of River Song Chu, the distance covered today is quite long and there will be the chance to transfer some sections by the back-up vehicle to rest weary legs. There are fewer villages today as the route cuts through forests and jungle. Arrival ThaiHoa very late. Dinner and overnight Thai Hoa guesthouse.
  Overnight in Thai Hoa. (B,L,D)

Day4: ThaiHoa- PhoChau ( +- 120km, asphalt road )

The ride is on smooth road and passing peaceful villages and stunning mountain range

Overnight in PhoChau.(B,L,D)

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5: PhoChau- Phong Nha cave ( 140km )

 Our ride today toward Phong Nha National Park. Lunch stop on the way.( Please take note that Mini bus standby with 100% support ). Upon arrival in Phong Nha  check in Hotel. Overnight on the hotel in Phong Nha . .(B,L,D)

Day 6: Phong Nha-Dong Hoi relax ( +- 50 km, asphalt road )

 After breakfast we take boat trip visit Phong Nha Cave, which is a World Heritage Site.  Pm:  riding to Dong Hoi.

 Dinner and Overnight in Dong Hoi

Day 7: Dong Hoi- Dong Ha(  Cycling +- 90km, asphalt road )

Breakfast in the hotel, today we will  cycling in " DMZ "  area with  "Truong Son National Cemetery " where some hundred of thousand soldiers of North Vietnam who served in army during Vietnam War are resting in peace, visit Vinh moc tunnel is optional.  Dinner and overnight in Dong Ha. .(B,L,D)

Day 8: Dong Ha- A Luoi (  Cycling +-120km, asphalt road )

Cycling to old military base, with " Da Krong River ". The ride  with river and tribal villages along the road. End of  riding day in Aluoi.  Overnight in A Luoi .(B,L,D)

Day 9: A Luoi- Hue(  Cycling +- 60km, asphalt road )

Hard cycling up to high pass. Begin the beautiful ride downhill 40km to  Hue city. In the afternoon, riding end in Hue

Overnight in Hue .(B,L,D) . Fare well dinner and end of trip

Day10: Hue.

Free time transfer to airport for departure flight

 

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Tour overview

Tour Cost

Guide tour

Group Size

 2  Group tour ( maximum 15 people )
Price /person 1,375 USD  1,219 USD

Single supplement : 170 USD

Self Guide

Group Size

 2
Price /person 875 USD

Self guide tour only have Mini bus for whole trip stand by , bicycle, hotel with breakfast

Note: Prices are based per person, double occupancy, with a separate cost for solo travelers. If you are traveling in a group but prefer single accommodations, a single supplement fee applies. Triple accommodations are not available in many of the destinations we visit.

Best Time to go From Mar, Apr, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec  ( Jan, Feb very cold , 10-15oC , and soft rain). Jul and Aug too hot
 WHAT'S INCLUDED
bullet English speaking local guide
bullet accommodations in hotels in Hanoi, Hue with 3 star hotel.  Local hotel around trip as mention
bullet Meals as mention with B= breakfast, L= Lunch, D= dinner.
bullet airport transfers
bullet sightseeing and activities as noted in the itinerary
bullet ground transportation
bullet additional guides where necessary
bullet entrance fees and permits
bullet basic medical
WHAT NOT International airfare; meals not noted on itinerary; Vietnam visa; insurance other than basic medical ; optional tipping to leader, guides and local staff; excess baggage charges; international airport taxes; cost of medical immunizations; items of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).
Bike Hire

Surly cross check , Kona sutra, Trek 520 =180USD for whole trip

Bikes suggest: Road bikes, Cyclo cross, Touring 700cc.

 If you bring your bike please ensure that you bike is in good working order before you leave on tour. If you are not the most mechanically minded we suggest that you get your bike looked at by a professional bike mechanic. In particularly we would suggest looking and adjusting all wheel spokes, greasing all your bearings, checking your brakes/gears cable, tighten all nuts and bolts, check chain, quick release clamps, tires and put in new inner tubes and check wheel rims are not worn. In addition make sure the bike is well serviced and ride it with as much care and attention as possible.

  Gears checklist
Total Distance
 +- 900 km
Number of cycling days
8 full days

Average Daily Distance

115km

Off Road

0%
Max altitude
800 metres
Road Surface
This tour follows a mix of asphalt roads.
Support
One or two 16-seats air-conditioned transit vans converted to take bikes and bikers.
Group Size
Minimum 2 person. Maximum  group 10 person.
Staff
 Vietnamese cycling leader plus a Vietnamese cycling guide and drivers and assistants, support team.
Accommodation
 8 nights in basic tourist class  hotels. All accommodation in hotel has a/c or fan, hot water and private facilities. 3 night in good hotel.
Food

# All meals are included except on Day 1. Break every 15- 20 km ( 10 miles)  for tea break with water, coffee ,tea, juice, bread, tuna ,banana, apple... including

# During the " BikingVietnam.com"  the main meals are breakfast and the evening meal. Thus, breakfast should be large and substantial (and include cereals). We recommend that all participants should bring a supply of their favorite cereals as many of the hotels where we stay don't yet have cereal on offer at breakfast.
# For lunch (picnic) you will need to make sandwiches in the morning, and take some fruit. We recommend you also bring along some of your favorite energy bars.
# The evening meal will be in a restaurant, and precooked by the Organizers. We will make sure there are always plenty of carbohydrates and protein on the menu.
# Don't forget adequate hydration is as important as a good meal and so you should make sure you carry enough water with you. In some stages there is no where to “top up” along the way. Follow your guides instructions for each stage. We recommend you use a hydration pack with at least 2l capacity, rather than water bottles. The water bottles don't carry as much water, plus it will get warm during the day, they are not as hygienic and the water bottle cage can get in the way when you may have to carry your bike.

NUTRITION

We recommend you should bring nutrition  as  details:

* Hammer Gel energy gels are 100% pure complex carbohydrates
* Clif Bar energy bars are a great-tasting, convenient source of energy for any activity. Made with 70% organic ingredients

Mix of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber promote steady increase in blood sugar levels followed by a gradual decline for sustained energy

4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein; excellent for post workout recovery "

 

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