Saturday, May 18, 2013
A Vietnam cycling trip is one of he most exciting and adventurous experience you will ever have that is guaranteed. As you cycle through river banks, up steep mountain slopes, on the country side and in large cities, you will experience wonders that you would have not seen anywhere else in the world. It will keep you spell bounded long after you have completed the Vietnam trip and you will remember your Vietnam trip experience till the very end.
Marco Polo travel arranges one such cycling Vietnam holiday. The people who will lead the Vietnam cycling trip are all professionals who have a lot of experience and knowledge in these areas so all your needs is taken care of. You just need strength in your legs to peddle your cycle and vision in your eyes to savor the beauty of Vietnam.
Biodiversity in Vietnam is ranked 16th in the whole world and there are 11 new species of animals and plants that are discovered here every year. On your cycling trip you are sure to experience many different kinds of wildlife and plants and trees as well. There are 126 parks that are protected for conservation and 28 official national parks that house the wildlife treasures of Vietnam and you can experience all this right from the impressive height, the saddle of your bicycle offers you.
You will also come across Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam's two biggest cities while on the Vietnamcycling trip and here you can take a cruise on the waterways of Vietnam which are touted to be about 17,000 kms in length. The cities are also a grand display of the development that Vietnam has achieved in education and social issues. These cities are great for shopping and the usual items for sale for foreigners are embroidery, wood carvings and silk. The cuisine of Vietnam is also very unique and it can be experienced in its authentic form in these big cities. Fish sauces of different varieties like sweet, sour, spicy etc are famous here.
A cycling trip can be undertaken any time of the year and its as exciting as it can get. As diverse as Vietnam is in biodiversity, it is equally diverse in topography due to which the climates you will experience will keep changing as you go from place to place. Everyday is a new day with a new climate and that's the best experience of the Vietnam cycling trip. From the beaches to the mountains to the waterways and the big bustling cities the Vietnam cycling trip takes you everywhere.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam Bangkok to Hanoi cycling
This trip is designed to start in Bangkok - Thailand, plan to riding in three of Southeast Asia’s most diverse and fascinating countries. Thailand , Cambodia, Vietnam . But in first year opening we just cycling in Cambodia and Vietnam . From Bangkok we head into the border, riding quiet back roads over to Cambodia. Cycle to SiemRep visit temples of Angkok Wat before we head to Mekong delta in Vietnam .
The tour will have end of riding in SaiGon for departure flight .
Day 1: Bangkok - Sisophon (Lunch, Dinner) , 45km
Our guide contact with you a day before for prepare the bikes. Then we start today for Aranyaprathet. After crossing border to Cambodia, we will ride in the afternoon 45 km to Sisophon for overnight.
Day 2: Sisophon to Siem Reap (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) 95Km
Start a longer ride today to Siemreap. Sights of rice paddies, local schools, villages, pagodas on the way. Overnight Siemreap.
Day 3: Around Siem Reap – Angkor temples circuit (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) , 30Km
Ride from Siem Reap to explore the World Heritage site - Angkor temples, following countryside trail and then paved road of small circuit. Overnight in SiemReap
Day 4: Siem Reap – Banteay Srei – Beng Mealea (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) 80 km
Morning ride 35km to Banteay Srei - the Citadel of the woman, build in year 967, laterite wall, beautiful sculpture on red sand stone. Then we keep on riding 15km on countryside road to Phnom Kulen Mountain. First stage challenging climb up hill 12km to the waterfalls, this is a nice trail on Kulen mountain, taking us to a special stream with thousands lingas in the water. Spend the night in a typical Khmer house.
Day 5: Beng Mealea - Kompong Thom (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) ,100km
Get ready for a long day. We riding from BengMealea to the main highway 6 then connecting SiemReap and Phnompenh. Night spent at local hotel in Kompong Thom.
Day 6: Kompong Thom - Phnom Penh (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) , 90km
Put on your tough suit today. It is another long day, but we are ready for it. We ride along the national road to KompongThnor and little on higher hill to Skun. In the afternoon we keep on 75km to Phnom Penh. Last crossing Japanese bridge over the Tonlesap river to enter Phnom Penh city. Overnight in hotel in Phnom Penh
Day 7: Phnom Penh – TaKeo (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) , 80Km
This will be an easy day and relaxing your leg. Morning check out and ride along the Tonle sap river for a quick sightseeing tour on the bikes: National museum, Royal palace, Cambodia - Vietnam Monument and group photo at . Then we head down south of the city and follow highway 2 to TaKeo. O/n at local guesthouse in Takeo.
Day 8: TaKeo - Phnomden – TinhBien – ChauDoc (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) 80km
We have a flat to undulating day, with a quiet start inland on country roads for 50km through a scenic rice paddies to Phnomden border. Time to say goodbye to our Cambodia staff and get ready for custom procedures exit Cambodia / enter Vietnam at TinhBien border gate. Our Vietnamese team welcome us, then we keep on cycling 25km to ChauDoc. Overnigh in ChauDoc.
Day 9 : ChauDoc - SaDec - VinhLong (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Up early for a boat cruise through the fish-farm village producing tons and tons of fish beneath hundreds of floating homes. Discover the ethnic Cham village with its famous Mubarak Mosque and observe local women at their traditional weaving. Driver to LongXuyen town, then we cross the local ferry and mount our bikes for ~ 60km cycling to Sadec. In the afternoon we cycle to VinhLong, ferry crossing again and ride 10km on small trail on island to an eco guesthouse by the mekong river. Overnight in local house.
Day 10 : VinhLong - CaiBe - MyTho - SaiGon. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Up early morning for a short ride 10km around the island, see the local markets on island. Boarding on boat for cruise over the mekong river and in natural waterways to CaiBe, visit this floating market. Start cycling on countryside road , through immense rice fields and numerous rural riverside villages to MyTho, and transfer to HCM city / Saigon. Hotel check in. Farewell dinner. End of first route
Day 11: SaiGon -DaLat. (Lunch, dinner) (cycling +- 80 km)
Our morning departure from your hotel at 7: 00 AM, driving do Dinh Quan where we stat cycling ,whole day cycling up to Dalat . Cycling in asphalt road behind beach and take back rod up to Dalat.
Overnight in Dalat.
Day12:DaLat to NhaTrang ( cycling +- 90 km)
Morning Cycling from Dalat to along the flat to the six-mile climb up NgoanMuc Pass into the beautiful pine forest of the center Highlands around DaLat. Small villages and strawberry, carrot and other crops line the empty road passing into Thap cham bus shuttle past from PhanRang to CamRanh bay location and NhaTrang. Overnight in Nhatrang. (B,L)
Day 13: NhaTrang ( cycling +- 30 km )
VietNam's finest oceanfront city. Half-day boat excursion to nearby island and a marine reserve. Snorkeling and swimming over flowering coral reefs in warm, clear water, followed by sunbathing and lunch. Cycling tour of NhaTrang, including Lon Song pagoda and PoNaGar Cham ruins. Dinner featuring shrimp spring roll, fried squid with pineapples, steamed crab, fresh fish and other seafood delicacies. Evening free to walk along the beach. Overnight in Nhatrang. (B,L)
Day 14: NhaTrang to QuyNhon ( cycling +- 80 )
Leaving at 6:30 Am , driving 100km to Tuy Hoa , back road riding from there to Quy Nhon covers some of VietNam's scenic coastline, featuring deserted blue lagoons and stone promontories overlooking the water below. Fishing villages dot the coast here.Not many travelers her, so lot of attention can be expected. Overnight in Quy Nhon. (B,L)
Day 15: QuyNhon to QuangNgai ( Cycling +- 55 km)
Early coastal riding followed by back road to Binh Duong - which is also a nice place for a dip in the cooling South China Sea with past rural rice villages canopied by swaying coconut palm. End of cycling in BinhDuong, driving to Quang ngai. Overnight in Quang Ngai. (B,L)
Day16:QuangNgai to MyLai- HoiAn / ( cycling +- 45 km)
Depart early along the coast and past scenic rice village. Lunch near a "secret" Cham sight. Regroup at ChuLai, a former American military base, and board our buses for the drive in to the MyLai Memorial. Driving to Hoi An. Overnight in HoiAn. (B,L)
Day17:HoiAn ( Cycling +- 20 km)
In the morning Vietnamese cooking lessons in town featuring local specialties by one of VietNam's most talented chefs. PM cycling tour of HoiAn - to CuaDai beach on the south China sea for a clam bake, then take boat trip excursion on the river. Overnight in Hoi An. (B,L)
Day18: HoiAn to Hue (Cycling +- 80 )
Our group will leave early in the morning for the top of Hai Van Pass by bus shortly after breakfast. Then we riding down to Lang Co lagoon, an ascent of the pass with stunning views of the coast and a thrilling 5-mile descent from the top of the green rice fields, back road cycling to Thuan An beach, which we will skirt by on our way to Hue. Overnight in Hue. (B,L,D)
Day19: Hue- Hanoi:
Morning driving from Hotel to the ancient Imperial Capital of VietNam set on the romantic Perfume River - arguably VietNam's most pleasant and picturesque city. After one hour visit in there, we will cycle along the tranquil Perfume River and through the high-walled Imperial Citadel, to the peaceful ThienMu Pagoda, Minh Mang King mausoleum. Boat trip back to train station, take overnight train to Hanoi. Overnight on train. (B,L)
Day20: Hanoi arrival at 5:00 in the morning, transfer to hotel for breakfast, then free time visit Hanoi. Overnight in Hotel in Hanoi.
Day21: Hanoi departure ( or take extension 2 days Halong bay cruise )
THAILAND VIETNAM CAMBODIA CYCLING INCLUSIONS
THAILAND VIETNAM CAMBODIA CYCLING EXCLUSIONS
Cycling down the stunning coastline of southern Vietnam past turquoise bays, white beaches and palm tree-lined rice fields.
Explore the majestic Royal Tombs of Hue and ascend the Hai Van Cloud Pass for vast views of tropical mountains falling into the sea.
Drift back in time while walking the cobblestone streets of Hoi An, a 2,200 year old trading port and relax and swim at the beach resort of Nha Trang...
Day 1: HaNoi arrival
Pick up from airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi cycling. ( +- 60 km )
You will ride along a bank of Red river, through farms, fruit plantations on the old riverside in the north of Hanoi, visit temples and practice Buddhist way of life . Continue cycling visit rices-noodle making in local family, silk farm... Boat trip crossing rive, continue cycling to Son Tay, picnic lunch box . Pm visit Duong Lam village by bicycle, driving back to Hanoi by mini bus. Dinner and overnight in Hanoi. (B, L,D)
Day3: Hanoi - HoaBinh-Mai Chau (cycling 72 km) (B,L,D)
Breakfast. Early morning transfer to Hoabinh a beautiful valley surrounded by spectacular karst rock formations and picturesque rice paddies. Bikes along a mix of asphalt road through Thai village and across rice paddies to Lac village.
Overnight in a traditional house as home stay
Day4: MaiChau-Cam Thuy- Cuc Phuong national park (+- 75km) (B,L,D)
After breakfast , we start cycling in village when we sleep . The road to day has 10% dirt road, and 10km up hill ( 8%) and down hill on the back road to Pho Doan, Canh Nang. We end of cycling in here and driving to Cuc Phuong National park. Overnight in a small hotel and simple in National Park.
Day5: Cuc Phuong - Thanh Hoa( cycling 60km) (B,L,D)
After listening to the dawn chorus of Gibbon song, spend part of the morning exploring the flora and fauna of this unique national park. Leaving Cuc Phuong ride down to Vinh Loc where we have lunch time. Transfer the last 35 km on Highway 1 to the hotel in Thanh Hoa city where have hotel for few hours. Dinner and transfer to train station take over night train to Hue.
Overnight on train ( soft sleeper, 4 beds/cabin ) ( 12hours on train )
Day 6: HaNoi to Hue -country side cycling ( +-55km )
Morning transfer from train station to Hotel , Cycling through Hue's King Royal Palace, a succession of Nguyen Dynasty . Afternoon cycling to country side until 5PM transfer back to city. Dinner in garden house.
Overnight in Hue (B, L, D)
Day 7: Hue to Hoi An (+- 70km asphalt road ) . Cycling in back road of country side from Hue to VinhHai beach ( +-70 km flat asphalt road ) .
Optional climb: Hai van pass: 19 km ( 9km up, 10 km down, altitude +- 400m ).
Our route passes by rural villages and picturesque Lang Co lagoon, an ascent of the pass with stunning views of the coast and a thrilling 5-mile descent from the top of the green rice fields around DaNang. End of cycling in DaNang city, drive 32 km to HoiAn.
Overnight in Hoian (B,L, D) http://www.hoianindochine.com/
Day 8: HoiAn (+- 20km )
Cycling tour of HoiAn - country side villages in the morning for Vietnamese cooking lessons in town featuring local specialties by one of VietNam's most talented chefs . Local sea food in beach of HoiAn.
Overnight in Hoian. (B,L,D) http://www.hoianindochine.com/
Day 9: HoiAn to MyKhe- Quang Ngai , cycling +-60 km, asphalt road
Depart early along the coast and past scenic rice village. Start coastal riding followed by coaster, lunch at some where on the way - which is also a nice place for a dip in the cooling South China Sea. Driving to Quang Ngai
Overnight in Quang Ngai city. (B,L, D)
Day 10: Quang Ngai to Quy Nhon, cycling +- 90 km¸ asphalt road
Cycling in the back road of past rural rice villages canopied by swaying coconut palm. Arrive at the Quy Nhon town which faces a beautiful beach front.
Overnight in QuyNhon. (B,L, D)
Day 11: QuyNhon to TuyHoa, cycling +- 80, asphalt road
Back road cycling in side high way one .Our ride from QuyNhon to Tuy Hoa covers some of VietNam's scenic coastline, featuring deserted blue lagoons and stone promontories.
Overnight in TuyHoa. (B,L, D)
Day 12: Tuy Hoa- NhaTrang ( 40km )
Cycling in overlooking the water below, end of cycling around 1:00pm in Nha Trang
Overnight in NhaTrang. (B ,L)
Day 13: NhaTrang – country side cycling ( +- 25 km ).
Driving to Dien Khanh , Cycling in country side visit village, rice field , fruit garden. Riding back to the city visit Thap Ba ( Pogana Temple ). Pm relaxing on beach.
Overnight in Nhatrang. (B)
Day 14: NhaTrang – Saigon ( HoChiMinh city ) no cycling day
Transfer to airport for flight to Saigon , free time for shoping in Sai Gon .Overnight in SaiGon. (B)
Day 15: Depart SaiGon
Morning transfer to TanSonNhat Airport for flight home.
+Single supplement = 220 USD
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 October to May
Group tour : maximum 14 people
International airfare; meals not noted on itinerary; optional tour; 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.).