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Highlights
  • Kayak through limestone karsts in halong bay
  • Walk among the hills of mai chau
  • Cycle through unspoiled countryside
  • Enjoy the energy of ho chi minh city
  • Visit the tailors and beaches in hoi an
  • Wander the vibrant streets of hanoi

Perfect for the active adventurer, this trip will have you hiking, biking, and paddling through the best of Vietnam. Kayak through Halong Bay’s towering limestone karsts, trek the Mai Chau area, and cycle through small towns for an authentic taste of Vietnam. When you’re not pedalling or paddling, you'll visit the country's cultural highlights like the Cu Chi Tunnels and Emperor's Tomb, or overnight at a local family’s homestay. Whether by bike or on foot, this tour will keep you grounded in Vietnam's intriguing culture.

Trip Description
Vietnam Hike, Bike & Kayak
 
Travel Theme
Countries
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

42,855
G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 32,586 Great 10,221 Average 4 Disappointing 1 Terrible 4
Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Vietnam Hike, Bike & Kayak

J

Recommends

The guide, Thien. unparalleled in everything he did. If all of your staff are like that then I would tell everyone to go. December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Life changing.

Operator G Adventures

K

Recommends

Had an excellent experience on the trip, so would be sure to recommend to a friend or family. December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We had a remarkable trip away. Looking back through the photographs now we are home we did so much in the time frame, and covered so much ground. The group and our tour guide Phong were fantastic. Would definitely book with G adventures again.
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Operator G Adventures

F

Recommends

I just loved it! Very smooth travel experience :) November 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
An absolutely fantastic trip that opened my eyes, made me laugh and made me want to do it all again! Highly recommended!

Operator G Adventures

R

Recommends

Because the CEO was fantastic and I had a trip of a lifetime. November 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Eye opening, beautiful and exciting. I cried because I didn't want to come home. I think that says it all...

Operator G Adventures

S

Recommends

Excellent tour guide who would go out of his way to help you with any circumstances. August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
An all over excellent tour with getting to know the Vietnamese culture, history and food through an up front experience with wonderful people.

Operator G Adventures

Itinerary

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: Please note: most nationalities require a visa to enter Vietnam. Please double check requirements with your travel agent or local Vietnamese Embassy. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City/Hoi An (1B)

Cycle to the Cu Chi Tunnels for a guided tour. Enjoy an included village tour with rice paper-making and paper lamp demonstrations. In the afternoon, fly to Hoi An via Danang. Included Activities: Củ Chi Cycling Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle Plane Private Vehicle

Day 3 Hoi An (1B, 1L)

Explore the villages around Hoi An by bike before enjoying a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project. Opt to visit the My Son ruins, relax on the beach, or visit the tailors in town. Included Activities: Hoi An Cycling Excursion Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch

Day 4 Hoi An/Huế (1B)

Drive the Hai Van Pass to the ancient capital of Hue. Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 5 Huế/Hanoi (1B)

Set out on bicycles to discover Hue, visiting the former Citadel and Tu Duc's tomb. After spending the day cycling, head back to town before taking an overnight train to Hanoi. Included Activities: Hue Cycling Tour Transport: There will be a 15-min transfer by private bus to the train. The sleeper trains in Vietnam are quite comfortable. Each cabin sleeps four people in two bunk beds. You will be able to lock the door from the inside. All bedding is provided. The train is air conditioned and has squat and Western-style toilets with a wash basin at the end of each compartment. Bags can be stored in the cabin and accessed at anytime. Food and drinks are available for purchase on board. This is not to everyone’s taste, so bringing your own is recommended. Basic overnight train (beds)

Day 6 Hanoi/Mai Châu (1B, 1L, 1D)

Upon arrival in Hanoi, drive out into the nearby hills. Reach Mai Chau in the late morning and then take a trek around the area to visit some of the Thai minority people who call this valley home. Enjoy a home-cooked meal and sleep in a dormitory-style long house in traditional style. Included Activities: Mai Chau Hike Mai Chau Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 7 Mai Châu/Hanoi (1B)

In the morning, transfer back to Hanoi. In the afternoon, cross the river and take a ride around the quieter suburbs surrounding Hanoi. Return to town to spend the evening exploring the Old Quarter. Opt to attend a famous water puppets' performance and sample some of Hanoi's amazing eating venues. Included Activities: Hanoi Cycling Tour Old Quarter Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 8 Hanoi/Ha Long (1B, 1L, 1D)

Thousands of islands rise dramatically from the waters of Halong Bay and, to further their beauty, intricate cave systems naturally exist throughout these limestone karst formations. Our sailing junk will visit some of the islands and caves. Enjoy an evening drink on the deck beneath the stars. The evening's accommodation is a special experience – sleeping on a boat surrounded by high limestone karsts. Included Activities: Halong Bay Overnight Cruise Halong Bay Kayak Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 9 Ha Long/Hanoi (1B, 1L)

In the morning, enjoy one last view of the magnificent limestone islands. Head back to dry land to embark on a private bus to Hanoi. In the afternoon, delve deeper into the site of Hanoi and explore the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton). Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 10 Hanoi (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,449

Price Per Day:

$ 145 per person
 
Departure Tax is included in all International and Domestic tickets in China, Thailand & Vietnam.
Details
Trip Includes
  • G Adventures for Good: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch
  • Hoi An Local Living: Mai Chau Homestay
  • Cu Chi Tunnels entrance and tour (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Escorted cycling trips
  • Entrance to the Emperor's Tomb and Citadel (Hue)
  • Countryside hike (Mai Chau)
  • Halong Bay overnight boat trip with seafood meals
  • Sea-kayaking and cave visit
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportHike, kayak, bicycle, bus, train, plane, junk boatTrain travel in Vietnam is very basic and train cleanliness is often not a priority for train staff. Sleeper trains normally have 4 seats per compartment, which convert into sleeping bunks (two upper and two lower). A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although many people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. At times, passengers of different genders may be required to share a sleeper train berth and/or share a compartment with people not travelling in your group. Simple food is available on the train but many people like to stock up on freshly baked bread, cheese and fruit prior to departure. Water should also be bought before the journey. Train journeys in Vietnam are an experience and allow you to get a real taste of Vietnam.
Local Flights All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 15, avg 10

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels (6 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt), homestay (1 nt).
Hotel (6 nts), Sleeper train (1 nt), overnight boat (1nt), homestay (1 nt)
Start City
Ho Chi Minh City
End City
Hanoi
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

Bikes We provide well maintained Trek 3900 mountain bikes in sizes 13"-22" and will be responsible for any maintenance required during the trip for these bikes. For added comfort you should consider bringing your own seat and pedals which we can easily fit to your rental bike. Helmets For safe cycling we highly recommend wearing a helmet whilst cycling on our trips. We highly recommend that you bring your own helmet with you. You can hire helmets locally or purchase in Hanoi at the start of the trip (approx cost $30 US), but please note that the quality of helmet may not be of the standard you prefer. Your Own Bike We do discourage the bringing of your own bike, however the following applies should you wish to bring your own. Most international airlines consider bicycles as part of your regular luggage weight allowance, so you will need to pack light to allow for the weight of the bike. The best way to transport a bicycle is to package it in a bike box. You will need to remove the front wheel (and sometimes the rear wheel), handle bars, pedals and seat post. Tape any loose parts to the bike frame and pack a few extras in the box such as your helmet. You would need to arrange another packing box at the end of the trip as it cannot be relocated from Hoi An to Hanoi. Vietnam Domestic flight charges for the flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An (Da Nang) are around 2 US$/1kg over weight, normal limit is 20kg, and you must register to take bikes on the flight 1 day in advance. This is payable to your CEO on Day 2. Support vehicle For the cycling days we will have the backup support of a small bus that will carry our luggage and anybody not cycling. Days Cycling: 4 Distance Cycled: 100km

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. G Adventures understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. A typical breakfast may include toast, coffee and tea, however this may vary depending on the city. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. While trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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