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Vietnam Hike,Bike & Kayak

10 Days, Ho Chi Minh City (saigon) to Hanoi
Vietnam Hike,Bike & Kayak

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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 read more...

    • Want to physically engage with your environment
    • Are looking beyond a mere vacation as you hike, bike and kayak
    • Like exploring the world's greatest vantage points
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 09 nights accommodation (Hotels (6 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt), homestay (1 nt)).
  • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Hike, kayak, bicycle, bus, train, plane, junk boat
  • Internal flights.
  • Cu Chi Tunnels entrance and tour (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project (Hoi An).
  • Escorted cycling trips.
  • Entrance to the Emperor's Tomb and Citadel (Hue).
  • Walking with local meals (Mai Chau).
  • Halong Bay overnight boat trip with seafood meals.
  • Sea-kayaking and cave visit.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour.
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 85-110 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
Day 1 Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City/Hoi An
Day 3 Hoi An
Day 4 Hoi An/Hue
Day 5 Hue/Hanoi
Day 6 Hanoi/Mai Chau
Day 7 Mai Chau/Hanoi
Day 8 Hanoi/Ha Long
Day 9 Ha Long/Hanoi
Day 10 Depart Hanoi
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Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
  • Hoi An
  • Hue
  • Onboard The Train
  • Mai Chau
  • Hanoi
  • Junk Boat
  • Ho Chi Minh City (saigon) to Hanoi Map
  • DAY 1 Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

    Arrive at any time.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Ho Chi Minh City/Hoi An

    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.

    Cu Chi Cycling
    Cu Chi 25km
    Start off on the back roads. Ride through rubber plantations and sleepy villages where residents tend rice fields. See where rice paper is made. Finish the ride at the Cu Chi Tunnels, extensive underground bases and an example of one of the greatest advantages the Viet Cong held over the Americans in the war.

    Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour
    Cu Chi
    Take a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, a complex network of tunnels (200km or 125 mi) that the Viet Cong lived in to protect themselves from opposing forces during the Vietnam War. Try crawling through some of the tunnels (if you're not claustrophobic) - these tunnels stored ammunition, had underground hospitals, and served as a hidden base for attacking allied forces.

    Private Vehicle
    Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh City 1h 30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Ho Chi Minh City - Da Nang 1h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Private Vehicle
    Da Nang - Hoi An 45m 28km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Hoi An

    Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a Planeterra-supported project. Relax on the beach or visit the tailors in town.

    Hoi An Bike Tour
    Hoi An
    Enjoy a peaceful exploration of the villages around Hoi An, cycling through rice paddies and along narrow country lanes. Take advantage of this tour - it includes a boat trip through the water palm forest and a visit to the farming village of Tra Que.

    Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch
    Hoi An
    Try some of the oodles of noodles (more than 26 types!) available in the city in this tasty cooking class. Run by Planeterra Foundation partners, STREETS International, the class was developed exclusively for G Adventures. Former street youth that are part of this hospitality training program, will help you prepare and cook a number of different types of noodles. This program helps these youth practice their English, increasing their skill-set and opportunities available to them in the tourism industry. Enjoy your yummy creations while learning more about the local cuisine and this initiative which empowers street youth through skills and employment training.

    Opt to take a riverboat trip or visit the My Son ruins.

    Free Time
    Hoi An Afternoon
    Use free time in this quaint town to explore any way you like.

    Optional Activities
    Hoi An Walking Tour

    Hoi An
    Stroll through the narrow winding streets of Hoi An's Old Town to see the Chinese Assembly Halls, ancestral homes, the Japanese Covered Bridge, and well-preserved pagodas. Stop for a riverside lunch to sample delicious local delicacies and fusion food at one of the restaurants for which Hoi An is becoming famous.

    Hoi An Cooking Class
    Hoi An
    Take a cooking class to learn more about Vietnamese food and its distinct flavours. Tour the local market to buy fresh ingredients before preparing some popular regional dishes. Enjoy your creations when you're done!

    My Son Excursion
    My Son
    Travel approximately 1 hr from Hoi An to arrive at My Son. Tour these partially ruined Hindu temples built between the fourth and 14th centuries - the site is widely accepted as one of the most important Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia. Learn about the architectural style and history of a site that's often compared to Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Bagan in Burma. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Hoi An/Hue

    Drive the Hai Van Pass to the ancient capital of Hue.

    Private Vehicle
    Hoi An - Hue 4h 137km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    Hoi An Morning
    Use free time in this quaint town to explore any way you like. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Hue/Hanoi

    See Hue by bike, including the Citadel and the tomb of Tu Duc. Take an overnight train to Hanoi.

    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.

    Hue Cycling Tour
    Hue 35km
    Cycle through Hue and to landmarks like the Citadel and Tu Duc's tomb.

    Overnight train (beds)
    Hue - Hanoi 14h-15h 673km
    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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Hanoi/Mai Chau

    Transfer to Mai Chau, then continue out into the countryside. Trek the Mai Chau area and enjoy a homestay with local meals provided.

    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.

    Private Vehicle
    Hanoi - Mai Chau 3h-4h 150km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Mai Chau Hike
    Mai Chau
    Leave the city behind and travel up into the mountains north of Vietnam. Walk through villages and past rice paddies up into the hills. The hike is simple enough for anyone in good health, although the terrain can become slippery underfoot if the weather changes.

    Mai Chau Homestay
    Enjoy a homestay in Mai Chau - make new friends and learn all about local living. Reach Mai Chau in the late morning, and then trek around the area to visit some of the Thai minority people who call this valley home. With its green rice fields, punctuated by traditional brick kilns and surrounded by mountains, Mai Chau is yet another picture-perfect moment in the adventure of Vietnam.
    Enjoy a home-cooked meal during the evening, and sleep in a dormitory-style long house in traditional style. (The group will be provided with mattresses, mosquito nets, and blankets - the homestay is comfortable, but basic.) (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Mai Chau/Hanoi

    Return to Hanoi before cycling the outskirts of the city. In the evening, walk through the Old Quarter and take in the beautiful sites.

    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
    Private Vehicle
    Mai Chau - Hanoi 3h-4h 150km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Hanoi Cycling Tour
    Distance cycled: 25km (15 mi)

    Old Quarter Orientation Walk
    Take an orientation walk through Hanoi's Old Quarter, a maze of streets, each one traditionally devoted to a different product or industry. Each street is named after the trade practiced on that street for several generations; it's an interesting glimpse into the life of a Hanoian in one of the oldest parts of town. Need a rest? Stop at Bia Hoi corner and pull up a plastic stool. Drink the local brew with the locals and make new friends.

    Opt to attend a famous water puppets' performance and sample some of Hanoi's amazing eating venues.

    Optional Activities
    Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre Performance

    Watch a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show with beautiful live music and intricate puppets dancing in a water stage. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Hanoi/Ha Long

    Relax on a traditional junk boat cruise around Halong Bay and indulge in an included seafood lunch. In the afternoon, explore the surrounding caves.

    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.

    Private Vehicle
    Hanoi - Ha Long 4h 145km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Halong Bay Overnight Cruise
    Ha Long
    Cruise through majestic Ha Long Bay on a traditional wooden junk boat. Enjoy your time afloat eating fresh seafood, kayaking and exploring Sung Sot Cave. Spend a peaceful night anchored in the bay under the stars. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Ha Long/Hanoi

    Marvel at the limestone karsts of Halong Bay on an included morning kayak. Return to Hanoi in the mid-afternoon for a final night out.

    In the morning, explore Halong Bay by kayak for a different perspective.

    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). Meet in the evening to celebrate the final night with an included dinner.

    Halong Bay Kayak Excursion
    Ha Long Morning
    Travel the narrower channels of Halong Bay by kayak. See rock gardens, dark sea caves, lagoons and limestone karsts.

    Private Vehicle
    Ha Long - Hanoi 4h 145km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum Guided Tour

    Take a guided tour of the mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh's body is embalmed in a glass case. Visit the museum where you can learn about Ho Chi Minh's life and political history.

    Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) Guided Tour
    Tour the museum of Hoa Lo Prison, referred to as Hanoi Hilton by American prisoners, to learn more about the Vietnam War. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Depart Hanoi

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals


    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    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.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 85-110 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 15 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Days Cycling: 4
     Distance Cycled: 100km

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