Asia-Pacific
Vietnam Vietnam Active Private

Vibrant Vietnam

Even with its vibrant economic growth, Vietnam is as charming, picturesque and wondrous as the first time we cycled here more than a decade ago. Certainly, the country is thriving, but that just means the roads are a bit better (making our bikes a little happier), and even more luxurious hotels pepper the coast. But the people remain the same: gracious, warm, and infinitely inviting—and we certainly meet a lot of them on this epic journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. In between, we take in all the highlights, from China Beach to the Imperial tombs to endless miles of scenic, colourful country and coastal roads.

B&R’s newest way to travel! This itinerary is one of our new locally supported, private trips. They use the hallmarks that we’re known for: great hotels, friendly and talented local guides plus memorable experiences, but it’s just your group and on the dates that work best for you.

Trip Details

Easygoing to Moderate
Hanoi to Saigon
11 Days / 10 Nights


Price per person from: $8,985
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Best Time to Visit

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Day by Day

Discover the historic architecture, tree-lined boulevards and delightfully chaotic street-life of Vietnam’s capital city in a traditionally Vietnamese way: on cyclo (bike-propelled cart). Enjoy a guided visit, covering everything from the city’s French colonial architecture to winding streets around the cities famed lake.

Today we fly to Hue: the Imperial capital of Vietnam. Here, take a picture-perfect introduction ride and walk viewing some of the most beautiful scenery central Vietnam has to offer. Enjoy cocktails and a dinner of local specialties tonight at the hotel.

Ride through quiet rice fields and over small riverside paths before ending at the Thien Mu Pagoda. From here, we will board our private riverboat and cruise up the Perfume River to the tomb of the Nguyen king, Minh Mang. Dinner is in a royal home this evening, where we will be regaled with stories of Imperial Vietnam.

Visit the Imperial Forbidden City and explore the former home of the last Vietnamese Imperial Dynasty, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive along the coast to Da Nang, stopping for a riverside lunch in the city’s hippest restaurant before heading to Hoi An to explore this amazing town.

Head into the market to watch the women haggle over the day’s fresh fish catch. Ride around Hoi An, passing through traditional rice paddies interspersed with ancestral tombs, water buffalo and hundreds of smiling children. Finish at our favourite cooking school in a beautiful river setting.

Take an early flight to Nha Trang and ride alongside the mellow Cai River, by the Cham Temple and out to the sea for a panoramic coastal ride to Ninh Van Bay in time for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy the resort—sipping champagne while watching the sunset from the privacy of your beachfront villa.

Enjoy a relaxing day exploring the Hideaway and visiting the Six Senses Spa. For those who want to hit the trail again, head off by boat and ride on the new coastal road into town. Dinner tonight is under the stars at the Hideaway.

After a great ride through the emerald green rice fields below the mountains that surround Nha Trang, enjoy lunch at a historic nobleman’s house built in the French style. Later, drive up to Dalat, the City of Eternal Spring, and one of the most enduring and romantic legacies of French colonialism.

Bike out of town passing rose greenhouses, through villages and countryside, to the house of one of our greatest friends, Mr. Quy, who prepares a perfect lunch entirely from local fresh produce. In the afternoon, choose to do more walking, explore a flower market, golf at the old imperial course, or visit the last Emperor’s palace.

After a great downhill bike ride to the airport, fly to Ho Chi Minh City and walk around the local markets. Our final night culminates in an unforgettable dinner extravaganza at celebrity chef Bobby Chinn’s restaurant.

On our last day in Vietnam we will arrange a transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Hotels

Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

Built in 1901, this gorgeous French colonial-style accommodation is located in the heart of Hanoi. It offers 364 guest rooms & suites, complemented by a choice of three restaurants (French cuisine, Vietnamese specialties and Italian flavours), three bars, a lush and relaxing rooftop garden, a heated swimming pool, health club and the luxurious Le Spa du Metropole. View hotel website »

The Pilgrimage Village, Hue

The luxurious and relaxing Pilgrimage Village is located in the peaceful countryside just 4 km (2 mi.) from the centre of Hué. You’ll come to appreciate this after learning that the only thing the Vietnamese love more than waking up early is honking the horns on their mopeds! The rooms are simple but comfortable, personal, and stylish, and guests will find every need is cared for. View hotel website »

Anantara Hoi An Resort, Quang Nam Province

Located along the scenic Thu Bon River, Anantara Hoi An Resort is only a short stroll from the colourful and bustling Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Touches of French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese cultures make up the distinct ambience and atmosphere in the resort and guests are offered luxurious spa treatments and breathtaking tropical gardens. View hotel website »

Six Senses Hideaway, Ninh Van Bay

This remarkable boutique hotel has undoubtedly raised the standard of luxury resorts throughout the country. Accessible only by water, the hotel’s 58 private villas, each with a private plunge pool, sit on dramatic Ninh Van Bay, with its impressive rock formations overlooking the impressive East Vietnam Sea, pristine white sand beach and towering mountains behind. View hotel website »

Dalat Palace Hotel, Dalat

Overlooking the Xuan Huong Lake of Dalat, the Dalat Palace Hotel is the creation of French colonial design, complimented with art deco elements, all within the spacious and elegant forty seven deluxe rooms and suites. From its imposing location, it offers five hectares of rolling pine covered gardens, with an array of restaurants and bars, all within its historical walls. View hotel website »

Activity Level

Easygoing to Moderate

This trip is rated Easygoing to Moderate. Daily biking distances usually vary from 20 to 30 km (12 to 18 mi.). The terrain is generally flat.

Gear

Vibrant Vietnam

Even with its vibrant economic growth, Vietnam is as charming, picturesque and wondrous as the first time we cycled here more than a decade ago. Certainly, the country is thriving, but that just means the roads are a bit better (making our bikes a little happier), and even more luxurious hotels pepper the coast. But the people remain the same: gracious, warm, and infinitely inviting—and we certainly meet a lot of them on this epic journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. In between, we take in all the highlights, from China Beach to the Imperial tombs to endless miles of scenic, colourful country and coastal roads.

B&R’s newest way to travel! This itinerary is one of our new locally supported, private trips. They use the hallmarks that we’re known for: great hotels, friendly and talented local guides plus memorable experiences, but it’s just your group and on the dates that work best for you.

What's Included

    • All hotel accommodation
    • Meals as indicated
    • Services of local B&R guide(s)
    • Support vehicles during bike rides
    • Use of a customized bicycle and helmet
    • Detailed maps and water bottle
    • All special events and private tours
    • All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
    • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
    • All flights in Business Class
    • Single Entry Visa on arrival in Hanoi

At Your Service

We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.

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Accolades

“Travelling with B&R is what being alive all about. It's action packed and incredibly invigorating with so many personal highlights that it's hard to single out just one.”

— Andrew Crowe

Vietnam Active Private

Notes from the Road

  • Mi Quang: The Holy Grail of Asian Noodle DishesThere is a special providence in the stock of a soup; it’s derived from the way its ingredients are combined, how long it’s left to simmer, and what garnishes are added at the glorious end of the process. For a chef, it can be a barometer for the amo …
  • Vietnam in Two(ish) Minutes“There are quiet pleasures to be found in a rice paddy full of workers and in the subtle gentleness of the people, which I think was lost on me until last year,” says B&R Guide Erin Reed, who shot this great clip on B&R’s Vietnam Biking trip last yea …
  • Know Before You Go: Vietnam Travel Tips“But, what’s it really like?” As invigorating, exciting and intoxicating as it is to explore an unknown land, it can be inconvenient and even a little intimidating to go in completely blind. That’s where we come in. In this ongoing series, we pose so …

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