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Cycling Vietnam

Enjoy the best of Vietnam on two wheels



At a glance

* 11 nights comfortable hotels, 1 night boat, 1 night sleeper train
* 9 days cycling (including 1 optional ride) with 90% vehicle support
* Roads nearly all good tarmac
* The route is generally flat with some undulation and the exception of
Dalat and the Hai Van Pass
* Group normally 5 to 18, plus local leaders

Enjoy the best of Vietnam on two wheels

We ride from vibrant Saigon in the south to the chaotic capital of Hanoi in
the north on this two week cycling tour, travelling on tarmac roads through
colourful fishing villages, folding rice terraces and mountains cloaked in
jungle. The vast shoreline of white sandy beaches is ours to discover along
the way, with time to swim in the sea on a tropical island retreat. Stopping
off at the ancient trading port of Hoi An, home to temples and wooden
merchant houses, we delve into the peacefulness of rural Vietnam before
ascending the Hai Van Pass, riding along twisting coastal roads that lead to
remarkable views of the misty forest below.

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What’s included

* All breakfasts, 10 lunches and 1 dinner
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* Arrival & departure transfers
* Local bike hire

Food:
All breakfasts, 10 lunches and 1 dinner are included.

Thanks to the tropical climate, the long coast and the gigantic range of
mountains, Vietnam is blessed with numerous varieties of culinary offerings
and consequently maintains its reputation as one of the healthiest cuisines
in the world that still packs a punch with delicious, fresh and fiery
flavours.

Vietnamese food relies on fresh fish, vegetables, rice and a whole myriad of
verdant herbs and spices; lemongrass, ginger, basil and lime all play an
important role in the cuisine. The Chinese and French influence is felt
throughout the country where you are just as likely to be offered a Banh Mi
(stuffed baguette) as you are a hot steaming bowl of Pho (noodle soup).

Each dish is prepared with the Asian principle of Wu Xing in mind (the five
elements); meaning that the perfect combination of spicy, sour, bitter, salty
and sweet is the ultimate aim. Be sure to also seek out the national
beverages; Vietnamese coffee is served iced and sweet with condensed milk, a
real sugar and caffeine hit, and beer hoi (local beer, brewed daily) is
served on most street corners in the North out of large plastic jugs that are
perfect for sharing.

Food is cheap in Vietnam and you can generally avoid the spicier food if you
wish. Western food is readily available almost everywhere.

Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any
special dietary requests.

Please note that in SE Asia the availability of certain specialised products
for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or
non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialised dietary
items from home.

You may find it beneficial to bring some ‘cycling snacks’ with you from home
if you have high energy bars or gels that you like to use during a ride.

For those who wish to contribute, a kitty is normally arranged – fresh fruit,
nuts, biscuits and local snacks are all provided from the snacking kitty
along with even homemade lemonade if the season is right!

Start destination: Saigon

End destination: Hanoi

Cycling profile

Day 1

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formerly known as Saigon, is an exciting and
absorbing city where bicycles battle with lorries and temples stand defiantly
alongside modern developments. Devastated by the Vietnam War, Saigon is now a
bustling free market city where anything goes. The Ben Thanh Market and Notre
Dame Cathedral are within easy walking distance and are highly recommended.

This evening there will be a welcome briefing with you leader followed by an
optional group dinner at a local restaurant.
*Huong sen Hotel or similar*

Day 2

This morning we drive out of the city, before riding to the Cu Chi Tunnels.
This offers a great introduction to cycling in Vietnam and a chance to
fine-tune the bikes. The tunnels were Viet Cong sanctuaries, used by the
guerrillas as living quarters and escape routes. The network covers 3 levels
and approximately 240km of tunnels. Some parts have been widened for
tourists, but the tunnels were originally very narrow and it is still
necessary to crawl on hands and knees. Claustrophobes may prefer to stay
outside in the sunshine!

If you prefer not to visit the tunnels you can have an unguided free day in
Saigon. Places of interest include: the Emperor of Jade and Giac Lam pagodas,
the former Presidential Palace (now the Reunification Hall), Ben Thanh market
and the War Remnants Museum. 
* Huong sen Hotel or similar*

Day 3

After an early breakfast we head out of Saigon by bus and then start cycling
towards the coast. We hit the backroads and head through tropical fruit and
rubber plantations also passing some small fishing villages as we make our
way closer to the coast finishing our ride in time for lunch. We then
transfer approx. 3 hours to Mui Ne, a tranquil white sand beach where we can
witness our first sunset over the South China Sea. We spend approx. 4-5 hours
on the bus today. 

*Sea Links Beach Hotel or similar*

Day 4

We cycle towards Dalat; the route is undulating with occasional climbs. Along
the way we pass coffee and tea plantations as well as flower gardens and pine
forests as we reach higher altitude. We rejoin the bus before the road climbs
steeply to the mountain town of Dalat. We spend approx 3.5 hours on the bus
today.

Dalat is a pleasant hill station, formerly known as Le Petit Paris, and has
been described as the most beautiful town in Vietnam. It was favoured by the
French for its climate, and is now a popular honeymoon resort for the
Vietnamese. 
*Sammy Hotel Dalat or similar*

Day 5

Today’s ride is predominantly undulating and approximately 30km downhill
through pine forests and paddy fields as we descend nearly 1,500m travelling
through the Bidoup Ba National Park. This area is home to rare pine forests
as well as small villages inhabited by the ethnic minority people of the
central highlands. Once we arrive at the coast, we head by bus (approx. 1.5
hours) to the coast near Nha Trang before boarding a boat to our tropical
island retreat of Whale Island for the next two nights. CToday you can cycle
up to 100km according to preference.
*Whale Island Resort or similar*

Day 6

Having a rest from the bikes today we get the opportunity to really relax and
unwind. We will join a boat trip in the morning for a spot of snorkelling and
swimming in the turquoise sea before a seafood lunch is served. In the
afternoon there is the option to visit a local fishing village, see the Whale
temple or walk around the island to the viewpoint for a 360 degree view of
the stunning mountainous coastline and the surrounding coves and white sand
beaches.
*Whale Island Resort or similar*

Day 7

We set off early in the morning and ride to the beautiful fishing village of
Dai Lanh. A short transfer out of town past the Po Nagar Cham towers brings
us to a high point and from here today’s ride is predominantly flat. The
beautiful beach at Dai Lanh is a perfect place to stop for a swim (if road
conditions and time permit) and lunch before continuing by bus around the
spectacular coastal cliff road towards the town of Tuy Hoa and on to Quy
Nhon. (Approx. 4 hours in the bus today). 
*Seagull Quy Nhon Hotel or similar*

Day 8

Leaving Quy Nhon we travel through a new economic zone over the Thi Nai
Peninsula and Nhon Hoi Bridge, the longest sea bridge in Vietnam. Getting off
our bikes we will visit a market, where its not unusual to be pulled aside
for a photo as this part of the country does not see many western tourists.
The coast line features secluded bays, sand dunes and beaches with colourful
fishing boats bobbing on the South China Sea. We will cycle until we arrive
at Phu Ly and then drive to Hoi An. If time permits, we will cycle the last
12km once we turn off Highway 1 into Hoi An.
Hoi An, the original European trading port in Vietnam dating back to the
mid-sixteenth Century is now a living museum, with attractive wooden
merchant’s houses and pagoda-style temples with Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese
and European architectural influences. It is also a marvellous place to
wander around and enjoy the thriving riverside market. We spend two nights in
Hoi An which is also a fantastic place to buy local art or have some clothes
tailor-made for you. Its best to bring a picture or a sample of what you want
made. Approx. 6 hours in the bus today. Cycle approx. 50km.
*Hoian River Green Boutique or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 9

This morning we take a guided walking tour of Hoi An to explore some of the
structures of historical significance in the Old Town, including bridges,
temples, wells and houses. Those less interested in architecture can cycle
the 5km to the lovely Cua Dai beach or cycle to the Marble Mountains, which
are 19km from town. These five marble hills, formerly islands, contain many
caves, some of which were used as Buddhist (and Viet Cong) sanctuaries.

Also nearby is China beach, a famous US R & R spot in the war, and Da Nang,
where there is a Cham Museum, which despite being in poor condition, is very
interesting. It is also possible to visit My Son, one of the most important
Cham temple sites in Vietnam where Cham kings were buried as early as the
fourth century. Although wartime bombing has destroyed much of the site,
there are a number of interesting stone towers and sanctuaries.
*Hoian River Green Boutique or similar*

Day 10

Today we turn north again for the drive/cycle to Hue. The route traverses
over the spectacular Hai Van Pass – the ‘Pass of the Ocean Clouds’. The views
are stunning though those who prefer to avoid the 580m climb can always take
a lift in the support vehicle. Once at the top it will all seem worth it as
you plummet back to the ocean, then continue through small villages and
timeless rural scenes to the outskirts of Hue, from where we transfer to our
city centre hotel. Approx 2.5 hours in the bus today. Cycle approx. 80km.
*Cherish Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 11

Hue is often claimed to be the cultural and historic centre of Vietnam and
there is plenty to see. We take a guided tour of the city and surrounding
tombs. The most memorable site is the citadel, with walls six miles in
length: inside are the palaces and halls of the Mandarins, and the remains of
the Forbidden Purple City, where only the emperor and his eunuchs and
concubines were allowed. We then take a boat along the Perfume River to the
elaborate tombs of the Nguyen emperors, who ruled Vietnam from Hue. Tu Duc’s
Tomb is very elaborate and set in beautiful gardens. Along the way we will
visit the famous Thien Mu Pagoda. The pagoda was a centre for anti-government
protests in the early 1960s and it houses the Austin car that transported a
monk, Thich Quang Duc, to Saigon in 1963 where he burned himself in protest
against the president. The photograph of his self-immolation was printed in
newspapers all around the world. In the afternoon we will board the
Reunification Express for the overnight ride to Hanoi, 600km to the north. 
*Overnight Train*

Day 12

We usually arrive in Hanoi in the early morning and stop for a local
breakfast and a stretch of the legs, before we are met by our bus for an
approximate 4 hour drive to Halong Bay. This is one of the most stunningly
beautiful sights in South East Asia with around 3000 limestone peaks rising
directly from the clear emerald sea. We cruise amongst this amazing karst
scenery, stopping to kayak in the sea allowing us to get to places
inaccessible by boat (weather permitting) and enjoy a seafood lunch on
board. There may even be the chance to try a spot of fishing from the boat
too.  
* Overnight Boat*

Day 13

Visit Me Cung cave and enjoy further time to cruise the many islands of
Halong Bay. We then return to Hanoi late afternoon. This charming city
contains many beautiful old buildings and the atmosphere is completely
different from that in Saigon in the south, mainly due to the much more
conservative nature of the North Vietnamese. Also, unlike its industrial
counterpart, the centre of Hanoi has a faded charm with broad tree-lined
avenues dating from the French period as well as some attractive lakes and
pagodas. In the evening there is the option to enjoy a performance of Hanoi’s
famous water puppets.

*May De Ville Old Quarter Hotel or similar*

Day 14

For land only clients, the tour ends this morning in Hanoi after breakfast.

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Customer Feedback

The best way to see the Real Vietnam.Bicycle.

Summary:
Tour Leader : Mr Linh Vo. Trip Code: MOV181014. Linh & his Exodus team; Tour
Bur driver, Support truck driver & Bicycle mechanic were striving to ensure
our tour group of 18 riders all had an exceptional Vietnam Holiday cycling
holiday. Their efforts were appreciated and ALL group members had a wonderful
Vietnam Experience. The cycling program was just right (moderate) for the
cross section of the group.We saw the “Real Vietnam” from the bicycle saddle
along back roads , as well as by bus,boat & train.The organization & running
of this trip was exceptional. Full credit to Linh & his team for their
efforts,I feel they went above & beyond simply,”just following the
Itinerary”. They made sure we had a little “extra’ of the real Vietnam
experience. Linh’s stories,songs and History lessons were all greatly
anticipated by our group.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The 30 klm downhill section from the Dalat Pass to the coast plus the 10 klm
uphill section of the Hai Van pass .ie just getting to the top! (made more
difficult due to the hot & humid weather conditions) Also, Linh arranged a
“Home Stay” dinner with a Local Vietnamese family which was an outstanding
experience.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Mr Linh Vo was a fantastic tour Leader & a credit to your (Exodus) Company.I
would give him 12/10.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
If you’re intending to cycle Vietnam,extra training to allow for the hot &
humid weather would help.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I would recommend this trip to all who may be interested in a Vietnam
holiday.

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Unforgettable trip, perfect in every detail

Summary:
We are just home from our best Exodus holiday yet. They have all been great
but this one stands out for the truly faultless organisation from start to
finish with a perfectly designed itinerary taking in so much scenery, culture
and of course wonderful cycling. Our group really gelled and had so much
fun – new friends for life. The days were action packed and all the extra
things laid on for us were memorable. Hotels were all good and meals, drinks
etc amazing value – you won’t spend much on this trip. Praise goes to our
amazing guide Linh Vo and his exceptional team – they truly made the trip
special.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling against the clock along the coast at sunset to catch the boat to
Whale Island, making it up the Hai Van pass in extreme heat and humidity,
cruising in Halong Bay and generally taking in Vietnamese rural life as we
pedalled through the countryside. Also truly special was the evening with a
local family who cooked us about 8 courses, chatted with us and entertained
us with music, including a song sung by their 5 year old grand daughter.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Special praise goes to our amazing guide Linh Vo – so experienced,
knowledgable and attentive he shared his fascinating personal and family life
story and against various odds cycled for the national team. A lovely guy
who worked tirelessly to organise us, meet our every need and keep us safe
and well prepared. We gained so much insight into Vietnamese culture,
society, family life and the history and politics too but always in an
approachable manner – he regularly entertained us with interesting stories,
jokes and even songs. We always felt safe with him in traffic and he was on
the ball at all times ensuring no one was left behind. He even dished out
pushes up the passes to those in need of one! We especially loved that he
organised home cooked food to help local families and took us to unusual
spots not seen by many such as the most flamboyant cemetry we have ever seen.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Travel light, we took too many clothes, no need to take snacks as the guides
source a lovely variety, no need for a head torch a phone will do. Take only
day-long suncream – the humidity will sweat off anything else. If you want
any clothes copied or made in Hoi An take pictures or a sample with you as
you won’t have long to decide on options. Stay on in Hanoi if you can to soak
up the mad, noisy, colourful and fascinating old quarter. Above all else,
just go!

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Cycling Vietnam – Amazing experience never to be forgotten!

Summary:
A packed itinerary taking in the full length of Vietnam by bicycle, bus,
train and boat.
Fantastic group of new friends supported by a great leader and support staff
made this a truly magical two weeks that we will never forget. We are already
planning our return trip with Exodus for 2020.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The way the group bonded and joined together to make sure everyone completed
the cycling days with support from the more capable cyclists and the Exodus
team.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our team leader, Linh Vo, made the trip.
His honest and knowledgeable insights into Vietnam’s history, culture, social
and political issues together with his endless enthusiasm, humour and
organisation skills meant that we learned so much about the country and its
people during our 2 weeks with him. Linh went out of his way to make sure we
all got the most out of our holiday and was available to answer any questions
or concerns we had.
He took us to some fantastic local restaurants, arranged for us to eat with
local families and made sure we had plenty of snacks and drinks during the
cycling days.
We will be keeping in touch with Linh as he became someone we consider to be
a friend as well as our guide and we hope to meet up with him in the future
on another Exodus trip.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t take too many clothes with you, you will only need half of what you
think you will need.
We packed fairly light compared to others in the group and still only wore
about half of what we packed.
Take it easy on the long cycle days as the heat and humidity will test even
the strongest of cyclists.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
A great introduction to Asia which has only fuelled our desire to get back
again in the future.

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Simply incredible!

Summary:
I honestly cannot fault anything of this trip. It was an experience I will
never forget, and although apprehensive while on the flight to Ho Chi Min
city, I was at ease as soon as I met our Tour Guide, Long Le, and the rest of
the cycling group. All extremely interesting, kind and fun people. The
cycling was perfectly manageable with bus option available throughout the
day. The scenery, the food, the landscapes and villages we cycled through,
the additional activities (snorkelling, kayaking, cooking, water puppet show)
were all 10/10.
Moreover, Long and his support crew were enthusiastic , hard working,
patient, friendly, thoughtful and above all made everyone feel happy and
comfortable.
If you are in two minds about this trip, just book it. Don’t think twice as
you will not regret it.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
1) Cycling through the villages where local people would great us as we went
by.
2) Cycling up the Hai Van Pass
3) Snorkelling of the coast of Whale island
4) Exploring Halong Bay by kayak
5) Spending time with incredible group of people

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Amazing holiday ! Fantastic leader and support team

Summary:
Amazing holiday, excellent cycling just at the right level to be a rewarding
challenge, extremely well organised, leader Long Le and his support team
were 100%. Beautiful country with outstanding scenery and excellent food and
accommodation.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Has to be the Hai Van pass but just as enjoyable cycling through the local
villages and paddy fields.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our leader was called Long Le who was quite a character ! He had an
excellent knowledge, was there 24 hours a day and along with his support
team we couldn’t have asked for a better leader.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I took my own saddle and pedals , which were quickly changed for me by our
expert bike mechanic Lee.

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Awesome Vietnam

Summary:
If you are thinking of doing this trip then go ahead and book it. It’s
amazing and you will love it. If you are worried about not being fit enough
for this trip you don’t have to worry as you can climb on the air
conditioned bus, recline the seat and watch the world go by. The bus is
never too far away. You will see some beautiful scenery, eat some amazing
food, cycle some challenging “undulations”, swim in beautiful warm seas
and travel on some of the county’s most chaotic roads.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling the spectacular Hai Van Pass with stunning views. If you have a go
pro then this would be the time to use it. It was hard work but I was so
pleased I did it. It took about an hour to climb the 10k steep hill.
Hoi An old town on day 9 was one of my favourite places to visit with the
river, temples and shops. If you like tailored clothing you can have a suit
made in a day here. Some members of the group had suits made and they were of
outstanding quality and craftsmanship.

Whale Island was also beautiful and peaceful and a welcome rest and
recuperation destination.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
We were so lucky to have Long Le. He was so friendly right from the moment
when we met at the airport. He was so professional, organised, knowledgeable,
hard working, kind and thoughtful. He made sure everybody was safe and happy
at all times. He found the best establishments to eat and drink and I
trusted him and his team completely. His knowledge of his country was
incredible and he always encouraged you to ask questions.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take a large tub of chamois cream, it will become your friend as you will be
cycling solidly for nine days in the heat and rain and by the end of the
holiday the bike will feel like part of you. I recommend “udderly
smooth” you can purchase it from Amazon for £8.99. A handlebar bag would
be a good idea as I took a bum bag and it just got in the way when signalling
to fellow cyclists behind you. Most people took their own saddles and gel
covers for their seats. Lee, the bike mechanic will fit it all for you. I
also took an “ass saver” mud guard for the back of the bike to prevent
mud splashes on rainy days. You can pack it easily in your luggage as it’s
lightweight and it comes as a flat piece of plastic that you shape and fit
under your saddle with no brackets. You can buy it from Amazon for about
£5. A good pair of padded gel sorts and gloves are essential as your hands
and ass get quite sore after a few hours on the bike. A good waterproof high
SPF sun screen as it’s a pain having to re-apply it at each stop. The sun
can get unbearable at times and you can burn very easily. Incognito insect
repellent is excellent and works well too, you will need it every day whilst
cycling. I recommend taking a comfortable pillow for the long bus journeys so
you can catch up on much needed sleep.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The local cuisine was the highlight of this trip for me. Try not to be too
afraid to eat at the markets and street food vendors. I tasted the most
incredible food and at a fraction of the cost. I had never eaten Vietnamese
food before as we don’t have a large Vietnamese community where I live in
Norfolk.

The group was a mix of like minded, interesting people of all ages, the
youngest being 28 and the oldest being 71 and all fitness levels. We made
some good friends on this trip and have kept in touch.

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Smooth, easy, organised

Summary:
Long Le was the rock star of tour guides. Ably supported by a team of drivers
and bike mechanic, Long Le was charming, funny, intelligent and informative.
I’m a bit of an anxious traveller but I felt 100% looked after and
supported during the entirety of our journey. Long Le was great at bringing
our group together to enjoy shared experiences. We started as strangers and
ended as friends.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling up Hai Van Pass. I had almost not even tried but with support from
Long Le, bike mechanic Lee and drivers Tan and Trin I knew that I could give
it a crack and they would be there if I failed -but I succeeded and it felt
great!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
We had the chance to observe other tour guides along the way and in the
cities we visited which emphasised to me that we had lucked out with the A
team and an exceptional group leader in Long Le

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bring your swim goggles-there are beautiful pools at every stop. Don’t be
scared to bring your own peddles and other gear-bike mechanic will install
and remove for you and super quick.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Now that I have been in one Exodus cycle tour I will definitely be doing
more.

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Fantastic

Summary:
There wasn’t one moment when I regretted my decision to join this trip – it
was wonderful from start to finish. Fascinating country, warm and welcoming
people, superb food, varied and beautiful scenery, interesting culture……
and that’s just the place itself. Add to that the excellent organisation,
top-notch guide and support staff, slick arrangements, high quality bikes,
amazingly good quality accomodation, fun fellow cyclists, can-do positive
attitude from everyone, and you have a really brilliant holiday. Well done
Exodus!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Getting to the top of the Hai Van pass – I’d never tackled anything quite so
challenging on a bike, particularly in searing heat (the promised Sea Cloud
in the name didn’t materialise, which meant great views, but a LOT of
sweat!). It was quite an emotional experience when I actually made it!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Chi was absolutely first class. Always smiling, positive, helpful,
knowledgeable, flexible, charming, amusing. He simply couldn’t have done
more to make our trip a success. He knows so much about his country, and was
very willing to share it with us, but never bored. And if you mentioned
something you’d like to see or learn more about, as if by magic, he made it
happen – like stopping by the roadside and asking permission for us all to
wander into someone’s small-holding to look at the crops because we had asked
about tapioca and turmeric. And his team (Sau, Can and Y) were charming and
couldn’t do enough to make sure we were all looked after, well, safe and
happy.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Just go!

Take a gel saddle and padded shorts.
Also a bag for your handlebars to avoid having to carry anything round your
waist or on your back, and minimise the sweatiness!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I’m not entirely sure that the 3 (moderate) out of 10 grading is right. I
think I’d probably put it a bit higher, as some of the days are quite long,
and although much of the riding is on the flat, there are some considerable
“updulations” (a great new word invented by one of the group when the
promised undulations seemed to be rather more up than down……!).

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What a Fantastic Experience

Summary:
I signed up for this on a whim, having done the standard Exodus Vietnam trip
5 years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed that trip but saw no reason to return. This
trip caught my eye as it covers the bit we previously flew over and I was
happy with what was repeated. I have enjoyed half day cycling trips on
adventure tours but am no great cyclist. Whilst I did some training – a short
ride to work most days and a longer ride every couple of weeks – I expected
to retreat to the bus on occasions, particularly for uphill stretches.
Friends did not think I would be able to cycle 100km……….

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Reaching the top of the Hai Van pass having completed every available
kilometre of cycling. Whilst I was a physical and emotional wreck on arrival
I coul not believe what I had achieved. The cycling is very well structured
and each day becomes a little harder so you build up gradually. The 100km day
is actually not the toughest day as 30km is downhill from a pass that you
have been largely driven up. The support from the Exodus team was superb and
a major factor in my achievement- regular refreshment stops (the first hit of
the ice cold lemon drink is amazing) with fruit, nuts and biscuits ensured
no-one lost weight! The smiles of the staff as they directed us at junctions
was great and those at the back had a great time with the engineer. The group
was superb with a wide range of ages and everyone supported each other, no
matter what their fitness or ability.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Loc was a fantastic leader and he was brilliantly supported by an excellent
team. Nothing was too much trouble and he listened to us, informed us,
entertained us and organised us superbly. He is clearly an excellent cyclist
and an excellent cycling trip leader.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The scenery and greetings from the locals make this a great trip and a great
way of seeing real Vietnam. I booked an extra night at each end to give me
more time in the cities. If this is to be your only trip to Vietnam then I
would strongly recommend this as there is little time to do normal holiday
stuff. The cycling days are long so you won’t get much time in places unless
you are staying for 2 nights in a place. Some practice beforehand is
sensible, especially if you are not a regular exerciser/cyclist, but the
support staff are great and if you are struggling they are happy for you to
drop out of parts of the route. The island is a great break, all the
accomodation was very pleasant (and except for the train had wifi!) and
often better than pleasant. Embrace the traffic and enjoy the chaos – they
drive steadily and with a lot more respect than UK drivers.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The bikes were new and excellent, take a water bottle as the bike had a
holder and the staff refilled bottles left on bikes automatically. Having
read a previous review I also took a velcro pannier (Decatholon sells them)
and my own saddle. ATMS were easy to find but levy a charge whatever card you
used.

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Very well organise and planned. Our group was friendly and supportive

Summary:
Enjoyed every day. Great group.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Stepping out of my comfort zone in a supported environment.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Very good. Worked well with group.
Very organised .

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take part in the varied experiences. Take up challenges and 😊 enjoy.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
A terrific adventure, well planned, friendly group and plenty of variety.
Highly recommend. Great weather and great experiences.

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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