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From Highlands to Hoi An 7 Days

Grade: Moderate
Destination: Dalat - Lak Lake - Buon Ma Thuot - Pleiku - Ho Chi Minh Trail - Hoi An
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
This 7-day adventure takes you by bike from the Central Highlands hill station of Dalat to the ancient town and World Heritage site of Hoi An. This unique journey is a fantastic way to the see Vietnam by bike in an ideal climate for biking. The itinerary can be done in reverse as well, for those starting in Hoi An and venturing down from the north. The trip ends with a day staying closer with both the local farming and fishing communities in the outskirt of Hoi An.
Exchange Rate:US$1=VND21,000
Group size2 persons3-4 personsSingle sup.
Prices/per personVND 16,241,400
(~US$ 773)
VND 15,860,250
(~US$ 755)
VND 2,268,000
(~US$ 108)
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Above prices are valid till Oct 31, 2015

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Dalat - Lak Lake
After early breakfast, you'll be picked up and transferred for 20 minutes outside of Dalat to start of the ride. Your adventure begins with a fantastic riding section about 17 kilometers downhill to Tanung. Flat to rolling hills after this. And then being transferred by vehicle (or ride part ways) to the top of Phu Son Pass for an early lunch at 11:30. In the afternoon, you'll cycle down Phu Son Pass to Lak Lake, heading to Lak Resort for overnight stay.

Cycling distance: 50km
Meals: -L/D
Overnight at Lak Resort near Lak Lake

Day 2: Lak Lake - Buon Me Thuot
After breakfast, you'll head out to visit one of the old summer retreats of Emperor Bao Dai. Followed by a boat ride to visit a remote village on the far side of Lak Lake. Some light trekking is possible from this village. You'll then return to the long house at Lak Lake for lunch and a rest before the 50km bike ride to Buon Me Thuot (mostly flat terrain). Arriving in Buon Me Thuot around 16:30, you'll check in your hotel in the downtown.

Cycling distance: 50km
Meals: B/L/-
Overnight in Buon Me Thuot

Day 3: Buon Me Thuot - Pleiku
The day begins with a short transfer by vehicle for about 30 minutes out of Buon Me Thuot to commence your bike ride. This day is particularly long with 110 km of biking through a fairly flat terrain of coffee and rubber tree plantations Transport vehicle available for those wishing to bike a shorter distance. The road wanders over rolling hills through fantastic sections of pine forest. A superb biking day. Picnic lunch will be served en-route.

Cycling distance: 110km
Meals: B/L/D
Overnight in Pleiku City

Day 4: Pleiku - Ngoc Hoi
Departure by bike from the hotel at around 8:30 am, with stop en-route to visit the "Sea Lake". On arrival in Kon Tum, continue further 7km to visit a local minority village (Ba Na), a scenic suspension bridge and a traditional wooden church. Then, continue visiting Russian Tanks and Charlie Hill. Lunch in Kontum.

In the afternoon, keep biking about 69 km through rolling hills to your guesthouse at Ngoc Hoi.

Cycling distance: 70km
Meals: B/L/-
Overnight at Ngoc Hoi
Day 5: Ngoc Hoi - Phuoc Son
After an early breakfast, you'll enjoy one of the best riding day of the adventure with a fantastic 80km section of deep jungle forest on both sides of the road. The ride is also very hilly and runs along the border of Ngoc Linh National Park and Ngoc Linh Mtn. (2400 meters) through the Truong Son mountain range.This is also the day that you travel along the famous Ho Chi Minh Trail. The Ba Na and Sedang minorities reside in this jungle area. You'll have lunch en-route at a local restaurant.

After lunch, drive the rest of the way to Phuoc Son with an estimated arrival at 17:00 pm. Dinner will be organized in Phuoc Son with an overnight in a comfortable local guest house.

Cycling distance: 80km
Meals: B/L/D
Overnight in Phuoc Son

Day 6: Phuoc Son - Hoi An
This morning you'll enjoy 60km biking through more great sections of jungle, nice landscapes and waterfalls. Picnic lunch on the way. After lunch, you'll continue by vehicle to Hoi An World Heritage Site (approx. 70 km) with an estimated arrival at 15:00 pm.

Cycling distance: 60km
Meals: B/L/-
Overnight in Hoi An

Day 7: Hoi An - Farming to Fishing Life Tour
The 5 hour tour today provides you with a close-up and intimate exposure to both the local farming and fishing communities. Accompanied by your tour guide, you commence the day leisurely cycling along country roads witnessing local Vietnamese rural life first hand, discovering all manner of photo opportunities – maybe a water buffalo working in a rice paddy field; colorful roadside market stalls or farmers tending their crops. The photo opportunities are endless. As well you will experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way. Later you will board an eco-tour boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen and enjoy a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. You will also experience paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat while exploring coconut-palm flanked waterways. This tour provides you with a cultural window into the ways of life of both our farming and fishing communities. The tour ends at your hotel at around 14.00

Cycling distance: 10km (road bike, flat terrain)
Meals: B/L/-
Overnight in Hoi An
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