Cycling Dalat to Hoi An is a 6 day adventure, taking you by bike from the central highland hill station of Dalat, through Lak Lake, Buon Me Thuot, Pleiku, Ngoc Hoi, Ho Chi Minh trail, Phuoc Son to the World Heritage site of Hoi An. This unique journey is a fantastic way to see the country 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.
DAY 1: DA LAT -> LAK LAKE
7:00 am pick up at your hotel and departure to start of the ride (20 minutes outside of Dalat). Fantastic riding section about 17 kilometers downhill to Tanung. Flat to rolling hills after this. Transfer by vehicle (or ride part ways) to the top of Phu Son Pass for an early lunch at 11:30. Bike down Phu Son Pass to Lak Lake where we stay overnight in Lak resort. Dinner and breakfast in Lak Lake.
DAY 2: LAK LAKE -> BUON MA THUOT
After breakfast, head out to visit one of the old summer retreats of Emperor Bao Dai. Take a boat to a remote village on the far side of Lak Lake. Some light trekking is possible from this village. Back to Lak Lake for lunch and a rest before the 50 km bike ride to Buon Me Thuot (mostly flat). Arrive in Buon Me Thuot around 4:30 pm. Evening free to explore.
DAY 3: BUON ME THUOT -> PLEIKU
Short transfer (about 30 minutes) out of Buon Me Thuot before biking. This day is particularly long with 110 km of biking through a fairly flat terrain of coffee and rubber tree plantations. Transport vehicle is 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. Lunch will be taken on the way (picnic style lunch on this day). Overnight in hotel in heart of Pleiku town.
DAY 4: PLEIKU – NGOC HOI
Departure by bike from the hotel at around 8:00. Visit a “Sea Lake” on the way. 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 thru rolling hills to hotel in Ngoc Hoi.
DAY 5: NGOC HOI -> PHUOC SON
Breakfast and departure at 8:30 am. This is the best riding day of the trip with a fantastic 80 kilometer 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 we travel along the famous Ho Chi Minh Trail. The Ba Na and Sedang minorities reside in this jungle area. Lunch along the way at a local restaurant. Vehicle transfer in the afternoon the rest of the way to Phuoc Son with an estimated arrival at 5:00 pm. Dinner will be organized in Phuoc Son with an overnight in a comfortable local guest house.
DAY 6: PHUOC SON -> HOIAN
7:00 am breakfast at the hotel. Departure with 60 km biking through more great sections of jungle, nice
landscapes and waterfalls. Lunch on the way (picnic style). After lunch continue by vehicle to Hoi An World Heritage Site (approx. 70 km) with an estimated arrival at 3:00 pm. Trip ends.