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 Thuat – 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.
Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!
Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
- Car transfers.
- Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
- Entrance fees.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Tour leader.
- Local porter(s).
- International travel insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.
Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.
Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.
As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).
In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.
We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.