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Journey through Vietnam

An unforgettable Far East adventure awaits in the breathtaking landscapes of Vietnam.

  • 13 Days
  • 37 Reviews Recommended by 35 of 37 travellers
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 35 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 4 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
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Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Journey through Vietnam

On a vacation bracketed by visits to Hanoi and the inspiring vistas of Halong Bay in the north and lively Ho Chi Minh City in the south, we’ll travel by bike, boat and rickshaw, meeting with local friends and exploring a myriad of wonders, both natural and man-made. With the help of our local Trip Leaders, we’ll discover the once-forbidden Purple City, wind through the subterranean maze of the Cu Chi tunnels and savor Vietnam’s delicious cuisine. It’s an up-close view of one of the most alluring settings on earth – VBT style.

Cultural Highlights

  • Break from cycling the Mekong Delta to visit the colorful floating market by boat
  • Connect with the local culture during a special visit to an orphanage
  • Enjoy a unique water puppet performance in Hanoi
  • Tour the Forbidden Purple City, Imperial City, Buddhist pagoda and ancient Cham towers
  • Whisk through the traditional shopping streets of Hanoi's ancient quarter on acyclo
  • Park your bike and take in a walking tour of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Meet with a local Vietcong and explore the eerie Cu Chi tunnels
  • Visit local markets and sample local delicacies throughout your journey

What to Expect

This tour offers easy terrain throughout the trip and is suitable for beginning cyclists and ideal for regular recreational cyclists. Roads are carefully selected, but in general are not of the same standard as in Europe or the U.S.

What’s Included:

Bicycle Tour Only – without Air

  • 9 nights in 4- and 5-star resorts
  • 22 meals – 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners

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  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 12 nights: 10 nights in 4- and 5-star resorts and two nights in flight
  • 23 meals – 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Transfers
  • The option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Halong Bay – 2 nights (1 night in Hanoi and 1 night in Halong Bay) for only $495 • Post-trip: Angkor Wat, Cambodia – 3 nights for only $995*

*Please note: For those traveling in 2015, the Post-trip Angkor Wat, Cambodia is $845, single supplement: $195.

Both Vacations Include

  • Free use of our VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
  • FULL VAN SUPPORT
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
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Itinerary & Map
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DAY 1: Depart the U.S.

Depart from the U.S. and travel to Vietnam. The particulars of your arrival are detailed with your flight itinerary and airline tickets.

DAY 2: Arrive in Hanoi

Upon arrival in Hanoi, claim your luggage and clear customs. Your VBT representative will be holding a VBT sign and will help you transfer to your Hanoi hotel.

VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do in Hanoi during your stay.

Please note: This transfer has been pre-arranged by VBT and does not require direct payment. Please confirm with the driver that this transfer has been pre-paid—if the driver requests funds from you, this is not your scheduled transfer and you should not take it.

DAY 3: Meet Trip Leaders / Hanoi / Orientation tour

VBT No-Air Package guests: Please plan to arrive at your Hanoi hotel by 2:00 pm. If you are unable to arrive before 2:00 pm, please contact VBT during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, ET) at 800-245-3868 to inform us of your arrival time, or contact the hotel on the day the tour begins to let them know when you will arrive. The hotel will pass the message on to your Trip Leaders.

VBT Air Package guests: After breakfast, your morning is free to do as you please. While choosing your activities for the day, you may wish to keep in mind that a guided tour of the city is included later in the program, featuring visits to Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, the exterior of the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house and One Pillar Pagoda. You may wish to visit different sites on this day to avoid duplicate activities later in the trip.

VBT Pre-extension guests: Greet the day on deck while the sun rises over Halong Bay. After breakfast on the junk, visit a limestone grotto and then cruise back to Halong city and Halong wharf. Transfer by shuttle back to your hotel in Hanoi (approximately 3 hours), where you join the main tour.

At 2:00 pm, all guests meet in the lobby for a short walking tour around this historic city of lakes, tree-lined boulevards and French-Colonial architecture. Later, return to your hotel to meet your VBT Trip Leaders, who provide a briefing of the week ahead. Dine with the group at the hotel.

DAY 4: Explore Hanoi / Water puppet performance

Sleep in today or join an early-morning walk to Hoan Kiem Lake to experience the city as it shakes off its slumber. You may see locals practicing Tai Chi by the lake, families out for a stroll and street vendors setting out their wares. Then return to the hotel for breakfast before embarking on a tour of the city, including visits to Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, the exterior of the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house and One Pillar Pagoda.

After lunch at a local restaurant, return to the hotel for a rest or a swim. In the late afternoon, pick up the pace with a cyclo (rickshaw) ride through the Old Quarter. Here, shops sell everything from therapeutic herbs and prayer flags to shoes and hardware. The next stop is a small theater, where we watch a mesmerizing water puppet performance. Afterward, we dine at a local restaurant.

DAY 5: Fly to Hue / Take a warm-up ride

After breakfast, explore on your own before transferring to the airport for our flight to Hue.
From 1802 to 1945, this was Vietnam's Imperial City; it boasts a vast citadel and the tombs of its emperors. After we check in to our Hue hotel, attend a safety and bike-fitting session with your Trip Leaders. Then, take a warm-up ride that includes a visit to a local orphanage and the Mausoleum of Khai Dinh. (You may wish to bring along a small gift, such as a book, pens or paper that may be shared among the children.) At dinner, feast on local specialties in the hotel's dining room.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to operate this trip, VBT keeps two fleets of bikes in the country, one in central Vietnam and another in southern Vietnam. You will receive the same bike-type and bike-size in both locations and your leaders will ensure that both bikes are tuned to your liking.

DAY 6: Visit Forbidden Purple City and Imperial City

This morning we shuttle from the hotel to our ride's starting point, then we'll cycle along the banks of the Perfume River, where you may see dragon boats, sampans and traditional houseboats with their rooftop shrines. We pedal on quiet country roads through villages to Thien Mu Pagoda. After touring the pagoda, board a local boat to enjoy a relaxing cruise along the river. As we conclude our river idyll, drivers will be waiting to transfer us to the ancient Imperial Citadel. Within the citadel, just past Hien Nhan Gate, lies the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City. We'll leave our bikes to take a walking tour of this massive enclosure.

After an included lunch and a short transfer, continue cycling southeast of the city, through rice fields and past duck and fish farms. In the village of Cau Ngoi Thanh Toan, look for a small covered bridge. Built over two centuries ago, it has weathered many storms, floods and wars, but it has been the soul of the Thanh Toan villagers for generations. While in the village, stop at the market for a truly local experience. Continue riding to the Hue Sport Center before transferring by shuttle back to the hotel.

Tonight, we get another view of the city's splendid past. Our dinner venue is a garden restaurant comprised of five authentic 19th- and early 20th-century Hue houses.

DAY 7: Cycle coastal roads / Shuttle to Hoi An

After breakfast, we transfer to Thuan An Beach and begin cycling along the beach road and through fishing villages. After crossing the Phu Thu Bridge, we arrive at the American-built Phu Bai Airport, where you re-board a minibus and continue to travel toward Hoi An. We'll eat lunch in Lang Co. Then, transfer up the Hai Van pass (“Pass of the Ocean Clouds”), stopping at the top to take photos of the breathtaking views of both sides of the 1,600-foot mountain ridge. From here, our shuttle passes through the city of Da Nang to an area known as Marble Mountain. Later, we'll stop at Non Nuoc village, which is known for its stone works. From here, our route traces Non Nuoc Beach, locally referred to as “New China Beach.” This huge expanse of fine white sand is just south of the original “China Beach.” Along the way you might spot locals making bamboo basket boats. Then, continue to Hoi An, where you check in to your hotel on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Try one of the local restaurants for dinner this evening.

DAY 8: Cycle through Thuan Tinh / Walking tour of Hoi An

After breakfast, begin cycling with the Thu Bon River on your right, passing many fishing boats and small houses. As we bike through Thuan Tinh Ecological Village, we can stop to observe family temples and Areca-nut gardens. Continue cycling through a water-coconut palm forest and past a fishing farm before our ride takes us back to Hoi An for lunch.

After lunch, take part in a walking tour of Hoi An's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the local market, Tan Ky House, Japanese Bridge and a Chinese temple. Tonight, you are free to enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many open-air restaurants on Bach Dang, the waterfront road in Hoi An.

DAY 9: Fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) / Independent exploration

Enjoy breakfast and a leisurely start to the day at our resort. In the late morning, transfer to Da Nang and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to the airport for your flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Upon arrival, transfer to the centrally located Majestic Hotel, a comfortable home base for exploring Vietnam's liveliest city.

DAY 10: Cycle the Mekong Delta / Visit to the floating market

This morning, shuttle (approximately 1 hour) to Tan An town in the Mekong Delta area. Then, cycle through the lush land, rich with orange, papaya, grapefruit and mango trees. As you ride, note motorists resourcefully transporting pigs and coconuts on their mopeds. Our ride today ends when we stop for lunch in My Tho City. In the afternoon, we'll transfer back to Saigon (approximately 2 hours), where we'll visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda, an ancient southern architectural gem. Built in 1849, the structure is a mixture of Asian and European architecture, which blends elements from the Renaissance period with Romanesque style, French decorative flowers and Japanese enameled tile.

Tonight, try another of Ho Chi Minh City's wonderful restaurants on your own.

DAY 11: Explore the Cu Chi tunnels / Cycle to Hoc Mon

After breakfast, shuttle approximately 1 hour north of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi, the site of the infamous military tunnels. We arrive by bicycle and talk with a local Vietcong before visiting the passageways themselves. The Cu Chi tunnels are a 75-mile-long underground maze where the Vietcong quite literally dug themselves out of harm's way. After our visit, we'll continue to cycle to Ben Nay for an included lunch, and then ride on to Hoc Mon, where the van waits to shuttle us back to the hotel. This evening, visit the former home of a U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam and meet the current owners during a special farewell dinner.

DAY 12: Discover Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) / Fly to U.S. or begin Post-trip Extension to Cambodia

This morning, set out on a walking tour to visit the former Presidential Palace, the site of the former U.S. Embassy, Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall (Hotel de Ville), the Historical Museum or the War Remnant Museum, and the Rex Hotel, famous for the regular press briefings that became known as the “five o'clock follies” during the U.S./Vietnam War. Enjoy a last Vietnamese lunch together in one of the city's great restaurants before spending some free time shopping or exploring on your last day in the country.

VBT No Air Package guests: Your trip ends in the late afternoon at our Ho Chi Minh City hotel. You are responsible for your own transfer to the Ho Chi Minh City airport for your flight home. You can book a taxi (approximately $6-$9 USD, depending on traffic) direct from the hotel. Please confirm the fare with your driver in advance to ensure the most direct route to the airport (approximately 30 minutes, 7.5 miles).

VBT Air Package guests: Your afternoon is at your leisure and dinner is on your own. Then, meet in the hotel lobby 3 hours prior to your flight departure (subject to change per required check-in time at the airport) for transfer (approximately 30 minutes) to the Ho Chi Minh City airport for your flight home. Most flights depart just before midnight. You arrive one day later in the U.S.

VBT Post-Trip Extension guests: Meet in the hotel lobby 3 hours prior to your flight departure (subject to change per required check-in time at the airport) for your transfer (approximately 30 minutes) to the Ho Chi Minh City airport. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, claim your luggage and clear customs. Then meet your VBT representative, who will be holding a VBT sign. He or she will help you transfer (approximately 20-minutes) to your Siem Reap hotel, Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Resort. VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do during your stay.

Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

DAY 13: Arrive in the U.S.

You will arrive in the United States today.

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Accommodations

Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Resort

Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor is set among tranquil landscaped gardens on beautiful tree-lined Charles de Gaulle Avenue. It is the closest hotel to the stunning ruins of Angkor Wat. The resort is located near traditional markets and is just a 15-minute drive from the airport. Combining French and Khmer architecture to provide refined, elegant accommodations, the hotel features 238 rooms, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, spa, five restaurants, three bars and the Phokeethra Country Club, a world-class 18-hole golf course.

Halong Sails

The Halong Sails Vietnamese junks comfortably sleep between 12 and 20 guests (depending on configuration) in quaint cabins with twin beds and a private bath. Savor fresh local seafood, vegetables, fruit and Vietnamese rice wine. Embark on small bamboo boats to explore a few of the 775 islands in Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All cabins have air-conditioning.

Hotel Majestic

Opened in 1925 as the city’s finest hotel, the Majestic has gone through several incarnations over the years, changes that reflect the tumultuous history of Vietnam. During World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army used this French-Colonial structure as a military barracks. During the Vietnam War, it was frequented by foreign correspondents and espionage agents. Today, it remains a hotel of tradition, hospitality, and elegance. Hotel Majestic is located within walking distance of the beautiful Opera House, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Markets, reflexology boutiques and other related therapy boutiques, as well as most major commercial office buildings. Complimentary WiFi is available in the guest rooms.
Free WiFi Included

Melia Hanoi Hotel

A 5-star hotel ideally situated in Hanoi’s city center, Melia Hanoi Hotel is within walking distance of all the major attractions. It features two restaurants, a swimming pool and fitness center. The lobby lounge is spacious but cozy. Located on the ground floor, it serves snacks and drinks and comes alive with music by Meliá Sunshine Quintet band in the evening. Its El Patio Restaurant on the ground floor is a spacious modern restaurant with a distinct Mediterranean feel. And El-Oriental Restaurant is an Elegant Vietnamese Restaurant with emphasis on fine seafood.
Free WiFi Included
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  • Fabulous tour

    Our leaders went out of their way to make our trip enjoyable, comfortable and safe. I was concerned about specific dietary needs and our leaders did a wonderful job of accommodating this. Biking the villages of Vietnam is a great way to feel the culture and be immersed in the life of such an amazing place. The hotels were all outstanding with impeccable service.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 29, 2014
    Posted by: Triciak
    From: Boise, ID, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Simply enjoy. Be prepared for more than a bike trip.

    The mist hangs over the quietly lapping water of Ha Long Bay, the mosaic emerald green fields are dotted with hunched figures in conical hats, motor bikes crowd noisily for space while carrying whole families, crates of pigs or everything they own while early morning finds the people of Hanoi squatting on small chairs slurping Pho, this is Vietnam. The masses of tangled wires on every pole, the family temples of beautifully intricate mosaics, the long thin colorful houses stacked side by side and the immaculate fields of vegetables growing around lone burial temples, this is Vietnam. But more that that, it is the people, dark eyed, dark haired, welcoming men, women and children along country roads working next to slow moving dark rivers, wizened women in the markets smiling up at you over their freshly caught fish or box of large frogs, beautiful, petite mothers holding lovely babies whose dark eyes sparkle and hold the incredible history of life and suffering which has made Vietnam what it is today…And all of this you see, you feel and you smell through the eyes of knowledgeable, local guides who want you to experience the country as they do. Biking through Vietnam is a journey that will stay in your heart and mind, having changed you and your understanding of war and peace, of beauty and contentment and of life. This is so much more than a bike trip, let go and simply take it all in.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 29, 2014
    Posted by: Pamma
    From: Bennington, VT, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Great example of VBT's attention to details

    This was definitely the right mix of tour itinerary and personal time. The length and variety of the ride, the landscape scenery and learning experiences was perfect for our level of bicycling. There was a great mix of urban and rural. Because of the nature of the roads, traffic and the language barrier, the riding was more as a group and the pace was slower, however, there was so much to see and learn that the variety kept us interested. I was pleasantly surprised at how there could be such fantastic accommodations for the price. Great value! It was a great chance to see Vietnam from the inside. We saw sights you could never see from a tour bus. We met some great people in our group that almost seem like family by the end of the trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 28, 2014
    Posted by: Johnson5
    From: Minneapolis, MN
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A life changing experience!

    Our bike adventure in Vietnam was truly one of the best trips we have ever experienced . We loved the countryside, quiet lanes, and daily markets The opportunity to meet the people of Vietnam along our daily bike routes was priceless. Our guides willingness to share with us the real life of Vietnam was a bonus of unexpected value. If you can only take one VBT trip, take this one. You'll never regret it.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2014
    Posted by: Lbmcwilli
    From: Northern California
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • A most memorable experience!

    We have taken over 10 trips with VBT and this one remains a highlight. Seeing the countryside up close, feeling safe with expert guides, and traveling with really delightful people all made this experience one of our best.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 22, 2014
    Posted by: JackiB7
    From: Los Angeles
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • what a magical trip

    I had never been to Asia and this was such an exciting, eye-opening trip! Vietnam is lush and beautiful w/ some of the most gentle, friendly people! The rides were fun and the frequent stops at pagodas, local farms, factories etc. was truly enlightening and educational. And I can't say enough about how delicious the food was!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 12, 2014
    Posted by: Dympha
    From: Brooklyn NY
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A good mix of cties and countryside with many opportunities to learn about the people.

    This tour provides a good balance between visiting the main urban sites and exploring the countryside with very knowledgeable guides to help get to know the people, the customs and the way of life. The accomodations and bicycles are first class.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: March 30, 2014
    Posted by: Satisfied
    From: Georgetown Ontario
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This tour is "THE WAY" to visit Vietnam!

    Journey Through Vietnam was all that it was advertised to be and more. I say more for two reasons. First, our Vietnamese tour guides were well versed in the history of their country so they were able to answer all of our questions regarding the war and provide us with background history that helped us better understand their culture. Second, our tour guides have the flexibility to adjust the schedule to better meet the groups need. Knowing that we were anxious to get on the bikes and ride after the pre-trip excursion, flights were adjusted to get us to Hue earlier so we could have a longer ride that day. This trip is THE WAY to see Vietnam as bicycling is the only way to gain access to all the small villages and markets that we got to see. A tour bus would never be able to drive on the narrow roads!! VBT took care of all the details, we were able to enjoy the experiences.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: February 14, 2014
    Posted by: Japaga
    From: Maine, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Eye-opening

    Our Vietnam experience was eye-opening. What an amazing people, so welcoming to Americans. All looking forward, not back. I can't imagine being able to experience this so directly if we hadn't been cycling through the countryside. I was truly enchanted. Our guides were like sticky rice. They were all over us to keep us safe, enthrall us with history, accommodate our every whim and keep us laughing. We miss them!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: February 14, 2014
    Posted by: MaryS
    From: Portland, ME, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Intrigue in Southeast Asia

    With Breathtaking landscape, friendly people, exquisite cuisine, I found Vietnam a unique travel memory for those who want an off the beaten path experience. They have a long history with no resentment against Americans visible. Children ran out of their homes as we biked by to yell "hello...what's your name?" Other highlights include visit to Hanoi Hilton Museum where John McCain was held captive, discussion with former Vietcong soldier, bargaining with market vendors, amazing sights and sounds as we biked through villages, and many offer fantastic experiences. A trip of a lifetime that you'll never forget.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: January 11, 2014
    Posted by: CJBiker
    From: Dallas, TX, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Great trip, fabulous guides, very bad roads and traffic!

    Great guides! Very informative and caring. Wonderful accommodations! Suggestions; The road conditions and traffic made the trip fairly scarey. Would suggest more off road, rural rides. Meals were terrific. Would suggest though that VBT pay for non alcoholic beverages at meals, especially water.

    Posted on: January 10, 2014
    Posted by: Onewing
    From: Missoula, MT, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour was absolutely amazing!

    The country was absolutely breathtaking; our guides, John and Kha, were amazing; and the other people on tour with me were delightful! I couldn't have asked for a better group or time, this being my first tour with this company. It most definitely will not be my last! John and Kha were so thoughtful and attentive. If someone had an issue or they couldn't ride one day, the guides were really cool about it. They wanted us to be safe and have fun on our vacation. These two men were funny, bright, and just awesome! I would totally recommend this tour to my family and friends!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 06, 2013
    Posted by: KatieB33
    From: Chicago, IL, USA
    Age: 25 to 34
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great Tour With Some Caveats

    My husband and I decided to take this tour after reading all the positive reviews about it. Positive Aspects of Tour 1) Our tour guides were absolutely fantastic, and couldn't do enough for us. 2# The accommodations and meals were great. We have traveled with VBT before #Tuscany and New Zealand#, and we rate these as the best accommodations and meals out of all three tours #and we were quite pleased with our meals and accommodations on other trips#. 3) You will get a real feel for the culture- and for us this was a huge plus. On the flip side: 1) Cycling- you will be cycling on extremely busy roads along side trucks, vans, cars and many motorbikes. This can be quite intimidating for some people. To be clear: VBT did a great job of keeping the group together #one leader in the front and one in the back), while they had their van drivers drive ahead and direct traffic at extremely busy intersections. However, unless you are great at reading directions while cycling on busy roads, you cannot easily ride ahead or split from the group. 2) Rain, Rain, Rain- VBT cannot change the weather, but we didn't look at the details about the weather when we chose to go to Vietnam. Obviously, this is NOT their fault Vietnam has a definite rainy season, and this is when we chose to go. As a result, we rode most everyday in the rain.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 12, 2013
    Posted by: vilano
    From: Saint Augustine
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A great cultural experience.!

    This tour covers all the highlights of Vietnam: from the busy cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) to rice fields, rural villages, temples, pagodas and local markets. The 4 and 5 star accommodations were excellent. Would also highly recommend the pre trip to Halong Bay and post trip to Cambodia.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 13, 2013
    Posted by: Sasha
    From: Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • great, varied experience and cultural adventure

    Enjoyed the bike riding through coconut palm forests and trails and villages.... even along Highway 1! The trip leaders made the journey safe and a no brainer as we had one guiding and one bringing up the rear and the drivers stopped traffic in congested areas.The locals were warm and welcoming and the children a joy as they ran out to yell their hellos as we passed. After being on the Thailand bike trip the week before Vietnam, however, I found the food a bit oily, deep fried and heavy compared to that which I had had. Still, it was fun to have so many offerings at each meal... loved the lemongrass drinks and Singha beer.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 04, 2013
    Posted by: janetta
    From: seattle
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • More regimented than the usual trip

    The sights of Vietnam are terrific and the hotels and special dinners on this trip made it special. The traffic in Vietnam makes it hard to break off from the group and far too much time is spent in multi-course afternoon meals when the time would have been better spent wandering the towns or cycling more.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: January 24, 2013
    Posted by: MandV
    From: New York, NY, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Aways interesting but not enough biking

    The Vietnam trip was always interesting and our guides were good. The biking was good, but could have biked more. Particularly enjoyed the dinner in Hanoi at the home of the former king's niece and the home in HMC at the former ambassador's residence. The history and background provided by the guides was excellent. We could have spent one day less in Hanoi and skipped the water puppet show. Hanoi was a difficult city because of the traffic and smog, but enjoyed the 5 am run around the lake with John, our guide.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: January 23, 2013
    Posted by: Werner
    From: Rio Verde, AZ
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Wonderful introduction to this beautiful and interesting country!

    Never having traveled to the far east, this trip was a great introduction to this beautiful and fascinating corner of the world. Our tour leaders were great at introducing us to many facets of the geography, the people, the religions, the culture and the cuisine! The amount and nature of the bicycling was great for a beginner to bicycle touring. My daughter (age 23) and I had a wonderful experience samplng all that Vietnam had to offer -- the accomodations were all first rate -- and the people friendly and helpful. We bicycled about six out of the 10+ days. Just about right. The other days were spent in the big cities - Hanoi and Saigon. I would not want to be cycling within the cities. It was intimidating enough just walking! We were a bit pressed for time, otherwise I would have taken at least one of trips before or after the tour. It is a long trip to Vietnam and it is worth making the most out of the flights. I am trying to figure out where I want to go next year!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 29, 2012
    Posted by: EdwardR
    From: Denver, CO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • True Cultural Experience

    Very enlightening experience in a beautiful, but developing country. Biking through rural villages revealed friendly people and the local agricultural practices. Excellent extensions to Ha Long Bay and Cambodia-both "must see" destinations!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 26, 2012
    Posted by: AnnieB
    From: Maine
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Wonderful time

    We just had the best time and would highly recommend touring with VBT. My husband was thrilled to bike ride and I was happy touring around with the van taking fabulous photos and seeing the countryside . It's rare that we both get exactly what we want out of a vacation. We will be touring with VBT again very soon. Thanks again, M.Barrett

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 08, 2012
    Posted by: Michelle
    From: California, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • WOW

    Everyone asked "why are you vacationing in Vietnam?". I'll admit it was one of those ideas that someone else came up with and I responded "Sure, I've never been there". I went without a ton of preparation and study about where we'd be and what we'd see. Every day brought something new and different. We met great new friends and had fun all along the way. The pre and post trips were a fantastic addition. I only wish as I look back and try to arrange a thousand photos that the trip had been longer. I'd recommend the trip to everyone.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 30, 2012
    Posted by: SkiDeerValley
    From: Park City, Utah
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • One of my best vacations ever!

    This is the second VBT trip that I have been on and I can't say enough nice things about it. Fantastic guides, lodging and cultural experience. Highlights included: Learning the Vietnamese view of our shared past. Seeing some absolutely amazing temples Having custom-made clothing and jewelry made within 24 hours Experiencing the organized chaos of driving in Hanoi and Saigon Having old and young alike running from the schools and homes waving their hands and saying "hello hello" to us as we rode through their villages. Enjoying the vast variety of local cuisine daily Eating in the homes of local people while learning more about their history I have traveled many places in the world and this is one trip I would really enjoy doing again. Great job, as usual, VBT. Hope to join you on another adventure soon. Terry

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 29, 2012
    Posted by: ParadoxTerry
    From: San Diego
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Everything one could hope for in a tour

    The accomodations were top notch, the food wonderful, tour guides outstanding, and the people of Vietnam warm and friendly. My wife and I thoughly enjoyed this country, landscape and city alike. There is simply no other way to experience the culture of this diverse country than through the back roads on a bike. For us it was the trip of a life time.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 16, 2012
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    From: Comstock Park, MI
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Most interesting trip I've ever been on. I went back the next year!

    This was a fascinating and wonderful tour with a good mix of sightseeing and biking. The hotels were beautiful and comfortable and the meals were delicious. I've taken multiple VBT trips and the guides are always terrific, but the Viet Nam guides were off the charts - friendly, always there for you, knowledgeable about their country, and open for new experiences. The itinerary was varied and I felt was a great sampling of Viet Nam's sights, culture, cuisine and daily life. I went with my 20 year old daughter who loved every minute of the tour - it was a great experience for both of us.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 13, 2012
    Posted by: mvh08
    From: Brookside, NJ
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Vietnam is quite possibly the most beautiful place on earth.

    My Journey through Vietnam was a life changing experience of natural beauty, friendly people, facinating cultures, spectacular food and spiritual enlightenment.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 28, 2012
    Posted by: Dan99
    From: Cincinnati, OH
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • the country, the people, the history-VBT did it justice

    the highlights of the trip were the pre-trip and post-trip--Ha-long bay and Angkor Wat. the biking was well managed with safe and colorful routes. the resort hotels at Hue and Hoi-an were over the top luxury. The sole issue was the air travel routing--flying to Chicago as my gateway departure at my cost, versus from ATL, the largest airport in the US, near my Atlanta home. Made an arduous trip even more taxing(a common complaint from my fellow Vietnam riders).

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 22, 2012
    Posted by: jaydog
    From: Georgia, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Awesome Tour Guides!

    I travelled with VBT to Vietnam in Feb 2012. I can't say enough about how wonderful the tour leaders were. They looked after us very well - called our rooms to check on us when a traveller was ill, arranged for a late checkout at our Saigon Hotel as we had a late flight, and even followed up after our return to Canada on some purchases we had made during the trip. They truly went above and beyond my expectations!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 19, 2012
    Posted by: ChSJ
    From: Calgary, AB
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great experiences to be had!

    Although the biking wasn't particularly difficult, riding in the heat and against the head-winds defitely was! If you are going to do this trip you HAVE to do the post-trip extension to Cambodia!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: SCSocialworker
    From: Santa Cruz, CA, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This tour offers much more than just bicycling.

    I was born in 1947 and therefore faced the US military draft in 1969, because Vietnam was our enemy. I wanted to visit the country that I tried so hard not to visit in 1969. Today, Vietnam is a friend of the US, and the people of Vietnam will welcome you. Our local VBT 30 something tour guides had parents who fought against the Americans during the war. The stories they shared with us enriched our trip far beyond the natural beauty of Vietnam.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: Clark
    From: Indianapolis
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This bicycle tour of Vietnam and Cambodia offers the opportunity for exposure to the underbelly of the country.y.

    The native guides provided a personal introduction to the culture of their countries, as experienced through the routes chosen for the bicycle touring, restaurants and special food prepared, historical sites visited and local speakers representing unique perspectives on political events. The trip stimulated a desire to dust off those historical tomes and delve more deeply into the current liturature for explanations of the rich though contradictory and complex past.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: Chloe
    From: Davis, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour was so unique...what a great cultural experience!

    I went mainly for the scenery, but experienced so much more. The guides were so informative, organized, and helpful. It was wonderful to hear about the modern-day VietNam and also it's history, especially post- American/VietNam war. We saw sites that most have only heard about in the news... it was a very somber experience to see the famed "tunnels" and the spot where Sen. McCain and others were held prisoner. The people everywhere were so friendly. Thoroughly enjoyed the food - able to try "authentic" Vietnamese food. Had a chance to have handmade silk dresses made...done and delivered to our hotel in 24 hrs! Beautiful accomodations at all locations. This was my 1st VBT experience and I enjoyed it so much, that I am now signed up for my 3rd and can't wait to do more. Can't beat the value! And a big bonus...I've formed lasting friendships with some of the people I've met on the VBT trips.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: Minnesotanyabetcha
    From: Lindstrom, MN, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Our most memorable trip ever!

    We have traveled all over the world, and this was by far my most memorable and fun trip. The biking was relatively easy, and it was broken up by all kinds of interesting sites. Food was delicious, accommodations superb, and lots of fabulous shopping....from sik purses, to oil paintings, to wood boxes, etc....nothing was overpriced. This was truly a sensory overload trip. It was our first introduction to VBT...and we have recommended to many friends. Guides were also great, and it it hardto believe, nut the Vietnamese love Americans.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Jeani
    From: DC
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • An eye-opening view of Vietnam

    The overall itinerary gives a broad view of Vietnam - northern, central and southern areas are visited. We especially enjoyed seeing both the cities and the more rural parts of the country. Our guides made sure that we learned about Vietnam's rich and long history, and they did not shy away from the periods of colonization and conflict that characterized too much of the 20th century here. Throughout our trip, in the cities or biking through small farming and fishing communities, we always felt welcome. Adults and, especially, kids would invariable smile, wave, and say "Hello!" There was plenty of free time to wander by ourselves through the streets of all of the cities where we stayed; even when there wasn't much verbal language in common, the Vietnamese made us feel completely at ease. The perspective we were able to get as we pedaled through this beautiful country was so different from what one might see from a tour bus! On a bike, one gets to enjoy the smells of flowering crops, the warm breezes over paddy fields, the sounds that surround a small farm, and the delighted squeals of kids running out to the road to greet a bunch of Westerners wearing funny clothes! As much as we enjoyed this trip while we were there, our appreciation of it grew afterwards as we told our friends of our Vietnam experiences.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: DannoR44
    From: Milwaukee, WI
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour has great adventuresome & educational features.

    This was my first VBT bike tour and it won't be my last! The leaders were very caring & helpful. The rides had interesting educational stops along the way. The riding options were good for those who wanted to do more. The resorts were lovely and their staff mostly charming.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Skippy
    From: Alberta, Canada
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • outstanding tour great value

    This is the tour of a lifetime. You get to stay in wonderful resorts that in the US would be unaffordable. The tour encompasses a large part of the country so you really get a feel for the culture and distinct attributes of each area. The food is fantastic! This tour exceeded my expectations.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: belinda57
    From: New Haven, CT, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • This tour is not to be missed!

    Having always wanted to visit Vietnam, we could not pass up an opportunity to visit this amazing country with VBT. The experience offered us an opportunity to experience its culture through the most memorable visits to an orphanage, various temples and markets, a rice mill...and all while on a bicycle. One of the most powerful parts of the tour was the time spent with a former Viet Cong soldier when exploring the Cu Chi tunnels, as in our group were two members who had served in the Viet Nam war. We dined at the home of a local historian, cruised through the Mekong Delta, explored the cities of Hanoi and Saigon....and all with our delightful group and incredibly kind and knowledgeable tour guides. The Vietnamese people are warm, lovely and beyond gracious. The hotels and included meals were also fantastic. This tour should not be missed. It is an opportunity of a lifetime.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Goodie
    From: Fairfield, CT
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The absolute best bike trip ever!

    Can't speak too highly of this adventure. Already sent others on it and would love to do it again myself. Great guides, wonderful Vietnamese people, interesting scenery, easy riding, delicious and interesting food, lovely accommodations. Excellent value for the money.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Janie
    From: Brooklyn, NY
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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