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Ho Chi Minh Trail to Hue 10 Days

Duration: 10 Days Tour Style: Cycling Trip rating: 5

Ho Chi Minh Trail to Hue – 10 days

The famous Ho Chi Minh Trail was a labyrinth of complex truck routes, foot and cycle paths and river transportation. In memory of the important role it played during the Vietnam War, a new highway has been built.  In just under two weeks, this tour goes from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) via some of Vietnam’s most important historical and cultural sites.  The breathtaking landscapes vary from towering cloud-shrouded peaks, shimmering rice paddy fields, lush jungle forests and long stretches of pristine white sandy beaches. Traveling by bike, boat, bus and airplane gives visitors the best opportunity to discover Vietnam’s rich diversity, and pays homage to this fascinating support route.

Are you ready for cycling from Ho Chi Minh Trail to Hue?

Hanoi – Mai Chau - Chau – Ngoc Lac – Yen Cat (Nhu Xuan) – Tan Ky – Do Luong – Kim Lien – Vinh- – Pho Chau – Huong Khe - PhongNha National Park - Dong Hoi – KheSanh - A Luoi – Hue.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arriving – Hanoi– Mai Chau
07.30: Travelloops tour guide and driver meet you at your hotel in Hanoi.

We depart Hanoi early for Mai Chau and the drive is just superb. From the top of Cun Mountain, one can admire the panorama of Mai Chau’s green valley with stilt houses dotting the landscape. An early lunch will be served at PoomCoong village before jumping on our bikes and cycle on a mixture of good single-track paths and undulating rough jeep trails to the Thai village of CunPheo.
The views are remarkable as we pass through villages, hot springs, suspension bridges and across rice paddies. Overnight in Buoc Village Mai Chau.

Cycling: approx. 30-35km
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Lunch & Dinner included

Day 2: Mai Chau – Ngoc Lac – Yen Cat (Nhu Xuan)
An early morning start allows us to beat the heat of the day. Our journey takes us away from the river and through the range of mountains that stretch from Mai Chau to Cuc Phuong to Hoa Lu.
There are great photo ops of the always present and looming Karst limestone cliffs and lush vegetation. Although we have tarmacadam all the way, the riding can get a bit tough due to the undulating terrain. At Ngoc Lac, we get on bus and transfer our weary legs to Nhu Xuan. Overnight in a local hotel in Nhu Xuan.

Cycling: approx. 60-70km
Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 3: Nhu Xuan – Tan Ky – Do Luong – Kim Lien – Vinh
Today the ride will be on the newly built two-lane Ho Chi Minh Highway. There is not a lot of traffic however, and the road makes for smooth fast riding. For those who prefer it, there is always the older highway of dirt and gravel that weaves around the new one and allows for plenty of exploring possibilities. A must-see en-route is the birthplace of president Ho Chi Minh at Kim Lien village. This province has a reputation for producing charismatic revolutionary leaders; for not only Ho Chi Minh was born here but also Phan Boi Chau – another fervent anti-colonialist. From Kim Lien, we’ll most likely transfer by bus or car to Vinh city.

(Note due to the total distance some sections will be transfer by car, depending on the strength of the group and cycling conditions)

Cycling: approx. 70km
Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 4: Vinh – Pho Chau – Huong Khe
After breakfast, the shuttle will bring us back to Ho Chi Minh Highway. We disembark at Pho Chau, where our cycling begins. The roads today wind their way through lush jungle and beautiful villages nestled under the shadow of the historic Truong Son Mountain range. We reach Huong Khe at the end of the day; a remote town in Nghe An province. Overnight in standard guesthouse.

Cycling: approx. 68 km
Difficulty:  Moderate/Challenging
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 5: Huong Khe – PhongNha National Park
After a relaxing breakfast, we continue riding on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. From Huong Khe the mountains soar skyward and the road winds its way along the hillsides. The landscape is amazing, the road tranquil. We ride up to 80km and then transfer to PhongNha National Park. The park contains one of the most spectacular caves in Vietnam, which was formed approximately 250 million years ago and was used as a hospital and ammunition depot during the war. The entrance still shows marks of aircraft attacks. There are community projects underway with Flora and Fauna International and it may be possible to visit village initiatives and learn more about the forests. Overnight in a standard National Park Guest House.

Cycling: approx. 84 km
Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 6: PhongNha National Park – Dong Hoi
After breakfast we’ll visit the spectacular PhongNha cave by boat and then wander through the cavern, past ancient foundations of Cham ruins. The stalactites and stalagmites here are breathtaking. Exploring the cave generally takes a few hours and then we return to the hotel. Here we hop back on the bikes and travel toward the small town of Dong Hoi.

Cycling: approx. 48km
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 7: Dong Hoi – KheSanh
Branching temporarily from the Ho Chi Minh highway, we drive approximately 100km along a flat stretch of Highway 1 to visit the Vinh Moc Tunnels; a 2.8km labyrinth where the Vietnamese hid from American troops during the Vietnam War. The villagers of Vinh Moc built the tunnels in 1966 when they were being heavily bombarded. 30km from Dong Ha we pick up cycling again across the DMZ, (better known as the 17th Parallel). The road is quite flat and makes for good cruising! Enroute we will pass relics left over from the war and end up in the Vietnam/Laos border town of KheSanh, where some of the bloodiest battles took place. Overnight in a hotel in KheSanh.

Cycling: approx. 85 km
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 8: KheSanh – A Luoi
Start this morning with a visit to the KheSanh combat base where relics of the war are exhibited. There is also an airstrip in the area. Then ride through spectacular scenery, mainly downhill, from the Laos border to the Dakrong River. Cross the river by bridge and ride along the waterway to what was considered the southern part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Again, enjoy a traffic-free road with rolling terrain, a nice contrast to the flat plains of the previous day’s ride. Overnight in A Luoi.

Cycling: approx. 70 km
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 9:  A Luoi – Hue
After breakfast, we leave the Ho Chi Minh Trail for good and pedal 65km for Hue. The ride is relatively easy as the terrain is flat. The landscape is dotted with quaint villages, jungles and rivers. We finish our ride at the Bach Ho Bride and hop on a bus to transfer the last 12km to Hue.

Cycling: approx. 65km
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 10: Biking Hue
The quiet country lanes and picturesque monuments make Hue an ideal place for cycling. Morning cycle through bamboo groves and small villages to the Thanh Toan covered bridge. The cycling route leads further on local paths, through rural village, rice fields, to Sam market with interesting daily activities and Thien Lam pagoda.

Cycling: approx. 25-30km
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 11: Depart Hue
Enjoy the breakfast at hotel then will be free at your leisure until transfer to airport for your onward flight.

Meal: Breakfast

Bicycle Tour from Cambodian Border to Siem Riep with Siya

My family and I (3 of us) just spent 6 fantastic days cycling through Cambodia with Siya and our driver. We had an excellent trip - Siya was an outstanding guide, very friendly, very fit and very knowledgeable. He genuinely seemed happy to be guiding us "tourists' around and loves cycling and photography. Siya was a pleasure to spend 6 days with. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to spend quality time in Cambodia and learn about the culture and see the countryside. He has great knowledge of the local bike routes too. Thank you, Siya.

Siem Reap best guide

We spent 2 days in Siem Reap with best guide, Siya Pouv! He and his wife Kim took great care of us. Ankor temples were fantastic and as my wife has vision and balance problems, Siya tailored the walking to our capabilities and gave us a great appreciation for the complex. We also visited floating village on the lake and walking thru the markets. His knowledge of Cambodian life and history gave us a real understanding and insight of this country. He truely went beyond our expectations! Great command of English. Ask for him if you want a superb and fun tour—he is also a guide for other Cambodia’s cities and would do a great job!

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  •  Experienced English speaking guide through out
  •  Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  •  Accommodation in double/twin sharing rooms with daily breakfast
  •  Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  •  Boat excursion at the floating village
  •  Bottled drinking water for sightseeing
  •  All sightseeing entrance fee where required in the itinerary.


  •  International/domestic airfares & tax
  •  Visa fees (US$30). You are able to apply by Online for tourist Cambodia via just click here
  •  Travel Insurance. (We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance from home country)
  •   Personal expenditure (telephone, laundry, shopping and so on…)
  •   Tips for guide, driver, porters and project cost
  •    Beverage and alcoholic drinks
  •    Any other services not clearly mentioned on itinerary and trip inclusive portion.

This tour is private and can be tailor-made to suit your travel needs. As a result, the price is quoted in US dollars and shown on a per-person basis. The 'Price From' quoted above is for parties of 2, 4 and 6 people and for options of accommodation are Superior (3 star), Deluxe (4 star), Luxury (5 star) hotels.

The tour prices is privately quoted, based on the number in your party, your preferred time of travel, grade of hotel and any additional services requested. Please click on the BOOK TRIP or CUSTOMIZE TRIP or GET a QUOTE buttons and fill in the form, after which one of our travel consultants will assist and offer the best value holiday for you.


We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Southeast Asia particularly, hotel price makes up most of the cost of your holiday.
All of our prices are calculated on a twin/double-shared basis. As a guide, Travel Loops defines hotel grades as follows:

>>Superior Level (3-star hotels in good locations): > 35 USD/room/night
>>Deluxe Level (4-star hotels): > 60 USD/room/night
>>Luxury Level (5-star hotels): > 150 USD/room/night

Additional info

  •  Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability


  •  The timing of sightseeing points shall be fixing by local operator due to traffic and weather conditions (Non-refundable for any cancellation that made by clients).
  •  Rate subject to change depending upon local condition, gasoline prices etc.

Voucher info
Our confirmation letter (electronic letter) is equivalent to the voucher. You can present this letter/electronic voucher for this activity.

Starting point:
Mai Chau

Departure time:
Upon request the Travel Loops would suggest to depart for your tour at 08:00 am.

10 days

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