Castan Antonio is the type of cyclist inpressing you at the 1st sight. He has cycled in over 20 countries, attended Giro d’Italia 2001 – 04 and also led some cycling groups to South Asia. VietnamCheapPackages.com is very honored to arrange the 11-day cycling trip for him covering the main hubs of Vietnam as well as other backroads “Top Ten Word’s best cycling routes” by Lonely Planet 2011. His tour bases on VIETNAM: CYCLING IN WORLD’S TOP TEN ROUTE 10-DAYS but extends 1 more night in Saigon.
This is his brief cycling itinerary:
Day 1 (22 Aug 2014): Hanoi – Arrival – Walking in Old quarter (D)
Day 2 (23 Aug 2014): Hanoi – City tour – Cycling around West Lake (B)
Grade: GREEN – Total distance of cycling: 35 km- Road surfaces: Backroads & Asphalt city road – Support technician: NO
Day 3 (24 Aug 2014): Hanoi – Cycling to Ninh Binh – Tam Coc (B,L)
Grade: RED – Total distance of cycling: 110 km – Road surfaces: National Road 1A – Support technician: YES
Day 4 (25 Aug 2014): Cycling Tam Coc – Hoa Lu to Van Long Nature reserve – Ninh Binh Railway Station – Night train to Hue (B)
Grade: BLUE – Total distance of cycling: 50 km – Road surfaces: Asphalt roads, Trails & Offroads – Support technician: YES
Day 5 (26 Aug 2014): Hue – City tour – Cycling Ocean Cloud Pass – Hoi An (B)
Grade: BLACK – Total distance of cycling: 120 km – Road surfaces: Asphalt roads & Uphills partly – Support technician: YES
Day 6 (27 Aug 2014): Hoi An – Da Nang – Mai Linh Express Bus to Quang Ngai city – Cycling to Thien An mountain – My Lai massacre vestige (B)
Grade: RED – Total distance of cycling: 50 km – Road surfaces: Asphalt roads – Support technician: YES
Day 7 (28 Aug 2014): Quang Ngai – Mai Linh Express Bus to Go Gang conical hat village – Cycling along coastline to Quy Nhon city (B)
Grade: RED – Total distance of cycling: 50 km – Road surfaces: Asphalt roads & Backroads – Support technician: YES
Day 8 (29 Aug 2014): Quy Nhon – Cycling to Phu Yen – Tuy Hoa city (B)
Grade: RED – Total distance of cycling: 96 km – Road surfaces: Asphalt roads & Backroads – Support technician: YES
Day 9 (30 Aug 2014): Tuy Hoa city – Morning flight to Ho Chi Minh city (B,D)
Day 10 (31 Aug 2014): Ho Chi Minh – Free day (B)
Day 11 (01 Sep 2014): Ho Chi Minh airport – Departure (B)
Start from Hanoi, he has the 2nd day of the itinerary to warm-up with 27km round of West Lake, the largest lake of Hanoi. Anto, as we usually called him, told us he can manage 90km cycling per day, but the distance Hanoi – Saigon is 1,900km hence we proposed some local transport to shorten the cycle. Overnight train with soft-sleepers shortens the transfer Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hue, the local superior bus Mai Linh Express (with guide escorting) was opted for Da Nang – Quang Ngai – Quy Nhon. Accordingly, the cycling distance varies from 30km to 100km and we’re sure our cyclist won’t cycle day-by-day and won’t feel tired. We’re NOT always on the road, while the roads are usually getting stuck with traffic jams. Cycling is for fun, not for tiredness.
The cycling route runs along the Eastern Sea, a part of Pacific Ocean (pls forget the phrase “South China Sea” as Reuters and BBC usually name it). The cyclist will experience different terrains as plain, mountains, sandy trails and get by many wild beaches and handicraft villages. The bikes are also printing the wheels on the steps of Vietnam history. As indicated in the tour file, they will visit Thang Long Royal Citadel, Hoa Lu ancient capital, Hai Van Ocean Cloud Pass separating North and South Vietnam, My Lai the most famous massacre during Vietnam War, War Remnants Museum in Saigon. Especially, the main road he’s cycling is Nationald Road 1A, which used to be the Mandarin road during feudal times and the only road all Vietnamese (even kings) at least 1 time go on. This is a road of history ! 4 UNESCO World Heritages are included: Thang Long Royal Citadel, Hue Imperial city, Hoi An Old town, some Champa towers in Central Vietnam.
Our idea to design this cycling tour is combining between cycling days and leisure in beaches or tranquil countryside. You can see the chosen hotels with many beachside hotels and Van Long resort in Ninh Binh. They’re 3-star hotel but placed among beautiful settings, cozy design. In city hubs, we choose ideally located hotels as Essence D’Orient Hanoi (200m from Hoan Kiem lake – Cityview room) and Elios hotel Saigon (500m from Ben Thanh market – Cityview room) so that the client can get to entertainment, bars and restaurants within walking distance.
During this Vietnam cycling tour, Anto meets local people. Our tour guide tells him about the local customs, life style and offers Anto local foods. Most of cycling is on backroads through the living zones. Certainly, all cyclists like a tour like this.