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Cycling From Hoian to Halong Bay – 10 Amazing Days On The Bike

Many people associate Vietnam with the Ha Long Bay coastline and the former trading port of Hoian. Nothing compares to escaping the city and taking a boat over emerald-green waters dotted with countless craggy islands and islets or riding through the peaceful buildings and streets.

Cycling from Hoian to Halong Bay is the perfect way to explore these things in 10 days. To learn about all the best things in these areas, read our guide below. 

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Cycling From Hoian to Halong Bay

Cycling From Hoian to Halong Bay Tour: 10 Days Exploring Vietnam by Bike

Day 1: Arrival in Da Nang 

After a brief morning flight, we arrived in Danang, checked in our hotel, then assembled our bikes and started a warm-up ride along the coast.

Today’s itinerary gave us the chance to visit some of the area’s top attractions. Our first visit was to the Buddhist shrines and caves in – Marble Mountains, and our second stop was My Khe Beach.

We finished our first day of Vietnam biking at Hoi An, an attractive and well-preserved old trading port. We stayed here for the night because it’s a beautiful spot to roam about and explore.

Day 2: Cycling Hoian Back Road

Hoian’s historical charm was waiting for us this morning. To reach bustling Hoi An Town, we traveled on paved roads by serene villages, coconut palm trees, and canals.

We stopped along the road to take a remarkable picture of a bridge with a Japanese-covered roof and some shared homes. Then, we started visiting the Thuy Linh Lantern light shade workshops, Tra Que herb village, and Thanh Ha traditional ceramic villages.

After getting filled in Hoian, we cycled to Cua Dai to swim on an impressive sand beach. The day was over with that.

Day 3: Hoian Cycle Tour – Da Nang Bike Tour

On day three, there wasn’t much to see and do, although most of the major attractions were located close together. Red Beach was the highlight of the day. This is where the first American Marine landed in 1965.

Following the tour, we passed through Nam O Bridge, a key bridge in the battle for Danang, and had a full meal in the city of Da Nang.

For the rest of the day, we decided to experience the city’s nightlife to appreciate Da Nang’s strength and beauty fully.

Day 4: Cycling Tour Da Nang – Hai Van Pass Mountain Biking in Vietnam – Lang Co Beach – Hue Citadel Biking

We enjoyed cycling on the tarmac road going to Da Nang City, checking our kit, and rehydrating before tackling the 12-kilometer-high Hai Van Pass. Even though the route was fairly steep, it unfurled one of the most breathtaking scenes regarding mountain biking Vietnam.

We took a quick ride to Da Tuong Pass and turned off toward the citadel of Hue. Riding along the gorgeous road, past a fishing farm and lake before arriving at the towns of An Bang. 

Day 5: Hue Back Road Cycle Trip

Today was a relaxing day as we explored Hue city, Imperial Citadel, and tomb architecture. The poetically named Perfume River, which is 11 kilometers long, is home to many of Hue’s attractions. 

More than 100 architectural pieces make up this priceless structure, which depicts the lives of the Emperors and mandarins under Nguyen’s rule.

Here, we marveled in awe and examined stunningly designed temples, tombs, and ancestral homes. They are constructed around their settlements and along the road.

Day 6: Hue City Bike Tour – Short flight to Hanoi

We headed to Hanoi today, but the trip doesn’t have to be over just yet. We took a half-day city tour on our way, stopping at the Hue Citadel, Tu Duc, the Khai Dinh Mausoleum, and Hue Countryside. 

This was the precious chance to taste Hue’s upscale cuisine by going out to lunch there. We took a domestic aircraft to Hanoi, where we met the rest of the team and had dinner at a neighborhood eatery.

Day 7: Hanoi City Tours

After a filling breakfast at the hotel, we set out to discover Hanoi and pay a visit to some of the city’s most famous historical sites, including the Presidential Palace, Hochiminh’s Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature.

We also went to one of Vietnam’s most fascinating museums, the Museum of Ethnology, which is regarded as the greatest in the nation and includes a sizable exhibition honoring the 54 ethnic minorities that make up Vietnam. 

We found Dong Xuan market and 36 historic streets after having lunch at a neighborhood eatery. In the evening, we were able to experience the unique Water Puppet show and learn about traditional Vietnamese live musicians who performed throughout the presentation.

Day 8: Hanoi – Bai Tu Long Bay– Quan Lan Vietnam by Bicycle

One of the loveliest destinations for cycling in Vietnam is Halong Bay, which has 2000 rugged and towering islets. We travel from Hanoi to Ha Long City, where we spend the afternoon by boat admiring the majestic majesty of Halong Bay’s soaring limestone peaks.

We then withdrew to a gorgeous and remote spot that houses magnificent rock formations in Halong Bay’s northern region. Here, we go kayaking to get a close-up look at the bay. 

We found a calm area to anchor our boat in the late afternoon, and we enjoyed watching the sunset over the water.

Day 9: Tra Ban – Quan Lan Island Bicycle Tour

We rode our bikes casually along the asphalt road going to Tra Ban center after landing at the boat pier. We continued to travel to the hamlet to learn about the everyday activities of the local fisherman while stopping by and conversing with some kind families. 

Afterward, we boarded a boat to travel to Minh Chau – Quan Lan beach. We traveled from Tra Ban to Quan Lan Island in 30 minutes and then rode down a regular tree-lined road until we reached Quan Lan township.

In this location, we ate delectable fresh fish in front of the beach. After lunch, we can take a leisurely bicycle tour of the island to learn more about Quan Lan’s rich culture and visit temples and pagodas where Vietnamese traditional culture and national identity have been preserved for hundreds of years. 

Day 10: Bai Tu Long Boat Trip – Hanoi – Transfer Noi Bai Airport

We kept boating in the morning to observe some of the bay’s amazing scenery, which features vertical and strange cliffs and islets rising out of the water.

The weather was nice, and we kayaked to visit the farther-northern Bai Tu Long Bay, swimming in the crystal-clear waters. The boat eventually made it to Halong City. From there, a pick-up took us back to Hanoi, where we arrived around 5:00 p.m.


If you want to experience a Vietnam mountain biking tour, consider cycling from Hoian to Halong bay. We hope you’ve found this guide to be helpful and that you enjoyed your trip as much as we did. 

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