From 349 USD/pax. Private group of 2 pax
Embark on a 5-day, 4-night family cycling adventure from Hue to Hoi An. Pedal through scenic countryside, rice paddies, and rural villages. Explore cultural sites in Hue and enjoy the charm of Hoi An’s Ancient Town. Engage in local life, savor Vietnamese cuisine, and make lasting memories with your loved ones on this active and immersive journey through Central Vietnam.
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Cycling distance: 30km
Start cycling from the hotel to explore some of Hue’s most important cultural sites. First we stop at the Imperial Citadel, which is modeled after the Forbidden City in China. While much of this site was destroyed during the Tet Offensive, you will gain a clear understanding of how the Royal family lived in the peak of their rule. After exploring the ruins we take a cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu pagoda, and continue from there to Ming Mang mausoleum, and then make a loop across the perfume river to Hue via the mausoleum of Khai Dinh.
Cycling distance: 20 km – 40 km
This morning we cycle in a countryside loop of Hue along back roads to visit the traditional village of Phuoc Tich.
Passing through many untouched villages and local markets, we’ll come across a Catholic village, an incense making village and also a village where they make bamboo into many useful items.
A highlight of Phuoc Tich are the many homes that date back 200 years and follow traditional feng shui design.
Enjoy a traditional lunch with Uncle Ho Van Te and then spend time to learn more about the history of the village. In the afternoon, transfer back to Hue. Dinner is on your own tonight.
Leave Hue for Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. The scenic route passes through the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds.
Driving through Danang we visit the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. In the afternoon, hop on a bicycle for a country loop around Hoi An. Starting from Hoi An city center, we ride through an array of back roads in peaceful villages with lots of vegetable farms. You can stop at a pagoda, have a cup of tea and have conversations with the monks (subject to availability). You can also join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed if you like.
Continue by overcrossing Cam Thanh islet and discover how locals turn coconut leaves into roofing for houses. Keep cycling along Thu Bon river, take a chance to paddle in a local basket boat known as a “Thung chai”, before arriving at a fishing village where you can settle down beside a water coconut palm plantation and watch the sun setting over the horizon.
This morning, after breakfast, we transfer out of town to avoid the highway before cycling to the town of My Son. The ride is arguably one of the best rides of the trip and takes us along scenic country roads surrounded by rice paddies, through eucalyptus forest and passing many scenic villages. The road climbs away from the coast and gives you the opportunity to see a panoramic view from the mountain top.
As we ride along the road cuts though a gorge to the lush jungle alongside the Song Tranh River. Eventually we arrive to My Son, which was once Champa’s religious complex. Although many of the temples were destroyed during the war, there is still enough of the archaeological site to impress most visitors.
We eat lunch before spending the afternoon visiting the site. In the afternoon we transfer back by bus to Hoi An. Spend the rest of the day wandering around and enjoying the charm of Hoi An’s old quarter or relax at your hotel.
The town was known as Faifo to early western traders and was one of Southeast Asia’s major trading ports during the 17th and 18th centuries. It was an important point of call for Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese traders and the architecture reflects its cosmopolitan past. More than anywhere in Vietnam, Hoi An retains the feel of the past. There are over 844 structures of historical significance.
Free time to discover more of Hoi An town before your transfer to the Airport for your onward flight.
Hoi An Historic Hotel
Established in 1991, the Hoi An Hotel is admired for its location, charm, and world-class facilities. Guests can access stunning Cua Dai beach, 4km East, by hopping on a shuttle bus that runs on the fifteen minutes. It is also a quick walk to the Old Town (where clients will inevitably go to visit the tailor’s).