Destination and Trip Details
In our 28th year of cycling Vietnam, we’ve refine every trip’s routes, places to stay, dining, and training of a world-class support crew with over years of experience leading the highest caliber of trips trips. This ten-day journey is fully-supported. Riders can expect beautiful, safe rides, plenty of some of the world’s most delicious street food and finer dining , hot showers, and cultural activities on the side. This 10-day trip is limited to only 12 riders. This trip may be also organized as a private, custom tour for you and your friends or family. Contact us for full details.
In addition to a pre-tour preparation packet for Vietnam, all riders will be added to our WhatsApp trip chat in advance of the trip, for questions and information they may need
Arrival & Departure
We encourage you to arrive earlier, for more time in Hanoi, and to kayak the amazing karst water world of UNESCO World Heritage Halong Bay, which we can arrange. Please contact us before arranging your flights for recommendations, and even for booking a ticket. If you are flying in, you’ll want to arrive into Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport, with departure from Saigon (or Bangkok if you’re visiting Angkor). We will arrange transport from and to all airports.
Our Vietnam trips are designed for moderate to advanced riders comfortable riding 2-5 hours at a steady pace, though all riding is optional—our Sag wagon is always nearby, even for a catching a quick lift up climbs. We ride as a group, though faster riders may ride ahead if desired or add additional mileage. We typically depart mid-morning around 9 AM each day, with a break for a pleasant lunch. Afternoons after arrival with include some time free, or we will have scheduled sightseeing, such as visiting many of Vietnam’s exceptional historical sites along our route. Mornings before we depart also provides some time to see local sights.
* Our PRO trips feature longer, faster, and typically paceline riding, accompanied by ex-pro racers and coaches.
Covid-19 and other Safety Issues
While we are optimistic a vaccine will free us for safe and healthy travel again, regardless Vietnam has always been the safest places for travel.
Weather & Climate
The weather in Vietnam during our touring season is typically sunny and warm, though some light rain can expected, and typically reaching into the 70s to 80s midday, and pleasantly humid.
Our past travelers will tell you our trips are as much as about the food and culture as the riding. In fact, after 20 years our Iron Chef Vietnam culinary cycling trip remains our most popular. Our meals feature a variety of the best of Vietnam, from the most delicious street food in the world, fresh seafood, Our van is stocked with typical rider’s fuel, including carbo mix, bars, bananas and other fruit, but also a variety of cold beverages and local snacks popular in each location.
In places with options, such as Hanoi and Hue, we stay at the best properties available, including the legendary Metropole and in Hue, the elegant La residence. In the countryside, we stay in the only hotels available, rustic yet comfortable.
ATM’s are ubiquitous along our route and credit cards widely accepted. Aside from alcoholic drinks and souvenirs, you will need only small amounts of pesos mostly for hotel staff and tips. We recommend allowing for about $10-20 per day for such expenses.
A portion of trip fees have supported the University of San Francisco Vietnam Nursing Project founded by Gregory Crow.
Velopura also supports the Tadej Pogačar Cancer Research Foundation which was founded by the Tour de France champion to expand on promising, but underfunded research in cancer metabolism.
Many aspects of our Iron Chef Vietnam culinary trips are blended into our Vietnam trips, including street food crawl of Hanoi, and dining at the very best restaurants along our route. For a culinary only focused trip, we recommend Atlas Obscura’s popular Hanoi to Saigon culinary adventure trips.