Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jan 22, 2013 4:49 PM Last Post By: BacHien
Jan 21, 2013 7:34 PM
CyclingI would like to cycle the Central coast of Vietnam from Hue to Nha Trang. I have been looking at the various operators and there are so many that it is hard to choose a reputable company. Does anyone have suggestions for a company or how to figure out which are the good ones.
I looked at the companies that are recommended in Lonely Planet but didn't find any with the departures which I want.
Jan 22, 2013 3:19 AM
1Are you going to take your own bicycle with you or do you wish to rent one in Vietnam? I met a number of cyclists over there on a recent trip who were going well without an operator.
Jan 22, 2013 8:53 AM
2There is absolutely no need to unneccesarily pay a tourist operator to do this trip. It is a very scenic stretch of Vietnam and is easy to do by yourself, especially when you cycle the by-ways and not Highway 1.
For maps, read my post at #4
There are two major passes to cycle over during your trip: Đeo Hải Vân (Sea Cloud Pass) south of Hue and Đeo Cả (Cả Pass) south of Tuy Hoa.
You should cycle between November and April so that you will have a tail wind to help you on your way.
Jan 22, 2013 4:49 PM
3I have been looking at the various operators and there are so many that it is hard to choose a
reputable company. Does anyone have suggestions for a company or how to figure out which
are the good ones.
I would look for a company that is both reputable and competent. My first choice would be the
ones that specialize in bike tours. Most of the local tourist outfits that do bike tours on the side
don't even begin to compare with the specialist companies. Further down on the board is another
post about bicycling the coast of Vietnam with Spice Roads Tours based in Thailand. They look
pretty good and I have considered them in the past for other countries. The only problem is my
touring style isn't like theirs. I like to ride every mile and move on when I feel ready. With the tour
I feel like I'm on a conveyor belt chasing a schedule. The tours aren't cheep, but as you may
already know, there's sag support, usually a decent set of tools along and someone who can
turn them, people who speak your language on the other end of the phone for medical or any
other emergencies, and the daily logistics are covered for you. If you aren't confident you can
do the ride safely and comfortably on your own, then a tour is a smart choice irregardless of
it's cost. After all, how much fun will you have if you're outside your comfort zone part or all
of the time?
Read online reviews if possible, call the operators and ask questions, and ask for references
that you can contact by email or phone.
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