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Hop on a bike for an insightful ride through Vietnam’s most infamous regions: The Demilitarized Zone. Stop to learn about the country’s military past at Khe Sanh, Vinh Moc and the ‘Rockpile’. Pedal along the Ho Chi Minh Trail and be inspired by stories of the Vietnamese people’s resilience.
Pedal along the infamous trail, hearing stories of how it was used to deliver supplies to the Viet Cong forces.
See reminders of the Vietnam-American war including Vinh Moc tunnels, Khe Sanh’s former combat base and the ‘Rockpile’ lookout point.
The four-day ride passes lagoons, beaches, rice paddies, villages and mountains- a testament to the diversity of Central Vietnam’s landscapes.
Cycling The DMZ - 4 Days / 3 Nights
Begin the tour by meeting up with the guide (at the hotel), followed by a short transfer out of town. The cycle begins heading along the peninsula between Pha Tam Giang lagoon and the coast. The ride is quite stunning, running along quiet roads with views of sand dunes, colorful cemeteries, rice fields, temples, and farmers tending to their water buffalo. The route is smooth and mostly flat; expect warm greetings and hellos around every corner!
From Dong Ha, head back to the beach and up the coast toward Vinh Moc, visiting the villages of Cua Tung and Cua Viet. The village of Vinh Moc found itself tragically positioned in one of the most heavily bombed areas of Vietnam. In order to escape this bombardment, the villagers constructed approximately 2.8 km of underground tunnels which they used as a refuge to survive the bombings. Three hundred people lived intermittently in the tunnels from 1966 to 1971.
Continue southwest to begin climbing up to the town of Khe Sanh, where one the most important battles of the Vietnam War took place; the former base has bunkers, helicopters and a museum on display. Pass by ‘Rockpile’ along the way, a high, isolated mountain that was an important lookout point by the Americans and Dakrong Bridge, where access points once ran into the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Overnight in Khe Sanh
Begin the morning with a visit to the Khe Sanh combat base where relics of the war are exhibited and see the airstrip. Then ride through spectacular scenery, mainly downhill, from the Laos border to the Dakrong River. Cross the river by bridge and ride along the waterway to what was considered the southern part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The ride today is a fabulous mix of rolling terrain and wild scenery.
Overnight in A Luoi
Due to the bad roads just south of A Luoi, today will venture off the Ho Chi Minh Trail and head across the country to Hue. The 60km ride through the middle of Vietnam is on back roads before hitting Highway 1 just a few kilometres south of Hue. There is the option of transferring by road or continuing by bike to the center of Hue at this part.
Once back in Hue, the guide and driver will provide a drop off at the chosen hotel in Hue.
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