Dalat is an odd sort of place. Established as a hill resort at the beginning of the last century, it attracted homesick French colonials longing for the city’s spring-like weather and pine forests.
Phan Thiet town is undistinguished apart from one international hotel and a good golf course. Not far away is Mui Ne Beach, one of the best beaches in Vietnam and famous for its huge rolling dunes.
Cycling from Nha Trang to Mui Ne 2 Days
Day 1: Cycling from Nha Trang to Dalat (Lunch, Guide) - Cycling distance up to 60km
An early start today! After the first short leg south to Cam Ranh (40km – about a two-hour ride) you’ll meet a remote uphill mountain road heading for the Central Highlands and Dalat. The long hill climbs and descents, winding forest roads and wild scenery are challenging, but the reward is stunning scenery. Gradually, the coastal plains fall behind as you climb 1000m where the vegetation gives way to pine forest and a more arid environment. Eventually, Dalat comes into view and soon you reach the hotel where you’ll spend the night.
Dalat is an odd sort of place. Established as a hill resort at the beginning of the last century, it attracted homesick French colonials longing for the city’s spring-like weather and pine forests. Today’s architecture is a mix of standard Vietnamese dwellings and European style villas, many in art deco style. Vietnamese people call it the ‘romantic city’, but the name owes more to comfort of the cool temperature than rings and roses where nuptials are concerned.
The ‘romantic’ epithet has another side! When you explore the city, you’ll soon realise that it’s Vietnam’s capitol of kitsch. Look for the Crazy House, the plastic swans on the lake, the Dalat Cowboys, the Mad Monk and other whimsy.
Day 2: Dalat – Phan Thiet - Mui Ne (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide) – Cycling distace 90km
After breakfast, you’ll say goodbye to Dalat and head for Phan Thiet, a journey of approximately 90 kilometres. Fortunately, the ride is mostly downhill – the vertical descent is about a thousand metres overall. To avoid the heavy main road traffic, you’ll be driven to your starting point, Di Linh, about 60 kilometers from Dalat. The road surface is mostly metalled and the terrain is predominately a series of dips and rising inclines.
It’s a pleasant ride with plenty of interest. At first, the quiet road winds past villages and coffee plantations including a five-kilometre uphill climb to pump up the adrenaline while you watch the highland pines and forests giving way to tropical palms and jungle. The pattern of lengthy downhill stretches followed by short stiff climbs continues until the gradient begins to ease and the road straightens.
Eventually, the road flattens out as you near the coast and Phan Thiet. By the time you reach Highway 1, the land will be pancake-flat. From there, it’s time to dismount and join our vehicle to drive you past Phan Thiet to the 18km Mui Ne Beach, about half an hour or so, where you can relax in your hotel on the sands.
Phan Thiet town is undistinguished apart from one international hotel and a good golf course. Not far away is Mui Ne Beach, one of the best beaches in Vietnam and famous for its huge rolling dunes. There is a good range of hotels on the beach, some offering accommodation in bamboo villas and bungalows. Many have very attractive, well-kept gardens. Large trees and palms screen the hotels from each other creating a sense of seclusion. There are also plenty of restaurants along the beach road - a mixture of Vietnamese and international. Apart from an 18 km beach and places to stroll in the cool of the evenings, there's not much to do at Mui Ne apart from relaxing on the sand and swimming. Alternatively, you could choose to visit the golf course in Phan Thiet.
- Free Vietnam Visa invitation letter.
- Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
- Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above.
- Road travel in an appropriate private vehicle for transfer and back up when cycling as itinerary (supplement luggage van to carry bike and baggage).
- The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary.
- Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
- Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the best local restaurants, picnics where suitable restaurants are not available
- Good quality touring cycles for all cycling days in the programme.
- Drinking water for cycling days as itinerary.
- Snack, soft drink and local fruits for cycling days.
- Simple first aid kit.
- VAT and other taxes.
- International flight tickets and airport tax.
- Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
- Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
- Surcharges for peak season (if any)
- Compulsory meals (if any)