Overview of the Coastal Lowlands and Central Highlands Bike Route:
Xuyen Viet 2009 bike ride kickstarted at Ho Chi Minh City and traveled east thereof to the coastal area of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. We spent several days biking and exploring the coastal area North of Ba Ria-Vung Tau until we reached Phan Rang-Thap Cham, where we shifted direction away from the sea coast and biked West to the Central Highlands of Vietnam. In the Central Highlands, we biked South through the highland mountains eventually making our way back to Ho Chi Minh City. This ride was divided into 11 legs and combined to cover approximately 1083 km. The regions we travel included Dong Nai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Binh Thuan, Ninh Thuan, Lam Dong, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Binh Phuoc, Binh Duong and Ho Chi Minh City. The first few legs marked riding at elevation near sea-level, punctuated with sceneries of the blue ocean water, vast stretches of sea sand, and strong wind gusts. This seacoast stretch is followed by rough but picturesque mountain climbs into Cao Nguyen, the central highland region of Vietnam. From then, we descended through the regions of Binh Phuoc, Binh Duong, and back to our start point, Ho Chi Minh City. On this Xuyen Viet ride, we biked on Vietnam main roads. So, for those looking to complete a similar ride in other means of transport, it is entirely possible to complete this ride in a motorized vehicle such as a van. Click on the links on the left side of the page for a brief summary of each leg we rode on this 2009 bike ride.