On this leg, you will leave Ðồng Hới and bike on Highway 1A toward the towns of Hồ Xá, Gio Linh, Ðông Hà, Hải Lăng, Phong Ðiền, and Huế.
This leg marks the first century of the Tour de Viet Nam (Xuyen Viet) ride-102 miles. Undoubtedly, this is the longest leg of the trip thus far. For those who prefer a shorter leg, we recommend dividing this leg into two smaller legs: Ðồng Hới – Ðông Hà (about 100 km) and Ðông Hà – Huế (64 km). If you choose to do the century, we recommend biking early in the morning, so you can get to Huế before sunset. On this leg, you are still riding through the central part of Vietnam. The sites and sceneries are as dazzling as the previous legs. There are some small hills to climb. You will go through isolated areas with patches of sand and very little inhabitants. The highlight of this ride is that you will be able to witness and cross-over the infamous Hien Luong bridge. This bridge once delineates the boundary of separation of what were then two separate countries at war: North Vietnam and South Vietnam (1954-1975). Remember to take a few moments to view this site and pay homage to the countless number of Vietnamese who suffered and loss their lives as a result of the war. Continuing on Highway 1A, the road will eventually take you to the city of Huế, the famous city of past kings and monarchs. You may want to spend a day in Huế for site seeing. The city is littered with famous sites, such as the Citadel and the Thiên Mụ pagoda. There are foods unique to Huế, such as Bún Bò Huế and small pastries, that you may want to become acquainted when in Huế. Spending a day in Huế is well worth your time.