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Hà Nội-Sài Gòn

Leg 1: Hà Nội-Ninh Binh

Leg 2: Ninh Bình-Thanh Hóa

Leg 3: Thanh Hóa-Vinh

Leg 4: Vinh-Kỳ Anh

Leg 5: Kỳ Anh-Đồng Hới

Leg 6:  Đồng Hới-Huế

Leg 7: Huế-Đà Nẵng

Leg 8: Đà Nẵng-Quảng Ngãi

Leg 9: Quảng Ngãi-Bồng Sơn

Leg 10: Bồng Sơn-Quy Nhơn

Leg 11: Quy Nhơn-Tuy Hòa

Leg 12: Tuy Hòa-Nha Trang

Leg 13: Nha Trang-Phan Rang

Leg 14: Phan Rang-Đà Lạt

Leg 15: Đà Lạt-Bảo Lộc

Leg 16: Bảo Lộc-Sài Gòn

Leg No. 5:  Kỳ Anh-Ðồng Hới (104 km) or Ky Nam townlet-Ðồng Hới (74 km)

On this leg, you will continue biking South on Highway 1A toward the towns of Ba Ðồn, Hoàn Lão, Ðồng Hới.  You continue travel through the narrowest strip of land of the central Vietnam.  This leg is particularly picturesque.  Since you are moving along the narrow stretch of the country, on one side lies the mountain ranges of Truong Son while the other side lies the Pacific Ocean.  And in between is the road surrounded by lush rice paddies, trees, and dwellings.  There is a small mountain pass, Deo Ngang, which you will pass through on this leg.  It is a 6 km uphill climb that will test your climbing muscles.  After the climb, you will descend down into the coastal town of Dong Hoi.  Dong Hoi is a quiet lay-back town that lies next to a river mouth that runs out into the ocean.  Most big hotels and resorts situates near this river’s edge.  The soft ocean breeze and cool fresh air make this town a nice place to stay and rest for a day.  If you have time, visit Phong Nga caves, one of the world’s heritage sites.  The caves are about an hour drive from the town and have two entrances: a wet entrance where a river runs through it, and a dry entrance, at the top of the cave.  The sites in the caves are quite spectacular to see.  There is a long climb of stairs to reach the top of the cave’s dry entrance.  Be extra careful when trekking up as the steps are quite narrow.

Xuyên Việt 2005-For those who dread climbing hills, Ðèo Ngang mountain pass (6km climb) can now be bypassed via tunnel.  At the foothill of Deo Ngang lies a tunnel recently constructed.  Instead of climbing the 6km, you only need to bike through the tunnel, a few hundred meters of flat road, to get to the other side.  The town of Dong Hoi flourished and has transformed in to a bustling city.  There are many resorts currently being constructed along the rivers and beaches of this city.