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Mống Cái-Cà Mau

Leg 1: Mống Cái-Tiên Yên

Leg 2: Tiên Yên-Hạ Long

Leg 3: Hạ Long-Hải Phòng

Leg 4: Hải Phòng-Nam Định

Leg 5: Nam Định-Thanh Hóa

Leg 6: Thanh Hóa-Vinh

Leg 7: Vinh-Kỳ Anh

Leg 8: Kỳ Anh-Đồng Hới

Leg 9: Đồng Hới-Huế

Leg 10: Huế-Đà Nẵng

Leg 11:  Đà Nẵng Quảng Ngãi

Leg 12: Quảng Ngãi-Bồng Sơn

Leg 13: Bồng Sơn-Quy Nhơn

Leg 14: Quy Nhơn-Tuy Hòa

Leg 15: Tuy Hòa-Nha Trang

Leg 16: Nha Trang-Phan Rang

Leg 17: Phan Rang-Đà Lạt

Leg 18: Đà Lạt-Bảo Lộc

Leg 19: Bảo Lộc-Sài Gòn

Leg 20: Sài Gòn-Cần Thơ

Leg 21:  Cần Thơ-Cà Mau

Leg No. 17:  Phan Rang-Ðà Lạt (113 km)

You will leave Phan Rang and head northwest on Highway 20 (Some maps labeled as Highway 27) toward the towns of TânSơn, Ð'ran and Ðà Lạt.  You will leave South Central Coast zone to enter the Central Highlands zone of Việt Nam.

In contrast to the previous leg, this is the most difficult leg of the trans-Vietnam bike ride.  You will climb mountains on this ride; and by the time you are done, you will have climb a mile to reach the highland town of Ðà Lạt.  We advise you to begin the day early on this ride if you want to get to Ðà Lạt before or shortly after sunset.  Although the leg distance is only 113 km, climbing the mountains will slow your pace down a great deal.  There are two mountain passes to climb on this leg: Ngoạn Mục and Ð'ran.  You will go through three types of terrains on this ride.  You begin the day riding at sea level, beginning in the town of Phan Rang.  It remains this way until you approach the first mountain pass, Ngoạn Mục.  Incidentally, you will also break away from Highway 1A and travel along Highway 20 to get to Ngoạn Mục.  Ngoạn Mục mountain range is a 20 km of uphill climbing.  Once you surmount the top, the terrain changes and you will move along the mountain range.  The road becomes windy and narrow.  Eventually, you will reach the town of Ð'ran in Ðơn Dương district.  This is a small town that rests at the foot of the Ð'ran Mountain.  Here, in this town, you can rest and eat a hearty meal.  You will need it to climb the mountain range of Ð'ran.  It is a 10 km climb with a 10-15% grade – the entire way.  Once you surmount the top, you are not done climbing.  There are many more small but steep hills that will have to be overcome before reaching the town of Ðà Lạt.   Once you complete this particular leg, you will truly feel the thrill of victory for triumphing the toughest biking leg of all of Vietnam.  Take a day to relax and enjoy the scenery and cool weather of Ðà Lạt.