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Vietnam Bike Tours® is an award-winning bicycle tour operator based in Vietnam. Founded in 2010 by a Vietnamese, the company has pioneered personalized cycling tours in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. With a focus on specialized bike expeditions, every trip component is tailored to the unique needs of the client. The company encourages sustainable and responsible tourism; every tour is eco-friendly, healthy, and supports the local communities we visit. At Vietnam Bike Tours, we are passionate about travel, and have built our reputation as a full services company with specialist departments for every region. Our adventure managers are all passionate about breaking new ground, providing innovative products and itineraries, and developing sustainable and community based ideas. Please visit our gear page for more information about our quality bikes and support vehicles.
Vision of the company: The No.1 bike tour in ASEAN
Core value of the company: Honesty, Loyalty
KHÁNH LY -
Manager, Vietnam Bike Tours [HCMC],
I have always had an interest in travel and discovering new places, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures, so when the opportunity for me to work in the tourism industry came up I grabbed it with both hands! My previous work experience as a customer service representative at a commercial bank have given me the skills I need to deal with clients and ensure that the products and services we offer give them satisfaction as well as allowing me to help develop the improvement of the business. Keeping this in mind, it is always my aim to try and give our customers an exciting, unforgettable experience when they travel with us, leaving them with happy memories of their tour and a desire to learn more and return again and again.
The experience offered to our customers when they tour with us cannot be matched by touring in a car or bus. By seeing the countryside on two wheels they are able to immerse themselves in the culture, feel the wind in their face and see what village life is like as they ride through it. Our tours offer something for everyone and easily meet the diverse needs of each of our customers. I am so thankful for having the opportunity to work for Vietnam Bike Tours as it allows me to combine my passion for cycling with my work and motivates me to be constantly striving for improvement as a manager. The management team of the company are inspirational and hands on and their commitment and sense of responsibility to their staff is obvious. We are encouraged to build and improve new products and are always striving to improve the experience for our customers.
On a personal level my hobbies include listening to music and travelling at any opportunity I have. I love to discover new regions and immerse myself in new cultures. Some of my skills include an ability to communicate well with staff and customers alike and I am enthusiastic and devoted to my work. If I had to recommend one place for someone to visit in Vietnam it would be difficult to do. There are so many places to see and explore. Ho Chi Minh City is a fantastic place for new visitors to Vietnam to experience. The weather is nice all year round and it is a great place to start for people who want to have a taste of what Vietnam has to offer before moving on to explore South East Asia. HCMC is a vibrant city that has many landmarks to visit such as the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Ben Thanh Markets for those who enjoy shopping. It can easily been seen in one day and will never cease to amaze no how many times you visit. The mountainous regions of Northern Vietnam are also worth visiting with its natural beauty and unspoilt landscapes. Along with the colourful wildflowers and wildlife there are also many local ethnic groups to discover and cultures to appreciate.
ROBERT MOORE -
Partner, Vietnam Bike Tours [USA],
Vietnam Bike Tours is represented in the United States by Robert Moore of Great Bike Trips in Dallas, Texas. Robert has traveled the world extensively, both on and off the bike. He regards Vietnam with its friendly people, great food and beautiful scenery as his Number One travel destination. After a successful career in marketing, advertising and publishing Robert launched the website GreatBikeTrips.com which focuses on international bike travel. “If you want to see Vietnam up close and truly enjoy all it has to offer, see it by bike. Transiting the country on a bike allows you to get close to the people, daily life and the culture. This is the real Vietnam"
Andrew Edwards is one of the dozens of tourists who experienced traveling by bike with Vietnam Bike Tours. He cycled with a friend from Ho Chi Minh City to Angkor Wat and he remembers it as an experience he will never forget. He was impressed with the quality of the tour and he couldn’t believe how warm and hospitable people in Vietnam were. “Vietnam was a country that had always interested me and I was not disappointed. The countryside is beautiful, the cities are hectic and full of life, the food is absolutely amazing but probably the best thing about Vietnam is the people. Everywhere we went we were greeted with a smile and a ‘Xin Chao” and more often than not a giggle when we answered back in English. Everybody was so friendly and welcoming and at no time did we ever feel like we were intruding”, he says.
Now back in Adelaide, South Australia, where he has been working for 20 years in the transport industry, this passionate surfer who also likes riding his bicycle whenever he has spare time is Vietnam Bike Tours man in Australia. His main task is to act as an Australian contact for people who are interested in booking a bike tour in Vietnam. If you are Australian and are planning to do a biking tour in Vietnam, he is the man with all the answers. “I will be able to answer questions about particular tours, make suggestions and help make the booking process easier. My job is also help the tourists find the tour right for them”, he tells us.
It is not a coincidence that Vietnambiketours is putting the focus on Australia, a country of adventurous people. “Australians love to travel and South East Asia is a very popular destination. We also love the outdoors and a bit of adventure, something a little bit different from a normal tour. This is what makes the tours offered by Vietnam Bike Tours so attractive – the sense of adventure, getting off the beaten track and seeing something that most tourists would never experience”, explains Andrew. Besides, biking is a big thing in Australia and it’s becoming bigger. “Cycling in Australia is a very popular pastime as well as a sport. We have the Tour Down Under which gets more popular with every passing year. With our climate it is easy to cycle all year round and Australians have really embraced it”, he states.
You could think that cycling tours are just for young people, but every Sunday you can realize how wrong this conclusion is, many people over 50 or even 60 love cycling and are not scared of a cycling tour. Anyone who loves cycling, outdoors and experiencing a different culture can enjoy it. “This is the great thing about cycling tours, they appeal to many different age groups and kinds of people. They are suitable for people who ride a bike all the time but also will suit someone who enjoys a nice quiet ride on a Sunday. Most of the tours are suited for families or small groups and some are more suited to your dedicated riders who want to really challenge themselves. There is really something for everyone regardless of age or experience”, he asserts.
As Vietnam becomes more and more popular in Australia -a country with a big Vietnamese community-Andrew strongly recommends it as a traveling destination, regardless of his work for Vietnam Bike Tours: “For anyone who has ever considered traveling to Vietnam my advice would be to go for it, you won’t regret it. But a word of warning, once you have been you will find it hard not to keep returning to learn more about this wonderful country!” SAAD AHMAD - Manager, Vietnam Bike Tours [Singapore], Email him
As VietnamBikeTours grows, we also get more and more friends all over the world. It’s always rewarding to see how people from all over the world enjoy our cycling tours in Vietnam and go back home with good memories from our work. In some cases, cyclists who join our tours and our Sunday Bike Ride, become good friends. This is what happened with Saad Ahmad, our new man in Singapore. Saad lived for 10 years in Vietnam, five in Hanoi and five in Ho Chi Minh City, he joined several of our rides during weekends in 2013 and 2014 and became a good friend of our chairman, Ngo Trong Huy. Now retired from his work in the garment industry, this cycling enthusiast moved to Singapore and happily accepted his new position as Vietnambiketours representative in that market. As he tells us, “cycling in Singapore is becoming popular with the new PCN (park connector) built near housing estate”.
Although Singapore is becoming more and more friendly for cyclists, there is not much space left to explore, and that’s why cyclists there, who usually ride in groups several times a week, will for sure be happy to explore wild Vietnam, as they also cross sometimes the border to enjoy nature in neighbouring Malaysia. Singapore isless than four hours away from Saigon by airplane and you don’t even need to bring your bike with you, you can rent it from us.
Mr Ahmad thinks Singaporeans will be interested in any kind of cycling, enjoying the real Vietnam. If any tourist is interested, he can tell his own experience, as he joined a cycling tour last November from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue. When he is not cycling, he also likes playing tennis or enjoying a motorcycle ride (legs need some rest sometimes). If you are in Singapore and are thinking of doing a cycling tour in Vietnam, you can contact him by email: email@example.com. You won’t regret it.
Putting up a business in this highly volatile Vietnam economy is not a well-paved road. In fact, in this economy, business owners for sure will meet lots of bumps, dips, and uphill climb to take a slice of the market. But behind every successful business is it’s champion and in the case of Vietnam Bike Tours, business owner, Ngo Trong Huy is making sure that its pedaling its venture all the way to the top. A native of Quang Ngai province, Huy made his way to Vung Tau City to study how to be a tour guide. After 7 years of being a biking tour guide in Ho Chi Minh City, he decided to set-up Vietnam Bike Tours in 2010. “I love biking and I want to share my passion to cyclists about biking and show them the hidden treasures of our country. With Vietnam Bike Tours, I want to inspire people to ride the bike,” Huy shares. Vietnam is best explored on a bike with its characteristically narrow roads within the city and although you see much wider spaces as you cycle your way through the countryside, bikes allow you to quickly stop and go to the next scenic spot.
It was in 2007 that Huy toyed with the idea of opening his very own tour bike company. But it was much earlier than that the name Vietnam Bike Tours was conceived. In fact, it was in 2005 when Huy was working as a guide for American clients when these self same clients urged him to open up his own company with the name. With his family’s support, this idea came into fruition on March 3, 2010 from his small home office in District 7.
During the early years of Vietnam Bike Tours, Huy himself was giving the tour. Their maiden route was the Mekong Delta, “It’s the nicest area in South Vietnam and my experience when I was a tour guide, helped me choose that [route],” Huy explains. With Huy’s long experience as a tour guide, it was no surprise that eventually, word got out of Vietnam Bike Tours’ service and their 4 secondhand Giant bikes, could no longer meet the demands of their clients. Today, Vietnam Bike Tours has at its disposal 100 of GT, Trek 4500 disc bikes. Every two years, Huy makes sure that they have the top of the line bikes available. With the GT, Trek4500 disc bikes, cyclists can have the ease to choose from 9, 10 different speeds.
When asked about his favorite bike route within Vietnam, Huy chooses the Saigon to Hanoi route, “Where we can see the different sceneries such as: parks, mountains, the beach, rice paddies, and countryside life. Bikers will also be challenge with the varied terrain including hills, flatlands, and pass.” On his favorite route outside the country, Huy relates that the Saigon to Bangkok route via Angkor Wat remains his favorite, “This is a great connection to see three countries in a 2-week bike trip with three different cultures.” Although May to September is the lean season, the months of October to April brings in a lot of clients. In a year, Vietnam Bike Tours serve 500 clients with 240 to 300 tours a year. With a growing number of clientele, it only means that Vietnam Bike Tours is doing what it does best in creating a truly professional and personal experience. It is no wonder that after only 3 years of operation, Vietnam Bike Tours has earned the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest and trusted travel site.
When asked his most memorable experience as a biking tour guide, Huy relates, “There was a honeymooner on a bike tour from Nha Trang to Hoi An. They travel with me for a week. On the second day of the tour, after pedaling very hard to the hills, we stopped for water and snack. But instead of me saying SNACK, I said SNAKE and that startled them both. Their reaction was unforgettable!”
COMMUNITY ACTIVITY - Sunday Bike Ride by Vietnam Bike Tours