What should I bring with me on bike tour in Vietnam?
In Vietnam, the territory is narrow and long, so the weather is very complicated, but generally, there two choices: rainy or sunny. So, we recommend you to bring: Sun cream, sun-glasses, cab, long sleeve clothes, a light puncher, mosquito repelling, torch, slippers. your favorite snacks, energy bars, wet towels, marlaria tablets, diarrhea tablets, paracetamol…
In central market in Saigon, or Hanoi Old Quarter, there are many things, and of course, you will buy some thing or you need anything you can easily find them. So, pack your bag tidily and as small as you can.
The following list is a guide to what you should think about bringing. It is by no means the definitive list, so don't blame us if you forget some thing or neglect to bring a favorite (sweets, snacks…) or prized item.
Make sure you have at least 6 months validity passport and also some extra spare pages for entering. Visa to Vietnam need to be applied for in advance of arriving in the country, Vietnam visas can be obtained easily at the border and cost around 25 USD. In Vietnam most countries will receive a Vietnam visa on arrival free of charge-please that you check your nationality is one that receive a visa on arrival. Bring some photocopies of your passport details (with visa on it).
- Helmet-this will be supplied.
- Gloves-make sure they are well padded. you really need it.
- Cycling shirts-coolmax shirts are great, baggy mountain bike tops or general bike shorts, bring at least three.
- Cycling shorts-well-padded Lycra and guys, you may like to wear baggy shorts over the top to keep preserve some modesty whist riding
- Cycling Shoes-stiff soled cycling shoes are recommended, very good quality sandals work and give your feet some extra ventilation, whilst a decent pair of trainers will be fine. If you want to use SPDs you must bring your own shoes, cleats and pedals.
- Camelback-not compulsory but we cannot recommend their use highly enough. You will be riding in the tropics and you can never drink enough water! A camelback is a great way to keep hydrated.
- Small backpack-for caring cameras, sun cream, money and essential items while riding.
- Saddle-It is highly recommended to bring your own saddle (if you don't have used ours). If you can't buy them, you can order from us.
- Cap-a lightweight cycling or baseball cap is ideal.
- Bandana or sweat-band-useful for keeping the sweat out of your eyes.
- Water proof jacket-a dedicated Gore-Tex cycling jacket is recommended but anything light is okay.
- T-shirts-you have opportunity to buy them along the way but bring some to start with.
- Dress slacks or skirts-In Asia, it is wise to have something smart and dignified to wear in the evenings, especially in the large towns and cities.
- Shorts-most of the time shorts are fine.
- shirts and tops-comfortable and functional. Ladies try to keep your top modest and avoid 'spaghetti strings' and 'halter tops'.
- Socks-some for cycling and some for covering your ankles in the evening.
- Underwear-you call.
- Shoes-one good pair as well as a pair of sandals or something comfortable.
SAFERTY AND INSURANCE
We highly insist that all clients must wear a helmet when cycling and must take out travel insurance before join a bike tour. We will ask you to sigh our Liability Release Form when you arrive before you may join the tour.
We can’t hold responsible for your personal safety, although we will take every precaution possible to ensure your safe enjoyment of the tour. Please follow your leader instructions on all matters related to safety. Your tour leader is trained in first aid kit and emergency recuse, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. Bring some photocopies of your insurances.
Most meals on tours are included. And you should be aware that for most meals we serve Vietnamese/Cambodian or Asian style. Vietnamese cuisine is now known throughout the world as one of Asia's great cuisines, similar to Chinese, it also can be compared to Thai. Although it has a character and essence that is uniquely Vietnamese. Cambodian's cuisine is also a wonderful discovery for most people. Rice is the staple. Although you will also try may noodle dishes, and will be served most of meals. Food is a big feature of TUN Travel and we will try to introduce to you as many new dishes and flavors as we can. Most people thoroughly enjoy the food on the tours, but if you and a problem with Asian food there are opportunities to go 'western' in the main towns.
Breakfast is usually more conservative and since the French colonization of Vietnam and Cambodia, bread has been a staple. Bread is usually baguettes, omelets and jams. Lunch will usually be packed, rice or noodles, with lots of fruits, snack… We eat dinner together each night and will involve a number of shared dishes. We work hard to make sure dinner is an authentic feast worthy of hardworking cyclists, specially are travelling with TUN Travel, we are connecter - you and local, so you will be served very authentic!
Tourism can be a real help to local communities providing income, positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect the natural environment. Recognizing that there is always room for improvement, we continually strive to narrow the gap between principal and practice.
As a traveler you can also play a role in this. Included the information we provide here is advice on how to be a responsible traveler and you are welcome to talk to our local tour guides about any specific queries you may have.