Tet 2000 Tour

Celebrating the Year of the Dragon Year 2000


Traveling in Vietnam during the lunar New Year can be a challenge - markets and restaurants close, transportation and services are hard to come by, and even getting food can an event. But is the most beautiful time to travel by bicycle in Vietnam, not only is the weather at its best but the people are all in a celebratory mood.

Itinerary (click below or at right)

  • December 12: Hanoi City Tour
  • December 13: Hanoi
  • December 14: Hanoi to Hue
  • December 15: Hue
  • December 16: Hue to Hoi An
  • December 17, 18 Hoi An
  • December 19: Hoi An to Quang Ngai
  • December 20: Quang Ngai to Quin Hon
  • December 21: Quin Hon to Nha Trang
  • December 22, 23: Nha Trang
  • December 24: Nha Trang to Dalat
  • December 25: Dalat
  • December 26: Dalat to Bao Loc/Saigon
  • December 27: Saigon

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This 16-day bicycling tour by twelve Americans traveled the length of Vietnam, from Hanoi to Saigon, with plenty of time to stop and see the uniqueness of the cities and people along the way. Although cyclists ranged in ability, all found a way to explore Vietnam at their own pace and in the best way possible -- as most locals do -- on two wheels.

This diary was written and updated each day during the trip as it happened during the tour according to the perspective of the author who makes no claims of accuracy to the events happening!


The cool, cultural, political and former Capitol of French Colonial Indochine.


The Imperial Capital of Vietnam where Emperors built majestic tombs and a citadel on the banks of the Perfume River.

Hoi An (Tet)

An ancient Japanese trading port, Hoi An retains unique wooden architecture, Chinese temples and excellent cuisine that makes it everyones favorite stop.

Nha Trang

The "Waikiki of Vietnam." What to do in a beach town with no sun? We headed off on bike to explore the wide boulevards, ice cream shops and back alleys.


Pine forests, French villas and... cowboys? Is this still Vietnam many were asking when we arrived at this former French hillstation in the Central Highlands.


Dr. Le Phuc explains the two theories of clavicle dislocation treatment which John was unfortunate to suffer a few hours before on our ride from Dalat. Ironically, Dr. Le Phuc was trained by a surgeon from Seattle, where John is from.

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