Bike riding is a great way to exercise, get fresh air, and share time as a family. But, before you and the kids rush out and start pedaling, there’s an important factor that you need to consider: safety.
We will take every precaution possible to ensure your safe enjoyment of the tour. However, it is highly recommended that you procure travel insurance prior to cycling with us.
All of our tour guides are trained in first aid and emergency rescue. Please be sure to follow their instructions on all matters related to safety. To a large degree, you are responsible for your own safety. As a precaution, we require that helmets be worn at all times while riding. Cycling gloves are also highly recommended for a better grip on rougher terrains.
It is important that you drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Also, make sure to take some energy bars in case you get hungry between meals.
Always know the final destination for each day. Emergency numbers should be kept close.
Emergency Call Numbers:
Helmet & Road Rules
We supply helmets for all of our biking tours. If you prefer to bring your own, please do so. It is important to remember that we require that helmets to be worn at all times while cycling. Always wear a correctly adjusted helmet; one that fits snugly on your head and does not tip forward or backward.
For safety reasons, we ask that you always ride with a partner. Make sure to give each other plenty of space, and plenty of encouragement!
Always ride at a speed that you are comfortable with. Do not ride beyond your ability, as accidents are not fun. If some stretches are too technical for you, it is better to walk than fall!
When cycling, the person in front has the right of way. Remember that they may not be aware of what a person behind is doing. So, if overtaking, let the person in front know which side you are passing on.
Always stop at junctions unless specifically told not to by the guide; if you’re unsure about the route, stop and wait for the rest of the group or the leader.
If you get lost, go back to the location where you last saw other group members and wait there. Our support team will find you.
Generally, the tour guide will ride at or near the back of the group. Support vehicles follow behind to ensure the entire groups arrival at a meeting point. Larger tours will have two guides. In this case, one guide will ride at the front of the group and the other will ride at the back.
How to handle dogs:
Do not try to race off!
1. Stop and get off your bike, keeping it between you and the dogs
2. Throw (or pretend to throw) a stone
3. Ride away casually
Helmets are provided for bike rentals
ROAD SURFACES AND CONDITIONS
Our bike tours take deep rural paths that classic trips can’t reach. Some villages have never seen foreigners before!
Road surfaces vary along the way from point to point, from village to village. Different regions have different natural terrains. In the Mekong, roads are quite flat – from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Cambodia you will experience this. In the central highlands, in Da Lat for example, trails are mountainous and hilly. Some regions we cycle, like Nha Trang and Hue, have unique combinations of both.
Other factors, like weather and construction, affect the roads too. We make sure to inspect the paths we take every six months to ensure that they are well kept and suitable for cycling.