AN ANDOVER woman and her daughter have conquered an epic cycling adventure across Vietnam by riding 503kms over nine days.

Caroline Ward, a coach and member of Andover Triathlon Club, and her daughter Emma tackled mountains, remote villages, coastal routes, and stunning scenery along the way to complete the challenge.

The unique challenge consisted of a group of 10 cyclists who were supported by a guide, a back rider and a mechanic who also doubled as the bus driver.

The duo’s journey began in the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam, where Caroline, Emma and their fellow cyclists were met with sweltering heat and humidity.

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They concluded their journey in the capital of Hanoi in the north where they were met with chillier weather and Caroline said she even wore a bobble hat.

Caroline described the experience as "incredible”, highlighting the beauty of the country, the friendly people, and the delicious food.

“We cycled mountains with thick cloud, remote twisting villages, coastal routes, coffee, tea and rubber plantations and paddy fields,” she said.

The group cycled a total of 503kms, climbing 2,979m and facing challenging terrain, including the famous Hai Van Pass, a 10.2-kilometer climb with 600m of elevation.

Caroline said the longest day of cycling, a 103km stretch, as "tiring," but ultimately rewarding.

The longest hill was 10.2km and 600m elevation which formed part of an 86km day and took in the famous Hai Van Pass.

In addition to cycling across a beautiful country once devastated by the Vietnam war, the group had the opportunity to swim, snorkel, and kayak in the South China Sea.

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They also spent a night on a private tropical island, took a Vietnamese cooking class, and enjoyed street food, wild dancing, and a cruise through the limestone formations of Ha Long Bay.

Caroline added: "It was an incredible adventure in a stunning, vibrant, young country with the friendliest of people and most incredible food."

She also offered some tips for anyone considering a similar challenge: "Comfy cycle shorts and jelly babies!"