Northwest of Vietnam Bike Tour – 13 Days

This cycling-journey is to the relatively unexplored northeast region of Vietnam, near the border with China where, until recently, you needed special permits to visit. Starting in Hanoi, we take to Lao Cai and from there we head east into the province of Lai Chau and you’ll be riding through dramatic landscapes and colorful ethnic minorities who are still living as they have for hundreds of years. It will be as if everyday you are riding through an open air museum – as you cycle by villagers weaving in their homes and blacksmiths forging their tools. We end our tour on a unique island in Halong Bay, so you can take advantage of the sandy beaches.

Day 1 : Hanoi cycle to Yen Bai ( L ,D ) 
Pick up at your hotel at 7:30 and  transfer by vehicle to Trung Ha bridge and start cycling to Yen Bai belong the bank of Red River .  Arrive late afternoon. Stay 1 night.

Accommodation : Yen Bai  Hotel ( 2 stars )

Cycling distance : 80 km

Meals : Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Yen Bai cycle to Sapa ( B ,L ,D ) 
After breakfast. A demanding, hilly, day along the mountain and river range culminating with the ascent of the spectacular , visiting the Vietnam & China border gate if time permitting.  Stay 2 nights.

Accommodation : Sunny Mountain  Hotel -4*

Cycling distance : 80 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Sapa Cycling and Trekking to Village  ( B ) 

Start from your hotel at 8 Am , bikes to explore Sa Pa an old French hill-station, in a spectacular location close to the Chinese border. This morning we will cycling to Village , Lao Chai and Ta Van village ( Red Dzao and H’mong people ) . car pick you back to Sapa ,lunch and dinner by your self.

Accommodation : Sunny Mountain  Hotel -4*

Meals : Breakfast

Biking Distance: 20 km

Day 4 : Sapa Cycle to Lai Chau  ( B ,L ,D )  

Retrace our route back over the Tram Ton pass to Binh Lu junction and follow the road 4D north west to Tam Duong and to Lai Chau . O / N in Muong Thanh hotel .

Distance: 85   km

Ride: 90 km on good quality asphalt road

Meal: Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = dinner

Accommodation: Muong Thanh Hotel -3 *

Day 5 : Lai Chau Cycle to Muong Lay ( Old Lai Chau ) ( B,L ,D ) 
Cycle to old Lai Chau via the Hang Tom suspension bridge, following the Nam Na through spectacular gorges and Black Dao villages.  A long day with some climbs.  Stay 1 night. Hoang Long Hotel ,

Distance: 110 km

Ride: 70 km on good quality asphalt road, transfer 40 km.

Meal: Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = dinner

Accommodation: Hoang Long Hotel

 Day 6 : Muong Lay Cycle to Dien Bien Phu ( B, L , D ) 
Our  full day in Vietnam.  Cycle to Dien Bien Phu – 104 kms.  Dien Bien Phu was the scene of the historic French defeat in 1954.  Stay 1 night. O / N in Muong Thanh Hotel .

Distance: 150 km

Ride: 80 km on good quality asphalt road, transfer 70 km.

Meal: Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = dinner

Accommodation: Himlam Hotel and Resort

 Day 7 : Dien Bien Phu Cycle to Son La ( B ,L ,D ) 
Cycle to Son La 150 km  , along the mountain and river range culminating with the ascent of the spectacular , visiting the Son La prison . O / N in Son La .

Distance: 150 km

Ride: 80 km on good quality asphalt road, transfer 70 km.

Meal: Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = dinner

Accommodation: Cong Doan  Hotel

Day 8 : Son La – Mai Chau ( B , L , D ) 

Cycle to Mai Chau village around 120 km  , along the mountain range culminating , Arrival in Mai Chau village . Homestay in Thai house . O / N in Mai Chau .

Accommodation : Homestay 

Meals : Breakfast ,  Lunch , Dinner

Biking :80 Km

Day 9 : Mai Chau – Cuc Phuong Park ( B, L, D) 
T
ransfer to Man Duc and start to pedal through the rich farming land of the Red River Delta and cycling through the breathtaking mountainous region and starting of Ho Chi Minh trails to Cuc Phuong national Park ( 80 km). On our journey there are some opportunities to see ethnic minority people, all friendly and welcoming. Overnight in Cuc Phuong National Park -Guest House .

Accommodation : Cuc Phuong National Park -Guest House .

Meals : Breakfast ,  Lunch , Dinner

Biking :90 Km

Day 10 : Cuc Phuong – Ninh Binh ( B,L,D) 
Following breakfast , We start cycle from the gate of Cuc Phuong Park to recharge your energy for 19km cycling to the centre of the park. We will start again around 9am and make a couple of stops along the way to visit the Cave of Ancient Man. We continue another 10km cycle to Nho Quan, we reach Hoa Lu .We then start cycling to visit the two remaining temples of the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu. (12km), just passing scenes of local village life and rice paddies. At  midday enjoy a long lunch break near Hoa Luu . We continues with a 1 hour cycle to Tam Coc . O / N in Tam Coc Villiage.The Long Hotel 2 *

Accommodation : The Long hotel 2 *

Meals : Breakfast ,  Lunch , Dinner

Biking :60 Km

Day 11 : Ninh Binh – Hai Phong – Halong (B,L,D ) ( 170km )
An early morning start to pedal through the rich farming land of the Red River Delta to Hai Phong. Stop at PhoMinh pagoda and Tran Temple in Nam Dinh. The journey is long but road conditions ameliorated will allow you have more time at every stops. Today is a long day visit farmers at work and local homes. We continue our journey to Ha Long Bay (80 km) by minbus . Views of sailing junks navigating past over 3,000 limestone islands and out crops jutting out of the clear and emerald water of the bay are nothing short of spectacular. Overnight in Ha Long.

Accommodation : Ha Long Bay  hotel 3 * ( 2 mins walk to the beach )

Meals : Breakfast ,  Lunch , Dinner

Biking :80 Km

Day 12 : Ha Long  cruise – Relaxing ( B,L )
Breafast at hotel . Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam ‘s most impressive scenic sights. After a short transfer from the town, we embark on a cruise out to explore the world natural heritage dotted with some thousands of rock formations and visit Thien Cung  cave. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and a seafood lunch. Transfer to back hotel and all afternoon free for beach relaxing. .Overnight in Ha Long Bay .

Accommodation : Ha Long Bay  hotel 3 * ( 2 mins walk to the beach )

Meals : Breakfast ,  Lunch

Biking :None

Day 13 : Ha Long  – Hanoi  ( 40 km) ( B,L)
Breakfast at hotel . 7:30 Am Transfer from hotel to Hai Duong Province, On the way we will stop to visit ceramic villages and to Que Vo ( Bac Ninh ) we will turn right and cycling along Duong river banks to  visit But Thap Pagoda  and Dong Ho paiting villages , afternoon going back Hanoi we will have lunch at the local restaurant then take a bus back to Ha Noi and finish cycling trip), Overnight in Ha Noi. End The Tour

Accommodation : Your hotel .

Biking :40 Km

Departure date click here .

Price  in   USD per person .

– Number of Rider –

Group size

2-3

4-5

6 – 8

9 -12

Single Sup

Price / pax

1.838

1.392

1.259

1.125

275

Deposit inquiry = 300 USD per person  .( Last price will  based on group size when the tour departure ) .

Term and Condition

Tour Cost includes:
* Bike ( Trek 4,300 or Giant ) and helmet
• All hotels (twin share ) and meals specified
• Support by a/c vehicles ( Bus or truck for group )

• Permit tickets to villages and home stay
• Cruise in Halong bay
• All water ,fruits and snacks whilst riding
• All entrances fee and sites mentioned
• Cycling Vietnamese English speaking guide
• All meals mentioned ( B = Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner )

Tour Cost excludes:
• International Flights ,Departure Tax
• Accommodation in Hanoi
• Visa Fees
• Alcoholic  and other beverages in the evenings
• Tips for guides and driver
• Personal travel insurance
• Any services not mentioned in itinerary

Things to be prepared:
1. Hat
2. Small backpack
3. Shoes and shorts for cylcing
4. Sunglasses
5. Gloves

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