Vietnam Mountain Bike Tour – 09 Days

We drive and cycling to the north from Hanoi to Thu Cuc. At Thanh Son, we’ll have a refreshment break before our first bike ride, which is a reasonably easy 40–50 km  and a good warm-up. We’ll stop for lunch back in Thu Cuc, and in the afternoon we have the option of cycling up to another 60 km towards Nghia Lo, a small town in a big valley inhabited by ethnic Thai people….

Day 1 : Arrival Hanoi (  D ) 

On arrival in Hanoi, we’ll transfer you from the airport to the city (45 minutes) and check you into your tour hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you could come with us on a city tour this afternoon, past various places of interest including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Mondays) and the Temple of Literature. We’ll have the opportunity to see a traditional water puppet show (the water forms the puppets’ stage) and this evening we will get to know each other during our first group dinner.

Summary
Biking:   None
Meals:   Dinner
Accommodation: AST Hotel 3 *

 

Day 2 : Hanoi to Suoi Giang ( B , L , D )

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive north from Hanoi to Thu Cuc. At Thanh Son, we’ll have a refreshment break before our first bike ride, which is a reasonably easy 40–50 km, and a good warm-up. We’ll stop for lunch back in ThuCuc, and in the afternoon we have the option of cycling up to another 60 km towards NghiaLo, a small town in a big valley inhabited by ethnic Thai people. There are no single trail options today, but your guide can take you on quiet dirt roads through some small villages. We overnight in a simple but comfortable guest house in the hills at Suoi Giang .

Summary
Biking:   80 km
Meals:   Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation: Suoi Giang Guest House

Day 3: Suoi Giang – Than Uyen ( B , L , D ) 

There are several riding options today which your guide will discuss with you in advance. After breakfast we suggest you cycle the winding dirt roads past several villages, before traveling in the backup vehicle to peaceful TuLe. From here, it is 80 km to ThanUyen, in Vietnam’s least populated province, LaiChau. You can choose to cycle or ride part way in the vehicle. This is one of the most beautiful stretches of road in North Vietnam, with imposing mountains and rice terraces. It is also home to the colourful Hmong, Dzao and Tay hill tribes, who we’ll meet along the way.

Summary
Biking:   60 km
Meals:   Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation: Than Uyen Guest House

 

Day 4: Than Uyen – Sapa ( B , L , D ) 

We warm up on a single trail around Than Uyen before driving through mountainous countryside to Than Thuoc for lunch. As we approach Hoang Lien Son peak, Vietnam’s tallest, we cycle on the main road between 1000–3000 m mountains, finally reaching Vietnam’s highest pass (1900 m). You can, of course, choose to ride in the support vehicle. We then descend to the beautiful mountain town of SaPa (at 1600 m). The deeper into the mountains we go, the more hill tribes we will see, wearing amazingly elaborate and colourful costumes with huge earrings.

Summary
Biking:   80 km
Meals:   Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation: Sapa Hostel

 

Day 5 : Sapa – Muong Bo – Sapa ( B , L  ) 

Today offers a half-day trip on dirt roads and single trails, plus a steep downhill (1000 m). We will be walking and/or cycling from village to village, meeting Hmong and Tay hill tribes. Trails sometimes pass through locals’ backyards(don’t worry, they don’t mind!) and they will often gather excitedly to watch cyclists as they pass. After our picnic lunch at a waterfall, there’s time for a refreshing swim before we drive back uphill to SaPa. The rest of the day is free explore this beautiful mountain town of about 140,000 people near the Chinese border.

Summary
Biking:   70 km
Meals:   Breakfast , Lunch
Accommodation: Sapa Hostel

 

Day 6 : Sapa – Ban Khoang – Lao Cai – Bac Ha ( B , L , D ) 

We are normally surrounded by deep blue skies and fluffy white clouds as we leave SaPa, travelling through the beautiful village of Ban Khoang. We’ll wind our way up higher and higher into the mountains on a country road. We will be cycling at high altitude for half a day at 1400–1600 m, followed by a long descent to the city of Lao Cai on the Chinese border. We finish with a drive to the stunningly beautiful village of BacHa (1400 m). This border town is known for its colourful weekly markets. The drive takes about 2 hours, and we’ll overnight at a hotel here.

Summary
Biking:   80 km
Meals:   Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation: Sao Mai Hotel

 

Day 7 : Bac Ha ( B , L , D

The Sunday market here is a great opportunity to view local lifestyles and meet the people. Make sure you bring your camera! The scenery and the ornate clothing is amazing. Around midday we’ll cycle on trails through villages for up to 4 hours, admiring beautiful mountains and forest. The main tribe we will see today is the Flower HMong, one of the most colourful and richly dressed in Vietnam. We’ll be a major focus of attention wherever we go. Even seemingly in the middle of nowhere, people will suddenly appear from the hills. ( If not Sunday we will explore some H’mong villages ) or Saturday will visit Can Cau market .

Summary
Biking:   30 km
Meals:   Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation: Sao Mai Hotel

 

Day 8: Bac Ha – Lao Cai – Hanoi ( B , L ) 

Amazing single trail riding is the order of the day. You’ll travel along ridges through evergreen forests and past ancient hill tribes. Lunch is likely to be at a small local restaurant. At the end of the ride we’ll have earned a snack and a cold beer. After packing up our bikes we drive to Yen Bai and back to Hanoi.

Summary
Biking:   60 km
Meals:   Breakfast , Lunch
Accommodation: Hanoi AST Hotel

Day 9 : Hanoi Departure  ( B  ) 

There’s time for a leisurely breakfast and a final stroll around Hanoi’s old town, before we transfer you to the airport for your departure. You’ll leave with memories of exciting urban Vietnam, its mountainous northern countryside and vibrant people.

Summary
Biking:  None
Meals:   Breakfast

 

Map of Vietnam Mountain Bike Tour – 09 Days

Map of Vietnam Mountain Bike Tour – 09 Days


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Tour Package Includes

  •  Accommodation based on twin sharing occupancy at hotel, guesthouse
  • Meals as indicated in program,B=Breakfast , L=Lunches ,D=Dinner
  •  Professional English speaking guide
  •  Support A/C transfers and transportation.( Bus and Truck for group )
  •  Pump, bike tools, spares tubes, Spare bike , Helmet ,Mountain Bicycle ( Trek bicycle )
  •  Cold water box, small fresh towel , Mineral water , Fruits
  •  All entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated in the program
  •  Service charges, rooms tax and handling fees

Tour Package Excludes

  •  Visa stamping fee
  •  Travel assurance
  •  Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  •  Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
  •  Tips and gratuites
  •  Personal expenses and other services which are not mentioned in the program.
  •  International air tickets and airport departure taxes
  •  Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program
  •  Optional excursions

Special offers :

  •  Mineral water drinking.
  •  Seasonal fruits.
  •  Snacks
  •  Fresh tissue and some fruits while touring !

What to bring :

  • Sun Block , Wide brim hat, Camera + Film, Comfortable shoes, Rain Gear , Warm clothes in winter, Original Passport, Bike Helmet ( compulsory ), Small backpack , Shoes and shorts for cycling ,Sunglasses , Gloves , Professional Pedal ,Insect repellent ,Wide brim hat ,Bike water bottle (if you don’t want to use ours’bottle)

Highlights :

  • Glide up and down hills, through villages and fields to experience the north’s wilderness.

Notes:

  • Minor program changes are sometime necessary, depending on road conditions and weather.
  • This itinerary allows for 9 days on the cycling section. You will be able to decide for yourself at any time during each of these days how far you want to cycle. Average daily cycling distances are approximately 40 -100 km. These distances may vary according to weather, road conditions and group fitness and preferences. This is a sightseeing cycle tour, not a marathon or time trial.

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