Vietnam Mountain Cycling 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 beach in Mui Ne, so you can take advantage of the sandy beaches…

Day 1 : Hanoi to Suoi Giang ( L , D )

7:30 Am pick you up from your hotel, we drive north from Hanoi to Thu Cuc. At Thanh Son, we have a refreshment break before our first bike ride, which is a reasonably easy 40–50 km and a good warm-up. We 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. 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 guesthouse in the hills at Suoi Giang.

Summary

Accommodation : Suoi Giang Guesthouse

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Biking Distance : 75 km

Day 2 : 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 Tu Le. From here, it is 80 km to Than Uyen, in Vietnam’s least populated province, Lai Chau.  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

Accommodation : Tu Le Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Biking Distance : 75km

Day 3 : 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.Check in and explore dinner by your own.

Summary

Accommodation : Sapa Hostel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Biking Distance : 87km

Day 4 : 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

Accommodation : Sapa Hostel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Biking Distance : 30km

Day 5 : 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 Bac Ha (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

Accommodation : Sao Mai Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Biking Distance : 75km

 Day 6 : 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.

Summary

Accommodation : Sao Mai Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Biking Distance : 25km

Day 7 : Bac Ha – Lao Cai – Night Train to Hanoi ( B , L , D ) 

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 Lao Cai for a refreshing shower, before boarding the overnight train back to Hanoi.

Summary

Accommodation : Express Train

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Biking Distance : 45km

Day 8 : Hanoi –Flight to Da Lat  ( B , L , D ) 

After an early morning arrival in Hanoi (approx 5 am), we’ll have a leisurely breakfast and a stroll around the old town, before being transferred to the airport. We say goodbye to our first guide and support crew before our early afternoon flight to Da Lat, home of flowers, coffee plantations and mountain lakes. We will be met at Lien Khuong Airport by our new guide, who will transfer us to the hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free for exploring this attractive mountain city

Summary

Accommodation : Dai Loi Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch ,Dinner

Biking Distance : None

Day 9 : Da Lat ( B , L , D ) 

Today’s ‘Skid Tracks’ ride starts from the hotel and follows single trails through farmland and pine-forested hills — a great challenge for most. This agricultural highland has some of Vietnam’s best mountain biking trails. After a picnic lunch we can visit one of the many flower farms, and ride back to DaLat. We can stop at Golden Valley (a 10 ha public park) and the unique and beautiful Railway Station building. There may be time for a visit to the XQ Embroidery village, housing some of the country’s finest embroidery. Tonight a hard-earned and lovely meal at a local restaurant.

Summary

Accommodation : Dai Loi Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Biking Distance : 45km

Day 10 : Da Lat   ( B, L, D  ) 

Again we have another day of great riding in this beautiful area as we start from the Hotel and bike the ‘northern 8’ tracks. Today is all about fantastic scenery and a good mixture of terrain in this region of lakes, forest and farmland. On the way we can stop to visit the beautiful Domaine De Marie Church, the gothic-style Da Lat Church, and the Crazy House, built by DaLat’s Crazy Lady (you’ll have to see it to believe it!). There are options for shorter or longer rides before returning to DaLat, with dinner tonight at a different local restaurant.

Summary

Accommodation : Dai Loi Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Biking Distance : 55 km

Day 11 : Da Lat – Di Linh – Mui Ne  ( B , L, D)

An early start today sees us descending from DaLat to Ta Nung village, and then to Nam Ban on 15 km of single trail. Next, a 1.5 hour transfer to Di Linh town passing numerous coffee, tea, banana and rubber plantations. The Central Highlands produces some of the world’s finest tea and coffee, so we take time out for a taste. After a short 10 km transfer, we bike to a picnic spot (at 1224 m). Our undulating ride continues through the villages of Gia Bac before a fast 10 km downhill on a steep track to Ma Lam Town. An easy flat road (or a ride in the support vehicle) takes us Mui Ne Beach.

Summary

Accommodation : Hon Rom 1 Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Biking Distance : options up to 100km

Day 12 : Mui Ne  Beach Relaxing ( B )

A free day to explore in the popular coastal resort area of Mui Ne. Take time out to relax by the hotel pool, or at the sandy surfing beach. Rest those weary cycling legs or perhaps explore the shops and many restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast

Biking Distance: None

Day 13 : Mui Ne – Sai Gon ( B )

This morning, we’ll drive 3–4 hours to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) where it is time to say goodbye to your fellow group members.End The Tour At The Hotel .

Summary

Accommodation : Le Le Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Biking Distance : None

Map Of  Vietnam Mountain Cycling Tour – 14 Days

Map Of Vietnam Mountain Cycling Tour – 14 Days

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Tour Package Includes

*  Accommodation in tour

*  Meals as listed in the itinerary B = Breakfast, L= Lunch , D = Dinner

*  Support vehicle(s) or bus and truck for group

*  Experienced English speaking guide

*  Admission fees and permits

*  Bottled water  , Snack , Fruits provided while riding

 Tour Package Excludes

*   Visa stamping fee

*  Travel assurance

*  Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks

*  Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
*  International flights & airport taxes

*  Vietnam visa (to be obtained prior to arrival)

*  Travel Insurance

*  Tips for guide(s) and driver(s)

*  Drinks and personal expenses

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

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