Northwest of Vietnam by Bike

Minimum age
12

Duration

Tour price
0

Physicality
Moderate

Hybrid Bikes

To help you enjoy the more challenging terrain of Northern Vietnam we use GIANT 'Anyroad' bicycles on this tour. These are more suited than our regular touring bikes for tackling some of the climbs we will encounter on the journey. As with all our bikes they are well maintained but also feature a lighter overall weight, a taller headtube and increased toptube stand-over distance for confident handling, wide range of gears and are suited to varied riding surfaces.  

Day 1 : Arrive to Hanoi and stay the night. 
Day 2 : Hanoi - Sapa
After breakfast climb board a private bus to Sapa, a town in the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains of northwest Vietnam. This journey will take approximately 5 hours. From the Sapa market, venture out on a short trek (approximately 2.5 hours) through the surrounding valleys to visit a hill-tribe village called Cat Cat. This is home to the H’mong people, who emigrated from China 300 years ago. In the evening, settle into your hotel in Sapa for the night.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sapa - Cat Cat Village trek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

 

Day 3 : Lao Chai Trek - Ta Van 
Savour the dramatic landscapes and panoramic views of rural Vietnam on a trek from Lao Chai to Ta Van. You'll pass by terraced farms ripe with corn and rice, over bubbling brooks and through bucolic villages. Stop for a picnic lunch before heading on to our home stay with a local family in the evening. The total trek today is around 10 kilometres (6.2 miles).
Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sapa - Lao Chai to Ta Van trek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 4: Su Pan Trek - Hanoi 
This morning trek to Su Pan before taking some time to rest your feet on a bus ride back to Sapa. In the afternoon the group returns to Hanoi (approximately 5 hours). Maybe get a bird's eye view of the city from a rooftop bar and unwind with an iced coffee.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sapa - Ta Van to Su Pan trek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Day 5 : Hanoi 
Vietnam's capital is best explored on foot, which is why the group will head out on a city walking tour. See the final resting place of Vietnam's revered revolutionary at Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and Museum before stopping by the Temple of Literature. Although the shrine was originally built in the 11th century, and is therefore considered to be the city's oldest temple, the current structure and shrine to Confucius actually dates from the 18th century. In the afternoon, have a practice on your bike with a warm up cycling trip around Hanoi's West Lake. 
 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hanoi - Old Quarter Walking Tour
  • Hanoi - West Lake bike ride
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Day 6 : Hanoi - Mai Chau Cycling 
Leave behind the Hanoi hustle first by vehicle, then jump on your bike and and journey to the clean air of the Mai Chau valley (approximately 60km / 37mi). There are great photo opportunities along the way – stop at a vantage point to take in the view of Mai Chau, home to a variety of minority groups with their own unique culture and languages. Along the way, there's also the opportunity to help local farmers plant rice seeds into the fields. Arrive in Mai Chau and head to the village of Pom Coong, where your local guide will introduce you to your hosts for lunch, and provide information on the region's people, their lifestyles, customs and culture. Lunch is a traditional affair with examples of local cuisine on offer. This is a great opportunity to experience the local area, chat with your hosts, and gain a real insight into life in this fascinating and picturesque region. After lunch, take some time to relax before saddling up for a cycle trip to nearby villages. Back at the homestay, relax with a cold drink while watching the sun set over the peaceful mountains. Alternatively, for the food lovers, why not help your host cook dinner!
Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mai Chau - Pom Coong Village visit & traditional lunch
  • Mai Chau - Cycling
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
At the homestay you’ll sleep on mattresses in a communal room. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided. Shared toilet and bathroom facilities are basic.

Day 7 : Ninh Binh 
After breakfast set out again on your bike on a cycle from Mai Chau to Ninh Binh, a region well known for its green valleys, karst mountains and conservation areas. Today's ride will cover approximately 70 kilometres in total.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mai Chau to Ninh Binh cycling
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 8 : Cat Ba island 
Catch a bus this morning from Ninh Binh to Hai Phong then jump on a ferry to Cat Ba Island, which sits at the southeastern edge of Halong Bay. Lan Ha Bay, where Cat Ba can be found, is a part of Halong Bay with the additional attraction of numerous white-sand beaches. The total travelling time today is approximately five hours. Check in to your hotel in town then enjoy a free afternoon taking it easy. Hit the beach, jump in the sea, check out Cat Ba town or go walking around the island before a grabbing a sunset drink.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Day 9 : Cat Ba Island  
Explore the waters and limestone karsts of Lan Ha Bay on a full-day boat trip. Get up close and personal kayaking beside the tree-clad outcrops, with lunch onboard also included. Halong Bay's World Heritage designation was extended to the Cat Ba Archipelago thanks to its similar aesthetic value, and the scenes of turquoise water and junk boats are quintessential Vietnam. No-one will judge you for taking a selfie here. Spend a second night on Cat Ba, with the evening free to visit the local restaurants and bars.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 10: Hanoi 
Say goodbye to Cat Ba Island and head back to Hanoi (approximately five hours). Arrive in the late afternoon, and perhaps head down to the markets for some last-minute souvenir shopping or to pay a visit to one of the city's many museums. Both the Fine Art Museum and Museum of Ethnology are great choices. In the evening, why not organise an farewell dinner with your group and toast the end of this active adventure.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast



 

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