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Tours > Mountain Biking > Vietnam

Vietnam

This 9 or 14-day fully-supported mountain bike tour is designed to capture the very best that Vietnam offers the adventurous traveller – challenging cycling and a diverse cultural experience.

Your journey takes in the charming ancient cities of Hanoi and Saigon, the verdant expanse of the Red River Delta and Cuu Long with their fertile banks farmed by generations of peasants. You cycle amongst massive limestone mountains adorned with ancient forest, jungle and steep rice terraces, cultivated by hill tribes as they have been for thousands of years. Places where a tourist is still a stranger and curiosity.

Rest your weary legs with a couple of days kayaking on the incredible calm, emerald waters of Halong Bay, a geological phenomenon and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The slow unhurried pace of life will seem light years away from the stresses of the modern world. A rejuvenating and enriching adventure into this beautiful, un-spoilt corner of Asia awaits you.

Vietnam Itinerary

Cycle from the hotel on single trails for 2 hours (12km) followed by a 4 hour drive to Mu Cang Chai. Cycle on the Than Uyen. This is a great day out with awesome views of mountain ranges, lakes, rivers, jungle and tiered paddy fields rising and falling as far as the eye can see. Today you will see the HMong, Dzao and Tay hill tribes. Accommodation: Than Uyen Hotel, Elevation/Cycling: 315m up, 640m down, 50km/4 hrs riding.

Day One
Arrive Hanoi Airport.
Transfer to the city (45 min.) and check-in at Huyen Trang Hotel. Assemble your bikes prior to asightseeing tour, including Ho Chi Ming Mausoleum, Temple of literature, and a traditional water puppet show.
Accommodation: Hanoi Hotel, no cycling, meals: dinner

Day Two
Hanoi – Nghia Lo
This morning we drive in Russian Jeeps to Ba Khe (180km/4hrs+). Warm up by cycling to Nghia Lo (52km tar sealed), viewing HMong hill tribes and beautiful landscapes of the northern countryside.
Accommodation: Nghia Lo guesthouse (basic – ensuite bathroom),
Elevation / Cycling: 710m up, 810m down, 52km/4 hrs riding,
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner

Day Three
Nghia Lo – Than Uyen
Cycle from the hotel on single trails for 2 hours (12km) followed by a 4 hour drive to Mu Cang Chai. Cycle on the Than Uyen.This is a great day out with awesome views of mountain ranges, lakes, rivers, jungle and tiered paddy fields rising and falling as far as the eye can see. Today you will see the HMong, Dzao and Tay hill tribes.
Accommodation: Than Uyen Hotel,
Elevation/Cycling: 315m up, 640m down, 50km/4 hrs riding,
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Four
Than Uyen – Sapa
Spectacular single trail riding in the morning through small villages. As you get closer to the Hoang Lien Son peak, you will cycle between these 1000m-3000m mountains, to finally reach the highest pass in Vietnam (at 1900m). Then descend to Sapa (at 1600m). The deeper into the mountains you go, the more hill tribes you will see, wearing amazingly elaborate and colourful costumes with huge earrings. These are people who have been living in the hills for a thousand years and their ways of life have hardly changed from generation to generation.
Accommodation: Sapa Hotel (3 star)
Elevation/Riding:1520m up, 590m down, 63km/5.5 hrs riding

Day Five
Sapa - Muong Bo - Sapa (B L)
A half day trip combining dirt roads, single trails, and a steep downhill (1000m). You will be walking and/or cycling from village to village, (meeting Hmong and Tay hill tribes) - trails sometimes passing through a local’s backyard. (Don’t worry, they don’t mind! If you are the first rider into a village their jaws just drop with amazement, but as the last rider passes, everyone will be outside and showing great excitement).The afternoon is free (although the 2 hour single trail ride can be extended to a 6 hour ride).
Accommodation: Sapa Hotel
Elevation/Riding: 500 up, 1100m down, 37 km / 3.5 hours riding

Day Six
Sapa-Ban Khoang-Lao Cai (Chinese boarder)-Bac Ha (B,L,D)
A high country road with just deep blue skies and fluffy white clouds all around, as we wind our way up higher and higher into the mountains. You will be cycling HIGH for half a day at 1400-1600m, followed by the big descent to Lao Cai. Then we drive to Bac Ha (1400m) which takes 2 hours.
Accommodation: Bac Ha Hotel (2-3 star)
Elevation/Riding: 900up, 2250m down, 79 km / 5.5 hours riding

Day Seven
Bac-Ha (B,L,D)
The Sunday market is a great opportunity to view local life-styles, just make sure you bring enough film! From 10am, cycle for 4 hrs on trails through villages, admiring stunning scenery of mountains and forest. Wherever you stop you will become a major focus of attention. Stopping to admire the view seemingly in the middle of nowhere, people will suddenly appear from the hills. The main tribe you will see today is Flower HMong, the most colourful one in Vietnam.
Accommodation: Bac Ha Hotel (2-3 star)
Elevation/Riding: 370up, 560m down, 25 km / 2.5 hours riding

Day Eight
Bac- Ha – Lao Cai - Hanoi (B,L,D)
Today is the “ Single trail day” - 1.5 hours in the morning and after lunch a fantastic ride along the hill ridges through evergreen forests and ancient hill tribes. We then pack up the bikes and drive to Lao Cai in time for the night train back to Hanoi. Bikes will be sent to Saigon.
Accommodation: Overnight train (1st Class sleepers)
Elevation/Riding: 900up, 1600m down, 54 km / 5.5 hours riding

Day Nine
\ Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Leave Hanoi (at 5.00am) by van for Hai Phong where we stop for breakfast before boarding the 10 cabin dschunk (sailing boat). After lunch try some sea kayaking.
Accommodation: Sailing boat

Day Ten
Halong Bay (B,L,D)
A whole day paddling and exploring the Bay at your own pace, having a closer look at the amazing karsts. There are heaps of deserted beaches out there just for you. Explore the nightlife of Halong Bay
Accommodation: Hai Phong hotel

Day Eleven
Halong Bay- Saigon (B,L)
We take the bus to HaiPhong airport (3hrs) in time to catch the mid afternoon flight to Saigon. On arrival in Saigon, we transfer to the Hotel and assemble the bikes, before embarking on a City tour.
Accommodation: Grand Hotel

Day Twelve
Saigon – Island in Mekong River (B, L, D)
We drive to Mytho (2.5hours) and cycle 45 km - mostly on single trails.
Departing MyTho we cycle beside the Mekong River to CaiBe, with a lunch break along the way. In the afternoon, ride to CaiBe, take a ferry across the Mekong River to an island, and ride along the canals to our homestay.
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Riding: 45km

Day Thirteen
Mekong River Island – CanTho (B,L,D)
Enjoy an early morning Island sunrise. View river life and the bustling local market by the Church. Then we cycle for 1 hour under the natural green canopy to the ferry, before crossing to VinhLong and riding through BaKe, TamBinh, TraOn and on to CanTho.
Accommodation: Victoria Hotel (4 star)
Riding: 70km

Day Fourteen
CanTho – Saigon Airport (B,L)
We take an early morning boat trip to the CaiRang floating market, before taking a ‘xe loi’, (the local colonial era cab pulled by motorbike) back to CanTho for another ferry crossing. Lunch is en route and in the afternoon we transfer by bus to Saigon Airport (4 hours)

Depart from Saigon airport



Trip Cost 9 day
from US $ 1995
Single supplement US $500
Bike Rental included

Trip Cost 14 day
US $ 2995
Single supplement US $ 730
Bike Rental included

(GST is not applicable to this trip)

 


Departure Dates
Please inquire for departure dates.We will arrange a trip with our trusted local partners for you.

 
Services Included

1 Inland Flights as outlined in itinerary

Support vehicle

All meals listed: (B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner)

Accommodation: Hotels and Guesthouses (2-4 star)

Admission fees and permits

Overnight train: 1st class air-conditioned compartment (4 bunks in 1)

English speaking guide

Bike Rental

Night train

Excludes

Bikes, Drinks, Travel Insurance, Personal expenses, 1 internal flight on 14 day trip.


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