11 DAYS EXPLORING RED RIVER DELTA BY BIKE
Cycling route: Hanoi – Bat Trang – Khoai Chau – Phu ly – Van long – Cuc phuong – Trang An – Nam Dinh – Thai Binh – Hai phong – Halong – Cat Ba – Hai Duong.
Trip overview: 09 days cycling in Red River Delta is unique and authentic cycling adventure tour in the North Vietnam. This cycling trip offers for those who want to explore and experience indept both physical and cultural activities. IET Tours is honor to share experience and cultural values with active travellers and adventurous people this tour. Joining this trip. You will have opportunity in getting contact with hospitable people, enjoying stunning scenery. Study about the cradle of Red River delta civilization, discovering cultural and natural heritage sites. meet and chat with great artesian in Traditional villages. Enjoy delicious foods in the North Vietnam. You also have amazing chance to capture some memorable pictures in this trip.
AVAILABLE DEPARTURE DATES
16 Dec 2016 – Seats Available …
13 Jan 2017 – Guaranteed departure
15 Feb 2017 – Seats Available …
20 Mar 2017 – Guaranteed departure
11 Apr 2017 – Seats Available …
17 May 2017 – Guaranteed departure
13 Jun 2017 – Seats Available …
24 Aug 2017 – Seats Available …
20 Sep 2017 – Guaranteed departure
19 Oct 2017 – Seats Available …
12 Nov 2017 – Guaranteed departure
11 Dec 2017 – Seats Available …
15 Jan 2018 – Seats Available …
19 Feb 2018 – Seats Available …
17 Mar 2018 – Guaranteed departure
Bike Hire USd110/person
|Tour Code||VN041415 -2||Group size||02 minimum for departure|
|Tour duration:||11 DAYS||Suitability||Easy – Moderate|
|when||Best time for cycling from mid
September – April .
|Start in||Hanoi||Terrain|| Flat paved road, and dirt paths, some
Hill in Cat ba
|Finish in||Hanoi city||Tour level||Adventure cycling|
|Health request||Good health, fitness||Tour cost||Contact with us to get the best price.|
|Bike hire||Include in tour cost||Road condition||Good road, mixed off and Paved road,
tarmac road, dirt road, single track , off
the beaten track
|FDeparture||Upon request||Arrive in||Upon request|
|Support||Fully supported by vehicle||Staff||01 guide for group less 10 people|
|Date||Destination||Accommodations||Cycling distance||Include meal|
|Day 1||Hanoi Arrival||Flower Hotel||no||L/D|
|Day 2||Hanoi – Bat Trang – Hung yen – Phu ly||Inco Hanam 515.9||70 km||B/L/D|
|Day 3||Phu ly – Van Long – Cuc Phuong||Cuc Phuong Hotel||78 km||B/L/D|
|Day 4||Cuc Phuong – Ninh Binh||Legend hotel||65 km||B/L/D|
|Day 5||Ninh Binh – Phat Diem – Keo – Thai Binh||Thai Binh Dream||80 km||B/L/D|
|Day 6||Thai Binh – Vinh Bao – Hai Phong||Draco thang long||76 km||B/L/D|
|Day 7||Hai Phong – Halong||On Cruise||56 km||B/L/D|
|Day 8||Halong – Cat Ba – Cycling||Hung Long Hotel||34 km||B/L/D|
|Day 9||Cat Ba cycling & trekking & Kayaking||Hung Long Hotel||25 km||B/L/D|
|Day 10||Cat Ba – Dinh Vu – Haiphong – Hanoi||Flower Hotel||54 km||B/L/D|
|Day 11||Hanoi – onwards||On wards|
DAY1: HANOI ARRIVAL
Welcome to Vietnam. Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport, IET Tours guide and driver will greet and pick you up to the hotel at the heart of Hanoi capital. Hanoi, the antique and dynamic city of Vietnam, reserves a unique old world charm and several of the most striking colonial architecture of Asia. After the checking-in,Take relax by your own and do briefing itinerary with our guide for coming days. enjoy a cyclo ride through the bustling streets in the Old Quarter to discover the ancient and modern beauty of Hanoi. After the tour, you will be warmly welcome with a special welcoming dinner in a typical Vietnamese food restaurant. Stay overnight in Hanoi :
DAY 2: HANOI CYCLING BAT TRANG CERAMIC – VAN GIANG – KHOAI CHAU – PHU LY
After hearty breakfast in hotel, our shuttle bus take us to left bank of Red River Detla, In Long Bien, Arriving cycling point , we spend few minute to master how control the bike and the rule of the road.for cycling days in Vietnam. making sure everything is going on smoothly, we start pedalling on the trail, unsealed road, along the bank of Red River, You have first different sight and vision about Hanoi city , you are also impressive on stunning banana farm, bonsai gardens or guava fruits garden, Our ride continue to Bat Trang Ceramic village, place has been well known high quality ceramic produces for 11 centuries. You have time to explore skillful productions or take some amazing pictures of this villages. After visiting BatTrang Ceramic village, we keep riding to Kim Lan and Van Giang villages, through traditional vegetable villages, bonical and kumquat trees. Meeting friendly people working on their farm, or school kids on the way back their home. We stop for cake break and water. We continue to paddle to Khoai Chau, Hung Yen for delicious lunch, after lunch we cross bridge and turn back to Phu Ly city , Hanam provice. Arriving in Phu Ly, check in and relax. Dinner in local restaurant, stay overnight in Ron hotel
DAY 3: PHU LY – QUE – CHINE – VAN LONG – CUC PHUONG NATIONAL PARK
We have breakfast in Hotel, clearing the bill and checking out. We start pedaling from Hotel to Van Long wet land reserver, on the way you are rewarded by extraordinary kark mountain ranges and staggering ride paddies. Arriving Van Long Wet Land Reserve, you definitively excited at outstanding limestone mountains, picturesque scenery.We have lunch in Van long Restaurant. After lunch, we continue to ride along corridor of Wet land Reserve to Cuc Phuong National Park, through villages and rice paddy dotted with marvelous lotus lakes.Arriving Cuc phuong in Late afternoon, we do check in and have cold beer break. Dinner and stay in Cuc Phuong Eco Resort or Guest house in National Park.
DAY 4: CUC PHUONG – TAM COC – TRANG AN – NINH BINH
Today is great and amazing day with many highlights in our schedule such as cycling through National park, spending the time for visiting Endangered primates rescued Center, exploring Trang An – newly classified culural and natural world heritages complex and admire outstanding landscapes of “ halong on land”, take two hours boat trip to explore incredible caves and sightseeing in Trang An natural heritage .Following to breakfast in Hotel,the shuttle bus take to bottom of National Park, you will enjoy peaceful atmosphere and discover the biodiversity values of national park. We starting new cycling day by paddling back road to Central Gate where you leave the bike and visit the Endangered primates Rescued Center.
The endangered Primates Rescued Centre is a perfect place to see many kinds of rare primates such as Langur, Gibbon and Loris all over Vietnam, many of them are under threat of extinction. After visiting, we continue to ride out of national Park on corridor path lead to pineapple farms. Arriving in Tam Diep Town , take short transfer to Tam Coc for lunch in local restaurant.We continue to cycle from Local Restaurant to Thai Vi Temple, Bich Dong pagoda where you admire one of the most extraordinerary natural beauty.keep going on pumpy road and village trail to Trang An .Arriving Trang An, you will spend two hours boat trip to explore marvelous grotto and pristine fresh nature. Our last activities is going to ride back to Ninh Binh city, we stay and have dinner in hotel
DAY 5: NINH BINH – PHAT DIEM – KEO PAGODA
We start our cycling day by short transfer to village, upon arriving, we cycle on the small road and single track through village and village to Phat Diem Cathedral. On the way you are fascinating by lush green rice paddy, colourful sedge mats and meet the most hospitable people. Arriving Phat Diem , you will explore the value of architechure that was mixed between Vietnam traditional and Europe motif in 20 century.
Our cycling trip continue to Nam Dinh and Thai Binh province, the capital of Red River delta,where has been preserving many wellknown historical relics and beautiful landscapes as well. We spend time to visit and admire long standing pagoda – Keo Pagoda. Arriving in Thai Binh city late afternoon. Have dinner and stay in Thai binh City.
Phat Diem Cathedral – the Center of Catholicism in North Vietnam – was built in 1891 with four roofs and six sets of iron wooden pillars. On both sides of the church are four smaller churches of different styles.
Keo Pagoda is a home to a wealth of ancient relics which ranges from intricately engraved wooden dragons to a collection of over 100 statues. Here is also preserved many valuable antiques, such as a pair of candlesticks from the Mac Dynasty, some pottery ware and altars from the Le Dynasty, imperial boats, etc. It is surprising that all of them are kept intact as they were during the time of the Le Trung Hung Dynasty in 16th century.
DAY 6: THAI BINH – VINH BAO – HAI PHONG
Another beautiful cycling day is highlight of Thai Binh and Vinh Bao rural village. You will explore and experience the different images of city and countryside while cycling through small alleys and villages. We also spend the time to visit one of the oldest water Puppet Theatre in Vinh Bao, Communal house where pay tribute to founder of Water Puppet before riding to Hai phong city.Have dinner and stay overnight in Hai phong city
DAY 7: HAI PHONG – HALONG
Have delicious breakfast in hotel, we start cycling from hotel through City to Northeast direction, cross over bridge and then cycling on pumpy road, through countryside, vegetable garden, peaceful villages to public ferry where tributaries of Red river separate HaiPhong and Quang Ninh Province. We go to the land of Quang Ninh Province,keep going to Bieu Nghi T junction with High way 18 and tranfer to Halong Bay.Arriving in Halong Bay, you will check in and take cruise to explore Halong Bay. Overnight on cruise
DAY 8: HALONG – CAT BA
After breakfast, you will follow the local guide to visit the Sung Sot Cave and do kayaking in Luon grotto, Back to cruise for checking out and having early lunch while our cruise is going back to harbour. Arriving in Harbour, you will be transfered by small boat to Gia Luan dock. Our bike is already for you once you arrive. We start riding from Gia Luan through Cat Ba National Park back to the Town, on the way we conquer some stiff passes. However, you are rewarded by captivating scenic beauty and thrilling soaring mountain. Arrivin in Cat Ba town, you are free to explore the town or go to swim on beach. Have dinner and stayover night in Cat Ba
DAY 9: CAT BA – CYCLING – TREKKING
After breakfast in Hotel, we starting riding from Hotel to Cat ba National Park, on the way we conquere three passes before rolling to Cat Ba National park. Upon arriving in Park, we leave the bikes and trekking inside jungle to discover the biodiversity values of national park and climb on the peak to take overview of Cat Ba and Halong Bay also. Riding bike back Town by another hilly road. Have lunch enroute, have free time in afternoon. Dinner and stay overnight in Cat Ba town.
DAY 10: CATBA – HAI PHONG – HAI DUONG – HN
Today is the last day of cycling in Red River Delta, you have time to explore the daily life of local fishmen and experience interesting activities on the way back to Hanoi.We start cycling from Hotel follow the coast and hilly road lead to Cai Vieng Commune and Viet Hai fishsauce villges. We take two public ferries before landing on Hai Phong city.Arriving in Dinh Vu international sea Port, Have lunch in seafoods restaurant. After lunch time, we take short transfer out of bustling city and then cycle back to Hanoi via Hai Duong Province.Ariving in Hanoi late afternoon, do check in and have relax by yourself.Farewell dinner is arranged for your group. Stay in Hanoi
Day 11: HANOI – DEPARTURE
Have breakfast in hotel and free shopping until departure time to airport. We finish our service and thank you very much for joining cycling tour with us.
Rates vary frequently. Please contact us Via Booking Form to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.
Tour included in:
English speaking cycling guide ( other languages upon requests)
Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
Meals details in itineraries ( 10 breakfast, 10 lunches, 10 dinners)
A/C transfer/ and transportation
Van or bus supported during the cycling times.
Truck supported for the group size from 6 and above.
Trek mountain bikes – 4300 with disc brake and helmets
Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
Bike tour pump, bike tools, spares tubes, spare bikes
First aid kit
Cold water box, small fresh towel.
Mineral water for drinking’
Fruit and snack for cycling days’
Items of personal nature
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
Mineral water beyond that supplied
Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
Tip for team and guide
Note: Hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose equivalent accommodation
Meals: if you have any specific food requirements ( vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide, our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, IET can be your culinary guide and provide you opportunity to savor tempting local food and world famous – dishes.
Bikes: we use the new 4300/4500 trek and Cannondale Trail 5, Tango 5 Mountain bikes for all most cycling trip with different size from
13.5’’ – 23, 5’’.We generally use 2012 /2013 models of TREK mountain bikes because they are high quality, durable pieces of equipment. Besides,
We like the versatility and durability of the mountain bike as it has been designed to cope with different types of terrain and riding. Our trips can be on asphalt and can often be broken or potholed, and there are usually unsurfaced sections included, so mountain bikes are the most suitable. They also have the range of gears to cope with the hills.
Each bike comes with a single water bottle cage, if you prefer more you are welcome to bring your own. Bikes also have gel seat cover slips if you prefer a softer ride. If you have your own saddle that you are comfortable with seat, you are welcome to bring it and we’ll fit it. On long tours women specific seats are recommended and we have some available, but we cannot guarantee we will available for every tour. These bikes also are available for rent in case you want to go it alone or just need a bike for a day.
Bikes repairs: basic spares and tools kid are generally carried by guide and on the support vehicle, although we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kids, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.
we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carring a basic tool kids, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.
Safety: wearing a helmet is compulsory on all our biking adventures. Your tour guide are trained in first aid and emergency rescure, tour guide often carry first aid box with their bikes while riding
Support: we often used mini bus and bus with air condition for transfer and back up as itineraries
We use van Support bikes and cyclist
( 1 – 4 pax) we use Van to support and carry out bikes)
( 5 – 8 pax) we use one Van and one truck to supports
Accommodation: When cycling we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.
Our guides: the tour will be led by one of English – speaking guides. All our guides have great knowledge of history, local culture, and religions of the area where you are cycling and introduce that experiences for you. Our guides have been trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by Vietnam National Tourism. Our guides are also medically skilled in first Aid by SOS and they know how to deal with hard situations.\
Grading definition: To assist you visualize how our trip is difficult, we have graded our adventure tours into three categories, easy, moderate, and challenging, we group many factors into consideration into this grading, including distant covered, terrain, altitude, weather conditions and vehicle support
Easy: suitable for most people in good health. These trips generally include short days, on good paths and at low attitudes
Moderate: A reasonable level of fitness is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels, hill longer days and altitude. All of our moderate trips have a support vehicle following closely, and weary travellers can hitch a ride and take a rest for a while.
Challenging: these trips are physically demanding and best suited for fit people with high endurance level. Day can be longer, often at altitude, in remoted regions and sometimes without supports vehicle nearby.. travellers may be required to carry a backpacks.
Terrain: Distances on full cycling days average around 50 – 80km. Our route is mainly on tarmac roads of varying quality with are some more like hard – packed dirt, Terrain is generally flat or undulating with a few notable climbs.
Distance for second days and half of third day is around 60- 80 km. Our routes are mainly on single track, dirt road and trail, we cycle around villages and villages, through rice paddy terraces.
Food: All the meals which, are mentioned in itinerary, are included in the price of this tour. Most of meals are Vietnamese local food in Homestays. While in towns, we will enjoy Vietnamese cuisine in delicious restaurants
Meals consist of a variety of balanced dishes and aim for universal appeal, we avoid highly spiced foods.
Vegetarians are certainly welcome and are always accommodated, please let us know of any dietary concerns at time of booking.
Beverage and alcoholic drink are not included at mealtime or in restaurants
Snack/ Water: when we transfer, ride by minibus ( no cycling day), our bottled waters are always available for you ( two little for one day for person with wet tissue)
When we have cycling days, we will offer cold water and wet tissue in box plus fresh tropical fruits, soft – drink, energy – drinking, ( five little water for cycling day/ person).
Beer is freely available everywhere in Vietnam, but not include in our trip.
The Homestays: Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and amenities. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.
Weather: Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate. Broadly speaking, the weather in Vietnam is dictated by two seasons – the southwest monsoon from April to September and the Northeast monsoon from October to late march or early April.
Due to regional climate differences, there are no right or wrong seasons to visit Vietnam. The North Vietnam is cool, damp in winters between November and December and February with temperature in Hanoi falling to around 15oC. The summer months from April to October are hot and dry.the best time visit Vietnam is spring (February – April) or Autumn ( late September – December) when it is not so humid. The weather turns quite cold and wet in January and this continues to march. The humidity can prove oppressive from May to the early September.
Money: the official national currency is the Vietnamese Dong ( VND), but the US dollar is widely accepted in almost tourist centers. However, small towns and the villages the VND is preferred, ATM are available in all major cities and towns, tourist destinations, Vietcombank, Agriculture banks are the best networks with a limit a single withdraw limit of 2000,000 d ( 95 USD). Most major currencies can be exchanged in leading in Vietnam, but th USD is preferred away from the tourist centers. Changing 100 USD wil make you to be a millionaire. You cannot legally take the dong out of Vietnam but you can reconvert reasonable amounts of it into USD on departure,.
Clothing: comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. The dress code is fairly casual as it is in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evening against biting insects. A light weight raincoat or rain cape is a good ideal in the raining season. For on the bike you will need to bring a couple of pairs of cycling shorts and short leeve jerseys, a pairs of cycling glove and if you use them, your clip in cycling shoes/ sandals.. when travel in the North Vietnam during winter months ( late November – March) warm clothe is needed. Visitors to Buddhist countries should not to wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious centers and shoes should be removed before entering private homes.
Passport and visa: All visitors are required to have a valid visa to enter Vietnam. A one month tourist visa is usually sufficient for most visitors, though it is possible to arrange three months or six month – multiple entry visa for regular visitors. The Travelo Vietnam company is authorized to issue visa on arrival at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, Danang International Airport in Danang, and Tan San Nhat in Ho chi Minh city.The same authorization procedure and a minimum mof 5 days working notice is required. In emergency case they can arrange a visa o arrival if notice of 2 working days is given
Tipping: Tipping for good services is always appreciated in these developing countries. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of the tour. Hotels and station porters should also be tipped a small amount for . We recommend 5 US Dollar / person/per day for cycling tour guides.. 2 USD/ person/ day for driver and 1 USD/ person/ day for doorbell when checking in and out.
Responsible tourism: we strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes, positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural environment. We recognize that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.
Environment: we have been turning environmentally responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re – usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.
Community: Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.
Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, moto taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future