4 Days
Moderate, Difficulty
Hanoi, Lao Cai, Sapa, Cuc Ly, Bac Ha, Cycling

Bac Ha and Coc Ly Biking Tour 4Days

Itinerary: Lao Cai – Bac Ha – Hanoi

This amazing mountain biking trip takes you along scenic, winding roads and trails to two of the regions most diverse and colourful hill tribe markets, and, with a night in the home of the warm, friendly Tay hill tribe, you’ll be rewarded with an interactive experience that’ll be the highlight of your time here. Be sure to indulge your curiosity as you explore the deep history and rich culture of these truly fascinating ethnic minority people!
The overnight bicycle tour is arranged in Lao Cai province,North Vietnam Biking Tours taking you to Coc Ly and Bac Ha. Begin the tour with an overnight train trip to Laocai. After a night spent on board train, you start you biking adventure cycling from Lao Cai uphill to Coc Ly. Enjoy a boat trip on the Chay river; Visit the Coc Ly market is open only on Tuesday. Then drive uphill to Bac Ha town. The next day you continue biking up and downhill with stops visiting ethnic hamlets; meeting up with the H’mong, the Phu La, the Black Dao and other friendly people

Long touted as the weekend alternative to Sapa,North Vietnam Biking Tours , this small highland town doesn’t have the same dramatic location of its more illustrious neighbour, but it is calmer when Saturday comes. It fills up to choking point on Sunday morning, when visitors flood in to meet the Flower H’mong at the morning market.

Compared with Sapa, tourism is still in its infancy here and during the week the town has a deserted feel. Bac Ha is a good base to explore the surrounding highlands. Around 900m above sea level, it is noticeably warmer than Sapa. There are 10 Montagnard groups that live around Bac Ha: the colourful Flower H’mong are the most visible, but other groups include Dzao, Giay (Nhang), Han (Hoa), Xa Fang, Lachi, Nung, Phula, Thai and Thulao.

One of Bac Ha’s main industries is the manufacture of alcoholic home brews (rice wine, cassava wine and corn liquor). The corn hooch produced by the Flower H’mong is so potent it can ignite! Bac Ha is the only place in Vietnam where you’ll find this particular moonshine; there’s an entire area devoted to it at the Sunday market. Swill some down before deciding whether to buy a buffalo or cow

* English Speaking tour leader (other languages upon requests)
* All accommodations base on twin-share at hotel, guesthouse and Home stay.etc…
* Meals detailed in the itinerary (B = Breakfast , L = Lunches ,D = Dinners)
* A/C transfers and transportation.
* Boat trip mention in itinerary
* Sightseeing excursions as outlined in itinerary
* Pump, bike tools, spares tubes.
* Spare bike
* Mineral water drinking.
* Seasonal fruits.
* Snacks
* International airfares
* Travel insurance and bike helmet (compulsory)
* Items of a personal nature
* Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
* Mineral water beyond that supplied
* Single Supplement
* Optional excursions
* Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
* Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
* Mountain bicycle (Bike Hire US$10/per day)
* Visa fees
* Departure taxes
* Tipping for guiding

Additional information

Day1:Hanoi – Lao Cai
8:30pm Depart from Hotel by private coach to Rail way station and catch the 10:00pm night train to Lao Cai (soft sleeper with aircon), arrive 5:30 or 6:00am
Day2: (B-L-D) Lao Cai – Bac Ha
Have breakfast in a local restaurant then drive 82km (1.5hrs) through the steep Bac Ha Mountains. Check in to your hotel then walk to explore the famous Bac Ha market. The sights, sounds and smells in this bustling hill tribe market are a barrage for the senses! Be sure to try the local corn whiskey that Bac Ha is so famous for! After lunch you’ll do an 8Km loop around Bac Ha to visit the locals, stopping in Ban Pho village, then you’ll hit a single trail and dirt road winding thru plum gardens, rice fields, past local homes and inhabitants of the villages surrounding Bac Ha. Overnight in your Hotel in Bac Ha.
Day3: (B-L-D) Bac Ha Biking
After breakfast, visit the impressive house of the former H’mong King before embarking on a 12km ride to Lung Phin village, home of Flower H’mong and Phu La people. The ride is on sealed road and there is a 3km steep climb that you can ride or drive, depending on your energy level! After a half hour visit with a local family, you can relax and glide the 12km back to Bac Ha. Following lunch in your hotel, you’ll check out and start riding out of town and down the stunning mountain road 24km to Bao Nhai Bridge. Board a long boat for a 1.5hr trip up the Chay River, relax and take in the spectacular scenery of the Chay River Valley. Head back down river (1hr) to Trung Do village in a Tay Hamlet. You’ll enjoy dinner and the warm hospitality of your Tay hosts during this wonderful home stay experience.
Day4: (B-L-D) Bac Ha – Hanoi
Following breakfast, spend an hour walking around the hamlet to meet the locals and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Board your support vehicle and drive from Trung Do to Coc Ly Black Dzao village to explore this colourful market. Here you’ll witness Flower H’mong, Black Dzao, Tay and Nung Hill Tribes gathering in this important social and economic event. After an hour and half you’ll gear up and ride out the rolling rocky road 18km to the main road. Stop for a lunch of local Vietnamese food then, depending on your energy level, drive or ride the sealed road 38km back to Lao Cai. If time permits you may visit the beautiful Upper Temple with its impressive 500+ year old Banyan tree. You’ll be able to shower in Lao Cai before sitting down to dinner. Night train back to Ha Noi. Tour ends 5:30am Ha Noi Station

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