Biking Hanoi Red River Delta 4 days
Day 1: Hanoi – Duong Lam Village – Hoa Binh (L,D)
8.00am: You will be met up with TLV Bike Tours guide, driver at your hotel in Hanoi and brought to Duong Lam, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River delta where still preserve many hundred-year-old houses.
Arrival in Duong Lam village after for about two hours, you visit the Mong Phu temple, the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact. It will be your unique experience as you walk along tiny ancient alleys. Have some talks with the locals in their ancient houses where your lunch will be provided.
After lunch, enjoy a short bike ride from Duong Lam to the temples of Ngo Quyen and Phung. These are two places are dedicated to Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung, the two National Heroes of Vietnam. Stop on the way to visit the Mia pagoda, built in 15th century containing 287 statues of different sizes.
Cycle back to Duong Lam village, you are picked up again and brought to Hoa Binh.
Arrival in Hoa Binh around mid/late afternoon, you check in to a local stilt house for dinner and overnight (homestay).
Day 2: Hoa Binh – Ninh Binh (B,L,D).
After breakfast, you visit the Muong Cultural Museum, the first private cultural museum of Muong people whom have a long traditional culture among Vietnamese ethic groups. Then depart for Ninh Binh province.
After about 3 hour drive, you arrive in Ninh Binh. Check into a local hotel in Ninh Binh.
In the afternoon, enjoy a bike ride on paved rural roads to experience the real life. Stop on the way to visit the two temples of the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu. The first is dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang (also known as Dinh Bo Linh), an Emperor from the Dinh Dynasty. The second commemorates the rulers of the Le Dynasty.
After visiting these two temples, you will keep cycling through rice fields and peaceful countryside villages until you arrive in Trang An. Situated on the southern shore of the Red River Delta, Trang An is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, some of which are submerged, and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs.
Take a two-hour boat trip to visit Trang An grottoes which is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna, many of them in the Red Book of Vietnam.
Dinner in town.
Overnight in Ninh Binh at hotel.
Day 3: Ninh Binh – Nam Dinh (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel.
Depart for Phat Diem Cathedral, the Center of Catholicism in North Vietnam. The unique architecture is a blend of European and Vietnamese influences. Explore the numerous stone sculptures, which are located on the inside and outside walls, and the large bell that weighs nearly 2 tons. See the four pagoda-style roofs and the 6 sets of iron and wooden pillars.
Lunch is provided in a local restaurant in town.
After lunch, you will be picked up again and brought to Nam Dinh.
Around 16.00, we take the short biking trip to visit the local market then go along the country lane to the dyke to see birds returning to their sleeping place in the mangrove forest.
Return to the home stay for dinner and overnight (homestay).
Day 4: Nam Dinh – Hanoi (B,L)
After breakfast, you take a bike to explore further the rural town.
The first stop is the Bonsai Garden where you meet with the family tending Bonsai. Then visit the village Cathedral.
You cycle along the canals to see the traditional house with the thatch roof made of sea grass and see how the locals cast pots for their Bonsai.
Arrival back at the homestay around noon, in time for lunch.
Spend the afternoon driving back to Hanoi.