Day 1: Arrival Hanoi
Welcome at the airport by your TLV guide and transfer to the hotel. After check-in, climb into a traditional cyclo (pedicab) for a 90-minute tour of the colonial city’s traditional â€œ36 streets of 36 wares in the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake vicinity. In the evening enjoy a traditional water puppet show before dinner at one of the finest restaurants in town. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Hanoi City – Lao Cai (B,L,D)
Half-day tour of Vietnam’s capital city, including Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and traditional stilt house, the Ho Chi Minh Museum, and the revered One-Pillar Pagoda. Pay visits to typical Vietnamese places of worship. Just before lunch, tour Vietnam’s first university, the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature. In the afternoon visit to the Ethnology Museum and then time for you to test your bike with assists of our mechanic to make sure you have a comfortable and good bike for the big journey. Transfer back to the hotel for shower. After dinner at the restaurant in town, transfer to the Hanoi railway station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on the train.
Day 3: Lao Cai – Bac Ha (B,L,D)
Arrive Lao Cai early in the morning. Breakfast at the local restaurant and drive for 20 minutes before getting on your bike for a whole day biking up to Bac Ha through small routes. Arrive Bac Ha in late afternoon, check in hotel. Dinner and Over night at Sao Mai hotel in Bac Ha.
Day 4: Bac Ha – Can Cau – Bac Ha (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer up to Can Cau to visit the market of String H’mong people. After market and some shopping, hop on your bike for down hill riding from Can Cau to Ba Ha with stop to visit the Castle of King H’mong near Bac Ha. Lunch will be at the hotel. Afternoon, an easy hike up to the Hmong village and the school for Ethnic Minorities groups in and around Bac Ha.
Day 5: Bac Ha – Sa Pa (B,L,D)
An easy morning to visit Bac Ha market, one of the biggest market of Ethnic Minority people in Northern Vietnam take place every Sunday. Lunch at the hotel or local restaurant. Afternoon, we get on our bikes again for cycling downhill to Bao Nhai for a boat trip to Coc Ly (3 hours). Drive up to Sapa and check in hotel upon on arrival in Sapa. Dinner at local restaurant and over night at the hotel in Sapa.
Day 6: Sa Pa Biking To Village (B,L,D)
Set off on a light and easy cycling down into the lush Sapa Valley to explore the Black H’mong and Red Dzao villages. Return to Sapa at the end of the day. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Sa Pa – Mu Cang Chai(B,L,D)
Today, we will drive up to Heaven Gate and start cycling down hill through most spectacular roads to Tam Duong with stops to visit villages of Ethnic Minority en route. Arrive in Mu Cang Chai in late afternoon. Free time after check-in until dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the guesthouse (very basic guesthouse).
Day 8: Mu Cang Chai – Van Chan(B,L,D)
Get on your bike again for a whole day cycling down to Van Chan. Stop on the way to visit villages of Thai and Dzao people. Upon arrival in Van Chan, you’ll stay at one of our friend bungalow house of Thai village. This is one of the poorest village in the areas but quite comfortable. The family is very nice and warmly welcome. Great dinner and good night in the bungalow.
Day 9: Van Chan – Yen Bai – Hanoi (B,L,D)
Today, we say goodbye to the family and bike up to Yen Bai. Lunch at the local restaurant in Yen Bai before driving back to Hanoi. Dinner free and over night at the hotel in Hanoi.
Day 10: Hanoi – Bat Trang – Hai Phong (B,L,D)
In the morning, we leave Hanoi and cycle along the top of dike road, along rice field and villages of the Red River Delta to Bat Trang ceramic village. In this village, we will visit the most famous artist and his family, we might have a chance to paint on some productions, shopping will be easy and recommended here. If it is to heavy for your hand luggage, shipping is possible. Continue to one of the most beautiful ancient Temple located right on the bank of Red River. Picnic lunch in the garden of the Temple. Afternoon, we’ll follow the dike again along down to Hai Phong city. Arrive Hai Phong in late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Hai Phong.
Day 11: Hai Phong – Ha Long – Kayaking(B,L,D)
Morning after breakfast, we leave Hai Phong for Halong Bay on our bike, crossing 02 ferries boat and arrive around noon. We will leave our bikes behind and board a traditional wooden junk and begin an exploration of magical Halong Bay, one of Southeast Asia’s premier tourist destinations. An excellent, fresh seafood lunch will be served on the boat while cruising to the first point, where is a floating fishermen village. We will have safety instructions before starting with our kayaks, paddling for 2,5 hours through the most dramatically limestone formation, a giant cave, beaches and hidden lagoons. Relax and swim on a small beautiful beach upon on arrival. Dinner and overnight on a comfortable and charming junk.
Day 12: Kayaking – Ha Long – Hanoi
Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the aquamarine water of the bay at its best. After breakfast and early swim, we will slip on our kayaks again for 2 hours paddling to explore hidden lagoons, isolated beach, floating fishermen village. Meet the Junk at lunch time and motoring back to the harbor in Halong. Transfer back to Hanoi by vehicle. Farewell dinner at the restaurant in town and overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.