15 Days
Duration
Moderate, Difficulty
Physicality
Hanoi , Hoa Binh , Mai Chau , Moc Chau , Yen Chau , Son La , Tuan Giao ,Dien Bien Phu , Muong Lay , Tam Duong , Sapa , Ban Khoang, Lao Cai
Location
Year-round
Dates

Vietnam Northwest Mountain Biking Tour 15Days

Itinerary: Hanoi – Hoa Binh – Mai Chau – Moc Chau – Yen Chau – Son La – Tuan Giao – Dien Bien Phu – Muong Lay – Tam Duong – Sapa – Ban Khoang- Lao Cai -Hanoi

Vietnam Northwest Mountain Bike Tours. The French defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 signalled the end of French influence in Indochina. The battle fought around Dien Bien Phu was the last major campaign by a European state in the region; by the end of the decade the United States was to become the prominent foreign power in Vietnam and the influence of France dwindled to barely nothing – such was the impact of their defeat at the hands of General Giap’s forces. Vietnam Bike Tours

Vietnam mountain biking tour is customized for small group tours, adventure, intrepid travelers seeking an active, adventure cycling holidays to the northern Vietnam. The biking trip begins with an overnight train trip from Hanoi to Laocai where the cycling adventure begins as you cycle from Lao Cai to Bac Ha, then cycle to Sapa, Heaven Gate, Binh Lu, Tam Duong, Phong Tho, Lai Chau, Muong Lay, Dien Bien Phu, Tuan Giao, Son La, Mai Chau. Keep cyling around Mai Chau valley for one more day before you are picked up by your vehicle and transferred back to Hanoi.

The biking tour is provided with visits to ethnic villages, offering the opportunity to meet up with the Flower H’mong, the Giay and the Lu people. You sometimes bike on the back roads, single tracks and off-road biking trails. Option bike ride up to Sin Ho is also available. The mountain cycling tour can be arranged all year round

Inclusive:
One airport transfer for whole group on day 1 & 15 (if you fly in separately an additional cost will be levied)
English speaking guide
All transportation and support vehicle (depends on group’s size)
Train ticket Lao Cai- Hanoi (wooden cabin with air-con, 4 berths/ cabin)
Meals as indicated
Drinking water and local fresh fruits for biking as per itinerary
Mountain bikes and gear
Accommodation in twin shared basic (or similar hotels)
Hanoi: Serenade (city view dbl/ junior twin)
Hoa Binh: Hoa Binh 1 hotel
Mai Chau: home stay with Thai group
Moc Chau: Huong Sen hotel
Yen Chau: Huong Sen 2 hotel
Son La: Cong Doan hotel
Tuan Giao: Uy ban guest house
Dien Bien: Him Lam hotel
Muong Lay: Lan Anh 1 hotel
Tam Duong: Muong Thanh hotel
Sapa: Bamboo hotel (Superior mountain view)
Note: accommodation in mountainous area is very basic but clean room with hot shower

Additional information

DestinationVietnam
Day 01: Hanoi
Arrival and transfer to your hotel. (Check in time is 14:00)
If time permits, we will spend the afternoon at the Ethnology museum which will give you an overview of 54 ethnic
minorities in Vietnam including the Thai people who you will meet along the way. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 02: Hanoi to Hoa Binh (B, L, D)
Cycling Hanoi – Hoa Binh 56/72 km
We leave Hanoi by car and start cycling from Luong Son to Hoa Binh town. The town is famous for the biggest reservoir in Vietnam and also the culture diversity of many typical ethnic groups such as Muong, Thai. Overnight in Hoa Binh.
Day 03: Ride Hoa Binh to Mai Chau (B, L, D)
Cycling Hoa Binh- Mai Chau 62 km:
a beautiful landscape of mountains and red soil hills, it is covered by green of sugarcane, cassava, corn and rice fields. There are many shops on the way where you can find “Ruou Can” – the unique rice wine of Hoa Binh province in brown jars drunk with bamboo straws. You also pass by some factories where they make brooms from “Dot”; a new wonderful golf is located behind mountains; a place where is famous for hot mineral stream- “Kim Boi”; some small villages of Thai & Muong and many other interesting things you will see and learn on the way. Overnight at home-stay of Thai ethnic in Mai Chau.
Day 04: Ride Mai Chau to Moc Chau (B, L, D)
Cycling Mai Chau- Moc Chau 67 km:
from low to higher area, from houses-on-stilts of White Thai located in a big valley of rice field to Moc Chau where wooden houses on ground of Blue & Flowered H’mong located in small valleys and hidden among corn fields, plum and peach gardens and surrounded by mountains. On the way to Moc Chau, it is also a great chance for you to pass a remained rain forest part and enjoy the shade & cool air in the middle of a hot summer day. With many opened fresh green grass fields on hills along the way it also makes you cool down and enjoy the peaceful and quiet area. You should stop at a local restaurant to taste a very famous fresh local yogurt. Overnight in Moc Chau.
Day 05: Ride Moc Chau to Yen Chau (B, L, D)
Cycling Moc Chau- Yen Chau 60 km:
Moc Chau is a famous place in the North for its tea plantations. Green of tea covers all hills, by looking at the plants you can recognize that many of them are 30- 40 years old. This area offers you a great chance to cycle around the tea plantation for both enjoying the scenary, fresh air and getting to know how hard to make a cup of tea. And we will end our day at Yen Chau, the area of fruit plants such as mangoes, longans, bananas… Yammy! Overnight in Yen Chau.
Day 06: Ride Yen Chau to Son La (B, L, D)
Cycling Yen Chau- Son La 65 km:
leaving this area after having some local fruit, visiting local market along the way and meeting some ethnic groups in their most beautiful traditional dresses such as Thai, H’mong, Muong, Dzao, cycling to Son La and visiting Son La prison built by French to understand more about French war and the hard time of Vietnamese people. Overnight in Son La
Day 07: Son La, Rest Day (B)
Great. Sleeping in this morning. Walking around and reacting to local people to buy your own food. Having free time today. Overnight in Son La
Day 08: Ride Son La to Tuan Giao (B, L, D)
Cycling Son La – Tuan Giao 90 km:
we pass through a patchwork of rice fields and plum orchards. It is hard cycling day with up-and-down road, but you will feel. Overnight in Tuan Giao.
Day 09: Ride Tuan Giao to Dien Bien Phu (B, L, D)
Cycling Tuan Giao – Dien Bien Phu 80 km:
There is less traffic on this tar road, which gives you more opportunities to enjoy the nice scenery of rice fields dotted by water wheels. The area is habitated by White Thai and Kh’mu people in their charming clothes. We arrive in Dien Bien Phu quite late in the afternoon. Check in your cozy room, have shower and dinner. Overnight in Dien Bien Phu.
Day 10: Dien Bien Phu- Muong Lay (B, L, D)
Leaving Dien Bien city far behind and stepping straight back in time as we enter the world of rural Vietnam. We assemble our bikes and after lunch we cycle on a thin tar road, seldom used by vehicles, through rolling countryside filled with tropical trees, plantations and dotted with small villages. After 60 km we board our back up vehicles and drive to our destination is the village of Lai Chau, on the fringes of the Hmong tribal region. Overnight in Lai Chau.
Day 11: Muong Lay- Tam Duong (B, L, D)
This morning we cycle from the door of the hotel straight onto single track routes which wind along through the fields and hillsides. After the single trail ride we load up for 40 km and start cycling again along the the Nam Na River to Pan Tan where we have lunch in a restaurant with a great scenic view..
A gutsy climb of 17 km awaits us after lunch followed by an awesome downhill enjoying the views of mountain ranges, lakes, rivers, jungle, and tiered paddy fields rising and falling as far as the eye can see. We’re also getting deeper into tribal lands and we’ll see Tay, H’Mong and Dzao tribal people in their villages and tending their crops. A massage could be a nice reward for today’s workout. Overnight in Tam Duong.
Day 12: Tam Duong – Sapa (B, L, D)
Once again the day kicks off with single track riding through the villages and we expect to see more tribal people in colorful dress, living their lives the way they have for generation after generation. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 13: Sapa- Rest day (B)
This is your time for discovering the beauty of Sapa town, market, orchid garden by your own or little trekking to a nearby village- Cat Cat of Black H’ Mong group. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 14: Sapa- Ban Khoang- Lao Cai. Night train (B, L, D)
Sapa – Ban Khoang (high country road) with just deep blue skies and fluffy white clouds, winding our way up higher and higher into the mountains. You will be cycling HIGH for half day at 1400-1600m then comes the big descend down to Lao Cai. We then have shower and dinner before getting on the night train back to Hanoi.
Day 15: Depart Hanoi (B)
Early morning arrive at train station, transfer to Tamarind restaurant for breakfast. It is time for little shopping before leaving Hanoi for your flight home. Transfer to the airport (3 hrs before your departure flight)

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