Cycling North West Vietnam - The Best Mountain Biking Tour 11 days

Tour details

Price
USD $2195.00 2195.00
Tour code
VCT: HAN-11D - HANOI
Duration
Number Of cycling days
9 days
Single supplement
350.00$
Average distance per day
55 km
Bike Hire
US$145
Total cycling distance
565km
Destination
Ages to ride
18 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
02
Large Group
14
What's included
Private A/C vehicle takes up all cyclists, luggage
Truck to carry all bikes
New Giant MTB, wheel size: 27.5" hydraulic brake
Helmets, new bottles of water
All entrance fees, ferry tickets in countryside
11 nights: double room/ twin room
B= 10 Breakfasts, L= 10 Lunches, D= 9 Dinners
Night train to Lao Cai
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
All airport In/Out
Pick up at/ drop off at hotels
Bike mechanic
English speaking guide throughout the tour
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
International flight
Single supplement
Visa to Vietnam
Drinks are not included with any meal

Full Itinerary

Day
1
Meet in Ha Noi - Train to Lao Cai

Meet in Ha Noi, bike check and install your gear on your bike, trip briefing and lunch in town, enjoy a walking tour, explore the Old Quarter of Ha Noi has 36 ancient commercial streets named after the products. Have dinner before a night train to Lao Cai with the team.

Lunch/ Dinner
Violet Train
Day
2
Lao Cai - Sapa - Ta Phin Discovery

The train arrives in Lao Cai in the early morning. Your guide and driver will take you to a nice restaurant in town for a big breakfast before an hour drive on 40 km on the spiral road up to Sapa, and ready for the adventure to explore Ta Phin, the home of Red Dao Ethnic. Experience the daily life of locals, passing wooden stilt houses, through terraced rice fields, undulate the dirt tracks and concrete paths, cross the beautiful rural farms, see buffalo in areas. Ride past the abandoned colonial old church and strawberry fields and stop off the Red Dao community. Enjoy the warmth of local hospitality, learn more about the culture and the ways of living. Afterwards, we ride to Sapa town. Enjoy lunch in the city, and be free to explore the city on your own in the afternoon until dinner in town.

UHM Sapa Legend Hotel & Spa ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 km
Hilly - undulating
Day
3
Sapa - Binh Lu - Than Uyen

After breakfast, we will transfer out of Sapa town, and we undulate smooth roads through lush hill farms, enjoy mountain views and challenge small hills to the Sapa Heaven Gate. One of the highest mountain passes in North Vietnam, more than 2000 meters above sea level, with breathtaking scenery and the beautiful nature of the Hoang Lien son and Fansipan mountain range. Great place to enjoy the spectacular beauty of nature before having a great descent down a winding road to Binh Lu.


Then we off roads, ride on small gravel roads, winding through stunning tribe hamlets of Thai, enjoy spectacular jungle scenery up and down the rural plum orchards, through tiny towns—lunch en route. After 13 km off the beaten tracks, we back on national road 32, enjoy mountain landscape, green farmlands with the down and rising but more down than up to Tan Uyen. We follow small roads along the mountain range, explore back Thai and Mong tribes, see the verdant rice terraces, end today's ride at a rural market, and transfer to Than Uyen.

Phuong Nhung Hotel **
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 85 km
Hilly - moderate/ hard
Day
4
Than Uyen - Huynh Nhai

The journey continues cycling from the hotel. We take gravel roads and bike to the rural areas. The routes are undulate through villages of Black Thai tribes, and we ride along the shallow river, pass old suspension bridges, enjoy the tiny valleys along the river. Then we carry on biking on national road 279 to Ban Chat, a hydropower station with a coffee break, and admire the solid power station.


Afterwards, we rest on vehicle transfer 20 km on winding roads, avoid mountain hills along Thuy Dien Lake and the karst mountain range. The sceneries are breathtaking along the lake, but the road is a continuous slope, and most of the slopes are short with high attitudes—lunch en route. The afternoon rides are more adventures as we challenge Cap Na Pass, enjoy stunning scenery, roll spectacular karst landscape, ride downhill through Muon Gion, and cross the Da River on the new Pa Uon bridge to Quynh Nhai. 

Trung Kien hotel ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 75 km
Hilly - moderate/ hard
Day
5
Huynh Nhai - Muong Lay

After a hearty breakfast, we bike through the town and its outskirts on almost flat roads through paddies before we undulate the jungles on winding roads, view the beautiful valleys and tiny villages along the way to Minh Thang. Follow the national 6, we enjoy the wilderness and incredible scenery of rice terraces and challenge some baby mountain passes, flower Pass and the spectacular winding road through the forest and down to Mun Chung villages. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in a small town.


The afternoon rides allow us to discover more the beauty of Nam Muc river with truly spectacular views, lush hills, lovely valleys, mountain views. Many roads are winding, curve and narrow roads along hillsides, gentle mountains where we stop and gaze down the valleys filled with rice terraces and small towns. In small villages, the people who live along roads are Black H'Mong, Black Thai, and Kho Mu Ethnic but more Viet Kinh people in small towns. There are several chances for us to meet colourful tribes in the hamlets. Our guide will figure it out timming, and we will hop on the vehicle and transfer to Muong Lay in the afternoon. Enjoy dinner in town and explore this tiny town on foot in the evening.

Thanh Binh hotel ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 85 km
Hilly - moderate/ Hard
Day
6
Muong Lay - Dien Bien Phu

After breakfast, we start to rock and roll from the hotel. We cycle through the town, pedal along the river, just a couple of km, we get out of the town, past many small villages by waterways, enjoy a peaceful landscape along the river, cross the river to national road 12. Today's adventures will be on this road to Dien Bien Phu. Enjoy the ride through the natural beauty of diverse mountain regions, winding road green grassy hills, rice paddies, lush rural farms, challenge Ma Phi Ho Pass called Heaven Gate, undulate along mountain jungle with a lunch break in the tiny town of Muong Cha.


Muong Cha market finds various products from tribes, bamboo baskets, colourful tribal costumes, fresh agricultural products such as fruits and vegetables, and other simple household goods from different Ethnic groups. In the afternoon, the ride is undulating lush agricultural farmlands, pass Black Thai tribes sell products freshly on the roadsides, cross many rivers and small towns along rivers and the border. Check-in the hotel and dine in Dien Bien Phu City.

Muong Thanh Grand ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 85 km
Hilly - moderate/ hard
Day
7
Dien Bien - City Tour - Muong Phang - Tuan Giao

We travel on the vehicle to visit the De Castries Head Quarter Bunker, Dien Bien Phu Museum, and former French Military A1 Hill Base. Then we back to the hotel to check out and have tasty lunch in town before we ride to Muong Phang, visit the Viet Minh commander base of Dien Bien Phu Campaign, passing many remote hamlets of tribes. Passing many tribal wooden houses on hillsides, have a chance the explore rainforest jungles and the lowlands of Muong Phang, the backwaters of Ba Khoang Lake. Cross the lake on numerous small bridges and suspension bridges, pass small fish farms and tiny villages, and explore locals' lives along the lakes. There are many stops and visit local farms, admire the peaceful scenery of the lake.


Afterwards, we ride across the rice paddies to the former head Quarter base of Viet Minh that commanded the battle of Dien Bien Phu before 1954. Stop to visit the Muong Phang historical relic, a giant stone monument featuring a general military commander of Vo Nguyen Giap and many Viet Minh leadership after him. Then we stay on the national road 279B to Na Tau village, where we get on the vehicle at the national road 279 and transfer to Tuan Giao in the late afternoon.

Tay Bac Hotel ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 km
Day
8
Tuan Giao - Pha Din Pass - Son La

Pha Din pass is 30 km with 1.680mm above the level sea. It had become a legend of Dien Bien Phu Victory. It was the small trails, and Viet Minh (the fathers and mothers of Viet Cong) made up of the small road to supply the weapons, food. It was the most challenging way to use human power to pull artillery from Som La Dien Bien Phu. It was the only main and shortest route to support Viet Minh to defeat the French in Dien Bien Phu during Indochina War.


Today's adventure is one of the most stunning ride of your cycling journey, and enjoy northern Vietnam's most incredible mountain landscapes. We cycle from the hotel, undulate a couple of km through tiny towns along the river before challenging the Pha Din legend Pass. There are 2 roads in between the middle part of the mountain top, and one is 13 km on a new road, and the old road is a well-maintenance smaller than the new one, similar distance without traffic at all. We challenge up about 13 km and enjoy cycling downhill 17 km.


Depends on your cycling skills and ability, you choose the route to challenge and enjoy one of the most beautiful and spectacular karst mountain passes in northern Vietnam. Afterwards, we enjoy riding downhill to the local market, Binh Thuan, our lunch break here. The afternoon' ride is beautiful as it's more leisurely than in the morning adventures. The ride takes us through Black Thai hill tribes, green valleys, and verdant fields of farm products. We will be back on the vehicle transfer to Son La city in the late afternoon.

Muong Thanh Son La ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 85 km
Hilly - moderate/ hard
Day
9
Son La - Moc Chau - Mai Chau

Moc Chau Plateau offers rich fertile soils, and it has a cold climate suitable for various fruit orchards, tea, plum, avocado, and strawberry plantation. Moc Chau rural villages are also home to a variety of flowers vegetables. After early breakfast, we will transfer 2.5 hours Moc Chau and arrive in Phieng Luong, a rural village outside Moc Chau. We cycle on an old national road 6, passes many small towns, and through lush valleys, green hills, and extensive lush vegetation. Lunch is on the way in a small town. The areas provide a fascinating Plateau in North Vietnam for nature lovers to explore the vast undulating plain on snake roads. The routes are less traffic, and well-maintenance allow the support vehicle travelling and always behind us. Transfer to Mai Chau, check into the rustic homestay. 

Mai Chau Sky Resort
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 60 km
Undulating - moderate
Day
10
Mai Chau - Ha Noi

After breakfast, we enjoy a leisurely loop ride on concrete paths, through rice terraces to Poom Coong, to Lac villages. Visit family businesses selling Thai ethnic costumes and interact with villagers before we ride back to the hotel on a different route. Check out for a short transfer to Hoa Binh lake, then we ride along the lake, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the lake/ Da River through the lush jungles on snaking narrow roads. Then we ride into Ba Khan village, cross rice paddies, pass stilt houses, undulate through vast agricultural lands, tiny villages, and we end up cycling adventure at Phu Cuong market. Lunch en route before 3. hours transfer back to Ha Noi.

The Light ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 35 km
Hilly - moderate
Day
11
Ha Noi - Departure

Ha Noi is Vietnam's capital city and political centre. The city offers examples of both contemporary and classical architecture, especially the Old Quarter of Ha Noi. Spend your time shopping until a transfer takes you to Noi Bai airport to catch your international flight home. Tour End!

Breakfast

More Info

Road Condition

Two third of the mainland of the country are mountain ranges, tropical forests, remote hillsides, and valleys in northern Vietnam with sparse population. Most small towns, cities in the northwest and far north near the Laos border, and the Chinese are homes to hill tribes. Most rural gravel roads and dirt tracks are the primary means of transport for locals due to peak mountain ranges, slopes, deep valleys, and sparsely populated. Many roads are closed to traffic because of rivers, streams and high mountains, while the minor and high roads are less traffic. Mountain biking tours in northern Vietnam are on-road and off-road, and fewer off-roads in rural Districts where rural roads are unsafe and dangerous. 

Weather

Hanoi and North Vietnam have two distinct winter and summer seasons. The relaxed but primarily dry winter lasts from November to April when temperatures average 17-22°C, the coldest months being December to February. With hot and humid, summer lasts from May to October, and the highest rainfall is from May to August.


In the Northeast, the rainy season usually occurs in May and will end in August with heat and low humidity, while the Far North begins from June to August. The rainy season is from June to August in the Far North, and the cold winter is from December to February.


North West and Far North Vietnam's agricultures depend on the wet season, particularly rice crops on terraces. Rice plants need plenty of water to grow and develop themselves. The yearly rice crop in North West and the Far North is only one crop and will begin after the first rainy month to make the soil more workable before seeding starts. The different times to seed the rice plants are from 2 weeks, depending on locations, high or low terraces, how much water is from raining or getting from streams and rivers.


The best time to explore North West & Far North Vietnam is the farming season, not at the beginning, with too many rains and young seeling rice plants only. From the early September to last October are the harvest seasons. Here are the opportunities for travellers to admire stunning colourful rice terraced fields, lush country farms, green rainforests, waterfalls, and vast vegetations. Travellers also meet hill tribes on farms and their homes.

Vehicles

Private Support Vehicles

We organize cycling holidays, cycling adventure trips and mountain biking tours. All are flexible with luxury, fully air-conditioned vehicles to support riders on the entire journey. It depends on how many riders are in the group, and the vehicle support services will be well-arranged to satisfy your travels. There are air-conditioned 16-seat van/minibuses to take up all riders, luggage, and a truck to hold all bikes during the trip. 


Every morning, the vehicles will transfer you out of the bustling city, and then you will ride to explore the stunning countryside, and you will back on the vehicles to avoid traffic in town when the daily's ride ends in the late afternoon. 


Every 20 - 25 km, the support vehicles will be waiting at the high road if you are tired and really would love to ride on A/C van. Your guide will escort you to vehicles easily because many country back roads are linked to the main roadways where keeping vehicles are on standby. 


Then you can relax on a support vehicle when others in the group can continue cycling as long as they wish! You will meet the others at the next point/ destination where you love to re-join the group and continue to ride.


All your luggage/ suitcase and day bags are safe on the vehicles and well kept by the company's drivers and its team.


2 to 4 riders in a group


There is only one A/C 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases, and bikes. There are four rows of seating for passengers on the A/C 16 seater van. Two people sit on each row. The third row is for luggage and suitcases. The last row of seats will be folded up, so all bikes will be uploaded here.



A medium group tour: from 5 to 7 people


There will be two vehicles to support riders on the entire trip. One 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases. Another truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, tool kits, icebox to keep cold drinks, and so on



A large group tour: 8 to 14 people


One minibus to take up all riders, including luggage & suitcases, and one truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, water, cold drinks, and snacks...Iceboxes




A group has more than 15 riders and more than 20 people


We provide two vans and one minibus, and one truck to escort large groups of riders and help ensure their safety. Our pro guide will motivate a team with support vehicles to bring the best services to riders.


27.5 Giant MTB bikes & Trek Hybrid Touring Bikes

1. There are 60 pro MTB bikes and hybrid MTB bikes and available in store and they are ready for all cycling tours


MTB Bikes for kids: wheel size 20", 24" with  suspension seatpost. Kid heights: 120cm, 130cm, 145cm


Pro Giant Mountain Bike - 650B/ 27.5" wheel size


27.5" Pro mountain bikes are use for off-road cycling; on dirt track and hilly single track narrow paths and also country back roads.


27.5" wheel size and MTB tires 27.5" x 1.95 is the best choice and suitable and good for challenge and technical mountain biking. 


1 - Good quality and lightweight Alloy MTB 27.5" frames 


2 - 27.5" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout


3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable for riding


4 - Deore Shimano Group set


5 - Shimano hydraulic disc brake


6 - Shimano Deore hubs - 32 holes


7 - 27.5" Alexrims disc brake rims - 32 holes


8 - Maxxis Cross Mark 27.5 x 1.95 - Good quality and suitable for both on road and off-road riding


9 - Soft grips


10 - FSA sealed bearing headset


11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings


12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team




2. There are 25 Trek hybrid mountain bikes available in our store.  Hybrid bike tires 700 x 38- Good choice for a long trip: Saigon to Hanoi and Hanoi to Saigon


Hybrid bikes are use for an off-road cycling through countryside, dirt track and but working on muddy road. Its really good for touring a long trip, it moves faster and easier. Hybrid bike gives you an easy to pedal uphills, smooth bicycle riding on quiet concrete paths and country back roads. The best choice to challenge mountain and serious hills


1 - Good quality and lightweight alloy hybrid frame


2 - 29" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout


3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable saddle


4 - Deore Shimano Group set


5 - Shimano hydraulic disc brake


6 - Shimano Deore hubs - 32 holes


7 - 29" Alexrims touring rims, disc brake - 32 holes


8 - Schwalbe CX Comp 700 x 38 - Good quality and suitable for both off-road cycling and touring a long trip


9 - Soft grips


10 - FSA sealed bearing headset


11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings


12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team




 

 
 

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